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Things I did this weekend

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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.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs cover Pixies

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“Where Is My Mind?”

Listen to the loveliness at Something Changed.

Yeah, yeah, yeah…

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Jumping on the bandwagon, Yeah Yeah Yeahs are streaming their new album through MySpace as of today,  well as selling digital downloads. For those traditional folk (ie myself), actual real copies of the album that you can touch and hold and love aren’t available until next month in the UK, shortly before I see them at Shepherd’s Bush, in fact.

I kind of like the ‘try before you buy’ concept of streaming music online so people can have a listen before purchasing the entire album, but surely the age old issue of copyright will rear it’s ugly head and the net will be awash with bootleg, illegal downloads? If people illegally download and don’t pay for music, bands make no money and cannot make more music. Yes, a lot of the revenue is made from live events, sponsorship and merchandising, but surely it’s going to get tougher and tougher for new bands starting out, having to essentially give stuff away for free in the vague hope that they will get picked up and can fill venues and seal sponsorship deals (not what music is about, surely?!) to make a living and therefore continue to keep our music industry alive and well?

Anyway, enough of my ranting, have a listen to ‘It’s Blitz’ here.

UPDATE: OK, so it’s not streaming the entire album, just 30 second “samples” of each song. Hmm, bit annoying, but is sounding pretty good, very synthy-electro.