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swanlee

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  1. Currently reading Monolithic Undertow by Harry Sword. Its about drone, the universal hum. He's writing about its use in music, religion and subculture. Covering everything from its neolithic beginnings, to fervent spiritualism, right through to acid house, industrial & avant-garde sound artists. Really good read. Although slow-going as he name checks loads of artists, tracks & albums which you feel compelled to check out online and listen. Today it was Indian raga and the sound of the sitar. Certainly would recommend to any music fan.
  2. Enjoyed this, fascinating stuff. Koestler traces the history of cosmology from the ancient greeks through to Newton. Epicycle upon epicycle, although he spends a lot of time exploring the rabbit holes the proponents of varying systems found themselves down. He additionally presents a brief biography of each protagonist and outlines the political, cultural & intellectual climates that the likes of Copernicus, Kepler, Tycho & Galileo navigated.
  3. Always been intrigued by this fella'. (Not least cos' he reminds me of me nan!) It wasn't what i was expecting though, but an interesting read nethertheless. And he seems like a nice fella'. Glad to hear he's kicked the opiates and is enjoying life. Might actually read some of his poetry now as well!
  4. tense evening ..... now to unwind with beer & tunes....
  5. I love this - so many catchy tunes. And not that it should make a difference .... but on clear vinyl too .... A lovely reissue.
  6. AI & Big Data and the future of humanity ..... The Singularity meh! At last some erudite commonsense imo ......
  7. Cool as psychedelic new-age headfunk.
  8. Blew the dust off this one today. Sentimentality .... i am prone to it now and again.
  9. Dug Malibu out the back of the record collection today ......
  10. Wierd .... as i took a punt on this .... i didn't think it'd work. But it takes me somewhere nice & sane. Excellent!
  11. The latest translation to be published here in the UK, and its one of Alexievich's earlier polyphonic works. As ever, a man-sized box of tissues may be required.
  12. Sorry I have to disagree. Whilst Its true Ranieri didn't deliver silverware at Chelsea. You have to remember what Chelsea were before Abramovitch came along. They had a record very much like ours in the 80's, yo-yoing between the 1st & 2nd. It was all Ken Bates, electric fences, and a rep as a horrible club with a horrible fanbase. Admittedly in the 90's there was a classy dutchman and a splattering of Italian footballing pedigree. Plus a few cup wins. But Chelsea before the russian revolution were a mid-table prem club and to write Claudio off for only just 'scrapping' in to the CL is to
  13. Tunes playing, snookers on (Selby is winning). Sun shining. Working from home. All good.
  14. I got into The Sound after discovering the album 'World of Rubber' by Second Layer. An Adrian Borland side-project - I loved it so just brought more of his stuff. Am hoping that there will be reissues of The Sound LP's on vinyl available soon.
  15. Disinfected the hands both before & after flipping through the racks of a second-hand record shop recently. During the process found this little gem ... live double album, first rate, really tight set - lovin' it. The bloke in the shop reckons a lot of their stuff gonna' be reissued again soon. The complete album on YouTube.
  16. Massively disappointed and tonight could be painful. Even with a Man C ban, on this form Wolves will be chasing us down. But massive positives to take away from this season. We've got a young and exciting squad .... let's hope we can keep them together, we can learn from this. We've been missing key players in Maddison & Ricky recently. Wilf was out before the break as well. Excuse maybe? Or perhaps we've just been found out. A top four team but not a top four squad. And next season we need to address this. We upgrade a few, add strength indepth and add
  17. Watched to the end ..... while self-harming. A game that kinda encapsulates our season really. Classy, stylish 'n slick for much .... followed by shambolic meltdown and complete calamity. Young squad .... let's hope we can keep them together, we can learn from this. And next season, we upgrade a few and add some much needed nous & guile.
  18. Angsty mood .... nails it again......
  19. Mommy, what's a Funkadelic ........ ?
  20. No need to apologise. Not for everyone. Not sure what you read? As admittedly some of his stuff can be hit and miss and only for the hard-core fan. Written when he was hungry, I always recommend the first two books to the uninitiated. No LA piss-ups in those. Just a succession of dreary dead-beat & dead-end jobs, frustrated artistic endeavour, a failed relationship or two and obviously alcoholic escapism. And you are right, nihilistic & vacuous, there's not a lot of thoughtfulness. There is however a warmth that comes through in his earlier work (be
  21. Sorry .... and I'm hoping you don't take this the wrong way. But a truly pessimistic post. Our politics and our society are far from perfect granted, but it genuinely upsets me that you feel this way. The vast percentage of people I engage with on a day-to-day basis are open-minded & intelligent individuals that have embraced this country's values & ideals. The attitude and endeavour I see of my contemporaries, both older & younger, fill me with hope for the future. It will be hard-work, and we'll bang heads in disagreement along th
  22. Very sad news .... and only 66. Such a shame. A genuine Leicester legend. RIP Willie.
  23. Just finishing this up now. I've really enjoyed it - thanks for sharing Growing up as a kid in the 70's, the book provides a background to the headlines that featured on the news bulletins of that era. Additionally, it shines a light into some of the darker corners of the region that our MSM has not reported on in detail. Very interesting.
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