David B Livingstone wrote an interview with Spike hero J.G. Ballard just over a decade ago. It’s one of the site’s most popular pieces. We were delighted, therefore, to gain him as a new Twitter friend (@DBLivingstone) this morning and to learn that he’s revised the article with a new introduction: I’m reposting a feature […]
FACT Magazine has (rightly) been blowing John Cale’s trumpet (perhaps that should be ‘twanging his viola’): John Cale rarely leaves our thoughts, if truth be told. But in recent months he’s been a little more present than usual. The reason? He’s headlining the Field Day festival in London on August 6, playing songs from his […]
We’ve just had an email from Richard Brouwer. I’ve not seen his drawings before (or his elegant photographs) and was glad of the introduction. Richard writes, “The main topic is a combination of useless lies, myths and assumptions in Evolution vs. Creationism vs. Religion”. The Surrealist collision of absurd elements fits this very well. The […]
Regular Spike readers will be familiar with Maurice Blanchot. Stephen Mitchelmore’s articles are amongst our most read. We recently had word from Michael Holland, a Blanchot scholar at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, about a new journal. Co-edited by Holland, Cahiers Maurice Blanchot has a rather fine design and opens with Derrida’s postcards to Blanchot between […]
Excellent news from the New Statesman, Alan Moore has a new novel Jerusalem out soon, a 750,000 word epic about the history of Northampton, with one chapter in “a completely invented sub-Joycean text” which even Moore himself finds incomprehensible. The whole thing sounds fascinating, as is Moore in the interview, dwelling on his theory of the non existence of time […]
I have not agreed with the majority of Christopher Hitchens’ stances and conclusions over the past decade, his support for both the Iraq invasion and the re-election of George Bush Jr. being the starkest cases in point. And during this period I have frequently found his style of intellectual thuggery aggravating in the extreme – […]
The Spike bunker has just received word from Brighton’s Kino Club about Steve Aylett’s documentary Lint The Movie. We’ve been meaning to write about Mr Aylett for ages so, until we do, here’s a heavy plug for the film, which sounds (frankly) rather great (as does Kino Club itself). From the press release: Lint the […]
Unnerving news for Britain’s final major chain of book stores, as Waterstones is bought by Russian Billionaire Alexander Mamut for £53m. Since the demise of Borders, Waterstones is now the last bastion of books on the high street, and becoming the plaything of an oligarch doesn’t fill one with confidence for its future. We all may […]
“Reality 86’d” A film by David Markey from David Markey on Vimeo. A road documentary shot from the inside of the last Black Flag tour ever (the 1986 “In My Head” US tour.) Available in full at Vimeo
Well, it looks like we’ve got just that little bit longer to wait for the Rapture after all. Meanwhile, to tide us over, Mark E Smith’s Q&A interview in today’s Guardian magazine is brilliant.
Now here’s a Manifesto – that I can fully sign up to!
Reviewed by Eric Saeger Mildly goth overtones on this straight-ahead bar-rock debut from Morton, a Scot whose path to making this LP had first to go through a long career in sound engineering and press relations for 10 Downing Street, yes, that 10 Downing Street – someone’s got to do it, you see. Similar product […]
Intriguing news – Oscar Wilde’s, original “uncensored” version of The Picture of Dorian Gray is to be published. Amongst other changes, The original version apparently made the homo-erotic undertones in the relationship between Basil and Dorian more explicit. Wilde’s editor JM Stoddart suggested the scenes were too much for public consumption, so out they went. Of […]
Reviewed by Declan Tan The Surprise Film at past London Film Festival’s has ensured its hot ticket status, with big films making it worthy of the hype. In 2007 they gave us the Coen brothers’ adaptation of the bleak Cormac McCarthy novel No Country For Old Men. In 2008 it was the treat of Mickey […]
I swear the internet used to be more experimental than it is now. First, back in the ’90s, it was hypertexts – things like Geoff Ryman’s 253. Then, in the early part of this century things went delirious with the potentialities of Flash and every so often you’d find a site to get completely lost […]
Reviewed by Eric Saeger Another slowed-down Cannibal Corpse heard from, but from Finland, which always raises a “don’t write it off just yet” flag for me. Finnish bands have a tendency to hold their folk roots stubbornly, thus post up a lot of compelling melody, and these guys are no different. In fact, often this […]
On some memorial message board today, one commentor remarked that “RIP” was an inappropriate term to mark the tragic death of Poly Styrene from cancer, such was the insurrectionary energy that marked her unique band X Ray Spex. And yet there was always a search for serenity amidst her chaos, which led her down all manner […]
Reviewed by Declan Tan Taking his cues equally from both classic European literature and Continental cinema, Anton Corbijn delivers his latest, The American, a film certain to divide audiences down the middle. Our antihero Jack/Edward/Mr. Butterfly (George Clooney) fills almost every frame of film and it begins no differently. We’re introduced to him cold, with […]
I recently saw some documentary that talked about how the Sex Pistols refused to obey the rules of TV etiquette, but this had been going on for at least a decade. There was a fantastic disconnect in the media of the mid-1960s. A sudden rush of figures gatecrashed television with new ideas and attitudes that […]
Over at the blog British People In Hot Weather Michael Shields writes about a different Fall song each day. So far, day 40, and “Systematic Abuse” from Reformation Post TLC, not one of my favourite albums as my old Spike review made fairly clear, but with murky gems all the same, as ever. Michael’s blog […]
The 1971 World in Action documentary that started it all. Essential viewing. Very moving – both uplifting and sad at the same time. Almost every line is quotable. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwtuqfdxpYI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=caiWd7bF-wQ While you’re here, be sure to take a peek at Chris Mitchell’s lunch date with Mr Crisp.
More from The South Bank Show archive, this time minimalist maestro Steve Reich. Incidentally, my favourite Reich story comes from Hugo Wilcken’s excellent book on Bowie’s Low. Talking about the track ‘Weeping Wall’, the author states: “It bears a lot of similarities with the pulse sections of Reich’s seminal Music for 18 Musicians. I was […]
Spike and Splinters favourite J.G. Ballard appeared on the late lamented South Bank Show in September 2008. Here, by the magic of YouTube is the whole thing! [with thanks to ASDA] If that’s whet your appetite, why not revisit Spike’s hefty chest full of Ballard interviews here.
Like the Hitler meme, there’s something evergreen about shred videos. The good ones still crease me up and the very best (StSanders) are a kind of Dada art statement. StSanders détournment of ‘Start Me Up’ brings out the inherent strangeness of the video (the way Keef and Ronnie float past the camera). It’s not possible […]
Spike has received word from Bradley Bell, a design student at Chelsea. He’s just finished an animation around ‘The Laughing Heart’ by Charles Bukowski and we think it’s worth sharing. A shining marriage of Bukowski’s poem, Tom Waits’ inimitable voice (don’t try it, he sues), music by Grizzly Bear and Bell’s own graphics. Gorgeous and […]