New Blog New Blog New Blog

September 4, 2007 at 4:31 pm (London, Pigeon Grits)

As you may have noticed things have been pretty sparse around here of late – a combination of many things but the main one is that I’ve really wanted to blog about different things of late – Upside Down Stupid Hat was fun but its time for something new so let me introduce you to

      Pigeon Grits

Yes I’ve got a new blog and its going to be twice the fun, twice as healthy, twice as informative and just generally new and interesting – get involved, change your RSS, call your mum etc and so on.

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Feeling Old.

August 29, 2007 at 11:37 am (Harvard, iTunes U, Nokia, Orange, podcast, Stanford)

Ugh so I’m feeling very old at the moment – I know I’m not that old but being ‘between jobs’ can make you feel pretty useless sometimes. One of the things that has been a double edged sword is discovering iTunes U – its a partnership between iTunes and a bunch of American universities – my current favorites are Stanford University – DFJ Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Seminar and the HBR IdeaCast (from the publishers of the Harvard Business Review and the Harvard Business School Press, features breakthrough ideas and commentary from the leading thinkers in business and management.)

The thing that gets me about these that I love is that all of the people speaking are really maverick and the advice they give kids is the sort of stuff that takes years of trial and error to work out for yourself – the thing that annoys me about them is that the audience is all made of super smart kids only just turning 20 – I wish I’d had something like that when I was younger. Anyway I guess better to find them now rather than never.

Here’s an interesting article about Orange getting pissed with Nokia’s new mobile music service – will be interesting to see how this pans out.

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Have I become a cunt? What became of UDSH?

August 22, 2007 at 10:07 pm (Uncategorized)

Hey folks – ha! even saying that makes me laugh – is anyone even reading this? I doubt it. I’m not going to apologise for not posting for so long – I set this blog up when I was single and unemployed – I had time on my hands – I’m again between jobs but not single so free time is in short supply.

Anyway – something has been playing on my mind for a while now -a while ago I wrote a post about Vice magazine’s birthday party – which you can read here – anyway I just want to say that I feel that I was definitely grumpy when I wrote that post – I have since worked on a couple of projects for Vice now and I have nothing but love for them – the people they employ are across the board intelligent, interesting, funny and occasionally visionary. This may sound like a cop out because they gave me work but I truely believe that its a great company, they’ve changed people’s perceptions of ‘free’ magazines and now that they’ve stopped with the whole ‘themed’ issue thing they really can get down to tackling ‘issues’ and the whole VBS thing is just other level – now you may call me a cunt, that maybe I’m missing the point but I really don’t think so. Anyway I just wanted to share that with the probably 2 people that have this RSS feeded into their lives – keep an eye out – I may keep this blog alive in some whey shape or form or I may set up a new blog called Sign O’ the Times which is just photos of signs that I see – thoughts please

xx

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Unicorn Fantasy Party

June 6, 2007 at 9:34 pm (Old Blue Last, Unicorn)

Safe! Me and my boys Toby and Tom are putting on a night at the Old Blue Last on July 7th – its gonna be well mega. We’ve got Invasion playing who sound like Queens of the Stone Age but with a female vocalist, Turbowolf who are bonkers like the B52s but good and a couple of other bands that I can’t remember the name of at the moment. I’m gonna post some tunes from all of the bands in the run up to the event so keep and eye/ear out.

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A Blog Is For Life….

May 3, 2007 at 5:36 pm (24)

…. not just for Christmas right? A bunch of people have been asking where the blogging has gone – well its not gone anywhere – its just that I haven’t really found anything worth blogging recently. Don’t worry though we’ll have something up soon.

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Alphabet Of Brooke Shields

April 23, 2007 at 12:11 pm (Alphabet Of Brooke Shields, Brooke Shields Alphabet)

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I’m pretty excited at the moment – I saw another Brooke Shields Alphabet this weekend – odd though as it was in some back street in Belgravia which is kind of a random posh place to see something like this – anyway I got home and did another google search and found a little piece on the Londonist about it. Turns out someone has set up a flickr group for it. The best thing is that the dude who set up the group has mapped all of the sightings on google maps – wooot – I love it when stuff like this comes together. Anyway I don’t know whether its some viral campaign or just somebody who thought the words sound fun together – I think it might be the latter – kind of remindsme of the sports rave poster I saw the other day – the words sound great together but what the fuck is a Sports Rave????????

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Summer’s Coming

April 20, 2007 at 9:41 am (Jack Penate)

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I really want to post this tune but don’t have anything special to say – this song is beautiful. I mentioned Jack Penate a while ago, he’s still out there, go check him out – this is defo gonna be one of my sitting in the sun summer tunes – just beautiful.

