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26 March 2011

amanda applewood loves boys

"i don't want to think about it. i just want to go out every morning and see birds who have nothing to do with any of it. birds who have their own lives, and their own struggles. and to try to do something for them. they're the only thing that's still lovely to me."

- jonathan franzen


we've got a friend called amanda. amanda applewood. she looks like this.


some of you might already know her because she plays recorder and keyboards with us. although last time we played live she didn't play anything at all. i must speak to her about that. anyway, if you haven't been to see us play live then you might not recognise her. so there she is. amanda applewood.

last year, or perhaps it was the year before, we released a single by her on our too young to die label. it was called pretend (we're in love) and it looked like this.


then we released another one called still smiling and it looked like this.


now, we are releasing a whole album of songs she has recorded. and it looks like this.


it's called i love boys. and it comes out on monday. you can buy it from rough trade, who have made it their album of the week for next week. if you do buy it from there and you're quick about it you get an amanda applewood rosette. which is pretty special.

we hope you like the album. talk soon. take care.



08 February 2011

the days are just packed



"life is like topography, hobbes. there are summits of happiness and success, flat stretches of boring routine and valleys of frustration and failure."

- calvin to hobbes

i was supposed to be going into the studio and singing today. i was really looking forward to it. but then i got ill. nothing serious i don't think. i just had a cough and then i couldn't really breathe and it made it kind of difficult to sing. so in the end i didn't go anywhere. i just sat around watching ally mcbeal and listening to the new jad fair compilation. i guess the world will have to wait another week for me to sing. i'm sure it can do that. we've started recording the next album i think. we're doing it one song at a time. maybe we'll stop at two and it'll only be a single, but hopefully not. hopefully it'll be a whole album. we're dreaming big.

i haven't written anything here for a month because i've been writing words for the new songs. and also because i got distracted by fruit ninja for most of january. i was quite good at it i think. but everyone else is probably much better than me. when i was playing fruit ninja i kept being reminded of what it was like being in the boy least likely to when we put out our first album. it turns out it was a bit like when you're playing fruit ninja. in particular when you're playing fruit ninja and you go past your previous high score. all that time that you spend playing the game after that. it was like that. you feel so free when you're playing past your previous high score. you can fail and it doesn't matter. you can suddenly slice into a bomb and the game can be over and it doesn't matter because you've got the new top score. it was like that in the beginning. it was like we'd already gone past our previous high scores. we could have stopped at any moment and we still would have done more than we'd ever done before. and more than we ever thought we would do. i love that feeling. the feeling that whatever you're doing you've never done anything or achieved anything as good as that before. it was nice to experience it again. even if it was with an iphone app that simulates slicing fruit.



07 January 2011

a happy new year

"i didn't want to take the christmas lights down until long after christmas was gone. i liked the way that they blinked off and on. it reminded me of how much fun we had together that weekend that we went to las vegas even though we lost so much when we were there. i never expected that leaving those christmas lights up so long would cause us to lose even more of us."

- michael kimball


tonight i've taken all my christmas decorations down. the trees, the tinsel, the bells, the bows, the cards and the polar bear. i guess christmas must finally be over then. i had such an amazing christmas this year. it seemed to last for months. i think we must have started thinking seriously about it in july and it pretty much carried on all the way through to december. i'd never thought about christmas as much as i did this year. about all the different feelings i have at this time of year and the memories i had of growing up. i feel like i know it a lot better now. i guess that's how it is when you make a christmas album. or any album. you end up understanding whatever it is you've written about a little bit more. perhaps that's one of the reasons i write songs. to understand things. i don't know. anyway, whatever it is, we're just writing songs that aren't about christmas now. and i'm looking forward to it.

happy new year.

AND MERRY CHRISTMAS! i just can't help myself. sorry.