Tuesday, December 30, 2008


It's Christmastime (one word or two) so that means celebrity versions of normal people shows. Yesterday I watch Celebrity Mastermind, and I although there were two specialist subjects I thought I knew a lot about, I did better on the general knowledge. So it got me thinking, what could I have as specialist subject on Mastermind? 

Now, I'm not expecting to get through round 1, when I'll have to think of a new one but what I have at the moment is:

90s Britpop
90s Pop music
Something to do with football, but nothing so broad that I won't know anything
Henry Rollins, if I read that book again
90s rock music

It's a pretty poor list

Not this Mastermind

Monday, December 29, 2008


Best of 2008

Song: Kings Of Leon - Sex On Fire
Album: Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
Gig: Bon Iver at St Giles In The Field Church
Film: There Will Be Blood
TV Show: Mad Men
Book: Bright Shiny Morning - James Frey
Reissue: Whiskeytown - Strangers Almanac (Deluxe Edition)
Discovery (new): The Twilight Sad - Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters
Discovery (old): Randy Newman - Sail Away

Sunday, December 28, 2008


A quick rundown before the number 1.

Bubbling under (read, I forgot about these)

Friendly Fires - Jump In The Pool
Nada Surf - See These Bones
Take That - Greatest Day
Kaiser Chiefs - Never Miss A Beat
The Verve - Love Is Noise
Flo Rida - Low
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan - Come On Over (Turn Me On)
Laura Marling - Cross Your Fingers

So here's the 20. I make no apologies for being so mainstream. It takes a long time to trawl through every blog and indie release, so sometimes you just go with what you know and what you're given. It's no Pitchfork. But I don't understand their list. It's this indie heaven with TV On The Radio, Fleet Foxes and No Age in the top 10 but then has two of the biggest selling rap albums in the top 20. So mainstream rock is no good? That site is the biggest hypocrite in music journalism.

The Top 20 (mp3s available where the song has a link)

20. Weezer - Everybody Get Dangerous
19. Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Sink Ships
17. Alkaline Trio - Over And Out
16. The Bronx - Six Days A Week
15. Oasis - The Turning
14. Mystery Jets - Young Love
13. Wintersleep - Archaeologists
11. My Morning Jacket - Touch Me I'm Going To Scream Pt. 2
10. Ladyhawke - My Delirium
9. Slipknot - Pyschosocial
8. Paramore - Decode
7. Coldplay - Lovers In Japan
6. The Last Shadow Puppets - Standing Next To Me
5. Panic At The Disco - Northern Downpour
3. Death Cab For Cutie - I Will Possess Your Heart
2. Metallica - The Unforgiven III

1. Kings Of Leon - Sex On Fire

I don't think I really need to say anything here. The Kings' first foray into stadium rock was a just a fantastic rock song, followed up by their most U2-esque effort, Use Somebody. Although the album tailed off in the second half, Sex On Fire is a new high point for the Followills. The chorus is the most soaring you've heard all year and it's just that length that as soon as the song is over, you want to hear it again. Live last week it was the highlight of the set and got the biggest singalong of the night. And to add to all that, the band look the best they have all career.

Saturday, December 27, 2008


3. Death Cab For Cutie - I Will Possess Your Heart

What did I say before about long songs? I can't remember but I like them. This eight and a half minuter builds slowly for 5 minutes before the song starts (perfect for a radio edit). It almost hits a crescendo before everything drop back for the vocals. Again, I listened to this for a long time when I first got it. The live show didn't disappoint too, so much more rocking than I expected. A word on the lyrics. This is not a warm song. It does not mean that if you hang out with someone they'll like you. It's a stalker song. It's a song about someone so deluded that they think that the more they persist the more someone will like them. If you think it's a stalker song then you are said stalker. Maybe. Sort of. Anyway, if someone doesn't like you then they probably won't see the potential if they spend some time with you.

Watch it live on Dave.

2. Metallica - The Unforgiven III

Metallica came back this year and they needed to. Let's face it, St. Anger wasn't good. It was far too long and had no real melody. It was billed as this smash in the face of hardcore aggression but every part in each song was repeated 2 or 3 times. I actually edited St. Anger down to a concise 45 minutes and I think it sounds a lot better. 

