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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

THE BRITISH INVASION...of my iTunes collection

Maybe because of the Olympics, or maybe because of the possible future trip to the UK Wife and I are planning, but I have been in an exceedingly British mood lately. This mood has taken root in a strange desire to assemble as much music by British artists as possible on my laptop. I make no claims to being a great mix tape master, but I think I have come up with two mixes that are halfway decent. Both start with a classic British album of the last twenty years and then spend the remaining 80 minutes of CD* time delving into the album's various progeny, or precursors.

The truth is that the mid-1990s spawned two veins of Britpop that came to be embodied by the yin-yang of Oasis and Blur. Oasis were the tough, hardscrabble lads from Manchester and Blur were the artsy intellectuals from London. That these two stereotypes hardly fit the actual bands doesn't matter. What matters is that there was a divide, and in a Britain trying very hard to get out from under American cultural imperialism and post-Thatcherism, the reemergence of British cultural importance was a huge boon to the youth of that generation. For more info on this period check out this awesome documentary, Live Forever: The Rise and Fall of Britpop. So, in order to celebrate these two traditions of British music, I have assembled two mixes from each branch: Oasis and Blur. One begins with the true origins of Oasis and the other works backward to see how Blur influenced the bands of the millennium.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

In the Future there will be no more professional writers

Or so says The Globe and Mail. I agree with their premise, but, damn, it's terrifying.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Obligatory DFW Post

AHHHHHHHH! 84 minutes of uncut David Foster Wallace interviews! This has made my month. Straight up.