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Kiele Aloha


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New Filth


For three months – the first three I spent in Dubai – I walked past a dead cat each morning on the way to work. For a while, I gave it a wide berth. This required crossing and immediately recrossing the road, which always instilled a premature sense of self-doubt in the day ahead.

Gradually, the cat began to decompose and its corpse assumed the same colour as the dusty ground around it. After three months it began to resemble a scrap of carpet, and I once came close to stepping on it.

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I once interned with a Singaporean girl called Miao. We didn’t interact very often, though we did spend a morning franking envelopes together. She pawed at the buttons.


The cat disintegrated somewhere between the metro station and the hotel that I was living in. Along with its carcass, I would often pass Mary Grace.

Mary Grace worked behind the reception desk at the hotel and rarely did she falter in her duties. The swivel chair she sat on was set a little too low, but I was always pleased to see her head crowning behind the counter.

Her head, as I recall, was irregularly structured – as rounded as heads are, yet somehow boxy too. She carried it on her shoulders with all the elegance of her name, however. The appendage of Grace to Mary struck me as descriptive; Mary Slender was also befitting – Mary Christmas the morning I caught her hanging baubles on a lonely Christmas tree.

The road lead through an industrial estate on the outskirts of Dubai, the Jebel Ali Free Zone – a sub-city of warehouses and factories fenced off by ten-foot high barbed chicken wire on three of its sides, with the sea at its fourth. Jebel Ali was my neighbourhood for three months. It was as empty as one might imagine an industrial estate in the desert. Acknowledging Mary Grace every morning seemed only polite.


The hotel was run by a low-budget European airline that didn’t charter flights to Dubai. It was the cheapest in town, a vacuum-suck of air-conditioned inertia at the end of the metro line. A room with a window cost extra; my partner and I took a twin without one, pushing the beds together at night and separating them again each morning lest housekeeping disapprove.

Al Juma’a, Friday mornings, the metro line would close. There were no distractions, save for each other and a sad café in the hotel lobby, Stefano’s – named after the lazy-eyed Italian owner who would hobble around it.

We would sometimes take one of the wooden booths and order coffee, thighs sticking to the vinyl-covered benches, keeping half an eye on the Bollywood action movies playing out above the counter (most likely, we thought, how Stefano’s right eye had wandered to the edge of its socket and decided not to return).

I had always wanted to live in a hotel: grandiose and transient – the exact opposite of the three months during which I would. My partner spent Christmas Day there, alone in our room. He said he would have jumped out of the window, had we been able to afford one.

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I started a blog called 'New Filth' last year, and then forgot about it. This is the entire archive.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015

Friday, May 15, 2015

Mixtape | Montreal


01 Johanne Harelle – Choucoune
02 Bonnie Beecher – Come Wander
03 Sibylle Baier – I Lost Something In The Hills
04 Melanie Safka – Some Say (I Got Devil)
05 Nina Simone – Just Say I Love Him
06 Linda Watkins – Down To The Sea
07 Linda Perhacs – Chimacum Rain
08 Judy Collins – Pretty Polly
09 Vashti Bunyan – Trawlerman's Song
10 Peggy Seeger – When I Was Single
11 Dory Previn – The Lady With The Braid
12 Judee Sill – The Kiss
13 Roberta Flack – I Told Jesus

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Mixtapes: every Friday over summer.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Monday, May 11, 2015

Friday, May 8, 2015

Mixtape | Istanbul


01 Esmeray - Ayrılık Olsa Bile
02 Özdemir Erdoğan – Gurbet
03 Mavi Işıklar – İyi Düşün Taşın
04 Füsun Ônal – Ah Nerede? Vah Nerede?
05 Tülay Özer – İkimiz Bir Fidanız Yeşilçam Klasikleri
06 Selda Bağcan – İnce İnce Bir Kar Yağar
07 Lale Belkis – Çilli Bom
08 Bülent Ortaçgil – Suna Abla
09 Işıl German – Biliyorum Sensin O
10 Ayla Dikmen – Anlamazdın
11 Tülay German – Burçak Tarlası

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Mixtapes: every Friday over summer.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Friday, May 1, 2015

Mixtape | East Africa


01 Nancy Ajaj – May God Protect You
02 Ephrem Tamiru – Anech Nesh Gelay
03 Alemu Aga - Abatatchen Hoy
04 Me'asho Halefa – Krarey
05 Mulatu Astatke – Tezeta
06 Nighsti – Sahil Ilen Tebegisen
07 Mahmoud Ahmed – Neshtie
08 Tefono – Ayresanayon 77
09 Helen Meles – Unknown
10 Al Balabil – Mashaina
11 Salma Al Assal – Habibi Safr Mini
12 Ali Hassan Kuban – Mabrouk

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Mixtapes: every Friday over summer.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Monday, April 27, 2015

Friday, April 24, 2015

Mixtape | Wild West


01 Pete Drake – Forever
02 Conway Twitty – Lonely Blue Boy
03 Kris Kristofferson – Loving Her Was Easier...
04 Dolly Parton – Don't Let It Trouble Your Mind
05 Willie Nelson – Funny How Time Slips Away
06 Jimmie Rodgers – Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
07 Terry Callier – 900 Miles
08 Lee Hazlewood – I'm Glad I Never
09 Kenny Roberts – Sweet Little Cherokee
10 The Blue Rondos – Little Baby
11 Roger Miller – My Pillow
12 Johnny Cash – The Big Battle
13 Brenda Lee – I Wonder

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Mixtapes: every Friday over summer.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015

Interview | Halim El-Dabh

'My wife says I'm as old as the pyramids'

I interviewed Egyptian composer Halim El-Dabh, who created the first ever piece of electronic music, for Brownbook.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Interview | Noura Mint Seymali

After touring the world, pop star parents Noura Mint Seymali and Jeiche Ould Chighaly return to family life in Nouakchott.

Read on Brownbook: http://bit.ly/1xpr2hD