Tuesday, June 27, 2006

"If You Don't Give My Football back, I'm Gonna Get My Dad On You."


Yeah, knock 'em back Lippi.

An absolutely splendid display from the Azzuri, and a totally deserving penalty at death. I don't comprehend why people are harping about the fact that the Aussies are out. Like Marcelo Lippi (inset) said at the post-match conference, Italy had four clear-cut opportunities in the first half, and were terribly unlucky not to score. How do you explain Schwartzer diving to the right, only to save Luca Toni's low drive (to the left) with his still extended leg? Though I would have to say, it was a gutsy performance by the Aussies, and it was always difficult to play a Guus Hiddink side with 10 men. But still, we nicked it. You can't buy class.

This rant has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that I won 84 big ones.

Alright, enough of the coffeeshop talk. Though I would have loved to see Vincent and Dennis sitting together at a bar for the Portugal/Netherlands game. Heh.

The last few days have been football, football, and more football. With all my projects looming, the World Cup couldn't have come at a worse time. And my obsession with the betting shop is bordering on unhealthy. And with the shouting at the telly, I might need Strepsils by the crate.

Oh, and have I mentioned my absolute disgust at public buses? Ugh. Ray Romano once mentioned in "Everybody Loves Raymond", "A public bus is like a smelly feet contest". No Ray, you're wrong. A public bus is more like inside a hamster's cage, when you've not changed the wood shavings for months. Yes, it can be that smelly in sunny, clean Singapore. And what's worse, the service I use to commute from school, service 80, is a top contender for any smell-worthy award.

Hell, it could be a tourist attraction itself. Heh. Service 80 goes through Chinatown, where they'll pick up mean hobos, pick up old fogeys with unmedicated depression, and old women who do not hesitate to spit in the bus. Oh and not to mention the fair share of people who keep talking to themselves in the bus (with full articulation, no less). Then, the bus will head to Clarke Quay, where they'll pick up party-goers fresh out of the Ministry of Sound. Next up will be Bugis, where people push and shove to board the bus. Bugis will also bring aboard another host of weirdos. And the last interesting stop, it goes through Geylang, Singapore's premier red-light district. Where prostitutes and scum gather.

I'm not grouping both together. Prostitution is an honest living, though frowned upon. But natrually red-light districts just attracts scum-of-the-earth. Which is alright by me, but don't these guys like shower, ever? Look, cigarettes doesn't musk that hamster smell dude. Sheesh.

Don't even get me started on pig swill.

Everyday I get Singapore, encapsulated on a ten-wheeler (yes, buses have ten wheels). If you don't have a car, and is forced to use public transport, here's your break, in the form of Camera Obscura. And if you do have a car, just download it anyways.


Camera Obscura - "Lloyd, I'm Ready to Be Heartbroken"
Camera Obscura - "If Looks Could Kill"
Camera Obscura - "Let's Get Out of This Country"

Bonus:
Jim Noir - "Eanie Meanie" (the adorable track in the Adidas ad)
Jim Noir - "My Patch" (Hot Chip Remix)
Sufjan Stevens - "The Henny Buggy Band"

Sorry, If the post seems a bit rushed. I gotta get dressed for school. I'll probably introduce Camera Obscura in the next post. For now, just put this on your iPod and go board the bus.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

JACKIE IS A PUNK/JUDY IS A RUNT!


Whoa. Seems like a bit of time has passed since the last post.

In the time I was absent, I:
- Watched almost all World Cup matches telecast.
- Wagered on Angola (Dammit).
- Didn't do (almost) all of my homework.
- Watched The Royal Tenenbaums 2 times.
- Bought 3 albums in the past day
- Revisited Monseiur Gainsbourg.

Speaking of Gainsbourg, I bought his tribute album today, "Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited". An excellent compilation, with Franz Ferdinand, Jane Birkin, The Rakes, Portishead, Chan "Cat Power" Marshall, Carla Bruni and Placebo, just to name a few, doing the English adaptations.

If you don't what he has done in the past century, ask yourself what hasn't he done;
Serge Gainsbourg, the singer - songwriter - Pygmalion - actor - filmmaker - author - entertainer - agitator - gambler - ladys man, a man whose many facets reflect in each other to form one of the most dazzling prisms in twentieth-century French culture, and whose sparkle now spreads well beyond both France and the century.

Inspiring a whole generation of artists, from Beck to Portishead, Massive Attack to Sonic Youth, his vision could only be rivalled by David Bowie. With that being said, I won't sum him up- because I can't. Go to your local record stores to pick up his records, then you'll know what I mean.

