Needle in the Hay
I’m always behind the times and have only just listened to these guys on my lunch break today. 
 My friend Dan gave me the heads up saying this band were right up my street, and guess what?  He was right.
I don’t know what to compare them to but just give them a listen.  Anyone who names a song ‘Bukowski’ is good enough for me.
Their sound is perfect soundtrack for a chilly autumn day and in some way they remind me of a very early Brand New.

They’re about to tour with Frank Iero so if you’re off to see him in November make sure you turn up early and give these guys a chance.

I’m always behind the times and have only just listened to these guys on my lunch break today. 

 My friend Dan gave me the heads up saying this band were right up my street, and guess what?  He was right.

I don’t know what to compare them to but just give them a listen.  Anyone who names a song ‘Bukowski’ is good enough for me.

Their sound is perfect soundtrack for a chilly autumn day and in some way they remind me of a very early Brand New.

They’re about to tour with Frank Iero so if you’re off to see him in November make sure you turn up early and give these guys a chance.

I’ve just finished watching HBO’s The Leftovers and whilst most people I’ve talked to about the show are indifferent, I for one really enjoyed it. 
As much as I wanted answers, I found I didn’t really need them.  I read a lot of Murakami, I’m used to not getting explanations. 
To be honest I have a feeling some questions we just won’t get the answers to,  but I’m okay with that, for now at least.  If they drag it on for 7 series then I may change my mind lol.
Anyway, I enjoyed it that much that I was thinking of giving Tom Perrotta’s novel a read, the one the show is based on and I need some advice. 
Will reading the novel ruin the show?  Does it give anything away that hasn’t been disclosed on the show so far?  I really don’t want to spoil anything but I heard the novel is completely covered in season 1 and that the book is a standalone title meaning that season 2 of the TV show will be completely original material.  So hopefully I’m okay to go ahead.

If anyone can let me know it would be greatly appreciated, cheers.

I’ve just finished watching HBO’s The Leftovers and whilst most people I’ve talked to about the show are indifferent, I for one really enjoyed it. 

As much as I wanted answers, I found I didn’t really need them.  I read a lot of Murakami, I’m used to not getting explanations. 

To be honest I have a feeling some questions we just won’t get the answers to,  but I’m okay with that, for now at least.  If they drag it on for 7 series then I may change my mind lol.

Anyway, I enjoyed it that much that I was thinking of giving Tom Perrotta’s novel a read, the one the show is based on and I need some advice. 

Will reading the novel ruin the show?  Does it give anything away that hasn’t been disclosed on the show so far?  I really don’t want to spoil anything but I heard the novel is completely covered in season 1 and that the book is a standalone title meaning that season 2 of the TV show will be completely original material.  So hopefully I’m okay to go ahead.

If anyone can let me know it would be greatly appreciated, cheers.

Ryuzaki for True Detective season 2 
 :p

Ryuzaki for True Detective season 2 
 :p

Look what turned up from the library!
The new Haruki Murakami novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage. 
Murakami is my favourite living author, I adore his style and i’m really excited to give this title a go.

Look what turned up from the library!

The new Haruki Murakami novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.

Murakami is my favourite living author, I adore his style and i’m really excited to give this title a go.

King of the Delta Blues Singers Vol. II – 12” LP
I’m not 100% sure how I discovered the music of Robert Johnson.  I’ve got a feeling it’s something to do with Terry Zwigoff or Ghost World or at least something cinematic.
Robert Johnson was a blues musician/singer from Mississippi who passed away 76 years ago in 1938 at the age of 27 (yep that famous age).  The mystery surrounding his death is unsolved and is just one of the many myths and rumours surrounding the terribly talented man.
If you haven’t heard of his music, maybe you’ve heard of the legend of how he gained his guitar playing skills.  As the story goes, Johnson traded his soul at a crossroads to the devil in return the ability to play.  The devil took his guitar, tuned it, played a few songs and handed it back to Johnson who went on to become one of the greats.  The legend was even in an episode of Supernatural inspired by the song Hellhound of my Trail.
Johnson’s music was made for vinyl, it really was, as there was no other medium back then.  His music is so damn haunting, it brings chills to your bone, it kind of add to the mystery and legend around this man. 
I can’t imagine listening to him on any other format than vinyl and that’s part of the reason that this record is one of my favourites.
Never heard any of this stuff?  Check it out here.

