Morrissey should contact Du Blonde to open for his next tour

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Du Blonde is a very good artist in her own right, and if Morrissey would like to pick an artist to blow people’s minds and challenge others, she would be a very good pick.

A couple of great songs from her new album, “Welcome Back To Milk“, are found below, and don’t miss another track I’ve previously posted here. Pre-order for the album is still – for a couple of more days, people! – available from here, and it’s cheap, cheap, cheap money for signed CD/LP and an assortment of swag.

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Movies I've watched recently:

  • Down Down the Deep River (2014) - IMDb 7/10

    2015-05-09 21:24
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    This is a loveable short film courtesy of Will Sheff, the man behind Okkervil River, who spent his youth growing up in New Hampshire in the 1980s and wrote the band's latest album, "The Silver Gymnasium", about this experience; this short film is a kind of appendix to that album, where we get to follow a boy through friendship and beyond, to what communicating without words is about, while delving through a barrage or 1980s nick-nacks. All in all, I think the film suffers a little from all the 1980s regalia everywhere, as though they would make for a better film; that's just a mini gripe, as the film itself is really strong through the choice to not use much dialogue, and for bringing out what being a kid could be like, for good and bad.

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  • The Emperor's New Clothes (2015) - IMDb 7/10

    2015-05-01 16:18
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    This documentary, as led by Russell Brand and directed by Michael Winterbottom, essentially shows where unbridled capitalism takes us. We live in a time where a cleaner earns 300 times less than his/her boss, and if all bankers in the UK would give up their salary for one day, they would double what said cleaners would make for a YEAR. Also, lest not forget that no UK (nor anywhere else, really) bankers are spending time in jail if they are sentenced for economic crimes. A man may be jailed for a year for stealing orange juice - as shown in the documentary, yes, really - but not any bankers. Why? They make the rules, you see, with the corporations. That's what you get. Brand/Winterbottom aren't gripes. They also show ways to try to get away from the bad stuff, from the poorer turning more poor and the wealthier getting more money. I mean, 80 people own more than half of the money in the World. 80 people, of which some are merely heirs, like the Wal-Mart heirs. By the way, did you know that Wal-Mart employees receive 8 billion American dollars per year in social benefits, as they don't receive a salary that enables them to make ends meet? This is not an American phenomena; the documentary examines that, and Tescos, and it's naturally not a US/UK phenomenon, it's everywhere, mate! Check this out. It's a well-worth ride. It's your life, basically, whether you like it or not, and of where we're heading. I wish they'd discussed how corporations are treating the environment and how that'll turn us on our heads in about 10 years' time, because that's roughly how long we have left to change things before they become irreversible and humanity is doomed. Some Naomi Klein, anyone? Don't take the Matrix pill that lets you continue being an ostrich. Go on, see the trews.

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  • Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of... 8/10

    2015-03-31 16:07
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    I've read the book on which this documentary is based, and still I couldn't help but cry a couple of times as I watched this documentary on scientology, which contains some of the nastiest stuff I've seen. There's a classic English documentary made during the early 1980s where some top defectors of scientology appear and tell of the continuous abuse, the lies, the money, L. Ron Hubbard's life and apparent narcissism, but some of the big stuff that has happened since appear in this documentary, which is just as good, if not better. You'll get the full scientology treatment: how Hubbard made it up, how scientologists are fooled, horrendously manipulated to give up all of their friends, family and money, how the IRS was bullied into giving scientology a tax exempt-status - which means that US citizens actually pay some of their tax to subsidise scientology - Tom Cruise, John Travolta, how David Miscavige has carried the torch following the death of Hubbard, and how defecting members are hounded and treated by scientologists, by order from the very top. All in all, this is a very keen eye on the organisation that is actually dropping in terms of number of members, but still owns so much real estate and land that they make millions off it. This is a good eye-opener on the real dangers of scientology.

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  • Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic (2013) - IMDb 5/10

    2015-03-30 16:02
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    I love Richard Pryor. He overstepped so many boundaries, partly on what a comedian's role should be, and partly where matters of race and what intrinsical fun is. This documentary scratches a little on the surface, as is witnessed by reading some of the biographies on Pryor and by hearing his material that evolved massively and changed stand-up comedy forever, which is not really reflected here. Sure, we get to hear Dave Chappelle say "Richard Pryor is the greatest, full stop, end of story" but I wish there'd been more flesh here. It's good that the documentary doesn't flash too much of the drama here, e.g. Pryor setting himself on fire (for real) or his fight with Gene Wilder, but all in all, it's a fair documentary, rather than a comprehensive one.

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  • Chappie (2015) - IMDb 3/10

    2015-03-22 15:56
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    What's being sentient? What's being human? Those two elements are at the core of most films that Neill Blomkamp churns out, and here they are at their most sappy; while I think the robot feels mentally deranged more than like a kid, and the entire thing quickly merges into a sob-story with Chappie getting kicked around and blown to pieces, it's also sad to see that Die Antwoord - whom I like a lot - are more like the frame for this film rather than actors; their entire image takes over the film so much that it feels like a video rather than them being actors. It's also sad to see that Yo-Landi whittles away the farther the film goes, from being a powerful gangsta queen into some greyish Mother to Chappie. Yeah, it's a sad state of affairs.

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Capitalism, from Noam Chomsky and M.J. Carter

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From Noam Chomsky‘s “On Anarchism“:

If capital is privately controlled, then people are going to have to rent themselves in order to survive. Now, you can say, “they rent themselves freely, it’s a free contract”—but that’s a joke. If your choice is, “do what I tell you or starve,” that’s not a choice—it’s in fact what was commonly referred to as wage slavery in more civilized times, like the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, for example.

From M.J. Carter‘s “The Infidel Stain“:

Angry red suffused his cheeks again.

‘It’s all changing in printing. Holywell Street is the end of something. Printers don’t set up on their own any more, masters in their own shop. It’s all big works and steam presses, a few masters revelling in wealth and luxury served by men who once worked for themselves. Woundy’s printers are nothing more than wage slaves. He takes plenty on, but he’s forced down wages and he demands longer hours. And if you won’t do them, there’s plenty who’ll take your place. It’s the same all over. Tailors, stonemasons, furniture makers. The weavers over in Spitalfields, they’re starving.’

‘You sound like a Chartist,’ I said.

‘I am a Chartist, signed and sealed!’ He almost shouted it, and a number of passers-by looked round.

‘Live it and breathe it. From where I stand, the rich have but one goal. To keep their wealth and their privileges, to grind down the poor and to keep them poor. We must fight back. But I wouldn’t expect you to understand. And now I’m going. I’ve a meeting to attend.’

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Lame confession #16

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When I’m changing the quilt in my duvet, I almost always think “I wonder if this feels anything like placing a dead body in a plastic bag?”

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Great new music: Torres, Du Blonde, Zefur Wolves (plus Annette Peacock)

Play or download here. Torres‘ new album, “Sprinter“, may be the best album of the year; fuck comparisons with PJ Harvey and Scout Niblett, she’s just so good; I haven’t heard emotions this raw since I discovered Lykke Li’s latest album. Du Blonde‘s debut album is coming, but this is the first single and it ROCKS; do also check out her prior stuff as Beth Jeans Houghton. Zefur Wolves sing in both English and Spanish, and it’s a rawky album that Cian Ciarán from Super Furry Animals have been into. It’s a solid album. Annette Peacock made a great album in 1972 called “I’m the One“, which is a funky, souly, jazzy trip where she’s dragged her voice through a Moog synthesizer; it’s strange and great.

Bonus video with Du Blonde, it’s a must-see:

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