Rooms On Fire by Stevie Nicks

Of course, if you close your eyes and drift away, you too can become a version of Stevie Nicks, dressed in bohemian drapes (hippy done right) as you walk down Sunset Boulevard channeling hot LA evenings and cocaine heartbreak to a slick soundtracked of 80’s Americana. Try it. It feels nice.

Taken from the album Crystal Visions: The Very Best Of Stevie Nicks

Hot Hot Hot!!! by The Cure

It’s fookin’ baking. Well it is, where I am. Very hot. especially for the United Kingdom. You might be in northern Greenland in which case I’m sorry but you may find enjoyment of this post a little exclusive (unless you’re a Cure fan with a particular passion for their late 80’s output)

Anyway, I thought I’d keep it topical and there isn’t much to smile about in the world at the moment so let’s just stick to a song about being hot (x3)

Taken from the album Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me

The new Tiga is, well ….very Tiga. BOOOOOGATTI.

Bulls On Parade by Rage Against The Machine

The Running of the Bulls (in Spanish encierro, from the verb encerrar, to fence in, to lock/shut up, to pen) is a practice that involves running in front of a small group of bulls (typically a dozen) that have been let loose on a course of a sectioned-off subset of a town’s streets. The most famous running of the bulls is that of the eight-day festival of Sanfermines in honour of Saint Fermin in Pamplona, although they are held in towns and villages across Spain, Portugal and in some cities in Mexico.

The origin of this event comes from the need to transport the bulls from the off-site corrals where they had spent the night, to the bullring where they would be killed in the evening. Youngsters would jump among them to show off their bravado. In Pamplona and other places, the six bulls in the event are still those that will feature in the afternoon bullfight of the same day.

Spanish tradition says the true origin of the run began in northeastern Spain during the early 14th century. While transporting cattle in order to sell them at the market, men would try to speed the process by hurrying their cattle using tactics of fear and excitement. After years of this practice, the transportation and hurrying began to turn into a competition, as young adults would attempt to race in front of the bulls and make it safely to their pens without being overtaken. When the popularity of this practice increased and was noticed more and more by the expanding population of Spanish cities, a tradition was created and stands to this day.

Taken from the album Evil Empire

Are You Blue Or Are You Blind? by The Bluetones

Yves Klein’s 1957 exhibition ‘Proposte Monochrome, Epoca Blu’ at the Gallery Apollinaire in Milan, featured 11 identical blue canvases, using ultramarine pigment suspended in a synthetic resin ‘Rhodopas,’ described by Klein as “The Medium.” Discovered with the help of , a Parisian paint dealer, the optical effect retained the brilliance of the pigment which, when suspended in linseed oil, tended to become dull.  The paintings were attached to poles placed 20 cm away from the walls to increase their spatial ambiguities.

In May 1960, Klein deposited a Soleau envelope, registering his paint formulation under the name International Klein Blue (IKB) at the Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle. The patent was published in April 1961.

Teenage Whore by Hole

"It’s unlistenable— that record was a calling card for rock critics and hardcorers, [saying] "This is what I do, and I’m not going to back down from it. I am announcing my persona as a cunt. Thank you very much." - Courtney Love, 2011

Taken from the album Pretty On The Inside

You Monopolise Me by The Ogyatanaa Show Band

Catchy African funk which may or may not* be about everybody’s favourite capitalist board game. 

* = I think it’s fair to say that it isn’t, but hey…

Taken from the album Ghana Special: Modern Highlife, Afro Sounds & Ghanaian Blue 1968-81

Beat On The Brat by The Ramones

To all those Mums and Dads dressing their kids in Ramones t-shirts, I hope your brat beats you…

Great album covers of our time #3

Great album covers of our time #3

White Sky (Cecile Remix) by Vampire Weekend

Around the corner
The house that modern art built
a house for modern art to keep it out the closets
The people who might own it
The sins of pride and envy
And on the second floor The Richard Serra Skatepark

I love Vampire Weekend lyrics.

Reservoir (Jacques Lu Cont Remix) by Metronomy

The start sounds like Pet Shop Boys. This is funny because Electric by Pet Shop Boys sounds like Stuart Price. I wonder why?

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A Pessimist Is Never Disappointed by theaudience

It’s true.

This is the highlight of your miserable life. That is also true. 

Taken from the album theaudience

Englishman In New York by Sting

“You fall out of your mother’s womb, you crawl across open country under fire, and drop into your grave.” ― Quentin Crisp

Quentin Crisp moved to New York in 1981. As he had done in London, Crisp allowed his telephone number to be listed in the telephone directory and saw it as his duty to converse with anyone who called him. For the first twenty or so years of owning his own telephone, he habitually answered calls with the phrase: “Yes, Lord?” (“Just in case,” he once said.) Later on he changed it to, “Oh yes?”, in a querulous tone of voice. His openness to strangers extended to accepting dinner invitations from almost anyone. While he expected the inviter would pay for dinner, Crisp did his best to “sing for his supper” by regaling his hosts with wonderful stories and yarns much as he did in his theatrical performances.

River by Wagon Christ

The Ganges is a trans-boundary river of Asia which flows through India and Bangladesh. The 1,569 mile river rises in the western Himalayas in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, and flows south and east through the Gangetic Plain of North India into Bangladesh, where it empties into the Bay of Bengal. It is the third largest river by discharge.

The Ganges is the most sacred river to Hindus. It is also a lifeline to millions of Indians who live along its course and depend on it for their daily needs. It is worshipped as the goddess Ganga in Hinduism. It has also been important historically, with many former provincial or imperial capitals (such as Pataliputra, Kannauj, Kara, Kashi, Allahabad, Murshidabad, Munger, Baharampur, Kampilya, and Kolkata) located on its banks.

The Ganges was ranked as the fifth most polluted river of the world in 2007.

The World Bank estimates that the health costs of water pollution in India equal three percent of India’s GDP. It has also been suggested that eighty percent of all illnesses in India and one-third of deaths can be attributed to water-borne diseases.

Varanasi, a city of one million people that many pilgrims visit to take a “holy dip” in the Ganges, releases around 200 million litres of untreated human sewage into the river each day, leading to large concentrations of faecal coliform bacteria. According to official standards, water safe for bathing should not contain more than 500 faecal coliforms per 100ml, yet upstream of Varanasi’s ghats the river water already contains 120 times as much, 60,000 faecal coliform bacteria per 100 ml.

After the cremation of the deceased at Varanasi’s ghats the bones and ashes are thrown into the Ganges. However, in the past thousands of uncremated bodies were thrown into the Ganges during cholera epidemics, spreading the disease. Even today, holy men, pregnant women, people with leprosy/chicken pox, people who had been bitten by snakes, people who had committed suicide, the poor, and children under 5 are not cremated at the ghats but are floated free to decompose in the waters. In addition, those who can not afford the large amount of wood needed to incinerate the entire body, leave behind a lot of half burned body parts.

After passing through Varanasi, and receiving 32 streams of raw sewage from the city, the concentration of fecal coliforms in the river’s waters rises from 60,000 to 1.5 million, with observed peak values of 100 million per 100 ml. Drinking and bathing in its waters therefore carries a high risk of infection.

Everyday I Love You Less and Less by Kaiser Chiefs (Boys Noize Mix)

“These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triump die, like fire and powder
Which, as they kiss, consume” 

Blogging about Kaiser Chiefs. Very 2005.

William ShakespeareRomeo and Juliet

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