It’s been a morning submersed in music. Wonderful, lovely music.
On the train into work this morning I finally decided to stop listening to the iPod on shuffle, and got up the courage to listen to the new Manic Street Preachers album
, seeing as the gigs are rapidly approaching. And oh my word! What happened? It’s actually rather good
. This I was not expecting. I can hold my head up high and say I like them for the first time in a while. I wasn’t listening too closely (distracted by the book below) so can’t really say too much, except I did have to stop and do *nothing* else whilst listening to the wonderful Autumnsong
with it’s beautiful Bradders soaring guitar lines and excellent solos, and am also loving Winterlovers
(heh, I see a seasonal theme!) with the deliberately rough-edged backing vocals in a 60s girl group style. Marvellous! The ‘secret’ track too, ah, wonderful wonderful work. Ranting. Almost a dark surf vibe. Very happy indeed! Imperial Bodybags
, however, lived up to my fears. I should stick with my not-listening-to-lyrics-but-revelling-
in-music principles. Nicky, Nicky, Nicky….
And speaking of Nickys / Nikkis (!) the book that kept distracting me is of course The Dirt
, Motley Crue biog
. It hasn’t even got particularly filthy and wrong yet, but is compulsive reading. I almost missed my bus stop. I don’t even particularly like the Crue that much either. Hopefully I won’t get as carried away with this book as much as I normally do, otherwise I’ll be fvcking girls all over the place
and have really scary hair
. You’ll know.
Also decided to give The Devastations
a listen, now ATP is fading in my memory… :(p_dan_tic
is right, yes, the album doesn’t really show what they can do like the live experience does. But the songs are still lovely, albeit in a different way. And in places you can fill in the noise and guitars with your mind, at least, I can see (remember?) where they came in on some of the tracks. I’ve been listening to some new demos on myspace as well, which are different again. Very mellow. Soundtrack-like. Hmmm.
***Prince Rogers Nelson!
I *shall* be going to the ball. 17th August, 02 Arena. HELL YEAH.
[I’m not going to count up the amount of stadium sized gigs I shall be attending this year, for I fear the indie snob buried deep inside me would be Very Disappointed Indeed. Still, OMG! 2 weeks today I shall be getting ridiculously excited about MEAT LOAF in the evening! EEEE!]
***Netiquette / Text-iquette
(?) I almost always (unless I *really* don’t know or like you. Or I’m too drunk to function) sign off my emails and texts with a ‘xxx’
. There’s no implication attached. It’s mostly force of habit. (More than 3 probably means you have done something spectacularly good!)
But do you read anything into it? Do you feel obliged to respond with a ‘x’? Even if you wouldn’t normally?
I’m not *worried*, just curious…..EDIT: I am a spanner. Comments re-enabled. Disabling was completely unintentional. Doh.