Archive for September, 2011
September 23rd, 2011

When I bought the latest Gillian Welch album on CD I didn’t realise how special the cover insert was. Here’s the story of how it was made and how much love goes into every aspect of the release.

It’s a Beautiful Day
September 13th, 2011

This beautiful song is featured in the third part of Terence Davies’s Trilogy, Death and Transfiguration (1983). Davies uses music to moving effect in his autobiographical film about growing up as a closeted gay man in post-war Liverpool, but this clip takes us back to the golden age of Hollywood musicals, evoking a certain naivete that Davies possibly yearns for as he looks back at his harsh upbringing.

Big In Japan
September 13th, 2011

Isami-ashi, Wait behind the white line, May 1979

I’ll stand up, July 1979

Frieze magazine linked to a whole bunch of these Japanese Subway Manners posters yesterday. On the surface, Japan loves etiquette and respect, which is charming in itself, but these posters take a particularly offbeat look at do’s and don’t’s on the trains and on the platforms. They’re all notable, but these two, in particular, caught my eye. Simple and weird.

On The Beach
September 12th, 2011

Flotsam & Jetsam HD from Flotsam and Jetsam on Vimeo.

My pal Paul Rafferty (of ace band Hot Club de Paris) did the graphics and music for this charming short documentary about Dutch beachcombers. It’s a bit funny and a bit sad, but mostly interesting.