"But there was nothing about the little, low-rambling, more or less identical homes of Northumberland Estates to interest or to haunt, no chance of loot that would be any more than the ordinary, waking-world kind the cops hauled you in for taking; no small immunities, no possibilities for hidden life or otherworldly presence; no trees, secret routes, shortcuts, culverts, thickets that could be made hollow in the middle – everything in the place was right out in the open, everything could be seen at a glance; and behind it, under it, around the corners of its houses and down the safe, gentle curves of its streets, you came back, you kept coming back, to nothing; nothing but the cheerless earth."
Thomas Pynchon, "The Secret Integration"

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Readymade — “Always Be Closing”

Admittedly, it’s just over a minute long, but I’m always surprised how often I get the entirety of this interlude (and both movie references dragged along with it) running through my head.

Listening Post, July 2014



In our second helping of some of the internal chatter that goes on at Dusted, David Kilgour, Reigning Sound and the Staple Singers get their jangle discussed.

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We did another one of these! They’re fun to do.

Luluc — “Small Window”

Well, damn

(This sounds like something that would play at the folk festival I went to as a kid, and I mean that in the best possible way… the more reflective bits of Monkey Swallows the Universe with the calm of Tamas Wells and a bit of the stillness of early Low, maybe?)

(Sometimes it’s just nice to spend a Friday night in)

Deftones - “Cherry Waves”

Without planning to, the last couple of days have turned into one of those little “Ian listens to Saturday Night Wrist over and over” things that happens sometimes (although I’ve managed to throw White PonyDiamond Eyes, and even Koi No Yokan, which I need to hear more of to have an opinion on, into there). I like “Mein” well enough, and I get that Serj Tankian is probably his own draw (even in 2007), but how was this not a single?

(Then again, considering how much I dislike most of this band’s videos, maybe that’s for the best…)

Interviewer: Do you think that rock music could push people to take drugs?

David Bowie: I'll go the other way on that. If I had a fan of mine who got through university and became a doctor, would I also get the credit for that please?