Saturday, 13 September 2008
I know it's been a while but I have for once been quite busy. Anyway, on to more important matters...
Merida and I went to Offset Festival at the end of August which was a laff. It was quite odd as it was a really small festival and you could reach everything within one minute. However, I like this because I am a lazy person and don't like having to walk for ages to get back to your camp/go see another band/eat a pie, etc.
Wire were incredibly uninteresting and disappointing - they did not play any of their good old songs and were boring to watch. I loved Metronomy because I love Metronomy and their light up shirts. They played in a really small tent which was overflowing with people and it was a nice atmosphere etc etc. Chromehoof were well good: sparkly costumes and an amazing front woman with jerky dance moves. I have forgotten a lot of the bands I saw but there were lots of good ones. Will also never forget No Bra and how I just DON'T GET IT, it was really bad.
Here are some songs that I have been listening to this morning:
N.E.R.D - My Drive Thru ft. Santogold and Julian Casablancas
Timbaland - Throw It On Me ft. The Hives
Monday, 25 August 2008
This weekend Grace and I will be partying at Offset festival so I am sure you have many a review to look forward to!
The Blind Boys of Alabama - Way Down in the Hole
Here is Charlie Brooker talking about his love for The Wire:
Thursday, 21 August 2008
Sunday, 17 August 2008
Simian - LA Breeze
Good old Simian. I love how they warn you about the approaching verse/chorus/noisy singing. Yeah, woah, should be here soon.... yep.... oh, here it comes.... yeah, here comes la breeze (whatever that is). The singer does indeed look like he's going to have an aneurysm.
Saturday, 16 August 2008
Thursday, 7 August 2008
Nina Simone - Love Me or Leave Me
Saturday, 2 August 2008
Erik Satie - Trois Gnossienes - I. Lent
Satie was this incredibly eccentric man who was always seen wearing the same grey velvet suit. When he died and people went through his belongings, they found at least six of the same suit, and over 100 umbrellas in his room. Strange man.
PS: Our trip was great, although unfortunately (or fortunately..) there was no Europop but a lot of 'American Boy'.
Tuesday, 15 July 2008
Sunday, 13 July 2008
Friday, 11 July 2008
Everyone was quite keen on 'Millionaire' a few years ago but I actually think 'Dracula's Wedding' is better, possibly because of the lyrics. Gotta love dem puns.
Kelis ft. Andre 3000 - Millionaire
Andre 3000 ft. Kelis - Dracula's Wedding
Wednesday, 9 July 2008
Mary Lou Lord - His Indie World
Obviously, she sucks.
Another song that references Huggy Bear (there's one if you didn't get it) is this one by Free Kitten. Free Kitten should be an amazing supergroup. Fronted by Kim Gordon, they consists of members from Pussy Galore, Pavement and Boredoms. However, they only really have a few good songs, it doesn't matter though because the good songs are really good.
Free Kitten - Greener Pastures
Monday, 7 July 2008
But in general, I think adverts can sometimes be a good way to discover new songs you probably would have looked over elsewhere. It's something about putting the music to some images. Like that ad with all the colourful bouncing balls and Jose Gonzales' cover of 'Heartbeats' playing alongside - that was great. I don't watch that much TV either so I don't tend to get that sick of adverts.
Anyway, this song I first heard on an advert last year and I thought the visuals (screenshot above) really fit it:
Minotaur Shock - Muesli
A really stupid band name but a very nice song. The ad that this one accompanied was again for a phone and involved a bicycle riding around an empty parking lot at night. Which I thought was sweet. Didn't make me want to change phone networks though so they've failed on that one.
The Funky Lowlives - Time To Let You Go
I had heard this song before the advert, but watching a dog sing it made it even better:
Spencer Davis Group - I'm A Man
Saturday, 5 July 2008
Thursday, 3 July 2008
Two days before my 18th birthday I went to go and see My Bloody Valentine at the Roundhouse in London. I went by myself, which is something I have never done before. At the door you had to show your ticket and in exchange you got give a set of earplugs. Obviously at the beginning I thought "I will not need earplugs, I'm no wimp, I'm hardcore " but the final number was followed by 20 minutes of pure noise, which was INCREDIBLE but so very very loud (though any quieter wouldn't have been so great), so I sheepishly plugged up my ears to avoid any impending brain damage.
The second number they played was probably my favourite My Bloody Valentine song - When You Sleep, and I do confess that I nearly shed a tear. The one thing that slightly irked me, however, was this absolutely dickhead standing in front of me - he had obviously come with a group of his friends and he was papping away like nobody's business, anyway, being the tall lass that I am I happened to glance over whilst he was writing a text, this text described how he was hating the gig, thought the band were "apalling" and didn't see why anybody liked this kind of music, he also wrote "this is for people who wear trainers - so they can do some shoegazing!" Really, what a cunt.
