Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Womack and Womack

This song has been covered over and over again.

Each foot that has reached its way to that d-floor has been swept away and replaced with another foot step and so the cycle continues.

-In 1993, Elton John and K.D Lang covered the song for John's album Duets-

But the original always tastes the sweetest.

This is 80's band Womack and Womack's 'Teardrops'.

When too much denim was never enough.

'Footsteps on the dance floor remind them of you... and the music never feels like it did when they felt it with you'

Gotta love those shades.

Check out The XX cover: The XX - Teardrops (Cover Womack and Womack)

Down the Rabbit Hole

Alice remixed by Pogo.
This kid is from Western Australia.
He's managed to put a whole new spin on Alice and her Wonderland.
Pure ecstasy.


Thursday, 21 May 2009


A facade of legitimate journalism.

Saturday, 16 May 2009

Jesse Rose

Let's jive.

Friday, 15 May 2009

Crystal Castles

So there's been a lot of hype going around town about this troublesome duo but for once, it is well deserved. Their self-titled debut album was released only a couple of months ago and the two have been smashing it up on a global scheme.

Last night they played a chaotic set for the Topman NME Noise Tour, and my expectations were very VERY high. First up was Team Waterpolo, a band I had never heard of before said night; nevertheless I am pleased to say that these guys are actually very good, then Friendly Fires jumped on stage with their bounty of maracas and cow bells. The Rapture was written all over their shit. But there was the occasional whiff of talent and the lead singer's sporadic epileptic spells totally made my pre-crystal castle night. That's talent at its best. He was like a bendy Gumby doll, shakin' any extended limb to the rhythm. Priceless video pending...

Then FINALLY, after much anticipation, nervous twitching and rearranging of my high -waisted shorts.. Alice walked on stage.

I should mention that the two had arrived much earlier than their set time, and the 8-bit game card kids did indeed walk past us. Alice was donning the usual grubby white converse sneakers and even grubbier set of knobbly knees and her older side-kick looked like he’d just left the photo shoot for their album cover. I swear he was wearing the same purple hoodie and leather jacket.

The temptation to reach out and express my love for the two, especially Miss Glass was more than great, however, the fear that her reply would be something along the lines of ‘fuck off’ totally over-rode any psycho-fan urge. Strangely enough, the fear the 'bean pole with the choppy crop' evokes within me, makes me respect her even more...

So they kicked it off. And it was good. But it wasn't that good. And I was disappointed. Very disappointed. But I had great hope and as I pointed my camera and frantically clicked away, struggling with the timing between ultra strobe light brightness to cave-man darkness, I slowly became disheartened. But the photos are unbelievable.

Yes, Alice is an amazing performer whose seeming apathy for herself and her bodily safety drips off her sweaty palms. [Props to her considering, it was less than 3 months ago that she was involved in a car crash that resulted in a broken rib-cage].

I thoroughly enjoyed her leap-frog jumping from stage to crowd, crowd to stage, then lying on the floor - as if she were recovering from a VERY heavy session of body slamming and exorcist behaviour. At the same time I would have forgone being witness to her Spiderman abilities if it meant a greater performance vocally and musically.

The Astoria 2 is not a massive place, which is why I was surprised that the sound, once it left whatever musical peripheral it came out of, seemed almost empty and fizzled the second it escaped from its respective device.

Overall, there was something missing.. granted I was not part of the swaying, jumping, thumping crowd whose need for personal space was nil, instead I was watching from above and maybe, for the 8-bit game kids sake, this was the reason for their 'seemingly' disappointing performance.

Rating: Disappointing

Currently listening to: Crystal Castles debut album


These guys were gracing boom-boxes world wide, centuries before the tactile plastic CD compilation was released, but it's nice to finally have it all in one place.

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Freemium - Getting More Than We Deserve

Free media begins with: Skype, Twitter, Facebook, Bebo, Google, Blogger, Youtube, Myspace and every news and information website, yet it certainly does not end there.

The big question is: Do we take these gratuitous services for granted?

Do we still respect what is on offer, when the cost is nil?

The majority of people can afford to buy a newspaper yet decidedly choose not to. But then again, why would you when you can get the same thing for free, in digitalised format? Yet, although this media comes at no price, consumers still expect to receive top quality services. Therefore, in this day and age where these said media services are financed by endless advertising, the new transaction is time.

We are now basing our decision on whether a product is worth our 'time'. Time is the new form of currency that we consumers are safeguarding and sharing with those who manage to impress us, with those whom expect no financial benefits.

Time has become a pretty important factor, one of which many different companies are vying for.

So who is worthy of your time? Or more to the point, who is not?

Check out
Harriet Denny's article on free media and the public's expectations at Media Week.

Picture also from Media week

Friday, 8 May 2009

M.I.A's still got it.

"Everyone's a winner, we're making our fame. Bonafide hustler making my name." M.I.A

Monday, 4 May 2009

It's Not Black and White

How unfortunate that I completely disagree with this idealistic poster. Instead I readily embrace shades of grey.

Saturday, 2 May 2009

A Weapon Of Mass Consumption

German advertising company, Scholz & Friends, bring us this great visual, highlighting the over-saturation of product choice and the plethora of methods used to gain our attention.

Interchangeable products = Information overload.

What are you looking at?

My photo
I am more than prone to monologues; however, this is solely due to the manner in which they compliment a witty anecdote and their ability to resemble concrete evidence when it is so obviously lacking. I often wish I could emulate that aloof character who coolly stands in the corner smiling mysteriously as if she has a secret. However, I fear resisting the temptation to involve myself in other people’s conflicts and responding through body language rather than verbose banter may come across as contrived and arrogant. And, I am not willing to take that chance.

Ye Faithful