Monday, 17 May 2010

Dance Critters at the FA Cup Final

I went to the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium last Saturday. As a Portsmouth fan, it was my second visit in three years for the end-of-season football showpiece, and probably the last time I'll ever go there to watch my team, as they head for the gutters.

It's a big place, full of big noise - and not just us fans laughing at Saloman Kalou's hilarious first half miss. There's also the big noise of the public address system. The stadium deejay "treated" us to some very very loud Florence + The Machine, Paulo Nutini, Pixie Lott...oh, deep joy. He also played the two sets of fans a "special" song each: firstly Chelsea had something that sounded like The Small Faces, but was probably some hapless major-label indie band; then he played us Pompey fans...nope, not Mike Oldfield's jolly sailor tune Portsmouth...but Franz Ferdinand's Take Me Out. It's an okay tune and all that, but the looks of bemusement all around me said it all. Pompey's special tune? Nah.

The song I had going around my head all day was Dance Critters by The Colorblind James Experience (no jokes at the expense of goalkeeper David James's bright pink kit here, please!).

'Tis funny how irrelevant tunes swim around at random.

Pictured is Chuck Cuminale, aka Colorblind James. The first album by his band is a highly recommended toe-tapping mix of country-allsorts with some memorable lyrics. Read all about them on the linked blog.

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Tommy's Cat Food Quiz

Tommy has just woken up after a long day asleep in a bowl in the bath. He has dreamt up a cat food quiz for us. Translate the following flavours from packets of Felix (naming the language is optional):

1. Con Buey

2. Au Colin
3. Mit Lamm
4. Med Vildt
5. Med Kyckling
6. Sisältää Sardiinia
7. Met Tonijn
8. Mit der Maus (are you sure about this one, Big T?)

Tommy will post the answers in the Comments in a week or so (if he remembers).

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

New songs from Misty's Big Adventure

<a href="">Dumb Head by Misty's Big Adventure</a>

Misty's Big Adventure have two new tunes up on Bandcamp for just one of your Earth pounds! Dumb Head is a cover of a song from the early 1960s (I know the version by Sharades, recorded by Joe Meek, and it's fantastic!); There's Someone At The Window is the sort of scaredycat ska that they do so well.

Their new album will be with us in a few months, and I can't wait!