All entries for May 2006

May 29, 2006

Bright Idea

Bright Idea – Orson

When I first heard No Tomorrow way back in Februray 2005 (yes, it was around that long ago, and yes, Im very up on my music), I knew that this band, or at least hoped this band, would be a big sensation. I tried to get everyone to listen to it. I played it from the rooftops, but all my friends and family said that it was American pop–rock pap. Now a year and half later those same people are claiming they never said these things but are secretly hanging their heads in shame for doubting me.

Orson have been a big hit in the UK. Fame has eluded them for years in the USA and to try one last time, they packed up and moved to the UK to try again. And this time, the public listened. The debut album from this pop quintet is loaded with, well, bright ideas. Their fusion of pop and rock is so pure in sound and so utterly loveable from the word go that this album is like listening to the breeze. Totally noticable and as if its been here for years. This is the music we've been missing.

The album starts off with the title track and their first single. An excellent starting combo, although Bright Idea as a track is one you need to let grow on you. Then suddenly the album dips, for the only time I might add, but it does. Happiness is not as promising as the first two tracks and things are picked up with Already Over. But then the album just goes mad and says, 'Right lets give them everything'. And they do. There is not a single bad track on the whole album. One cannot, and does not, want to pick apart the lyrics or guitars or drums because if you do, you lose a little something.

Highlights include 'Trying To Help' and Look Around, possibly the best rock power ballard Ive heard in a long time. This album just provides exactly what you want. A sequence of good songs that leave you feel great. Each track doe shtat thing where you hear a song and look at the stereo as if to say, 'Hmmmm thats interesting'.

Will it last for Orson though? Who knows? I feel as though they've got a long way to grow as band, and Im sure any future albums will be solid pieces of work. For now, lets revel in a band that isn't a: British to the core, b: not self made on the internet, c: edgy without being northern and d: just plain bloody good. And yes I was talking about Arctic Monkeys.

9/10

Download: well…..everythign really. If you can't be bothered then get No Tomorrow, Tryin To Help, Look Around, The Okay Song.


May 25, 2006

Shouting

Dont you hate adverts that shout at you? If I wanted to buy windows or a sofa, I dont want to be shouted at to come to that store and buy them. It give me a freaking headache.

May 21, 2006

Rock Takes Eurovision

So they did it.

Lordi, the 'Satanist' rock group, are officially Eurovision winners. Ive been backing them since the quarter finals and by god does it feel good to be supporting a winning team. Just a shame I didnt have a bet on them.

Of course this group are not really pure evil. They only dress in costumes for a bit of fun. They even have songs about how Satan is a loser, and that they just want to have fun and rock.

Well they did, and the rest of Europe (with additions of Turkey, Armenia and other countries that are NOT in Europe) think Lordi rock too. Woo.

Just listen to the song. You can imagine all the people of Northern Europe on top of hills with their big blonde hair and horned viking helmets singing this song. Espcially the bit about lightning, power and might.

Album is out soon so go buy. Or just get the song online. Its so funny.


May 20, 2006

Lyrics

Follow-up to Eurovision from Dreams of Karl-ifornication

Here are the lyrics to Lordi's Hard Rock Halleujah:

Hard Rock Hallelujah!
Hard Rock Hallelujah!

The saints are crippled
On this sinners’ night
Lost are the lambs with no guiding light

The walls come down like thunder
The rocks about to roll
It’s the Arockalypse
Now bare your soul

All we need is lightning
With power and might
Striking down the prophets of false
As the moon is rising
Give us the sign
Now let us rise up in awe

Rock ’n roll angels bring thyn hard rock hallelujah
Demons and angels all in one have arrived
Rock ’n roll angels bring thyn hard rock hallelujah
In God’s creation supernatural high

The true believers
Thou shall be saved
Brothers and sisters keep strong in the faith
On the day of Rockoning
It’s who dares, wins
You will see the jokers soon’ll be the new kings

All we need is lightning
With power and might
Striking down the prophets of false
As the moon is rising
Give us the sign
Now let us rise up in awe

Rock ’n roll angels bring thyn hard rock hallelujah
Demons and angels all in one have arrived
Rock ’n roll angels bring thyn hard rock hallelujah
In God’s creation supernatural high

Wings on my back
I got horns on my head
My fangs are sharp
And my eyes are red
Not quite an angel
Or the one that fell
Now choose to join us or go straight to Hell

Hard Rock Hallelujah!
Hard Rock Hallelujah!
Hard Rock Hallelujah!
Hard Rock Hallelujah!

