Sunday, April 23, 2006

From our Balkan art-rock correspondent

Well, it's all been a bit rock 'n' roll here at the Cultural Igloo these last few days, what with Mozz and Kent vs Gainsbourg and the Rip It Up brouhaha. Is this entirely a bad thing? I only ask because this blog's been running for nearly six months now, and I'm still not clear what I really want to do with it. Oddly, if anything, it's evolved to fit its own title, as I pontificate grumpily about what I'm reading, watching, listening to, etc etc, rather than doing the diary thing. At the same time, you might have noticed that I've eased off posting so many reviews per se. Where I have done them, the review content tends to be a hook upon which I can hang a bigger theme. Perhaps this is the way to go. I might try to put any straightforward reviews on sites such as Tangents and Culture Wars (or maybe even media that pay money, if that's not too heretical a consideration for a blogger) and restrict the stuff here to more general musings. What do you reckon? (This is called customer feedback, and in the real world, companies pay shedloads for the stuff.)

Anyway, I think I'll lay off the groovy hit parade sounds for the next week or so, if only to impose a little aesthetic self-discipline. It's books and movies and stuff from tomorrow. Just to tidy up, here are a couple of pieces from today's Observer that may amuse: drug-free, 40-something ex-NME/Loaded hack James Brown rediscovers his rock 'n' roll soul, with help from Primal Scream; and Paul Morley on... oh, just read the bugger; some of you know how I feel about the blessed Morley, crass list-TV appearances and poncy music projects notwithstanding.

And for pudding: The Onion may be turning into the revered great-aunt of the online community, but it can still pull it off....

"Franz Ferdinand Frontman Shot By Gavrilo Princip Bassist
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND—Lead singer and guitarist for pop band Franz Ferdinand, Alexander Kapranos, is in critical condition today after being shot by a man identified as the bassist for rock group Gavrilo Princip. 'We ask fans to cooperate with Interpol to find the assailant, and call upon British Sea Power, Snow Patrol, and The Postal Service for help,' drummer Paul Thompson told music magazine NME Monday. 'The suspect had links to The Decemberists and The Libertines, and we are following up on all leads.' It is unclear whether the shooting was linked to The Polyphonic Spree's invasion of Belgium earlier this week."

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