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Friday, March 25th, 2011
12:36 pm
Pint Tonight At The Royal Oak in Borough
Hello LJ, I've been terribly neglecting you. :(

That may change! But for now the subject line tells you what you need to know, it's to celebrate my birthday, which was on Wednesday.
Saturday, September 11th, 2010
10:32 am
Longer tribute here

Can't remember the set orders!


ABBA - "King Kong Song"
EXAMPLE - "Kickstarts"
MAJOR LAZER - "Hold The Line"
JUDAS PRIEST - "Breaking The Law"
PRINCESA - "Mas Fuego"
DAWN PENN - "You Don't Love Me (No No No)"
SLEIGH BELLS - "Crown On The Ground"
KYLIE MINOGUE - "Hand On Your Heart"
KELLY CLARKSON - "My Life Would Suck Without You"


CEE-LO - "Fuck You"
SUGABABES - "Overload"
LADY GAGA - "Bad Romance"
KATY B - "Katy On A Mission"
CO.RO. - "Life On Mars"
MADONNA - "Ray Of Light"
MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS - "Hollywood" (only enough to present Lex with the 20p Indie Prize)
SAINT ETIENNE - "He's On The Phone"
CINNAMON - "Viva La Vida"
2 UNLIMITED - "Get Ready For This"
GIRLS ALOUD - "Sexy! No No No"
DAVID BOWIE - "Modern Love"
ERASURE - "Stop!"


SECOND RUN - "Seasons In The Sun"
WILEY - "Take That"
KATE BUSH - "Hounds Of Love"
PET SHOP BOYS - "Being Boring"
Friday, June 4th, 2010
4:24 pm
A Brief Announcement Of Beer Drinking
I'll be at the Lord Clyde tonight on a rare excursion pubwards (sadly no sarcasm intended here) - would love to see any of you who are at a loose end!

Monday, February 15th, 2010
2:51 pm
A Brief History Of Cobblers
Mark unwisely asked about S3th G0d1n's track record of thinking. Here I present - via Wikipedia - the SETH CANON. Tick at yr peril.

Poll #1525774 SETH GODIN CANON

Pick only the FIVE most awful sounding of Seth Godin's business books (it does not matter if you have read none!)

eMarketing: Reaping Profits on the Information Highway
Permission marketing: turning strangers into friends, and friends into customers.
Unleashing the Ideavirus.
The Big Red Fez: How To Make Any Web Site Better.
Survival is not enough: zooming, evolution, and the future of your company.
Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable.
Free Prize Inside!: The Next Big Marketing Idea.
All Marketers Are Liars: The Power of Telling Authentic Stories in a Low-Trust World.
The Big Moo: Stop Trying to Be Perfect and Start Being Remarkable.
Small Is the New Big: and 193 Other Riffs, Rants, and Remarkable Business Ideas.
The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick).
Meatball Sundae: Is Your Marketing out of Sync?
Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us.
Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?
1:27 pm
Monday, January 11th, 2010
12:44 am
Voting numbers are down in this year's Poptimists poll (from 40 to 32 which isn't as steep a drop as I'd feared TBH) - but because I let people nominate up to 20 tracks we have a massive 85 which have got more than one vote (up from 67 last year!).

This presents a little bit of an orgafun dilemma! Since a lot of the interesting stuff is in the 2 to 3 votes each ferment at the lower end. A Top 60 would touch on that stuff - but it would also be more sprawling.
Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009
11:56 am
If anyone fancies a beer and will be in the vicinity of the Shipwright's Arms (Tooley St, London Bridge) this evening, it would be splendid to see you.
Tuesday, December 1st, 2009
10:09 am
We are dancing mekanik
Two bits of business

1. KRAFTWERK reissue review for Pitchfork - this is what I did this weekend when not dealing with Lytton's birthday. http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/13742-the-catalogue/ They're a tough band to "reassess" - the ones people say are good are all good and the ones people say aren't generally aren't. But for a 'polishing the tombstone' job I think it came out rather well.

2. POPTIMISM on Friday at the Horse Bar, Lambeth. This is the final Poptimism of the decade and as such we are having a special end of decade 00s pop party. All 00s, all massive tunes, come along and shout for your favourites!
Sunday, November 1st, 2009
11:57 am
Sunday, October 25th, 2009
8:40 am
Right, I'm off to Chicago. I'll be on the interwebs anyway of course. Go to Poptimism on Friday, that's what I'd do if I were you.
Saturday, October 10th, 2009
5:33 pm
Hoist by one's own canard
People who have been to the FAT DUCK (and lived to tell the TALE):

- How far ahead should one think of going, reservation wise?
- How much did it cost?
Friday, October 2nd, 2009
2:10 pm
Tonight I Wanna Dance With Someone Else
Three things by me!

