I’m about to watch 4x14, which apparently is an episode no-one is ok with. And it’s 12:30am here and I’m kinda exhausted, but let’s give this a go.
The Mountain Goats playing on The Walking Dead is possibly the most perfect thing about this show.
Struggling through first hangover in 3 years. Urgh. At least it’s a little bit hilarious?
So dinner was pate, blue vein cheese, Camembert, crackers, blueberries, strawberries, green grapes, and a glass of red.
I was greeted by a Haigh’s chocolate on my desk this morning, and soon after, an email arrived which read:
Yes, I ‘accidentally’ visited Haighs on my way home from dinner last night - in addition to the small starter chocolates on your desks, there are also mini Haighs eggs in the green bowl in front of Malcolm’s desk!
2Ser is playing gospel music all arvo in preparation for Easter. And I was listening to Revival In Belfast on the train this morn.
Bastille - Pompeii (Acoustic)
Can we just talk about how much I love this recording for a moment. It’s set in a gorgeous art gallery (The Museum of Fine Arts, The Petit Palais in Paris) and the acoustics come off really really well. Then we have this band singing about the destruction of Pompeii and I’m wondering whether there’s any art from that period here in this museum (probably not because it’s a fine arts museum but you never know), because that would be gorgeous and appropriate.
And the boys are all wearing skinny jeans and their black shirts which make them hipster rockers (except Dan with the skeleton print on his shirt and a grey cardigan which significantly brings down what class they may have projected) and these converse shoes and silly haircuts (Chris I’m looking at you) as though they’re really not meant to be in this space, but the music is beautiful enough, and reason enough for them to be.
Then in the little ways they all act, trying not to be conscious of all the cameras running around them. How William knows exactly what to do because he’s playing his guitar the entire time and that’s his thing. Then Dan also knows exactly what to do because he’s the lead singer so needs to be singing, performing the entire time and he’s getting really into it and there’s that super cute little rise on his toes when he sings ‘fell awaayyy’ at the very start, and his body is turned towards Will because the beginning is just vocals and guitar. Chris looks kinda lost until the percussion-y bit picks up and he has something to do. And Kyle spends so much of the first half just standing there looking down at the ground, lost without an instrument as though he almost wants you to forget him until his part picks up. Then that great moment when the three boys are doing their syncopated clapping/hitting thighs rhythms and watching each other and going YEAH with their eyes at each other when they pull it off. SO GOOD.
While we’re at it, may as well mention all the different types of beats they get going as well. Clapping vs hitting thighs vs stomping on ground vs guitar case and the way it makes a very organic beat for this acoustic version.
And just as a side-note, a vaguely grouchy security guard with his arms crossed in the background all ‘DON’T POLLUTE MY MUSEUM. But wait, THIS IS REALLY REALLY GORGEOUS STUFF GOING ON RIGHT HERE.’
John Newman - Love Me Again
When you’re feeling overwhelmed so just stop everything. And it gets worse because the more you don’t do, the more there is to do.
Small, achievable tasks. Do your washing, write your book review, read your uni papers. Keep going
Oops, just remembered this is Coachella streaming weekend and I spent all yesterday watching The Walking Dead and need to actually do uni work this afternoon, then work all tomorrow so I’ll miss most of it.
Art vs. Science @ Oxford Art Factory 11/4/14
One of the more fun nights I’ve had in ages. Everything was Create/Destroy, Flippers, Magic Fountain, Parlez Vous Francais (with the most incredibly epic guitar solo ever) and dancing and getting sweaty and high-5ing strangers and just enjoying the moment.