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New LP free: with chicken seasoning

POSTED IN found stuff, music | TAGS : , , 4 March 2012

The Internet has disrupted the musician’s lot as much as that or any artist, perhaps more so. So how do you get people to value an new LP? Maybe give it away with some fried chicken seasoning? Well that’s what mates Friends of the Stars are doing.

Their second LP, “Faith’s Meat Kiosk“, is coming out on 23rd April 2012 and to celebrate the’ve teamed up with Birmingham’s Jack Rabbit to do this:

You can pre-order it now. It comes in a number of flavours, all of which include a download of the “Faith’s Meat Kiosk” LP.

 

There’s also this charming video for the track Railroad Towns, shot around Lifford Reservoir in Birmingham, directed by Pete Ashton.

 

Broadcast’s Trish Keenan: a singer for whom life was a discovery | Music | guardian.co.uk

POSTED IN found stuff | TAGS : , , , 17 January 2011

"If the reaction of the blogosphere and Twitterati to Keenan's sudden death are reliable indicators, every one of their four studio albums should have been worldwide No 1s.

Blur's Graham Coxon called the news "devastating". Chillwave artist, Toro Y Moi, aka Chaz Bundick, tweeted that Keenan was "one of my biggest influences", while Colin Meloy from the Decemberists' wrote, "So sad. Everyone should listen to Broadcast today. Come on let's go …", referring to the title of an early Broadcast single.

Even the Arkansas Times was touched by Keenan's passing. The truth is that while Broadcast were shamefully underrated they were also quietly, beguilingly influential. They encouraged people to seek out esoteric or long-forgotten music – from electronica to folk." – Broadcast’s Trish Keenan: a singer for whom life was a discovery | Music | guardian.co.uk.

Magical Timperley Tour

POSTED IN found stuff, video | TAGS : , 29 July 2010

As if you needed another reason to respect Tom Watson MP

POSTED IN found stuff | TAGS : , , , 9 July 2010

Sometimes anger is both justified and honourable.

O2 New Street Birmingham Insurance Rip-Off

POSTED IN comment, found stuff, geekery | TAGS : , , , , , , , 27 June 2010

Boring post this, it’s just for Google to in case any other people are looking to see what’s happened.

I popped and got an iPhone 4 the other day, it’s nice (and it won’t cost me much once I recycle the old 3G – and the battery was dying).

I decided to stay with O2, I’ve not had problems with them and changing providers is fraught with hassle. The guys in the shop made it quite easy — except that I’ve discovered that the salesman lied to me to sell an insurance policy. This is a proper O2 shop (the receipt says Telefonica O2 UK Ltd and everything).

The salesman told me that insurance was compulsory on iPhone4 upgrades. That sounded fishy and I said I did not want it, only to be told a that it was free for 14 days and that I could cancel without being charged. I asked how, just to confirm, and they said by phone.

Then received my bill via email this am and that charged me for insurance at £15. The customer service rep on the telephone has refunded that and cancelled the insurance — confirming that there’s no such thing as compulsory insurance. But as it is credited in the next month’s bill,  how many £15s are O2 receiving and getting interest on for one month? How many people don’t check or cancel. How much commission is the liar (fraudster?) making.

Watch yourselves.

NYC Wifi

POSTED IN art, found stuff | TAGS : , , 14 March 2010

Some time ago I spent a a while collecting the wifi network names I saw while on my travels around Brum. It’s an interesting insight into the minds of those who set them up.

In New York for a week and without being able to afford to use 3G on my phone I was sniffing for wifi a lot — and again became obsessed with the names given to the wireless access. I tried not to let it overtake me though, so I only wrote down the good ones. NY’s grid system of streets would facilitate a great psychogeographic experiment of walking the grids and laying the names on a map — but until I get a chance this little snippet will have to do:

Of course, I’ve mocked this up, but you could at times see this many networks at once — and they were almost all locked.

Haircut Menu

POSTED IN found stuff | TAGS : , 8 March 2010

Haircut Menu, Broadway on Flickr – Photo Sharing!.

Spotted in the window of a barbers on Broadway (hence poor reflection and that). I’ll have a number 24 please.

The curious case of Masal Bugduv

POSTED IN found stuff | TAGS : , 27 February 2010

The curious case of Masal Bugduv: a made up Moldovan footballer is “about to sign” for Arsenal, Liverpool and Reading(?) but is the work of a fine prankster.

The Electric, Birmingham

POSTED IN found stuff 3 December 2009



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My Twitter quiz hell « Prospect Magazine

POSTED IN found stuff | TAGS : 28 November 2009

idlewild had a song called 'Text Mesaging is Killing the Pub Quiz' – this is a merry dance on its corpse, and we must have one. – My Twitter quiz hell « Prospect Magazine.

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