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I think it's the 'swaggering, heartbreaking, cool as fuck' line.
100% of the time.
if you ignore it, it will go away.
is that Ian Brown always seems to get credited with "it ain't where you're from, it's where you're at") even though it was (surely?) taken directly from Rakim.
...to be honest, i wdn't be surprised if it was even being requoted by him - reads like a classic Sixties/Seventies/soul/funk/civil rights slogan...
Sounds like the regular E(NME)Y guff...and I believe Ian Brown's record taste probably would reflect the quote thing. I'm pretty sure he'd admit to not coming up with it.
i don't hold it against Ian Brown but just wd have thought people quoting him might have thought - y'know, that doesn't really read like a vernacular mancunian phrase - i wonder if he was quoting someone - quick google search and...
called It Ain't Where You're From, It's Where You're Goin' that my Dad has on vinyl, so I guess it continues from that, which in turn probably borrowed it from something else.
and the new bands coverage was actually not bad. Ponytail, Graffiti Island, Cats In Paris, Mika Miko etc...
is definitely good for up and coming bands. They'll pile shit on the cover and hype up some truly dire bands but underneath it they do occasionally use their space to promote some proper decent up-and-coming bands that benefit a lot from the publicity. If you read the NME selectively it can be a good source for good music.
i thought the selection of new bands got a lot better a year or so ago, although the HUGE PICTURE little text format militated against it running much deeper into who each were (i guess the thinking was to present them as almost printed bookmarks you cd go research yrself..?)
I dunno. When they stop sucking up to Oasis and pretending they are still good to sell issues, I'll be happier. It';s still rotten in there.
Hey Kick, what is Dickensian neurosis?
much in the manner of how Dickens makes each of his characters talk in a notably different style. i think 'Dickensian' is generally used to indicate an abundance of life (esp urban) in lit theory, too.
i feel 'neurotic' shd be used much more in criticism, in as much as it refers to anxiety (Eric Hobsbawm says we're living in 'the age of anxiety') and the eccentricities we evolve as coping strategies.
Saatchi's big exhibition after the YBAs (Hirst, Lucas, etc) was called 'the new neurotics' and i always thought that was fitting for now art.
I still don't know exactly what you meant by that.
The Dickensian neurosis of Brainlove.
So it's a state...
A state of Dickensian neurosis.
Which is characterized by effusive personality tics and/or an abundance of life (esp urban).
For some reason this idea is proving slippery to my brain.
it shorthand for 'a lot of voices, each with their own character, each of which is, in some way, other than the norm' (ie, love or hate, yr bands don't tend to sound bland or careerist or shallowly fashionable).
any bullet-brief analogy like that is more a suggestion than a concrete concept - it's suggestive rather than specific language.
;) <- WINK!
stand for 'utter bag of wank'?
Conor McNicholas on Twitter? He is cringe central.
"I arrived in 1998 as a terrified fresher (literally, sobbing) and left seven years later as an overconfident NME rookie. That's the effect that Manchester and its music has on the people who go there."