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  • 50 about my top 50

    Mar 15 2009, 12:24

    1.How did you get into no.29?
    Snow Patrol: i think i got hold of a copy of 'Songs For Polarbears' after my girlfriend recommended it to me. Wasn't long before The Final Straw was released.

    2. What's the first song you ever heard by no.22?
    Eisley: That would be 'Telescope Eyes', the EP version not the (IMO inferior) album version.

    3. Whats your favorite lyric by no.33?
    Pixies:
    "there was a guy
    an under water guy who controlled the sea
    got killed by ten million pounds of sludge
    from new york and new jersey"

    4. How did you get into no.49?
    The Offspring: That was from a friend at school when i was 15 or 16, he let me borrow 'Americana'.

    5. How many albums by no.13 do you own?
    Queens of the Stone Age: All of them digitally but only a couple on CD.

    6. What is your favorite song by no.50?
    Green Day: Probably 'When I Come Around'

    7. Is there a song by no.39 that makes you sad?
    Les Savy Fav: Nope. Not really a band that you can be unhappy listening to.

    8. What is your favorite song by no.15?
    Porcupine Tree: A toss up between 'Lazarus', 'Blackest Eyes' and 'Piano Lessons'

    9. What is your favorite song by no.5?
    Brand New: Again, a toss up between 'Me v Maradona v Elvis', 'Moshi Moshi', 'The Quiet Things That No-one Ever Knows', 'Archers' and 'Soco Amaretto Lime'

    10. Is there a song by no.6 that makes you happy?
    Death Cab for Cutie: yup. 'Crooked Teeth' and 'The Sound of Settling' in particular.

    11. What is the worst song by no.40?
    Weezer: oooh...most of 'Maladroit'

    12. What is your favorite song by no.10?
    Modest Mouse: Erm...'Missed The Boat'

    13. What is a good memory you have involving no.30?
    The Shins: Probably sitting outside on the way back from the pub in the height of summer at about midnight on the recreation field, with 'Sleeping Lessons' on the iPod.

    14. What is your favorite song by no.38?
    Arctic Monkeys: Mardy Bum

    15. Is there a song by no.19 that makes you happy?
    Revolution74: Big Man.

    16. Is there a song by no.25 that makes you sad?
    Flogging Molly: Not really, no.

    17. What is the first song you ever heard by 23?
    Placebo: Their cover of 'Running Up That Hill' was the first 'proper' time, though i'd had Nancy Boy and others played at college but didn't take much notice at the time.

    18. What's your favorite lyric by no.11?
    The Decemberists:
    "Here on these cliffs of Dover
    So high you can't see over
    And while your head is spinning
    Hold tight, it's just beginning "

    19. Who is a favorite member of no.1?
    Pink Floyd: They're all splendid, but it has to be David.

    20. Is there a song by no.14 that makes you happy?
    Funeral for a Friend: Probably 'Storytelling' the most.

    21. What is a good memory involving no.27?
    Foo Fighters: Has to be Wembley last year. Dancing in the rain with strangers to All My Life et al. Glorious night, that was.

    22. What is your favorite song by no.16?
    David Gilmour: Probably 'Mihalis' or 'The Blue'

    23. What is the first song you ever heard by no.47?
    Longview: I think it was 'Further', but i bought 'Mercury' off a recommendation so it's there by default as it's track 1.

