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There’s been a new major Earthquake (?6.3) in Christchurch. Major damage throughout town and apparently multiple deaths.  Check here for updates:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/

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I turned 30 two weeks ago. I finished a week of nights that morning (the 5th year running I’ve been on nights on my birthday), went for breakfast and slept most of the day. In the evening we went to a comedy club (part of the Busker’s festival) and some friends from down here came along. It was bittersweet. I’m not sure how I feel about it all.

At the moment I’m delaying going to bed and have just made scones. I’ve been baking a lot. Mostly though I’ve just been tired. I’ve been on call twice this week, I’m working the weekend, then next Thursday then start nights again Friday. We’re covering an absent doc but it’s still a relentless roster.

In an attempt to even out the karma I sent someone I don’t really know a gift (with a certain amount of creative googling/internet stalking to dig out what I’m hoping is the correct address). They sound low and I felt like giving. It’s for my benefit just as much.

I might come back here more.

Aftershocks continue.  This morning I got trapped in the underground carpark when the 5.4 shock cut the power again.  Then our boiler sprung a leak and we were without water (thankfully only for a short while).  It’s amazing how the situation becomes rather blasé.  Especially when you’re still at work everyday.  Aftershocks stronger than 5?  Commonplace.

Mogwai’s first live album will be released on Rock Action Records this spring. Released alongside the live film Burning (by Vincent Moon). The formats will be CD and DVD and limited deluxe triple vinyl box set which will also include the dvd of Burning, set lists and a poster. The artwork was designed by Aidan Moffat.

To mark the announcement of the full track listing for this release Mogwai will be giving away a free MP3 of the song 2 Rights Make 1 Wrong taken from the Special Moves live CD via the minisite: www.mogwaispecialmoves.com

The track list for the the cd/dvd version is:

– I’m Jim Morrison, I’m Dead
– Friend Of The Night
– Hunted By A Freak
– Mogwai Fear Satan
– Cody
– You Don’t Know Jesus
– I Know You Are But What Am I
– I Love You, I’m Going To Blow Up Your School
– 2 Rights Make 1 Wrong
– Like Herod
– Glasgow Megasnake

The track list for the vinyl version contains the above plus:

– Yes! I Am A Long Way From Home
– Scotlands Shame
– New Paths To Helicon Part 1
– Batcat
– Thank You Space Expert
– The Precipice

The extra songs featured on the vinyl release will be available as a free download with the CD.

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Awesome, awesome, awesome.  Alright so it’s never going to fully capture the Mogwai live experience (unless you’ve got a terrifying home music system) but it should be a lot of fun.  Not a bad set list all told (especially with the extra tracks) and the free download is well worth listening to as a taster.  As my last post detailed – my favourite song of the last 10 years.

Wow, the year went fast.  My first full year living in another country.  It’s not been a bad one all told.  Before we move on too far I want to recap the last year.  Favourites of the year…

Movies:

  • Star Trek
  • Moon
  • Coraline (3D)
  • District 9
  • Inglorious Basterds
  • Avatar

Albums:

  • Bat for Lashes – Two Suns
  • Beirut – Realpeople Holland
  • Bill Callahan – Sometimes I wish I were an eagle
  • Fuck Buttons – Tarot Sport
  • Mono – Hymn to the Immortal Wind
  • Tortoise – Beacons of Ancestorship
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz!

Songs:

  • My Delirium – Ladyhawke
  • My Night With The Prostitute From Marseille – Beirut
  • Black Hearted Love – PJ Harvey & John Parish
  • Eid Ma Clack Shaw – Bill Callahan
  • I’m Sorry, Baby, But You Can’t Stand In My Light Any More – Bob Mould
  • Stillness Is the Move – Dirty Projectors
  • High Class Slim Came Floatin’ In – Tortoise
  • Carry Me – Malcolm Middleton
  • Soft Shock, Hysteric – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Overall it’s not been that great a year for music, a few good albums, none really classic.  Some good songs though and out of the above I can’t choose a top one musically.  Film wise it would be Moon which was just a wonderful experience (though Star Trek was pretty damn awesome, coming from a non-Trekkie).  And if I had to choose some favourites of the decade..?  Seeing as real thought would have me still choosing come 2020 I’m going to take these off the top of my head (and a quick scan of iTunes)

Movies:

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Donnie Darko
  • Wall-E
  • Amelie

Albums:

  • Johnny Cash – American III: Solitary Man
  • PJ Harvey – Stories from the city, stories from the sea
  • Elbow – Asleep in the back
  • Ed Harcourt – Here be monsters
  • The Divine Comedy – Regeneration
  • Idlewild – The remote part
  • Spoon – Kill the Moonlight
  • Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
  • Broken Social Scene – You Forgot it in People
  • Explosions in the Sky – The Earth is not a cold dead place
  • Mogwai – Happy songs for happy people
  • Rachel’s – Systems/Layers
  • m83 – Before the dawn heals us
  • Marianne Faithful – Before the poison
  • Mono – Walking Cloud And Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered And The Sun Shined
  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Abattoir Blues / Lyre of Orpheus
  • TV on the Radio – Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes
  • Gorillaz – Demon Days
  • Gemma Hayes – Night on our side
  • Eluvium – Talk amongst the Trees
  • Kanye West – Late Registration
  • NIN – [With_Teeth]
  • Sufjan Stevens – Come on feel the Illinoise
  • Clint Mansell – The Fountain (OST)
  • Jarvis – Jarvis
  • My Latest Novel – Wolves
  • Neko Case – Fox Confessor Brings The Flood
  • Andrew Bird – Armchair Apocrypha
  • Bat for Lashes – Fur and Gold
  • Battles – Mirrored
  • Dan Deacon – Spiderman of the Rings
  • Feist – The Reminder
  • Iron & Wine – The Shepherd’s Dog
  • Low – Drums and Guns
  • Malcolm Middleton – A brighter beat
  • Radiohead – In rainbows
  • Rob Crow – Living well
  • Star of the Lid – And Their Refinement Of The Decline
  • Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles
  • Elbow – The seldom seen kid
  • Foals – Antidotes
  • Fuck Buttons – Street Horrrsing
  • Los Campesinos! – Hold on now youngster
  • Metronomy – Nights out
  • Mogwai – The Hawk is Howling
  • Remember Remember – Remember Remember
  • Santogold – Santogold

Song (if I could just choose one):

  • 2 rights make 1 wrong

That’s it folks.

Sometimes all you need is a glass of wine, some nice cheese and a few crackers, a good book and soft music in the background. Whimsical. Mute. Entrenched.

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