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Slightly less annoying? Ie, still un-listenable?


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 02- 6-09 12:08 AM
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Parenthetical asks the question on everybody's mind.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 02- 6-09 12:09 AM
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Is there a difference between "unlistenable" and "unbearable"? Ican't quite explain the distinction, but I would describe Newsom as unbearable, whereas unlistenable is reserved for, e.g. Marnie Stern.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 02- 6-09 12:10 AM
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Totally off topic, but, ttaM, if you wake up to read this, could you comment on whether is cut off from civilisation or vice versa by the snow this morning? I am supposed to be there at noon to interview a Mad Philosopher who thinks we should all be equipped with flourescent green bottoms and I don't trust the train company's web site. No, since you ask, I am not bloody driving on summer tyres down a motorway filled with snow and English drivers.
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Posted by: Nworb Werdna | Link to this comment | 02- 6-09 12:32 AM
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4 seems like it's missing a crucial piece of information.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 02- 6-09 12:34 AM
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5: isn't it always the same, though? Every elision, every hidden force, every mysterious unknowable, it's always the same sinister organization.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 02- 6-09 12:40 AM
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Also, Nworb, from looking at ttaM's pictures, yes, Bohemian Grove is pretty well cut off from civilization.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 02- 6-09 12:40 AM
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Every elision, every hidden force, every mysterious unknowable, it's always the same sinister organization.

Yes: the DEA.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 02- 6-09 12:41 AM
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DEA snow day! Hooray!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 02- 6-09 12:41 AM
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Let's go skiing! Where's the hot tub?


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 02- 6-09 12:43 AM
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Back in the back with all the confiscated ketamine! Ain't no party like a Justice Department party! That's all I'll be wearing! Woohoo! Uh! Uh.

Man I feel kind of gross, now. Can we stop?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 02- 6-09 12:48 AM
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Speaking of unbearable, I will be in San Francisco next weekend. Busy yourself with plans to see West Coast singer-songwriter waif elves accordingly.


Posted by: Armsmasher | Link to this comment | 02- 6-09 12:54 AM
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I didn't want to let the DEA know where I'm going. Or where ttaM lives. Of course, it's quite possible that he can't remember. Alternate excuse: I live outside Cambridge. There are some words we just don't use.


Posted by: Nworb Werdna | Link to this comment | 02- 6-09 12:54 AM
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12: Are you going to tell us when and where we will be able to see you perform, or are to just wander around the city all weekend in search of you?


Posted by: Otto von Bisquick | Link to this comment | 02- 6-09 2:12 AM
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re: 4

I got into work OK. Oxford still has transport running. it's very icey/sleety though, and the snow is quite thick.

The roads are NOT gritted, so it's bleak driving conditions, but traffic is moving, slowly.

Also, I actually think I know the philosopher you have in mind.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 02- 6-09 3:55 AM
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re: 13

Also, what time are you heading off? I'll be in town until late afternoon and could probably sneak off from work early for a coffee/beer or something after you're done with NB [or is it JS?].


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 02- 6-09 3:56 AM
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Probably too late, I imagine. Anyway, Nworb, I can be reached at the email address linked from my name. I've also emailed you [at what used to be your address].


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 02- 6-09 4:05 AM
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sneak off from work early

Also, given the weather, all sensible people are leaving work early anyway.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 02- 6-09 4:32 AM
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The forecast here for tomorrow is 44 Celsius (111.2 Fnergleheit). Some snow would make a nice change.

Is White Hinterland less annoying enough to be worth listening to?


Posted by: Nakku | Link to this comment | 02- 6-09 5:14 AM
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As well as being annoying, it would seem they also have a suspiciously fascist-sounding monicker.


Posted by: Alex | Link to this comment | 02- 6-09 5:15 AM
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soddit. The philosopher -- Jul/ian Savu/lescu -- cancelled on me anyway, as did the doctor I was meant to be interviewing for a radio programme about chronotypes. None have ttaM's stern Scottish grit. Bastards. Pint some other time, I hope.


Posted by: Nworb Werdna | Link to this comment | 02- 6-09 5:31 AM
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Google reveals that having roads "gritted" seems to be the same thing as having them "salted". Noted.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 02- 6-09 5:43 AM
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re: 21

Email sent.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 02- 6-09 5:45 AM
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20: Also, the utilities company "Scottish Power".


Posted by: dsquared | Link to this comment | 02- 6-09 6:09 AM
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I've been in their hardened bunker on the outskirts of Glasgow. If you were planning a fascist take-over, you could do worse as a location for your secret base.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 02- 6-09 6:39 AM
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It was 82 here yesterday, bit today t looks as though winter has returned as we're back in the mid 70s.


