Needle in the Hay
I can no longer feel my feet. 
Soooo cold! 
Been here since 4:45am and i’m around 18th in the queue, only one hour to go!

I can no longer feel my feet.

Soooo cold!

Been here since 4:45am and i’m around 18th in the queue, only one hour to go!

Let the fun begin :)

Let the fun begin :)

Tomorrow i’m off to see Brand New in  Manchester!!

I really can’t wait, I haven’t seen this band since about 2007, maybe even longer.

I’ve heard they’ve been playing Moshi Moshi, one of my very favourite Brand New songs! Which i’ve sadly never heard live yet. So fingers crossed they play it on Friday night.

So here’s to a day in Manchester that will involve a trip to see Spiderman 2 and copious amounts of beer.

Everybody wins!

For some time I’ve had the urge to watch Veronica Mars, maybe it was the recent publicity of the film (and the fan base big enough to raise cash through Kickstarter to fund it) that raised my interest.  Also my friend Holly has been going on about it for years, but until now I’d never seen it.
All I knew about the show was that it featured Kristin Bell and that she was some sort of teen detective.  For some reason I was expecting an early teen demographic, something that might have been on Nickelodeon or ABC but what I found with the pilot was something quite different.
It had a surprisingly darker tone than I expected, whilst this is a show that would initially appeal to 14-18 age group it really isn’t your run of the mill teen drama. 
I really enjoyed the Veronica Mars pilot, enough to say I’ll definitely be giving the series a real chance.    Yeah it featured its fair share of cheese but I absolutely loved our lead protagonist, Veronica, she’s feisty, independent and incredibly smart.  
Another thing I loved was the soundtrack,  The Dandy Warhols and Ivy are enough to win me over straight from the start.  Many people overlook soundtracks but I believe they create a real strong sense of the time, the setting and the world are characters are part of, If done correctly that is. 

The show felt like something out of the late 1990’s  a feel of maturity in the writing and characters that you just don’t get anymore.  I’m really looking forward to finding out more about Miss Mars.

For some time I’ve had the urge to watch Veronica Mars, maybe it was the recent publicity of the film (and the fan base big enough to raise cash through Kickstarter to fund it) that raised my interest.  Also my friend Holly has been going on about it for years, but until now I’d never seen it.

All I knew about the show was that it featured Kristin Bell and that she was some sort of teen detective.  For some reason I was expecting an early teen demographic, something that might have been on Nickelodeon or ABC but what I found with the pilot was something quite different.

It had a surprisingly darker tone than I expected, whilst this is a show that would initially appeal to 14-18 age group it really isn’t your run of the mill teen drama. 

I really enjoyed the Veronica Mars pilot, enough to say I’ll definitely be giving the series a real chance.    Yeah it featured its fair share of cheese but I absolutely loved our lead protagonist, Veronica, she’s feisty, independent and incredibly smart.  

Another thing I loved was the soundtrack,  The Dandy Warhols and Ivy are enough to win me over straight from the start.  Many people overlook soundtracks but I believe they create a real strong sense of the time, the setting and the world are characters are part of, If done correctly that is. 

The show felt like something out of the late 1990’s  a feel of maturity in the writing and characters that you just don’t get anymore.  I’m really looking forward to finding out more about Miss Mars.

Exploiting fans?
First of all let me say this, I’m a massive fan of records and Record Store Day.  I’ve been there at stupid o’clock in the AM queuing up for what will be my 5th year this Saturday but with this year’s price list released over the weekend I’m starting to feel a little like a mug.
RSD helps out thousands of independent record stores up and down the country, many may rely on RSD sales alone to stay afloat, so I’m not here to criticize the stores as their prices are based on what their supplier charges, they have to make a substantial profit to make it worthwhile.
It’s just £10.99 for a single 7” release is absolutely ridiculous,  and some 12” albums are priced at £22-30 and over.  Whack a sticker on them saying limited edition and we as fans tend to shell out whatever the cost.  £30 for a re-issued album is daylight robbery,  last week I bought Nirvana – Unplugged in New York 12” for £14, brand new.  If that album was released on RSD I’m telling you they’d charge £30.  Why?
Not all releases are this extortionate, I think the cheapest 7” are around £7.99 and 12” around £17.99.  So it’s not all doom and gloom even though I personally still think they’re priced a little steep but then I think “what the hell, it’s RSD it only happens once a year”…and that’s exactly why they charge these prices.
Usually I’ll blindly pay whatever the cost, I’m a fan and some of those singles/albums I really would like but I swear the prices are increasing year on year.  When it comes to Nirvana or Elliott Smith I’ll pay whatever they ask and the labels know this, are we being exploited for our passion?  This year I took a look at the price list and just shook my head. For the last couple of years there’s been enough stock for almost everyone, a limited edition release really shouldn’t have these prices attached especially the re-issues.
RSD a fantastic day out and something to look forward to for vinyl enthusiasts worldwide,  I adore it and as I’ve already said it does wonders for the independent record shops but to me it feels like record labels have caught on and are milking us for all we’re worth.
Saying all the above I still can’t wait for Saturday, where come rain or shine I’ll still be there at stupid of click in the AM.
Do any other fans feel the same way?  Or is this the price we have to pay for saving our local stores?