Jack Penate – My Yvonne 

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Nice Bit Of Viral

April 19, 2007 at 1:07 pm (Viral Marketing, Wonderbra)

The other day when the Alanis ‘My Humps’ video came out I started looking at the most viewed videos on youtube and found this. Not only and amazing viral but potentially and amazing use of those moving poster display thingys.

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Second Life Marketing Stuff

April 19, 2007 at 9:28 am (Second Life)

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Here’s a little article written by Wagner James Au, who writes New World Notes, about marketing in Second Life. Interesting how he mentins how most people don’t respond to the brand initiatives however SL residents continue to create their own huge events / brands. I think this bounces back to what Gerd Leonhard (and everyone else is saying) about consumers becoming producers or as he put it ‘the deers have guns’.

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The Future Is (Y)Ours

April 18, 2007 at 6:53 pm (Future Of Music, Gerd Leonhard)

So I’ve just been watching these videos of Gerd Leonhard, he who wrote The Future Of Music. They’re really interesting but most of all I love his photos and terms of phrase that uses in the power point presentation – I can’t use PP but I wish I could. You can download the PWC report on Lifestyle Media here. The videos must be a few months old otherwise I’m sure he would have mentioned EA’s new music venture Artwerk. Especially as it ties in with the whole ‘Airplay’ / ‘Netplay’ idea – however he does talk about, in his book, songs that are pre-released on EA games that receive more plays than had they been A-listed at radio – perhaps this should be called ‘Gameplay’.

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Who Knows?

April 18, 2007 at 3:04 pm (random)

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I went for a walk over the weekend and saw this written on a wall – don’t know what its about but I love it.

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Me and my big CV

April 10, 2007 at 8:47 pm (Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve, Erol Alkan, Midlake, Peter Bjorn and John)

So I recently put my Myspace, Linkedin and blog links onto my CV – I hate CV’s at the best of times – consolidating your life’s work onto 2 sides of A4 just seems wrong – how do you express the highs, the lows the stress, the time you saved some event by borrowing your mate’s pencil and turning it into a projector only to find that you needed to use your shoelaces and belt to power the damn thing – anyway – my Dad wisely pointed out that if I was going to put my blog on my CV I’d better update it now and again – so here we are.

Erol Alkan is one of those DJs that I never ever see – I don’t think I’ve ever seen him once – he’s huge of course but he plays in clubs where people get fucked and thats not me – give me the hype machine and a cup of cocoa and I’m as happy as larry – anyway he’s got some new remix team thats him and some dude – its meant to be all proggy and 60′s pagan something or other – beyond the word Wizard and some reverse guitars it pretty much sounds like that Danger Mouse remix of Zero 7 from a few years back but hey who’s counting – I like it.

Midlake – Roscoe (Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve Remix)

Peter, Bjorn and John – Young Folks (Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve Remix)

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OMFG!!

April 3, 2007 at 1:06 pm (Alanis Morissette, Black Eyed Peas, Fergie, My Humps)

Just you wait – I’m gonna sit at the back of the bus and blast this out of my phone  – haha see how the kids like that!

Alanis Morissette – My Humps

Big Ups to Golden Fiddle for the rip.

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Alanis Morissette – My Humps

April 2, 2007 at 9:31 pm (Alanis Morissette, Black Eyed Peas, Cover, Fergie, My Humps)

Seriously – maybe the best thing ever.

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Teenagers

April 2, 2007 at 8:31 pm (The Teenagers)

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So I went to see The Teenagers the other night – it was such a ‘scene’ – they’ve been doing a bunch of remixes of late and lots of people have been talking about them but its been ages since I’ve seen so much hype come to nothing. I mean Homecoming is a great song but seriously they kinda sucked – it sounded like any other janky young fashion band. Download Homecoming, its a great song, maybe like a 2007 Shoreditch version of ‘Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus – but yeah I can’t promise I’ll be writing about these guys again.

The Teenagers – Homecoming

UPDATE: Thanks to Tom for sorting me a proper picture – the mental gif I had from their myspace was …well…mental.

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Rider / Badges and ways to make work more fun

April 2, 2007 at 2:24 pm (Badges, Riders)

Morale at work has always been something thats interested me – not to sound like a dick but whenever I work in a team I end up being the morale booster or motivator (there’s probably a better term for this out there) so I always end up considering what brings people together and aids productivity blah blah. I’ve been thinking about this a lot more recently since Russell Davies pointed me in the direction of  the  Order Of The Science Scouts of Exemplary Repute and Above Average Physiques. I really like the idea of team badges and jackets. Something else I’ve been thinking about recently is Riders. Being on tour for a couple of weeks with about 8 bands makes you unable to forget about riders – they must be there and if not you either get an earful from the tour manager or the band might not play. I don’t see why only bands get to have riders – I’m pretty good at my job and I don’t see why I can’t have a rider – I’m going to make one and start sending it out with my CV – any suggestions for things that should be on there welcome – so far I have.

