Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Wednesday 12/12/12

Right lads, this is the last part of my music review for this year:

Top 10 Videos

1. Bjork - Mutual core

I don't know what to say about this video and about Bjork, because everything I want to say makes me sound quite negative and aggressive and intolerant. And I know that people are different are they can like different things and that putting down the things other people like is juvenile and pointless and kinda stupid, but seriously, I cannot live in a world where Lady Gaga and Madonna and Rihanna is a more popular choice than Bjork when it comes to ANYTHING. I just cannot contain it. I realise this only goes to show how small-minded and immature I am. But I'll tell you this. When I kill myself, it will be because I've grown tired of being surrounded by people who make these choices: the Lady Gaga choices, the '12:12 on 12/12/12 Facebook update' choices, the 'let's have a kiki' choices. I'll stop typing now, because I'm getting the feeling that this is starting to have less and less to do with Bjork and her video and more with other issues that I should perhaps address on a more private - possibly medical - level. Mutual Core: video of the year.

2. Grimes - Oblivion

This video inspired my Halloween costume, and no I didn't go as Grimes wearing pink bangs, etc.

3. Solange - Losing you

Did y'all go as Solange this Halloween?

4. Lana Del Rey - Born to die

Why did Lana piss you off though?

5. Lana Del Rey - National anthem

6. Sebastien Tellier - Cochon ville

7. Lana Del Rey - Ride

8. Hot Chip - Don't deny your heart

9. Simian Mobile Disco - Cerulean

10. The Shins - Simple song

(The lamestreamer's choice)

Special mention

Saint Etienne - I've got your music


And we're done, thank God

Friday, 7 December 2012

Saturday 08/12/12

These are my favourite albums of the year, OK?

Top 10 (Electronic)

1. Grimes - Visions

This is BY FAR my favourite and most played album this year. I saw Grimes live twice. That was weird. Oh well.

2. The Presets - Pacifica

This is a pretty bogan choice, but what can you do. I like it.

3. Pilotpriest - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

This was released completely independently. Pilotpriest is selling it online for 99 cents only. You get 26 songs for that, 26 mostly AMAZING songs. I know it's very obvious to say that, but if you liked Daft Punk when they were fun, you will love this. Please buy it. 99 cents, bro.

4. Tobias Bernstrup - Body Electric

I fell in love with Tobias when I discovered a video of him dressed in drag performing in Italo-disco original (in Italian) in front of a predominantly straight Mexican audience that didn't know what hit it. There are some things that you just cannot not love.

5. Bjork - Bastards

What can I say about my favourite person that I don't know personally on the planet?

6. Hot Chip - In Our Heads

This album has a song on it that I find completely unbearable. This song happens to be lamestreamer boyfriend's favourite song on the album. We really fell out and didn't talk for two whole days over this, no jk. I'm not saying what the song is, because it would be like revealing one's biggest fear and it would make me vulnerable to the world (i.e. somebody might kidnap me and play this song on repeat and I would literally die).

7. The 2 Bears - Be Strong

Just like with many Hot Chip releases, this has a few songs that are 23/10 and a few songs that are 0/10. The 23/10 outweigh the rubbish ones though, so here we are.

8. Crystal Castles - III

'ts OK

9. John Talabot - This is better than you think. I.e. You put it on and then you think, 'oh, I'd forgotten that this is quite enjoyable'.

10. Brothertiger - Golden Years

Best background music album of the year, ha, etc.

Top 10 (Indie / Other)

1. Saint Etienne - Words And Music

It's nice when a band you've followed since 1994 makes a properly amazing album suddenly in 2012. You're all like, 'I was right, huh?'

2. Chromatics - Kill For Love

Great album, didn't quite get the live show when I saw them in Chicago. Mind you, it was before Vampire Weekend and I think I was having an aneurism already just by thinking at the prospect of VW

3. 2:54 - 2:54

Sad and fantastic

4. California Wives - Art History

This is very straightforward, but it's so good and you don't always have to be weird to be great.

5. Lana Del Rey - Born To Die

Don't know who you think you are jumping ship after Video Games, like you think you're better than this. 

6. Geographer - Myth

This is very sweet and I like his voice. The lyrics aren't bad either.

7. Chairlift - Something

I imagine if I were straight and had a girlfriend, she would listen to this more than I do, and I would secretly love her more for it (even though I would be dismissive in person).

8. Menomena - Moms

This is here due to the best guitar song of the year (almost), Pique, although I don't like the rest of it that much.

9. Gossip - A Joyful Noise

See, I'm more embarrassed about thinking that this is 'OK' than Lana Del Rey.

10. Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N 2 It

Actively dislike the image / videos, but I like the songs.

We're doing videos and remixes next and then we're done.

Friday 07/12/12

I wanted to write something about my impending move to America, which is happening in just eight weeks, at the end of January. I haven’t written on London Preppy for ages, nothing in the format that I used to write all those years ago anyway, when I’d update every day and spend hours interacting with people who read it and commented. I know, in fact, that whatever I do online now will never have the same impact again. People have moved on, I have moved on, times have changed; it’s a combination of all these things. 

Looking back at the whole thing now, I feel a weird combination of pride and embarrassment. I’m kinda proud of what happened there, but I’m also embarrassed about the fact that I might have been so attention seeking and needy as to share those thoughts, those damn thousands of words online day after day for nearly three years. I think perhaps that’s what happens when you’re nearly 33 and you look back at your 27-year-old self. It might probably be worse in terms of neediness if I were doing the exact same thing now, half a decade later. I mean, I really am the same sociopath, but I don’t feel the need to document my life online with the same intensity and persistence.

Still, it’s pretty clear that very few things have had as big an impact in my life as this blog has. That’s the point of writing this now, actually. It would have been impossible for me to move to America, had it not been for this blog and what came with it. And it’s not like moving to America was a lifelong dream and I was desperately going through all the possible options that might get me there, but, you know, an opportunity came along that I wouldn’t have had otherwise.

I’m moving over having acquired an O-1 visa, which is a visa that many artists get based on their work and achievements. For me to acquire this, I had to present evidence of my published work (e.g. my novel, short stories, articles), media exposure, awards shortlisted for/won and reviews, as well as get references from twelve professional writers / people in publishing. It’s just so obvious that I would never have been able to do any of this without London Preppy.

I’m trying to get the tone of this right. I don’t want to come across sentimental and I don’t want to come across as a twat either. I’m just grateful for things that have happened, and I have a nagging feeling that I owe pretty much everything to the people who ever came across this site and read it. So, kinda thank you, yeah.

Now, with regard to actually moving to the US, well, I’m fucking terrified. I suppose that’s in character. I just need to turn up and give it a shot, or so I’m told. Please be nice to me if you see me there. You’re likely to. It’s a small place, right?