King of the Delta Blues Singers Vol. II – 12” LP

I’m not 100% sure how I discovered the music of Robert Johnson.  I’ve got a feeling it’s something to do with Terry Zwigoff or Ghost World or at least something cinematic.

Robert Johnson was a blues musician/singer from Mississippi who passed away 76 years ago in 1938 at the age of 27 (yep that famous age).  The mystery surrounding his death is unsolved and is just one of the many myths and rumours surrounding the terribly talented man.

If you haven’t heard of his music, maybe you’ve heard of the legend of how he gained his guitar playing skills.  As the story goes, Johnson traded his soul at a crossroads to the devil in return the ability to play.  The devil took his guitar, tuned it, played a few songs and handed it back to Johnson who went on to become one of the greats.  The legend was even in an episode of Supernatural inspired by the song Hellhound of my Trail.

Johnson’s music was made for vinyl, it really was, as there was no other medium back then.  His music is so damn haunting, it brings chills to your bone, it kind of add to the mystery and legend around this man. 

I can’t imagine listening to him on any other format than vinyl and that’s part of the reason that this record is one of my favourites.

Never heard any of this stuff?  Check it out here.

Sometimes, I doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion.

Sometimes, I doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion.

Brand New’s debut album Your Favorite Weapon is one of my all-time faves.
I’ve blogged about it many a time and continue to bring it up whenever I get the chance, I just love it from start to finish.  I grew up with this album and I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it, it’s just so much fun.
It’s safe to say that my favourite Brand New album is definitely Your Favorite Weapon.  Is it their best?  No it’s not, but it’s the one I hold closest to my heart, the one I listen to the most often and sing in my head. It’s my youth bottled up inside a record.
I’d have killed to be at one of the YFW shows in the States :(
This 12” LP is the 2011 10th anniversary re-release with new cover art replacing the old chess pieces.  I didn’t collect vinyl back in 2002 so I missed out on the original Iodine Recordings release so I’m very jealous on anyone who managed to pick one of those up, they go for crazy prices on Ebay and Discogs so for now the re-release will have to do. 
I once read a Tumblr post of someone who picked an original release up in a charity shop for about $10 dollars, crazy, I never get that lucky lol.
Sometimes pop punk doesn’t sound so great on vinyl, this however is one awesome release, Soco Amaretto Lime sounds so damn good on record, so damn good indeed.

Brand New’s debut album Your Favorite Weapon is one of my all-time faves.

I’ve blogged about it many a time and continue to bring it up whenever I get the chance, I just love it from start to finish.  I grew up with this album and I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it, it’s just so much fun.

It’s safe to say that my favourite Brand New album is definitely Your Favorite Weapon.  Is it their best?  No it’s not, but it’s the one I hold closest to my heart, the one I listen to the most often and sing in my head. It’s my youth bottled up inside a record.

I’d have killed to be at one of the YFW shows in the States :(

This 12” LP is the 2011 10th anniversary re-release with new cover art replacing the old chess pieces.  I didn’t collect vinyl back in 2002 so I missed out on the original Iodine Recordings release so I’m very jealous on anyone who managed to pick one of those up, they go for crazy prices on Ebay and Discogs so for now the re-release will have to do. 

I once read a Tumblr post of someone who picked an original release up in a charity shop for about $10 dollars, crazy, I never get that lucky lol.

