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Venice Review/ Hiatus Apology October 14, 2006

Posted by alexd in Buzz band, Life, Music, Video.

Lets make this quick- I’m running a bath. Post return from the large bog islands now called Venice, I have been very busy. It took me 2 days just to unpack on top of catching up with homework, and now I have a big pile of stuff to do before Monday, so no proper blogging until then. But this pile of homework will allow me to listen through loads of music, looking for the shiniest gems in the rough dirty ore of independent music.

Venice is an awesome city by the way. Ruined only by every other tourist idiot there. The beautifil rustic city produces two of my favourite foods: whitebait and pizza. The novelty of going to work on a boat instead of on a tube could never get old, and its perpetual sinking only makes you enjoy every single moment.

One particularly favourite moment was when we went to a church with a apparently fantastic interior, only to find it in the middle of service (surprising it being a Sunday). So we spent an hour listening to an crazy skilled acoustic guitarist, people talking, the canal lapping to one side of the very clean square and just drew stuff. It really is beautiful. Cafe culture is a whole different league to the Starbucks next to a Borders reading a book thing we have. Its like the bespectacled asthmatic brother compared to the Chic and suave older Venician cafe brother. In the UK you can watch human detritus float past with the soundtrack of a capitalist shopping centre. Venice; gondolas, old ladies with tiny dogs and just generally beautiful people. I’ll stop now both Lord Byron and Charles Dickens have described Venice better.

Lord Byron: I stood in Venice, on the Bridge of Sighs; A palace and a prison on each hand; I saw from out the wave of her structure’s rise As from the stroke of the enchanter’s wand: A thousand years their cloudy wings expand Around me, and a dying Glory smiles O’er the far times, when many a subject land Look’d to the winged Lion’s marble pines, Where Venice sate in state, throned on her hundred isles.

This is completely unrelated.

Subpop are doing well for themselves. The songs been around a while, and I didn’t really like it, but now and with the video; worth a look.

Download: Oxford Collapse- Please Visit Your National Parks



1. Ben Keeler - October 16, 2006

Yeah I bought that Sub Pop sampler the other week. Not bad for three quid!

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