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Another Music In A Different Kitchen
Another Music In A Different Kitchen
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Price: £23.16

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 11 Feb 2013
I fear all those added tracks will detract from the impact of this wonderful record. Though I'm sure they're good to have too.

I recommend you stop it after "Moving away from the pulsebeat". Then do the dishes and then listen to the rest.

The other thing (and what prompted me to write this) is David Quandickhead's idiotic and so off-target remark about the "cheapo Steve Harley-esque sneer of Howard Devoto". As it happens I love Steve Harley as well as Howard Devoto (even if nobody could accuse the former of ever writing a lyric that made sense). But that's neither here nor there - what is, is that HD bears no resemblance to SH beyond the fact that both were slightly unorthodox in singing style - not even in the same ways. Furthermore, the one Buzzcocks record that Devoto sang on, the unduly famous "Spiral Scratch" EP, is pretty much punk by numbers (sneery indeed, but more in a Jonny rotten than a Steve Harley style). Whatever. Go buy Magazine's Real Life along with this, enjoy them both, and why not get Cockney Rebel's greatest hits while you're at it.
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Celebration Day [2CD+2 PAL DVDs--CD Case]
Celebration Day [2CD+2 PAL DVDs--CD Case]
Price: £17.20

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not sure this is necessary except for the record, 26 Jan 2013
Obviously this was going to be released. Obviously I was going to be unable to resist the lure of new Zep product.

It was fun enough, and the next best thing for those who didn't get to the gig. But essentially, while it showed that they could "still do it", it also showed they had nothing to add since they stopped doing it together quite a while back.

In this edition (2CD + 2 DVD) You get to hear the same songs performed 3 times in a row, with minor variation in the rehearsal. You already know the songs (if you're part of the target market) and the performances ... they're fine, but they do back up Robert Plant's view that any kind of further reunion (or indeed this one itself) is pointless.

I did have rather a feeling of having wasted about 6 hours, or at least 4 of them, after sitting through this lot.

Stick with the originals, I say. (Just my honest opinion, so if you disagree and feel the need to say so, please do be civil about it!)
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One For The Trouble (Book Slam 1)
One For The Trouble (Book Slam 1)
Price: £1.92

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars dross, 21 Jan 2013
The dreary and idiotic presuppositions of Hari Kunzru's blurb - "Book Slam has single-handedly dragged the London literary scene into the 21st century" - tell you all you need to know about this worthless toss. (And be it noted, in passing, that Kunzru is featured in the book.)

Both Flesh And Not
Both Flesh And Not
by David Foster Wallace
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.94

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Uncharacteristically easy reading but disappointing, 12 Jan 2013
This review is from: Both Flesh And Not (Hardcover)
I am quite a big fan of DFW, especially the less long stuff. So I am very much in the target market for this book. It's entertaining enough. Well, actually not really enough. A lot of it is pedestrian, at least by Dave's exalted standards, as others have already pointed out.

I should give an example. There's an essay - I suppose you'd call it - on "Terminator 2" and its cultural import. This is something anyone with a vaguely lively mind can rabbit on about more or less engagingly for a few minutes. And that's all Wallace does. I just felt I could have had at least as much fun (and I stress, at least as much) on that theme chatting with a pal at coffee break. Of course it might just be that my pals are exceptionally smart. But my point is that neither the form nor the content is really worth preserving in book form, which is not at all the case with his better work.

Also there's a little running error which really niggles coming from a guy (or possibly the editors of a guy?) who sets so much store by getting things right and generally being pretty book-smart: dozens of times he uses the abbreviation "q.v." where he should use "cf." or just "see". Someone should have fixed that, and if it's his own mistake, it's a weird lapse since generally - like, say, Henry Miller and unlike, say, Will Self - he seems to use his fancy words properly. You could forgive this in many writers - in fact, when Will Self does it it's part of his style, though if it's deliberate it's very well hidden, but it goes with his easy-going bigmouth show-off not-too-serious persona - but in a book by David Foster Wallace it's embarrassing, as it undermines his whole polymathic persona.

Still worth three of anybody's stars, though. In Amazon code, of course, that means "It's OK", and OK is just what it is.

Ocean Wonderland - (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray)  [2003] [Region Free]
Ocean Wonderland - (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray) [2003] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Jean-Jacques Mantello
Price: £10.00

3.0 out of 5 stars beautiful but too short - get multipack instead, 4 Jan 2013
This film is stunningly beautiful. It is however - as clearly stated on Amazon - only 40 minutes or so in length. True, it's pretty cheap - also true that 40 minutes is enough for a film like this.

However, if you like watching marine nature stuff in 3D, and who doesn't, you're better off spending just a little more to get this as part of "Jean-Michel Cousteau's Film Trilogy (Dolphins & Whales/Sharks/Ocean Wonderland Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray)", currently at £11.75. I wish I'd been aware of that when I put this item in my wish-list. Oh well.

The other downside here is the cutesy voiceover narration "by" a turtle, which is slightly short on information (and long on rather vague environmentalist messages).

For those two minuses, I'm docking 2 stars. But I do earnestly recommend you watch this (albeit in the other package I mentioned) - it's a total 3D trip!