Oh, and I picked up the Mystery Jets' new LP today, "Making Dens". One of my most anticipated albums in the past two years, though I was a tad disappointed with the early demos I heard of the band. Featured in Dazed and Confused in June last year, and a personal favourite of Matt Tong of Bloc Party, this band is about as honest as white bread, and more exciting than prawn sandwiches. Alright, that didn't sound too convincing. Matt can explain it better. "When people tell me they're breaking all the rules of rock, I think to myself that there were never aware of any to break in the first place. The Mystery Jets are perfectly uncontrived. I also like the fact that it means nothing to the Mystery Jets to go to an 80s night in Leeds and breakdance. Finally, I'm jealous because I always wanted to be in a band with my dad but he's into Christian rock and Kenny G."

Reasons to love Mystery Jets: Quirky, Father-and-son playing alongside each other, charmingly honest, sounds like an ancient Bloc Party, and they sing songs that makes you wanna laugh at them (before you laugh at yourself).


I watched The Royal Tenenbaums twice in the last two days, and I'm probably gonna watch it after this. It is practically impossible not to love a Wes Anderson film. The eccentric quirks, brilliant cast, brilliant acting, brilliant storytelling and an equally brilliant soundtrack. His previous outing, The Life Aquatic used mostly David Bowie's songs, and in Tenenbaums, it's The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Nico, Bob Dylan, The Ramones, The Clash, amongst others.

It's now my joint-favourite film, alongside Lost In Translation. Whether I'll watch it 15 times like I did with LiT, I can't say for sure.

I think I'm in love with Margot.

Serge Gainsbourg - Initial BB
Serge Gainsbourg - Couleur Café
Srege Gainsbourg - NEW YORK USA

Jane Birkin - Jane B

Mystery Jets - You Can't Fool Me Dennis (from Making Dens)
Mystery Jets - The Tale
Mystery Jets - Lizzy's Lion


Bonus Tracks:
The Velvet Underground & Nico - I'm Waiting For the Man
The Clash - Rock The Casbah (Live in Jamaica; 1982) (Featured in The Royal Tenenbaums)
The Arctic Monkeys - The View From The Afternoon
SOUND Team - Monster
Cat Power - The Greatest
Cat Power - Where Is My Love

914 Studio Demos (this is pretty rare stuff):

The Ramones - I Don’t Wanna Go Down to the Basement
The Ramones - 53rd and 3rd
The Ramones - I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
The Ramones - Judy Is a Punk (Featured in The Royal Tenenbaums)

The Ramones - Loudmouth
The Ramones - Judy Is a Punk (Studio)



Alright, here's a little something I learnt in the "Design in Context" class today.

Quote of The Day: "These Egyptian hieroglyphics clearly show that, after you die, and your heart weighs less than the feather, you'll go to NEVADA."

I don't know which is more hilarious. Mispronouncing 'Nirvana', or declaring 'Sin City' the new Heaven. Eat your heart out, Mr. Cobain.

Viva Las Vegas.

Friday, June 16, 2006

threesixtyfivesevenfifty.

"I don't think I'm a bad role model. I'm just being true to myself. Maybe girls will see that and go do something with themselves." - Annie from Giant Drag.


Was up this morning watch the Swedes scrape past Paraguay. Did you see that Källström shot? I'm so gonna buy a Sweden kit and support Olympique Lyonnais.

There is life outside the Premiership. Forget England. People to watch: David Villa(Esp), Johan Elmander (Swe), Wilhemson (Swe), Phillip Lahm (Ger), Dirk Kuyt (Hol), Lee Chun Soo (Kor), and the whole Italian team.

I reckon this World Cup will be the Azzuri's. Bite me.


Alright, enough of the footy talk. I have been listening to too much Giant Drag in the past day (yes, it's a good thing). And I have to say, "Kevin is Gay" is the best feel-good song of the year. The duo, consisting of Annie and Micah, a blend of delightful melodic pop, and you have your new favourite band. And it helps that Annie looks as cute as a button too. The picture and quote, courtesy of i-D, May '06 issue.

You've gotta love a band that writes songs as quirky as "My Dick Sux".

So here's a cut from their (not that) new album Stars and Unicorns. Available at HMV Singapore.

All highly recommended:
Giant Drag - "Kevin is Gay"
Giant Drag - "This Isn't It" (Live)
Giant Drag - "My Dick Sux" (Live)
Giant Drag - "God Only Knows" (Beach Boys cover)

And some bonus tracks:
Sergio Mendes and Brazil 66 - "Mas Que Nada"
Tamba Trio - "Mas Que Nada"
RJD2 - "De L'alouette" (the track from the new Adidas ad. José +10)

Check out more "Mas Que Nada" tracks at MOKB and World Cup babes at Gorilla vs Bear.