    24. What is your favorite album by no.18?
    Rilo Kiley: Probably 'More Adventurous'

    25. What is your favorite song by no.21?
    Idlewild: 'Idea Track'

    26. What is the first song you ever heard by no.26?
    Jimmy Eat World: That was 'Bleed American'

    27. What is your favorite album by no.3?
    Biffy Clyro: Blackened Sky

    28. What is you favorite song by no.2?
    Elliott Smith: 'Stupidity Tries' or 'Pretty (Ugly Before)'

    29. What was the first song you ever heard by no.32?
    Blink 182: Probably 'All The Small Things' like most people.

    30. What is you favorite song by no.8?
    Bright Eyes: 'Lover I Don't Have To Love'

    31. How many times have you seen no.17 live?
    Metric: Once. Concorde 2 in 2006.

    32. Is there a song by no.44 that makes you happy?
    Cursive: 'Art Is Hard'

    33. How did you get into no.12?
    Bowling for Soup: I think it was through Kerrang! giving them a reasonably review that i went out and bought 'Drunk Enough To Dance'

    34. What is the worst song by no.45?
    Stars: I'm not keen on their cover of 'Fairytale of New York'

    35. What was the first song you ever heard by no.34?
    Sleater-Kinney: I think it was 'Words and Guitar'

    36. What was the first song you ever heard by no.48?
    Wilco: I think it was 'I'm Always In Love'

    37. How many times have you seen no.42 live?
    The Smashing Pumpkins: None

    38. What is you favorite song by no.36?
    Coldplay: 'Yellow'

    39. What was the first song you ever heard by no.28?
    The Album Leaf: 'Red-Eye'

    40. What is you favorite album by no.7?
    Nightwish: A toss up between Century Child and Once

    41. Is there a song by no.31 that makes you happy?
    Future of the Left: 'Small Bones Small Bodies', or 'My Gymnastic Past'

    42. What is your favorite album by no.41?
    The Spill Canvas: 'No Really, I'm FIne' just edges it from 'One Fell Swoop'

    43. What is your favorite song by no.24?
    Muse: Butterflies & Hurricanes

    44. What is a good memory you have involving no.46?
    My Chemical Romance: Ha, can't think of any.

    45. What is your favorite song by no.35?
    Arcade Fire: Probably 'Wake Up' or 'Neighbourhood #2 (Laika)'

    46. Is there a song by no.9 that makes you happy?
    Radiohead: Oddly enough, a lot of The Bends makes me happy.

    47. What is your favorite album by no.4?
    Eels: Beautiful Freak, or Shootenanny! though i can't separate those two.

    48. Who is your favorite member of no.37?
    Slipknot: Joey. Rather immense drummer.

    49. What is the first song you ever heard by no.43?
    The White Stripes: 'Dead Leaves & The Dirty Ground'

    50. What is your favorite song by no.20?
    Guided by Voices: 'Teenage FBI'
  • Album review: Los Campesinos! - Hold On Now, Youngster

    Giu 25 2008, 23:22

    Like the FOTL review below, this is one i penned a while back and bunged on another music site. Transferring it here for the (more) masses.

    Hold On Now, Youngster

    Cardiff's Los Campesinos (meaning "The Peasents" in Spanish) were one of british music's best kept secrets, with their EP Sticking Fingers Into Sockets stirring up quite a buzz in the underground scene, landing them a slot supporting Broken Social Scene in 2006.

    So, it now comes to their debut album (released in February). The album reinforces one fact; that they are an immensely talented septet, but they save their true ability for the live circuit. Some of the magic gets lost but the stirring chaos of live favourite You! Me! Dancing! still remains (all about the embarassment of dancing, unsurprisingly) stirring and brooding, before exploding into life, forcing you to dance in unison. The loud, brash opening to Broken Heartbeats Sound Like Breakbeats follows a similar formula, as does the ever popular Death to Los Campesinos!. Vocal duty is shared throughout by singer/glockenspiel ruiner Gareth and Aleksandra (keyboards) which blends the former's angry, snarling vocals and the latter's soothing, melodic tone. It sounds like the perfect mix, but only for so long...
    So what's wrong with it? Unfortunately, there's only so much bouncy, twee indie-pop you can stand. There are more fun melodies and harmonies on the one album than most bands will managed in their entire career, but on occasions the clashing between guitars, violins, keyboards and vocals delve the wrong side of chaotic and lose themselves battling for supremacy.

