Category Archives: Music

My oh my, doesn’t time fly


On Friday, someone at my new job asked me whether I had a blog. Well, I replied, I have a few but I don’t update them often enough. When I came on to this one I realised how true that was so I really REALLY am going to make more of an effort to do blogging. Honest I will.

So, what have I been up to and what’s been good?

I went to see Submarine, written and directed by Richard Ayoade who I’m a bit of a fan of. What a refreshingly lovely, very ‘British’ film full of poignant humour and sweet surreal moments. I even liked Alex Turner’s soundtracking. Here’s a trailer:

I went to the Pick Me Up exhibition at Somerset House, a veritable visual feast from graphic artists around the globe with a bias towards the UK (and especially London-based artists). It was an inspiring and thought-provoking afternoon and I especially loved Anthony Burrill’s workshop room, complete with a DJ spinning some Jean Michel Jarre, and I even purchased a print from the Conrete Hermit shop. I’ll take a photo of it once it’s framed and up on my wall.

I went to see Interpol, naturally, last week at Shepherd’s Bush Empire. They played The Specialist, my favourite ever song which I’ve never seen them play live before. Some clever person filmed it and popped it on YouTube:

Whilst I don’t generally agree with people doing this at gigs (mainly as they out their cameras in my way so I can’t see), I’ll let them off just this once. They also dropped The New and NYC. No Stella or Roland though… but I still love them.

I’ve also recently had a little trip to NYC. We stayed in the lovely West Village, spent our time eating incredible food, wandering round lovely neighbourhoods and found some time to explore MoMA which I’d recommend to anyone who won’t find tourists exploring the museum via the art of taking iPhone photographs of EVERYTHING. Sometimes, technology really does irritate me. There was a cool little Andy Warhol video exhibition hidden away at the top – go see it if you’re there and it’s still on.

Next on my little list of ‘to dos’ is the next Secret Cinema – I’ve been to three now and they just get better and better each time. I also quite fancy checking out the Designs of the Year exhibition over at the Design Museum and Gabriel Orozco at Tate Modern.

That is all for now. Tally ho!

Woah, it’s been almost a year

My oh my, doesn’t time fly?

It seems like I have been neglecting Stella Was A Diver for so long now that almost a year has passed since my last post.

Bad me.

That’s what a new job will do to you. But, seeing as I am still getting traffic, I shall endeavour to get back into blogging. Poke me if I don’t do a very good job please.

Back to the old style of things, here’s a few interesting things I’ve been doing in the last few weeks…

I went to see the fab little French stop motion animation film called A Town Called Panic a couple of weeks back at my all-time favourite cinema Screen on the Green (it has sofas and they bring you wine to your seat, what’s not to love?). Trailer below:

Essentially a feature-length Cravendale advert written by someone with an over-active imagination and short attention span, this is a fab little oddball of a film.

When I was invited to go to Museum of Everything two weekends ago I was super excited. Tucked away on a back street near Primrose Hill, this place is a veritable rabbit warren of interesting things curated by Sir Peter Blake. Think Victorian fairground paraphernalia and freak show memorabilia, and a hodge-podge of children’s toys rubbing shoulders with an incredible taxidermy collection from Walter Potter’s Museum of Curiosity. Go see whilst it’s still there, if only for the boxing rats.

If you ever has the pleasure of visiting La Clique during their London residency then you’re pretty much there with La Soiree. In a temporary, wooden, saloon-styled big top on the South Bank I enjoyed a night of comedy and cabaret from the weird and the wonderful – think contortionists, hula hooping and leftfield comedy with a sprinkle of vaudeville, a touch of naughtiness and a generous helping of humour. Check it out here.

On a musical tip, it’s been a bit quiet on the gig-going front of late, though I did manage to catch Crystal Castles at the Roundhouse. On a Friday night and with a relatively late start, the shouty electro-tinged duo got the entire venue dancing. An awesome start to the weekend. Tons of exciting gigs coming up in the next month or so including The National, Fujiya & Miyagi, Soulwax and my beloved Interpol. Oh, and my first ever ATP too.

I’ve also been eating some delicious food recently (note my ever-increasing stomach) at the likes of Hix Oyster & Chop House, Giant Robot, Moro and best-steak-ever at Gaucho. My tummy’s starting to rumble even as I type.

