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Interregnum - Sarmoung
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Thursday, October 16th, 2008 12:39 pm
Interregnum

Whilst I am still working on a consciously discouraging short story, there are other things to distract me:

1. Tidying this house. No small work, particularly when it gets down to the level of properly filing bank statements, working through unmarked cds and tapes, etc...

2. Translating a Buddhist manga into English. An actual piece of work.

3. Cooking ox cheeks. I can't see how else you'd manage to cook ox cheeks unless you had a fair amount of time at home. By my reckoning, they should be ready to eat on Friday evening after requisite periods of salting, marinating, two separate cooking stages and a decent rest after.

4. Enjoying a DVD of O Lucky Man.



5. Feeling less than thrilled with the initial line-up confirmed for Scott Walker's Drifting and Tilting evening at the Barbican in November. I appreciate that Scott had some lousy experiences playing live back in the day, but since he's now able to pick his own band, production team and so on, not to mention that no one (although I'm sure there'll be some drunk wag in the audience) is going to shout out for The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore", I think someone should give him a stern talking to and tell him to do the singing. Instead, he's just producing and choosing the line up of vocalists that will be singing pieces from these two albums.

Jarvis Cocker was an obvious shoe-in. But the rest?

a. Damon Albarn. Oh dear. Does nothing for me. A good bums-on-seats option, mind.
b. Dot Allison. Never meant much to me at the time (One Dove) and still doesn't. Sounds rather sheeny-folky now. According to her Myspace, the new album is "her No Other" (Gene Clark buries himself in a mound of cocaine while wearing a dress. With mixed results tending toward the epic and overblown). Hmm.
c. Gavin Friday. I can see this one.
d. Michael Henry. Who? Possibly this one. Probably not this one. I don't know.
e. Nigel Richards. Understudied for Marianne Faithfull in The Black Rider... Okay, should be this one then.

Well, that's boutique pop concerts for you. I can remember going to a recent staging of Serge Gainsbourg's Melody Nelson that had orchestrator Jean-Claude Vannier conducting. Starring Jarvis Cocker, obviously. Badly Drawn Boy couldn't sing, got lots of applause. Brigitte Fontaine, who can, seemed to scare the audience and no one seemed to know who she was. Chances are that the unknowns Richards and Henry will steal the show and Albarn's voice won't be up to par.

Various other acts tbc. There's not many Scott has worked with. Ute Lemper? I suppose someone did email David Bowie. PLEASE no Radiohead! It needs something to stop it descending into another self-congratulatory night of back-slapping and who's been invited to the after-party(?). Not you. Suggestions? Tiny Tim and Klaus Nomi aren't returning their calls.


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plinth
caractacus
Thursday, October 16th, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)

1. robert wyatt.
2. kurt wagner.
3. that fella from tindersticks (he's been trying for a while.)
4. mark hollis.
5. julian cope.


i have to admit i'm intrigued as to the lack of american singers in the list - are we to assume SW is a bonafide brit now? cockles and whelks?

i'd definitely still go see this show though. is it sold out?


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sarmoung
sarmoung
The Empire Never Ended
Thursday, October 16th, 2008 09:34 pm (UTC)

Hmm, Mark Hollis! I like it. I see his Wikipedia entry has been edited very sensitively:

"Hollis is most famous as the lead singer of the band Talk Talk. If it wasn't for his grating, effeminate voice, Talk Talk would be known today as a ground breaking new-rock band. Instead, they are known as a band that embodies everything that was wrong with the 80's."

Not on my watch, soldier!

It's seems to be sold out. I've got one spare ticket for the Thursday night (Nov 13) which you're welcome to if you want it. Accommodations and post-gig cocoa also on offer.


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silenceinspades
silenceinspades
silence in spades
Thursday, October 16th, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC)

damon albarn needs to calm down. i'm unsure how he and radiohead are involved with everything having to do with music all the time.

i agree with plinth on the kurt wagner recommendation. i actually think that the world might be better if lambchop recorded every album being released right now.


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sarmoung
sarmoung
The Empire Never Ended
Thursday, October 16th, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC)

It's fairly much a trilogy of Albarn, Cocker and Radiohead for this sort of thing. Jarvis gets a pass this time for having been produced by Scott.

Just so long as Pete Doherty doesn't waltz along as well...


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hulegu
hulegu
hulegu
Thursday, October 16th, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC)

Re:

3) Is it a Fergus Henderson recipe.

5) Marc Almond would seem to be an obvious pick. Nick Cave too, I would think. What about someone Continental?


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sarmoung
sarmoung
The Empire Never Ended
Thursday, October 16th, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)

3. No. I've gone fairly French classic with this. They've been braised in red wine with yer usual Provencal herbs and vegetables. I'm just back from an evening out and I'm pleased to see that the cheeks are now as good as they could be after seven hours in a low oven. According to this recipe though, there's still another day to go until it's ready to eat as they need to rest. Heat to serve. Reduce the sauce. Blimey!

5. Yes, why not Marc? As for Continental. Hmm. Why not a continental philospher? Shame about Derrida, but BHL should be available.



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hulegu
hulegu
hulegu
Friday, October 17th, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)

Sounds wonderful! I hope you've used a decent drop. Sounds like classic sustenance for a struggling writer.

Otherwise, I trust life is good. How are the shop plans coming along?



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hulegu
hulegu
hulegu
Friday, October 17th, 2008 09:06 pm (UTC)

Alarming fact I learnt while researching Klaus Nomi, of whom I'd never heard until you mentioned him above: Klaus Nomi's version of You Don't KNow Me is the official anthem of Rush Limbaugh's Gay Community Update.

wtf!?!


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sarmoung
sarmoung
The Empire Never Ended
Monday, October 20th, 2008 07:12 am (UTC)

So I wonder if the Estate of Nomi (?) gets a royalties payment for that. Hmm. "The Nomi Song", a recent documentary, is worth having a look at if you can find it.

As for the shop, well, I'm waiting on a date for a driving test as there's no way haul this stuff around on my back! February is still the proposed launch date. Otherwise, at home, working on various recipe ideas and sauces and checking out potential sites, working on a slight webpage, studying basic accounting, etc, etc...





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hulegu
hulegu
hulegu
Saturday, December 6th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)

(meanwhile, back at the ranch ...)

Thoughts on the passing of Patriarch Alexei?

Memory Eternal!


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