Year: 2005

  • Albums Of The Year 2005

    This list has taken me bloody hours. I had to narrow down from 60-70 albums to this final top forty. None of the following are losers, in that respect. Whether they’re 40 or number 1, they’re this year’s essential albums. Unlike every other big list you’ll see, this is completely un-influenced by labels or advertising…

  • You And Me Both

    So there you have it. I’m black and I’m brown and I’m a brother and I’m Indian and I’m Jewish and I’m Muslim. White people have told me I’m white, too: after all I went to Oxford and I talk properly, don’t I? Wherever I go, I can fit in. So I’m everything. But I’m…

  • Made In Sheffield

    Above is one of my Christmas pressies: Made In Sheffield. Of course, I’m going to love this DVD. It’s my generation, it’s the pop music that I loved as a teenager and that shaped the music I make myself. For a couple of years, music made on guitars seemed completely irrelevant and outdated. Everything exciting,…

  • Happy Christmas!

    Seasons wotsits to you all, be you Christian, Muslim, Jew, Zoroastrian, Buddhist, pagan or atheist. (Not agnostics though – you can bugger off, you indecisive bastards.) If you’d like a music-related pressie, pop over to the White Town site, I’ve just uploaded a nostalgic goodie, love and kisses, Jyoti

  • 10Meg Broadband… Maybe…

    Today, after a day (and two hours last night) of wrangling, I finally got the new cable modem to work. And it says I’m getting 10 megabits per second: But when I go here I get this result: Hmmm…. where’s my other 6.5 megabits per second, eh?

  • Bless Playlist 20/12/05

    A very Christmassy night tonight, much busier than normal and quite a few old requests (hence the Kraftwerk and Prodigy tracks). Also cool to be asked for The Chalets! Berlin funboys, Modeselektor Tonight’s best new tune was Modeselektor‘s ‘Dancingbox.’ It’s from their lovely album ‘Hello Mom’ and it’s a flippy, boppy, bippy masterpiece of dreck…

  • Monomachine vs. Walter Benjamin

    I’ve had my Monomachine for a while but I didn’t truly start having fun with it till I used it when I gigged in Sweden recently. When I was programming songs into it for Sweden, something happened. Although I was using simple, stripped-down arrangements, the Monomachine was making them sound fantastic. It was playing them…

  • 14 Most Evil Corporations

    Tis the festive season, when we splash our money around money on gifts, choccies and fripperies. But how evil are the companies we’re buying products from? Will your box of After Eights help fund killing babies? Will that economy-sized barrel of Coca Cola funnel money to a company that murders trade union organisers? Is the…

  • Boy On A Stick And Slither

    Via Marie: Click here to see more wonderment.

  • How The US Killed The Truth

    A boy weeps as others survey the damage caused by a US air strike on Fallujah. Picture:AFP A 30-year-old Oxford graduate with no public relations experience has been handed a $100m contract by the Pentagon – to plant false stories in Iraqi papers. (Source: The Independent) I wrote previously about the totally unsurprising revelations concerning…

  • Today In Town

    …I was standing by the Flowerpot and a rather smartly-dressed bloke came up to me. He said: Excuse me, do you speak English? I replied: No. He thanked me (in English) and walked off. And people wonder why I think Derby is a strange city.

  • Who’s The Brains Of The Outfit?

    …my mrs.! 🙂

  • Bless Crimbo Party

    Agadoo! This morning I received two emails wanting to know where the pics from last night’s Bless Crimbo Party were. I find it edifying that the young men of Derby should be so interested in the welfare of really fit barmaids an important local pub, venue and social nexus. Click here to see the piccies!

  • Bless Playlist 13/12/05

    SKWBN, rocking like bastards Tonight’s top new tune was yet another Swedish indie combo, Suburban Kids With Biblical Names. It was the goirgeous ‘Loop Duplicate My Heart’ and it’s yet another example of how Sweden is now the king, queen and kong of all things indiepop. Because I love you, you can be lazy and…

  • Christmassy Pics

    I didn’t take any Christmassy pics last year so today I nipped into town and got some festive snaps. The German market always looks super-Christmassy when it’s dark. Hmmm… maybe I should get some long exposure shots of that windmill? Click here for the piccies!

  • Population Map

    Via BoingBoing Have a look at the map above. Each country’s area is mapped to their population. I can’t help but think that the US looks too small and the UK too big. India looks enormous! Big, slightly more legible version here.

  • Arrested For What?

    Maya Evans, 25, this week became the first person to be convicted under the new laws banning demonstrations near Parliament. She was given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay £100 in costs after being found guilty of breaching Section 132 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005. Her “serious” crime was to…

  • Pinters Win Prizes

    As every single person here knows, the justification for the invasion of Iraq was that Saddam Hussein possessed a highly dangerous body of weapons of mass destruction, some of which could be fired in 45 minutes, bringing about appalling devastation. We were assured that was true. It was not true. We were told that Iraq…

  • Taxes For Old Rope

    The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is responsible for 11 websites, including what may be the least-visited on the web. UK World Heritage Sites (www.ukworldheritage.org.uk) managed just 77 unique visitors last year, Richard Caborn, the minister responsible, told parliament. The site’s top news item announces a seminar taking place in May this year. Another…

  • Bless Playlist 6/12/05

    The Bristols… ahh, how we loved their vintage rocking Bit of a different night tonight as it was the Komakino Xmas Party/Gig night. So, my playlist is a little more indieish than usual, a little less hip hop, much longer and I actually play two songs by the same band! Yes, it’s my pet hate…