Saturday, February 09, 2008

Camden Market is on fire

BBC news is reporting that Camden Market is on fire, with eight engines in attendance.

[UPDATE: 9.40pm - BBC News 24 now reporting 20 engines; spreading to another building; London Ambulance say no injuries]

Godspeed, then...

Bad news - Godspeed You, Black Emperor have split up. Drowned In Sound reports this is due to the same-old, same-old reasons of 'existential freakout':

“The last American tour that Godspeed did was in the run up to the current war in Iraq. For what Godspeed did, it was very difficult for us to work out a way for us to communicate directly with the audience about what was going on. We would talk to people after the shows, or we could make announcements from the stage but so much what Godspeed was, was one-way communication.

“And I had an existential freak-out about that. That those tactics aren’t valid anymore.

“People didn’t need a rock band pointing in the direction of [how the world was at that point]. Maybe what they needed is some clumsy words, a presentation that was a little more human.

“On a personal level I now find [Godspeed You! Black Emperor] to be inappropriate [to do]. There’s a complicated back story. I reached a point whereby I was no longer willing to contribute to the steering of the ship; it was like, ‘Okay now, someone else point the direction, I love all of you, but I need to ride shotgun for a while’.

“I think that bands do have a short shelf life… they should be able to ply their trade ‘til they no longer want to.”

GYBE did manage fourteen years of shelf life, although they haven't actually done anything since 2003.

The little girls understand Pete and Chester

Oh, how it must irk Pete Wentz and Chester Bennington and their grown-up banda, to find themselves being lauded by their actual target market: the Nickelodeon's kids choice awards. Yes, culturally, they're on a par with Alvin And The Chipmunks and Hannah Montana.

The nominees in full:

Movie: Alvin and the Chipmunks,Are We Done Yet?,The Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End,The Transformers.
Male Movie Star: Ice Cube, Johnny Depp, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Eddie Murphy.
Animated Movie: Shrek The Third,Bee Movie,Ratatouille,The Simpsons Movie.
Female Movie Star: Jessica Alba, Drew Barrymore, Kirsten Dunst, Keira Knightley.
Voice From an Animated Movie: Cameron Diaz, Mike Meyers, Eddie Murphy, Jerry Seinfeld.
Song: Beautiful Girls (Sean Kingston), Big Girls Don't Cry (Fergie), Don't Matter, (Akon), Girlfriend (Avril Lavigne.)
Male Singer: Bow Wow, Chris Brown, Soulja Boy, Justin Timberlake.
Music Group: Boys Like Girls, Fall Out Boy, Jonas Brothers, Linkin Park.
Female Singer: Beyonce, Fergie, Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keys.
TV Show: Drake & Josh,Hannah Montana,iCarly,The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.
Reality Show: America's Next Top Model,American Idol,Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?,Deal or no Deal.
Television Actress: Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana ), Emma Roberts (Unfabulous ), Jamie Lynn Spears (Zoey 101 ), Raven-Symone (That's So Raven ).
Television Actor: Drake Bell (Drake & Josh ), Josh Peck (Drake & Josh ), Dylan Sprouse (The Suite Life of Zack and Cody ), Cole Sprouse (The Suite Life of Zack and Cody ).
Cartoon: Avatar: The Last Airbender,Ed, Edd and Eddy,The Simpsons,SpongeBob SquarePants.
Male Athlete: Tony Hawk, Shaquille O'Neal, Alex Rodriguez, Tiger Woods.
Female Athlete: Cheryl Ford, Danica Patrick, Serena Williams, Venus Williams.
Video Game: Dance Dance Revolution,Guitar Hero,High School Musical: Sing It!, Madden NFL '08.
Book: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, Volume One: The Long Way Home,Diary of a Wimpy Kid,Harry Potter series,How to Eat Fried Worms.

Timbaland isn't a People people

At part of the slushing celebrating the Grammys, People magazine has sponsored a party for people, with Timbaland as the main draw.

It all went a little sour - alright, a lot sour - when one of his enormous entourage wasn't allowed in. Mr Land shared his frustration with the audience, honking off from the stage:

"Next time I have one of my homeboys in line, let that (expletive) in!" Timbaland shouted as the event winded down after 2 a.m. Saturday, adding that he was a "peoples person."

"I don't like to see my people turned around for some (expletive) magazine ... (expletive) y'all!"

Timbaland is such an old grump, the person who tried to smooth things over by telling journalists that the boss wasn't angry with the sponsors, just some organisational glitches, only did so off the record. When you clean-up crew is afraid of you, you need some serious time out.

