Monday, 28 June 2010

Baby name or band I found on MySpace?

So it seems that all my friends have gone and had babies lately. For the most part they have chosen names from the top half of the popular names list - solid, sensible, classic names. Boring!

With a few more babies due this spring, I felt it was time to seed the minds of future parents with some celebrity-inspired baby names. With thanks to 6Music’s Jon Holmes, here is Bawley’s "Baby Name or Band I Found on MySpace?" Quiz.

Bluebell name…daughter of former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell…post hardcore band who describe their music as "the sound of two Catholic high-school girls in mid-knife-fight"
Lets see how you go with the rest:

James…band...with a very dull name
TAIO CRUZ…band...UK Urbanistas
Moxie name...daughter of Aristocrats producer Penn Jillette
Memphis name...daughter of Irish dooche bag Bono name...son of Jermain Jackson
Moon name...Frank Zappa's oldest daughter
Diva Thin Muffin…baby name...daughter of Frank Zappa, secretly pleased ‘Moon Unit’ was already taken.
Chiddy Bang…band...Sample crazy 'kids'
Audio Science…baby name...son of actress Shannyn Sossamon
Diesel & Denim…baby names...Toni Braxton’s two sons
Belle & Sebastian...
band...of the brown cardigan wearing kind
Daughtry…band...caution may contain traces of American idol
Blue Angel…baby name...daughter of The Edge, he is in U2
Pilot Inspektor…baby name...son of actor Jason Lee
Sage Moonblood…baby name...son of Sylvester Stallone
MadisonFoxx…band...looking for a bassist if you are in the Brisbane area and interested
Bruno Mars…band...and experimental soul
Jazz Domino…baby name...daughter of the late Joe Strummer
Lark Song…baby name...adopted child of Mia Farrow
Little Red…band...hamony loving rock band from victoria
Satchel…baby name...daughter of director Spike Lee
Zowie Bowie…baby name...daughter of David Bowie, of course
Velvet Elvis…band...Detroit Hip Hop act, no connection to Eminem
Jim Jupiter…band...die beste Coverband in Deutschland
Speck Wildhorse…baby name...son of singer John (Cougar) Mellencamp
Aurelius Cy…baby name...son of The Body; Elle Macpherson
Cobra York emo band
Bobnoxious…band...Bobnoxious rock!!!!
Kal-El Coppola…baby name...Nicholas Cage with a name like that you have to ask is he a worse actor or parent?
Anaal Nathrakh… metal band, with a name like that could they be anything else

While the answers and their celebrity parents will be revealed later in the week, we will have to wait a few months to see what inspiration these names provide future parents, including Bawley's own Nick.

Sunday, 20 June 2010

@Saul Williams poet, rapper, Ghanaian football fan.

@Saul Williams
The ball is all our hopes & dreams wound tight, kicked left, kicked right. The goal: the vastness of the soul. The field: the work & plight.
Saul Williams
The uniform & flag: the torch we bear through darkness of a kind. The vastness of the field: the path we cross from heart to mind.
Saul Williams
The minute or the moment? How you think is your opponent. If you had the ball right now would you aim or kick it wild?
Saul Williams
The goalie blocks the narrative from being what is told. The striker has a goal in mind. The wings are double-fold.
Saul Williams
RT @ericburkley you should do these rhymes over vuvuzelas... ===> LOL I love the sound of the game, actually. Maybe I will:)
Saul Williams
The ball, in black & white, simply reflects our need to see, to qualify the boundaries that restrict our right to be.
Saul Williams
If you control the ball then you control the game. You weave through your defenses, broadened senses, truth aflame.
Saul Williams
The crowd reflects your calling. They cheer, 'though for their kind. The energy, even against, propels the focused drive.
Saul Williams
...and now I'm logging off. The game has just begun. The Ghanaian bar across the street seems like it may be fun;) Cheers!!

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Two French Robots and a Black Guy walk into a bar....

No, this is not the set up for classic 'walked into a bar' based racism, it is the latest Adidas Originals World Cup advertisement.

Watch as Daft Punk, Snoop Dogg, Ian Brown, David Beckham and one of the guys from Oasis are transported into the Star Wars cantina scene.

While rap fans should enjoy seeing The Doggfather do some damage with a lightsaber, football fans will love the line, to David Beckham
He [Jabba The Hut] saw you play a long time ago for a Galaxy far, far away.

Saturday, 5 June 2010

This is Happening: LCD Soundsystem release final album

This is Happening is LCD Soundsystem's first album of new music since 2007's massively successful Sound of Silver, and it is also reported to be the last album they will ever release.

Album opener Dance Yrself Clean starts with three minutes of quiet insecurities sung over pitter-patter rhythms, before... (Spoiler Alert, skip the next few lines if you have not heard this track) ...the beat drops, the synthesizers turn up to eleven and everything goes mental. Yes, this album is going to be great.

Lead single Drunk Girls has been described as "Drunk North American Girls Are Playing at My House", clever (yeah?) and probably fair as the track is not particularly original and by far the album's weakest moment.

The mid section of the album is rock solid: I Can Change is full of swirl-in-your-head pop, Pow Pow is dance funk at its best, while One Touch is never enough. On You Wanted a Hit, front man James Murphy sings "We don't do hits" but I don't believe that for a second. This is Happening is 100% hits.

LCD Soundsystem have never hidden their musical influences and where previous albums used late 70's post punk as a reference point This is Happening goes a step further. Blatantly borrowing from David Bowie (Heroes) and Iggy Pop (Nightclubbing) on All I Want and Somebody's Calling Me respectively.

Epic closer Home layers percussion on beat on percussion on beat, like much of the album the effect is simple and repetitive but far from boring.

If This Is Happening is to be LCD Soundsystem's final album it is a more than fitting farewell.