June 30, 2008
June 29, 2008
Watch Out - Tawiah
It's Gonna Rain - Gentleman June Gardner
Northern Girls - Belleruche
Beautiful Sadness - Shuya Okino
Luchas (live) - KingdomAfrocks
Taj Mahal - Jorge Ben
Fantastic Planet - Soil & "Pimp" Sessions
Seeds - The Sahib Shihab Quintet
Equiano's Tears - Soweto Kinch
June 27, 2008
June 25, 2008
June 23, 2008
June 21, 2008
Vanity - What's Up?
Glaciers of Ice - El Michels Affair
Nana Nina - Bush Y Sus Magnificos
Spill The Wine - War
Who Knows Who - Orgone
Sidewalk Doctor - Jackie Mitto & Brentford Rockers
Go With Love - Rahj
Master Teacher - Erykah Badu
Don't Waste My Love - Les Gammas
June 19, 2008
Inspired by the life of Paul Gauguin, Somerset Maugham's short novel is an insightful view at the world of an obsessive genius. Strickland himself comes across initially as dull and later as an immensely unlikable character concerned only with his own interests and search for the ultimate artistic experience. This may put some readers off, though it has to be said that many creative geniuses, be they artists, musicians or otherwise, are often not particularly pleasant individuals and seem somewhat self-centred and forceful compared to the average person. Maugham, master observer of human nature that he was, portrayed this side of creative genius very well, and the novel is a fantastic read.
One other thing which is notable is that, with the possible exception of Dirk Stroeve, a fellow painter with limited talent who helps Strickland in Paris, there are no really likable characters at all in the novel, which is a pretty damning comment on Edwardian society from the author. A wonderful novel that I'm sure I'll come back to once more in the future.
June 17, 2008
June 10, 2008
So long - Fink
Everything's Gonna Be Alright - Robert Moore
Your Thing Is A Drag - Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
D.F.T. - Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro
Khamasin - Soil & "Pimp" Sessions
Moons - jaz'presso
Brazilian Bubble - Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra
Questions - Pat Stallworth
Ruler Of My Heart - Irma Thomas
June 09, 2008
I had lunch at Ciao Chiang Mai, a great little Thai restaurant with an extensive menu. I had Chiang Mai Pork Curry for the first time since I was last in Thailand (about 5 years ago now), which was delicious, though they could have trimmed a bit more fat off the pork.
So all in all, a good day out, though when I got home I was surprised to hear about the horror show that happened at Akihabara with the lunatic on the loose with a knife. It further reinforces my belief that because you never know what is around the corner, you shouldn't put off things you want to do and should take maximum advantage of opportunities when they arise.