Just in case…  call my friend Ben and speak to us about renting two rooms in our house in Hackney, London…

http://www.gumtree.com/london/67/9420367.html

J.

Now then, now then! This is ridiculously over exciting…

I am a huge fan of Interpol. I thought, and still think, that Turn on the Bright Lights is one of the best records I’ve ever heard. Antics is amazing too, and has Narc on it, which is one of my favourite, favourite songs.

Anywho, Mr Banks and co. are back in their dark ways again, playing a series of shows before their new album, I think called Moderation, comes out later this year.

They’re not playing anywhere that I can get to but luckily some beautiful, amazing, brilliant person has ripped a few of the new songs as videos and shoved them on YouTube. Just hope they stay there long enough!

J.

Pioneer

Heinrich Maneuver

Mammoth (shot over some guy’s shoulder!):

famous on football365

April 17, 2007

I’m famous. Second letter down…

http://www.football365.com/mailbox/story/0,17033,8744_2069024,00.html

Not Loving The Boy ronaldo

“Imagine the stage. Imagine the grin. Imagine the £50,000 earring twinkling in his earlobe. Imagine the wink.

“And the PFA Player of Year is…” (five-minute delay for suspense)…cristiano ronaldo.”

Imagine how millions of kids picking up footballs across the country will walk onto the park with their 7 – RONALDO shirts.

Imagine how they will get within shooting distance, prepare themselves for the effort, think about it and then hurl themselves to the ground as soon as someone comes within breathing distance, arching their backs and exaggerating the effort. Then they’ll run up to the referee shouting in their loudest voice and swearing in his face…Oh, no, sorry, that’s Rooney. Well, never mind, he’ll be young player of the year.

Does anyone else consider it wrong that we reward cheating, whinging moaners? Players with no honour, no concept of sportsmanship.

I do. I think we should reward people who play the game in the right way. The ones that don’t go to ground at every opportunity, for example.

Yes, team’s have divers. Some though, are considerably worse than others. Just because everyone else does it, doesn’t make it right.

I remember watching ronaldo this year. Everyone had told me how he straightened out, was staying on his feet this year. I then saw the guy go down and win a penalty. I thought to myself, ‘no, this is the new ronaldo. Apparently.’ When I got home, what did I see?

A huge great whopping, swan-arch back, as if the grass had turned into a swimming pool.

Sometimes it’s worth making a point.

What a load of bollocks. It’s exactly what the PFA are always missing. Balls. The worst thing of it all? He doesn’t even need to do it, he chooses to. He chooses to go down.”

 

J

Guten Tag,i'm enraged!

So blogging seems to be dying a very slow death for myself lately. The cull of the Internet access at home, now multiplied with glorious long night debates about future living situations has left me wondering whether I’m ever gonna get Broadband ever again.

And I was enjoying it so much.

Anywho, work is work, life is life, but whatever the situation and whatever the time, there’s always pictures and music. So today (and admittedly this post is being written at work in my lunch break…) we talk about music very quickly.

Quite excited today, Nine Inch Nail’s new album, Year Zero, comes out which I will hopefully purchase this afternoon. (edit: just bought it, great artwork from Trent again, looks so bloody stylish)

I wrote about it’s insane marketing campaign a while back but here comes the real test, the music. What I’ve heard (visit elbo.ws and type in ‘Nine Inch Nails’) I have for the most side absolutely loved. How it all strings together, and the narrative of the piece will become clearer the more and more we get along.

Personally, I’ve always loved Trent Reznor, but I find him much more appealing if I feel the music is developed and subtle and not just ‘had’ and shouty for the sake of it. How a man can write Starfuckers, Inc., alongside La Mer puzzles the hell out of me. But some of the new songs, My Violent Heart, for example, are powerful, emotive and feel like they’ve been loved. I can’t wait.

Also, I love Queens of the Stone Age and Josh Homme has done a really long interview with Pitchfork about their new album…  the Era Vulgaris. If you like Queens, you should definitely read it. There’s also a version of the song Josh did with Trent Reznor, for the album, Era Vulgaris, over on MySpace under their new profile. I can’t listen to it properly as I’m at work, but I will later.

“I’ll play a game til I’m dead…”

Homme is such a legend though, the interview’s good, interesting.

“You know, it’s like that old saying: “Drink one beer, but you’re not an alcoholic. But play one cowbell, and you’re a cowbellaholic.””

Anywho. Later we’ll take about some cool images I found from a nice gent on flikr. He’s just sent me a mail. Nice bloke. Really good pix.

J.

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Every year, without fail, it becomes a fucking mission to get Glastonbury tickets. Registration this year. 178,000 tickets, 400,000 registered. Not great chances, but a good percentage to work off.

You hear the alarm, fall out of bed, make a quick brew and sit at a computer wasting the day of rest. You call, you redial, you IE, you Firefox, you f5 refresh repeatedly,  multiple tabs open, 10, 11, 12 tabs; you despair, you sweat, you swear, you write offensive swear words in size 24 font and email them to your friends who are doing the same, you visit obscure forums and chatrooms to try and get a secret link to the page, you refresh, you brew, you think about giving up

and then…

you see the screen…

you can’t believe it.  Is it real? You frantically fill out the details, you do screen, after screen, after screen, you cut and paste from notepad, you type in your friend’s debit card details and think about whether he’d notice if you did some shopping, you get to the last page and you ‘CLICK TO ORDER’. You see the screen.

Thank you for your order

You have ordered:
4 ADULT 16+ ticket(s)
1 CAR PARKING (PER VEHICLE) ticket(s)
for Glastonbury 2007

Your reference number will be emailed to you along with confirmation of your order within the next 24 hours.
Please note some email accounts may have difficulty receiving the confirmation email due to spam filters. For advice on how to solve this problem please click here


UK customers

You will receive an email informing you when your Glastonbury ticket(s) have been posted out to you.

Your tickets will be posted to the address you have supplied. Tickets will be sent by Special Delivery and a signature will be required on receipt.


Please note – this transaction will appear on your statement as “GLASTONBURY“.

Tickets may not be transferred to another name.

Glastonbury. Again. Fucking get in.

At 10.40, with my tickets secured, I refresh the page; just for curiosity. All tickets without coach travel now sold. Only coach left. That means probably by 11.00 all are gone. 2 hour sell out? 2 and a half? New record surely

But I can sigh, I’m there again. My ticket purchase record is still intact.

2004 – 30 minutes
2005 – approx. 17 mins
2007 – 1 hr 30 mins-ish

Not bad. But it’s getting harder and harder. Fucking powerful and just in time!

J.

BTW: My Internet is still down at the mo, but as I’m at a computer, thought I’d write something quickly.