Thursday, 28 June 2012







ALMEDA RIDDLE /
 'POOR WAYFARING STRANGER'
 - FROM 'THE ALAN LOMAX COLLECTION: SOUTHERN JOURNEY VOL.I - VOICES OF THE AMERICAN SOUTH'




IN THE MID-30'S A YOUNG ALAN LOMAX ACCOMPANIED HIS FATHER ON A SERIES OF FIELD RECORDINGS DOCUMENTING THE FOLK MUSIC OF RURAL AMERICA FOR THE AMERICAN LIBRARY OF CONGRESS.  I RECENTLY CAME ACROSS THE ALBUM ABOVE WHILE SATING MY CURRENT OBSESSION WITH SACRED HARP MUSIC (HE WAS AMONG THE FIRST TO PRODUCE THE FINEST EARLY RECORDINGS OF GROUP SINGINGS), AND I JUST FELL IN LOVE WITH THIS ONE.  THE REST OF THE ALBUM HAS MUCH OF THE SAME ROUGH-AND-READY FEEL OF FIELD RECORDING, BUT CAPTURES PERFECTLY THE HUMANITY, HUMOUR AND PATHOS IN THE VOICES OF A SOUTHERN PEOPLES WOUNDED BY THE GREAT DEPRESSION - AND YET STILL FINDING A WAY TO SURVIVE IN SPITE OF EVERYTHING. 




 MEANWHILE...


A COUPLE OF GREAT RECORDINGS OF TWO OF MY FAVOURITE SACRED HARP TUNES COURTESY OF A FLOURISHING SHAPE-NOTE COMMUNITY IN CORK, IRELAND:











Tuesday, 26 June 2012





ARVO PÄRT /
 'TABULA RASA', I. LUDUS: CON MOTO



 "O, WHEN WILL THE PERIOD APPEAR
 WHEN I SHALL UNITE IN YOUR SONG?
 I'M WEARY OF LINGERING HERE
...

 I'M FETTERED AND CHAINED UP IN CLAY;
 I STRUGGLE AND PANT TO BE FREE
 I LONG TO BE SOARING AWAY
..."

 - MARIA DE FLEURY, 'PANTING FOR HEAVEN', 1791.





Monday, 25 June 2012



A SELECTION OF GO-SEES FROM THE PAST SEASON
 GROUPED ARBITRARILY.



1. BOYS WITH SHAVED HEADS.


22.03.12
BEN HORSFIELD
ELITE.



18.03.12
BILLY MORAN
M±P.



22.03.12
DYLAN WILLIAMS
ELITE.



22.03.12
KEITH HERNANDEZ
ELITE




2. BOYS WHO PREFER THEIR HAIR AWAY FROM THEIR FACE.
(MOSTLY CASES OF HAT-HAIR)


21.03.12
JAKOB HYBHOLT
FM



22.03.12
HARRISON GRIFFITHS
ELITE



15.02.12
BENNO BAS
FM



17.05.12
ARTHUR DEVALBRAY
FM



20.03.12
ANDREAS ERIKSEN
FM



22.03.12
TOMMY KRISTIANSEN
ELITE



25.05.12
YANNICK BOETZKES
ELITE




3. BOYS WITH LONG HAIR


27.04.12
ERIK ANDERSSON
FM



21.03.12
VIGGO JONASON
FM




4. BOTTLED BLONDES


27.04.12
M.J.
FM



27.03.12
ANASTASIJA KINDRATJEVA
ELITE



27.03.12
EYEN CHORM
NEVS




5. THE POLO SHIRT


22.03.12
BEN HORSFIELD
ELITE



27.03.12
JACK MILLER
NEVS



01.06.12
JACK VANDERHART
NEVS




6. THE LEATHER BOMBER


13.04.12
NADIA GIRAMATA
VIVA



18.05.12
CARLOS FERRA
NEVS




7. (IRONIC) CROSSES


06.03.12
EMILY SMITH
ELITE



15.03.12
NICOLA TARDELLI
M±P



13.04.12
CHLOE LECAREUX
VIVA




8. INTERESTING NECKLACES


15.03.12
GWEN LU
M±P



21.06.12
DYLAN ARMSTRONG
PREMIER




9. SUNGLASSES W/ CIRCULAR FRAMES


25.05.12
JAKE HOLD
ELITE



27.03.12
LETICIA LAMB
ELITE




10. INTERESTING PEOPLE


25.05.12
MATTHEW BELL
ELITE

MATTHEW PLAYS THE SAXOPHONE - 'NOT VERY WELL' HE SAYS, BUT HE PLAYS WHENEVER HE RETURNS HOME BECAUSE IT HELPS HIM TO RELAX.



