Books’n’telly’n’tunes

More odds and sods:

Charlie Brooker has a new book out, called Dawn of the Dumb. It includes the column Face at the Window, which may be the funniest thing I’ve ever read. I’m not exaggerating.

The BBC4 documentary Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives is a little gem. It follows E from Eels as he tries to find out more about his late father, a physics genius. I cried like a baby. If it’s repeated or turns up on a torrent it’s well worth your time.

Things you don’t hear very often these days, but should: I bought a Gerry Rafferty best-of today, and it’s brilliant.

Things you do hear too often these days, but shouldn’t: Christmas songs in pubs. I wouldn’t mind – well, I wouldn’t mind as much – if 99% of Christmas music wasn’t so bloody awful.

10 thoughts on “Books’n’telly’n’tunes

  1. mupwangle says:

    Current favourite song – Tired Eyes by Scars On 45. Listened to it as it is by the nephew of someone I know but I really like it. Available on itunes. (You can listen to it on their Myspace page). I don’t normally spam bands but I’m quite taken with it.

  2. mupwangle says:

    On the subject of Christmas music, I worked in retail over several christmas periods and it was hell. Especially when I worked for the evil empire when they insisted that all the music one week was carols performed by a Chilean pipe band.

  3. Squander Two says:

    > I worked in retail over several christmas periods and it was hell.

    M&S are playing their current advert on loop at the moment. Imagine working in there. [shudder]

    There are some Christmas songs I really like, I have to say, so hearing them kind of makes up for hearing the bad ones. Much the same as every other time of the year, then.

    And how good is that Freemasons and Bailey Tzuke single? Absolutely beautiful melody.

  4. mupwangle says:

    >>And how good is that Freemasons and Bailey Tzuke single? Absolutely beautiful melody.

    Uninvited. It’s one of those songs that I really can’t work out if I like or hate.

  5. Mike Carey says:

    ‘Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives’ is repeated!
    BBC4 12:00am Mon 3 Dec
    I look forward to blubbing…

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