Saturday, 31 July 2010

Deadmau5 collapses

Deadmau5 collapsed on stage last night at the 9:30 club in Washington DC.

He was suffering from exhaustion and vomiting before medics at the venue took him to hospital where he is now under supervision.

The next 9 shows of his summer tour have now been cancelled to allow him to recover.

The shows which are cancelled:

August 1st Osheaga Music & Arts Festival, Montreal Canada
August 7th Summersonic Osaka Japan
August 8th Summersonic Tokyo Japan
August 12th Cream at Amnesia Ibiza
August 13th Cocorico Riccione Italy
August 14th Papaya Summer Festival Croatia
August 15th Sziget Festival Budapest Hungary
August 17th Cavo Paradiso Mykonos Greece
August 18th Opium Mar Barcelona Spain

Get well soon Deadmau5!

Baseball jackets

I went vintage shopping with my boyfriend yesterday and he set his heart on buying a baseball jacket. So it got me thinking what you should wear with them. We worked out checkered Vans were a bad place to start...





LCD Soundsystem - Drunk Girls

I love this video it made me laugh so much when I saw it the first time.

LCD Soundsystem - Drunk Girls
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Thursday, 29 July 2010

Filling my ears at the moment...

What an awesome video! It's TV on the Radio's David Sitek's side project. Their debut album will be released on August 24 through DGC/Interscope and will feature mighty folk including Karen O, who is possibly the coolest woman on this planet. 

'Hello, I'm Johnny Cash.'
I love how it's a bunch of housewives going mental at a guy singing a song about shooting someone to watch them die. 

"Why Don't You Love Me" - Beyoncé from Beyoncé on Vimeo.

Sunglasses and heels in a bathtub? This is the sort of glamour that wouldn't even occur to me, and therefore why I can only dream of being even a 10th as attractive as Miss Knowles. 

Foals - "Miami" from Sub Pop Records on Vimeo.


The put the 'fun' in funeral party!

Kid Karoshi interview

Listen to me interviewing Kid Karoshi's bassist on Radio Reverb.

You can catch it 3 times, so no excuses! 

Sunday 11am, Monday 6am and Wednesday 3pm

WAH Nails


These are incredible!!! (Kez, do these for me, you know who you are ;) )



Holy moly! It's only Ana Matronic at WAH Nails!

Monday, 26 July 2010

Save the UK Film Council

Sign the petition to save the UK Film Council.

It was one of the most high profile quangos to be abolished unexpectedly by the coalition government.

Here is the statement that goes alongside the petition.
Sign the petition here:

"Since its creation the UK Film Council has been the cornerstone of the British film industry and the funder of most of the big cultural film initiatives – we have backed more than 900 films, shorts and features, entertained more than 200 million people and helped to generate approximately £700 million at the box-office worldwide"

The above is from the website of the UK Film Council.

The UK Film Council was founded in 2000. Since its creation the UK's core film industry has increased its contribution to our economy by 50% to £4.3 billion, and directly provides jobs for almost 44,000 people.

Attacking cultural spending in the face of economic hardship is short-sighted at the best of times, but unlike financial black holes such as the 2012 Olympics the UK Film Council represents an extremely wise investment by the last government. Every £1 invested by the UK Film Council generates £5 in box office revenues, and contributes to our reputation as a world leader in the field of contemporary cinema.

NB you can also show your support for the campaign on Facebook.

The XX - Islands

They've been around for a while, and I though that I'd made my mind up on The XX. I didn't really get the hype.
When I first say this video I found it amazingly irritating. Then I found it interesting when I saw it a second time. Now this song keeps popping into my head... 

The video was directed by Saam Farahmand who filmed a documentary of the Soulwax 2006 tour 'Part of the Weekend Never Dies' as well as Simian Mobile Disco's video for Cruel Intentions, which was part of a short film . Oh, and Cherly Cole's '3 Words' video. It's good, but the less said about her the better probably.

The XX - Islands 

The XX 'Islands' - Director: Saam Farahmand from Tom Lindsay on Vimeo.

Simian Mobile Disco (feat Beth Ditto) - Cruel Intentions 

Here is the full short film.

Sunday, 25 July 2010


I've been trawling through fashion blogs for some inspiration. Here are some things that stood out to me.

