Iain Mew. Cis/white/hetero/male. I am from the UK. I write for The Singles Jukebox and I also did One Week One Band: Coldplay. The url comes from this song. My avatar is by werepop. See here if you want to see photos of stuff I ate.
This is my jam.
Not only can you buy it, it has been a UK top 40 hit. It reached #21 in December 2010, as the result of one of many copycat campaigns following the successful attempt to get “Killing in the Name” to be 2009’s Christmas #1 ahead of X Factor winner Joe McElderry. Inevitably, the 4’33” campaign went under the name Cage Against the Machine.
Recently I was in a pub with a touchscreen jukebox which claimed to offer every UK top 40 hit ever. 4’33” was my go-to pick to test out the accuracy of the claim, even ahead of “Yeovil True”. The jukebox said 4’33” was unavailable. However, this was in January and it also said that “Fairytale of New York” and “All I Want for Christmas is You” were unavailable, so 4’33” may have been the victim of a blanket ban on Christmas-related songs.
youtube stop trying to sell me on coldplay’s newest single i only know how to care about coldplay in the context of iain’s stories about the coldplay bbs sorry
When Travis Kitchens got the assignment from City Paper to write about Jason Aldean’s February 1 performance at the Baltimore Arena, the country music writer and filmmaker was hoping he would be pleasantly surprised by the mainstream C&W superstar.
“If I liked it, I thought, it would make my traditional folkie friends go crazy,” said Kitchens. But instead he found the evening a disaster, with musicians “who play like the American Idol house band” and Aldean making “a horrifyingly awful attempt at rapping.”
“A lot like watching a two-hour beer commercial… a mindless dopamine rush as precise in its effects as methamphetamine,” Kitchens wrote. “He struts around the stage with his prop guitar like a rockstar android wiggling his ass in a manner so contrived it makes Madonna look like Miles Davis in comparison.”
Those observations come from Kitchens’ scathing review, published on February 4 on City Paper’s website, but taken down after a week – under pressure, CP editor-in-chief Evan Serpick and others say, from “two big advertisers.”
“We were told they said they would never advertise again, unless we pulled it,” said Serpick, who did so reluctantly after two days of resistance and the threat of losing his job.
movimientos asked: D, I, P, T, X
First of all, sorry movimientos for taking so long to reply. Apparently packing and moving out takes up a lot of time and energy. Who knew.
Also, I love the Pernice Brothers song you recommended! Thank you! Now on to the answers.
D: a song that reminds me of a fictional character
As with the fictional pairing question I answered before, I’m going to go with a video game one enhanced by experiencing the two together a lot (I don’t always play games without their own music, but I used to more and still do sometimes). The additional alignment of mood and imagery mean that at some level I forever associate this song with Link in The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, sailing between islands across the beautiful wide ocean.
I: a song that gives me butterflies
This is the first song to come to mind, because not only does it give me butterflies, but it does so through lyrically and musically evoking that overwhelming feeling itself. Even if they choose a different flying creature to describe it with.
P: a song that I’d recommend you based on your blog
This is because the one you recommended me put jangle in my mind as much as anything, plus marginal resemblance to Rilo Kiley
T: a lovesong
Can I just have “Starlings” again?
X: a cover
Posted without comment.
imathers asked: L, N, U, X!
L: an instrumental song
Because I have been listening to the album and this track still rules
N: a song by a band I want to see live
I have really seen almost every band that I want to, but their world tour hasn’t extended to any proper London (or even European) dates yet. Hopefully this year.
U: a song that reminds me of a fictional pairing
I played so much Final Fantasy VIII while listening to The Man Who that the whole album really strongly reminds me of
Lyra and GarionRinoa and Squall, but this song especially
X: a cover
My favourite in the rightfully maligned ironic indie cover genre, because it really does feel a little like the song was always meant to have its bombast exaggerated like this.