Monday, 2 June 2014

why the pairing of Morrissey and Pamela Anderson is just perfect.




   this morning the latest in a line of spoken-word videos was 
   released by Morrissey to promote his latest single EARTH IS
   THE LONELIEST PLANET.

   and what a moment it was when I realised it was PAMELA 
   ANDERSON in the video with him!!!!

   
   I have long admired Pamela and have often wondered if they
   knew each other. I remember reading that Morrissey had gone
   to a thanksgiving dinner Pamela had had, where the guest of 
   honour was the turkey!! ... but had no idea if it was actually 
   true.

   hence my joy when I realised it was her in the video with him.
   and this pairing of Morrissey and Pamela is just perfect ... but
   not just for the reason you might think.

   you see Pamela is a strange mix in this modern day and age. 
   sure there have been hyper-sexual stars before and after her 
   ... but none quite like her.

   you see, she exudes qualities of the golden age of Hollywood, 
   when women were sexual, and strong (but not arrogant, mean 
   and big-headed because they knew they HAD IT) ... polite and 
   courteous. 

   if she had been born in the UK, in the north, probably 30 years 
   earlier, I have no doubt she would have graced the cover of a
   'Smiths record.

   that's why it is so perfect that Morrissey likes her ... 

   and of course the other reason why it's perfect, is because she 
   has the same beautiful spirit as Morrissey in using her voice 
   for the voice-less animals. it makes my heart swell knowing 
   that these 2 people are in the world MAKING A DIFFERENCE 
   ... and now knowing that they are friends.
















Sunday, 1 June 2014

Morrissey releases another brand new song ISTANBUL and it's epic-ness is almost too much to take in for this poor moz-fan blogger.



   It's pretty funny. and very british-like. like waiting for a bus. 
   you're waiting, waiting ... and then 2 come along all at once!!
   that's how it is, as we are greeted by another new Morrissey 
   song, only a few weeks after the last one!! ... of course I'm not 
   complaining - but it's just funny how one minute you have
   nothing and then just as you are getting used to the fact of 
   having a new Morrissey song - another one is out and taking 
   over your world!!

   I'm still sticking to my rule of not listening to any of the new 
   songs via youtube footage. If I'm at a gig it's one thing, but I 
   hate hearing things on tinny youtube videos for the first time.

   and it's paying off. because the full impact after I've bought 
   these singles and heard them in their full glory is worth all 
   the previous sacrificing.

   so I've finally heard my 2nd track off the new album.
   there is so much I love about it, it's hard to know where
   to begin. listening to this song, I just feel consumed by it,
   but in a VERY GOOD WAY - i.e. it's so long since a song
   has made me feel this way, you almost forget how music
   can (and should) affect you.

   so here in 10 points (yes I am still liking this 10 point thing)
   is why this new moz song is a wondrous affair.

   1. the start, it is some kind of a war-speech or some spoken
       word jazziness??? no time to ponder, the song is off ... 

   2. very different to WORLD PEACE. this takes it up to
       the next level. I love the brutish swagger it has and how 
       that seemlessly melds with an eastern blissed out vibe.

   3. it is both sinister and uplifting AT THE SAME TIME.  
       all cinematic and wide-screen ... thrilling and desperate.
       desolate and euphoric. all these things HIT YOU ALL
       AT ONCE ... oh mozzer.

   4. this means that the affect it has on you, is the following:
       a/ wanting to just get lost in the ethereal-ness of it all.
       b/ wanting to punch the air out of sheer jubilation and 
       shout those words out. it's going to be quite a quandry 
       I am in when I hear it live. what to do ...

   5.  Mozzer's words, his voice, his tone ... when they suddenly
        come into the song, amidst all that music (and how it has
        left you feeling) means it just gets you RIGHT THERE!!!
        oh mozzer indeed.

    6. the bit at 1.39-1.45 makes my heart melt. every time.

