…for Tom - @ItsTomHimself - he’s got his own radio show and everything. He’s cool. Check him out. :)
140 characters isn’t really enough to give a decent response, imo, so I thought I’d type it out here, for all to see. Just what comes to mind initially. I’ll probably disagree with myself when I look back on this on another day.
I’d start with Opheliac (2006) first because her next album Fight Like A Girl is a continuation of sorts and promises to be ”a bit more violent… bloodier [and]…a little more metal”. Enchant (2002) is lighter and pretty much the opposite of that. Whatever people feel about Enchant or Opheliac, F.L.A.G sounds like it’s gonna be amazing.
These aren’t a “Top 10” as such but I guess they’d be the 10 that I’d probably suggest to anyone asking for a recommendations.
From the instrumental album Laced/Unlaced (2007):
From Opheliac (2006):
From Enchant (2002), which I love, if I had to pick:
I would also check out the remixes of Dead Is The New Alive (from Opheliac) on the Liar/Dead Is The New Alive EP.
Does anyone find that making specific recommendations can turn out to be rather difficult? Depends on what someone is in the mood for I guess. I find that Enchant is good for relaxing to. Opheliac is part mellow, part “fighting music” (like “fighting talk” but with music) - the latter being good if I need to muster motivation for something so it’s great for working to. And then there’s her classical music…
And now more recently, Axis of Awesome (Jordan Raskopoulos, Benny Davis and Lee Naimo) has come up with their Four Chords Song:
I’m in no way any kind of expert on music theory so won’t comment on the technical aspects here but more on the overall performance, which both acts have delivered brilliantly. I really like what this pair of acts have done, and the resulting medleys. Obviously both sketches are based on a similar idea and indeed, both routines do feature several songs in common:
RobP deserves the credit for being the first, to my knowledge, to make use of the idea in this way but let me know of anything else similar I’ve missed via comments because they probably exist!
However, Axis of Awesome has surpassed RobP, perhaps simply because as a trio interacting with each other they’ve been able to achieve more than Rob was able to achieve alone- that, and the fact that theirs is longer and incorporates so many more songs which increases the “I-know-that-one!” factor.
I’m mostly disappointed that I’ve never had the chance to see either of these shows, in particular Axis of Awesome because while they’ve both been in the country before, Axis of Awesome were here as recently as November - if only I’d heard of them before then!
Wow, now that’s a blast from the past. The original was released in September 1988. This new version of Erasure’s classic hit A Little Respect was released earlier this month on 5th December. This version is more upbeat, sounding more cheerful and positive than the original. The chorus of voices really adds to that and the video is fun and well done.
2010 seems have been the year for relaunches and re-releases.
The start of the year saw the reformation of Berkshire based ’90s band Republica, with the release in April of a new version of “Ready to Go” - their biggest hit and for many, their signature track.
Then in August, Pete Doherty got back together with Carl Barât and The Libertines reformed to play at the Reading and Leeds festivals.
The new release from Erasure, A Little Respect (HMI Redux), is available by digital download from iTunes. All proceeds will go to The Hetrick-Martin Institute, the home of the Harvey Milk High School, in New York, and the True Colors Fund. The Hetrick-Martin Institute, the nation’s oldest and largest LGBTQ youth service organization, provides a safe and supportive environment to all young people – regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity so that they can achieve their full potential.
Read more at Erasure’s website: http://www.erasureinfo.com/news/index.php
P.S. Thanks for this Alex. End of term at university was so busy that I totally might have missed this if it weren’t for you. Particularly since my tastes in music mainly lie elsewhere. Still, I’m fond of bands like Erasure (“A Little Respect”) and Republica (“Ready to Go”) for the reminders of my younger days :p
Erasure’s new version of ”A little respect” with a new clip.
I am so glad they didn’t change it musically too drastically. Musicians tend to turn their own,good songs into shit whilst re-arranging them so I’m really,really happy about the fact that it turned out that well.
Also,the video is filled with so much love,equality and respect and just ughhh I want to embrace the world right now!!
How a devoted Lacuna Coil fan lost interest, grew distant and then fell in love with the band all over again
Having been a long time Lacuna Coil fan (nearly a decade in my case), I’ve recently returned to the fold from what has essentially been a trial separation between the band’s music and my musical tastes. I remember how many years ago when I first got into the band, if I was ever asked what my favourite band was then I would answer Lacuna Coil without hesitation. Since then my tastes have grown quite a bit and these days there a number of contenders for “favourite band” but I’ve once again started to feel about about the band like I used to.
Like many other older fans I was rather disappointed with their 2009 release Shallow Life. I suppose my issue was that it was in fact too shallow for my taste. In their effort to become more mainstream, radio-friendly and appeal to a wider audience I felt that they had lost their identity- while attributed to Lacuna Coil, the music no longer sounded like Lacuna Coil. I’m not saying that Shallow Life was bad exactly - indeed there are a couple of tracks that I do really like - but I feel they had lost sight of what had made Comalies (2002) (and even Karmacode (2006) to an extent) so successful.
To be fair, to some extent every band will have a desire to expand their fanbase. Also, every band must eventually get bored of playing the same old kind of stuff and will yearn to experiment- and if not out of boredom then in the interests of survival. So while I no longer felt any love for the band’s music, I still loved the band itself and kept on listening to their back catalogue- and hoped that this was just a temporary deviation from the quintessential Lacuna Coil.