Mojave 3 Weekend: Bluebird Of Happiness

This is live in Vancouver, on the 24th September 2006:

[Part of Mojave 3 weekend]

It's not just Amy having problems with deciding if she should go

As I Lay Dying have, as you'll be aware, been invited to the Grammys. They've been nominated for "best metal performance" and were quite excited. At first. Then Tim Lambesis started to think about the deal, at first in a "who are these guys to dictate taste" way, and then with slightly more serious worries. He's written about them online, as has guitarist Nick Hipa.

Hipa has decided he's going to go, and come to terms with what the Grammys are:

I don't think its right to demonize the Grammy society. They're not telling us what is and isn't good music, I think they're casting votes on who is doing what they do well... or maybe standing out the most... Now obviously they all don't know much about metal because I can't think of a single awesome thing KING DIAMOND or SLAYER did THIS year.

Tim, though, has more worries than just the question of who makes up the jury:
So, a few weeks go by with me battling this question in my head when I find out that as a nominated 'guest of honor,' I am not able to have even my wife come with me unless I pay $600 for her seat. I know that someone has to help pay for the ceremony, but even a nominated artist trying to bring his better half!? This is when I first started thinking the Grammys might not be for me. Later, I also learn that our label, management and parents can't go unless they pay $300 for seats that are nowhere near where we sit. Basically, all the people that deserve to enjoy this 'special' moment along with the band are unable to do so. Our record label has always been the one at the forefront of great business and marketing decisions that help bring the band to a new level of notoriety. Likewise, our managers have helped to steer us in the right direction ever since we started working with them a few years back. Then there's our lawyer, booking agent, and countless others I could name that have played significant roles in getting us to this point. And, going to the very beginning, my parents deserve so much credit for helping me pursue my dream when no one else could see it. Now, not only is some out of touch elite committee telling us what they think good music should be, but then they try to make the artists they nominate pay a ridiculous amount for the event that we can't even enjoy with all the people that really made this possible.

Now, this payday off artists is quite fascinating. Six nominees in 109 categories, even if you assume that, say, each nominee is up for three prizes, that gives a rough-and-ready potential number of 'honoured guests' of about 200... although, of course, most prizes have more than one name attached to them - but let's say that, averaging out the quartets, sextets, orchestras, producers and engineers that comes to, shall we say, six hundred people up for prizes in total? And if they each want to bring a spouse, partner, sexual intimate or stalker, that's over a third of a million dollars potentially to be made there. Before the three hundred quid a head extra guests.

Now, AILD's Nick thinks this might not be quite as outrageous as it seems:
In trying to figure out WHY they would charge us to bring people, I came up with a plausible explanation: I started thinking it would be flat-out wrong if they charged any nominee to go to the ceremony. And if they didn't charge any nominee's supporters (family, friends, managers, agents, etc.) then how would they be able to pay for the ceremony itself? The production, the venues, the performances, and the presenters, that's got to be a lot of money. If everyone I wanted to get in got in for free, and so did everyone else who got nominated, then who pays for it? It is this thinking that made me give up on being bitter about them charging us.

Hmm. Well, you might think, the large sum of cash being pocketed for the television rights might cover the cost of hiring a venue and providing some food?

And then there's a large list of sponors who are pumping money into the awards - People, GM, Delta, USA Today, Verizon, Westwood One, Hilton, Nokia, Delta. Couldn't their payments go towards paying the costs of the event?

Membership of the Academy, by the way, costs about $100 - couldn't that huge slush fund be dipped into to allow people to take their Mums to the awards?

And even if the event was going to have to be paid for out of attendees' pockets, three hundred dollars a head? You could have a pretty good time for three hundred dollars a head, don't you think?.

But making it even more galling that friends and family of the Grammy nominees are looked to for a quick payday is if you remember the point of the awards, as explained by Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow when he was trying to persuade the writer's guild to not force the event off the air:
This year, more than ever, Grammy Week and the milestone of a 50th Grammy Awards, along with the 50th Anniversary of the founding of The Recording Academy, are a centerpiece and beacon of hope, optimism, and represent literally multi-millions of dollars in sales, promotion, and marketing.

The event is a marketing tool for the music industry - and, effectively, they've found a way of charging the people without whom there would be no commercial to take part in the advertising.

If anyone should be paying the costs of the people who turn up - creating the atmosphere at the Grammys (such as it is) and giving the sponsors something to sponsor, and the audience something to watch, shouldn't it be coming out of the marketing coffers of the RIAA?

Mojave 3 Weekend: In Love With A View

This is recorded live at the Pressure Point, Brighton - probably best to steer clear if you're a hifi stickler.

[Part of the Mojave 3 Weekend]

What would Beth Ditto be doing?

The Guardian is continuing to keep faith with the What would Beth Ditto do column. This week, the person calling for help was gay:

Even if I am gay, I'm not normal gay. For starters, I don't like Kylie or macho men. What should I do?

