Glastonbury 2010.

27 06 2010

Bless the BBC for showing some amazing sets over the weekend. A few songs in particular made me cry. Not even sorry or ashamed about it. So, I’ve found some of the best ones that have been put up so far :

Ellie Goulding-Starry Eyed. If Salt Skin had been put up, I’d put that on. But seeing about 7,000 people sing every word back to Ellie looked pretty damn beautiful. What’s even better is that Fin aka Starsmith is on the side watching it. Just amazing.

The xx & Florence Welch- You’ve Got The Love. Stunning. Totally stunning.

La Roux- Quicksand and Temptation. A very special guest joins the band on stage!

Florence + The Machine- Heavy In Your Arms and The Chain. Covering Fleetwood Mac’s The Chain was mindblowing. So gorgeous. I know they said they were only doing it once…but they need to do it again. Mark KILLED the bass solo. It’s the best bass solo in the history of music and he nailed it. The whole band nailed that song. It’s perfect.

Marina & The Diamonds-Guilty. My favourite Marina song off the album. I just adore it.

x





Far Too Honest.

29 04 2010

As much as I love music, and as much as I hate writing personal shit down…I feel I need to let this out. NOW. Before I go to bed and not being able to sleep because this won’t go away. I will probably delete this later on. But I just need to let this out.

I hate the way that I am stupidly shy. If I could, I’d make a CD with every song that sums up how I feel and hand it to a person. This person doesn’t know. In fact, this person will never know because I freeze/don’t talk. If they saw this, they wouldn’t know that this was about them. Maybe it’s not about a person..it’s about the idea of them. Regardless of what it is, it’s actually getting to me in a way that I don’t want it to. So, these songs will sum it up because I don’t have it in me to admit this. Someone else can hah.

Alphabeat-Hole In My Heart. Recently I’ve paid attention to the lyrics and it just sums everything up. Every tiny and large detail. Seriously. I don’t like it, but I love this song. Buggerings!

The Drums- I Felt Stupid. If they do this live in 2 weeks time I think I will have a bit of a cry. It’s just beautiful.

Florence + The Machine- Drumming Song. No words really. I swear the Lungs album sums up my life most of the time.

The Smiths- I Want The One I Can’t Have. I stand by the fact that Morrissey has written a song to describe every feeling that exists. This song shows this.

Morrissey- I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris. It’s so true. Every word sang here is utter truth. Fall for a country rather than a person. A place will not disappoint. People can. But only if you let them.

Morrissey- Let Me Kiss You. Again, shows why Morrissey is my hero. Thanks Moz!

Ellie Goulding- The Writer. I have no idea why…well I do, I just love Ellie. But…I have no idea. I don’t know. The words I guess.

La Roux- Quicksand. The whole album means a lot to me..for reasons I don’t ever wish to talk about, I cannot do it. I was going to put Cover My Eyes on here, but that’d mean listening to it for a few seconds and putting the link up. I cannot listen to that song, it kills me a wee bit. Quicksand though….blaaaaaaaady ‘ell.

Mystery Jets & Laura Marling- Young Love. So beautiful.

Mystery Jets- Two Doors Down. So apt…apart from being two doors down hah.

The Horrors- Mirrors Image. The “crippling shyness” line gets me every single time. Seriously.

Right I’m gonna leave it at that. I need to go to bed because apparently I’ve got shit to do tomorrow. I hope it doesn’t rain so I can go for a walk.

x





La Roux And Heaven 17.

4 02 2010

This is pretty friggin’ cool! Enjoy!

Sign Your Name.

Temptation.





La Roux. Brits 2010 Launch.

19 01 2010

Enjoy!

Bulletproof.





Brit Awards 2010.

