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Making: Anthropology, Archaeology, Art and Architecture
Making: Anthropology, Archaeology, Art and Architecture
by Tim Ingold
Edition: Paperback
Price: £22.49

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A very disappointing book, 4 April 2013
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In the past Tim Ingold has written some important and highly insightful texts. However, in recent years it has become increasingly clear that he is publishing too much and spending too little time thinking through what are in danger of becoming thin, even facile, arguments. I had anticipated that Making: Anthropology, Archaeology, Art and Architecture would present a radical rethinking of the relationship between these disciplines related to Ingold's important insights into "meshwork". It does not. While it would not be fair to describe it simply as a book promoting an area of interdisciplinary teaching - the 4 As - at Aberdeen university, there are times when it comes uncomfortably close to that. The increasing slightness of Ingold's engagement with the complexity of the topics on which he pronounces so readily can be illustrated by a simple example. He dismisses as "unsuccessful" those few "collaborations between anthropologists and arts practitioners that have taken place", but makes an exception for the work of Schneider and Wright. Yet these authors are notable for having entirely neglected to recognise the importance of Kandinsky as the first Modernist painter to make a real contribution to Anthropology and to build a very substantive body of work on his own ethnographic field work.

This is not to say that the book is bereft of insight, it is not. But it feels lightweight in comparison with his best work (most of which had been published by the turn of
the century). At a time when we are in desperate need of what Guattari calls 'ecosophical thinking' - something that Ingold is eminently able to advance -it is particularly sad that he can produce what, to be honest, reads pretty much like a potboiler.

Child Ballads
Child Ballads
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Price: £10.21

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating new interpretations, 11 Feb. 2013
This review is from: Child Ballads (Audio CD)
This collection of seven Child ballads offers a series of fascinating reinterpretations of this traditional material that reminds me just how important these old songs were to what we would now call Americana.

While Jude Rogers, writing in The Guardian, dismissed these re-imaginings of the old songs as losing their impact because of the "pretty harmonies" and the "over exquisite" playing and production, I can't agree. Of course it's a matter of taste - and I should say I'm as fond of older folk and folk rock styles of delivery of songs like Tam Linn as anyone. But it really would be a great shame if this kind of criticism - the old "authentic folk" argument repackaged - put anyone off listening to this bold attempt to re-present these songs. At the very least an audience attuned to Anais Mitchell's excellent body of contemporary work will get a chance to hear these songs, which they might well not hear otherwise.

So these interpretations are light years away from the work of Anne Briggs on the one hand or Fairport Convention on the other. So what? This is a set of brave interpretations led by an original American singer who clearly respects the great storytelling that animates these songs. Enjoy!

The Bear's Revenge
The Bear's Revenge
Price: £7.09

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets, 8 July 2012
This review is from: The Bear's Revenge (MP3 Download)
Some reviews I've seen of this CD have suggested that it is not quite up to the standard of the first. In my view that's simply not the case. In many ways it's an interesting progression - perhaps more upbeat, uptempo (for instance the first two tracks) and a little less quirky (in the best possible sense) than the first but in no way of lesser quality. The instrumental range seems to have been extended - some interesting extension of the use of drums for example - great production, and the singing is as tight, exciting and beautifully executed as ever. Well worth five stars - it's a great listen.
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Cynic's New Year
Cynic's New Year
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5.0 out of 5 stars New and expanded Horse Feathers, 13 May 2012
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This review is from: Cynic's New Year (MP3 Download)
"Cynic's New Year" represents a new and somewhat expanded version of Horse Feather's very particular form of music - hard to characterize but certainly part chamber folk, part Americana. There was always a danger that, with Peter Broderick gone, the musical inventiveness that has been a key element in Horse Feathers' music might eventually dry up. Not so. The lyrics here are as good (and unsettling) as ever and the range of instruments - particularly the use of strings - brings an added richness to the music.

Dick's Picks Vol. 34: 11/5/77 (Community War Memorial, Rochester, NY)
Dick's Picks Vol. 34: 11/5/77 (Community War Memorial, Rochester, NY)
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly great set - from one of the high periods of GD music, 10 Feb. 2012
I am a long-term GD listener and have a great many of the Dick's Picks series. I only came to this 1977 set recently and have to say it's probably the best of that period I've heard. In part this is due to Phil Lesh taking - unusually - a much more up-front roll than usual, with the bass being the driving force in a number of great improvisations. In part its just because the band were clearly having a great night, along the lines of the best 1973/4 sets.
If you have ever wondered about all the fuss about the GD and want to hear what it is all about, download this. It's a good representative collection of their songs, fantastically clear for a live recording, and also fantastic value for money.

Everyday Balloons
Everyday Balloons
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a listen, 9 Feb. 2012
This review is from: Everyday Balloons (MP3 Download)
If you like subtle, understated lyrics that are bounced back and forth between a male and female voice and good indi-style playing, then this and Cove are well worth a listen.

Come Around
Come Around
Price: £2.37

5.0 out of 5 stars what a loss, 9 Feb. 2012
This review is from: Come Around (MP3 Download)
This was a great band in so many ways - what a pity there isn't more to listen to from them. Fine and original writing and great playing - what more can you ask for?

We Are Ghosts
We Are Ghosts
Price: £5.53

5.0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet, 15 Jan. 2012
This review is from: We Are Ghosts (MP3 Download)
This is a really enjoyable collection of songs. It's not folk but it has that story-telling element and the voices and playing carry the lyrics well. Certainly worth five stars when you consider what else gets that rating these days! Days We Made and My First Love stand out, but all the songs are well crafted and enjoyable.

Long Long Long
Long Long Long
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of a good artist's work, 13 Jan. 2012
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This review is from: Long Long Long (MP3 Download)
I think this is by far the best collection of songs she's produced - there's not a weak song here and River Girls has to be one of the best songs of its genre ever.
Buy it and enjoy.

Dick's Picks Vol. 36: 9/21/72 (The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA)
Dick's Picks Vol. 36: 9/21/72 (The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA)
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars On the edge of greatness, 13 Jan. 2012
1973 - 8 was the peak of the Grateful Dead's second great phase of post-Pig Pen music making, so this is great music but maybe not quite the peak of their output. Great stuff none the less.

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