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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sex and the City for Less

This week heralds the UK premiere of ‘Sex and the City 2’, which raises the pulses of many for one reason...
No, it’s not the naked men. It’s the outfits.
Yes- by turns both crazy and fabulous, the wardrobes of Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte has delighted and excited global audiences. But, being that devastatingly fashionable comes at a price- you’d be lucky to find a single piece in these fashionistas’ wardrobes that doesn’t come with at least a triple-figure price tag.
So, I got to thinking... surely these looks can be recreated for the girl on a budget? So, I decided to try and recreate four looks from the film, using only items costing under $50 (roughly £35)- and let me tell you, it wasn’t easy.

Sex and the City for Less- MirandaFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

This look (as with many of the SATC outfits) rests on a killer dress. Now, whilst you can’t expect the sort of fabulous shoulder detail of Miranda’s dress for less than £35, you can expect a strong, orange shift dress that channels the DKNY Spring/Summer Collection. Step in Reef- this dress is pretty much an exact colour match to Miranda’s (and will perfectly compliment us redheads). It comes in at $49- just shy of the upper limit- but for a dress this versatile, it’s worth every penny.
Finished off with some bangles and a leather bag (to channel the ethnic trend), and a pair of classic white peep toes, you’ve got a look worthy of a designer price tag.
BASIC OUTFIT (Dress, Belt, Shoes)- £90
PLUS EXTRAS (Bangles, Bag, Earrings)- £140

Sex and the City For Less- SamanthaFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

This outfit was probably the easiest to recreate- thanks in no small part to the purple dress, coming in at only $10 (or £6.89)- thanks to a website called With that solid foundation placed, the look was completed with a wide leather belt and leather shoes, both in bright blue- a slightly kooky colour to give it that designer feel. And, what Samantha outfit would be complete without some kick-ass lingerie? This nautical set from Topshop continues the blue theme, and exudes stylishness
BASIC OUTFIT (Dress, Belt, Shoes)- £47.89
PLUS EXTRAS (Lingerie, Sunglasses, Clutch, Bracelets)- £153.03

Sex and the City for Less- CharlotteFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

From the easiest to the trickiest- Charlotte’s mature-with-a-hint-of-prep style pretty much hinges on exquisite tailoring. So, I had to cheat a little bit- rather than basing the outfit around hot pink (a shade which is apparently reserved for the wealthy), I went for baby pink- pretty much the colour of choice this summer. The ‘suit’ was made up of an ASOS oversized blazer (a key trend this summer), and a gorgeous floral print skirt from Forever 21 (my new favourite shop). Underneath this, I added a cream top with emphasised shoulders from John Lewis, to inject a little elegance and maturity to this look.
It’s not hardcore Charlotte, but it’s a good look nonetheless.
BASIC OUTFIT (Blazer, Skirt, Top, Shoes)- £102
WITH EXTRAS (Charm Bracelet, Tote, Necklace)- £149.95

Sex and the City For Less- CarrieFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

This outfit has been splashed across posters up and down the country, and is a complete classic. At its heart, a simple white dress- such as the one above from Quiz Clothing, costing £25. Then, layered up with bling- a pair of metallic sandals with cork heels, to make them beach-ready; gold jewellery and sunglasses (or yellow sunglasses, if you’re on a budget, such as these from Urban Outfitters), and a classic silk clutch. Simple, yet brilliant.
BASIC OUTFIT- (Dress, Shoes)- £57
WITH EXTRAS- (Necklace, Bangles, Aviators, Clutch)- £121.99

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Song Of The Day: Human by Civil Twilight

This mellow track is all i can listen to at the moment. It'll make your ears happy! Enjoy!
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Songs You Used To Love

Firstly, I can not take credit for finding this website, that was the beautiful, magical, awesome human being that is Donald Chung (check out his blog!). Behold, your new best friend. This tumblr includes track upon track of 'Songs You Used To Love', those songs that, for a period of your life, were the best thing your ears had every heard, the song that was always stuck in your head, that you played repeatedly, the song that reminds you of a good time. Some of my favorites include 'Here Comes The Sun' and 'Hey Jude' (which is one of the best songs ever, in my opinion) by the Beatles, 'Want You Back' by the Jackson 5, 'Bittersweet Symphony' by the Verve as well as many others. The site includes the opinion to find a random song and listen, listen to all or just listen to the best. You can also suggest your own! I really want to suggest 'Barney Rubble' by The Twang, because it just reminds me of last summer, seeing them live, going to Greece and more recently my boyfriend who started playing it in his car (a welcome relief to the Dave Pierces Trance Anthems!).

