jinks: (gabe because i can)
2029-07-13 09:59 pm

Sticky Post of Gigs

List of upcoming gigs:

29th September 2009 - Hey Monday (London)
7th December 2009 - Steeleye Span 40th Anniversary tour (London)
jinks: (Pete and Patrick rock the vote)
2010-03-16 12:56 pm

SOTD 16/03/10

Regina Spektor – Samson



So the first time I heard this song, I was 20. My most-recent-ex-at-the-time had made me a mix CD because while we were still dating I’d heard Tori Amos’s version of Smells Like Teen Spirit (which if you’d never heard I’d suggest you listen to, like, instantly) over at hers and been like OMG, and a couple of weeks after we broke up she realised she hadn’t given me a copy like she promised and put it on a mix CD for me (because we stayed friends after we broke up. This is something I do).

But anyway, about a few months later she made me another one, and Samson was on it. Not this version; this version is on the 2006 album Begin to Hope; the version I have (well, I have Begin to Hope as well but you know what I mean) is from the 2002 Songs. I personally think the first version is better, but that’s very much a matter of personal taste.
jinks: (Default)
2010-03-15 01:12 pm

SOTD 15/03/10 #musicmonday

SOTD: Third Eye Blind ( @3eb ) - Jumper





I love this entire (eponymous) album. If you’ve never listened, I suggest you do so ASAP. (It contains the song Semi-Charmed Life, which you will recognise from the radio in the late ‘90s, although there will be some lyrics that you don’t recognise because apparently it wasn’t considered ‘done’ to play songs about how awesome crystal meth is on radio.)

This song in particular is just kind of perfect. I can't justify that exactly, but if you listen you'll know what I mean.
jinks: (Panic! at the Disco)
2010-01-12 02:04 pm

SOTD 12/01/10

SOTD: Panic! at the Disco - New Perspective




So this was the first song that Panic(!) released after the split, and it made me grin so wide I thought my face was going to split. As always, Brendon Urie's voice makes me smile, and the song itself (featuring lyrics such as 'can we fast forward to go down on me?' and 'you come along because I love your face') is utterly joyful.
jinks: (GCH in white room)
2010-01-11 01:35 pm

SOTD 11/01/10

SOTD: Gym Class Heroes - Peace Sign/Index Down



In September 2008, I saw GCH live for the first time. I got robbed and punched in the face by 12 year olds with knives while waiting in line (gotta love London), made some amazing friends, got one of Matt McGinley's drum sticks (because the security guard felt sorry for me because of the whole getting punched thing), met the band, and it remains one of the most amazing gig experiences of my life. Half the gig I couldn't even sing along, I was smiling so hard.

From the first moment I heard this song on the album, I knew the atmosphere when it was played live would be amazing. And it was; the entire venue had a buzz to it that can't be put into words.

This whole album is amazing, I could - and did - listen to it ten times in a row. You should too.
jinks: (Pete and Patrick rock the vote)
2010-01-11 01:31 pm

SOTD 08/01/10

SOTD: @johncmayer – Waiting On the World to Change



After the clusterfuck that was the vote in NJ yesterday (and after DC and NH I’d started to hope again – silly me) I’ve been listening to inspirational songs all day. This one I can’t help but like, because it does help.


“It’s not that we don’t care – we just know that the fight ain’t fair, so we keep waiting, waiting on the world to change”
jinks: (Travie heart)
2010-01-11 01:24 pm

SOTD 07/01/10

SOTD: Drake Bell – Up Periscope




This is one of the best songs ever, okay? It just IS.

I don’t know if any of you ever watched Drake and Josh on the Nickelodeon channel? Drake Bell is that Drake. It's awesome.

Lyrics are here.


(I recommended to my 11 year old niece that she listen to this song, which I think makes me the worst Godmother ever, but she was singing the GaGa song with the Disco Stick lyric in it! I panicked!)
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2010-01-11 01:21 pm
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SOTD 06/01/10

SOTD: Gin Blossoms – Follow You Down



A little blast from the past today – think I might go a bit retro for the rest of the week….
jinks: Ian Crawford holding a tiger cub (Ian tiger)
2010-01-11 01:18 pm

SOTD 05/01/10

SOTD: The Cure – Burn




"Just paint your face" the shadows smile
Slipping me away from you
"Oh it doesn't matter how you hide
Find you if we're wanting to
So slide back down and close your eyes
Sleep a while you must be tired... "
jinks: (gabe because i can)
2010-01-11 01:07 pm

SOTD 04/01/10

SOTD @adamlambert - Sleepwalker



This song, from Adam Lambert’s debut album For Your Entertainment (the title track from which being the song that he performed at the AMAs which caused all the controversy) was co-written by Ryan Tedder (of OneRepublic, co-writer of songs like ‘Apologize’ and ‘Bleeding Love’, written for Leona Lewis (which was also co-written by Jesse McCartney, but the less said about him the better)) and, like many Ryan Tedder songs, breaks your heart in the best possible way. If this song had been around for me immediately post-breakup, you KNOW it would have gone on the playlist.

