Wednesday 29 August 2007


Alias Glees first Music Video is FINALLY ready. Directed by the super talented Jonny McCauley and featuring Live Drive producer John McEvoy on Bass Guitar (nice Bass John!)

Alias Glee will be supporting The Future Kings Of Spain on a bunch of dates for their Nervousystem album tour.

Tuesday 28 August 2007

Are you ready to Moli

As they say themselves, "Social Networking for grownups, create yours at".

I don't know how much of this networking malarkey I can take, This is a kind of type thing mixed in with general pop culture, news etc, oh and of course the all important networking bit. I initially thought it was pronounced Molly, as in Check out my Molly, but the take a tour video on the homepage pronounces it Mole - y. OOOO Kay.

It does seem to have some nice touches, like a calendar, you can set up your Moli the way you can tailorise your google homepage, if you have one, and you can create a moli for your Business, which I suppose is a little grown up to.

Browsing around the site I came across this article, which led me to this video, so I guess it's as good for time wasting as anywhere else.

Friday 24 August 2007

Big Band, Small Stage

I went to see Mark Ronson in the Village last night, the gig was originally scheduled for the Olympia but got moved (ticket sales?) The place was tightly packed and although the doors opened at 7.30, the band didn't come on til 9.30. With no support act, too long a wait i think. The Village is not a venue for hanging around in.

Maybe there was no support because the band could barely fit the stage as it was, 3 guys on horns (The Haggis Horns) two drumkits, two guitars, keyboards, Mr Ronson, Daniel Merriweather, a rapper dude, and an excellent female was so much of a squeeze, the singers took turns coming on stage......

Were they good? Yes, they were tight funky excellent, there was great energy in the place and I was loving it.......until they exited stage left after 50 th th th that's all folks!!!

We had some free passes to the Mark Ronson DJ set in the VooDoo lounge but we passed.

Thursday 23 August 2007

Wednesday 22 August 2007

Big Wave

I saw this on a new online TV Channel called Boardridertv, it's new but they have some pretty cool videos of surfing, skateboarding etc. It seems to be a bit of a work in progress as the site is a bit glitchy, but I thought this video was Amazing. Unfortunately it provides no info about who or where it is. Tell me if you know? This is the kind of surfing pioneered up in Donegal, I think, where you get towed in to the wave.

Did You Know 2.0

The original shift happens video has been updated

Friday 17 August 2007

Don't You Feel Better Knowing This?

Electric Picnic 2007 - Day Running Order

OKay, based on the initial daily running order for EP07, first impression....toooo Many Bands.....!

But, clashes aside, because there will be time clashes, here is my initial choice..


Must See
Bjork, Modest Mouse, Hot Chip
Ukelele Orchestra, Scott Matthews
Half Interested
The Good, The Bad And The Queen, for a quick look, stay if they are good.
Manic Street Preachers and Simple Kid, only if there is time and they don't clash with something else.


Must See
Beastie Boys (in case I miss them on Sunday as leaving a little early)
Chemical Brothers, Nouvelle Vague, Fionn Regan, Magic Numbers, Jarvis Cocker
That's it, there is so much on, Saturday is going to be a busy day so I'm just going to wait and see where the Buzz is.....


Must See
Iggy And The Stooges, Fujiya and Miyagi, Bat For Lashes, Soul II Soul, Dan Le Sac Vs. Scroobius Pip, Rilo Kiley, The Beastie Boys (if I missed them and am still there)

Again, I'm going to have a think and I'm just going to wait and see where the Buzz is.....

Overall I think it's a great line up and I'm sure they will all go down very well at Oxygen 2009

By The Way, does anyone else find the Electric Picnic Website really irritating??

The iBill

As they say on youtube this is 4real, the bill, by the way, was about $274 but most of that was new customer charges, activation fees taxes etc........ The problem seems to be that AT&T detail every single thing......ouch

Thursday 16 August 2007

Electric Picnic 2005

While waiting patiently for this years festival here is a mini memory of The Electric Picnic 2005, me, my kid sister H and a large jug of Prosecco (nice)

I wonder if the "phone quality photo" will become a popular thing to replicate in the future, a filter option effect for a regular shot, like Sepia, B&W etc....

And here is the 2005 logo....This was the year that "Broke" Arcade Fire into the mainstream here, if I remember correctly they opened with Wake Up, and the entire tent joined in, it was, appropriately enough, electrifying

Tuesday 14 August 2007

Brave or Boring?

The PostSecret phenomenon continues, there are three books out and now, a neat little video hawking the whole thing online. While obviously there is a voyeuristic appeal to this, I must admit, I also think it's pretty depressing.

Is nobody out there happy?

On his blog creator Frank Warren writes "I hope you find the secrets as meaningful and moving as I do"....well maybe...if they weren't so repetitive as to completely dilute any meaning they might have had.

Frank recently took a break from posting his regular Sunday Secrets prompting online panic that he had disappeared (someone even called the police!) turns out he was just on holiday and now promises to continue posting secrets for another 130 weeks - except for this week when he posted his video.....

I can't help wondering if the general overall melancholy of his sucessful blog is getting to him?

All you really need to know about PostSecret is covered in this video, suitably tearful/inspiring music included.

Isn't PostSecret just opportunistic naval gazing?

Wednesday 8 August 2007

Going Mad and Getting Mad

Una brought this to mind by posting a photo of Lauren Hill (where did it all go wrong). Lauren is not in Oz though, (she's in Crazyland) but she does strangely resemble Michael Jackson (where did it all go wrong part deux) as Scarecrow in The Wiz, so digging around to find a comparison shot I dug this up.

This video is actually pretty nifty, Quincy Jones arranged the music for this Mowtown adaptation of The Wizard Of Oz, and bizarrely it was directed by Sydney Lumet (where did it all go wrong III)

Before making The Wiz, Lumet made Network about an anchorman Howard Beale whose supposed slip into insanity is turned into a ratings grabber, it's one of my favourite movies and obviously best watched in its entirety however here are a collection of clips from it. Soooo prescient, soooo quotable.

For an example of its quotableness check out Ricks blog header.

Tuesday 7 August 2007

Charity You're A Star

WTF (!) (?)

I'm not even going to link to anything (although there are some horrors lurking on youtube) Google if you must, it's not a journey I want to be directly responsible for sending anyone on.
One thing I will say though, the show is getting the treatment it deserves from Sean Ban Breathnach.

Friday 3 August 2007

Re Version

Mark Ronson has done a "re-version" of Bob Dylans Most Likely You'll Go Your Way, from Blonde On Blonde, The Dap Kings are all screeching horns instead of the ubiquitous Dylan Mouth Organ, it's pretty cool, although I think he may be in danger of completely overkilling on his style. Anyway, Kudos for taking the risk Mr. Ronson, there is a natural blues link between the Dap Kings and Blonde on Blonde so I think it actually works quite well.
It's all part of a DEFINITIVE BOB DYLAN RETROSPECTIVE set for release on Oct 1st. In terms of marketing Dylan for a new generation it looks like a neat package. Its called DYLAN and the tag line is Everything Except Compromise! (wow) The 3 CD set, 51 track "definitive collection" of Dylan tracks spanning 5 decades will be released concurrently with an "18 Song Best Of Collection" (no less definitive one imagines?)
One thing I will say is Dylan sounds a lot punchier on the re version than he does on my copy of Blonde On Blonde.