Good luck to Lenella (thanks for the reminder) and any other Lazylaces visitors who will be getting their UK A-Level Examination results today. I hope the endless hours of point and click gaming cause only a positive effect on your grades. At least you'll have no worries about escaping school/college :)
I covered my listening for the week early by pre-emptively doing Musical Friday on Tuesday, but that still leaves me with loads of stuff some of you have kindly sent in. I can't include it all, but here are a few to tickle your eardrums... First up is Cillian Foster, submitting himself, and why not, a little self promotion never hurt anyone. Based in Ireland Cillian's music has a great acoustic sound I'm happy to say as that's exactly my kind of bag (baby):Next up Char send news from down under (loving the international flavour this week) about singer Gotye who's song "Heart's A Mess" comes complete with a bizarre video (love it, and the song):And finally, most weeks someone sends me in something ridiculous for this feature and this week Naomi does the honours with Potter Puppet Pals in "The Mysterious Ticking Noise" where the worlds of puppets, hip-hop and Harry Potter collide... OMG, anyway:
Musical Friday is making a sneak
Tuesday Wednesday appearance today simply because I love Hey There Delilah by the Plain White T's and I actually heard it on the radio today here in the UK for the first time after the beautiful Kaya switched me on to it last week after it got a lot of airplay on WRNR (Annapolis area). I'm not sure why the song is picking up airplay now, as it seems it was first released an age ago, but I'm not going to stress myself looking for answers (laziness is so cool sometimes) and I'm just going to just enjoy chilling out & listening to it. Feel free to post me a comment about how you were listening to it back in '05, and how I'm so behind the times, though: I'll be bothered, really I will. For the rest of you, turn up the volume and enjoy.
And while I'm breaking my own Friday rule (I'm such a rebel) I'll share with you that I risked the UK Hype this week and downloaded Kate Nash's new album and was more than pleasantly surprised. Her current UK chart hit, Foundations, although not bad, is far from the best track on the album (imho) and it was a great buy. My favourite track is, suitably, "The Nicest Thing":
That's all for now. Time allowing, and if I manage to get the day right, Musical Friday will actually return on Friday...
A short Musical Friday this week after last week's Compilation as I'm a little short of time this week. So straight into it: EL is listening to one of my weird favourites The Polyphonic Spree's - Hold Me Now (a great version of the song with puppets). And if you like this you should also check out this video from the film Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, and also for all you p'n'c gamers there's the classic Quest For The Rest which combines Polyphonic Spree style audio goodness with Samorost style gaming goodness.Jo has sent in Krezip - Plug it in. The band is from Holland where music videos don't get done in black and white, they get made in black and white and pink. Genius.Finally clairevc sends in internet classic, but still stupidly catchy, Milk And Cereal, which I haven't heard in an age, but it's stuck in my head again now, thank you very much.
Paper Toilet. I wasn't going to include his one as I thought it was a bit dull, but then I discovered how it worked with the scroll-wheel on your mouse and I attained a new level of useless web toy glee as I unwound the whole thing in seconds, and then wound it all back up again. I can be pretty easy to please sometimes... [subbed by Melina].
Switch It Off And On: A well thought out lesson to us all to remind us to save power and the earth's resources, or, a mindless web toy that you will gleefully click for a few seconds. Which is it? You decide [subbed by Masquerade].
Last week on Lazylaces Musical Friday I asked for you to send in your musical links with a Friday vibe to share with us all, and some of you were kind enough to submit some for me to post. So I'm posting some of them here today for you all to share, apologies if I don't include yours, I either didn't have enough space, thought it was awful (and not in a comical way that would amuse us all), or I just plain lost it in amongst all my other millions of emails... anyway... First up is Fat Boy Slim's Weapon of Choice, featuring the superb dancing talents of Christopher Walken, from Michelle. An oldy (on the internet time moves fast), but a goody, that I haven't listened to since the days of StickBoySlim. Watch both for "compare and contrast" fun... EL's listening to a track I'm rather partial to myself, the rather excellently lo-fi, "Kings Of Convenience - I'd Rather Dance With You". Thanks for this one, I love the track, but I'd never watched the video before...nice moves: Musical Friday with the truly awful, but disturbingly addictive, Korean rap (er... say what?), "Ice Cream," by MC Mong. It's, how shall I put it, different, and the video is, well, see for yourself: Belle & Sebastian's - Funny Little Frog, a band I keep meaning to listen to more of, but which somehow I keep ignoring (except for now): Yma Sumac's Gopher Mambo, but this is the kind of madness they crave on Friday... hey! mambo!: last week Char) recommends Justice's - D.A.N.C.E, a French electro house band, much mentioned in the British press this last couple of weeks, and as a result I'd been meaning to check them out: nick s the hamster, a self developed flash movie, "Bob The Atom", which has just left me scratching my head and pondering one of life's great questions... WTF? Finally, what am I listening to this week? Well very specifically I'm listening to Bloc Party's Helicopter (Whitey version), which I have become addicted to, but the only link I can find on-line to that version is Last.fm's 30 second sample, so instead I'll include a YouTube link to the original track (hunt down the Whitey version if you can though - it's even better): submission for Musical Friday (and they're always welcome), if you use the words "Musical Friday" either in the title or blurb of the submission it'll make things easier for me to find, and post, it. You know how lazy I am... Thank you to everyone for providing our Lazylacers' Musical Friday Compilation soundtrack. Dance at your desk. Groove in the garden. Mambo(!) down the market. Samba on the school-yard. Letting down your hair at the end of a long hard week is the whole point of Musical Friday. I'm just a bit worried that MC Mong is the one I keep replaying... :o)
It's been an age since I did a Musical Friday, but I got sent 1990's - See You At The Lights specifically for today, and despite the fact that I've never heard of the band, let alone the song, I love it. A great track, nice video, and all in all it's fabulous Friday fare. Nice. And for future reference, if you've got some great music (link essential), especially something unusal we won't have heard, for a Friday, that has a nice Friday vibe, please drop me a note on the submissions page so we can all share next Friday [subbed by char].
iPhone but don't have the availability and/or money to get your hands on one? Then the iSmudginator is just what you've been looking for... [via m&c].
Hammer And Coop, mixing as it does Knightrider with a Mini Cooper, invades my head and plays my daydreams as flash videos for your enjoyment. Excellent fun [subbed by Toby].