Musical notes

Over the past two years, driven largely by my previous co-workers I’ve been exposed to a wider amount and range of music than I have for many a year. On average I was buying at least two albums a month (the large majority being MP3s from iTunes, although the lure of FOPP still resides), none of which were really ‘chart music’ albums. That’s not to say that all chart music is rubbish, far from it. In fact I’m beginning to spot that the charts are starting to reflect a more eclectic set of tastes and I’m guessing that the accessibility of music through MP3 downloads is finally beginning to drive a change to the music industry. The disappointment is, of …

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T in the Park

My feet hurt! Having spent the past two days, wandering round a field, stumbling over tonnes of discarded plastic pint glasses, inhaling enough second-hand hits to keep me high for a week, and only once almost kicking over someone’s line of coke… I have to declare that – T in the Park was fucking excellent. Saturday was a bit of a washout, no it didn’t rain, but our bus to the site was held up by some rather spectacular examples of the species nedous arseholous. By the time we arrived we managed to catch the final chords from British Sea Power’s set, but decided to go and chill out in the hospitality area first. After a few liquid refreshments (unfortunately …

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T in the Park #10

Sunday on the Main Stage Final day of the festival, and here’s the artists appearing on the main stage (reverse order of appearance): Goldie Lookin Chain – never heard of them, so are they worth a gander? Scissor Sisters – No questions here. I WILL be catching them (Mike would never forgive me!) Franz Ferdinand – Probably one of the big draws of the day, why are they on so early? The Thrills – nice album but not sure how it will transfer live, not too fussed if I miss them. PJ Harvey – OOPS not bought her new album yet! First lady of rock, live? You bet! (Anyone for a repeat of THAT Glasto pic?) Kings of Leon – …

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T in the Park #8

Sunday on the NME Stage Again, this is a bit more familiar territory for me, but I’d still love to hear your comments (and you only have to suffer this for another three days). Massive Attack – no question really, MUST SEE. NERD – Not sure about their second album, might be good live though? Badly Drawn Boy – could live without seeing him, but good songs. Goldfrapp – another band I’ve heard a few tracks of but not sure how they’d be live. The Rapture – No thanks. The Killers – Always makes me think of “Live Killers” by Queen. But are they any good? Stellastar – Yet another “next big thing” band, allegedly. Razorlight – Heard good things …

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T in the Park #7

Saturday on the NME Stage Moving away from the dance tent we head to the NME Stage. Rock music reigns, and I’ll feel a bit more comfortable over there (boy will I EVER look out of place in the dance tent). Once again, any advice or previous experience is welcomed. Muse – MUST SEE! No arguments, I’ll probably ending up moshing next to my sister. The Libertines – Not that fussed actually, never really got into them, but I’m sure they will be OK. Wu Tang Clan – Could be good live, could be awful. Undecided as yet. Keane – “miserable Coldplay-esque indie-lite” is fairly accurate. Not that fussed. Funeral for a Friend – Heard of… had a single out …

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Just plain wrong

Smiths Top Beatles. Ahhh ANOTHER reason I don’t read NME. Or is this just their way of drumming up some coverage.. Don’t get me wrong, I like a lot of the Smiths stuff, but “most important rock group of the last 50 years?” I really don’t think so…

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