Morning all, and welcome back to the Friday Fives, where I bring you five things which have caught my attention this week, and in which you reciprocate by either adding your own wee things in the comments section, or mocking me for my buffoonish, shallow choices. Because you would do that, wouldn’t you, being the internet and all.
Anyhow, let’s get going shall we, so we can commence with the talking of bollocks and you can distract me from the tedious accounts work I will have to spend my afternoon doing. Blech.
You won’t find me tipping my hat to Disney very often, but they recently released the charming, if slightly schmaltzy, animated short you see embedded at the top of the page. The idea was to create something which combined modern computer animation with the rather warmer nature of hand-drawn artwork. Personally I think it’s still a little too computery, but then I do love drawings more than most people. There’s a nice wee playlist of ‘making of’ videos here too.
2. Song (and gig) of the Day: Jonnie Common & Leith Tape Club
The awesome Jonnie Common has a new single out on Red Deer Club, and it is his usual excellent work. I’ve embedded it below, but Jonnie is also excellent live, so for those of you living locally I suggest you go down to Cruz tomorrow for the Leith Tape Club all-dayer. You can get tickets here – the link is actually in the top-right corner of that page.
2pm Little Pebble
3pm Jonnie Common
5pm special guest
6pm Gav Prentice
7pm Lomond Campbell & River of Slime
8pm The Last Battle
9pm The Oates Field
10pm Book Group
I have to thank Tim on Twitter for spotting this, a truly hilariously awful house in Portobello in London. Hilariously awful, and absolutely brilliant at the same time. It’s the kind of house which is actually a work of art. A deranged work of art, and a glorious celebration of the very worst of taste, but a work of art nevertheless. And one which would be instantly ruined by the presence of actual people and their things, of course. Anyway, click on the link above and have a look at the dozens of photos on the Foxton’s site, and there you will see the crowning glory of the whole carnival of comedy: Batman. An actual fucking Batman in the hallway. And why? Because fucking Batman, that’s why!
4. First New Yo La Tengo Video Since the Middle Ages
Apparently Yo La Tengo haven’t made a music video since 1862 or something like that, but they’ve decided to make one to go with the release of their new album, and both are brilliant. Honestly, I haven’t been that keen on the last couple of Yo La Tengo albums – they’ve seemed a little flat and stodgy to me – but Fade is absolutely cracking.
Yes, seriously. An entire, fully browseable dictionary of Victorian slang can be perused here. There is some weird, some wonderful, and some disappointingly banal stuff in there. But more than anything else, it makes me wonder, were I to end up in a Victorian conversation, if I would understand a single fucking thing any of them said.