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Monday, October 29, 2012

Hey Rosetta!

What do you do when you wake up jet lagged at 3am in Kuala Lumpor and can't get back to sleep? 

Well, you start searching music blogs for new music, of course. And once you have listened to every rendition of a Bon Iver song recorded by a non-proscription-rayban-wearing hipster film-editor who has a penchant for HD and soft focus, you stumble across something that causes you to spend the early hours of a muggy Malaysian Monday searching the background of the band and going through their music catalogue. 

Yep - that's what happened. 

Here's the culprit: Young Glass by Canadian band Hey Rosetta! Check out the live performance recorded in Melbourne when the band was out in Australia touring with The Jezebels.

Love this first stanza:

from under your sheets out into the hall
you sleepwalk through the rooms where you grew up
out through the porch and the old front doors
carried by words that you learned when you were small

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Your words - Battleships

Lovely song from Sydney-based band Battleships. Have a listen to the words. Some cracking lines in there. This is probably my favourite.

Can't you feel there's more than this? 
More than just what you now see, 
Ignorance is not quite bliss 
After this eternity 

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Blank Joy - Rainer Maria Rilke

She who did not come, wasn't she determined
nonetheless to organize and decorate my heart?
If we had to exist to become the one we love,
what would the heart have to create?

Lovely joy left blank, perhaps you are
the center of all my labors and my loves.
If I've wept for you so much, it's because
I preferred you among so many outlined joys.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Armando Iannucci

Two great speeches by Scottish comedian and satirist Armando Iannucci - author of The Thick of It and HBO series VEEP. One on modern politics and spin doctoring at an Institute of Public Administration conference in Australia:

And one from the 2012 BAFTA Television Lecture on the current state of television in Britain, what makes TV execs tick, and the need for writers to keep pushing boundaries:

I would love to write like this one day.