• Who Killed Amanda Palmer?

    Ago 13 2008, 22h32

    Who Killed Amanda Palmer?

    Ok, it's bad, getting a naughty copy of the album but I'm seeing her live next Thursday and I want to at least know the songs a bit better than I used to. Most I've heard before, live and on video (she's been releasing WKAP videos on Youtube) - but - fuck me; I LOVE THIS ALBUM.

    I didn't want to be one of those 'Amanda I love everything that shits out of your arse' kind of fans that seem to populate message boards etc. but right this minute, I'm sure I would love everything that shits out of her arse. Because this album is so godamned good.

    To dispel those rumours I've just started about me loving everything that she shits out of her arse, I hated her version of 'Everybody Hurts' - so I don't love everything.

    But this, this album?
    You've guessed it ... I'll say it again ... I love it.

    And I'm SO intrigued now about the video forLeeds United. I went out with Steven (Danger Ensemble) on Saturday night, and he said they were starting rehearsals this week for the video, with a famous burlesque troupe. However, the only thing he could find, with the name of the troupe (I've forgotten their name) on the internet is a bunch of grannies or something. Which I think could be awesome, however the film-maker wasn't too amused apparently.

    Anyhoo - I'm going to continue listening to the album - then St. Vincent. I'd forgotten how much I love Annie Clark's voice.
  • butterflies in my belly ...

    Jul 21 2008, 4h50

    ... today I'm seeing World/Inferno Friendship Society for the first time AND apparently doing a photoshoot with them. I tried calling their tour manager yesterday but no answer, I don't know if they were still flying over from Germany. I'm not good at doing things on 'a wing and a prayer'. I tried to call my friend who I'm staying with in Brighton, her husband answered and we had a chat. They had horrendous hangovers and she was apparently lying on the bed rocking back and forth. I told him what time I was arriving and he said 'ok' - so I have no idea how I'm getting from the station to hers. It's all so UP IN THE GODAMNED AIR!

    Recently I got back in touch with my younger cousin, Curtis (he's about 7 years younger than me I think), and we're surprisingly quite similar in our music tastes. I'm trying to persuade him to get his booty together and get his ass from Ipswich to London for the World/Inferno Friendship Society show - he's a big fan of The Dresden Dolls and when I told him that Brian Viglione is drumming he was very interested. Then I showed him the documentary on and he wants to come. I doubt he'll get his sheckles together though, which would be sad.

    I know it will all work out but I'm a stress case at the best of times.

    I can't WAIT to see them - I'm seeing them on Friday too - then The Charlatanson Saturday at the Ben and Jerry's Sundae on the Common thang. The Charlatans and free ice-cream. What more could a girl want eh
  • Just over a week to go ...

    Jul 11 2008, 4h59

    ... until I finally see World/Inferno Friendship Society for the first time. I was SO relieved when I realised they were playing when I was on school holidays (I'm a teacher - not a student!) - which meant that I could see them in Brighton as well as London :)

    Obviously I'm excited to see Brian Viglione [from The Dresden Dolls] again, who's drumming with them. He says the tour is going really well, I think he's having much fun.

    Also, getting very excited about the strong possibility of a photo shoot with them ... wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

    Bring on the 21st and the 25th :)
  • The Charlatans - You Cross My Path (review as I listen for the first time)

    Mar 8 2008, 6h55

    I can't write reviews - so this is just my responses as I'm listening to the album for the first time.

    Oh! Vanity - the first time I heard this I was watching the 'Dead Disco' live video that Alan McGee had uploaded. It didn't sound great but I really did hear overtones of New Order on it and that was always good. When they played it live I was hooked. A very catchy tune which is always good. A STONKER!

    Bad Days - A song that already resonates with me. I always think that Tim Burgess' use of 'baby' in songs is his LA'isms - quite sweet for a guy from Northwich! (and yes - I have been there!)
    Definitely an album track but I'm already tapping my foot along.
    Already I'm loving this album WAY more than Simpatico (not difficult though).

    Mis-Takes - it's so weird hearing a keyboard being used in a 'non- Charlatans' way. Perhaps this one could be a grower - not grabbing me straight away.