Now, the obvious answer - how can you be living in 21st century Britain and think that the love of Kylie is mandatory for homosexuality? - is passed over; Beth does offer the obvious response:
There is no one way to be gay.

But in attempting to stretch out that screamingly obvious for two columns she wobbles into some lazy stereotyping of her own.
The reason the rainbow was chosen as our universal symbol wasn't because of its cute, bright, colourful, quirky, "gay" image. Rather, those stripes represent all humans, and the arch of the rainbow encompassing the Earth offers a comforting reminder that we come in all styles and colours - buzzcuts, long hair, lispy, butch, flaming.

Actually, the colours on the rainbow flag don't represent "all humans", Beth - the original design had them stand for sexuality; life; healing; sunlight; nature; magic; serenity and spirit, while more modern iterations of the flag have dropped (ironically) the sexuality and the magic. The 'rainbow'-ness, far from having arching meaning, actually was just a neater description of the flag than "multicoloured stripey flag". It's not, of course, the first time that Ditto has started from where she is and attempted to reverse out a convincing meaning, and - ultimately - symbols mean what you want them to.

But it's not just that Beth is twisting history, she's also going to have a quick tweak of science to make her point, too:
Rainbows hang over the Earth encompassing it with warmth and, no matter what, no human can take the rainbow from the sky. It sounds cheeseball, but that's why we adopted it.

Eh? Rainbows don't hang over the earth, do they? And they certainly don't encompass it. Or give warmth to anything. And while it's true that no person can take a rainbow out the sky, the nature of a rainbow - shimmering, impossible to touch, unobtainable, barely there and rarely seen. If you want to make too much of the rainbow symbolism, it starts to look a bit of a weak idea.

But the real problem is this line:
It doesn't make you less gay if you aren't effeminate.

Because, presumably, most gay men are effeminate, then Beth? Why would someone who is supposedly pro-queer even frame a sentence that implies a link between effeminacy and homosexuality?

Imagine if that sentence was recast with one of the other stereotypical slurs gay and bi people have thrown at them - "it doesn't make you any less gay if you aren't promiscuous", for example.

In attempting to licence the right for gay people to not be constrained by stereotypes, Ditto has implicitly reinforced the stereotyping.

Of course, she's well meaning, and this is probably lazy writing rather than meaningful cussedness, but it underlines the problems of inviting a person to offer advice to those in pain or fear based on their performances as house band on The Friday Night Project: you need to be careful and think through what you're saying. Ditto as agony aunt is like getting Desperate Dan in to look after your preschool class: however well meant their actions, their very enthusiasm is going to generate more problems than they can solve.

Heather Mills and Paul McCartney come to an agreement

Good news. The McCartney-Mills divorce is reported to have been settled. Erm, again. But this time, the papers are at least agreed that rancour will be set aside.

More or less agreed: there's some £45million difference in the size of the settlements between the the Mail and the Mirror.

The Mail predicts Paul will cut a cheque for £55million; the Mirror suggests that Heather will have £10million to play with.

And The Sun? Gordon reports that McCartney hasn't been thinking about the divorce as he's been seeing Rosanna Arquette. Again.

We wouldn't believe a word of any of this until you've read it in the London Gazette.

The Sun finds a Maddie-Britney link

Why, it's like a sign of the universe collapsing in on itself - with a little bit of squeezing, The Sun has found a story which combines last year's obsession, the disappearance of Madeleine McCann with the current fixation on Britney Spears' mental health. The paper trumpets:

Maddie resort 'perv' snaps Brit

Although the facts are somewhat looser: the photographer, Christian Ridout - who has been working as Dexter Troy - was only very tangentially connected to the McCann case, having been accused of grooming a much older child in the same resort two years beforehand; and he has been working as a paparazzo but not following Britney as obsessive as some people.

Oddly, The Sun neglects to mention that Troy has been selling his pictures through the Splash agency - perhaps they're worried that, as customers of that agency, they'd be somehow implicating themselves in the McCann story (Wade buys Maddie resort perv company photos, perhaps?)

Embed and breakfast man: Mojave 3 Weekend

The weekend before last, we focused on Ride; this weekend, it's the generation that followed. The nucleus of Mojave 3 toured with Ride when they were still part of Slowdive; the change to Mojave 3 signalled a subtle change in the music as the ethereal of Slowdive gave way to a more visceral beauty. Moving from Oasis-era Creation to 4AD, you'd have expected it to be the other way round.

