An Open Letter

Dear Great Britain,

You suck.

currently playing: Joy Division — Love Will Tear Us Apart

A Slight Return

Whatever that was, I hope I don’t get it again anytime soon. Today is the first day since Saturday night that I feel like a human. And I can eat things again! Let’s not under-estimate the fun of being able to eat…

Having said that, I’m still not back completely. So, how about a few links just to be going on with?

Google Maps! It’s probably useful, but it’s also great fun!

Because…well, I guess somebody thought it was necessary - the 5.25” disk sleeve archive!

Words failed.

I’m not entirely convinced by the new series of Look Around You. In both episodes so far, there’s been a few points where I’ve smiled (the Spectrum loading signal sound effect in the Health episode, for example), but it’s just not as funny as the 10-minute first series. Or funny at all, in places. A shame. However, the website is worth a visit; it has quizzes, extra information, and, of course, the countdown to the live finale.

Off to blow my nose again for the 500th time today…

currently playing: Saturday Looks Good To Me – Until The World Stop Spinning

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Full of the flu. But, I have three tracks from the new New Order album…

currently playing: New Order — Waiting For The Siren’s Call

Take What You Can, Eat Off The Man

I’ve been thinking about Kenickie a lot this week, mainly due to a post on No Rock ‘n’ Roll Fun which has an article by Emmy-Kate Montrose (which includes the discovery that her real name is Emma Jackson), discussing the fun of being in a band that the record company didn’t fully understand. I remember seeing them play at the end of ‘Fully Booked’ one Sunday, Lauren’s face screaming “why are we here?!” as she mimed to “I Would Fix You”. And then the Chris Moyles interview, which is the source of my long-held dislike for him. Marie and Emmy-Kate did their best, but he obviously didn’t want them there, leading to a few pointed exchanges (and as a tenth-rate clone of Chris Evans, it’s not hard to imagine who came off worse). I do remember enjoying most of their print interviews, though, especially the ones where Lauren proclaimed her love for Dennis Skinner, MP. I do wonder if it’s more of a UK problem. While Sleater-Kinney, for example, have had their share of “ooh! look! girls playing guitars! how extraordinary!” interviews and articles, it doesn’t seem to have affected them as much, perhaps because their record label wasn’t trying to make them something they’re not (it also helps that the US can support independent record labels; the UK indie scene flourished in the late 70s and early 80s, but died out as the 90s progressed).

Anyway, there’s a bigger discussion to be had about Kenickie at a later point this year (after all, it is the tenth anniversary of Catsuit City!), but for now, I’ll leave you with a track from one of their sadly-not-available-on-CD Mark Radcliffe sessions, a cover of The Pixies Letter To Memphis. And, in a stroke of luck, some kind soul has put it up on the Internet, so download and enjoy!

Kenickie — Letter To Memphis

currently playing: The Avalanches – Since I Left You

A Short Message For Our Internet Overlords

(Thank you NTL. Please don’t cut me off again NTL. I NEEEED INTERNET.)

currently playing: Annie — Anniemal

An Apology

I gave some serious thought about covering the State of the Union address live tonight. But I’ve decided to save myself the anger, and spend the time doing something useful instead. You may get some reference tomorrow if he says something particularly inane, but I’m a little busy this week (working at a play at my old school and so forth), so don’t expect much…

currently playing: The Psychedelic Furs – Love My Way

Another Odd Question

Has anybody been to a gig at The Windmill in Brixton before? I’m looking to go to the Saturday Looks Good To Me concert towards the end of February (yay cheap tickets!), and I’d be interested to know what time they close up, so I can get a bus back to Oxford, and then…spend seven hours there until the buses to Bicester start up again. There might be a flaw in this plan somewhere, you know.

(but still! I missed them twice in Chapel Hill, so must go!)

currently playing: Belle & Sebastian — Sleep The Clock Around

*whistles*

U.S. ENCOURAGED BY VIETNAM VOTE; Officials Cite 83% Turnout Despite Vietcong Terror…

currently playing: Kenickie — And That’s Why

Links and The Bannermen

Is Elvis Dead?

Yay! Viz have licensed 20th Century Boys. A fantastic manga series, if somewhat reliant on CLIFFHANGERS OF DOOM. But I love it anyway.

A graphical history of sampling in music (lots of fun here)

SNAPE! SNAAAAPPPE!

Oohh. Once part of the most feared fight jets on the planet - now a clock. There’s a lesson in there somewhere.

currently playing: The Other Two — Selfish

A Question on Music

Knowing that there’s at least one musician who reads this (oh, and Tom too, of course!), I thought I’d ask a question. Do you think that a music critic/reviewer should have a proper sense of music theory? I don’t mean Matt’s strict stance that only musicians should be able to talk about music; it’s just that while I like music (a lot), I feel that I don’t know too much about its inner workings. I couldn’t tell you the difference between middle-C and G, or how time-signatures work, for example. Admittedly, you don’t often read much discussion about these things in most music reviews, but I wonder if I should try and learn. Thoughts would be appreciated!

currently playing: Annie – Me Plus One