I have really come to like The xx quite a lot. And this Tiny Desk Concert is easily one of the best instances of them. It is just the two of them, singer-guitarist Romy Madley Croft and singer-bassist Oliver Sim She [No beats from member Jamie Smith, who opted to hang back at the hotel]. She sings and plays a very echoing guitar and he plays a very spare bass (also echoed). Her voice on “Angels” is whispered but not quiet—she sounds amazing. Everything about the performance is clear and beautiful
The only bad thing about the Concert is that they only play 2 songs (and for less that 7 minutes total!)
The blurb says that one of the things that makes this show especially great is that “the setting and band configuration robs them of cover. [There is] no shroud of darkness or bright lights pointed outward to blunt the crowd’s stares. Throughout their characteristically compact seven-minute performance, Croft and Sim avoid eye contact, as they visibly try to ignore the huge throng and cameras positioned maybe 10 feet away from them.”
When Oliver sings the middle verse on “Sunset” it is a wonderful, stark (and sexy) moment. When she starts playing the guitar again after the brief bass interlude, it sounds magical. And their duet at the end is amazingly powerful (especially for something so quiet).
[READ: December 17, 2016] LastMan 2
This book was originally written in French (and called Lastman there as well). These editions were translated by Alexis Siegel.
The art is black and white (and grayscale) and the characters are what I can only describe as very French looking. The faces are very minimal, with some of them looking almost bleached out but for eyes and a mouth. Some of the men are rather grotesque-looking while the one woman is a knockout. (Unlike the first book, this one is slightly more explicit–nothing actually shown, but Richard runs through the town naked and he and a woman are in bed together).
This book picks up where the previous one left off. Adrian takes on Gregorio. And Adrian is able to knock him out of the ring. Adrian wins! This means he must now fight Elorna, his friend. Gregorio is humiliated at losing and he is rather mean to Elorna. And during the match, Elorna bursts into tears and flees the ring, forfeiting and letting Adrian and Richard go to the semifinals.
They are up against Alyssa and Haldes (Haldes is preposterously large and Alyssa is covered by a scarf on her face). Things get weird in this one when Alyssa recognizes Richard (I won’t say from where). I’m not exactly sure what happens to her, but she is eventually dragged out of the ring by Haldes–more or less forfeiting as well.
So our heroes are going to the final. (more…)