This, then, is the video for Love Songs On The Radio:

More videos over the weekend
In Love With A View - live in Brighton
Bluebird of Happiness - live in Vancouver
Breaking The Ice - uncredited live performance

You can buy Mojave 3 stuff, you know:
1993's Spoon and Rafter
2000's Excuses For Travelers
2006's Puzzles Like You
Rachel Goswell solo - Waves Are Universal
Neal Halstead solo - Sleeping On Roads
Slowdive - Just For A Day

America "changes mind"; Amy decides not to go after all

It's surely quite unusual for the US to reverse a high-profile visa decision, but it's done so in the case of Amy Winehouse - perhaps the Home Office offered a two-for-one deal with the Abu Hamza? Maybe the US authorities discovered a fact about Winehouse that had somehow been forgotten at the original visa application? Or perhaps, simply, there's two systems of law operating - one for most of us; another for the super-rich in the entertainment industry who fund political careers.

Still, the change of heart has come too late - Amy's still intending to do the Grammys by satellite. Presumably because if she left now, she'd be getting in with very little time to rehearse.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Neil Young: Music has lost its strength

Neil Young has muttered gloomily about how the once world-changing power of music has gone. Not like in his day, of course:

"I think that the time when music could change the world is past," he told reporters. "I think it would be very naive to think that in this day and age."

Young added: "I think the world today is a different place, and that it's time for science and physics and spirituality to make a difference in this world and to try to save the planet."

Young's generation, of course, were able to stop the Vietnam War using music in just sixteen years; while in the 1980s strict injunctions from musicians for Margaret Thatcher to "stand down" saw her quit Downing Street just some eleven years after she entered it. Meanwhile, the world-changing power of music was bringing about the end of Aparthied. "We would have ended it a lot earlier" confirmed FW DeKlerk, "but when our policymakers went to the Virgin Megastore, they'd been buying Queen records instead of stuff by the Specials..."

Billie Joe attempts to hold back tide

Billie Joe Armstrong has, rather sweetly, tried to stop people filming Pinhead Gunpowder gigs and putting them on YouTube. Well, it doesn't hurt to ask, does it?:

"YouTube can't own everything. There's also something called memories."

We're not sure that it actually wipes memories out of people's brains if things appear on YouTube - does it work like that?

We know, of course, that Billie Joe begged for fans to put their cameras away, thanks to the large number of people who filmed him saying this.

Scott Weiland covers Amy Winehouse

Putting the kibosh on the Velvet Revolver Australian tour, and more disturbingly threatening a round of "I'm clean now" media appearances in the Summer, Scott Weiland has gone into rehab.

American Idol - an EPCOT for our time

As if Florida doesn't already have enough tatty theme parks sucking in people who don't really care where they go, providing they don't have to come across anything approaching a real world, comes the announcement that Disney is going to add an American Idol attraction.

It's believed there will be a ride which replicates the American Idol experience - first, you queue up for ages and ages; then you'll be strapped in and shouted at by a man in ridiculous trousers; there's a juddering white-knuckle journey to follow which ends up with you being deposited in the dumper feeling a bit deflated and slightly disappointed. While the man in the ridiculous trousers pockets a large sum of money.

There are no stories left to tell, surely?

A press release arrives, announcing the imminent publication of a book which is rather grandly trailing itself as "Amy Winehouse's first biography" - assuming, of course, you drop your standards to describe the book as a proper biography. While simultaneously discounting Nick Johnstone's Amy Amy Amy from last year.

It's an endeavour which has the slight taint of a disappointment they can't subtitle it 'the full story of her life' - indeed, the press blurb reprints the words of the Daily Telegraph about the man who assembled the book:

“Author Chas Newkey-Burden is unashamedly delighted by every new twist in Amy Winehouse's life.”

Clearly, John Blake Publishing views that as praise rather than a judgement.

And who is Mr. Newkey-Burden?
Chas Newkey-Burden is the author of Paris Hilton: Life On The Edge and Great E-mail Disasters. His next book - Not In My Name: A Compendium of Modern Hypocrisy - was co-written with Julie Burchill and is published in April.

Ah. A man who is playing the Tony Parsons role in the current version of the Burchill pantomime, and a Boswell to Paris Hilton as well as to Winehouse. One wonders how he finds the time.

Oh: could it be Google?

Laughing Len amongst the jugglers

In the flurry of official announcements of Glastonbury acts today is an eye-catching name: Leonard Cohen.

Considering that Michael Eavis was insisting that this year, the bill was going to tempt the young folk in, he's relying on Jay Z's attractiveness to nineteen year olds rather heavily, isn't he?

A second whirl of War

Eric Burdon and War haven't played together since 1971, which makes the news that's just been handed to us by pigeon - oh, alright, email - quite staggering. There's hasty reunions, and less rushed reunions, but a 37 year gap is proper spell to be away.

And it's a proper, one-off, too: one date, at the Albert Hall, on April 21st, and then that's it. Probably until 2035, at least.

