Posts Tagged ‘music’

Paradoxical UndressingParadoxical Undressing by Kristin Hersh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Kristin Hersh’s ‘Paradoxical Undressing’ made me laugh out loud and cry in public. In the same chapter — I mean that in a good way. I also love her music.

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Shut up and Listen

Posted: October 9, 2015 in graffiti living, links
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Charley Patton



Son House

Bessie Smith

Muddy Waters

Ray Charles

John Lee Hooker

Robert Johnson

B.B. King

Skip James

Howlin’ Wolf

Thin Lizzy, Brighton Dome
In their heyday ’70s heavy metal legends Thin Lizzy played to packed-out stadiums. But the band hasn’t released a studio album since 1983 (‘Thunder and Lightning’), split after they played their last gig in 1984, and hasn’t produced any new material since the tragic death of frontman Phil Lynott, their founding member and principal songwriter, in 1986. The band has existed in various incarnations since then, mostly as a tribute to Phil Lynott and always playing the Thin Lizzy back catalogue. Almost thirty years later, the current lineup are on tour, still playing all the hits, but amid talk of recording new songs. With support from Triggerfinger and Clutch, the boys are back – it’s just a question of why.

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If there’s one thing I hate about blogging, then there’s probably a bunch of other things too. My main bugbear is the continual need for new content. Blogs are hungry beasts. Much of what gets written is ephemeral and has a short shelf, no matter how much time you spent on it. With that in mind, I planned a series of ‘best of graffiti living’ posts with curated links to evergreen content from the archives on particular themes. Then I read my blog and realised that most of it was shit.

Sleep deprivation is a wonderful thing. As is listening to music, especially messed up old vinyl. Put the two together at three in the morning and you get some interesting thoughts about writing. I love the aesthetics of old vinyl, or at least have a romanticised fondness for it, even though I went digital and all of my music currently resides in Itunes. Vinyl sounds great, even when it’s scratched – so long as you can get it to play. Figure out how to play scratched vinyl, and not only will your ears love you, but you have a useful working metaphor for how to find your own groove when writing. There are three things you need to keep in mind when trying to get your own thoughts to play – the needle, the groove, and the click.