Att se fram emot i höst, och frammåt

Har skrivit på Twitter om saker jag är exalterad över som kommer hända nu under hösten, och jag måste bara skriva om det här det. Vi återgår till mitt kära listformat.

1. Det senaste bandet jag fastnat för heter The Growlers, och kommer från USA. De nämndes i en (typ) artikel NME hade om skivsläpp inför hösten (ha! hittade den) och när de beskrevs så här kunde jag inte låta bli att kolla upp dem:

Self-proclaimed beach goths The Growlers have recently been touring with Fat White Family and, though slightly less depraved, their music is just as ramshackle. On ‘Chinese Fountain’ they pay homage to their ‘60s garage influences with a set of winning alt-pop gems.

De har hittills släppt fyra album, och deras femte, Chinese Fountain, kommer ut den 28:e september. Deras musik är helt i min smak, och kan beskrivas (eller inte alls) som surf-punk, garage eller ja, beach goth. Du får tolka det hur du vill. Har nu lyssnat hysteriskt många gånger på den första singeln från platta Monotonia. Älskar den. Den är melodisk, men har trots det den rätta garage-tonen. Snälla se hela videon, eller börja titta 1:12 minuter in i videon, då en i bandet klär ut sig till Frida Kahlo, och det är helt perfekt, väldigt snygg, och helt seriös med skägg och allt.

Dessutom, en väldigt rolig artikel om bandet från musiktidningen Spin, om inspelningen av den nya skivan.

2. En film jag ser absurt mycket fram emot är 20.000 Days On Earth, en biografisk/påhittad dokumentär (beroende på hur du själv väljer att de på det) om rockikonen Nick Cave. Cave är en mina absoluta musikfavoriter med sin speciella image och sound, och hans röst låter som något han fått efter en pakt med djävulen. Filmen är regisserad av videokonstparet Iain Forsyth och Jane Pollards, och skriven tillsammans med Cave, och utspelar sig under 24 timmar, under inspelningen av hans senaste skiva Push the Sky Away (tillsammans med The Bad Seeds såklart). Fantastiskt nog kommer så har till och med SF köpt den (och biljetterna släpps om 5 dagar), men den kommer även visas på mindre biografer som Bio Rio.

Förresten, jag upptäckte den perfekta Nick Cave låten att lyssna på när det regnar och åskar, som det gjort idag, och låter är Mercy, från skivan Tender Prey som släpptes 1988 (finns även en häftig live-version).

3. Min favoritserie QI har premiär för sin 12:e säsong (L) på brittisk tv den 3:e oktober, och lyckligtvis brukar den inom ett dygn dyka upp på Youtube.

4. Jag ska kanske, förhoppningsvis se Morrissey på Hovet den 13:e november. Har inte bokar biljetter ännu, så det kan fortfarande skita sig.

5. Ser fortfarande väldigt mycket fram emot filmatisering av Alan Turings liv, alltså filmen The Imitation Game, med Benedict Cumberbatch i huvudrollen. Har ännu inte ett definitiv svar på om den kommer upp på svenska biografer. Återigen, jag återkommer.

6. En av mina favoritserier Sherlock kommer att börja filma inför nästa säsong efter jul. Det blir ett fristående avsnitt, och sen en fjärde säsong.

7. BBC har en ny thriller serie (fem delar) på gång, den heter London Spy och huvudrollen spelas av en av mina favorit skådespelare Ben Whishaw. Manusförfattaren Tom Rob Smith har i en intervju med The Independent beskrivit handlingen såhär: ”Danny is an outgoing and pleasure-seeking romantic who becomes embroiled in the world of British espionage, after falling for the enigmatic Alex. But when Alex disappears, Danny must decide whether he is prepared to find out what has happened to him.”

Annonser

Hej, det var ett tag sedan

(Har inte direkt haft någon energi att skriva.)

Hittade denna artikel på Wired hemsida, som i mina ögon visar hur bra och välarbetad Sherlock är.

