December 31, 2006 at 11:18 pm (Albums, Baile Funk, Blogs, Brooklyn, Future Classic, Good Stuff, Hossam Ramzy, ipod)

Oh well I had a shit ton  of stuff prepared to say for NY but I guess the party caught up with me – just play this tune and have a good NY – I know its old but this is my NY tune

DJ Ayres – Broke Ass Home


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Susan Christie – Paint A Lady

December 30, 2006 at 12:14 pm (folk, Susan Christie)

274296l.jpg I picked this CD up in NY a while ago – I’ve been listening to loads of folk of late and there were all sorts of quotes from Madlib on the cover saying how she was amazing. To me it sounds a little like Dusty Springfield singing with Calexico. I hear she’s from Philly. I’d defo recommend Paint A Lady – its got some big choral finale thats pretty good.  Anyway I hope every one is having a good xmas and looking forward to a good NY – I’m pretty sick of this year to be honest but fingers crossed for 07.

I’d planned to sit down and read a bunch of books that I got from santa but all I’ve managed is to watch about 4 rediculous films a day – yesterday was 2 films with Donald Sutherland and Critters – fuck me that film sucks.

Susan Christie – Rainy Day

Susan Christie – Paint A Lady

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Teen Comedy Romance Will Rot Your Brain

December 23, 2006 at 11:09 am (Grumble Grumble, Schemes)

1883776-along_the_river-norwich.jpgUgh so the pre Christmas unemployment madness reached its zenith yesterday with a mammoth session that comprised of watching all 3 American Pie movies back to back, Bring It On and some rediculous Julia Stiles film where she falls in love with a real live prince. I don’t know what it is about cheesy teen films but seriously its like crack. I think having to do a typing test, data entry test and a spelling test at Office Angels really threw me sideways – it was like I was 13 again! Anyway I’m back off to the glorious nation of Norwich today so hopefully my mum will feed me enough fish and spinach so I can get my head back into shape and start writing about good stuff. Before the pod died I had planned to upload my 100 favorite songs of the year on New Years Eve but I don’t know that thats going to happen although I’ll hopefully come up with something.

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In other news…….Viking burial on the horizon.

December 18, 2006 at 8:39 pm (ipod, Youtube)

Mypod died last week – well its almost dead – no warranty, hasn’t talked to my computer for ages and after I dropped it last week (see below) it won’t charge. I’m thinking of making a little boat or getting one, filling it full of paper and giving mypod a viking burial? Its funny as there’s about 15/20 minutes left of play but I don’t know what to listen to – should I put it on shuffle? Should I listen to my most played tunes? I think shuffle would be the fairest way to do it.





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Beep Beep

December 18, 2006 at 7:39 pm (Branding, Mini Cooper, Planning)

So the other Sunday I was walking along Notting Hill Gate and saw this………

I’d never really seen projections used on a proper campaign – I know Loaded did that big thing on the side of the Houses Of Parliament. When I got closer I realised that they had another one of the floor and then it got a little bit interesting………….

I was really excited about this last week when I first saw it but now I kinda think its rubbish. Yes its all very technical and clever how the car knows that you tapped on it and then goes up onto the screen but… It was a rainy Sunday night in Notting Hill. Notting Hill is populated by a large number of people who do not walk about in the rain. Those that are walking around are probably not that likely to stop and have a play – I did but then I’d had 4 pints and I like shiny interactive things BUT as soon as I stepped on the car again and the same car went up it was game over – I’d already seen that animation. Surely it wouldn’t be too hard to make sure that the same animation doesn’t go up 2wice in a row. I don’t know how long it was there for – I should check.

