Abandoned Athens Olympic 2004 venues, 10 years on – in pictures. A decade after the Olympic Games in Greece, many of its once-gleaming venues now lie abandoned (The Guardian.)
'Local Customs: Downriver Revival' – documentary accompanying the compilation of the same name released on the Numero label in 2009. This fabulous collection of gospel, soul, funk and more was recorded in the basement studio of Felton Williams in Ecorse, Michigan between 1967 and 1981. I only came across it recently and was hooked straight away; favourites include 'There's a Light' by Shirley Ann Lee and 'Peace on Earth' by Coleman Family. The documentary is worth half an hour of anyone's time too. Check out www.numerogroup.com and listen to the album on Spotify at http://spoti.fi/1nnF0fG
"Incluso un reloj parado da la hora correcta dos veces al día" or the line "Even a stopped clock gives the right time twice a day" from ‘Withnail and I’ in Spanish. Improvisational comedy with Impro Fighters Revolution at Teatreneu in Gràcia last night and very entertaining, although I had a hard time keeping up. The audience had to write down sentences to be used as themes for the improvisations; incredibly, host Jordi Soriano picked mine for the second round. The Impro Fighters did me proud, and fortunately audience participation wasn’t required. Highly recommended and many thanks to the Sabadell crew for sorting this out. For more information, visit www.teatreneu.com
Vice UK: trying to change the world with chemicals and deep house. DiY: 25 years and still going strong. Respect is due. I’ve never been to any of their raves, but DiY mixtapes were a favourite back in the day.
Random photos of street decorations at La Festa Major de Gràcia, 20 August 2014. Cultural activities by day and a palace of wrongness by night. Great fun.
… And here’s a photo of Little Ann – the cover artwork of the ‘Deep Shadows’ album on Timmion Records. Visit www.timmion.com
'Deep Shadows' by Little Ann: what a magnificent song and emotive soul music at its very best. This is the first record of hers I've heard, and it's perfect in every way. Almost unbearably good. 'Deep Shadows' is also available on the compilation of the same name on Finnish label Timmion Records, which includes several previously unreleased Little Ann tracks from the ’60s (Spotify required.)