Sunday 28 February 2010

Six of one, half a dozen of the other

6music, the case for:
  • The musical freedom given to DJs
  • The live sessions
  • The Peel Session reruns
  • Adam & Joe (when they are not off doing other things)
  • John Holmes
  • Jarvis Cocker
  • The Freak Zone
  • Lauren Laverne
  • Craig Charles Funk and Soul show (good cooking/washing up radio)
  • Tom Robinson (if only for introducing me to Sufjan Stevens)

6music, the case against:
  • The musical freedom given to DJs that is wasted on some of the DJs that clearly aren't into music
  • The Dad rock
  • The indie middle-age Radio 2 aspirations
  • The News (why do music stations think there isn't a place for in-depth news reportage?)
  • The Music News (patronizing beyond belief)
  • The Music Week (patronizing beyond belief for a full hour)
  • Steve Lamacq
  • George Lamb
  • The narrow playlists that exclude non-mainstream electronica, hip hop, dubstep, grime or reggae (if it aint Bob Marley, it aint getting in)
  • The bigging up of their celebrity DJs
  • The idea that anyone in their right mind would want to listen to the Psychedelic Furs

The rest is just background

Guardian article

Saturday 20 February 2010

Barney lecture

Paul Gorman's Barney Bubbles blog Reasons to be cheerful

Images 33 private view

AOI Images 33, The Best of British Illustration 2009. Private view at University Campus Suffolk, Ipswich 17.02.10.

The private view of Images 33, the AOI's Best of British Illustration 2009, was a great success this week, especially for a rainy winter Wednesday night. Students mucked in to run the bar, illustration author Mark Wigan gave a great speech and work was sold. The work on display is extremely diverse in content and style, from pen and ink to elaborate 3D collage and moving image. It's well worth a visit and is open until 26th March 2010 in the Waterfront Gallery at University Campus Suffolk, Ipswich.

Association of Illustrators
University Campus Suffolk

Tuesday 9 February 2010

Images 33

The Association of Illustrators 'Images 33: The Best Of British Illustration 2009', will be on show at University Campus Suffolk, Ipswich from 18th February until 26th March 2010. Open daily at the Waterfront building, Neptune Quay, including weekends from 9am - 6pm.

Sunday 7 February 2010

Aspects and directions

This weekend I bought this 1964 gem. It cost me £5 in an otherwise overpriced second-hand bookshop in Holt, Norfolk. Not sure what 10/6 equates to in today's money but it's the best read of the year so far and worth every penny.