19 01 2010

I don’t care for awards. I think they are always rigged. This comes from my disgust in the Mercury Music Prize. Music experts?! Sure……

Anyway, here are the nominations for this years Brit Awards :

British Male Solo Artist
Calvin Harris
Dizzee Rascal
Mika
Paolo Nutini < PLEASE WIN!
Robbie Williams

British Female Solo Artist
Bat For Lashes
Florence And The Machine <Should win, of course. But if she doesn’t..please let Bat For Lashes win!
Leona Lewis
Lily Allen
Pixie Lott

British Breakthrough Act
Florence And The Machine <If Flo or La Roux win, it’ll be okay.
Friendly Fires
JLS
La Roux
Pixie Lott

British Group
Doves
Friendly Fires
JLS
Kasabian <No competiton really. They should win. Yes, I do hate JLS.
Muse

British Album
Dizzee Rascal – ‘Tongue ‘N’ Cheek’
Florence And The Machine – ‘Lungs’ < No doubt this should win. Why? I’ll explain further on….
Kasabian – ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’
Lily Allen – ‘It’s Not Me, It’s You’
Paolo Nutini – ‘Sunny Side Up’

British Single
Alesha Dixon – ‘Breathe Slow’
Alexandra Burke featuring Flo Rida – ‘Bad Boys’
Cheryl Cole – ‘Fight For This Love’
Joe McElderry – ‘The Climb’
JLS – ‘Beat Again’
La Roux – ‘In For The Kill’ < This list is just AWFUL. Did these people not hear anything by The xx or Golden Silvers or FLORENCE this year? must have missed them, yeah? WANKERS. But, I do love La Roux.
Lily Allen – ‘The Fear’
Pixie Lott – ‘Mama Do’
Taio Cruz – ‘Break Your Heart’
Tinchy Stryder featuring N-Dubz – ‘Number 1’

International Male Solo Artist
Bruce Springsteen
Eminem
Jay-Z
Michael Bublé
Seasick Steve< I love this guy. I’d like either him or Jay to win. Moreso Steve.

International Female Solo Artist < As long as Rihanna or Shakira don’t win..it’ll be alright. If those two weren’t nominated it’d actually be friggin’ decent.
Lady Gaga
Ladyhawke
Norah Jones
Rihanna
Shakira

International Breakthrough Act
Animal Collective
Daniel Merriweather
Empire of the Sun
Lady Gaga< Based on the line “Bluffin’ with my muffin.” She should get it. I do love GaGa. She’s different. She’s true to her art. Her vocals are amazing. Disagree? Go listen to her perform Speechless live. It’s on YouTube.
Taylor Swift

International Album < So long as Black Eyed Peas don’t win, it’s cool.
Animal Collective – ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’
Black Eyed Peas – ‘The E.N.D.’
Empire of the Sun – ‘Walking On A Dream’
Jay-Z – ‘The Blueprint 3’
Lady Gaga – ‘The Fame’

BRITs Performance Of 30 Years < I want Bros to win, just because it’d be funny. But we all know it’ll go to Michael Jackson just because he’s dead.
Bee Gees- ‘Stayin’ Alive’/’How Deep is Your Love’ (1997)
Bros – ‘I Owe You Nothing’ (1989)
Coldplay – ‘Clocks’ (2003)
Eurythmics & Stevie Wonder – ‘There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)’ (1999)
Girls Aloud – ‘The Promise’ (2009)
Kanye West – ‘Gold Digger’ (2006)
Kylie Minogue – ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’ (2002)
Michael Jackson – ‘Earth Song’ (1996)
Paul McCartney – ‘Live And Let Die’ (2008)
Pet Shop Boys – ‘Go West’ (1994)
Robbie Williams & Tom Jones – The Full Monty medley (1998)
Scissor Sisters – ‘Take Your Mama’ (2005)
Spice Girls – ‘Wannabe’/ ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ (1997)
Take That – ‘I Wanna Hold Your Hand’/ ‘A Hard Day’s Night’/ ‘She Loves You’ Beatles medley (1994)
The Who – ‘Who Are You’ (1988)

