We have been checking in with musicians to inform us about what they have been doing throughout COVID-19 lockdown, and this one comes from the good Robyn Hitchcock. “I’m portray so much now, now I’m lastly off the street – this retains me on the sane facet of issues, and is one thing I’ve been which means to do for years,” Robyn tells us. “I used to attract and paint while listening to music, after which the music took over. Now the photographs are coming again…” He is additionally instructed us concerning the books, albums and movies he is been digging. Information embrace Sharon Van Etten, Lucinda Williams, Brendan Benson and extra. Take a look at his checklist of “thoughts gas,” full along with his ideas on every, beneath.
In the meantime, Robyn and his accomplice Emma Swift have been been performing twice-weekly on StageIt by way of their Nashville house, and among the reveals have been themed. Final week he carried out songs from Syd Barrett’s second solo album, and this week — tonight (5/13) at 9 PM Japanese and Friday (3/15) at Three PM Japanese — they’re doing an all-request David Bowie units.
Take a look at Roby’s quarantine checklist…
ROBYN HITCHCOCK – WHAT I’M READING/WATCHING/LISTENING TO IN QUARANTINE
The Unlit Lamp – Radclyffe Corridor
A lesbian romance performed out in a dreary English late-Victorian seaside city. I ponder if this triggered Morrissey writing ‘Each Day Is Like Sunday’?
Beatlebone – Kevin Barry
Barry imagines John Lennon going to Eire in round 1978 to analyze an island that he purchased there 10 years beforehand. An interesting meditation on what Lennon’s mind-set might need been round then.
Virginia Woolf In New York – Maggie Gee
Wherein a British creator is on a aircraft struck by lightning on the best way to offer a lecture on Virginia Woolf in New York. This causes Virginia herself to materialize, nonetheless damp from being fished out of the River Ouse, however alive and fantastically at odds with the world 70 years after she left it.
Speaking It Over – Julian Barnes
Three voices narrate their model of a collapsing marriage; the higher they know one another, the much less they like one another. And but they turn out to be much more entangled. Set in 1980s middle-class London, it’s a time-capsule, it’s humorous, and it’s unhappy.
Portrait Of Girl On Hearth
Each body in that is lit like a portray; seldom have I seen a movie that so loves the eyes. A sluggish love story, simmering on a French island within the mid-19th century. It’s as romantic as it’s sensual.
Pricey Life – Brendan Benson
Brendan the composer meets Brendan the musician, Brendan the producer, and Brendan the singer: and so they all come out on high. By turns it’s edgy, cool, beguiling and scary – however at all times important.
Hejira – Joni Mitchell
Greater than 40 years on, I’ve taken the time to marinate myself on this labyrinth that Joni constructed for us within the mid-1970s. Jazz bass tendencies aside, it’s a dream from exterior its time. You possibly can see the songs in addition to hear them, the airborne elegy that’s ‘Amelia’ most of all.
Automotive Wheels On A Gravel Highway – Lucinda Williams
One other album that’s been round some time, step by step nudging its method into my scattered focus, courtesy of my accomplice, Emma. To have fun is to mourn is the lesson I get from right here: the songs are immaculate, the taking part in bursts out of its wrapping, and Lucinda’s voice simply makes me cry. Fuckin’ genius!
Remind Me Tomorrow – Sharon Van Etten
Tomorrow by no means stops, however beneath the beguiling science fiction manufacturing – like the longer term really *did* occur – these songs, to me, have plenty of the wide-screen depth of Bruce Springsteen. They hypnotize you with out making you numb. And I guess most of them would sound nice with simply an acoustic guitar or piano – thumbs up, Sharon!
Legendary Britain at its mythiest, Hugh Grant at his funniest: all poised to win the American coronary heart, with snow and sunshine and simply the appropriate measure of eccentric underachievers – for which we’re justly famed. On this case the American coronary heart belongs to Julia Roberts, who provides nearly as good as she will get from us rickety Limeys. England was by no means like this – now it’s even much less so. Good nostalgia viewing for us locked-down expatriates.
In the meantime, take heed to Robyn’s most up-to-date album, 2017’s self-titled, beneath: