All entries for November 2005

November 29, 2005

Chart 29–11–05

James Tarbit
Chart 29/11/05

  1. The Source feat Candi Staton – You've got the Love – Positiva
  2. Jaimy feat. Moses -Cut me Loose -Big and Dirty
  3. Catcher – I Like to Move it – White Label
  4. Royksopp – What Else is There? – Wall of Sound
  5. Bush II Bush – The Piano Track – Cr2
  6. Sugababes – Ugly – Island
  7. Kanye West – Heard em say – Roc-a-Fella
  8. LMC - Get What you Give – AATW
  9. Depeche Mode – A Pain that I’m Used to – Mute
  10. Starkillers – Discoteka – Spinnin
  11. Aaron Smith feat. Luvli – Dancin – Boss/Data
  12. Gorillaz – Dirty Harry (mixes) – EMI
  13. Damian Marley – The Master has Come Back – Universal
  14. Hi-Tack – Waiting for you – Gusto
  15. Braund Reynolds – Rocket – Phonetic
  16. Twisted Transistor – Twisted Transistor – Virgin
  17. Sunblock – I’ll be Ready – Stockholm
  18. Tom Novy – Your Body – Data
  19. Andrea T Mendoza – Can't Fake it – Adhesive
  20. Madonna – Hung Up – Maverick
  21. Rolling Stones – Rain Fall Down – Virgin

November 25, 2005

James' 'Things 'o' the year' 2005

A sly pre-emptive strike this – getting my list of cool things from 2005 up before the glut of list-heavy December TV:

Top albums:

Maximo Park – A Certain Trigger
System of a Down – Mesmerize/Hypnotize
LCD Soundsystem – LCD Soundsystem
Damian Marley – Welcome to JamRock
Soulwax – Nite Versions
Clor – Clor
Mylo – Destroy Rock'n'Roll

Top songs:

Amerie – 1 Thing
Deep Dish – Flashdance
Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc
LCD Soundsystem – Daft Punk is Playing at my House
Starkiller – Discoteka
Coburn – We Interrupt this Programme
Soulwax – NY Excuse
Franz Ferdinand – Do You Want to?
Elbow – Forget Myself
MIA - Bucky Done Gun
Maximo Park – Graffiti
We Are Scientists – Nobody move, nobody get hurt
Clor – Love and Pain

Top gigs:

Robert Plant and the Strange Sensation @ UWSU
Soulwax Niteversions Live @ UWSU
NME Shockwaves tour (Bloc Party, Kaiser Chiefs, Futureheads, Killers) @ Cambridge Corn Exchange
Basement Jaxx @ Birmingham Academy
Idlewild @ Birmingham Academy

Top films:

Team America: World Police
Sin City

I'm sure these will change, but at least I've written something down!

November 23, 2005

Chart 22–11

I'm going to start posting my charts up on here, as at least that way I'll have a copy when I lose them (which generally happens on a weekly basis).

It's generally meant as a way to help me out, but of course, any comments are welcome!


James Tarbit
Chart 22–11-05

  1. Jaimy featuring Moses – Cut me Loose – Big and Dirty
  2. LMC - Get What you Give – AATW
  3. Royksopp – What Else is There? – Wall of Sound
  4. Catcher – I Like to Move it – White Label
  5. The Source feat. Candi Staton – You've got the Love – Positiva
  6. Bush II Bush – The Piano Track – Cr2
  7. Gorillaz – Dirty Harry (remixes) – EMI
  8. Braund Reynolds – Rocket – Phonetic
  9. Twisted Transistor – Twisted Transistor – Virgin
  10. Sugababes – Ugly – Island
  11. Madonna – Hung Up – Maverick
  12. Depeche Mode – A Pain that I’m Used to – Mute
  13. Anastacia – Pieces of a Dream – Epic
  14. Rolling Stones – Rain Fall Down – Virgin
  15. Tom Novy – Your Body – Data
  16. Mylo – Muscle Cars – Breastfed
  17. Ferry Corsten – Fire – Positiva
  18. Todd Terry – Somethin Going on – Manifesto
  19. Andrea T Mendoza – Can't Fake it – Adhesive
  20. Deep Dish – Sacramento EP - Positiva

November 22, 2005

I just found this

Writing about web page

Oh dear….

…And what a wonderful guesture you're making there Gemma…

November 14, 2005

Suits me fine, he he he

You scored as James Bond, Agent 007. James Bond is MI6's best agent, a suave, sophisticated super spy with charm, cunning, and a license's to kill. He doesn't care about rules or regulations and somewhat amoral. He does care about saving humanity though, as well as the beautiful women who fill his world. Bond has expensive tastes, a wide knowledge of many subjects, and his usually armed with a clever gadget and an appropriate one-liner.

James Bond, Agent 007
El Zorro
Indiana Jones
Lara Croft
Captain Jack Sparrow
The Amazing Spider-Man
William Wallace
Batman, the Dark Knight
The Terminator
Neo, the "One"

Which Action Hero Would You Be? v. 2.0
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November 10, 2005

Madonna – she's back…oh yes!

4 out of 5 stars

What can you say to start a review about Madonna's new album? Rolling Stone has started by harking back to her emergence on the scene in 1985:

'Over the most Eighties-sounding synthesizers imaginable, she proclaimed, "And you can dance — for inspiration." ' (from 'Into the Groove')

Quite the manifesto for (at that time) a chart debutant. Since then, however, Madonna has done much to move away from this wherever possible. Recent albums have shown that, whilst Madonna is as adept at reinvention as Kylie (another in the 'dropping the surname' stakes), this has often come at the expense of the ability to 'make people dance'. There was 'Ray of Light', dark and engaging. Then there was 'American Life', indistinct and poorly produced. It is refreshing to see, then, that dancing comes firmly at the top of the agenda this time around.