Music as you move

The music industry and the mobile phone industry are quite close, with the big labels believing that mobile is the future, and that it's a future which will be tightly locked down and closed off. Like a lot of people, they seem not to realise that the more mobile devices there are, the greater the demand for interoperability, and that, eventually, what they see as the "mobile sector" will simply be the internet on small screens and not some glorious walled garden where an album is worth fifteen quid.

A good example of why the closed-up mobile world is a dead end can be found in this week's Guardian Technology supplement where the Technophile column attempts to buy a tune from Vodaphone on a mobile handset:

I tried to do a search through the music library. Tab down through the fields ... is that the search field? OK, Kanye West. That's K-A-N- oh, boring, my phone doesn't know it, I have to spell the word. Ah, Kanye West. Do I want to buy the ringtone for £2? No, buy wallpaper for something else? No, buy another ringtone for ...? Could I just buy the song now? Finally. Download. "Interrupted." Damn. Retry. Go through the payment process again. (Again?) Download. "Interrupted." Damn. Retry. Payment. Download. Success! Play. "You now need to validate your purchase. You will get a text message and then the track will play."

There might be a couple of years where this sort of thing is the norm - but, in the midterm, people who want music on the move will get out their touch-sensitive device and do exactly the same as they'd do on their desktop. Seeing 'mobile' as something separate from the proper internet is like hoping their might be a 'laptop music market' that could be protected from everything else.

Still, there is a small window of opportunity for supernormal profits, and it's being taken: Nokia have attempted to convince the world of their bona fides by creating a high-minded "Advisory Council", with Dave Stewart on board:
Legendary musician, producer and songwriter Dave Stewart is joining forces with Tero Ojanpera, executive vice president and head of the new Nokia Entertainment & Communities business group, to create The Nokia Artists' Advisory Council, tasked with helping to create an artist friendly environment inside the company, ensuring the artists' point of view is represented in creating new content business paradigms.

Doesn't it make you feel all warm inside to know that the new content business paradigms are going to include "the artists' points of view" in some way? Albeit filtered through Dave Stewart, who used to use the Brits as a platform to talk about pissing himself, if memory serves.

We've actually got a lot of time for Stewart, but it's hard to believe that this is anything other than the sort of advisory group many businesses create to offer a semblance of doing something for the greater good while bit really doing anything much. After all, if they're really wanting to hear "the artist's" viewpoint, why is a Nokia executive vice president part of the team?

Bookmarks: Some stuff to read on the internet

If you're trying to decide if you should watch the Grammys, we suggest you work through the thought process in NY Mag's Ask Vulture to come to a conclusion:

Can you suspend disbelief while Soulja Boy thanks God for his success? No - then don't watch the Grammys

Glastorumours: Thin pickings?

The ever-expanding range of festivals and the limited supply of big names looks like denting Glastonbury's line-up this year, with rumours suggesting that Jay-Z will be joined topping the bills by The Verve and, seriously, The Kings Of Leon. The Kings Of Leon? Headlining? And The Verve, who even Richard Ashcroft's head must register as having passed their peak by now?

It's a good job nobody who cares that much about music can afford to go to Glastonbury anymore.

Bauer starts to trim EMAP flab

Nervous times for the former EMAP magazine portfolio: New Woman and First have been "suspended", which is a polite way of saying they're closing, but the staff are going to be given time to tidy up first.

"I'd love to be with you, but, as you can see, I've got bugs crawling under my skin"

Amy Winehouse might not get to be physically at the Grammys, but she will be part of the show, say organisers:

Grammy producers said, however, that they planned for Ms. Winehouse, who had recently entered a rehabilitation clinic, to appear, probably via satellite, during the program, which will be televised live from the Staples Center here at 8 p.m. Eastern time on CBS.

“You will see Amy Winehouse on the Grammys,” said Ken Ehrlich, the longtime producer of the show. “I’m very happy.”

Failing that, it's going to be Britney via webcam.

Bedingfield: Cockneys aren't normal

We presume - we hope - that Natahsa Bedingfield was talking about exaggerated voices on records when she suggested cockney voices aren't normal:

"When I was in England last year it was all about girls with Cockney accents - Lily Allen and Kate Nash. It's all inspired by people like The Streets and Dizzee Rascal.

"I liked it but I'll be happy when normal voices come back."

Although Allen and Nash don't have cockney accents anyway, do they? Aren't they more estuarine?

Brian May respects the Spears

Plodding Queen musical We Will Rock You has been revised at the request of Brian May, who didn't feel it right to have a character called Britney any more:

"We have taken out references to her in deference to the fact she is going through such a hard time. The references have always been intended as good-natured fun and even a kind of tribute to her. But we didn't want there to be any risk of the show adding to her pain.

