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  • 26 Letters, 26 Best Bands (+2)

    16 mai 2009, 9h29m

    I can't be bothered to get up this morning, so instead I have compiled this list of bands - one for each letter - that are the champions of their letter. The criteria was that I had to have at least one song by them, other than that I've played pretty fast and easy with it (Neil Young for 'Y')!

    A - The Auteurs
    B - Bob Dylan
    C - The Cure
    D - Destroyer
    E - Elliott Smith
    F - The Flaming Lips
    G - The Gaslight Anthem
    H - The Hold Steady
    I - Iron & Wine
    J - Johnny Foreigner
    K - The Kinks
    L - The Libertines
    M - Manic Street Preachers
    N - Nick Drake
    O - of Montreal
    P - Pixes
    Q - Queens of the Stone Age
    R - Radiohead
    S - The Smiths, Scarce and Smog
    T - Tegan and Sara
    U - Urge Overkill
    V - The Velvet Underground
    W - The Wildhearts
    X - XTC
    Y - Neil Young
    Z - ZZ Top

    List compiled whilst listening to +/-, for fairness.
  • Albums of the Year 2008 :D

    1 jan. 2009, 17h32m

    Good grief.

    How on earth to pick 10 albums from the preceeding 12 months? I thought last year was hard, but ffs!

    1. Fleet Foxes - I think this has to be at number one. Just awesome.

    2. Waited Up 'til It Was Light - Bouncy rocktacular albums are in much too short supply, thank you Birmingham's finest!

    3. The '59 Sound - Just grabbed me by the throat from the first listen and refused to let go. Old school as fuck, but fabby.

    4. Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson - Contains my track of the year Buriedfed... :D

    5. All Hope Is Gone - It's funny to think that these guys are getting on a bit now. The sound on this album is (a touch) mellower, regardless it's still a great metal record.

    6. We Started Nothing - Indie pop's album of the year and yes I'm looking at you MGMT...

    7. For Emma, Forever Ago - Only picked up on this really as the year drew to a close and it's the perfect soundtrack to chilly winter nights. A beautiful, haunting record.

    8. If - and I "wont take no for an answer you f*cking bitch!"

    9. Evil Urges by My Morning Jacket

    10. Stay Positive - <3

    It was a kind of weird music year for me due to the sudden and violent demise of my laptop. Here's some stuff that I enjoyed thoroughly in 2008, although it may not necessarily have been released then...

    Voxtrot - Voxtrot
    Brain Thrust Mastery - We Are Scientists
    Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
  • I got so excited I nearly Wii'd myself

    7 juin 2008, 13h43m

    There's a new Billie The Vision and the Dancers album out. Yay!!
    But you've got to pay for it. Boo!! Actually noBoo because they've already given us three fantastic albums for the princely sum of £0.00 Summercat if you're not sure where to start with them.
    My friend has been kind enough to help me get into Hüsker Dü by sending me Zen Arcade. It's soooo good! I unconciously avoided this band for ages for some reason. I don't know why - maybe it's the name (??). Still I'm at the party now and even though most people have already gone the music's still great!
    Johnny Foreigner need to be included in this journal entry for being stupidly catchy and brilliant. Stop off at Champagne Girls I Have Known for a good insight into their sound. Up tempo drinkinghappyrock I'll call it, which is probably why I'm not a cnutty music journo.
    My aim is true.
    You should probably also listen to Cat Power too. Go on.
    I haven't had much time for rooting about in the musical undergrowth lately what with working and playing on my shiny new Wii, but I have spent some time with The Raconteurs lately. Their new album - Consolers of the Lonely is excellent and a real improvement on the first record which started out strong and then died on it's arse.
    Now there's a good word to finish on.
  • Survey and excuse to type 'bobbins'

    22 mars 2008, 12h48m

    1. What are you listening to right now?
    In The Water I Am Beautiful


    2. Your favorite band/artist of all time?
    The Wildhearts because no music has ever made me feel so ridiculously happy

    3. The band or artist you hate the most?
    I don't really hate any band as such. Oh wait - Coldplay.

    4. Your last musical discovery?
    That would be City and Colour, but the last big one was The Raveonettes

    5. Best feminine voice?
    Oh, erm... Tanya Donelly from Belly? I loved that band.

    6. Best masculine voice?
    Technically it would be Mike Patten I suppose but being a generation X-er I might have to give it to Kurt...