(Yes, I did make a breakup playlist. You KNOW none of you are surprised. I make playlists for EVERYTHING.)

I’ve been listening to this album pretty much non-stop since Christmas Day. I must have listened to it somewhere in the region of 30-40 times and I’m so very much not bored of it yet. I figure I’ve got another couple of months.
jinks: (gabe because i can)
2009-12-23 03:05 pm

Controversy, @adamlambert, and UK music channels

I'm at home for Christmas, and as I flip through the channels post-family viewing of Agatha Christie's Poirot I noticed that the 2009 AMAs were showing on a music channel called 'VIVA'. I'd never heard of this music channel before, but as I'd not had a chance to see the AMAs I pretty much jumped at the chance. Especially as I'm a huge Adam Lambert fan, and wanted to see his performance on a screen bigger than the tiny one on YouTube.

The first performance was by Janet Jackson who, half way through her performance, grabbed the crotch of a male dancer for a considerable time, in a fairly sexually charged fashion. Fair enough, I thought. It's after 9pm, which is the watershed in this country, so that's fine.

Almost two hours later, nearing 11pm, Adam Lambert's performance is finally upon us. I broke off a conversation with my brother (which included hilarious stories about how he always seemed to have to break up fights in his pub on his nights off) in order to give the performance my full attention.

I'm currently planning my letter of complaint to the music channel.

They kept the kiss, which I think they knew they wouldn't have got away with censoring.

What they didn't keep was the moment where, as Ryan Seacrest so charmingly put it, "a dude snorkled in [Adam's] crotch". This was, in my opinion, no more sexually charged than Janet Jackson's performance, and yet despite being almost two hours later this was censored out.

I try to keep this blog all about the music (and, at some point, movies and TV shows), and keep my politics out of it, but since this is an intersect I'm going to make an exception this once.

I do NOT agree with what this music channel did. There are more raunchy things going on in music videos at 6pm than there were in that moment, but for some reason if it's two guys, it's not okay. This double standard is something which I will not stand by and watch happening. I will not accept it. I will not agree with it. And I will not stop pointing it out when I see it.

(In related news, I'm getting Adam Lambert's album for my birthday. Which is - oh, hey, it's the 24th now! My birthday's tomorrow! GLEE!!!!)
jinks: (TAI)
2009-11-19 09:40 pm

SOTD 19/11/09

SOTD: Tool – Lateralus



There’s not really a story behind this. When I was in university I heard it on my flatmate’s computer and fell in love with it. It’s the musical equivalent of a mood stabilizer for me.
jinks: (Pete and Patrick rock the vote)
2009-11-18 09:05 pm

SOTD 18/11/09

SOTD: ( @falloutboy) Fall Out Boy – Dance, Dance



So four years ago I went home for the whole summer. I spent it basically as my parents’ housekeeper, on meds, and trying not to go totally crazy (because occasionally I am mentally unstable like a fox). Most of my time was spent watching music; surfing through channels to find the songs I really wanted to listen to.

I’d never watched the video for Sugar, We’re Going Down (the song released previous to this one) because the first few seconds of the video annoyed me; also, I wasn’t really in any fit state to be making judgement calls. But I’d ended up switching this one on about half way through and got sucked in by the tiny dudes playing guitars, one of whom was wearing eyeliner and licking one of the other dudes’ guitar and I fell a little bit in love with PWentz (not in a way where I found him attractive, exactly, although he's not unattractive - but if there’s a week where I don’t fall in love with someone to some capacity or another it’s a bad week. Last week it was the girl doing magic tricks in Hamley’s). Then there was an interim period where I think I got them confused with another band that I didn’t like, and kinda avoided them, but I’d rather not talk about that.

Two years later, again while mentally unstable like a fox, I ended up with Sugar, We’re Going Down and It’s Not A Side Effect Of The Cocaine; I Am Thinking It Must Be Love on some random playlists that a friend had made. I listened, liked, but I didn’t really know who they were. I figured it out a few months later (when every time I listened to them I just couldn't stop smiling, bought almost their entire back catalogue, and have been totally obsessed with them ever since. I’m now one of http://thefortysixthirtytwo.com. It’s pretty awesome.

