Welcome to Monday Musings, taking a look at drinking at weddings and off-road parking… Continue reading
Who knew that getting suited and booted could be such a kerfuffle? Continue reading
I had the following e-mail arrive in my inbox this morning:
To be honest, I’m always nervous when anybody actually listens to our music but that’s just part of the human need to be loved (just like anybody else does) Now that someone has heard us, I guess all we can do is play the waiting game. Aww, I’m bored of the waiting game, let’s play Hungry Hippos…
On the 47th anniversary of the release of Blonde on Blonde and Pet Sounds, we returned to the “studio” Continue reading
The final additions to the Latitude Line-up have been announced and they’re bound to make Elmo happy Continue reading
It was a very long wave
As I was driving to work on Friday, I heard the song Runaway Train by the group Soul Asylum on the radio. It’s one of those songs that takes me back to a misspent youth listening to the radio station Atlantic 252. While there were definitely other songs that they played, you could almost guarantee hearing Runaway Train, Two Princes by Spin Doctors or 74-75 by The Connells regardless of what time you listened and regardless of whether they’d already played it in the previous hour. There was no such thing as a “no repeat workday” back then. More Monday Musings…
I was at a two-day workshop in Grantham this week and, due to my car insurance cover not allowing me to drive my own car, I had to get a hire car. Let’s ignore the ridiculousness of not being allowed to drive to Grantham, even though it’s only about an extra 10 minutes further than driving to work for a moment. Continue reading
Elmo and I went to see the new Star Trek film last night and I’m not sure how much I actually enjoyed it. On one hand, the youngster who grew up watching Star Trek really enjoyed all the call-backs to the old series and films. On the other hand, this does make it derivative and it kind of feels like yet another hollywood remake. With the “alternate timeline” established in the re-boot, it feels like a bit of a lost opportunity not to have a completely original story. Continue reading
Too scuzzy for indietown, too jangly for garageland, Deerhunter are back with their new album Monomania. More lo-fi than their last LP, it’s a work of dirty genius.
It’s definitely a more eclectic work than Halcyon Digest, taking in everything from psych to blues to glam to punk. However, unlike the recent Yeah Yeah Yeahs album, it never sounds forced or disjointed. That’s mainly because it all feels so effortless; there’s nothing at all forced here.
Personally, I love this album but it’s lo-fi charms wil definitely make it a bit harder for some people to get into, compared with its predecesor. There’s also a slight concern that the whistlestop tour round rock ‘n’ roll’s past isn’t quite as new and creative as what we’ve heard before.
While there’s an argument that this might be the case, it feels like nitpicking when the album is as well crafted as this one.
Download: Leather Jacket II
If you like this try: Stereo by Pavement
It’s finally happened then; David Moyes is off to become Manchester United manager. I’m a bit surprised as I thought they would have wanted someone with a bit more experience in terms of european football, winning trophies and controlling those kinds of budgets. He’s done a really good job at Everton over the last 11 years though and he deserves his chance. Continue reading