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Elmo



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2004 2:34 pm    Post subject: Good Review In Mojo Reply with quote

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" Erudite Irish crooner returns.

'Yamm Amelie' Tierson and former Kenickie singer Lauren Laverne guest.

'She wears Dr Martens and a heavy cross, but on the inside she's a happy goth.'. Such typically wry couplets are only half the story here, as Hannon explores his move from London to Dublin, the birth of his first child, and the paring back of his band to the nucleus of himself. Though he largely does so with a by-now familiar palette of strings, brass and acoustic guitar, his songwriting has rarely sounded so acute. Leaving Today tackles parental seperation anxiety beautifully, never cloyingly, while My Imaginary Friend - a 'bagpuss' banjo-appointed ace about a child whose father's work related absence prompts improvisational tactics - could be mapping the same relationship six years on. All told, a classy record prompting laughter and rumination : even as he ryhmes 'peripatetically' with 'mobile library', Hannon has something of import up his sleave.

James McNair

4/5 stars "



Typing that out was hell, I got unexpectedly drunk last night and I'm feeling weak and ruined. At least this time I didn't phone people up at midnight like a silly arse.

Good review by Mojo. Hope it's not illegal to quote it here, buy the mag please it's grrreat and you might keep me out of jail!
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2004 3:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Good Review In Mojo Reply with quote

>Typing that out was hell, I got unexpectedly drunk last night

I'd never have guessed from the spelling Shocked

Thanks for that. Interesting they quoted from The Happy Goth, and not some of the lyrically better ones imho.. Although I think most reviews will pick up on the shoe-horned in 'peripatetically' Heh hee..
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2004 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is there a picture?! Is there a picture?! I want pictures! Then I may buy the mag.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2004 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Is there a picture?! Is there a picture?! I want pictures! Then I may buy the mag.


Yep there's two pictures, a 2cm square pic of the album cover and a bigger 9cm x 7cm pic of Neil in an old neglected house sat at an old wooden table with some candles in front of him.

If you want (really want!) I'll take a pic and put it on the web.

There's also a big article about Queen which I think I'll read tonight.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2004 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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and a bigger 9cm x 7cm pic of Neil in an old neglected house sat at an old wooden table with some candles in front of him.


Like this one http://www.labels.tm.fr/fr/artiste.asp?artiste=DI025 ???
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2004 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Like this one http://www.labels.tm.fr/fr/artiste.asp?artiste=DI025 ???


That's the one, but in mojo you do get to see more of his right hand and a significant expanse of table, he says - clutching at straws!
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2004 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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think most reviews will pick up on the shoe-horned in 'peripatetically' Heh hee..


Journalist types like using big words, it took me three goes to understand it.

Whats "acute songwriting", and I sadly don't know what "cloyingly" means, and what's a "banjo appointed ace" of a song exactly?! finally, I've never heard of "rumination". Is it me?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2004 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks Elmo
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2004 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers, Elmo! Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2004 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Top review, although every time I read a post from Elmo, I remember my neices' Tickle-Me Elmo, which would often request you to "Toss Elmo!" It was also funny to put them in filthy positions on the shelves in Woolies, set them off and watch 'em go. Aaah, my peurile mind... Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2004 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't wanna start a new thread, and there are a couple of Mancunians on here so I shall use this thread!! Smile

I'm just very very impressed with the Central Library. I just popped in on the off chance that I could use a CD-Rom on their computers and do some OU stuff. Not only can I do that, but They've given me a little card thingy (you don't need to be a member to just use the computers) and I didn't need much proof of ID. I get 2 free hours of internet access a day if I want! It's ace. And it's such a lovely building and all. AND I've found a little leaflet saying that Carol Ann Duffy and a few other female poety people will be reading here on the 25th April. So I'm mightily impressed! I love Manchester!!

(sorry Elmo!) Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2004 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yay! That'll save you a shitload of cash on internet use.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2004 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Witch wrote:
Yay! That'll save you a shitload of cash on internet use.


Quite! And I've figured how to get even moer than the 2 hours worth, too! This place is really fantastic. I've been wondering round for the last hour and the more I see, the better it gets! I'm currently in their little network centre, which is very very posh. I've got 2 horus on the internet/CD-Rom business in here. I can go on the seperate computers in the library bit in the middle for another 40 mins a day. It's great! Plus I forgot how wonderful this building was. It's a huge round room with a big domed roof. Any little noise you make gets magnified and echoed round the room! It's brill but you can't cough. Smile Also they have a posh little theatre thingy downstairs which is ace. I presume that's where they have the Carol Ann Duffy thingy. AND there's a very very pretty lady that works in the box office and you hae to walk past hert o get to the toilets. Needless to say my bladder has been very weak for the last 2 hours..!! They also have just about all the recent editions of just about every magazine you could ever wish to read, including the gay times. I am sooooo soooooooooo impressed with this place. And it opens fairly late at night, so I can come here after work. And it's all free!! There is some love still in the community! I have hope for the future!!!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2004 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just noticed a massive banner right next to me! In the style of the underground signy thing it says 'Never Going Underground' then underneath 'lesbians and gay men out and proud'.

*loves Manchester to pieces*
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2004 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I once went into that Central Library because it looked so impressive from outside. I didn't bother getting any books or anything, but it was all big and dramatic and just as a library should be.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2004 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Elmo Very Happy

It's official, Coupe is a giddy kipper.

p.s. That croissant looks like a prawn.

