ALL THE PARTS YOU CAN REMEMBER - english history in folk songs
tracks:01. wat tyler - fairport convention ◦ 02. the agincourt carol - the young tradition ◦ 03. the story of the scullion king - steeleye span ◦ 04. with her head tucked underneath her arm - broadside electric ◦ 05. fotheringhay - fairport convention ◦ 06. an old song on the spanish armada - the city waites ◦ 07. the world turned upside down - oysterband ◦ 08. the return to london (from “freeborn john”) - rev hammer ◦ 09. london mourning in ashes - ewan maccoll ◦ 10. duke of marlborough - maddy prior ◦ 11. the vicar of bray - john potter & lucie skeaping with the broadside band ◦ 12. captain kidd - great big sea ◦ 13. turpin hero - eliza carthy ◦ 14. the victory - steeleye span ◦ 15. boney was a warrior - jack shit ◦ 16. the triumph of general ludd - chumbawamba ◦ 17. peterloo - the oldham tinkers
key to historical events:01. The Peasants’ Revolt, 1381 ◦ 02. Battle of Agincourt, 1415 ◦ 03. Uprising of Lambert Simnel, 1487 ◦ 04. Execution of Anne Boleyn, 1536 ◦ 05. Execution of Mary Queen of Scots, 1587 ◦ 06. Defeat of the Spanish Armada, 1588 ◦ 07. The Diggers, 1649 ◦ 08. Career of John Lilburne, 1638-57 ◦ 09. Great Fire of London, 1666 ◦ 10. Career of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, 1678-1722 ◦ 11. Changes in government and religion, 1660-1714 ◦ 12. Career of William Kidd, 1695-1701 ◦ 13. Career of Dick Turpin, 1730-39 ◦ 14. Battle of Trafalgar, 1805 ◦ 15. Career of Napoleon Bonaparte, 1799-1815 ◦ 16. Mythical career of Ned Ludd, 1800s ◦ 17. Peterloo Massacre, 1819
My Favourite Demon
9 Cats Taking Selfies
…He conquered the New York Art World
A work of art can be any imaginable thing, and this is the beginning of modern painting. - GB, 1923
George Bellows’ artistic life was one of restless experimentation. From the dark and gritty underground of New York’s working class to the bright and eloquent leisurely days out of its upper class, his work was that of a social observer. Emotional force, exaggerated forms and themes of urban realism.
Manet was his artistic hero.
Try everything that can be done. Be deliberate. Be spontaneous. Be thoughtful and painstaking. Be abandoned and impulsive. Learn your own possibilities.
George Bellows, 1920
Note to Londoners: George Bellows: Modern American Life at the Royal Academy is a wonderful show. A glimpse into the life and work of a great American artist. Look out for the beautifully composed boxer lithographs and the extraordinary light of the snow paintings.
Bernard Bénézet, Saint Sebastian Thrown in a Pond, 1866
Was there anything that St Sebastian did in a not gay porn way is the question?
I made this GIF a long time ago of various world dictators as Tina from Bob’s Burgers. Don’t ask me to tell you what it means or why it’s so poorly made because I don’t know. It just is, man.
HANGED SHALL I BE - traditional songs of murder and mayhem
tracks:01. edward - james yorkston & the athletes ◦ 02. clerk saunders - june tabor ◦ 03. bruton town - pentangle ◦ 04. the bloody gardener - martin carthy & dave swarbrick ◦ 05. lucy wan - spiers & boden ◦ 06. lord ronald - custer larue ◦ 07. widow’s curse - bellowhead ◦ 08. cruel sister - pentangle ◦ 09. two pretty boys (the two brothers) - peter bellamy ◦ 10. prince heathen - martin carthy & dave swarbrick ◦ 11. fanny blair - maddy prior ◦ 12. hanged i shall be - the albion band ◦ 13. sheath & knife - christine kydd ◦ 14. matty groves - fairport convention ◦ 15. the cruel mother - june tabor ◦ 16. child owlet - steeleye span ◦ 17. fair ellen of ratcliffe - tim van eyken ◦ 18. worcester city - eliza carthy ◦ 19. long lankin - steeleye span
CONTENT WARNING: This is basically a playlist of the most fucked-up folk songs I own, and as such many of them contain content and themes that may be triggering or otherwise unpleasant to listen to, even for a collection of murder ballads. This content includes: incest (Lucy Wan, Sheath & Knife, and subtextually Edward and Two Pretty Boys); rape (Widow’s Curse, Prince Heathen); false rape accusations (Child Owlet, Fanny Blair); pedophilia (Fanny Blair); suicide of a pregnant woman (Widow’s Curse, Sheath & Knife); slut-shaming (Widow’s Curse); graphic depictions of venereal disease (Widow’s Curse, yet again*); infanticide (The Cruel Mother, Long Lankin); cannibalism (Fair Ellen of Ratcliffe), and fairly intense gore (Child Owlet). So, you know: be aware of that.
*It is basically the most horrible song ever to exist. Content-wise, not musically. The band that recorded it here said its only real use is to win “who knows the most ghastly song” contests.
I love this photoset more than I can properly say.
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind concept art.