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Annette Peacock – I’m The One
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What an album cover. I’ve had two copies of this – an early one picked up in Glasgow that I stupidly traded, and then this copy that I picked up in Sheffield record store where it was hanging on the wall, much to the chagrin of my beat-diggin friend in the store with me, who had been after it for years.

Annette Peacock is an avant-garde jazz artist who experimented a lot with early synthesizers and vocal modulation in her work. She still gigs and records, and is vastly under-rated, maybe because her work is rarely as receptive to the mainstream as other slept-on female artists like Vashti Bunyan and Judie Sill.

I’m The One is a monster of an album, mixing free-jazz workouts with sleazy synth funk. ‘Pony’ is the stand out track, a filthy 6 minutes of sex-chat and moaning over a lazy, looping bass riff, skittering drums and sci-fi synths. Last.fm has an excerpt here:

www.last.fm/music/Annette+Peacock/_/Pony

gorgeous

Shiva postcard ~
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picked this up in Vashisht ,Himachal by i am told a Russian artist ,the name on the art is apparently the artists guru ji.

If anyone knows more info. about this artist please tell me ! ~:-)

kanye west japanese edition.
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cover work was done by the japanese artist murakami, so gotta pick up the japanese version cd.

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Sign if you’re glad to be gay
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SING IF YOU’RE GLAD TO BE GAY (1978)
The British Police are the best in the world
I don’t believe one of these stories I’ve heard
‘Bout them raiding our pubs for no reason at all
Lining the customers up by the wall
Picking out people and knocking them down
Resisting arrest as they’re kicked on the ground
Searching their houses and calling them queer
I don’t believe that sort of thing happens here

Sing if you’re glad to be gay
Sing if you’re happy that way

Pictures of naked young women are fun
In Titbits and Playboy, page three of The Sun
There’s no nudes in Gay News our last magazine
But they still find excuses to call it obscene
Read how disgusting we are in the press
The News of The World and the Sunday Express
Molesters of children, corruptors of youth
It’s there in the paper, it must be the truth

Sing if you’re glad to be gay
Sing if you’re happy that way

Don’t try to kid us that if you’re discreet
You’re perfectly safe as you walk down the street
You don’t have to mince or make bitchy remarks
To get beaten unconscious and left in the dark
I had a friend who was gentle and short
Got lonely one evening and went for a walk
Queerbashers caught him and kicked in his teeth
He was only hospitalised for a week

Sing if you’re glad to be gay
Sing if you’re happy that way

So sit back and watch as they close all our clubs
Arrest us for meeting and raid all our pubs
Make sure your boyfriend’s at least 21
So only your friends and your brothers get done
Lie to your workmates, lie to your folks
Put down the queens and tell anti-queer jokes
Gay Lib’s ridiculous, join their laughter
"The buggers are legal now,
what more are they after ?"

Sing if you’re glad to be gay
Sing if you’re happy that way, hey
Sing if you’re glad to be gay
Sing if you’re happy that way, hey

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PMcC album Memory Almost Full
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Image by Antoon’s Foobar
Artist: Paul McCartney
Title: Memory Almost Full
Orignal Release: June 5, 2007

Label: Hear Music
Catalog #: 30348
Producer: David Kahne

1 Dance Tonight (Paul McCartney) 2:56
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 2:56
Release: 2007

2 Ever Present Past (Paul McCartney) 2:59
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 2:59
Release: 2007

3 See Your Sunshine (Paul McCartney) 3:22
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 3:22
Release: 2007

4 Only Mama Knows (Paul McCartney) 4:19
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 4:19
Release: 2007

5 You Tell Me (Paul McCartney) 3:17
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 3:17
Release: 2007

6 Mister Bellamy (Paul McCartney) 3:41
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 3:41
Release: 2007

7 Gratitude (Paul McCartney) 3:21
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 3:21
Release: 2007

8 Vintage Clothes (Paul McCartney) 2:24
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 2:24
Release: 2007

9 That Was Me (Paul McCartney) 2:16
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 2:16
Release: 2007

10 Feet In The Clouds (Paul McCartney) 3:26
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 3:26
Release: 2007

11 House Of Wax (Paul McCartney) 5:01
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 5:01
Release: 2007

12 End Of The End (Paul McCartney) 2:59
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 2:59
Release: 2007

13 Nod Your Head (Paul McCartney) 1:58
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 1:58
Release: 2007

14 * Why So Blue (Paul McCartney) 1:58
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 1:58
Release: 2007