    7. What is the musical genre you listen to the most?
    *looks at list thingy
    Rock, Indie, Alternative apparently

    8. Last concert/festival you went to?
    D'oh. I don't really go to concerts any more. :(
    Probably The Wildhearts.

    9. The last VERY famous band or artist seen live?
    VERY famous? Blur?

    10. The band or artist you listen to the most?
    Tegan and Sara

    11. What is the worst song in the world?
    I typed in 'goregrind' into the tag radio thing on last.fm once. That was pretty bad. But worse than Coldplay? Not sure...

    12. A band or artist you think the world should love as much as you do?
    The Wildhearts! Life would be a LOT better.

    13. The coolest music video?
    Yellow by Coldpl... no, erm [video artist=Faith No More]Everything's Ruined[/video]

    14. Which song makes you sad?
    Tons of them do. Emotional baggage and all that.

    15. What do you listen to, to feel bouncy and happy?
    Andrew W.K., The Wildhearts, Black Grape, The Futureheads

    16. What do you listen to when you need to relax?
    Nick Drake

    17. A song that makes you think?
    I think they all do on some level.

    18. What is the perfect song for a love night?
    That entirely depends.

    19. Can you play a musical instrument?
    Yes, several.

    20. Which musical instrument do you dream of learning how to play?
    Theramin, natch.

    21. Do you play in a band? If yes, which kind of music and what is your part in the band?
    No.

    22. Did you ever go out with a musician?
    Yep.

    23. And what song are you listening to right now?
    Seductress of Bums

    24. What do you think of classical music?
    I love some of it, but some of it bores the life out of me.

    25. What do you think of French Variety?
    What, as in Jimmy Tarbuck with a string of onions around his neck? I think it sounds great!

    26. What do you think of death metal?
    When the mood is right, it's awesome music.

    27. Are you a fanboy?
    Yep. How's that for a slice of fried gold?

    28. Do you listen to music in other language than English?
    Japanese mainly, with a little French Canadian and German thrown into the mix.

    29. The best band or artist in your town or near around?
    Having recently moved, I'm not sure - but hey in the Stoke-on-Trent area it's GOT to be Robbie Williams surely. Not my personal cup of tea - but there's no denying his success.

    30. If you were a musical instrument, which would you like to be?
    Meh. Er - a Kazoo?

    31. Do you listen to the radio? Which one is your favorite?
    Quite a lot, but not music stations very often. Mainly Radio 2,4,7 and Kerrang!

    32. Do you watch music TV?
    We only have digital, so very rarely!

    33. Do you follow the charts?
    I used to, when they meant something.

    34. Have you ever met a famous musician?
    Does Har Mar Superstar count?

    35. The song that could describe your mood and feelings at the moment?
    Will This Survey Never End? by What A Stupid F*cking Question

    36. The song that could describe your life?
    In the past, TV Tan - I'd struggle now to distil my life into a song

    37. Do you know the name of the people in the bands you listen to?
    Mostly.

    38. Does physical appearance influence your musical choice?
    Nope. But you just reminded me to try and find a Tad album.

    39. Favorite Original Soundtrack?
    I have no opinion here.

    40. And RIGHT NOW? What are you listening to?
    Semi-Mental / 4/15ths


    41. Do you wear t-shirts or anything else of your favorite bands or artist?
    T-shirts.

    42. What do you think of people who do that?
    'Oh, they like that band.'

    43. Which song did you have in mind all day today?
    Who's Got a Match

    44. Do you sing in the shower? If yes, what? If not, why?
    Yes, anything that pops into my head. Usually crap off the radio. Most frequently however I whistle the Simpsons theme tune.

