Dec 7, 2005 · 1 minute read
Okay, as I’ve said (and have said rather excitedly over the past couple of days), I have a new job that starts tomorrow. Now, one of the things I’m fairly sure I’ll need is a mobile phone. Which I don’t have, at least not one that works in this country.
So! Advice! Pay as you go? Monthly? Which of the 5,000 or so available phones to choose from? (Bear in mind that I have an iPod and a camera, so I don’t really need my phone to duplicate those functions)
I quite like this one
(I’m a sucker for being able to flip open the phone and pretend I’m in Star Trek. It’s a sad affliction, I know).
Dec 7, 2005 · 1 minute read
Well, that was a blistering disappointment, wasn’t it? The hardest questions came from Charles Kennedy…
Dec 6, 2005 · 1 minute read
Hilary Duff — Wake Up
You. Yes, you at the back. Less of it.
Just listen to how it sounds; that little bubbly synth at the beginning; Debbie Gibson by way of Kim Wilde’s Kids In America
fed through ProTools and coming out blindingly shiny. That rainbow effect that slides through the bridge. The way that even despite the use of Autotuner, The Duff can’t quite reach the notes for “Hollywood and Vine”, giving the chorus a fragile tint. And let’s not forget the Vanilla Sky
/ Abre Los Ojos
-esque whisper of “wake up” running through the song.
The lyric is also smarter than it seems. The first verse is all “woe is me…I’m a fabulous pop star and I HAVE PROBLEMS!” But after the chorus, the singer realises that nobody else is doing much better, and then finally, the song ends with the thought of “well, this is pretty fantastic, actually”. Not Tolstoy, but it’ll do.
Much better than that Kelly Clarkson rubbish anyway.
Dec 5, 2005 · 1 minute read
Okay, so still not well enough yet. See you tomorrow.
EDIT: And since writing this entry, I now have a job again.
Dec 4, 2005 · 1 minute read
But, while the controversy over the NME chart rages, here’s the readers choice of 2005 from Q:
10 Hard To Beat - Hard-Fi
9 Speed Of Sound - Coldplay
8 Dakota - The Stereophonics
7 Do You Want To - Franz Ferdinand
6 Lyla - Oasis
5 Black Horse and The Cherry Tree - KT Tunstall
4 Oh My God! - The Kaiser Chiefs
3 I Predict A Riot - The Kaiser Chiefs
2 Fix You - Coldplay
1 The Importance Of Being Idle - Oasis
If you can come up with a more joyless list than that for this year, I’ll be downright impressed. Q
: Wishing It Was 1995 For Ten Years Now.
Dec 2, 2005 · 1 minute read
The Advent countdown will begin after I stop throwing up…
Nov 30, 2005 · 1 minute read
The NME Albums of The Year Poll has been massaged by higher powers? You don’t say.
For bonus points, the article also features Conor McNicholas having a whine, making lots of mentions of “Britain’s biggest selling music magazine” (only to have Q figures thrown back at him).
I am assured that the upcoming poll of Static Multmedia writers will be free of such taint, but if anybody else has votes for Annie, Robyn and Rachel Stevens, I will be surprised (I suspect a slight US bias in the results).
But, for you lucky people! From tomorrow, a round-up of my favourite tracks of the year, one for each day of Advent. You’ve never had it so good. Honest.
Nov 27, 2005 · 1 minute read
So, that’s Madonna, Betty Boo, Mel & Kim-era S/A/W, Primal Scream, The Prodigy, George Moroder, The White Stripes, ELO, Christmas carols, countless J-Pop bands, AND the KLF.
Nov 26, 2005 · 1 minute read
Ooh, the producers are an evil sort re: The Stereophonics, aren’t they?
I’m certain that Oasis didn’t use to be this dismal. Honest.
Bonnie is going to be hogging all the phone lines in the country next Friday. She’s a girl on a mission. A mission for Take That tickets.
“the urban myth that Louis Walsh is made of potassium”
Once again, I think The Style Council revival should be big in 2006. Anyway, Girls Aloud’s cover of See The Day
loses a lot without vast quantities of fake snow (incidentally, it turns out that if you want something to leak, you should just complain bitterly; the web will take care of you in about a day).
So, the Pussycat Dolls - going the Westlife route already? Poor.