All the Shout-Outs and References You Missed in the Sherlock Premiere

– BY ALAN KISTLER (writer/actor and the author of Doctor Who: A History)

01.20.12

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After a two-year hiatus, the BBC’s Sherlock is back, reuniting stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Created by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, the show premiered in 2010, modernizing the original stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle of his consulting detective Sherlock Holmes and military veteran Dr. John Watson. After the online mini-episode “Many Happy Returns,” the season 3 premiere “The Empty Hearse,” which aired in America last night, features the hero returning to London after faking his death in “The Reichenbach Fall.”

Like many of the show’s episodes, the premiere was packed full of references to Arthur Conan Doyle’s many Sherlock Holmes stories — and even a few for Doctor Who. Read on for all the clever shout-outs and references you might have missed.

WHAT WE SEE: The title of this episode is “The Empty Hearse.”

WHAT IT MEANS: The name references Doyle’s story “The Adventure of the Empty House,” which revived Sherlock three years after his apparent death at the Reichenbach Falls in the story “The Final Problem.” This episode takes place two years after the television show’s Season 2 finale “The Reichenbach Fall,” which also ended with the apparent death of Sherlock.

WHAT WE SEE: In Mycroft’s office, he mentions that Sherlock stopped the “colossal” scheme of Baron Maupertius, the last of Moriarty’s agents.

WHAT IT MEANS: In Doyle’s story “The Adventure of the Reigate Squire,” Watson mentions a publicized and difficult case Holmes solved concerning the “the colossal schemes of Baron Maupertius,” but then remarks that it’s too political to fully share with his readers.

WHAT WE SEE: Sherlock surprises Watson by disguising himself as French waiter and then announcing himself. John almost faints from the shock. Sherlock later apologizes for thinking his reveal would be fun.

WHAT IT MEANS: Doyle’s “The Greek Interpreter” revealed Holmes had French heritage. In “The Empty House,” he visited Watson disguised as an old bookseller before revealing his true identity, causing Watson to faint. In Doyle’s stories, Holmes sometimes apologized that he couldn’t resist dramatic reveals.

WHAT WE SEE: John proposes to Mary Morstan, his girlfriend of six months, played by Martin Freeman’s real-life partner Amanda Abbington.

WHAT IT MEANS: In the second Sherlock Holmes story published, “The Sign of Four,” Mary Morstan was a client of Holmes. By the end of the story, Watson and Mary had fallen in love and were engaged.

WHAT WE SEE: While explaining his survival to John, Sherlock mentions that his second escape plan involved “a system of Japanese wrestling.”

WHAT IT MEANS: In “The Empty House,” Holmes says he defeated Moriarty thanks to his knowledge of “baritsu, or the Japanese system of wrestling.” This was a misspelling of Bartitsu, a martial art popular during Doyle’s time, but it has become an often-referenced thing among fans. Comic book characters Doc Savage and the Shadow have both been said to be masters of “baritsu.”

Mary

WHAT WE SEE: Sherlock examines Mary and concludes: “only child,” “shortsighted,” “part time nurse,” “guardian,” “clever,” “linguist,” liar,” “romantic,” “disillusioned Lib Dem,” “Size 12,” “cat lover,” “appendix scar,” “bakes own bread,” “secret tattoo.”

WHAT IT MEANS: In Doyle’s story “The Sign of Four,” Mary Morstan was indeed an only child and a romantic; she and Watson fell in love at first sight. “Guardian” may allude to her originally working as a governess in Doyle’s story or the general role she assumes with others. “Clever” would be in keeping “The Sign of Four,” where Holmes remarked that she was “a model client,” possessing intelligence and “the correct intuition, ” while Watson noted she had a refined, sensitive nature coupled with remarkable poise and self-control. We see later in this episode that she is a part-time nurse at John’s practice.

WHAT WE SEE: Sherlock greets Inspector Lestrade as “Graham” and is then corrected that the man’s name is “Greg.”

WHAT IT MEANS: Lestrade frequently appeared in Doyle’s stories, though his first name wasn’t given, only the initial G.

