Monday, September 29, 2008

If the Watchmen Movie Looked Like This, I Might Actually See It
Josh Rose sent me this image and while it’s clearly awesome, whoever is responsible for it has made some pretty basic errors.

  • Charlie Brown should be Nite Owl II
  • Snoopy should be Doctor Manhattan
  • Linus should be Ozymandias
  • Lucy should be The Comedian
  • Sally Brown should be Silk Spectre II
  • Pig Pen should be Rorschach

Friday, September 26, 2008

Wild Combination
The Vancouver International Film Festival just started. They're showing that Arthur Russell film. Sadly The Pants I Have Owned didn't make the cut.

But don't listen to me. The only real way to get any useful VIFF lowdown is from the planet's most beautiful, witty and intelligent blogger.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Do Fake Do Front
Fake Jazz at the Western Front this Friday. Details here.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Post-rocktoberfest: A Call for Contributions
Owen just published a fantastic little post about Disco Inferno and the credit crunch. But couldn't he have waited? After all, Post-rocktoberfest is just 'round the corner and I would've been delighted to have cross-posted his piece during the festivities.

Seriously, though, in the unlikely event that there are some other bloggers out there who would like to write a UK post-rock post for The Blogglebum Cage, I'd be fully, fully into it. Email me! We'll make arrangements.

Alternatively, if anyone has some secret post-rock knowledge or hyperlinks they'd like to share, my eternal gratitude will surely be forthcoming. I'm particularly looking for: (a) information on what ex-members of UK post-rock bands are up to now; (b) live video footage of UK post-rock bands.

Or you could just sit on your lazy arses as usual and do fuck all.
The choice is yours.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Bonus Novelty Rock Video Cavalcade
These should have Carl Impostume crying into his chips and gravy. Plenty more where they came from, too.

Worth doing this post for the P:ano video alone.

Blur - "Parklife"

Holy Modal Rounders - "If You Want to be a Bird"

Hot Chip - "Boy from School"

Daniel Johnston - "Casper"

Monty Python's Flying Circus - "The Lumberjack Song"

P:ano - "Christmas (What's it All About?)"

Jason Segel - "Lady L"

Brendon Small - "Freaky Outie"

The Streets - "Fit but You Know It"

Ween - "Push th' Little Daisies"

Wiley - "Pies"

Moon Unit Zappa - "Valley Girl"

Friday, September 12, 2008

Image Unrelated
You may notice a slight lack of blogging for the rest of the month. Post-rocktoberfest is almost upon us and preparations must be made. In the meantime, if you live in Vancouver, you should go to Fake Sleep at VIVO tonight. Here are the details:

Fake Sleep

Fibrillation (Anomalous Records, from Bangkok)
Gabriel Mindel Saloman (ex-Yellow Swans)

Aerosol Constellations (Shearing Pinx, Stamina Mantis)

Empty Love + Les Beyond (dueling drone artists)

Fri Sep 12

VIVO Media Arts Centre
1695 Main Street, Vancouver
Doors at 8, first band at 9pm sharp!

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

There is No "Music"
There is Basic Channel and there is silence.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Evolution in Progress!
This is also funny. This provides some context.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Get Your Sleep On
When there's a Fake Jazz-related event in a non-terrifying venue, you really have to go. The extremely rare opportunity to witness the super-talented Fibrillation is the icing on the cake.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

According to IT: "The idea is to identify the common rhetorical and stylistic tropes of your favourite bloggers and ask them to write a post in which they get taken away, thus revealing the pure truth of their writing. Possibly. All posts must be at least 200 words."

I was tagged by Carl, who demanded "no electronica, no confessions, no cats, no reasonableness", so here are my at least 200 words:

I won't tell you the name of the fucking stupid exhibition that's thankfully about to end at the Vancouver Art Gallery. It's a name that obliquely references something Carl's dumb-ass "dogmeme" guidelines prohibit me from referencing -
obliquely or otherwise. This may already be one oblique reference too far but so what? Get off my fucking back already, it was just an oblique reference!

Oblique! Fucking!! Reference!!!

Anyway, it seems that the dick-wads and ass monkeys at the VAG hit upon quite the money-spinning scheme for this summer: essentially an exhibition of geek culture, taking in comics, video games and animation. After all, your average nerd will have not only a decent amount of disposable income but also a foolhardy willingness to actually dispose of this income on anything that falls within the general remit of geek culture.