14 * 222 (Paul McCartney) 1:58
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 1:58
Release: 2007

14 * In Private (Paul McCartney) 1:58
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 1:58
Release: 2007

17 Paul Talks About the Music of Memory Almost Full (Paul McCartney) bonus track
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time:
Release: 2007

Dance Tonight (Paul McCartney) CD single:Dance Tonight 2:56
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 2:56
Release: 2007

Dance Tonight (Paul McCartney) vinyl single:Dance Tonight 2:56
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 2:56
Release: 2007

Nod Your Head (new mix) (Paul McCartney) CD single:Dance Tonight 1:58
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 1:58
Release: 2007

Ever Present Past (Paul McCartney) single:Ever Present Past 2:59
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 2:59
Release: 2007

* – Bonus tracks not on original album but on reissue
Artist: Paul McCartney
Title: Memory Almost Full
Orignal Release: June 5, 2007

Label: Hear Music
Catalog #: 30348
Producer: David Kahne

Musicians:

All tracks written and composed by Paul McCartney
Produced and programmed by David Kahne

Paul McCartney played all instruments except:
Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens – keyboards;
Rusty Anderson – guitar;
Brian Ray – bass guitar;
Abe Laboriel Jnr. – drums;
Played on Only Mamma Knows, You Tell Me, Vintage Clothes, That Was Me, Feet In The Clouds, and House of Wax

Recorded at Hog Hill Mill Studios, Abbey Road Studios, Henson Recording Studios, Air Studios, RAK Studios
Mastered by: Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering

Credits:

Recorded at Hog Hill Mill Studios, Abbey Road Studios, Henson Recording Studios, Air Studios, RAK Studios
Mastered by: Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering

Memory Almost Full will be released on Friday 1st June This release will be the first ever Paul McCartney album
available digitally Memory Almost Full is Paul McCartney’s 21st solo album since leaving The Beatles

Tuesday, June 5th 2007

By Paul McCartney

I actually started this album, Memory Almost Full, before my last album Chaos And Creation In The Backyard (released September 2005). The first recording session was back in the autumn of 2003 at Abbey Road with my touring band and producer David Kahne. I was right in the middle of it when I began talking with Nigel Godrich about a brand new project (which became Chaos And Creation In The Backyard).

When I was just finishing up everything concerned with Chaos and had just got the Grammy nominations (2006) I realised I had this album to go back to and finish off. So I got it out to listen to it again, wondering if I would enjoy it, but actually I really loved it. All I did at first was just listen to a couple of things and then I began to think, ‘OK, I like that track – now, what is wrong with it?’ And it might be something like a drum sound, so then I would re-drum and see where we would get to.

I took it from there and built it up. I went through, track by track, making changes as I went along. I fixed things I wasn’t too keen on and it just evolved from there. Without me knowing, or really trying, it started to get its own theme, a sort of thread that holds it all together. So I suppose it’s about half new stuff and half old stuff from 2003.

In places it’s a very personal record and a lot of it is retrospective, drawing from memory, like memories from being a kid, from Liverpool and from summers gone. The album is evocative, emotional, rocking, but I can’t really sum it up in one sentence.

There is a medley of 5 songs towards the end and that was purposefully retrospective. I thought this might be because I’m at this point in my life, but then I think about the times I was writing with John and a lot of that was also looking back. It’s like me with ‘Penny Lane’ and ‘Eleanor Rigby’ – I’m still up to the same tricks!

I know people are going to look at some of the songs and interpret them in different ways but this has always been the case. The thing is that I love writing songs, so I just write and write. I never really get to a point where I start thinking I’m going to write about specific subjects. Inevitably though, what I am thinking is going to find its way into what I’m doing

The opening track of the album is ‘Dance Tonight’. I recently got myself a mandolin and I was just playing about with it and came up with the basis of this track. A couple of weeks ago we made the video, which was great fun. It’s directed by Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind) and stars Natalie Portman and Mackenzie Crook. I’m not going to give the plot away. You’ll have to go and watch it for yourself, but we had a good time doing it.

