The latest song from Bright Light Bright Light. Love, love, love this!
Yanis Marshall have friends have a lot of balls to dance in those heels, on cobbles, in the middle of the Paris.
Fun video though…
We booked the tickets ages ago and I must confess to not knowing many of there tracks (except the high pop chart stuff). I needn’t have worried though as they were brilliant live.
The band was incredibly tight, the set was awesome and Alison’s voice was amazing.
They’re sounded exactly as they do recorded and I was very impressed.
Of course I had no doubt that the doc very would be good as my new celebrity buddy Rod Thomas (aka Bright Light Bright Light) told me so…
I came into London wearing a Bright Light x2 t shirt I bought ages ago but never wore before.
But it gets better… Paul and I went to the retro bar to attend birthday drinks for a friend of his. We were busily chatting when I turned around and Rod Thomas was propped up at the bar behind us.
I had to double check it was him and plucked up the courage to say hello.
I spluttered something about the t shirts and how I wish I hadn’t changed. Shake his hand. Told him how much I love his album and that I’ve been an advocate of it since first hearing him sing.
He was very polite. Said thank you. Referenced the tweet conversation then proceeded to tell me how great Goldfrapp are live and to enjoy the show.
How cool is that!
Rod you made my evening!
The hit of the summer. I found a way to break out…
Well it's not been the best of days to be honest.
My neck/shoulder were playing up yesterday and they inevitably kept me awake most of last night. Every time I went to turn or to move to get comfy I'd have a stabbing pain down my shoulder-blade and would struggle to move or get up off the bed to get comfy.
This didn't get any better this morning and I was in agony when I travelled into work.
I was greeted with 7 bells of shit this morning which didn't help my already dark mood.
To make matters worse I had a dentist appointment today to have a filling replaced as it was expanding and endangering my tooth. I hate fillings and have not had one since I was a kid. I thought this was enough torture for the day but he also cleaned my teeth with ultrasound and I arrived home tonight to realise he's chipped one of my front teeth – grrr.
Still there is a light – a big, camp, wacky, weird disco light to brighten my day. It comes (finally) in the shape of Empire of the Suns new album Ice on the Dune.
First listen came and went quickly this morning – this was due to me being tired, sore and full of Brufen but then the second play whizzed by. And the third and the fourth.
Don't get me wrong this isn't a bad thing – this album moves at a blistering pace.
It's lively, loud, fast paced, has thumping drums and huge HUGE choral sections throughout the entire album. It's only when it reaches the final track that the pace decides to relent.
I love this album – this is a true summer album and I hope it does these Aussies proud.
I loved Standing on the Shore but I see this being a much bigger commercial hit. Alive (the first single release) is a real crowd pleaser and I don't think the rest will disappoint.
There's simply so much great stuff to choose from. I love it.
If you have never heard an Empire of the Sun album then start here. Open your mind, turn up your dial and immerse yourself in the colourful, avant garde world that is EotS!
Oh and yes the neck pain etc means I am taking a day or two off from running – I want it to get better, I don't want to make it any worse. I am happy with this decision and know it makes sense. I'll soon get back into it.
For those who didn't get to see the Pet Shop Boys live or who want to relive the experience, this live broadcast from El Luna Park in Argentina is a great taster.
It's not the whole concert and its cut to ribbons it you get the idea. The quality is great and the Argentinians seemed to enjoy it more than the crowd in London.
It's in the music…
So tonight I decided to do as planned and ditched the earphones and the music. Apart from races this is very rare for me to do but I was determined to run, listen to my body, my breathing and see how if got on.
I did have the audio instruction on iSmoothRun just to guide me with my pacing but I could hardly hear it and it didn't distract me.
Considering the colour of my trail route today I am happy that its fairly consistent as this was my first decent distance run by feel.
I ran the first easy 30 minutes training run of this half marathon plan back on the 3rd of June and given that I haven't really run much over the past week, I am very pleased that I have increased the distance by nearly half a kilometre.
A different route and a different type of run for me tonight but I am at ease with this pace. I didn't struggle to keep the pace, I was able to concentrate on my breathing and I didn't need much fluid either.
Run one for the week complete.
Now I can concentrate on enjoying the Pet Shop Boys concert tomorrow in London
I don't know who is creative director behind Disclosures videos but they deserve a medal…
So after all the hype, all the tweets, the Vine videos, the YouTube campaign, the viral videos and the build up Random Access Memories was released this week.
I didn’t listen to the streamed version on iTunes as I had preordered my copy of the new Daft Punk album and wanted to enjoy it.
Sadly I wish I had listened to the streamed version as I would have cancelled my order!
I have listened to RAM three times now and unfortunately for me it does not grow on me at all.
I cannot find a thread through the album and the eclectic style does not do me any favours as a listener. It starts off well enough but then dips to a slow melodic plod. Throw in the pointless interview with Girgio and I cannot but wonder what Daft Punk were trying to achieve.
I get it that the songs are a collection of memories from the robots, strung together loosely but it simply does not work.
On first listen I feel asleep during Get Lucky (which is much better than the radio edit) and when I woke up at Contact I honestly thought it was all one track.
There is an awful lot of repetition in the album and although this usually plays for Daft Punks strengths I just feel that they have over done it.
Some tracks are laboured and tired and just don’t seem to go anywhere.
Songs such as Fragments of Time really do try to get the party started but it just becomes a repetitive melody.
Contact is a nice idea but I feel it’s been done already by the likes of Lemon Jelly with Spacewalk and countless others.
Touch is the perfect example of where it all goes wrong – it tries to be a dance hit, it tries to be acoustic but it’s mix with acapella lyrics, odd sound effects distorted tones and random synth patterns. Daft Punk please decide what each track is and bloody stick with it!
I can see what Daft Punk were trying to achieve with the 70′s riffs etc but it feels like this was an experiment which never really got going. None of these songs are very dynamic and just don’t seem to go anywhere.
Of all 13 tracks I have only star rated two or three (Get Lucky, Fragments of Time and Don’ it Right) the rest I am sad to say will be confined to the great pop dustbin that already includes Human After All.
I so wanted this to be a great album but it’s not and I cannot see how I can make myself like it. I tried to listen to it all on the train home (well I did), but there were several occasions where I just wanted to switch it off.
Of course I’ll be flamed for my review and the twitterati are loving this but I hate to think it’s all young kids who have not heard anything quite like this before (see my post on the 20th anniversary of janet.). I really don’t find it at all encouraging or listenable.
A lost opportunity for Daft Punk and an album that has been marketed beyond its actual value.
For those who love it – good for you. I just hope you haven’t been sucked in on the promise of one track, the marketing and the fact that it’s “a new album by Daft Punk”.
Poor show Robots. Poor show.