I also pose you, people of the interweb, what song did you used to love?

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Song of the Day: Alter Ego by Tame Impala

I'm not world's biggest psychedelic music fan, but when something of Tame Impala's calibre comes along, I can't help but be besotted.
In short, this band is the best thing to come out of Australia since Neighbours. Their spellbinding, hypnotic sound is perfect encapsulated by their debut album, 'Innerspeaker'. Yet, into the mix of hallucinogenic sounds and Lennon-esque vocals, they add some genuinely quite pensive lyrics-'the only one who's really judging you is yourself, nobody else'. All in all, pretty damn good stuff.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Song of the Day: Cosmology by Rolo Tomassi

The sophomore album of Sheffield's finest (and probably only) grindcore quintet, Rolo Tomassi, is in stores today- and I for one couldn't be more chuffed.
As previously mentioned, the album has been produced by Diplo- more accustomed to working with the likes of M.I.A and Snoop Dogg- which may seem an unlikely combination. But, it seems to be one that works- the sense of passion and destruction we saw on 'Hysterics' has been refined somewhat, played about with, and what's come out is something beautiful. Previous RT fans may at first be alarmed by the sound of Eva Spence's soft, saccharine singing mixed in with the usual screaming, but trust me- it will grow on you.

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Random Things I Want 4# - One Sketch A Day Journal

Episode four in my little segment called 'Random Things I Want' in a hope that someone will take the hint and actually buy them for me... what? No takers? You heartless bitches. But in case you want to know, my birthday is 30th September. -winks-

Because modcloth is my nirvana, a nirvana I can't afford shipping with, but none-the-less my nirvana. Today, whilst having my daily nose (or as I like to call it 'my daily self torture) I happened upon this little gem. I'm absolutely shit at writing diaries and I have tried so many times but just CAN'T. But sketchs? Sketches could be fun! *le sigh* If only I could afford the shipping. For all you lucky Americans you can find this here for the small price of $15.99. However, if you happen to buy it, don't rub it in my face please, I may have to go sick on yo' ass, transatlantic style.
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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Playlist 12: "Man, you're such an animal Chloe!"

This month, despite its busyness, Ei and I (rhyming skills) have decided to take a walk on the wild side, musically speaking, of course.

1. The Lovecats - The Cure
I like to mix up playlists with some old and some new and whilst this song came out in 1983 it still is an absolute classic of a song. It has a melody you can't get out of your head, a rhythm you can't help tap your feet to and the vocals are as wild as they name suggests. Absolutely timeless.

2. Guns and Horses - Ellie Goulding
If only I could marry her. Whilst not being my favourite song by Ellie G, especially after her new record company completely ruined it, its still a good song and deserves a mention. Ellie has a unique voice, mix that with syncy sounds and breathtakingly beautiful harmonies and you got someone who a start female (me) would go gay for.

3. Animal - Neon Tree's
Without lead singers Tylers Glenn's unique voice this song would be just drop of water lost in the massive ocean that is the indie rock and roll world. Luckily, they do have Tyler Glenn's voice... and his haircut, which frankly is a talking point in itself. They were only signed last year, but I think the future is very bright for them... neon in fact.

4. Hi Tiger! Stop Believing! - Hi Tiger
This song starts off beyond abstract, slow at first and then picks up, before launching into the electronic bliss accompanied by eerie oohs and ahhhs. Not very tiger-esque, but none the less brilliant.