But enough of St. Anger and more of Death Magnetic. We won't speak of levels and mixing, but I was a little disappointed by the Day That Never Comes. After a few listens however I grew to love it. The solos, the building riffs and the twin guitar attack. Death Magnetic is what a Metallica album  should be like (and I do like Load).  I was always going to be drawn to The Unforgiven III, as I liked The Unforgiven and The Unforgiven II, so how could I not like The Unforgiven III. It has a Morricone feel and a fantastic part when the vocals merge with the solo. I also like that in The Unforgiven, Hetfield dubs someone unforgiven, in The Unforgiven II he says that someone is unforgiven too, but in The Unforgiven III it's him who he can't forgive, making him the unforgiven. The only thing we need now is them to play the Unforgiven trilogy live as a fantastic encore, but I doubt that will happen.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


5. Panic At The Disco - Northern Downpour

I love reinventions, both in sound and image. Ones that come to light are Radiohead from Pablo Honey to The Bends, Brand New from Your Favourite Weapon to Deja Entendu and every other Beatles album. Which brings us to Panic At The Disco. No !, so keyboard beeps and no huge song titles. Panic changed from emo posterboys to Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and they're all only 12! If any other band had tried to channel the spirit of the Fab Four circa 67 or had a record cover similar to Ogden's Nut Flake they would have been laughed away (and many people probably did) but not everyone has Ryan Ross writing their songs. For someone who is at the tender age of 22, the songs on this album show an incredible amount of maturity and knowledge, although his lyrics could need a little more work,  'Paul Cates bought him self a trumpet...' Actually they have been well received what with an NME cover and headlining the second stage at Glastonbury. Northern Downpour has ended up being the 3rd single from this album which is great. It was my favourite song on the album from the beginning and still is. The video is really nice but I don't think Spencer should have worn a t-shirt for this one.....

4. Bon Iver - Skinny Love

What can we say about Bon Iver? Without a doubt the album of the year, Justin Vernon's haunting little album is a perfect example of less is more. But if you think the album is good, you should see them live. I saw them in a church in central London earlier this year and never have I finished watching a concert and I wanted it to start all over again. The highlights of that show were For Emma, un-amplified in the centre of the church and Skinny Love. The drums were awe inspiring, everyone was silent and the applause at the end was immense. A truly wonderful moment and one which makes you realise why you're into music and why we go to live shows. I'll never forget it.

Dave introduces Bon.

Monday, December 22, 2008


7. Coldplay - Lovers In Japan

Reasons I love Coldplay:
1. They are unashamedly massive
2. They went with the French Revolutionary outfits for this album
3. I'm too old to care about being cool anymore
4. The songs are great

When I first heard Viva La Vida, the album, I was asked what it sounded like by my sister. I said, 'you'd like it, it sounds like Peter Gabriel.' I think that Lovers In Japan is the most Gabrielsque song on the album. I also love 42, Violet Hill and Lost! but Lovers In Japan has that fantastic uplifting feel that you need from stadium bands. Live, the album is amazing and Lovers is a high point of the set with butterfly shaped confetti falling from the rafters, and a great montage on the big screen behind.

6. The Last Shadow Puppets - Standing Next To Me

This is almost an anomaly for me to have this Last Shadow Puppets song here because I played The Age Of The Understatement, the song, to within an inch of its life. Or I should say the video. The video blew me away. They always said that they'd be dressed up like Scott Walker in polo necks and chelsea boots and then you saw them standing by the tank singing in unison. But I suppose it was the video to Standing Next To Me, directed by the IT Crowd and Garth Marenghi's Richard Ayoade that makes this song. Miles Kane is wearing the polo neck and Alex Turner is decked in Beatles suit. One plays guitar, the other tambourine, some dancing girls appear and then the boys return in Wayfarers. The harmonies are great and the song is wonderful. Better than the Monkeys. Maybe.

And while we're at it, here's my favourite clip from Man To Man with Dean Learner.

Sunday, December 21, 2008


9. Slipknot - Psychosocial

Ever since Slipknot went mainstream, or in other words started singing, I love them. I quite like them before, Left Behind, Spit It Out etc but it was Vol. III Subliminal Verses which got me. Almost a perfect metal album, and the best of its ilk since Vulgar Display Of Power. All Hope Is Gone is good, but not a patch on Vol. III. The singing songs are perhaps a little too melodic, more akin to the sound of Stone Sour (who for some reason I do not like) that to the Slipknot sound. Psychosocial was the first single from All Hope Is Gone and is great. It has shouty verses and a melodic chorus and a riff to tear your face off. And with all new masks. It also reminds me of a drive to West Wales where Adrian and I knew no words at the start and by the end knew a lot of words, and were bellowing out the chorus. Of course it's all pantomime but what's the harm in that?

8. Paramore - Decode

I can almost describe Paramore as a guilty pleasure, but I refuse to. Riot! was my joint album of the year last year and I still listen to it. So maybe I like Decode, from emo vampire film Twilight, so much is because it's the only new thing I've got from this year. I like it because it sounds a bit like the live version of Let The Flames Begin which has a great ending. I also like the line  'But you think that I can't see what kind a man that you are if you're a man at all'. Hayley gets feisty! Or she's just talking about vampires and werewolves.

