看完電影"You and Me and Everybody"，誰都會愛上主角/導演Miranda July。他在最近出新書，這兩個月這兩個月在紐約有三、四次的公開演說/表演。但我一次又一次錯過，最近一次是上週五和音樂巨人Talking Heads主唱David Bryne在紐約公共圖書館的對談。為了這兩人，即使十五元的門票，我想也是值得。但再一次，我知道時票已賣完。連現場旁邊房間的現場轉播也要錢。所以只能再次錯過。
(The picture is from Nymag.com)
也曾為了他們遠被低估的專輯This is Hardcore而大抱不平----為這張專輯在「新新聞」所寫的樂評， 應該是我最早寫的幾篇樂評之一。
無可置疑，Ben Gibbard現在是美國獨立搖滾界最耀眼的人物之一。他領導的樂隊Death Cab For Cutie是獨立樂隊中商業上最成功的（當然他們上張專輯就被簽給主流廠牌了），專輯Plan和Transatlanticism幾乎是曲曲動聽；他的另一個團Postal Service也相當成功。
我已經在2005年看過DCFC現場，但現在Ben Gibbard自己一個人的solo tour還是讓人忍不住誘惑（且只要25元）。
Ben Gibbard演唱會的驚喜之一是他會翻唱有趣的歌，譬如之前唱過Avril Lavigne的Complicated。今日翻唱的曲目嚴肅多了，第一首是Neil Young的Harvest Moon，第二首是他的西雅圖同鄉Nirvana的All Apologies----聽到這首歌，心中真的是很激動啊。關於我們這個世代的永恆神話。
一本是美國爵士樂全攻略 (Jazz 101)，
另一本是日本暗黑舞踏: 前現代與後現代對闇暗舞蹈的影響 (Ankoku Butoh)
If Tony Blair is quietly aggrieved that he won't get to equal Margaret Thatcher's tenure in Number 10, then he might take comfort in the fact that he trails the Iron Lady in another respect. No songwriter has yet pictured him on the guillotine, planned a party for the day he dies, nor promised to tramp down the dirt on his grave. And while Bush may have inspired more musical scorn than any president in history, Blair remains a difficult figure to demonise. The guitar-strumming PM's musical legacy is therefore a slim one, but here are 10 songs with which to remember him: one for each year in office. And that's roughly 10 more than John Major managed to inspire.
Pulp - Cocaine Socialism (1998)
Even before the honeymoon was over, Jarvis Cocker was casting a withering eye over Cool Britannia and New Labour's attempts to co-opt the Britpop aristocracy. Croons the creepy apparatchik: "Well you sing about common people/And the mis-shapes and the misfits/So can you bring them to my party?" Comes the answer: er, no.
Chumbawamba - Tony Blair (1999)
Up-ending a bucket of water over the deputy prime minister the previous year was not the agit-pop veterans' most Swiftian moment. Amends were made by this retro tale of puppy love with a double-crossing dreamboat. "Tony, now you date/All the girls that you used to hate/So I don't believe a single word you say."
Radiohead - You and Whose Army? (2001)
The end of Blair's first term was aptly marked by this enervated protest song from a band seemingly paralysed by disappointment and impotent frustration. Thom Yorke taunts "Come on, come on," but in a voice which suggests he is preparing for a long nap rather than a punch-up. Five years later, Yorke mounted a more articulate and moving indictment of Blair's regime with his solo song Harrowdown Hill, about the lonely demise of David Kelly.
Pet Shop Boys - I Get Along (2002)
Having contributed to Labour's war chest in 1997, Neil Tennant wrote about Blair more in sorrow than in anger. Here, the sacking of Peter Mandelson over the Hinduja affair in 2001 is framed as an improbably moving break-up song, with a wounded prime minister telling his old friend why he has to go. "I've been trying not to cry/When I'm in the public eye/Stuck here with the shame/And taking my share of the blame/While making sudden plans that don't include you." Last year's I'm With Stupid adapted the idea, with Tony making excuses for his reviled lover George, but this is so much better.
George Michael - Shoot the Dog (2002)
With its wrecking-ball satire, cack-handed pilfering of the Human League's Love Action, and the unlikely image of Michael getting stoned and watching the World Cup with Cherie, Shoot the Dog was never a good record but it was a brave one. Less than a year after 9/11, there was tabloid punchbag George Michael mocking Blair's apparent obedience to Bush and the neocon project, with an irreverent animated video to boot. "It was a major opportunity to kick me in the teeth," he later reflected. "I was hugely depressed by the lack of support from any quarter, especially fellow musicians."
Dizzee Rascal feat. God's Gift - Hold Your Mouf (2003)
The most talked-about line on Dizzee Rascal's Mercury-winning debut was contained in this shocking snapshot of east London gun culture: "I'm a problem for Anthony Blair." Since then, hoodie hysteria and mounting gang violence have proved him right. (For another UK rapper's take on Blair, try Braintax's rickety but impassioned Syriana Style.)
Elbow - Snowball (2005)
A highlight of the otherwise underwhelming charity album, Help: A Day In The Life, Snowball drips with disgust. "Oh and laughable the crying shame/Oh the mark I made against your name," sighs repentant Labour voter Guy Garvey before imagining Blair haunted by "a hundred thousand punctured souls". Harsh stuff, except when placed next to...
Muse - Take a Bow (2006)
... this apocalyptic space-rock j'accuse, which promises a fiery doom for the architects of the Iraq war. On the same album, Assassin urges: "The time has come to shoot your leaders down." A good time to retire, then.
Larrikin Love - Downing Street Kindling (2006)
The Lidl Libertines vow to set fire to the door of number 10. "And when Tony rushes out complaining of a draft I'll let him warm his feet." After Muse, not terribly scary.
Manic Street Preachers - Send Away the Tigers (2007)
Having demonstrated his empathy for political pariahs on The Love of Richard Nixon, Nicky Wire ties together the misguided "liberation" of zoo animals in Baghdad with the decline of two Tonys: Hancock and Blair. According to Wire, it's about "that idea of being haunted by a wrong decision. With Hancock it was sacking his writers. And, if it weren't for the Iraq war, for all his faults, in historical terms, Tony Blair would be seen as a great prime minister. Now his life is utterly ruined." It's the only song here that the man himself, in his more soul-searching moments, might agree with.