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June 18, 2006

So many days go by…

And my blog doesn't even get a look in.

I've been suffering from writer's block somewhat. Not just blog wise, but just generally. Then I think of ideas…but somehow can't bring myself to write them. I think I've got The Fear of some sort. As if I'm convinced that I can't write particularly well anymore, but I'm damned if I'm going to just do it and find out.

I think part of it is due to the feeling of being in limbo. No matter what you're doing (out and about, or having a nap just for the sake of it), the gap between jobs conjures a feeling of being suspended in time. Weeks go slowly, somehow simultaneously flashing by and all of a sudden you haven't had a 'proper' job for 3 months.

How did that happen?

I've written another review for BBC music, this time of Keane - Under The Iron Sea but it reads badly, as sub–editing removed both the flow and the intention of the thing. As proven by the third public comment.

So does this mean that it's a good or a bad CD? I wish reviewers would just give it to us straight rather than generate this pretentious waffle!

Well said, Harri! It was much clearer before the subbing. But that's the way the editing hierarchy works. There has to be a process, so you can't really knock it's existence.

On the jobs front: I worked at Sugar rivals, Bliss, for two weeks while their editorial assistant was on hols, and have had two interviews. I've got another one coming up early next week, but there's no writing whatsoever.

One of them would've provided a job…but they weren't allowed to hire, and haven't had the verdict on the second one yet. Not hopeful though, as it was a BBC interview and this knowledge apparently flattened my brain. I didn't talk rubbish, but I certainly didn't sell myself well enough, or show how much useful prep I'd done.

I keep thinking of opinion based things to write on here…but keep getting struck by The Fear. I'll make more of an effort next week and see how I get on.

Until then pop–pickers…or something.

May 22, 2006

Recent reviews

I've done three reviews recently which I forgot to link to, and unlike thisisfakediy, these ones are still there. Yay!

There's Pixar

From Toy Story to Bug's Life, Monsters Inc, The Incredibles and the soon–to–be released Cars, a new exhibition lays bare each small, painstaking step involved in creating the animation company's uncannily lifelike characters.

Then a combined review of Carling Live 24 and Camden Crawl

One dodgy sandwich and two crème eggs later, we've split ranks: two of us to board a Thames boat housing a dishy C4 presenter and Boy Kill Boy, and two of us to infiltrate the Islington Academy crowd for Dirty Pretty Things.

And, the most recent, of The Raconteurs' new album, Broken Boy Soliders

Standing quite apart from the strict minimalism associated with The White Stripes, this debut is contentedly uninhibited.

April 03, 2006

Reading festival 2006 acts

Oops, meant to blog about this when I got back and totally forgot. And was doing a spot of late night baking.

Met the lovely Katie after 'work' and went to the Carling Reading & Leeds festival lineup, launch…if that's the right terminology. It took place in a West End venue (oo, ominous) where we ate many a dainty can ape and drank several sea-breeze cocktails. All complementary of course. Such is the nature of press thingummies. Dahling.

Famous faces I recognised were Sarah Cawood and then one who turned out to be there on a work duty: Colin 'What age are ya?' Murray (Dan WC, that was for you).

I also saw some of the More editorial team who seemed to be interviewing Colin Murray for a bit, and I swear I saw one of them exchanging numbers with him. Ah to be a proper journalist.

ANYWAY. The lineup.

Headliners: Pearl Jam, Muse, Franz Ferdinand

And others: Belle & Sebastian, Primal Scream, Placebo, Arctic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs, Streets, Feeder and Maximo Park.

The Lock-up stage acts are still to be announced. Apparently Belle & Sebastian were due to turn up, as was Grant from Feeder. Lucky for me, I've already seen the latter

And now, back to watching Newsnight and reading Ingo for work.

I'll definitely fill in days 1 to 7 on my blog tomorrow.

Definitely. Certainly. Surely.

March 01, 2006

Music of the Spheres

4 out of 5 stars
I haven't got this album (of 2001), but it has mysteriously come on our work stereo several times this week and I am enjoying it muchly. I'm too busy working to pay attention to it enough to choose a favourite track or two. But F.E.A.R. is a good opener.

February 24, 2006

And then…

Follow-up to Kooks Inside In/ Inside Out album review from Hub of Creativity...

They got hacked *sigh *

February 16, 2006

Kooks Inside In/ Inside Out album review

Writing about web page

Startingly original it ain't, but sensitive harmonies and beguiling choruses are complemented by the production skills of Tony Hoffer. An album with a broad appeal and a pleasing 'live' sound

January 05, 2006


Partly impressed partly bemused by Preston of the Ordinary Boys entering into the Big Brother house. He's beautiful, but interesting move , don't you think?

November 17, 2005

Arctic Monkeys – next single

Really pleased that Arctic Monkeys are releasing When the Sun Goes Down on 16th January. Formerly called Scummy Man, then Scummy, and possible Red Lights, I do wish they would've released Mardy Bum instead. There's a nice long entry of what I think of this song in particular, to be found here

However, Scummy is indeed a good song and quite blunt in its intent, although Mardy Bum is undoubtedly my favourite single by them (There's several close up behind it in the favourite stakes, mind).

Make sure you buy When The Sun Goes Down when it's out!

November 16, 2005

The Kooks' album, and other short stories


I have it in my possession. Actually I've had it since yesterday (after it was mastered on Monday, yes I am excited) but only got to listen to it today and was grinning away happily that a LOT of people in the office liked it. Yay! It made me happy.

I will have some more listens and let you know what I think, but the new single, You Don't Love Me is ace.

I didn't listen to it last night, because I was watching The Pipettes at the 100 Club. I will confess that I really didn't think I'd like them, but actually they were really really really good. 3 girls in nearly matching outfits with a band behind them, sort of 60's throwback style with matching mini dance routines. They're sort of like 3 mini Audrey Hepburns. They're worth a listen and if you're a red blooded male, you'll probably like them that bit more. There're various reviews bandying about the place if you have a look.

In other news, I don't understand how, after many many many hours of sleeping in India, I'm tired!

I can almost guarantee that the small toddler (who another passenger referred to as "well behaved") sitting behind me on the flight, kicking me awake everytime I fell asleep, really didn't help. Also since then I haven't been sleeping enough hours every night, which also isn't helping, but when I only get back from gigs after my bedtime, what to do?

I have also been discovering the perils of not having central heating on my floor in my house. In real terms this means that while the house itself is nice and toasty when I return from work, my actual room is F***G FREEZING and the mini plug-in radiator takes 5 hours of being on its highest setting to actually make my room a decent temperature, by which time I've long got into bed and it's only just warm enough when I get up in the morning. This wouldn't be the main issue of bother with my living arrangements, if it wasn't that I rarely see one housemate, and have seen another one ONCE since the end of July. Yes. ONCE….I'm thinking it's nearly time to move!

I will write more interesting things when times are more interesting. As it is, things aren't that exciting.

Happier by the day…

…that I have never had the misfortune of attending a James Blunt Concert. As his press release says: "...and one of his concert highlights, a cover of The Pixies – Where Is My Mind…"


In other news, my Kaiser Chiefs review is up

"There's a bizarre array of people around me: trendy young 'uns; even younger young 'uns, clamouring to get to the front so that they can actually see; suited and booted city types and casually dressed, grey-haired couples.

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