Finally, I feel I should mention The Social Network, given my line of work. When I heard that they were making “The Facebook film” I decided it would be terrible. When I saw the trailers and (albeit rather nicely designed) website I still wasn’t convinced. Even the through-the-roof Rotten Tomatoes ratings and raving reviews would not move my scepticism. Then one evening, my friend who works for an unnamed popular film magazine told me that it was actually really rather good and suprisingly quite funny. So I went to see it and I must eat my words as I actually quite enjoyed it. I am now mostly looking forward to the next social network themed film, Catfish – trailer below:

Anywho, I think I’ve rambled quite enough for one day now. There’s plenty I have forgotten and plenty more to come.

Methinks this blog could do with a design refresh. Any thoughts/assistance welcome…

I have been a bad girl


I haven’t been posting on here for a few weeks now, naughty naughty me. This is mainly because I have been busy at work, in the process of purchasing a flat AND working on some other little projects in the background…

Here are some things I have found, liked, done and thought about during my blogging absence…

  • Spending far too long creating a Halloween-themed Spotify playlist (which now seems to have disappeared?)
  • The (quite disappointing) Turner Prize exhibition at Tate Britain
  • Desperately wanting a Google Wave invite
  • Amazing brunch in Roast
  • Getting slightly obsessed with True Blood (but only until Heroes comes back on)
  • Re-living my obsession with Metronomy (again), The XX and Prince
  • I want to go to the Digital Design exhibition at the V&A next month

AMAZING digital promotion for new Editors album


This is, quite possibly, the best use of new technology I have seen in AGES for a music marketing campaign…

For the release of their new album, In This Light and On This Morning, Editors have launched an online experience using Google Maps, specifically Street View. Users must navigate their way around Google’s virtual London to find the (naturally music themed) hot spots. Upon arriving at each they are treated to a song from the album.

So very very clever.

Damn, I wish I’d thought of that.

Play and listen and feel jealous here…

Some musical minutes with me!

Very excited at buying many gig tickets this month (not Glasto, too much fear after 2007’s mudfest), so here’s some nice music vids from people I’m going to see in the forseeable future…

Yet more happy days to come. Anyone fancy 2ManyDJs/Soulwax in December…?

Julian Casablancas – 11th Dimension

Julian Casablancas

The debut solo single from Strokes frontman Casablancas is now streaming on his MySpace page.

As reviewed by a friend as I can’t put it better myself, “Sounds like an eighties remix of The Strokes aka excellent.”

Although I despise the use of the ‘z’ in his debut album title, I cannot wait for Phrazes For The Young to drop in a couple of weeks…

Jack White has the skinniest legs…

What? New music vid from The Dead Weather for ‘Treat Me Like Your Mother’.

Concept: White and Mossheart shoot the shit out of each in in a dusty US middle-of-nowhere.

Style: Perhaps unsurprisingly, there is something very Tarantino about it…

A world of music, literally

Check out Word Magazine’s crowd-sourced world map, plotting the origins of album artwork on a bespoke Google Maps overlay.

What a nice concept.

Play here.

Listen to The Dead Weather

The Dead Weather

Jack White/Alison Mosshart superband The Dead Weather are streaming their debut album ‘Horehound’ for 24 hours as of oday through Facebook’s Music app which is something I haven’t seen before. Nice.

Offiicial proper album release on 14th July.

Travelling Like The Light

VV Brown

Check out the debut album from VV Brown, her from those awesome video banners a while back,  ‘Travelling Like Light’ streaming free on we7 as of now, ahead of Monday’s official release.


We’ve started a movement

twitter bird

Over lunch, we decided to start a Twitter movement.

Search for #pointless_band, add your own, etc etc.

See what happens…

Loving: We Have Band

LOVING this song AND stop motion animation music vid (created by advertising agency W+K no less) for ‘You Came Out’ by We Have Band.

Awesome website alert: Jarvis Cocker

Today, I am mostly loving Jarvis Cocker’s new website.

It’s black and white. It’s simple. It’s bloggy. And it contains looped video of Jarv messing about.

What’s not to like?

