It was hot and humid today at 84°F / 29°C and even hotter tomorrow at 86°F / 30°C. It's days like these that I miss the lakes and sea back home.
I'm relieved that I had my hair cut on Saturday, it was becoming too heavy and hot. It was the longest it's ever been -- just above my bum. I'm not sure why it had a massive growth spurt since January, I can only figure it's because since moving to the UK my diet has become more varied and nutrient-rich.
I rarely go to hair salons, I despise them as a general rule. I think the people who work there are typically hired on their ability to look haughty and talk to you condescendingly. My only good experience with a salon was in January while staying in the tiny village of St. Juire, France. There is a small salon there run by a gay couple, Phillipe and Claude. Claude studied hairdressing in Los Angeles so he spoke fluent English. As Phillipe washed my hair I noticed that an orchestral version of YMCA and other "disco hits" was playing on the sound system and I couldn't help laughing. They were both full of character and friendly and Claude made me promise to learn to speak French fluently before returning (I'm working on it).
This time the hairdresser sat me down and put me through the Spanish Inquisition about my haircare. When asked what shampoo and conditioner I used I told him it was a cheap brand. He pulled a disgusted face and in his thick European accent (I couldn't quite place it) cried, "Why?? Why do you use a cheap brand!?" and proceeded to try to push the salon's products on me. I escaped after I had 4-5 inches cut off, which brings my hair to just below my shoulders. At least they were playing Fischerspooner.
After my haircut we caught the bus to Ealing for Paul and Rache's barbeque. Helen and Gavin who I hadn't seen for over 2 years were there. Despite how much time has passed I always feel comfortable around them. Much hoegaarden, stella, and wine later we watched what Paul (a Kiwi) insisted was a "stellar New Zealand show" called Back of the Y. No one else seemed to "get" the humor and it was one of the most surreal programs I have ever seen. It was like an even more nonsensical and weird Jackass, in fact it made Jackass look positively sane in comparison. We later crashed out at their place and caught the bus back to Kingston in the morning.. well, almost to Kingston. We felt too delicate for the windy roads after Richmond so we had to get out early and walk the rest of the way.
Here's a few new additions to my top 20:
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1) Martina Topley-Bird - Days of the Gun, Lullaby and Ragga from Quixotic 2003 (Martina was the female vocalist who collaborated with Tricky on his brilliant Maxinquaye. This is her debut album and it's a beautiful journey perfect for summer.)
2) Colder - Crazy Love, from Again 2003 (I love this album. Marc Nguyen who is Colder is a graphic designer for Kenzo, Comme des Garçons, etc. His music has hints of Kraftwerk, Brian Eno, and Joy Division.)
3) Aco - Machi, from Irony 2003 (The Japanese artist Aco worked with the Icelandic band Múm to produce this ethereal track. The video was produced by Semiconductor, the same team that worked on Múm's "Green Grass Tunnel" video and it is equally beautiful. I will post it sometime soon.)
4) Califone - One and When Leon Spinx Moved Into Town, from Quicksand/Cradlesnakes 2003 (A band made up of ex-truck stop workers, singing bluesy-tunes mixed with banging on metal and well, whatever they can get their hands on really.)
5) Gang of Four - What We All Want, from Solid Gold 1981 (Ok so this isn't new at all, but I've had the urge to listen to a lot of Gang of Four again and felt like posting this song.)
where did the second pic go??
thanks again for posting cool music. *queues them all up for overnight downloading*. i'm putting together a few music posts as well. first one should be up this sometime this week.
that martina has an unfortunate name but a great voice and vocal style. i saw her on jools holland's show the other week but thought the songs were lacking in...something to keep the interest going. can't remember what songs they were, though. "ragga" sounds like an promising title.
