Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Rock & Roll
I always wanted pink hair like Kurt had on the In Utereo sleeve. Thank god for 80's parties, eh?
Anyway, hello! How are you then? Tell me... have you lost weight? Or is it a new hair do? You look great! Seriously, no kidding. Must be the springtime, doing us all the world of good. There's no more glorious feeling than walking out of work at the end of a hard day beneath hazy sunshine and blue skies...
So yeah, I'm in a pretty good mood. Oh, the things I've been up to since we last hooked up. Will you indulge me in a bit of a list? Go on... spoil me.
Festivals! After missing out on my music festival fix last year due to... shall we say "unforeseen circumstances", I've fallen off the wagon in style. I've got my grubby mits on tickets for Bestival, Reading aaaand Glastonbury. And I just can't wait. I'm already skipping around with a combination of excitement, anticipation and trenchfoot. Plus I laid my mits on some Radiohead tickets, too. Spiritualized, We Are Scientists and MGMT are coming up soon, as well. I think my head might just explode!
Snow! Yeah, not only did I drag myself out of bed in the middle of the night unnecessarily for Glasto tickets on a Sunday morning, but I got to slip and slide my way through a blizzard! Then I spent the afternoon stumbling though Hyde Park, past legions of snowmen, before wandering around the startlingly moving Derek Jarman exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery. Then there was sugary tea, veggie pizza and a spaced out viewing of Blade Runner. Sundays really don't get much better than that...
DJing! Five years ago, I met a great bloke called Tom at a houseparty in Bristol. He was a DJ. I was a DJ. We liked the same sort of stuff. (I distinctly remember us bonding over the Thin White Duke Remix of Felix Da Housecat's Silver Screen Shower Scene!) He invited me to play some records at the next houseparty they had out West... and the rest is history. We started playing out as the Rock n Roll Jumble Sale in London a few years back, and it's just been the most fun. So we celebrated our fifth birthday of sorts on Friday night in Islington at the New Rose Pub (probably the best pub in the world). We had sweets, badges and free CDs to give away. People danced and drank and sang and it was just wonderful.
You can download a podcast of the CD right here. A joint effort by me and Tom, so it's not all bad, and features a flavour of the night. You'll be pleased to hear that on Friday I managed to set off the volume limiter in the pub and kill the soundsystem. Twice. And the second time was with Betty Boo. Which I think might even beat the time I played Van Halen's 'Jump' at Turnmills...
And, of course, tunes tunes tunes. These are all just stunning. Really. Life changingly sublime. Clutch them to your busom as you dance into the night...
1. Black Kids - I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You (Twelve's Remix)
2. My Bloody Valentine - Soon (Andrew Weatherall Mix)
3. Blood Red Shoes - Say Something, Say Anything
4. The Whitest Boy Alive - Golden Cage (Fred Falke Remix)
5. The Like - What I Say And What I Mean
6. Sonny J - A Hard Day's Night
7. The Long Blondes - Century
8. MGMT - The Youth
9. The Subways - Girls & Boys
10. The Velvet Underground - Rock & Roll
The snow's melted. The sun's rising higher in the sky. I can feel life returning to the world. And I just want to scream out of the abyss with a combination of happiness and sheer release.
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