Archive for January, 2013


Books: Jonathan Meades: “Without Walls” (Unbound), Julian Cope “Copendium” (Faber), Joe Carducci: “Rock & The Pop Narcotic” and “Life Against Dementia” (Redoubt), Slavoj Zizek: “Less Than Nothing: Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism” (Verso), Laurence Rees: “The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler: Leading Millions into the Abyss” (Ebury Press), Savage Pencil: “Trip or Squeak” (Strange Attractor), Seumas Milne: “The Enemy Within:Thatcher’s Secret War Against the Miners” (Verso)
Television: “Jonathan Meades on France” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjSBTTuXFMI
“The Bletchley Circle”, “Lilyhammer”, “New Girl”, “56 Up”, “Horror Europa with Mark Gatiss”, “Waldemar Januszczak’s The Dark Ages: “An Age of Light”, “The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler”
Films: “Berberian Sound Studio” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlNCiGVQsd0
“Moonrise Kingdom”, “Room 237”, “Barbara”, “Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present”, “Skyfall”, “The Dark Knight Rises”
Gigs: Flipper at The Duchess, York (4/7/12), Harvey Milk at the Brudenel, Leedsl 28/5/12), Mark Lanegan at Leeds Met, Barn Owl at the Brudenel, Leedsl (18/4/12), Supersonic 2012, Birmingham Custard Factory, Bo Ningen at Stereo, York, Boris at the Brudenell, Leeds (8/12/12), our band Lip Denial’s shows at the Black Swan, York (19/5/12) and City Screen Basement (26/5/12)
Music: Black Bananas: “Rad Times Xpress IV” (Drag City) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EUNOnGmOU4
Chromatics: “Kill for Love”, Torche: “Harmonicraft”, Baroness: “Yellow & Green”, Pig Destroyer: “Book Burner”, Jon Porras: “Black Mesa”, Jodis: “Black Curtain”, High on Fire: “De Vermis Mysteriis”, Bat for Lashes: “The Haunted Man”, Carter Tutti Void: “Transverse”, Old Man Gloom: “No”, Comanechi: “Major Move” 7″, Savages: “Husbands”/”Flying to Berlin” 7″, St Vincent “Krokodil” 7″, Mastodon/Feist split 7″, Shit & Shine: “Jream Baby Jream”
Sport: CM Punk vs Daniel Bryan at “Over the Limit” 2012 (WWE) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLB51C-JaTU
Kota Ibushi vs Kenny Omega (DDT Budokan Peter Pan 2012) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8jDxE05YWI
Best: Visiting London with my fiancee Katharine; meeting my editor at ROCK-A-ROLLA for the first time during that weekend: surpassing 300 reviews for ROCK-A-ROLLA; interviewing Joe Carducci; making great progress with my writing for The Quietus; publishing the tenth issue of my fanzine “SALT”; Katharine’s exihibition at City Screen during November and December; new band Lip Denial playing our first shows and recording sessions.
Worst: Baroness’ tour bus crash, the sad demise of Hydra Head, Syrian civil war, the grind of austerity, the Jimmy Savile scandal and subsequent media headlessness, the coalition’s betrayal following the Leveson report, revelations about Hillsborough and Orgreave – the past is no longer another country.
RIP: Eve Arnold, Mike Kelley, Larry Reinhardt, Richard Carpenter, Jean Giroud/Moebius


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