WHAT WE SEE: During the meeting of the Empty Hearse group, a television news report announces that Sherlock Holmes has been seen alive. At the bottom of the screen, a ticker reads: “Magnussen summoned before Parliamentary commission.”

WHAT IT MEANS: This is the first mention of Charles Augustus Magnussen, who will appear briefly in this episode and then be mentioned again in “The Sign of Three,” before his full introduction in “His Last Vow.”

WHAT WE SEE: The news media refers to Sherlock as the “Hat Detective.”

WHAT IT MEANS: In the season 2 episode “A Scandal in Belgravia,” Sherlock tried to hide his face from photographers by throwing on a deerstalker cap. This lead to a headline referring to him and John as “Hat-Man and Robin.”

WHAT WE SEE: Mary is reading one of John’s blogs about his adventures with Sherlock on a tablet. This is a real website that went up starting with the first season.

WHAT IT MEANS: The passage Mary is reading is actually a direct excerpt from the original Doyle story “The Sign of Four,” which introduced her character.

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WHAT WE SEE: In his apartment alone, Sherlock muses that London is a “great cesspool into which all kinds of criminals, agents and drifters are irresistibly drained.”

WHAT IT MEANS: This is a reference to Watson’s description of London in the very first story “A Study in Scarlet,” where he calls it “that great cesspool into which all the loungers and idlers of the Empire are irresistibly drained.”

WHAT WE SEE: Sherlock dispatches members of his homeless network to spy on people he’s deemed to be “markers” and “rats.”

WHAT IT MEANS: In Doyle’s story “A Study in Scarlet,” Holmes revealed that he occasionally relied on a group of homeless children to act as his eyes and ears. These children were known as the Baker Street Irregulars.

WHAT WE SEE: Mycroft remarks that he is “the smart one” of the family and Sherlock recalls how he used to think he was an idiot before he met other children.

WHAT IT MEANS: In Doyle’s stories, Sherlock told Watson very plainly that his older brother was indeed smarter. He added that he sometimes went to Mycroft for advice when he couldn’t solve a case and that “what is to me a means of livelihood is to him the merest hobby of a dilettante.”

WHAT WE SEE: Sherlock notices a hat left behind by a client while he was out and challenges Mycroft to deduce what kind of person wore it.

WHAT IT MEANS: This is a double reference. In Doyle’s “The Blue Carbuncle,” Holmes came home to find a hat left by a client who’d missed him, then used it to figure out who had stopped by. When Mycroft was introduced in “The Greek Interpreter,” he and Holmes immediately played a familiar game where they looked at a stranger on the street and concluded everything they could about them.

WHAT WE SEE: Sherlock suggests the size of the hat means it’s a man’s and Mycroft points out that this is a silly conclusion.

WHAT IT MEANS: In “The Blue Carbuncle,” Holmes remarks that the owner of the hat he found must be intelligent based on the size of the head. This has often been criticized by fans and is sometimes taken as a joke rather than a serious conclusion.

WHAT WE SEE: With Molly at his side, Sherlock remarks on a case involving monkey glands and Professor Presbury. He also concludes that Mr. Windibank secretly became his own stepdaughter’s online boyfriend for financial gain.

WHAT IT MEANS: Monkey glands and Prof. Presbury are references to Doyle’s story “The Adventure of the Creeping Man.” The case of Mr. Windibank is an adaptation of “A Case of Identity,” where a stepfather developed a relationship with his stepdaughter under a false identity, primarily via typewritten letters.

WHAT WE SEE: John meets with an elderly patient whose usual doctor is Dr. Verner. The patient then offers Dr. Watson some adult films and is wrongly accused of being Sherlock in disguise.

WHAT IT MEANS: In the Doyle story “The Empty House,” Sherlock first revealed his survival to Watson by disguising himself as an elderly man offering to sell used books, which had the exact same titles as the adult films in this scene. Dr. Verner was Sherlock’s cousin, mentioned in Doyle’s story “The Adventure of the Norwood Builder,” who bought Dr. Watson’s practice soon after Holmes’ apparent return from death so that John could become the detective’s roommate and full-time partner again.

