Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Workingman's Blues No2

Hello there. I've been too busy to update this for a while. I'm surprised that the internet hasn't imploded due to the fact that i've been absent...How on earth can the internet continue without my musings? God knows. However, more seriously, I came back from Lowlands. I had a wicked time there. Jack White and the Raconteurs are absolutely amazing. Jack White seems to do no wrong- how on earth is he able to play guitar like that?
I also Bought Modern Times by Bob Dylan. Another solid record from the man. Workingman Blues No2 is one of his best songs IMO. I've been listening to it a lot since i bought it. Definately one of his better songs and I love his piano playing in it (for once). Dylan has released another great record which can only be criticised when one compares to his classic albums of the 1960s and 1970s. You can see the iTunes advert for Modern Times here. Or you can listen to an audio streaming of Modern Times here. There is also a video starring Scarlet Johansson of 'When the Deal Goes Down', a song from Modern Times, which you can see here.
Anyway. Read my Rockbeatstone article on Tapes n Tapes' album, The Loon.
The Lyrics afor Workingman Blues are not yet up on Dylan's website

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

The festival was over, the boys were all plannin' for a fall

I am going on holiday tomorrow after work. I am going to Holland to attend the Lowlands Music Festival. This will now be my sixth year. It such a great festival, all the big UK bands without the big crowds, it also focuses on up-and-coming acts rather than established ones, so there's always something randomnly entertaining to find. There is no better feeling than being blown away by a band that you've never heard of. They also have hot showers and have even introduced a coffee to your tent service which sounds amazing. It is far more civilised than English festivals.
If you're interested in the festival, you can see some photos here of what it has been like in the past. Here is some of the line-up...(drum roll):
iForward Russia!
Arctic Monkeys
Be Your Own Pet
Belle & Sebastian
Bloc Party
Dirty Pretty Things
DJ Shadow
The Dead 60s
Fun Lovin' Criminals
Hot Chip
Iggy & the Stooges (v.excited!)
The Kooks
Less than Jake
Massive Attack
The Magic Numbers
Panic! At the Disco
The Raconteurs
Scissor Sisters
The Streets
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Zero 7

Monday, August 07, 2006

Oh, to be back in the land of Coca-Cola!

This weekend I was thinking about Coca Cola. Firstly they have produced a new exciting cola called Coke Zero which as far as I can tell is what used to be called Diet Coke. The problem they had was that only girls bought Diet Coke so they had to rebrand it for men.

I was then reading the sunday newspapers when a full-page advert told me that Coca Cola were listening to consumers concerns and releasing a smaller size bottle. Now call me a cynic but didn't we used to have that anyway. It was called a 'can' (or' tin' if you were a kid in the 1950s) and it was small but at the time seemed the right amount of liquid to refresh yourself. Then the company came and introduced those massive bottles (which are pretty much standard), before reintroducing the smaller size (this time as a bottle and not a can) and claiming that it is a revolutionary move and that they're listening to our concerns.

Bollox. You're only giving us what we used to have. Still I bet the price has gone up. So they're not completly stupid. While we're on the topic of Coca Cola, here is Jack White's advert for the mega-company:

Still want more stuff to read/do. You can read a review of the Brian Jonestown Massacre at London's Koko and read/see the next installment of Rockbeatstone TV.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

They're planting stories in the press (again)

In this story, the BBC are asking us all to not take Jeremy Clarkson seriously. However, they seem to have overlooked the fact that he is a complete and utter knob.
There is nothing else to add... he quite simply is a dick.
Read some better internet stories like these reviews of mine. Here I review a CD release which is as pointless as Jeremy Clarkson, Blues by Bob Dylan (gasp!). Here's one by Hayley Taylor who has the talent to make it big someday. Then there's this review of Left by Hope of the States, and this one by Okkervil River which really is a bit special. Been playing the Loon by tapes n Tapes for a few days now, it rocks - expect a review soon.
Idiot Wind (again)

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