I'm not all that up on male clothing, but this guy looks cool, I know that much. His t-shirt says 'Fuck evolution I'm going to the mall.' The motto of every bored science student? It's probably the pub not the mall though.
It also reminds me of in-depth discussion my science student brother always used to have with my crazy hippy dad over dinner when he visted from uni. 'Fuck evolution, I'm try to eat my roast chicken!' might be handy next time.


I love the gorgeous colour of the brogues and how cute the ankle socks with them. Also, what a great tattoo! My friend and I have been trying to find a denim jacket that doesn't cost a weeks wages and have both failed, so I'm jealous of that too. So far I'm sticking with my denim shirt. I found a denim jacket that my mum had from the '90s but it's way too huge, isn't that always the way...


Ah, Chicmuse, she just always looks outstanding. She also has the jacket I want. She's also in Nice. She's also an American Apparel model. She also attended to Paris Fashion Week.

Excuse me while I reassess my whole life and cry.


Frankly, I don't even care what she's wearing. Sure, it's floral, well done you're on trend. Oh, and what a nice hat...



This Le Happy. She has such beautiful hair! Look how tiny she is, I want to put her in my pocket. I love the print on this jacket.


Saturday, 24 July 2010

Jelly snakes...worms...whatever

I have gone two whole months without blogging about food which is amazing because it's all I ever talk about, or so I'm told!

I also haven't mentioned my other blog, so what a perfect time to plug it! Cake and Saucer. It's feeling a little neglected while I focus on this one.

My friend and I are currently addicted to jelly snakes. Not just any old jelly snakes, but Natural Confectionery Company Jelly Snakes!

We would pick the only sweets that apparently no newsagents stock and they usually have one wrack in a supermarket. We obviously need more than one wrack...

They're even more delicious when you realise they don't contain scary sounding chemicals like maltodextrin, trisodium citrate and e147.

However, their website is a little scary. They seem to treat it as a cautionary tale for jelly snakes around the world.

"Scrumy, yummy, snakes. Lying in the packet. All tasty, fruity and jelly-ey. No arms, no legs, no escape. They're ready to be eaten, ready and waiting, ready for you to pull them and stretch them apart.
But first, you're going to need to make a really important decision...head or tail."

"No arms, no legs, no escape" this a bag of sweets or a jelly snake grave yard?!

Friday, 23 July 2010

Nostalgia time

Let's stop harping on about new music and take a second to focus on some old classics. I've heard these songs out and about recently and they do the trick just as well as anything new. They're timeless!


I recently heard this whilst making a fool out of myself at the indie disco with my bezzie fo' life. Good times.
'I would go out tonight but I haven't got a stitch to wear' pretty much sums up every night out of my life...


I watched Tony Hawk skate up and down a 14ft ramp to this, and despite this song being about as far from skate punk as you can get, it still worked. Nice one Stevie!


I watched Walk The Line last night. Is it physically possible to have a voice cooler than Johnny Cash? I'm sure there are equals, but no one can top it, right?!

I've also just realised all of these videos are from the third year of the decade they were released in. Spooky?! I have high hopes for 2013 now.

Swarovski Nails

I have finally braved using some Swarovkski stick on crystals my cousin gave me. The others in the packet got washed down the sink in Harrods. I was oh so young and unaware of the value of crystals...

The edges are bad :( 

Tony Hawk and Friends / Maximo Park

Tony Hawk was welcomed into Brighton by a queue of fans stretching from the Old Paddling Pool all he way to the Thistle Hotel on Wednesday 21 July. 

The world's most famous skateboarder and fellow skaters Sam Bosworth, Jean Postec, Jesse Fritsch, Kevin Staab and Sandro Dias ripped up a 14 ft half pipe in front of a sold out crown on Brighton beach as part of the Quicksilver Tony Hawk and Friends European tour.

The crowd oohed and aahed as Tony and co showcased some of the world's most difficult vert skating moves. This included three of them on the ramp at once, flying over each other's heads. 

The evening was rounded off with an energetic performance by Maximo Park who seemed chuffed that people still remember their songs after not releasing anything since last year. 

Tony is considered by a fair few people who know about skating as the greatest skater of all time. He's made a cool £50 million from video games and merchandise.

He's also done his bit for charity by raising over $3.2 million through the Tony Hawk Foundation, which has supported 463 skatepark projects across the US since its beginning in 2002.

