Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Downloading White Lies

Hello again!

Well, things have definitely changed since I last talked to you! I know, I know... It's been a while. I'm sorry. No really... I AM sorry! Hopefully things will change but for now, just be happy I'm here!

So, let's get down to business. The last time we spoke, I was talking about The Prodigy at Download Festival and last night, we had an update! Zane Lowe gave us the first set of announcements last night, here's the updated poster;

Now, I'm only going on the Friday - so I'm not so interested in Saturday or Sunday. However, I must admit that Saturday does look very sexy to say the least! Moving onto Friday though... I know what you're thinking. Chase and Status? Really? I honestly don't know what to think. On one hand, they're always great to see live but they tend to attract an audience of real dickheads, or as some people tend to call then; 'chavs'. Only time will tell if they really are a band that deserves to be on the download lineup.

Onto other musical news, less recent but still very important, I went to see White Lies headline Wembley Arena on the 17th December. It may be one of the best shows I've ever seen them do. Alongside hits, such as 'Death', 'Farewell To The Fairground' and 'The Power And The Glory', they treated the crowd to rarer songs 'Taxidermy' and 'Come Down'. With an explosive finish (no pun intended), it truly was an amazing night to remember.

That's all for now, I will try to keep up to date with you on all the latest goings on but in the meantime, I leave you with this rather humorous Facebook group; http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bottling-Chase-and-Status-at-Download-2012/317481051630028.

May The Fuck be with you. Until next time,

Thursday, 17 November 2011

The Triumphant Return.

They're back.

Yeah, I was speechless too. When I first heard, I literally hyperventilated. And it gets better, not only are they back but they're bringing some new tunes along with them. Of course, if you haven't guessed, I am indeed talking about the almighty, the godly, the awe-inspiring Prodigy.

Where? Download Festival.
When? 8th June 2012.
Why? Because it'll be fucking awesome.

It's been a while since their last real appearance and way too long since I last saw them - being Warriors Dance Festival, 24th July 2010! In my humble opinion, this will be the beginning of the new dawn of The Prodigy. They will emerge from this with their reputation elevating them once more off the ground and showing the world that they are indeed, the best at what they do; Raving.

The Warrior within me is beckoning. The call is growing louder. The Rave is upon us. I hope you're prepared, ready to Get The Fuck Down... because if not, the warrior's will come for you.

May The Fuck be with you. Until next time,

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

A month in the life of........

HELLO!!! It has been a full month since our last meeting! My apologies for my absence!
Anyway, seeing as though we’re back and I’m now more on top of things, we will resume this blog forth with!
A lot Has happened but I will try and summarise for you: we finished school (success!) and had the river boat shuffle (which was okay!). Then I was lucky enough to win tickets to the first night of the ITunes festival to see Paul Simon! Surprisingly, it was a great set and one of the best artists I’ve ever seen live!
Then, literally the next day, myself and some others went to Hyde Park’s Wireless festival. Among the acts were The Whip, Katy B and The Streets. Chase and Status also played. Now, I’m not a massive fan of C&S but they really get the crowd going and you can’t help but dance! They even managed to get Tempa T to come out! TEMMMMPPPPPZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!! However, the real showstoppers of the day were The Chemical Brothers. Ahh... I’m not even sure I can put into words how good these guys were! Their music is non-stop carnage! If you get the chance to see them live; GO! Because, one day, I want to Do It Again.
Moving on, since then I’ve been to see White Lies twice and The Wombats! Thanks to ITunes for two of those gigs but one of them, myself and some other true White Lies fans travelled all the way to Coventry for one of the most intimate gigs ever. AND, to top off an amazing road trip, we even got to meet the band afterwards! I’m not going to lie but I almost did unspeakable things with Charles Cave (the bassist)... but enough of that!
In more recent news, I’ve found myself a job that pays well and is actually pretty fun! It’s in a hotel, and before now I’ve only ever been a customer in a hotel but now, being a hotel worker, I’ve seen how everything works and come together! As well as being interesting, it’s surprisingly fun (If not tiring!). I know many people my age are in work or looking for work at the moment, so those employed, I hope you’re enjoying yourselves! And to those seeking employment, I grant you good luck for you search!
That is all for now. I will probably be posting extremely soon but till’ then, may The Fuck be with you! Until next time,