Exploiting fans?

First of all let me say this, I’m a massive fan of records and Record Store Day.  I’ve been there at stupid o’clock in the AM queuing up for what will be my 5th year this Saturday but with this year’s price list released over the weekend I’m starting to feel a little like a mug.

RSD helps out thousands of independent record stores up and down the country, many may rely on RSD sales alone to stay afloat, so I’m not here to criticize the stores as their prices are based on what their supplier charges, they have to make a substantial profit to make it worthwhile.

It’s just £10.99 for a single 7” release is absolutely ridiculous,  and some 12” albums are priced at £22-30 and over.  Whack a sticker on them saying limited edition and we as fans tend to shell out whatever the cost.  £30 for a re-issued album is daylight robbery,  last week I bought Nirvana – Unplugged in New York 12” for £14, brand new.  If that album was released on RSD I’m telling you they’d charge £30.  Why?

Not all releases are this extortionate, I think the cheapest 7” are around £7.99 and 12” around £17.99.  So it’s not all doom and gloom even though I personally still think they’re priced a little steep but then I think “what the hell, it’s RSD it only happens once a year”…and that’s exactly why they charge these prices.

Usually I’ll blindly pay whatever the cost, I’m a fan and some of those singles/albums I really would like but I swear the prices are increasing year on year.  When it comes to Nirvana or Elliott Smith I’ll pay whatever they ask and the labels know this, are we being exploited for our passion?  This year I took a look at the price list and just shook my head. For the last couple of years there’s been enough stock for almost everyone, a limited edition release really shouldn’t have these prices attached especially the re-issues.

RSD a fantastic day out and something to look forward to for vinyl enthusiasts worldwide,  I adore it and as I’ve already said it does wonders for the independent record shops but to me it feels like record labels have caught on and are milking us for all we’re worth.

Saying all the above I still can’t wait for Saturday, where come rain or shine I’ll still be there at stupid of click in the AM.

Do any other fans feel the same way?  Or is this the price we have to pay for saving our local stores?

This weekend True Detective came to an end on British television and I for one, will be very sad to see it go.
Warning, there may be spoilers ahead. Only slight and I’ll try to avoid them as much as possible, but read at your own risk.
True Detective is the first show I’ve been patient enough to wait weekly for, in what feels like years.  In this day and age of box sets, on-demand streaming, Netflix and downloading I’m so used to binge watching shows and not having to wait for each installment. 
I could have downloaded the entire series (as it was shown in the US prior) but I so enjoyed looking forward to my weekly dose that I avoided my usual practice and became patient for the first time in years and it really paid off.  It built up anticipation for the weekend and made me appreciate it more, an event to look forward to.
True Detective really was top class television.   The acting in this show, especially from the two leads McConaughey and Harrelson was absolutely phenomenal.  You could cut the tension between them both with a knife it was that intense, this really was a master class in performance from the two of them.
McConaughey won the Oscar for best lead for his amazing performance in Dallas Buyers Club, I personally believe he eclipsed that role as the dead behind the eyes Rust in True Detective, and that’s no mean feat.
This week’s finale was edge of your seat stuff, the climactic finish was nail-biting and the trail through the catacombs was like sitting on a knife edge.
I just wish that the man with the scarred face would have died more slowly, I know that sounds sadistic but I wanted him to know his time was up, to know that he’d failed and know defeat as he dies in excruciating pain.  The gunshot to the head was far too good for him, but alas in the state the duo was in they were lucky to even hit him with that.  Yet I couldn’t help feeling that after all the pain he’d caused to all those children, I wanted him to feel the same, to know defeat.  He was a psychopath so he probably wouldn’t have even felt that anyway, in his warped mind he was probably ready to ascent to whatever god he worshipped.  I can’t win lol.
One of the many things I loved about the show was how well it flowed, something that I believe to be down to the fact that the show had one director Cary Joji Fukunagaand one writer Nic Pizzolatto throughout.  Every single episode was written and directed by them and it definitely shows.  The pace, style and tone are incredibly consistent throughout, something that many shows with large episode orders & multiple writers/directors fail to produce.   The direction was flawless and having just one writer is definitely the reason why the characters developed so well.

