Caffeine Frenzy

Laurie’s linklog has just sent me on over to Kottke.org’s Starbucks experiment.

Just how many Starbucks can you find within a 5 mile radius? I am 162 from work and 121 from home. How mental is that! Add in all the Costa’s, Benjis and all the independant cafes… Just how many coffee’s do you need!

Oh and this just made me laugh, from Starbucks.com:

“What benefits will I receive as a Starbucks Partner?
Starbucks Total Pay package is referred to as “Your Special Blend” because it is unique to each partner.”

Music Meme

From the very lovely cultivated stupidity

1. What’s the total size of music files on your computer?
About 2.63GB on this, my iBook, and close to 60GB I think on my PC.

2. What is the last CD you bought?
I bought the Chemical Brothers ‘Come with us’ yesterday for ฃ4.99 from Sainsbury’s. But I got a free promo copy of their new album ‘Push the button’ today too!

3. What is the last song you listened to before you read this post?
“Never Tear Us Apart”. Not the original INXS version, but a duet from Tom Jones & Natalie Imbruglia. It was from Tom’s great Reload album and I ripped it in to play to housemate J last week to showcase its excellence ๐Ÿ˜€

4. Name four songs that you listen to a lot or that mean a lot to you.
(i) Moby – Porcelain. Don’t listen to it that much but it reminds me of a time. We went to Majorca at the end of our A Levels and went to BCM – a big superclub in Palma. They had a light/laser show midway through and this was the first track. The combination of the lights and the sound was amazing. I also saw Moby do this live at a Robbie gig at Knebworth I went to back in Summer 2003.
(ii) Human League – Together in Electric Dreams. Again don’t listen much but it reminds me of my first day of work. At 5pm on the friday everyone got lyrics out and stood up and karaoked along to this track. It was veryrandom.

Listen lots atm, according to iTunes…
(iii) Chemical Brothers- Galvanise. Yeah read below for Chem’s word splurge!
(iv) Charlotte Hatherley – Bastardo. New single from the fab album ‘Grey will fade’ with a fab video (directed by bf Edgar Wright) and starring the yummy Simon Pegg!

5. Which three people are you passing the baton on to and why?
Hmmm what?

The Bravery

While still in the same indie-dance realm, The Bravery are a dancier version of the Killers. Named as ‘ones to watch in 2005’, by the BBC, the NME & Rolling Stone amongst many, the Bravery certainly have a good start to the year, but can they pull it off?

They are 4 New Yorkers and their 2nd single ‘An Honest mistake’ is hitting radio stations now, before being released on 28th February. They have a tour in the US throughout Febrary before hitting the UK for a series of gigs which all but two of them are sold out. Hopefully I’ll find some from somewhere and be able to witness them firsthand.

I’m not sure if any of them can beat Brandon’s beautiful face but the single is great, and you can read more about them (and indeed check their faces) in this article from this weeks NME.

Hear a bit of the single at the BBC

The Chemical Brothers – Push the Button

Housemate J & I were driving through London on a typical ‘Let’s go for a random drive’ Sunday night adventure listen to XFM’s The Remix show when we heard a proper WTF WAS THAT tune. It turned out to be the new Chemical Brothers track – Galvanise feat Q Tip.

I’d never really been into the Chems. Sure I could name a few tracks … hey boy, hey girl, It began in Afrika, Star guitar, but that was about it.

However Galvanise was a track which really stood out from the radio and made me want to hear it again and again. It got on all the radio playlists and its finally out this week (going top 3 i think!)

But anyway enough waffling about Galvanise. You’ve all heard it, its top. End.

But, it’s the lead single from their 5th studio album Push the Button (can anyone say that without going DONT PUSH THE BUTTON afterwards?). After 11 years and 8 million record sales, I was finally ready to take notice. The album is a mixed affair, travelling from the hip hop tinged Galvanise through Electronica and heavy beats.

