In a 1995 interview about the Sonic Youth album Washing Machine, Thurston Moore stated: “We all have different aesthetics as to how songs should work. I generally push for a lot of abandon while some people in the group are more interested in truncating things. If I was the leader as much as people say I am, every song would be 20 minutes long.”
All the world’s a stage, and nowhere more than the Commons despatch box. Every Wednesday, the Prime Minister turns up to give a special performance to her front and backbenchers, in a similar arrangement to that of a television panel show: the Prime Minister responds to input from all corners of the room in an ostensibly improvised way, while her audience laughs on command (and jeers, and brays like a herd of wounded donkeys, often enough to lower Prime Minister’s Questions below Mock the Week on the sophistication charts).
As part of Glasgow’s Tramway-based Take Me Somewhere festival, Panti Bliss – Ireland’s foremost drag queen and prominent gay rights activist – brings her acclaimed stand-up/monologue show High Heels in Low Places in front of a packed auditorium in the Pollokshields theatre. There’s little warning of what to expect, and the production – much like Panti herself – refuses to stick to any rigid format or convention. She breaks up the story-telling core with several departures in several different mediums: an immersive experience which reins itself in every so often, with frequent reflections on the very serious topics of Panti’s beginnings and rise to international fame.
A good thing about small but wide and open venues like Stereo on Renfield Lane is that they’re the anti-festival – three bands on the bill and more or less three different crowds, at least at the front. Not having to cram your way to the front and sit through the band before your favourite (with an inevitably clenched bladder) creates a relaxed atmosphere, freeing up more space to purely enjoy the music.
Network Rail, the owner of most of Scotland, England and Wales’ rail services, have recently pulled their display of an Amnesty International poster campaign which aims to increase nationwide public awareness of the ways in which the Human Rights Act has helped causes such as the Northern Ireland peace progress and families affected by the 1989 Hillsborough disaster. The railway body cited the adverts’ being ‘too political’ as the reason for the last-minute decision.
Last year, a Japanese beagle named Purin set the Guinness World Record for the most (foot)balls caught in one minute. It’s clear that she’s achieved far more in her short 9 years than any of you lowlifes, so let’s have a look at five more dogs who are essentially just Better Than You.
Yuck have an important place in 2010s indie, but probably not the one they’d like. Their sound is heavily influenced by 90s alt-rock giants like Sonic Youth, Pavement and Dinosaur Jr., and their eponymous debut album was a pastiche – albeit an extremely catchy an enjoyable – of those styles, and wasn’t really anything new. Although it was extremely popular in underground circles and treated favourably by indie music publications, its true unwitting purpose was arguably to act as a bridge for younger listeners to discover the originators of a fuzzy, lo-fi, alt-punky sound.