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McCain: them Spanish names all sound the damn same!

Poor old John McCain. Yes, he of the strange shape. Yes, he of the hilarious "bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran" song. I'm not writing about the US presidential elections for various reasons, but given that this is a Spain-related story, I couldn't resist.

Republican presidential candidate, John McCain was being interviewed recently about how he'd manage relations with the various leaders of Latin American countries upon which the US wreaks havoc at will who don't have great relations with the United States. As if in training for another GenericOff, McCain muttered about standing up to America's enemies etc…. But when the interviewer asked him about Spanish PM, Zapatero, McCain allegedly went blank and blustered for a bit, clearly clueless about exactly who this Zapatero guy is.

Now there will be some out there who see this as a surefire sign that Zapatero's a loser who has taken Spain 'off the world stage' where it was put by prince Ansar. That's the wrong tack, I reckon. The truth is that these days, politicians (and especially presidential candidates) have to answer so many questions about so many things that all they can really do is bluster banal generalities, hoping that they don't mess it up. McCain's an old man (which makes this sort of thing that much harder) and clearly suffers from some psychological problems, along with cancer, so I think people should just cut the man some slack and leave him be.

Yes, he's a dangerous fool; yes, he probably will be president (and potentially an even worse one than GWB); yes, he called his own wife a cunt; yes, he will probably die in office, leaving the the "ugliest hottie ever" to manage the world's only superpower in the style of a hockey mom…. but you know, there are a hell of a lot of things that McCain doesn't know, many of them far more important than the PM of Spain's name.

Congratulations to Prince William

I just wanted to extend my warmest congratulations to Lieutenant Air Officer Sub-Lieutenant Commodore-in-Chief (Scotland and Submarines), His Royal Highness the Prince William of Wales on the news that he has been made a Royal Knight of the Garter* by his grandma.

This is the latest honour the young prince has earned but it's definitely the best yet.

And some royal correspondents are already talking up the prince's chances of earning the titles Duke of Cornwall and Duke of Rothesay in the future. Talk about an achiever.

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*No comments referring to aristocratic men and their proclivities for wearing women's underwear will be published. The Royal Garter just sounds like it's women's underwear, and so doesn't count.

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy – Can't take That Away From Me

Another cover from Bonnie 'Prince' Billy here. In case you didn't recognise it, this is a Mariah Carey song. I actually think that his R. Kelly cover is better. Speaking of which – has anyone seen Trapped In the Closet? I've seen a bit of it. I can't work out if Kelly is a tortured genius or a complete lunatic.

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We spent the weekend in Rome and have the Primavera Sound festival fast approaching.

Albums and their covers

In celebration of the exhibition coming to the MACBA this month, here's a selection of album covers which I find to be, in turn, thrilling, sickening and indie-cool-self-affirming.

That is to say, here are the covers of some albums I like and love. Not all of the covers are great works of art, but many are. Royal Trux, being my favourite pop-group, dominate the field somewhat. I've always enjoyed their album art, given that it combines a variety of rock clichés, fan-art, corporate-style logos and blocked toilets.

Elliott Smith's epnoymous album has an evocative image of bodies 'falling' or 'floating' between buildings in an American city. The design represents a haunting pre-shadowing of the 'falling man' photograph taken on September 11th 2001 in New York City.

The Flaming Lips' 'The Soft Bulletin' album features an awesome photograph taken outside an 'Acid Test' party in San Francisco in the late sixties. I love the way it captures a young man's intoxicaton, no doubt due to some of the acid he'd been testing.

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy's 'Master and Everyone' has a simple cover photo which needs little explanation: his face, with its idiosyncratic beard fills the sleeve… his eye seems abnormally deep and reflective, as if it's been 'photoshopped'.

After these, the Rolling Stones' explicitly erectile cover for 'Sticky Fingers', Basement Jaxx's homage to Copito de Nieve, the albino gorilla late of Barcelona's city zoo, Super Furry Animals' collage of a famous drug dealer's various passports' photos and Primal Scream's stunningly primal 'Screamadelica' cover are all firm favourites.

Album art is a special form which combines the necessities of commercial success and hip styling with an interesting glimpse of how the pop-group (or their record label) view the music contained within the packaging. A good album cover should give a clear idea of the feeling and agenda (I wanted to write 'philosophy', but that seems too much) that the album espouses. Either that, or it should have nothing to do with anything. An album cover is, therefore, both an advertisement for the product, and a part of the product itself. As to the design included on CDs or vinyl records themselves – and the other design elements in on an album's packaging, that's a different matter. But Royal Trux's highly suggestive hypodermic skyscrapers which feature in one of their EPs, (though I can't remember which one), represent to me a pinnacle in album art by virtue of their combination of drug imagery and the New York City skyline.


In a brief note which didn't deserve a whole post: here's a great article about the most important website in the world. GYAC: it's Popbitch.

73 Years of Royal Trux

[Reprinted in full as it seems to have disappeared.]
"Theirs is a rock that doesn't merely cross-breed or bend genre: it obliterates it."