"We are very sensitive to the feelings of our fellow artists. We never feel comfortable with anything other than a non-destructive, affectionate gag."

Yes. We imagine that a throwaway reference in a terrible piece of musical theatre is probably the thing which keeps Britney awake at night right now.

Madonna and child

You might recall back when Jon Bovi Jon suggested that Madonna didn't actually protect her kids from the media, there was an angry reaction from the Ciccone camp denying that Madge paraded her kids for the cameras.

It's presumably a different child in the pictures from the Gucci Supports The Cults event in New York, then. But it does look a lot like a child being paraded for photographers.

Gordon in the morning: Plain coat, no knickers

Poor Gordon. He's spent so long looking at photos of women in bikinis, he's starting to see sexy sexy everywhere. This morning, a rather dull photo of Victoria Beckham shopping in New York. Gordon, though, sees something more:

Her military-style jacket was a big hit with the girls in the Bizarre office.

It looks a bit naughty to me – like she might have nothing but a pair of undercrackers underneath?

Erm... no, Gordon. She's wearing clothes underneath. Calm down, young man.

The Sun rewrites history

Yesterday morning, we observed Emily Smith's coverage of Britney's emergence from rehab, and wondered how the Sun's US editor managed to deliver a piece that was completely unlike any other. Smith welcomed the news that Britney was on the road to recovery, and revealed that her father Jamie had first taken her home, and then onto a more luxurious clinic.

This morning's story from Smith, though, is quite different:

'You're going to die Britney'

BRITNEY SPEARS’ terrified dad last night warned her �You are going to die� after the star checked herself out of a psychiatric ward.

The troubled singer ignored her parents’ desperate pleas to return to hospital, screaming at them: �I want my life back.�
Despite being horrified by the decision to release her, dad Jamie picked Britney up from the hospital, planning to take her to a private clinic for more treatment.

(The question marks, by the way, are because nobody seems capable of coding up a page correctly at The Sun.)

However, it's not just the story in today's paper which tells a completely different tale from yesterday's. The web version of yesterday's story also tells a totally different story, too."Britney on the road to recovery" has become "Parents fear for Britney's life".

Obviously, websites update as news breaks, but there's something dishonest about simply changing a story through 180 degrees, overwriting the original and not acknowledging what you've done, isn't there?

Bon Jovi loves your town

Jon By Jovi out the Von Jovis wants you to help him out. There's going to be a huge tour of the US this year, and rather than merely yell out "{name of city or town} are ya ready to rawwwwwck" and "we love you, {name of city or town}", some semblance of place and time is to be achieved by flashing images of the town they're in onto a massive back projection at the show. And rather than film them themselves, they're looking for fans to do the work for them.

You have to upload the videos through YouTube, according to the website, and there's no indication anywhere that, if you win, you'll be asked to supply the original video, which seems to imply that Bon Jovi are going to be flashing videos designed for viewing on a tiny window on a web browser onto a big backdrop at a rock stadium. Can anyone see a problem with that?

You do get tickets if your shoot is one of the selected ones - which might sound like great deal, but the terms and conditions state that just by uploading the video you transfer ownership of your work to Bon Jovi, forever. Even if you don't win.

We love this part of the rules, too:

Bon Jovi Tours, Inc. and reserve the right at their sole discretion to reject and disqualify any nude video or those videos which are deemed in its sole discretion to be obscene, profane, offensive, lewd, pornographic or otherwise inappropriate.

They could simply choose not to project any porny videos on their stage, but instead, they're going to disqualify and reject them as well. It's unclear if rejection means that Bon Jovi no longer owns the rights to sell the video, by the way.

There's some advice to aspiring filmmakers, too. Bon offers examples of "cool shots" (a sign from Fisherman's Wharf, some people stood on a street, a skyline shot and - and this might be the peak of cool - Kermit The Frog's star outside the Chinese Theatre: these boys really know how to get to the beating heart of a town). And don't forget, filmmakers:
The secret to good storytelling is to show, don't tell. As the selected videos will be shown without sound on the live concert stage, it's good to be visual.

Yes. If you don't have any sound, being visual might be a good idea.

If only Bon was coming to Milton Keynes.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

They said no, no, no

Regardless of it she's well enough or not, Amy Winehouse won't be at the Grammys: America has turned down her visa application.

Mark Ronson is going to be bored shitless at the awards, then.

SXSW in full

Here, then, is the full, official rundown of acts playing this year's SXSW festival. It's a long list, so leap if you're not bothered.

