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War Arrow



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 5:48 pm    Post subject: Spoken Word Reply with quote

I love spoken word CDs, particularly by anyone with a degree of wit and from live readings which, for some reason, just seem to be more entertaining than dry, studio readings. I like to listen to music, but only at certain times, during certain activities. When I'm at work, music gets dull fast, and I need stimulation so I go for spoken word. Unfortunately, even Radio Four is bullshit these days, and I can't bear to listen to it.

The last few weeks I've been listening to a lot of Henry Rollins and Bill Hicks (RIP), but I've just found a CD box set of this guy, David Sedaris, and I can't fucking wait for it to arrive.

If you've never heard of him (I hadn't until my girlfriend played me something), please, please, please treat yourself, and give this a listen. The guy just kills me. Sheer genius:

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Six to Eight Black Men by David Sedaris

While our Santa flies on a sled, Saint Nicholas arrives by boat and then transfers to a white horse. The event is televised, and great crowds gather at the waterfront to greet him. I’m not sure if there’s a set date, but he generally docks in late November and spends a few weeks hanging out and asking people what they want.

“Is it just him alone?” I asked. “Or does he come with some backup?”

Oscar’s English was close to perfect, but he seemed thrown by a term normally reserved for police reinforcement.

“Helpers,” I said. “Does he have any elves?”

Maybe I’m just overly sensitive, but I couldn’t help but feel personally insulted when Oscar denounced the very idea as grotesque and unrealistic. “Elves,” he said. “They’re just so silly.”

The words silly and unrealistic were redefined when I learned that Saint Nicholas travels with what was consistently described as “six to eight black men.” I asked several Dutch people to narrow it down, but none of them could give me an exact number. It was always “six to eight,” which seems strange, seeing as they’ve had hundreds of years to get a decent count.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbJpRLhaSqs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vU1D1HKTDCY&NR=1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g17Pl7MFMco&NR=1

So....

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bob Newhart, by far one of the best American comics ever, although completely clean and uncontroversial, just damn funny.

Naxos do a double cd of historical shakespeare recordings by actors like Herbert Beerbohm Tree, Henry Irving and Ellen Terry as well as early Gielgud and Olivier. Highly recommended.

Another Naxos production is the audio recording of Lawrence Durrell's Alexandria Quartet. My favourite novels bar none and one of the greatest pieces of literature of the last century. Not been able to afford the audios yet, so can't comment on the readings, but I'm recommending again purely on the beauty of the prose.

John Bird's radio comedy Chambers, if you can get it.

Other more obvious stuff, Hancock, Navy Lark, Goons. Round the Horne. All regularly played on BBC7/Iplayer.

The BBV audios. (Avoid The Killing Stone and Rani reaps the whirlwind, but all the others are enjoyable)

Several of the Inspector Morse episodes were converted to audio with some narration and I do enjoy them, more than watching them on tv.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually, I've also been hammering some of those Hancock's Half Hour CDs this week - good grief... how something can still be that funny fifty years down the line!

Actually... although it's been a few years, I recall talking books of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five and Milligan reading his own war diaries being particularly compelling.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd love to hear the recordings of Samuel Beckett's plays for radio:


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Henry Rollins is a very funny bloke, his rantings have nursed me through a couple of hangovers at the donington festival Cool
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

_Liam_ wrote:
Henry Rollins is a very funny bloke, his rantings have nursed me through a couple of hangovers at the donington festival Cool


I'd love to see him live, but always seem to miss him when he's doing the rounds. The Sweatbox and Human Butt double CDs are fucking essential if you ever happen upon them (well, unless you already have them)... never known anyone who can switch so quickly from gut-busting laughs to stuff that really rips your heart out.

Along similar lines, also have some Jello Biafra spoken word which is pretty good - need to get that transferred from vinyl to MP3 some day.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love the readings on BBC radio 4.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 16, 2010 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

An obvious one you have almost by default heard war arrow, but I have a lot of time for spoken word stuff by uncle Billy Burroughs.
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