Why did they have to get somebody who I’d like to watch? grumbles about work

currently playing: Lisa Loeb – It’s Over

Doin' The Do!

She’s baaaaaack!

(Daphne & Celeste are also planning a 2006 return as well!)

currently playing: Stars – Counting Stars On The Ceiling


Internet still not short of people with far too much time on their hands (these people need to read a few k-punk reviews, seriously).

currently playing: Gwen Stefani – What You Waiting For


cries uncontrollably

Is Raymond Briggs still alive? Because he needs a good slap…

currently playing: The National – Mr. November

My Music Shame

Glancing over at Sweeping The Nation’s UK Albums of 2005 poll, I have to confess:

I still haven’t heard Funeral.

currently playing: Saint Etienne – Stars Above Us

Dearly Departed

Well, 2006 is beginning with endings, sadly, and that’s before Unicron shows up to threaten the universe (it’s going to take me a while to get it out of my system, sorry). After almost six years, New York London Paris Munich is closing its doors. Together with its sort-of-half-cousin-through-an-illicit-affair site, I Love Music, it has kept me entertained and informed over the past half-decade, so I’m sad to see Tom close it down. But these things happen, and definite endings are better than drawn-out zombie deaths, I guess (please don’t mention Hobart Paving).

Anyway, 2006. Snobbery and decay. Yes!

currently playing: Act – Snobbery and Decay

2006: What To Expect

2006: A Guide!







(I’ve waited twenty years to use this flimsy gag. Humour me!)

currently playing: Stars – sleep tonight

2006: BOO!

cd:uk has been axed, apparently. Curse of Lauren strikes again…

currently playing: Lauren Laverne — Mexico

I Love 2005: Because Once Indie, Always Indie

Handsomeboy Technique — Your Blessings

That’ll be an album track on a Japan-only CD. I do have the first album, and yes, it is quite rare.

I know I said at the beginning that this round-up was in no particular order, but I did save my favourite until last. Ever since I heard it one July morning in Carrboro, I’ve been deeply in love with this song.

If I told you that the band seem to be a Japanese version of The Avalanches (it’s been, what, five years, lads? Get back to work!), it’ll probably give you a good idea as to what they sound like; lots of sound collage and blissed-out grooves. But oh, this.

I can feel a new expression on my face
I can feel a growing sensation every place

This song sounds like every crush you’ve ever had. Every time you’ve looked over at someone at a party, every time you’ve smiled a bit too long at somebody, or tripped over your tongue in a failed attempt not to embarrass yourself. That giddy rush when she smiles back, or when she says “hello” when walking down the street. It’s all here.

I wish I could tell you how much I care
every time that you, that you, that you…

It’s a song for hopeless cases, for winter nights that last into four in the morning, for mixtapes and hand-made books, and for giving yourself alcohol poisoning in an attempt to build up courage.

I can feel a new expression
every time that you that you, that you…

Hints of a Chic guitar, the British Dreambabes of the 1960s, synthesised strings, sprinklings of glitter, and those 1970s computer sounds building up into that explosion of a chorus. And than all over again. And again. And again. Then, just as you feel that the song is beginning to end, it comes back for one final time:

I wish I could tell you how much I care
every time that you, that you, that you…

Your cheeks flush red as the singer sings “I wish I could tell you how much I care” with a quiet desperation. You look over towards the other side of the room, and sigh as the song begins its stuttering conclusion.

It’s a song that I can’t listen to regularly, as it completely drains me. But when it crops up on random rotation, it gives me the sensation of a crush in a five-minute shot. Nothing else in 2005 even came close.


Jackie Deshannon — When You Walk In The Room

This is the song that Your Blessings is based on. I think we can safely say that Handomeboy Technique’s version is much better…

currently playing: Handsomeboy Technique — Your Blessings

Political Advice

Tony Blair seems to be obsessed with the sanctity of his legacy. Well, if he wants to cement it into our hearts, there’s only one thing he has to do:

Sir Tim Westwood

currently playing: Art Of Noise – Moments in love (beaten)