Friday, October 26, 2012

Joke of the day

Thanks to Warwick Hadfield, of ABC Radio National, for almost making us choke on our muesli with this one:

What is the difference between a cricket official and a shopping trolley?

You can fit more food and drink into a cricket official.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Song of the day

"Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head", by Susumu Arima And His Misty Sounds.

The noises that blurt out of what appears to be a Moog at various points during this track are so wrong that one can only assume that a three-year-old wandered into the studio unnoticed at some point. Either that or it was possessed by devils and was playing itself.

Unavailable on YouTube but you can (and should) download it here.

Email of the day

It purports to come from FedEx. It looks authentic until you read this:

We apologize, but it seem so, that we not can deliver your package. One of our trucks is burned tonight. In attachment you can find a form for insurance. Please fill it out and send it us urgent, because we must told amount of damage to the Insurance company.

The giveaway? There is no attachment.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Song of the day

"Dean's Eleventh Dream", by The James Dean Driving Experience.

It's a perfect spring day here in Canberra. The sun is shining, there is nary a cloud in the sky, the leaves are shimmering in a gentle breeze (enough to move the hammock but not enough to induce wooziness), the temperature is in the middle twenties. The under-13 cricket season started with a win.

Unless you were hankering for a dose of subaqueous dub reggae, this may be the perfect musical accompaniment.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Song of the day

"Light My Fire", by Ananda Shankar.

It might not quite reach the dizzy heights of Jose Feliciano's take on the same song, but:

(1) Doors songs always sound better without Jim Morrison. (In our opinion.)

(2) We do like a cover version that contains sitars.

But wait, there's more:

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Song of the year? (1)

"She Brings the Sunlight", by Richard Hawley.

It may be that you have to live in Sheffield to fully "get" Richard Hawley. But you don't have to have so much as looked for Sheffield on Google Maps to twig to the idea that this song, the first track on Hawley's 2012 album, "Standing at the Sky's Edge", is something special.

It unfurls over seven and a half effortless minutes, drawing on practically every significant strain of British popular music over the previous 45 years (also Hawley's age) to create a song that is so huge, and so compelling, that it is like a giant psychedelic black hole: it sucks you in, and you are powerless to resist.

What is surprising, at least to those of us who have followed Hawley's career arc out of the corner of one eye, allowing it to come into sharp focus only on occasion (eg "Coles Corner"), and heartening to those of us that are way too far on the wrong side of 40, is the unforced and unembarrassing (cf, possibly, although this jury is still out, latter-day Nick Cave) hardness that Hawley has been able to draw on in pursuit of his muse this time around.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Song of the day

"You Are The One", by The Time And Space Machine.

This acid-soaked, sun-struck, brain-fried construction is built around something that sounds very much like a small but crucial piece of Mazzy Star's "Ghost Highway". As Richard Norris, who as far as can be gathered IS The Time And Space Machine, is also one half of Beyond The Wizards Sleeve, we wouldn't be at all surprised. I like where music is going these days. There are people taking bits of songs and turning them into entirely new and fresh songs or pieces of musical, uh, bricolage. And not just getting away with it, but winning.