The first District line train out of Upminster in the morning is the first train anywhere on the underground network. It leaves the depot at 4.53, the only train anywhere in the system to set out from its base before 5am ... if you catch that train, you might be tempted to say ta-dah!—except you probably wouldn't, because nobody is thinking ta-dah! at seven minutes to five in the morning; certainly nobody on this train. People look barely awake, barely even alive. They feel the same way they look; I know because, this morning, I'm one of them.
John Lanchester on the experience, at once aversive and hypnotic, of catching the London Underground
. Lanchester's article is an extract from his forthcoming entry in the new Penguin Lines
series of tube-reading-friendly books released to commemorate the Underground's 150th anniversary
. Meanwhile, the Guardian
a collaborative Spotify playlist
of songs that mention Tube stations, for those so inclined.
posted by Sonny Jim
on Mar 6, 2013 -
How I Wrote
is a series of videos from The Guardian where musicians perform a song after talking about it a little bit. Among the artists who've taken part are Rufus Wainwright
, Kristin Hersh
, Corinne Bailey Rae
, Laura Marling
, Keren Ann
, Patrick Wolf
, Gruff Rhys
, Cee Lo Green
, Antony and the Johnsons
, P. J. Harvey
and Emmy the Great
, who sings a song about the Royal Wedding, appropriately enough for today (though I suppose the Cee Lo Green song is appropriate too).
posted by Kattullus
on Apr 28, 2011 -
You're short of money. You're not afraid to make a fool of yourself. You have no pride. You have a musical instrument to abuse. Well - that, apparently, is easy. At least if you're a Guardian journalist. But what else can a feller do these days to drum up that old "Buddy, Can You Spare A Dime?" spirit?
posted by Carlos Quevedo
on Feb 26, 2003 -
from The Guardian discussing the fact that people seem willing to pay for annoying ringtones, but seem unwilling to pay for near-CD-quality music. Unfortunately it doesn't really address the question of "why?"
posted by jedro
on Jan 11, 2002 -
'If I didn't save this music no one else would'
Fascinating story of one man's fight to preserve to music of an entire continent. Imagine if the American or British
music of the 1940s and 1950s, so beloved by movie producers and commercial makers hadn't been available since then. 'Blue Velvet' stuck in a basement somewhere covered in dust. The only copy of 'Sixteen Candles' in a junk shop somewhere slowly warping in the sun. It really doesn't bare thinking about...
posted by feelinglistless
on Jul 29, 2001 -