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So many films books and records that I enjoyed – or consumed at least – and meant to write about but didn't get around to doing so. Thus, here come a few words on each of those that stuck to my memory – possibly without a lengthy discussion. This also neatly covers up my inability to concisely say all the things I think should or could be said about those offerings.

Mogwai album cover. The grey bits are actually shinyly silver Happy Songs for Happy People, not a very Mogwai-esque album title. Yet, the music is [Mogwai-esque]. Very shiny album cover. [Buy at amazon .com, .uk, .de]

City of god (IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes) – a film from Rio set in the slums with poverty, drugs, kids and violence. Very well told by one of they boys who wants to be a photographer. A bit sad. [Buy at amazon .com, .uk, .de]

All Tomorrow's Parties book cover All Tomorrow's Parties by William Gibson. Somehow this is supposed to be the third part of a trilogy which I didn't read the other books of. Still, it's not a problem to get into the story and to enjoy the many little ideas in the book. It's got a shiny cover as well. [Buy at amazon .com, .uk, .de]

Frengers, a CD by that Dan recommended. A few nice songs on there. I absolutely love the record's name, that explained by not quite friends and not quite strangers. There are many people like that in our lives. For example, when going out, I tend to see the same people over and over again. I wouldn't consider them complete strangers. Yet I don't even know their names and what they're doing. [Buy at amazon .com, .uk, .de]

Phone Booth (IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes) – a relatively short film shot mostly in, surprise!, a phone booth. Quite a few nice ideas in there, but unfortunately not too well executed. Somehow I felt, I should link to this Guardian article here. [Buy at amazon .com, .uk, .de]

Knock Knock Knock EP cover Hot Hot Heat – all noisy goodness, in their Make Up the Breakdown album and their Knock Knock Knock EP. To be heard loudly. [Buy at amazon .com, .uk, .de]

The medium is the massage, by Marshall Mcluhan. This was recommended to me more than a year ago on the excellent f-minor mailing list. While many of the things mentioned in the book don't seem to exciting for someone who grew up in the 1980s, I am impressed how many things are in there. And I wonder why 'older' people didn't yawn when that whole internet hype came along. Replace the word 'online' by 'electrical' and you could say everything's been there before. [Buy at amazon .com, .uk, .de]

Dear Catastrophe Waitress album coverDear Catastrophe Waitress by Belle and Sebastian my current pet album, particularly the first two sides. After I thought the previous album was a bit boring, I quite like this one. Nice lyrics, nice sleeve notes and that particular Belle and Sebastian charme. [Buy at amazon .com, .uk, .de]

October 19, 2003, 18:28

Tagged as all tomorrow's parties, belle and sebastian, book, cidade de deus, film, hot hot heat, marshall mcluhan, mew, mogwai, music, phone booth, william gibson.

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