Mach 3: Three times the slashing!

Umm.. Daily Show tonight! Hillary Clinton! Tomorrow could be the end! But probably not!

Also: EMI - dumbest bunch of rocks on the planet, or is there something more going on than dropping their hippest group?

Oh My God, What Have I Done?

It’s odd that, instead of turning to the trusty collection of Radiohead and the atom bomb of misery that is Spiritualized’s Ladies And Gentlemen, We Are Floating In Space (it even came in a antidepressant pill packet for goodness sake!), I instead have found a record that I always meant to buy eight years ago, but never got around to actually picking it out of the HMV rack.

It's Jo And Danny's Lank Haired Girl To Bearded Boy was one of those records that floated around Radio 1 in 2000, awkwardly sitting on the daytime schedule along with Travis and Britney Spears. Listening to it now, all this time later, the thing that keeps coming back to me is Bran Van 3000. Which is bizarre, but it is almost 3am. It seems to have some of the Drinking In L.A. sound in places, and the vibe of the quieter moments of Discosis.

As I said, it is 3am. And I'm listening to Repentant Song on repeat.

currently playing: It's Jo and Danny – Repentant Song

RIP Netscape


You gave us the Internet. Microsoft gave us the marquee tag. It was never fair.

currently playing: Feist – Amourissima

It..It Just Can't Be Helped.

currently playing: Black Kids – I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You

Oh <em>SNAP!</em>

Let’s get this Presidential campaign underway!

currently playing: The National – Mistaken For Strangers

Some People

Some people get drunk, others buy clothes. Some buy chocolates. This is what I got:



currently playing: Lykke Li – Let It Fall

Vampire Weekend

Where even their roadies look like they’ve stepped out of a Wes Anderson film. Still, pretty good, and the inaugural performance of Oxford Comma in Oxford itself was worth waiting for. Mind you, it seems that the new Zodiac has an even stricter curfew on Saturdays than before; it was all wrapped up by around 9:30pm!

currently playing: Feist – One Evening

Manifest Destiny

Big Business did not believe in Britain - it believed only in profit. So money went into cinemas, not coal; into luxury flats, not looms for Lancashire; into land speculation, not into agriculture.

Whatever our Party, all of us old enough to remember are in our hearts ashamed of those years. They were unhappy years for our country and our people. They must never come again.

Also: How You Doin'?


Right-Wing Hate Machine: Start Your Engines!

Vote Obama And There’ll Be REDS IN YOUR BED!

Prepare yourself: Ari Fleicher's quarter-billion dollar hate machine is spinning up. And yet McCain wants to portray himself as the honest candidate, calling on Barack Obama to join him in the public funding programme (or: McCain is broke, Obama isn't). Of course, seeing as how the Straight-Talking-Maverick managed to somehow bend public finances to underwrite his primary campaign, let's just say this offer is less benign that it seems. Anyway, it looks like Obama isn't taking the bait unless 527 groups are included, which will probably be enough to scuttle further talks.

Poor Hillary. She looked like the inevitable winner just over two months ago. Heck, even one month ago, it seemed unlikely it would be anybody but her. Last night she was beat like a whipped cur by Obama in Wisconsin, a state that she she was winning comfortably in November. A seven point lead turned into a twenty-point crushing blow. At this point, it's almost impossible for her to catch up to Obama in pledged delegates, and even her firewall states of Texas and Ohio are looking susceptible to the powers of Obamarama. After ten straight defeats, the Clinton team must really begin to think about conceding.

Because if she doesn't, there's going to be trouble. In one of "look back in a month and laugh at Ian!" predictions, I'm going to suggest that if she doesn't pull out after Ohio/Texas, and she loses or ties Texas, Gore will announce that he's supporting Obama; giving a clear sign to the superdelegates that it's time to bring this contest to a close.

And then we have eight months of mud-slinging to look forward to! Hurrah!

currently playing: M.I.A. & Diplo – MIA