Month: January 2017

  • Derby Anti-Trump Demo, 30/1/17

    Today I found out that there was an anti-Trump demo on in Derby so I scrambled to get ready and made it into town. It was a good turnout for such sort notice and we all chanted and listened to the speakers. I was most moved by the guy talking about his family’s history of…

  • Michael Nesmith, Country Rock & (The) Eagles

    I just watched the long doc on the Eagles which was fascinating, in the way that all rock docs are. You have the origin story, some kids sparking off each other, loving the music. Then they get success and become addled by the drugs and the sex and then, inevitably, along comes Mr. Creative Differences.…

  • Channing Tatum

    (This is from a Tumblr thread where people were defending Tatum. Well, I had to add something, didn’t I?) He IS brilliant in Hail Caesar, not least because he’s also having sly fun with popular notions about him as an actor. Takes a brave actor to do that and keep on point. May I also…

  • True Love

    I keep having the most vivid dreams that I’m with my ex and I’m begging her not to leave, like I did in real life when she said she wanted a divorce. I know that person doesn’t exist any more but when I see her in my dreams, it’s so disturbing. Her skin feels as soft,…

  • A Beautiful Picture

    Now, I’m not a fan of Obama. He’s murdered innocent people with his drones so how can I be? I am, however, a fan of this photo: (Source: BBC News) At the top, you have the crowds for Obama’s 2009 inauguration. At the bottom you have Trump’s 2017 ceremony. You know, the neo-Nazis currently re-branding…

  • Veronica Mars

    SO, I’m bingeing Veronica Mars and I’m too entertained. Like, I expected it to be good but not *this* good. The writing is snappy, the dialogue entertaining, the plots all sewn up with each ep…   If this was a Netflix series, I feel like forty minutes of each ep would be her just staring…

  • Gargling Other People’s Shit

    Friday night, I went to Mosh. The music was good, most of the people were fine. But there was a scattering of people there who I absolutely can’t fucking stand. Fair dos, Derby isn’t massive and the alt scene is basically one hundred people at any one time, you’re gonna bump into them cos this…

  • Backstrom

    Fucking hell…. just tried to watch the first ep of this and, apparently, casual racism is the NEW EDGY on Netflix. “BUT HE’S OBNOXIOUS, YOU DON’T GET IT!!!” Oh, but I do. It’s yet another excuse for punch down humour. Why couldn’t he have been an obnoxious black cop making fun of crackers? Why couldn’t…

  • Israel Threatens UK Minister

    Israel’s ambassador to the UK has apologised after a senior member of his staff was secretly filmed saying he wanted to “take down” Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan. (Source:  BBC News) Take down how? Politically? Physically, with an assassination via Mossad?   Can you imagine *any* other government getting away with this kind of…

  • White Town, Always

    (On seeing this post on diversity in alternative music) You know, it’s made me ridiculously happy to see my band in this list, thank you! White Town has *always* been on the outside of the immensely white, middle class indie(pop) scene since I first formed the band in 1989. The third gig we did (I…