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WHAT WE SEE: Sherlock and Molly enter the apartment of Howard Shilcott. His private study has a wall decorated by overlapping gears.

WHAT IT MEANS: Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat have often slipped Doctor Who references intoSherlock. Shilcott’s wall is remarkably similar to how the Doctor decorated his office in “The Invasion of Time” (1978), when he temporarily became President of the Time Lords.

WHAT WE SEE: Sherlock tells Molly that he was only able to defeat Moriarty because the villain overlooked her importance, saying, “Moriarty slipped up, he made a mistake.”

WHAT IT MEANS: In “The Final Problem,” Holmes said he was able to finally bring evidence against Moriarty and his organization because the villain made one fatal “slip,” but he never explained what it was.

WHAT WE SEE: Sherlock remarks that not everyone Molly has a crush on can be a sociopath.

WHAT IT MEANS: Along with her longtime affection for Sherlock, Molly dated James Moriarty briefly in the season 1 episode “The Great Game,” not realizing his true nature and agenda.

WHAT WE SEE: Mary gets a text about her husband, opening with the line “John or James Watson.” The first word and each third word of the text turn out to be  a secret message communicated through a “skip code.”

WHAT IT MEANS: In Doyle’s “The Adventure of the Gloria Scott,” Holmes encountered a code involving every third word of a message. Also, Doyle occasionally mixed up character names or forgot them. In his story “The Man with the Twisted Lip,” Mary called Watson “James” rather than John. To explain this, many fans decided that Watson’s middle initial “H” stood for Hamish, a variant of James.

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WHAT WE SEE: Sherlock approves of Watson getting rid of the mustache, saying, “I prefer my doctors clean-shaven.”

WHAT IT MEANS: It’s possible this is a joking jab from episode writer Mark Gatiss to follow writer and Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat. In 2013, Moffat introduced the only incarnation of titular hero ofDoctor Who to have facial hair, played by John Hurt.

WHAT WE SEE: John pays Sherlock a visit and the detective shoves his parents out the door.

WHAT IT MEANS: Sherlock’s parents are played by Benedict Cumberbatch’s own parents, Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham. Both are actors.

WHAT WE SEE: Sherlock tells John that the man who mysteriously vanished from a train is Lord Moran.

WHAT IT MEANS: In Doyle’s “The Empty House,” Lord Sebastian Moran was Moriarty’s last active agent and used a specialized air-pressure rifle to murder people from afar.

WHAT WE SEE: Sherlock realizes that Moran’s carriage detached from the train he was on and hid in an unused station.

WHAT IT MEANS: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote a story “The Lost Special” that featured a train missing from a railway, later revealed to be hidden in an unused and unknown section.

WHAT WE SEE: The unused station hiding the train carriage is at Sumatra Road.

WHAT IT MEANS: In Doyle’s story “The Sussex Vampire,” Holmes referred to a case involving “the giant rat of Sumatra,” then added that this was a story the world wasn’t ready to hear. The throwaway line has inspired many storytellers over the years to explain it. Sherlock refers to Lord Moran in this episode as the “big rat” and “rat #1,” so it’s fitting that the villain’s plans involve Sumatra Road.

WHAT WE SEE: Believing that they’re about to die, John tells Sherlock that he is “the best and the wisest man that I have ever known.”

WHAT IT MEANS: The very last line of Doyle’s “The Final Problem,” the story where Sherlock seemingly died, was Watson’s narration saying that Sherlock Holmes was “the best and the wisest man whom I have ever known.”

WHAT WE SEE: Sherlock explains his survival to Philip Anderson, who then criticizes that the explanation is not very impressive and concludes that the detective is lying.

WHAT IT MEANS: When Doyle later revealed how Sherlock had actually survived his “death,” critics complained that the explanation was disappointing. Others suggested that the explanation was a lie by Holmes, and that the true story of his survival was more complicated. The explanation Sherlock provides here is nearly identical to a popular online explanation that circulated among fans starting the day after “The Reichenbach Fall” aired. Anderson may symbolize Sherlock viewers who will not find any explanation beyond their own to be satisfactory.