Enjoy your World Cup.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Bad Diary Days

Okay, here's a picture of Lily Allen from last month's i-D magazine, for those of you who were probably too lazy to click on the links. Oh, and for those of you who are probably having the Monday blues.

Nothing happened today though. Just realised that all my thumbnails for my Illustrator class just went into the toilet because of a change of brief.

Ah well.

Anyways, here's a joke I thought was pretty fab.

Doctor Dave had slept with one of his patients and felt guilty all day long. No matter how much he tried to forget about it, he just couldn't. The guilt and sense of betrayal was overwhelming. But every once in a while he'd hear an internal, reassuring voice in his head that said:

"Dave, don't worry about it. You aren't the first medical practitioner to sleep with one of their patients, and you won't be the last. And you're single. Just let it go, Dave."

But invariably another voice in his head would bring him back to reality, whispering:

"Dave.....
Dave.....
Dave, you sick bastard
You're a vet."


Heh. And this as well.
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Alright, before I sign off, here's a couple tunes for the trip to work tomorrow (after another World Cup-induced night). With everyone wearing heavy eye-bags and with your (probably) pissed off boss tomorrow, it looks like you're gonna get the Tuesday blues as well.

Just don't yell something stupid, like tubby demonstrated above.

Good luck.

The "Sunshine" Soundtrack
Bobby Darin - "Splish Splash"
The Prototypes - "Je Ne Te Connais Pas"
Nina Simone - "I Got Life"
Corinne Bailey Rae - "Put Your Records On"
Herman's Hermits - "I'm Into Something Good"
Lily Allen - "LDN"
Arctic Monkeys - Cigarette Smoke (Demo)


And I apologise that the "Ram It Home" link is dead, worst thing is that I can't find my copy as well. Anyways, here's another equally good We Are Scientists song: "In Action" (thanks to bhlogiston for the heads-up!)

See you tomorrow then. Same time, same channel.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

k.i.s.s.i.n.g.s.e.x.i.n.g.


Busy busy.

- Sorry for the lack of posts these couple of days, have been extremely busy. Busy with school, busy with work, yada yada.

- I hardly have time for myself nowadays, and the World Cup makes it worse.

- Anyways, I caught "She's The Man" today with Dennis, Vincent, and Wah. Really fabulous show. Well, the main reason I liked it was because it was based on Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night". Nah, who am I kidding, Amanda Bynes is the only reason I wanted to watch it.


- School has been a 'lil monotonous the past week; and ironically, my current iPod fave is Hot Chip's "Over and Over" (and over and over and over and over...).

- And I was supposed to hand in my Class Transfer Appeal letter on Thursday, but I didn't (sorry 1V!). I thought, it would seem really bad, as I got to know the lads, then dump them to go back to my former class (though 1V was the best class ever, and I don't think that anything else that happens in NAFA can top that). Heh, and no, Russell Lee had not influenced my decision in any way.

- Have found my new favourite store- Actually. And yes, all I wanted was this cool bag but I had to buy some shit to get it. The cool shit includes a Local Celebrity tee and Fender slippers. And I'm still deliberating on the Lucky jeans and the CBGB tee.

- Was reading the May issue of the Brit mag i-D, and was pretty excited to see Lily Allen inside. Was surfing Gorilla vs. Bear just now, and was pretty excited to see Lily Allen inside.

- Oh, and my current soundtrack-of-the-week also includes We Are Scientists' "Ram It Home", and Art Brut's "Good Weekend".

- Art Brut: "Got myself a BRAND NEW GIRLFRIEND!"
We Are Scientists: "All my friends ask if my girlfriend's pretty. I said I don't know; I only look at her titties.
Art Brut: "I saw her naked TWICE!"

- Yes, those are the actual lyrics.

- Kinda had a topsy-turvy kinda week. Yes, I only use kiddie vocabulary when I'm serious. Was so psyched after our previous match (which we lost 4-1 by the way), the passion died down midweek, and was ignited last night by Deutchland. I never liked German football, but Klinsmann's side plays the kind of attacking football that makes you just want to go up and lick your plasma telly.

- And SLK-ians, watch out for my goal Lahm-esque tomorrow.

- Speaking of topsy-turvy, I thought for the whole week that Lily Allen was the new "It" gurl, only to be overthrown by Amanda Bynes hours before, then after seeing Lily on Gorilla vs. Bear, it's Ms. Allen again.

