Toots

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  1. musing

    This afternoon, for the first time in a long, long while, I listened to Regina. Songs, Soviet Kitsch, and the Demos blared, the sun flared, and I forgot my cares, as I remembered just how great Regina could be. Her last album, I'm afraid, was poor. And some the more 'overly-effusive' fans have put me off her concerts of late. But this isn't the whingeing of an old fan, maligning her change in artistic direction. I just don't like her latest style, but I think she'll come good again, sooner or later. I guess I'm just telling the ether that I'm waiting for 'ginka to sweep me off my feet again.
  2. musing

    This afternoon, for the first time in a long, long while, I listened to Regina. Songs, Soviet Kitsch, and the Demos blared, the sun flared, and I forgot my cares, as I remembered just how great Regina could be. Her last album, I'm afraid, was poor. And some the more 'overly-effusive' fans have put me off her concerts of late. But this isn't the whingeing of an old fan, maligning her change in artistic direction. I just don't like her latest style, but I think she'll come good again, sooner or later. I guess I'm just telling the ether that I'm waiting for 'ginka to sweep me off my feet again.
  3. .

    It's lovely to be missed - that's very kind of you! And a warm hello to thekiddrinkingfire, who I shamefully failed to respond to. I hope you're all in the finest of fettle. I'm loving the grumpy grudging affection doing the rounds on this thread! It's all a bit touching and strangely sibling, really! Geogaddi, I speak with fond regards as a fellow film-fumbling mick when I say: may your days bloom and your film fly, you feckin head-the-ball!
  4. So I'm in Topshop....

    I think you should trust in Lambie, Johnny C. Do you remember anything about it, Lambie? Any particular refrain? Any strange instrumentation? Tell all! Also: where on earth (or otherwise) have you been? And thekiddrinkingfire - are you still around? It's a whole new world since my recent return to the forum. I'm slightly discombobulated.
  5. .

    This is fast becoming my favourite ever thread! Intriguing stuff, all in all, if a tad warped by a touch of the vapours. Geogaddi - I was creeping around the forum myself in those days. I must say: I'm a fairly close reader when it comes to these things, and I can't remember noting any implicit quotes from posts cropping up in 'ginka's notices. I agree: wherefore art thou, Lambchop?
  6. .

    Well! I've not been around these here parts in quite some time. What the hell has happened?! There appears to have been a melodrama pandemic. And an enjoyable fever it is, too. Stay sane, my friends.
  7. cup of noodles with ketchup...

    No! Ketchup is plain wrong! I used to live with a girl who would just throw ketchup in the bin the second she saw it, almost like a Pavlovian response; possibly not the most reasonable action, but I could kind of understand. She also liked to bark like a dog, at indescriminate times. I don't think the two were linked, but it remains a possibility. Rule nothing out, as Sherlock Holmes has taught us
  8. Soviet Kitsch sheet music HERE!

    That's a faintly creepy idea...I like it
  9. New music we should all hear

    So....what do people think about Acoustic Ladyland? It's easy to get carried away when a modern jazz group are even half-way not awful (ie: not 'smooth jazz'. SMOOTH JAZZ?! That term drives me absolutely nuts! It's bad, sloppy, soulless soul. It's got nothing to do with jazz! I thought we'd killed it at the end of the 80s - but no! Like a gorgon, it rears its ugly head on another, euphimistic neck) but...they're not too shabby. If only their album cover wasn't so DREADFUL! Question: can you honestly trust the taste of a band who choose to package all of their hard work with a picture of a stiletto-heeled woman, manacled to a disco ball? Help me, fellow 'stixers, I am genuinely disturbed by this!
  10. Any Good Stories

    Hey Shawn, Peter Constantine has pretty much translated the whole kit and kaboodle, and his love for Babel really shines through, I think - like Michael Hoffmann with the equally great Joseph Roth - so he's a good guy to go with. Hope that points you in the right direction...though the learning Russian approach would be fantastic, wouldn't it? (<wistfully) How are you finding Ezra Pound? I've only ever read his imagist stuff (they're not too shabby!), but I've been meaning to give the Cantos a go for ages. Would you recommend them? I think we're accidentally forging some kind of literary thread, here Cool! Enjoy your 'work'
  11. Any Good Stories

    Excellent use of a desk-job! I heartily approve! But I hope you're not saving up your pay to buy an overcoat. It's inadvisable Whilst we're on the Russian literature tip: have you read much/any Isaac Babel? He was an absolute dream of a short-story writer. Track him down, if you haven't already. He's up there with Chekhov/Carver/Maupassant/Borges/Mansfield in the pantheon of the greats. Enjoy!
  12. This is probably a very stupid question...

    It's got to be Earl Grey - every time. BUT: with, or without, milk? Dilemmas, dilemmas! Also: Yorkshire tea. Yum! Comfiness in a cup!
  13. Any Good Stories

    Hey Shawn! So what was the film, anyway? You were a little coy, not saying what it was I'm intrigued! Hope it was worth the 2 year wait! Ps: I'm in the same desk-job, internet-bound boat. Currently using the time trying to learn Yiddish, which is slightly...random... Pps: Can't speak for the rest of the forum, but I'm okay, thank you Ppps: Hey, also, to Giulia! I like your posts!
  14. Tori Amos

    Regina as the Uptown Girl? I like it! Billy Jo-elle is clearly an influence - plain as the nose on Pinnochio's face. I've changed my mind about this thread: I hope it never ends. This topic is like the everliving; the undead. Nothing can kill it. It will survive us all: Every. Last. One of us. Even the cockroaches. Mwahahahah!
  15. Tori Amos

    Jaysus! Is this carry-on still carrying on?! They are both women; they both play piano; they both sing songs. It is a happy, vaguely distracting coincidence. There you go I pray to whatever God there is in the cosmos that this thread dies a sudden, painless death in its sleep. Amen.