Year: 2008

  • Albums Of The Year 2008

    Good evening! There’s less than an hour of 2008 left and so it’s time for my traditional Best Albums list. This year, I had to whittle it down from 63 albums to the final forty below. Therefore, every album below is a winner, no matter the placing, I had to leave a lot out that…

  • Merry Crimbo 2008!

    Ho ho ho! As a special festive treat, for one week only you can download the mp3 version of my 2006 ‘A New Surprise EP’ totally free! I’ve even written a little background blurb that I’ve included as a text file. The EP was originally released as 7″ vinyl by Heavenly Pop Hits, a Swedish…

  • Bzangy Groink Playlist 17/12/08

    The best new tune tonight was ‘Never Stops’ by Deerhunter. Check out their lovely new album! The best old tune was Lulu’s ‘To Sir With Love.’ What a beautiful pop song! Tonight, you heard: Danny Elfman – Edward Scissorhands Rae & Christian – Blazing The Crop Money Mark – Hand In Your Head Sunny Day…

  • These Waves EP Launch

    Last night, I went to the These Waves EP launch gig at the Vic. Sadly, I missed the first two bands but I managed to catch Wintermute and These Waves, who both rocked like buggery. Check out their new EP! Click on the pic above for more shots!

  • Frosty Sunday Morning

    Click the pic above to see some more frosty shots!

  • Bzangy Groink Playlist 3/12/08

    Tonight’s best new tune was ‘Vuvuvu’ by MSTRKRFT. It’s simply a great slab of electropop, bumping along like a baby rhino. Get it now! The best old tune was ‘Voyage Voyage’ by Desireless. Again, great electropop! I love the semiquaver bass-synth thrumming in the chorus. Fantastic! Midtown – Direction Chromeo – My Girl Is Calling…

  • Menezes Inquest Corrupted

    The jury at the inquest into the death of Jean Charles de Menezes will not be able to consider a verdict of unlawful killing, the coroner has said. Sir Michael Wright said that having heard all the evidence, a verdict of unlawful killing was “not justified”. Mr de Menezes, 27, was shot dead by police…

  • Foggy Day

    I took a few pics out in the fog yesterday. It was freeeeezing! Click the pic for more. 🙂

  • Georgian Ambassador Claims Georgia Started War

    A former Georgian ambassador has caused uproar in Georgia by saying his country, not Russia, started August’s war over South Ossetia. Erosi Kitsmarishvili, a former envoy to Russia, was testifying at a parliamentary commission hearing into the war the breakaway Georgian region. “Russia was ready for this war, but the Georgian leadership started the military…

  • Capitalism Fails Again, Socialism Bails It Out – Again

    The US government has announced a rescue plan for the Citigroup banking giant after its shares plunged by more than 60% last week. The US treasury department is to invest $20bn (£13.4bn) in return for preferred shares in Citigroup. The treasury and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp will also guarantee up to $306bn (£205bn) of…

  • Roomba Driver

    Just in case you haven’t seen it already. Amazing! 😀

  • Why I’m Not DJing At Quad

    Last night, I quit DJing at Quad. Here’s the email I just sent to them explaining why: Hi, Sadly, last night I had to walk out of DJing as it was pointless to carry on. The factors leading to this were: 1. DJing to an empty room again. I can get easily get a good…

  • Bzangy Groink Playlist 19/11/08

    Another busy Bzangy at Bar Lisi! The best new tune tonight was ‘Connjur’ by School Of Seven Bells. Floaty, twinkly and quite, quite lovely. It’s from their new album, ‘Alpinisms,’ and if you haven’t heard of them already, check it out! The best old track was ‘New Life’ by Depeche Mode. Over the last 27…

  • Pludtarb Playlist 1 – 7/11/08

    Woohoo! First Pludtarb at the lovely Quad! Here’s what I played: John Powell – Main Titles (Bourne Identity) The Lovin’ Spoonful – Speakin’ Of Spoken Corisco e os sambaloucos – Balancafro Camera Obscura – Lloyd, I’m Ready To Be Heartbroken Astor Piazzolla – 12 Monkeys (Intro Suite) Backyards Of Our Neighbours – Au Revoir Simone…

  • Bzangy Groink Playlist Bonfire Night ’08

    Tonight’s best new track was the sublime ‘Anna’ by Hello Saferide. It’s a beautifully sad poem to a child that never was and it’s taken from her lovely 2008 album, ‘More Modern Stories From…’ It’s yet another fantastic album from Sweden, the current top dogs of indiepop. The best old track was ‘Hope’ by Descendents.…

  • 17 US Terrorist Attacks On Pakistan Since September – Media Applauds

    One of the issues most vexing to Pakistan is the ongoing missile strikes by US unmanned Predator drones, or UAVs, into Pakistan’s tribal areas. Since 1 September, there have been at least 17 of these strikes and, while US officials say al-Qaeda leaders are being successfully targeted, local tribesmen say scores of civilians have been…

  • The Presets Live At The Royal, 29/10/08

    The Presets! Click the pic for a small gallery! Whoah! Last night I went to see The Presets and they were awesome! I’ve liked them ever since I heard ‘Are You The One?’ off their debut album and 2008’s newie, ‘Apocalypto’ is even poppier. It’s a raw, chunky slice of electropop, fusing classic synthpop with…

  • Gothness

    Release the bats! I don’t think it’s much of a secret that I’ve got quite a big streak of goth in me. Not goth in the modern, American sense (all latex and metal) but in the more British, ’80s, 4AD, Dead Can Dance, Depeche Mode, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry way. So I thought I’d do…

  • Bille The Vision And The Dancers Live At The Royal, Derby, 24/10/08

    Billie The Vision And The Dancers, live last night! Click the pic for a gallery! If you’re a regular Groinker, you probably already know that I have a soft-spot for Billie The Vision. So, as soon as I heard they were playing in Derby, supporting The Pipettes, I got tickets and me and my mrs…

  • Bar Lisi Playlist 22/10/08

    Wednesday was special. I played multiple tracks by Billie The Vision And The Dancers as I was so excited that they were gigging in Derby on Friday (I saw them!). So, the best old song was ‘I’m Pablo’ by BTVATD. (Off their 2005 album.) And the best new song was ‘Groovy’ by BTVATD. (Off their…