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Poetry and Pokémon

It has come to my attention that we are currently in exam season... And that this week in particular is being commonly referred to as ‘hell week’! For those not in the loop (whom I fear is all of you as I may have made this expression up) let me explain... In the first week, I had 2 exams. The next week I had just 2 exams again. Now, as we reach the third week, it has just dawned on me that I have 6 exams! *faints slowly for added effect* And... I’m definitely not the only one in this situation. So to stress my annoyance of this state of affairs, I have decided to write a poem for you;
So here we are,
Three weeks in,
How’s your revision going?
Most of mine is in the bin.
Yeah. I didn’t get very far until I had no idea what to write... and what I did do isn’t very good. But you know what it’s taught me? To appreciate poets who come up with shite 10x longer than mine! I have no idea how they do it but all I know is; I can’t. It’s just not possible. I tried. I failed. Lets just call it writers block, eh?
Anyways, onto other news... the other day I trained my Charizard to lvl.100! Yeah... I *should* have been doing revision but in the long term, Pokémon is much more importa nt! In the near future, some friends and I are getting together for a Pokémon championship and I need to get ready! To be honest, I know I can annihilate obliterate completly vapourise all their Pokémon but better safe than sorry I suppose, so the training must continue!
And now, alas, we have arrived at the final milestone of this post. My Musical Matter section! Today is extra-special; I have 2 songs for you! Allow me to explain...
The first is a cover song of Ed Sheerans ‘The A-Team’. I’m not going to lie to you; I hate this song so much. The way Sheeran sings it literally makes my ears begin to bleed. However, the cover artist, Hywel Bradley sings this song so well, he makes me want to listen to it, my ears suddenly become immune when I hear his voice (this is beginning to sound homosexual, but you know when you hear a song and the actually song's rubbish but the artist's voice literally MAKES the song so good, yeah thats what it's like here). Like White Denim in my last post, this is a guy who you want to keep an eye out for - could be the next Dave Grohl or something... Without further ado, here’s Hywel;
The A-Team – Ed Sheeran (COVER)
The second song I have for you is, naturally, a song by The Prodigy. However, it’s an unknown b-side. I think this song’s really a ‘you either love it or hate it’ kind of thing... It’s not really anything like The Prodigy’s normal catalogue but I urge you to give it a listen. A reason why this is probably a b-side rather than an a-tune, is that its repetitive-ness wouldn’t suit well to an album but this was one of their most successful live tracks during the 1990’s. Here you are:
Pandemonium – The Prodigy
I hope you enjoy these great songs but now I’m afraid that’s all we have time for, so I’ll bid you farewell. As always; may The Fuck be with you.
Until next time,

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

The Great Depression

So today I thought I’d get a lot of revision done. Guess what? It didn’t happen. It just didn’t. No. Nothing close to it. I did get some done this morning though, so it wasn’t all a waste and I will do some tonight but there’s that massive gap at midday... I bet you’re dying to know what I did during those 5 or so hours. Well then, I’ll tell you.
As I said yesterday, I’m going to a Chameleon Circuit Party on Saturday and I want some spending monies as apparently there’s going to be ALOT of merchandise there. At the moment, I have £20. And you know what? I owe Lisa £20 for the ticket. So I was getting a little desperate and found myself asking my mum if there was anything I could do to get some money. Here’s where the bombshell came. She told me to clean my room! What’s that I hear you say?
“Is that it?”
“You get money to clean your room!?”
“Why are you complaining!?!”
Well, I’ll tell you. In my family, my room is commonly referred to as the ‘black hole’, the ‘tip’ or ‘the amazing, floorless room!’ And seriously, that’s no understatement. This morning, there was probably around 1 foot of random things covering the floor! So, I got to work...
4 hours later, I’m still not done but have called it a day simply because I’m lazy. However, my room is a lot tidier now but still nowhere near being vaguely finished! However, it’s been a good day’s work and hopefully tomorrow my room will be a lot nicer place to revise in! But yeah, I still have a lot more to do until it’s perfect... :/
I have something very exciting to tell you! As you may have gathered, I am a bit of a Prodigy fan... And if you know my good friend Colm Murphy, you will know that he is a bit of a Muse fan... In recognition of this, Colm and I will do two very special blog posts! I shall do ‘The beginners guide to The Prodigy’ and the very next day, Colm will post his ‘The beginners guide to Muse’. More on this exciting event soon!
Finally, as promised, this post is much shorter than yesterday’s essay but there is still one thing left! Today’s Musical Matters!
Among my many travels, I have come across some awful pop trash, some amazing rock genius and some average indie rifts. Today’s gem is inventive, different and completely amazing. The song is ‘Drugs’ by the Texas four-piece rock band ‘White Denim’. Featured in this month’s ‘Rolling Stone’ and ‘Q’ magazines, White Denim has established themselves as something worth listening to. I’ve chosen this song simply because I could see this band becoming something brilliant and look forward to following their progress for a long time. Without further ado...
Drugs – White Denim.
That’s all for now folks and while I’m gone, may The Fuck be with you.
Until next time,

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

A Grand Fool....

