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Monday, June 22, 2009

NSPCC Show, This Saturday (June 27th), The Royal Oak, Ipswich.

This is a reminder for everyone that forgets I am in a band, or just reads this blog so that you have something to talk to me about when the room goes quiet. We are playing in support of the NSPCC this Saturday at The Royal Oak, Ipswich. We are on stage at 9pm, there is a map for the venue here.

As part of some work we are doing with Vodafone, they are bringing a film crew to the show. They will be filming our set, and interviewing a few people in the crowd. Make sure you come along and get your face in front of the camera.

A link to the Facebook event here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=89798226075

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Battlefield

I have no idea why, but I am pretty addicted to this song. I've liked a lot of the Ryan Tedder stuff I've heard, but never really fell for any of it and the intro of this didn't grab me initially, but by the time the "better get your armour" lyric kicked in I was sold.

You can go to the YouTube page and click on the HQ button to get better quality audio, but you can check it out here too:



Facebook/RSS Readers go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTjgKLRg5p4

Saturday, June 06, 2009

I Do Not Hook Up

Is it just me, or does the backing singer look a little awkward with the guitar...like she got told to dress up to be a backing singer and then Dave the guitarist didn't turn up and everyone was like.."oh, hey, don't even worry about it...janine the backing singer can do it, here you go love, chuck this on...this is a blues riff in B, watch us for the changes and try to keep up...."



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpvOa57iLhU

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Terminator, Band Meetings and Regina Spektor...all good things.

Woke up late this morning after going to a late-night showing of the new Terminator movie with Dan and his gf, Maz. Holy shit that film was dark, bleak, violent and brilliant. It has none of the slight tongue-in-cheek, bank-handed humour that the second and third films had. There is no lull, no slow parts where the story lumbers along, it just beats you in the face with the oppressive post-apocalyptic violence of the Terminator world, and that's exactly what I wanted. I scarcely believed that my fully heterosexual man-crush on Christian Bale could get any bigger, but it's reaching new levels. I mean, I've loved the Terminator films and Batman since I was a kid (I watched T2 on a tiny little TV at my grandparents house very late at night when I should have been sleeping and remember being blown away with the liquid metal effects...yeah, I was a geek as a kid too, what a shock).

So yesterday we got back to band business with our first meeting for a while. Band meetings remind me of Flight Of The Conchords, but you gotta keep your shit together and you can't talk business too much at rehearsal/writing sessions as it gets in the way.

Anyway, if you don't know already, we are working on a project with Vodafone at the moment, they are coming in to talk to us about how our band works, how we use technology, how we record - just general stuff that bands do really. We are looking for some people to come and get involved with this project with us, and talk to Vodafone about being a fan of music. If you are interested in getting involved it's on Monday, 29th June 2009 near Ipswich (Vodafone/ODL will cover your travel expenses to get there, within reason) and all you gotta do is come and talk about the band, and they may well be filming you talk too.

Vodafone will also be filming at our show at The Royal Oak, Ipswich on Saturday 27th June - as well as filming the show, they will be interviewing people on camera afterwards, so if you want to get your face on camera, then get yourself down there.

In geeky studio news (I know you're all on the edge of your seats about that), I have just ordered some new microphones, stands, pop-shields and cables which makes me very happy. I started mixing properly in the new studio at the weekend and am fighting to find time to mix and write in there at the moment. If there's one thing I'm learning to do this year, it's manage my time better. I say no to a lot more things, and try and be a bit more realistic about how long things take. I seem to be doing ok at the moment, I am waiting for this to fall apart at any moment.

OK, time to go and do things. I know you only read this for the links to cool music videos, so here is Regina Spektors video for "Laughing With". Facebook/RSS readers can go to http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=58073111


Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Ego (Remix)

Seeing as my last post was Kanye West related, I figured I'd post up this remix of Beyonce's "Ego". I prefer the remix, but there is a link to the original on the youtube page if you want it. Not sure about the hundres of photos of Jay-Z and Beyonce in the video , but if you can forget about that, then it's a good tune and I love the lyrics ;)

As usual, Facebook/RSS Readers can go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJ_P0IY2jEo

Monday, June 01, 2009

Mr Hudson, Kanye West, Supernova and my ability to spot a great song.

Can I pick a hit or what? The other day I posted up a video by a band called Mr Hudson & The Library. I heard the song as one of those "recommended tracks" on iTunes Genius. I must have listened to 50 or more track samples that day, most of which I ignored, but that one was different so I got the album and posted up the video here.

Later that day, I'm listening to the radio and totally by coincidence Ben from Mr Hudson is on Trevor Nelson's show, apparently Kanye West liked the stuff he'd done and invited him to work on some other projects in Hawaii, and appears on his new single, which is of course awesome. Glad to know that I have as good an ear as Kanye ;)

Here's the song. Not sure how long it'll stay up as there's a download link in the description, but search for it if it's not here. Facebook/RSS readers can go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nb0FTXLGADQ

 
 
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