Archive for December, 2008

Blue water, white death

Posted: December 30, 2008 in Uncategorized
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Cool footage of a Carcharodon Carcharias menacing kayakers less than a mile off Australia’s east coast on Saturday.

Only last week a man was apparently eaten by a Great White on the west coast off Australia while searching for crab (story here)
The man, Brian Guest, was a vocal supporter of the protection of sharks and had written on the Western Angler website forum in 2004:
“I have always had an understanding with my wife that if a shark or ocean accident caused my death then so be it, at least it was doing what I wanted. Every surfer, fisherman and diver has far more chance of being killed by bees, drunk drivers, teenage car thieves and lightning. Every death is a tragedy – regardless of the cause – but we have no greater claim to use of this earth than any of the other creatures [we] share it with.”

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Deschanel death knell

Posted: December 30, 2008 in Uncategorized
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Yes, I am one of the internet nerdburgers who feels the pangs of unfathomable sadness at the news of Zooey Deschanel’s engagement to Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Music..Cutie…or whatever. I’m off to watch Elf and cry all over my Christmas jumper.

My 11 like most favourite albums of 2008. Totally.

Posted: December 26, 2008 in Uncategorized
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Efterklang – Parades (seemed like this year but turns out it isn’t, so I’ll mention it but it must be excluded from the list. Sorry Casper, you beautiful Danish man you)


11. Flying Lotus – Los Angeles (Perfect instrumental hip-hop with considerable depth. Fuck off Soulja Boy.)

10. Portishead – Third (What a comeback. Terrifyingly good.)

9. Christian Fennesz – Black Sea (Noisy,wondrous,feedbacky,synthy,legendary)

8. Vivian Girls – Vivian Girls (Feedback, fuzz and harmonies. All you need)

7. The Bug – London Zoo (Filthy, evil, angry. Dubstep rarely gets this good)

6. Fucked Up – The Chemistry of Common Life (Punk and panpipes. Brought me back to my hardcore punk roots this year and for that I thank them. fucking rocking tunes too.)

5. Bonnie Prince Billy – Lie Down in the Light (He could release anything and I would love it…but I really do love this. Country-tinged beauty, the opposite of the bleakness of I See A Darkness, and an effortlessly impressive album from my favourite solo artist by a long way. He’s a God.)

4. Times New Viking – Rip It Off (What? Sorry, I can’t hear you over the tinny production and pop melodies. Yes the keyboard player IS hot, you’re right. No that has not influenced this number 4 placing, you sexist.)

3. The Walkmen – You & Me (How drunk are they? Very. And they write songs too. Fantastic ones. And what a gig in the Button Factory this year.)

2. Roots Manuva – Slime and Reason (Best MC around and an absolute classic of an album. Put many a sloppy grin on my chops. If it was summertime now, this may have claimed my topspot by a nosehair. I missed his gig coz I had the flu. It bothers me still.)

1. No Age – Nouns (Genius. Brilliant. Full of new ideas, passion and energy. AND I interviewed them too. I love No Age and want to have their babies.)

There you have it. Bon Iver is technically 2007 so I left it out. Alopecia by Why? is just on the outside but to be honest alot of the albums could be shuffled around slightly depending on the hour of the day or whatever.
I whittled it down with great difficulty from a longlist of about 19 and it was difficult but goddam it it was worth it.
Get them all.

sleigh bells ringing

Posted: December 23, 2008 in Uncategorized
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And so, it’s time to head away to the countryside to see The Family and The Friends in Galway. I’ve a week off (which for a journalist, I think, is pretty good seeing as how last year I had about 3 days off and enjoyed a festive dose of animosity with ‘management’)
The home time visit will also, hopefully, give me a chance to post up end-of-year blog stuff, just like everyone else.
I’ve spent most of the year finding my feet with this blogging stuff, taking riotous abuse from my friends for having a blog in the first place, met some great dudes and dudettes (and simply corresponded on t’internet with some too)and discovered what I think are a friendly, knowledgeable, cool bunch of people, all doing different kinds of things with their blogs and all providing me with hours of entertainment, music and laughs.
This is not my last post for a few weeks or anything (unless I am grabbed by ‘Xmas cheer’ and disappear off the grid for a while) but I’ll just wish all of you readers, commenters, browsers, visitors and peeps in general a Happy Xmas and I’ll raise a glass of red wine to you all in the next few days.
I’ve left you with a classic Xmas picture that all the kids will defo enjoy. Ho ho ho Santa, you crazy, disgusting lush.
Have a good ‘un.

