Up & Down #400. E che nessuno si offenda.


Non teme gli spavaldi la rubrica (non) più giovane di Nerds Attack! Un diario di appunti del meglio (circolettato di rosso) ma soprattutto del peggio (circolettato di marrone) che il mondo dell’intrattenimento riesce a regalarci con estrema scioltezza quotidiana. Up & Down. E che nessuno si offenda vi augura buon divertimento.


* Sarà in vendita da luglio il vino griffato da Snoop Dogg! “The rapper has teamed up with Australian wine brand 19 Crimes to create the company’s first California red wine called Snoop Cali Red. A Red Blend of Lodi-sourced Petite Syrah 65%, Zinfandel 30%, Merlot 5%. All American oak offers a distinct smoky component that also yields vanilla and chocolat”. Ammazza che zozzeria!

* Era già finito in down il giorno dell’annuncio. Confermiamo il marrone denso dopo aver visto il primo trailer di ‘Stardust‘, l’ennesimo biopic posticcio, questa volta dedicato a David  Bowie.


+ Big George Brock.

+ Dennis Driscoll.

+ Mirko Bertuccioli (I Camillas).

+ Ryo Kawasaki.

+ Lee Konitz.

+ Cristophe.

+ Henry Grimes.

+ Steven Gilliam (A’rk).

+ Matthew Seligman (The Soft Boys, Thompson Twins, Thomas Dolby…).

* Paul McCartney calls for ‘medieval’ Chinese markets to be banned over coronavirus”. [Intervista completa]

* Si aggiungono anche i My Chemical Romance e i Descendents alla lista degli artisti che nel proprio merch hanno inserito mascherine personalizzate. Ecco quelle dei MCR, quelle dei Descendents, mentre ricordiamo le altre iniziative benefiche come la maglietta “The Ghost Crew” dei National, quella “Snake” delle Sleater-Kinney oppure la t-shirt “A Lot Has Changed” di Weyes Blood.

* St. Vincent chiarisce precedenti post sulle “stories” di Instagram… vabbè.

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Yesterday I decided to rearrange my bookshelf. I even boastfully posted about it on my insta story. Moments after making a sardonic joke about organizing the books by the date of death of the author, those dead authors rose up in revolt. They did not like being joked about, made inglorious on social media, no less, and so kicked up a storm of dust that had me coughing and sneezing and eyes watering. (Fair game.) I repented for hours until I could suffer the sneezing no more (my Fortnite game was also suffering as a result). I threw on my face mask, gloves, and trench (for good measure) and headed to the drug store for some Benadryl. Not the non-drowsy, either. The good shit. I was determined NOT to cough or sneeze for the duration of the shopping spree, lest I horrify my fellow quar-comrades. No luck. While in line behind a few properly socially distanced patrons and a brave shop clerk, the dead authors raged. It was hopeless. I coughed and sneezed out all of my Susan Sontag and Vonnegut. Every James Baldwin essay. The people looked on in disgust and horror. I tried to explain to them that I wasn’t sick, that I was just being haunted by the ghost of Ian McEwan. They looked at me incredulously and said, “but he’s not even dead.” So it goes.

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* Billie Eilish si difende così.


* Effetti della quarantena. Ecco come viene riletto da una famiglia americana il classico dei classici dei Journey ‘Separate Ways’.

* Divertente e soprattutto sincera Jessica Simpson (oggi 40enne) che si confronta con il passato!


* Complimenti a Peter Gabriel che mette in rete il concerto veronese di dieci anni fa per sostenere e raccogliere fondi pro-Italia. Grazie.

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For almost fifty years I have loved Italy, the people, the culture, the food, the history and more recently the island of Sardinia. Italy offered us work when there was none, especially each summer in the 70s, gigs were always found and some of our best and most chaotic tour experiences were when we were driving ourselves all over the country for a hodge-bodge of brilliant gigs, from seaside discos to football pitches in the mountains. Both Genesis and my music found wonderful and passionate audiences that used to sing along with us throughout the gigs and whenever I was doing a live album I would always ask first whether it could be arranged in Italy. I speak some Italian – really badly, but enough for it to feel like our home from home. It really hit us hard as a family, to watch the daily reports of deaths and devastation that this brutal virus has brought. Ten years ago, I asked my daughter Anna (@eyedphotographs) to film the show that we were planning to play with an orchestra at the Arena di Verona, which is an extraordinary place in which to be able to perform. Although I was recovering from a cold and not quite hitting the notes as I wanted, Anna did a wonderful job with her collaborator Andrew Gaston, and a great team, in capturing a very special night. The films she made have not been seen by a wide enough audience. Now many of us are at home and isolated, so we wanted to make them available to anyone interested, on the Real World Vimeo channel with the sole request that you consider contributing to one of these organisations raising money to fight the virus: Italian Red Cross OR Civil Protection Department – link in bio If you prefer to donate some money more locally, then please do that instead. We are thinking of all our friends and fans and everybody who has been hit in one way or another by this virus in Italy and around the world. We are also worried we are not far behind you in the UK. Really looking forward to seeing you all when this genie is back in the bottle. Enjoy the films and stay safe, – PG

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* Kevin Morby in accappatoio novello Bruce Lee.

* Johnny Marr ci regala una lezione di chitarra (Fender). Ecco come suonare ‘The Headmaster Ritual’ degli Smiths.

* Tanti applausi e ringraziamenti a Jonny Greenwood che twitta:

* Ancora passerella di mascherine. Ecco Jonsi.


* Poi Nancy Sinatra.

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This is my new reality? What’s yours?

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* Quindi Nick Oliveri.

* Vincente l’iniziativa di Lady Gaga. Il Global Citizen trasmesso via YouTube, dopo un iniziale momento di noia e stallo (tanti, troppi artisti semi-sconosciuti, tra playback e video registrati) ha spiccato il volo con esibizioni importanti e momenti emozionanti (Stevie Wonder, Billie Eilish, Lady Gaga, Paul McCartneyEddie Vedder…). Vale per tutti quella dei Rolling Stones. Immensi. Immortali. Con lo spirito sempre giusto.

* La copertina però è dedicata con grande commozione a Juan Alderete che si è miracolosamente ripreso dopo il terribile incidente in bicicletta di qualche mese fa. Le parole sono della moglie Anne. Un esempio di grande forza e di grande speranza. Un esempio perfetto per questi giorni bui che stiamo vivendo.

Hi all. Anne here, apologies for the lack of updates! I’ve been trying to post via my account @tunatoast since Juan has started to use his phone, so this will likely be the last one I post here. I think it will be a while but you’ll be hearing from him when he is ready. He is working on walking and is using a walker and some assistance, eating totally regular food all the time, doing three hours of therapies (OT, ST, PT) a day and making such great progress. We took this photo today! In fact, he is sitting right next to me as I type this. I’ve asked him some questions to share with you: Favorite food at the rehab hospital: Enchiladas and burritos. The thing you’re working hardest on now: Walking without any assistance and left hand movement . Thing you miss the most: The freedom to do what I want, when I want. I also miss my cats! Music you want to play: Loop bass lines; also can’t wait to play fretless. Biggest realization during this process: Always be grateful for the people who put everything down for you. It’s taught me that you always have to be there for people and people will be there for you. Message to you all: Thanks so much for all of your concern -IT GIVES ME POWER! Thank you SO MUCH for ALL of your SUPPORT! [he asked me to use caps in this way to communicate his emotions to you!]