Monthly Archives: October 2005

Music this autumn

According to my high expectations, this autumn looks to quite awesome for musical enjoyment. Specifically, there are two albums and a handful of concerts to get radical about:

1 The Howling Hex – You Can’t Beat Tomorrow
2 The Fall – Fall heads Roll (actually out now I think)
3 The Kills – Barcelona next month
4 Mercury Rev – Barcelona some time
5 Supergrass – likewise

As you can see, a rich and towelling tapestry of rock, roll and rock.

The Kills play Barcelona 19th November

The KillsThose crazy Kills are coming to town. They were going to be supporting American ladies (and erstwhile friends of the late Elliott Smith) Sleater-Kinney but unfortunately, the main act have pulled out.

I’m not really bothered because I really like The Kills. My problem is that no one wants to go with me because it’s the same evening that Barça play Madrid for the first time this season. And Gemma’s going to manchester.

So if anyone nice wants to accompany me to the concert, please contact me. In fact, even if you’re not nice, I’d be interested.

New iPod launched!

So, this’ll probably be the next model I get. My current iPod is stuttering occasionally, and will probably have to be replaced before too long.

From, the latest news:

New iPod announced! The new iPod, as speculated, features video capabilities and the wider display, but it’s still a music-first device.

The device will feature a 2.5-inch display, QVGA resolution (320 x 240), and will MPEG-4 h.264 (natch), and presumably Quicktime.

The new iPod will be 30% thinner than the current 20GB iPod (making it 0.44-inches thick—say wha?), and will feature a 60GB version (which should be thinner than the current 0.63-inch thick 20GB iPod), and editions of both in black.

The 20GB should go for $299, and the 60GB for $399. They’ll be shipping next week.

What’s the device named, you ask? The iPod. That’s it, just The iPod. Well spare you the Prince jokes. The iPod will have TV out.

Stevie has iTunes 6.0 up there—only about a month after introducing iTunes 5.0.

iTunes 6.0 will also feature video and the iTunes Music Store will feature video downloads (big surprise, right?)—at launch over 2,000 music videos will be made available at a cost of $1.99 apiece.


I know you thought that you would never change your mind
though things like this never happen with you
you´re not a prisoner
you know what to do
if you could fly or collapse all of the time
then nothing stands in your way
but as you can´t,
it´s not question of fight
that was over when you came up here tonight

Image gallery

What the gallery looks like I’ve added a new feature to an image gallery featuring all of the terrible photos that we’ve taken over the last few months. There are also about five good pictures. At the moment, the pictures aren’t categorised or ordered really, so there may be a bit of a random feel about the whole thing! Also, I’ve run into issues getting all the thumbnails created. And the images are far too big!

Click here to open the new gallery.

Bloc Party Dull Shocker

As if you couldn’t tell from their boring music, Bloc party reveal in an exclusive interview with the Guardian today just how dull they really are! Moaning about the kids having too much fun sums up the attitude of these ‘technical rockers’ – the bands out to complete the destruction of rock’n’roll music.

Indie music has a lot to answer for – dull meaningless songs about cleaning your shoes, droney wet sods complaining about the rain, nihilistic bank clerks denying themselves – and Bloc Party (along with Franz Ferdinand) represent the lowest ebb of indie music. Pure as the driven snow patrol, a bunch of nice boys with nothing to say and saying it quietly. I will never comprehend how people can get excited about this music. The only polite way to explain it is that other people work much harder than me and therefore cannot afford to invest the same energy as I have. It’s easier reading the NME.


Edit: I make no apologies for my taste, but I fully respect anyone’s right to enjoy any kind of music they choose. This is my blog after all.


Katie the journalist I just found this hugely enjoyable review of the Royal Trux album Pound For Pound. It’s from some newspaper in Portland. The reviewer doesn’t much like Royal Trux.
To be fair to her, Pound For Pound isn’t the best Trux album. I love all of their records, but then I’m partial. What really gets me is what it was exactly that Katie doesn’t like about Royal Trux. It’s the repetition of two chords, the Sesame Street moments and their name!

C’mon, Katie! You can do better than that. I think Jennifer’s hair was awful around then too.
That’s a picture of Katie drinking a beer. She knows her rock’n’roll.

Some pictures

I’ve been messing about with the camera today.

Also saw this wierd plane… does anyone know what it is?

Edit: I have now discovered that this amazing aeroplane is an Airbus A300-600ST Super Transporter – or ‘Beluga’. There are only five in existence but I have no idea why one was flying over the Vallès Occidental! It could be connected with some sort of airshow nearby: last year we saw a EuroFighter showing off.