    45. To which musical culture to you think you belong to?
    Aztecs. Someday I will find the City of Gold.

    46. What is in your MP3 walkman at the moment?
    Recently Added, Recently Listened

    47. Which importance have the musical taste of your boy/girlfriend? Friends?
    It used to matter a lot. Not so much now. I like how clumsily you have phrased the question.

    48. Hanson moves in next to your house, do you go introduce yourself or make everything possible so they want to move somewhere else?
    Why would I want to get rid of Hanson? Mmm Bop bop ba da doo wop!

    49. Sex, drugs and rock'n'roll, is that your thing?
    Depends what mood I'm in. Sometimes a nice cup of tea and an Leonard Cohen record is all you need.

    50. Do you sing on the toilet?
    I take an existing tune, but then change the words to make it toilet themed. On occasion. :)
  • ALPHABEAT

    24 fév. 2008, 12h14m

    Fascination

    I knew there was a reason for lolling about in bed on a Sunday morning watching music TV.

    Alphabeat - for anyone who just can't wait for a new Junior Senior album any longer. :)
  • Albums of the Year 2007

    16 déc. 2007, 16h48m

    OK then so it's ALBUMS OF THE YE-EAR!

    10. Black Lips - Good Bad Not Evil

    9. Baroness - Red Album

    8. The Raveonettes - Lust Lust Lust

    7. Babyshambles - Shotter's Nation

    6. Biffy Clyro - Puzzle

    5. Tegan and Sara - The Con

    4. Noisettes - What's The Time Mr Wolf?

    3. Midasuno - Songs In the Key of Fuck

    2. Bonde do Role - With Lasers

    1. Les Savy Fav - Let's Stay Friends

    Woo! Congratulations Les Savy Fav!

    Honourable mentions go to The Wildhearts for their self titled release this year. Respect is due to both Dizzee Rascal and Lethal Bizzle who both managed corkers this year. On the subject of which there's also Asobi Seksu who's album Citrus would probably be 11th if that was allowed.

    Big Smiles to the following albums that I discovered this year and mention here even though they were released prior to 2007;

    Billie the Vision & the Dancers - Actually everything they've done... :D
    Cold War Kids - Robbers & Cowards
    Destroyer - Destroyer's Rubies
    Smashing Pumpkins - Pisces Iscariot
    Modest Mouse - Good News For People Who Love Bad News
    The Hold Steady - Separation Sunday
    The Detroit Cobras - Baby

    Woo!

    Oh crap, I just realised I missed off
    Bright Eyes - Cassadaga! D'oh.

    Then of course there were The Cribs and DIR EN GREY, Enter Shikari, Gallows, The Crimea, The White Stripes, H.I.M., The Dillinger Escape Plan, Iron And Wine, Brand New, Spoon, Bishop Allen and Bedroom Eyes who all did good stuff too.

    Jeez. Picking 10 albums for the year sucks!
  • Oh Moz...

    1 déc. 2007, 19h44m

    LONDON (Reuters) - Former The Smiths frontman Morrissey is suing music magazine NME for defamation after it printed an article in which he discussed his views on immigration.

    The magazine criticized the 48-year-old singer for allegedly saying Britain had lost its identity as a result of higher levels of immigration than other European countries.

    "We can confirm we have received two writs from Morrissey's legal representatives pertaining to NME and its editor Conor McNicholas," a spokesman for the NME said on Friday.

    "NME takes this matter -- and the issues it highlights -- extremely seriously and we are currently in discussion with our own legal representatives."

    On Thursday, Morrissey's representatives issued a statement on Web site www.true-to-you.net. His record label in Britain referred journalists inquiring about the case to the site.

