I’m going to try and get better and remembering to write things that aren’t work based here this year.
The only celebration I’m interested in this ridiculous holiday is a celebration of the awesomeness that is the Afghan Whigs reformation.
A week ago today as the conclusion of the wonder that was ATP I’ll Be Your Mirror I got to see the Whigs. This was kind of a big deal for me as I didn’t get to see them when they were together the first time around. I’ve seen Twilight Singers a few times, but never the Whigs, and I have LOVED them since I was 13. Like, I can tell you that the almost unidentifiable sound at the very beginning of the Gentlemen LP is actually a microphone being held out of the window as they drive across the bridge into the city, that kind of love.
So yes, big deal. And they were mind blowing. Unfortunately they attracted a bunch of dicks (really, moshing? really? we’re in our thirties at the youngest guys, give it the fuck up)
They were tighter than I’ve ever heard them, and God they looked good. Being old works for them. I think it’s pretty well documented how good Dulli’s voice has gotten since he quite smoking, but you should see it for yourself. It’s pretty phenomenal.
Oh, and he’s HOT again, gone is fat slightly wasted at all times Dulli, he’s been replaced by a together, skinnier altogether more dapper incarnation. This new Greg is perfectly suited to the songs that he’s singing you, they’re even more effective now than they were when he was in his twenties. Middle age suits the Afghan Whigs, this is who they were always supposed to be.
The set was a heady mix of hits of everything from I’m Her Slave era, right through to a couple of 1965 classics. Alongside the core three were a variety of piano/string/vocal types, which really made everything from Black Love onwards, sound incredible.
I think I actually swooned when I heard the drums for the opening of Gentlemen start…
Anyway, I’m going to stop talking and leave you with the entire show from Primavera that someone very kindly posted a couple of days ago. It’s awesome. Probably the best thing you can do with an hour this Jubilee Sunday. Watch it and rediscover the best band in the world. Ever.
So, I’m currently working on a super-secret, super-awesome project with a super-secret someone. More about that later.
I asked my lovely friend Jo (better known to you as Miss Led) to draw me a simple pencil portrait for said new super secret project and I love it, so I thought I’d share it with you here.
Also, you should check out http://www.missled.co.uk/ for more of her stuff, as it’s great.
There’s a new Caitlin Rose video, it’s for the song Piledriver Waltz that she recorded for Record Store Day this year. It’s a cover of the Alex Turner song – and it’s so good it made me like it, and I really hate Alex Turner.
It’s nice to hear something new from Caitlin, even if it is only a cover.
This September 3rd ( happily, mere weeks before my birthday) Jaws is getting it’s Blu ray release. I’ve been waiting for this for as long as, well as long as 1080p has been an option.
There’s a whole bunch of awesome extras not included on the last 3 DVD editions of Jaws (although some of it, obviously is) including :The Shark is Still Working: The Impact and Legacy of Jaws which I missed the London screening of last year.
Anyway, Universal have released a featurette about the restoration process which is below. Watch it and marvel at the sheer lengths they’ve gone to. And then get excited.
Really though, 2012, can you get any better?
It’s Valentine’s. I’m still very much smitten, so I (obviously) made a playlist, and now I’m putting it here.
It’s got some Jawbreaker, some Death Cab, some Nada Surf, bit of Jets to Brazil. All the classics.
That was all.
As you were.
I’m not usually one for positive messages and quotes, I lived for that shit when I was younger but somewhere around your early thirties it becomes difficult to not find the whole thing “put a bird on it” twee.
This being said, I stumbled across the “To Resolve” project the other day and it changed my feelings somewhat. I don’t know whether it’s just that the designers involved are awesome, or that I find myself temporarily free of contract, or that it’s the end of the worst month of the year – but I’ve found myself wondering what I want to be doing more of in 2012 – and this project made me think about it a little harder.
To Resolve is a design project launched last year by Chris Streger in which he asked a whole bunch of super talented designers to create an iPhone wallpaper of their new years resolution. Idea being that if it’s not just written on paper, but it’s on a device you look at a hundred times a day, you’ve got more chance of remembering your resolve.
Anyway, if you’re feeling a little uninspired I suggest you go check it out. As someone who rarely finds the time to do anything creative anymore and spends all her time thinking, I’ve downloaded David Pfluger‘s to try and remember mine.
This just made my day infinitely better (and today was find out how much tax I have to pay day – so it was no small order)
Dude. That’s Greg Dulli playing a heartbreaking song on the frickin’ piano. My level of swooning is out of control.
Did I mention how excited I was about ATP this year, yet? Cos I really am.
Anyway, it’s Dulli’s favourite Cohen song, and it’s part of a series of Cohen covers call “Old Ideas With New Friends” which features among others, AC Newman, Rhett Miller and Bradford Cox (I’m looking at you Sarah, it’s like misery times infinity)
Happy 2012. It’s been pretty busy so far, and I didn’t make any year end lists either. I decided to try and actually have a Christmas break and IT WAS AWESOME
Anyway, I found this on my friend Tessa’s blog and although I’m loathed to post a Funny or Die video, it’s totally worth it.
I watched all the OC Chrismukkah episodes over the holidays, and thought about how goddamn bad Hart Of Dixie is. (Southland though, woah! Did you see the first episode of Season 4? Ryan WINS at post OC life)
You should watch this if you have any interest in early to mid 00s teen TV. C-DUB BITCHES!