Just a random post about musical thoughts on my mind this week…
On the wireless at Wireless
This year Wireless trialled a new technology to the festival experience. As the weekender is sponsored by Barclaycard it was no surprise that they would be the first to trail this out, seeing as they were pioneers in the wireless payment system with that cool ad. Its wireless possibilities enables festival goers to ‘top up’ their wristband with money so they don’t have to carry money around with them, and gives the organisers the chance to track where people are. Although it’s borderline Big Brother territory I think it’s a good idea because I am a paranoid soul when it comes to carry essential things like money around, and to be honest what harm can it do. Depending on the cost of the wristband in future. Despite it being a one off freebie, they plan to charge for the wristband in the future.
New Bloc Party Track
This is one track I have been anticipating for ages! And to be honest I was pretty disappointed. Zane Lowe debuted their new song Octopus this week, on the same night as a first play of the new Killers offering so I was on cloud nine, and it will form part of their upcoming album Four released next month. I just didn’t think it had much too it, and felt a bit empty. When you compare it to Prayer and the classic Banquet, this one did have that Bloc Party oomph. Take a listen for yourself.
NME music photographer of the year
This year’s NME photographer of the year competition is now open! A great chance for music photographer to have their worked looked at by some of the best in the music imaging business and potentially win some great prizes, including a very fancy Nikon camera. Last year’s winner Layla Smethurst is a brilliant talent to the industry and her portrait of The Heartbreaks frontman Matthew Whitehouse is beautiful. Enter now here http://www.nme.com/photoawards/prizes
Chris Moyles leaves Radio 1 breakfast show
The biggest news story of the week for me that almost had me crying in my car on the way to work. Chris Moyles is leaving the Radio 1 breakfast show. Announced in the most mellow dramatic way possible, he followed his speech saying how he wanted to make it 10 years but only managed eight and a half was followed by Take That’s Never Forget. No wonder I was almost crying. The anticipation rose to hear who was going to be his replacement, and I’m sure many people thought Greg James was a shoe in, but nope it’s Nick Grimshaw. As much as I love the curly haired hipster type and think he’s brilliant at what he does in his specialist programming, I don’t quite think he’s right for this role. He’s a night time person, he’s probably more interesting in alternative electro music compared to Justin Bieber, I just don’t think it’ll last. Congratulations all round though, it is one dream many people would sacrifice their winning lottery ticket for.