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A great polemic on Apple’s iTunes April 25, 2011

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Great editorial on Apple’s iTunes – http://m.engadget.com/default/article.do?artUrl=http://www.engadget.com/2011/04/25/editorial-hey-apple-why-does-it-take-an-hour-to-put-an-album-o/&category=classic&postPage=1

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Loving The Modfather March 24, 2011

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Had a fab time out with Gale at the Metro Arena Newcastle to see the Modfather himself on the rescheduled gig from December 2010.

The Modfather was supported by The Rifles who had a very tight set.

The Wellermaster was in great form ably supported on lead guitar by Stevie Craddock. A decent variety of tracks with almost the whole of the new album with highlights including Wake up the nation , Trees, Bright star. Classic tracks included Strange Town, Broken Stones, Start, Peacock Suit, Sha La La La, You do something to me (for the couples) and of course the legendary Changing Man.

Would the last person in Myspace please turn iff the lighrs? March 8, 2011

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It’s not often that Myspace friend requests make me laugh, cry or even gasp with shock, especially as Myspace now resembles a derelict building full of spammers and teen-bothering nonces. The last friend request to genuinely disturb me was this guy who added me as a friend, and when I accepted, chose to add to the comments section of my page video clips of himself…shall we say…manipulating his genitals with a view to achieving orgasm? Since then I’ve had to screen all incoming comments and approve them on arrival, like a sort of Passport Control for a soon to be abandoned country.

Yesterday I received yet another invite from some random band asking to be friends on Myspace, and as Myspace now allows the sender to add a line of dialogue to their friend request, the band sent me this as their opening gambit:

“Hi Mike, we are (band name witheld) and we’d like you to be our friend on here and check out our music. We’re very much along the same lines as Coldplay and Snow Patrol, hope you enjoy our page”.

I thought to myself Yes! This band sounds right up my alley! I’m just the sort of person a Coldplay/Snow Patrol type of band is aimed at:

I’m early to mid forties
I wear combat trousers at the weekend ’cause it makes a change from the shirt and tie
I bought the last Manics albumand The Best Of Robbie ‘Wobbly Head’ Williams for my wife at crimbo.
I lap up bland-as-chalk-dust crap on the telly like Miss Marple, Diagnosis Murder and Outnumbered.
My favourite comedian is Lee Evans (God he really is the new Norman Wisdom isn’t he?).
I drive a Nissan Note company car and have aspirations of owning a ******* jeep.

Needless to say I immediately approved this band’s request and placed them at the top of my friends list for all to see. But it’s irrelevant where I placed this fine example of middle-class coffee-table alt-rock ********, because by the look of things Myspace has literally just a few months left to run.

Loving The Modfather February 6, 2011

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Had a fab time out with Gale at the Metro Arena Newcastle to see the Modfather himself on the rescheduled gig from December 2010.

The Modfather was supported by The Rifles who had a very tight set.

The Wellermaster was in great form ably supported on lead guitar by Stevie Craddock. A decent variety of tracks with almost the whole of the new album with highlights including Wake up the nation , Trees, Bright star. Classic tracks included Strange Town, Broken Stones, Start, Peacock Suit, Sha La La La, You do something to me (for the couples) and of course the legendary Changing Man.

Celebrities and their Twitter free silence ermmmmm December 9, 2010

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>> Death’s tweet release <<
Celebrities' social suicide

Neatly proving just how ineffective social media actually is, 18 celebrities (and Jay Sean) sacrificed their "digital lives" for charity last week, vowing to stop updating their Twitter and Facebook feeds. Social network silence from Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake and others until their fans donated a million dollars to the Keep A Child Alive campaign to help fight AIDS. With six days gone, donations were still under $300k. The celebs got restive – Usher just plain gave up and started tweeting – so a billionaire patsy, and longtime AIDS funder Stewart Bahr, was drafted in to pay it off.

It would have cost the celebs' 35 million combined followers less than 3 cents each to buy back their lives and get them tweeting again, so it appears their fans are staunchly pro-AIDS, or no-one really cared very much about what they had to say in the first place.

FYI Serena Williams inadvertently summed up the campaign's biggest problem in her last tweet and testament: "[It means] no more news about me winning more Grand Slams, selling books, winning gold medals, owning AMAZING football teams or pioneering fashion until we raise some serious cash". Is it any wonder people wanted her silenced?
http://bit.ly/huo25w

Cancelled Paul Weller……. December 1, 2010

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Found out at 1.50 that tonights Paul Weller gig at Metro Arena Newcastle was cancelled. Very miffed off – have been looking forward to this since getting tickets for my birthday.

Show cancelled due to very poor weather conditions. On the forums people were hopping mad that only 25% of audience managed to get to Sheffield gig last night. Personally I am delighted as I was worried about leaving Bingly and the awful weather and the sleet is rolling in again. Due to be rescheduled in Jan/Feb so nice to have something to look forward to in the new year.

Blackberry + Black Eyed Peas? = Fergies Pin!! February 16, 2010

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I hear that Blackberry are sponsoring the Black Eyed Peas world tour. This appears to be the way Rim are moving in broadening their appeal following their U2 sponsorship last year. Any chance we could get Fergies Pin for a little on tour BBM!!!

Roxy Music – Jealous Guy February 15, 2010

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Paul Weller Brand New Start Acoustic February 14, 2010

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One of my fave weller solo tracks

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Hot Leather Cherries – Damn Fine February 14, 2010

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Nice to see Hal and the boys making some great music and hope everything goes well for them. They are called Hot Leather Cherries. Keep up the good work!