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Tuesday, 22 December 2009

The Ever Tricky Second Blog

Im back again for another entry, but first off Merry Christmas to you all.

Im sure most of you had been keeping a close eye on the chart show this weekend to find out who was Christmas number one. Deservedly, Rage Against The Machine's "Killing In The Name Of" won the battle. Although credit should definately go to the starters of the Facebook group. It takes some serious dedication to get a track, which im willing to bet, not a lot of people actually like. Don't get me wrong, I love Rage, but to me, it seemed like they just picked a song that was anti-....everything really. Then there's the irony of the synonomous line "Fuck you, I wont do what you tell me". Oh've all been told to buy this single.....
But, at least RATM have promised a free UK gig as a thank you, and to thier credit, and the facebook group, Shelter have had a massive boost to thier donations this Winter, which at the end of the day is a beautiful and touching thing.
Anywho, its been interesting to follow. Well done to Joe though, its just a bit of a shame some people seem to be using him as a target, as opposed to the X-Factor as an entity, not a winner. Its not his fault he had a go and won.
And, my final comments on Christmas Number ones....The Muppets. The person who had the idea for The Muppets to cover Bohemian Rhapsody needs a pat on the back, its genius.

Right, now for some musical reccomendations for you! My last entry ended on a heavy D&B vibe, so im gonna head back to my rock roots for this one.

First up is John Mayers new album "Battle Studies". His best yet in my eyes, much more confident pop songs and more thought through rock and blues numbers. "Who Says" is the first single, an acoustic track. Melodic and very much "Look at me, I play guitar and im hot". And unfortunately for the rest of us guitar players who look like roadies, it works. Very good cover of "Crossroads" on there too (A la Cream/Clapton), and my favourite track is probably "Assassin" (No relation to the Muse track).

Next comes an album I dug out of my CD collection about 3 weeks ago. Its the soundtrack to the first Spiderman film, and unlike the following 2 soundtracks, the music actually features in the film! Featuring artists such as Alien Ant Farm, The Strokes, The Hives and Stone Sour, its essentially an alt-rock outing with a few soppy love songs thrown in, and an odd, but enjoyable, track from Macy Gray.

That should do for now, I may come back and edit this later with some new music, but i've not really had a great deal of time to explore recently. Best wishes for christmas, as of the 25th im gonna be playing my guitar extremely loudly through my new pedal.

Thank you Santa!


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