11 January 2013
"it's always about me being an idiot and struggling with other human beings in the world. it's not coming from a place of hate, it's coming from a place of, ultimately, deep love… ha ha ha HA!" - simon amstell
in less than a month i'm going to be standing on a stage again. pete is going to be standing about five feet away from me on my left, and hopefully we'll be performing some of our songs or maybe hosting a quiz or answering questions from the audience. at least i hope we're doing something. i hope we're not just standing there. that would be weird and awkward.
sometimes i find it difficult to talk to other human beings. not the ones i know, although i do find it difficult to talk to them sometimes too. but mainly the ones i don't know. i was in new york just before christmas and i realised how useless i was at talking to other human beings. anyone watching me trying to buy subway tickets or order food in a restaurant would think i was a tourist fumbling his way through a foreign language, or one of those people who have been kept locked underground for thirty years. i think the people i was talking to mainly assumed i was from a non-english speaking country. or maybe another planet. i mumble and talk into my hand and generally make it impossible for people to understand me. i don't know why i find it so painful and it often surprises people. i guess it seems odd that i would be nervous and shy when i'm trying to do something relatively ordinary, but then i have no problem standing on a stage in front of strangers and doing all sorts of quite ridiculous things with my arms and legs. but i'm not alone, and it was comforting to watch numb and hear simon amstell talk about how he's awkward and incapable of talking to people but seems to have no problem talking when he's on a stage of some sort, "raised and lit" as he put it. that's it completely. i don't know why i find it easier but i do. i can talk to anyone about anything when i'm up on stage. i might have to start carrying a small portable one around with me.
so, a few tickets are still available if you want to see us raised and lit up in london next month. alternatively you could just come up to me in the street and try to speak to me, but i can't promise i'll make any sense.
i'd go for raised and lit. it's the best way to see us.
10 January 2013
so. if you were to try and make a perfect pop record for me then you might take a bit of the shangri-las, throw in some talulah gosh and a spoonful of jonathan richman, a little bit of nancy, a little bit of lee, season it with a little wham!, add a pinch of bananarama and cup of orange juice and finish it off with a sprinkling of sarah records and a big dollop of kenickie. and there you would have it. my perfect pop record. but that's quite a lot of effort, so alternatively you could just make something quick and easy and mix shania twain with pre-toxic britney spears. which is what taylor swift has done. it makes the most unbelievably delicious light snack. except at sixteen songs it is a little bit too filling.
then again, i find that pop records are always too long these days. 'dare' was only ten songs long and 'make it big' was only eight songs long. 'thriller' only had nine songs on it. there was something concise and perfect about them. i never noticed them being too short. pete told me it was because albums used to be on vinyl and the sound quality gets worse if you put more than twenty minutes of music one one side. then when cds became the main format for music you could fit more songs on an album, and he thinks it might be something to do with the contractual requirements of record and publishing deals too. whatever the reason is, i think it's a shame because i have to listen to five or six songs too many on a record and my mind starts wandering after forty five minutes.
so, as much as i love the new taylor swift album, it's over an hour long. so i'm going to take six of the songs off my ipod and make it a ten track album instead. here is the my new proposed running order in case anyone else wants to do the same.
3. i knew you were trouble
5. i almost do
6. we are never ever getting back together
7. stay stay stay
8. holy ground
9. the lucky one
10. begin again
it is now 37 minutes long, which is perfect. i was thinking about indiepop records and i've decided it's okay to have a few more songs on them. i wouldn't take anything off 'you can't hide your love forever', and 'rock legends volume 69' is perfect with thirteen songs on it. there are different rules for different genres i guess.
our new album has 11 songs on it. just in case you were wondering. you can always take one off.
08 January 2013
it really has been a happy new year.
the darts are on and david bowie is back. i like the way this year has started. and yesterday we reached our pledge music target. which was amazing. it's been so much fun, and it feels like it's just the start of it all now. like we've just been in training up until now and we're finally ready to do whatever weird sport it is that we've been training for.
we can't wait to start fulfilling all the pledges. a big thank you to everyone who has pledged so far and if anyone still wants to buy something there is still time. but it's running out. only thirty three days to go now.
yes, it really has been a happy new year.