And of course, Ellie Goulding is the winner of The Critics Choice Award 2010. Flo won it last year, now Ellie this year. I am utterly pleased with this. I will probably cry when she comes on stage to collect the award. I do hope Flo wins something, she has to. If she does, I’d very much like her to repeat the speech she made last year. Something along the lines of “FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK” then at the end she said, “I’m going to get drunk now.” God bless her. I will cry if she wins anything, I really will. You know I’ve loved her since that amazing clip of her and Lightspeed Champion on YouTube of them singing in his kitchen back in 2007. It’s been love since then..and to see someone you just love and adore their talent become a double platinum album selling artist..it’s just a beautiful thing. I know I don’t her haha, but Lungs means a lot. And, Dog Days Are Over has given me the courage to move away from where I live. I’m packing up my shit and I’m going. Lungs got me through a breakup, I’ve made some amazing friends through mutual love of Florence..I have so many memories with this album. And to see it do so well..just makes me happy and have faith in the music industry again.

Right, I’ve rambled and I sound strange!

x





BBC Radio 4- Front Row.

30 12 2009

BBC Radio 4 this evening had a wonderful show on about this year’s women in music. It features the gorgeous Florence, La Roux, Bat For Lashes, Lily Allen and others.

It’s only half an hour, but it’s a lovely feature.

BBC Radio 4-Front Row.





Songs Of 2009.

28 12 2009

Okay so I’ve done albums of the year, now I’m going to attempt doing the songs of the year. I’ll edit this at least 10 times before being content with my choices. No order, until the last 3…as usual!

Ou Est Le Swimming Pool-Dance The Way I Feel. I firmly believe that this song can make the most miserable person feel happy listening to this. They are a friggin’ brilliant live band and I hope next year sees them becoming massive.

Frankmusik-Better Off As Two. Best friend got me into Frankmusik. I love this song.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs-Zero. The video alone was good. I want Karen O’s jacket from this video. I think a sense of power or something would come from wearing it.

Ellie Goulding-Under The Sheets. She’ll be big next year, by rights.

Marina & The Diamonds-I Am Not A Robot. The lyrics tug at your heartstrongs and make you think it’s all going to be okay because let’s face it, it always is 🙂

La Roux-I’m Not Your Toy. I could’ve gone for Bulletproof, but I didn’t. I prefer this song to what’s been released so far. BUT, Quicksand will ALWAYS be a personal favourite.

Norah Jones-Chasing Pirates. I’m pretty much in love with her new album.

Lightspeed Champion-Marlene. I know this out next year but the video is already out so….fuck it! Besides, his new album will probably be one of the best albums out next year.

Girls-Lust For Life. I was very happy that this wasn’t an Iggy Pop cover. Nobody should cover Iggy Pop. EVER.

Camera Obscura-French Navy. Goosebumps everywhere when I first heard this. Still happens now.

Golden Silvers-True Romance.  A band that I’m so glad I saw live. This song has some good memories tied to it. The main one being seeing them support Florence, and Florence touching my shoulder saying “excuse me” to get past and dancing in front of me and my best mate to this.

The Saturdays-Forever Is Over. This has “FUCK YOU” written all over it, which is probably why I love it.

Lady GaGa-Bad Romance- RA RA AH AH…You know how it goes. I love this an unhealthy amount (some would say..I disagree) The reference to Hitchcock’s films and the video just make it even more amazing than it already is.

Jay-Z & Alicia Keys-Empire State Of Mind. Two of my favourite artists on the same record. Musical heaven. Reasonable Doubt will always be my favourite Jay album but this reminds me why I love him.

The Dead Weather-Treat Me Like Your Mother. The video is amazing and I love Alison. No more needs to be said really.

Julian Casablancas-11th Dimension. This was enough to make me forget that The Strokes haven’t put an album out since 2005.

Florence + The Machine- You’ve Got The Love. Seeing a few thousand people around you sing along to every word is probably the best thing I’ve seen this year. My favourite cover EVER.

Metric-Help I’m Alive. I hate the word epic but that’s the only word to use to describe this song.

The Raveonettes-Last Dance. Sweet, cute, perfect.

