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13 January 2010

sometimes i like it in films when people just sit there, not saying anything


life is full of little disappointments and i had a massive one last week. on friday i went down to the ica to see the limits of control. i was so excited about it because i've never seen a jim jarmusch film i didn't like. and i've seen three that i absolutely love. i think if i had to plump for a favourite director then jim jarmusch would be it. but the limits of control was um, a little disappointing. it's the first film of his i didn't really like, and it makes me sad just saying that. i don't ever expect much to happen in a jim jarmusch film, and when it does i expect it to happen really slowly, but the limits of control ended up going nowhere at all and it was really really boring. when i was at school i was always told not to use the word "boring" to describe things i'd seen or read, but i can't think of a more suitable adjective for this film. apart from perhaps "tedious", "tiresome" or "dull". i nearly fell asleep three times and i had to eat three bars of chocolate just to try and stay awake. i kept hoping, right up until the credits started rolling, that at some point something would happen that would make it all make sense and make watching the rest of the film seem worth it, but nothing ever did happen. it just ended. and i left the cinema feeling a bit wired and sick.

i spent the next few days trying to remember something redeemable about it, and there are a few things that i liked, and for anyone who like his films they kind of make it worth watching anyway. but only just. these are the things that are amazing in it. firstly, youki kudoh is in it. and she's brilliant, and it's nice to see her again because she's so trying and lovable as mitsuko in the first segment of mystery train. secondly, the character that paz de la huerta plays is great, and when she falls asleep next to the lone man it is quite funny and sweet. and isaach de bankole is good as the lone man who doesn't speak spanish, but it just kept reminding of how i haven't watched ghost dog in ages, and how great he is in that and how good ghost dog is and how dreadful the limits of control is. and lastly, the out rock soundtrack featuring boris and sunn o))) is probably the best soundtrack to a jim jarmusch film since dead man. it still rings in your ears long after the film has ended. but i was so thankful when the film ended.

weird. i seem to be doing amateur film reviews now.

02 January 2010

hopefully happy new year


"you touched me and then you ran
and left some sad peter pan
all alone and awkward
but a transformation, i swear it will occur"

- vic chesnutt


i haven't written in months. i know i should've, but i just didn't feel like writing anything. sometimes it just doesn't seem important when it's balanced up against other things. there are things i just don't want to write about and sometimes those things are the only things going on in my life. sorry. i'm here now though. and i'm listening to little by vic chesnutt while i'm writing this. such a beautiful album and so sad to hear about him dying over christmas. 

i haven't done much that i want to write about, but i did buy a new notebook in november. which might not sound that exciting, but for me it is. i've even decided to try writing in a different sort of notebook. as i'm sure everyone knows, in the past i've always written in a europa a5 notemaker, feint ruled, 60 leaves microperfed for easy removal. using various different colours depending on what i was working on. but i ran out of colours and i was getting confused. so i've decided to try writing in just a plain black moleskine one. like the sort that was used by van gogh and hemingway and that bruce chatwin wrote about. i think i was hoping it might make me more a bit more literate. anyway, i've started writing words for the new album and the only real difference i can see so far is that my handwriting seems to be slightly neater. i'm excited about writing for the new album though. and the new notebook. 

i've put together my top ten albums of last year. pete hasn't finished his yet, but hopefully his list can be an unexpected surprise in the summer.

anyway. here's my top ten favourite albums of last year.


1. the lovely eggs - if you were fruit

2. the pastels / tenniscoats - two sunsets

3. let's wrestle - in the court of the wrestling lets

4. pains of being pure at heart - pains of being pure at heart

5. bill callahan - sometimes i wish we were an eagle

6. bill wells and maher shalal hash baz - gok

7. camera obscura - my maudlin career

8. major lazer - guns don't kill people... lazers do

9. yeah yeah yeahs - it's blitz

10. ghostface killah - ghostdini wizard of poetry in emerald city


no big surprises in there i suppose. and here are my top ten favourite singles of last year.


1. fists - cockatoo

2. betty and the werewolves - david cassidy

3. magic kids - hey boy

4. girls - lust for life

5. the voluntary butler scheme - trading things in

6. karen o and the kids -  all is love

7. girls at dawn - never enough

8. christmas island - nineteen

9. cheryl cole - fight for this love

10. we show up on radar - mountain top


my favourite reissue for anyone that's interested was enter the vaselines. oh and foxbase beta and all those kraftwerk reissues. they were great too.

and that's pretty much it. it ended up being a funny year. it was nice to put a record out again though. i hope it was worth a little bit of the wait. there should be one this year too. but we've said that before. anyway, whatever happens, it's nice to be back. 

happy new year everyday



"every little thing is temporary
if i stay here any longer i'll end up very very scary"

- vic chesnutt