Sunday, August 31, 2008
In a shock move, I didn't spend this weekend standing in a field, watching bands whilst drinking lager from a cardboard cup. I know! Shocking, eh? Instead I spent Saturday night talking to Smurfette, Marilyn Manson, and two Slashes, amongst others, whilst dressed as David Tennant's Doctor Who. My replica sonic screwdriver is quite simply the coolest thing in the world ever. I'm going to carry it with me at all times, ready to be used to open automatic doors, change TV channels and reverse the polarity of your ipod (until the batteries run out).
Sunday was spent hungover, wandering the streets of the West End, South Bank and East End searching for tiny little people with Annie Slaminsky. Tiny model people, that is, not midgets. And we found them all and won the respect of art lovers everywhere. See Annie's full explanation and photos here.
Then we went to Rough Trade East. The brand newish branch of the world famous record shop, just off Brick Lane. And it is simply beautiful. A cathedral to the glories of recorded sound. There's just something fantastic about all those thoughts, ideas and emotions, captured on little plastic and vinyl discs, all stacked up, just waiting to be unleashed. I know that online music is slowly taking over, but there's something so wonderful about record shops. Rough Trade East and the equally great Puregroove in Farringdon are bravely trying to buck the trend of record shop closures by quite simply offering what online stores simply can't. I hope they succeed.
I get home and I'm tired, hungover and feeling the Sunday blues. So I put a record on. And then another. And another...
And I feel much better.
(Thought a video would make a welcome change to just another list. Soundtracked by The Velvet Underground - Rock & Roll.)
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