Music Makes My Brain Go Broke


Music can be a powerful thing. It can move us, it can make us think, it can make us feel elated or make us cry. It’s beautiful stuff.

But sometimes, it’s like stripping off and throwing yourself onto a barbed wired sofa.

Ladies & Gentlemen, Rebecca Black.

A song so awful you have to hear it more than once. There’s so much going on here that pushes the ‘so bad it’s almost good’ button. There’s the lack of basic rhyming, the way she sings “Fry-day”, the phrase “we we we so excited”, lyrics that basically run through the days of the week, 12 year olds driving a car and don’t forget the obligatory rap in the middle (by what looks like a bloke that ate Usher).

It’s become a Youtube sensation, probably not in the way Rebecca hoped but still, if she plays her cards right, she’s sure to do well out of it.

However, here’s where things get a bit screwy in the logic centre of my brain-box. This has also popped up on Youtube, it’s the same song, the same non-existent rhymes…

… and I think I genuinely love it. This scares me. Either I have a yet untapped appreciation for Bob Dylan (or maybe just fake ones) or ‘Friday’ truly is a powerful beautiful song.

Either way, it definitely makes me want to cry.


A Musical Three Course Meal : Part 1 – Appetizers & H’orderves


I’ve come across a few internet based musical nuggets in the last week or so and I figured I’d share them in the style of a three course menu. It’s like ‘Come Dine With Me’, but with music and without Dave Lamb’s chucklesome narration. So, first course then….

Appetizers & H’orderves – Trent Reznor’s ‘The Social Network’ Score Sampler

Lately I’ve found myself listening to movie scores on a more frequent basis (more frequent being from ‘never’ to ‘a bit’). It started with the soundtrack to ‘Moon’, a great film with a wonderful atmospheric soundtrack by Clint Mansell, if you’ve got Spotify you can listen to it here. More recently the soundtrack to Inception has been drifting around my brainbox as well as the soundtrack to Danny Boyle’s movie ‘Sunshine’. From the looks of things the soundtrack to David Fincher’s new film ‘The Social Network’ will be a future regular listen.

‘The Social Network’ tells the story of the creation of Facebook and the nuclear fallout that ensued between it’s creators. Buzz around the film has exploded in the last week with a flurry of positive reviews, my interest has been fully caught by this review which bold-as-brass states “The Social Network is Fincher’s best film since Fight Club”. Yikes! A must see then, have a look at the trailer.

Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails) is the man behind the score and last week he released a free 5 track sampler. It’s a great piece of muzak, kind of electronic, kind of rock-ish, it all works. You can grab it here, all you need is an email address and I’m pretty sure you’ve got one of those. Hooray for free stuff!

So get stuck into that, the main course is coming up next.

My Week On The Internet – 06/09/10


So here we are, the fourth week in a row I’ve managed to keep this ‘weekly internet round-up’ thing going, yay me, unlucky you. Ha! There’s been some good stuff this week, firstly something you may like if, like me, you think that Axl Rose is a bit of a dick. It seems that Monsieur Rose isn’t savvy to the fact that being super tardy to your own gigs can make your fans a bit grumpy with you.

What a twat. (Video found via

Which leads, breakfast TV segway style, onto the next topic, Kanye West. People think Kanye is a dick, I love the guy. He’s done some dumbass stuff and he seems to have developed something of a God ego but he’s made some great albums (The College Dropout is hands down one of my favourite albums of the last 10 years) and I still love Gold Digger despite having heard it a gajillion times already. Following last week’s post about 50 Cent on Twitter, Kanye has up the anted somewhat but in a very different way. Last Saturday Mr. West started Twittering what could only be called a ‘stream of consciousness’ lasting roughly 70 tweets.

It started with :

“Man I love Twitter… I’ve always been at the mercy of the press but no more… The media tried to demonize me”

“They wanted yall to believe I was a monster in real life so you guys wouldn’t listen or buy my music anymore”

and went onto

“I accept the idea (ideal) that perception is reality” , “When I say perception is reality I mean whatever you think is the truth… is your truth”

“How deep is the scar… I bled hard.. cancelled tour with the number one pop star in the world … closed the doors of my clothing office”

“Had to let employees go… for the first time I felt the impact of my brash actions … I felt the recession from an ownership side”

“Yes I was that guy. A 32 year old child.”

