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Baker's Dozen

I Blame The Music: Lias Saoudi’s Baker’s Dozen
The Quietus , February 16th, 2022 10:30

Lead singer of Fat White Family, Lias Saoudi, self-pens a Baker’s Dozen of thirteen musical choices that map his early life to the present day, from Ireland to Scotland, Cambodia to Algeria, via dark country and the howling void. With thanks to Adelle Stripe


The Fall – ‘Telephone Thing’ from Extricate

In my head, the dominant feeling, after self-interest of course, is fear. Maybe the two are interlinked? Let’s have a look. What am I afraid of? Well, not being able to sufficiently nourish my self-interest if I’m being honest, not being granted a grand enough portion of the human experience as befits my selfhood, the tall tale I’ve elaborated over 35 years in my head that culminates in the ever-expanding inadequacy of this moment, then the next, then the next. That settles it then. And what of Mark Smith and ‘Telephone Thing’? I think he manages to tickle this wretched contradiction. I see him clearly, the moment I hear that bass throbbing, scuttling around his terrace, blinds drawn, attempting to draw maple syrup from the banister on his stairwell. Succeeding somehow. I can hear them hearing me hearing them hearing me hear them…