Here’s an idea – if Mini’s are meant to be all smart and sexy and cool – why not set aside a few hundred to act as executive / high end taxi’s for corporate xmas parties – yeah bad idea at xmas when everyone is super fucked but how cool would that be – they could only be available from certain events or something – they’re actually really spacious and a whole lot nicer than a cab – also it would feel like you’re getting a lift home – I dunno maybe not such a good idea but its got to be better than having stupid Foxtons branded Minis running all over the city – everyone hates Foxtons. Ooooh also, I remember reading about Grand Master Flash and those guys back in the day – they were getting pretty famous and used to ride around in limos. They only ever used 1 limo company and they always gave them mixtapes – everyone wanted to use those limos because they had the best tunes. Mini could do this and they’d have special CDs made for them by cool people (obviously people who are into Minis would probably like some Dido or Groove Armada) but if it was say, Fashion week you could really push the boat (or Mini) out.

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Big Southern Rap Impresario

December 15, 2006 at 5:06 pm (Coffee Morning, Credit To The Nation, Dazed and Confused, Greco Roman, Hossam Ramzy, Jay Z, Mixtape, Sup Magazine)

hossam.jpgSo I went to see Hossam Ramzy the other night and he was great – back when I was about 11 my mum got really into bellydancing. She did it for a few years and got pretty good although I never saw her dance – anyway she used to drive me to school back then and it was great because we always listened to all this Egyptian and Turkish music – she had a shit load of Hossam Ramzy cassettes. I wonder whether this is why I love kebabs so much?

Jay-Z ft UGK – Big Pimpin

Hossam Ramzy – Khusara, Khusara

I’ve got lots of stuff to talk about but my brain isn’t really in gear – I went to the Moshi Moshi party last night and chatted to one of the guys from Hot Club De Paris about how much we loved Credit To The Nation – expect some posts about that soon. Then we rolled over to the ‘Sup Magazine
party and danced a little to the Greco Roman guys. Then it was off to the Dazed and Confused xmas party but by then I was tired and to be honest it wasn’t much cop.

I did manage to drag myself out of bed to attend Russell Davies Coffee Morning although today it was hosted by Richard whose blog Adliterate is really rather clever. Lots of interesting people and much chat was had about brands and blogs although not much from from me but hey mouse by name mouse by nature.

Oh and Patwork Pirates have a party tonight at the Russian Bar on Kingsland Rd – Skull Juice and Casper from Fluokids are DJing – I’m not going but you should. They made a promo mix here which is really rather good.

Patchwork Pirates – Xmas Bump Promo Mix

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Sorry to hear…..

December 15, 2006 at 1:53 am (Ahmet Ertegun)


Ahmet Ertegun, Founding Chairman of Atlantic Records, Dies at 83
Thursday December 14, 6:10 pm ET


NEW YORK, NY–(MARKET WIRE)–Dec 14, 2006 — Ahmet Ertegun, Founding
Chairman of Atlantic Records, passed away today in New York City at
the age of 83. He had been hospitalized with a head injury since
October 29, when he fell backstage at a Rolling Stones concert at the
Beacon Theatre in Manhattan.


Dr. Howard A. Riina, Mr. Ertegun’s neurosurgeon at New York
Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center, said, “Mr.
Ertegun suffered a severe brain injury after he fell in October. He
was in a coma and passed away today with his family at his bedside.”


Mr. Ertegun will be buried in a private ceremony in his native Turkey.
A memorial service will be conducted in New York after the New Year.

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Music Is My Hot Sex – Part 3 – Rizla

December 13, 2006 at 4:29 pm (Branding, Cansei De Ser Sexy, Planning, Rizla, Schemes)


So the CSS gig was supposedly part of the Rizla ‘Inspired By’ music series where they ‘celebrate inspirational icons of music from the past, present through to the emerging talent of today.’ Supposedly they went to CSS and they said Jarvis although it would appear that they already knew him and had worked with him and he only came out and sang the one duet. I didn’t know any of this until I checked out the Rizla website – there didn’t seem to be any Rizla branding anywhere except for the stupid video screens which you can see here and here.

So here is my beef

1) What do those videos say about Rizla and being inspired?

2) If this was a Rizla event then why, as a long time smoker of Rizla, did I have to pay £11 to get in?

