30 March 2005
current listening: dmx - it’s dark and hell is hot
it’s ten o clock on a tuesday night and i keep falling asleep. i think it must have been the four day bank holiday weekend that did it. just trying to remember what i did in the right order.
thursday night i went to Antenna at the nft. new videos from Beck and Chemical Brothers and Jimmy Edgar and Aesop Rock and Doves. all pretty good, but my favourite was a half finished animation for a song called ‘JCB’ by Nilzop. all about a boy who goes to work with his dad in his digger and stops the traffic. i can’t wait to see the whole of the video at the next one. it was a great song too. i don’t know why they left it til last to show it. it was the best video of the night.
rehearsing all day friday and i had a cold and i started to lose my voice by the end of it. kind of a worry. so i decided it was best if i didn’t go out. stayed in and watched the last episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer series seven. i’d been saving the last ever episode for a special occasion like a geek, and as it was good friday and i’d had kind of a rubbish one up until then i thought this was probably the moment. fantastic episode. watched it twice. i particularly liked this quote from Buffy talking to Angel...
“i always figured there was something wrong with me because i couldn’t make it work. but maybe i’m not supposed to. because... i’m cookie dough. i’m not done baking. i’m not finished becoming whoever the hell it is i’m gonna turn out to be. if i make it through this, and the next thing, and the next thing and maybe one day i’ll turn around and realise i’m ready. i’m cookies. and then if i want someone to eat... or enjoy warm delicious cookie me than that’s fine. that’ll be then. when i’m done.”
i like that.
and then on saturday we played at the notting hill arts club. i still had a cold so i was worried all day that my voice wouldn’t hold out, but in the end it seemed to. we played Battle Of The Boy Least Likely To for the first time. which was nice. sadly Amanda Applewood couldn’t do the show with us that night, but we managed to fumble our way through without her. the songs definitely missed having recorder and her vocals though. she should be back in time to play the next one in april. hopefully. a big thank you to everyone who came down. and to John Cooper, Treecreeper and Monster Bobby for playing aswell. and a big thank you to Jaime from The Tailors for playing some great records. i owe you a crate.
and then it was sunday and then it was monday and now it’s tuesday, nearly wednesday. the rest of the bank holiday weekend is a blur of stronglebergs and lemonade. special x
09 March 2005
Current Listening: The Pipettes - We Are The Pipettes
wow. it seems like ages since i posted anything. i can't really remember everything i've done since then but i'll try. i remember friday night. i went down to the Bush Hall to see The Pipettes. they were so fantastic. the best band i have seen in so long. i kind of knew i would love them but they were even more than i expected. all Strawberry Switchblade polka dot dresses and Shangri Las call and response. and hand claps and dance routines. and songs about themselves. and and. and they remind me of Kenickie but they'll probably hate me for saying so. anyway, i bought badges. and now i am finding any excuse to use my computer so i can listen to the tracks on the website. my favourite is We Are The Pipettes. all the best bands have theme tunes. more bands should be like The Pipettes. less bands should be like Thirteen Senses. a big thank you to jon boy for emailing us and telling us about the gig and for saying nice things about our gig at the spitz when we weren't great and for putting our names on the door. and a big no thank you to the bar staff for charging me twice on my switch card for a bottle of wine. i know where you live. well, i don't. but i know where you work.
and so to the rest of my life. we have changed around the order that the singles are going to be released again. but this time we're sticking. now, in june we are releasing Hugging My Grudge instead of I'm Glad I Hitched My Apple Wagon To Your Star. but the b side will still be Every Grubby Little Memory as planned. then after that we are releasing Be Gentle With Me. with new b sides again. for various not very interesting reasons. and next week we are rehearsing for the Notting Hill Arts Club gig on March 26th. trying to put some new songs into the set. in particular Monsters and The Battle Of The Boy Least Likely To. which reminds me i have to do some flyers for the gig. and we're back in the studio for the next couple of weeks recording b sides and starting to work on songs for the next album.
nothing much else has happened. i've just been thinking about stuff too much. and i don't like to think too much. i might end up taking myself seriously. x