“These tweets have no manager, no publicist , no grammar checking… this is raw”

In the end the Tweets climaxed with a simple ‘sorry’ to Taylor Swift. It was pretty mad to watch the tweets appear in real time, direct from Kanye (which I believe is the case here, I don’t think there’s a PR agency at the other end of this). It’s certainly a change from photoshopping your face onto Hitler, I still can’t believe 50 cent did that. This article over at looks at how Kanye’s tweets encapsulate the way that Twitter has changed the way we communicate. On a more positive note Kanye has also started posting a new track online every Friday until Christmas in what he calls ‘Good Fridays’ the latest track being ‘Devil in a New Dress’. Previously he posted this amazing remix of his next single ‘Power’ in which Kanye starts rapping in Islam before dropping into a sample of The Power by Snap.

Right now, one of the biggest news stories is something you won’t read about in The Sun or The News of the World. New revelations have come to light regarding the News of the World phone hacking scandal, what makes this intriguing is that the editor at the time, Andy Coulson, is now communications director for David Cameron. So the former editor of a News Corporation paper (which is known to be very ‘Pro-Conservative’) finds itself in the midst of a news story in which the head figure is now a key player in the Conservative party itself. No wonder all you hear about in the news lately is William Hague’s hi-jinks, Rooney’s love of prostitutes (again) or the Pakistan cricket team. Of course, I can only write about this in laman’s terms, you need someone with more skill and wit to break this story to you. Enter Charlie Brooker.

On the subject of the press, The Daily Mail pulled another doozy. I don’t mean to keep bashing The Daily Mail, but they make it so easy.

I intended to mention this last week but I forgot. It was referenced in the always funny ‘Peacock & Gamble’ podcasts. It’s Garfield, minus Garfield. Instead of being the chucklesome adventures of a lasagne obsessed cat Jim Davis’ work takes on a new slant which focuses on the lonely existence of one Jon Arbuckle. It’s wonderfully genius.

Garfield minus Garfield - Sublime at it's most sublimiest

Time to go then, but watch this first. It’s another gem from Cassette Boy.

“I think I just caught Bieber fever… provided he is 800% slower”


Hitler, yesterday.

Justin Bieber is like Hitler. He’s trying to take over the world, he has a huge brainwashed army who will do his evil bidding and he sings shit pop songs. Ok, so he’s not totally like Hitler but he’s a close run. Like any sane human I avoid all Bieber stuff like the plague (because it really is a plague) however today on Twitter Calvin Harris tweeted this…

I clicked on the link, not entirely sure of what I was going to hear and oh…… oh my god. Have a listen below.

J. BIEBZ – U SMILE 800% SLOWER by Shamantis

My favourite comments on Souncloud so far include…

  • Acid Jacks : “I think my face just fell inside of itself”
  • loathe : “Excellent stuff! First time ever listened to a whole Bieber song, and at 35 mins, that’s no mean feat!”
  • The Kleptones : “My God…. it’s full of stars…”
  • nokster : “i think i just caught bieber fever… provided he is 800% slower”
  • absurdubstep : “This is incredible! the worst music in the world is actually some of the greatest i have ever heard!”

It’s like the stars are shining inside my eyes. Seriously, I fucking love this. I actually left it on for the whole 35 minutes.

This has already gone viral, Soundcloud reached it’s 100 download limit in no time but you can grab a copy here (sadly only as a 128kbps mp3)…
http://www.mediafire. com/?aenvebe86u0d7ha

Right, I’m off to make shit pop songs and slow them down by 800%, see you on teh internets.


UPDATE : It turns out that the software that did this is FREE so you can do this yourself should you wish. It’s called Paulstretch, it’s brilliant and you can get it from here. I had some fun strectching David Bowie’s ‘Star Man’ (very blissful) and The Prodigy’s ‘Smack My Bitch Up (like a waking nightmare).

Congratulations! You just killed music.


Music is officially dead, you can thank these guys for spoiling the fun for everybody. Now please go and find some other kind of noise to listen to.

On a positive note, it’s nice to see Mungo Jerry pop up at the end (yes, I made it that far) and earn some pocket money so he can buy some sandwiches for his tea. Good on you Mungo.