In fact, it's so high up the list that at times this album comes across as a dance compilation rather than the latest from the Queen of pop. Bringing in Stuart Price (Jacques lu Cont, Les Rhythmes Digitales) on production credits was definitely a savvy move. The 12 tracks on the album are a whirl of synth and sparkle, bass and bombast (if you will!) Whilst at times this threatens to merge one song into another, Price generally does enough to allow each track to stand on its merit, something which Mirwais was alltogether unable to do on 'American Life'. Samples abound – taking in Abba, Popcorn, and even the odd Madge favourite (Price must have had a whale of a time putting this album together!) to great effect.

Most importantly of all, this album genuinely makes the listener want to dance. The vast majority of these tracks would work in a club and, in building an album in this way, Madonna really has found a recipe for success.

In short? When Madonna is on form, she pisses all over the competition and thankfully this is the case here. Buy this to listen to early on a Friday night. Buy this to remind you of a lost weekend. Buy this for your car. Just buy it – it's awesome, and the perfect way to celebrate 20 years in the business…

November 05, 2005

Cool is History

I bought Esquire magazine this week – not something I usually do. I used to have a subscription, but then it got shit, a-la Loaded, FHM and every other god-awful lads mag in the world. However, I haven't totally lost the faith, and check in to see what's going on every few months.

Thankfully, this month's issue is a cracker – great journalism a-go-go, and some great photos. One article in particular caught my eye – 'The Death of Cool' – I quote:

‘Capitalism realised far quicker than our best thinkers…that choice undermined profit. Therefore choice had to be removed while preserving the illusion thereof; and the prime mechanism for achieving this was in the appropriation and codification of cool.
There are, of course, all kinds of examples that could illustrate this, but I may as well give one that's close to my own heart – bookshops. The function of the modern bookshop is not to provide choice for its customers but to curtail their choice while providing its illusion. The ideal modern bookshop would sell only five titles but they would be the 'coolest' titles out there so we, the consumers, wouldn't notice or care. Don't laugh, it's coming. Look how few independent bookshops there are these days, how few independent boutiques, how few independent music sellers. Look how our society, which prides itself on 'freedom of choice', is becoming ever more culturally homogenous…the explanation is not a conspiracy theory; it's simply the latest manifestation of consumer capitalism.’

Makes you think doesn't it? The next time you walk into HMV to buy a CD, see which ones hit you front-and-centre as you enter? I'll be betting it’s the same ones that NME had on the front cover the week before, or the ones that are on the Radio 1 playlist. I'm not saying that this is a bad thing, or that we're all turning into music-buying robots, but it's interesting how ingrained these mentalities are in the general public.

When I'm DJing, I often think to myself how many of the requests I get a night are actually people requesting their absolute favourite song of all time, or the song they must here right that very second, and how many people are just requesting what is seen to be the 'cool track' of the moment. Was the explosion of requests for the Arctic Monkeys at Monday's Top Banana due to the fact that lots of students are into the Arctic Monkeys? Or was it because they were number 1 in the charts. It's interesting to note that the week previous, we had no requests for the track at all, and response when we played it was muted.

Personally I feel that students are, in the main, more clued up about music than most – they have more opportunity to see live music, and they're the target audience after all. However, even in the student populace, there is a trend towards the mainstream 'cool' that I find worrying. True, I like music that people would consider to be mainstream 'cool' at the moment. However, I also make it my personal challenge to get out there and sample as much new and 'uncool' (in societorial terms) music as possible, as I hate being pigeonholed in terms of my musical taste. I truly hope that all students here at Warwick do the same. The Students' Union (who I am lucky enough to work for) provides an entertainments' programme that caters for pretty much every point of the musical spectrum. For example, this week's events included:

Top Banana
Pressure featuring Pendulum
Crash featuring Coventry Live Music Festival bands
Vapour featuring Raplh Myerz and the Jack Herren Band – (which is tonight and, quite frankly unmissable if you like awesome live bands…)
Roots Acoustic Folk.

In one week the choice to sample mainstream chart, 90s pop, drum'n'bass, live rock, quirky Scandinavian electro-pop from the headliners of the Big Chill festival (and openers of the Glastonbury main stage), and acoustic music from within the student body.

Now I don't know how much of it is 'cool', but I know I've been out whenever I can. I just hope everyone else has too. Let's not be pigeonholed by what the NME thinks is cool music eh? Let's try and make up our own minds. Next time you're in Fopp, walk past the Top 40, and pick up something for a fiver you've never heard of. It might not be ‘cool’, but I bet it'll be fucking awesome…

November 04, 2005


Iiiiiit's back! And bigger than ever!

Vapour takes to the Union once more tomorrow night. I'm not going to harp on forever about it, but attractions include:

RALPH MYERZ AND THE JACK HERREN BAND who fucking RAWK live! Go here to check them out – believe me, they are going to be one of the best live acts this Union will see this year. It's not for nothing that the Ents department call them 'the best band in the world'....

The Vapour residents mixing it up 4-deck style, with a big fat house classics set. If you loved it, and it was released in the last 15 years, you're gonna hear it!

The Vapour cockatail bar – offering up a tasty selection of alchoholic beverages for your pleasure.

The Vapour dancers, poi, and live entertainers.

The Vapour Chill Out room in the Cooler, with sheesha (to make sure you're completely relaxed!)

And a fat wodge of visuals, lighting, and decor a-go-go.

Trust me, if you enjoyed the last one, it's got nothin on this…


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