bemused

Posted on September 20th, 2014 by Scraps.
Categories: Words, Writers, Literary Criticism.


Hewlett married Hilda Beatrice Herbert on 3 January 1888 in St. Peter's Church, Vauxhall, where her father was the incumbent vicar. The couple had two children, a daughter, Pia, and a son, Francis, but separated in 1914, partly due to Hilda's increasing interest in aviation.

--Wikipedia: Maurice Hewlett

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sigh

Posted on September 15th, 2014 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Albums, Words, Badness.

I dislike album titles that pun upon a person's name. It's very easy, usually, and most of the time it doesn't pun any further. Like most puns, it's child's play. (If you must pun on this entry -- I know that some people take it as a challenge -- please pun in at least two dimensions.)

But Roy Haynes, boy: I hope that the title of his 1992 album, When It's Haynes It Roars, wasn't his idea.

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anyway, it's not, usually.

Posted on September 13th, 2014 by Scraps.
Categories: Words, Editing, Stock Phrases.

Does anybody write "replica" without first writing "exact"?

Oh: I'm back. Cheers.

Is anybody there?

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parlando playlist #111: herbie nichols trio - terpsichore [1956]

Posted on May 18th, 2014 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Parlando Playlist.

Herbie Nichols Trio, Terpsichore

There were two 10" records by Nichols before this, but this self-titled album, The Herbie Nichols Trio, was his first 12".
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just an awful, awful cover...

Posted on April 26th, 2014 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Albums.

and yet, a very good (reggae) album. Go figure.

http://www.deselbybowen.com/parlando/covers/1466722.jpg

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an early 2014 5-star album

Posted on April 25th, 2014 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Albums, Musicians.

Juçara Marçal's Encarnado.

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parlando playlist #110: katra turana - mortera in the moonlight [1981]

Posted on April 11th, 2014 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Parlando Playlist.

Katra Turana, Mortera in the Moonlight

A Japanese band. First single (I think), before their first album (which this song was not on), on the Marquee Moon label.
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note

Posted on April 11th, 2014 by Scraps.
Categories: Stuff, Sports.

For the last two or three weeks, I plunged into Field Gulls ("The stupidest name in smart football analysis"). It's heady; I didn't know there was a smart Seahawks site, and this one is very smart.

I will be back very soon. I'm not going away.

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i know i'm a canary about fashionable words and jokes....

Posted on April 3rd, 2014 by Scraps.
Categories: Words, Editing, Stock Phrases.

....and you can ignore it. (Oh, like you usually stay up at night worrying.)

Anyway. "Hot mess" -- unless you are using it in a different way than everybody, please just remove "hot". It's past vogue.

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a quandary of mind

Posted on April 3rd, 2014 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Albums, Lists.

I'm slowly getting together a list of the best albums of 1978, and I'm wondering: is it because the year 1978 was incredible, up there with the best years of music, I'm having trouble thinking of a better year, or even thinking of a competition; or is it because I was fourteen?

edit: 1959 is a strong all-jazz year.

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two ages

Posted on March 20th, 2014 by Scraps.
Categories: Words, Media.

"Chuck Norris had twins at 61." That thought, published today with a "impressed" veneer, has a little piece of information left out. The piece that shoves it into "who cares" territory.

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parlando playlist #109: the birthday party - release the bats [1981]

Posted on March 15th, 2014 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Parlando Playlist.

The Birthday Party, Release the Bats

A single released between their two albums, on 4AD.
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parlando playlist #108: bis - tell it to the kids [1997]

Posted on March 14th, 2014 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Parlando Playlist.

Bis, Tell It to the Kids

The leadoff track on their debut album, The New Transistor Heroes, on Wiiija (three i's) in the UK, Grand Royal in the US. (They had several EPs before this.)
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parlando playlist #107: erroll garner trio - gliss in the dark [1944]

Posted on March 13th, 2014 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Parlando Playlist.

Erroll Garner Trio, Gliss in the Dark

From his first recordings; I don't know when this song was released, but it was recorded in 1944.
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parlando playlist #106: the sugarplastic - mumbletypeg [2001]

Posted on March 11th, 2014 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Parlando Playlist.

The Sugarplastic, Mumbletypeg

From the Primitive Plastic: Demos and B-sides album on the Air Mail label in Tokyo; this one was previously unreleased.
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parlando playlist #105: linton kwesi johnson - reggae fi dada [1984]

Posted on March 8th, 2014 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Parlando Playlist.

Linton Kwesi Johnson, Reggae fi Dada

From the Island album Making History.
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1988 albums, top ten

Posted on March 7th, 2014 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Albums, Lists.


1. The Go-Betweens ◊ 16 Lovers Lane
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2. Man Jumping ◊ World Service
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3. Cardiacs ◊ A Little Man and a House and the Whole World Window
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4. Throwing Muses ◊ House Tornado
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5. Talk Talk ◊ Spirit of Eden
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6. Mary Margaret O'Hara ◊ Miss America
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7. The Microscopic Septet ◊ Beauty Based on Science
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8. Black Future ◊ Eu Sou o Rio
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9. ゲルニカ [Guernica] ◊ 新世紀への運河 [Shinseiki eno Unga]
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10. Morbid Saint ◊ Spectrum of Death
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parlando playlist #104: the go-betweens - when people are dead [1987]

Posted on March 7th, 2014 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Parlando Playlist.

The Go-Betweens, When People Are Dead

The b-side of the single "Right Here", on Beggars Banquet.
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1988 albums, numbers 11-20

Posted on March 7th, 2014 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Albums, Lists.


11. Don Pullen ◊ New Beginnings
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12. Roland Alphonso & Mute Beat ◊ R. Alphonso Meets Mute Beat
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13. Stump ◊ A Fierce Pancake
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14. Victims Family ◊ Things I Hate to Admit
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15. Defunkt ◊ In America
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16. Jack DeJohnette's Special Edition ◊ Audio-Visualscapes
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17. World Domination Enterprises ◊ Let's Play Domination
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18. Paul Roland ◊ Happy Families
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19. Промышленная архитектура [Industrial Architecture] ◊ Любовь и Технология [Love & Technology]
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20. Public Enemy ◊ It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
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parlando playlist #103: r. stevie moore - everyone, but everyone [1999]

Posted on March 7th, 2014 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Parlando Playlist.

R. Stevie Moore, Everyone, But Everyone

From Moore's album The Future Is Worse Than the Past on the (German) Pink Lemon label.
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