5. I Hate Seagulls - Kate Nash
Straight off her brand new album 'My Best Friend Is You', is a song that completely contradicts the rest. After hearing most of the angsty, shouty rants, 'I Hate Seagulls' reminds me of the Kate Nash from the last album. That's not to say its bad, even though Kate's new angsty shouty rants are fucking awesome, albeit a little graphic.

6. The Daily Growl - Lambchop
Despite the bands odd name and the songs title, this song is classically elegant and doesn't really growl much at all. Despite my love of growling and my disappointment at its lack, its still a very pretty song. Awwww.

7. Born To Be Wild - Steppenwolf
Whilst you listen to this song imagine a car jumping a cliff in slow motion, its fucking awesome. This song is legendary and had to be included somewhere for the sheer amount of cool it will bring to your life. Don't worry, there is no need to thank me.

8. The Dog - Alessi's Ark
I have only one word for this song: ADORABLE. Enjoy.

9. Bird Bird In a Small Cage - Patrick Watson
Good olde Patrick knows a thing or two about creating great music. This song is metaphorically beautiful and Patrick's voice is delicate. Also- this guy has an amazing beard. I enjoy it.

10. Panther - White Flight
A song to swing your hips to. Its a little out there and you might not like it the first time you listen to, but its one of those songs that sneak up on you and you find yourself loving it. Beware of the wrath of this song.

11. White Rabbit - Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
From the Alice and Wonderland soundtrack and unlike the movie, this doesn't disappoint. With some epic guitar playing and subtle vocals, this song is like finding a wonderland.

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Friday, May 21, 2010

What Will You Do When 'Lost' Is Over??

With the finale to everyone's favourite TV show almost over, I am kinda sad that this is it. I wonder if ever again there will be a TV show that makes us love/loathe/grow emotionally attached to an island only for it to just disappear completely at the end of season 4, leaving two seasons left of the show where presumably nothing happens, so they have to dream up some crazy ass "alternate reality" to make up for the fact that they forgot where they put the island.
What will people do when it's over?
Well, I will probably cry a bit, then after a while I will "get over it" as it's "only a TV show" and move on with my life. But for some people it's so much more than that. For Matthew Fox, who plays Sawyer, he will probably go looking 4 a new job to do, probably another one where he pretends to be the leader guy and bag "some hot stuff". Evangeline Lilly, who stole the role of Kate from Sun, will have to find another show to whore herself about, as she will no longer be working with/fucking Sawyer wannabes Charlie, Faraday and maybe Hurley too. And Jack will have to stay on 4eva and protect the island. Does this mean that 'Lost' won't be over for him?? Will he get to "watch" it permanently, whilst maybe protecting the island from "the real Sawyer"? And what about Desmond? Will 'Lost' ever be over for him, or will he have weird dreams/consciousness altering visions about the island for the rest of his life?
Will Ji Yeon and Aaron get together and be the new Usher + Justin Bieber??
Should Benjamin Linus have been cast as Hurley?
See you in another famous TV show, brother.
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Thursday, May 20, 2010

5 Of The Best: Floral Dresses

Summer is well and truly here, I know because my boyfriends back is well and truly lobster colour. So I can find no better excuse then jumping on the internet and finding myself some cute little garden party dresses. All dresses featured can be brought in the UK and in the US and are at affordable prices.

Motel Sisi Dress - Rose Garden Navy
>This delicate little dress can be found here @ Motel Rocks. I can see this dress rocking a BBQ with friends or a drinks party in the garden.

Palm Print Zip Front Dress
This dress, found here @ Topshop is all about the beach. Sling it over a bikini, slip it on with some flip flops. You are good to go!

Rare Floral Bandeau Dress
This cute little Bendeau can be spied here @ asos. A dress of simplicity, with a pretty pink pattern, perfect for that tropical bar on the beach.

The Naturalist Dress
This 50's housewife style dress is found here @ Modcloth. Absolutely perfect for do's where you have to impress or walks in the countryside.

