Tragically, I’m blogging live from the Accredited area of Sonar. Lots of articles you’ll read in months to come were probably written or started here, and here I am with my triva.
Sonar by Night rocked. Highlights (or merely bits I saw) were SKETCH SHOW + RYUICHI SAKAMOTO=Human Audio Sponge (v good), GURU OF GANG
STARR (not my thing), RICHIE HAWTIN VS. RICARDO VILLALOBOS (good, but not my thing at that particular time of the night), DJ MARLBORO and INSTITUTO rocked. DJ PATIFE with guest vocals CLEVELAND WATKISS was good but a bit too much MCing and not enough dirty dirty bass.MATTHEW HERBERT and 2 MANY DJ’S were also good. Caps cos I’m lazy and copying and pasting from the programme.
Carl Cox can’t make it tonight (boo!)but Miss Kittin is on instead (yay!).
Travellers had set up a sound system outside the venue afterwards, lots of dogs on strings and psytrancy sounds and cute dykey looking girls that smell bad up close.
Slightly traumatic trip home, but it’s all good. I should know by now that it’s all very well being able to ask where the station is in Spanish but it’s not much use if you can’t understand the answer.

Right kids, I’m off to Barcelona for Sonar. Haven’t managed to get in a particularly holiday mood yet but maybe it’ll happen after a day in the sun.
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US ‘meddling in Australian vote’: “Australia’s main opposition party has accused the US of meddling in upcoming elections by criticising plans to withdraw troops from Iraq if it wins.
Labor president Carmen Lawrence said she believed the Bush administration was trying to help conservative Prime Minister John Howard win the election.” (BBC) I love the suck-up at the end: “He responded very directly because Australia is such an important country, not only in terms of the military contribution … but the political statement that comes from Australia is always viewed with a great deal of regard throughout the world.”
“International rules on trade are tightening the noose around poor nations and trapping them in poverty, aid group Oxfam says.” (BBC)

“Michael Moore’s anti-Iraq war crusade is not stopping with US President George Bush as the filmmaker says he now wants to make a movie about British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s role in the war.” (Age) Anything to do with Blair being an easy target these days or is the timing (post local elections) a coincidence?