Oct 9, 2015

Oct 8, 2015

100 Albums #1 - Kiddo by Tove Styrke

My very first album write up goes to Tove Styrke's Kiddo. I had never heard of her before tonight - she was a recommendation by Google Play Music, based on my interest in 'Say Lou Lou'.

As soon as the first song started, I was hooked. Hooked enough to take advantage of my Android 6.0 update's new context awareness by demanding - "Google! Play me her first album" - that one is also great.

The first song sounded to be very Prince-esque - purple rain Prince - which can only be a good thing. Then there were other songs that had the sort of catchy hooks and beats you can't help but move your body to.

I had been getting nowhere with what I was building tonight, which was annoying, but this album soon got me feeling on top of the world.

Stand out songs: Borderline, Even If I'm Loud It Doesn't Mean I'm Talking To You, Walking a Line.

Freak show seems to be the most brutal American Horror Story yet. And I'm only 5 episodes in.

Oct 7, 2015

Oct 6, 2015

American Horror Story has the best uses of music I've ever heard in a series. Just seen the Gods and Monsters scene from Freak Show /@AHSFX

Oct 5, 2015

Finally learning me some flexbox. Its about time. The next version of this site will go flexbox all the way.

Every time I do a "git add .", I feel a little dirty inside.

Oct 4, 2015

Walking around Newton Regis for half an hour yesterday. Through the church graveyard I saw graves that are nearly 300 years old. Makes me think how much different it would have been back then.

Oct 3, 2015

Oct 1, 2015

Sep 30, 2015

All in all - thoughts of Roger Waters The Wall

A slow, winding blade of green weaves across the ever-growing familiar white brickwork from the left side of the stage. Then another from the right. They wind slowly across the length of the wall - both to the centre and up - until they blend seamlessly into one of the most iconic animations from The Wall - the flower scene over Empty Spaces.

There are a few albums that have moved me in ways I can still feel: Radiohead's The Bends, Lana Del Rey's Ultraviolence. But the one that has had the greatest effect on me - and still continues to do so - is Pink Floyd's The Wall.

Tonight I went to see the one-off showing of the new film by Waters which was about 80% concert show and 20% pilgrimage by Waters to visit the resting places of his father and grandfather. The thing as a whole went together beautifully.

One of the songs that continues to get me each time I hear it is Vera - and this time was no exception. I was suprised to hear, in the discussion that followed, that this was Waters' favourite song off the album.

The songs I were looking forward to the most were Comfortably Numb, The Trial and Empty Spaces. I love how the full version of Empty Spaces gets used when performed live.

The usage of some of the animations from the 1980s film of the wall were a nice touch too.

All in all it was a great performance of The Wall.

Sep 29, 2015

First proper run in about two weeks

I've been in training for a half-marathon on the 18th October and two weeks ago I injured my knee. Well, I say injured, it started aching badly the day after and so I had to take a week off. After said week, I went out again and half way through that run it started to twinge again. So I walked back.

Another week or so has passed and I have been on a six-mile run earlier this evening. So far no pains and really hope not to have any tomorrow. If I have to walk this half-marathon I'm going to do it.

My aim is to do the 13.1 miles in two hours or less.