Photos by Jordan Cottage

Tony Hawk and Kevin Staab
Sandro Dias - the king of the 540

Photos by Kez Martin

The epic queue stretching from the Old Paddling Pool to the Thistle Hotel.

Monday, 19 July 2010

Freebutt Closes

The Freebutt, one of Brighton's best loved music venues has closed after the cost of work to meet the noise restrictions has proved too much. 

Despite a petition to keep it open, The Freebutt has closed to due a complaint regarding noise seeping into a nearby residence. 

Here is the full statement from The Freebutt team:

"First of all we would like to advise people that the Freebutt has not ‘shut down’ the Penthouse Bar above the Freebutt is still open seven days a week between 7:30pm and Midnight (1am Friday/Saturday). Please come in and show your support for the venue.
"It’s with huge regret that we have to announce that the volume limiter installed in the downstairs live room of The Freebutt has been reduced to a level of just 94dBA rendering it impossible for live unamplified drums or backline amplified guitars to perform in the building.The immediate repercussions of this are that we are unable to host live bands in the venue. Currently booked shows (with the exception of Adelaide’s Cape on Friday 16th July) at the Freebutt have either been re-housed or are in process of being re-housed. Please check the official website for the all the latest changes.We have also been forced to make redundant 14 members of staff.
"On Friday 2nd July representatives from the Environmental Health department and the Licensing department of Brighton and Hove City Council visited the Freebutt along with two specialist impartial audio engineers at our request. Upon undertaking a number of tests both within the Freebutt and the complainants’ home it became apparent that there is indeed a continued audio nuisance to the complainants caused by live bands performing here.
"Whilst we sympathise with the complainant we still maintain that the only way to solve this issue is to provide us with a reasonable period of time in conjunction with EHO in which to undertake sound proofing works to eradicate the problem once and for all while still being able to trade and raise funds for the works. Unfortunately it was decided that the Freebutt must immediately cease causing an audio nuisance and as such EHO took the decision to substantially reduce the setting of the volume limiter from 105dBA to 94dBA as to make the sound created in The Freebutt inaudible to the complainants.
"It’s difficult for us to determine the long term effects of this as obviously a substantial amount of sound proofing works must be carried out at vast expense; the initial estimate is in the region of twenty thousand pounds. Frustratingly this is very much beyond our reach, particularly when we are unable to have any of our current 2010 bookings (which totals around 100 confirmed shows) perform in our venue.
"As the council are quick to stress, The Freebutt has technically not been ‘shut down’. However, for a live music venue to be financially viable in a recession in a city the size of Brighton with a calendar made up solely of acoustic music would be an impossible challenge. The Freebutt has always been a diverse venue that caters across the board and brought such key acts as The Libertines, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Explosions in the Sky, Razorlight and Grizzly Bear to Brighton in their infancy. The closure of the Freebutt live room will undoubtedly have a devastating effect upon the musical culture of not only Brighton but the entire South East.
"The Penthouse bar above the Freebutt remains open seven days a week between 7:30pm and Midnight (1am Friday/Saturday), please stop by and continue to support us.
"We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped throughout our fight to keep the Freebutt open, your support was unprecedented and moved us all. Within just a week our petition gathered over 4000 signatures, that’s 2.5% of the entire population of Brighton and a quarter of the number of people who voted the Green Party into the Pavilion constituency.
"Our petition is still open so please continue to spread the word of our plight and please contact your local councillor if you feel particularly passionate about the issue."
Save The Freebutt 
My favourite New Yorkers Vampire Weekend will be rocking up to the Brighton Centre as part of their biggest ever UK tour.

They will be playing on 1st December, on the second to last gig of the stint. 

Tickets go on sale on 23rd July at 9am. 


Sunday, 18 July 2010

Parisian Police

Succumb to French stereotypes by whipping on a beret on and heading to New Hero to party hard to epic tunes by our cousins across the channel.
Every Friday they'll be playing tunes from Justice and their fellow Ed Banger friends all the way to old classics from the likes of Air and Daft Punk.
Here's a little something to wet your appetite.

I didn't used to like Uffie. Compared to other acts on Ed Banger she didn't shape up in my opinion. Then I heard super-Uffie-rip-off-merchant Ke$ha and I take all (or most of it) back. 

'Le singe! C'est grand!' Which I am hoping roughly translates into 'The monkey! It's big!'. Is it wrong that this song reminds me of being about seven?

