50 albums: 1990 – Black Angels by The Kronos Quartet

Now I do like experimental music, I mentioned in the Laurie Anderson post that I have concerns about it, but that doesn’t mean that I ever dismiss it or avoid it. I know that a lot of music I listen or have listened to over the years owes something to the avant garde. I listened … Continue reading 50 albums: 1990 – Black Angels by The Kronos Quartet

50 albums: 1988 – Cowboy Junkies – The Trinity Session

In a post from a couple of years back about gigs at The Albert Hall, I posted about Cowboy Junkies… My abiding memory of this gig was the “new” percussionist getting an onstage telling off for making a noise between songs which made me sneer at the precious-ness of the band. I’d loved The Trinity … Continue reading 50 albums: 1988 – Cowboy Junkies – The Trinity Session

50 albums: 1989 – On Fire by Galaxie 500

Turns out the hardest post (so far) has been writing about an album I’ve listened to more than any other… Seriously, if you want to know what the inside of my head sounds like most of the time: [bandcamp width=640 height=760 album=158016030 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 tracklist=false] 50 films and 50 albums

50 films: 1979 – Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht

I love Murnau’s Nosferatu. I’m not sure why I hadn’t seen Herzog’s remake, maybe because I didn’t think it would be worthy of sharing a name with the original. Here are a few idle thoughts after finally sitting down to watch it… It’s not as good as Murnau’s – but I never for a moment … Continue reading 50 films: 1979 – Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht

50 films: 2002 – Adaptation

Yep, for 2002 I chose the (recent-ish) Nicholas Cage film it’s OK to love, and I do rather love it. Cage is genuinely great, I guess he’s the sort of actor who needs the right role, rather than being able to make a role right. The rest of the cast is pretty good too, but … Continue reading 50 films: 2002 – Adaptation

50 albums: 1987 – Actually by The Pet Shop Boys

I’m not sure why I thought I didn’t like The Pet Shop Boys but they’re another of those bands that over the years I’ve avoided. There are tracks I know I’ve liked – I’ve always expressed a liking for Rent – but I can’t think of anything I don’t like, and surely you can’t decide … Continue reading 50 albums: 1987 – Actually by The Pet Shop Boys

BtVS: Choices

Buffy chooses to taunt her mother by applying to other universities knowing that she’s destined to stay in Sunnydale. Everyone chooses to ignore Wesley. Xander chooses to go on the road (although I believe he doesn’t?) Oz chooses to throw a pot across the room. Willow chooses the two key pages from the five volume … Continue reading BtVS: Choices

50 albums: 1986 – Parade by Prince and The Revolution

I understand Prince, I respect that he’s always pushing at the edges, constantly moving, but I don’t “get” him. It’s not for want of trying. Knowing that he’s the sort of artist that deserves my time and effort, every so often (usually separated by years not weeks) I’ll give it a go, I’ll try but … Continue reading 50 albums: 1986 – Parade by Prince and The Revolution

50 films: 1987 – Red Sorghum

The intention was that the film I was going to watch from 1987 was John Sayles’s Matewan, but I missed out on the DVD on eBay and then Hazel spotted Red Sorghum on Lovefilm, so on Sunday we watched that. It was probably a beautiful looking film, but not the version we saw, which looked … Continue reading 50 films: 1987 – Red Sorghum