• Swings and Arrows

    11. Okt. 2006, 1:53

    I've been a little out of love with music the last few years, and this is mainly due to the emergence of bands like Franz Ferdinand, Razorlight, Arctic Monkeys and the Automatic. For a while I wasn't buying any records or looking for anything new.

    My sister asked me to rip one of her dance collections to her MP3 player, and after having done so, the thought crossed my mind to copy the plethora of compilations and b-sides onto my computer, mainly so they're all in one place and easily accessible.

    I'm very glad I've done so, as I've since discovered some diamonds within the rough, and I now have new areas to explore. It's just a shame that this music tends mainly to have been recorded in the last century, and very little of it was created after 1979. So while I'm glad that I've found 'new' music to listen to, I'm a little annoyed that there's very little genuinely new material around that sparks me.

    Anyway, a list of music I am currently enjoying:

    * Bonnie and Clyde

    * I Killed The Zeitgeist

    * Marvin Gaye

    * Takk

    * The Clash

    * PopArt

    * Lost in the Plot

    * How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
  • Egotistical twat

    24. Aug. 2006, 20:34

    Yes, I do listen to music performed by myself far too much. I can't help it, it's a comfort blanket. And given that when I was 18, I could barely sing and I certainly couldn't play guitar, the fact that I can do both reasonably well these days is very reassuring to me.

    But obviously I'm still an egotistical twat.
  • Rock might not be as dead as I'd previously thought

    1. Jan. 2006, 21:07

    I bought some CDs in the post-christmas sale. Whereas once upon a time I would buy the year's best solo albums, these days I'm concentrating on building up my record collection by exploring the 60s to 90s, and finding new stuff that way, as to be frank, I don't think I'm getting anything from today's artists.

    Having said that, I am thoroughly enjoying the Tears' debut album. I am a huge Suede fan, and Dog Man Star is one of my favourites, but I was procrastinating over buying the this new CD as I wasn't sure any good could come of it. And though it does sound a bit like the last Suede album, and Bernard Butler's probably spreading himself a bit thin by being involved in three million different projects, but it's got wings, and it takes flight on more that a few occasions.

    See the problem is, when I look back at the 60s, I see bands involved in friendly competition, pushing each other to write the best albums that they could. The Beatles took inspiration from the artists that went before them and the music that was all around them. Now look at today. Can you see that kind of environment anywhere? Do Franz Ferdinand make people want to go out and better them? That's the way the best songs have come to us in the past, through songwriters being inspired by other peoples work.

    There's not a lot of it around at the moment. But The Tears make me want to play guitar.
  • Rock is dead

    16. Dez. 2005, 22:32

    I'm bored with it all. I'm bored with the 'the' bands. I'm bored with this art school shit. The singer's Hitler hairdo is making me feel ill. The Kills, the Thrill, The Stills, The Hands, The Knees and The Bomsadayses.

    I've been listening to Oasis recently. Fantastic melodies. One of their b-sides is worth everything Pete Doherty's ever done. I saw them live at the SECC on Wednesday night, and I was not let down. Zak Starkey in particular was awesome.

    Mind you, what does that say about the Beatles influence?