Additionally, regular folk have recently shown a strong willingness to vicariously indulge in geekiness of various kinds, just so long as they don't actually have to - you know - buy an actual comic book or anything. Cunts! The VAG's sickeningly cynical marketing bullshit played heavily upon this tendency, accentuating the freak factor involved to a skin-crawling degree.

As if this horrifying marketing campaign would not be enough to thoroughly crush our spirits, the VAG added insult to injury by throwing the actual exhibition together in an insultingly cavalier fashion. For example, absolutely no attempt was made to logicaly connect the different media involved or make them work together.

The English-language comics and "graphic novels" section (that term was used in quotes throughout the exhibition) concentrated exclusively on indie/underground cartooning. If any attention had been given to mainstream American comics, it might have made more sense to put comic book art in the same exhibition as stills from video games. But it's hard for all but the most ignorant of fuckheads to see any link between Chris Ware and "Grand Theft Auto".

The real drag was that, among all this ignorantly thrown-together clutter, lay some real gems. Perhaps the most moving pieces of all were original production drawings from Windsor McCay's massively seminal cartoon "Gertie the Dinosaur". Interesting that McCay was included for "Gertie..." while the equally influential "Little Nemo in Slumberland" was ignored entirely. Doubtless the curators felt the unfortunate period racism that blighted "Nemo" would make patrons uncomfortable. And we wouldn't want to make anyone uncomfortable while we were taking their money now, would we? Not in an art gallery, nooo...

You fucking bastards.

I'm only going to tag three people. I tag...

Expressway to My Skull: No music I've never heard of, no Byron Coley-isms, no uploads

Tower of Sleep: No indie rock, no Vancouver, no moustaches

Updateable Mixtape: No hyperlinks, no embedded media, no Internet whatsoever

I know that these limitations have more to do with subject matter and layout than writing style but so what? I'm feeling unreasonable!

Friday, September 05, 2008

Never Tell You
Behold The Sneefler as she tries to decide which Rhythm and Sound 10" to put on next.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Novelty Rock Video Clash Part Five: "I'm a Little Dinosaur" by Jonathan Richman
I win! I win! And this proves it! Oddly, I actually thought about posting "Star Trekkin" myself, at one point. You can consider "I'm a Little Dinosaur" the knockout punch, if you like. I'm sure Carl will agree when I say that Jonathan Richman is the Greek God of Novelty Rock.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Novelty Rock Video Clash Part Four: "We Don't Play Guitars" by Chicks on Speed

This is pretty ripe. The only problem is that it's unmitigated crap whereas great novelty rock is - more often that not - mitigated crap (I can't think of a better description of The Moldy Peaches).

For some reason, Carl's pick got me thinking about "Track X" by Sheep on Drugs. "Track X" is a terrible art school goth/novelty techno take on The Normal's "Warm Leatherette" - I believe that both songs were covered by Grace Jones. Unfortunately, Sheep on Drugs' crap was in no way mitigated. But it did get me thinking about the similarly-named Chicks on Speed - art school electroclash/novelty techno pranksters who also covered "Warm Leatherette".

Novelty lyrics can elevate fairly ordinary music to the realm of the avant garde. Often the line between arty experimentalism and goofy comedy is perilously thin. Ladies and gentlemen: Chicks on Speed, the Fuzzbox it's (kinda) okay to like.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Recently Played
Here's what iTunes Party Shuffle has been puking up on my work computer (click the image for a closer look). The spooky thing is that it 'randomly' chose to play Sonic Youth's "Do You Believe in Rapture?" back-to-back with "Rapture's Delight" by KRS-One. Is someone trying to tell me something?

Monday, September 01, 2008

Novelty Rock Video Clash Part Three: "Lucky Number Nine" by The Moldy Peaches
I thought this was a bit of a cheap shot. There's a difference between unintentionally funny rock and novelty rock, mate. Besides, all the best rock is unintentionally funny. It takes a special kind of asshole to be sincerely comedic (as opposed to comedically sincere). And the Moldy Peaches were very "special" indeed. Besides, all the best novelty rock is intentionally annoying.