Things I missed last week

Ferris Bueller House Photorealistic Graffiti spotify logo

I was tres busy last week so stellawasadiver got a bit neglected. Sorry.

Here are a few of the things I wanted to blog about but just couldn’t find the time…

  1. Cameron’s  amazing house from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (in my all time top 3 80’s teen movies along with The Breakfast Club and The Lost Boys) is up for sale. More at The Cool Hunter…
  2. Fresh Pics had a nice post on photorealistic graffiti. Take a looksie…
  3. Finally, for all Spotify users, this website is pretty darn funny, though I find the “Everyone loves music, especially in the bedroom” ad more irritating than Jonathan…

Cold War Kids interactive music vid

Cold War Kids - I've Seen Enough

Yet another interactive music video, this one from Cold War Kids for “I’ve Seen Enough” lets users turn band members on and off.


Watch it at MTV…

Dazed Digital Playlist

Loving Dazed’s playlist this week; Patrick Wolf, White Denim, The Dead Weather…

No more text, just listen…

My Weekend…

some urban art in Bristol

…went a bit like this…

  1. Vodka party @ work, courtesy of 42 Below Vodka. Photos on FB. Messy.
  2. Prestige & Shelly. My new favourite transvestites.
  3. Slinky-than-thou hips and awesome light show @ Friendly Fires. Amazing.
  4. Train to Bristol. Sleepy.
  5. Japanese food, plum wine & karaoke. Awkward.
  6. Remembering being a student. Nostalgic.
  7. Food, cards & jumble sales @ Start The Bus. Perfect.
  8. Sleepy train home. Zzzzzzzz…

Julian Plenti – first listen

Julian Plenti

Julian Plenti aka Paul Banks of Interpol fame has released a song, ‘Fun That We Have’, on the Matador Records blog.

Some interesting electronicy bleepy sounds, trandemark Banks vocals and obscure lyrics and a moody middle eight.

Listen, and love, here.

Further Complications

Jarvis Cocker

The second solo album from Jarvis Cocker, Further Complications, is being streamed for free through a widget on The Guardian’s website.

How lovely.

My favourite song of the moment…

…is ‘No Kind Words’ by The Maccabees and, oh look, there is Mat Horne in the vid…

New favourite blog alert!


Mixtape Madness.

A collection of the greatest (and not so greatest) mixtape playlists, all of which you can download.


Paul Banks = Julian Plenti

Paul Banks

Everyone’s favourite frontman (well, mine) Paul Banks is to release a solo album under the name Julian Plenti later this year.

How very exciting.

I read about this at…

Interactive music vid: Empire of the Sun

Empire of the Sun

I have just stumbled across this, an interactive music video for Empire of the Sun’s ‘We Are The People’. Rollover the glowing red and yellow orbs to find hidden content and access to competitions.

Whilst I think this is a “nice idea” in theory,  in practice it’s just a bit annoying as the song keeps stopping and starting as you access content and new tabs/windows open, taking you away from the video. They could have thought this through a bit better.

Virgin Records are claiming that this is the first interactive music video. Correct me if I am wrong but I am pretty sure that Arcade Fire beat them to it back in 2007…

Things I did this weekend

chopsticksthe dark knight chicken the wrestler yeah yeah yeahs

With miniature reviews, almost like a post-event Twitter feed:

  1. Ate Japanese from Shiso. It was so-so.
  2. Watched The Dark Knight on DVD. It was as good as I remembered from the cinematic experience.
  3. Roasted a chicken. Ate it.
  4. Saw The Wrestler @ The Prince Charles. It depressed me a little.
  5. Went to see Yeah Yeah Yeah’s @ Shepherds Bush Empire.  They were amazing. Karen O was charismatic as ever. Nick Zinner was his usual incredible guitar wielding, effects pedal laden pixie-from-a-Tim-Burton-film self. There was lots of pretty stage confetti. They played Y Control and Bang. This pleased me.

That is all.

Win a Damien Hirst

damien hirst

Bit slow on the uptake but The Guardian is running a competition for someone to win an original Damien Hirst, the very same painting as used on the album artwork for The Hours’ new album ‘See The Light’. Answer each daily question correctly for 20 days to be entered.

I love it when music and art collide.