Do you ever have a few good ideas for a blog entry, like, really good ideas, and start working on them in the hope that you’ll come up with some literature gold, but then you get through a few paragraphs, read over them, and realise that you’ve just created literature vomit?
I haven’t posted for a few days because I just can’t work out what to write about. I like to put a bit of work into my blog entries (although it may not seem like it most times), because I hate entries like this. That’s just lazy, and asks everyone else to do the work. Work which will have no payoff.
So I’ve got three days off in a row this week. I then have two days on (Tuesday/Wednesday), two off (Thursday/Friday for the slightly bewildered) and then I’m back on Saturday. That’s a total of three days this week. Way less than the seven days I’m actually available to work. They seem to be cutting everyone’s hours back. I should count myself lucky, actually. Some people only have four hours this week. I’m so glad I don’t have things like rent, petrol or general housey things to worry about. I’m more concerned about whether I’ll have enough to keep my CD appetite satisfied.
Speaking of music, I found a cool band this week. They’re called Prototypes and are from France. I guess the only way to describe them is ‘electro-rock’, but that doesn’t really do them justice. You could also say they’re like The Grates, but only if The Grates were French, dabbled in some bad rapping, and were more dancey. Anyway, they’re pretty good, and one of their songs was in an iPod ad, which is automatically cool (but only just. I think The Vines were in an iPod ad as well…) Their album’s called Prototypes, and is available from the iTunes Music Store (the Australian one, that is) here.
Also on the music front, the new album by The Shins, Wincing the Night Away is pretty damn good. For all that hype that’s going on over them (I still don’t know what Zach Braff or Natalie Portman have to do with The Shins… Are they friends or something?) they’ve managed to produce a cool little album that sounds just as good as Chutes Too Narrow.
Another cool album is that by Damon Albarn’s new band. Officially, they don’t have a name, because in Damon’s little world, they’re not really a band at all! Anyway, everyone who isn’t a bit of a knobhead calls them The Good, The Bad & The Queen, and their album is called The Good, The Bad & The Queen. It’s almost like a continuation of Blur‘s Think Tank, with its slightly dark sound, but with guitar, a soul, and Damon’s ‘Deadpan through a loudspeaker’ vocals (You know what I’m talking about here – think Feel Good Inc.). I really quite like it. It doesn’t hurt that it’s produced by Danger Mouse, the Producer of the Moment, who can do no evil (see Gorillaz, Gnarls Barkley and The Rapture for further evidence of this).
As a side note, do you reckon they’re called The Good, The Bad & The Queen because it comes right after Gorillaz? Nothing better than alphabetically consistent side projects, I say!
I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the new Bloc Party album. Having not heard their first album, Silent Alarm, I don’t have the ‘great second album’ hopes that others may have. All I’ve really listened to of theirs is Two More Years (I think it was only released on an EP?) and the lead single from their new one, The Prayer. I quite like The Prayer, so I’m hoping that it’s a good indication of how the rest of the album sounds.
Apart from those, I’ve been going back in time and finding some stuff that I’ve meant to get for a while, but hadn’t due to money and/or apathy. These include Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone? by The Unicorns, Like Drawing Blood by Gotye, Parklife by Blur and Bestseller by Pre.Shrunk. WWCOHWWG? is an odd thing. I don’t mind it, but I do like Islands much more than The Unicorns. Like Drawing Blood is a little masterpiece. It’s just so beautiful sounding and listenable. ‘Listenable’ may sound like an odd description for something that is purely audio, but I use it to describe something that’s so easy on the ears you barely notice it going by. It’s just there, and you’re enjoying the journey, and then it’s finished. If I’d bought this CD last year, it would have definitely made the Top Twenty. Parklife wouldn’t have, on the other hand, because it was released in 1994. It’s OK. I guess it was more amazing in 1994, when Britpop was big. And Bestseller is also decent. I like Pre.Shrunk’s way with drum & bass. I don’t know whether they’re still together or anything though. They’re probably not. I haven’t heard anything about them for quite some time.
That’s it for tonight! I promise that I’ll come up with something better for the next update!
*Note: Promise is likely to be broken.