Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Confession Time

When I was a little girl I believed that the Fine Young Cannibals were actual cannibals and they were trying to get Johnny to come home after he'd try to run away (obviously the rest of the band had been trying to eat him). This is a true story. My brother had an active imagination and managed to mess with his little sister's head quite successfully. There's another story involving Cliff Richard but I don't think I'm ready to share that one just yet.

Monday, 29 August 2011

Bodies of Water - 'Everybody Hurts'

This cover of REM's 'Everybody Hurt's' by Bodies of Water is really lovely. I particularly like the "hold on's". Really hope Bodies of Water tour Europe some time soon, they're great.

Saturday, 27 August 2011

The Growlers - 'Empty Bones'

Here's another band I'm super excited about seeing at End of the Road next weekend. Really like this video/song combination for their song 'Empty Bones', you might recognise the Disney animation as 'The Skeleton Dance'. My favourite part is at about 2min 45 in, love how the music goes all slinky as the skeletons change their shape, works perfectly. Disney was pretty dark on times hey!

Friday, 26 August 2011

Micah P. Hinson - 'Diggin A Grave"

Love this track by Micah P. Hinson, can imagine it being used as a soundtrack for a comedy zombie flick.Very excited about seeing them play next weekend.

The audio takes a good 15 seconds to get started.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Crème Brûlée

How did I not know M Ward and Jim James have a crème brûlée review website? They actually have a website where they review crème brûlée! I wonder if any other musicians do something similar. This would combine two of my most favourite things, Music + Food!  I might explode!

Here's their description of "The standard to which all other brulee shall be held." WARNING - They really do take their crème brûlée's super seriously!

"i am in a forest of cream. my feet sink into sopping wet puddles of deliciousness with every step forward…all around me are trees of sugared caramel all covered in sweet lace burnt amber leaves…i see a volcano explode from afar-at first i am frozen with terror but then i remember that i am a magic child and i have the ability to freeze the lava flames and turn them into sugar! i walk across the creamy forest up to the frozen lava flame and crack off a piece, popping it onto my tongue- sublime! i notice at the bottom of the sugar flame a melted pool of caramel connects it to the earth…i dip my finger in for a taste and i am at the county fair now eating the greatest caramel apple on a stick- perfection! i notice two hummingbirds sitting on the shoulders of a younger mark twain as he licks the caramel off the bottom of his brulee… (IF YOU'VE MADE IT THIS FAR WELL DONE) and for the first time the idea of huckleberry finn pops into his mind and he smiles with the knowledge of future success. he notices me and holds up his brulee in a “cheers” gesture- which i return- thrusting my brulee high into the air in mutual celebration. ladies and gentleman we have found the standard to which all brulee shall be held up to and judged against- the fabulous creation of pastry chef angela reynolds at nashville’s miel restaurant."


Not a fan of them personally, more of a chocolate gateau kinda lady.

Sunday, 21 August 2011

'Brilliant Mind' - Furniture

Continuing with my 80's kick, I woke up with the excellent 'Brilliant Mind' by Furniture in my head this morning. Their one hit single, it only surprisingly made it to number 21 back in 1986. After the band disbanded, lead singer Jim Irvin went on to become a music journo working at Melody Maker and then Mojo. He also produced the first demos by the band Gay Dad, their single, "Oh Jim" was apparently dedicated to him.

Thanks to my brilliant brother for his encyclopedic knowledge of 80's music, he was able to tell me straight away without any help from the Internet Brilliant Mind's highest chart position. If you ever need to know anything about 80's music he's your guy, more reliable than the entire Internets!

Saturday, 20 August 2011

My Teeny Weeny Strawberry

Wye Oak

Love 'Civilian' by Wye Oak. Jenn's strong vocals are perfect for this song.

I've just bought my ticket to see them at XOYO (London) in November.  I used We Got Tickets (£11 with booking fee included) and I think they had 8 or so left. Should be a great show.

Friday, 19 August 2011

Pause on the music blog stuff...

