31 March 2009

The Host

So, Andy Hallet, who played the FAB Krevlornswath ("Lorne") of the Deathwok Clan aka The Host on 'Angel' has died. Talk about a shock! Turns out he had been battling heart disease for 5 years. He was 33 :(

Another list...

Amazon went and posted The 100 Greatest Indie Rock Albums of ALL TIME... really?!

Here are the hard and fast rules Amazon's music editors went by:
  • One album per artist.
  • No EPs or singles, this list is about albums.
  • No greatest hits collections or compilations of previously released tracks.
  • Nominations must have been originally released on an independent label. Albums released on indies which were later acquired and/or re-released by majors are allowed (like Sonic Youth’s Daydream Nation, originally released by a pre-1989 major label merger Enigma Records.

Loads of music blogs are ranting/hating on this list. What do you think? I've inserted a couple of comments (mainly on albums/artists I actually know/like).

1. Bee Thousand by Guided by Voices (I've heard a lot about them from bfm, but never listened to an album. Maybe it's time?)
2. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel
3. Spiderland by Slint
4. Exile In Guyville by Liz Phair
5. Imperial f.f.r.r. (Deluxe Edition) by Unrest
6. Slanted & Enchanted by Pavement
7. If You're Feeling Sinister by Belle & Sebastian (Better than a Pixies album? I mean, I like'm, but really?!)
8. Surfer Rosa by Pixies
9. Either/Or by Elliott Smith (Love the Elliot Smith album I have, but don't have this one)
10. Bakesale by Sebadoh
11. 69 Love Songs Volume 1 by The Magnetic Fields
12. Daydream Nation by Sonic Youth
13. Michigan by Sufjan Stevens (YES! Love 'Feel the Illinoise')
14. We Have the Facts and We're Voti… by Death Cab For Cutie (DCFC are one of my FAV)
15. I See A Darkness by Bonnie "Prince" Billy
16. No Pocky for Kitty by Superchunk
17. Dig Me Out by Sleater-Kinney
18. Give Up by The Postal Service (Cool)
19. Kill the Moonlight by Spoon
20. I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One by Yo La Tengo
21. Lifted Or The Story Is In The So… by Bright Eyes
22. Diary by Sunny Day Real Estate
23. Moon Pix by Cat Power
24. Funeral by Arcade Fire (YES! Everytime I listen I re-discover Arcade Fire; new experience every time)
25. Black Candy by Beat Happening
26. The Glow Pt. 2 by The Microphones
27. Yellow House by Grizzly Bear
28. Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Ante… by godspeed you black emperor!
29. 24 Hour Revenge Therapy by Jawbreaker
30. Zen Arcade by HÜsker DÜ
31. Repeater + 3 Songs by Fugazi
32. Let It Be [Expanded Edition] by The Replacements
33. Merriweather Post Pavilion by Animal Collective (Digging the few tracks of theirs that I have, esp 'My Girls')
34. Let's Get Out of This Country by Camera Obscura
35. Person Pitch by Panda Bear (Didn't grow on me)
36. Our Endless Numbered Days by Iron & Wine (Cool)
37. When Your Heartstrings Break by Beulah
38. I Am A Bird Now by Antony & The Johnsons
39. You Forgot It In People by Broken Social Scene (Cool)
40. This Nation's Saving Grace by The Fall
41. Gulag Orkestar by Beirut (I have 'The Flying Club' - sublime)
42. Mass Romantic [Remastered] by The New Pornographers
43. On by Imperial Teen
44. On Fire by Galaxie 500
45. How Memory Works by Joan Of Arc
46. Advisory Committee by Mirah
47. Red House Painters I by Red House Painters
48. Agaetis Byrjun by Sigur Ros (I prefer ( ) album)
49. Wild Love by Smog
50. And Don't The Kids Just Love It by Television Personalities
51. Emperor Tomato Ketchup by Stereolab
52. Liberty Belle And The Black Diam… by The Go Betweens
53. Sing No Evil by Half Japanese
54. Pussy-Whipped by Bikini Kill
55. The Mysterious Production of Eggs by Andrew Bird (Must get this album! His music is beautiful)
56. The Decline And Fall Of Heavenly by Heavenly
57. Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty B… by TV On The Radio (Don't have this, but played 'Dear Science' over and over when I first got it)
58. Fabulous Muscles by Xiu Xiu
59. Set Yourself On Fire by Stars (Really like what I've heard from Stars)
60. Daddy's Highway by The Bats
61. Neon Golden by The Notwist
62. TNT by Tortoise
63. Destroyer's Rubies by Destroyer
64. Rejoicing in The Hands by Devendra Banhart
65. Coquelicot Asleep In The Poppies… by Of Montreal (Cool. I wish I had seen them at the Auckland gig)
66. Milk Man by Deerhoof (Enjoying a coupld of their tracks at the mo)
67. Will You Find Me by Ida
68. Oh, Inverted World by The Shins (YAY!)
69. Feast of Wire by Calexico (YAY!)
70. The Fawn by The Sea And Cake
71. Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floa… by Spiritualized
72. II & III by Camper Van Beethoven
73. The R&B of Membership by The Delta 72
74. The Curtain Hits The Cast by Low
75. Furnace Room Lullaby by Neko Case
76. Jane From Occupied Europe by Swell Maps
77. The Smell Of Our Own by The Hidden Cameras
78. Nothing Feels Good by The Promise Ring
79. De Stijl by The White Stripes (YAY!)
80. The Ugly Organ by Cursive
81. The Sea and the Bells by Rachel's
82. The Last Match by The Aislers Set
83. Save Yourself by Make Up
84. Hearts Of Oak by Ted Leo/Pharmacists
85. Vivian Girls by Vivian Girls
86. Worn Copy by Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
87. Cure For Pain by Morphine
88. The Power Out by Electrelane
89. The Milk-Eyed Mender by Joanna Newsom
90. Louden Up Now [Explicit] by (!!! Chk Chik Chick) (YAY!)
91. Gallowsbird's Bark by The Fiery Furnaces
92. Horses In The Sky by Silver Mt. Zion
93. Alligator by The National
94. Waiter: 'You Vultures!' by Portugal The Man
95. The Discovery of a World Inside … by The Apples In Stereo
96. Trans Am by Trans Am
97. Ultimate Alternative Wavers by Built To Spill
98. To Survive by Joan As Police Woman
99. Passover by The Black Angels
100. Dangerous Magical Noise by The Dirtbombs

