August 21, 2005

Drift gently into mental illness

Well the lethargy has set in. I have plenty of work to be getting on with but for the first time this holiday I really can't be bothered. At the moment I don't want to do anything at all, and that includes lying around doing nothing. I really am decidedly discontent at the moment. There's nothing that I want to read, nothing that I want to watch, nothing that I want to listen to and nothing that I want to do but I still want to do something. I think I'm just biding my time till September; that can't come soon enough. I keep picking my guitar up but since I don't know many songs that gets tedious after a while. I wish I'd had time this holiday to get a job, at least then I would have something that I had to do during the day but since I've only been free for 3 weeks this entire holiday and a good portion of that has been spent doing dissertation preparation that hasn't really been possible. Thusly I also have no money.

Is Russia considered to be part of Europe or Asia? I did A-Level geography and am still unsure about this.

Also sitting around so much makes you think about things, mainly things you don't really want to think about and that just makes it worse. I remember a time when the holidays were the best bits of the year. Now I enjoy seeing my friends and family back home but after a week just want to be back at uni, I miss it too much.

To sum up exactly how I'm feeling at the moment I think I'll borrow a line from a Woody Allen film I was watching for the umpteenth time the other day: "I know exactly what I think about this, but I can never find words to put it in. Maybe if I get a little drunk I could dance it for you."

Hopefully I can uplift this somewhat uncharacteristically emo entry by asking what everybody's three favourite songs are at the minute. These can be old songs or new songs, jut whatever 3 songs you are playing most at the moment. Here are mine:

1. Head Games – Five O'Clock Heroes (even 3 months after its release this is still my favourite single of the year)

2. Pin Me Down – Luxembourg (sounds like a cross between melancholic Erasure (The Circus, Ship of Fools etc) and Brian Eno era Roxy Music (it almost turns into Do the Strand at one point) but modern)

3. Unsatisfied – Nine Black Alps (still probably my favourite on the album which is well worth checking out and much more than a Nirvana tribute album as some have made out. I may get round to reviewing it at some point)

Your turn.


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  1. Russia is simultaneously in Europe and Asia. The dividing line is the Ural mountains. Because all the important places like Moscow and St Petersburg are to the west of them, we tend to consider Russia as European.

    1. Frank Ferdinand – Do You Want To?
    2. Nine Black Alps – Unsatisfied
    3. Kings Of Leon – King Of The Rodeo

    21 Aug 2005, 22:30

  2. Ah ha. Thank you. I always thought it to be Europe but when talking about it the other day my Mum said she thought it was in Asia. So we'e both right.

    I've got a really bad copy of Do You Want To and on first listen wasn't entirely taken with it but it really is bad quality so need to listen to it a few times. I think I heard them do it live on Lamacq a few months ago and quite liked it.

    Still haven't got the Kings of Leon album. It is on my list though.

    21 Aug 2005, 22:44

  3. Aha luxembourg – I shall lend you their demos once term starts Rick!

    I'm sure I haven't spent enough time thinking about this but nevertheless (and missing out Franz since Dan's had them already):

    Elbow – Forget Myself
    Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! – Is This Love?
    Arctic Monkeys – Ritz To The Rubble

    22 Aug 2005, 21:56

  4. Yeah that elbow track is a cracker. Can't wait for the new album. And I'm still way behind on the Arctic Monkeys front, really need to listen to them more. Should be getting the new Goldfrapp / Rakes albums and hopefully they'll live up to my expectations.

    22 Aug 2005, 23:07

  5. Rick e-mail me your address and I will copy my Arctic Monkeys tracks onto a CD for yoooo.

    Also i might be able to nick you a copy of Do You Want To…shhhhh

    Come and visit me! Is Adrienne back too then? I am living in Greenwich don'tchat know

    23 Aug 2005, 13:11

  6. P.S> Yes you must buy the KoL album, it's my best album of last year and NBA were amazing supporting Weezer last night

    23 Aug 2005, 13:12

  7. Vadim

    Russia is not Europe. Russia is Russia.

    04 Sep 2005, 16:41


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