    As debut albums go, it's a fairly solid effort. Unfortunately they've succumbed to their own hype and as a result, you do feel let down slightly. Live however, they are a force to be reckoned with and one band that should be checked out if you have the chance.

    "we're all like how Rousseau depicts man in the state of nature - we're undeveloped, we're ignorant, we're stupid, but we're happy" preaches Gareth at the end of You! Me! Dancing!. It's also the best way to sum up their debut effort - plenty of room for growth but you'll enjoy the youthful innocence for a while yet.
  • Review: Future Of The Left - Curses!

    Giu 25 2008, 23:18

    I've had this album for some time, but i wrote this a few days ago for another music website so i thought i might as well throw it here too!

    Curses

    When welsh noise merchants mclusky split in 2005, it heralded the end of an era which gave us the wonderful mclusky Do Dallas and the wonderfully titled My Pain and Sadness Is More Sad and Painful Than Yours and The Difference Between Me and You Is That I’m Not on Fire. Then, in autumn 2006 a band appeared with little notice, consisting of ex-mclusky members Andy "Falco" Falcous (vocals, guitar, keyboard) and Jack Egglestone (Drums) and accompanied by Jarcrew (another now defunct welsh band) singer Kelson Mathias (bass). It wasn't until September 2007 that FOTL released their first effort, Curses.

    There's something that's both wonderfully uplifting, yet quite scary about Curses! - Falcous is back to his humorous, snarling best while the rhythm section keeps it simple, yet effective. It's also quite a short affair - roughly 37 minutes and 14 songs. However, it'll last longer as you'll want to hit "repeat" straight away. Opener The Lord Hates A Coward sets out the stall for the album - stomping its way into your subconscious like a noisy audio army and sitting there for the foreseeable future. It's not just songs that makes you want to dance like an epileptic at a strobe festival, there's plenty of singalong moments too - latest single Manchasm giving us the screaming "All he ever wanted was a detonator", and the ode to Jack Egglestone's cat: "Colin is a pussy, a very pretty pussy". Trust me, you'll find yourself singing it whenever you see a feline. If you thought that was infectious, if you aren't chanting along at the end of My Gymnastic Past then you might be medically dead - it never fails.

    On the subject of the infectious riffs, you'll not find one more so than that of adeadnemyalwayssmellsgood - it starts with a singalong of sorts before assaulting your senses in the most exquisite way possible - with the dirtiest bass line since QOTSA's You've Got a Killer Scene There Man. Don't listen to it in a crowd though, as there's always a chance you'll want to start a mosh pit with everyone around you.
    There isn't much you can say to attack the album, apart that some songs do feel a touch out of place, especially final effort The Contrarian but after the previous tracks you'll be happy for the rest.

    Listening to Curses! is a real journey - one that'll leave you battered, bruised but still wanting more. It's been a while since Falco and his troupe weaved their magic but oh Lord, it's good to hear them again. Long may it continue.
  • Top 10 Artists quiz thingy.

    Giu 25 2008, 23:15

    Name your top 10 most played bands on Last.fm:

    1) Pink Floyd
    2) Elliott Smith
    3) Brand New
    4) Eels
    5) Bright Eyes
    6) Biffy Clyro
    7) Radiohead
    8) Bowling for Soup
    9) Modest Mouse
    10) Funeral for a Friend

    Now answer the questions according to the numbers:

    What was the first song you ever heard by 6?
    That woul be 27. I heard it when my girlfriend sent it to me years ago...it's got a lot of personal meaning.

    What is your favourite album of 2?
    That's a real toughie - each album has some real highs and lows. At the moment i think Either/Or shades it, but From a Basement on the Hill is a very narrow second.

    What is your favourite lyric that 5 has sung?
    The amount of great lyrics Conor Oberst has penned can't be counted...pretty much most of "Lua", though.

    How many times have you seen 4 live?
    Just the once, earlier this year. Twas a magical evening too.

