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Dancing the Madison in Bande A Part

Let's get the week off to a Gauloise smoking, sweater wearing, finger clicking start with the iconic dance scene from Jean Luc Godard's 1964 Bande A Part (The Outsiders). Much imitated (by Quentin Tarrantino for one), the scene features Anna Karina, Sami Frey and Claude Brasseur dancing to John Lee Hooker's Shake it Baby. It's very very cool. [video width="600" id="DkNoxh8qZgU" type="youtube"] ...

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The Strongest of the Strange Ones by Charles Bukowski

you won’t see them often for wherever the crowd is they are not. those odd ones, not many but from them come the few good paintings the few good symphonies the few good books and other works. and from the best of the strange ones perhaps nothing. they are their own paintings their own books their own music their own work. sometimes I think I see them – say a certain old man sitting on a certain bench in a c ...

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Bill Murray sings House of the Rising Sun

Just when you thought you couldn't like Bill Murray any more than you do already, here he is singing House of the Rising Sun at an annual Caddyshack convention...happy Monday to you! [video width="600" id="WS7M5qFbKHc" type="youtube"]   ...

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Just a shot away: Merry Clayton’s world beating vocal behind the Stones

The recent Oscar winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom tells of the amazing vocalists who often went 'unsung'. Some of the music business's greatest backing singers were failed stars, others were simply great singers without the mania or the will required to be frontmen. One of the very best  was Merry Clayton whose vocal on the Rolling Stones' Gimme Shelter is the stuff of legend. When the Stones were i ...

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Hidden Door Festival on next week in forgotten vaults of Edinburgh

Edinburgh's Hidden Door Festival gets underway next week in the rediscovered vaults under Market Street. From 28 March until 5 April, the not for profit event will present 80 visual artists, 50 live music acts, 40 film makers, 30 poets, 30 performers, 20 animators and 9 unique parties in 2 live music vaults, 2 bars, 1 theatre, 1 cinema and 1 secret music venue. The currently derelict vaults are to be unlock ...

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The rules of golf when the bombs drop…

From the wonderful Shaun Usher here is a post from his Lists of Note, the sister site to his Letters of Note: As the Battle of Britain began to take hold in 1940, a bomb fell on an outbuilding belonging to Richmond Golf Club in Surrey, England. As a result, the club — rather than halt future rounds of golf — issued an incredible list of temporary golf rules to all members that took into account the potentia ...

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True Detective’s truly brilliant opening sequence

Among the many wonderful things about True Detective, the HBO series in which two troubled detectives pick their way through a bleak swampy Louisiana littered with chemical refineries, trailers and serial killers, is its opening title sequence. Backed by the Handsome Family's Far From Any Road, it perfectly capture's Rust Cohle's (Matthew McConaughey) line, 'this place is like someone's memory of a town - a ...

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Scottish Pop Household Woes and other issues of the day

Scottish Pop Household Woes: The Vaselines unhappy about being swamped with junk mail Introducing the work of the brilliant if mysterious Jersey Milk Cow whose drawings expose the domestic concerns of stars of the Scottish music scene, Britpop, football and celebrity chefdom. The artist is currently based in Stockport. Of his website he says, 'My drawings are posted here – it’s a bit like an online gallery. ...

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Leaning into the afternoons: some Pablo Neruda for your Valentine’s Day

It's Valentine's Day and for anyone sick of the empty, headache inducing bubbles of Champagne and garish red of garage-bought roses, here's a drop of the good stuff... Leaning Into The Afternoons Leaning into the afternoons I cast my sad nets towards your oceanic eyes. There in the highest blaze my solitude lengthens and flames, its arms turning like a drowning man's. I send out red signals across your abse ...

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A letter from Fred: ‘it was real’

Something sweet and gentle for this Friday morning - a beautiful love song written by a 96 year old man for his wife of 75 years... [video width="600" id="KDi4hBWsvkY" type="youtube"] ...

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