Thursday, 2 September 2010

Greenbelt - Blue Nun DJ set

Also at Greenbelt this year, I did my first live DJ set in a very, very long time. I enjoyed it a bit too much. Here's the tracklist:

Adam Green - Tropical Island
Annette - Pineapple Princess
Caetano Veloso - Superbacana
Brigitte Bardot - Ca pourrait changer
Dean Martin - Tonda Wonda Hoy
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Vanessa from Queens
Eric Matthews - Fanfare
Number One Cup - Divebomb
The Clash - Wrong Em Boyo
Spoon - Finer Feelings
Otis Redding - I'm A Changed Man
Parliament - Testify
Sandy Gaye - Watch The Dog That Bring The Bone
Jean Jacques Perrey - Gossipo Perpetuo
Mark Mothersbaugh - Ping Island/Lightning Strike Rescue Op
Mohammed Rafi - Jaan Pechechaan Ho
Yegelle Tezeta - My Own Memory
Georgia Gibbs - Kiss Of Fire (1966 version)
Bonzo Dog Band - Trouser Press
Luther Vandross - Never Too Much
Phil Collins and Phillip Bailey - Easy Lover

I've put as many of these as I could find in a Spotify playlist. Spotify appears to be really bad on mid-90s American indie (Eric Matthews, Number One Cup) - who knew?


As I may have mentioned before, the burdens of real world finance have caused me to get a day-job, albeit a really cool one. I work for Greenbelt, an annual music and arts festival, writing their blog, managing volunteer teams, updating their website and generally being a nuisance.

An upshot of this is that I get to make fun things like the following...

My girlfriend used to work for Greenbelt and so, as a joke, some friends of hers bought her the Sylvanian Families marquee for Christmas. She took a few photos, called it Bunnybelt, and then we started thinking... we should do this properly.

So here are five films about Bunnybelt, all of which parody the extraordinary combination of faith, arts and justice that Greenbelt actually gives the world... We're horribly ungrateful like that...

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Tom Blair

I was simultaneously amused and creeped out by the cover of Tony Blair's forthcoming memoir "The Journey"...

The top half of his face is stern, the bottom half is smiling. Seriously, dude, PICK ONE EMOTION AND STICK WITH IT.

I decided to see what might happen if the top and bottom halves of my face did different things. Results below...

Saturday, 6 March 2010

Website Changes

Due to Blogger/Google closing down support for FTP Publishing (which I used extensively), this blog is now located at It's not annoying at all. Oh no. Please update your feed subscriptions to

The upside of this is that I've given my website a facelift. It's likely to change a bit over the next month or so.

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Tom's Highly Unscientific Top Ten of 2009!

As you may remember from last year, I'm building a masterpiece in my iPod, currently 24,664 items occupying 118.12 GB.

Now, I've been worrying about this list. As you may remember, I make an auto-playlist which lists my top ten most listened to tracks that were, according to my iTunes, released in 2009. This has several flaws. One, it means that tracks that were in no way released in 2009 get into the chart ("Lewis, Mistreated" by Radiohead is in the Top 20 despite it being released fourteen years previously). Two, tracks released earlier in the year fare better that ones released later in the year, as they have a chance to be listened to more. Three, iTunes doesn't (I believe) allow you to find out how many plays you've given a specific track in a specific year. This is understandable. It's borderline obsessive at best.

Again, the Top Ten is basically made up of four or five albums. Last year it was The National, Vampire Weekend, TV On The Radio, Black Kids and Fleet Foxes. This year, well... take a look.

1) "Actor Out Of Work" by St Vincent
2) "Black Rainbow" by St Vincent
3) "Laughing With A Mouth Of Blood" by St Vincent
4) "Lion In A Coma" by Animal Collective
5) "I'm On A Boat" by The Lonely Island w/ T-Pain
6) "Don't Upset The Rhythm" by Noisettes
7) "Never Forget You" by Noisettes
8) "No You Girls" by Franz Ferdinand
9) "Punch You In The Jeans" by The Lonely Island
10) "Uprising" by Muse

Allowing for only one track per artist, the Top Ten looks like this...

1) "Actor Out Of Work" by St Vincent
2) "Lion In A Coma" by Animal Collective
3) "I'm On A Boat" by The Lonely Island
4) "Don't Upset The Rhythm" by Noisettes
5) "No You Girls" by Franz Ferdinand
6) "Uprising" by Muse
7) "Not Fair" by Lily Allen
8) "Lewis, Mistreated" by Radiohead (seriously!)
9) "Runaway" by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
10) "Time's Arrow" by Jason Pegg

Which is good as it gets in Jason Pegg's amazing opening track from his bafflingly great solo album, but which is bad as I bought that album on the 22nd of December and it's at number 37 in the proper, non-artist adjusted chart.

Anyway, maybe iTunes will update by next year.

One thing that will be okay, though is my current all-time Top Ten!

1) "Finer Feelings" by Spoon - NON MOVER
2) "Blood On Our Hands" by Death From Above 1979 - NEW ENTRY
3) "You've Done It Again, Virginia" by The National - NEW ENTRY
4) "Florida" by Modest Mouse - NEW ENTRY
5) "The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret" by Queens of the Stone Age - NEW ENTRY
6) "Dancing Choose" by TV On The Radio - NEW ENTRY
7) "Widescreen" by Clearlake - NEW ENTRY
8) "I Want This Cyclops" by Destroyer - LAST YEAR'S NUMBER 6
9) "Friends" by Led Zeppelin - LAST YEAR'S NUMBER 4
10) "Tumbling Dice" by The Rolling Stones - NEW ENTRY

Overall, it's been a terrible year for albums. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs were disappointing, the Noisettes were good but upsetting, The Lonely Island's album was the patchiest thing ever, and Muse was kind of okay, but a bit ho-hum (much better than Black Holes & Revelations, though).

Top albums though, were Jason Pegg's album (which is, I think titled "Jason Pegg's Album") and St Vincent's "Actor". Both of which were generally brilliant.

In 2010, I'm looking forward to the long-gestating Clearlake album "Dark Blue" and Vampire Weekend, and hopefully something amazing that will surprise me. Fingers crossed!

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Writer, Screenwriter. Born in the late Seventies. Likes marzipan.