    7.  in this rather lovely new moz tradition, we get another 
         spoken word video ... is it just me who thinks Morrissey
         would make a rather fine actor!!?? ... actually scrub that,
         we don't want to lose him to the acting world and all those 
         luvvies!!! (oh Steven, oh Steven!!)

     8. the ending makes me think of Suede + DOG MAN STAR 
         (all Asphalt World/We Are The Pigs ending) which floors 
         me *nearly* as much as everything I've previously heard. 

     9. two songs in, I have no idea how I'm going to feel by the 
          time I have actually heard all of the album.

     10. In a Parallel world, I would have loved somebody like 
           Oasis or The Stone Roses to have released this and to 
           have witnessed all the praise and adulation heaped upon 
           it ... and then switch back to the ACTUAL WORLD where 
           it was basically ignored ... whilst just thinking to myself 
           EXACTLY EXACTLY. 

     Istanbul and previous single World Peace Is None Of Your 
     Business are available to buy now on itunes.

     the album World Peace Is None Of Your Business is released
     on 14 July

Monday, 26 May 2014

Nine Inch Nails/Cold Cave - Nottingham FM Arena - 24 May 2014

  

  if truth be told, I was just as excited to see Cold Cave as I was
  Nine Inch Nails (who I *have* seen before) ... so I made sure 
  I got there early enough to see them.

  perfect before a note had even been played.

   'can we lower the lights a bit' 
  (lower the lights!! ... someone  next to me says)
  'we're from California, but don't judge us'
  'where are we?' (it's a joke!)


  so after only ever listening to them, I was finally seeing them.
  and whereas it's one thing to listen to them on cd, seeing it live 
  in front of you was another thing altogether. their juddering 
  beats washing over an almost frozen (statue-like) audience was 
  just a vision of pure perfection, that I was fortunate enough to 
  be caught up in, in a trance-like state.

  you need this band in your life.



   seriously - how.damn.perfect. is this band ... 





   above - audience shot from just before the start of NIN


   Nine Inch Nails started (first video below) as they meant to go  
   on ... a  juggernaut of brutal power and sound. I got all of the songs
   I wanted. the only one they didn't do was We're In This Together 
   I didn't film any of my favourite songs (if I did, just a few seconds) 
   because I wanted to enjoy the song ... hence just 50 seconds of 
   THE HAND THAT FEEDS and only 15 seconds(!) of HEAD LIKE A 
   HOLE ... nothing of Terrible lie (though here's someone else's vid)
   I was really pleased to hear The Day The World Went Away as
   it's the perfect song to hear live ... and get lost in. crowd-wise 
   people were really into it, though there wasn't any real mass
   movement, when I last saw them at Brixton Academy in London
   it was brutal, I nearly died in the crush near the front! but you
   never get the same thing at arena shows. I have no doubt if the
   gig would have been at a smaller venue, it would have been exactly
   the same. Hurt ended the gig and fittingly was the total opposite
   to how the gig had started. as ever with gigs, once it's over I wish 
   I had it all to look forward to and do again. but that's the beauty
   of gigs, how they always leave you with that feeling.








  
  Cold Cave

  Underworld USA 
  Youth and Lust 
  A Little Death to Laugh 
  Love Comes Close 
  Confetti 
  Heaven Was Full 
  People are Poison 
  Icons of Summer 


  Nine Inch Nails

  Somewhat Damaged 
  The Beginning of the End 
  Terrible Lie 
  March of the Pigs 
  Piggy 
  Reptile 
  Survivalism 
  Gave Up 
  Sanctified 
  Disappointed 
  All Time Low 
  The Warning 
  Closer 
  The Great Destroyer 
  Wish 
  Burn 
  The Hand That Feeds 
  Head Like a Hole 

  Encore:
  The Day the World Went Away 
  Hurt 

Friday, 16 May 2014

where I was last night.

in Nottingham for a gig ... (unbelievably) the first time
seeing one of their gigs ... but I now have.