The Decode video seems to be not allowed on YouTube. So just have the song.

Also watch Decode from Jimmy Kimmel.

And this amazing live version of Let The Flames Begin.

Saturday, December 20, 2008


11. My Morning Jacket - Touch Me I'm Going To Scream Part 2

I only really liked 2 songs on It Still Moves and I never really got Z until I heard the live album, but Evil Urges was a fantastic album this year. Before it seemed very Country Rock based, but this album had a great all over 70s sound. Touch Me.... was the first single I think and my favourite song on the album. I love an 8-minuter and the intro really makes the song, but the best bit is when the first snare hits in after the intro and you're truly in the bowels of good music.

Below is them doing it for Black Cab sessions. It has the intro.

Here's the official video but it's the edited version

10. Ladyhawke - My Delirium

The problem with the Ladyhawke album is that it's all verse chorus verse chorus chorus chorus chorus with no change anywhere, maybe just a key change. Luckily My Delirium doesn't need it (neither did Paris Is Burning but it gets a bit tired after three songs). It's got a great 80s sound and a very catchy chorus. When that first Hey! comes in, it's time to hit the floor.

Friday, December 19, 2008


13. Wintersleep - Archaeologists

I first heard this song back in April. James had made me a massive 2 'disc' compilation and I spent a train ride up to Chesterfield to Iain's wedding devouring it. It was all good, as with most music James gives me, but then one song jumped out and I had to listen to it again. I thought not much of it until about October when this song came through the post. I've heard it before. Then I got the album. Then I saw them live. Good god. Amazing, wonderful, incredible. The drummer is just incredible and the codas take you somewhere else. This, Archaeologists, is one of their more poppy numbers, although not as much as Weighty Ghost (see below) but as it was the first song of theirs I heard, it makes the list.

Watch the video for Weighty Ghost if you need some more.

12. The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound

Another band who came to my attention this year. When I was first given the CD I thought they were a ska-punk band, I'm not sure why. I played it, tentatively, but what I heard was this punked up New Jersey sound. Straight up rock, but with an edge. I especially like the album because it references Counting Crows in one song. But The '59 Sound, the song, invokes Springsteen if was brought up on hardcore and punk rather than soul. I can't tell you what this song is about (probably death) but the lyrics have some good imagery - grandfather's radio, hospital wards, your favourite song. For a few weeks this year, this was my favourite song. Download courtesy of Spin

There a video for Old White Lincoln now as well.

Thursday, December 18, 2008


15. Oasis - The Turning

Oasis release and album, everyone says it's a return to form, it's the best since Definitely Maybe, it's groove based, it's........ ok. When I first heard the initial snippet from The Shock Of The Lightning I have to say I was a little excited. It seemed raucous and edgy. What would the rest of the album sound like? What was going on with Liam's hair? The rest of the album is, as I said, ok. On first listen it sounds great (because it's Oasis and for 4 years of my life they were everything) but after a few listens it doesn't sound as good. Apart from 3 songs. Everybody else is going with I'm Outta Time and Falling Down, but it's all about The Turning for me. Liam snarls his way through it, the chorus seems to have some sort of gospel harmony and let's be fair, yes the beginning does sound like Devil Woman.

It's not a single and they've never played it live.

14. Mystery Jets - Young Love

I never like Mystery Jets before. I though the whole having your Dad in the band was just a gimmick and how many times do magazines have to mention Eel Pie Island? Then this song came out. It features the wonderful Laura Marling, whose album I thought was released last year but apparently it wasn't so it's in the best 10 albums of this year (list not published). Young Love is a lovely, but not twee like Belle & Sebastian, song about, well, young love. The video isn't bad either. And the line 'you wrote your number on my hand but it came off in the rain' is majestic.

Not to leave out Laura Marling, watch Cross Your Fingers

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


17. Alkaline Trio - Over And Out

Alkaline Trio are pretty consistent, and I think their albums have got better every time (although the live gigs were never as good as the first one I saw). From Here To Infirmary was better than Godammit and Maybe I'll Catch Fire. Good Mourning was better than From Here To Infirmary. Crimson was better than Good Mourning and now Agony & Irony is better than Crimson. Why? I'm not sure. The songs are better, especially Dan Andriano's. They've obviously grown up as it's no longer balls to the walls, but the choruses now lift the songs to a new place. Over And Out seems to be a song about dying, so it's certainly not a happy song, but when the 'Run for cover' chorus comes in you just want to sing along. 