The album title came after I had finished everything. For me, that’s when they normally come, with the exception of maybe Sgt. Peppers, otherwise I don’t think I have ever made an album with The Beatles, Wings or solo where I have thought of a title and a concept. I was thinking about what would sum the whole thing up and ‘Memory Almost Full’ sprung to mind. It’s a phrase that seemed to embrace modern life; in modern life our brains can get a bit overloaded. I realised I had also seen it come up on my phone a few times. When I started bouncing the idea round with some friends they nearly all got different meanings out of it, but they all said they loved it. So the feedback helped solidify the title.

After completing the album I then started thinking about the album artwork and how I’d want it to look. I really wanted to make the CD a desirable object. Something that I know I’d want to pick up from the shelf, something that would make people curious. I hope our final concept has done that. The album sleeve itself includes an etching by a friend of mine, Humphrey Ocean. As with the album lyrics, I’m looking forward to seeing how people might interpret the artwork.

Currently I’m just starting out on the promo trail and beginning to get the first bits of feedback about the album and so far so good! It’s interesting now as I’m getting to hear what other people are making of the songs and what their feelings are. I’m also talking about the album myself and I’m really enjoying the discovery process.

I really enjoyed making this album with David Kahne and I’m proud of all the songs. We had a great time. I hope that the fun we had will communicate itself to the people who are going to listen to it.

All the best,
Paul McCartney, April 2007

Madam, At Ascot, I’m Adam
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I’ve written before about Adam Hughes, and his wife and partner, Allie. He’s one of the top cover artists in the whole biz. She’s a wonderful artist herself. Together, their table is a must-visit destination.

If you’re there at the very start of the show, you can get on his sketch list. No pushing, no shoving, no rushing. Just get there in the first fifteen minutes or so and tell Adam what character you’d like him to draw. Instead of "first come, first serve" Adam simply picks and chooses subjects that happen to strike his fancy and he knocks himself out to completes as many as he can, while still making time to meet fans and sign books.

Adam and Allie are great folks, and they’re quite generous with their time. It’s clear that at any con, their first priority is meeting with fans, their second priority is completing whatever obligations they’ve made to the show (such as appearing on panels), Priority Three is keeping their con-stress down to a humanitarian level, and then Priority Four is completing sketches. Which is exactly right.

I continue to be impressed by how well they manage things. Only a few people got sketches, of course. But every last person who wanted to get a book signed or to pick up a print or a sketchbook got that opportunity over the course of the show.

As with the New York Comic-Con, I got into the hall early but I didn’t approach their table until the doors had opened to the general public and a line of civilians had already formed. Their rules are fair and unambiguous. And as with NYCC, I didn’t get a sketch, and I wasn’t disappointed. Getting an Adam Hughes con sketch should be considered a sign that on this day and at this place, you counted among Fortune’s beloved. If you consider it a Constitutional Right, then you’re clearly among of the one percent of the one percent of the one percent of the population that can never be satisfied.

Whoever asked Adam for "Audrey Hepburn" — that’s all Adam went from, just the name — is probably still dancing and jumping around. Adam’s amazingly inventive and creative. Who else would take that basic subject and come up with a poster for "My Fair Lady 2: Force 10 From Lisson Grove," featuring Liza in full Ascot finery and hefting a SAW gun?

(They posted a photo of the finished sketch here. Spiffy!)

It makes me wonder if a magazine entitled "Guns And Millinery" could have found some success before print publishing imploded. If they had Adam do the covers they were in with a chance, for sure.

[Update: well, BostonCon will be the last show in which Adam accepts sketch requests, thanks to some assclown who begged and pleaded and pestered and made a nuisance out of himself until Adam stressed himelf out and did a lovely Wonder Woman sketch for the guy at the end of the last day. Annnnnd the piece landed on eBay before the couple's plane home landed in Atlanta...with the bidding already at something like three to five times what this clown among asses, this ass of clowns, paid for it.