- She smokes. She drinks. Oh and she sings also.

- Lily Allen reminds me of: Feist, Regina Spektor, Nelly Furtado, Brazil, Esthero, summer, Mattafix, Ella Fitzgerald, Cuba, Lindsay Lohan, vodka tonic by the beach bar, piano loops, window shopper... (her album comes out on the 17th of July)

- Lily Allen reminds Pitchfork of:
" Lily's debut single "LDN" is breezy, lilting summertime pop, a horn-tinged tribute to London-- loving without being fawning, charming without being all winks and nods."

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Caught the England/Paraguay match just now at a café. What a bore. And what's the fuss with Peter Crouch? Apparently nobody can tell that he totally sucks.

- I'm increasingly attracted to Chinatown.


- Noise you should listen to (all highly recommended):

Lily Allen - LDN
Lily Allen - Smile
Lily Allen - Friday Night

Lily Allen - Friend of Mine
Lily Allen - Mixtape 1
Lily Allen - Mixtape 2

Babyshambles - Killamangiro
Röyksopp - Only This Moment
The White Stripes - Blue Orchid
Hot Chip - Over and Over
Interpol - Evil
Interpol - Obstacle 1
Art Brut - Good Weekend
We Are Scientists - Ram It Home

You can find these bands at HMV.


- "The bottom feels so much better than the top!"

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Later.

Monday, June 05, 2006

"And The Door Opens to Reveal- Nothing."


Whiteshadow:
"Minions, I have summoned you here today to announce a new member of our group. A new villan to add to our pantheon of evil that I have assembled. Please welcome - Dangerdoom!"

Alright, this man (or mouse, if you must) needs no introduction. But here goes it anyways. One of the pioneers in Bastard Pop, or Mash-ups, as teenyboppers prefer to call it, you might have heard his mix on the Jay-Z vs. Beatles track, "Encore". Still remember the Grey album?

Under the monkier Dangerdoom, he mixes old-school hip-hop with subtle modern cuts. No talking about 24-inch Cadillacs, no rhyming about sexcapades, no gangsta pretence, just slick hip-hop, with drawling vocals, and with a modern/old-school touch. Listening to his records, you feel as if the sounds, the vocals are spontaneous, and at times, even incidental. If you were into hip-hop in the '80s, you'll dig this. If you were in to N.W.A. (and/or DJ Shadow), you'll dig this. If you were a fan of "The Price is Right" (yes, the gameshow), you'll (also) dig this. Heh.

Alright, back to the man himself. He has mixed tunes for the Gorillaz, and (you should know this already), he is one half of Gnarls Barkley. And after spending so many weeks at the top, he's deleting his no. 1 single, "Crazy", to focus on his follow-up single "Smiley Faces".

Speaking in the character of Gnarls Barkley, the band explained in a statement: "I consider myself a realist. I suppose that goes for most of us. But I have found a way to at once hold them, fold them, walk away and run. This was not a painless decision. But pain is nothing but a bi-product of beauty. Potentially toxic, to be sure, but that's all it is."

Salute.

Occult Hymn EP

1. Dangerdoom - Skit 1
2. Dangerdoom - El Chupa Nibre Remix
3. Dangerdoom - Perfect Hair II
4. Dangerdoom - Korn Dogz
5. Dangerdoom - Skit 2
6. Dangerdoom - Sofa King Remix
7. Dangerdoom - Space Ho's (Madlib Version)

Bonus:
Gnarls Barkley - Smiley Faces
Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
Gnarls Barkley - Crazy (Live)

Free EP courtesy of Dangerdoom and adultswim.com.

Signing off now, gonna have some dinner. I'll probably post some Art Brut tomorrow.


"Every Spaceman know you've gotta have Space Ho's! Even Spacegirls know it."

Friday, June 02, 2006

Steady As She Goes.

Ugh. I have been feeling absolutely horrid the past couple of days. Down with the bloody flu (oh, and for good measure why don't we throw in a little sore throat as well?), and compelled by the fact that I'm the only doofus from the old 1V who can't join up with the same class next year. Someone up there doesn't fancy me too much. Ha.

Amateur Footy League's coming up on Sunday, and I had best be in better shape soon. I just hate being sick. It's different if you banged up your arm, or getting bruised; being sick feels worse.

And you always have to drink a mélange of different-smelling, dark coloured mysterious Chinese herbal drinks. One of which, is pictured on the right, on the Hoegaarden coaster. Taken with my bloody cell phone camera, it manages to make Lost In Translation DVD look like a porno.