I absolutely love Justice. They are one of the reasons I didn't think Uffie shaped up to Ed Banger's reputation, but then again not a lot shapes up to Justice. Therefore they get two videos on here just because I love them so much.

Justice "we are your friends" from Martial Schmeltz on Vimeo.
This song reminds me of La Haine, a '90s film about three friends struggling to live in the housing project of Paris. It was written, co-edited, and directed by Mathieu Kassovitz, who is the one Amelie falls in love with in the aptly titled film 'Amelie'. 

Stress from Oscar Marie on Vimeo.

Here's Sebastien at Eurovision 2008. Ah, good times. Beards, a beach ball and a golf cart. Performances don't get a lot better than this. The original video for this song is arguably better.

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Toy Story 3

I am so excited about the release of Toy Story 3!!!
Nails  via starbits

I remember watching the first film on Christmas day when my brother bought it for me when I was 4. It was a video tape, I know right!

The UK release date is 19th July. 

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Oscar Wilde

I bought a copy of The Picture of Dorian Gray at a car boot sale for 50 whole pence on Sunday. I thought I'd add a bit of culture to my blog where the most blogged subject is nail art...

I really liked the preface. It was added, along with other amendments, after the edition published in Lippincott's, a literary magazine from Philadelphia, was criticised. Wilde used it to address the criticism and defend the novel's reputation.

The book wasn't well received by Victorian critics and gained a "certain notoriety for being 'mawkish and nauseous,' 'unclean,' 'effeminate,' and 'contaminating.'" That sounds just fantastic, doesn't it!

The artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art and conceal the artist is art's aim. The critic is he who can translate into another manner or a new material his impression of beautiful things.
The highest as the lowest form of criticism is a mode of autobiography. Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault.
Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only beauty.
There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.
The nineteenth century dislike of realism is the rage of Caliban seeing his own face in a glass.
The nineteenth century dislike of romanticism is the rage of Caliban not seeing his own face in a glass. The moral life of man forms part of the subject-matter of the artist, but the morality of art consists in the perfect use of an imperfect medium. No artist desires to prove anything. Even things that are true can be proved. No artist has ethical sympathies. An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style. No artist is ever morbid. The artist can express everything. Thought and language are to the artist instruments of an art. Vice and virtue are to the artist materials for an art. From the point of view of form, the type of all the arts is the art of the musician. From the point of view of feeling, the actor's craft is the type. All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol do so at their peril. It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors. Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the artist is in accord with himself. We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely.
All art is quite useless.

- Oscar Wilde -

Friday, 9 July 2010

Everything Everything - Schoolin'

Why is it that so many great bands come from up north? Everything Everything are from Manchester AND Newcastle, so they have an unfair advantage of doubling up on northern charm and talent that seems to run in the water up there.

Brighton in the summer ♥

I love Brighton at summer time. All my winters are spent dreaming of the days that will be spent lazing at the beach, soaking up the few rays that the British summer has to offer. This year we have been amazingly lucky to have good weather after enduring one soggy summer after another.

These photos are by my friend Kez Martin, and I think they capture Brighton summer time perfectly. My favourite is the second one. She says that nothing can quite capture the stunning view of the coast from Brighton Pier, but I think this photo doesn't do too badly at all! If you've never been to Brighton, I think these might just make you want to give our city a go.

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Sarah Blasko - All I Want

New York, so good they named it three times.

This is DnB heavyweight Dj Fresh's new song. However, I think this guy will get enough publicity, so I'm going to take the opportunity to rave about those awesome people in New York who double dutch like there's no tomorrow.

These guys got chased away by the police shortly after this was filmed. They do look at bit like escapees...

These two are too cute... "No whattim sayin'?"

Xbox Commercial.

I'm not sure this man is actually human...

Janelle Monae

Not only do I think Janelle Monae is wonderful, it seems that Puff Daddy/P Diddy/Diddy/whatever does too. He signed her to his record label in 2007. Since then she's opened for Of Montreal and No Doubt as part of their '09 summer tour.  

Her last album Metropolis was a concept album with inspirations ranging from Alfred Hitchcock to Debussy. She also plans to shoot a video for each song on her new album The ArchAndroid, which this song is from, and create both a movie and graphic novel based on the album. Pretty impressive!

Oh, and she's a pretty nifty mover too. It's so refreshing to see a female artist not having to dance in her underpants to be successful. 

Melon Nails!

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