Posts tagged as 'music'

Deconstructing the Tune Repository

About three months ago, I undertook a mammoth task. Well, perhaps that’s a little misleading; this task didn’t come from somebody else - this wasn’t a required duty, absolutely nothing to do with my employment and, truth be told, wasn’t going to benefit anybody else. But that’s my spare time in a nutshell; doing things that take a teensy bit longer than the eventual reward justifies. (As this article exemplifies perfectly.)   So what was the mammoth undertaking? Was I really going to bury a hairy elephant? Well, in short, no. They’re instinct, soz. Also, only the woolly mammoth was hairy. Personally, I like to think a mammoth is a moth’s equivalent of a Queen bee. But what was on the cards? Perhaps training for a marathon? That sounds feasible; it’s not as if I’ve spent the last eighteen months sat down... I get out of breath just saying the word “jog.” ...

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…And I’m Feeling Good.

On Sunday night I'm going to make one hell of a mess in my underpants in a field near Reading. I haven't quite deduced whether it will be defecation through amazement or ejaculation through excitement but one end is sure to blow. What's happening on Sunday? Reading Festival closes with the help of Matt Bellamy, Chris Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard. “Whoop-de-do”, I hear the naysayers utter, “maybe they can play the same set we've seen for the past two years including both Wembley gigs and the Glastonbury headline slot from last year.” Well, yes, maybe at first glance this shouldn't be as clearer contender as it is for my highlight of the weekend. This will be my eleventh time seeing the Teignmouth trio, and like many have fallen out with them a little with the most recent album. It is also notable that the set-list has been pretty solid for the ...

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Vancouver ahoy! Part 4: Panther Time.

Nearly four months ago, I set off across the Canadian Rockies (yes, and all the other piddly mountain ranges squeezed in nearby) with a chum en route to Vancouver. You join me here for the fourth and final installment of the adventure; the memories of which are slipping away from me like something slippery. (I know, what have I become?) In part one, we completed the journey from Alberta to British Columbia whilst ensuring we got involved in every bizarre situation we possibly could. Part two covered our first night in the city, losing beer pong competitions and insulting local bands; and the third wedge of prose took care of the following day and all the tomfoolery we partook in. Now you join us at approximately 6pm, camped out in the back of Josh's car/van in an all-night parking lot that had become our home. In but a few hours we ...

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Schmow Patrol

You would be excused for thinking this post could have been written two years ago, however I would argue that it's just fashionably late. So, Snow Patrol. The Irish-now-Scottish fivesome. They bug me. But I did once like them and thus I cannot banish them to the hate list to perish with the likes of Jamie T and Florence. Whilst I can't add them to a growing list which I will surely complain about at a later stage, I can give them their own post, and a report on my personal (irrational, unorthodox, yadi yada) fluctuating opinions of the Bangor boys. They made it onto the scene in 2003 with Final Straw, and you could be forgiven for thinking this was a decent debut. Alas, it was their third – and I think the title says it all. Two albums had been pushed out previously – Songs For Polar Bears, and When ...

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What My Ears Liked In 2010

Top 3 Singles I confess that I don't stay on top of singles. A lot of the time when I hear a song I am completely unaware whether it is a single or not, and upon recommendations, or even out of intrigue, I will tend to try and locate complete albums as opposed to individual tracks. I don't listen to the radio, and I don't tend to follow the music press much at the moment either – so excuse if I've missed any belters, but these are the top 3 songs I could think of that were definitely singles. Firstly Eyesdown by Bonobo, a chilled track with a mesmerising gentle bass wob-wobbing away. The lead vocal is provided by featuring artist Andreya Triana, whose solo album this year Lost Where I Belong is a real treat to the ears – simply stunning if you dig incredible up-and-coming female vocalists. In this Bonobo ...

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