The internet can certainly be a fun and helpful tool that brings people together, makes information available to billions and allows us to share fascinating videos instantly. However, sometimes we all stumble across things online that make us want to throw our high-tech laptops out of the window and run for the hills – and this year has had its fair share of those kind of links…
‘Chinese Food’ by Alison Gold
The man behind Rebecca Black’s infamous single ‘Friday’ is back, and having covered the tricky topic of the days of the week he’s now given another little girl the chance to become a pop star with a truly dreadful song about Chinese food. Yes, the evil genius has created another bizarre music video to mess with our minds. Lucky Alison cheerfully enjoys a ‘beautiful’ meal of egg rolls and wanton soup before making friends with a panda, all while expressing her love for Chinese cuisine over the top of a cheap electronic backing track. It might make you reach for the takeaway, but you won’t be hungry for more of these tacky tunes.
‘Half of Me’ by Geri Halliwell
If Alison Gold wasn’t enough to make you vow never to listen to music again, perhaps this will do the trick. Ginger Spice is back with a song so cheesy that it will probably give you nightmares. Determined to tarnish the memory we have of her as one fifth of the biggest girl group of all time, Halliwell jumps around against a white background with a group of people in the music video for ‘Half of Me‘, shoe-horning in some ‘wacky’ dancers and people in costumes, while singing about her joy at finding her ‘other half’. Time for another Spice Girls reunion, perhaps?
Vintage Halloween costumes
While most people were tweeting photos of their own costumes this Halloween, others were sharing links to some much scarier variations from back in the day. Vintage Halloween costumes in black and white or sepia photographs have a really chilling vibe to them, and even though you want to stop looking you’ll find yourself clicking through right to the end of the collection and wishing you hadn’t.
But you didn’t need to sleep tonight anyway, right?
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Whatever kind of mother you are – stay at home, work at home, work in an office – Friday is always SO welcome. For me it means adult conversation and 50% more grown-ups in the house, which in turn means I have 50% more time to do really important stuff like go to the rugby club and drink beer. Or watch Strictly Come Dancing.
In the old days child-free days of full-time work, 5pm on a Friday would mean pub time; these days I like to get in the weekend mood by cranking up Spotify at tea time and having a mini dance party in the kitchen. Even more fun now Elfie’s stopped putting her hands over her ears when I sing (“Mummy STOP! Don’t LIKE IT”). For this reason I have compiled a specific Friday playlist, full of pop music from a while ago to present day.
So when it comes to that time of day pour yourself a glass of wine and stick this on. For that extra frisson of not knowing what’s coming next put the playlist on ‘random’ – we are living on the edge here.
Oh and the playlist is called ‘Mummy Needs Wine’, for obvious reasons. You are welcome.
PS: If you’re reading this in an RSS reader you may need to click through to see the playlist!
Buraka Som Sistema, Bestival 2009
In those old-time single gal days there was nothing better than a weekend at a music festival. As long as there was a hotel room or holiday cottage included, natch. In fact, the last time I camped at a festival was at Reading 2002… that’s 10 YEARS AGO. In fact, here’s a blurry photo as evidence: I think that’s a can of Strongbow I’m toting, thank goodness I moved on to Malbec and Malborough Sauvignon.
Will and I did lots of them as a couple (bar Glastonbury, which is planned with a Winnebago next year): Field Day, Wireless, Leeds, Sonar, Roskilde… Bestival was the last festival we went to pre-babies so it’ll always have a special place in my heart and I can’t wait to go back in a couple of years.
If you are luckier than me and are able to get away for some musical R+R on the Isle of Wight next weekend then read on. My friends at Arcadia are giving away a pair of tickets and it couldn’t be easier to enter: just head on over to their Facebook page.
And if you win, have a Strongbow for me.
I never much liked Robyn… always found her a bit whiney. And short floppy undercuts – bleugh (apart from yours Adele, yours rocks). But I am totally into her new album, still whiney but much more manageable.
The video for the single ‘Call Your Girlfriend’ is pretty special; so simple yet very powerful.
However, this version by Bon Appetempt completely blows it out of the water. I imagine this is what I look like when I do a Zumba class. With less co-ordination:
Bon Appetempt covers Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend” from jeana sohn on Vimeo.
Link via For Me, For You.
I am a creature of habit. I like to eat at the same restaurant, go on holiday to the same place, eat the same food. I like routine.
I don’t like to deviate from my favourite musical artists because in a sense I feel I am betraying them; I understand this is very, very weird. So when I discover new music I tend to stick to it like a barnacle. I become obsessed, listening to it over and over.
Meet my new obsession: Cocknbullkid, aka Anita Blay.
I first got into her in 2008 when I met her on a Halloween night out. Here she is -
And here am I on that same night. Terrifying.
Shortly after this spooky night out she appeared on the Jules Holland show, and then went quiet for a while. It would seem she got signed (to Island), deleted me from her facebook friends (SOB) and worked on a kick ass album that was recently released. I’m sure you can see where this was going, but basically I can’t stop listening to it.
I think the ‘Hold on to Your Insecurity’ video is absolutely adorable. A great sentiment.
‘Asthma Attack’ was filmed in my old ‘hood of Broadway Market and makes me feel terribly homesick. London, send me some cash and I’ll be back for you, baby!
You can follow Anita on Twitter or buy her album on iTunes.
Music has always been a huge part of our family’s life. My husband works in the music business, we met and fell in love at a music venue and we have spent our relationship flitting between clubs, gigs and festivals. I try to go with him to his shows when I can but it’s obviously a bit harder these days.
I have so many amazing memories of 2009; our ‘year of fun’ when we decided to be completely irresponsible and simply work to play – mostly at summer festivals! We went to Sonar in Barcelona, Roskilde in Copenhagen, Bestival on the Isle of Wight and all the London festivals.
This year will be a little less hectic, we’re off on a short ‘work’ trip to Ibiza soon but will keep all our festivals London-based and there’ll be no crazy afterparties to interfere with little teething people.
Glastonbury is coming up, and although I won’t be there this year I know lots of people who will be. Orange have released the official Glasto Festival app which this year features a planner in association with the Guardian Guide, interactive map with listings, a news section and the ability to share line-ups with your friends via Facebook.
The app is completely free to download and is your pocket-sized festival guru!
There’s also a really handy video to show you how to use the app:
I would highly recommend this app if you’re off to Glasto this year; and I will be very jealous!