Throttling has occurred

Throttling

If you’re anything like me, every day you wake up and shout into the sky: “why hasn’t someone made a giant online archive of comic book frames featuring people being strangled, squeezed and generally held a little too tightly for comfort in the neckular region?”.

And the following day – and therefore also every day – you realise you are shouting into emptiness and you are overwhelmed by the futility of your fruitless existence. Well, not this time. Because my associates responsbile for the hilarious and enigmatic Goaste have just launched Throttling:

Hopefully, in time, every throttle in the world will be recorded here, for your throttling pleasure, and for ours, and every neck in the world will be crushed by our fingers as we throttle and scream and laugh and throttle some more.

And now all our lives can be complete.

Save our Spitz!

Well it looks as though the rumours were trueThe Spitz is definitely in danger of eviction:

The facts are that The Spitz has been given six months notice to quit its current site in Old Spitalfields Market by its landlords Ballymore Properties. This means in a worst case scenario The Spitz would cease to exist by the end of September this year.

I’m never sure how much good online petitions really do, but I’ve signed the one in support of The Spitz just in case, and you should too, even if you’re not sure what The Spitz is or what this is that you’re reading and you’re totally dead and hollow inside like the dried out innards of a worm-ridden treetrunk. You utter bastard.

Also, I am pleased that even Ken Livingstone is outraged at its closure. But couldn’t you, like, send some heavies from the Mayor’s office round to Ballymore Properties Ken? To rough them up a bit? Or perhaps you’ll adopt a more subtle approach and price them out of the capital by banning them from using Oyster cards (this is clever London satire BTW).

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BARR at the Luminaire

BARR @ Upset The Rhythm on Vimeo

Last time I saw BARR, at last year’s Upset The Rhythm-curated Frieze Music event, he was one faintly irritating – but very entertaining – man and a lo-fi backing track.

But now BARR have gone and done a Why? and returned to the UK as a full band. And they’re great. I mean, BARR is never going to be to everyone’s taste, but whereas before his music/performance could veer toward the self-indulgent (as I suppose all solo artists must be to some extent), now all that is tempered by his “team”. He’s got friends to interact with, he’s more comfortable on stage and his unique vocals are engaging, not irritating.

If you’d like a chance to marvel at Brendan’s unnerving flexibility and feel happy and not at all annoyed like you originally suspected you might, BARR are touring the UK right now and will be back in London on the 26th.

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Shimmy Rivers and and Canal at The Spitz

Shimmy Rivers And And Canal: Pig Skides on Vimeo

Drowned in Sound have reported that the marvellous East London venue The Spitz may soon have to close. This would be a tragedy as it’s one of my favourite places to see bands play – and they’ve hosted some fantastic lineups. Small venues are far more precious to me than large ones and I really hope that The Spitz in particular will be here to stay.

That’s all a bit gloomy though, so why not watch this video of Shimmy Rivers and and Canal peforming last night at – of course – The Spitz?

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