Thursday, January 28, 2010

I Get Paid Tomorrow

And I'm Gonna Buy:

PARAMORE - Brand New Eyes
SHOUT OUT LOUDS - Our Ill Wills
FYFE DANGERFIELD - Fly Yellow Moon
SILVERSUN PICKUPS - Swoon
VAMPIRE WEEKEND - Contra
PHOENIX - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
YEASAYER - All Hour Symbols
HOCKEY - Mind Chaos
PLACEBO - Battle For The Sun
and
NICK AND NORAH'S INFINITE PLAYLIST - Original Soundtrack

Mmmm, I'm practically salivating.

Monday, January 25, 2010

I Like You Anyway

We're All Having A Terrible Week. I hope this brings a smile to your face:

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Girl On Toni's Facebook: 10.30 Sunday morning in Manchester primark = hardly anyone in the shop = heaven = 4 pairs of shoes, 5 items of jewellry, 6 tops and a suitcase = no money!! : /

YOU ARE A LOSER! GO HOME AND LEAVE THOSE GOOD PEOPLE ALONE! THEY DO NOT NEED YOU GOING IN, MESSING UP ALL THE DISPLAYS, MOANING ABOUT THE QUEUES (OR MOANING THAT THERE ARE NO QUEUES, WTF) AND DEMMANDING PLASTIC BAGS THAT WE DON'T HAVE!

You make me sick.

Friday, January 22, 2010

You're In The Driver's Seat And You Can Barely Steer It

We all carve out our own place in the world. It's a tiny niche that's so intricately detailed and specific that only we can fit into it. So when someone tries to squeeze into a place made for you... it's easy to become a little territorial.

But no one can ever become you. Or, more importantly, replace you. Sometimes you just need to take a deep breath and relax. I'm writing this more to myself that anyone else.

Deep breath. And now relax.

I too have hollowed out a place in the world for me. Maybe right now part of it is only temporary and I'll be required to rennovate eventually. But it's working for me right now. Wanna see?


I am:
- Humming a tune unconsciously. I apologise if it's annoying you, I really can't help it
- Always armed with a pen. And generally there's a notebook somewhere on my personage too
- Taking the steps instead of the escalator
- Photographing every beautiful piece of my world armed with my scratched up little camera
- Brave enough to speak to a (in my world anyway) celebrity drummer
- The girl who once dried in excess of 1200 plates in the space of 2 hours without breaking a sweat (there are witnesses)
- A world champion folder of long-sleeve t-shirts
- A Pistola

And there may be other awesome Kitchen Porters (there are) or obsessive writers out there... but there's only one Pistola.

So take a deep breath. Relax.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Let It Go This Too Shall Pass

The girls have already been dishing the dirt about what was last night. So I may let my awesome photos do the talking.

Needless to say, sometimes you don't know just how badly you needed something until it lands right in your lap. I needed some fun. Some giggles. Some reckless idiocy. Some time with my girls. Some Damian Kulash (oh and did I ever get some!).

Last night has officially made it into my top 5 gigs of all time (no easy achievement when you've been to as many as me). On the way home Toni's Mum was reminiscing about Toni and I back when we were 14 and already going to see bands. Maybe part of me has never grown up. I still pick out my outfits for gigs, charge my camera the night before, save my money, insist on buying merch... And I'd hate for that to change.

Over the past couple of years I've struggled with this. I thought my friends were changing; transforming before my eyes. But I'd just never understood who they really were. Maybe they don't feel music thrumming in their veins. That's just me. But it's okay, cause it's not gonna change, whether I'm at the front of the crowd on my own or surrounded by the people I love best.





Friday, January 15, 2010

Year Review - 2009

Yeah baby, you know what time it is!

Best Album Of The Year: I must say, it was a subdued year for music. Oh, there were some lovely debuts, particular favourites include The Drums and Hockey. Muse came back with a real gem. The New Moon soundtrack took it's time but ultimately won me over hugely. Us Reuben fans wept salty tears over the release of 'We Should Have Gone To University'. The mercury music award turned me on to the delights of Sweet Billy Pilgrim. Special mentions go to Prodigy, Mew, Kasabian, All-American Rejects and Brendan Benson for keeping us going through a barren year.

A close second was Yeah Yeah Yeah's third album, 'It's Blitz', which is topping many a Best of 2009 list, much to my delight. Can Karen O do any wrong? Not right now my friends.