I had to quickly splurge some words about track number 8 – Close Your eyes which features the much tipped Magic Numbers. I know little about the Magic Numbers other than they are 2 pairs of sibling and their names are being bandied about all over the London cool music scene. I heard the track today on BBC LDN’s Joy of Music show and loved it. Then I listened to the album again and loved it even more. It’s 6 minutes 13 seconds of gorgeous harmonies, soaring strings and vocals and its just a big bundle of loving.

Get it, and put it on your octagon playlist.

(I’ll write a better review when I’m not in quite such a splurging musicasming mood)

Typekey

So blog comment spam, we all love it eh?

Typekey seems to be the way forward.

You now have to login using your typekey profile to leave a blog on the site, but once you have a login you can use it on any blog which uses typekey… and more and more will be doing so in the near future I think.

EDIT Typekey is only working on posts from here and onwards. Is there a way to make it cover all my previous posts, as that is where the comment spam is happening?

We will mock you

A few days ago I was remarking to my housemate, that if there is such a thing as the afterlife, and people can look down from above as to what’s going on, Freddie Mercury must be having a good old giggle at his giant ‘statue’ on Tottenham Court Road above the theatre showing the Queen musical ‘We Will Rock You’.

Today we flicked between music channels and came across the great video for ‘I want to break free’ (how adorable a girl does Roger Taylor make in that video by the way ๐Ÿ™‚ and housemate J started telling me about how some people really really hate queen, not because of their music, but because they were one of very few British bands to accept invites to aparthied South Africa and perform for a white only audience. Now I know very little about the old South Africa, but the Guardian coincidentally published an article about Queen & SA yesterday. They speak of the Live Aid DVD and how seeing Queen shaking their thang for third world poverty seemed a complete hypocrisy at the time.

An interesting read anyway, for those babies (like me) amongst us who are too young to remember.

Link: Queen in the Stone Age : Guardian

Films at Abbey Road

Via the excellent Londonist

The famous Abbey Road Studios will be running a film festival for a fortnight from 19 March with screenings at midday, 3pm and 7.30pm each day.

The studios have been used to score over 150 major films over the last 25 years and the festival will be picking from amongst them, and transforming studio 1 into a cinema.

It definately sounds interesting and like it could be worth a visit. Only downside is the price – ฃ15/ฃ20 ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Link : http://www.abbeyroad.com/news.php?id=108

Busy busy busy

The past 2 weeks have been spent mainly in the company of that lovely genre of people known as estate agents as we hunted for a new house. That is now found and all the stress is gone again. We have a lovely 3rd housemate who I know from uni and will be a most excellent dancing partner. So bring on the housewarming!

Since Xmas and unintentionly(i.e. it wasnt a conscious new year detox reason) I’ve been eating an excessive amount of small orange fruit. Sometimes 10 in 2 hours – I’m a bit worried in case I turn into an orange. And I say ‘small orange fruit’ becuase really, what is the difference between clementines, manderins, and tangerines?? However the world is going detox crazy in a new year stylee at the moment, and BBC Radio 1 have a campaign at the moment all to do with eating heathily and juicing! Maybe I should cut down on my nandos consumption. I know I definately need to get myself a gym membership when I move, and maybe a personal trainer for a bit. Any recommendations?

Talking of the beeb, enough already about Jerry Springer! I’ve been trying to make an effort to really listen again to some good radio shows across a variety of stations recently. One Click:Recordbox on Radio 1 – 3 specialist djs have 20 minutes to introduce you to the essential tracks from their genre – its on on Monday mornings at 4am, or more realistically any time using your friendly BBC Radio Player. Annie Mac’s ‘accessible’ dance & electro show and 6Music’s 6 mix.

Oh and this page has some interesting stuff on it, and a good blog.

And finally can anyone recommend some old Roots Manuva stuff? (I really like the new single). And any idea if the Nouvelle Vague album is worth buying?

Reading : Blogs. I really need to read some books dammit.

Watching : Desperate Housewives (not as good as is being made out). Looking forward to seeing Marti Noxon’s new show on E4 in a couple of weeks.

Listening : right now… Kelis, Beenie Man & T.O.K. – Trick Me Twice from 6music’s The Mix show