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Prostitution is revolution. You can hate me, until you pay me!

Posted by Chalky on Jun 21, 2009 in Bad Luck, Music, Review

Last.fm Mock PosterI can’t believe it’s been over a month since this actually happened.. Anyway… After two cancelled gigs, on Wednesday 20th May Afternoon I finally ventured down to Nottingham to go and see Cobra Starship. I ended up having to go on my own but I wasn’t going to let this spoil my enjoyment too much.

The journey down to Nottingham was much quieter than I expected was going to be, indeed it only took me 50 minutes to get down there despite the roadworks on the M1 and the fact that the VMSs saying that there was long delays between Junction 27 and Junction 25. There wasn’t any traffic and I was getting off at Junction 26 anyway.

Nottingham greets its visitors by lining the streets with SPECS cameras and Red Traffic Light Camera which makes you feel extremely welcome(!)

The Premier Inn that I was staying in, the Nottingham Centre (Goldsmith Street), was pretty easy to find and was very convenient as it is on the same road as The Rescue Rooms. They were originally meant to be playing Rock City, but ended up in the Resue Rooms instead. This Premier Inn was the most expensive I’ve ever been to (when you include parking which is normally free) and is the first I have been to where you have to surrender your Car Keys. I’m sure I’ll do a more detailed post about it later.It turned out that most of the Cobra Starship Crew were staying in the same hotel.

pit_and_pendulumAfter settling in the hotel, I decided whether or not that, dispite being on my own, I should stick with my original plan for the evening. After mulling it over whilst having a long soak in the bath, I decided that I might as well go for it. So I headed off in search of the Pit and Pendulum Errie Pub. After leaving the Premier Inn, it took me a little while to get my bearings as it’s been nearly a year since I was last in Nottingham. After walking past the, already, queing Cobra Starship fans (it was only 5pm and doors opened at 6:30) I managed to make my way over to Victoria Street, passing by the Hostel that I stayed in for the Paramore gig last year.

They had a 2 for £6(ish) offer on their Seven Deadly Sins Cocktails so I decided to treat myself to a couple before going for their Double Burger with Cheese and Bacon which also included a pint of Fosters, oops! The bar staff were very friendly however the burger was the greasiest thing I have ever eaten! Didn’t stop me polishing it off though!

I headed back to the Resue Rooms where there was now a long queue which remained civilised until it starting pissing it down whereby everyone rushed under the large umberella’s outside. Once in the venue, I noticed how small it is! I’ve only ever been in the other half of the Rescue Rooms and hadn’t been in the Gig bit before.

MiMi SoyaThe first Support Act MiMi Soya from Brighton were OK but really failed to get the crowd going which made them a bit disappointing. I can’t really remember any of the songs they played. During their set, I started getting a tight chest which I first attributed to the drink but promptly decided it was a mini Asthma attack so I had to drag myself back to the Premier Inn, get my keys back for the car and grab my inhaler. I then sat back in the bar for a while with a glass of iced water. A good start to the evening(!).

By the time I’d finished expiring and got back to the Rescue Rooms, MiMi Soya had finished their set and it was the turn of Cash Cash. <CONTENT REMOVED>

Sing It LoudThe final Support Act was Sing It Loud who were by far the most recongnised by the crowd. Indeed, some of the crowd in front of me got so excited that they started jumping up and down and managed to hit me in the face, leaving me with a nosebleed. At which point, I was beginning to think that the evening couldn’t possibly get any worse!

I had never heard them before, nor any of the other Support Acts but I will certainly be looking out for their EPs and Albums as well as Cash Cash. I’ll be looking forward to seeing them again at some point.

Cobra StarshipAt 8:30, it was the turn of Cobra Starship themselves. As soon as they came out on stage, you could tell that the wait was going to have been worthwhile. Everyone at the gig were true fans and all knew the words to every song that was played. They played all of my favourite and was probably, despite the set backs, the most enjoyable gig I have been to.

Cobra Starship apologised for it taking them so long to get back to the UK and are currently working on their third album. I hope it’s not too far away and they get their act together next time round.

The gig ended with Snakes on a Plane from the movie with the same name.

After the gig, I stumbled back to the Hotel and had a drink in the Hotel Bar and then headed up for an early night after battling with the Key Card for the Lift for some time!

¡Viva La Cobra!

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The Blue Man Group Rock Concert Movements

Posted by Chalky on Feb 25, 2009 in Music
Blue Man GroupWell I went to see Blue Man Group at the O2 Arena in London last weekend. I’m sure I’ll write a proper entry about it soon when I get round to it. In the meantime, as a couple of people have asked what the hell I keep going on about, here’s a list of all the Rock Concert Movements that you need to know in order to be a Megastar!
 
