1 Feb 2012

Help Me Out

Hello regular readers (if there are any of you)!
I just thought I'd ask for a little bit of support from you.
Anyone who reads my blog and enjoys it please would you pop over to this site
Now I'll give you a bit of background as to why...
As an aspiring journalist I am doing the best I can to get my work out there for the public to read and for potential employers to see. Hence this blog mainly!
I am currently on work experience at my local newspaper and the staff asked me to enter a competition they are running. Its called the Big Blogger competition. Members of the public can enter and just start writing a blog on the papers website. The most popular blog (the one with the most daily page visits, comments and shares via social networking) will win.
The winner gets a weekly column place in the newspaper to write about whatever they want. And I want to write about music and television!
So I'm asking for you to just visit my blog entry every day to support me. I know it sounds like I'm begging but it would be so great for me to win.
I have one entry so far, about Noel Fielding and Lana Del Rey, but there will be some more entries to come, before the competition ends at the end of the week.
Also, white rabbits! Happy first of Feb
C x

30 Jan 2012

Lana Del Rey - i'm not convinced

This is just an exerpt from a blog I've written for a competition.
Please click the link to read the full thing HERE (And please do click it because the more page views I get then the more likely I am to win!)
Featuring a review of Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy as well.
I've tweaked this version slightly...

Lana Del Rey's debut album Born To Die was released last week.
Del Rey first came to my attention when friends at university were talking about their love for her song Video Games. At the time I wasn't interested at all. I didn't hear her on the radio and I didn't want to actively seek out her music because I didn't think I'd like it. But after Juliette Lewis, one of my idols, tweeted about Del Rey's terrible performance on Saturday Night Live I just had to have a listen.
Her performance was mumbly and extremely boring. So much hype for nothing. Sure she's pretty, but music isn't all about style, she needs some substance.
After watching the SNL disaster, I decided to have a listen to her single Video Games, to see if the performance was just a one-off flop.
It was a gentle song, carried by Del Rey's delicate whispery voice. Her voice is very much reminiscent of Hollywood singers gone by. Her look appeals to this too; a hark back to Hollywood glamour.
Video Games felt to me like a mediocre single at best. I wouldn't seek it out again, but I probably wouldn't turn the radio over if it came on. It felt to me like the kind of single that might creep into the bottom of the charts for a few weeks and disappear back into nothing-ness.
Maybe her album has more to it, but it's not my style. Her voice is delicate and deserves a certain style of song to tease it to it's best potential.
Lana Del Rey should have been allowed to rise to fame, rather than be pushed straight to the top, because there could be a big fall.

Del Rey. Image courtesy of this website
C x

LIVE REVIEW: Professor Green & Rizzle Kicks @ Liverpool Guild Of Students

Professor Green (real name Stephen Manderson) has worked his way up the music scene since debuting his music in 2006 on Mike Skinners music label The Beats. It’s well known that he has had a turbulent time in the last few years; his father committed suicide in 2008, and in 2009 he was attacked and stabbed in the neck, on his tattoo which reads ‘Lucky’.  Tonight he should feel lucky. The debut night of his ‘At Your Inconvenince’ Tour in Liverpool is sold out and the queue managed to snake down Mount Pleasant as far as the eye could see.
The large size of the queue and the slow speed at which people were let into the venue lead to Rizzle Kicks playing most of their set to a half empty room, not that they let that affect their performance. They bounced their way through new single ‘When I Was A Youngster’, while the audience settled in. Their performance was reminiscent of a young, modern Madness.  They were eager to please and talked to the audience, encouraging chants and screams. A ska cover of the White Stripes’ ‘Seven Nation Army’ added some gusto to the set, not that it needed it. Energy was high throughout their performance, and they ended with their hit debut single ‘Down With The Trumpets’. It was a fun and bouncy set. I don’t know if they have the staying power to last long, but at least they are having a lot of fun doing it.

Next on stage was DJ IQ, and hype man Felix Billion. They announced that it was Professor Green’s birthday, so a round of Happy Birthday was sang.

Professor Green’s band took to the stage, consisting of two guys on laptops, a drummer, guitarist and bassist and two backing vocalists, who took their places either side of the stage. The lights went low and Professor Green burst onto the stage to sing album title track ‘At Your Inconvenience’. The first part of the set compromised of five songs from his newly released album. There was a very rock ‘n’ roll vibe, which worked very well in contrast to his spitting vocals. The audience seemed to lose interest towards the end of this, but energy picked up when he announced he would perform some ‘older’ songs. The band bounced through hits ‘Need You Tonight’ and ‘Be Good To Green’, with his male and female vocalists filling in for Ed Drewet and Lily Allen respectively. 

The set continued with new material, which seemed to be quite a strong contrast compared to his old msongs. The vocal remained strong throughout from Professor Green and you could feel the raw emotion from him on songs such as ‘Forever Falling’.

Tempo picked up with guest appearances during ‘How Many Moons’ and remained high with ‘Monster’ which completed the set.

A humble Professor Green returned to the stage for an encore of ‘Jungle’ and ‘Avalon’, providing a perfect example of his range of musical talent, and hit single ‘Read All About It’ was met by deafening audience interaction.

Professor Green was a success. His music has evolved into a much more grown up sound, but his fans are loyal, and he’s not going anywhere just yet.