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what's rocking my world right now

1. The ongoing Buffy comic. Oh, so good. The last two panels made me grin from ear to ear (of course, I guessed who the off-panel speaker in the second last panel was, but I still beamed when I turned the page and was proved right). Speaking of Buffy comics, I also finally got my hands on the collected Tales of the Vampires - I got a few of the comics when they were coming out, but they kept selling out too quickly from Dublin's indie comic shop. Anyway, despite the fact that the art in the serial story about the mini-watchers is shockingly bad (seriously, could they have at least got someone who knew how to draw kids? The children looked like mutant dwarves), and I kept wishing they'd got Mike Mignola to illustrate that as well as the cover, the story itself was great, as were almost all of the single short ones. I love the way they all explore stuff that was hinted at in the programme about the vampires retaining elements not only of their personalities but of their feelings for other people - the story about the man whose father is turned into a vampire was particularly fantastic. So yeah, strongly recommended if you can find it (I suggest looking online).

2. The Laura Viers and Saltbreakers album. Excellent and not over-hyped, as I had feared. Speaking of slightly fey North American indie girls, I love this Feist video (and the song too):

3. I am listening to a lot of Pentangle recently for the first time since, well, since I was a kid and my dad used to play them all the time. But they really are great. I am very pleased at this twee folk revival thing that's been happening lately, although as ever I can't help feeling smug, in a hideously teenage "but of course I've been listening to Steeleye Span again for years!" way. I have also rediscovered the Boo Radleys' Giant Steps album. 'Lazarus' is one of my favourite songs ever, but I haven't listened to the entire album in years, and I'd forgotten how good it is. I think the shoegazing/post-shoegazing revival is already underway...

4. I've been trying to brush up on the auld Deutsch by actually looking up words I don't know in a dictionary when reading something complex, as opposed to what I have been doing for the last few years, which is to get frustrated when I can't understand something and then just giving up on the book. I've been reading Cornelia Funke's Tintenherz (published in English as Inkheart), which is a pretty good kidlit/YA fantasy. Admittedly I don't really have to look anything up in that, apart from the odd obscure word which turns out to mean "a fire-eater's flaming torch" and stuff like that, and indeed can easily read it in bed while feeling sleepy, which is a sign of how demanding it is. However, I have also been attempting to read Robert Ide's Geteilte Träume: Meine Eltern, die Wende und Ich, which is a book by a Ossi journalist born (like me) in 1975, about how the wall coming down created a generation gap between his generation, who were in their teens at the time, and their parents. It's totally fascinating, but I'm finding it quite slow going because (a) he uses very long sentences with ten zillion subclauses, which is confusing enough in English let alone in a language with German's word order and (b) there are a lot of references to specific East German brand-names, which, thanks partly to the German way of starting all nouns with capital letters, I keep thinking are ordinary nouns that I don't recognise. It's frustrating because the book is incredibly interesting and well-done. I just wish it didn't take me ten minutes to get through a page.

5. I am going to see CSS on Saturday, and watch the final five episodes of Battlestar Galactica on Sunday. Huzzah!

Und du? What cultural delights are you enjoying right now?


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Apr. 18th, 2007 09:21 pm (UTC)
I'm so excited! I missed both their previous Dublin shows because they sold out in about five seconds. This is going to be in a pretty big venue, and I wish I'd got the chance to see them do a smaller gig. But I know it'll be good anyway.
Apr. 18th, 2007 09:11 pm (UTC)
I grew up listening to Pentangle too, the "Basket of Light" album. They have such a cool otherworldly sound. Always made me feel like I was in The Mists of Avalon.

Going off to listen now . . . oooh, "Springtime Promises."
Apr. 18th, 2007 09:23 pm (UTC)
I'm listening to Basket of Light right now! I find this sort of music weirdly comforting and cool at the same time.
Apr. 18th, 2007 09:17 pm (UTC)
Fairpoint Convention's Tam Lin, The Decemberists, Heroes and Emma Bull's The War for the Oaks, which as well as being great fun fantasy that doesn't over explain, is also full of wonderful descriptions of 80s fashion.

Oh and America's Next Top Model.
Apr. 18th, 2007 09:35 pm (UTC)
Booo, no cultural delights for me - just tedious wordcounts!
Apr. 18th, 2007 09:45 pm (UTC)
That IS a great video! Thanks :)
Apr. 18th, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC)
Ich habe nun jetzt die erste Folge von "Leben auf den Mars" gesehen!

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Apr. 19th, 2007 06:47 am (UTC)
Heh, it's a total rediscovery - my parents sang an Incredible String Band song at their wedding! So that sort of thing was the soundtrack to my youth. Actually, it's not so much a rediscovery of the whole genre, as I did the usual "hey, mam and dad's music is actually really good" in my teens, but somehow I never listened to much Pentangle independently - until now. Also, I had never heard of those Bringing in the Mushrooms compilations - thanks for the recommendation! I will definitely check them out.
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