Spinnerette-Baptized By Fire. The lyrics alone are pretty friggin’ cool. I love Brody, who doesn’t?!

Bat For Lashes-Daniel. Natasha Khan possess one of the best voices in the world right now.

Bloc Party-One More Chance. Sounds like a 90s dance track and it’s Bloc Party. Perfect.

thecocknbullkid-I’m Not Sorry. This may have come out last year? But whatever, I still love it. Album next year. ‘BOUT TIME!

The Horrors-Sea Within A Sea. 7 minutes of musical genius. I remember waiting for the countdown to end on thier website and seeing this.

Doll & The Kicks-You Turn Up. Love this band to pieces and I think they need to be signed. NOW. Lovely people and amazing live.

The Chapman Family- Virgins. Kingsley Chapman is lovely. The Chapman Family also need to be signed ASAP.

White Lies-To Lose My Life. So dark and haunting.

TOP 5!!!

Fever Ray-If I Had A Heart. Strange and beautiful.

Morrissey- I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris. Anything Moz does is genius, but this is easily my favourite single of his in a long time. The lyrics speak to me and probably most of Moz’s fans. It just reinforces our unconditional love for him.

The xx- Crystalised. Favourite new band of the year. Awesome live. The album is brilliant from start to finish.

Florence + The Machine- Dog Days Are Over. Pretty much the same as what I said about You’ve Got The Love. I love the video to this. Makes me want to run through a forest in a tux. I won’t though.

Florence + The Machine-Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up). I remember where I was when I first heard this and I remember crying because..it just like, hit me in the gut. Right in the gut and I got this feeling of “shit…everything is pretty fucked up right now but I’m going to be fine.” Lo and behold I am! Morbid story aside, this song is just brilliant. The live version of this with Isabella doing the 90s balaric keyboard solo makes me weak and fucking happy. You need to physically see it to understand. I don’t need to go into detail about the importance of this song to me. If I was writing about album tracks too, I’d put Blinding, Howl and Cosmic Love in the list.





Christmas TOTP.

28 12 2009

I’ve just discovered the utter joy of strawberry beer and also, a can of lemonade and southern comfort. Hello drunken warmth! Oh yes. Anyway, watch these two clips of sexy people from the Top Of The Pops Christmas Special. When it was on, it did resort in me having some kind of seizure, my lovely stepdad telling me to calm down, mother burning some veg andmy best friend and I texting each other about the beautifulness of these two stunning women. Yes, Flo and Elly Jackson.

Flo’s dress is AMAZING and Elly has a Christmas tree in her quiff.Perfect women? Oh of course. Enjoy!

Florence + The Machine-Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up).

La Roux-In For The Kill.





Albums of 2009.

26 12 2009

I’ve battled with pen, paper, keyboards and my own choices doing this list. So, I’ve decided to not make a list. I am simply going to tell you what my favourite albums of this year are. Then, I shall tell you what my top 3 are because they are the only 3 I can’t change..not that I’d want to.

I’m basically doing this because I am an indecisive bugger when it comes to this and not making an official “Top 10” list or whatever was just pissing me off. It makes sense. Here we go.

Remember..in no particular order (apart from the last 3 I mention!)

Golden Silvers-True Romance.- A band I enjoyed seeing live and made my dull summer a bit exciting.

Doll & The Kicks- Self titled, bloody brilliant album. Next year, I hope, sees them getting signed. It is a bloody horror, a shambles! that they are not signed. They’ve been supporting Morrissey for ages. SOMEONE SIGN THEM.

Bob Dylan-Togther Through Life. I just love Bob. Simple as. One of my heroes.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs-It’s Blitz! This band will NEVER make a shitty album. I know a lot of people were like “IT’S NOT LIKE FEVER TO TELL!!” Well, obviously because that’s Fever To Tell-the debut..and this is their 3rd album. Clearly they are not going to make the same album over and over. That’d be boring. And we all know that Yeah Yeah Yeahs are far from boring.

New York Dolls- ‘Cuz I Said So. Legendary band showing these new bands how it’s done!

