So, my home PC has crashed again and is displaying the dreaded Blue Screen Of Death. I'm posting this at work which is something I really hate doing. I'd been out of the loop for a week or so, due to my Mum being ill, but now it looks like I'll be out of action for a while longer. Hopefully I won't be away too long.....
( The above picture has nothing to do with what I've just said - I just like it! )
Forgive me Blog, for I have sinned: this is my first confession in 10 days.
My Mum's been ill for the past week ( but seems to be on the mend now ), so I've been stopping over her place to look after her and consequently haven't been messing about on t'internet. Got loadsa catching up to do.....
I've been watching a lot of Firefly recently, so I thought I'd share the following with you - one of the best fan-made videos on YouTube. It really is a great piece of editing and is set to my favourite Killers song: All These Things That I've Done.
Yet another of the reprint titles that flooded the American comic book market in the early '70s. As far as I can find out this was the only issue and reprinted 1950's cowboy stories by John Romita, George Tuska and Al Williamson.
A very minor footnote in Marvel's history but a lovely cover by Mr. S.
Soundtrack: Here Comes The Sun by The Beatles. ( I don't think so: just more snow! )
I'm grateful ( not to mention amazed! ) to have received a One Lovely Blog Award from super-cool blogger, Wiec?, overlord of When Is Evil Cool?, Random Picture Day and Doom Base. Phew! He's a busy guy! How he finds time for his world domination plans as well, I don't know!
Seriously, check out his blogs, they'll add an extra layer of awesomeness to your life :-)
As a recipient of this prestigious virtual award I'm supposed to pass it on to 15 worthy individuals who brighten up the blogosphere with their words of wisdom. That's a tall order, as I Follow so many great blogs and I'd hate to upset anyone I leave off the list. Suffice it to say, the following 15 are some of the most interesting, diverse and just plain cool blogs around, and if I did leave you out - I still love ya!
I'd like to nominate the following bloggers/blogs for the One Lovely Blog Award:
OK, as you can see, I've linked to these blogs' web addresses. Now, I'm not the most internet-literate blogger around these 'ere parts so, although most people would just change the link to an underlined title or a word e.g. "here", I don't know how to do that. Something to do with html I should imagine. If anyone wants to help out an old dinosaur such as myself, any tech advice would be appreciated.
Once again, thanks be to wiec? and to all a good night.....
Now that everyone else has got their Best Of lists out of the way, or refused to write them, or refused and then did them anyway :-) I thought I'd have a go, ridiculously late or not.....
I don't think it was that good a year for the music we call Rock. The UK indie scene has been pretty ho-hum with most hip, NME-stylee bands being underwhelming, and most of the best American bands taking time off. Some memorable songs:
Zero by The Yeah Yeah Yeahs ( the coooool Karen O above )
Dominos by The Big Pink
Fire by Kasabian (no longer content with trying to be Oasis, they now want to be Primal Scream)
Invaders Must Die / Warrior Dance by the Prodigy
The '59 Sound by The Gaslight Anthem ( great live band! )
Outlaw Pete / My Lucky Day / The Last Carnival by Bruce Springsteen ( of course! )
I'm ashamed to say that I own the latest albums by The Flaming Lips and Green Day, but haven't listened to them enough to form an opinion. Must try harder.....
The real action in the pop charts has come, yet again, from female musicians. With artists like Florence Welch, La Roux and Lilly Allen kicking arse on the dance floors the music scene is much more interesting and colourful than in the male-dominated '90s. A small (!) list follows.....
In For The Kill / Bulletproof by La Roux ( so '80s it hurts, but it's a good kind of hurt )
The Fear by Lilly Allen ( her best song yet? )
Rabbit Heart / You've Got The Love / Kiss With A Fist by Florence And The Machine
( What can I say? A fantastic Siouxsie/Kate Bush hybrid who conquers all before her )
Poker Face / Paparazzi by Lady Gaga ( see above for the new Queen Of Pop! )
When Love Takes Over by Kelly Rowland ( & David Guetta )
Please Don't Leave Me by P!nk
Untouched by The Veronicas ( Guilty pleasure alert! )
Halo by Beyonce ( you may have heard of her... )
New In Town by Little Boots
Of course, the pop world is dominated by dance and r'n'b ( Do we have to call it "urban" now? ) Melting the dancefloor are.....
Ready For The Weekend by Calvin Harris
Evacuate The Dancefloor by Cascada
Dance Wiv Me / Bonkers by the bon-bon-bonkers Dizzee Rascal
DOA ( Death Of Auto-Tune ) by the omnipresent Jay-Z, who is also responsible for.....
My Favourite Song Of The Year:
Empire State Of Mind by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys
A fantastic performance, a duet that actually works, a wonderful video, the beautiful Ms. Keys, it's all good!
Soundtrack: Most of the above.
Continuing a tradition I started last year when I missed MIA's Paper Planes off my list, this year's How The Hell Did I Forget That? award goes to the wonderful Winter Winds by Mumford & Sons. ( With honourable mentions to Human by The Killers, and White Winter Hymnal by Fleet Foxes. )