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Sat, Sep. 19th, 2009 03:09 am
Mentioned in dispatches

There's a big Momus feature today in The Guardian Review. It's written by Brian Dillon, and, with impeccably lucid style and all the right references, covers my entire career, from Edinburgh 1980 to Berlin 2010. The records and books are reviewed as if they're all essentially part of the same enterprise, which I think they are, and Dillon sees me becoming a sort of Ivor Cutler figure in later life, a fate I'd be happy to embrace (Cutler is a hero of mine; perhaps when I met him at the Photographers Gallery cafe ten years ago I was meeting my future).

I'm in Madrid for the next four days. There's a lot happening in the Spanish capital this weekend, with a big council-sponsored festival called La Noche En Blanco, White Night. That's being countered by an alternative protest event called 364 Noches Sin Blanca, 364 Nights Without White, in which independent artists complain about Madrid's cultural scene the rest of the year round. Somewhere amidst all that, I play a Momus show at La Pequeña Bety, Calle Reina 4, Madrid.

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count_vronsky
count_vronsky
Sat, Sep. 19th, 2009 03:39 am (UTC)




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count_vronsky
count_vronsky
Sat, Sep. 19th, 2009 03:42 am (UTC)

fyi -- Ever since I upgraded to Safari 4 two days ago, the background on Click Opera has disappeared and turned to white. Very annoying. I checked it on another earlier version of safari and it looked fine.


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(Anonymous)
Sat, Sep. 19th, 2009 08:04 am (UTC)

Weird, I'm looking at this on Safari 4 now (in a FNAC store in Madrid!) and the background works fine!

Momus


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(Anonymous)
Sat, Sep. 19th, 2009 10:42 am (UTC)

the same thing happens with me on Safari 4, usually towards the end of the day. when I check Click Opera in the morning it's fine, but when i return later there's a white background with Safari's default Time New Roman font.

gary


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count_vronsky
count_vronsky
Sat, Sep. 19th, 2009 03:22 pm (UTC)

Yup, working this morning, but then just as gary says.

Oh and good article - that man knows his Momus!


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slime_slime_sly
slime_slime_sly
slime_slime_sly
Sat, Sep. 19th, 2009 07:08 pm (UTC)

mine gets comic sans towards the afternoon


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count_vronsky
count_vronsky
Sun, Sep. 20th, 2009 02:54 am (UTC)

The goggles! They do nothing!


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lazy_leoboiko
lazy_leoboiko
Sun, Sep. 20th, 2009 08:26 pm (UTC)

haven’t you get the memo? comic sans is already passé and borderline ironically-desirable. type jokes now must be about papyrus.


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slime_slime_sly
slime_slime_sly
slime_slime_sly
Mon, Sep. 21st, 2009 09:37 pm (UTC)

I never said i didnt enjoy my comic sans afternoons!


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idletigers.wordpress.com
idletigers.wordpress.com
Sat, Sep. 19th, 2009 04:19 am (UTC)

Really heartening to see some serious recognition!

Interesting to hear about La Noche En Blanco and its shadow event. We have an equivalent event here in Toronto (Nuit Blanche) and I don't much like the idea of having one night set aside for art, exploration and playfulness -- which of course implies a separation those things from life's every day business for the rest of the year. I'm not too concerned, though - I do see enough evidence from the youngsters here to convince me that the other 364 days aren't going completely to waste.


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(Anonymous)
Sat, Sep. 19th, 2009 07:03 am (UTC)

Well, I'm impressed by the remarkably un-Momus-like restraint you show in announcing to the world that you're the subject of a feature in the Guardian Review! I mean, this is the moment you've been waiting for your entire career, isn't it? Made it, Ma, top of the world! Recognition from the very heart of the British liberal establishment. At least you won't be able to whine on about how you're ignored on the other side of the channel any more. Interesting, though, that it took your writing a book to garner that kind of recognition. Your past few records have been utterly ignored by the mainstream press of all countries, and yet your book earns you reviews in the Village Voice, Guardian, and no doubt more to come.


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(Anonymous)
Sat, Sep. 19th, 2009 07:36 am (UTC)

and no doubt more to come

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-ca-momus20-2009sep20,0,142716.story


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Sat, Sep. 19th, 2009 07:44 am (UTC)

LA Times review

Seminary Cooperative review

Edited at 2009-09-19 07:47 am (UTC)


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(Anonymous)
Sun, Sep. 20th, 2009 09:04 pm (UTC)
Seminary

That Seminary Cooperative review was absolutely dreadful. Felt like it was written by someone hopelessly undereducated and out of touch.
Los Angeles Times wasn't bad, definitely better written than what I've come to expect from them.


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(Anonymous)
Sat, Sep. 19th, 2009 01:27 pm (UTC)
on translation

364 Noches Sin Blanca, (364 Nights Without White) means «364 nights with no money», an ironic comment to the cultural politics of madrid counciil


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(Anonymous)
Sat, Sep. 19th, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
Anonymous

I would like to apologise for all those that remain Anonymous


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slime_slime_sly
slime_slime_sly
slime_slime_sly
Sat, Sep. 19th, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC)

Oh bummer i get there on monday!


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milky_eyes
milky_eyes
milky_eyes
Sun, Sep. 20th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)

great review.

I cant really say I see the "anti-morissey" part. I understand where he was trying to go with it... but... not exactly fitting.... imho

so, wheres the Joseph Beuys photo? have you posted it on Click Opera before?


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Mon, Sep. 21st, 2009 08:12 am (UTC)

Yes, google

imomus beuys

and it should pop up.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Mon, Sep. 21st, 2009 08:16 am (UTC)

http://imomus.livejournal.com/226559.html


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(Anonymous)
Mon, Sep. 21st, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
flaterry well deserved.

you sure that Brian Dillon is not a pseudonym of your own good self.
you will never find a more(in my opinion) intelligent and knowledgeable critique.your whole career in a few paragraphs.so succinct .come clean momus you
a, must have helped write it
b, paid him
c,have something scandalous on him
d, or as i said..be him.

anyway its about time. being a fan for twenty years it makes me feel vindicated and proud god knows how youe ego must feel.
nice one cove.


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(Anonymous)
Fri, Oct. 9th, 2009 09:20 pm (UTC)
DennisVega


Your site was extremely interesting, especially since I was searching for thoughts on this subject last Thursday.


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