Ok... so I’ve been thinking lately what my next post should be about. Past posts have been made up in the moment, but this one needed some thought and preparation. To you, this may sound strange; so let me explain... Over the weekend, I had a realisation. I thought to myself “my blog’s just a blog. There’s nothing really special about it, is there?”. It got me rather depressed, which added to my many worries... BUT all was not lost good people! Monday morning, I woke up and knew. Knew what this blog was going to be... Knew its destiny...
To be honest, it’s not going to be anything different from before... I just believe in this blog a little more now. However, there is going to be something new today! Don’t you feel so lucky? Getting something completely new in today’s post?! If I was you, I’d feel pretty lucky... More on this later though!
Do you ever find yourself adapting and saying new words instinctively? For example, years ago – I began to make fun out of my Irish parents’ accents and began to say the word ‘Grand’ (for all those who aren’t that bright, it means ‘good’ or ‘great’). At first, It was merely a joke and was meant to annoy my mam and dad but over time, it as become one of my most used words! Nowadays, I don’t do it for a ‘laugh’; I do it because it’s the first word that comes to mind and it sort of slips out! A bit like turettes...
That was then; now I have a new word... Something I really don’t even like. *sigh* It’s actually a little embarrassing... It’s the word ‘fool’. I have no idea where this even came from or even why I do it?!!! In contrast to ‘Grand’, ‘fool’ is beginning to annoy me. I feel like I have some kind of syndrome where I’m trying to act like some hard black stereotype and however hard I try to resist... it kind of slips out! It’s not until after I say it or write it that I realise that I’ve just fuelled the fire and made it even more imprinted in my brain, thus making it harder to stop! *sigh* I’ve talked about this too much... I shall move on... *sigh*
So, do you remember the post where I mentioned Chameleon Circuit? I hope you looked them up, and also looked up Nerimon when I mentioned him too because then, you’ll appreciate what I’m about to say; this Saturday, I’m going to go to a listening party of theirs and am going to meet them!!! Their new album ’Still Got Legs’ is out soon and I recommend you looking it up as it sounds to be an extremely promising album! Also, I'm just going to add a massive thank you to my great friends Lisa and Ria, who got the tickets for us! :D
Anyway... here comes the new, mysterious and highly anticipated section to the post! Each day (*post) I’m going to give you a music track, which I hope you may not have heard, and strongly suggest you listen to it. I’m going to brand it ‘Musical Matters’. What do you think? Catchy? Or just stupid!? I don’t know, tell me what you think... I shall endeavour to pick a track for next time. This first one is just to push you to go listen to it again (as I know you’ve heard it all before).
Stockholm Syndrome – Muse.
From their album Absolution (like you didn’t know already)
I've chosen this song as I have to admit, it's one of my favorite songs of theirs and I hope that one day I may get to see live...
That’s enough rambling from one Irish man today, I bid you farewell and hope all that revision (for those actually revising) goes well. May The Fuck be with you.
Until next time,

P.S. I apologise for the anti-climax of the "new, mysterious and highly anticipated section" but I hope you'll listen and enjoy my suggestions. Also, I apologise for the length of this post. Once I get started, it’s hard to know when to stop! Next time, it shall be shorter! :)

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Getting the f*ck down: The origin story.

Good evening all,
I have come to write to you tonight to tell you some grave news... when I tell, I want you to remember that all is okay; life goes on and all that. Now... are you ready? *Deep breath. Exhale* Ready now? Okay, here it is; I have discovered a hole in my favourite pair of socks. I know... absolutely devastating. *sigh* A wise man once told me that there’s always more socks in the drawer - but the realism is hard to face you know? However, as I’ve said, life goes on! I’m sorry for having to include this tragedy in today’s post but now, we move on...
As I’m sure you already know, The Prodigy’s first live album/DVD came out on Monday, ‘World’s on Fire’. Now, to say this is a good album would be a ridiculous understatement. Having been filmed at The Warrior’s Dance Festival last July, you experience The Prodigy at their best – absolutely amazing. I have created a review title for this album, I hope you like it:
“Sex is great. Sex is amazing. But World’s on Fire is better. Much better...”
I hoped you liked it! The actual DVD is fantastic though. Most of you will know the saying “Get The Fuck Down”, made famous by some random dude, which comes directly from this concert. Seeing 65,000 people getting the fuck down is truly a life changing event. You may not like the song but there is no denying that this band is something special when it comes to live shows, no matter how much you like them. My recommendation; get the album and watch the DVD, forget about the songs for the moment, but you must experience the buzz of the gig itself.
Also, on the subject of getting the fuck down, some people have asked me what ‘The Fuck’ is, what I began to mention in my previous post. Quite simply, ‘The Fuck’ is a measure of how cool you are, in accordance to how low you can get down to the floor when someone says ‘Get the fuck down’. Complicated? A little. Understandable? Yes. I hope you have all enjoyed learning about The Fuck. Moving on...
It has struck me how many concerts there have been announced recently! With White Lies headlining Wembley arena in December, to The Wombats’ UK tour in September. This is an extremely busy time for Music fans! Are you guys planning on booking anything? Going to any festivals this summer? Comment and tell me about them! In the future, I’d love to do a segment on people’s opinions of the artists they’ve seen live, so if you’re interested in maybe writing a short post for me, please tell me!
Anyways, this has been rather musically orientated and even more so Prodigy orientated. If this hasn’t been your cup of tea (I still have no idea why I use this analogy when I still hate tea!), i’m sorry but believe me when better posts are coming for you soon!
In the meantime, may The Fuck be with you.
Until next time,