Music is dead

February 21, 2010 at 6:00 pm (Uncategorized)

Well, productive 2 months on here hasn’t it?

Truth be told, 2010’s been a fucking grand year so far. Had a fantastic fake-birthday party of karaoke in Holborn where so many good friends came down and lots of people said it was the best night out they’ve had in ages. Been to some great shows – The Hope Conspiracy stands out but among that also seen Crime In Stereo, Living Nightmare, Break The Habit, Alkaline Trio (in the bloody Underworld!)…in fact I’ve virtually lost count. Discovered a great venue in Stoke Newington only a ten minute drive (or 45 min bus ride) away and KScores played our first shows of 2010 – supporting Nothington in Kingston and a headline show in Bury St Edmunds which was wild.

I’ve been working out a lot this year, really aiming to get back in the fitness regime and get motivation. I just love it, it helps me deal with any stress and helps me forget about shit that’s bothering me and if who doesn’t like staying in shape. Aiming to get close to a 6 pack by the summer really. Just want that CK underwear model type body really.

But yeah, busy busy but in a good way. Means I’ve neglected this and not really paid enough attention. I’ll still keep this going but sporadically – I’m also gonna use tumblr cos basically I keep posting funny music videos of dodgy bands on youtube my mate suggested I started a blog…so I did

http://musicisdead.tumblr.com/

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Good shiz in 2009

December 23, 2009 at 1:43 pm (Uncategorized)

It’s actually been a fucking great year for music, but sadly it’s sort of passed me by. I dunno, it’s a lot harder for me to be blown away by something these days, and I just didn’t feel the need to check out as much music. The first 6 months of the year, so much of my energy went into Keeping Scores it was almost like I was avoiding other music so I could focus on my own songwriting, or focus on finding other smaller/DIY bands to book shows with and that. Plus, working in the pop side of the industry and having friends working in the industry meant that I often seeked solace away from music. Working in this business can worryingly damage one’s enthusiasm for it at times.

However, it’s been a good year so it would be rude not to look at albums I really enjoyed.

What Rocked in 2009

Converge – ‘Axe To Fall’

In my opinion, their finest release. One the die hards may disagree, but for me my love of Converge was more them as a band on the whole, rather than a particular release. ‘Jane Doe’ was probably my favourite before but only just – there was never a clear standout until this came along. Maybe the added metal element (it sounds like they’ve listened to a LOT of Mastodon) makes it that much more face-melting and much more memorable. I never thought I’d hear myself humming Converge songs to myself but I actually do now, ‘Dark Horse’ is just face-meltingly brilliant!

The Dangerous Summer ‘Reach For The Sun’

It’s really nothing massively new – simple, catchy pop rock songs. Very similar to The Starting Line, but with darker lyrical content and a bit more of an emo element but still sounding BIG. It’s pretty much right up my street, but because so many bands lately have failed miserably at it I guess it makes this seem all the more triumphant. It’s just a lot more honest, real and genuine than a lot of their contemporaries. I hope they come to the UK soon.

Make Do and Mend – ‘Bodies Of Water’

I’m not sure if it counts as an album, but the record is 12″ and it’s just so good that I’m including it anyway. I love my somewhat sensitive 90s inspired emo but some of the latter 2000s bands can be a bit TOO sugary (The Panic Division for example) and the likes of Make Do And Mend have this but with a bit of an element of hardcore and gruff to truly revive the sound Renee Heartfelt and Grade were so good at. Bit of an epic feel about it, perfect for nighttime driving.

Coalesce – ‘ox’

It’s actually the best Coalesce record yet. Seeing as they’re pretty much the finest heavy band there is, it’s inevitably going to be one of the year’s strongest albums. The production is meaty as hell, and sounds very crisp but NOT overproduced. One of the only things I felt held Coalesce back was the quality of the recordings. Don’t get me wrong, I like raw and organic sounding stuff, but seriously brutal music can benefit from an added bit of punch to the production, which this has, making it one of the finest hardcore releases in years.

Our Time Down Here – ‘Live, Love, Let, Go’

It’s great when a band you’re close friends with make amazing music too. Perhaps consequently there’s an element of bias here but it’s just with so much bullshit in hardcore, be it overly macho brainless tough guy bollocks or the whole ‘ooh I’m so trendy with my boat shoes, Rough Trade bag and stripey V-neck with cringeworthy chest tattoo’ shite…it makes OTDH all the more necessary. Definitely the ones to take over from The Steal as the torchbearers for good, honest and meaningful UK hardcore with a good message behind it. The more singalong-y Shook Ones like choruses gave them that added appeal. Great album.

