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Cooking!

February 27th, 2011 No comments
With some spare time on my hands this evening, instead of wasting it away playing mass effect 2, I grabbed the first relatively decent looking recipe i found on the interwebs for chicken soup and went shopping.

come this evening i made a halfway decent soup with lots of extra healthy bits included. it was a BIT of a bust, a little too bland for my taste. might have been the salt free stock I included – I don’t know. but still every now and again when I do get the urge, cooking is a hell of a lot of fun for me. when im burnt out from a long day of work, all i want to do is chuck the first frozen meal i find in the freezer. maybe it was the music and the red bull, but still I may have to do this again. when the funds are slightly better, that is.

I did check out everyone’s favourite lad’s iphone app. It’s well made and designed but there’s not a lot of videos and the way he talks it’s like he expects you to have watched his show a squillion times and know exactly what he means and talking about with instructions. baby steps. maybe that’s your next project.

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Foo Fighters – White Limo

February 16th, 2011 No comments

I’m in shock. Maybe it’s got something to do with Pat Smear being back in the band, or Dave’s over being mellow, but holy crap the new Foo Fighters song impresses the hell out of me. Add a Lemmy cameo (Butthead – “He’s Lemmy. He can walk into any damn video he wants!”) on something that looked like it cost them a hundred bucks to make, Well, it’s the first time I’ve been interested in a Foo Fighters album for a hell of a long time.

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Big Day Out Adelaide 2011

February 8th, 2011 No comments
One of those posts I’ve been putting off. Best to do it now while the memory is still fresh in the head.

Unfortunately the trip was cut short because of flooding in mildura (if you don’t believe me, look at this – ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwX7oUalvcs ) but I still got a day in the city and also got to meet the wonderful Tiffany and go to another Big Day Out.

For the overseas folk, it’s an annual festival that started in 1992 with Nirvana headlining. Unfortunately in the last few years it’s been overshadowed by a few other big festivals (soundwave looking very tempting as well). Still, i’ve been to about 5 or 6 of them in the past. I’ve actually lost count, but through the years I’ve gotten to see Tool, Nine Inch Nails, Rammstein, New Order, The Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters and quite a few more bunch of bands, both local and international.

This year was a bit of a change, I wandered around a lot. To be honest, there was only a couple of sets I was really looking forward to. I didn’t wear myself out as usual and didn’t go anywhere near the big mosh pits like past years (old man syndrome?? I dont know. shaddup). Feel like talking about some of the bands I noticed..

The Killgirls

This was a big surprise. They were opening the Boiler Room (quite smartly outside this year) and had never heard of them. I got to see them performing a cover of House of Pain’s Jump with the background music being Daft Punk’s Da Funk. It worked really really well. They’re on bandcamp as well so the moment I get some cash I’m getting their EP

Operator Please

used to HATE this band. their debut single was the most annoying idiotic piece of trash (look up “a song about ping pong”, i wont punish you with it), but in the last couple of years they’ve matured and made a halfway decent attempt at a proper music career. They sound pretty good live and wouldn’t mind seeing them again properly if they came through Mildura any time soon.

Airbourne

Airbourne were pretty fun. If you like your AC DC you can’t go wrong with this group. I think they would sound better in a proper pub environment, though. I need to get their new album. It took them so long to make the first, I hadn’t realised that a second had came out…

Andrew WK

I didn’t stay for the whole set here but I do like this group. “This song is about partying.” Andrew, ALL of your songs are about partying. It’s okay though, you do it well…
Die Antwoord

These guys were amazing. I don’t have their album yet but from what I heard of their set they were great. Missed the last couple of songs but everything else was top notch. Listening to the guy and his broken English was kind of amusing as well 😛 I got to hear Evil Boy which was a highlight of the day 🙂

Deftones

The sound quality was really really shit for this set. I don’t know if I had to be in the middle of the pit or something, but I had a hard time hearing the vocals in all of it. Bad mixer? I don’t know. It’s a shame, cause he played a few tracks from Around the Fur that I really love.

John Butler

Johnny was his typical hippy self 😉 He wasn’t bad actually. Not my cup of tea but he had the crowd going which is never a bad thing.

Iggy

Five seconds into his set the screens died for about half of the set. For a brief time we thought that the screens were deliberately turned off due to Iggy’s insistence but they came back on. As far as I could tell, he jumped in the crowd, had a little dance and performed all the Stooges classics. I wish it wasn’t so bloody hot that day. I certainly would love to see Iggy live properly…

Rammstein

Didn’t hang around from them. From what I heard, they’re great as usual. Saw them last time they toured the Big Day Out, JUST before Mutter came out (I remember them performing Links 2-3-4 and remarking that this reminded me of a rally of some sort ;P).. I wanted to see

Primal Scream

What. A. Concert. To be brutally honest, this was the reason I came to the Big Day Out. Screamadelica is a very important album to me. I may have missed it when it first came out, but bought it on a suggestion from some website years ago (albums you must hear before you die etc) and fell in love with it, and cursed the fact I missed that whole movement 😛 Bobby mixed it up so the crowd wouldn’t get bored. Started with “Don’t fight it, feel it” and slowed it down before ending with “Loaded” and “come together”. I was sad that he didn’t play “Slip/Trip inside this house”, but it’s never a full set and they have to finish at a certain time. Very very trippy and wonderful and probably the most pot smoke I smelt for the entire day 🙂 Bobby Gillepsie was his typical self. Not nasty or news worthy, but Bobby. Got to give him credit, though. Such an amazing album and if you’ve never heard Screamadelica, go and find it on the interwebs now.

Tool

As usual, Tool were vague and wonderful. I LOVE Tool’s music, but never been overly impressed seeing them live. That’s the point, you DON’T see them. You see lots of wonderful crazy visuals, but the only way you realise that Maynard is on stage is with that stupid hat he wears 😉 yes, I know that’s the way Tool is but it makes a poor live experience for me anyways. I don’t need to have the band hugging the crowd (although it makes them cooler in my books) but to see them at least is a plus….

Here’s some video I recorded during the day. Didn’t record a hell of a lot cause I didn’t know how much I could get away with without losing my camera, but here’s some highlights I posted to youtube –

I love the fact that how clear it is. All from a little camera… The sound is a bit flaky at parts, but that’s mostly the huge subwoofers pumping air at us…

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Thank you glenelg shop

February 6th, 2011 No comments
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Star wars career chooser

February 5th, 2011 No comments
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Dr who, by the experts :)

February 1st, 2011 No comments
Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself)
1/02/11 7:26 PM
@Paul_Cornell “Lots of planets have an America”.
Paul_Cornell (@Paul_Cornell)
1/02/11 7:26 PM
I don’t mind Superman being a Brit. But I wouldn’t like American Doctor. Sheer parochialism on my part. Weird no one cared about Batman.

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