Archive for November, 2006
Something new on FFF today, something I hope to do a lot more of in the future. Gee Willikers is a collection of short stories.
The six stories that are there already are just the tip of that darned iceberg; there’s a heck of a lot more of this kinda stuff scribbled in various notebooks that I’ve yet to type up.
Most of these were just notes, really, but I was recently reading Cruel Shoes, a collection of similarly short stories by Steve Martin, which kinda made me realise that these little notes are probably all these stories need to be – tiny fragments. I hope you like them.
I’m not sure that this is a good analogy, but y’know when you split up with your girl/boyfriend just before their birthday, and you’ve already bought them a present, so you give it to them anyway? Well, I’ve already made a
December Mix, so I thought I’d put it up for you if you want it.
A-ha “Hunting High and Low”
The Lemonheads “The Outdoor Type”
Madness “Michael Caine”
Josh Rouse “Streetlights”
Virginia Astley “A Summer Long Since Passed”
Randy Newman “Marie”
Regina Spektor “Ghost of Corporate Future”
Ryuichi Sakamoto and David Sylvian “Forbidden Colours”
Pet Shop Boys “Home and Dry”
Prefab Sprout “If You Don’t Love Me”
The Beautiful South “Prettiest Eyes”
The Crystals “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”
Thanks ever so much for all the nice comments in the previous post. They were greatly appreciated.
I don’t want to do “blogging” any more.
I’ll still use this page to tell you if there’s new stuff on flipflopflyin.com, just in case any of you use the RSS to find out that particular information, but apart from that: no more blogging.
Of course, it’s possible I’ll change my mind in the new year, but right now, this feels pretty much like the end.
It was fun.
Thanks for reading.
novemberandahalfmix.mp3 (23.7 Mb)
Eighteen songs. Just over twenty minutes long.
Another small collection of photographs in the Collecting section of FFF. This time they’re from all over the place. I spent an afternoon looking through all the digital photographs on my computer searching for pictures I’d taken where somebody – a passer-by or something – just happened to be looking at the camera at the moment I took the shot. I wonder if any of these people will see their photo here?
Most of us, I guess, would dearly love to have a collection of the photographs other people take where we are in the background. That would be my ultimate dream photo album: hundreds of snaps of Peter and Jane at the top of the Empire State Building (and some beardy, speccy bloke in the background), Alan in front of the Brandenburg Gate (and some beardy, speccy bloke in the background), Julie and the kids on the beach (and some pale, beardy, speccy bloke in the background)…
I quite like how those TV-advertised compilation albums – hits of the sixties or 100 country classics, etc. – are edited to cram in the main chorus bits of as many songs as possible. I had a go at making one.
It took me way longer than a sensible man would spend on such things.
And there we have it, the Colours of the Week.
The whole series can be seen here.
Almost live from my building! A fire in the new shop on the ground floor. A new shop that sells kitchens and stuff, I think; called Traum Zauber Raum (Dream Magic Room). Insert joke here.
The firemen are still outside and it stinks of burning plastic.
I was just walking back from the coffee shop when, near the tram stop, an elderly woman asked me if I could tell her what time the next tram was due, as she’d forgotten her glasses.
I asked her the current time, looked at the timetable, and told her it’d be here in ten minutes.
She thanked me, then wiggled her finger up and down in front of her mouth, and said, “You’ve got spinach in your teeth.”
The last song on an LP is an important song. It’s a song that, when done well, finishes off the meal like a great cup of coffee. Some go for a big ballad (“You See Me Crying” on Aerosmith’s Toys in the Attic, for example). Some for an epic monster (“I Am The Resurrection” on The Stone Roses, “Jungleland” on Born To Run). Others just have that ‘and they all lived happily ever after’ feeling; what in my head is called The Grease Effect, named after the wonderful “We Go Together” at the end of Grease.
A lot of artists don’t seem to grasp this concept. That’s their right, of course. If they want their album to be a shiny disc stuffed full of their most recently recorded songs, so be it. But for me, the great last song is an art. “After Hours” on The Velvet Underground, “When The Levee Breaks” on Led Zeppelin IV, “Dream Attack” on Technique, “Empty Cans” on A Grand Don’t Come For Free.
So, the November Mix is made up entirely of Last Songs. It was hard work sequencing it into some sort of order, as they all sound like the Last Song on any mix tape. I’ve unashamedly gone for a bunch of songs which, for me, sum up the beauty of a last song; so once you get past the first few uptempo numbers, it settles down into a mid-tempo, melodic, slightly minor chordy, mush. That, my friends, is how I like my albums to end.
Anyway, the November Mix. The Last Songs mix. Online for a week.
novembermix.mp3 (55MB, 48m 16s)
Pixies “Levitate Me”
The Libertines “I Get Along”
The Chemical Brothers “Surface To Air”
The Human League “Don’t You Want Me”
Rufus Wainwright “Imaginary Love”
Blur “Battery In Your Leg”
Baxter Dury “Boneyard Dogs”
The Specials “Enjoy Yourself (Reprise)”
Pulp “Bar Italia”
Richard Hawley “The Nights Are Made For Us”
Jason Falkner “Untitled”
Badly Drawn Boy “Donna and Blitzen”
The Beach Boys “Cuddle Up”
Kraftwerk “Endlos Endlos”
One last note. The Beach Boys song shouldn’t really be on there. It’s off a slightly-above-average album, (the rather clumsily-titled Carl and the Passions – “So Tough”), so it doesn’t really finish off a glorious album as such. it’s just that I figured that “Cuddle Up” would’ve been a great last song on virtually all of the Beach Boys’ 1970s output. And, y’know, when it comes to The Beach Boys, it doesn’t take much for me to justify putting them on a mix tape.
(This self-imposed one-a-day deadline was a dumb idea. I rushed the yellow drawing a bit. I might make some changes for the ‘proper’ FFF version.)