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Tue, Jul. 1st, 2008 07:11 am
Marshmallows and Tigers

Accounts of our weekend as Tokyo guides in London are now all over the blogosphere, from kineticfactory's description and Flickr page (Kineticfactory is an Australian called Andrew who lives in London) via Ross Hawkins' account on his blog The Ideal Tiger (Ross is an Englishman living in Toronto who makes music under the name Idle Tigers, pay attention at the back there!) to Among the Aisles, which even includes a little video embed of our performance. And in Andrew's photo here you see an amazingly similar idea we discovered at the Royal College of Art on Friday, a London-as-Tokyo piece by Sayako Ishida.

On Saturday night we were lucky enough to catch a rare performance by The Idle Tigers, a gig at a private birthday party held at an obscure nautically-themed pub down an alley in the dead London district dedicated to heraldry, yeomanry and inns-at-court. Idle Tigers recently signed with Matt Jacobson's label Le Grand Magistery, releasing a most original electronic vaudeville long-playing record entitled The Spirit Salon, available through Darla and via the iTunes store in America. I believe the Idle Tigers came to Matt's attention via an entry on Click Opera last year which described the band as occupying the intriguing place where "Lewis Carroll meets Brian Eno, music hall meets the avant garde, and the breezy meets the zany".

The show was great, and I videoed "the second best song I've ever written about Lord Byron":



Here, from Hawkins' own YouTube page, is "Light Entertainer in Prison":



We also met the charming Edine from London / Hong Kong indie band Marshmallow Kisses, and, after quaffing a jug of Pimms fruit punch on the hot South Bank superturf, we ended up dining with her and Andrew and bringing them to see the Idle Tigers show.



Here are a couple of video glimpses of Marshmallow Kisses. This is Everyone Else Is Ahead, Far Ahead:



And here's Alapati:


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(Anonymous)
Tue, Jul. 1st, 2008 05:38 am (UTC)

Juno music


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microworlds
microworlds
Sparkachu Maelworth
Tue, Jul. 1st, 2008 06:06 am (UTC)

Did you really use Comic Sans for that handout?


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microworlds
microworlds
Sparkachu Maelworth
Tue, Jul. 1st, 2008 06:07 am (UTC)

I also quite like your new default icon, just so you know!


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Tue, Jul. 1st, 2008 06:09 am (UTC)

That's Sayako Ishida's work, not mine. But Comic Sans is one of my themes this week, I'll be blogging on Friday for the NYT about Serious Sans, its new rival / sibling.


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microworlds
microworlds
Sparkachu Maelworth
Tue, Jul. 1st, 2008 06:14 am (UTC)

Ah, okay, for some reason I thought you were more of a Cock Font kind of guy!


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brokenjunior
brokenjunior
Tue, Jul. 1st, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC)
Cock fonts are for suckers!

Bevels and caps rulz!


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microworlds
microworlds
Sparkachu Maelworth
Tue, Jul. 1st, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Cock fonts are for suckers!

But what about all of them together?


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Tue, Jul. 1st, 2008 07:24 am (UTC)

I would say that Idle Tigers are destined to become the balladeers of your particular world of neo-retro-fops, Whimsy -- and I know that you are a particular inspiration to him. Two things were very noticeable at his concert:

1. That Ross had put together all sorts of items of apparel which were, in themselves, everyday (his pointed shoes, he told us, came from C&A), yet produced an effect of bygone elegance through devices like the sock-tucked breeches.

2. That Ross' audience is all about crinoline and literary biography. When he launched into "My Girlfriend Was Insulted by a Futurist Artist" (with its line about "the very great Ford Madox Ford") you could have cut the delight with milliner's shears. These were not people eager to get back to the European Cup coverage.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Tue, Jul. 1st, 2008 07:29 am (UTC)


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Tue, Jul. 1st, 2008 11:42 am (UTC)

That song also references my Born to be Adored, which happens to be streaming at Audible Vitamins at the moment.


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pay_option07
pay_option07
Wed, Jul. 2nd, 2008 03:30 am (UTC)
horrid nigthmares

"and believe you me, this is a lady who really understands that ‘cock’ is a four-letter word."

Alaska does a great job Do you feel they will continue there collaboration?



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(Anonymous)
Thu, Jul. 3rd, 2008 09:45 am (UTC)

I would just like to say that not only was I wearing a crinoline but I am currently reading a biography of Colette. And I make hats.

Alaska


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kineticfactory
kineticfactory
this is not your sawtooth wave
Tue, Jul. 1st, 2008 09:27 am (UTC)

Avtually, there's a better description in my (non-LJ) blog, here.


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mistresshellena
mistresshellena
Mistress Hellena
Tue, Jul. 1st, 2008 10:31 am (UTC)

I loved your unreliable tour of the Whitney Biennial-one of only two things I had any interest in! (the other was Ryan Trecartin's wacky video). Picked the wrong weekend to go to Brighton. *sigh* Oh well.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Wed, Jul. 2nd, 2008 08:03 pm (UTC)
Playing pocket billiards with a dandy

(Ross explains the video of the Byron song, and tells us the lyrics.)

A short song from my recent London set, kindly captured on video by Momus. This song is part of a continuing song-cycle written around Lord Byron — lyrics below. There’s a reference to Byron’s horse; I can’t let the opportunity pass without mentioning that when he was a Cambridge undergraduate, Byron’s horse was called Oateater. My next album is looking likely to have quite a lot of horse content, in one way or another.

Let’s be honest, you’re a mincing little poser
But I want you to take me now.
You’re a ponce with a perverted constitution
But I’d like you to take me at some point this evening.

You shit! You shit! You metrosexual shit!
You shit! You shit! You metrosexual shit!

You cosmopolitan little cad, your entire family’s mad
You drink water and your horse drinks shandy.
Are you in a bit of bother? You fucker! You rotter!
Playing pocket billiards with a dandy.

You shit! You shit! You metrosexual shit!
You shit! You shit! You metrosexual shit!


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Jul. 2nd, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Playing pocket billiards with a dandy

Wow, you're quick! That was only up for a few minutes before I realised the video isn't embedding and unpublished it.
Ross


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Wed, Jul. 2nd, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Playing pocket billiards with a dandy

Ha, I watch your blog like a spooky hawk, Ross!

No, not really, it was in Google Reader, which caches entries even after they're deleted.


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