Archive for September, 2006

Keeping an Eye on the World Going by

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

REQUIRES SOUND

I have a question: did Feist copy Anais or vice versa? Note the similarities: gutsy guitar playing, quality vocals, extensive use of JamMan pedal- heck, they even look alike.
Anais, on the evidence* I’ve found, does seem to be even more feisty than Feist herself. And there are even a couple of areas where Anais kicks Feist’s hiney:

  • writing- Feist covers and co-writes, Anais writes everything
  • production- Anais produced her own album, ehh.. Feist didn’t
  • publicity- Anais relied solely on word-of-mouth to get her album The Cheap Show off the ground. Doesn’t necessarily make her better, but it does increase the street cred levels somewhat

Anyway, you decide. You may have noticed I’m leaning to one side in particular. A kiss and a hug for whoever gets it.

*clip includes Anais demonstrating her mastery of her JamMan pedal at a French music awards show.

While we’re at it, two other women whose music mesmerises me: Sierra and Bianca Casady. So much so that I can’t watch their clips during work, for fear of going under the spell. I’ve gone on at length about them before here, so just get to it: it’s a live performance of By Your Side, by CocoRosie.

By the way, for my next entry, I’m planning on just giving you a link to YouTube. It’ll just save us all so much time.
I’m listening to Sufjan Steven’s album ‘The Avalanche‘. Four and a half minutes in I can confirm with authority: it was worth every dollar my sister spent on it for me. I particularly enjoyed Slant and ShakingThrough’s excerpts on that link. Also, anyone hears anything about tickets to his gig at the Olympia, leave a comment telling me where I can leave the sack of money. I am desperate.

HOT DATE (FOR YOUR DIARY)

Self-confessed songwriting genius Liam McDermott has announced his next gig: Monday 23rd October at Whelan’s, Dublin. It will mark the launch of his new EP, entitled ‘Women’. Support on the night will come from Kevin McNamara, who has previously supported Devendra Freakin’ Banhart. Here’s the proof. I’m sure McNamara will see this gig with Liam as a godsend, after such humble beginnings. Tickets are €10 and include a copy of the CD. His 9-piece band will consist of a few Dublin MySpace hotshots; Pinky, The Zapples, Gav and Brian. Photgrapher Mr. Pharmacist from White Noise Visuals will also be there, snapping away, to make them feel famous.

stigmund – A Dedicated Follower of Fashion

Messages of a Textually Explicit Nature VIII

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

CURRENTLY IN MY MOBILE PHONE INBOX:

You are down as Rubberface Gleeson- so to get in you have to walk up and say “hello, my name is Rubberface. Rubberface Gleeson.” The rest are down as normal.

I can’t believe you put those underpants in his bag! A moment of sheer brilliance!

Thanks for thinking of me. You know I love anything involving Tasers. Especially YouTube videos.

Hungry and sweaty. You?

Ha ha ha. You made me giggle inappropriately in the middle of work at a racist slur. Victory is indeed yours.

Damn you. You’re entering a world of pain my friend. A. World. Of. Pain.

There are actually little kids called Lancelot and Sassy in my school. Thought you’d enjoy that.
Hey Stigmund. Is Spain a pain? Are you reading the writings of philosopher Tom Paine? Are you wearing clothes from Maine? Well, are you?

There’s an orange girl on the train applying make-up and explaining to her friends that it looks like a ‘fresh tan’.

I suppose you can. I hear black people can sometimes be purchased and if you bought one then you could call it what you liked? Just an idea.

Hey Shorty! Do you want to see girls with SHORT HAIR? If so call this number. Hot girls with SHORT HAIR are waiting to take your call! (Girls may not be hot)

Special bus it is! Fuck you jamaroo.

Sorry, that was meant for Rubberface. Not you. You have a lovely face. Very fleshy.

oh stigmund, you cannot tell me what’s right and wrong

Last Saturday Night Through Numbers

Monday, September 18th, 2006

Arrests witnessed: 7

Girls seen fighting: 2

Assaults involving glass bottles: 1

People kicked off Nitelink for verbally abusing driver with racist slurs: 5

Gardai assaulted: 2

People refused entry to Nitelink (a sure sign things have gone too far): 4

Arrests by plain clothes officers: 1

Squad cars screaming to a halt in front of me: 5

Number of times Nitelink door was kicked from outside: 2

People beaten with batons: 3

stigmund don’t gotta be false or sugar-coated at all

This Frightful Waste of all Our Time

Saturday, September 16th, 2006

I am in love with this guy.

stigmund knows a woman’s place- right there, in the home

What is Sweet Now, Turns so Sour

Sunday, September 10th, 2006

NOTE: LAZILY STRUCTURED POST
I found The Onion potential of this headline rather striking.

Feist is a Canadian singer-songwriter from Queen Joni‘s home of Saskatchewan, Canada. She decided a while ago she’d had enough making a living off other people’s careers (Peaches, Broken Social Scene, Kings of Convenience etc.) and has recorded cupla albumeanna herself. I know some of you are fans and graciously dug this out for you.

Is it just me or are the old reliables letting us down by the dozen recently? Tony Blair, Steve Irwin, Michael Schumacher, Mary Harney- even Jackie Chan is talking about quitting action movies. I just don’t know… I really don’t.

UPDATE: Neuro has also decided this week to give up being a part of my life online 🙁 Can we just do a quick head-count here and see who’s actually left? Sheesh.
In the last few weeks I’ve been up to some things.

Thing the 1st: I finally managed to see Radiohead live. They opened with Airbag and it was pretty much perfection up to and including when they closed with Creep.

2. The following day some loser offered me a ticket to Daft Punk so of course I fought through the crippling tiredness I was feeling and saw them rock Dublin.

This guy has some great pictures of both shows.
3. Created a bulleted list in a highly uninspired blog-post.
4. I managed to get caught in Heathrow during all that terror nonsense. I arrived at the airport and was greeted at the entrance with a friendly “Sorry, I’m afraid your flight’s been cancelled today, sir. Here’s a letter of apology from British Airways.” As I put down my bag to read the letter clouds suddenly decided they didn’t want to hold all that darn rain anymore and just squeezed it out all over me. And for a moment I was left standing in shorts and T-shirt in torrential rain holding a now-inelligible letter and I found myself a character in some terrible RTE Big Big Midweek Big Movie. Like every Big Big Movie, it ended happily with me staying with a friend in London and having another Grand Old Time.

5. I laughed at this guy getting tazered. Some further YouTube searching can reveal footage of one prisoner getting tazered to death. Just thought I’d throw that in. Anyone any idea what YouTube’s stance is on stuff like that?
6. I went to see some friends in France, Spain and Portugal and had the generic Grand Old Time you’d expect on beaches, with good food, weather, fun etc.

Wishing you all a happy and safe 9-11.

stigmund‘s turntables only play in one direction- forwards