Right, now 3rd time luck I hope, as this is the third time I'm writing this seemingly-doomed enry, and no piece of machinery will erase, corrupt or, in anyway what-so-ever do anything I don't want it to with this entry. I'm in supreme control over the PC, BT internet and it's connections, Last.fm, and fate for next 2 hours while I write this and finally, submit it successfully to the main site.
Now that I've gone over how I'm going to do it, I'm going to tell you what it's about. It's about the last 2 weeks, my holiday, and my adventures, achievements and dissapointmensts, both musically and non musically during the period. Here goes:
Day 1: 25th October
This was the day we travelled out, and while on the way to the airport, I was listening to the radio (XFM
), which is something I haven't done in ages... well, not since April when Dirty Pretty ThingsBang Bang You're Dead
was released. Anyway, they played the new song by Oasis
called, I think The Masterplan
, and I have to say it's the best music I've heard from them for ages. It has persuaded me to get the new album of the same title!The Masterplan
They also played a really good song by either The Cure
, or Pulp
, but I'm not sure who as I always get them mixed up, but I'll find out which. Instinct says Pulp
, but instinct is often wrong... I was looking at the album it was on in HMV at the airport, and thinking "I wish I could afford that". Unfortunately I couldn't, but I vaguely remeber what the album art looks like, so I should be able to find it again. I had 3 hours to kill at the airport, and was excited because there were 2 music shops there, and I find airport outlets usually have much better variety for music than normal highstreet stores. Unfortunately, both were sold out of all Libertines
albums. I can't believe how hard they are to find! I didn't buy anything, but my sister bought an album by Wolfmother
, which confirms my dislike of their music. Instead, I bought the Novemeber edition of Uncut magazine, which has a free CD (usually with good music) but I haven't listened to it yet. The magazine itself occupied me for the entire flight with very interesting articles on Oasis
, Sufjan Stevens
and john philips
(fomerly of Mamas & Papas
) which reviews his only solo album and rates it extremely highly. I lookforward to listening to the song which came on the CD! Also, in magazine is a poster for the Dirty Pretty Things
tour, which I'll scan and upload to their tour dates
For the irony of the next bit, I'll have to tell you a little story of last time I went to Italy
in July 2005. We drove back then and what I want to talk about happened on the way back. It happened about 2.5 hours into the drive as we were driving through the city of Bari. Well, as we were driving, I was listening to my iPod, half asleep, and when we came to the motorway tunnel in Bari, a really magical, amazingly enchanting German song started playing which I'd never heard before. I glanced at my iPod and saw that the artist began with an S. When I got home, I searched iTunes for a German artist starting with S, and all I got was Sportfreunde Stiller
, who definitely did not sing that song. I haven't though much of it until when I flew to Bari again last week.
Anyway, back to the present(ish). We were driving to the hotelwhich is in a village outside Bari, an we took a wrong turn onto the motorway, which means we went through the same tunnel. I was very sleepy, being about mid-night, and listning to my iPod on shuffle, as you do when you are sleepy, and this amazing song came on again. I had to look properly at my iPod this time, and read Schrei nach Liebe
being a belgian
artist. Finding this song again already made my holiday for me!
Day 2: 26th October
We went to Bari for the day where while looking around, I listened excessively to Illinois
(about 4 times through) and my only other song by him: Henney Huggy Band
, which always makes me want to dance (and I did dance in the middle of a pedestrianised zone).
After Bari packed up for it's siesta, we followed suit and drove tour new hotel, guided by the delights of Johnossi
, Illusion Of ConclusionSugarplum Fairy
, and Babyshambles Sessions
Anyway, we arrived at our new hotel, which I have to say is one of the cutest buidings I've ever seen. It was a local trulli, which is like a stone tent and is traditional of the area. Unfortunately, this hotel is at the heart of a whole village of trullis which is a huge tourist trap. I still got some good photos though.
Day 3: 27th October
I spent the morning basking in the sun with my iPod (playing Shania Twain
, The Libertines
, and Hakan Hellstrom
) and my German esssy on Swedish music, which I shall post on this site as soon as my teacher gives it back, as I promised. You can then all mock my German!
That afternoon, we took a family trip to the sea, during which I tried (unsuccessfully) to get my sister to see why France 2
is such an amazing song. We went to the harbour of some tiny village which I don't know the name of, and then to walk around the winding alleys and fish market of Monopolí.
We then returned to the hotel, in which time my sister tried (unsuccessfully) to persudade me that Wolfmother
are good. For dinner we went to a really nice restaurant where we ate really good local cuisine whilst serenaded by Handel
and either Schumann
. (I always mix them up). It gave the restaurant a very classy atmosphere.
Day 4: 28th October
We spent the day travelling from the hotel to my Grandmothers house in Tricase Porto. On the way I listened to Wir sind HeldenJames Horner Die Reklamation
and Back To Titanic
, all of which managed to send me to sleep, meaning I had to listen to some Snow Patrol
which is a combination which never fails to wake me up.
This day was also my second annivarsary with audioscrobbler.
Day 5: 29th October
We went to the sandy beach near the village of Patu, and I have to say that my iPod and the beach got in very well indeed. so well that the iPod has take half the beach home trapped under the case and in crannies. Thank god I didn't take my camera. I also think that Belle and Sebastian
, The Strokes
, and The Ordinary Boys
make the best music ever for listening to at the beach.
That afternoon we went went to the village of Castro for an ice-cream with Manu Chao
and Martin Jondo
, a combination which helped me get an amazing picture in the port.
Day 6: 30th October
I spent most of the day at home listening to Hard Days Night
which is an amazing cover version of MeatloafTom JonesThe Beatles hard days night
on repeat along with a piano/radio verion of You Can't Steal My Love
which is pure bliss.
In the afternoon I went for a short walk with my Grandmothers dogs in which I listened to Reload
for the first time fully and found a few good songs, especially Motherless Child
which we learnt at shool with 2 other parts which really adds to the song. I also re-discovered Bat out of Hell
which really is an amzing song.
After dinner, I watched an Italian film. I can't remember the title, but it was really good.
Day 7: 31st October
I spent the morning doing more German homework, and some physics while listening to my entire Nightwish
collection all together for the first time along with some Rasmus
. Not sure if they helped or hindered my concentration, but it definitely was more enjoyable.
In the afternoon I went for a walk, this time with camera, and I got alot of good phtos, as well as listening to my entire Belle & Sebastian
collection, as well as most of my Libertines
collection with MuseScreenager
thrown in a few times just for good measure.
Day 8: 1st November
I spent the morning packing and listening to Postal Service
s' album on repeat all morning until we went for a quick walk along the coast before leaving for the airport.
On the way to the airport I made a playlist which I listened to the whole evening to conserve battery power with Elin Sigvardsson
, Sleep the Clock Around
, France 3
, What Katie Did
, Music When the Lights Go Out
, Adam Green
, and Billy Joel
. It made a nice selection for travelling!
Anyway, since the holiday, I've been looking up more stuff from Scala & Kolacny Brothers
, and I really like it. It makes a nice change from most of the rest of my music library. I think the best song by them is Heartbeats
I've just eaten a Penguin bar... so I'll post the joke:
Excuse me sir... Could you call me a taxi?
A. (highlight for answer)...You Are A Taxi!
They really are awfully bad! Oh well.
Success... told you I'd win against all!