3) Will any of the 1500 at the gig remember that it was anything to do with Rizla?

This is the thing that annoys me about brands getting involved with music, they very rarely get it right. I went to some Smirnoff Experience night a while ago at Koko and it was rubbish – a couple of free cocktails and loads of wack burlesque (seriously they had break-dancers! what is this 1996?) – I also went to the Diesel U Music awards and it was awful – what does it really do to promote music? The party afterwards had some of the worst sound I’ve ever heard and the room was just filled with 21 year old project managers – getting completely twatted on the free booze.

I don’t mind this but if it was my brand I’d be asking what are we actually getting from chucking our brand all over some shonky awards ceremony or on the side of a CSS gig. I think Red Bull has it right with their Music Academy – basically prove yourself and we’ll send you half way across the world to hang out and watch seminars by people like Madlib, Four Tet or ?uestlove which is actually giving something back to people who are into music. I don’t see how putting your logo on the wall is going to make people buy more Rizla?

What I would do – Ok so Rizla have a ‘inspired by’ series – they like music, art, comedy etc and want to be involved but I think they’re missing their most useful tol – the actual pack of Rizla. Imagine if you went to see CSS and they were giving away free Rizla that had a cool CSS design on them. Each band could have their own design, logo, colorway – it could become this huge collectable thing – kinda like Nike with the colorways and each basketball team has their own colors etc or Adidas with its city series. You could even have a series with different lyrics inside. Then if you were trying to be cool and down with the art kids why don’t you release ltd edition art Rizla – have a competition and get people to submit and then the winner gets on the pack. You could do so much with the packaging – ‘inspired by’ – why not have a ltd edition Maharishi pack or team up with some writers and have quotes from their new book or perhaps famous quotes – seriously it could be like the modern day cigarette cards. In the same way that H&M and everyone else have teamed up with designers etc why don’t you just use the packaging to show people how cool and down you are with the kids.

Anyway I doubt it will happen, brands still seem to think chucking a bit of a logo about at a gig will sell more of whatever they’re trying to sell and maybe its too much hastle but just think of the potential!

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Music Is My Hot Sex – Part 2 – CSS

December 13, 2006 at 2:55 pm (Baile Funk, Cansei De Ser Sexy, CSS, Shy Child, Summer Banger!!!)

css.jpgOk so I had a lot of reservations about seeing CSS, I mean they have great songs but only a couple of months ago they were playing 93ft East and people were saying they were pretty ropey – I managed to catch a couple of songs when they played the Brooklyn Vegan show for CMJ and whilst they seemed like a great house party band I couldn’t imagine them beein very good in a venue like the Forum. Anyway I was wrong – the gig was one of the most fun and exiting shows I’ve been to in a while – the lead singer is bonkers but in that cute, 21 year old bursting with energy ways – she had mad fashions and just bounced all over the place. Musically it was a lot more punky than I expected and the while thing left me feeling like I’d been to a Blondie gig circa 1979. The last 2 songs were Alcohol which was a duet with Jarvis Cocker who actually came on stage and sang which surpised me and Music Is My Hot Sex which is one of my favorite songs of the year.

The Sound Of Indie has a live version of Music Is My Hot Sex and The Daily Growl has an MP3 of Alcohol.

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Music Is My Hot Sex – Part 1 – Shy Child

December 13, 2006 at 2:22 pm (Brooklyn, Matt and Kim, Shy Child)

shychildkf.jpgOk so I’ve got some catching up to do what with the whole no one ever comments thing. So last Friday a friend of mine bought tickets to go and see Cansei De Ser Sexy at the Forum. We all met in some rubbish pub before hand which is where I found out that one of the support acts was Shy Child. I had only found out about them the day before from another friend but I’ve completely fallen for them – another brooklyn 2wo piece, and like Matt and Kim its just drums and keys. I found these tunes on tinternet, they’re old but I’m not allowed to post the new songs I’ve got but trust me they’re great. Enjoy.