    "The NME had until 1.00 p.m. today (Thursday) to agree to print a suitable apology to Morrissey. Their only response to this deadline was to say that they 'do not have time to respond to the allegations'.

    "Our lawyers are therefore in the process of issuing legal proceedings for defamation against the NME and its editor, Conor McNicholas ..."

    In the interview, Morrissey was asked whether he would consider moving back to Britain from Italy. He is quoted as replying that high immigration levels meant England's identity was disappearing, unlike other countries like Germany or Sweden.

    In a follow-up interview to discuss the original comments, Morrissey is quoted as saying that high immigration was not the reason he would not want to live in England, and that expense and pressure were important factors.

    (Reporting by Mike Collett-White; editing by Robert Woodward)
  • Drunk and listening to The Pixies

    4 août 2007, 21h35m

    I am drunk
    and
    I am listening to The Pixies

    that is all.
  • Buying CDs is still ace.

    14 juin 2007, 13h53m

    I still love buying CD's. I haven't shoved my new ones into the corner of the room for ages so I've got a groovy little pile of CD's I've bought recently, which I will now list in no particular order.

    Southpaw Grammar
    Santi
    Baby
    Cansei De Ser Sexy
    Kingdom Of Fear
    The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
    Ringleader of the Tormentors
    Ooo - how odd, The Wildhearts new album is not on last.fm. Naughty.
    With Lasers
    Neither have they got Maths and English by Dizzee Rascal yet. Gosh.
    Separation Sunday

    Yep. CD's are cool.
    and it seems I've got a Morrissey fixation. :/

    And now I've also boughted Icky Thump by The White Stripes too. Gosh it's good.
  • Taste Eclecticism (Not convinced it's a word? I think you'll find it's perfectly…

    16 mai 2007, 14h08m

    Thanks Anthony for providing statistical evidence pointing towards my musical taste not being quite as limited as I was starting to fear it might be. :D

    Take your top 20 artists. For each of these artists, collect the top 5 similar artists. The resulting number of unique artists is your eclectic score. If the score is small (extreme = 5) your musical preferences are very limited, and if it is large (larger than 80, extreme = 100), then you have an eclectic musical preference. You can compute your own score at http://anthony.liekens.net/pub/scripts/last.fm/eclectic.php

    My eclectic score is currently

    82/100



    The 82 related artists for my profile are 3 Colours Red, Arctic Monkeys (2), BONNIE PINK, Babyshambles, Beck, Belle and Sebastian (4), Big Star, Bloc Party, Blur, Bright Eyes, Chuck Berry, Cocco, David & the Citizens, David Bowie, Death Cab for Cutie, Dirty Pretty Things (2), Flamin' Groovies, Foo Fighters, Franz Ferdinand, Green Day, Hello Saferide, Hüsker Dü, Iron & Wine, JUDY AND MARY, Joy Division (2), Laakso, Matthew Sweet, Morrissey, Mr.Children, Nancy Sinatra, Neil Young, New Order, Nirvana, Oasis, Pearl Jam, Pernice Brothers, Peter Doherty, Pixies, Pulp, R.E.M., Radio Birdman, Radiohead (3), Razorlight, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ricky Nelson, Sonic Youth, Soundgarden, Spoon, Stone Temple Pilots, Sufjan Stevens (2), Teenage Fanclub, Terrorvision, The Almighty, The Arcade Fire, The Beatles, The Cure (2), The Dogs D'Amour, The Killers, The Lemonheads, The Libertines (2), The Posies, The Postal Service, The Raconteurs, The Rakes, The Revels, The Rolling Stones, The Shins (2), The Smiths, The Stone Roses, The Strokes (4), The Velvet Underground (2), The White Stripes (2), Therapy?, Timo Räisänen, Tool, Vapnet, Wipers, the brilliant green, モーニング娘。, 宇多田ヒカル, 東京事変, 椎名林檎 (2)