Keeping It Twee

The Royal We @ Madame Jojo's

It seems fairly pointless even trying to review The Royal We’s concert in London on Tuesday. Usually concert reviews revolve around “hey, check this band out!”/“my God, they’re rubbish. Avoid” or some sort of event (e.g. festivals, final concerts from major acts). But you can’t go and see The Royal We unless you hurry up to Glasgow next week for their album release party, as they’re about to split up. And they’re not really big or important enough to be labelled as an event. Also, I must say that I didn’t really enjoy myself too much.

(plus, they only played for twenty-five minutes, which, fair enough, it’s not like they have acres of material to wade through, but seeing as how I’d made the trip especially for the concert, it made the night a little hollow)

Instead, I present an edited selection of my notes from the evening. Edited to make me seem like less of a loser who hangs out at concerts on their own (and as you’ll see, it means the unedited version is even more morose).

Give me a piece of paper and I’l confess all my sins before the first band comes on.

Welcome to hipster central. I just want it to get started. I’m too awkward for the C86 revival. Too timid even for Sarah Records. The Field Mice would beat me up for lunch money while Action Painting look on.

The girls all look like they’ve stepped off the set of Billy Liar and the boys from a Wes Anderson film.

And All Stops And Starts. And Feedback Ahoy.

Did they really want to be here? Six of them cramming onto Madame Jojo’s small stage. Sound system distorting the high end making my eye bleed. That’s not right. The singer, Jihae Simmons is a cross between Bobin from Grange Hill and Robert Smith’s hair mixed in with an American accent. Swoon. (note to reader who would like to try their luck: affect an American accent and I’m basically yours. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.)

Five, six songs? “This is our last song, and the last time we’ll ever play in London”. All done in 25 minutes. Back on the Underground. Piccadilly to Marylebone. Marylebone to Bicester North.

Hmm. That ends up being much more negative than I really meant. I mean, I’m still looking forward to getting the album in the next couple of weeks…

EDIT: My notes don’t mention it, but seriously, how ace is How He Wrote Elastica Man? Very.

currently playing: The Indelicates – Sixteen

An Unexpected Fashion Question!

Erm, does anybody know a high street clothing emporium that sells black turtle-necked jumpers?


Moffat In Time

This picture fills me with far too much joy than is healthy for a perfectly-adjusted 28-year-old.



currently playing: Kylie Minogue – 2 Hearts (Studio Version)

It's Tearing The Music World Apart!

Though I think the best response to Sasha Frere-Jones’s column is “The first example of ILM trolling in the mainstream media”. That and “Didn’t Simon Reynolds write this twenty years ago?”

currently playing: Electrelane – Between The Wolf And The Dog

Save W12 7RJ

Seriously, it’s time to chain ourselves to the building…

currently playing: Kate Bush – Waking the Witch


Let me know if you want me to send water bottles, guys…

currently playing: Thom Yorke – The Clock Put Down The Razorblades

The weekly listening chart for last week. My favourite bit is how the top ten is arranged in the actual track order of In Rainbows

currently playing: Radiohead – Reckoner

(Don't) Believe The Right

Will the American Right ever get over Al Gore? They managed to beat him in an election despite him winning the majority of votes across the country and most likely in Florida too. When the 5-4 decision came down from the Supreme Court (complete with an embarrassing ‘NEVER USE THIS AGAIN’ sticker emblazoned across the front), did Gore whine and threaten to set up a shadow Government? No, he accepted the decision gracefully and went off to do other things, pausing only occasionally to criticise the build-up to the Iraqi War (and look how well that went!). So, please, get over it, lads. Mind you, in the past week, they have also been smearing 12-year-old children…

Yes, it’s that time again. And seeing as how the primaries are getting pushed back and back to the point where the 2008 election looks like starting in 2007, I should get started. Work issues probably mean that I won’t be able to cover the Conventions in quite as much detail this time around, I can still write reams of gibberish that will make me look a fool in November 2008. Just like last time.

Coming soon, then: who will win the primaries! More obvious chatter! Which states will flip, which will stand, and whether we’ll be drinking ourselves to oblivion during the night like last time.

But: Colbert’08!

currently playing: Jimi Tenor – Spell (Radio Edit)

(Don't) Believe The Hype

You know, I’m a black turtle-necker sweater away from being an Apple fanatic, and yes, the news today that MacOS X 10.5 (Leopard) is coming out in a few weeks is exciting, but I’m starting to think that it’s going to be a bit of a disappointment.

Apple are going out of their way to emphasise the 300 (insert Sparta joke here. Or perhaps not) new features of the operating system, but, eh, most of them aren’t all that interesting. Woo! Mail can now use hideous stationary! iCal probably doesn’t completely suck! ‘Descriptive Error Messages’ in AppleScript!

Even some of the new features that I was looking forward to, like Time Machine, now seem a bit limited. Oh sure, I have a large external disk sitting around that I can convert to HFS+ and render it unusable to all other computer systems (except for Linux, of course, but even there, HFS+ support wasn’t perfect last time I checked). Also, given that ZFS is looming on the horizon, surely this is going to be a bit of a problem?

Still, it’s not all bad. Spaces looks rather useful, and Xcode continues to impress (Ruby and Python are now first-class citizens in Cocoa, so I might have a little dabble!). But it’s more of a gradual advance rather than a revolution.

Maybe they’ve fixed the Finder, though…

currently playing: ABC – Show Me

Good Soldiers!


I'm sure EMI are pleased that the NME talked them into releasing the single…