Say what you like about their music – like it or don’t like it; like any other art, it’s completely subjective – but I don’t think there’s a single band who does as much for their fans, or takes their fans down the rabbit-hole half as often to new and exciting adventures, as this one.
jinks: (Vicky-T)
2009-11-17 09:02 pm

SOTD 17/11/09

SOTD: Louis XIV – Pledge of Allegiance



This song – and indeed this whole album – is awesome. The end.
jinks: (Jon Walker b&w)
2009-11-16 01:37 pm

SOTD 16/11/09

SOTD: Ladytron – Beauty *2



Just…turn this up, close your eyes and listen.
jinks: (Ryan Ross with a headband)
2009-11-13 09:38 pm

SOTD 13/11/09

(Okay, so today’s SOTD was going to be Tori Amos’s Cornflake Girl, but it’s not on Grooveshark so I’ll have to upload the entirety of Tales of a Librarian at some point and do that one another day.)

SOTD: The Cure: The Loudest Sound



I love this song. The music is almost-but-not-quite melancholy, almost-but-not-quite an emotion which is nearly happiness, but comes closer to ‘smiling a little bit’, and lands almost directly on ‘wistful’. The lyrics land quite solidly on the ‘sad’ side of wistful:

“Side by side in silence they pass away the day. So comfortable, so habitual, and so nothing left to say. Nothing left to say. Nothing left to say. Side by side in silence his thoughts echo ‘round. He looks up at the skies, yeah; she looks down at the ground…stares down at the ground. Stares down at the ground. Side by side in silence they wish for different worlds: she dreams him as a boy, and he loves her as a girl. Loves her as a girl. And side by side in silence, without a single word. It’s the loudest sound. It’s the loudest sound. It’s the loudest sound I ever heard.“
jinks: (Vicky-T)
2009-11-12 09:09 pm

SOTD 12/11/09

SOTD: The Music – Turn Out The Light



So when I was in my 3rd year of uni, my best friend came to Edinburgh to study at Napier Uni, and she moved in with us. More than once I’d walk past her room as this song came on, and there was something about the first few bars that did that thing that I can’t explain (for the sake of argument I’ll call it the squee!factor, but that’s not quite right). Every time I’d ask her, “who is that?” to which she’d reply, “The Music”, to which my response would be, “yeah, the music, who is it?”, to which she’d respond, “The Music”, to which I would reply, “yes. The music. Who is it??” &c. &c. to the point where it was a bit like a sketch except both of us were deadly serious and getting increasingly exasperated.

This only ended when I finally got the album. MONTHS later.

Actually, if you haven’t already, you should listen to the whole of this eponymous album. Because it’s AWESOME.
jinks: Singer drinking coffee and looking hungover (Singer drinking coffee)
2009-11-11 08:35 pm

SOTD 11/11/09

Today's SOTD is actually a playlist, because I was very very angry at the world all day, so I made a playlist of angry songs. I'm not saying I felt any better, but it didn't hurt.

(If you're thinking that one of these songs is not like the other, you'd be right. It was suggested by a friend, and it seemed to balance things out. I'm not sure I'd put Nickleback on an angry playlist generally, though. Well, maybe their first album. That's pretty rocking. Bonus points if you can tell me the name without the use of Google or Wiki.)



Track listing:

Twist - Korn (from "Life Is Peachy")
Bleed - Meshuggah (from "obZen")
The Big Come Down - Nine Inch Nails (from "The Fragile")
Bodies (Vrenna Xxx Mix) - Drowning Pool (from the xXx OST)
Side Of A Bullet - Nickelback (from "All The Right Reasons")
My Own Summer (NIN remix) - Deftones (Unknown)
Good God (Rammstein remix) - Korn/Rammstein (Unknown)
Synthetic - Spineshank (from "The Height Of Callousness")
Links 2 3 4 - Rammstein (from "Reise, Reise")
B.Y.O.B. - System of a Down (from "Mesmerize")
Bullet In The Head - Rage Against the Machine (from "Rage Against the Machine")
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2009-11-10 08:13 pm

SOTD 10/11/09

Oh, this song.

NIN - Only



As a short aside, I once saw a comment on YouTube where someone had called the album With Teeth (on which this song appears) 'classic Nine Inch Nails'. I don't think I've laughed so hard in all my life. I ADORE this album, but I wouldn't describe it as 'classic Nine Inch Nails'.
jinks: (bdon eyes)
2009-11-09 09:32 pm

SOTD 09/11/09

#musicmonday

I love this song, and I love Jordin Sparks, but I really, REALLY don't like Chris Brown. So I'm SOTDing the Glee Cast Version of this song.

SOTD: Glee Cast Version - No Air