I was going to delete them both, but then Max said I should leave the first one up at least. But now I've deleted them both anyway. ;)
I look forward to your music post. I missed her on Jools, damn. A few of the songs I found a bit forgettable, but there's some gems on the album and I think it all flows together well. Ragga is a track she did with Tricky and it stands out from the rest of the album.
that's too bad, those were good photos! do you ever feel weird posting pics of you on your journal? i ask because i'm thinking of doing the same at some point and was wondering if you ever ran into "problems" with it, like over-interested ppl, etc.
can't wait to hear your tunes! i DLed them right before going to bed last night and should listen to them sometime this evening. i'm especially curious about the martina, interested to see how she holds up on her own.
Thanks, but yes sometimes I do feel uncomfortable with posting photos of myself. I used to more often but it seems these days it feels too private. I've never run into any real problems, the only annoyance being a few pervy people adding me to their friends list, but they never bothered or stalked me or anything (they've since removed me after months of no more photos). Nor have I had anyone be rude thankfully.
I like it when others post photos of themselves (as long as it's in a non-attention seeking way), it's always interesting to put a face to the writing.. sometimes it's very different from what I expect.
Nothing groundbreaking about the music I posted, but I'm enjoying them and felt like sharing. I think Martina holds up well, although Ragga with Tricky doesn't quite fit in with the rest of the album because it has an edge that the rest don't. I think this album is perfect for a hot languid summer day.
i hear you, i always thought it was kinda private to post personal photos, but you can always remove them. it *is* nice to know what LJ friends look like!
since you've posted photos of you so often, here's me (and a couple of lady friends). it's from a photo taken this year on valentine's day at a britpop night that some friends of mine DJ in boston (the pill, it's actually been gaining a lot of popularity in recent months since it had to change venues, and has received favorable reviews in nme in years past):
i'm the one on the right :) . i want to get a digital camera at some point so i can more easily post a personalized pictoral commentary to go with the written one. for now, tho, i'll rely on other people's pics!
great photo, you're really beautiful! :)
yes, photos are always a good addition to posts. I think they often draw people in at first glance instead of skimming. Plus I love to see peoples' surroundings, their towns/cities, nature, and people around them - seeing parts of the world through their eyes.
That just made me realize something. Years ago my parents created The Posi-Web with friends, where people around the world could post about their daily lives and be inter-connected to each other to create a community. It was kind of like the first ever livejournal.
thanks. :) look who's talking!!
it is neat to see people's surroundings, their lives, thorugh their own eyes. especially if they're good photographers. it helps add another dimension to ppl you meet online.
that website is great! it was an idea whose time had come, for sure. do you remember when they started it?
Posi-web was fun! (http://www.sumption.org/posi-web/posi1.html and http://www.sumption.org/posi-web/posi2.html etc for the posts - Posi-web was always supposed to be instantaneous, non-permanent, but I for one couldn't resist hanging on to old posts)
I think it started in 1994 or 5, I joined a couple of years later.
I think Posi-Web was the first I heard your name mentioned. We often talked about Posi-Web, the community aspect of it was so relatively rare in those days. I remember the last Posi my parents posted too, I believe it was during my first visit to Max in London.
i've been on a big gang of four kick as well recently... their peel sessions disc has hardly left my player (i imagine they'll be wanting it back soon). and califone... even though i don't think this recent album is quite as great as their previous, i still can't get enough. i was planning on driving to minneapolis for their show tomorrow night, but unfortunately i doubt i'll be able to make it.
Gang of Four have always had a special place in my heart, unfortunately all of my albums of theirs are still in the states so I had to download several in order to be satisfied.
This was my first introduction to Califone. I'll have to check out their earlier albums, are they grittier? I found I kept wanting Quicksand/Cradlesnakes to sound grittier, if that makes sense. There was something about the production that sounded too polished and smooth for their music.
the production on their album roomsound is a lot more immediate... i think most tracks are built on the musicians playing at the same time around a single mic. their first two EPs, which are collected on sometimes good weather follows bad people, have a far less polished sound, but it was probably less their intent and more because they were just getting started with the project. deceleration one and two are a film scores and sound completely different than their other work but are very much worth checking out.