Farewell Waltz
Farewell Waltz
by Milan Kundera
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best!, 27 July 2012
This review is from: Farewell Waltz (Paperback)
Two comments (not really a review, sorry):
(1) Brilliant! Read it! (Or as the generic Amazon reviewer says "Buy it - you will not be dissapointed!")
(2) Someone (talented) really should make a film of this book. There are some fantastic comedy scenes here.

Keep It Hid
Keep It Hid
Price: £8.71

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars judge by the cover(?), 29 May 2012
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This review is from: Keep It Hid (Audio CD)
Having belatedly discovered the Black Keys (Dan A's band, not to presume everyone will know), I'm a biggish fan of Brothers, El Camino and some of the other stuff I've heard.... I did notice that on the quite-a-bit-earlier Thickfreakness, their cover of "Have Love Will Travel" beats any of their originals.

And the same is true here - for me, the cover of "I want some more" is way better than most of the rest - though I like "Streetwalking" and a couple of the others. But in essence the Amazon review (or BBC review or whatever it is) has it right: DA is a very talented musician; but he doesn't quite turn his inspirations into gold.

To go a bit further:the music here plods a bit.

I extravagantly ordered this on vinyl, and when it arrived the sleeve seemed strangely grubby for an LP still shrinkwrapped from the factory. I tried, gingerly, to wipe off the dirt, but it wouldn't come away. A couple of weeks later I thought to double-click on the Amazon image and, sure enough: the grubbiness is preprinted on the cover. That's a (slightly)funny gag, and the jokiness sits oddly with the slightly overearnest authenticism of the music, which - I think - isn't meant to be just a pastiche.

He is half of one of the best groups around though (based on my encyclopaedic awareness of about 3 current bands), so hats off anyway.

Not That You Asked: Rants, Exploits, and Obsessions
Not That You Asked: Rants, Exploits, and Obsessions
by Steve Almond
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.76

2.0 out of 5 stars Glib junk, 16 May 2012
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For the record: I'm only halfway through this. Still, that's about 150 pages, and so far so monotonous. Essentially this guy is a reasonably competent wisecracker with only one mode. He wants (and he makes a point of saying this himself) to seem smart yet cute yet kindly yet sexy. And every page and every line is blatantly dedicated to that purpose.
Also, he boasts a bit too much about how little he read at college (part of his cuteness shtick) - well, it shows, in for example failed phrases like "a bosom of astonishing - and ultimately fraudulent - provenance". This is probably just sloppy rather than actually illiterate, but that's not a nice pair of options. Much though he pushes (mock-jokingly) his identification with Vonnegut and emphasises KV's will to be accessible, accessibility isn't the same thing as using the wrong words or mangling your witticisms, even if that's what your target readership might do. Makes no sense.

He gives (me) the impression he wants it all ways - and he could have it all ways, and welcome, if he was Shakespeare or Nabokov or Paul McCartney.

He does have a gift, for being glibly semi-amusing. It's the sort of thing that belongs on an in-flight magazine, you read it to pass the time and after a while you notice you feel a bit sick and pretty bored, but at least some time has passed.

I wanted to like this more. Well, ho-hum. I'll probably finish it, it goes down easy, that's the best can be said for it.

Wahl Super Taper Hair Clipper
Wahl Super Taper Hair Clipper
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Price: £45.95

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars mystery of the combs, 8 May 2012
Like many of my fellow reviewers I've bought numerous clippers over the years.
I'm somewhat mystified in the case of this, top-rated, product, that very many reviewers say the same thing, namely that this is a great set of clippers let down by poor quality combs.

Reason this mystifies me is, that's almost always the problem with clippers. In my (extensive) experience it's rarely the motor or the blade that lets things down. But the problem is that in the apparent absence of a standard comb attachment format, clippers with broken or bendy blades are about as good for cutting hair with as a knife and fork. The - otherwise - best clippers in the world are useless with an inadequate comb (unless you wanted the full baldy - but even then you'd be better off with a regular shaver).

And I knock a point off for absolute mains-dependency. It may be true that one generally has a mains socket about the place and that 3m is a good length (for a mains lead) but sometimes I like to skip from the bathroom to the wardrobe mirror - better light for checking that awkward back view - and in such a case the cordless option makes all the difference.

Paul McCartney: Many Years from Now
Paul McCartney: Many Years from Now
by Paul McCartney
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fact checkers' holidayville, 4 May 2012
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It goes without saying that this book will absorb any Beatles fan. It doesn't need recommending - my little contribution here is just to express astonishment at the number of factual errors that have slipped through the whole production process; examples include - at random - Paul@s recollection oF ringo's sterling lead vocal performance on "I don't want to spoil the party" (which in fact paul took tthe lead vocal on himself) and the author's assertion that Eleanor Rigby is the first track on revolver (it's the second - the opener is famously Taxman, with it's slow "1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2..." count-in).
Trivial mistakes maybe, but there are quite a few, which is baffling, apart from anything slse. and given that this is famously the book where Paul tries to set the record straight about how he wrote most of John's best songs (which no doubt is true), you'd think a more careful approach to easily verifiable facts would lend more credibility to his "my word against a dead man's silence" sections.
All that said, you should read this book, and dig it, dig it, dig it. Paul's not dead, and never will be.
PS Apologies for all the typos - I blame the system.

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