Sunday, October 05, 2008
No no, I've not disappeared. Just been in that busy frame of mind where I've had lots of work to do and lots of fun things to do and lots of stuff buzzing round my brain, but little opportunity to spill it onto a keyboard for lovely blog soup goodness.
Now, big news: I've sold my soul and, with the meagre return, bought an iPod. Woo.
My dear old iRiver, that I've had since it was a child, has finally gotten so decrepid, it was time to retire it. Recently, I realised that the headphone jack was broken, meaning that even though I had headphones plugged in, the internal speaker was still playing out loud. Which meant that while I was listening to songs on the tube, people could also hear what was playing. And because I was wearing headphones, I was unaware of it, and therefore have no idea how long this had been going on for. And whether it had revealed to the good people of the Victoria Line that I was listening to Girls Aloud's 'The Show' on full volume of a Tuesday morning...
Anyway, big fat new slim shiny iPod bought from the Apple store on Regents Street. Going in there, it did feel like I was being initiated into some sort of strange cult (mentioning no names...) But, y'know, it works and is shiny and the pictures of the album covers come up. Which is extra nice when it's the Lost In Translation one with Scarlett Johannson's bum in the see-through knick knacks. On repeat, I think.
So, yeah, great stuff. And it's been soundtracking fun times of late too. Which is essentially what I want it for: to turn my life into a movie with an immaculate score. Lots of lovely things out there to discover, including a whole raft of superb eponymous debut albums. Here are some of them, and a few more lovely long players I've been loving lots.
1. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
2. Glasvegas - Glasvegas
3. Friendly Fires - Friendly Fires
4. Ladyhawke - Ladyhawke
5. Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue
6. Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
7. Late Of The Pier - Fantasy Black Channel
8. The Streets - Everything Is Borrowed
9. Bloc Party - Intimacy
10. Nirvana - With The Lights Out (Boxed Set)
With the latter being a dig through Kurt and co's dirty laundry that I'd never really delved into before. Sure, like The Beatles anthologies that it clearly aims to imitate, the vast majority is somewhat dispensible, but there are some sublime, moving moments. The closing acoustic reading of 'All Apologies' is heartbreakingly wonderful and confirms it's place as my favourite Nirvana song.
My new most likely cause of death is being run down on the bus whilst gazing in awe upon the coverflow...
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