Monthly Archives: November 2007

Attention Music Lovers!

It’s that time again, it’s where I get all excited about the year’s tunes, it’s where half my list gets ditched by the wayside due to not reaching the magic 7 or above number, it’s where the aforementioned 7 and above get their chance to be hailed as my album of the year – 2007 this time around!

The first thing I took note of was the shocks of 2007 and there were several artists that I had positive feelings about way back in January.

Crowded House were the first to shock. I know they’re pretty mainstream (one of my most mainstream listens) but they should have left well alone. 4.2 does not equal a return to form.

Ed Harcourt released an album he should be ashamed of. I called this guy ‘Tom Waits’ little brother’ a few years ago, being so impressed with him – no longer! 4.3

Devandra Banhart was another that disappointed, also getting the 4.3 grade.

I was dubious about a Beastie Boys instrumental to be honest, even though it’s been done before, and no, I don’t like this one. 4.4

Björk was another that released her worst album so far and this changes my old routine of making sure I have the entire album collection of an artist I admire. Admire her I do but there is no way I’m buying her 4.5 rated album.

Tori Amos released easily her worst ever album, garnering a massive 5 on the Deniz scale.

Interpol’s was one that I returned to after reading

‘s glowing report of. I liked it more but can not give it any more listens. It had its chance and it got 6.2.

PJ Harvey almost made it with 6.8 but cutting the mustard was not the order of the day as far as she was concerned.

And how are the stats?

176 albums were listened to, with an average score of 5.9 (thanks for that little extra, Excel!)

107 received 6.9 or below and will join the vaults of previous years.

39 made the 7 – 7.9 cut and are the project for the next week or so.

21 made the 8 – 8.9 cut and will be listened to directly after the 7’s have been sorted.

9 made the 9 – 9.9 cut and will fight for the number one spot right up until 31st December (which is when the decision was made in 2005).

This year is as exciting as 2005 and it’s going to be a fun month!

Stay tuned!

[Edit: Forgot to tell you that this year the wooden spoon goes to Deerhoof and their monstrosity Friend Opportunity – man that is one awful album (Kate Nash was one place above it)! I gave it a whopping 2!

Fame, fame, fatal fame…

… it can play hideous tricks on the brain…

I’ve got another interview up:

Heidi’s Pick Six – Mark Deniz

I want to say a big thank you here to Heidi (

) for asking me to do this and for bearing with me while I got behind with stuff. She’s an absolute gem and does a lot for those in the industry without expecting anything in return!

I think you’re fab Heidi!


Too f**king right!

It looks like I’m going to see these guys on Tuesday:

Editors in Stockholm

*goes all squeey and stuff*

New Music Please!

And it has almost come to pass, that the cut-off point for new music this year is upon me!

I have 139 albums on the list and on Friday they will all be in their four grading folders:


and then the hugely enjoyable task of working with the 70+ begins on Saturday (1st December).

It’s my last chance to get new stuff before the deadline on Thursday, so what’s cut the mustard for you lot, what has made you jump up and down with raw joy upon listening (or raised a wry smile, depending on your emotional expenditure within the world of music)?

But remember, it had better be good, or else, none of this fobbing me off with Foo Fighters and such as a certain pocket_unv tried!

N.B.: Album must have been released between 1st December 2006 and 30th November 2007.

*awaits new stuff*

It’s on now!

It seemed that Word War was the kick I needed!

September Rain:

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19,794 / 50,000

I’m on form now and my only worry is that most of the ‘big’ scenes have taken place, leaving me with all those description thingies left… *shudders*

Eat my words (or words to that effect)!

I’m going out in style – I’m having a Word War!

I was allowed to pick a max of four and decided to go for those around my figure (who are also all live journal users) and so:

mushkush, mallory_blog, dragon_crier, and ambasadora

are you ready (cause I don’t know if I am!)?


N.B. this is intended as a pep for those (like me) are behind and so I hope it’s not taken the wrong way (considering the week I’ve had).

After the Rain

September Rain:

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15,061 / 50,000

(lookie, there is a new title!)

The 1,195 word count stayed as it was yesterday and left me all kinds of mountains to climb for the remainder of the month. At the very least, I have begun a book that I really like as a concept and regardless of what happens between now and the 30th, I am keeping hold of this one and working on it when I can in 2008.

Things got a little better yesterday and there is a long way to go but lots of love to help it get there.

Dexter has been consistently great and Supernatural is rocking along nicely too. It’s a shame Heroes is a shadow of its former self and for a change I’m not surprised that they are talking about it only lasting for two or three episodes more as I don’t think it’s got what it takes any longer.

Two shows I started with over recent weeks but gave up with nearly as quickly were Eureka and Pushing Daises, as neither gave me any sense that they were going to improve. The first I managed to watch the hour and a half pilot, turned it off and instantly forgot about it. Daises was intriguing enough to make me watch episode two but then I did something I haven’t done for a while and turned it off twenty minutes in. It’s quirky, yes, it’s charming but I feel like it’s an amalgamation of a few shows and doesn’t do a lot different and in fact, has a one idea hook, that I thought got tiring less than an hour into the series.

But remember pop pickers, BSG is coming soon and Razor was bloody brilliant!

[Edit: Have just racked up 130 albums from 2007 as the cut-off point approaches and their are some giants this year!]

Falling Down

Many nasty things have been said today regarding me, my personality and my approach to birthdays and the worst thing is that I pretty much agree with them all.

Saying that acceptance is the first stage to overcoming a problem doesn’t make it any easier to deal with.

I have struggled to get a mere 1,000 words on the NaNoWriMo project and am not likely to come up with any more today.

Day 17: Part Two

Upon Meeting Ghosts:

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13,866 / 50,000

That’s it for today, I’m done and I’m 4,226 words better off, which is a considerable leap forward. If I can do something similar tomorrow and keep a mean 2,000 going on weekdays then I could be seeing this baby done by the 30th!

Just found out that the wife is away most of Friday and nearly all of Saturday but I will have to work around that, I mean you all have similar obstacles.


NaNoWriMo: Day 17 (aka Day 6 for me)

Upon Meeting Ghosts:

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12,666 / 50,000

(Have to change that title as it says bugger all about the book!)

I’m going great guns today, I was on less than 10,000 words when I started about four hours ago and now I’m up to 12,666 (gotta love that number!)

Just wrote my climactic action scene, which would look great on a big screen (if I do say so myself!) and finished off a major character in the process… “Not Alice!” I hear you cry but of course I can’t tell you things like that yet! *winks*

Well it’s time for a bit of footie (and soup) before I attempt at least another 1,000 words tonight. I hope I have the energy and momentum as these weekends are so crucial to the success of this project.