Matthew Henry John Bartlett

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Monday 07 April, 02008


by Matthew Bartlett @ 8:43 am

A possible scheme holding the Narnia series together [via Ben]
Play with TR909s & effect simulators [via RDB]

Wednesday 16 May, 02007

A tree that grows hearts

by Matthew Bartlett @ 10:49 am

To reduce the spam-induced load on the server lives on I’ve changed the blog’s settings so that you have to register to post a comment. Email me if you have trouble. Goodluck & godspeed.

Much green purchasing is shopping therapy for the ecologically guilty
Matt Holleman music video: “Great Foundation” [via David H]

Wednesday 25 April, 02007

by Matthew Bartlett @ 2:00 pm

Sermon from me about resurrection work
Some like Midlake videos. Midlake!
Against environmentalism, for good work


Wednesday 18 April, 02007

tekau days to go

by Matthew Bartlett @ 10:15 am

Faking it, like the Monkees or Neil Young [via Daniel S]

[via WorldChanging]

“The Failure of Syntax”, from Friedman’s Fables, Edwin H. Friedman:

The colossal misunderstanding of our time is the assumption that insight will work with people who are unmotivated to change. Communication does not depend on syntax or eloquence or rhetoric or articulation, but on the emotional context in which the message is being heard. People can only hear you when they are moving toward you, and they are not likely to when your words are pursuing them. Even the choicest words lose their power when they are used to overpower. Attitudes are the real figures of speech.

Thursday 12 April, 02007

I’ll be the sky above the Ganges

by Matthew Bartlett @ 9:53 am

Russell Brown on climate change scepticism here and abroad

Listen to Midlake (“did you ever want to run around with bandits, to see many places and hide in ditches?”), they channel Bread and the Eagles and my theory is mum played David Gates when I was fetal and I’m now powerless to resist. Thanks John & Simon. Also Sarah Blasko.

Friday 23 March, 02007

by Matthew Bartlett @ 10:53 am

Good and bad sheet music typography [via 37signals]
open source world: the Open Architecture Network launches

Wednesday 17 January, 02007

by Matthew Bartlett @ 9:36 pm

New retrospective song of 2006: “While you sleep”, from The Muttonbirds’ Live in Manchester CD.

Also, drugs are the opiate of the masses.

Wednesday 16 August, 02006

by Matthew Bartlett @ 11:14 am

That nameless band who might be called White Line East and which features Matt Freeman, Richard May and Jeff are gigging their first gig this coming Tuesday at 7.30pm at Blue Note.

Sunday 22 May, 02005

Here we are among the years

by Matthew Bartlett @ 1:53 am

I’ma listening to Air/Talkie Walkie. It’s a keeper. I’ve had it for a few months now, and tonight I’m listening to it on headphones for the first time. It’s full of neat tunes, crazy frenglish lyrics (“Holy girl/don’t get up/for running. Stay with me/I feel sad/when you run”), good songs that would work on AM radio, but if you can listen to it like this, there are textures, crazy noises, a new beat vocabulary, beautiful little details like sonic serifs and the nicest production, the elements laid out so carefully and seamlessly across the left-right spectrum. And the very last track ‘Alone in Kyoto’ is still for me the emotional distillation of that movie.

Friday 20 May, 02005

by Matthew Bartlett @ 2:39 pm

Ben Folds the iconoclast [via Simon S]
NTW on following Jesus now – Lecture 1 [streaming video]
Robert McNamara on nuclear weaponry [via SvN]
Attachment mothering, Catholic-style

Thursday 05 May, 02005

by Matthew Bartlett @ 10:00 am

I was ready as ready to be really disappointed, but so far, I’m really impressed with Fat Freddys Drop’s new album Based on a True Story.

I bought Nick Drake Five Leaves Left and The Delgados Hate today. As RDB said, vocally Nick Drake is a one trick pony, but it’s a pretty neat trick. Hate is a slowburner (I hope).

Wednesday 30 March, 02005

by Matthew Bartlett @ 2:20 pm

I’m listening to Beck’s new album Guero for the first time just now. My first reaction is “O no, he’s back to being funny again.”

Tuesday 04 January, 02005


by Matthew Bartlett @ 11:35 am

I’m unimpressed with Doves’ new single “Black & White Town”. It lacks imagination, features a half-hearted slow & soft segment and a really average guitar solo. I hope it’s the one filler track of a killer album. It’s about as good as Radiohead’s “Morning Bell/Amnesiac” on Amnesiac, i.e. not very.

Thursday 25 November, 02004

Leonard Cohen/Dear Heather

by Matthew Bartlett @ 5:55 am

I am listening to Leonard Cohen’s new album Dear Heather. My first impressions are that he is still a dirty old man, perhaps even more than before, and that he still has a gift for good tunes and truly horrible arrangements, perhaps even more than before.

Wednesday 10 November, 02004

Strange news from another star

by Matthew Bartlett @ 6:37 am

Today I read that Beth Gibbons wrote ‘Killing Time‘ which Joss Stone sings, and that Portishead are working on tracks for a new album.