My Mercury`s in Retrograde

Just nipped over to the Bloc Party site to check the new single out. After previous single Flux they could have gone two ways and it looks like the electronics have won out. It seems strange to completely abandon the Gang Of Four punkiness that made them so popular in the first place. Maybe they’ve all got ADD? Maybe Kele got a sampler for his birthday?

I like it though. I enjoyed their first album but I never got round to getting the 2nd album because what I heard of it sounded like more of the same. After this I’m interested to see what they end up doing.

Personally I’m all for bands throwing a curveball and doing what the hell they want. It’ll make fans, lose fans, create reactions of “meh” but you can’t fault a band for trying something new.

Remi Gaillard & Hot Chip

Remi Gaillard (what do you mean you’ve never heard of him? Me neither….) is according to Wikipedia, a French Prankster. At first I thought that that was a contender for oxymoron of the year. However, after watching this video it seems that Remi can prove us wrong after all. This following video of his football skills is great. I showed it to my mate Paul who said “he goes through some balls”. Yes he does but he also has balls of steel. Check it….

Also, I may be behind the times on this one but I’ve only just come across Hot Chip’s cover of Marvin Gaye’s Sexual Healing. A fine fine cover of a classic. You can hear the full track at last.fm

Drop us a line and let me know what you think. I think it’s quality.

Joshua and

Due the new arrival of wee man grub Joshua in to the household life has been a sick fueled, dirty nappy, hectic/stressful/tying/tiring/emotional/rewarding (delete as applicable) life-changing experience to say the least. After 5 weeks old, no matter what anyone tries to tell you beforehand, it is apparent that when hurricane baby hits your household there is no preparing for it. I’ve lost count of the times Joshua has managed to piss and puke on me. I thought I’d seen it all until I’d seen my newborn son fire fresh feaces across his changing mat and into the smallest of gaps on his changing table so that despite gallons of Dettol it’s sure to lodged in the woodgrain forever. I only have a vague recollection of this occurrence (and that’s enough to be honest) as it happened at such a speed I doubt that the world’s fastest camera would have been able to capture it.

Between feeds, nappy changes, making bottles up and going to the day job I occasionally find time for myself. Occasionally…. This at least goes someway to explaining why the updates have been so sparse though. It was one of these moments to myself that I settled down to watch UNKLE live via last night. is Tim Lovejoy’s new online venture and it’s not half bad actually. Only in it’s second week or so, it’s Tim and the old Soccer AM team, Fenners, Sheephead, Neil the Square, Tramp, etc doing what they do best. There are the usual sketches, shit jokes somehow made good, music features, football discussions, celeb interviews all online with no buffering (provided you install the Move Media Player the site uses). So far so good for most of the content but most impressive so far are the series of live gigs they’ve broadcasted. Aside from the aforementioned UNKLE gig last night which was superb, they the have the following coming up over the next week;

  • Lupe Fiasco – 14/07/2008
  • We Are Scientists – 15/07/2008
  • The Feeling – 17/07/2008
  • Duffy – 18/07/2008

Personally, The Feeling can fuck off as they are nothing more than Cliff Richard in band form but the others are certainly worth tuning in for (if you can call it tuning-in when it’s via the web….). Don’t worry if you’ve missed out on the previous gigs by the likes of The Fratellis, Late Of The Pier, Joe Lean & The Jing Jang Jong, Pigeon Detectives and Kebab Shop Man (who is ace btw). Have a gander. It’s worth it.