There seems to be an acoustic version floating around but below is the original (with added lyrics)

16. The Bronx - Six Days A Week

What can we say about the Bronx? It's just proper hardcore, but the songs extend beyond the Fuck You days of the early 80s. Reasons they are great: 1. All their albums are called The Bronx. 2. The video for History's Stranglers (watch here) 3. The beginning of the last London show, and I quote "The drinkers can drink, the moshers can mosh and the stage divers, well you know what to do" as Matt Caughthran throws himself head first into the crowd on the very first note of the first song.

This song, 6 Days A Week, is basically two hardcore songs melded together. The singing is bordering on shouting, but always in tune. This is hardcore for now and it's fantastic.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


19. Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Sink Ships

The Cardinals are a strange bunch, not least because their leader is David Ryan Adams. Since forming the Cardinals they've made 4 albums together but had 8 different members. The one you see above is from Easy Tiger but the lineup has remained for Cardinology. The strange thing about them is that live show is incendiary. Wailing guitar wigouts, jams bridge one song to the next and the harmonies between Adams and Casal are spine tingling. On record, however, it's all a bit light. But the songs are good because they transfer to the live stage so well. I think it may be to do with the fact that there are no acoustic guitars live with them. Anyway, the one song on Cardinology that shows some blood is Sink Ships. Yes, Magick is the balls to the wall rocker but there's something about Sink Ships that makes you go wow. I think it's the part when he almost wails 'the war is over'. That middle eight part makes the song. And it's a classic Adams heartbreaker - "this position is not open to applicants." God, I could write all day about Ryan Adams.

Listen to the studio version below (woohoo I got embedding to work)

18. Blitzen Trapper - Furr

I know nothing about Blitzen Trapper. I saw that a lot of people were posting things about them on their blogs (whoever they are) and I didn't read any of them. I saw the album cover and the way the name was written I thought they were a metal band. See what I mean. Then I listened to the song Furr and was blown away. A fantastic little woodland folk ditty about becoming some sort of wolfman for 6 years. Apparently Fleet Foxes are a bit like this too but I wasn't that taken with them. 

There's some impressive beards on show and the man on the right seems to be playing the lectern.

Download the studio version here (right click save as etc) Free music.

Monday, December 15, 2008


Sort of. It's the Top 20 songs that I've got on my iTunes that I could remember being released this year by bands I like.

Counting down day by day, if I remember.

20. Weezer - Everybody Get Dangerous

The Weezer album 'Weezer (The Red Album)' was a little underwhelming and a bit of a disappointment with the first half being pretty good and the second half being poor (that gag is now ruined). What I love about this song is imagining Rivers with his middle aged moustache singing about causing trouble. Which he obviously didn't do. It's almost Weezer's rap rock track. It has a storming drum beat and the riff kicks too. Pork and Beans had the video, but I think this song is much more fun.

Saturday, December 13, 2008


Alexis Petridis (or whoever) is talking about brogues and fancy socks. That's what I'm doing at the moment. Not with Argyle socks like he says. I don't want to be fully fashionable, just not looking like a teenager. Am I that in fashion? Damn.

Apparently the Sunday Times Style has a big spread about how cool it is to like puzzles and not have a girlfriend.

This week Alex asked me for my top 5 albums ever. What a question! 

First draft was:
Talk Talk - Spirit Of Eden
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Mansun - Six
At The Drive-in - Relationship Of Command
Fleetwood Mac - Rumours

Second draft is:
Talk Talk - Spirit Of Eden
Cave In - Jupiter
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Whiskeytown - Strangers Almanac
Fleetwood Mac - Rumours 

Tuesday, December 09, 2008


What do you do when the shirt you had lined up for your big night out suddenly has light red stripes on it? 

Or is a more prescient question, what is a grown man doing planning his wardrobe two days in advance?

I don't have many clothes, not in my view, and I go through phases of trends. Sometimes I need to adapt my combinations to suit a certain look, and sometimes I keep it classic. When I started to approach 30 I wanted to find a look I could take into later life. No more baggy jeans, fewer trainers, more shirts. I'd love to be the man who always wears a jacket and tie, like the old man you see. Whatever the weather, jacket and tie. When Nick Cave was in his tie phase (pre-dyed tache) he was asked what he would do to his look if he wanted to wind down, or if he was doing the dishes. He replied - I undo my top button, loosen my tie and maybe roll up my sleeves.

So now the shirt is not going to be worn. Maybe it's ruined. Can I wear a white shirt, or do I need a light stripe or check for what I'm intending? So many questions. 4/5 years ago it would have been the denim get up, 3 years ago a t-shirt and coat, but now I think not. If I am to take this into later life it needs to be more refined. Brogues. A hat?

But let's be fair, we all know my look depends on one person. I try and be original, but I'm just copying.

