Thursday 18 August 2011

The Lost Update

As the title implies, this is a rebuilt update from one that seems to have evaporated mid-construction.

Joe's pace of promotional commitments is finally slowing down (although that included a trip to Locarno, he's in Berlin with Nick Frost today and there's strong rumour of Sitges Film Festival) but Adam's public performances continue at an orderly pace.

Recapping the latest events in Adam Buxton's gig-list:

25th to 29th August 2011 BUG Special 10:30pm at The Pleasance in Edinburgh -Tickets here (if they're not sold out).

29th August 2011 2:00pm On the afternoon of Adam's final Fringe BUG he will join King Richard Herring's Edinburgh Fringe Podcast at Stand One in Edinburgh. If you can't get there, the podcast will be available for free here.

4th September 2011 BUG Special at The Vision Sound Music Festival, South Bank, London SE1.

9th September 2011 BUG Special at The King's Place Festival, London, N1. Apparently sold out already.

10th September 2011 BUG Greenwich Special at The Greenwich Comedy Festival. Tickets here.

22nd & 30th September 2011 BUG 27 at the BFI, London. Only two shows this month...both at 20:45. There will be more tickets available by phone on the day.

6th October 2011 BUG 8 Norwich at The Norwich Playhouse. Tickets here.

3rd November 2011 BUG Special in HULL at Quality Royal Hotel, Hull. Tickets available now.

5th November 2011 BUG Special at the Cheltenham Film Festival.

You can also check The Wonderwall and Adam does have a sort of calendar at his website.

Silent Library has pretty much come and gone since my last blog post but it was well enough received to be talking positively about a second series. For his sake and ours, I hope they retain Adam for the commentary and perhaps Five will drag it onto their terrestrial channel...if that's not too old fashioned a suggestion.

BUG Music Videos put their breakdown of BUG26 on-line with unaccustomed and eye-watering speed this time.

Apart from the vast swathes of media about Joe Cornish and his film Attack the Block, the following delights have also popped up..........

Lamenting the loss of the Adam and Joe Show, Roger Miller and friend(s?) made some beautiful warbly sounds.

Drew Worthley also made this melancholic folk style Text the Nation jingle. I still reckon, despite Adam's protestations, that this jingle is the most homaged and reworked of the lot.

The Daily Telegraph insisted that Adam shared imaginings of how his stint in Edinburgh might pan out and there's a review of Adam's visit to Bristol last month. His Latitude appearance gets a nice mention here. Someone snapped him singing his Birthday Song to a Woman or two.

For an 'individual' style in podcast presentation from two Americans looking at British tv comedy, click here. Show 94 includes their Adam and Joe segment.

The BBC interviewed A Salt with a Deadly Chris-p the other day and if the meandering track of memory lane is in your mind, look at what Craig, Megamix Genius & other friend-of-the-show has made from Song Wars Vol. 2!

HeyUGuys covered the Tintin panel at Comic Con last month

Scroll down to 15th July 2011 Radio Academy entry and listen to James Stirling talking about how he deals with podcasting when it comes to Adam and Joe.

Getty Pictures had some of the few shots of Joe at the BAFTA Brits To Watch event last month and here's one from Zimbio.

There's a silly bit of romantic nonsense here.

Last season's resident artiste, James Hood chats about his craft here.

A tiny snatch of The Footie Song was heard on the BBC's new Saturday evening show.

Would you just take a look at Adam with this lovely bunch of friends?

The awesome Chris Milk is humbly hosting this divine piece of work from Tron Thighs (with Adam's help) on his own YT Channel.

Adam has also exploited his superior fathering technique which he's generously shared with Me Books and tiny children everywhere.

Me Books - A cracking new storytelling app from Made in Me on Vimeo.

Lots of tweeters are hearing Adam's voice on this Wrigley's ad but I'm still not entirely sure it's him.

I am certain this is Adam, however.

