Year: 2009

  • Albums Of The Year 2009

    Compiling this year’s best of was the usual gargantuan task. I had to whittle the 152 albums I bought this year down to a top forty. In the process, I’ve had to get rid of *loads* of albums that I thought were wonderful. So, just to be on here is to be a winner. The…

  • Bzangy Groink Playlist 16/12/09

    Woo! The last Bzangy of ’09 and a chance to play loads of fave tracks from this year! 🙂 Tonight’s best new track was ‘Carve A Pattern’ by Butcher Boy. A right, romping, stomping pop song that reminds me sometimes of Al Stewart, sometimes of Nick Drake and loads of being a kid and watching…

  • Oakwood Crimbo Day Sunshine

    To be honest, I’m not a great fan of Christmas. This year has been even less cheery than normal. But I looked out today and it was so beautiful, I had to brave the cold and the sheets of ice on the pavements to go and take some snaps. If you’d like to see them,…

  • Crimbo Swag

    Click Mr. Elephant above to see a little gallery of my Christmas pressies. 🙂

  • Christmas Morning Clutter

    Well, it’s 4.03am and I’m still up. For various reasons, I want tomorrow (well, today now…) to be as short a day as possible. So I thought I’d take some pics of random clutter around my house. Just click the pic above if you’d like to see the bits’n’bobs. 🙂

  • Bubblegum Winter, 12/12/09

    Sooo… eleven days ago I travelled up to Glasgow on the train to see The Hidden Cameras headline the Bubblegum Winter shindig. Sadly, even though Joel was there (as you can see in the pic above), he couldn’t play due to visa issues. 🙁 Well, dammit – I wasn’t going to let that ruin my…

  • US Implodes Through Hypocrisy

    America’s top military officer has voiced concern about an incursion by Iran into Iraq that ended with Iranian soldiers seizing an Iraqi oil well. “All of us are concerned about the influence of Iran,” Adm Mullen told a news conference in Baghdad. “I worry a great deal about Iran’s view of destabilising this region as…

  • Bzangy Groink Playlist 2/12/09

    The best new track tonight was a newie by Bryan Scary & The Shredding Tears, ‘Imitation Of The Sky.’ Taken from one of the maddest albums I’ve heard in a long time, I’d suggest you check this out if you’ve ever liked Of Montreal, The New Pornographers or any late psych/early prog. Sooo catchy! The…

  • MetaPost

    Here’s the stats for today’s views. Err… that’s it. Move along now… 🙂

  • Bzangy Groink Playlist 18/11/09

    Ahh, the best new song tonight was easy – ‘The Comfort’ by Moss. Just a perfect, singalong indiepop song. If you’ve ever sung along with The Shins, The Format, Phoenix, The Pursuit Of Happiness or Sex Clark Five, I suggest you go and buy their new album. It’s ace! The best old song was ‘Sunday’…

  • Jizzing Cock Fame!

    Oh wow! Look at the above pic! As I’m typing this, the current top image result if you type ‘jizzing cock’ into Google is the little chappy I drew myself which takes you to this article. How amazing is that! Out of all the websites in the world, particularly the ones featuring far more porny…

  • Musical Moment 3: Bowling For Soup – ‘Girl All The Bad Guys Want’

    Late October, 2009. It’s a week until a particularly Unhappy Anniversary rolls around and I’m feeling bad. Not sad bad, weird bad. Unpredictable bad. Incongruity-of-affect bad. I think too much about some things, too little about others. Thoughts of the unchangeable past circle continuously in my head like vultures, shrieking and swooping and there doesn’t…

  • Friendship, Houseguests and Peanut Brittle

    Cookie Monster – he knows how to be happy. Lately, I’ve been re-reading Alain de Botton’s ‘Consolations of Philosophy.’ My life has, for the last year, been distinctly not-great. I remembered de Botton’s book providing me with some measure of calm previously so I thought I’d dip back into it. Also lately, I’ve started a…

  • A Foggy Night

    Click the pic to see some foggy, glowy pics!

  • Bzangy Groink Playlist 4/11/09

    There wasn’t one best new track, there were three! All from the featured album by Vitalic, ‘Flashmob.’ I’m guessing it’s not inspired by Larry Niven but even so, it’s my fave electronic record of 2009 (so far!). It’s dancey, demented, dissonant deliciousness. The track ‘Flashmob’ itself sounds like Louis and Bebe Barron discovered the funk…

  • Peeps

    Click da pic to see some peeps I snapped the other day! 🙂

  • Autumn 2009

    There’s no season I particularly dislike but I do have a fondness for Autumn. I love the colours, the chill in the air, Bonfire Night, the noise of walking through piles of dry leaves on the pavement. Click the pic above to see some autumnal pics I’ve taken recently!

  • Mosh Halloween 2009

    Wow – what an excellent Halloween! I was going to stay in for reasons I won’t go into here but after talking it over with mates, I just thought, fuckit – go out. And I’m glad I did as I danced till my knees ached and saw some absolutely amazing costumes, the majority hand-made. I…

  • Troops Out Speeches

    Here are some speeches I recorded on my iPhone at the demo on Saturday. Please download them and feel free to use them in any way whatever.

  • Troops Out Of Afghanistan Demo, 24/10/09

    In the rush for the train, I forgot my SLR so I grabbed a few pics on my iPhone, please forgive the fuzziness. Click on the pic to see a gallery. On Saturday, I travelled down to London to take part in the Troops Out demo (details here). And amazing demo. It was so moving…