Images from respective band's MySpace sites

A-Alikes (Brooklyn NY)
a.armada (Athens GA)
Aberfeldy (Edinburgh UK)
Abe Vigoda (Los Angeles CA)
Abigail Washburn & the Sparrow Quartet with Bela Fleck (Nashville TN)
Acid Girls (Los Angeles CA)
The Acorn (Ottawa ON)
Activator (New York NY)
Adele (London UK)
Adept (Groningen THE NETHERLANDS)
Pierre Aderne (Rio de Janeiro BRAZIL)
Afenginn (Copenhagen DENMARK)
Afrobots (Los Angeles CA)
The Aggrolites (Los Angeles CA)
Priscilla Ahn (Los Angeles CA)
The Airborne Toxic Event (Los Angeles CA)
Air Traffic (London UK)
Air Waves (Brooklyn NY)
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Tumi and the Volume (Johannesburg SOUTH AFRICA)
Tum Tum (Dallas TX)
Tungsten Coil (Austin TX)
Turbo Fruits (Nashville TN)
Twin Crystals (Vancouver BC)
Two Dollar Bash (Berlin GERMANY)
Two Gallants (San Francisco CA)
The Ugly Beats (Austin TX)
Uh Huh Her (Los Angeles CA)
Ultimate Power Duo (Saskatoon SK)
Ume (Austin TX)
Uncle Monk (Phoenicia NY)
Underground Heroes (Chatham UK)
Underground Orchestra (Los Angeles CA)
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The Unholy Two (Columbus OH)
The United Steel Workers of Montreal (Montreal QC)
Unnatural Helpers (Seattle WA)
Untitled Musical Project (Birmingham UK)
The Upwelling (New York NY)
Vamoz (Recife BRAZIL)
Vampire Weekend (New York NY)
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Vancougar (New Westminster BC)
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Lars Vaular (Bergen NORWAY)
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Veracruz (Barcelona SPAIN)
Chris Vestre Group (Austin TX)
VHS or Beta (Louisville KY)
Via Audio (Brooklyn NY)
The Victorian English Gentlemens Club (Cardiff UK)
Videohippos (Baltimore MD)
Kurt Vile (Philadelphia PA)
The Vines (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
V.I.P. (Philadelphia PA)
Virginia Coalition (Alexandria VA)
The Virgins (New York NY)
Viva Hate (Los Angeles CA)
Kate Voegele (Cleveland OH)
The Von Bondies (Detroit MI)
Patricia Vonne (Austin TX)
The Voom Blooms (Loughborough UK)
Voxhaul Broadcast (Los Angeles CA)
Vverevvolf Grehv (Omaha NE)
Waco Brothers (Chicago IL)
Brooke Waggoner (Nashville TN)
Martha Wainwright (Montreal QC)
Wale (Washington DC)
Doug Walker (Manchester UK)
Kate Walsh (Brighton UK)
Abigail Warchild (Brooklyn NY)
The Warriors (Oxnard CA)
Little Joe Washington (Houston TX)
Was (Not Was) (Los Angeles CA)
Watershed (OH) (Columbus OH)
The Watson Twins (Los Angeles CA)
Wax Fang (Louisville KY)
The Weakerthans (Winnepeg MB)
We Are Standard (Basque Country SPAIN)
Weedeater (Wilmington NC)
The Weird Weeds (Austin TX)
The Western Civilization (Houston TX)
We Versus the Shark (Athens GA)
we were The States (Murfreesboro TN)
Eddie Whalen (New York NY)
What Laura Says Thinks and Feels (Tempe AZ)
Wheatus (Northport NY)
When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (Austin TX)
The Whigs (Athens GA)
The Whip (Manchester UK)
White Denim (Austin TX)
White Ghost Shivers (Austin TX)
White Hinterland (Boston MA)
White Mice (Providence RI)
The Paul White Quintet (Austin TX)
White Rabbits (Brooklyn NY)
White Shoes & The Couples Company (Jakarta INDONESIA)
White T's White Belts (Philadelphia PA)
White Williams (New York NY)
Whitley (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Bobby Whitlock & CoCo Carmel (Austin TX)
WHY? (Oakland CA)
The Wilders (Kansas City MO)
Wild Light (Boston MA)
Wild Sweet Orange (Birmingham AL)
Wiley and the Checkmates (Oxford MS)
Andre Williams (Chicago IL)
Heloise Williams (Brooklyn NY)
Robin & Linda Williams (Middlebrook VA)
Saul Williams (Los Angeles CA)
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Willowz (Los Angeles CA)
Will To Live (Houston TX)
Dan Wilson (Minneapolis MN)
Wing (Auckland NEW ZEALAND)
Wisely (Los Angeles CA)
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Tommy Womack (Madisonville KY)
The Wombats (Liverpool UK)
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Woodpigeon (Calgary AB)
Working For A Nuclear Free City (Manchester UK)
Hawksley Workman (Huntsville ON)
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The XYZ Affair (Brooklyn NY)
YahZarah Performing as Purple St. James (Washington DC)
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Yeasayer (Brooklyn NY)
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Yes King (Mark Rae) (Los Angeles CA)
Larry Yes (Portland OR)
Yo La Tengo (Hoboken NJ)
You, Me, And Everyone We Know (Washington DC)
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Young Lords (New York NY)
Melissa Young (Atlanta GA)
The Young Republic (Boston MA)
Your Favorite Enemies (Montreal QC)
James Yuill (London UK)
The Yuppie Pricks (Austin TX)
Yves Klein Blue (Brisbane AUSTRALIA)
Zambri (New York NY)
Zeale32 (Austin TX)
Ze Dos Frangos (Lisbon PORTUGAL)
Zona Tango (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)
Zookeeper (Austin TX)
Zykos (Austin TX)