Rock ’n roll angels bring thyn hard rock hallelujah
Demons and angels all in one have arrived
Rock ’n roll angels bring thyn hard rock hallelujah
In God’s creation supernatural high

Hard Rock Hallelujah!


Eurovision

Hope we are all set in tonight to watch the UK make a mockey of themselves again with Daz and rapping schools. Daft chap.

Instead Im making a plea to everyone to vote for Finland's entry, Lordi. The metal band have been accussed by many of inducing and invoking Satanism among their fanbase. And from one look at them you would think so. But the song isnt that bad, and quite frankly one of the best Eurovision entries Ive ever heard. And its so shameless you have to laugh.

So support Finland tonight and make sure we show the pop world that their time is up. Now every throw your horned fingers in the air and scream.


May 18, 2006

Finally

So the RSC finally got back to everyone. And Im in…..

Im playing the part of Roselo's servent and friend Marin. Since the veiled names in the text are quite easy to work out, one can surmise that Roselo is in fact Romeo, and by consequence Marin in Mercutio. Im told the part is not as elaborate as the Shakesperian original but hey Im still doing it goddamnit.

All accomdation and travel is paid for. Wooo. And Ive got my summer planned now.

Stratford, here I come.


May 15, 2006

Grant

Its official. Ross Kemp can act.

Known better to the public for his role as Grant Mitchell in Eastenders, Ross has often been brandished with working the bad boy image in all his programs. From his role in Ultimate Force, to his Mitchell Brother, Ross has shown little actign ability, even to parody himself when taking part in Ricky Gervais' 'Extras'.

But after tonights scene on eastenders, Im now convinced of his acting work. He had a very touching scene with his long lost daughter Courtney, but to top it off Kemp actually brought a tear to his eye. As an actor, I know how dififuclt this is.

So well done to Mr. Kemp. Good work.


May 08, 2006

Supermassive Black Hole

So the new Muse single is upon us. This has utterly overshadowed my appreciation of Stadium Arcadium.

So heres the breakdown. First listen you wouldnt believe it was Muse. From the overcomplex bass of Hysteria and the orchestra of Butterflies and Hurricanes, the trio have really gone to their utmost basics. The track sounds incredibly dance like at first. But upon other listens we start to hear Bellamy breaking through. Theres an element of Beck about it too.

The theme of the song sounds typically Muse. Epic space stuff. Blackholes may feature heavily on this album. I predict, like a black hole, we may see some of Bellamy’s genius getting lost in the audio-universe. Maybe hes at the end of his musical peak? Of course not.

Once you get used to such a different jump in style, you start to realise its genius. For a song based heavily on drums with effects, it works. The bass is typical Muse, though screams a bit b-side compared to the major epic pieces found on Absolution, and even the driving bass of Origin. The guitar plays little part other than over-laying the bass. No more crazy sounds and picking, no more harmonics and wibbly bits. Just nice simple dark music.

The song grows on you. After a few listens you really get into the simplicity. As a preview for an album, i predict good things. I feel Muse are going in a not wholly different direction. I feel this single doesnt push Matts limits. Lets hope when ‘Black Holes and Revelations’ is released, I am proved very, very wrong.


May 07, 2006

So Dark The Con Of Man

With the imminent release of The Da Vinci Code upon us, I thought it was time to throw up all the hullaballoo about the book and film.

My own personnal stand point is that this is a piece of fiction. Based upon conspiracy theories and conjecture it is an interesting, yet wholly harmless, book. People however are getting very up tight about it. I was reading Empire and saw how many people have tried to stop this movie being made. The bets one being a nun who protested outside one of the churches where they filmed. The nun protested in silent prayer for around 12 hours.

I think it is important to have beliefs and convictions. And of course one should defend them. But I think people are getting wound up about nothing. I understand however that if those who dont believe could be driven from it and those already believing could lose faith over it.

The importance is the standpoint. The Church are working fromt he point of saying its fiction, but campaigning as if it were fact. As long as we realise that it isnt fact then there is no harm. But I would like to start the discussion about this. What does everyone think about the book, the film, its theories and so forth.

Just let go. And believe.


May 06, 2006

Woe

Its now officially time to freak out. Ive been doing Classical Views from the beginning of the week and I have no idea about any of the things in it.

I have no problems with Tragedy, and Im sure Roman Comedy will be fine. But im worried that if I dont have Classical views as a backup I might not get onto my Masters. Arghhhhhh!!!!

Help me.


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