It certainly wasn't the first time someone professed to be a fan when in reality, they just saw Adam as a gifted ATM machine. It was merely the last straw.

(The full story is here.)

I'm disappointed that I'll never get one of his marker sketches but I'm glad that two of the nicest people on the con circuit have made a change that will let them keep attending these shows and keep meeting their fans while actually maintaining their sanity.

I will only say in closing: thanks, eBay assclown, on behalf of every true fan.]

Debilz Duo
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Image by midnightglory
Also picked up two of the new Debilz Series, designed by Mist (the same artist that designed Rouge le Fou).

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Quiet Jesus, I’m Reading
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Image by Robert Burdock
I picked this up from the sorting office not more than an hour ago and I’m still staggering around ‘drunk’ with bookish intoxication. It’s one of the books I ordered a few days ago, and I’m really, really, really excited about reading it.

In case you can’t tell from this tight shot of the exquisite cover (no artist credit. Designed in-house?), this is Shusaku Endo’s Silence (Peter Owen), and although I’ve never read any of the works from this Japanese writer before, this is a novel I’m hugely looking forward to reading (I may have briefly mentioned that already :o )). Check out the blurb:

Silence is the story of an idealistic Portuguese Jesuit priest, Father Sebastian Rodrigues, who in the 1640s sets sail for Japan determined to help the brutally oppressed Japanese Christians and to rediscover the truth about his former mentor, who is rumoured to have rejected ‘glorious martyrdom’ and apostatized. But once faced with the reality of religious persecution Rodrigues is himself forced to make an impossible choice: whether to abandon his flock or his God.

Fantastic, and what’s more this most recent edition from Peter Owen Publishers also comes with a foreword from Martin Scorsese. Does reading life get much better than this? I think not!

The hardest part now is putting this novel in it’s rightful place at the bottom of my reading pile and waiting patiently until it comes up. Emm…wouldn’t it be a real shame if I accidently toppled the pile and forgot what books went where? :o )

Peter Owen | 2007 (UK) | £10.95 | PAPERBACK | 320 PP | ISBN 9780720612868

Turkish Delight
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Image by Robert Burdock
Such are my reading tastes that I rarely find the kind of books that I like in the 2nd-hand shops in my local town (does that sound snobby? It isn’t meant to :) ). Imagine my surprise then when I strolled into one such local shop on Saturday, and picked up this beautiful pair of translated titles, which coincidentally are both from Turkish authors. Result? I should say so!

The first book will, I’m sure, need no introduction. Orhan Pumak’s My Name is Red is famous around the world as a literary work which not only explores sixteenth-century Istanbul and the outside cultures which influenced it, but it’s also a bit of a murder mystery novel too. A strange juxtaposition perhaps, but from what I’ve heard this is a mix that makes for compelling reading. Here’s the official blurb (for anyone who doesn’t know anything about this novel:

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In Istanbul, in the late 1590s, the Sultan secretly commissions a great book: a celebration of his life and his empire, to be illuminated by the great artists of the day – in the European manner. But when one of the miniaturists is murdered, their master has to seek outside help. Did the dead painter fall victim to professional rivalry, romantic jealousy or religious terror?
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So that’s a quick rundown on Pumak’s My Name is Red, a novel which has until now eluded me.

The second novel, Yaşar Kemal’s The Wind from the Plain may not be as quickly recognised by some, but its author probably will be. Having written 24 novels – the most famous of which is probably Memed, My Hawk (İnce Memed) – Kemal is considered to be one of Turkey’s top authors. The Wind from the Plain, first published in the vernacular as Orta Direk in 1960, is the first novel in what has become known as the ‘Wind from the Plains Trilogy’, with two subsequent novels – Iron Earth, Copper Sky (Yer Demir Gök Bakır), and The Undying Grass (Ölmez Otu) – carrying on the story that this first one establishes. So what kind of story does The Wind from the Plain establish? Well, get a load of this synopsis and tell me that it doesn’t get your literary juices flowing:

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Each year the wind brings the news to old Halil’s keen senses that the cotton is ripe for picking in the plain, and at his word the entire population of his remote village in the Taurus Mountains set out on the arduous trek to earn by their toil enough to pay their debts and buy the necessities of life for the bitter highland winter.

