Music to work by

I have a thing for loud, chord heavy rock music. It is why I still enjoy tracks from The Cult, why Puddle of Mudd, Eagles of Death Metal, Aerosmith and the like feature heavily on my playlists. None of those acts (with perhaps the exception of Aerosmith) would claim that they are at the pinnacle of song writing, I doubt they’re expecting an Ivor Novello anytime soon but they do write some catchy, if simple, melodies. Ideal stuff to whack on in the background whilst I’m getting my head down to work. On a separate note, is this a generational thing? The need to have a source of ‘noise’ to help focus? Anyway, riff-tastic rock is a tried and tested …

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Stress is a wonderful thing

Nearing the end of a project is always a stressful time. Regardless of the best plans, contingency and prayers, things always end up tight at this point. That’s when the stress kicks in. I actually revel in this kind of work, doing my best stuff under pressure, with no time to ponder I make decisions with conviction and plough onwards. There is also a subtle effect on other areas. I’m usually working long hours at this point, and so end up a little run-down, narky and tired. Emotions of all kinds are quick to the surface and over the years I’ve started to focus more on them than any impending doom scenarios that are building elsewhere. I should point out …

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25 lines

Inspired by Lisa and Rob, I’ve got a little quiz for you. It’s simple enough, 25 lyrics, guess the song and artist. I’ve used the “Party Shuffle” mode of iTunes to pull 25 random tracks from my library, so don’t blame me… entirely.. Ohh and it’s not always the first line of the song, some were a little to obvious for that. UPDATE: DEADLINE passed, here are the answers to all… er… 26 tracks I want your tender charms, cause I’m lonely and blueRescue Me by Fontella Bass – PB Curtis Spread out the oil, the gasoline. I walk smooth, ride in a mean, mean machineStart me up by The Rolling Stones From the torn or taffeta, You’re frozen in …

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Live music

It’s getting close to the end of the year and the first ‘best of’ lists have begun to surface. I’m a huge fan of such lists because of my constant belief that I’ve missed some cultural zeitgeist or other, so much so that I am currently running about a year behind everyone else in a desperate attempt to keep up. Aside from the usual culprits – book, cd, dvd, movie – on the more musically inclined lists there is always the ‘best gig of the year’ to be considered. And therein lies a sticky (literally for some venues) problem. How do you rate the ‘best gig’? Is it the music? The atmosphere? The energy of the band on stage? The …

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Last night

Note: They always say you should self edit, and whilst I’m no good at that I think it’s only fair to forewarn you that what follows is self-indulgent waffling. You are hereby excused from reading this post. I don’t want to delete it but, seriously, scroll down a bit to the next one, or pick a link from the blogroll on the left. Still reading? Well, don’t say I didn’t warn you… Aside from the usual beer consumption, a couple of Southern Comforts, and some dancing, Friday night was memorable indeed for many reasons, and only some can be revealed here (lest someone read about something that DIDN’T happen). One reason in particular is stuck in my head but it’ll …

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Friday Morning

9 am. I’ll be at the ticket office purchasing a ticket to FINALLY see the Foo Fighters live in Glasgow. If ANYONE gets in my way or generally fucks things up and I fail to get a ticket then I’ll… I’ll.. ohhh I’ll be SOOOO mad… Friday morning. And counting. Ohh and support from The Futureheads and Eagles of Death Metal (a Josh “Queens of the Stone Age” Homme project) should make it pretty darn good.

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T in the Park 2005

Lineup announced. Tickets on sale tomorrow. One of my fav bands, the Foo Fighters are confirmed!! I missed them two years ago when they played Glasgow Green with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and was majorly hacked off. I promised myself I’d catch them next time they appeared in Scotland. Guess what. I’m on holiday in Devon from the 4th to the 18th of July. When’s T in the Park? 9th and 10th of July. Swearing follows…

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Musical Meme

Don’t do these often but I’m lacking inspiration – via Lyle and Uborka 1. What is the total amount of music files on your computer? 48.8 GB at time of writing (9217 songs to be precise). 2. The cd you last bought is: Still waiting to be delivered! The Milk-Eyed Mender by Joanna Newsom. 3. What is the song you last listened to before reading this message? Sabotage by the Beastie Boys, all of 30 seconds ago (currently playing The Truth by Handsome Boy Modelling School). 4. Write down 5 songs you often listen to or that mean a lot to you Telegraph Road – Dire Straits. Reminds me of family holidays in France when I ‘discovered’ Dire Straits early …

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Alive!

It’s Monday morning. Ain’t that great! The birds are singing, the sun is shining, a light breeze ruffles the leaves in the trees. Ain’t life grand. If you want to achieve a similar outlook on a Monday morning simply follow these instructions – they worked for me:1. Ensure your personal listening device (iPod) is playing something loud and uptempo – Foo Fighters, All My Life was on mine.2. Start thinking about what your day holds as you finish the short walk from the station to your office.3. Glance round as you start to cross the road.4. Spin round suddenly as you realise you’ve just stepped out in front of a large lorry, which is moving quite fast.5. Revel in the …

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