Saturday, May 10, 2008

2008-05-07 Broomfield Place, St John's Church, Judas Tree


We Are Scientists are so damn cute.

When they played an acoustic show as part of Jo Whiley's Little Noise Sessions at the Union Chapel last year, the band almost upstaged special guests Bono and the Edge, interrupting one of their own infectious hits with a hilarious skit about meeting the U2 frontman.

Backstage, apparently, Bono was a little put out by the amount of female attention lavished on the young New Yorkers. "Bono was pretty pissed off," says singer/guitarist Keith Murray. "He was shrieking. He has a surprisingly high-pitched voice; it almost sounds like it's been sped up or something."


The economy is in the tank, poverty is rising, and soldiers and innocent civilians are dying in an illegal war. And still, we get this shite from the media.

Jenna Bush's wedding is low-key affair at ranch

Away from the glare of television cameras that have beamed other first amily weddings into American living rooms, Jenna's outdoor wedding at the ranch reflects her family's penchant for privacy and her preference for the casual over grandiose.

Yeah, "low-key" is exactly the fucking phrase that comes to mind with this family.

Friday, May 09, 2008

A very special random ten

I somehow fucked up iTunes, and am now in a "trying to reinstall but failing miserably most likely to do with extreme exhaustion AKA six funerals, two weddings and Mother's Day in past two weeks" hell.

So, off the top of my sleepy head, in no particular order, my fav tunes of the week.

1. Baddies Boogie- Babyshambles
2. Vertigo- The Libertines
3. Dakota- Stereophonics
4. To Make You Feel My Love- Adele
5. Cutt Off- Kasabian
6. The first song off 'Everything Must Go' (something about Elvis and the Blackpool promenade. Also, Lancashire)- Manic Street Preachers
7. Mersey Paradise- The Stone Roses
8. Stronger- Kanye West
9. Creep- Prince
10. Meeting Paris Hilton- CSS

11. The Miranda Lambert song where she's singing about small towns. Also fame. And football of the American variety. Hmmm, could it be 'Famous In A Small Town.' God, I need sleep.
12. Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies- Biffy Clyro (just because of the "I've got a gun in the back of my car" line)

It's not good when my neurotic ass can't remember song titles. Not good at all.

Kew flowers

Kew flowers, originally uploaded by cortomaltese.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

I'm so happy

On IFC right now- 'Tristam Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story'

Immediately following-
'24 Hour Party People'

Lee and Beth

Nice one, La Ditto...

Alexander McQueen loves to non-conform, and his eccentric taste in everything extends to his favorite musicians. While his first pick Amy Winehouse wasn’t available to perform at the May 13 opening of his Los Angeles flagship, the elusive designer has tapped a singer worthy of her unique–and, at times, outlandish–ways: Beth Ditto.


Tuesday, May 06, 2008

'Up The Bracket'- The Libertines

A florist's friend

Along with a really excellent pair of clippers and a sharp design knife, I would say that Aquaphor is right up there with florist essentials. Our hands are in water a lot, you see, and get really dried out and ashy.

I have really sensitive skin, and tend to break out in hives when I apply hand cream after conditioning flowers. Aquaphor doesn't make me hit the Benadryl, which is a very good thing.

Hee hee hee

The musician Pete Doherty left Wormwood Scrubs prison this morning after serving 29 days of a 14-week sentence for breaching his probation. Prison life was "a lot of gangsters and Radio 4", he told waiting reporters, borrowing a phone from one so he could ask a friend to pick him up. Emerging from the west London prison's gate at 7.10am, smoking a cigarette, the former Libertines frontman said: "Thank you Mrs Thatcher for putting me in the company of the most dangerous criminals in the country."

And this next bit didn't surprise me at all, but I still laughed until I cried.

He said he was looking forward to a rum and Coke and spending time with his cats.

Oh Peter, you're such a cat lady.

Now, as for your first activities outside, other than the 'Shambles gig next week (and staying on the straighter and narrower), why don't you and Drew go to a hair stylist?

They can try to get a brush through your hair, and convince your bassist that while the feather cut suits Wellah! just wonderfully, that he's much too fine, er, YOUNG for it.

Nice suit, hon.

Monday, May 05, 2008


Most of the time, "deluxe reissues" are a rip, but I'm going to need this one-

For years, because of Mavers' insistence that the "official" album was not the one he had been imagining, fans have wondered how else the La's might have sounded. They scoured the Lost La's album of demos for clues a few years back; they admired the rough and ready versions of the songs on last year's BBC Sessions CD. Now they've got a chance to hear a complete run-through of one of the discarded versions, produced by Mike Hedges and released as part of a new "deluxe" reissue

Sunday, May 04, 2008


Kate Moss is desperate to sing on stage with her new boyfriend Jamie Hince's band The Kills at Glastonbury next month. But the 34-year-old
model's appearance could be as embarrassing as when she once was booed off by Babyshambles fans in Florence after she sang with the band's frontman, her ex, Pete Doherty.

Thems a whole lotta flowers

The cooler at Iowa's Coolest Flower Shop as of last Thursday (two weddings yesterday)