Johnny Boy @ The Luminaire

Contains unrestrained fanboy gushing and swearing, yet, surprisingly, I wrote this Johnny Boy review completely sober…

Snappish Approved: Pull Shapes

The CD single for Pull Shapes includes a dance routine. It is, therefore, an essential purchase.

Clap your hands!

The Tower of Power!


It had a long and faithful service, but its time is up.

You would not believe the amount of dust that was inside it, either…

A Moment of Silence, If You Will

After six years, going to America for nine months, several motherboards, power supplies, and processors, the Tower of Power has finally been retired. I am no longer running Windows. I am no longer running Linux. It’s quite sad, really. I now no longer have a desktop machine, for the first time since 1997.

My journey to the dark side of Apple is complete. Bwahahahaha!


Aside from a slightly dodgy start and Torchwood being so inept that a group of Cybermen can simply hide some plastic sheeting, that wasn’t too bad, was it? I think Russell has been reading Planetary and Ministry of Space along with Halo Jones - the barbed comment about Torchwood tech not being for the general public spoke volumes (I haven’t seen Confidential yet, which apparently goes into the Torchwood setup into further detail, but I’ve love them to actually run with that concept instead of making them ‘the good guys’).

Given that the Nation estate probably wouldn’t stand for a Cybermen victory, I’m expecting the Daleks to thin out the metal men ranks fairly swiftly. And who wants to put money on Rose being in that Void Ship by the end?

currently playing: Lauren Laverne – Mexico

O Happy Day

5-3, baby!

currently playing: Sleater-Kinney – Everything

A Sleater-Kinney XVI

  1. One Beat
  2. Good Things
  3. Modern Girl
  4. Ironclad
  5. You're No Rock'n'Roll Fun
  6. Was It A Lie?
  7. Banned From The End of The World
  8. Turn It On
  9. Words & Guitar
  10. Step Aside
  11. O2
  12. Leave You Behind
  13. What's Mine Is Yours
  14. I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone
  15. Quarter To Three
  16. Lions & Tigers

currently playing: Sleater-Kinney – Oh!


Excuse me, I’m going to go in the corner and sulk for a while.

currently playing: Sleater-Kinney — Leave You Behind


That’s a lot of Noise.

currently playing: Johnny Boy – Wall Street

I Don't Want To Buy Now And Pay In September


It took eight years, but I finally met Kieron Gillen, fellow Kenickie-obsessive/videogame journalist/writer of comics/boy, he’s a busy man. I was in two minds as to whether to go and say hello, but I decided to try and skip past the shy thing for once (possibly not helped by essentially wanting to be KG all through my university career, but hey, there are worse role models. And I didn’t have the hair for Julian Rignell). And hurrah! We talked both before and after the Johnny Boy concert. There’s more to come about that, but most of it will probably end up being part of the Static review that I’ll be writing in the next couple of days. Suffice it to say that I think we’re both completely mystified as to why 15 Minutes is not in its 15th week residency in the charts. I’m currently entertaining fantasies of breaking into the feed for the final TOTP and giving over their final few minutes to a performance of You Are The Generation… Still, maybe they’ll garner some success in Japan.

Anyway, that was the end of the day, but the other parts were just as filled with happenings and crazy events, from the much-better-than-you’d-think combination of strawberry and beer to the consideration of how custard can affect house prices. Erm, yes. And pirates. Because no afternoon is complete without pirates. Arr. I met up with Forest Pines, his friend Miranda, and Kate from Shimura Curves at the Sun & Splendour in Notting Hill for a football-free afternoon of chat and drink (also joined by Ed a little later on in the day). From there, it was off! off! to the Shimura Curves concert, clutching our groupie cards that had each been kissed individually. You don’t get that sort of detail from most bands, do you?

I have to say that I felt like a hipster in the Notting Hill Arts Club, Or more appropriately, an interloper in hipster-ville. But it was fun - ‘Ver Curves combine the fun of 1960s girl-groups and dronerock. It shouldn’t work. But it really does. I hope you’ll all know the words to Noyfriend by the end of the year!

So that was a little round-up of my day in London. I would post pictures, but…er…I forgot to take any. Sorry. Perhaps next time!

currently playing: ABC – Poison Arrow