Project-wise

1 X Working Mac laptop with latest OSX, working printer connection, Limewire, Acquisition, Bittorrent, Firefox and a licenced version of the latest Offic.

1 X Not broken chair

2 X  Moleskine notebooks – 1 small, 1 large – both lined.

Daily

1 X Latte with 1 sugar (to be at desk by 10am)

1 X Large bottle of Evian.

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There’s a bunch of other stuff that I came up with but I can’t remember it now – it would be cool if you had an assistant who could download all the music from your favorite mp3 blogs and put them in a folder everyday.

Anyway  for pure hilarity read Iggy Pop’s rider – its amazing.

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20 Days To Break A Habit…….

March 29, 2007 at 4:46 pm (Google Earth, John Battelle, Kevin Federline, Rebecca Solnit, Second Life, Wanderlust, Worldwide)

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……….20 days to make one – ok so I know I’ve been crazy slack at blogging recently so I’m really gonna try hard and get back into it although I’d rather be out walking the city listening to tunes. I’ve been reading this book for the past couple of days – Wanderlust: The History of Walking – its soooo good.
First up, I heard about this Keven Federline branded search engine Search With Kevin – its powered by Yahoo and is obviously not aimed at me but I think its a really good idea. The thing I think is interesting is whether or not the people that pay for the branding (Kev’s record label) have access to the search data – imagine that, you’d be able to directly tap into the mind set of your audience – find out exactly what they were up to, or at least things that they’re into. I was chatting to someone the other day who mentioned this guy John Battelle who seems to be some kind of search guru – anyway he calls search engines “databases of intentions” which is a really good term – knowing the ‘intentions’ of your audience surely is one of the most important tools there is so by having your own ‘database’ that your customers use would just be amazing.

Here are a couple of interesting articles from earlier in the year about how Google is maybe planning on moving into the virtual world territory a la Second Life but using Google Earth – articles from Tech Crunch and Google Earth Blog – I don’t know about Google Earth becoming a virtual social type thingy  – the great thing about Second Life is that it only exists virtually – who knows, watch this space.

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Seriously…..

March 27, 2007 at 10:35 pm (Amy Winehouse, Hot Chip)

 

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……… I’ve had my issues with Winehouse in the past but this remix has just blown me away – its like some Juke meets Ronnettes craziness – seriously – seriously

Amy Winehouse – Rehab (Hot Chip Remix)

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I’m Back!

March 19, 2007 at 10:34 pm (Gerard McMann)

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So I’ve been on tour for the past couple of weeks with a bunch of bands, The Noisettes, GoodBooks, Foals, Fear of Flying, Kid Harpoon and Assembly Now – I’m completely exhausted but it was amazing. The other good thing is that maybe I’ll have some time to get the blog back to where it should be. This week I’ll hopefully be blogging about the bands and maybe getting some mixtapes from the DJs we had on the tour – for now here’s my favorite tune of the moment.

Gerard McMann – Cry Little Sister

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SORRYSORRYSORRYSORRYSORRY

March 5, 2007 at 11:08 pm (George Pringle, Toto, Wes Fif)

Hey kids – shit has been mad hectic of late – the tour I’ve been working on starts on Wednesday and basically I’ve been working really hard and finding it difficult to turn my laptop on when I get home. My poor eyes and brain can’t take it – anyway here’s a couple of treats. (oh  and this photo is a sign on one of the cupboards in my office)

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Don’t know if I mentioned how surpised I was by the music that gets played in my office – well I was surprised – I don’t want to mention too much but let it be known that I didn’t really know this song before I started my job and now its one of my faves.

Toto – Africa

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Don’t know where I first heard about George Pringle, it may have been Slutty Fringe who is also a fan. The thing I love most about her is the way that she keeps her posh accent at a time when its so fashionable to accentuate your Laarndaaan accent. Production could use some work but hey its a myspace demo – the lyrics are great.

George Pringle – Kill Her If You Can Loverboy

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And finally I got this tune from Discobelle the other week  and its seriously been destroying me and also the office (I never said we ONLY listened to Toto) – the synths are so good and work so well – its like soft southern crunk meets ‘Meet Me At the Love Parade’. Wes Fif is sooo good. Best Lyric – ‘Go to school, get a book, be a lawyer.’

Wes Fif – Haters Everywhere

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