True Detective was something special and if it doesn’t win several accolades for acting, writing and directing I’ll eat my hat and if you’ve sat and read through all this, I salute you.

This weekend True Detective came to an end on British television and I for one, will be very sad to see it go.

Warning, there may be spoilers ahead. Only slight and I’ll try to avoid them as much as possible, but read at your own risk.

True Detective is the first show I’ve been patient enough to wait weekly for, in what feels like years.  In this day and age of box sets, on-demand streaming, Netflix and downloading I’m so used to binge watching shows and not having to wait for each installment

I could have downloaded the entire series (as it was shown in the US prior) but I so enjoyed looking forward to my weekly dose that I avoided my usual practice and became patient for the first time in years and it really paid off.  It built up anticipation for the weekend and made me appreciate it more, an event to look forward to.

True Detective really was top class television.   The acting in this show, especially from the two leads McConaughey and Harrelson was absolutely phenomenal.  You could cut the tension between them both with a knife it was that intense, this really was a master class in performance from the two of them.

McConaughey won the Oscar for best lead for his amazing performance in Dallas Buyers Club, I personally believe he eclipsed that role as the dead behind the eyes Rust in True Detective, and that’s no mean feat.

This week’s finale was edge of your seat stuff, the climactic finish was nail-biting and the trail through the catacombs was like sitting on a knife edge.

I just wish that the man with the scarred face would have died more slowly, I know that sounds sadistic but I wanted him to know his time was up, to know that he’d failed and know defeat as he dies in excruciating pain.  The gunshot to the head was far too good for him, but alas in the state the duo was in they were lucky to even hit him with that.  Yet I couldn’t help feeling that after all the pain he’d caused to all those children, I wanted him to feel the same, to know defeat.  He was a psychopath so he probably wouldn’t have even felt that anyway, in his warped mind he was probably ready to ascent to whatever god he worshipped.  I can’t win lol.

One of the many things I loved about the show was how well it flowed, something that I believe to be down to the fact that the show had one director Cary Joji Fukunagaand one writer Nic Pizzolatto throughout.  Every single episode was written and directed by them and it definitely shows.  The pace, style and tone are incredibly consistent throughout, something that many shows with large episode orders & multiple writers/directors fail to produce.   The direction was flawless and having just one writer is definitely the reason why the characters developed so well.

True Detective was something special and if it doesn’t win several accolades for acting, writing and directing I’ll eat my hat and if you’ve sat and read through all this, I salute you.

This weekend has been bloody fantastic.

It’s feels like it has lasted forever and I really don’t want it to end.

Today I picked up a copy of Now Then, a free Sheffield magazine that focuses on local trade, art, music and the community. 
I was immediately drawn to the front cover which featured a huge image of one of Kid Acne’s Stabby Women. 
I love Kid Acne’s art especially the Stabby Women which appear all over Sheffield, if you’re lucky enough to find them.
The magazine features an interview with Kid Acne and several full page posters of his art. 
Amongst which I found this one, which I thought was absolutely brilliant. 
These Are Handsome Times, now this is one cool cat.

Today I picked up a copy of Now Then, a free Sheffield magazine that focuses on local trade, art, music and the community.

I was immediately drawn to the front cover which featured a huge image of one of Kid Acne’s Stabby Women.

I love Kid Acne’s art especially the Stabby Women which appear all over Sheffield, if you’re lucky enough to find them.

The magazine features an interview with Kid Acne and several full page posters of his art.

Amongst which I found this one, which I thought was absolutely brilliant.

These Are Handsome Times, now this is one cool cat.

One of my favourite books is Andy Greenwald’s Miss Misery.
Yeah it’s cheesy but I bloody love it.  I want to be in that novel, I think I need an experience like that to wake me up a bit.
It’s littered with references to the bands and times of the early 2000’s and it’s an incredibly enjoyable read.
When I think of New York I always think of Miss Misery, that novel and the film The Warriors.  They couldn’t be further apart but for some reason those two are always New York to me.
My friend is in New York right now, I think that’s what inspired this rather random post.  One day I’m sure I’ll make it out there.

