Monday, 24 January 2011

It's grapefruit in french... spelt wrong... get it?

Pomplamoose were recommended to me last week by a friend of mine.


might well be rivaling Muse's rendition of 'Feeling Good' in my 'favourite covers of all time' list.

This is one of their own songs.

I'm a little bit infatuated with them now.

A little?

Sorry I meant a lot.

It's twee, it's handmade, it's pop, and it's FUN.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Why Would I?

Cold War Kids.

S'well good,
plus he totally sounds like Bowie in the chorus, I think

Monday, 17 January 2011

Bright Young Things

You need to see this film.

If you like hedonism, crazy dancing, decadence, eventual bankruptcy & love conquering in the end then.... I suggest you watch it.

The story is based on Evelyn Waugh's 'Vile Bodies' - though it's easier and probably more enjoyable if you think about them separately lest you end up comparing them too much, and stop enjoying the film in its own right. It's Steven Fry's directorial debut, and simply oozing with glamour. Obviously Fry has the contacts to call together a star-studded cast, but the biggest stars in it play mainly cameos - Jim Broadbent, Richard E. Grant, Peter O Toole and Steven himself, to name a few. However the main roles are filled by yet more big names, perfectly suited to their parts - the hard core of whom is Stephen Campbell Moore, Emily Mortimer, Michael Sheen, James McAvoy and Fenella Woolgar.

It's gorgeous. Kind of a British Gatsby... Glamorous parties, beautiful people, buckets of money. Certainly worth a watch.

Monday, 10 January 2011

Si vous aimez..

If you like: Passion Pit, MGMT, + a bit of the old 'girly vocals' thrown in for good measure:

It's a good song. Very good. Especially loud. And all the 'Passion Pit want their sound back' jibes are, in my opinion, pointless, because when bands are making good music like this why does it matter if it is reminiscent of another, equally good, band? It does sound like Passion Pit, but I don't mind. It has that ability that certain songs do to make you feel really, really happy.

I read an article about this lot in the NME and it made me really warm to them - they hail from New Zealand, where, as far as I know, not that much music is made, really. They've worked and worked and worked, and have managed to be the first New Zealand-ish band to have a number 1 out there in 3 years - let alone with a debut, that hasn't been done for 16. Blimey. Good work, The Naked and Famous...

Friday, 7 January 2011

Just William

I felt I just NEEDED to write a post on this, since it has made me soo happy over the last few days.

Richmal Crompton's beloved children's stories have been given a re-vamp these Christmas for a new bbc adaptation.
The Just William audiobooks were an integral part of my childhood - I listened to them practically every night before I went to sleep - so when I heard about this new series I was half excited, half sceptical that they would RUIN my favourite tales of 11 year old schoolboy japes in middle class England (I would give a date at this point, too, but one of the best, although ridiculous, points about mr William Brown is that throughout Crompton's successful series of books his age remains steadfast at 11, although the setting of each collection of stories changes with the book's own era of publication, thus ranging from the 20s to the 60s).

THEN I found out that Martin Jarvis - the radio 4 broadcaster whose voice is, to me, THE voice of the William stories, since he read the audiobooks - was to narrate the series. All scepticism was instantly gone from my mind, if Martin Jarvis was involved it MUST be good! And THEN I discovered that Daniel Roche, that sweet kid from the brilliant programme 'Outnumbered', was to play William. It was settled. I knew I was gonna love this.

Daniel Roche (centre) in the BBC's 'Just William'

They only made 4 episodes, which broke my childish little heart, because I could gladly work this into my weekly watching schedule. It's worth watching just for the beautiful portrayal of a 50s rural village, the clothes, scenery and simply wonderful poshness. William's family are a treat as well, with his older siblings caricatured into boy-magnet (and 'irritation' to William) Ethel and the wonderful 'tortured romantic' Robert, who can never find a girlfriend and spends most of his time mooning around the garden getting angry and writing 'modernist' poetry.

If you get a chance to see it, do. This post might have meant absolutely nothing to a lot of you... but if you liked William as a kid, or have any thoughts on this at all, then holler!


Tuesday, 4 January 2011