Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Chapter & Verse

Hello, Dear Friends, I am back. But I will need to ease into things over the next few days, so please be patient with me as I look for my mojo.

Allow me to start off gently with this week's Contrast Podcast. Yes, through the magic of technology and a wee bit of forward planning, we are being treated to our weekly dose despite the fact that Contrast Capo Tim is sunning himself somewhere on the Mediterranean. We are so lucky that he takes such good care of us...

This week's theme is 'There's More To Life Than Books' (er, of course there is, like music, chocolate, cheese, dogs, and, er, that's about it. Oh, and beer. I mean real ale brewed in leather boots with twiggy bits that stick in your beard, not your pissy, gassy lager lager lager swill. But perhaps I digress...) and our bibliophiles have come up with quite the library of literary works and songs to go with them. Oooh, and we get to hear Marianne's voice again - excuse me while I melt right here...

You can download the podcast via this direct link or use the following RSS feed to become a full subscriber: http://feeds.feedburner.com/ContrastPodcast.

And so to the bookshelves:

(00:00) The Smiths - William it was really nothing
Book: Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse
Tim from The Face of Today

(02:37) The Buff Medways - Troubled Mind
Book: Notebooks of a Naked Youth by Billy Childish
FiL from Pogoagogo

(06:09) The Beach Boys - Add some music to your day
Book: 31 Songs by Nick Hornby
Heather from I am fuel, you are friends

(10:38) Van Halen - I am the one
Book: Crazy from the Heat by David Lee Roth
Chris from Culturebully

(14:52) d_rradio - Never slept better
Book: Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Mike from Nothing but green lights

(19:27) LN - It don’t matter if you bleed
Book: Vârt behov av tröst by Stig Dagerman
ZB from So the wind won’t blow it all away

(24:40) Spaceman 3 - Revolution
Book: Karl Marx: Selected Writings edited by David McLellan
Colin from Let’s Kiss and Make Up

(31:29) Serge Gainsbourg - Sorry Angel
Book: Les liaisons dangereuses by Pierre Ambroise François Choderlos de Laclos
Marianne Dissard

(35:35) The Cure - Killing an Arab
Book: L’Etranger by Albert Camus
Simon from You can call me betty

(38:36) Golden Smog - Fear of Falling
Book: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Natalie from Mini-Obs

(42:44) The Decemberists - Los Angeles, I’m yours
Book: The Replacements “Let It Be” by Colin Meloy
Bethanne from CTASLS

(47:53) Susan Cagle - Shakespere
Book: Thursday Next books by Jasper Fforde
Jamie from squirrelfood.net

(52:35) Manic Street Preachers - The Intense Humming of Evil
Book: The work of Primo Levi
Jamie from The Run Out Groove

(58:24) Mr Bungle - Squeeze me Macaroni
Book: Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Brian from The Rant

(01:04:15) Leonard Cohen - Came so far for beauty
Book: The Favourite Game by Leonard Cohen
Charlie from Nerdlitter

Like last week, I had little trouble in selecting a track for the podcast. I've also been in blog wildreness for nearly seven days so I can't even point you towards any luscious recent posts. So I've scraped the bottom of my barrel and, rather feebly, I offer you a smattering of book/story/writing/verse related tracks. I know, rather pathetic, but I'll try to do better next time...

Elvis Costello - Every Day I Write The Book(buy here)
The Nails - 88 Lines About 44 Women
(buy here - original EP/LP largely unavailable)
The Sundays - Here's Where The Story Ends (buy here)


A. B. Chairiet said...

Hi Fil,

Welcome back!

Best of luck with easing into blogging.

I haven't felt at ease with it in months.

I like the podcast topic this time...though I don't rightly understand it.

It's just, songs written about books? Or, they contain actual lines from books??

Interesting, whatever it is. :)

And, again: good luck.

I hope you're well.

Happy Wednesday,
(Ha...I'm listening to Ash Wednesday. Just now caught that...)
Take care,
~ Ash

Mentok the Mind-taker said...

Ha, ha, that Beetle Boy book looks hilarious. I must get it for the wee Mentoks.

It reminds me of a fake news bit I once wrote...

Oh, and don't bother searching for your mojo...I've got it! Went back in time and stole it while you were still cryogenically frozen, you know.

You and I are not so different after all, Mr. Pogoagogo!

Rachel said...

YEAH!!!!!!!!!! *runs and tackles FiL to the ground*

I am so very pleased you have returned, it has been so quiet and rather lonely...Colin and I were both listening to crickets serenade us over the weekend...

But no pressure, I am just happy you are home safe and sound.

I hope the weekend brought some peace...

Missed you!!! I send my love to you and the rest of the family. :)

I think you really did an excellent job choosing this weeks book and accompanied track, I am so picking up the book based on your great intro. You could like sell his work for him and make him millions. The song couldn't have been a better match.


FiL said...

Dearest Ash, the weekend did bring peace - please see immediately following post.

The podcast theme was pretty broad - contributors could link up books and song as they saw fit. Indeed, that's how it usually is, and I find the myriad interpretations to be a good chunk of Contrast's appeal.

Ash Wednesday - I like it. Did you have a smudge of soot on your forehead, like a good Catholic would (I'm a deeply lapsed one myself)??

Dear Mentok, I must try the old Metamorphosis ruse myself one day!

As for my mojo, sorry to say that it's the decoy you stole. I found the real one down the back of the sofa and am brushing it off as we speak... ;)

Dearest Rachel, what a lovely, hearty welcome!

*FiL picks self up, dusts self off*

Indeed, I think we're in the late summer doldrums. I've noticed blogland's been a bit quiet.

Glad I've inspired you - hope you enjoy the book (but it's totally OK if you don't!!).


Mentok the Mind-taker said...

"As for my mojo, sorry to say that it's the decoy you stole. I found the real one down the back of the sofa and am brushing it off as we speak..."

Brushing off your mojo? Eeww, gross. Definitely T.M.I. there, Fil ;-)