CROWDED HOUSE AT THE OXFORD APOLLO

Crowded House, Oxford Apollo, 6th June 2010Crowded House are always good for a laugh when live and last night at the Oxford Apollo was no different. They (eventually) played a good mix of new, unreleased until Monday, songs and older stuff. I was a little concerned as the first 2/3rds were from the last few albums but as time went on they started to play more from the first two “classic” albums.… Read the rest

NEIL FINN – BUSH HALL

Neil Finn - Bush Hall 03/02/2010Having been at Bush Hall only a few weeks previously to see Liam Finn Mat and I were back again last night to see Liam’s Dad and he was just superb. The venue is tiny and there were only 350 tickets available to the public and all of them were snapped up by members of the fan club.… Read the rest

OK GO – SHEPHERD’S BUSH EMPIRE

OK GOSpent last night at my first concert of the year at a chilly Shepherd’s Bush Empire seeing OK GO. I had been in two minds as to whether to go as the weather was grotty still but Mat was keen to go and so we went and I am glad that I did.… Read the rest

APPLE’S GENIUS IS GENIUS

image With iTunes 8 comes Genius – a system to help you find similar music in your collection or a cynical attempt to sell more downloads by Apple, depending on your view. It also works on both the iPhone and the iPod Touch.… Read the rest

SAYING GOODBYE TO HUMPH

Humphrey LytteltonSo we are here to say goodbye to Humphrey Lyttelton long-time chairman to the antidote to panel games I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, who passed away yesterday. It has only a few months ago that all the family went to see him on stage with the rest of the panel and, as I noted then, was blown away by his trumpet playing.… Read the rest

PLAYING TO TYPE

imageThere is an article on the BBC website today about why the musical instruments that a child will choose to play are heavily influenced by their gender. So the top instruments for boys are: electric/bass guitar (81%), tuba (775) and drums (75%).… Read the rest

ZEBRAHEAD

Alex back stage with ZebraheadA few weeks ago our eldest son wrote to Kerrang magazine stating that he had been to see Zebrahead in concert a couple of times and on both occasions the friends that he had gone with had come away with some piece of memorabilia.… Read the rest

RANDOM NOISE

image My iPod is messing with my head. It has taken a real liking to Peter Gabriel, Genesis and Pink Floyd. On the whole not bad choices but I do strive for a bit of variety in my music. Now, I would be the first to admit that I have more than my fair share of Genesis tracks on the player.… Read the rest

IPOD TOUCH UPDATE – UPDATE

Since my post yesterday about the iPod Touch update that add new applications and features to the device I have discovered that it also takes some things away. A couple of the existing applications were Calendar and Contacts which you could sync with Microsoft Outlook – not any more.… Read the rest

IPOD TOUCH UPDATE

ipod So the picture on the left is what my iPod Touch looked like after I had applied the software update announced at Macworld earlier in the week. The big question is, however, is it worth the £12 price tag that Apple have cheekily applied to it?… Read the rest