Underrated song. I'm always hoping an X Factor will do it. Actually I was describing it to a friend and I thought Kevin had left by then. Not so. If his name is Kevin.

Buy. Listen. Love.
A 'Gwai High.

Monday, December 08, 2008

MY LITTLE ......

So when did the voting public fall out of love with 'My Little Diana Vickers'? Probably when she was ill and got through to the next round. Even more so when she was seen 'shouting and screaming' at a fireworks party. Diana was my favourite, but then I wasn't that bothered when she went. 

For me it was a cross between when we found out there was some sort of teenage tryst with baby-faced Eoghan (pronounced Ee-oh-gan) and when she sung the blandest version of the blandest Coldplay song. Before we go on, I like Coldplay, alot. 

I don't understand how they can allow Alexandra et al to perform these unheard of Mary J Bilge/Beyonce songs and then give Diana the most well known Coldplay song. I think Cheryl's music knowledge is very RnB based and her Coldplay knowledge stretches to the big singles. In my opinion, a more apt song for her to sing would have been Trouble. I know it is not as well known, but the people voting for her were the ones who were a bit off the usual X Factor crowd. And the lyrics rang true. 'I never meant to cause you trouble, I never meant to.... go to a fireworks party and scream when I'm meant to have laryngitis'.

Didn't Rik Waller drop out when he had throat problems a few years back? Even though that was probably just an excuse so he wouldn't win. You can't let a big fatso win! Until the year after that is. Just think Rik, you may have gone on Celebrity Fit Club but at least Gillian McKeith has never seen your turds. Oh maybe she has, what do we know?

And don't get me started on White Flag.

Now I'm not that bothered who wins, as long as it isn't Eoghan. 

Vickers, possibly screaming, possibly at a fireworks party

Sunday, December 07, 2008


It's been almost a month since a drunken post about my band. Why has it been so long? Because it's hard work.

Starting a completely new profession from scratch is hard. It's especially hard because for the first 30 years of my life I have deliberately shied away from anything that I didn't take to immediately. I worked in music because it was easy. I liked bands because it was easy to like them. I have friends who are easy to get on with and it's not hard to keep in contact with them, or to maintain the friendships.

Things I didn't do because they were hard:
Learn an instrument
Do something worthwhile
Have girlfriends

Now I am completely changing my life but not really the way I live my life. I'd like to be somebody a little better than who I am. And I could use somebody to help me do that. But in the age old catch 22 scenario, I can't get somebody unless I change, but I need somebody to help me change.


But hey, at least the new Mogwai album is good.

Fuck it, this may all be to do with going to ANOTHER wedding. 

Circa '65

Making a beeline for this as soon as term is over.

Such a sweetheart

The music may not be as amazing as it used to be, but the live show is even better now.

Sunday, November 09, 2008


My band, The Bakersfield Prison Philarmonic, are in the studio at the moment. Let me tell you, it's been good bouncing off each other to make the music, but my job as band leader is becoming increasingly difficult. 

For a start, its really difficult to come up with vocal melodies. I know I should start with that but the chemistry between the band is so good that we work on the music first and those songs sound so good that I have to put the melodies to the music, which is a difficult way of working. Should I be just writing the lyrics and the melody comes after? Well, we'll see.

Tracklisting so far is:

Advanced Knife Skills
Dial S Twice For The St. John Smythe
An Increase In Positive Mass
Taking The Bridge Is Our Only Chance Of Safety

I will make a crude videos for a couple of songs to upload them soon, as it appears you can only upload videos and not music to blogger.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Alkaline Trio is making it into the Top 10.

Current ipod playlist currently is:
Paramore - Decode
Alkaline Trio - Over And Out
Alexisonfire - No Transitory
Kings Of Leon - Use Somebody
Ladyhawke - My Delirium
Backstreet Boys - Incomplete
The Bronx - Six Days A Week
Amerie - Gotta Work
The Bronx - History's Stranglers
Razorlight - Wire To Wire
Oasis - The Turning

Still reading:

That's the Count Of Monte Cristo for all without a mirror.

Sunday, October 26, 2008


With only x weeks until the end of the year (insert applicable number), it may aswell be time to draft the album of the year list. There's not much still to come (that I haven't heard) and I'm not holding out much for the Killers album after the first single.

So here we go

1-5 (in no order - yet)

The Last Shadow Puppets - The Age Of The Understatement: A late surge after the Electric Proms show - watch it HERE
Panic At The Disco - Pretty. Odd.: Best reinvention of 2008
Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago: Released last year I know, but not in UK.
The Bronx - The Bronx: Third album, just got it, still listening to it. Expect a climb after the gig tomorrow.
My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges: Brilliantly 70s. How about the Black Cab Session of Touch Me I'm Going To Scream Pt 2 HERE (and Bon Iver too)

6-10 (in no order - yet)
Metallica - Death Magnetic
Kings Of Leon - Only By The Night
Coldplay - Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends

That's all at them moment. I'll need two more albums of course. And Fall Out Boy is still to come.

