Gigs

I have no idea how many gigs I’ve attended in my lifetime. I do know that I have tickets for them all, stored away in a drawer, all the way back to the first one (Simple Minds). I’ve sporadically written up attendance at some of the more recent gigs, but by and large I’ve not bothered, mostly because in the warm afterglow of a gig, EVERY gig is pretty damn good! It’s a common enough experience, you go and see a band you like and (for the most part) you have a great night hearing your favourite songs played REALLY loud and get this amazing feed of energy and vitality from the crowd. Sometimes it’s almost completely overwhelming and you …

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iTunes / Airplay issues – FIXED

“It just works”, they said. “Except when it doesn’t” they didn’t say. What follows is a bit of a rambling post about random playback issues I’ve experienced when using iTunes to stream music to an Airplay. Simply put, for no reason I can fathom, iTunes playback across Airplay will stop. The track is still playing in iTunes but there is no sound passed to Airplay. Searching for this issue has helped me narrow it down to the problem being iTunes, beyond that I’m stuck. Read on for some lessons learned…

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Pearl Jam, Manchester

And so it was that, 20 years since first hearing a single called Alive by a band named Pearl Jam, that I sat and listened to the opening chords of Release with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. We’ve been through a lot, Pearl Jam and I, more than I probably remember. Almost every song has some meaning, some emotional memory attached and I’ll happily that I was probably a little over-excited to finally be seeing them live! Setlist was interesting, they change it every night* so you never know what to expect but some of the song choices weren’t MY favourite but that didn’t detract from the fact that this is a well-seasoned rock band …

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When is too many, too many?

When is too many, too many?, originally uploaded by Gordon. I may have a problem. In this photo there are 11 sets of headphones. 3 – Sony MDR-ED 21LP 1 – Apple iPhone set, with inline mic 1 – generic headset with mic 1 – Sennheiser PX100 1 – Sennheiser PX200 1 – Sennheiser EH1430 1 – Sennheiser PMX70 1 – Griffin Tunebuds 1 – a-JAYS Three I have a further 2 sets of generic iPod (white) headphones, and one set of Bose In Ear headphones which I use at work. That’s 14 sets of headphones. Fourteen. FOURTEEN! Update: I started writing this post mid-tidy up of some boxes full of cables, about 10 mins after publishing I’ve finished the …

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Faithless

I’m getting too old for the kind of gig I was at last night. Too old to be on the main floor, arms raised, head back, jumping up and down in the midst of a writhing, sweary, ecstatic group of people all determined to give Faithless a little bit of payback for all the fun they’ve given us. The place was packed, rammed to the rafters, there was no space anywhere so everyone just got on with things. Those that barged through had no choice, there were no angry exchanges, just bouncing, grinning, enthusiasm all round. Epic. Was the word I used on Twitter last night and it still feels right. Maybe it was because I had no choice but …

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Random thought of the day

I was at the Skunk Anansie gig last night and there were a lot of tattoos on display. A lot of them on women including one full lower arm piece. It got me thinking. To have a large piece of ink on display, pretty much all the time, takes an attitude and lifestyle but which came first? Was the “I don’t care what anyone thinks” attitude always there? Or was the tattoo part of gaining that attitude? Doubtless it was somewhere in-between but is there something there about being able to develop a mindset that maybe is sometimes hidden? A way of making a bold decision to make (force?) a change in your personality? I think that it can take …

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Upcoming

Just been checking my calendar. 12th Nov – Tonight, out for food and drinks. 13th Nov – Tomorrow, hand in registration form at new doctor, go discuss idea for next tattoo with artist. 14th Nov – Sunday, early start at IKEA, then the building of various pieces of furniture whilst watching F1. 15th Nov – Monday evening, Skunk Anansie at the O2 Academy. 16th Nov – Tuesday evening, Kele at the Arches. 17th Nov – Wednesday evening, start work for website design for client. 18th Nov – Thursday evening, gym induction (tbc). 19th Nov – Friday evening, pizza and movie night (the first, of many?). 20th Nov – Saturday, out for lunch/drinks/munchies. 21st Nov – Sunday evening, Caribou, Four Tet, …

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Principles, Schminciples

I’ve never been the type of person who sticks hard and true to a set of internal, moral and ethically drive, rules. I don’t believe the world works that way, there is no black and white, only various shades of grey. Unless, of course, I decide that something is black, or white. Then it is, of course, a matter of life altering discourse (some of which I have covered here in the past and a particular instance has reared its head again in the form of personal mugs at work and the ‘stealing’ thereof). Over the past couple of years I’ve been rediscovering my love of live music and, whilst it’s mostly been somewhat commercial bands (as in, those that …

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Movie splurge

Dear reader, there is some risk of spoilers if you keep reading. So, if you want to your forthcoming viewing of Inception or Toy Story 3 to be sans spoiler, stop reading now. I’m now going to continue writing and presume that at least one person is still reading. It’s a vain hope but a familiar one. Inception first then. The mind-bending thriller directed by Christopher Nolan, featuring the new Robert de Niro (except he’s not really new now, is he) Leonardo di Caprio. It’s a story about people who can influence and enter dreams (by and large) and has lots of levels and is really confusing. Except it isn’t. Well I didn’t find it all that confusing, and in …

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Always with the music

For a while now I’ve been toying with attending a certain rather well known music festival. Highlights on TV are one thing but there isn’t anything quite like experiencing the atmosphere of these things first hand. This is also the reason that, unless there is an extremely good reason, ever attend a gig at the S.E.C.C. as it lacks one of the key components of live music, atmosphere. I’ve pre-registered myself and will wait the day when tickets go on sale so i can, finally, haul my ass to Glastonbury. I’m hoping that we’ll have sold the house by then! Music is an important part of my life, always has been, and one thing I am already considering for when …

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