Of that whole list, surely the least likely name is Pato Banton?

Oberst and Ward: Supporting Obama

Tonight in Obahama, Conor Oberst and M Ward are throwing their weight - okay, there's not much of that, even combined - and hearts behind the Barack Obama campaign at a rally-cum-fundraising-awareness event.

Oberst, as Paste helpfully reminds us, offered his support to John Kerry last time round, so that's probably good news for Hillary, then.

"Yes... yes, we can" smiled Barack, squeezing Conor's thigh. Oberst rolled over onto his back, idly scratching the politician's ear.

"But, Barack, I don't know what any of your policies are... I know you want change, but... how are you going to effect..."

"Hush now" said Obama, putting a finger on Conor's lips. "Let me show you why my campaign is built around a poster with a giant O on it..."

What, no Bogshed? The fifty greatest indie records of all time

The current issue of Mojo has offered a list of the 50 greatest indie records ever, and while it cussedly mixes albums and singles, and is never going to be 'right', it does at least offer up a playlist for a great night at an indie club:

50) Huggy Bear - Herjazz
49) The Delgados - The Great Eastern
48) James - Village Fire
47) Swell Maps - Read About Seymour
46) Camera Obscura - Lloyd, I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken
45) Half Man Half Biscuit - Trumpton Riots EP
44) The Wild Swans - The Revolutionary Spirit
43) The Pooh Sticks - On Tape
42) Fire Engines - Candyskin
41) McCarthy - Keep An Open Mind Or Else
40)Jane And Barton - It's A Fine Day
39) Josef K - The Missionary
38) Ride - Ride EP
37) The Bodines - Therese
36) Shop Assistants - Safety Net
35) The Primitives - Really Stupid
34) Saint Etienne - So Tough
33) The Sea Urchins - Pristine Christine
32) Elastica - Line Up
31) Stereolab - Peng!
30) The Wedding Present - George Best
29) Young Marble Giants - Colossal Youth
28) New Order - Temptation
27) Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
26) The Libertines - What A Waster
25) The Loft - Up The Hill And Down The Slope
24) The Vaselines - Son Of A Gun
23) Aztec Camera - High Land Hard Rain
22) Happy Mondays - Lazyitis (One Armed Boxer)
21) The Pastels - Up For A Bit With The Pastels
20) Spacemen 3 - Revolution
19) This Mortal Coil - Song To The Siren
18) Lloyd Cole And The Commotions - Rattlesnakes
17) Teenage Fanclub - Everything Flows
16) Wire - Outdoor Miner
15) Echo & The Bunnymen - Crocodiles
14) Belle & Sebastian - Tigermilk
13) The House Of Love - Destroy The Heart
12) Subway Sect - Ambition
11) Felt - Forever Breathes The Lonely Word
10) Primal Scream - Crystal Crescent/Velocity Girl
9) The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
8) The La's - There She Goes
7) Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
6) Joy Division - Transmission
5) My Bloody Valentine - You Made Me Realise
4) The Fall - How I Wrote 'Elastic Man'
3) Orange Juice - You Can't Hide Your Love Forever
2) The Jesus & Mary Chain - Psychocandy
1) The Smiths - This Charming Man

Girls Aloud take a shot at... who, exactly?

We're not so sure that the target of Girls Aloud's Hoxton Heroes is entirely who DigitalSpy seem to think.

The 'spy reckons:

Girls Aloud mock indie bands on new song

But do they?
'Hoxton Heroes', the B-side to the group's new single 'Can't Speak French', features the lyrics: "You're off your face like you're number one. How many tracks have you sold? Hmm… none."

It continues: "Just 'cause your dad knew the Rolling Stones... don't kid yourself, you're an indie clone."

The line about 'your dad knowing the Rolling Stones' would seem to apply less to people in indie bands, more at people whose fathers might have been popstars on the scene themselves. Perhaps, you know, in The Boomtown Rats, or maybe in Rod Stewart's trousers. Don't you think?

[Thanks for the link to Michael M]