I have so much to say ... so much ... but I will 
save it for the review ... check back in a few days. 
but for the time being, here's a little bit from the 
start of the gig. 

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

10 reasons why Moz's comeback single is rather magnificent.

  


     Morrissey is back today with a new single ... and yes it is 
     very exciting to be able to say that. and M did not disappoint. 
     here are the 10 reasons why Moz's comeback single is rather 
     magnificent.
  
   1. it starts off all menacing and tribal-like, who does that? 
       no-one. except Moz.
   2. then on a flick of his heel/flick of his wrist (you choose) 
       goes into the sweetest refrain you've EVER heard. clever 
       one Moz.
   3. it sounds like a distant blissed out cousin of Ouija Board 
       (this is a very.good.thing.)
   4. talking of that ... is it only me who gets a (albeit very faint)
        surf/hawaiian feel from the music?? I love it.
   5. I really like how that music feels like it's doing it's own 
        thing in the background ... it feels like you never know 
        which direction it's going to go in.
   6. the lyrics. is it too much to ask for intelligent meaningful 
        lyrics these days? seemingly. Moz returns and in 1 song 
        alone, shows the banality of everyone else's lyrics.
   7. at 3.51 because of *that* (err wow) music break that's just 
        occurred ... it comes back sounding more victorious and 
        euphoric than ever.
   8. we can all feel a bit smug. as in THIS IS WHY WE LOVE HIM.
   9. the video (yes a point dedicated just to it)
   10. with M just reciting the lyrics, Nancy SINATRA wandering
          in all Debbie-Harry like(!!) and the whole thing having the
          air of a Twin Peaks (it's true!!) Fire Walk-With Me never
          before seen moment - it's pretty damn perfect.

     WELCOME BACK MOZ!!!

     World Peace Is None Of Your Business is available to buy 
     now on itunes.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Handmade Festival Day 3.

today I woke up singing Capybara!
... I love you Shonen Knife!!


well today I got there earlier than any other 
day 
because I really wanted to see Speaking in Italics. 
today at the Firebug all of the gigs are happening 
downstairs in front of the bar area, which I'm not
really that keen on. first off it's way too bright with
light coming in through all the windows, and with 
people being able to sit down and watch, it does 
make it feel like you are watching cabaret act. 
but can understand why they did it ... I think a 
lot of people will want to see Dry the River, and 
at night time it probably won't be half as bad.

I decide to stay for a while and then I'll go and
see who's on at The Cookie. CHIMES are on as I
arrive, it's a kind of improv (and at times jazzy) 
thing ... not normally my kind of thing, but does 
suit the mood of that time of day and the setting
real well.



and I was right to have gotten there early because 

Speaking in Italics are exactly my kind of thing. 
they have a real late 90's US alt. feel ... dark tones,
shimmering guitars and huge soaring vocals. 



I would have hung around and got a t shirt but 
didn't have time because I wanted to get to The 
Cookie ... and when I got there I was glad I had
decided to go, because the atmosphere is just as 
laid back as it had been at the Firebug the day 
before. 

the first band I see there are Murmur ... young, 
full of confidence, and ok yes reminiscent of early 
Arctic monkeys, but with snatches of early weller 
too. one to keep an eye on. very promising. 





another reason I'm glad I'm there is because I
really wanted to see something happening in all 
of the venues. I'm so glad that I hadn't stuck to 
my original day 1 plan of just staying at 1 place.

Whales in Cubicles were a nice surprise ... they
perfectly carried on the feeling that I got from 
Speaking in Italics earlier. guitar heavy, really
loud vocals ... somewhere between a melodious 
Soundgarden and Afghan Whigs.



what I really like about the festival, is that the
bands are all very different, and you never really
know what is coming next. Lovepark are dreamy 
and huge sounding ... wide sonic landscapes, with 
gentle waves of melody weaving in and out.



