Friday, 22 August 2008

Saturday Round Up on a Friday

This week my Saturday Round Up has slipped to Friday but, while it seems that everyone I know is taking in some rays on some beach on the Costa Brava, I think it’s excusable.

This week (or maybe it was last week) Terrible Love Songs blogged about:

Dengue Fever’s superb free concert @ the Rough Trade East store.

Dengue Fever @ Rough Trade East

Abi, from Stress Management, became the first music blogger to be interviewed by TLS as part of a new weekly feature on this blog called ‘Music Lives on the Internet’. Basically it’s a chance for music bloggers to tell you what bands they think you should be listening to and for them to recommend good music blogs and great venues. I also hope to give you some insight into the mind of a music blogger and their views on the music business.

To check out the interview, click here.

Pitchfork TV put up a three part series about what was behind the making of Public Enemy's stonkingly fantastic LP, 'It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back'.

In the News:

  • The BBC reported about dogs who have auditioned to take part in a special choir which will pay musical tribute to legendary dog hero Swansea Jack.
Sing along songs included Bob Dylan, Happy Birthday and Hooray for Hollywood

  • The BBC also reported the return of the Childrens TV classic The Banana Splits. Within a few days of reporting that they also posed the question: “did the Banana Splits inspire Bob Marley?”, comparing its sing-a-long theme tune to Marley’s hit Buffalo Soldier.

Here are both of the songs, what do you think? Basically I think they are talking about the tra-la-la bit. I’m not sure about this!

The Tra la la Song (One Banana, Two Banana) [The Banana Splits] - Liz Phair / Material Issue

And Bob Marley's Buffalo Soldier:

  • And as Michael Phelps swam his way into the Olympic record books with his 11th Olympic gold medal making him the top Olympian of all time, the Guardian reported on what he eats to help push him to victory. On the list were three fried-egg sandwiches, a bowl of grits, three slices of French toast, three chocolate chip pancakes (that’s just breakfast so far), half a kilo of enriched pasta, an entire pizza etc the list goes on.
Seems to be working for him.

On the subject of food, I saw this interesting article on the Time website looking at what’s on family dinner tables in fifteen different homes around the globe.,29307,1626519,00.html
A noticeable contrast was the food expenditure for a week in Chad which was $1.23 compared to $341.98 for one of the families in the US. I thought the Mexican family’s food display looked pretty healthy till I saw the gallons of coke lining the back of the table.

Bands I’ve Been Listening To:

Freddie Stevenson (Check out ‘Easy Now’ on his MySpace page which starts with the lyric “JK Rowling’s been following me around/ I’ve even thought of moving to another town/I even went and hid in the police station/till she wrote me an explanation.”)

Xavier Rudd

Thao with The Get Down Stay Down

Final Thought

Convicted pedophile and former UK glam rock star Gary Glitter (real name Paul Francis Gudd) has been released after serving just under three years of his sentence in a Vietnamese prison for child sexual abuse charges. The ongoing soap opera-esque saga of his days since his release has been spent in airports, trying to avoid returning to the UK, with some seventeen countries having refused him entry (latest one China (Hong Kong) (at the time of writing). This had led to this quite funny image being put together by collapsibletank drawing similarities with the movie The Terminal where Viktor Navorski (played by Tom Hanks) basically lives in an airport (For the record, I am not comparing Hanks as a person in anyway to Glitter). If you ask me (which no one is), I reckon Glitter should be sent back to solitary, only this time be forced to listen to a copy of his greatest hits on a non stop loop. He might understand the misery his singing career caused the rest of the world.

So what does Senator Clay Davis of the excellent HBO series 'The Wire' have to say about all this?

Be well and be alert,


P.S. Will somebody please find this guy a girlfriend! (Be warned: This video is probably not suitable for watching at work (NSFW))

I Google Myself - Erik Weiner


Cookiemouse said...

Buffalo Soldier is one of my all time favourite songs.

chalky said...

And a fine tune it is! I have a Bob Marley song as one of my all time favs as well - 'Trench Town Rock'

"One good thing about music
when it hits you
you feel no pain
hit with music
hit with music"


Cookiemouse said...

I'm surrounded by musicians at the moment. I hang out with a lot of Conservatorium graduates, so I know that there can be exceptions, and it can sometimes be painful when the music hits you.

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