But, predictably, the accolade must go to 'Poetry of the Deed' by my much adored Frank Turner. It may seem like the obvious choice, but the album is so packed with genius that it simply deserves it.

Best Gig of 2009: Well, I officially achieved my New Year's resolution! 10 gigs in one year, thereby smashing my previous record of 7. So an abundance to pick from. But, to make things a little fairer, I'm not going to count the 2 Frank Turner gigs, because obviously they'd win hands down.

So that said, it has to be the Aqualung gig in June. Matt doesn't tour a lot and I'd never seen him before, so it was a rare treat and I loved every second. Even his hand-picked support acts were fantastic. What a night!


Best Film of 2009: Already I'm struggling to think of great films off the top of my head. Well, The Proposal immediately springs to mind. And Dorian Gray was pretty good too. Let The Right One In was amazing, but not necessarily a film I'd want to see again. I freaking loved Push. And I've watched The Young Victoria about 20 times since I got it on DVD.

You're all expecting me to say New Moon. Just admit it. Well, I do love New Moon. Not for nothin' have I seen it 7 times. And the improvement in acting and effects upon Twilight is staggering. Plus the soundtrack... it's enough to make a music nazi drool.

But, I just can't. Because I loved another film far more. A film I've watched so many times I know the lines by heart. A film with an equally accomplished soundtrack. A film which also finds it's roots in successful YA fiction.
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist.

Greatest Musical Discovery of 2009: It's never too late to catch on with a band. Bishop Allen may have been around a while, but (through the genius that is Nick And Norah's Infinite Playlist) I only discovered them early 2009. And since then I've seen them live whilst both Toni and Skinny have fallen in love with them too.

And really, how could you not?


Internet Awesomeness in 2009: I still hate Facebook. It's evil. I know more than one person who has got in trouble at work because of the stupid thing. But my addiction to Farmville is widely acknowledged. Dude, I love Harvest Moon, I was always gonna love this.

Most Damn Awesome Song of 2009: No question, 'I've Got Friends' by Manchester Orchestra.


Best Book of 2009: This will come as no surprise. I've not been reading as much as usual this year (now I'm commuting permanently, I'm back on my reading game!). Still, I think I could have read a hundred books and not one would be as wonderful as 'Along For The Ride' by Sarah Dessen. Every writer must have something to aspire to. I only wish I could have a tenth of her talent.

Obsession of 2009: This may come as some surprise. But it's the first thing that springs to mind which means it must be an obsession. I've been watching a lot of TV this year what with Gossip Girl, True Blood, Roswell and Vampire Diaries. But when, on a whim, I downloaded the first episode of the serialisation of 10 Things I Hate About You I was hooked in an instant.

It's not just how well the serialisation has been written. Or how good the young actors are. Or that Gregory Peck's grandson plays Patrick Verona. Though all these things help. But the chemistry between Kat and Patrick... it's electric! I've never seen an on-screen couple with such intensity! The next ten episodes come back on ABC in March. I am, quite literally, counting the days!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

A Prize For Whoever Guesses What's Made Me Happier Than Edward Cullen In A Lion Enclosure

Wonderful things are happening and I am strangely full of smiles and apologies. I keep smiling, smiling, smiling. And saying things three times, three times, three times. I think it conveys my glee when I write things thrice.

And I often think I have time, but in actuality I don't.

So I will make time for you. Later.

Kiss, kiss, kiss xxx

Friday, January 08, 2010

Minus Six

Yep, it was below freezing today in Manchester. Like way below. Like six degrees below and goddamn sunny.

Still I trudged down Oxford Road (which is pretty treacherous ice/snow/disgusting white stuff wise, fyi) to the union for tickets aplenty. My dedication is flawless.

Best song of the noughties? Um hello, it has to be Chop Suey!

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

I Didn't Like It When I Was a Kid

Snow day.

No work.

I called in and explained that even if I did manage to battle my way into work (the trains were still running) my Mother was having kittens about me getting stranded in the city.

I hope they're not mad. I will most certainly be battling my way in tomorrow. Snow be damned.

My good friend in Canada would be rolling in the aisles if she could see the chaos the snow has caused here. According to my geo-expert, this is something we should get used to.

Maybe in ten years we'll have winters just like Quebec.

Friday, January 01, 2010

Blitzkrieg

That's the motto for 2010.

And I know you think you're just not capable.
but... you are.