Martin Creed (and irrational fears)

The Herb Whisperer and I share several completely justifiable irrational fears: Phil Collins; buskers/street performers; and Experimental Music™. Luckily we beg to differ on a few important things in life – he despises eggplants, I despise marzipan.

I mention this because I’m currently recovering from tonsillitis and am off my chops on codeine + antibiotics + ibuprofen. It must be the drugs because I’m not normally into “art” music but this morning (thanks to Paul Morley) I was reacquainted with artist Martin Creed and his lovely new song “Thinking / Not Thinking”:

EVEN BETTER see The Guardian’s video of “Martin Creed live session: How I wrote… Thinking/Not Thinking”

SEE ALSO Paul Morley Showing Off… Martin Creed

Martin Creed was here in Christchurch, New Zealand for the 2006 Scape Biennial. I never went to his gig but his artwork on Oxford Terrace was my favourite in the whole event:

Martin Creed. Work No.615 (2006).
Martin Creed Work No.615 (2006). © SCAPE Christchurch Biennial.

Sadly, SCAPE 2010 had to be postponed because of the 4 September 2010 earthquake and will not be going ahead now because of the 22 February 2011 earthquake.

In the meantime you can relive Scape 2006 with Andrew Paul Wood’s interview with Martin Creed.

The show: Saturday 2 October 2010 – “Post Dubstep” addendum

A Post About Post Dubstep
A Post About Post Dubstep

I now feel comfortable having used the term “Post Dubstep” on yesterday’s show, so I’m retracting the offer to give me a good kicking the next time you see me. The comfort comes from having Paul Morley uttering the same phrase in the introduction to his latest edition of Showing Off.

Within the many multi-media elements that make up this particular episode, which is dedicated to Dubstep, there is an extended interview with Joint favourite Jah Wobble where links are made between brie cheese and Miles Davis.

Some wisdom and perspective from old geezers

Be happy like these chaps

Depending upon who you talk to about music (and we’re really generalising here), the older the music fan the more likely their perspective (from the moral high ground) seems to be that:

(a) everything was better in the old days
(b) there’s no new music worth listening to, and
(c) <insert comment here that always make you roll your eyes>

As we’ve always said, the older you get, the bigger the music back catalogue gets, and the more you get to choose from. In other words, take the open-minded approach not the close-minded approach.

So it was quite refreshing to come across some recent musings from “old geezers” who have always had interesting things to say about music. Just when you expect them to take the “grumpy old men” approach they surprise us by being quite open-minded and philosophical about things…

Nick Hornby on the liberating effect of MP3 blogs
Where the author of “High Fidelity” embraces the internet and majorly props Hype Machine. Nice one Nick. Some gems…

Keeping in touch with the things that help us feel alive – music, books, movies, even the theatre, if, mysteriously, you are that way inclined – becomes a battle, and one that many of us lose, as we get older…

[On MP3 blogs] …some of these post songs from new bands, and some post scratched old vinyl funk records, and if you spend an hour messing about you’ll find 20 or 30 great songs you never knew before. In other words: there’s no excuse…

All I know is that if you love music, and you have a curious mind, there has never been a better time to be alive.

Paul Morley interviews Mark Moore
As part of his Showing Off series for The Guardian, music journalist / critic / promoter Paul Morley chats with Mark Moore of S’Express about the stigma of liking disco.

Bill Drummond’s 2008 lecture “The death of recorded music”
Living legend Bill Drummond gave a lecture on the death of recorded music at BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking ‘08 festival  in Liverpool. See also the Bill Drummond interview in The Quietus “Recorded music has run its course”.