I go over to The Guildhall to catch Ola Szmidt 
it is an amazing feeling walking in and having 
this beautiful voice (complimented by sparse 
backing) ... confront you in such a setting.



I get back in time to see Pixel Fix and straight-a-way 
I am impressed ... multi-faceted and intricate, they 
would have fitted in well on day 1's stage at Hansom 
Hall.



after they have finished I go back to the Firebug 
because I want to be there in plenty of time for 
Dry The River. when I get there Cut Ribbons are 
on ... 80's breathy pop (dollar) meets early 90s 
twee indie/The Primitives and crossed with The 
Sundays dream-iness. so right up my street.
I mean seriously how perfect are they ....



Dry the River are more than worthy headliners 
of the final night. the place is packed before they
even come on and there is excitement before they 
even take to the stage ... 2 songs in people are 
singing along and the reactions that song intros 
alone get, tells you of their importance to people.



and then it's all over. and you're walking home 
and there's not another day to look forward to. 
people you've seen over the past 3 days, you'll 
probably never see again. the funny thing is, it's 
not like you'd spoke to them, but the nice thing 
was, you'd all shared this one thing, all witnessed 
this great thing together. I'd like to think that if 
I ever saw someone in the street we'd both do a 
little smile ...

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

** someone tapped me on the shoulder before
Dry The River. I turned around and saw that
it was Ola who I had seen at the Guildhall. she
said she had seen me filming her and asked if
I could send it to her. I said I would. I told her 
that I thought she was amazing ... and then at
the very end she said that she had previously 
served me coffee at Cafe Nero!! - which at that
moment I couldn't remember, but as soon as 
she had gone, I remembered her!! it was only 
a handful of times and it was a few years ago. 
... I had no idea when I was watching her!!!

songs played over the PA between bands:
Motorcycle Emptiness - MANIC STREET PREACHERS 
(I was like you gotta be kidding me!!!!! I rather 
like this song)
Bombers - TUBEWAY ARMY  
Debaser - PIXIES 

plaid shirt count (not including me, it was in 
my bag though for later, too hot to wear it, 
I just had a Bikini kill shirt on) : about 10-20
town centre/loud/annoying/drunk people 
factor: 0/10

Monday, 5 May 2014

Handmade Festival Day 2.

okay so I'm not seeing Shonen Knife anymore. my
original excitement was just from seeing their name
in print(!) and the fact they were playing. then when 
thought about the fact, it's not the actual original
group, just the lead singer ... it made me wonder if
I could miss out on all the other new bands I was 
curious about, just to go and see Shonen Knife, and 
fraction of what the original band must have been 
like. don't get me wrong, on any other night I would 
have been there ... but as it is, I just didn't want to 
miss out on seeing new bands that I was interested 
in finding out more about.

you know how I said I wasn't going to go venue to 
venue. that went out the window. when I arrived at 
the Firebug, a band had just finished playing and it
had emptied out, so I realised this wasn't like your
usual gig, it was a lot more laid back, people going as 
each act finishes and coming back for the next. so I 
took that opportunity to use the time before I needed 
to be back there at 8, to go to the Bishop Street Church 
as I really wanted to see what a set happening inside 
there was like. Weikie was on when I got there. the 
whole thing was really perfect, that voice filling the 
whole church. 



damn. that boys voice.
I swear he would've made me cry right on the spot
if I wouldn't have been right at the back and could
have felt a bit more connected with it all ... and if
he'd gone and sang something that really hit home
or even if mid-song he would've burst into bit of 
amazing grace or something like that ... that would 
have done it for sure because I was about a quarter 
of the way there already. the funny thing was I was 
trying to think who his voice reminded me of but I 
couldn't think of anyone. which I kind of like.

side note anecdote: there is a little cafe at the front
part of the hall, so amidst playing ... you could hear
the whirring of the milk for the cappuccino ... just err 
slightly ruining the whole mood + vibe!!! (see 1.00 
below)



I get back to the Firebug just to see the last few songs 
of Woahnows and they are exactly the scappy pop-punk
I had been expecting the week before from Jaws. and I
like it a lot.