Eat a dick

Posted: December 17, 2008 in Uncategorized
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For starters, comedy moment of 2008 has got to be Ice muthafuckin’ T addressing Soulja Boy as part of a ‘beef’ some time back.
It’s absolutely brilliant, mostly in an unintentional way. The highlights are when he talks about Soulja Boy being ‘garbage’ and talks about being ‘caked out’. Hilarious stuff indeed. And Soulja Boy? Eat a dick yo’

Eat a dick

Posted: December 17, 2008 in Uncategorized
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For starters, comedy moment of 2008 has got to be Ice muthafuckin’ T addressing Soulja Boy as part of a ‘beef’ some time back.
It’s absolutely brilliant, mostly in an unintentional way. The highlights are when he talks about Soulja Boy being ‘garbage’ and talks about being ‘caked out’. Hilarious stuff indeed. And Soulja Boy? Eat a dick yo’

Slowgress

Posted: December 17, 2008 in Uncategorized
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I’m still slaving hard on my end-of-year lists and, album-wise, it’s a real eye-opener.
It’s only now you start to realise how much your taste is dictated by the usual suspects on the internet.
But, that said, the sheer quality of stuff I have heard this year is top notch.
I disagree that it was a bad year for music or albums or whatever people are saying out there. It really wasn’t. There has been a huge amount of brilliant albums, songs and (also) films. I have had album after album on repeat in my headphones and this was the year that the glorious Fucked Up got me back into listening to punk, the music genre it all began with for me, listening to Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, Lard, Crass, NOFX, Rancid, Sex Pistols, No Use For A Name et al.
The 14-year old me would have hated me now though, with my dubious penchant for Bon Iver, Final Fantasy, Fennesz, Horse Feathers and the like.
There was a time in my teens I wouldn’t even listen to the words Led Zeppelin being spoken aloud. But such elitism is behind me now and my spikey, bleach-blond haircut is but a wonderful memory.
I’ll press on anyway. I’m a sensitive soul deep down under the hairy, drunken exterior (as my mother, my best friend and my girlfriend all like to remind me when the mood takes them) so here is the celestial, gorgeous, wondrous strains of Peter Broderick of Efterklang and Horse Feathers fame with the song Games Again from this year’s Home album.
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Huge Ackman

Posted: December 15, 2008 in Uncategorized
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I’ve rewatched both The Dark Knight and There Will Be Blood (again) and while both stand up very well indeed, it’s the latter that grows and grows in the wow factor stakes, such is the sheer power of the whole shebang.
And that moustache.
Wow again.
Twas early in the year, around February I think, when this blog kicked off (yes I am still relatively new to it, thanks) and I was mildly obsessed with this film.
From the dialogue-free opening gambit to the ominous horror of Jonny Greenwood’s score. From the fact that practically every frame of the movie could be the poster to the often hilarious, melodramatic, eminently quotable script.
From the powerhouse performance-of-a-lifetime effort of Day-Lewis to the snivelling genius turn of Paul Dano.
It’s a work of art.
But more of that in a week or so.
This post is about Hugh Jackman. Kind of. The sexy bastard.
Here is the newest trailer for the upcoming Wolverine film.

Jackman has been chosen to host the next Oscars and his stage appearances in musicals, often camp demeanour and sheer likeability should make him the perfect host. Unfortunately he is so nice, he forgets how to say no to shit scripts (Swordfish, Kate&Leopold, Van Helsing…christ should I go on?) and so, an actor clearly capable of huge diversity, ends up starring in this kind of bilge. But then he has also done the overrated but fun X-Men films, the excellent The Prestige, the ambitious The Fountain and the I-have-not-seen-yet-but-it-looks-dire Australia with small-nosed drink of water Kidman.
All that aside, the trailer here looks like it’ll be a good romp and Jackman wins ‘Hunk Of The Week’ on this blog. Well done, Hugh. And good luck with your future endeavours.

Words ‘n’ stuff

Posted: December 12, 2008 in Uncategorized
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With reviews of The Day The Earth Stood Still flooding in, I’m really enjoying the word Klaatu.
It’s just a brilliant word.
I can’t stop saying it.
Klaaaaaaaaatuuuuuuuu.
Isn’t this why blogs were invented? For this kind of rubbish?
Now, my children, tell me what words you like?

Getting closer…

Posted: December 10, 2008 in Uncategorized
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A great list
that’s over at mp3 hugger is his top 42 songs of the year.
Such a great blog that has a far more dedicated blogger at work than you have before you here.
The list is done in a really easy-to-use way, which is handy for an idiot like me who has a habit of using the back button too many times when scouring the internet and then losing every page I’ve just come from.
Enjoy the tunes and it’s great to see Elbow high up on the list too.