I’m impressed - far more than I ever thought possible.
A really coherent album that I can’t stop listening to. The band are on great form with the sort of worldy, funky, propulsive sound that always works brilliantly at festivals. Shame there’s no Glastonbury this year. PiL would have been an obvious headliner (though I’m not sure Johnny would have signed up for it).
John sounds impassioned. Howling, singing, crooning, wailing for all he’s worth. He means it man.
The lyrics are personal and intriguing.
It’s very accessible but also seems to have depth and substance. I love it.
Their forthcoming Brighton gig, which I’d previously regarded a bit of an obligation and mainly an exercise in nostalgia, is now something I feel genuinely excited about.
I’m amazed that Johnny and co have pulled this out of the bag. It’s great.
The Time and Space Machine play their debut gig as a five piece band at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton, on Friday 1st June 2012 @ 7pm - 10pm (band on at 8.30pm) and it’s a mere £5 for one of those golden tickets. The Time and Space Machine band will feature drums, bass, guitars, harmony vocals, backwards noises, Hammond freak outs, plus a light show from Innerstrings Light Show. I think you’d be a fool to miss it.
"I’m trying to make music that has a feeling of sensation to it, that moves your head, heart and body. I’m attempting to take the dynamics you get from a really strong piece of electronic dance music — hypnosis, repetition, trance, elevation, tension and release — and putting them into a band. It can only turn out to be psychedelic."
The words of Richard Norris the Time & Space Machine main man.
Absolutely loving this biography of the English writer and dandy, Julian Maclaren-Ross (1912-64).
Although synonymous with the bohemian world of mid-twentieth-century Soho along with Dylan Thomas, Quentin Crisp, John Minton, Nina Hamnett, Joan Wyndham, Aleister Crowley, John Deakin, Augustus John, Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde and so on, this book is full of much, much more. Yes, Maclaren-Ross is far more than just another sharp-eyed, literary bar-fly. During his lifetime he produced a substantial, astonishingly diverse body of writing which broke new ground in many genres. As an occasional film essayist, his writing about Alfred Hitchcock and film noir was well ahead of its time. As a short story writer and novelist, he introduced a new, vernacular, Americanised style to English fiction. As a writer of reportage, he anticipated Hunter S. Thomspon, Tom Wolfe and the other American ‘New Journalists’ of the 1960s. As a literary critic, he wrote with rare acuity about the writers as varied as Georges Simenon, Raymond Chandler, John Buchan, Frank Harris, Jean Cocteau, M.P. Sheil, Dashiell Hammett and Henry Green. As a memoirist, he was a forerunner of so many current writers who work in a similarly delicate, novelistic vein. As a literary parodist, he was praised by William Faulkner and P.G. Wodehouse. As a translator, he was very sensitive to stylistic nuances.
His work was admired by Evelyn Waugh, John Betjeman, Elizabeth Bowen, Graham Greene, Cyril Connolly, Anthony Powell, Olivia Manning, John Lehmann, Lucian Freud and others. Since his premature death at the age of only fifty-two, he has become a cult favourite among fellow writers such as Harold Pinter, Michael Holroyd, John King, Iain Sinclair, Jonathan Meades, Chris Petit, D.J. Taylor and Virginia Ironside. His reputation has also been kept alive through the campaigning of groups such as the Lost Club and the Sohemian Society.
I’m about a third of the way through, and WW2 has just started. A fascinating read. I’ve ordered three of his books off the back of this great biography.
It’s a great follow up to the five Patrick Hamilton novels and PH biography that I’ve completed over the last few weeks.
Yes groovers it’s time to Return To The World Of Joy. Another foray into the deep dark recesses of popular culture where - this time out - you’ll encounter Muhammad Ali, The Mighty Boosh, Crimps aplenty, John Lydon, the Sex Pistols, The Apprentice, Cassetteboy, Repo Man, Sir Alan Sugar, Leslie Nielsen, the Beastie Boys (RIP MCA), drugs advice, healthy eating tips, and much more. That’s in addition to the usual eclectic mash up from the world of popular music - old and new. Some of the new grooves includes music from Dr John, Grimes, Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Gentleman’s Dub Club, Alabama Shakes, whilst some of the timeless classics come courtesy John Barry, Blackfoot Sue, The Congos, Bill Withers, The Congregation, The Specials, AC/DC, Bread, John Kongos, Bobby Womack, Gary Puckett & Union Gap, and many more. Though I say so myself this is really rather good and well worth a listen. I hope you like it, nigeyb.
Return To The World Of Joy…..
Tigran Hamasyan - Rain Shadow (feat Bouncy Bouncy crimp) John Barry - The Persuaders Theme Bill Withers - Harlem The Men - Country Song Gentleman’s Dub Club - High Grade Mikey Dread - Industrial Spy The Specials - Message To You Rudy New Build - Misery Loves Company Orange Juice - What Presence?! Billy Ray Martin - Sweet Suburban Disco (Severino Dub mix) David Essex - Rock On Damon Albarn - Apple Carts Bread - Baby I’m-A Want You Beastie Boys - An Open Letter To NYC (Rub N Tug’s Macho Mix) Jimmy McGriff - Fat Cakes AC/DC - Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution Felt - The Darkest Ending Bobby Womack - California Dreamin’ José Feliciano - California Dreamin’ (Mojo Filter Re-Love) Graham Coxon - The Truth Alabama Shakes - I Found You Mark Lanegan Band - Ode To Sad Disco John Kongos - Tokoloshe Man Blackfoot Sue - Standing In The Road Dr. John - Ice Age The Congregation - Softly Whispering I Love You Grimes - Vanessa The Congos - Congoman Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells Simon & Garfunkel - Mrs Robinson (nigeyb’s Joyful World Mix) Gary Puckett & Union Gap - Young Girl
Wonderful discussion about the late, great Patrick Hamilton on Friday 11th May 2012 at the Sallis Benney Theatre, University of Brighton, Sussex, England.
There’s also a wonderful exhibition based on his brilliant novel ‘Hangover Square’…
‘Earls Court in the rain… The summer had crashed: it had crashed at Brighton: it would never rise again. Only rain now – the grey wet end of hope and love.’
Set in the seamy watering holes of Earls Court and a rain-swept Brighton on the cusp of World War II, Hangover Square is widely regarded as Patrick Hamilton’s masterpiece. To mark the 50th anniversary of the author’s death this unique art installation revisits his bleak hymn to obsessive desire.
Two inextricably linked interiors form the heart of the exhibition - a smart Brighton hotel room and a seedy London flat where the climactic crime scene is reimagined. Offering connections and clues to the rest of this darkly comic novel, the exhibition also allows the viewer to weave their own narratives upon the empty rooms.
Devised and created by Cinecity and designer/artist Anna Deamer with students from the University of Brighton and City College.
Created for Cinecity’s 10th anniversary. Presented by Cinecity. Commissioned by HOUSE 2012. Supported by Arts Council England. Co-produced with the University of Brighton.
Here’s Barry Adamson singing Gil Scott-Heron @ ‘A Tribute To Gil Scott-Heron” on 8th May 2012 as part of the Brighton Festival 2012.
Turns out Barry Adamson (like you need me to tell you ex-Magazine, The Bad Seeds and solo artist) has just moved to Brighton.
Here’s the official description of the event:
Canongate publisher Jamie Byng, poet Lemn Sissay, writer/poet Salena Godden (Under the Pier) and ex-Magazine and Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds bassist, film director and solo artist Barry Adamson celebrate the publication of Gil Scott-Heron’s memoirs, The Last Holiday, in this tribute to the American singer, poet and ‘Godfather of rap’.