White Giant were the band I got back here to see. 
I really like the dark and brooding feel their songs 
have. the nice thing was this didn't really hit me 
until quite a few songs in when it just dawned on 
me.

down side of their whole set: this girl (girlfriend of
the singer??) kept stomping her way down to the 
front, doing a bit of dancing/waving windmill arms, 
getting the bands attention, then stomping her way 
to the back of the room. repeat for set duration. I'm
not sure what the point was. I was rather bemused 
- and maddened. as others visibly were. especially 
this one guy near me. I could see his face. the whole 
thing was like a Kate Moss (hanging out with Pete 
Doherty period) kind of thing, crossed with drunk 
auntie at a wedding. 

see for yourself. she's in the first video below.
... and yes it was that annoying.





I like Tangled Hair a lot. they reminded me a bit 
of the bands from the previous day, but with lot 
of other things going on as well. I spent a lot of the
set annoyed that I couldn't get any photos because 
the lights were more in the middle of the stage and
they were more at the edges.

funny moment: guy on left in band. I'm regretting
putting on thick walking socks this morning now. 
girl in audience: then take your top off! (he didn't)



I did wonder whether to wait to see Tellison or 
go over and catch Shonen Knife. I decided to wait 
and see their start if I liked it I'd stay, if not I'd go.

It went like this ...  I got my flip out and started 
filming. they started ... and in my head I just went
oh my god. oh my godas it hit me - it was nothing 
like what had come before (and what I had kind of 
expected) it was very Bruce Springsteen, Gaslight 
anthem, fists in the air anthemic ... and all this as I
was holding up my flip filming, whilst nodding along 
in appreciation. that huge rush of realisation hitting
you. I did not move one inch. 



as soon as they finish I rush over to Hansom Hall 
to see if I can catch the very end of Shonen Knife
people are leaving, coming down the stairs. damn 
... too late. I ask if it's finished, people say yes ... 
someone says they might do an encore. I start to 
go upstairs, some girls rush up as well, one falling 
up the stairs in her wedge heels, moaning that 
she can't run in those shoes ... I get to the top 
and SHONEN KNIFE ARE STILL ON!!! ... I am 
very happy. they do 1 last song. so quickly film 
a bit and then take photos for the rest. 

so it wasn't the original band, but you know what, 
in that moment it didn't matter. I'm so glad I got 
to see them ... to glimpse the band that Kurt liked 
so much. and in a way because it was so fleeting it 
made it all the more special.



but having said that, I still would have gone and 
seen Tellison over Shonen, because nothing beats
the feeling you get in those opening seconds when 
you realise a band is for you.

on the way home, some students were hanging out 
of a window, and this guy shouted out 'hey sneakers 
dude (or sneaky dude) either is good. it was a cute 
and a nice moment. but then when you are going 
home after a gig, everything is a warm and fuzzy 
moment.

so if you ever see me you can call me sneaky dude.

so that was Day 2. definitely as good as day 1. it all 
worked our splendidly. we'll see what the last day 
brings.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

songs played over the PA between bands:

The The - Infected album  (great album)
Belly - Star album ... I knew that it was them
I recognised Tanya's voice, just didn't know 
which album. so had to Shazam. note to self, 
finally do get around to checking out Belly's 
albums. it's the missing Tanya link in what 
I already know+love (solo/muses)

I saw about 5 lots of people from the night 
before at the Firebug watching the bands I 
was seeing.

plaid shirt count (me included): about 10-20
town centre/loud/annoying/drunk people 
factor: very bad ... on the way back from 
Hansom Hall, I took a detour through side
streets to avoid it all.