Girls-Album.  Amazing album. Amazing band. Sounds a bit 60s ish, which is never a bad thing. No fillers, just a brilliant album.

The Raveonettes- In And Out Of Control.  Same as the album by Girls. Stunning album.

Comanechi-Crime Of Love. First saw them support Gossip in 2006, been in love ever since. Seemed like forever waiting for this album, worth the wait. Means I can stop playing the EP to death now!

Gossip-Music For Men. This band mean a hell of a lot to me, it’s not my favourite album by them but I still love it enough to say it’s one of the best this year.

Jack Penate-Everything Is New. For some strange reason Jack Penate makes me want to runaway to Brighton. I don’t know what it is. Every time I listen to him, I just want to get on a train and go to Brighton. It makes no sense, I know. Bloody good album though!

Norah Jones-The Fall. Her previous albums didn’t do anything for me. But, The Fall left me in awe. A beautiful album from start to finish.

White Lies- To Lose My Life. Dark, haunting…two things which I love in music (I’m not a miserablew person though)

Bat For Lashes-Two Suns. Natasha Khan could sing me the phonebook and I’d still find it captivating and enough to reduce me to tears.

Julian Casablancas-Phrazes For The Young. This album was good enough for me to be okay with The Strokes not putting an album out this year..or last year…or the year before that. It’s THAT good.

The Dead Weather-Horehound. A sexy album. I hate myself for that statement but bloody hell it is true. Alison Mosshart’s voice can make the strongest person weak. This is what happens when genius’ come together.

Metric-Fantasies. I interviewed Emily and Jimmy from the band. Lovely people. This album got me through some crap. Magnificent album. Worth waiting for.

Morrissey-Swords. Ahhh..an album full of wonderful B-Sides. THANK YOU MOZZA!

Morrissey- Years Of Refusal. I love the artwork and title. I love Moz. It’s Morrissey. I don’t need to explain why I’ve mentioned him.

Camera Obscura-My Maudlin Career. Most underrated band of 2009. Fabulous live. Beautiful, heart-wrenching album.

La Roux. Flawless live. Amazing on record. Cover My Eyes breaks my heart every time. I’ll always remember being at the Brum gig in November when they played Cover My Eyes..and me and my best friend hugging each other. The song kills us both. But somehow, seeing it live wasn’t as bad as hearing it on record. Elly Jackson is beautiful. La Roux got the 80s sound right and made it seem effortless and not tacky. Unlike some bands who try too hard.

The Horrors-Primary Colours.  Proving that the second album can outshine the debut. This album sounded nothing like Strange House. Strange House was an excellent debut and Primary Colours, for me, is just as good.Maybe better. The Horrors gained more fans with this album and it’s easy to see why.

TOP 3…THE ACTUAL LIST THAT I WON’T CHANGE!

3. Fever Ray- Fever Ray. Odd and fucking good (sorry for the swearing but I had to.) This album left me in awe. I lay on my bedroom floor listening to this when I got it. There was no other way of doing it to be honest. It sent me some place else. I love it when music does this.

2. The XX-xx. Favourite new band of 2009. I remember hearing their cover of Aaliyah’s Hot Like Fire. Anyone who knows me knows how much of an Aaliyah fan I am and have been since 1995. This is a cover that I adored and from then on..my love grew and grew. When I heard they were supporting Florence + The Machine I felt like my birthday had come early. The vocals, the lyrics, the music..everything. Just everything about this album made me happy. The first track, Intro is simple yet you can take what you want from it. I hope 2010 sees more people seeing how wonderful this band is. Which leads me onto…….