Printed Scallop Edged Dress
Find this here. With its deep orange and red pattern, this dress is a taste of the exotic and perfect for holidays.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Zooey Deschanel

Whilst at a hipster gathering the other week I was able to witness something that every altboy dreams of seeing and something every altgirl dreams to be: Zooey Deschanel. There she was, "in the flesh", only a sea of phony guys pretending to like She & Him separating me from her. She was definitely 'the one'.

Seeing her IRL confirmed it for me. With her lil fringe flopping around as she jumped up and down like an over excited child, I Knew she was 4 me. So what did I do? I went to get myself a piece of that Zooey cake. And I wouldn't settle for the leftovers, either. Nope, this was my one chance to get "the real deal." What I was going to do was, as soon as She & Him finished playing, go round to the back where all the bands "chilled" 2gether, and pretend to be one of her roadies. I would then get inside the She & Him tourbus where I would put a pillow under my t-shirt and wear some really long ass fake sideburns. I would then take my trousers off and lie sprawled across Zooey's bed, pretending to be her beloved Ben Gibbard. By the time she realised (ten seconds tops?), it would already be too late. I will have had my way. Jus' better hope M. Ward doesn't walk in. Fuckin' M. Ward.

Unfortunately just as I was about to put this plan into motion I realised this way obscure visual arts band called The Residents were about to start on another stage. Seeing these would boost my indie cred +30 indie points. Whilst bangin' Zooey would have boosted it +1000000 indie points, the plan probably wouldn't have worked anyway. And Ben Gibbard would have been pissed at me (-100000). And M. Ward, too. Fuckin' M. Ward.
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Playlist 12: Animals

I have to begin this month’s playlist with a little announcement- we’ve decided to cut the playlist count down to 2 a month. We felt four was simply too many, and what with being busy with exams and such at the moment, 2 a month is a bit more flexible. So, this month, the playlist is being commandeered by Chloe and Eileen, and our theme is:

Playlist 12: Animals
Take a walk on the wild side

1. RILO KILEY- Portions for Foxes
To kick us off, a bit of indie-rock lovin’ courtesy of Rilo Kiley. After hearing this song on the first ever episode of Grey’s Anatomy, I had to get my hands on it. Hearing Jenny Lewis chanting ‘Baby I’m bad news, bad news, bad news’ always takes me back to my days of being an orange-haired burnout. Aaw.

Seems a little obvious, but how could I not, really? This song is a classic in my books. I’m much more of a ‘Fever to Tell’ girl personally, but it’s impossible not to appreciate the sheer majesty of this song.

3. SIX GALLERY- Edie and the Marble Faun
Ok, so a faun is only half-goat, but after featuring them in the ‘April: A Memoir’ post, I felt like I ought to share a little more of Six Gallery’s wondrous sound with you. Unfortunately they’ve postponed their UK tour, due to losing Dan Francis as the vocalist. They’re training up a new guy, Daniel Erb (of Afortiori), but no news of rescheduling the tour has emerged yet.

4. ROLO TOMASSI- Seagull
A little bit of vintage Rolo Tomassi for you- y’know, back in the days they sounded like Super Mario on acid. Their new album- due out 24th May- is apparently very different to this. A dead giveaway of said difference is the fact it’s been produced by Diplo- yes, that is Diplo, producer of M.I.A and Snoop Dogg. Interesting...

So far, we’ve had indie, math rock, and screamo/grindcore craziness- now I’m throwing a little reggae into the mix. Never say my musical tastes aren’t varied.

6. THE BEATLES- Blackbird
You’ve got to love The Beatles- even they can’t decide what their songs are about. Whether you think this song is about the plight of African-Americans, or ‘troubled girls in South America’ (McCartney’s words, not mine), or just a simple story about a classic underdog waiting for his moment to shine, at least we can all enjoy the simple peace of this beautiful song.

A bit of Swedish indie pop silliness to put a smile on your face. I think what I like so much about this song is that anyone who’s ever missed anyone can instantly relate to the chorus of ‘Tonight, tonight, tonight, tonight, I want to be with you tonight’. Bless.