First off, I have got halfway through Popular - by which I mean, the # of songs I have written about exceeds the number I have left to write about (remember the Pistols counted). The totals may level up again on Sunday but so what :) The halfway entry is, by really awesome coincidence, the first appearance of Madonna: http://freakytrigger.co.uk/ft/2009/10/madonna-into-the-groove/

Second, I wrote about Pitchfork's 3rd best album of the 00s here: http://pitchfork.com/features/staff-lists/7710-the-top-200-albums-of-the-2000s-20-1/ - it was #1 on my ballot, and is of course "Discovery" by Daft Punk.

Third, I've borrowed Laura Barton's Guardian column for a week, to talk about the Pet Shop Boys. http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/oct/01/hail-hail-rock-n-roll - a more personal piece than I usually write: see what you think.

And I hope to see as many of you as possible at CLUB POPULAR tonight too!
Saturday, September 26th, 2009
8:34 pm
Keep that phrase in mind
Best post-Times appearance Popular comment.

"TO: Wichita Lineman…too bad that there is a sense of envy in your critique of David Whitfield’s, ‘Cara Mia’ classic.

After all, David has performed before KINGS & the world knows & has heard David Whitfield…but, who in the hell is ‘Wichita Lineman’?

David Whitfield’s classic ‘Cara Mia’ still brings the listener to a standstill! Keep that phrase in mind…”to a standstill”!"
Wednesday, September 16th, 2009
10:37 pm
Seen on Twitter
"It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. It was the combination best of times and worst of times."
Friday, August 21st, 2009
12:36 pm
Blog II Watch
If you're on Tumblr you might like to add this to your follows: http://iconography.tumblr.com/ - he's going through every Madonna single and video in the lead-up to the release of her G Hits package.

I downloaded a torrent of 73 chronological Madge singles the other week - good god the woman had a long winning run: until VERY recently even the failures were interesting failures, and there weren't many of em.
Wednesday, August 19th, 2009
4:34 pm
The 00s
Maybe it's the Pitchfork list, maybe it's withdrawal cos katstevens is away and can't post new polls, but I got DECADE FEVER.

I also got a dilemma. When I did my top singles of the 90s list, one of the things I thought was "I will really enjoy doing a 00s one in 10 years." But I didn't anticipate being in the middle of a huge other project which can ill afford any derailments, not to mention having lots of stuff on at work. And, you know, a family and stuff. I still want to do one, but - why?

Does anyone care? Would anyone read it? These are faintly dangerous questions for any blogger to ask I guess. It's not like I'd be picking anything terribly obscure...

I'd feel bad if I DIDN'T do one, but how much of that is just nostalgia or a mentalist desire for symmetry?
Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
1:12 pm
The Little Sandy Review

For people interested in the 'birth of rockcrit' stuff we had going on, here's a piece about the folk-focused Little Sandy Review (founded 1959)
Thursday, July 16th, 2009
8:30 am
Tummy Tub

Tummy Tub
Originally uploaded by mymble2007

Here's Drake again! Speaks for itself really.

Saturday, July 11th, 2009
10:24 pm
How come rock'n'roll didn't trigger the birth of rock criticism? (i.e. why wasn't Crawdaddy or an equiv started in 1957 or 1958?)

And indeed how come swing and jazz didn't start a fanzine culture?
Tuesday, July 7th, 2009
12:53 pm
Bob The Builder's Machines In Order Of Quality
1. Muck
2. Roley
3. Dizzy
4. Scoop
5. Lofty

I know Lofty is in there to represent the unconfident kid massive but really he's pretty annoying. Scoop is the suck-up milk monitor type but is otherwise bland. Dizzy is problematic in that she represents ALL GIRLS in the Bob universe - the clue is in the name as to why this is MOAR problematic than just representativeness. But she's likeable. Roley is the Snufkin of the Bobverse - a bit more independent and down with nature and animals (however this leads to the HIGHLY DODGY "Roads And Bridges" video in which all the squirrels and rabbits tell Roley how much they love having fuck-off big roads built through their habitat). Muck is enthusiastic and mischievous and is also Lytton's favourite so I can't argue with that.

All the bogus machines introduced later to flog more toys, you only get half a bar.
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