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Two months…where have they gone?!?

Wow…so it has been 2 months since i last posted here, which is just terrible! To be fair though, i have suffered from very bad writer’s block (that’s my excuse and i’m sticking to it!)…and it has not been through lack of trying! I’m actually shocked that these 2 months have gone so quickly…

But i will change…YES…i shall revive this blog and start writing something…

…now all i need to think of is what this ‘something’ will be…

*sigh*

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Do awards really matter anymore?

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So, i was sitting here, thinking of something to write about, when i realised just how irrelevant awards are nowadays! At least for me anyway…

If i saw an album in a shop, saying ‘Winner of …….’, i wouldn’t immediately think “ooh, i wonder what that album is like” – in fact, i don’t think i would spend any more time than a second thinking about that statement. That is how little i think of awards nowadays! I mean, who can actually name an award that is credible anymore???

I suppose i am more of the opinion that, if something is good, then an artist, or filmmaker or whoever, should be pleased with the fact that they have made a product that meets their ideas…and should therefore not try to promote the fact that they have won ‘awards’. For example, film adverts always include ‘Nominated/Winner of 2 Academy Awards’, and then have, in tiny writing, ‘…for best costumes and best toilet facilities’…i mean, they are normally awards that have no real purpose to a viewer!

Companies try to suck people in with boasting about such and such an award, but i bet that most people only buy/listen to what they actually want to buy/listen to, not just what is forced down their throats by the big corporations…

…at least, i hope that people are still capable of independent thought…

Right, now i’m going to go out and buy Mark Ronson, Kate Nash and Arctic Monkeys

(I’m not really, this is just a comment about how little i think of the Brit Awards or any other award ceremony that is dictated by the mainstream…or is hosted by Sharon Osbourne!!!)

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All quiet on the Western Front…

Hmm…time has flown by since i last posted on here – although it only feels like yesterday…i’m beginning to think that i’ve lost all sense of time!!!

Anywho, i am presently quite busy, or at least would be, if i actually got around to doing some work!!! I’m halfway through an review of The Cribs’ latest album (which will first be posted on ownthismusic.com), and am planning on reviewing The Twilight Sad!

I also have random University work to do – not that you actually care!!!

Music has also been coming more to the fore-front, as my various musical ideas are beginning to form…in my head at least…hmmm…we shall see…

I saw Andrew Bird play Manchester last Thursday, and it was the most amazing performance – perhaps not my top live show, as Iron Maiden are refusing to let go of that crown – but it was certainly a great night! Playing most of his recent ‘Armchair Aprocrypha’ album, Andrew Bird and his band have formed into the complete live act…they have this seemingly telepathic link that lets each one know what the other is going to do next!!! It’s impressive to watch…although i was disappointed that they didn’t play ‘Fake Palindromes’ or ‘Tables and Chairs’…hopefully next time…but ‘Dr Stringz’ did raise a smile! Anyway, a performance that i won’t soon be forgetting…and the support act Loney, Dear were also very good…i’m gonna have to purchase some of their albums methinks!

The Autumns on Thursday – a comprehensive review will be produced – i can’t wait for it…maybe Iron Maiden could be knocked off the top…we shall see!

Anyway, this was just a short update to tide you over…i’ll try not to take so long next time…

…peace…a.b.

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…*tumbleweed blows past*…

Hmm…this week has been a surprisingly quiet week in terms of music, so this is only some short randomness to keep the blog ticking over!!!

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The Cribs new single is out on the 29th October…and it’s gooooooood!!!Don’t you wanna be relevant is one hell of a catchy track that stays stuck in the head for days – i’ve pre-ordered, so i may do a second ‘Singled Out…’ post (exciting!).

Radiohead‘s manager has been murmuring about a world tour starting in May until the end of the year…doing shows on-and-off during that time…taking holidays for the rest of the time…aaaaahh the life of an international rockstar!!! Anyway, i hope that i will be able to get tickets this time… *crosses fingers hopefully*

The White Stripes have now released a range of (two different) cameras – one for Meg, one for Jack…and they are blooming expensive – it would cost me £240 for both or £120 for just one…and, although i love random things, i don’t love random things that much! If i had a load of spare money, then yes, i would buy, as the cameras do look quite cool, but alas…i do not!!!However, i must just say that i am disappointed that the White Stripes have resorted to selling these – i can’t help but feel that they are becoming more of a brand than a band…which is disappointing – let’s just hope that The Raconteurs come back soon so that Jack White can get back to doing what he does best – making music rather than selling his soul to commercialism!!!