Sometimes pop punk doesn’t sound so great on vinyl, this however is one awesome release, Soco Amaretto Lime sounds so damn good on record, so damn good indeed.

Love it!
Man I’d get some funny looks bringing this in to work at my age….but I kinda still want to buy it.

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Love it!

Man I’d get some funny looks bringing this in to work at my age….but I kinda still want to buy it.

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

How many of you out there owned this?
I don’t think there was a household in Europe that had a Sega Mega Drive/Genesis and didn’t own this game.
I love Mega Games 6, as I type this I’ve got the 16bit menu theme tune in my head.
6 games in 1!  I mean you couldn’t argue with that, sure there was some rubbish on there but Golden Axe, Streets of Rage and Shinobi on one cartridge is an instant winner. 

How many of you out there owned this?

I don’t think there was a household in Europe that had a Sega Mega Drive/Genesis and didn’t own this game.

I love Mega Games 6, as I type this I’ve got the 16bit menu theme tune in my head.

6 games in 1!  I mean you couldn’t argue with that, sure there was some rubbish on there but Golden Axe, Streets of Rage and Shinobi on one cartridge is an instant winner. 

I’m off to the Pop Punk’s Not Dead tour in November so I decided it’s time I started checking out the bands on the bill other than NFG.  As always, i’m way behind the times when it comes to music.
My good friend Dan has being going on about State Champs for months and they also come highly recommended by pop punk aficionado Azkabanter, so I owed it to them to check them out.  Sorry it took me a while guys.
I started off with Elevated, now this is my kind of pop punk.  An energetic, summer feeling,  party tune which is so damn catchy and reminded me of the pop punk bands I grew up with, oh nostalgia.   Next up was Hard To Please and Nothing’s Wrong both of which followed the same spirit, catchy riffs and scratchy unique vocals. 
So far I’m really liking what I’m hearing, this is what pop punk is all about, it makes me smile.  I think you can now consider me a fan.

Time to listen to some more

I’m off to the Pop Punk’s Not Dead tour in November so I decided it’s time I started checking out the bands on the bill other than NFG.  As always, i’m way behind the times when it comes to music.

My good friend Dan has being going on about State Champs for months and they also come highly recommended by pop punk aficionado Azkabanter, so I owed it to them to check them out.  Sorry it took me a while guys.

I started off with Elevated, now this is my kind of pop punk.  An energetic, summer feeling,  party tune which is so damn catchy and reminded me of the pop punk bands I grew up with, oh nostalgia.   Next up was Hard To Please and Nothing’s Wrong both of which followed the same spirit, catchy riffs and scratchy unique vocals. 

So far I’m really liking what I’m hearing, this is what pop punk is all about, it makes me smile.  I think you can now consider me a fan.

Time to listen to some more

Death From Above 1979 - You’re a Woman, I’m A Machine 12” LP
I’ve been posting a lot recently about this band recently, I still can’t believe they’re back after all this time.  So I’ll keep this one short.
This LP was given to me as a gift a few years back by my good friend GreedyEars AKA Tom. 
I was out at the cinematic re-release of Apocalypse Now (from which the band takes its name) and Tom presented me with the album, along with MGMT’s Congratulations.     Such an awesome present, totally unexpected and which really was appreciated.
I absolutely love this cover art!
No I just need a copy of The Physical World.

Death From Above 1979 - You’re a Woman, I’m A Machine 12” LP

I’ve been posting a lot recently about this band recently, I still can’t believe they’re back after all this time.  So I’ll keep this one short.

This LP was given to me as a gift a few years back by my good friend GreedyEars AKA Tom. 

I was out at the cinematic re-release of Apocalypse Now (from which the band takes its name) and Tom presented me with the album, along with MGMT’s Congratulations.     Such an awesome present, totally unexpected and which really was appreciated.

I absolutely love this cover art!

No I just need a copy of The Physical World.

