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On Repeat: Daddy I Want A Pony

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Told after quite an extraordinary fight between my brother and myself that I was to go to my room and not even think about switching on my TV,  I stormed off and threw myself at my bed in anger. Once the initial hormone-spiked rage subsided, I lifted my head from the pillow  (now streaked in cheap mascara and looking like the early stages of a crumpled Jackson Pollock painting) and looked to the ancient radio alarm clock on my nightstand. They said nothing about listening to the radio.

As my fingers tripped over the dial, they stopped when they came to the most glorious racket coming from tinny, barely held together headphones: that beautiful crash of noise was ‘Daddy I Want  A Pony’ by Period Pains. And after the last frenetic chords rang out, the voice – the very antithesis of the wild energy that had just filled my buzzing head – was Peel’s. All calming and bathed with soothing laconic wit, I knew immediately that I had found a friend in him.

From that moment, I became a music obsessive. It defined me. My daily bus journey became slightly more bearable by a budget portable cassette player and  music taped from The Evening Session and John Peel, and Wednesdays were even better – they were Melody Maker/ NME days. Days in which my hungry need for musical knowledge spilled over from those  hour-plus bus rides and into my first lesson of the day. Since then I’ve been devouring music with the same gluttonous way ever since. My love for it has never waned in all the years that have passed since.

I put this down, in no small part, to Peely.

Thanks John. This one is for you.


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November 7, 2011 at 4:39 pm

On Repeat: Slow Club

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With their characteristic twee boy/girl vocals and jaunty indie pop, it is hard to believe that Sheffield’s Slow Club have released an album a world away from their 2009 debut ‘Yeah, So’.

The undeniable stand-out track on their second long-player ’Paradise’ is ‘You, Earth or Ash’. Almost stark in its arrangement and heavily relying on the honeyed tones of singer Rebecca Taylor, it begins like a tiny, flickering spark and turns into a great roaring fire before finally petering out to a close.


And if that isn’t upbeat enough for you, try ‘Where I’m Waking’ from the same album.

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November 6, 2011 at 3:20 pm

On Repeat: If You Want To Sing Out

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In the past two weeks I have quite a disturbing amount of messages from friends who are going through really awful things. The sorts of things that really make you stop whining about trivial things in your life because hating your job and unsuccessful job hunting really pails into comparison when you know people are dealing with potentially sick children/partners/relatives, battling aggressive diseases, struggling with ill-health, undergoing the breakdown of friendships and relationships…the list really does go on.

Taken from my favourite film of all time – Harold and Maude – this Cat Steven’s song may not be an antidote for the terrible things that happen but the sentiment is right up there. In fact, no matter what is happening in your life it seems to fit any mood.

The clip below nicely puts together some clips from the film but if you haven’t seen it I recommend that you rectify this immediately.

Cat Stevens – If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out

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November 3, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Smells Like 1985

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2011 really is the year that music got on board the DeLorean and went back in time to 1985.

Don’t believe me? Ladies and gentleman of the jury, may I present the evidence:

Penguin Prison – Don’t Fuck With My Money   (Obvious influence: Prince)


Field Music –  (I Keep Thinking About) A New Thing    (Obvious influence: Gang of Four)


Bon Iver – Beth/Rest   (Obvious influence: Peter Gabriel)


The Horrors – Still Life   (Obvious influence: Echo and The Bunnymen)



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November 3, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Upcoming: Young Adult and The Innkeepers

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Young Adult

Directed by Jason Reitman (Thank You For Smoking, Juno, Up In The Air) and written by Diablo Cody (Juno, Jennifer’s Body) the characteristic Cody-penned patois drips from every inch of this trailer.

Not released February in the UK, the US gets to see Theron playing snarky sociopath Mavis Gray next month.


The Innkeepers

Directed by Ti West, whose previous credits include the heavily Argento-influenced ‘The House of The Devil’, by trailer alone this looks to be quite a good haunted house story. And, of course, EVERYONE loves a good ghost story.

Despite being heavily played on the film festival circuit this year, UK release dates are yet to be confirmed for this one.

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November 2, 2011 at 9:36 pm

Alec Baldwin

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After re-watching Beetlejuice last night, and being a big 30 Rock fan,  I have come to the following conclusion about Alec Baldwin: he was a fox in his youth and is still fox now (just more of the silver variety).

You’re welcome.

Sexy ghost

Sexy VP

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November 2, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Question Of The Day

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How old is too old for wearing a pony tail?

If your answer is 29 or over, I have made a terrible mistake today.

Deb just can't decide whether Napoleon loves her for her or just her ponytail

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November 2, 2011 at 3:58 pm

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