8. MISFITS- Return of the Fly
I think some people have this impression that music bloggers spend their entire life hunting down and listening to amazing tunes. Whilst it’s true that the best ones do seem to have a knack for spotting the next big thing, I for one have spent pretty much all of this month listening to 70’s horror-rockers Misifts- I’m completely hooked. This song is based on a comic book of the same name- Glenn Danzig, the lead singer, is pretty into his comic books, by all accounts. I think he owns a company who make erotic comic books, which is gross.

9. COCOROSIE- Noah’s Ark
Named as a major influence on The XX, Cocorosie are a female experimental duo, currently residing in Paris. The great thing about Cocorosie is that they are simultaneously really cute and really bizarre- their use of children’s toys in their music, for one, is both baffling and brilliant. They’re an acquired taste, but for those who get into them, it’s easy to see their own brand of subtle genius.

10. JONSI- Animal Arithmetic
Continuing the cuteness, a track from Sigur Ros front man Jonsi’s new album, ‘Go’. Fast-paced, joyous, and pretty damn delightful.

11. BROKEN BELLS- Mongrel Heart
When Danger Mouse (of Gnarls Barkley) and James Mercer (of The Shins) get together, you know something magical is going to happen. Their long-anticipated debut dropped in March, and offered an unusual indie-pop sound-embodied by the random spaghetti-Western style horn section in this song.

Question: What’s the best way to get over a really crappy relationship?
Answer: Do as Miniature Tigers do- write an album full of references to wolves, volcanoes, cannibals- and hit TV show Lost. My personal favourite line comes from the track Cannibal Queen: ‘like Nikki and P you could bury me alive’- I’m sure fellow Losties will appreciate that reference.

You can listen to the whole playlist on the little player in the sidebar, so you can listen whilst you browse. Once a new playlist is made, you'll still be able to listen to the whole on this page. Enjoy!
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Album Review: 'Total Life Forever' by Foals

Blue Blood
The album starts on a mellow note, with slow guitars and Yannis’s vocals softly echoing ‘You got blood on your hands, think it’s my own’. However, an abrupt crescendo two minutes in leaves us with an upbeat album opener that serves as the perfect hook for ‘Total Life Forever’.

Miami has a more laid back feel about it, reminiscent of 80’s pop with a distinctive bass line provided by Walter Gervers. This song has been named as the album’s ‘hip-hop track’, but to be honest I can’t really see why. Indie maybe, post-rock maybe, but hip-hop?

Total Life Forever
Being the title track I expected more from this song. The cumulative quality that Foals have developed through this album seems lost here, and instead of growing into something profound or stimulating this song seems to fall flat. On an album where almost every song offers an ending greater in depth and volume than the beginning, ‘Total Life Forever’ seems slightly out of place.

Black Gold
After a slight blip the album comes back on track with ‘Black Gold’. This song has philosophy riddling its lyrics; ‘the future is not what you’ve seen, its not where you’ve been to at all, the future is not what it used to be’. Apparently this refers to a vision of Raymond Kurzweil in which human beings evolve into ‘artificially intelligent digital beings’, so questions the nature and direction of human development. A personal favorite.

Spanish Sahara
Foals’ progression from their debut album ‘Antidotes’ is perhaps most evident in this track, which has been favorably compared to the melancholy melodies of bands such as The XX. Beginning with the whispers of Yannis and the murmur of a solitary guitar, a gradual crescendo builds, leading the band tenderly towards a satisfyingly moving and unforgettably compassionate conclusion. The lyrics were inspired by a memory from Yannis’ youth when he found a dog floating lifeless in the sea, an encounter which provides the story line for the song’ s equally moving video which has already featured on the blog.

This Orient
Completely opposite to the previous song in tempo and the feeling it produces, ‘This Orient’ subtly reminds me of bands such as Bloc Party, Cajun Dance Party and Look See Proof. I am reluctant to compare it to ‘Cassius’ from their debut album, as their progression must be acknowledged, but in this song lies one of the windows through which comparisons to ‘Antidotes’ can be made, due to the upbeat feel-good melody.

48 seconds of minimalist piano and guitar that serve as a break between two upbeat songs, for reflection perhaps.