One of my favourite books is Andy Greenwald’s Miss Misery.

Yeah it’s cheesy but I bloody love it.  I want to be in that novel, I think I need an experience like that to wake me up a bit.

It’s littered with references to the bands and times of the early 2000’s and it’s an incredibly enjoyable read.

When I think of New York I always think of Miss Misery, that novel and the film The Warriors.  They couldn’t be further apart but for some reason those two are always New York to me.

My friend is in New York right now, I think that’s what inspired this rather random post.  One day I’m sure I’ll make it out there.

So Shameless (U.S) series 4 came to an end this week in what was quite an emotional goodbye until 2015.
I’ve said It before but Shameless is one of my very favourite shows on TV.  There’s two shows I really look forward to all year and they are Game of Thrones and Shameless, I absolutely adore them.  So I guess it’s kind of fitting that as one ends the other begins.
Series 5 of Shameless should be a corker, dealing with Ian’s decent in to bi-polar disease and the unexpected return of spoiler alert…Jimmy.  Who should he appear with but Katya from Neighbours!  (probably more recognisable as the her from Dollhouse). So many questions that will have to wait until the new year.
Episode 12 really was an emotional episode, the final scene with Frank and Carl was incredibly saddening although fantastically filmed.  When the whole family rallied around for Ian, man that was tough and poor old Mandy Milkovich.
Every time I post about Shameless U.S.  I feel I have to defend the show and myself from any UK readers.  Yeah it’s a re-imagining and a re-hash of storylines from the original but it’s evolved into so much more than that.  I never watched the UK version and because of that this is all new to me and I love it, I can understand why people who did love the original completely disregard the U.S. version but I honestly think it’s one of the best things on television and I’m really going to miss it.

So Shameless (U.S) series 4 came to an end this week in what was quite an emotional goodbye until 2015.

I’ve said It before but Shameless is one of my very favourite shows on TV.  There’s two shows I really look forward to all year and they are Game of Thrones and Shameless, I absolutely adore them.  So I guess it’s kind of fitting that as one ends the other begins.

Series 5 of Shameless should be a corker, dealing with Ian’s decent in to bi-polar disease and the unexpected return of spoiler alert…Jimmy.  Who should he appear with but Katya from Neighbours!  (probably more recognisable as the her from Dollhouse). So many questions that will have to wait until the new year.

Episode 12 really was an emotional episode, the final scene with Frank and Carl was incredibly saddening although fantastically filmed.  When the whole family rallied around for Ian, man that was tough and poor old Mandy Milkovich.

Every time I post about Shameless U.S.  I feel I have to defend the show and myself from any UK readers.  Yeah it’s a re-imagining and a re-hash of storylines from the original but it’s evolved into so much more than that.  I never watched the UK version and because of that this is all new to me and I love it, I can understand why people who did love the original completely disregard the U.S. version but I honestly think it’s one of the best things on television and I’m really going to miss it.

Look what came in the post today!
I only ordered it yesterday, god bless Piccadilly Records and their speedy delivery.
Let me just say this album sounds absolutely amazing on record.
Unplugged in New York is one of my very favourite albums and its one of the very finest recordings of Kurt’s voice that was ever made.
That last verse on Where Did You Sleep Last Night still sends shivers down my spine.
I’m so damn pleased with this purchase :D
And yeah my t-shirt is of Edge spearing the Beatles on the Abbey Road crossing lol.

Look what came in the post today!

I only ordered it yesterday, god bless Piccadilly Records and their speedy delivery.

Let me just say this album sounds absolutely amazing on record.

Unplugged in New York is one of my very favourite albums and its one of the very finest recordings of Kurt’s voice that was ever made.

That last verse on Where Did You Sleep Last Night still sends shivers down my spine.

I’m so damn pleased with this purchase :D

And yeah my t-shirt is of Edge spearing the Beatles on the Abbey Road crossing lol.

Rest in peace dude

Rest in peace dude

Whilst fact checking dates etc for my last Random Vinyl Selection themed post I stumbled accross something that up until now had completely eluded me.

An Official music video for their single Jesus Christ.

I know, I know…I call myself a fan yet I never knew this…

The video was directed by Moh Azima but never released.  Why?  I’m not quite sure but most leaks of this track originally were pulled by request of Interscope Records and Brand New themselves.

