Hugh McGuire

publishing, technology, media, philosophy, a bit of politics.

Category: video

friday mixed tape: alfie’s warm-up mix

When I was at university, I worked as a waiter at the student pub, Alfie’s. We had DJs, but I used to come in a little early for my shifts, and they let me “spin” a bit before things started up. I usually got around to playing jazzy funky stuff, but I’d often start out […]

friday mixed tape: old surf rock

The Astronauts: Firewater (1963) Looks like a good party. Do you think the guy on the couch is gonna score with that girl? From the movie, Surf Party. Dick Dale & The Del Tones: Surfing/Miserlou (1962) Intro is the vocal “Surfing,” followed by the instrumental “Miserlou,” which is a traditional Greek folk song, with versions […]

friday mixed tape: superman songs

Songs about the man of steel: Laurie Anderson: O Superman (1981) OK, not really about Superman, exactly…but still, it’s Laurie Anderson. Crash Test Dummies: Superman’s Song (1991) The audio’s a bit soft on this one, and I feel like an idiot, but for some reason this tune and video sorta gets me. REM: Superman (1986) […]

documentaries and the web

A good friend of mine is a documentary film maker; more than that. His latest film, about violinist Malcolm Goldstein is a challenging and brilliant work of art in itself, much more than a typical portrait documentary. The market for a film like that is small – a few festivals, hundreds, maybe a few thousand […]

friday mixed tape: rock n roll revival

In 2001 a new breed of Velvet Underground-influenced, old-aesthetic rock started rolling out of a few bands. It was old and it was new and it was good again. Here are some of the tunes I remember. The Strokes: Last Night (2001) OK, so the Strokes ended up being disappointing. We all wanted them to […]

what jazz looks like

Sometimes I wish I was still a kid: [via: infosthetics.com]

worst song in the world winner announcement

Chris Hughes wins with his entry of Life is Life, by Opus. Truly the worst song in the world. Beer and cookies will be offered, for free, next time Chris is in Montreal.

friday mixed tape: john hughes movies

Writer/director John Hughes had a string of movies in the eighties that were definitive for a certain-type of middle class North American early-teen (ie. a type like me). They were usually about angsty high school seniors, rich kids (mostly cool jerks) and their less-well-off school mates (alienated music-lovers with soul), and usually a Romeo-Juliet story […]

friday mixed tape: worst song ever

Here are my candidates. Please submit your own. A committee of editors from the Friday Mixed Tape team will review and make an Official pronouncement in one week. Huey Lewis and the News: Hip to Be Square (1986) Phil Collins: Sussudio (1985) Starship: We Built This City (on Rock and Roll) (1985) The amazing this […]

kierkegaard ’08

Mmmm, Danish: [via: ernietheattorney]