WHAT WE SEE: Concerning his survival, Sherlock tells Watson, “you know my methods.” Watson then mentions visiting his grave and asking him to not be dead. Sherlock says he heard and implies this is how he came back.

WHAT IT MEANS: Some fans of Doyle’s stories have enjoyed the possibility that Sherlock Holmes actually did die in “The Final Problem” and was literally resurrected years later. Many stories have used this premise, involving supernatural or angelic forces that return Holmes to life.

 

För säkerhets skull

Ifall någon stackare missade miniavsnittet av Sherlock som visades på BBC under julhelgen. Hur underhållande som helst. Many Happy Returns:

Och DN:s recension från idag. 4/5. Lyckas recensenten Helena Lindblad klämma in att han har Aspergers syndrom (ja, eller om du föredrar autism spektrumtillstånd.)? Jupp – men denna krångliga omformulering ”Utan att försöka hobbydiagnosticera den gode detektiven kan man konstatera att hans svårigheter att mentaliseria [se Theory of mind] andra känslor är ett relativt stort handikapp, som för många med olika neuropsykiska funktionsnedsättningar.” Undra om varenda journalist som känner sig manad att klämma in det, tror att det visar hur öppna och icke fördomsfulla de är?

Högt och lågt

1. Vi börjar med det viktigaHar nyfärgat hår, och är väldigt nöjd. Rosa, rosa, rosa. Pastell rosa. Blev kallad Rosa Pantern (med Peter Sellers då, första filmen är perfekt.) Dessutom har jag lärt mig att göra en beehive. Har velat kunna det sen jag upptäckte 60-talets brillians och Amy Winehouse. (Tack youtube.)

2. När Gallows släppte sitt debutalbum Orchestra of Wolwes 2007 hade jag inte direkt något intresse över för dem, var istället besatt av Libertines efterföjder och Manic Street Preachers, men covern/versionen av The Ruts Staring at the Rude Boys, tillsammans med Lethan Bizzle fastnade, allrahelst då jag var smått besatt av ska just då. Men nu – helt plötsligt, kan jag se hur perfekt skivan är.

3. Är även besatt av den här låten:

Holiday In Cambodia

So you been to school
For a year or two
And you know you’ve seen it all
In daddy’s car
Thinkin’ you’ll go far
Back east your type don’t crawlPlay ethnicky jazz
To parade your snazz
On your five grand stereo
Braggin’ that you know
How the niggers feel cold
And the slums got so much soulIt’s time to taste what you most fear
Right Guard will not help you here
Brace yourself, my dear:It’s a holiday in Cambodia
It’s tough, kid, but it’s life
It’s a holiday in Cambodia
Don’t forget to pack a wifeYou’re a star-belly sneech
You suck like a leach
You want everyone to act like you
Kiss ass while you bitch
So you can get rich
But your boss gets richer off youWell you’ll work harder
With a gun in your back
For a bowl of rice a day
Slave for soldiers
Till you starve
Then your head is skewered on a stake

Now you can go where people are one
Now you can go where they get things done
What you need, my son:.

Is a holiday in Cambodia
Where people dress in black
A holiday in Cambodia
Where you’ll kiss ass or crack

Pol Pot, Pol Pot, Pol Pot, Pol Pot, [etc]

And it’s a holiday in Cambodia
Where you’ll do what you’re told
A holiday in Cambodia
Where the slums got so much soul

4. Har nämnt Crash Course här förut, men om jag tjatar om det tillräckligt mycket kanske någon faktiskt kollar in den. Hur som helt, serien om Amerikansk historia har nu nått nutiden, och behandlat Bush-åren, och Hank Green ska nu dra igång en serie om psykologi.

