Saturday, February 27, 2010

The narrative princess and the online ogre

Part one: Long story short? 

The following articles represent a series of reflections on the process of starting a music magazine. More particularly, on whether revitalizing long form music journalism might be a breath of fresh air or just a sad attempt to turn grandma’s wedding dress into contemporary streetwear. It might turn, as some point, intro a real-life product. Just as well, I may end up accepting that history never repeats itself, although it would sure love to.

If you’re here for the pictures, please excuse my wordiness and move on to the next post. Or the previous. Or wherever you want, there’s plenty of fun stuff to waste some time with around here. 

Read  part two
Read part three

Friday, February 19, 2010

The Lights, The Amateurs and Doll & The Kicks @ The Hare and Hounds

So last Thursday I decided to catch this gig at the the Hare and Hounds. I even gave up the NME Awards concert for it. 5 hours, 3 buses and a taxi later, after a long walk from Moseley to King's Heath, here are my conclusions:

1. The Lights is possibly the cheesiest band I've heard in a looooong time. Their music is, by definition, chick flick music. But don't get me wrong - I'm not talking Sleepless in Seattle or The Notebook. I'm talking Grey's Anatomy. And for all you fans out there - this is not a compliment.




2. If you have fun on the stage and play something honest and straightforward, people will love you, even if your music doesn't quite reinvent the wheel. The Amateurs proved it.




3. Doll & The Kicks are totally amazing! Hannah Scanlon has the voice and the personality of a crazy diva and kept me glued to the stage.




All in all, it was worth going all the way to King's Heath for this gig, though I'm still sorry I didn't get to see The Big Pink and all the other bands at O2 Academy. Which reminds me of the fourth conclusion:

4. Living in Perry Barr is about as exciting as helping an old lady cross the street.

Full review on Spaghetti Junction's blog.

And of course, the pics:

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Glenshee, Scotland



Who said you can't ski in UK? You have to go all the way to Scotland, it's a seven hour drive from Birmingham, but you definitely won't regret it. Great runs, magnificent landscapes and lots of sheep. What more could I wish for this winter?

Ok, maybe this :)

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

DIY-mania

Lately, I've been in a DIY phase. Cutting milk jugs to use as diffusers for my flash. Sacrificing boxes and buying desk lamps, torches and tons of different types of paper to improvise a small bedroom studio. Painting silly faces on oranges and apples to use as test subjects. Which eventually led me to this:

ioana & mihai

Meet me and my brother. I have a busy life, what can I say.