Saturday, October 18, 2008


Here is my desk (without the computer which is being used to take the picture while Pulp plays on Adam & Joe on 6music in the background. I used to think I liked Pulp but it's not me - too British).

Things to note about the photo:

1. Everything's reversed for some reason. Does Photobooth always do that?
2. Files - You may notice that the Option Module and Maths Specialism are upside down. I will have to rectify that.
3. Hole punch with NEATO written on it in tippex. That's so you know it belongs to NEATO.
4. Videos - there are four on the desk. One is a pre recorded VHS by the Red Hot Chili Peppers called Psychedelic Sexfunk Live From Heaven. I don't think it is available anymore. The other three contain bits I've recorded from the TV. I would like to put them onto DVD one day but I'm not sure what the quality is. I haven't had a VHS player for three years. But what is on the 3 I hear you ask. Well I'll tell you.
The first one says Glastonbury on it. I think it is from 1995. I recorded a lot of clips from channel 4. Listed are: Oasis, Supergrass, Prodigy, Reef, Ash, Live, Boo Radleys, Jeff Buckley, Jamiroquai, Tommy Cockles, Noel Gallagher, Offspring, Bootleg Beatles, Morphine, Verve, Elastica, Tricky.

The Second One says Will's Tape Bog Off. Included are: Pearl Jam Unplugged, Wicked Garden - Stone Temple Pilots, Hey Jealousy - Gin Blossoms, Insane In The Brain - Cypress Hill, Soul TO Squeeze - Red Hot Chili Peppers, Farnborough 1st Round FA Cup Report, No Rain - Blind Melon, Creep - Stone Temple Pilots, Stone Temple Pilots Unplugged, Life Of Agony Report, Oasis on Jools Holland, Without Walls The Kinks, Ozone Oasis Special, MTV Oasis, Wonderwall - Oasis.

Finally the third one says: Live Unplugged, dEUS live, Green Day live, David Letterman w/ Oasis (written Dave Letterman), Beatles Thing, Oasis on Jools Holland (a different one).

Also on the desk are:
Bumblebee Man
Rubberband ball
Business Cards
Some CDrs
Purple stapler

Sunday, October 12, 2008


Dorian Gray: I enjoyed it but it was almost too Oscar Wilde. Obviously that book (and others) are what he's known for but it was like he was stuffing it full of as many epigrams as humanly possible. I was quite impressed with myself of remarking to Chester that I thought the three characters were the three sides to his personality, and then I read elsewhere afterwards that that is what he said himself. Or maybe that is so obvious that anyone could see it.

Dig Out Your Soul: Maybe the first album without the almighty lighters in the air moment that you're waiting for. I like, but I see it as a sound rather than an album. Almost a project for them rather than the album you've been waiting the last two years for. And now we have to wait another two years for the next one. 

Only By The Night: There's another small step towards being the next U2. It's no Joshua Tree but in Use Somebody they have their first stadium anthem. I think there will be more to come.

X Factor: I like Diana the best, but by week 3/4 they'll start saying she's a one trick pony. There's only so many indie ballads you can turn into floaty acoustic numbers. God help her on the Abba round.

Maths: College has given me a renewed interest in Maths. I watched the History of Maths programme and now I'm obsessed with Fibonacci and the golden ratio. If I could cut and paste properly, I would imbed the youtube video of the Fibonacci series in Lateralus, but instead I'll just link it here.

College: Since school fortnight, the group is now quite chatty and the divides are being breached on a daily basis. Hopefully we can all be friends and not just the people that seemed to have paired up. 

A Thrice gig I'm planning to watch is here.

I need to organise my room a bit as it seems to contain my life at the moment.

Since I bought the Mac and all the iTUnes history got deleted, the most played song is Metallica - The Unforgiven III (27 plays)

I'm contemplating a Facebook purge. Haven't you all got a load of 'friends' who you either met once, were friends of people you no longer talk to, or people from your past who you have no intention of seeing ever again? And will they know if you delete them?

Current reading: A Million Little Pieces - James Frey
Current playlist: Oasis - Bag It Up
Kings Of Leon - Be Somebody
Paramore - Decode
Tool - Lateralus
Funeral For A Friend - The Sweetest Wave
Oasis - The Turning
Kings Of Leon - Sex On Fire
Backstreet Boys - Incomplete
The National - Apartment Story
Oasis - Falling Down
Fall Out Boy - I Don't Care
Coldplay - Lost

Current watching: Entourage, X Factor, The History Of Maths, Spongebob Squarepants (especially this bit)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


One week into my new life and this is what I have to say: What do women talk about?