26 March 2009

Kings of Leon

Poxy camera-phone montage from Kings of Leon concert.



I'm doing my best to stay positive - the KOL concert was fabulous, awesome, super!! However, what I didn't know, was that The Stills, another of my FAV bands, was the support act. I missed them completely. I didn't even find out until this morning. I am so angry with myself it's not funny. Woe is me. How, HOW did I let this happen?!

To make it even worse I actually spent about 10 minutes yesterday afternoon trying to find out who the support band was! I usually don't even care. Then, get this, I actually talked about The Stills while STANDING AT KOL!!! Unbeknowst to me they had just played and were in the same building as me!!! Fuck a duck.

Anatomical Lamp/Clock

I saw this lamp/clock in a dinky gift shop on Queen Street - couldn't believe my eyes!!

Google love

There have been a couple of great google logos lately:

For "Fall"


For Dr Seus Birthday

21 March 2009

Psychic Pilgrims

Yes, according to stuff.co.nz MGMT are psychic pilgrims. I'd go for psychedelic popsters myself. Whatever we call them, MGMT are coming to Auckland! YAY! Playing one gig at the Powerstation July 21, tickets go on sale April 14. Fingers-crossed for my ticket!

19 March 2009

Coldplay



Well, above is a crappy montage from the Coldplay concert last night. It was an AWESOME show though (the show wasn't crap, just my photos): lights, props, music - almost 2 hours of fab! Unfortunately I wasn't in the zone (I've had more fun at other shows... if I had been in the right frame of mind/mood, I am sure I would've been in heaven). As you can see Chris Martin got pretty close to where I was standing at times.

Next week I have Kings of Leon - same time and place (Vector).

Coldplay, part 2

... With better photos


Pretty shiny butterflies falling from the sky, while Chris Martin dances with a parasol.



Globes that hung from the ceiling - images were then projected on them. Cool.



Guess the song... yeah, Yellow.



Sweet lights.

Where the Wild Things Are

12 March 2009

Good news, Bad news

Ok, I'm being mean. Cos, the bad news is technically good news: after getting engaged in February, Mandy Moore and Ryan Adams married 11th March. It all went down in a small ceremony in Savannah, Georgia.

