Asides

I have been an extremely busy bee over the last week. It has been a brilliant one no doubt about it. This post is going to be a self indulgent ramble about how much fun I had and my love of a certain band, so if you want stop reading now. I’ll talk about other things too – so please keep reading.

Last Friday I made the short but scenic train journey to Manchester, on which an elderly man gave me a lecture about the Victorian architecture and beautiful buildings of the debated second city of the UK. I pretended to be interested, but really wanted to keep my head down and listen to music, namely Metronomy as this was the band I was heading to see that night. After the release of their new album Love Letters it is fair to say I have fallen even deeper in love with them. Upon first listening of the album, I was sure that The English Riviera was still their best. Upon second listening I thought the two were on a par. When I listened to it for the third time I truly believed it was one of the best new albums around. It’s a grower, but when you get into it you really really get into it, and now I can’t stop being into it, I listen to it alot, probably too much.

After reading the article The DNA of Metronomy’s New Album: Love Letters I understood why this album was so brilliant. In this digitised, computerised culture of modern music they had managed to pull off an creating an exceptional album only using Analogue methods, which takes endless hard work and effort, but I won’t go into all of that, you can just read the article. 

I attended their live show in Birmingham a couple of years ago, just after they had released the English Riviera so I knew that I was in for a slick, well polished, perfect performance with great staging and lights, and that is exactly what succeeded. It was simply brilliant.I was lucky enough to go with my brother and his friend Cleggy (Clegend/Bobby Cleggson/Cleggson Churchill) which made it all the more enjoyable. I would urge everyone to listen to Metronomy, obviously.

Away from the things I have been doing let’s talk about what YOU have been doing. A lot of people, mostly females, have been posting photos of themselves with no make up on to raise awareness of cancer and cancer research. This is a brilliant cause and well worth participating in. However, I think that everyone is aware of cancer and most people have been affected by it in one way or another, therefore It is clear that the real need is the donations for cancer research and I know that most, if not all, will agree. It has been a brilliant week for this subject area and it is great to see social media being used in such a positive way. Next up is the sock on a cock (not to be confused for the suck on a cock) craze, whilst I will not be participating I will definitely be doing my small bit and donating. 

If you want something a bit more light-hearted just search sellotape selfies on facebook. Absolutely brilliant. 

That’ll be all for now I could write loads more, but I’ll save it for a rainy day.

Thanks.

 

 

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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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