Last night I watched the very first episode of Friends.
The show celebrated its 20th anniversary yesterday,  airing for the very first time on September 22nd 1994.
I can’t claim to have watched Friends since the very beginning but I grew up in 90’s, the decade that was literally obsessed with it.
Almost every girl I knew in high school had one of the above.  A Friends pencil case.   A girl named Laura who I sat with in English had the one with the gang eating sundaes lol.
I was seven when it first came on our screens and started watching it myself around series 4 or 5. 
The first episode looks a little dated but it’s still just as funny, good comedy doesn’t age.  It’s kinda made me want to go through the entire series again from start to finish.

I can’t think of any other sitcom that consumed society and pop culture in a way that Friends did. 

Last night I watched the very first episode of Friends.

The show celebrated its 20th anniversary yesterday,  airing for the very first time on September 22nd 1994.

I can’t claim to have watched Friends since the very beginning but I grew up in 90’s, the decade that was literally obsessed with it.

Almost every girl I knew in high school had one of the above.  A Friends pencil case.   A girl named Laura who I sat with in English had the one with the gang eating sundaes lol.

I was seven when it first came on our screens and started watching it myself around series 4 or 5. 

The first episode looks a little dated but it’s still just as funny, good comedy doesn’t age.  It’s kinda made me want to go through the entire series again from start to finish.

I can’t think of any other sitcom that consumed society and pop culture in a way that Friends did. 

Elliott Smith - XO  “12 LP
So I decided to take some picks of my LP collection.
I’ve done a couple of pics like this before and thought it would be cool to do a theme on 12” records.
So over the next few weeks I’ll be posting a few of my very favourites.
To begin with here’s my personal number one,  XO by Elliott Smith.  I adore this pressing, this record, this singer.  It’s such a beautiful album and I couldn’t recommend it more.
This is the original 1998 Bongload Records U.S. 180-gram pressing.  It used to be worth a pretty penny as it was the only vinyl of this album available but since they reissued the record on 12” in 2012 the value has plummeted.   Which I really don’t mind as I never plan to sell it, but it’s still nice to have something that’s considered rare.
Elliott Smith and vinyl just go hand in hand.  His voice is perfect for the medium.

Elliott Smith - XO  “12 LP

So I decided to take some picks of my LP collection.

I’ve done a couple of pics like this before and thought it would be cool to do a theme on 12” records.

So over the next few weeks I’ll be posting a few of my very favourites.

To begin with here’s my personal number one,  XO by Elliott Smith.  I adore this pressing, this record, this singer.  It’s such a beautiful album and I couldn’t recommend it more.

This is the original 1998 Bongload Records U.S. 180-gram pressing.  It used to be worth a pretty penny as it was the only vinyl of this album available but since they reissued the record on 12” in 2012 the value has plummeted.   Which I really don’t mind as I never plan to sell it, but it’s still nice to have something that’s considered rare.

Elliott Smith and vinyl just go hand in hand.  His voice is perfect for the medium.

Geo-caching

On Saturday along with my brother and young cousins, I went on a geo caching treasure hunt.

We were out for about 6 hours in the glorious September sunshine hunting here, there and everywhere and had a fantastic day out.

Geo-caching is basically a worldwide treasure hunt, people hide camouflaged tubs, cylinders and other containers all over the world for people to find via GPS tracking system. They log the co-ordinates on a web site and then people try to locate these places using GPS and the clues that are left for them 

Sometimes it’s just a log book you might find, other times it’s a tub of random trinkets, take one and leave one for the next person to find.  It may sound completely pointless but it’s a hell of a lot of fun searching and scavenging.

Click the image below to see what we left.

We managed to find around 8 out of 12 in total and here’s some pics from our adventure.  Some are so cleverly hidden and camouflaged it can take ages to locate them but there’s a great sense of team work trying to work out the clues and find the cache.

It’s a completely random thing to do but the kids loved it and I loved it too.  A Saturday well spent with the family :)