Bits and pieces: Culture July 7, 2012Posted by WorldbyStorm in Culture.
This I like, from the StonyButter site, photographs of ordinary graffiti from around Dublin. As the photographer, Gregory Dunn, says…
Forget about mindless tagging or New York style graffiti that’s well past its ‘sell-by’ date (and somewhat out of context in a country like Ireland).
Next up the intermittently funny Now Show returns to podcast from the BBC. I kind of like it, and in particular Hugh Dennis and Steve Punt, but it’s a bit hit or miss.
Speaking of which John Harris waxed and waned about the Stone Roses in the Guardian a week or so back. It’s a revealing article, though he’s probably a little too negative, at least by my lights.
That said they burned a bit too bright and then faded out a bit too fast. It’s not that the first album, and more particularly the first raft of 12”’s, aren’t remarkable. But, they never seemed to top them – even if Second Coming had some good moments. Their negative influence on Britpop is perhaps not noted sufficiently, but it was there and they must take some discredit for the rise of an host of poor to awful groups who lacked their experimental bent.
There’s also the fact that for those of us who listened to John Squire’s Seahorses solo album there’s a tendency to reexamine the Rose’s output in a new light. The guitar work on Fools Gold sounds great and it is but when one considers that as his career progressed Squire had an increasing penchant for smothering tracks in Zeppelin lite guitar motifs and so on it slightly loses its lustre – though not too much, hence I’ve included it below. Or to use the technical term, that Squire solo album is near unlistenable.
And yet, and yet, when I see and hear the below I’m prepared to admit that they were a remarkable group. And perhaps they’ll be so again. Let’s hope so.
Here’s an interesting blog which attempts to tease out the science behind science fiction. An useful exercise.
Two months ago I’d never heard of British boy band One Direction. I still wish I hadn’t but some close to me of youthful years find it impossible not to sing their ‘songs’. But this article from Slate is fairly funny in terms of the the tyranny of small differences. They’re breaking big in the US and fans can be categorised in two vehemently antagonistic groups, Directioner’s – the fans who have been with them since the beginning, all of a year or so, and the neophyte Directionators who have only arrived in the last short while. This though slightly worries me…
More and more young fans will close their YouTube missives not with breathless professions of love, but in the way allykilpatrick1598 does: “I have one more word for you Directionators: LEAVE!” These teen girls are among the very first never to have known a world without Facebook, Twitter, or other social media platforms as a constant source of information, and even more, a constant pressure to broadcast and define yourself—to establish your personal brand—in the most public way. It seems a harbinger of things to come: A future in which we will, at all times and about all things, be either Directioners or Directionators.
Yeah. That’s some future.
The Vatican. Ah, the Vatican. The Vatican as film critic. And fan of… The Blues Brothers. Hmmm… I read some reviews from the Vatican of other films ages back. Must try and dig them out.
And lastly – for the moment – what of this, the ultimate guide to everything you wanted to know about contemporary pop. Oh yeah!