Well, where I am sitting the sky is steel grey and has been for days… the trees are heavy with last night’s rain and there is no sign of the sun poking its head through (apparently until Wednesday).
So I have been brightening my Saturday with these three gems:
1. William Burroughs interviews Jimmy Page
Yep, you read that right… Burroughs talks to legendary Led Zep guitarist after going to see the band back in June 1975.
Burroughs is blown away by Zeppelin, fascinated by their use of repetition, volume and drums, elements common to Moroccan trance music, a real passion of Burroughs’.
They discuss mantras, infra-sound and death ray machines… this is most definitely a rock interview, Burroughs style.
Read the interview here.
2. Gareth Liddiard releases Strange Tourist
Liddiard has been turning heads and blowing ear drums as front man for The Drones for more than a decade but this week he dropped his first solo album, which is a predominantly acoustic affair. As a lyricist, Liddiard is up there with the best in this (or any other) country, so for me it is a real treat to have them right up front on the new album. And while it may be an acoustic album, none of the intensity of The Drones is lost. Just check out the title track, Strange Tourist.
3. Smoke by Jacob Polley
I have become quite taken with this poem recently, needing to read it several times a week… the stove, the diaries, the bird in the flue. The imagery in this poem marries power and beauty to deliver a revelatory ending.
You listen to Jacob Polley read the poem here.
A bright Saturday to you all…