Eh? Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2004 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tis a great place



it's like a polo mint.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2004 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

John Rylands in Manchester looks much cooler though





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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2004 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saw All My Sons at the Central Library Theatre last Wednesday (might av been tuesday, cant remember)
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2004 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pretty buildings
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2004 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Phil wrote:
John Rylands in Manchester looks much cooler though


I want to live in that building!!!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2004 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

:-)
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2004 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

here's the outside

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2004 11:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I could change my avatar to Sesame Street's Elmo.. but then people would think I'm into sesame street.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2004 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, you should be.

Elmo rocks.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2004 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Phil wrote:
Piccies of John Rylands...




Sod New College - I'm going to work there when I graduate! But everyone else can go away - I will be the only member of staff! It is mine, you hear?!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2004 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is absolutely beautiful. Did some work there for my MA. T'is gorgeouso. The horrible thing is, they're supposedly building a new wing and the proposed plans suggest it's going to be the biggest horriblest pile of cement you have ever seen. Is heartbreaking stuff.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2004 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ach, bloody typical, that. What this country needs is another Hermann Goering to do away with some of this arcitechture. Say what you like about the bloke, but he could pick a place. Yes Yes
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2004 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just noticed a review of Absent Friends by Phill Jupitus in the new Radio Times. Altogether it's extremely positive.

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The Divine Comedy - Absent Friends (Parlophone)
The eighth album from Ireland's answer to Scott Walker

My early experiences of the Divine Comedy were a clutch on singles in the 1990s around the time of the jaunty top-20 number Something for the Weekend. Here were songs with a saucy-postcard sensibility and a knowing wink in the chorus. Ever since, coupled with the fact that they did the music for the magnificent Father Ted, including the epic My Lovely Horse, I've always held them in high regard.
As time has gone on, so main man Neil Hannon's output has become more grandiose. Not that he has severed ties with his pop sensibility - you only have to hear the chorus of the new single Come Home Billy Bird to know that. The album it's from, Absent Friends, is a collection filled with beautifully articulated longing, and the opening track is a Divine Comedy calling card, the uplifting sad song.
Hannon's voice is perhaps left out when praise is dished out, but in Absent Friends it's extraordinary, rising from sonorous baritone to pleading, powerful tenor notes that are breathtaking. Leaving Today captures the misery of separation with the aching line "I try to wrestle free, but like the dew she clings to me."
But the real star of the album is The Happy Goth, a fabulous imaginary snapshot inside the head of black-clad teen ghouls. In addition to its swirling melody it contains the finest star wars reference you'll ever hear in a pop tune "Her clothes are blacker than the blackest clothe, and her face is whiter than the snows of Hoth."
The whole album is rich, beautiful and can make you smile and cry on the turn of a chorus. Ladies and gentlemen, wit and sophistication are alive and well and spilling out of the head of Neil Hannon.

Three to look for: Come Home Billy Bird, The Happy Goth, Charmed Life.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2004 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oooh, that's quite good, that. Funnily enough, I bought the Radio Times (other listings magazines are available) this morning as I needed to break a tenner for the bus, but I haven't read Phill's column yet.

I knew he'd cream himself over the Star Wars reference Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2004 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Woo that man.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2004 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Elmo wrote:
I could change my avatar to Sesame Street's Elmo.. but then people would think I'm into sesame street.


And there's something wrong with that?

Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2004 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Elmo wrote:
I could change my avatar to Sesame Street's Elmo.. but then people would think I'm into sesame street.


And there's something wrong with that?


Yes, I was very wary of Big Bird as a kid, and the theme tune was spooky.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2004 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rowan Morrison wrote:
. The horrible thing is, they're supposedly building a new wing and the proposed plans suggest it's going to be the biggest horriblest pile of cement you have ever seen. Is heartbreaking stuff.


Sad Sad Sad Sad Sad Nooo! That's building's stunning. Central Library is beautiful aswell. I am in that big polo thing as we speak. Manchester has some damn fine buildings.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2004 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pali wrote:
Just noticed a review of Absent Friends by Phill Jupitus in the new Radio Times. Altogether it's extremely positive.


As a long time fan of Neil's work, I don't think I've ever read a really bad review for his albums. His work is usually well received. Well, maybe he got one, but I just can't remember anymore. The NME probably gave him one, but they don't count.
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Coupe wrote:
Manchester has some damn fine buildings.


It does, although funnily enough I hardly noticed any of them when I lived there. It's only since I moved away and looked at aerial pictures and stuff that I've realised how lovely some of it is.

And huzzah for Phill Jupitus!
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Yeah, since Casanova the NME haven't really been fans of Neil's work. Anything more than five years old is generally considered to be crap in NME's book, with the bizarre exception of Oasis.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2004 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You have to take a walk about in the early evening of a weekday. You notice everything. Ummmm... Manchester by night! I love walking through Albert Square, through round the back of the Central Library. Round that little swervy path between the Library and the info centre-y thing. The path follows the shape of the round Central library and the buildings are very tall either side. 'Tis lovely. I lvoe Manchester.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2004 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Coupe wrote:
Manchester has some damn fine buildings.


I'm particularly fond of this one.



Seeing as they do pay my wages.

Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2004 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Happy And it is a lovely building. There are a few down that end actually. I love the little secrety quiet side entrancey bit to the museum. Am I making any sense?! No. Smile
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