Good news: Jack White was gone and formed another side-band!! The Dead Weather are Jack White (The White Stripes/Raconteurs), Alison Mosshart (The Kills), Dean Fertita (Queens of the Stone Age) and Jack Lawrence (Raconteurs/Greenhornes). I've heard 2 tracks and love it! But then I'm a huge White Stripes fan.

The Dead Weather

How a spaceship looked in the 80s...

11 March 2009

08 March 2009

Mistress of the house returns



Firstly, Phoebe came home on the 5th day of her disappearance. We have no idea where she's been! Strangely, Leigh from work said to me: "don't worry, she'll be back on Sunday". Richard has 2 theories (and non of them include witches or bunnies): 1/ the flyers we posted encouraged someone to realise she was being missed, or 2/ Leigh took her - how else would she know Phoebe would be back Sunday!

I don't really have a theory. I still think she could've been locked somewhere by mistake, or she wandered off and couldn't get back the way she came, so she got a wee bit lost.

Regardless of where she's been or what she's been doing, I am so relieved and happy to have her back! I know some people don't understand the pet/animal thing (apparently if you give a pet a 'person' type name you see them as more of a person than a pet), but I seriously love her and shed tears over her. Of course she doesn't seem to be that phased at all - a little skittish maybe, but same-old.

With that said, I went to La Clique last night with a friend and her friends. What an absolute blast! It was seriously the best $57 I've spent in AGES!! From the trapeze act (80s hair-band costumes, chorographed to 'Welcome to the Jungle' by G'n'R), to Meow Meow (singer), to the comedian/magician... it was all sooo much fun. I'm not sure how to feel about the woman wearing nothing but some strings of pearls, dramatically lip-syncing to 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' - it made me laugh anyway! And, let's not forget the grande finale (it's not over until the hot boy swims), Bath Boy... gorgeous!
The setting was perfect too - in the world famous Spiegeltent. It's a show I would go to again if they came back.

Today the sun is blazing, my cat is home, and I am going to work on my CV (honestly, not sure what I am doing, but working on the CV is a start). Also have some other writing to do, books to read, DVDs to watch. Like all other weekends I know I'm going to run out of time. At least I finished my overdue book (my fines are horrid again - probably around $16 all up. Yikes).




Awards Dinner 2009

A wee photo montage of my work awards dinner the other Friday.

07 March 2009

Give them eye-fung fu

It's been a little while since I posted a real-person entry. Then I thought "fuck it" - it tell you the truth I don't have the energy to attempt something remotely witty. Just saw the Watchmen, which rocked (and was fairly faithful to the graphic novel), I'm off to La Clique tonight for the Auckland Festival (should be fun), and my cat is still missing (day four and counting).
That's all for now.
(PS: read this great line in a book about being given "eye-kung fu" and loved it. Cool twist on "giving the evils".

Russian EMOs



A new Russian law could make being an emo kid illegal in the eastern European country.
Legislation is currenting being formulated in Russia to heavily regulate emo websites and ban emo and goth dress style in schools and government buildings.
The new laws are apparently being driven by fears that these “dangerous teen trends” encourage depression and suicide.
The legislation was presented last month at a hearing held by the State Durma, where critics claimed that the “negative” emo culture encourages anti-social behaviour and glorifies suicide.
Emo kids were described as teenagers who wear black, have facial piercings and black hair with fringes that “cover half the face”, reports The Guardian
The weekend saw mass protests by Russian emo kids.
In Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, where laws are already being implemented, protestors in a march held signs saying “A Totalitarian State Encourages Stupidity”.
Dmitry Gilevich of Russian emo band MAIO stepped in backing the protests, saying: “Expressing psychological emotions is not forbidden by law.”
However, emo critics remain unconvinced.
Alexander Grishunin, an adviser to bill sponsor Yevgeny Yuryev, described a ban as necessary, stating: “This is the first step in the public discourse.”
The moves in Russia follow criticism of the genre in the UK earlier this year, which saw My Chemical Romance fans protesting at the offices of British newspaper The Daily Mail over their coverage which linked emo with suicide.

01 March 2009

Anti-Facebook

Love this clip. Totally cracked me up!