    The Misbegotten - oooh liking the opening to this. Seems a lot more scathing this album - a bit of vitriol in the lyrics. The song itself isn't living up to the opening, I like it. But not grabbing me as much as the opening promised.

    A Day for Letting Go - Good to hear the keyboard :)Oooh who does this sound like? I quite like this - a lot different. Yes, this is hitting the button.

    You Cross My Path - well - like Blackened Blue Eyes, they released the best track (it seems) first. This is a stonker of a single and is pure Charlatans - which makes me so bloody happy!

    Missing Beats (of a Generation) - ok - catchy - but the lyrics annoy me a bit. Chugs along at a pleasant pace.

    My Name Is Despair - opens with a crowd cheering or calling out - this is so New Order/ Joy Division it's untrue. BUT that is not a bad thing. I actually really like this. Not their usual fare, however it's really intriguing.

    Bird/Reprise - I really like this - a very sweet song and Tim's voice sounds great on it. I'm already singing along.

    This Is the End Noooo not already! LOVING THE OPENING - has echoes of Oh! Vanity in it. Is it an instrumental? No ... phew!
    Is this signalling the end of The Charlatans? Noooooo. Another great Charlatans track. Good pumping chorus which will have the crowds punching the air!

    All in all a really great album. I will definitely be buying the hard copy. Wees all over Simpatico (but that isn't difficult) and now I'm wishing I had got tickets to go and see them this year. I thought perhaps it would be a good idea to have a year off from The Charlatans! WHAT WAS I THINKING????? (I'm trying to save money where and however possible this year)
  • Survey type-thingy

    Jan 5 2008, 9h33

    1. How did you get into 29? Nine Inch Nails
    - via Depeche Mode and my love of Industrial Music
    Someone recommended them to me and I've loved them ever since. Can't believe they're only 29!

    2. What was the first song you ever heard by 22? Siouxsie and the Banshees

    I have no idea - probably Cities in Dust

    3. What’s your favorite lyric by 33? The Strokes
    "Take me away
    See I've got to explain
    Things, they have changed
    In such a permanent way
    Life seems unreal
    Can we go back to your place?
    Oh, "You drink too much"
    Makes me drink just the same" - Alone Together

    4. What is your favorite album by 49? I haven't got a 49 so I'll pick Regina Spektor off 48.

    Begin to Hope

    5. How many albums by 13 do you own? Lycia
    All of them!

    6. What is your favorite song by 50? Gene

    Speak To Me Someone

    7. Is there a song by 39 that makes you sad? Navid Modiri & Gudarna

    Don't have a 39 - so I'll pick a 38 again, This Mortal Coil

    Oh god YES - Another Day

    8. What is your favorite album by 15? New Model Army

    Has to be Thunder And Consolation

    9. What is your favorite song by 5? Kasabian

    Club Foot - of course

    10. Is there a song by 6 that makes you happy? The Cure

    "The Exploding Boy" - don't ask!

    11. What is your favorite album by 40? The Brian Jonestown Massacre
    Give It Back

    12. What is your favorite song by 10? The Cooper Temple Clause

    Blind Pilots

    13. What is a good memory you have involving 30? Don't have a 30 - so I'll use 29 again. Nine Inch Nails

    Seeing them at the Astoria and Trent Reznor landing sweatily on my head. Heaven!!!

    14. What is your favorite song by 38? Pulp

    Ansaphone - b-side of erm ... can't remember

    15. Is there a song by 19 that makes you happy? The Beatles

    There are many songs that make me laugh! Probably I Am the Walrus - that song IS funny

    16. How many times have you seen 25 live? Joy Division

    None - I was 7 when Ian Curtis killed himself. However I HAVE seen New Order about 7-8 times and they played Joy Division songs which was virtually seeing Joy Division!

    17. What is the first song you ever heard by 23? The Jesus and Mary Chain

    April Skies

    18. What is your favorite album by 11? Rasputina

    Cabin Fever!

