Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Record Store Day 2012 & The Black Wax Addiction

If you know me or my writing, you'll probably know how proud I'm becoming of my growing record collection. I've got so much of my favourite stuff on vinyl now which feels like quite an achievement to someone as lazily perfectionist (there's a contradiction for you) as me - albeit a rather expensive one.
I'm not going to go over the entire Record Store Day initiative for you, however superb it may be - and is - but focus on this year's exclusive releases - because I'm sad enough to have spent a good hour earlier painstakingly and comprehensively listing a large amount of what I am most after in priority AND alphabetical order. Yeah. Sad, I warned you. It's a bit long and I am a student and am not really able to afford one, let alone everything in the 'want' section of my list, but will regardless do my best to get everything in 'need' as much as 'want a lot' as I can allow myself. Maybe more.
I'd also love to get this.
It does not even regret me to admit that, nay, proclaim that I will be queueing up for doors to open - I would consider going later, so that a section of my list is already gone and I CANNOT spend as much, but s Arsenal are playing at home (against Chelsea! Big game) later on, which I can't miss, so I'm just going to have to trust my small amount of self-control. My wonderful local record store David's Music will not have, according to staff, ordered too many copies of things that wouldn't have deserved a stand-alone release but are taking advantage of the RSD 'feeding frenzy', which could eliminate a lot of the 'maybe' list. ANYWAY, enough pre-amble, here is my RSD list (I AM SO SAD)

Arctic Monkeys - R U Mine? Ltd heavyweight purple vinyl 7"
Beach House - Lazuli 7" Blue/opaque vinyl 
Gorillaz - DoYaThing 10" Picture disc 
Oscar Cash - Plays Metronomy 7”


Animal Collective - Transverse Temporal Gyrus 4 track E.P. 12" 
Bloc Party - Shes Hearing Voices 7" re-release of the band's debut single 
Bombay Bicycle Club - Lights Out, Words Gone (Rub A Dub)
Caitlin Rose - Piledriver Waltz/Love Is A Laserquest 7" with exclusive jukebox sticker
The Cure - Friday I'm In Love 7”
Graham Coxon - What'll it Take
Metronomy - Black Eye Burnt Thumb (Woodwind version)/You Could easily Have Me (Woodwind version) 7"
Slow Club – Paradise LP 
St Vincent - Krokodil/Grot 7” 
Two door Cinema Club - Acoustic EP 7"
Xiu Xiu/Dirty Beaches - Always/Tu Ne Dis Rien Split 7" 

BBC Radiophonic Workshop - Dr Who Sound Effects 
Belle & Sebastian - Crash Exclusive 7”
David Bowie - A Side: David Bowie - Starman (original single version). Stereo
B Side: David Bowie - Starman (Top Of The Pops version) Originally broadcast on the BBC TV Programme 'Top Of The Pops' on 6/7/72. Mono
The Cure - Three Imaginary Boys LP, Seventeen Seconds LP, Faith Numbered (normal or coloured vinyl) LP, Pornography LP, The Top LP
The Futureheads – No 1 Song in Heaven
The Kinks – King Arthur, Face to Face, Something Else LPs
Laura Marling - Flicker and Fail/To Be A Woman 7”
Neutral Milk Hotel - coloured vinyl re-pressed LP

Odd Future - The Of Tape Vol. 2 Triple album 
Of Montreal/Deerhoof - Stygian x Bisection Split 7" 
Sigur Ros - Ekki Mukk 10" 
The Subways - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang 7" grey vinyl 
The Specials - The Specials Live 7" 

The Beat - A: Mirror In The Bathroom, AA: Too Nice To Talk To 7" single picture sleeve, coloured vinyl 
The Beatles - 1's Singles Collection 4 x 7" Singles in Tin Box 
The Black Keys - El Camino 2LP 7" plus additional 7" vinyl with 2 live tracks. Gatefold with poster and bonus CD 
James Brown - Live At The Apollo: There It Is, Pass The Peas 
The Clash - London Calling Special digitally re-mastered new version by Mick Jones and Bill Price 
Consort Audite Nova - Plays Metronomy 
Dry The River - New Ceremony 
Elbow - McGreggor 
The Fall - Night Of The Humerons 
Morrissey - Suedehead, We'll Let You Know (live)*, Now My Heart Is Full (live)* - 10" picture disc 
Richard Hawley - Leave your Body Behind You 10" Single (part of Richard Hawley Singles Club)
Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Acid Reflex 12" RMX
Pete Townsend - The Quadrophenia Demos:
EP One: Side 1 - The Real Me (demo), Cut My Hair (demo), Punk (demo) Side 2: Dirty Jobs (demo), Is It In My Head (demo), Any More (demo)
EP Two: Side 1: I've Had Enough (demo), Drowned (demo), Is It Me (demo) Side 2: Dr Jimmy (demo), Love Reign O'er Me (demo) Two exclusive 10" vinyl Eps featuring a selection of demos from the recent, critically acclaimed box set reissue - Quadrophenia: 'The Director's Cut' 
Ramones -Blitzkrieg Bop/Havana Affair 7", sire house bag
The Supremes - Baby Love (Heart shaped 7”)
Frank Turner - I Still Believe/Somebody To Love 
The Wombats - The Wombats Proudly Present LP 

Monday, 19 March 2012


One happy family

If you were wondering, "бляди" is apparently Russian for "whore". 

Does everybody else find this as amusing as me? I particularly enjoy the way he does absolutely nothing to suggest unhappiness with the £50 he was fined for anti-social behaviour.

He has previously been reported to facebook for uploading pictures of what I can only describe as medieval torture porn and is notorious amongst my flatmates for his lax attitudes towards everybody else's crockery and breaking two toasters in a week for trying to toast cheese.

What a tit.

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Writing exercises - poetry #1

Evening. Yesterday evening I was working at a Luke Wright and Ross Sutherland gig - two performance poets who I have a real love for, the latter inspiring the former into poetry, who subsequently got me hooked on the medium when I went to Latitude in 2010. In the afternoon before the show, they held a workshop, which I went to. Not only was it really interesting and informative but we had a couple of 10 minute intervals to try out some exercises, which didn't give me the opportunity to procrastinate, my most seductive enemy. In the first, we could either write an alliterative (alliteration being the technique used before rhyme came into popular useage) or univocal (using only one vowel (Y counting as a vowel)) poem. I didn't get very far with my 'E' poem (called Fleet Street), so here's the product of the second exercise, a long one sentence poem which starts with an image, goes off on a tangent, and returns to the image right at the end. I read this out on stage (very badly):

Here's a transcript:

The anchor strained against the rope
Pulling the boat into the sunny cope*
As its crew flexes to catch the eye
Of the assembled gathering of passers-by
Who witness a sight too silly to believe
As the trends have changed no news reached sea
That the ladies of Britain are now hard to impress
With the sight of muscles bulging from a tight white vest
Other than one, Ms Daisy Hook
Whose more-than-a-glance is a noticeable look
That more than a few sailors see
(Most of whom assume she demands no fee)
A brawl breaks out, friends become foes
The Captain shrieks "She's just a cheap hoe"
It seems that little Miss Hook's look
Was the final fray of that crew's rope


Okay, must dash, off to continue the poetry hype with an evening of being read to be Simon Armitage! Love the theatre I work at. Hope you all enjoyed x

*I'm not sure this is right. Is a cope a thing? You get a cape, and in France you get a cote - is cope in that sense a neologism?