It would appear that my faith in them has been rewarded. At two recent gigs, at Oxford Academy (23/9/2010) and at the Borderline (9/10/2010) I’ve watched them perform a number of their classic songs from their first three albums. In particular it was a wonderful treat to experience the intimate Borderline gig featuring both an electric set and a special acoustic set.
Once again, I confidently declare myself a huge fan of Lacuna Coil and wait in restless anticipation of their next album. Perhaps there’ll be surprises in store when they finish touring Shallow Life and get back into the studio. So the message to any veteran Lacuna Coil fans who may have jumped ship, now may be the time to clamber back aboard.
At last have been able to see a Smoke Fairies headlining gig. I was not disappointed! This duo has an alluring ethereal quality about them, in both their sound and appearance. I first saw them supporting James Marsters back in May 2009. I was mainly seeing JM for novelty value: while I know him from his film and TV roles, I’d knew little about his musical work. Smoke Fairies was supporting, which was a stroke of luck because they turned out to be rather good.
I had been looking to go to a Smoke Fairies headlining gig ever since and so on Tuesday 21st September it finally happened. Shockingly the tickets were not all sold out (they should have, given how good the Smoke Fairies are) and I was able to get another for my girlfriend who I’d persuaded to join me.
If you’re reading this, looks like things are working properly after the import of this from from Tumblr into Posterous. After some personal downtime, I’m up and running again and hopefully so is the writing- although uni and “real-life” may conspire to rob me of time for writing. Let the balancing act commence
Reasons for adoption of Posterous:
Best of all the autopost to Tumblr means that the old blog will automatically mirror this one here so from an external perspective, the only thing that will have changed is that this blog can now now be accessed from two places.
One concern I have though, is that I have my Tumblr blogs set to automatically post to Facebook and when this gets autoposted to From The Pit on Tumblr, it’ll update Facebook so I may have to disable Facebook posting altogether for one of them because Posterous will also update Facebook. Also, there is no way to select on a post by post basis (or blog by blog even, because Tumblr’s Facebook integration seems to be account-based) whether I want this to happen.
I may have to delete the superfluous Facebook update manually. Twitter integration on the other hand does appear to allow control on a post-by-post and blog-by-blog basis, thankfully.
An easy solution I suppose would be import my main blog too and disable Tumblr’s Facebook and Twitter posting altogether. Will see how this one goes first.
Click through for my photos from Sonisphere 2010. Featuring: Alice Cooper, And So I Watch You From Afar, Delain, Turisas, Anthrax, Lacuna Coil, Placebo, Sabaton, Tim Minchin, Love Amongst Ruin, Turbowolf.
See my thoughts on Sonisphere at the Best Buy blog
A reminder of Penn & Teller’s [ @PennJillette & @MrTeller ] amazing show that I saw on Wednesday 14th July at the Hammersmith Apollo. Penn & Teller are a perfect fusion of amazing magic and comedy double act: they are perfect in their roles with Penn as the funny-man and Teller as the straight-man.
The night begins with Teller standing with a box over his head. Penn speaks to a volunteer invited onto the stage about her glasses. He asks for them and puts them into the breast pocket of his jacket. They discuss how important glasses are to those of us who need them. Penn goes over to Teller and introduces him. Going back to where they were, Penn proceeds strike repeatedly the pocket in which he’d previously put the woman’s glasses… but they’re not there anymore. Going over to Teller and breaking the box apart reveals Teller wearing her glasses. They are returned to her and she confirms that they are indeed hers.
That opening trick was looked a simple one but it was still more than enough evidence that the show was very much worth the cost of admission.
Some other memorable parts were Penn’s nail-gun “memory” trick and the fire swallowing at the end. Teller appears to be right in his idea that people pay better attention if he stays silent because I seem to remember his tricks better. For me, some particularly memorable Teller tricks were the needle swallowing, the shadow-flower cutting and one where he turns water into coins that are then turned into goldfish.
My only disappointment was that they didn’t do their famous Magic Bullet trick! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T581uwoOYho : Has that trick been banned or something?
Penn & Teller was the first magic show that I’ve ever been to see - and I still need to see Derren Brown - but the first magician anywhere that I became aware of was Paul Daniels who used to appear on BBC 1 quite regularly when I was little. I’ve always found magic interesting- at first because it was so interesting to watch but then as I got older also because I loved trying to work out how the tricks were done.
Meeting Penn Jillette and Teller after the show confirms that they are both really nice friendly guys. They went outside after the show to meet the audience, sign things and have photos taken- staying even when a light shower started. I found a laminated pass on the ground and went to Penn (the remaining hoard of people from our audience was moving onto Teller now!) to attempt to return it in case it was important and belonged to either them or their crew.
Mr. Jillette kindly let me keep it. I even got an indirect mention on Twitter :P
Yay, another souvenir- in addition to the t-shirt and programme that I’d bought. :)
So it’s now possible to comment on gig reviews… like on the Diablo Swing Orchestra review already on the site. Music is a much more opinionated subject so I foresee getting a lot more comments here than on my blog…
Also, general feedback is very much welcome so Tumblr’s Ask feature has been enabled here too: http://fromthepit.tumblr.com/ask