Its a funny old time of the year, don’t you find?
I’ve been aching to spend a week on the sofa watching re-runs of Jeeves and Wooster, eating Toblerones and drinking endless cups of tea, which I’m pleased to say I think I’ve nailed.
I’ve also been reunited with my love of disaster movies (the perfect antidote to hearing Fairytale in New York again) and my imagined affair with Jack Bauer back on after a new box set was received on Christmas day.
All this sitting around gives time to reflect so in between terrorist cells being infiltrated, comets destroying the earth and Bertie getting into another pickle, I’ve been taking stock of my own 2008.
The lows have included one half of Lost In Paris hitchin up her knee-highs and actually moving there to get lost for real everyday, a rubbish stay in hospital for 2 weeks with a botched tonsil job and first hand feeling the effects of the credit crunch as I was made redundant.
But the highs have been bounteous and brilliant. Kat loves Paris, my healed throat allows me to sing louder in the shower (plus my sneeze sounds different which is amazing) and my new job is super. I interviewed a unsurprisingly sleazy Sebastian Tellier, put a sticker on the face of Vampire Weekend and chased Jeffrey Lewis down the street in Texas with plastic fruit.
Plus it’s been a stellar year for music, so with a deep breath I’m pleased to announce that here are my lists of the year.
My 12 albums of 2008 (12 is a nice number I think)
1. Gonzales - Soft Power
2. Late Of The Pier – Fantasy Black Channel
3. Metronomy – Nights Out
4. Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend
5. MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
6. Hercules and Love Affair
7. James Pants - Welcome
8. Lykee Li - Youth Novels
9. Adam Kesher - Heading For The Hills Feeling Warm Inside
10. Sebastian Tellier - Sexuality
11. Last Shadow Puppets - Age of Understatement
12. Icy Demons - Miami Ice
The announcement of Chilly Gonzales' latest album filled me with elation and dread. Maybe this would be the album that would finally let me down, that would go unlistened, unloved and standing out on the shelve as a beacon of disappointment. But of course it wasn't. It was an album which included 80s tinged nostalgia, Big Pop Songs, the gentle piano range of Solo Piano, hip hop mixes and even Disco. It's an album that shouldn’t work on paper yet ticked every one of my boxes. First class.
Saying this, Late Of The Pier were very close behind being one of my most loved debut albums for years.
Rolling out the 21 tracks
1. Estelle & Kanye – American Boy
2. Cocknbullkid – On My Own
3. Your Twenties – Caught Wheel
4. Julian, Santogold, Pharell – My Drive Thru
5. Midnight Juggernauts – Shadows
6. Hercules & Love Affair - Hercules Theme
7. The Virgins – Rich Girls
8. MGMT – The Youth
9. Metronomy – Thing For Me (Breakkbot mix)
10. Gonzales - Map of the World
11. Belaire – You Really Got Me Goin’
12. Mystery Jets - Young Love
13. Late of the Pier – Mad Dogs and Englishmen
14. Britney Spears – Womanizer
15. We Have Band - You Came Out
16. Dizzee and Calvin – Dance Wid Me
17. Coathangers – Parcheeze
18. Little Boots – New In Town
19. Portasound - Funnyfair
20. Passion Pit – Sleepy Head
21. Sebastian Tellier - Divine
Bands I Like which doesn't mean they’ll be big next year (even though they should be)
Tin Can Telephone
We Have Band
And the year ahead? Well I have my tickets for Blur in Hyde Park, Marina and the Diamonds in two weeks and Passion Pit the week after. The Rakes have a new album due as to Phoenix. Just so long as Fred Perry, Leon and Spec Savers don’t shut down, I think we’re gonna be alright folks.
Wednesday, 31 December 2008
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Tuesday, 23 December 2008
Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, how lovely are your branches?
Is that how it goes? While the pines from my tree are turning up all over the shop (I noticed some had made it to my desk at work), I've received a Christmas Card in the post with a more lasting effect.
With this hand-made potato-print card, We Have Band have given me a festive glow and bribed their way into my ones to watch for 2009 (extensive post to follow!)
Posted by Katherine Garbutt at 23:59
Friday, 12 December 2008
I kind of hate Metronomy for the fact that they just keep on delivering. Here's the video for Thing For Me, it's just a little bit amazing.
HOWEVER, the Breatbot remix is actually better then the original, and jumping straight into my top 5 of 2008 (that post is coming soon).
Metronomy - Thing For Me (Breakbot remix)
Posted by Katherine Garbutt at 14:02
Thursday, 11 December 2008
Tuesday, 9 December 2008
It's a great, glorious day today. It might be hitting the minus numbers outside but the sun is shining. After a couple of months of persistent rumors (including me nearly falling off my chair as when it’s casually mentioned in a business meeting recently), it’s set in stone. Or at least on the cover of the NME.
Blur with the Coxon are back together.
Now I know all the arguments for the horrors of band reunions, but I’m a sucker for thinking bands can manage to capture the magic of the first time round. It rarely delivers, but sometimes comebacks are brilliant. Take That for example.
But something seems ace about this. I could write an essay on how much Albarn and his smug face annoy me in 2008 or how much it tugs at my heart that Alex James partakes in that disgrace on T4 on Sundays, but let’s remember the good ol days.
That bit in Starshaped when they’re having the family special in Little Chef.
This Is A Low.
“And when she lets me slip away….”
Graham Carton going to heaven.
I missed out on the Mile End stadium gig in 1995 but the idea of standing in Hyde Park singing along to Parklife next summer makes me feel a bit funny. I’m very excited.