Shy Child – Summer

Shy Child – The Noise Won’t Stop

Buy their album here.

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December 13, 2006 at 1:56 am (Dave Chappelle, Malcom Gladwell)

Just been rolling around on youtube as I do and remembered these videos – don’t dare open my mouth about it when it almost 2am here but I’m sure my boy Malcom Gladwell has something to say.

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Here’s a treat.

December 12, 2006 at 6:11 pm (Long Blondes)

longblondes2.jpgJust on my way out the door – off to the Napster xmas party and then on to some Ray-Ban thing with The Duke Spirit! – oh no! I just read the invite and I thought I was going to see the Long Blondes – humph! Well that slightly ruins this post as I was going to chat about my favorite xmas tune. I love the Long Blondes and this song has some of their best lyrics ‘came back from late night shopping, saw your shadow on the curtain’, ‘stood by the fireplace, you look rediculous’ and the genius ‘no mum don’t worry about me I’ll just have fish and chips for tea’. They really do have an amazing way with words – oh well I guess I’m not going to see them after all – oh well the Duke Spirit are alright.

The Long Blondes – Christmas is Cancelled (live)

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All I Do Is Watch Youtube

December 12, 2006 at 3:24 am (Blogs, Grumblemouse, Youtube)

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December 12, 2006 at 1:26 am (chomsky)

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You Never Even Say Hello!

December 9, 2006 at 3:28 pm (Blogs, Branding, Grumble Grumble, Grumblemouse, MP3 Blog)


I’ve been meaning to have this little chat for a while but as usual I kinda just swept it under the carpet and left it but today we shall address it. Why does no one ever comment? I know some people do and thank you for commenting – its very rewarding. I guess at the moment I spend a disproportionate amount of time on my sofa, laptop on lap, tap tapping away but it can be hella lonely writing all this stuff, seeing all the stats about how many people come and visit but then having an empty comments box. Do you care that I’m writing this blog? Did you like the tune that you downloaded last Thursday?


Anyway I’ve decided that until I get 20 comments on this post then I’m not writing anymore – to help you think of something to say I’m considering starting a new blog about branding, music tech stuff and general marketingy things – have you found any of the articles I’ve posted about helpful or interesting? I’m not doing this blog to make new friends but it would be nice if people said hey or thank you or ‘eh yo Grumblemouse why don’t you check this out?’


So there – comment or the Stupid Hat gets it!

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Help The Jaded – Grumblemouse ft Whodini Editon

December 7, 2006 at 3:22 pm (Grumblemouse, Help The Jaded, Whodini)


So this is how it goes down tonight and you better believe I’m playing this tune at least twice – fucking love Whodini.


Whodini – What People Do For Money

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December 6, 2006 at 2:33 pm (Charles Leadbeater, Koop, Start The Week)

fem_phone.jpgOh how I love RSS or XML or podcasts whatever you want to call it – I just went through my itunes podcasts and found this new Koop tune. It sounds quite swingy, maybe a bit like that Herbert tune. Anyway I’m off out for a walk – I’ve been signing up to temp agencies all morning and I can feel my soul weep

‘so do you have any skills’

‘um yeah well I produced a 2 month, 7 city music and film festival’

‘yes dear thats nice but what about answering phones or running diaries’

‘um yes I can use a phone’

Anyway most of them you can sign up for online so I’ve been catching up with Start The Week which is my favorite radio show – intersting stuff today but I couldn’t concentrate too well on account of the construction outside my house – anyway I’m pretty annoyed as I missed Charles Leadbetter talk a few weeks back, I downloaded the first few chapters of his book-in-progress from his site and its pretty interesting – his site says

Charles Leadbeater is a leading authority on innovation and creativity. He has advised companies, cities and governments around the world on innovation strategy and drawn on that experience in writing his latest book We-think: the power of mass creativity, which charts the rise of mass, participative approaches to innovation from science and open source software, to computer games and political campaigning.

