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This Weekend…


I LISTENED TO…

Phasic on Indiefeed

AM on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic. (AM is an act, btw: as discussed on the KCRW interview, you can’t Google them.)

‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’ by The Arctic Monkeys. Still number 2 in the UK. Where did they come from? Where are they going? What are they on?

The Aloof’s ‘Stuck On The Shelf’ from the Fletchers’ “A” album of freshly un-cased CDs

Altern-8 ‘Infilt-8 America’ EP from same slip-sleeveless album. Those were the days…

Apocalypse out-takes. Sadly, so were those.

Brain Capers by Mott The Hoople. Sloppily produced as was Guy Stevens’ style

You Could Have It So Much Better by Franz Ferdinand. Shamelessly commercial and none the worse for it.

‘Born For A Purpose’ by Dr. Alimantado – never tire of it.

Armed Love by The (International) Noise Conspiracy. That these Scandinavians still believe in Communism makes the music that much more frightening.

‘Revolution Call’ by Punks Jump Up. B.A.D. meets The Beat – with Tapper Zukie in the Ranking Roger/Don Letts role.

‘Revolution’ by The Beatles. ‘Nuff said.
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I LOOKED AT…

Chicken Little. Surprised that my 10-year old found it as funny as did the many 6-year olds

Lakes Minnewaska and Awosting, nestled in the Shawangunk Mountains, for the very first time. On a beautiful November Sunday morning, with the multi-hued leaves still on many trees, it was worth the 115-mile round trip car ride. (Not to mention the 20k round-trip run.)

Diamond Street by Bruce Edward Hall. I even read one more chapterDiamond Street: The Story of the Little Town With the Big Red Light District

Always Magic In The Air by Ken Emerson. Could not find time to get further than the cover
Always Magic in the Air : The Bomp and Brilliance of the Brill Building Era

(Yet more) paintings of the Catskills (and Alaska) at Windham Fine Arts. Was greatly encouraged by Campbell’s appreciation of detailed oil paintings.

Almost the whole second series of The Office. The wife and I ran through three shows on Friday night as if it was a movie and would have finished the series Sunday night if it wasn’t already Midnight. Don’t tell us how it ends!

The iJamming! Pub. 50% more activity in October than any previous month. And Saturday afternoon there were eight people online at the same time. Whose round is it?
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I LEARNED THAT…

Sonic frequency is proportional to the square root of the force constant divided by the mass – which basically means that the more water (mass) you put in a glass the lower the pitch when you hit said glass with a knife. Yep, I helped my son out with his science project.

“It’s Halloween every day in Woodstock,” according to KCRW’s Nic Harcourt (an ex-Woodstock resident) talking to Radio 1’s Steve Lamacq. Actually, I knew that already.

French immigrants don’t like their Government

South Americans don’t like the North American (USA) government
A million Africans are rotting in over-crowded, disease-infested jails. You think they like their governments?

Political affiliations are as closely divided and keenly contested in the Catskills as they are anywhere else in America.

You do not necessarily get slower as you get older…

…But that even if your name is Hendrik Ramaala, you will never be as fast as Paul Tergat.

On the first Sunday in November, I would now prefer to run up and down mountains and round lakes, with no spectators and only 100 other competitors for (occasional) company, than run the 5 boroughs of New York City with 37,000 other runners and 2,000,000 spectators. Sorry to say it, but the scenery is that much more beautiful – and the sense of satisfaction at the end of the grueling After The Leaves Have Fallen 20k no less gratifying.

The view from the Start line. Believe it or not, it goes uphill from here.

Babies learn to crawl backwards.

You can not leave a baby who’s learning to crawl (backwards) unattended for even 5 seconds

Our CD towers are no longer safe from Noel

A ten-month old asserting his independence does not like to be force-fed his food. He would prefer to try and feed himself, even if it means turning his bowl upside down on the table and trying to scoop the food out with the wrong end of a spoon.

Westlife have now had as many UK number 1 singles as The Beatles. So much for the charts reflecting popularity.

Forest City Ratner’s once-trumpeted plans for the Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn – “10,000 office jobs” and “4500 units of rental housing”’ and a “lushly-landscaped public park” atop the Gehrry-designed arena – have whittled down to um, only 2500 office jobs, and just 2250 units of affordable rental housing, while another 1800 units of for-sale market-rate condominiums and a hotel have been added to the picture and, um, surprise surprise, the rooftop park will now be private. Oh, and the cost of the project, considerably subsidized by public tax breaks, has risen 40%. Does even the New York Times now smell a Ratner?

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  1. 7 November, 2005 at 2:18 pm

    Tony, I was looking for the ijamming perspective on eleven nights of rioting in France… visavis the different context of UK minorities? are third generation French North and West Africans ‘immigrants’? the (non)Islamic status of the rioters? the spread to Belgium and Germany? it couldn’t happen here? I’d weigh in myself, only it’s a topic outside the provenance of my pages, unless I find a way to link it to Paris the worldbeat capital…

    be well:-)

  2. 7 November, 2005 at 2:28 pm

    Geoffrey my friend

    Such a delicate subject and, as part of what I maybe see as a different thread, I find that the one thing I’m missing wiith the lack of a TV is the visual aspect of the news. I feel more intelligently educated reading the reports and listening to the the radio, but I really wouldn’t mind sitting down with some quality news shows (they do exist, I believe??!) to get the full picture, literally.

    in addition, it’s amazing how busy our lives have been since making the move and I’m really wary of making commments any more on political matters where I’m just not well enough informed.

    You probably have a much better perspective on this and I would love to hear it. My personal perspective can be summarized very quickly as follows: The USA has generally done a good job of integreating immigrants. It took Britain a couple of generations, but I remember by the early 90s feeling that the UK was a far more racially integrated country than the UK of our childhoods. And France, though I love the land and the people and the culture (and I do), and though it’s always ready to criticize other nations and take a morally superior stance, just can’t seem to handle its own immigrant (whatever generation) communites.

    What would YOU do?

    Cheers

    Tony

  3. 7 November, 2005 at 3:47 pm

    Ya, I don’t have a telly either (well an antiquated box tuned to the few broadcast channels here in NYC), and yes, your statement about France seems to reiterate the view of the Independent (for example), which claims no African/Arab members of the government, similarly no newscasters of any ethnic origin other than ‘indigenous’ French etc etc… a sad state of affairs. Agree about the UK too.

    Ironic sidebar—that world-cup winning team was almost all players ‘from’ Haii, Senegal, Algeria, Eastern Europe etc etc.

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