Gregory S. Moss on 73 years of Royal Trux

by gregory moss

INTRODUCTION
1998 marks the seventy-third year of tireless operation for the rock and roll entity known as ROYAL TRUX. A virtual Zelig of Rock Music, Royal Trux has successfully insinuated themselves through previously unsuspected time rifts, moving up and down through voices and bodies, pulling a field holler moan into RATT style arrangements, channeling Janis Joplin and Marc Bolan into Bow Wow Wow contexts, stabbing needles of white noise transmission from Sun Ra's ghost into the aesthetic dimension occupied by Prince. Anyone who has followed their career with any persistence (and I don't know anyone who likes ALL of their albums – a tribute to their ability to completely change their mode and means of expression) knows that Royal Trux EMBODIES rock and roll: spirit made flesh. They are an anomaly and their nonesuchness increases with each passing year. They are rock pantheists – denominations of indie, aor, underground, top forty pop, alternative, classic – all these terms revert to the meaningless dust they are in the hands of Trux. So vast is their accomplishment is that it can only be appreciated from an aerial view: to fully get Royal Trux (and you can't) you'd have to listen to their entire discography SIMULTANEOUSLY. Theirs is a rock that doesn't merely cross-breed or bend genre: it obliterates it.

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New iPod launched!

So, this'll probably be the next model I get. My current iPod is stuttering occasionally, and will probably have to be replaced before too long.

From engadget.com, the latest news:

New iPod announced! The new iPod, as speculated, features video capabilities and the wider display, but it’s still a music-first device.

The device will feature a 2.5-inch display, QVGA resolution (320 x 240), and will MPEG-4 h.264 (natch), and presumably Quicktime.

The new iPod will be 30% thinner than the current 20GB iPod (making it 0.44-inches thick—say wha?), and will feature a 60GB version (which should be thinner than the current 0.63-inch thick 20GB iPod), and editions of both in black.

The 20GB should go for $299, and the 60GB for $399. They’ll be shipping next week.

What’s the device named, you ask? The iPod. That’s it, just The iPod. Well spare you the Prince jokes. The iPod will have TV out.

Stevie has iTunes 6.0 up there—only about a month after introducing iTunes 5.0.

iTunes 6.0 will also feature video and the iTunes Music Store will feature video downloads (big surprise, right?)—at launch over 2,000 music videos will be made available at a cost of $1.99 apiece.

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy live in Barcelona

Last night we went to see Bonnie 'Prince' Billy and Matt Sweeney play the Sala Apolo on Paral·lel.

The show was fantastic, but marred very slightly by the crowd. As usual. Thing is, in Barcelona, people go to concerts to chat with their mates. But I go to hear the music and see the performers. I find it incredibly rude when during a quiet bit (and with artists like BPB, the quiet bits are some of the most sublime), crowds of people around you start laughing and chatting. It's one of those irritating things which if you complain about them, you sound like a loser… but the reason I wanted to go to that concert was to get away from the shittiness of living in a time when it's practically a crime to take anything seriously.

Ah well, never mind.

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy mostly played tracks from the current album Superwolf, recorded with his cohort Matt Sweeney. Perhaps in a reflection of the many references to the sea in his songs, BPB's live show seems to rise and fall like the ocean swell. Listening to the music, I was at times reminded of Nick Cave, Arab Strap and even some post-rock bands like Mogwai. His lyrics are bizarre and fascinating, often concerning animals and on this album, death in the sea.

He also played a firm favourite with the audience, Ease Down the Road, which I hadn't heard before but will remember. Not even the dickhead with his big hair who couldn't stand still and kept swaying and twitching around in front of me, obscuring my view until I moved, when he would twitch again to re-block my view… not even he could ruin my enjoyment of this concert. Mainly cos we moved to the other side of the room from him.
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy and Matt Sweeney at the Sala Apolo – 1 out of 1

Prince Idiot

Prince Harry has received a real lashing over his Nazi antics at a party last weekend. The Daily Mail today dedicates 11 pages of coverage to his foolish mistake.

Wiser, more right-on news sources are leading with the opinion that he's been a naughty boy, apologised, so lets stop talking about it. It's always interesting to witness a period of role reversal like this. The Mail usually treats all roayls as if they can do no wrong. The Guardian is usually far more likely to criticise the royal family. Now, we see Guardian journalists spouting the sort of 'Oh leave him alone, he's just a normal Prince. HRH HRH. It wasn't that bad anyway' drivel that one would expect from James Whittaker.

Fact is: I really dislike the Royal Family. Worthless bastards to a man, they're careless, lazy, parasitic, amoral, vacuous sods. I can't understand who it benefits to have all these useless, rich bastards swanning around, drinking champagne and wearing Nazi uniforms.

Whoever in the Palace spun this story has done it very well indeed. It's not the fact that he dressed up as a Nazi that should piss people off. It's the fact that he's a walking anachronism, useless to all of us, destined to leech off the country for decades to come – and all for nothing.

And another thing: the Duchess of Fat (York) has chosen to tell us what we should think about this. There is not one person in the whole world whose judgement and opinion matter less to me than Fergie's. She's even worse than Harry.

Bonnie Prince Charlie

Is there anyone out there who still doesn't know the rumour about Prince Charles (excluding those who don't give a fig, of course)?

Anyone who monitors Popbitch, or knows someone who does, would have known about this scandal months ago, but Clarence House seems to have wanted to make it a much better known issue. The question is – if it were true, would it be enough to stop him from becoming king?
Unfortunately, the answer is no. It would be disgusting if an allegation of this type was used to justify a forced abdication, or even the collapse of the monarchy. The prince is not alleged to have done anything illegal; just something that most Mail on Sunday readers would gnash their teeth over. I find it difficult to see that there should be any damage to his chances for becoming king, save that of massive embarrassment.

On the other hand, I would like to see them all kicked out, so maybe the means justify the end?