  • Rock Concert Movement #1 - The Basic Head Bob
  • Rock Concert Movement #2 – The One-Armed Fist Pump
  • Rock Concert Movement #3 – The Up and Down Jumping Motion
  • Rock Concert Movement #4 – The Behind the Head Leg Stretch
  • Rock Concert Movement #6 – Two Armed Upward Thrust with Yell
  • Rock Concert Movement #8 – The Black Out
  • Rock Concert Movement #10 – Getting a Closer Look at the Audience
  • Rock Concert Movement #15 – Bringing a Guest Vocalist Onstage
  • Rock Concert Movement #23 – Getting the Audience to Sing Along
  • Rock Concert Movement #27 – Saying Hello to the People in the Cheap Seats
  • Rock Concert Movement #28 – Getting an Audience Member Onstage to Dance
  • Rock Concert Movement #48 – Introducing the Band
  • Rock Concert Movement #63 – Bringing out Venus Hum
  • Rock Concert Movement #78 – The Fake Ending
  • Rock Concert Movement #91 - Enjoying the T-Shirt You Bought at The Complex Rock Tour
  • Rock Concert Movement #237 – Taking the audience on a Jungian journey into the collective unconscious by using the shadow as a metaphor for the primal self that gets repressed by the modern persona and also by using an underground setting and labyrinth office design to represent both the depths of the psyche and the dungeon-like isolation of our increasingly mechanistic society which prevents people from finding satisfying work or meaningful connections with others.

Rock Concert Movements

 
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Pia-Pia-Piano

Posted by Chalky on Jan 26, 2009 in Music

Some of you will know that I am a lover of Piano Versions of songs, particularly ones that you wouldn’t normally expect to sound good on a Piano.

After a recent mishap with my Music Collection, I’ve been having a look round at some different music and came across some Piano Collections. A particularly interesting one is a Piano Collection of some Paramore songs.

My personal favourite is the Piano Cover of Decode, from the recent film Twilight:

Original:

Decode - Original Version

Piano:

Decode - Piano Version

I think it’s really is wonderful that a song like this can sound so great being played solely on the Piano.

Information about the Piano Collection can be found here.

 
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Chalky’s 2008 Charts

Posted by Chalky on Jan 1, 2009 in Music
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My Listening History

The end of another year has now been and gone so this morning, I had a look at my favourite Artists and Songs of 2008:

Top 20 Artists for 2008

Top 20 Artists for 2008

 This year was dominated by Blue Man Group who have been up there since I saw them in March. A close second being Paramore who I was fortunate to be introduced to be Heather earlier in the year which culminated in us going to see them twice this year! Amongst others are Cobra Starship and Alkaline Trio whom I saw at Give It A Name at the Sheffield Arena in May (the first gig featuring Paramore).

Overall, it’s been a good year for music. I’ve managed to get myself to a couple of gigs which has been good and with Cobra Starship and Blue Man Group cued up for 2009 already I’m hoping it’s going to be another good year!

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I once was lost, but now I'm found!

Posted by Chalky on Dec 31, 2008 in Music

Lost and Found Orchestra LogoToday, I went to see the Lost and Found Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall in the Southbank Centre. The Southbank Centre is in Central London, and has recently been renovated.

We were on row SS, so we were a bit concerned that we would be miles back and wouldn’t be able to see. Luckily the Hall had sloped seating (we were on the 5th floor) and the view of the stage was excellent. If anything, it was better being higher up because we were able to see all of the performers that were higher up!

Lost and Found Orchestra StageThe  show was excellent, very different to what you normally expect from a show. As a lover of Blue Man Group, I really thoroughly enjoyed this show!

For those who don’t know, The Lost and Found Orchestra makes instruments made out of everyday household/office objects. Some of the obscure items that had been transformed into instruments included:

  • Bed
  • Traffic Cones
  • Filling Cabinet
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Shopping Trolley
  • Bellows
  • Water Fountain Bottles (lots of them!)
  • Glass Tumblers
  • Glass Bottles
  • Water
  • Frying Pan
  • Rubber Tubes
  • Bin Bags
  • Paper
  • Wooden Sticks
  • Space Hoppers
  • Office Chairs
  • Plastic Funnel

…and those were the only ones I could remember!

Their other show, STOMP, is currently touring around the world and I think I’m might have already missed the UK leg of the tour which is a great shame as I’d have loved to have seen it. Hopefully it’ll swing by again soon.

Unfortunately, the show is only running until the 11th Jan but if you find yourself in London before then, it’s certainly worth a visit!

 
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Cargo

Posted by Chalky on Sep 12, 2007 in Church, Music

Cargo

Paul Field’s Cargo is coming to the Mongomery Hall Theatre in Sheffield.

I have been asked to be the Sound Engineer for the production so wish me luck! It will be good to work on a larger scale to what I’m used to and have the oppourtunity to use all of my equipment all at once! It is hoped that if the production is successful, the Montgomery Hall will be hosting more similar productions. This is certainly very good as I do like the Montgomery Hall Theatre as is seems more personal. Jill will be singing in the choir for the production.

If you are interested in going to see the production, and I highly recommend you do, you can book tickets (priced at £6) from SCEC on (0114) 272 0455. Hope to see you there! More information can be found below and at Paul Field’s Website.

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The Theremin

Posted by Chalky on Jul 2, 2007 in Music, Work

Today, I was reminded of a musical instrument that greatly interested me last year. Today Donov asked me if I knew what a Theremin was. I said that I hadn’t heard of it but immediately looked it up on Google. I found that I had actually seen one of them before and that I had been very intrigued by them.

I saw one at The Plug last year. We had gone to see the Offbeat DJs but before their set was due to start there was an awful band playing. However, the one good thing about this band was this bizarre instrument that was played entirely by the person moving their hands around at pair of “antennas” one point vertically and one pointing horizontally. At the time I was mesmerized by it because it was so unique and interesting. I never found out what the instrument was until today!

Below is a video showing a Theremin in action, performing a cover of Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy”. Enjoy!

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