There's about 230 people, about 200 are women and about 30 are men. No one has met anyone before (or so we assume) and they all arrive randomly to a location for the same time. The only thing they have in common is that they are there for the same reason (which they all know). After two hours, some of the women have divided into twos, threes and fours. Then men are pretty much all together. The next day, some of the women are arriving together, having lunch together and talking continuously, whereas the men will still have lunch in threes or fours. 

By then end of day three, the women are in their groups of three and four and are pretty much inseparable.

I like to think of myself as affable although I don't approach people unless I have something to say and small talk is something I find very hard to do without shared subject knowledge. But I can in no way talk to someone I've just met for the amount of time that these women have. What are they talking about?

I can only conclude that either women are friendlier to each other than men are, or they have more in common with each other. Men like football (some do), music (but there are different types) and women (but not all do). I won't talk to people about women unless I know them very well, so that leaves music and football. And that can only last so long.

Or maybe they like to judge people on their personality and not their appearance, like me. For shame.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008


I can't go in the bathroom. The floor looks (and feels) like treacle. There's a small piece of wood to lean to when I attempt a bath later this evening. God this is becoming a bind. As the Americans would say, 'just finish already'.

Currently re-hooked on Little Steven's Underground Garage. I especially like the little film clips inbetween the songs and then something brilliant like Last Train To Clarksville kicks in. I can just about let him off playing Elvis Costello and the Sex Pistols. I don't hate Elvis Costello like I do the Sex Pistols, I just can't get into him. It's the voice I think. As for the Pistols, well I accept how important they were, but Black Flag and the Germs were doing it without ever really knowing about what was going on in London, Black Flag especially. If you want to learn about making a statement against the then current life in the late 70s/early 80s watch American Hardcore.

So now Curbishley has gone as well (as well as Keegan who hasn't gone). I think these managers are a little quick to jump ship just because they don't get their way. So what if one of your players got sold. Who do you think you are? Chelsea? Man City? The problem with it is that the managerial merry-go-round continues. No one gets a chance these days so it'll be some Frenchman or other we've never heard of or whoever's been out of work for the last few months (Big Sam?). What's come out of this latest transfer window is that football clubs are becoming so close to actual businesses rather than how football clubs used to be run. In any other business you wouldn't consult your team manager if you wanted to bring someone in, nor would you care if you had to lay someone off for monetary reasons. But what do I know, I hate business.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008


Shit, completely forgot to wax lyrical about the transfer deadline.

Berbatov - Well that always ended up how it was going to, but nice one Spurs for making them sweat and pay what they asked for. Frazier Campbell for a season loan means sod all in terms of money value. But Spurs got over £30m and a backup striker. So they win. And well done Man City for trying to scupper the move (although that may be the end of Mark Hughes becoming United manager - but most people said that when he joined City). Personally, if I was Sir Alex, at 23.30 I would have just said "Sod it, let's just get Owen for £4m". But it seems not all people like him.

Robinho - Well well well. Two points to make here. 
1) Does he know where he's going? I'm sure he does; I'm also sure he's getting paid £120k a week too. Yes they are in Europe and yes Ronaldinho went to Barca when they weren't even in Europe, but that was Barca. I just don't want him to piss off when this season doesn't work out exactly as planned.
2) I also hope these new owners get all shirty when City don't finish fourth. It took Chelsea a few seasons to get in the 'elite'. Thaksin made zero friends when he sacked Sven so Doctor Whatshischops will make even less if Sparky gets the boot for Guus Hiddink or Frank Rijkaard or whoever they're willing to pay for.

But the upshot of all this is that both Villa and City have made serious in roads to the 'Top 4'. We may see a change in heirarchy soon. And why not? It's only been like this for a few years. Before there was Liverpool and Everton, Newcastle etc. Every club is one investor away from the top 4. Shit, QPR have enough cash now to buy the Champions League.

Anyway, no one will care about any of this if England lose to Croatia and limp past Andorra.


I take back what I said; I now do like the new Metallica song. And Cyanide, the other new one. The video is here. It helps when you see them playing it. And if I've read the email correspondence properly, I should be seeing them on 15th. Nice.

As well as Ryan blogging about his current tour, Noel is too. 

College starts tomorrow. Apprehension isn't as rife as it should be. I remember being the most anxious (body anxious, not just mind anxious) before I was about to go to university. But I suppose that was when I was leaving home for the first time aged 18, and now I'm 30 and have been living alone for 2 1/2 years. I bought a nice red paper file type thing, and stuck a Revelation Records sticker on it - Hardcore. Maybe I still am 18.