Good news of the week, is that Brendan Benson has posted some new tracks on his website, which is currently undergoing a revamp – on first listen, they don’t sound as good as the demos he posted on his myspace a while back, but i think they might be growers (a bit long tho…) i still can’t wait for his album – i love all his others!!!

The Autumns and Andrew Bird are soon going to be in the UK to tour, and i can’t wait – it’s gonna be so good!!!

I have recently bought:

PJ Harvey – White Chalk

Hot Hot Hot – Happiness LTD

The Hives – The Black and White Album

Explosions In The Sky – All of a sudden, I miss everyone

Beach House – Beach House

Aphex Twin – Come To Daddy EP

Some of these may appear as reviews soon…stay tuned… 🙂

that’s all for now…peace…a.b

The Cribs : Official Website

The White Stripes : Official

Brendan Benson : Official

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ramble…ramble…ramble…

Okay, so, i wanted to post something today, as i’m gonna be pretty busy over the next few days – i’m moving back to Uni and i’ve got a lot of things on…so i thought i should put a random post up to keep my blog active…i was gonna do an album review, but i don’t really have the time to sit here and write up loads, so instead i’m gonna do an update of random news…in a slot i’m calling…‘The Random News Post That Interests Me, But Probably Won’t Interest Many Other People’...or..maybe not!!!

andrewbird1.jpgAndrew Bird is touring the U.K again…so any British readers check him out… he is also playing across Europe and America…CHECK HIM OUT(!)…

 

Official Website for a full list of dates…Andrew Bird

 

radiohead_3_show.jpgRadiohead‘s new album is rumoured to be out in March 2008…and i can’t wait…i’ve been going on a complete Radiohead binge recently, so the thought of a new album excites me greatly!!!

 

sbit_homepage_zap.jpgIron Maiden have announced tour dates in Australia…and supposedly tickets are flying…Europe will hopefully be announced soon…so, keep checking the website for details…official web

 

Touring Bands who i recommend you check out or go and see…

 

The Twilight Sad – have recieved great praise from journos everywhere and are one of the best new bands around…i will do my own review of their album soon, but it is so damn good that it will be one of my albums of the year…anywho, they’re touring with Idlewild soon… Twilight Sad Myspace

 

Broken Family Band – another great new British band who need to get more recognition – they’re touring Britain in October, but you need to buy their new album wherever you are…and check out their new video on youtube (it’s called ‘Leaps’)… Myspace

 

Bad news…The Sex Pistols have announced some new dates – now don’t get me wrong…Never Mind The B******S is a good album…but they’re charging nearly £40 for tickets…and the whole thing just stinks of ‘cash-in’ – and using the 30th anniversary as a reason to line their pockets some more…i’m just really disappointed – doesn’t really reflect a very ‘punk’ attitude does it…hmmm…

 

autumns.jpgFinally, just a quick reminder that The Autumns‘ new album is out, not next week, but the week after (October 8th to be precise)….and again, i can’t wait…it is going to be so good – i’m hoping i’m gonna be able to sneak a promo copy from somewhere so a review may be able to be read next week…if not, then you’re going to have to wait patiently for the week starting Oct 8th!!! Also, they’re touring with the Kissaway Trail in November…so go watch them live aswell…dates on their myspace…Autumns’ Myspace

 

I’m hoping to do an article on their record label…Bella Union…at some point…when i’m less busy…and i will do an actual album review soon…can’t wait can ya?!?!?

 

speak soon…peace…a.b

 

btw…i can’t believe i’ve rambled on so much!!!

 

 

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Welcome…

Well…this is new…my first post…

This blog is being written as a form of expression and opinion (from me!) about topics that i choose…i’m going to primarily be focusing on music…good and bad…by producing news and reviews that i find interesting…or that i feel like talking about…

I will also post randomness about nothing that will have no purpose and be of no interest to anyone but me…although, that is what these things are for, aren’t they???

Anyway, just to clarify, all writings in this are my opinion unless otherwise stated…feel free to comment…although keep it nice…and if there is actually someone reading this (which i doubt there is!)…then thanks…

Peace…a.b

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