Title Fight – ‘The Last Thing You Forget’

Pop-punk hit a bit of a stumbling block in 08 at times with loads of girly mincy haircut bands still ruling the roost, and the alternative was bands with hardcore elements and beatdowns and that. At first it was fun..but then more and more AND MORE bands came along with the same verse-chorus-DROP D CHUG-CHUG formula and it got SO tiresome. Title Fight are among a string of new bands going back to simply being fast, melodic and fun and gimmick free. Think early Saves The Day. It’s very good stuff.

Loma Prieta – ‘Dark Mountain’

There hasn’t been too much great screamo in 2009 in my opinion, and some releases from very strong bands have not really lived up to what I was hoping for. But this band always impress, blending the skramz with post-rock and creating something very powerful indeed. Not quite up to Envy’s standards but still very, very good indeed.

Some other cracking treats

The Hope Conspiracy – ‘true nihilist’ – Only an EP, but stunning. 3 of the best songs all year.

Narrows – ‘New Distances’ – Didn’t quite live up to the teaser EP, and it is Botch lite in a sense, but it’s still ten times better than most modern metallic hardcore.

Polar Bear Club – ‘Chasing Hamburg’ – MASSIVE improvement on a fairly dull predecessor. Much rockier and ballsier. Solid melodic punk

Half Hearted Hero – ‘Defining Redefining’ – Fast, technical & emotive pop-punk.with the instrumental skills of Rufio and the vocal and lyrical content a la Valencia. Perfect mix of balls and melody.

Alexisonfire ‘Old Crows Young Cardinals’ – Still think they’re a bit overrated, but less Dallas & more George meant a big improvement

Afi – ‘crash love’ – Ignore it’s Afi for a second and stop wishing for the old days and what you get is a great stadium rock album.

Cartel – ‘cycles’ – Fantastic return to form from a great pop rock band. Nothing more, nothing less. Love It

Propagandhi – ‘supporting caste’ – Band that constantly deliver.

Defeater – ‘lost ground’ – Didn’t quite see the hype behind this band. Until I heard this. Exceptional improvement that justifies their tag as one of the most exciting new modern hardcore bands in existence.

Strike Anywhere – ‘Iron Front’ – A HUGE HUGE improvement on the disappointing ‘Dead FM’

Backstreet Boys ‘this is us’ – back to the hits. Great return

Rise & Fall – ‘Our Circle Is Vicious’ – Brutality

The Swellers – ‘Ups and Downsizing’ – Going to be BIG in 2010

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POP MUSIC IS BRILLIANT

December 6, 2009 at 2:58 pm (Uncategorized)

Pretty chilled Saturday night of boozing avec Mike, Pooke and Miniberry but the highlight involved discussing how fucking awesome pop music has been in 2009, cos let’s face it it has been brilliant.

I’ve got my list of best ‘proper’ releases for this year (albeit not as comprehensive as my Albums of the Decade thing) but what I’ll mostly remember 09 for is just how many wicked pop releases there were …either for comedy value or just genuine awesomeness! Here’s some of the finest.

Jason Derulo – ‘Whatcha Say’

The best pop song of the year. Brilliant.

Kei$ha – ‘Tik Tok’

She’s a bit of a babe and loves getting absolutely smashed – what’s not to like? Add an incredible amount of autotune and we’re onto a winner. Will be HUGE in 2010.

N-Dubz – ‘Playing With Fire’

You either get N-Dubz or you don’t. It took me a while but I’m there. Dappy’s appearance on Never Mind The Buzzcocks probably helped. And the girl is blates utter filth…

Backstreet Boys – ‘Straight Through My Heart’

What a spectacular return to form from the finest boyband to date.

Cascada – ‘Evacuate The Dancefloor’

The number of times myself and a bunch of dudes in their 20s mostly involved in the DIY punk scene start singing and dancing with girly voices along to this song when we see it on ‘The Hits’ is worrying.

50 Cent – ‘Baby By Me’

Two reasons 1) Ne-Yo is the man 2) 50 Cent in a grandad jumper = the greatest image ever.

Justin Bieber – ‘One Time’

This is ridiculous – it’s Lil Chris becoming EVEN YOUNGER and getting all r&b sensation on us! The actual song is actually damn catchy as well, and the fact that he refers to his lady as ‘shortie’ is just fantastic.

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lol que?

November 27, 2009 at 9:00 pm (Uncategorized)

This made me seriously crack up.

Obviously not because I think casual homophobia is cool or anything…. it just they way they chant it sounds so bloody funny. It’s like in Shaun of the Dead when Ed goes ‘alright gayyyyyyyyy’ and it’s brilliant.

Fucking hell, 70 hits from my ‘albums of the decade’ post in one day. 50 in another – Srs business. The general public needs to see it though, and if it gets kids to check out some good bands as opposed to all the shit that’s getting coverage right now then the World will be a better place. But still, sorta wierded out that any Tom, Dick or Harry could be reading this blog now.

