Saturday, 21 October 2017

Librarian ritualism

Several of Lord Bassington-Bassington's ideas have started out as jokes. And on one occasion when The World's Coolest Librarian had fed His Lordship with yet another interesting tidbit of information, the droopy-eared one quipped something along the lines of "O librarian, font of all coolness, we should erect an altar in thine honour".

And thus the genie was out of the bottle. This had to happen. A piece of furniture here at Bassington Manor was turned into an impromptu altar or site-specific installation. Depending on your point of view. What you are witnessing is a plethora of references to The Librarian's life and loves. From a Hawaiian shirt to science fiction paperbacks, all thrown together in a frame referencing traditions as diverse as voodoo, wicca and – of course – the Lovecraftian.

It would be misleading to say that Lord Bassington-Bassington enlisted the help of artist Peter Horneland, as Mr. Horneland qucikly took charge of the project and His Lordship's contribution mostly consisted of fetching various objects from around Bassington Manor. A very appropriate task for a Basset hound, one might say!

And as the intrepid Mr. Horneland isn't only an accomplished artist but also describes himself as an "on again/off again ritual magician", this might even qualify as His Lordship's first actual ritual work.

So what's the next project for this growing cult of The World's Coolest Librarian? To elevate this eminent dispenser of book-lore to some sort of sainthood, of course. If He isn't there already.

(More of Mr. Horneland's works can be found at his website).

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Introducing Altarmang

Three of Lord Bassington-Bassington's favourite things – vinyl records, pointy moustaches and the music of Pär Boström – are finally together! There's scarcely a night here at Bassington Manor that some of Mr. Boström's somnambulistic soundscapes are spun in the compact disc player or on the turntable.

This release has obviously been ordered, and His Lordship has been reminded that he has been too disorganized to order His secretary to order the last Cities Last Broadcast disc. This situation is intolerable and will have to be rectified promptly.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Magazine loaded

Lord Bassington-Bassington has long been on the lookout for style magazines to supplement his favourite publication The Chap. Modern style mags tend to be filled with, well, modern clothes, and let's not even get into the pointless interviews with random celebrities.

But lo and behold, help comes from Germany, and His Lordship has found a new magazine to paw through. The Heritage Times is an excellent German-language magazine which has also launched an English edition. And a revelation it is. Why don't all lifestyle magazines feature Lederhosen?

The latest issue has a lot of good stuff for the subculturally interested (such as a pretty solid piece on skinheads). But what really takes the Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte is a this most neofolky fashion shoot.

Copyright laws probably prohibit us here at the Chronicles from stealing the whole thing, but Lord Bassington-Bassington found it imperative to share this fabulous photo, which His Lordship likes to call "Darkwood in tandem with Sturmpercht".

Which, come to think of it, sounds like a great double bill, if it wasn't a bit impossible now that lead Percht Max has deserted neofolk for new adventures in Afro-funk. Which makes the skin tone of the  model on the back of the bike even more appropriate.

So if you're looking for Lord Bassington-Bassington, he will be curled up on the sofa engrossed in The Heritage Post, to a soundtrack of… well, you guessed it!

Time to order some more issues of The Heritage Post soon. And perhaps some Afro-funk.