Saturday, June 09, 2007

Waaaheeeyyyy! What's all this?

The Winehouse might be making an appearance at The Stones set tomorrow at the Isle of Wight Festival. ONSTAGE.

From the NME news section-

She added that despite strong rumours she will perform with The Rolling Stones when they headline the festival tomorrow (June 10), nothing has been confirmed yet."Oh, I don't think it's true, but I hope," she explained. "That kind of thing would be amazing. I am looking forward to seeing them tomorrow. It's going to be the nuts!"

From the NME festival blog-

Yes, not only has Amy Winehouse turned up, but it seems she might be sticking around for an encore. A source told us that her people are desperately trying to find Amy a hotel room on the island for tonight. So where could she possibly fit on tomorrow's packed bill? Over to you Mr Jagger...

From The Sun-

In an interview with Virgin Radio Amy revealed she'd be playing a famous Stones song at the festival - but didn't perform a cover during her Saturday afternoon set.
Amy also booked a hotel to stay over on Saturday after originally planning to return home. A festival source told Bizarre: "Nothing is confirmed but the evidence suggests the biggest collaboration of Amy's short career."

We'll have to wait and see. Dammit. I hate being patient. Amo's not going to be able to rock the Louboutins like she usually does. She'd be a foot taller than Mick

Friday, June 08, 2007

Stone Gallery

Stone Gallery, originally uploaded by otrocalpe.

Amazing photo. I want to go to LDN again so badly, it actually hurts.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Random Ten

1. Picturesque- Manic Street Preachers
2. Living For the Weekend- Hard-Fi
3. Easy- Sugababes
4. I Remember Nothing- Joy Division
5. Harmony In My Head- Buzzcocks
6. Skag Trendy- The View
7. Butcher Blues- Kasabian
8. Bridge Over Troubled Water- Aretha Franklin
9. Take What You Take- Lily Allen
10. Sister Rosetta (Capture the Spirit)- Noisettes

11. This House Is a Circus- Arctic Monkeys
12. In the City- Paul Weller with Dirty Pretty Things

Stax Anniversary

Some of the bits of culture I was exposed to during my formative years- the things that really influenced me- were Monty Python's Flying Circus and the music of the Stax Records stars. God or whomever bless PBS and the soul radio stations out of Chicago.

I can't imagine what my childhood would have been like without the
Ministry Of Silly Walks, The Fish Slapping Dance, Booker T. and the MGs, Otis Redding and Carla Thomas.

It's nice to see Mr. Stewart and Ms. Axton's massively influential label in the news again.

The sound was never exactly polished, but it had plenty of soul, and the Memphis sound created at Stax Records has found its own special place in the history of American music.Some of pop's most cherished recordings came out of the Stax studio, including Sam & Dave's "Soul Man," Otis Redding's "(Sitting On) The Dock of the Bay," and Isaac Hayes' Oscar-winning "Theme from Shaft."

Now, 50 years after a white country-fiddle player started down the road that led him to open a recording studio in a predominantly black, inner-city neighborhood, the Stax label is trying to make a comeback.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

This is so cool

The BBC is currently doing a series on "The Seven Ages of Rock," and has a really cool section on their site that has pictures and information about all the bands profiled.

I love this pic of The Roses. God, they were babies!


Brit Pop? Indie? Most music since 1978? Wouldn't have evolved in the same way without Paul, Bruce and Rick.

She so crazy

Oh, Posh. You seem to have forgotten your skirt. Is skirt off sick?

Victoria Beckham wins woman and entrepreneur of the year at the Glamour awards. She turned up wearing hotpants, corset and stockings.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

One of my favorite cover versions, ever

Arctic Monkeys version of 'You Know I'm No Good,' written and originally performed by The Winehouse.

It's a filthy song, and somehow, Young Master Turner makes it sound even dirtier..... Bless.

But Jesus, Helders, what the hell is on your face? Have you been hanging around with My Thomas?

*wipes drool from chin*

In honor of Sweet, Sweet Carlito's b-day, I rather fancied watching YouTube clips featuring Mr. Barat.

