“The latest edition of the Popbitch.com newsletter reports that when TWISTED SISTER performed in Brighton, England last week, frontman Dee Snider gave a shout-out to the crowd, saying, “The balcony is where all the REAL sick motherfuckers are. They can’t even stand up by show time. Let’s have the house lights up to see them!” When the house lights were raised, the band and audience reportedly found themselves looking back at the disabled section of the crowd, full of fans in wheelchairs.”—Terry Hall is not the only pop star with foot-in-mouth disease | Music | guardian.co.uk
Good piece on bloggers and journalists - and the beef between the two in light of a recent article, linked to in the piece from Blueprint piece. Thought this was particularly true…
"In the early days of ‘Comment is Free’ on the Guardian site, columnists would routinely wonder why they were being got at, remorselessly persecuted, have all this personal invective thrown at them. As print journalists more accustomed to putting it out there but perhaps only occasionally getting the odd old-fashioned letter in the post, they just didn’t understand what the internet is about for the main part: an endless battle for attention in which those who are perceived to have undue access or influence are profoundly resented. If everyone can communicate, and has something to say, why on earth should we listen to Eton-boys moaning about the persistence of discussions of class, or middle-aged hackettes complaining about their nannies? This resentment is compounded exponentially if the reader feels both that the writer got their job through contacts/ posh education and is getting money for it. A routine complaint on CiF is ‘you got paid for this?’”
Never trust any media talking about another media. There’s always a hidden agenda if anyone’s being paid.
“The NME’s present incarnation – a dishwater-dull industry cum-rag with an editor who resembles a spoon in a suit – is of course merely reflective of a more widespread erosion of choice and illusion of independence which currently infects most aspects of culture and politics. The music industry in particular will always aspire to Johnny Rotten’s vision of ‘a bloated old vampire’, and nothing has filed down its fangs so much as the relocation of sharing, discussion and critical analysis of music to online publications, networks and forums. As for the NME, appearing in its pages these days is akin to standing on a moonlit Transylvanian balcony in a billowing nightdress bellowing ‘Come and get me, Vlad!’; you’ll be drained dry and thrown aside for something juicier within weeks. Hope lies in the blogs.”—Sleeping with the NME: how the British music press picked up a dose of the crap « Velvet Coalmine
“Eno’s been involved in the making of so many wonderful records that I hesitate to call Another Green World his best. But you know what? It really is. It’s not his most important record, I’ll concede, but it’s by far the most characterful and perfectly realised. A sonic and metaphysical bridge between the withering glam rock of his post-Roxy albums (particularly Here Come The Warm Jets) and the career-defining ambient phase to come, Another Green World is singular in its evocation of an exotic but decidedly Anglophile utopia, one populated by ‘Sombre Reptiles’, ‘Little Fishes’ and, more disconcertingly, ‘Spirits Drifting’. The short, haiku-like tracks were composed by Eno with the aid of his Oblique Strategies cards, and the honus is on plaintive instrumentals rather than song-structure. That said, the songs which do appear – most memorably the impossibly delicate, sleepy-eyed ‘Golden Hours’ – are timeless. Assisted by a crack team of backing musicians including John Cale, Phil Collins and Robert Fripp, the pastoral futurism of Another Green World represents more than just a turning-point in Eno’s career; it’s a landmark in the evolution of popular music and modern art at large.”—FACT magazine – music & art news, upfront videos, free downloads, classic vinyl, competitions, gigs, clubs, festivals & exhibitions - The Essential…Island
“Jonathan Lee Richards was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the person who has filed the most lawsuits in the history of mankind. After hearing of the honor, Mr. Richards, aka. “Johnny Sue-nami,” promptly filed an injunction in federal court to stop the company from bestowing the coveted title upon him, claiming that the moniker would cause him imminent danger and bodily harm. He then sued a dog for barking, the sun for not shining long enough, and his neighbor just for snoring too loud.”—idle.slashdot.org | World’s Most Litigious Man Sues Guinness For Saying He’s The Most Litigious