Monthly Archives: February 2014

HI again!

This post is slightly later than scheduled, apologies, I have been up in Sunderland having a lovely valentines and half term break from uni!

This week contained the annual event that is the BRIT awards, so I thought I should do a music-y focussed blog this week. As I have made clear in previous posts I LOVE music, I don’t know many people who don’t, some people obviously don’t like the RIGHT kind of music, as in, the music I like, which is the only music anyone is allowed to like… obvs. (I’m being sarcastic, yeah?)

So the BRITs… I think people shouldn’t take them seriously, much in the style of Arctic Monkeys (best album winners) who just seemed to take the piss a bit with their speech have a watch here. Alex Turner rambles on about rock and roll being something that will keep returning through the ‘sludge’ (which I suppose he means is pop music that is churned out by SyCo) and this dig at the music industry is brilliantly put forward even though he sounds like a person who has had far too much THC in their system for the past few years.

Many people say that Arctic Monkeys have lost their way and become different and worse because of their fame. They have changed, obviously, but I think in a positive way. They have become showmen, or at least a showman and his small posse , which isn’t a bad thing. If they were still adidas wearing teenagers who stared at the ground for a whole set the world would be bored, and maybe Rock and Roll wouldn’t keep emerging through the sludge, or ever come out of hibernation, but be laid to rest while the sludge continued to pour out of all radio stations, ipods and phones. Of course, there are other bands who break the monotony of pop music but none have managed to do it on such a big scale as the Arctic Monkeys.

Maybe I am disillusioned due to the fact they have been my favourite band for a large chunk of my life (probably coming up to 9 years). Maybe I have been drawn in to their opinion of pop music being pretty rubbish and destructive to the talented, unique bands that deserve fame and awards. But I like the direction they are going with their sound and when Turner drops the mic at the end of that speech I just want to shout ‘YES ALEX FUCK THE SYSTEM’.

Away from the Arctic Monkeys, One Direction can bugger off. Wearing a stone roses t shirt?! How dare he.

So there you have it. My views and opinions, swayed easily by four people who play music. Wow. Imagine what a political party with extreme views could do to some people if that is all it takes to sway someone. Anyway, that is a different thought for a different time.

Enjoy your week.

Thanks.

Monotonous Sludge

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What to do…

Growing up is hard, really hard…
You have lots of decisions to make, and things to contemplate.

For me one of the hardest decisions to make is what to be interested in, and what hobbies to have. I think I have tried almost everything (nearly) in the 20 and a bit years of my life so far. Here is a short(ish) list of a few things I have tried and shown interest in:

  • Motorbiking
  • Snowboarding
  • Fishing
  • DJing
  • Violin
  • Art
  • Songwriting
  • Singing
  • Guitar
  • Photography
  • Ukulele
  • Badminton
  • Tennis
  • Squash
  • Piano
  • Producing music (ableton, FL, synth, kind of stuff) (for those not in the know, thats making music with my laptop and what is bascs a high tec keyboard)
  • Blogging (the thing you are reading now)

They are in no particular order at all (except extreme ones at the start to make me look cool). And as you can see it’s just ridiculously long and varied.

The thing is I have never really stuck with any of them, I enjoyed all of them – although may have seen reluctant with violin, I wish I was excellent now. There are some I wish I could still be a part of, as some of you may know, I was in a band –  Radio Riots –  for 3 or 4 years, making money playing in pubs, and I absolutely loved it (definitely a highlight of my teens). I like to think that we could have eventually become somewhat well known, but that was possibly just a fantasy (although we were fan – effing – tastic).

I think the thing I am trying to get at is I wish I had a passion, a hobby, something that I was bloody good at. I’ve always loved playing Badminton, and did so with a friend for the two years that I was college each week. And that’s thanks to my mum, she is -maybe that should be’ was’ – haven’t played her in a while now – pretty bloody good at it.

But what has really been in my life the most and is my biggest love is music, it’s simply the best (better than all the rest). I am always singing to myself no matter where I am. I do fiddle around on the ukulele a bit still and have done a couple of covers, but I would just say I am extremely amateur.

I am hugely in to dance music, specifically house and techno. Love it. One of my friends, James Marrs is a great producer and has had a vinyl released on the Dutch label Syncom Data records. You can check some snippets of his ‘Care EP’ out Here. I strongly suggest you do (Release, the second track is my personal fave). It is described as: ‘Perfect dancefloor material. For a basement strobo party in a David Lynch movie, that is. Mental stuff.‘ So make of that what you will.

I think that is all I have to say for now, I will let you know if I start focussing on anything, I think my plan is to do some art, I’ve done a few bits you can check out on instagram @EwanLG. I would loe to hear suggestions for topics or themes of posts, I’m a bit here there and everywhere with it at the moment, plenty to write about but don;t know where to start!

Enjoy your week,

Griffs.

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