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.
  16. Stylus Review

    It's a sloppy, inane piece of writing. It's not parody; it's not rhetoric. It's utterly, utterly banal. This thread should spontaneously combust now, I think.
  17. Mikemercury! Good call on the Cabaret, by the way! 'Wilkommen' would be great too. She'd knock Joel Grey into a cocked hat (dare I say it!).
  18. "I like hearing songs performed by their authors" Does that mean you don't like great swathes of Aretha Franklin; Frank Sinatra; Billie Holliday; Motown, etc? I understand where you're coming from, but there's certainly great merit in the skill of interpretation. There are a lot of bland covers, I know; but there are also many inspired interpretations that equal the original version by the author, and can definitely be considered creations in their own right: Screamin' Jay Hawkins'/Nina Simone's 'I Put A Spell On You'; Bob Dylan's/Van Morrison's 'It's All Over Now, Baby Blue'; Dylan's/Hendrix's 'All Along the Watchtower'; Leonard Cohen's/Jeff Buckley's 'Hallelujah', to name but an obvious few. The act of investing the song with their own emotions - almost possessing it for themselves - reanimates the composition and creates it anew. It IS their song. It's like great acting in the theatre, or on film; Tennessee Williams wrote the words, but Brando brought them to life. The act of interpretation, at its best, can be just as vital as the original composition, that's all I'm saying (and saying..and saying!) I'm sure no one on this thread wants Regina to forsake writing her own songs. I think we might possibly just have been having some...wait for it...fun.
  19. Is anyone going to suggest that 'Ginka should cover something from the Tori Amos songbook? Go on - I dare ya! I've a hunch she'd do amazing things with Peggy Lee's fantabulous "Is That All There Is?" (my favourite song, dontcha know), with its spooky spoken verses, and natty narrative.
  20. Help - Piano Music

    I LOVE 'Just Like the Movies'! It is officially (there was an awards ceremony...in my addled mind) my favourite bit of 'Ginka doings. How great would it be to hear it played live? Answer: muchly great. A forever of thankyous to thekiddrinkingfire for letting me hear it in the first place! (to continue the awards theme )
  21. Favorite song off of Soviet Kitsch?

    Surprised no one's already suggested 'Ode to Divorce'. It's a perfect metonym of all that makes 'Ginka great: it's lush, gorgeous, moving, and playful, with lyrics to catch your breath, and never let it go (or am I describing suffocation?!) When I first heard it (having already heard Songs), I knew Regina would forever be the gal for me.
  22. Hey No1! Your post strangely reminds me of e.e. cummings! Very gnomic! Have you read much of his stuff? Svery goo d ! And you're right about chilling out. I think we were all a bit quick to bare our teeth! Camomile tea all round, then! Bye, bye.
  23. too many unreleased songs

    I suppose, in general, the inherent nature of being 'a fan' is conservative; you have an appetite for a certain quality in the artist you want satisfied time and again. BUT: the most enthralling part of following any artist is watching them develop their ideas, and exploring the different nuances of their preoccupations. It's kind of beautiful watching that logical progression, that flowering of their essential interests: the movement of Tom Waits from 'Heartattack & Vine' to 'Bone Machine'; of John Coltrane from 'Giant Steps' to 'Crescent'; of Orson Welles from 'Citizen Kane' to 'F for Fake'. It's far more fulfilling taking that meandering journey with them, than asking them to always stay the same. You shouldn't be berated for having your opinion, but I do think it's closing you off to even richer treasures to come. As Joni Mitchell said: if you want to hear the same song over and over, put your money in a jukebox.
  24. Fellow Musicians

    I can play the jew's harp. I give it the occasional bluesy twang, and envisage baying crowds. That's right: baying. I'm not particularly good. It's great for accompanying the works of Ennio Morricone, and Leonard Cohen, mind. There was a guy, used to busk in Leicester Square tube, who blew tunes through a traffic cone. We're not talking profoundly unamusing student-style japery, here; this guy had the breath control of your boppenest be-bopper. His rendition of Dizzie Gillespie's 'Salt Peanuts' was very salty, indeed.
  25. help with .net

    Hey, Kidda! Cheers for the offer! Marc B is helping me just fine at the mo, but I'll doubtless come back begging to you at some point in the future, shameless hussy, that I am! Hope the pancreas is better! Yikes! Sounds painful!