15.03.12
WILFRID LYTTON
M±P

WILFRID IS STUDYING GEOLOGY AT UNIVERSITY - THIS WAS TAKEN JUST BEFORE HE SET OFF FOR A DIG IN TURKEY.  I ASKED HIM TO TELL ME SOMETHING INTERESTING AND HE REPLIED THAT THE EARTH IS ALMOST 5 BILLION YEARS OLD.  I CAN BARELY GRASP THE IDEA OF 50 YEARS.


06.04.12
CHARLOTTE GRACE
UNION

I ALSO ASKED CHARLOTTE TO TELL ME SOMETHING INTERESTING, SO SHE SHOWED ME HOW TO DO A BINOMIAL EXPANSION USING PASCAL'S TRIANGLE - A SYSTEM OF NUMBERS.  SHE REALLY LIKES MATHS, AND I REALLY LIKE PATTERNS.



11.04.12
GRAHAM
ELITE

GRAHAM IS STILL AT SCHOOL IN IRELAND, AND LOVES LANGUAGES.  FRENCH IS HIS FAVOURITE SUBJECT, AND HE WANTS TO TRAVEL TO PARIS TO GET SOME PRACTICE.



27.03.12
FABIANA MAYER
ELITE

WHEN THIS WAS TAKEN, FABIANA HAD JUST RECOVERED FROM A FLU - BUT SHE WAS VERY CALM, SOFT-SPOKEN, AND AWARE.  SHE DANCES BALLET, AND IT IS VERY CENTRAL TO HER - 'I THINK EVERYONE SHOULD DANCE,' SHE SAYS.  '(WHEN YOU DANCE) YOU FORGET YOUR PROBLEMS, AND YOU'RE THERE...JUST DANCING.'



25.05.12
ANDERS HAYWARD
UNSIGNED MGMT

ANDERS IS ALSO A DANCER, BUT MORE CONTEMPORARY / STREET DANCE.  HE LIKES THAT HE IS ABLE TO EXPRESS HIMSELF PHYSICALLY, IN SPACE, THROUGH HIS BODY.



22.03.12
HASSAN KASSEM
ELITE

THIS WAS HASSAN'S FIRST OFFICIAL DAY AS A MODEL, AND HIS FIRST GO-SEE.  HE STUDIES PHILOSOPHY AT UNIVERSITY, AND, AFTER SEEING THAT I HAD JUST STARTED ON MATT RIDLEY'S 'THE ORIGINS OF VIRTUE', SPENT SOME TIME THAT AFTERNOON RECOMMENDING SOME OTHER GREAT BOOKS & AUTHORS FOR ME TO READ.  FUNNILY ENOUGH, HE ALSO SHARES THE SAME NAME AS ONE OF MY BEST FRIENDS FROM PRIMARY SCHOOL IN DUBAI, EXCEPT HIS SURNAME WAS 'KASSAM'.







Sunday, 24 June 2012









YMC SS13 /
 LONDON COLLECTIONS: MEN.







Tuesday, 19 June 2012





"IT'S A LITTLE LIKE LOVE..."
DAN LLOYD, MUSIC OF THE HEMISPHERES.



Saturday, 16 June 2012















1 2 3 4
 1 2 3 4 5 6
 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
 FIGHT ON
 ALL THESE ARE THE DAYS, MY FRIENDS
 AND THESE ARE THE DAYS.
 - 2 3 4
 - 2 3 4 5 6
 - 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
 WOULD IT GET SOME WIND FOR THE SAILBOAT



DUANE MICHALS /
'I BUILD A PYRAMID', 1978.




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