    What is your favourite song by 7?
    Another toughie...Let Down gets my vote. Bones/Street Spirit run it close, however.

    What is a good memory you have considering the music of 10?
    I think it was listening to the album on the way back from college - i'd heard about them from a friend and bought it on a whim...it's still one of my favourite albums for a reason.

    Is there a song of 3 that makes you sad?
    Oh, there's a fair few - i bung on Brand New when i'm not at my peak, it's how you can tell my mood. Probably Soco Amaretto Lime does it for me, as it fills me with nostalgia.

    What is your favourite lyric that 2 has sung?
    "Im in love with the world through the eyes of a girl
    Whos still around the morning after
    We broke up a month ago and I grew up I didnt know
    Id be around the morning after
    Its always been wait and see
    A happy day and then you pay
    And feel like shit the morning after".

    From "Say Yes".

    What is your favourite song by 9?
    I'll be a bit cliched, and say "Float On".


    How did you get in to 3?
    Through the missus- most of my good music comes from either her, or my good friend Stu.

    What was the first song you heard by 1?
    Like anyone that's heard of them, it has to be Another Brick In The Wall, Pt.2.

    What is your favourite song by 4?
    Oooh...|Manchild, Hey Man (Now You're Really Living, Your Lucky Day In Hell....i could be here for ages.

    How many times have you seen 9 live?
    None, which is a massive shame. If they return to these shores i'm there like a shot.

    What is a good memory you have concerning 2?
    There's a lot of good memories as his musi stirs a lot of emotions for me when i hear it...however, it's been the soundtrack to my darker moments too.

    Is there a song of 8 that makes you sad?
    Not that i can think of, i don't think they could make a "sad" song even if they wanted to.

    What is your favourite album of 5?
    Oooh...Probably I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning though Letting Off The Happiness gets a special mention.

    What is your favourite song of 1?
    Deary me this is hard....it's a toss up between One Of These Days, Us & Them, Shine On You Crazy Diamond and High Hopes.

    What is your favourite song of 10?
    Hmmm....i'm very much in love with You Want Romance? currently.

    What is your favourite album of 1?
    Bloody hell....im siding with Wish You Were Here as i feel it's probably their most "complete" album. Division Bell & Dark Side Of The Moon run it close but some songs just let it down in my view (Lost For Words, and The Great Gig In The Sky respectively).
  • Review: Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare

    Apr 23 2007, 14:06

    Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare

    There are many bands that you could class as “marmite” bands – you either love them or hate them. The Arctic Monkeys fall into that category, but the “love” category seems to hold the larger population. After the whirlwind success of their debut Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, they came to the second hurdle. Like being at University – it’s the second year, time to stop arsing about and start showing us what you’re really made of. People will be ready to shoot them down, even though they are one of the best things to happen to the UK music scene for a long time.

    Brianstorm has already had some airplay as this will be the first single and already has some positive feedback. It’s also the opener to the album and already there is more of a rockier, even punkier at times edge to their sound.

    It’s not all though, it does sound as though they have grown up more too. – There are some interesting sounds here – the opening to Old Yellow Bricks would not look out of place on a White Stripes album while Only Ones Who Knew is to listen to after coming in from a night out to wind down, and you can’t find your Eels albums.

    There’s less urgency about their songs too, which is what may lose them points in the long run especially as all but 3 songs clock in at under 3 and a half minutes. They’ve seemed to have lost that slight edge, that bombastic and brassy feeling of I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor and the sing-alongability of Mardy Bum. In places they just about save themselves from being dull, Balaclava and This House Is a Circus returns them to form that will have fans of their first offering drooling like rabid dogs.

    They’ve turned around and gone in a new direction with Favourite Worst Nightmare and it is a bold move. They’ll certainly shift the units, but they may also lose the fans who were hoping for much of the same. There’s certainly nothing wrong, but people might be disappointed. It won’t get away from the fact they are a great band, who’ve begun to show us a maturity and sense of direction that could lead them anywhere.