And I’ll bet my bottom dollar they’ll have a James’s Home Made Cheese stand at Glasto…
This is my favourite one of all, For Tomorrow
Posted by Katherine Garbutt at 15:39
Tuesday, 2 December 2008
Thursday, 27 November 2008
Wednesday, 19 November 2008
Monday, 10 November 2008
Friday, 7 November 2008
Monday, 27 October 2008
Sunday, 19 October 2008
Tuesday, 7 October 2008
So I finally had the old tonsils whipped out and what better thing to do whilst hooked up to your drip, a photoblog.
Heads up everyone, my real age is about to be revealed
This chap brought Ribena, checked his own pulse rate and temperature and made me watch X Factor, the one time I literally couldn’t get away.
In hospital they have seperate bathrooms for patients with or without MRSA, how terrifying is that? Maybe they should clean their windows more often
The good thing was that I had 4 Music by my bed and was cheered up no end by Estelle and Kayne
Lost In Paris’ resident poet, Kat Garbo, wrote me a poem to make me feel better:
Alex you are silent now,
But that won’t be for long,
See you’ll get better soon,
And at least your tonsils are gone!
Posted by Katherine Garbutt at 17:57
Wednesday, 24 September 2008
Sunday, 21 September 2008
After literally months of throat releated agony and croaking, I'm having my tonsils removed next week. While I'm sure my friends will be thrilled by my medically induced silence, I am very much not looking forward to it.
Gabriel Green drew my attention to this lady singing an ode to her tonsils. Someone sign her up.
Posted by Katherine Garbutt at 17:54
Tuesday, 2 September 2008
We're big fans of Primary 1 here at Lost In Paris, in fact if they paid royalties for DJs spinning tunes, we'd have made Joe enough to buy at least 3 pints of ale this year. Oh wait, they actually do charge DJs for that? Ho hum...
Never one to miss an opportunity, Joe took time out of his busy album making schedule to draw a little picture, featuring half the team. Go P1!
Posted by Katherine Garbutt at 14:22
Monday, 1 September 2008
Sunday, 31 August 2008
Thursday, 28 August 2008
Sunday, 24 August 2008
Tuesday, 19 August 2008
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Monday, 18 August 2008
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Saturday, 16 August 2008
Thursday, 14 August 2008
(photo by Gabriel Green)
Never mind the monsoon closing in on Farringdon last night, as the queue that stretched far past Pure Groove and the meat market were buzzing with the news that it was true what they’re saying; Late Of The Pier indeed have just dropped the debut album of the year.The band take to the stage, handing out torches to the audience to fully control the lighting effects in the darkened shop, it soon becomes clear that this isn’t your average instore appearance but a full on mini-rave.
Racing through the majority of the album, the band look confident and ecstatic - playing their instruments like their GCSE results depend on it (seriously, how old are they?). There’s flawless versions of Heartbeat, Focker and the introduction of a xylophone seemingly made MFI bed-slats for the opening bars of The Bears Are Coming.
It all draws to a sweaty close with Bathrooom Gurgle. Shirts came off, the audience were moshing and signer Sam was half naked and crowd surfing before attaching himself upside-down to a lightfitting which swings perilously as Pure Groove staff looked on with a combination of horror and pride.
Posted by Katherine Garbutt at 23:21
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
Tuesday, 12 August 2008
Wednesday, 6 August 2008
Friday, 25 July 2008
Thursday, 24 July 2008
Anyone who's ever had a pint with me will know that my hero is Del Preston from Waynes World. No one cooler in the whole world, i'm sure of it.
Word has reached me that Del (or Ralph Brown if you want to give him his *other* name) has a band - not just a band, but a Beach Boys covers band
The Brighton Beach Boys
They're playing monthly in Brighton - who's coming with me?
Posted by Katherine Garbutt at 13:16
Wednesday, 16 July 2008
Thursday, 10 July 2008
Tuesday, 8 July 2008
Sunday, 6 July 2008
Well well, it's been a little on the quiet side from us and for this we can only say "sorry about that guv, we've been rather bleedin busy".
So I thought I'd do a little photo blog to let you know what we've been up to...
I moved house and had just a touch more stuff then I'd anticipated
Kat got down with the MGMT look - or is that Zoolander?
We enjoyed the first Pure Groove Music Video night (complete with 3D glasses)
Whitey made a triumphant live return at Durr
Those pesky stickers turned up everywhere, and you know, it's not even us doing it...
...well, sometimes it is, but this Rake deserved it
Edywn Collins threw a cracking exhibition at Pure Groove (still on unitl August) with this inclusion from Harry Hill
And finally, today I saw the best graffiti I've seen in years
Stay tuned as this week our beloved Adam Kesher return to the UK for 3 live dates which we'll be covering AT LENGTH (maybe).
Posted by Katherine Garbutt at 00:07
Thursday, 26 June 2008
Wednesday, 25 June 2008
Friday, 20 June 2008
Thursday, 19 June 2008
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Thursday, 12 June 2008
Tuesday, 10 June 2008
Alex and I watch a screening of this tonight, it was friggin DIABOLICAL. Not only did we dance in our seats, but we reminisced about big nights out, especially dancing to this little gem:
NY Excuse (Justice remix) = AWESOME
(thanks to Notontheguestlist.com)
Posted by Katherine Garbutt at 23:57
Monday, 9 June 2008
Thursday, 5 June 2008
Saturday, 31 May 2008
Sunday, 25 May 2008
Friday, 23 May 2008
Wednesday, 21 May 2008
Sunday, 18 May 2008
It's been a bit of an accidental big week (the best kind I think you'll agree). We've been all about:
The arrival of our Adam Kesher trainers
Capturing Jay Reatard at a low point at a party
Breaking out two amazing Dj sets (the guy in the second picture didn't go for Late Of The Pier)
Finally, almost getting Roots Manuva to do a sticker on your face
Posted by Katherine Garbutt at 18:41