But to contradict myself being wierded out by it all, I might as well have another personal/meaningful bit to talk about whilst I’m here. Went to Leeds at the weekend to see the nonces and had a top time as always. I seriously miss it, though think it may simply be a ‘grass is greener’ scenario. I dunno, perhaps that’s for another blog.

What felt most significant to me was the road trip up/back in the company of Chaddock and Murta, simply because of the company and conversation we had. I dunno, sometimes I find that in London life is so busy and hectic that in my social circle we never really have the time to properly TALK about how we are. Either that, or some people just don’t care beyond a superficial level of gossip / banter concerning ‘who hooked up with who’ or what boozing related activity people are up to at the weekend… I often wonder whether people actually care about how you’re feeling about things, and if you were going through serious problems who would be the ones to show serious concern. If that makes any sense..

Obviously it was brilliant to catch up with the Leeds friends, but just having the time to sit for a few hours in my trusty Peugeot, dropping the ladz facade that quite a few of us are guilty of doing, and having a proper heart-to-heart chat about things that actually matter with two of my nearest and dearest was awesome, particularly as we’ve all been in somewhat headfuckery situations of late (some more serious than others). You can’t really do that in a pub or with a large group of people, especially as like I’ve said it, it feels like some people wouldn’t care, and it was the sort of thing where you can only talk about life in such detail when you’re doing something like camping or one of those one-off occasions where you feel inspired to seriously go into great detail about matters at heart.

In the city itself stupid amounts of drinking was done at a cost of next to nothing. Boozing at Rich’s flat (another point of Leeds – amazing flats at stupidly cheap prices), Cockpit AND Juvi (we had to sample both). Fantastic night. We literally spent ALL of Sunday in the Dry Dock just hanging out. I miss that pub so much, it’s my favourite. That’s the great thing about Leeds – people are all so close that you can easily pick a pub and spend ages there hanging out. That’s really not something you can get in London where one person’s local is another’s 45 minute trek on the tube. But yeah, top weekend.

This weekend I’ll try sort out my guitar among other things and get proper ready for the return of the Scores. I’m quietly confident, we can all remember the old shiz and we reworked some stuff too so we’ll have a fairly solid set we can work on for future gigs. Gonna try out a couple of different clubs too, just cos I’m bored to death of what the ones I’ve been to have to offer. Same music, same people, snoozefest.

Right, ramble ramble ramble. This was also quite ridiculously emo. Need to grap a copy of NUTS and get all excited over tits, meat, beer, football and cars. Peace x

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Tezza Henza

November 19, 2009 at 11:50 pm (Uncategorized)

It begins….

Murta did this one below.  Holy LOL.

I don’t really have an opinion on the whole Thierry Henry being a cheat really.  He did cheat, yes.  Ireland probably should have been more than 1-0 up by then though.  It would have gone to penalties and they’d have probably lost anyway.  And the way it was all seeded, it was obvious something iffy was going on.  And I don’t support either France or Ireland (or particularly England for that matter).  But the hysteria is amazing…

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And knowing is half the battle…

November 15, 2009 at 4:10 pm (Uncategorized)

Well entertaining, some dude just dubbed over GI Joe cartoons, totally random and stupid but so funny.

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I <3 TO FEST!!

November 10, 2009 at 10:41 pm (Uncategorized)

Just a slight snippet of Fest 8, the finest music festival on Earth in which awesome punk, hardcore, emo and metal bands play various small venues in Gainseville Florida. Very DIY, very fucking awesome. VERY boozy.

In case you get abducted and locked in someone’s ‘trunk’, pull this lever.

The stadium is piss-takingly huge.

Absolute Revelation

Previously he had dressed as Pee Wee herman.

Drunken working out. Drerking Out.

I did have a lengthy bit explaining the festival, but you can look it up yourself. I also talked about what we did and the bands I saw, but unless you were there you probably will be bored / massively jealous, so there’s little point!

Peace x

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The V-Neck is dead….

October 15, 2009 at 8:52 am (Uncategorized)

Long live, the HOODED WIFE BEATER VEST

Please forgive the Blue Steel. But hey, Daniel Craig is literally blue steel 24/7.

Possibly the most ridiculous, but AWESOME purchase.

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The funniest video of all time..?

October 11, 2009 at 2:52 pm (Uncategorized)

So what would you get if Slipknot appeared in The Lion King, or another Disney film?

Something as hysterical as this

Urgh, been in bed all day. Two pretty heavy nights in a row has taken it out of me. I’d stopped getting totally battered for a while and enjoyed it, but turned to the bottle a bit this week. Maybe I should concentrate more on horrifically LOLZ youtube videos.

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Perfection

October 7, 2009 at 9:26 am (Uncategorized)

Too many Jimmy Eat World videos on youtube are ruined by people singing along. Especially ‘Hear You Me’ and ‘Kill’.

But it’s okay. This is still in my top 5.

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