Posted by: gonerill | Link to this comment | 02- 6-09 6:43 AM
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wait, salting and sanding are two different materials if not processes. Does gritting really refer to both, or just the latter?

Salting only works when it's not really cold, so this is a bit regional.


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 02- 6-09 6:49 AM
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I had a small fascist moment in a local Pret just now. It didn't help that I was in a pissy mood. Some swarthy late teens / early twenties ape, possibly Euro-borders somewhere, or perhaps Turkish, was attempting to mark territory with widely spread legs and a strategically placed fag packet. I curtly asked him to move the cigarettes so I could use the table myself and it got worse from there. No actual fighting, but I did suggest that maybe he'd be happier outside, or in another city, or maybe even in another country. In retrospect, maybe not the best behaviour.


Posted by: Charlie | Link to this comment | 02- 6-09 6:50 AM
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re: 27

Coarse brown salt, not sand.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 02- 6-09 6:56 AM
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Fleur de A19.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 02- 6-09 7:38 AM
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24: Also also, the local chapter of the Knights of Columbus for a town on the way to my hometown in Soth Dakota. It's disconcerting every time to learn that the highway has been adopted by the White Knights.


Posted by: Chopper | Link to this comment | 02- 6-09 7:48 AM
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I don't love Dienel's voice, but this is kind of cute. I could bear more of it as background music--at least for a while. Anyway, points for the name Phylactery Factory.


Posted by: Populuxe | Link to this comment | 02- 6-09 8:10 AM
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28: Oy. But you caught yourself and regret it, so not so bad. (And it sounds like you were perfectly justified in being pissy, just not in what you said as a result.)


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 02- 6-09 8:12 AM
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33: Thanks, I feel better now.


Posted by: Charlie | Link to this comment | 02- 6-09 8:22 AM
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Actually, I rather like Joanna Newsom.

And Marnie Stern brings teh awesome.


Posted by: Bave Dee | Link to this comment | 02- 6-09 9:20 AM
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Actually 32 is a lot less warbly-in-a-bad-way than is most of Phylactery Factory.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 02- 6-09 10:03 AM
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Actually, I rather like Joanna Newsom.

I really want to like her. On paper, she sounds up my alley. But the minute I hear that warbling, I sort of shudder and can't handle it anymore. (So yes, maybe unbearable rather than unlistenable?)


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 02- 6-09 10:22 AM
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Newsom sort of grew on me. I wouldn't choose to listen to her that often, but I do sort of like it now.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 02- 6-09 10:24 AM
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Newsome's voice is not my favorite, and I confess to a very high tolerance for odd singing voices. But I love her harp playing and her songwriting. I saw her live once, her second show of the night. She did a bunch of songs, then the entire Ys cycle, then some more other songs. I couldn't believe her fingers weren't bleeding by the end.


Posted by: Bave Dee | Link to this comment | 02- 6-09 10:43 AM
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re: 39

I listen to a few singers with slightly odd voices: Karen Dalton, for example. I like a lot of the older, weirder sounding male voices: Little Anthony, etc.

On the other hand, I don't like Antony Hegarty's voice; which sounds like a bad imitation of Dalton.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 02- 6-09 10:50 AM
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I've heard that harpists find her harp playing amateurish but I have no way of verifying that.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 02- 6-09 11:45 AM
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I've heard two professional harpists argue about that, fwiw


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 02- 6-09 11:46 AM
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There you go. Her harp playing arguably sucks.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 02- 6-09 2:20 PM
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wake me when you arrive at truth


Posted by: Michael | Link to this comment | 02- 6-09 11:28 PM
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or consequences


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02- 7-09 6:05 AM
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i watched some utube videos wth the two singers in question and i find that Joanna Newsome seems have a nice voice , but childish manner of singing, maybe it's her nature to speak like that, i remember i noticed that manner in some of female stand in comedians frequently cited here, can't remember her name
the other singer just don't have any singing voice, her voice is like mine, without any strength and i wouldn't even attempt to become a singer if i have that voice
but it's great that they try to create music using only one instrument, so maybe they are thought like they are being original
couldn't get what they are singing about though, have to find the lyrics and read it to get singing English yet


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 02- 7-09 7:23 AM
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+to have, if had


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 02- 7-09 7:24 AM
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-e, Sarah Silvermann i recalled


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 02- 7-09 9:59 AM
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i meant some people just talk like that, childishly
i had a classmate who talked like that and it was best she could do, her tongue just moves that way, maybe she needed to have some speech correcting lessons something, but it was not any pretense from her side


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 02- 7-09 10:02 AM
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I think that Sarah Silverman's schtick is a femmy little girl reading an XXXXX adult script.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 02- 7-09 10:07 AM
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-n, right


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 02- 7-09 10:12 AM
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-v


Posted by: Michael | Link to this comment | 02- 7-09 6:45 PM
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