Wednesday, January 19, 2011

New Cut Copy!!!

The Time has come... to CELEBRATE!!! After teasing us with the lukewarm, Beach Boys inspired 'Where I'm going', a few Cutters gems have leaked in anticipation of the Zonoscope release. The future is much brighter than 'Where I'm going' promised us. Following on from the sunshine tinged synths of 'Take me Over' we are on much more familiar, and dare I say it terra firma with these tracks.

NEED YOU NOW kicks us off with the cowbell featuring prominently , I should have guessed it would feature on this album, Tim was all over it this summer! (I saw them live twice in 3 days, amazo!) This is a beauty, the exact type of track that is going to feature heavily in my bedroom, starts off mysterious, and then builds into a gorgeous climax. Have to say is very reminiscent of an Andy Bell Erasure sound, an absolute brilliant accolade in my book. It could feature in any one of John Hughes' films and I would be like is that Depeche Mode maybe? The synths also remind me of a Mylo track Emotion 98.6. Man I was mad into Mylo in 2004/2005. Kinda also reminds me of 'The Paradise' Alan Braxe, Fred Falke, In Love with you, also in my head at that time. In short I like songs that remind me of certain poignant times.

mp3 Need you now

ALISA - I am not hectic about, and have yet to get a good mp3 version that I can make available for download. I think I might not be crazy about it because I am like who the fuck is Alisa and why is Dan singing a song about her? But also it's not a synth as I like.

BLINK AND ... I am crazy about, I will get this up in the next few days, I LOVE this track. It's fun, and makes me want to dance.

CORNER OF THE SKY- starts off like an intergalactic explosion, kind of uncertain about it.... then it kinda comes down into something tangible. I like it, and I think it will grow on me, but it certainly is a builder. Very smooth in the breakdown.
mp3 Corner of the sky

PHARAOHS AND PYRAMIDS- sounds more like it could have featured on In Ghost Colours in it's intro, it's got the Tangerine Dream vibe going on that permeated on that album. Then it goes into another direction, which fuses 70's funk or disco Dan's falsetto and something else entirely. I like it! I think it reminds me of Lipps Inc 'Take me to Funky town' then it breaks into a kind of 90's house direction. A bit of Crystal Castles also vs Goodbooks Leni in it too....Then it goes into something which reminds me of 'The Cure's' Caterpillar.

mp3 pharaohs and pyramids

mp3 Take me over Tim Goldsworthy Remix

In completely other news, 'Cold dust girl' by Hey Champ featured in a 90210 episode! I felt like my child had just started its first day of school! I was so proud!!!

Saturday, December 25, 2010


Image from weheartit

I am in a very very dark place. I have not left the house since Thursday night and every so often when the nausea dies down I am greeted by hideous memories. The problem with flashbacks, I find, when caused by drinking is, if like me you talk to yourself a lot in your head, and then you think back sometimes you think you said things out loud that you actually only said in your head. Fucking disaster, I can't master the line between getting so drunk that I shirk off my inhibitions as being the person who metaphorically loses her inhibitions by pulling her skirt over her head. Sigh. Seriously new year's resolutions are going to be fantastically abundant in choice this year.

Some things that make me happy at this dark time.

Dan Whitford. Also a resolution to be an 'aloof unavailable ice-queen' the next time I see him. Yummers.

Laurence Fox. Fox by name and nature. Cannot wait for new Lewis season.

Sixteen Candles. A film so amazingly brilliant that it has left me with completely unrealistic romantic expectations.

Like a scene from the great gatsby or similar. I am off now. Prob to vom. I hate myself sometimes.

image via weheartit

mp3 love my way- psychadelic furs
mp3 pretty in pink- psychadelic furs

mp3- Take me over - Cut Copy

mp3 If you Leave OMD

mp3 Tenderness - General Public

mp3 I'll Melt with you- Modern English

Valley Girl Trailer!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

RIDEY-BRAIN, a definition.