    19. Who is a favorite member of 1? The Dresden Dolls

    I love them both in their own ways - Amanda Palmer for being a fucking great song writer, amazing performer and scaring the beejeezus outta me!
    Brian Viglione for being a sweetheart and he is a stunning performer and I can also say he's a good friend :)

    20. Have you ever seen 14 live? Jason Webley

    Yes, he was one of the acts when The Dresden Dolls played the Roundhouse - November 2006

    This did go up to 50 but I just couldn't face doing any more! ha ha
  • YAY

    Jan 5 2008, 9h06

    I'm finally scrobbling! hu-fuckin'-rah!

    Listening to CocoRosie at the moment - me like a LOT!
  • Scrobbling but not showing on here :(

    Jan 4 2008, 8h47

    what's going on?????
  • Be rude about your TOP 20 ...

    Dez 26 2007, 6h42

    ... I saw someone else do this so I thought I'd do it!

    dresden dolls
    Aren't touring the UK this year - gits

    The Charlatans
    Released Simpatico - faux reggae shite

    Officer Kicks
    Smelly South London twats - can't stand 'em (lol)

    The Cure
    After all these years the lead singer STILL can't put his make-up on properly - twat

    Still live at home with their mums

    Depeche Mode
    Macro - need I say any more?

    Dead Can Dance
    Aren't recording together any more - bastards

    Manic Street Preachers
    Lost their most attractive member - careless!

    The Cooper Temple Clause
    Used to have stupid haircuts - still can't really forgive them for that!

    (the next one on my list is Radio 2 - because I listen to podcasts by Russell Brand and Mark Kermode - I'm not counting them they're DJs NOT artists!)

    Proper musicians - what's that all about then?

    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
    Their lead singer has an interesting collection of beach wear - I know cos I've seen him!

    Have never toured Britain - gits

    Jason Webley
    Wears scary masks - eek!

    New Model Army

    Crusty, clog-wearing, smelly gits

    Cocteau Twins
    Doesn't sing in bloody English or any other known language!

    Elliot Smith

    Lead singer looks like Blix out of Legend.

    The Beatles
    Half of them are dead - and they're Liverpudlian! (couldn't resist sorry! I don't dislike Liverpudlians - honestly)

    Lisa Gerrard
    Too serious for her own good - really - is it healthy to be THAT serious?
  • There is a reason why I'm playing absolute shite at the moment ...

    Dez 16 2007, 17h22

    ... I'm doing my students' Christmas Music Quiz - which means downloading from iTunes loads of lame tunes I'd never normally listen to.

    So far I have:

    Apologize - Timberland
    About You - Sugababes
    Rihanna - Umbrella

    it's driving me insane!
  • Brian Viglione ... with Jesse Malin (hee hee)

    Nov 8 2007, 10h54

    Jesse Malin - Carling Islington Academy [6/11/07]

    Anyway ... then it was Tuesday night. Brian Viglione had emailed me during the day to let me and Dave know that our passes were on the door and that he'd meet us outside the venue. I met up with Dave and Joe Black outside, and we sat on the cold concrete chatting [there's something special about The Dresden Dolls' fans - I've made so many friends through this band!] - Brian popped his head out to say he'd be a bit longer - so we sat and chatted more. Then he dived out, we all got huge hugs, and we went off for noodles. I felt bad for ixny'ing his idea of going to Wagamamas, but I fucking HATE Wagamamas. I've just never had a decent meal in there. I'm sure their food is better for meat eaters than veggies. So we went to Gourmet Buffet - an eat all you can noodle bar - which was actually really nice. Apparently the fried bananas rocked but I wasn't convinced enough to try them!

    After eating Dave quickly grabbed a few photos outside - Brian jumped into Dave's and Joe's arms respectively, I can't wait to see those photos! I always look crap in photos, but here are the ones of my photos with Brian:

    [photos courtesy of Dave Rutherford]

    I was so nervous about meeting him and I have no idea why. He's just such a sweet guy.
    And it was wonderful seeing him drum again. I'm not a huge fan of Jesse Malin, he's not really my kind of thang, however he was interesting to shoot, and I was really enjoying a lot of it ... he is certainly charismatic - however there were the talky bits; they bored me a tad!

    You can see the rest of the photos (being added slowly but surely] http://www.flickr.com/photos/the_polstar/sets/72157602978623305/show/.