It was during their difficult time with Interscope so maybe it was pulled out of spite, who knows.  I hope it wasn’t because they didn’t approve the finished product as I love it.

It’s smart, artistic and incredibly unique with a huge german expressionist cinema influence.  I’m a big fan of german expressionist cinema especially Das Kabinett Des Doktor Kaligari so this music video was right up my street.

The video had a real personal and independant feel to it  and I found it to be quite beautiful.  Alas it was never released.

So here it is, I may be about 8 years behind the times but I finally caught up.  If you’re a fan of Brand New or just music videos I highly recommend giving it a listen.

Random Vinyl Selection #11
Brand New 
Side A - Jesus Christ
Side B - Brothers
2007 Interscope Records
7” heavyweight picture disc (UK release only)
Brand New are one of my very favourite bands, if my URL didn’t give it away then now you know.
I adore this band and like many of their legions of fans I consider The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me to be them at their musical pinnacle.
Whilst it’s not my personal favourite of their albums, I consider it to be their best, their most mature and accomplished as song writers and musicians.  It’s perfect.
Today for my vinyl selection I randomly picked out Jesus Christ (titled Jesus on the UK release).  The funny thing about this selection is I can’t actually play it.    Well I could if I wanted to but the damn record pressing company put a sticker over the sleeve exit and I really don’t want to ruin it.
It’s a stupid reason I know because I collect records to play, not to just sit there ( I understand people collect purely to store but I personally just don’t get it).  Alas my one and only Brand New 7” vinyl remains unplayed.
Maybe one day I’ll stop being silly and just open it…but not yet. I did look up buying another copy but they go for up to £50.
The record itself is beautiful, a heavyweight picture disc featuring images of jellyfish, any Brand New fan will instantly get the reference.  The B-Side is Brothers, a track from the early demos of what became TDAGARIM.  Brothers is an fucking amazing track, beautifully written but sadly discarded by Lacey in his upset over the leak.  The band did revisit the track and released it as Aloc-Acoc with completely different lyrics, however it had none of the raw emotion on the original.
The A-side seems to be a Tumblr favourite, Jesse always seems to have a way with words and is an amazing lyricist.  I can’t think of many other songs where this is highlighted more than It is in Jesus Christ.  It’s a song that can bring a chill, even goosebumps to the skin.
Brand New really are something else.
So yeah my random vinyl this week didn’t actually get a spin, although I did look up other people playing the vinyl on YouTube so I managed to listen one way or another lol.

Random Vinyl Selection #11

Brand New

Side A - Jesus Christ

Side B - Brothers

2007 Interscope Records

7” heavyweight picture disc (UK release only)

Brand New are one of my very favourite bands, if my URL didn’t give it away then now you know.

I adore this band and like many of their legions of fans I consider The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me to be them at their musical pinnacle.

Whilst it’s not my personal favourite of their albums, I consider it to be their best, their most mature and accomplished as song writers and musicians.  It’s perfect.

Today for my vinyl selection I randomly picked out Jesus Christ (titled Jesus on the UK release).  The funny thing about this selection is I can’t actually play it.    Well I could if I wanted to but the damn record pressing company put a sticker over the sleeve exit and I really don’t want to ruin it.

It’s a stupid reason I know because I collect records to play, not to just sit there ( I understand people collect purely to store but I personally just don’t get it).  Alas my one and only Brand New 7” vinyl remains unplayed.

Maybe one day I’ll stop being silly and just open it…but not yet. I did look up buying another copy but they go for up to £50.

The record itself is beautiful, a heavyweight picture disc featuring images of jellyfish, any Brand New fan will instantly get the reference.  The B-Side is Brothers, a track from the early demos of what became TDAGARIM.  Brothers is an fucking amazing track, beautifully written but sadly discarded by Lacey in his upset over the leak.  The band did revisit the track and released it as Aloc-Acoc with completely different lyrics, however it had none of the raw emotion on the original.

The A-side seems to be a Tumblr favourite, Jesse always seems to have a way with words and is an amazing lyricist.  I can’t think of many other songs where this is highlighted more than It is in Jesus Christ.  It’s a song that can bring a chill, even goosebumps to the skin.

Brand New really are something else.

So yeah my random vinyl this week didn’t actually get a spin, although I did look up other people playing the vinyl on YouTube so I managed to listen one way or another lol.