This weekend saw Kilkenny host the inaugural Kilkenomics festival. Kilkenomics is exactly what you may be thinking it is, an economics festival, in Kilkenny. It may not seem like the most obvious of ideas, but it was pretty cool!!! I got on to my mate Fran who shares an interest in economics with me that dates back to Leaving Cert economics. Not having persevered with Economics after the leaving unlike Fran, I left it up to her to choose a show. Fran chose '23 things they don't tell you about capitalism'. I was like 'whatever' this is obviously the hottest ticket of the festival. I don't really think I was on the same page as Fran as I thought it was '23 things they don't tell you about communism'. I was really confused during the show, I was like seriously when will he start talking more about China and the USSR? Little did I know that Fran had reasons of her own for choosing this gig. Turns out she is a secret fan of this dude. She cited him many times in her essays, and even has a secret 'pet-name' for him. ' RIDEY-BRAIN'. A man who is fanciable because he is a brain. I'm just appalled to be friends with someone who demeans men in such a shallow way.

Anyways, he's not really my type. Afterwards we went to Langtons front bar, and I saw a man walking through the bar, I said to myself, he is totally an older version of the exact type of man I fancy. Really nice face, as he got closer I was thinking he is really familiar. Turned out to be David Mac Williams. I was shocked. Seriously guys, he is a RIDEY-BRAIN!

After the gig we had to high-tail it to Cleeres. I have saved this fortuitous piece of the story until now. When I had gone in to the ticket office to buy the tickts there was a sign saying 5 pairs of free tickets to BUST. THE HUMAN COST! I was like whatever, lads any free tickets left and they were like yes no bother. I had paid no attention to it whatsoever. So we got to Cleeres and Fran went in to keep seats while I got the beers in. I saw a really nice looking lady with lovely green shoes, and I said to myself. She is the woman! Only a woman who is the guest of honour would wear such amazing shoes, low and behold turns out I was right!

If I played for the other team Dearbhail Mc Donald would be my RIDEY-BRAIN. Pauline Mc Glynn was the MC and I have quite a bit of a girlie crush on her too. They were both so eloquent, and not facetious even when discussing such pieces of the proverbial as Sean Dunne, Sean Fitzpatrick et al. Dearbhail has written a book called BUST! Turns out on Friday I had unbeknownst to myself heard an interview with her where she was accused of being obsessed with Michael Lynn, infamous runaway solicitor. Well, the talk was enlightening. It was scary. It made me so angry!!! I cannot wait to read the book. There was some harrowing stories, which I won't even go into, but just the general theme of the festival was the whole discontent of people with the current economic situation. One of my favourite Dearbhail snippets last night was when she likened the Celtic Tiger to a Hans Christian Anderson fairytale.

I'm exhausted thinking about it all.
Soundtrack to the post:

onelifestand hot chip

spanish sahara - foals

smalltownboy -bronski beat

blitz digitalism

Friday, November 5, 2010

The contents of my head

Ok, so firstly. This blog post is long overdue. The reasons are multifaceted but include the following; a general sense of ennui, being quite busy, a sense of forebooding doom which coincided with my 24th birthday and the eventual and not totally unexpected demise of my laptop.

Anyone who knows me knows the story of the laptop. On a dark night in the Winter of 2006, my laptop fell off the bed and onto the floor. The OC series one was in the dvd drive. (This I think is an accurate portrayal of the backdrop of the situation and a symbol of where I was at in my life.) The result was a smashed laptop. The screen was fucked. Now I was sad, sulked and was very mad with the person who caused the event to happen. He shall remain nameless, but not blameless.

I somehow learned to deal with the screen and began to relove my defective laptop. I would get so freakin mad when people came over and were like "Oh Christ". I became so defensive. I would watch films on the thing for frick sake!!!To be fair she never let me down. Four and a half years, countless essays, internet stalking, thousands of mp3's and my Thesis. But all good things must come to an end, and it is without doubt the end of a poignant chapter in my life.

So anyway's I am now working off my mother's laptop which is perfect and has never been used.

I don't know about anyone else, but now I am 24 I am increasingly wanting to feather my nest. I am increasingly drawn towards woman, Bella and Best, obviously I still buy reveal glamour and new! But I'm not going to lie, I have recently bought Real People, surely the lowest of the low when it comes to magazine hierarchy. I have also found some grey hairs which are really stressing me out.

