This is terrible news.
I grew up in Nottingham and bought my very first records in Selectadisc many years ago. It all started with ACDC when I was 11, but by the time I was 14, I started buying New Order, the Smiths, Echo and the Bunnymen and Talking Heads records. With my limited pocket money, their second hand records enabled me to start a music collection that has grown to obscene levels now.
I also remember when they had Space Invader machines downstairs. A group of us used to go there during our lunch break from school and spend our pocket money on shooting down space ships.
With Jimmy Sirrell dying recently, what great institutions are left in Nottingham? Maybe Rock City?
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Here is an article that strikes a chord with today’s feeling of powerlessness to influence the political debate. An erudite polemic that barely puts a word wrong.
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I really like the Poladroid application. It processes your photo like a polaroid and produces some very nice effects as you can see with this photo of Avoncliffe Aquaduct.
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This is a short passage from Stephen Fry’s latest blog post about smartphones. It is about how good the iPhone is and how poor its competitors were and are. It should also inspire one to strive to be better in one’s life.
Don’t you sometimes long to be CEO of a company like Sony Ericsson, Samsung, Nokia or Microsoft? So that you can say to your coders, your designers, your development teams and your software architects: “Not F***ing Good Enough. I haven’t said ‘Wow’ yet. I haven’t gasped with pleasure, amusement or admiration once. Start again. Not F***ing Good Enough.
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Here it is: the eagerly awaited eberlin playlist for 2008:
Standing Next To Me – Last Shadow Puppets
Olympic Airways – Foals
Your Protector – Fleet Foxes
The Rip – Portishead
Lump Sum – Bon Iver
Supernatural Superstitious – REM
Uh – Fujiya & Myagi
Heavyweight Champion of the World – Reverend and The Makers
Always The Quiet One – Wedding Present
No Need To Cry – British Sea Power
Biko – Bloc Party
Elvis – These New Puritans
Weather To Fly – Elbow
Too Clever By Half – The Long Blondes
Happiness – Goldfrapp
Shut Up And Let Me Go – The Ting Tings
Echoes – I Was A Club Scout
Sex On Fire – Kings of Leon
Strange Overtones – David Byrne and Brian Eno
Clowns – Brett Anderson
Glen’s Goo – The Dead Texan
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In no particular order:
Antidotes – Foals
For Emma, Forever – Bon Iver
The Age of Understatement – The Last Shadow Puppets
Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
Lightbulbs – Fujiya & Miyagi
The Seldom Seen Kid – Elbow
Do You Like Rock Music? – British Sea Power
Missiles – The Dears
Intimacy – Bloc Party
Wilderness – Brett Anderson
I Want You To Know That There Is Always Hope – I Wish I Was A Cub Scout
Only By The Night – Kings of Leon
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