April 21, 2006

Artic Cool

1980s music video from Finland - the ultimate in slick?

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December 15, 2005

Pandora, Mogwai and Rankin

The scintillatingly brilliant Pandora - where you create personal ‘radio stations’ by putting in the name of a song or a musician you dig, and Pandora chooses an endless stream of music based round your selection from the huge archive built up by the Music Genome Project, plus a lot more as well, seems a very Web 2.0 application, although using Flash rather than AJAX, not that I think the latter is fundamental to the Web 2.0 idea, unlike some.

What I’m especially grateful to Pandora for already is reminding me how ideal the wonderful Mogwai are for writing to while you listen. Until Scottish scribbler Ian Rankin of Rebus fame highlighed this fact somewhere or other, I had not been able to write anything more challenging than an I.O.U. while any music was on, (spoken radio was of course even worse), but like Rankin I find Mogwai just perfect for everything this side of poetry. Thought I’d share this, while putting in the plug for Pandora, with which (or whom) I have nothing to do, beyond the obligations of admiration.

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February 26, 2005

Song: I Got Some Blogging To Do

Via Boris , this is a truly catchy little number by the great Si Chun Lam of Hong Kong - is this the second true classic of the 21st Century?

Day later update: like the song says, woke up humming ‘I Got Some Blogging to Do’. Hmmm…maybe time for my injection?

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February 17, 2005

Willy Mason

Willy Mason is nineteen, comes from Martha’s Vineyard, is in London this month, and the NME says he’s already ‘wiser than Bob Dylan’. His new single Oxygen the lovely Popbitch newsletter calls “one of the first true classics of the 21st Century”.

See/hear the reality

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