June 29, 2008

Thread-Dropping With Puritan.

'You guys must have replaced your brains with hair.'

Posted by dean at 08:14 PM

June 28, 2008

Zalbe, Page 91.

Her gave her a smile. And she smiled back. He folded that smile, put it away, and kept it for years.

Posted by dean at 06:25 PM

June 24, 2008

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Posted by dean at 07:20 PM

June 22, 2008

It Would've Been Better If They Took The Other Way Around.

But they didn't, so it wasn't.

Film-mob filth clogged their way out, letting the hollers behind them get louder.

One of them said, 'I heard good things.'

Another, 'The typeface is shit.'

She took her arm, soaked up the stares, and ran out the back. No one noticed, or looked at their phones.

Posted by dean at 02:47 AM

June 18, 2008

Pipettes : Manifesto.

'Let us write the histories of pop music (the plural has a certain importance). A history at once oral / aural, but not linear or progressive. A history that snakes and twists and turns back on itself, a history of ruptures and wrong-turnings. But let us not start with The Beatles. Let us not speak their name.

There is a traditional historiography of popular music which in some way or another always seems to come back to the Beatles; and Lonnie Donegan who begat The Beatles, and Elvis who begat Lonnie Donegan John Lee Hooker who begat Elvis and Robert Johnson who begat John Lee Hooker etc. etc. But that is not what we are interested in here.

We don't love you (yeah, yeah, yeah).

We don't want to hold your hand.

So let us start in the year Phil Spector aged wrote and produced his first hit, "To Know Him Is To Love Him", taking the title from his father's epitaph. Phil Spector, the first Tycoon of Teen, the first Pop Genius, the first person making this crazy new music who was actually of the age of its audience, the first guy with any power in the music industry who actually liked this stuff.

Spector wasn't trying to bolster his label's back-catalogue with a few easy money spinners in order to create the capital to record and release the Real music, the great classics that he Really cared about. Much like punk rock, pop music was developed and incubated in quite a cynical and pedestrian fashion.

It was often those who came just a little later, those who almost missed the boat, like the Pop Group, DNA, Sonic Youth, who took the promise of punk rock at face value and got excited about it and tore it apart in ways their progenitors could never have imagined; they made punk great and significant and important. Spector took the promise of rock & roll and the new socioeconomic class of the 'teenager' at face value and ran with it. This was the real music that was important and valuable and serious and worth caring about. And anything was possible.

So let's draw on the magic and the energy of this period that we might almost think of as a golden age: the Spector years, the Brill building, Joe Meek's Triumph recordings in England, and beyond that, Motown, Stax, Studio One.

Let us make this our starting point and start here to tell our story, from whence we shall move both backwards and forwards (in historical terms, the two are never easy to separate anyway).

Already the astute amongst you may have started to notice a broader spectrum creeping in; shades of Philly soul, of afrobeat, disco, glam rock, riot grrrl, dance pop, R & B, and, in the other direction, of doo wop, Broadway, the radio hits of the thirties and forties, music hall, the European folk tradition.

So let us draw towards us our friends, our enemies, and our casual acquaintances, without regard for their talent, their ability or their experience and lets see what we can learn together through the action of simple, practical music making.

Let's see what new histories we can write together.'

The Pipettes

Posted by dean at 06:24 PM

June 04, 2008

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Posted by dean at 04:13 PM

June 01, 2008

Awful, Odd, Frozen Howitzer, Page 168.

'If we walk far enough,' said Dorothy, 'we shall sometime come to some place, I am sure.'

Posted by dean at 04:03 AM

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