I've covered far too much Attack the Block media in my Block Blog but it might amuse some readers here to note how much nonsense can pitch up on the interwebs if they are left to their own devices. Here's a nutty translation of this original piece for Hollywood Chicago.

Right in the middle of the phone-hacking scandal, this seminal debate rocked the nation to it's core.

Just when you thought you'd heard everything Joe has to say about his film, he licks his finger, swipes it along the bottom of his nugget box and comes up with a handful of sticky crumbs, none more gratifyingly represented than in Jeff Goldsmith's lovely podded interview.

I won't sicken everyone by compiling all the luvverly plaudits about Attack the Block from industry gods but the beautiful Duncan Jones spread his excitement out over four cheeky tweets which has to be noteworthy, doesn't it?

Joe's most recent public appearances in the UK were for the Film4 Summer Screen and Empire Big Screen. By way of a swan song, I meant to do a potted review of these events but the loss of this earlier blogpost has probably made that a less attractive proposition. There are various snippets and pictures around and about. Charlie Lyne gratifyingly snapped this wonderful evocation of the moment when the music builds to punch the title logo into our eyeballs.

As Adam and Joe's wonderful, giggly producer Jude, from both XFM and 6Music days, patiently awaits the birth of her baby**, I thought it would be nice to look at this again.

Joe remains rather quiet in this one as Edgar regales us with precious little news about Ant-man.

Nik Monroe has a lovely recap of the Ritzy's special event for Attack the Block back in May.

BaaadDad himself contributed to Open Country last month and you can listen again here.

Finally, I was recently reminded there's a sweet snippet from Adam in this Pixies documentary.

** updated to add that Jude had her baby girl while I was writing this.

Tuesday 16 August 2011

The only slightly provocative thing about Attack the Block is that it's optimistic #JoeCornish

When Joe came on stage to answer questions after viewing Attack the Block at Empire Big Screen, it was inevitable his opinion of the recent disturbances, some of which took place in that part of London he loves so much and calls home, would be sought.

Someone has kindly sent a transcript of his response. I've been unsure whether to share this because as always, the timbre of Joe's voice gave more quality to his reply than the words on this page can convey. He answered with clear thinking, humility, lucidity, calm concern, reserved passion and inevitable humour.

Q: Given recent events in London like rioting and stuff and the kind of comment, usually by the media and things that young children are watching these things do you ever worry that the film might come out in a negative light?

Joe: No, I think it's got a very positive message, this film.

It starts off with them doing wrong and we make no bone about that but as soon as they do something wrong, shit falls from the sky and punishes them and then it's actually even more hard core than Mr Cameron ....(while he defends his action)......but they get killed..... I don't know if you noticed.

It's a story of redemption. You know, Moses sees the error of his ways.

I think the only possibly slightly provocative thing about Attack the Block is that it's optimistic and it's positive and it's unafraid to be positive about kids who've done something genuinely bad. If that's controversial then I'm cool with that. I think what's very important right now is to be positive and inclusive.

Aside from that I don't see that it's got a huge amount of connections. I actually think what happened over the last few days is a big cluster of all kinds of issues, part of which is connected to what Attack the Block is talking about and indeed what a lot of British urban movies have been trying to communicate over the last ten years. I hope people do listen to young people a bit more after what's happened.

This was probably one of Joe's last opportunities to discuss his first feature film with an eager audience in the UK. I've been stupid and yet fortunate enough to attend several of these events over the last few months and have come to realise that one of the main obstacles to him returning to 6Music is that he seems to have slowly acquired a level of of aplomb, devoid of ramshackledocity that simply will not do for the radio show.

We can only hope that a few months at home, attempting to write his next feature but procrastinating with only the cat to talk to will restore the muddle to his brainium and reduce him to the idiothole-cum-ponce that can deliver more award winning nonsense to our wax-filled earholes.

If you want to read more from Joe and his film, have a rummage around here.