Then I found this. My fav Libs song, sadly, with no Pete, but with added Stanley bonus action!

YouTube= possibly the best thing ever.

Happy birthday, baby!

sweaty-carl.jpg, originally uploaded by amandarg.

Nice tie, Carlos. As this look REALLY works for you, feel free to replicate whenever, wherever..... Please.

Um, yeah!

Hello, foresight! (the last bit- though the part about going to Mani's den of iniquity is hilarious)

You could be forgiven for assuming that in Pete Doherty's case, 'career' is just a verb, but The View have the Professional Unprofessional to thank for kickstarting theirs. In 2005, industrious bassist Kieren Webster dug out the thermals and camped out ahead of a Babyshambles gig in hometown Dundee, and thrust a homemade demo tape into his idol's clammy hands.

As if they'd slipped Lady Luck a fiver, after listening, Doherty was both impressed and lucid enough to offer the band a support slot for that evening's gig. Not only that, he recommended The View to James Endeacott - the man who discovered The Libertines and A&R'd The Strokes - who signed the emaciated scruffs to his
fledgling 1965 label.

In fact, drummer Steven Morrison was even the subject of much police - not to mention press attention - when he was caught beetling down a one-way street in a car with... oh, who else? Yes, you've guessed it: poodle-haired Welsh bellower Bonnie Tyler! (Oh, OK: it was Messer Doherty, but it's all a bit predicable, non?)


There's no denying The View, currently number three in the charts with their single, Same Jeans, have crammed more into their two-year existence than most bands accomplish in their entire career. They've supported the likes of The Kooks and Primal Scream ("the best band in Britain. We went to Mani's house!"), as well as earning plaudits from Oasis.

By this time next year, expect them to have slayed Glastonbury, become
the Oasis for the MySpace Generation and generally done everything except being
caught in a compromising position with Bonnie Tyler.

The lads are on the Pyramid Stage at Glasto. Pretty damned good prediction, MEN......

This week's sign that the Apocalypse is upon us*

When my girl, Stace, and I saw The Strokes on their 2002 tour, Har Mar Superstar was the opening act.

I don't remember a lot about his set, other than the fact that he was, ahem, a bit portly, and he stripped down to his tightie whites and rolled about on the stage at one point. Icky.

The lack of recollection of his set has mainly to do with The Strokes BLOWING my mind during the main bit. Mmmm, 2002-era Julian. Fabbbbrrrrrrrriiiizioooo...... They knocked me out of my classic rock rut, they did!

So color me surprised Har Mar has his own teevee show in development.

*borrowed from S.I.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Fwaaaah, Spy Daddy

Jennifer Garner - with hubby Ben Affleck - caught her old Alias co-star Victor Garber Sunday night at the Huntington Theatre Company's revival of Noel Coward's Present Laughter in Boston.

Not only did Garber play Garner's father on the Alias but the actor also got a minster's license and married Ben and Jen in their private Caribbean ceremony.

They're like Katherine Heigl and T.R. Knight!

Sparkly! My favorite color!

I must have La Aguilera's handbag. Or her shoes. Or, ideally, both.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

I know, I know

that it was the 40th anniversary of 'Sgt. Pepper's' last week, and that this is from 'A Hard Day's Night.'

But this is just lovely.....

Oooh, exactly!

So, we listen to a lot of Girls Aloud at the flower shop. Why? It's well-crafted pop nonsense with amazing production. And also, we all feel that we could be friends with Sarah and Nicola. They seem cool. (The blonde with the short hair and the ginger).

And women cannot subsist on a diet of The Fratellis, The View, Arctic Monkeys, Primal Scream, Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen and The Libertines alone.

But I digress....

Upon reading this review of GA's performance at Wembley Arena, I was struck by the following:

the closing "Biology" is perhaps GA/Xenomania's finest moment. It really shouldn't work, seeming to consist of two or three songs jammed together (it's Bowie's "Jean Genie" interbred with Wings' "Band On The Run"), but somehow it does.

Eureka! We have a winner! That's EXACTLY what the song sounds like! Go watch. It's big, fun stupid pop.