But this year old Halil finds himself too old to go on foot; so does Long Ali’s ageing mother Meryemdje, and both clamour for a place on the back of Long Ali’s broken-down nag, once a pure-bred Arab steed stolen by Ali’s brigand father, now scarcely capable of of bearing either of the two old people. Halil’s determination to stay on and Meryemdje’s to get him off lead to a word of words and cunning which lights with delicious comedy the sombre drama of the march. But when the decrepit animal finally dies, and the group falls behind the rest of the villagers, it is the unfortunate Ali who has to show piety towards his mother and compassion to old Halil, while pressing on with dogged resolution to reach the cotton fields before they are picked bare.
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So what do you think of that folks? I think it sounds exquisite – like a Turkish version of Grapes of Wrath perhaps :) – and I can’t wait to dive in. And on a side note I was delighted to discover that Kemal’s own wife, Thilda is employed as the English translator for many (all?) of his novels. How endearing! What a lovely thing, to work alongside one’s wife on such an intimate level. I couldn’t ever see me and Mrs Rob working together like that, so closely :)

So two fine novels from Orhan Pumak and Yaşar Kemal. What a delightful catch, and right on my doorstep too. What’s more, I’m delighted to discover that there’s someone else in my small town whose taste for translated fiction is similar to my own. I can only hope now that that person is on something of a quest to relieve their bookshelves of more translated fiction. My vigil on the 2nd-hand shops in my local town begins :)

So fellow reader, Orhan Pumak? Yaşar Kemal? What is your own reading experience of these two Turkish novelists? I’d love to hear your own thoughts.

050/365
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I recently purchased a few of these artist’s sketch dolls because I love their looks and I’d maybe like to make some freeze-framed animations with them. Not necessarily stop motion but more like a line of these all at a various stage in a particular movement. Anyway, that’s the plan, but I’ve only got two so far (and one is still waiting at the Post Office to be picked up) so it’ll have to wait. I can make some dialogue shots perhaps…

This is the exact pose the model was in when I opened the box and I already love it. It’s all gangly and awkward looking :P I think his head is on backwards too! Poor bugger, I’ll get him right soon enough.

This is just shot against my bedroom curtains cos it’s a bright and sunny morning and they light up quite nicely under direct sun. I know it’s really saturated, but I love the colours so I’m keeping it this way (for now, at least). I’m a bit wary, because I remember reading one of the inimitable Trey Ratcliife’s blog posts about how the rods or cones in our eyes can only handle looking at saturated parts of a picture for a brief while, before they need to look to a calmer part of it to recharge. I hope the figure itself can provide that little island but if not, maybe I will tone it down a bit. Cheers people, your input will be most appreciated :)

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“Bing Necklace 1″ of Recycled Aluminum Cans ~ 2 of 2 photos
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Continued from last photo….

Necklace made of various aluminum cans, and 1 red pull tab. The charms are backed in EVA foam and the necklace is light as a feather.

This is just about my fav thing made this year. I have ADD and it sums up what my brain deals with every day. I named it "Bing" after those new TV search engine commercials …I absolutely love that ad campaign about our 21st century society and information overload. It doesn’t take much to over load me…but I have had nearly 53 years of practice now.

I pick up aluminum cans off the streets, and out of trash bins, bring home and wash throughly. Then I create something of value with them.
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Thank you for blogging about my necklace Bead Dreamer!
thebeaddreamer.wordpress.com/2009/09/28/jewelry-trashonis…

FINIS

+ HOPP SCHWIIZ! +
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Image by Mickie Quick
This giant bookmark for our giant book of prints, a bit of a joke to make our folder look like a giant book, since all our neighbours were selling books, an we, oddly were selling big prints off of a table.

The scarf was retrieved the previous night from the street, where it had just fallen from a drunk Swiss soccer fan on his way home from watching the nation’s team play in the World Cup. He was too drunk to be aware of a whole bunch of people calling after him that he dropped his scarf. Only slightly tipsy from an evening out in Basel, Mickie then picks it up and adorns it himself!

Art Basel – Off Press – 2010

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