Jeremy Deller's The Battle of Orgreave
. Deller is one of the nominees
for this year's Turner Prize
, always a predictable source of controversy. I love Jeremy Deller
is a good profile from the Guardian
. One of Deller's best-known pieces is the invention and development of 'Acid Brass', the recreation of classic acid house anthems with a full-on brass band with the massed horns of the Whitburn Band
, and eventually recorded
by yet another ensemble, the Williams Fairey Band
(although Pitchfork didn't like it
). You can hear a streaming sample of 'Pacific 202' sample on this extensive page of audio downloads from 808 State
(search for 'brass').
This gives us another chance to plug the cover of Radiohead's "Paranoid Android
" (mp3 link) by the UMASS Front Percussion Ensemble
. They can sure march
, too (wmv link). This segues nicely into London radio station xfm
and their Rock School
competition, which solicited cover versions from school-age bands around Britain. There's some great stuff here - the more complex the song, the better.
tracks the little bits of functionality that people devise for their websites. The Trixie Update
is one such site - the obsessive cataloguing of a baby's development. We have a pen and paper. Clearly this is not enough. 3,117 nappies (and counting) in 16 months is impressive stuff....
Good news for wine as scientists around the world suggest we reach for the corkscrew: I
/ the all-white diet of Erik Satie
. Check The Musician's Day
for details of his eating habits. (thanks to James, who was after details of a book about an artist with a penchant for monochromatic meals. Can anyone help him out?).
The Seinfeld Dictionary
(via many places) / Rail Fan Europe
has pictures of trains. Many pictures of trains / Gabrielle de Montmollin's Bird Women
/ Sublime Stitching
will embroider whatever you like / slick homewares at Victory Vintage
(fit for The Incredibles
?) / wurh
, a London-based weblog.
Online advent calendars
, the pick of the bunch (from metafilter
). The Historical Present's advent calendar
is an online tradition.