5. Jag har fortfarande inte förmått mig att se Fittstim – Min kamp. Jag känner att jag borde, men herregud, jag har nog läst allt som skrivits om den, debatten är intressant och viktig, men programmet låter tråkig och orelevant. Hur som helst hittade jag först nu Maria Svelands artikel om ämnet, skrivet för ETC, den 17:e fick inga nummer första veckan, så den gick mig förbi.) Här hittar du den.

6. Hur fruktansvärt underhållande är inte hela grejen med Justin Bieber just nu? Först att över 100.000 personer skrivit under för att få honom deporterad från USA på grund av vad han gjort, och att det nu måste gå via Obama. Liksom att Supernaturals Jared Padalecki twittrat om Beiber möjliga skyldighet, vilket lett till en bojkott från Beliebers av serien, vilket i sin till lett till Supernaturals bästa tittarsiffror på 4 år. Det hela är hysteriskt. (Källor: 1 & 2.)

7. Från NME, en sammanfattning av de bästa skivorna som släpptes 1994 (och inkluderar mina personliga favoriter The Holy Bible, Dog Man Star och Live Through This.)

8. Och så avslutar vi med det allra viktigaste: SVT 1, lördag, 21:30. Säsong 3, avsnitt 1 av Sherlock. På svensk television. Men ingenting kommer någonsin slå The Sign of The Three.

Lördag, och 1 till 5

(The Clash – The Right Profil, om ingen mindre än Montgomery Clift)

1. Det blev en ofrivillig paus, har haft svårt att finna orden. I vilket medium det än gällt tyvärr. Trots att jag haft en massa saker som jag velat skriva om. Fick höra att nästa vecka är ju en ny vecka, och jag har aldrig riktigt trott på sånt. För det är ju samma lurendrejeri som med nyårslöften, i alla fall ser jag det så. Men jag kom att tänka på att veckan, dagen, månaden därpå kan bli bättre så länge man aktivt ändrat dess förutsättningarna. Så jag ska väl försöka med det.

2. Några rekommendationer som jag dykt på den senaste veckan:

  • Jeremy Irons har läst in talböcker, bland annat Nabokovs Lolita, sagor av Oscar Wilde och Brideshead Revisited.
  • Även Stephen Fry har läst in talböcker, och även han Wilde, men också Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
  • Moderna Museet i Stockholm har nu gratis inträde på fredagar mellan 18-20. Perfekt! (Skulle personligen kunna gå dit vareviga dag – om så än bara för att kolla på geten.)
  • Svenska biografer har många intressanta filmer att erbjuda just nu, vill personligen se The Master, Lincoln och Hitchcock.
  • Munch! På Theilska Galleriet. Nietzsche, Thiel och Nordens störste konstnär.
  • Nästa fredag är det final på På spåret.
  • BBC har nu äntligen börjat spela in säsong 3 av Sherlock!
  • Den 2:a säsongen av Girls.

3. Kan jag bara få klara lite på pendeltågen. Vanligtvis älskar jag kollektivtrafik, men herregud. Det är så inte gjort för mig. Det är oförutsägbart, när jag föredrar förutsägbart. Detta gör att jag måste se till att pricka in ett tåg långt i förväg. Vilket i sin tur gör att jag når Södertörn allt för tidigt, vilket också bara blir jobbigt, då jag är värdelös på att sitta och vänta. Men du kan ju gå till biblioteket i väntan, kanske någon tänker. Nej då, om jag är i fel byggnad blir jag i stället stressad, och övertygad om att jag inte kommer att finna rätt klassrum i tid.

4. För att vi journaliststudenter inte ska tappa bort vårt ämne, medan vi introduceras i vår inriktning (min = historia) ska vi varannan vecka ha en genomgång och diskussion av veckans nyheter varannan vecka. Det är något helt i min smak.

5. Om lite mer än en vecka ska jag träffa en arbetsterapeut för att diskutera tyngdtäcken. Är spänd och förväntansfull och hoppas att den processen kan bli relativt snabb. Har bara spenderat 23 år med dålig sömn. Men har ännu inte hört något om utredningen. Tålamod, tålamod, tålamod. Suck.

PS, geten i fråga:

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