So far its all been about wikipedia, Second Life etc and how user participation is going to be the biggest thing to business structure since Ford and his production line. Go download it here

Koop – Come To Me    buy

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Metalcore – who knew?

December 5, 2006 at 11:13 pm (Killswitch Engage, Metalcore)


So I’ve been in love with this tune for a while now – turns out I really like Metalcore which is odd because I don’t really like stuff this heavy but I think the juxtaposition of the heavy verses and kinda Emo choruses makes it work – also makes me think about my new favorite word dichotomous – don’t know whether its a real word but I like to think of it as dichotomouse – like a little mouse running around contradicting himself under the floorboards.

Killswitch Engage – My Last Serenade    buy

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Lonelygirl, Secondlife and why I can’t burn my brands.

December 5, 2006 at 10:16 pm (Branding, Little Loca, LonelyGirl15, Ninja Tune, Second Life, The Hill88)


So I’ve been checking this whole LonelyGirl15 thing for a while now and whilst its an amazing concept – multiple characters posting video blogs to create a whole story, letting people who comment on the videos effect the script line there are certain fundamental flaws – whilst towards the beginning of the ‘saga’ it was all quite believeable it has all gotten a bit farcical – a 16 year old runs away from home when her parents are kidnapped by some weird cult and all she does is video blog from a motel about her date with a handpuppet! Seriously there’s more but I won’t go into it just yet – defo check out the article in WIRED here and also the NY Times article here. To be honest though I’m kinda happier watching Little Loca (who is also not a real video blogger) or The Hill88 who is perhaps the best of them all and actually is just some girl from Australia talking to camera.

So Ninja Tune have set up a music video channel in Second Life – its called Ninja TV – there’s a little article on it here. I pitched a similar thing to the magazine that I had my interview with the other day – fingers crossed and all that. There’s an article on CNN about Second Life that I quoted in my interview – its a pretty good article and mentions A Loft hotels who recently opened the first virtual hotel in order to test run the design and functionality of the hotel – oh and of course to build some press hype. Read the article here

In other news I’ve been checking out some of the podcasts on Life In The Middle – its a blog written by a guy called Paul Colman who is the UK brand manager at Yakult (my bacterial brand of choice) and he interviews a bunch of people in the advertising / marketing world – today I listened to an interview with the head of creative at Innocent (the smoothie company) – interesting stuff – you can get it here. Neil Borman chatted about the Innocent sponsored Fruitstock a while ago although I can’t quite remember what he said however you have to marvel at the power of marketing, I never drink Innocent but today after the gym I bought some – it was very nice although I still find the stories about Monkey’s a little silly.

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Just a thought

December 5, 2006 at 1:25 am (Jungle, Metal, Ragga, Shoreditch, Skindred)

skindred.jpgSo tonight I went to my first metal gig and it was really interesting. I quite liked the music  – 2 bands I saw, one was called Dub Trio and were a trio that played Dub Metal and the second were called Skindred and and they played Ragga Metal – all very odd but the thing that I found interesting was the amount of ‘uncool’ people – maybe they weren’t uncool but perhaps just badly dressed (I’m not talking about the people that looked ‘Metal’) – anyway it got me thinking about a conversation I’d had a while ago with someone from the NFT marketing department about the death of subculture, scenes and the underground because nowadays as soon as something exists or people hear about it  it gets co-opted and turned into the mainstream – yes I thought then but no I think now – certain scenes – take for instance Shoreditch or whatever exist alongside a bunch of other scenes such as the fashion scene who will deem something cool, then yada yada yada tipping point etc and something becomes mainstream. However if something exists and people don’t find it cool then it won’t become mainstream and you still have an ‘underground’ scene. I’m still riffing on this idea so feel free to shoot me down but Metal or at least Ragga Metal is not cool – therefore it won’t get reported about in mainstream media – therefore it still has its own sustainable subculture – kinda like Jungle – its still happens even though we all gave up on it years ago – hmm still riffing but I like this.

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