    Hop on; it’s going to be one hell of a ride.

    4/5
  • Floyd pimpage

    Mar 22 2007, 0:10

    Yeah, blatent plug for Shine On, a Pink Floyd forum i run. Feel free to check us out and join up - plenty going on for fans, and lots for people just wishing to chill out too.

    Catch you there! :)
  • David Gilmour

    Giu 11 2006, 8:51

    At work tonight, i've just met and got the autograph of David Gilmour!

    Nicest person you could meet, and more than willing to sign his name for me.

    I'm one happy dude right now.
  • Review - Funeral For a Friend 16/05/06

    Mag 17 2006, 22:26

    Funeral for a Friend - Shepherds Bush Empire. 16th May
    Supported by Johnny Truant, Fightstar

    Public Transport. It's known for being a bit unreliable, and never being there when you want it. This occasion it meant that i missed out on seeing Johnny Truant's albeit short supporting slot, which came as a shame as i was quite looking forward to hearing them, but from word of mouth they impressed the increasing crowd at the Empire.

    The time came for Fightstar to try to show what the hype was about. They were out on a mission - this re-sheduled tour (Due to Funeral for a Friend's Matt Davies having Lyringitis in February) mean that they have the touring practice to prepare for their own headlining tour later this year. Beset by technical problems throughout their set, they failed to make many new fans, though the commited group that came just for them were thrilled to see their better songs such as 'Paint Your Target' and 'Lost Like Tears in Rain' played with all the dedication and power that they'd expect. The only downside was that it all seemed a bit, well, forced. The interaction inbetween songs only seemed to be for promotion of their new album, or tour...nothing showing how far they've come as a band in the past 12 months. With Charlie Simpson, they've got a frontman that seems at times, a bit wooden, and reluctant. They've got a good future, if they can just find that little spark of originality, and really make the step up. They're off to crack America soon, let's hope they come back the better.

    I'm an impatient fan. If the band takes ages to get on stage, or the roadies take their time setting things up, i get a bit annoyed. Funeral for a Friend would have to make me feel like we've been waiting for something special. My God did they do just that. This is a band on tour that is at the height of their powers. Say what you like about the songs, but as a live act they are explosive. Every song had the crowd pretty much drowning out the band, and vocalist Matt Davies and bassist Gareth Davies making it feel like, well a party. Ever had that feeling rush through your body when you know that you're seeing a band play so well, that you don't want it to end? well FFaF didn't want to end ether, as they joked that they'd be happy to play "everything we knew until we passed out through exhaustion".
    They showed that they've not let fame get to them, saying they're not going to do an encore, as "they don't really feel like we're that kind of band", joked Davies. It was the day of their drum tech's birthday, and as a mark of respect, they reunited him with his daughter, as tour demands meant he missed previous celebrations. A nice touch i thought. On the subject of being touched (no puns here people), the band were clearly moved by the audience's response to a challenge they set; the band would begin singing 'History', one of the standout songs from their latest "Hours" album, and the crowd would sing the last choruses. To hear everyone do this was absolutely amazing, and showed just how much the fans love this welsh five-piece.
    They pulled all the big songs out for this occasion, the circle pit startng 'Red Is The New Black', crowd favourites 'Juneau', and '10:45 Amsterdam Conversations' and the awesome show finisher 'Escape Artists Never Die'. This was the performance of a band with an already strong back catalogue, and the ability to pull each song off in the live venue, with the time to stop and say a big "f*ck yeah" to Pot Noodles.

    It's the last we'll see of the band until next year; they're off to the studio to recored album number 3. They've signed off this leg of their tour leaving me, and the rest of the crowd, leaving feeling that they've witnessed something special. See you in 2007 guys.
  • Post

    Ago 22 2005, 11:56

    I thought i'd might as well post something here...i'm nbot going to be using this journal, as i already have a main journal that can be found here
    so, to sign off...

    flibbert.