...here's a photo of one of my Californian Poppies. Suddenly my garden comes to life just as Summer is coming to an end. C'mon broccoli, show me something I can eat!

Old Top 40's

I have lots of childhood memories of my and my brother doing the Sunday lunch roast dishes while listening to the top 40 countdown on the radio. By the time the countdown had finished our youthful metabolisms would have us polishing off any leftovers usually intended for dinner driving my mum mad. Anyway, I had the great pleasure of accidentally stumbling across an 80's chart show on Radio Jersey the other day. Listening to it is not quite the same without my brother's ad lib and my mum's cooking but it still pretty good in a comfort blanket/educational kind of a way. Here's one of the songs that caught my attention, forgot how good the 80's were.

To listen go here and look for the 'Sunday Vintage Chart Show' on every Sunday at 5pm.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

New Low Video - 'Especially Me'

Yes! Low have released a video for 'Especially Me'. I am particularly happy because it is one of my favourite songs off their latest album C'mon.

Mimi is on singing duties and pretty much the focus of the video with it all turning particularly epic at 3 mins in with a crescendo of Mimi's, some guitar riff strut faces from Alan and a steady solid show from Steve. Did I mention I love this song? Heaven. Thank you Mimi/Low, please keep making music forever.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Summer and a great M Ward video

Okay, okay, enough of this frolicking around enjoying the summer, I am forcing myself to sit down and write for whoever out there reads this blog. This might also stop me eating my own body weight in potato salad.

As you might have guessed I am starting to get very excited about the End of the Road festival happening at the beginning of September. We're toying with the idea of taking a van instead of a tent this year, not sure if we'll actually run with this because of the significant extra costs. Basically if we get a good deal on a van then we'll do it.

If you're a late comer to End of the Road and are stuck without a ticket then it's worth checking http://www.thetickettrust.com/Store/ for returns. The festival sold out in record time this year so I'm guessing the returns will go just as quickly. If you want more info try https://twitter.com/EOTR and http://www.endoftheroadfestival.com/.

Can't wait to see this guy - also check out his mad fingers, it's like they're made out of jelly! Not sure why this video only has just under 3000 views.

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Snoop Doggy Dawg

Love this!  via Reddit... [link here]

"I played one damn snoop album for my dog last night and she's been like this ever since..."


Postcard from Italy

So our holidays are over and my nose is already firmly back on the grindstone ...BUT I do have 9 days of awesome memories that involved spending time with loads of wonderful friends and family, my Sicilian friend's wedding, seeing a volcano erupt from my hotel balcony, swimming in the sea 8 times (in Sicily and Jersey), a beach bbq, building sand boats, being trapped in a 15 course feast and making it out alive before the 16th course, ice creams... the list goes on. Admittedly I could have done without falling down a stairs but a few dips in the freezing cold English Channel quickly cancelled out any pain and general feeling I had left in my body so all was good.

I haven't really got up to speed with the music world yet, been too busy polishing off the kilo of Sicilian biscuits we picked up on our last day in Sicily. Buying them involved me standing on my own in a little bakery infront of a whole family who didn't speak a word of English while I tried to rein-act an aeroplane. Very awkward at the time, fun to think back on.

The day before we got back we had the horrible news that our local high street in Peckham was being smashed up, burnt and looted. We tried not to let this get to us but it's impossible not to worry when you see such scenes of carnage on the news. Luckily our home wasn't affected but it is unnerving to watch places you walk by, places you shop being smashed up on live tv. Things seem calm again for now, I hope they can stay this way.

All in all it's good to be back but I still wish I was on holiday.

Friday, 5 August 2011

Was thinking about doing some writing...

...but the urge petered out right about here. #holidays #sunshine #ahhhh

Wednesday, 3 August 2011


Sorry for the lack of posts, I've been on holiday and am just about to embark on another one. This was the view from our hotel room in Sicily last Saturday. The bright orange flame is Mount Etna shooting lava into the night sky, it was amazing. We could also hear it booming, it sounded like distant rumbles of thunder.
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