“I can’t tell if they’re in fancy dress or just have terrible clothes.”—A colleague came out with this gem at work last night after staring at a group of club-goers with utter derision for a good two minutes. Unfortunately for them, it was the latter.
I don’t know why, but over the last couple of weeks I’ve been revisiting all my old favourite noise records and realising just how harsh they really are. I guess I must have just become used to them, but I don’t know what has changed. Whatever it is, it’s just making me fall in love with them all over again. Maybe it’s just a cyclical thing.
Laurel Halo’s new album is up in full on Soundcloud and is absolutely superb. It is not normally the sort of thing I would ever get excited about, so the fact that I am excited is an indication of how good it really is.
I had quite an affirming experience last night, in Roar of all places. I was with an ex-housemate, a no-nonsense, laddish, conservative-voting, working-class army guy. He admitted that while we lived together two years ago, he thought my philosophy degree was a frivolous, pretentious waste of time. But with recent discussions in the media about bringing back the death penalty, he told me that he had changed his mind. “That’s what you guys do,” he said, “and that’s big stuff. That’s important.” It was great to hear that some people recognise the value of what I’ve been doing for that last few years and what I’ll probably be doing again at length in the future. More importantly, however, it was refreshing to see someone - particularly a conservative voter - acknowledge that tough political questions should be answered by experts and not the unreliable intuitions of public opinion. He did not offer his own opinions of the death penalty but instead acknowledged that were was no easy answer and deferred to people who study such problems.