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…

Further Proof That We Lost

But this isn't quite 1995 again. York, the promoter, doesn't see a demand for bands with "no artistic merit"; he mentions Echobelly and Sleeper.

Still no girls allowed, I see. Yay for misogyny!

currently playing: ABC – Poison Arrow

The State of Indie Rock

With a shout-out to Carrboro, no less. And yes, it took me a few trips into Carrboro to work out exactly where Cat’s Cradle was, as I didn’t believe what the map was telling me…

currently playing: Radiohead – My Iron Lung




There is so much joy in these two images. I can’t wait….

currently playing: The Royal We – All The Rage

Buy Me Things!



currently playing: Imogen Heap – Clear The Area

Midnight Opening

As Simon rightfully points out, the best part of Radiohead’s release strategy is that it’s brought back a touch of mystique. Normally, we’re assaulted by a barrage of interviews, selective tracks previewed on Pitchfork, followed by a leak of the album’s contents, anywhere from a month to six months away from a physical CD release.

“Our new album is out in ten days.”

Today, then, was the great leveller; the media experiencing for the first time as we did, getting our emails at six in the morning and downloading the 160k MP3 tracks from their webserver. And perhaps it shows once again how far the NME are behind the curve, fighting a pointless battle to try and relive 1977:

He added: It wasn’t even the music necessarily, it was the thought that went into the Sex Pistols that was important. But buying the single will at least be the first step to realising that for anyone who doesn’t know the band’s history or legacy.

Is that really what they’ve come to? I understand that every ex-NME reader has to go through a process of dismissing the paper after they stop buying it (though I do recognise that the period that I bought it was far from a golden age), but really? We have to buy the record to understand their legacy? How punk.

Anyway, In Rainbows. It’s still settling in, I have to say. It’s sparse where Hail To The Thief is dense, warm where Kid A is cold. Zigs where it should zags. But still Radiohead. Even if they have added some laughter (sampled, obviously).

A full review, however, seems pointless. Go over to the site and download it for yourself.

currently playing: Belle And Sebastian – Expectations