Fall in love with Mr. Momus
. See the new videosongs from his soon to be released EP, the Thunderclown
:: Willow Pattern
:: We Don't Have To Make Children
:: I Want To Be Good
:: The Teacher
:: The Thunderclown
:: Produced in collaboration with John Henriksson of Tona Serenad
The Music of Jacques Brel
is an article by music journalist Amy Hanson about the career of pop music legend Jacques Brel and his effect on popular music in the English language. A lot of songs and covers are mentioned in the article, below the cut are links to the songs that I could find videos of online. [more inside]
Videosongs from the wonderful, but as yet unreleased Momus
album, tentatively entitled Hypnoprism
: Death Ruins Everything
:: Strawberry Hill
:: Building Songs
:: Mr. Consistency
:: The Orderly
:: Bubble Music
:: Evil Genius
:: The Charm Song
:: Bonus points for identifying the videosamples.
"Documentary following a generation of post-punk musicians who took the synthesiser from the experimental fringes to the centre of the pop stage.
In the late 1970s, small pockets of electronic artists including the Human League, Daniel Miller and Cabaret Voltaire were inspired by Kraftwerk and JG Ballard and dreamt of the sound of the future against the backdrop of bleak, high-rise Britain."
of a What's On documentary by Granada TV about the Buzzcocks and Magazine (Howard Devoto and Pete Shelley), broadcast on July 27, 1978 and presented by Tony Wilson.
In the 1980s, songwriter, artist and cultural critic Momus
recorded a number of albums for the legendary indie label Creation Records, combining influences as diverse as Jacques Brel, Serge Gainsbourg, Pet Shop Boys-style synthpop and Balearic acid-house. These have largely languished in Sony Music's vaults over the past few years, occasionally fetching hefty prices on eBay. Now, Momus has taken the step to commit auto-piracy and release his Creation albums online, for free; over December, he will post MP3s of all six albums to his LiveJournal blog
, each with freshly written liner notes. The first one, 1987's The Poison Boyfriend
, is here
. [more inside]
A slightly drunken Momus
sings us a song from his living room, then gives us 5000
years of chairs in 5 mimutes.
Ways of Seeing
, the BBC documentary written and hosted by novelist and art critic John Berger
, is back up on YouTube. (scroll down for direct links to all four half-hour episodes) "I actually find it rather disturbing that -- despite our claims to be a culture that's increasing freedom of choice all the time -- we haven't come up with anything quite as astute, subversive or beautiful as Ways of Seeing since. Not on the BBC, and not even -- especially not -- on the internet. Download it while you still can."
mixtapes. "selected in Tokyo, designed in London, posted from Brooklyn, hopefully enjoyed around the world." From digi nikki. via. [more inside]
What is the connection between cute semi-naked japanese girls,
and Orson Welles' F is for Fake
? Momus explains
The best thing ever posted to the web?
The Momus Mixtape of course. This music will do things to your brain. Good things. And bad things. You may cream your jeans.
iMomus via Litwack.
is a Japanese movement that eschews the fast-paced consumption of modern urban life for the slower pace of farming and small villages
. It emphasizes self-reliance, sustainability
, and the appreciation of leisure. From some perspectives, it can be seen as a reaction to hazards in the modern world
or as a peer to Shinto
and modern schools of thought