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Big News On Last.fm

Posted by Philip on January 23rd, 2008 — 6:54pm

I don’t often post short blogs like this, but this is huge news and I felt compelled to share it right away. Starting from today you can stream full length tracks/albums for free on Last.fm. You won’t be able to do this with all the music on the site, but it looks like they are constantly adding more.

Right now you can only play each song three times, and there will be a subscription service in the future that will allow you unlimited plays. And here’s the really revolutionary thing – artists will be paid directly every time one of their songs is streamed. It remains to be seen if the subscription is affordable, but if it is then this is really a huge step forward.

If eventually the Last.fm application on my Ipod Touch includes streaming of full songs then my mind will literally be blown.

I’m chanstheorem on Last.fm, add me! You can find the other guys’ usernames here.

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Guess what?

Posted by Philip on January 7th, 2008 — 1:06am

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I win.

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Nothing Better To Do

Posted by Michael on January 4th, 2008 — 7:35pm

I found myself browsing Flickr recently and was aghast at the fact I did not know Phil met Ron Howard in Glasgow…

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Rilo Kiley @ Classic Grand

Posted by Michael on December 1st, 2007 — 4:18pm

I’m not really going to say much about this gig. Myself, English Glen and Awkward Alistair journeyed on over to Glasgow for the night to join Philip and enjoy the bright lights – lights that Alistair, being a stumpy young lad from the country, naturally found a little too bright. But what about Jenny Lewis? Hmm…

Glasgow 22nd November 2007

The gig was good fun – Jenny Lewis was smokin’, there were a lot of fat girls ironically singing along to old Rilo Kiley songs and it was a box ticked for most of us. Just as I feared though, I found myself a little tired of some tracks from newest album, Under The Blacklight, however, a gems like Pictures Of Success and The Execution Of All Things made the experience that little bit special. But apart from Jenny performing the smoke detector, these were the real highlights:

Highlight Number 1

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Orenda Fink, seen above furthest left, was playing various backing rolls, not to mention also playing the smoke detector. (Hiyo!)

Highlight Number 2

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After the gig who happened to be out gigging in her home city? The one and only Carey Lander of Camera Obscura fame. Naturally I asked for a photo, naturally she was bemused and naturally Philip chose the most awkward moment ever to forget how to take a basic picture with his Samsung camera. Oh well, as they say in St Andrews:

“One down, five to go.”

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The New Pornographers

Posted by Philip on December 1st, 2007 — 2:26am

Sunday, 18th November, 2007 was a perfect day. I’m not sure if you’re familiar with the WHO definition of a perfect day, but basically it is:

“Any day that starts with ultimate frisbee and ends with meeting Kathryn Calder.”

I had already decided a few months ago that my entire life had basically been leading up to the day that I got to see The New Pornographers live. Paradoxically I wanted the day to never happen; knowing that after the event, I would have to go back to my pitiful, boring life that mostly does not involve seeing The New Pornographers live.

I’m glad the day started with frisbee. It meant that for four hours I would be distracted into not thinking about seeing TNP every five seconds and jumping about like a twat. This I did in the three hours I had between frisbee ending and the gig starting. I was so excited that I literally was not hungry enough to finish my dinner even though I had barely eaten the entire day. People actually bothering to read this will know me well enough to realise that me not finishing my dinner is a very big deal.

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And so 8pm finally came, and with the merry band of frisbee players and medic that I had recruited, I made a brisk walk towards Oran Mor, where The New Pornographers had flown over from Canada to grace us with their presence. On the way, Tadd (who’s Canadian) put a small Canadian flag in my hand. “I know how much you like Canadian music.” He said. Now I was set.

At 9pm The New Pornographers took the stage. At this point I had made it very clear to the guys I was with that I really, really like the band’s keyboardist, and that it was probably no coincidence that I had planted myself directly in front of the keyboard as soon as the support left. When Kathryn Calder* floated onto the stage, I swooned like a teenage girl. I actually found myself holding onto Tadd, and much to his amusement he said, “Dude, I’m not her.”

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So they played, there was banter, and they rocked. I sang every song, danced during Mass Romantic, fell in love during Adventures in Solitude, and completely lost it (along with everyone else) when they closed with The Bleeding Heart Show. I honestly could say more, but I’m too far too tired to put the effort into trying to even get close to conveying how amazing the experience was.

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We hung about for a while after it was over. This was a great decision. We met a few of the band members, gave a few compliments, shook a few hands, and got a few set lists signed. But alas, no Kathryn. Perhaps it was just never meant to be, I thought to myself. And just when we were about to leave, right after I had bought a bright yellow t-shirt with It Hugs Back written on the front of it**, I caught a glimpse of some fans getting their picture taken with someone. Someone with great hair. Someone with greatest hair. I think I actually ran over. I’m so cool.

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Somehow, I found time between swooning to actually have a conversation with her. I’m such a hero. I told her that I love Immaculate Machinenow she knows. And as with any proper crush, she broke my heart; Immaculate Machine are not to come to the UK any time soon.

When we left, I was feeling happy, the happiest I’ve felt in a long time. And it wasn’t just because I had just seen The New Pornographers and met Kathryn Calder (swoon). It was also because that in the process of looking for people to go with me to the gig, I had discovered two long-time fans, and had recruited a new fan by the end of the night. I felt proud.

When we made our way home, the cold, clear night was perfect for winding down. I turned to Tadd, and looked at him with an expression that meant that I had something important to say.

“Tadd,” I said, “I fucking love your country.”

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* Yep, that’s my photo on her Wikipedia page.

** If you are wearing this t-shirt and you ask someone to hug you, it is literally impossible for them to turn you down. Fact. Yes, I have tested this extensively.

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