December 21st, 2008

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Dreaming of Jacuzzi's (Hangover but working...)

Well...I'm in working updating the new releases for next week and getting the website and mailshots ready to go as it's a short week due to the festivities at the end of the week.

I really don't fancy being here atm though. I have a self-inflicted headache from last night and can think of nothing nicer than still being curled up in bed sleeping right now... actually, no, sitting in a (silent) jacuzzi and relaxing might be nicer. It'd have to be fairly silent though not to disturb my poor brain too much...

Last night saw me at Slimelight for the Star Industry/Voices of Masada gig. It was nice catching up with people - especially Rob and Sasha whom I've not seen in bloody ages. The bands were ok but I think I'm getting very critical about music these days - I'm certainly looking at it in a completely different light and from a different perspective. From the musical aspect as well as from the promotion, target audience and achieving potential.

Voices of Masada are a good traditional goth band but they need to get an anthem in their repertoire which will attract more people to the band and also get them more play out in clubland.

Star Industry were also good, very much a Sisters-esque clone, and certainly got the crowd going. I'm not entriely sure why but I was just a little underwhelmed by the evening as a whole. I think it's because I've not been to a 'Trad Goth' gig in ages and forgot how small, and old, the scene is these days. There's no new blood and it feels like people are just retreading the same old floorboards looking for something that they feel is missing which they had in their youth. I think there were maybe 80 people at the show. This compares to a sellout of over 200 people (and people being turned away from the door) at the gig I went to earlier this week (from a band less than a year old) and Sasha was talking about an acoustic ska-gig he went to on Friday night by a new band of teenagers that had also sold out and was packed.

The TradGoth audience just isn't all that interested in going to live music outside the 'big name' bands. This is partially because most of the audience is alot older now (which is something that the 'Trad Goth' scene has not managed to address in the face of other forms of music which have taken away the once usual suspects for new blood - it's just not evolved and, indeed, has largely stagnated and gone backwards in many areas). Nor aretherereally outlets for people to discover new TradGoth bands. Now admittedly many of the bands around at present are not really all that good (which is probably a large factor in the whole shrinking and aging scene problem).

Anyway, as Star Industry's were wrapping up Rob, Sasha, Natasha and myself left and heading over to The Big Red on Holloway Road. I do really love that pub - I think it's probably become my favourite watering hole in London at present. It's got a fantastic alternative crowd, community and atmosphere. Becky joined us about 20 minutes after we arrived and everyone drank and chatted and, in short, I had a very enjoyable evening.

Unfortunately I am paying for it today though.

But such is life. You have to pay something back for having a good night out I guess :p
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Shiny Toy Guns - Season of Poison


Shiny Toy Guns seem to have had a fairly drastic change of direction from their brilliant 'We Are Pilots' debut album. I'm only two songs into their new 'Season of Poison' CD but both have been decidely more emo in sound and a lot less than the cool 80's inspired indie electro pop.

Still, only two songs in and haven't hit the tracks that were/are singles yet so we'll see here the album goes...

Bella Morte

It's a good job I don't do music reviews.

Bella Morte are a band I really enjoyed live - very energetic and very, very charismatic getting the crowd really into their music and set.

I just recieved their new CD 'Beautiful Death' and... and it's a real disappointment so far. It sounds like they are flat and out of tune and is something I doubt I'll ever play again. They still come across as a Faith No More tribute band but they pull it off live so much better than they do on CD.

I'm only a few tracks in so we'll see if anything changes but today has not, apparently, been the best of days for new music purchases by me.
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Cheating Monkeys and Spiders on Drugs...

A couple of Youtube clips for you. The first is from Brainiac's which Natasha mentioned to me yesterday and showed me this evening.

They got a monkey trained in Black Jack to see how it would react if it was cheated from winning the game. just check it's raections out - classic :p

Next up is a classic clip that's done the rounds before (I'm sure I even posted it a few years ago too) but the guys at work had never seen it until I showed them on Friday and I thought I'd share it with you all now too.

It's a short film about the effects of different types of drugs on spiders. Brillaint piece of film :)

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