Kevin Smith has released a smirk inducing teaser for his new film, Zack and Miri Make a Porno. Doesn’t really give much away in terms of film content but the Kevin Smith trademark potty mouth dialogue-heavy style is still evident. Which is always a good thing. : )
Yeah well. I’ve been a busy lad going out and doing fun things such as drinking beer, watching Queens of the Stone Age live at Leeds Uni, watching United win a lot. I’ve also been doing things which aren’t so much fun such as visiting hospitals, working and sleeping but they’re necessary evils and there is sod all I can do about them.
In other news, musically this year is shaping up just fine. There are a few new releases over the next couple of months, which if you don’t check out, you’re missing out.
New York based DJ Andy Butler pulls in Anthony (and the JOhnsons) Hegarty and Tim Goldsworty (of DFA and LCD Soundsystem) to create a sound with more than a nod to 70s Disco. Lead single Blind gives you a taster of what to expect…
The 24th of March ushers in a couple of noteworthy releases. Firstly, oddly monikerd young noisy electro upstarts Does It Offend You, Yeah? release their debut album, You Have No Idea What You’re Getting Yourself Into.
Expect more noise in the same vein as We Are Rockstars.
I’ll be going to see them at Leeds Cockpit on the 28th so expect some photos and shit. See you there?
Second release, is new album Diamond Hoo Ha from old hands Supergrass.
A return to the upbeat old Supergrass following 2006 expectedly low-key underated Road to Rouen. New track Bad Blood would suggest that’s the battle plan;
Also, props must go to United in seeing off Lyon to progress through to the next stage of the Champions League. Is this year a repeat of 99? Heres hoping….
After close to 30 years of home consoles and computers, the modern media has always struggled to bring to televison a show which covers gaming and isn’t plain shit. From being a young lad in the 80s watching spotty gimps play Paperboy and Hyper Sports on First Class, Gamesmaster and Bad Infuence in the early 90s, the absolute bag of shit which was Games-World (only good for featuring a leather clad Jet from Gladiators), through to Bits, Thumb Bandits, Bravo’s Gamer TV there has always been something missing for the people who a) aren’t kids, b) have some intelligence, c) manage to fit in gaming around a social life and beer. Even in this day and age of a thousand channels transmitted directly into the idiot box in the corner of your room, the only “dedicated” channel is Xleague.tv, which is another graduate from the Why Don’t You school of TV.
So this brings me to Attempt #5631 by UK broadcasters to try and create a half decent adult based gaming show which doesn’t make you want to claw your eyes out and stick the squashed up remains into your ears. The BBC, specifically BBC Scotland, have managed to make it to series 3 of VideoGaiden, which is actually half decent, and you don’t even have to be in Scotland to watch it. You can watch Episode One below but you can watch the entire third series at the show’s website. Be aware that it features some potty mouthed languague. Of course that’s only a good thing but try not to have it on if the in-laws are round for tea though…
Mondays are generally nothing to write home about. Judaeo-Christians say Sunday is the first day of the week but that’s nothing to celebrate either. Sunday is shit too as it’s just a build up Monday.
Once in a while though you have a Monday which is actually pretty decent. Work is a laugh, you manage to get off your arse and do some excercise to rid the Christmas pounds, you make yourself a really decent bit of scran for tea, and you find out that Jaime Lidell is back in the studio. A new video has surfaced on YouTube of him and his and his cohorts performing an untitled track.
If you’ve not heard Jamie’s stuff before I urge you to pick up his 2005 album Multiply. Hopefully with the promise of a new album comes the promise of live dates. I managed to see him at Glastonbury 2005 and he blew my wellies off and it would be great to see him again.
Another thing that has perked up my normally mundane Monday are Bag Raiders. Coming across like a less Gallic, (they’re Aussies after all) Daft PunkJusticeRatatat crossbreed, I hope they make an album as good as their Fun Punch EP.
Available to download at Juno. Just buy it alright. Go on. It’s cheaper than a pint FFS.
This saturday calls for an absolute rare groove classic. Miracles by the Jackson Sisters from 1976. No relation to that scary Micheal bloke though. Available on the self titled album Jackson Sisters also released in 1976.
I make no apologies for the video, as there isn’t really one but who needs a video when the track is so good?
If you like this you should listen to Norman Jay’s Giant 45 show every Sunday 18:00 – 20:00 on BBC London. Don’t worry if you don’t live in London. As is the case with the majority of BBC shows there is an Listen Again option.
As a child of the Eighties, Late of the Pier strike a chord in me somewhere. Already making waves in the music press, the only way is up. If you like your music with more than a hint of Gary Numan, Human League, (insert synth driven pop here), and more recently Klaxons you should dig em;
Grab it and see what you think. Don’t know about you but it makes me want to break out the Atari !
If all that is a bit too Electro Boy for you, you could do worse than check one of the member’s “more dance” based side project, LA Priest. Do it. You’ve got sod all else to do for the next 10 minutes otherwise you wouldn’t be here would you.
A mention should also go to Friendly Fires. Coming across like a Rapture influenced Hot Chip produced by DFA, I fully expect this to dent the UK collective headspace via radio, TV, interwebs early next year.
Not sure about the going to Paris bit though… Yes it’s a lovely city but it’s full of the French ; )