Sleeping with fireflies

May 19, 2005

Sometimes it seems impossible to convey an emotional reaction to something without falling into cliché. I froze. My heart skipped a beat. I caught my breath. I nearly dropped a full pint of water in my electrical leads box. let's go fishing for a dream let's find some place new somewhere we can be ourselves […]

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I was tagged and had to answer

February 4, 2005

AccordionGuy tagged me… 1. Total amount of music files on your computer? 14.0 gb, but I haven't finished ripping yet. 2. The CD you last bought is: Duran Duran – Astronaut (special edition with DVD 🙂 ) 3. What is the song you last listened to before reading this message? Kaiser Chiefs – Oh My […]

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Duran links and stuff

January 17, 2005

Just collating a few links and stuff to do with the Duran Duran gig at the Hammersmith Palais last week. Photos from (warning, site plays music on load) Photos from (warning, site plays music on load) Two video clips and one audio clip from (warning, streaming only) Set list: 1. Finest Hour […]

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Just keep it coming

January 14, 2005

It's a strange thing, being a Duran Duran fan, especially if you're old enough to have been there in the beginning (even if you didn't start to actually like them until they became deeply unpopular and therefore, with new underdog status, allowable targets for the strange and perversely-minded). I keep expecting Simon le Bon or […]

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Going Underground

January 12, 2005

An understandable reaction to the state of the London Underground. Not even slightly worksafe. (Via GeoffTech, thanks John.)

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Imagine, if you will

January 6, 2005

Half obscured by a swirling mist is Neil Gaiman, standing in a long, black trenchcoat, upon the flat, hard sands of a North Sea beach. The tide has gone out, so far out that no one is quite sure if it is ever coming back again. In the mist looms a Punch and Judy show, […]

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Ooh! Duran! Squee!

December 22, 2004

My friend Kate has just won tickets to see Duran Duran at a “special concert for Radio 2 at the Hammersmith Palais, London on Thursday the 13th of January”. Kate and I have been pals in Duranniedom for years, going to see them whenever we could, but it has invariably been at huge venues like […]

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Ni Yw Y Byd

December 15, 2004

Mae Gruff Rhys wedi mynd yn 'solo' efo sengl newydd o'r enw Ni Yw Y Byd, sy'n allan ar 19 Ionawr, ac albwm newydd o'r enw Yr Atal Genhedlaeth sy'n cael ei rhyddhau ar 24 Ionawr. Mae Lauren Lavern newydd chwarae Ni Yw Y Byd ar XFM, a gofynodd hi am farnau y gwrandawyr. Mae'n […]

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Please ban Band Aid 20

November 16, 2004

Good cause, crap song. Fucking awful song. I mean, really, really bad. They've just played it on XFM and my god, it sounds like it was mixed by someone with their head stuck in a bucket. The voices are so low in the mix as to be essentially absent, the piano part sucks and the […]

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Farewell, John

October 26, 2004

I really can't quite believe it, but John Peel has died, aged only 65, of a heart attack. (Shit! He was 65? I wouldn't have put him a day over 40.) He was in Peru on a working holiday with his wife. To call John Peel 'influential' is a bit like calling the sun 'hot'. […]

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My Last.FM neighbourhood

October 24, 2004

It seems, upon initial inspection, that the vast majority of my Last.FM music neighbourhood – i.e. people who have the same taste in music as I do – are male and between 19 and 21. I am not quite sure what this says about me, but I prefer to think that it means I can […]

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iTunes, MusicBrainz and metadata

October 3, 2004

So, I finally wiped my second hard drive which had – until the Great OS Clean Install of 04 – been my primary HD, and copied all my music files over to it. All my data files, every single one of them, had been copied over the network to another machine before the reinstall, then […]

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Memorial Gig for Elliott Smith

September 25, 2004

On the 22 October 2003, I tearfully wrote with the news that Elliott Smith had died. An extraordinarily talented singer/songwriter, Elliott wrote some of the most delicate, emotive, beautiful music I have ever heard. As part of the Elliott Smith community over on the Sweet Addy message board, I had come not only to love […]

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Ha! Ha! And ha!

August 23, 2004

Oh, what a shock, music sales have gone up in the UK over the last year, and that's not even counting legal download sales. The number of legal downloads sold in the UK this year has now exceeded two million units, the BPI said. This means sales have increased from a rate of 100,000 per […]

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Hey, little girl

August 21, 2004

It's not often that I buy singles. If I like a song I either download it (scream of horror) or get the album. The only reason for buying a single is if the b-side is worth having and usually they're not, they're just a waste of money – who needs some crappy remix or live […]

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