At least I was having fun on the beach
At least I was having fun on the beach
I don’t know if this has been mentioned already but I just got this blurb from NME about their free daily mp3 downloads. It does exactly what it says on the tin.
This year’s Brighton Festival was curated by Anish Kapoor. He arranged for his giant polished sculpture “C Curve” (1997) to be placed up on the Downs just outside Brighton. Here’s a couple of shots of this extraordinary thing (one from each side), which was very popular to visit. Fortunately, it belittles the photographer (and my beer gut takes some belittling). It had to be guarded during the hours of daylight, because the concave side concentrated sunrays on a spot on the concrete plinth, where if you placed a cup of water, it boiled! The guards were there to ensure it didn’t do the same to humans.
The Unidond League at the moment:
1 Buckyboys FC ’09 108.5
2 Darcey County 102
3 sane city fc 101.5
4 TSV 1860 Abahachi 89.5
5 LA Saints 89
6 gremlinfc 83.5
7 Dinamo Splodge 82
8 Carinthians 81.5
9 Th’ Mighty Owls 78.5
10 Dondler FC 74.5
11 Spirit of 87 68.5
12 FC1878 37.5
13 Merthyr Berlin 28.5
14 Dinamo Telecaster 25
I dont have any reflection pics, but I do have this.
Back in 1992, my then band played a headline slot at the Abbey Park Festival in Leicester – a yearly celebration of local bands who’ve done well during the previous year. Since we’d just done a record which was getting a fair amount of Radio 1 airplay, we were asked to headline. Several thousand people present, all of our local peers..our highest profile gig to date in many ways.
The night before the gig, while having a few beers, what did we decide to do? “Lets all wear dresses and make up!…Come on! It’ll be a laugh!”
Int Europe brilliant!
Last Weds I arrived in Basel at 11 a.m. I decided to have lunch at the Cafe Spitz near the SBB and sample Swiss Gastfreundlichkeit : at 2 p.m. I got a train to Offenburg , where I was met by my good journo Kumpel Paddy and we had an Eis in the sweltering German heat. After a bit of prevaricating we decided to drive the 20 mins to France over the Kehl bridge , which forms a border crossing and spent the next few hours sightseeing in Strasbourg , ending up in the great hypermarché “LeClerc”. Next time I’m going to push it a bit more and start off in Milano – apparently it’s about 160 miles to Basel and the train connections are great. Quiztime : can you identify the 2 locations?
1.The one where I have my fetching pink shirt is famous for its “Bächli” – the little streams which run throughout the town. It is also part of the name in Basel airport…
2.The organ was in the cathedral in……? Not sure how Paddy managed to get such a skewed pic – curiouser & curiouser…
I’m sorry about this post, I know it’s ridiculously silly and very late, but I’ve been listening to my Steen Chain birthday mix, and enjoying it sooooo much. And it’s months later, and I don’t know how to mention each track I like, because there are so many, and I don’t want to leave anybody out. But I just wanted to say that I love it. I really do. And thank you all so much.
And…I liked Blimpy’s subtle reflection of himself, so here’s one of me, and if anybody else wants to post one, I’d be glad to see them…
For anyone you know who fancies organising music events, applications are still open for a Music Events internship at Crisis working on the Hidden Gigs season.
Crisis Hidden Gigs is a series of gigs, hosted by Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people. The 2009 gigs took place in central London throughout May and June.
“Top acts in intimate, unusual spaces for a unique musical experience. The venues are kept ‘hidden’ until 24 hours before the gig when ticket holders are sent the location by text or email.”
Bands that took part this year :
Hot Chip, Man Like Me, Erol Alkan, Dodgy, The Bluetones, David Gilmour, Amadou & Mariam, Catherine A.D, Starsailor, Stephane Girard, Paul Webb, Portico Quartet, Bombay Bicicle Club, Jeremy Warmsley, Steve McBrayne, The Magic Numbers, Fanfarlo, Rachel Mayfield, Noah & The Whale, Jay Jay Pistolet, Wave Machines & more
I was just browsing the Freebies on Gumtree and came across a free ep download offer from a band I like, The Federals . Turns out they use Music Glue which immediately made me think of debbym’s Mother’s Pride post a while ago about her son’s band.
This looks worth a careful looksee for marketing :
What is it? :
“Music Glue is a free to use online marketing and e-commerce solution for artists, managers, promoters and venues, providing all the tools required to engage modern internet savvy fans that expect to interact directly with their favourite artists. “
“Free Sign Up
Commercialise music on P2P networks
Commercialise music on Social Engineering websites
Control wholesale and retail prices
Create ‘product offerings’ that include multiple tracks, encouraging consumers to purchase albums or EPs.
Create elaborate viral campaigns that bring the fan back to the band every time
Gain invaluable information on fans, including email addresses, listening habits and location (city & country)
Bring fans closer to the artist, with personalised messages and branding on all web pages.
Furthermore send out automated emails reminding fans of release dates
Load up unlimited tracks
Design your own flash music player, that can be added to your website, MySpace or any other social networking page
Switch off certain countries, depending on your licensing situation
View ‘real time’ reports of sales, with total financial transparency.
Paypal, Credit card sales worldwide
The WiFi Detector T-shirt features a built in WiFi detector on the front,as soon as you are near a WiFi connection the animation on the front lights up.
The display changes as you move away from and closer to the signal.
(It has a practical application too, if you aren’t keen on official hot spot pricing schemes, which tend to be overpriced by, well, why buy a cow when you can get the milk for free.)
That review in today’s Guardian of this interesting book reminded me of two excellent TV series a few years back,
Howard Goodall’s How Music Works for Channel 4 and Alan Lewen’s Walk On By : The Story of Pop for the BBC which is apparently called “Soundtrack of the Century” in the US.
I love these programs that join up the dots in pop history and show its influences. I still have the Howard Goodall series on DVD but I’d love to find Walk On By. Does anyone know if it’s available?
Here’s the blurb about Elijah Wald’s book
How the Beatles Destroyed Rock’n'Roll : A history of American pop music from the dawn of recording through the 1960s, which turns up new stories and provides a fresh outlook on old ones by looking at what people were listening to and dancing to over the years, rather than focusing on the usual histories of jazz and rock.
After Tatanka’s glowing recommendation about the Rock’n'Roll Public Library I went along today and it was well worth getting through the Portobello Road crowd to see all this. Fascinating. Thanks for posting about it!
I loved the magazine collection and one of the things that was most absorbing was that fine Woody Guthrie quote which is easy to miss, right by the entrance in a tiny frame under a photo of him with his fascist killing machine.
The library’s last day is SUNDAY 23RD AUGUST. They said it opens at 11am and probably closes at 6pm.
They invite people to use their scanner for any items that grab them. Lovely generous spirit, that. Lots of people taking photos. An hour well-dawdled.
I had this post waiting for the 2000 slot, but you night owls beat me to it. Here goes anyway.
On behalf of us all, I’d like to start by thanking technosavvy twitteriffic Blimpy McFlah for starting it all. He is verily the Laird of the Kingdom of Faff. (I can see him doing his acceptance speech now: “I’d like to thank my producer, Ma McFlah, without whom none of this would have been possible (weeps)…”)
And thanks to the rest of the ‘Spill community for contributing at the rate of over posts 100 a month – a cornucopia of the absurd and the amazing, that keeps us all coming back for more. Give yourselves a round of applause.
And when this week’s topic is over, we need suggestions for a better celebration song than PSBs.