Monday, September 01, 2008


Does Deborah Meaden (or however you spell it) invest in anything? Or should I say, does she ever say - I like this. I'm going to invest. I don't watch Dragon's Den religiously but as far as I've seen she only invests when someone else wants to so she doesn't look stupid. So, in my opinion, she's the shrewdest 'Dragon'.

Best songs in the world right now:
Slipknot - Sulphur
Three Dog Night - One (Apple advert I know)
Anything by The MC5

The Verve album isn't that good, but it's only had one listen.

As much as enjoy having baths every night, it really is eating into my telly/film time. Yes, I can now watch TV from the bath but my glasses steam up from the hot water. So roll on the shower being fitted. The tiles look nice, even without grouting. And as soon as it's done it's time to move out.

Other things to enjoy:
Apples & Raisins

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


With less than two weeks before the new life starts, I have still got things to do. As with everything I do, one thing has to finish before the next starts, multi-tasking (so long business speak) is not my forte. So as I wait for a sofa to be delivered, instead of doing the tasks or reading some textbooks, I am watching cycling at an angle from a freshly moved sofa. 

The flat will look great but I won't be experiencing it.

But three tasks in a week and a half won't be tricky. As long as I do them.

I am obsessed with that 100m final on Saturday. I didn't see it live as I was in a church. First time we've seen locals out the front of a church as we, the guests, went in. Not sure if they were there at the end as we went out the back and it was raining pretty hard by then. But that Usain Bolt is amazing. Every time I watch it I feel like I'm watching some sort of superhuman. How fast can a man actually run? But I don't think he's as fast over 200m. Michael Johnson's record will stay, maybe.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Friday, July 25, 2008


Albums Of The Year 2003 (written 17/12/2003)

10. Ryan Adams - Rock N Roll
The antidote to his two part aborted album Love Is Hell. Straight up rock - no frills.
Standout track: Wish You Were Here

  9. The White Stripes - Elephant
Jack and Meg beef their sound on their fourth album, but stay true to their blues roots
Standout track: Ball And Biscuit

  8. The Donnas - Spend The Night
What could be better than four girls singing about boys in a Ramones style?
Standout track: You Wanna Get Me High

  7. The Darkness - Permission To Land
Spandex, guitar solos and falsetto vocals. Irony sold separately.
Standout track: Stuck In A Rut

  6. Oceansize - Effloresce
Could launch the new wave of prog rock. The closing three songs is half an hour of wonder.
Standout track: Women Who Love Men Who Love Drugs

  5. Kings Of Leon - Youth & Young Manhood
Three brothers and a cousin rocking tales of American south church town life.
Standout track: California Waiting

  4. The Electric Soft Parade - The American Adventure
The brothers White turn their back on Britpop for a Pink Floyd inspired masterpiece.
Standout track: The American Adventure

  3. The Strokes - Room On Fire
Second album and business as usual, with added inclusion of Soul and Reggae.
Standout track: Reptilia

  2. Josh Rouse - 1972
Written to sound it was made in 1972. If only everything released that year was this good.
Standout track: James

  1. The Distillers - Coral Fang
Brody Dalle combines the break up of one relationship and the beginning of another (with Tim Armstrong and Josh Homme respectively) to great effect with this intense album. All hail Brody, the new queen of rock.
Standout track: The Hunger 

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


Six Of The Best: New Prog Masterpieces (written 03/11/2003)

1. Mansun - Six
Lyrical References include Winnie The Pooh and The Marquis De Sade, and all are included on the front cover too. Six has two parts and an interlude featuring Tom Baker

2. Spiritualized - Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space
Ladies & Gentlemen was packaged as if it was a pill from a pharmacy, and featured Dr John on 17 minute final track Cop Shoot Cop.

3. Sigur Ros - ( )
No album title, no song titles, no information bar a website address on the inlay, lyrics in Icelandic and a made up language and only 8 tracks. Genius.

4. Mogwai - Mogwai Young Team
The debut album from the Scottish instrumentalists is built around two ten minute plus songs, Like Herod and Mogwai Fear Satan. The transition from barely audible guitars to sonic waves is mind blowing.

5. Tool - Lateralus
Tool's third album runs in close to eighty minutes and includes a 'trilogy' of songs, Disposition, Reflection and Triad, to be listened to as one.

6. Talk Talk - Spirit Of Eden
Following three albums of near New Romantic pop, Mark Hollis shunned singles in favour of an album of 4 spiralling tracks. Their record company subsequently dropped them, unjustly.

(PS I just got a Mac and posting pictures like this has become the biggest bitch because I can't seem to resize any of the pictures)