I digress, overall it was amazing and I am so glad I went.
So! New Abe Vigoda album out on July 8th entitled Skeleton. It's awesome. Very tropical and fun, I highly recommend it. Here is the first track:
Abe Vigoda - Dead City/Waste Wilderness
Another band I've been enjoying recently are Mutators. It's pretty noisy.By this I do not mean that the noise is pretty.
Mutators - Instinct
Out Hud - It's For You
Wednesday, 25 June 2008
The reason I haven't 'updated' for quite a bit is EXAMS but they are all over now, hurraaah! Now I can waste time without feeling too guilty that I'm not doing any work.
Calico Horse - Idioteque
I'm going to see Radiohead play today in Victoria Park, hurrah! However, the weather is not looking too good, and I don't actually know when it starts.
This first song is a cover of a Radiohead one. This represents one side of my music taste in that it is a cover version in a style you never thought you'd hear the original in. It is a bit like a weird lullaby ... Although it would be a bit weird to sing this to a child.
Castanets - You Are The Blood
Because I read quite a lot and at the same time listen to playlists on repeat, certain songs seem to become associated with books and sometimes particular parts of books. They can take on the atmosphere of the writing or even add to it. This happened with this song and I like it even more now as it's taken on deeper meanings in some way. It also fits in with the Calico Horse song as they're both a bit creepy.
Thursday, 12 June 2008
I guess you'd say Siltbreeze have a pretty strong DIY punk focus with most of their bands, I don't know, maybe I should've done some more research but really I just want to share some mp3s that I am enjoying right now.
The first is by Pink Reason, a band I found a little while back. It's funny, every Pink Reason song that I've heard sounds completely different to the last, probably partly because their music is pretty hard to find, at least on soulseek.
Pink Reason - Borrowed Time
This next one is by Eat Skull, who sound like they could be some horribly scary death metal band...but aren't.
Eat Skull - Survivable Spaces
And finally, The Yips or Yips, I'm not sure whether they include the 'The' or not but I do.
The Yips - Muhammad Ali
Tuesday, 10 June 2008
Tuesday, 3 June 2008
By David Shrigley.
As well as bands that dress up in funny costumes, I am a sucker for songs with strange lyrics. You probably wouldn't want to meet the narrators of either I Wanna Bite Ya or Fake Yer Death, because they can't seem to pronounce pronouns correctly and seem to be strangely concerned with biting, nibbling, the effects of biting and nibbling, and details on how you can fake your death.
I like the way I Wanna Bite Ya builds up, first seemingly concerned with how you would react, and then just coming out with their full intentions (they want to bite you). Fake Yer Death is a bit creepy, although it is handy if you were planning such a scheme as it's quite informative.
Planningtorock - I Wanna Bite Ya
Orion Rigel Dommisse - Fake Yer Death
PS: I love this:
Sigur Rós - Gobbledigook
Saturday, 31 May 2008
I meant to post this about a week ago but forgot:
Last Friday I also went to the White Cube Gallery to see Gregory Crewdson's new works for his series 'Beneath the Roses'. He seems really obsessed with snow, rain and fog. I like his work because it's all ambiguous and cinematic and the atmospheric use of light is quite 'inspiring', although his photographs on show as part of 'Twilight' at the V&A in 2006 were a bit better I though. I also find it interesting that it takes weeks to construct just one image, but that's understanding considering the level of detail in each picture.
Anyway it's over now so you can't go see it anymore, skanked.
Thursday, 29 May 2008
Wednesday, 28 May 2008
Sunday, 25 May 2008
Thursday, 22 May 2008
Spain has an amazing entry:
By amazing I obviously mean insane. That isn't the final version of the song, but I find watching this version with the subtitles a very enjoyable experience. I like the way he can play the guitar with his nose.
Surprisingly, France have an entry that I like in a non-ironic way:
Sebastien Tellier - Divine
It's really catchy and fun and completely unlike the Sebastien Tellier stuff I had heard before - which was actually just the song on the Lost in Translation soundtrack.
Also, here's a Midnight Juggernauts remix for kicks. They've slowed it down and the first minute or so wouldn't sound out of place as the soundtrack for a moon landing:
Sebastien Tellier - Divine (Midnight Juggernauts remix)
Of course, nothing will ever top my absolute favourite entry from the Ukraine last year. The costumes, the dancing, the 'breakdown':
Check the Popbitch guide if you want to explore more of the weird and wonderful world of Eurovision.
There have also been rumours that there is to be a Major Organ motion picture, so hold on to your hats.
Major Organ and the Adding Machine - His Master's Pet Whistles
I couldn't find a good enough picture of MAATAM, so instead here's a picture of some cats in bikinis.
Wednesday, 21 May 2008
Tuesday, 20 May 2008
Before you continue, this song is necessary to check that your speakers are working properly.