So, nothing much happened in 2016 it seems…
The Kindle continued to be used. Perhaps not as much as last year. Main even on there was the last James Ellroy. Man you have no idea how angry that made me. Not even treading water. Sebastian Faulks put out a collection of parodies from super-smug literary Radio 4 quiz the Write Stuff. Even he would’ve baulked at this evel of descent into a cartoon of yourself. It’s just awful. And, a bit sad.
My promise to read more ‘literary’ books or non-fiction was forgotten come January 2nd
I saw most of the movies on the best-of lists (except some glaring exceptions). Some really don’t deserve their places on those lists. Best for me was – inevitably – Green Room. In among the tension, horror and excellent performances (especially tragically in the case of Anton Yelchin), there’s a real true sense of what it’s like to be in a touring punk band.
A year of the old favourites raising there heads; The Handsome Family, Rick Redbeard, Angel Olsen (with some staggering live shows) and, of course, Slim Cessna’s Auto Club. The latter including 6 gigs across not just Europe, but for the first time more than just London in the U.K. Hopefully not the last.
I did make an effort to listen to more new music. And, did not bad. Some was brilliant. But, it was the chancing across The Downtown Boys on the bill with another band I wanted to see that led to the best discovery for me. Loud, angry and blisteringly good fun. Hope they come back soon.
Plenty of it. Lots of very top quality stuff. No sock-blowing ones. Tommie Sjef‘s wild ales at Brettfest do stand out as the ones that did force me to encourage everyone around to try them
Czech Republic – loved it and WILL return asap
Are we going to have to append all of these films with “A Star Wars Story”? Might get quite tedious.
Much more grown up than The Force Awakens. In a good way. Cracking fun. And, of course, 20 minutes too long. Tighten these things up guys!!
More of the same… Again, one I don’t seem to have posted about before. Does keeping this blog have value if I don’t actually document what I intend to in it?
The Stockholm Syndrome of bands. Vital
Nothing much really happens in Paterson. I can’t use the one witty line I thought of as it’s about as close to a spoiler you can get for this story of a bus driving poet. It’s becoming more and more the case that I would never recommend watching a Jim Jarmusch film to anyone. Becasue I can’t imagine who would enjoy such a thing. And yet, I found myself sat throughout in a really heightened emotional state at the sheer beauty of all that nothing going. It’s a strange place to be.
I wonder if Gimme Danger will do that? (Note to self, see this while it’s still in cinemas.)
This guy has a last time link!!
These guys should just be a last time link. But, they are a MUST. I need to see them biannually. (Not biennially.)
Storming sweaty gig. New material on the way, too! Therefore, not the last as might have been feared