1. Florence + The Machine-Lungs.  You knew it would be my number 1. It’s been my favourite album since it came out. I’ve played it every day since it came out. I’ve got a singed copy, a copy on vinyl and the deluxe edition. This year started a bit wanky for me and I’d been using certain songs to deal with it all. I read that this album deals with Flo’s split with her boyfriend, I suppose that’s why this album was a crutch to me. It pretty much changed how I felt about things around me and people around me. It gave me strength and guts. I remember watching a clip back in 2007 with Flo and Dev Hynes singing in his flat and just being in awe with Florence. Seeing her go from unsigned, playing small venues to winning awards and putting out an album like Lungs makes me feel like a proud parent. I know it sounds a bit obsessive fan ish. But we’ve all had that one singer/band that means the world to us and makes us laugh,cry,smile,dance,sing and what not. Me and my best friend met her in September. Meeting Flo with my best friend is quite possibly one of the greatest things ever. The photo of us 3 together is the most special and important thing to me. I look at it and it just makes me happy. I can’t really put it into words how much Lungs means to me, so I’ll stop. There are so many reasons why this album is my favourite album of this year. The main one being it stopped me from going a bit mental and helped me accepted the changes around me. Adjusting to become a better person. Blinding helped me let go of everything that no longer mattered. So thank you Florence Welch.

(I’ll do another post about singles and stuff later)

xxxx





La Roux. Birmingham O2 Academy. 18th November 2009.

26 11 2009

 

You know you’re going to have a good night when you are wandering a cold city holding a map to find the venue. The venue used to be easy to find, that was until they decided to move it. I, and others fail to see why they moved the Academy in Birmingham. It was fine just where it was, but that’s a different story.

 

The last time I saw La Roux was at The Sugarmill in Stoke. Quite a small venue compared to the O2 Academy.

Sat on the floor outside the Academy with our hats to keep us warm and Bacardi and Sprite for entertainment, it didn’t matter how cold we got. That was until we heard La Roux sound check. Anyone who knows me knows that I cannot listen to Cover My Eyes. It is one of the saddest songs I have ever heard and is the only track off the album I can’t listen to. My best friend, who was with me, feels exactly the same. So imagine how we felt when we were heard it being played in the sound check. Insert a few expletives and us banging on the door we had our backs to, telling La Roux to stop.

 

Support came from Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, who are ridiculously handsome and energetic. With a half hour set, they easily won the crowd over- especially with set closer, Dance The Way I Feel. Which I think my best friend had some kind of seizure during. She also blew kisses with one of the singers. Ou Est Le Swimming Pool are one of my favourite support acts I’ve seen, but it won’t be long before they are the headline act.

 

Finally it was time for La Roux to come on. The lights dimmed and the intro to Tigerlily blasted out with the words La Roux flashing from the stage.

The band and Elly came onto the stage greeted by what can only be described as a loving noise. I’m not entirely sure; I think the Bacardi was kicking in at this point.

The one thing that pisses me off about the press is how they portray Elly to be some kind of bitch who is always angry. Go to one of her gigs and you’ll see that she adores her fans a hell of a lot, and the way she interacts with them is by no means bitchy.

Most of the album is played including Saviour, a bonus track.

Halfway through she removes her jacket, saying she was too hot. She was greeted by various loving remarks and whistles. She replied with “Oh fuck off!” Claps all round.

The end of Quicksand was changed to “I’m in Birmingham” which was pretty cool. I’ll get this bit over with because it was quite painful. They played Cover My Eyes. My best friend and I looked at each other, and we hugged throughout the whole song. I only cried a little bit. I think I was just in awe of how amazing Elly’s voice was, so I ignored how heartbreaking the song is.

At one point she gave me a smile, I think part of me died a little. She took notice of us at the front row and called us the “frantic wavers” and as she waved, my best friend leaned over the barrier. I thought she had dropped her bag; this was greeted by an “Oh hello!” from Elly. Turns out my best friend flashed her boobies at her. This story has been told to everyone and is up there with meeting Florence.

See, waiting for hours to get to the front always pays off.

The set ended with Bulletproof which of course everybody went mental over. If you’ve not seen La Roux live yet, do yourself a favour and go do it. And whilst you’re at it, go see when Ou Est Le Swimming Pool are playing near you and go see them too!

Photo taken by Amy Brown (the best person you'll ever meet!)

 

 

Photo taken by Amy Brown.