Nothing to see here

A brief recap of a crap week. It started well on Monday (yeah that surprised me too) with a good day being productive and positive, which was topped off by a better evening at the Massive Attack gig. Tuesday was ok, and dinner with my parents to celebrate my Dad’s birthday was nice and then I went home, noticed a pain in my back at some point and… And since then that’s been the story of my week. That pain turned out to be a pulled muscle that kept me awake for most of the next three nights and rendered any attempt to turn my head or shoulders into a sharp stabbing pain that throbbed most of the day. So …

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Massive Attack

Monday evening saw me heading into Glasgow, specifically to the O2 Academy, to indulge in some sonic overloading courtesy of Massive Attack, denizens of dub, trip hop and… whatever the kids are calling their brand of electronic noise. I’ve always been a fan and can still remember, as I’m sure many others do, picking up a copy of their first album Blue Lines based on hearing the stunning single Unfinished Sympathy. Listening to it now it still remains fresh and unique, and whilst that has dulled somewhat in more recent offerings, they remain able to pull out something different, keeping them relative when other similar bands of the time have fallen away. I have seen them play live at T …

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Coming Soon

A few months ago I was asked to speak at a conference in Nottingham. A few months ago I bought tickets for a couple of gigs, one in Manchester (Elbow), one in Glasgow (Massive Attack). I didn’t really think about these things much until this week when I realised they were all coming up in the next month, all within the same two weeks. I travel down to Manchester on a Friday, back up the next day. Tuesday the next week finds me hopping on a plane down to East Midlands airport for a few nights in Nottingham, back up on the Friday, and then on the Monday evening following that I’m in Glasgow for the Massive Attack gig. Funny …

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Desert Island Time Limit

Pick eight significant songs to take to your desert island, but you only have two days to come up with them, said Rob. 1. Angel by Massive Attack The pounding bassline grabs you by throat whilst Horace Andy’s gentle falsetto sings of the unrequited love of a dark menace. My desert island will have a very loud sound system and immersing myself in this growling, heaving, throbbing track will provide both aggressive relief and calming breaths. It’s the paradox that this track offers that makes it a compulsive, repeat, listen for me. 2. The Other Side by David Gray This one is all about the lyrics. Soft piano chords introduce a sad song, minor keys mirror the hope of a …

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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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Off the beaten

Quick aside: What is the point of having your wedding list available on a website, when you can’t actually see, or find, a description of what the cryptic product code means? John Lewis I’m looking at you! I don’t know what COPPER DIAM B/C is, when I click on the link you handily provide, I get a message saying “No picture available for this product” and when I search the rest of your site I get nothing except curtain rods. Prize for the first person who can provide a LINK to this item on the John Lewis website (I know what it is now, but STILL can’t find a link!). Anyway, after unsuccessfully trying to buy a wedding gift online …

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T in the Park – so far

As promised here is a ‘quick’ recap of your feedback so far. The bands are listed in no particular order, with the acts I’ll be trying the hardest to catch in bold. Ben Kweller – recommended by Gillian and Robyn Thea Gilmore – tentatively recommended by David Michael Franti – Gillian says “MUST see” and Mike confirms that he “should be excellent” Spearhead – Another “MUST see” according to Gillian Electric Six – “put on a great show” said Adrian Mull Historical Society – recommended by Diamond Geezer, “must see” said Graybo, “Nice boys, good tunes” said Mike Orbital – “oh God, yes, YES” climaxed Mike Amy Winehouse – Mike suspects “that it might all come together on stage” Alfie …

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100th WindowPicked up the new Massive Attack album today. Hugely disappointing on a first listen, lacks the power of Mezzanine, or any of the wonderful melodies from either of the first two albums.. what a shame.

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