All entries for January 2006

January 24, 2006

Why is envy a deadly sin?

My best friend is travelling this Grenoble this weekend coming, for an Oasis gig on Monday… supported by the stereophonics. I was okay about it at first, wanted him to enjoy himself but now I have this overwhelming feeling of envy that I'm not going with him.
At first I though I was wrong for feeling it but then I realised how natural envy is.
I envy Freddie Flintoff's wife,
I envy peoples skill on a guitar when I can only just grasp basic chords. I envy the clever people in my seminars who seem to know all the answers and seem to have read every book in the world ever!
I envy the freedom my younger brother had(only 13)- no worries about money or relationships.

I even envy my dog who seems to lay down in a corner asleep nice and warm whem I have to brave torrential rain to make it from my home in Coventry for the sake of one lecture somedays. In fact the more I think about it the more natural it seems. This makes me want to ask how something so natural can be seen as so wrong?

I know, what a rant about an oasis gig but I feel like I need to ask myself these things, if only in the hope of convincing myself that I am normal! I'm sure he will have a great time at this gig and I will be subjected to hearing about it for the next decade.And although I will always be enviable at least I have the comfort of knowing that I go to see Feeder 25th March so revenge is sweet!

A good week for music

Having already been blessed with the Strokes new album, I didn't think that my January could get any better for music and then what do they do? Bring out two totally different but stunning albums on the same day.
Arctic Monkeys-whatever people say I am thats what I'm not
Richard Ashcroft-Keys to the world.

I can proudly say that I neglected a essay in order to spend monday night listening to both albums and they are just wow!I had high expectations of the Arctic Monkeys and they didnt disappoint, perfect to annoy old ladies on the bus. As for Richard Ashcroft, that was the biggest surprise. I'm not usually a fan of his solo stuff but I was so impressed.

Buy both of them now!!!! Your life may even be better for it.
All I can say is that if this is January than the rest of the year looks very promising.

January 20, 2006

Brit Award Nominations

Well its that time of year again when we find out who have been the 'success' stories of the year and i was intrigued by the results. In many ways it wasnt exactly rocket science who was going to be nominated but the Kaiser Chiefs up for 5 awards! I think someone is having abit of a laugh really. My predictions then

British male solo artist: Should be Ian Brown but I think Robbie might clinch it again(where does he put all those bloody awards!)

British Female solo artist:Should be KT Tunstall(her voice is stunning) but I think Katie Melua might get it (all together "There are 9 million bicycles in Bejiing…)

British group: I think Hard Fi should get after the year theyve had but Coldplay will prob jump in there after their average 'x and y' doing so well.

British single: This is going to sound sad but of whats there I'd probably support James Blunt "You're beautiful" because it was the song of the summer and with so much bad stuff going on it was just a simple love song. Shayne Ward will prob get it tho…bloody reality tv strikes again!

British Breakthrough Act: I'm totally torn here, I wanna say KT Tunstall but at the same time I'm dragged towards the Arctic Monkeys. Both of which are fab! Oh well, so long as the Kaisers dont get it

British Urban act: I'm not that fussed but out of all of them Lemar is prob the best singer. Bet Dizzie Rascal gets it tho

British rock act: I love Hard Fi, I love Oasis. whats a girl to do??? As long as one of them wins.

Best British Live Act: Oasis. No more needs to be said.

Pop Act: James Blunt for being unashamedly pop and kinda good

International Male Solo Artist: Jack Johnson because its an ace album and reminds me of summer

International Female Solo Artist: Kelly Clarkson. Shes the only one I can stand

International Group: The critic in me says arcade fire but my ipod suggests U2 and the pop-punk in me says greenday. Either

International Album: Arcade fire. "Funeral" is bloody good. As for U2, that album got released in 2004 so how does that count? Kanye will prob win it tho.

International breakthrough act: Arcade Fire again

Contribution to music: Paul Weller.. well deserved and I love the Jam!!!*

January 17, 2006

Return to form for the strokes? I think so

4 out of 5 stars
Well I bought this cd the day after it was released full of anticpation and expectation. Having worshipped the "Is this it" debut but been a little unsure on "Room on fire", I bought "First Impressions Of Earth" hoping for a return to form and in some ways I wasnt disappointed. The open bars of "juicebox" made me want to get up and dance whereas the "mandy" inspired "Razorblade" prompted a bit of a singalong.In many respects the album is a much longer than its predecessors but Casablancas' songwriting leaves the listener entranced throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed this cd and think that 2006 could be the year for the Strokes to come back with a huge bang!!! Heres hoping anyway!

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