Category Archives: Music

Mapping the songs of Tom Waits

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My favourite albums of 2013

People seemed to like last year’s list, so here’s another one. I picked up a few 2012 albums early in the year, some from other people’s lists of their favourite albums. Notable among these were Thomas Koner, Novaya Zemiya; Shearwater, Animal Joy; Kreng, Works for Abattoir Fermé … Continue reading

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Albums of the year

Well, my favourite ones… in no particular order North Atlantic Oscillation, Fog Electric Anathema, Weather Systems Steven Wilson, Get All You Deserve (live) Scott Walker, Bish Bosch Somnarium, Voices in the Dust Flying Colors, Flying Colors Storm Corrosion, Storm Corrosion … Continue reading

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The Anarchist Turn – Simon Critchley

The Butler videos I linked to earlier are part of a wider conference. Below is Simon Critchley’s introduction, which around 4 minutes in raises the question of anarchist geographers/ies and calls for ‘new maps’.   More videos from this conference … Continue reading

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Biking in the City

Only just got round to reading David Byrne’s Bicycle Diaries, which isn’t quite what I expected. There is stuff on cycling, but of a very particular kind, which is resolutely urban, definitely not about speed or exercise, but as a … Continue reading

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Peter Hammill on writing

I’ve posted quite a lot on the writing process here. One of my favourite songwriters is Peter Hammill, who has written a fascinating post entitled ‘The Writing’. Worth a look, even if you’re not a fan. I really like this characterisation … Continue reading

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End of October

October has been a slog. I’ve now done half of my teaching for this academic year. In one month. Okay, this means that the rest of the year is going to be relatively easy on that front, but naturally there … Continue reading

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Badiou (and Žižek) on Wagner

I’ve just finished reading Alain Badiou’s new book, Five Lessons on Wagner. I approached it expecting to learn more about Badiou than Wagner, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. A few clues aside, without his name on the cover I’d … Continue reading

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Roundup – Key Thinkers, Browne report, RPA, Tom Waits

Key Thinkers on Space and Place is now available in a second edition. A valuable, albeit partial, resource. Nina Power on the Brown report here Devin Shaw offers some thoughts on the Radical Philosophy Association conference here. Tom Waits in … Continue reading

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Melancology conference

This is one of the more unusual conference calls I’ve seen in a while… http://thewhim.blogspot.com/2010/06/melancology.html A new word is required that conjoins ‘black’ and ‘ecology’: melancology, a word in which can be heard the melancholy affect appropriate to the conjunction. … Continue reading

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