Anyways, I suppose I am also obsessed with become a property owner. This is no doubt a legacy I inherited from my ancestors. Anytime I receive a gift that it remotely housey, I save it in a special shelf in my wardrobe, my modern version of the trousseau for when I have my own house, a version I imagine of every Irish person's 'good room' I don't want to sully these things until I have them in my own precious place. Well. the odds of this happening anytime soon are slim, and I think I should probably use the Fancy Tea Bags my sister bought me as they are Best Before June 2011. I think this date may be a tad optimistic. But seriously, I am becomming increasingly similar to the hope chest freak girl in 'You me and everyone we know'. Currently the shelf contains the following;

A salt shaker, an egg separator, and a spatula. These are a themed set. The previously mentioned tea bag set. A fancy kitchen timer. This beautiful Emma Bridgewater mug, various pottery. A massive box of Lindt chocolates which I am keeping for a time when I invite a male back for coffee and petits fours. Obviously I am going to have to buy a coffee maker to make this fantasy come true. Seriously, I am only one step away from going to the Brown Thomas sale for an Alessi bottle opener.

Would like a boy who I can do this with;

Soundtrack to this post:

perfectkiss new order mp3

thieveslike us new order mp3

bizarrelovetriangle new order mp3

waybackhome bag raiders mp3

onlyyou yazoo mp3

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Very Sad News

This is a really strange story.
Ou est le swimming pool were playing Pukkelpop over the weekend. After their set, lead singer Charlie Haddon climbed on to a mast in the backstage area and jumped to his death. The Belgian police have confirmed the death as suicide. I find this really sad obviously but also very unusual. I mean, the band were on a massive high, and it seems like such a strange thing to do. I'm sure the facts will come out in the next few days.




Friday, August 20, 2010

Oldies but Goodies.

I find that I am the type of person who is constantly living in the past. I cannot let things go, for example, every single day since my Leaving Cert I wish I could go back in time and change my CAO choices, but alas c'est impossible. Sometimes, this not being able to let go of things ain't so bad. Like tonight when I came accross some gems on my ipod. Not sure how I took these bad boys off my play list but they're going straight back on!

First up, Hey Champ.

Hey Champ are a trio from Chicago. I first heard them around about the time I was 'writing' my thesis. I was a music guru in those days as I was online 24/7. Anyways, Cold Dust Girl was on repeat in my head for pretty much a month and then I kinda forgot about them. I can be fickle like that, in all matters except for matters of the heart. Har har. Right....
so, here's some Hey Champ....

Hey Champ- Cold Dust Girl mp3

Hey Champ- So American mp3

Hey Champ - Shake mp3

Then I came across DVAS

DVAS started with two Canadians, and they've picked up a few along the way. They spin tunes in Montreal but it basically could be Paris, they are very very smooth. In fact in 2009 they featured on A Valerie Mix, Valarie and Friends. Two of my faves are remixes, but they have just dropped a new album which I am loving, very summer, very cruising in my car. (When I get someone to take me out...)
DVAS- Ambient Room (Symbol one remix)
DVAS- Bromance mp3
DVAS- Questions
DVAS- You're amazing mp3
DVAS- Society mp3
Quite a chilled offering!!!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

What's on my box

I never thought of myself as someone who would settle in on a Sunday night with a cup of tea to watch a spot of telly, but I have to say there have been some excellent shows on offer of late.

Firstly, my number one show is Lewis. I am mad on it. I have a MASSIVE crush on Laurence Fox who plays this Cambridge educated ex priest who is now a detective in Oxford. It's all a bit twee but I loves it. The only problem is everytime I watch it I have a burning desire to go to Oxford and be a student, which lets face it is never going to happen. And Laurence is married to bloody Billie Piper. Bitch. He looks like a Swede too. :(

Seriously, is there anything more attractive than a man with a baby?These pics are a case in point. SWOON!!!

Ok, so secondly The Thick of It. It is fucking hilarious, and I have a total crush on Malcolm Tucker. The Thick of it is currently on RTE 2 late on Thursday nights, and you won't regret spending half an hour with them.

Thirdly, and as much as a shock to me as it may be to you, Sherlock. The final episode will air this Sunday on BBC 1 at 8pm. The dynamic of Benedict Cumerbatch as Sherlock, and Martin Freeman, he of the famous cut away to camera from the Office as Watson is excellent. It's such a suprising combo but they have a great chemistry. It's tongue in cheek references to the duo's house arrangements aside, it really does have excellent stories and acting. Cumerbatch is a chameleon. You'll have seen him in tons of stuff and not realised it's him. Starter for 10, Atonement. etc.

Catch it this Sunday and await the new series sometime later this year.