After Glow
Once again, glimpses of young Foals’ can be heard in this song that speaks of lost love; ‘You are better than whatever came before, without you here my heart’s broken to the floor’. Yannis voice strains to wider dynamics here, and yet another crashing crescendo is effortlessly created.

A slower yet no less effective song that fades out to Yannis’ voice, softly stringing the melody and harmony together until reducing to silence.

2 Trees
This song reminds me of those by Shearwater, mainly due to the light vocals that seem to sit on top of a constant drum beat and smooth guitar riff, strategically placed and unimposing; ‘Don’t give up, don’t let go, just breathe slow’.

What Remains
Perhaps the darkest song on the album; a slow and painful accumulation of tension that represents ‘Total Life Forever’ as a whole. It is impossible to deny that this album is varied, and although I expected a more spectacular ending following songs such as ‘Spanish Sahara’ and ‘Black Gold’, Yannis’ attempt to create a ‘ballet with beats’ certainly shows that Foals have come back stronger, more diverse and even more unwilling to fit into a singular box or genre.

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5 Fashions: Top 5 Vintage EBay Sites

There's been a notcieable resurgence in vintage garments in recent years- not least on auction site extraordinaire, ebay. For as little as a few dollars, you can use ebay to open up a veritable treasure trove of timeless vintage pieces- and here's my personal picks of the best ebay has to offer.

1. Noir Ohio

My personal favourite, Noir Ohio has it all- the uniqueness and eccentricity of vintage, but with a more contemporary streetwear edge. They've been around now for over five years, so something's got to be working for them.
Get it now:

Acid Wash Bandage Dress
Plaid Blouse with Ascot Bow Tie

2. Mama Stone

Describing themselves as a store for 'fashion forward foxes', Mama Stone mainly specialise in dresses from the 60's, 70's and 80's. A great spot to pick up some quirky designs, and floral pieces you won't find on the high street.
Get it now:

Purple Crochet Mini Dress
Floral Bodycon Mini Dress

3. Liebe Marlene

For the vintage fanatics with a taste for the delicate yet sophisticated, Liebe Marlene is here to tickle your tastebuds. Mainly specialising in pretty sundresses and quality coats, Liebe Marlene has new stock each week, and tends to be dirt cheap.
Get it now:

Blue Chambray Sun Dress
Rose Print Pleated Mini Skirt

4. Thriftwares

Inspired by youth culture from the 60's 70's and 80's, Thriftwares offer one-of-a-kind (and often designer) garments for pretty reasonable prices. They're also setting up a store in New York soon, so Big Apple fashionistas will be able to try before they buy.
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Leopard Print Playsuit
Bishop Sleeve Minidress

5. Ladywolf
If you're looking for fashion pre-dating the 1960's (the starting point for most of these sites), try Ladywolf. A comparatively small store, but it stocks some very original stuff- a little pricier than some on this lift, but oh-so-worth it.
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Plaid Wool Military Coat
Guess Green Skinny Jeans
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Sunday, May 09, 2010

City of Abacus

Did you do much on Thursday night? About 1,000 kids in Shoreditch definitely did- they attended the launch party for 'The City of Abacus', a new graphic novel that's set to take the world by storm.
Following in the footsteps of musician-turned-graphic-novelist Gerard Way, VV Brown is trying her hand at the medium- and with the help of writer David Allain and super-talented artist Emma Price, it seems she's not done too badly for herself.
Here's the lowdown- The City of Abacus is, in short, a dystopian landscape, where the nation's minds are wiped on a weekly basis by the evil Queen Virusos. But, to understand how this came to pass, Brown and co. take us back 25 years, charting Virusos' rise to royalty from just a lowly housemaid.
But what will really set this book apart is the fact that each edition is accompanied by a musical track, to provide an aural background to the action in each comic. This soundtrack will then be officially released as an album when each of the separate issues has been published, tying in with the release of the graphic novel.
If you want to find out more, there's an exhibtion runnng at The Book Club in Shoreditch, East London from May 7th - May 29th. Otherwise, check out the links below:


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Thursday, May 06, 2010

Song of the Day: Broadzilla by Turbo Fruits

Are you- like me- still suffering relentlessly from the break-up of Be Your Own PET? Do you wake up at night in a cold sweat, wondering when fresh indie-punk-rock tuneage will come to take your cares away?
Fear not, my dears- I have a cure.
Turbo Fruits- a punk trio led by Jonas Stein (yes, the very same Jonas Stein of former BYOP glory), are my new fixation. And, although it hasn't received the mass attention it deserved, there is one track on their 2009 album 'Echo Kid' that has become my summer anthem, and is fast becoming my new favourite song.
It's called 'Broadzilla', and it's 4 minutes and 7 seconds of thrashing, grooving, pyschedelic, punk-rock awesomeness. Hit play. Go on- you know you want to.

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Monday, May 03, 2010

April: A Memoir

ALBUM OF THE MONTH: SIX GALLERY- BREAKTHROUGHS IN MODERN ARTOk, so technically speaking, this album was released in March, not April, but it would actually be a crime not to share this with you. The few who were familiar with Six Gallery before ‘BIMA’ were acquainted with a supremely talented instrumental math-rock band, known for their ridiculously complex rhythmical structures and downright amazing guitar skills. What’s been added to the mix this time around, surprisingly, is a young vocalist by the name of Daniel Francis. It’s a decision that could’ve completely compromised the core sound of Six Gallery- fortunately, it’s allowed them to scale all new heights of genius. Francis’ voice acts as a soothing lullaby when accompanying the fleetingly soft percussion, and as a commanding roar as the guitars rage on in a cavalcade of perfect, delicious noise. It’s difficult to remember as you’re smacked in the face with their sheer musical prowess that this is a debut album- and it’s easily the best debut I’ve ever heard.

It was one of my ‘Could-Go-Either-Way’ film picks, and it definitely went in the right direction. What I wasn’t expecting, though, was how dramatic this film was. When watching the trailer, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were about to watch a comedy film- well, you’re not. As well as feeding the more violent appetite in turns both bloody and brutal, it would take an audience with a heart of stone not to be touched (or slightly disturbed) by the father-daughter relationship between Big Daddy (Nicholas Cage) and Hit Girl (the talented Chloe Moretz). If you’re looking for something light-hearted, this potentially isn’t the film for you- but if you’re looking for violence, kick-ass stunts, laughs, sex, bazookas, and maybe a tear or two, you’re onto a winner.

I'm doing it a little different this month when it comes to TV- why? Because I can. Instead of a show as a whole, I'm zooming in on just one episode and I'm doing 'Glee' again. Why, you might ask once more? Because it was fucking AWESOME. Last week’s episode saw the cast turning to the pop goddess that is Madonna and I don't think anyone in the whole world cannot appreciate that pointy boobed, trend setting, leotard wearing, gyrating wizard of music. With amazing renditions of Marge's best loved hits including 'Like a Prayer', 'Express Yourself' and 'Like a Virgin', it was an almighty hour's TV to behold. I got very excited. However, the cherry on top of this momentous episode had to be Sue Sylvester's copy of the almighty 'Vogue' video. Watch it below- enjoy!


It’s pretty difficult not to fall in love with Lewis’ Spring/Summer collection just for the pictures- bright, gorgeous images that capture all the fun of the fair. But the collection itself is just as playful- by turns both delicate and bold, capturing the pastel shades of ice cream with clashing block colours straight from the big top. Not only that, but the collection taps into the floral trend, and the sudden vintage fetish that’s swept the high street. It does come at a price- each piece costs upwards of $200- but still, we can dream, can’t we?

Spotify Discoveries- Chloe shares some hidden musical treasures discovered through Spotify.

5 Male Artists I Have A Man Crush On- In this post, Charles finally puts rumours of his sexuality to bed. Expect naked pictures of Kevin Barnes, and footage of Ryan Dicks ‘Ridin’ tha Chillwave’. Whatever that means.

The Sex Playlist- Our most viewed post this month (wonder why) featured Eileen discussing the dirty and depraved depths of her musical tastes. Giggidy giggidy.
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