The only good to come out of any of these, is that I'll hopefully be getting my freelance paycheck in the next couple of days, and it's gonna be a toss up between the Zara blazer or the Freitag bag from Actually. These are the few perks when you don't have a girlfriend. And besides, the Freitag's equally attractive.

Okay. That was the flu talking, so I'll better stop here. And for the record, girls are definately more attractive.

Need to get some rest for footy training tomorrow, so I'll leave you with an extract on the Red Hot Chili Willies, I mean Peppers. And some live tracks. For good measure.


(text extract courtesy of LeedsUnited.com)

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have unleashed a two-CD set, ‘Stadium Arcadium’, on Warner Bros. Records. ‘Stadium Arcadium’ is a 28 track double album with discs entitled ‘Jupiter’ and ‘Mars’.

The band — Anthony Kiedis, Flea, John Frusciante and Chad Smith — entered the studio last March with producer Rick Rubin (Beastie Boys, System Of A Down) to commence work upon the album in the same house in the Hollywood Hills where they recorded 1991’s groundbreaking, multi-platinum album ‘BloodSugarSexMagik’.

"We set out to write 13 songs," says Kiedis. "But as has been the case every time we've tried to do that, we ended up with 30-some-odd songs. The difference this time was we ended up liking all of those songs and finishing all of those songs, and it actually became a very difficult process to even whittle it down to 28." "Every album we do, we try to have a concept and a sense of direction," Frusciante explains. "The most important idea for this album was movement." Smith elaborates, "Something new is constantly being introduced, in every chorus or verse, whether it's a backing vocal or a guitar part, a different rhythm or an unexpected style." "The chemistry was in better order than in a long time," Kiedis told Spin earlier this year. "Everyone is frighteningly happy at the moment." Although he says he's again exploring "the dark and nefarious side of Los Angeles” in his lyrics, he clarifies, “but not in a judgmental sense," venturing, "It's all about the joy of dysfunction."

The lead single, ‘Dani California’, debuted worldwide on April 3rd and was supported by a video directed by Tony Kaye (‘American History X’) portraying a history of rock 'n' roll. The ‘Jupiter’ CD track listing comprises: ‘Dani California’, ‘Snow (Hey Oh)’, ‘Charlie’, ‘Stadium Arcadium’, ‘Hump de Bump’, ‘She's Only 18’, ‘Slow Cheetah’, ‘Torture Me’, ‘Strip My Mind’, ‘Especially in Michigan’, ‘Warlocks’, ‘C'mon Girl’, ‘Wet Sand’ and ‘Hey’. The ‘Mars’ disc features: ‘Desecration Smile’, ‘Tell Me Baby’, ‘Hard to Concentrate’, ‘21st Century’, ‘She Looks to Me’, ‘Readymade’, ‘If’, ‘Make You Feel Better’, ‘Animal Bar’, ‘So Much I’, ‘Storm in a Teacup’, ‘We Believe’, ‘Turn It Again’ and ‘Death of a Martian’. ‘Stadium Arcadium’ will also be available in a limited-edition black box that includes the 28-song, two-CD set, plus a DVD with the ‘Dani California’ video and behind-the-scenes “making of the video footage; a one-hour band interview; a 28-page booklet; original artwork by the band; and "special space-age discoveries."

Kiedis says of the double album’s title: "I hope it means something different to everyone, but to me, in the chorus of the song 'Stadium Arcadium’, I get the feeling of being off in the wilderness with a large group of people creating a huge light, playing music for those people and reflecting the love that's going on between us and them."

"I think we're aware that we're all vehicles of something much bigger than ourselves," Flea allows. "And we also know it's up to us to do the footwork to get in a position to receive all this energy flying around. Spirituality can be a pretty vague term, but each of us in our own way is interested in looking beyond what's directly in front of our face."

‘Stadium Arcadium’ is the ninth album from the Chili Peppers and the first since 2002's ‘By The Way’, which sold more 1.6-million copies in the UK alone. All told, the band has sold more than 50 million albums and enjoyed UK Top 20 success with nine singles.


Red Hot Chili Peppers - Dani California(Live)
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Don't Forget Me (Live)
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Charlie (Live)
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Scar Tissue (Live)
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Me And My Friends (Live)
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Soul to Squeeze (Live)
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Give It Away (Live)

Enjoy these "live" tracks from their concert in Spain, then go buy the album.

I'll return tomorrow with Dangerdoom's new EP, Occult Hymn. Which will be up here for you to download, absolutely FREE. All seven tracks.


So, see you tomorrow then.

"Goodnight everybody! Gimme money!"