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Food Reviews are back! by Ollie
July 31, 2009, 7:04 pm
Filed under: CHAFF

So in my aim to be like Alex Kapranos and get picked up by The Guardian as a celebrity food critic any suggestions for where to eat would be greatly appreciated.

August
04 New York, NY Webster Hall
05 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
06 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
07 Indianapolis, Bluebird Nightclub
08 Chicago, IL Lollapalooza
11 St. Louis, MO Firebird
12 Kansas City, MO Record Bar
14 Austin, TX Emos Outside
15 Dallas, TX Granada Theatre
16 Houston, TX Warehouse (Studio)
19 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
20 Tucson, AZ Club Congress
21 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
22 Pomona, CA Glass House
23 Costa Mesa, CA Detroit Bar
25 Las Vegas, Nevada Beauty Bar
26 Visalia, CA Howie And Sons Pizza
28 San Francisco, CA Outside Lands Festival
29 San Diego, CA Street Scene

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Thank you.

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Harry Potter and the Half Decent Film by Ellen
July 28, 2009, 2:00 pm
Filed under: CHAFF


So this is quite a pointless review as Harry Potter came out a bit ago so some of you will have already seen advance/normie screenings of it, and my faltering memory from the screening I saw is filled with crevices and cracks where a solid opinion use to be, however we shall endeavor…

I went to the first screening of the film anywhere ever in the world (apart from when it was initially finished and the director and actors might have sat down for some tea/ biscuits and a quick peak.)

My friend got these golden tickets in case he felt the urge to review it for his work and I tagged along, however this did not diminish from my own sense of self importance as I handed in all my electrical goods, received my tattoo transfers and took my squished seat in the packed and slightly smelly cinema. As we waited for an hour and half for everyone to hand in their possessions I invented a magazine in my head to review it for, it was called ” Stuff+Things” and came out four times a day. It’s appeal was the free wham bar or hair scrunchie attached to the front, much like in the innocent days of Bunty and Beano.

Before the film started a nervous and large busted woman came out to introduce the feature, she asked for reviews not to be posted before the red carpet shin dig and informed us we were so bloody special that we were getting an exclusive preview of the “Sherlock Holmes” and “Where the Wild Things Are” trailers as well! (One already available on the internet, the other directed by Guy Ritchie)

Firstly LOL

Secondly: This classic Arthur Conan Doyle character has been transformed into a winking cheeky protagonist with witty one liners who shags around, is a bit naughty, but we love him for it… oh wait it’s Robert Downey Junior in nearly every role ever. I love the man, I do, but is he is as funny as I want to think he is? Also it’s a Guy Ritchie film so it seems to have been filmed in “cockney gangster” vision, with some poetic license. I am assuming he is going to do a Jane Eyre film in which she is dressed in leather with numchucks with the tag line ” They underestimated her, now she is back. For Blood” Then she goes and kills all the nuns at her school before having a epic ten minute battle sequence with the mad wife in the attic.

Where The Wild Things Are looks great, everyone knows this.

Harry Potter. Well… I kind of forgot what happened in this particular book until about ten minutes in, and then I realised it was the stop gap snogging and untimely death book. This was the film in which not a huge amount happened in the book up until the very end where, you know, old beardy goes to the great wizard palace in the sky… with that in mind I found it ultimately a bit (dull).

Don’t get me wrong, the cinematography and effects were swarth, with Yates being one of the better Potter directors in terms of vision, but with no Voldemort and a slow build up to what we all knew was coming it just wasnt that fascinating. Plus it was the book in which the teenagers get it on with each other, which I found a little bit uncomfortable and stilted, it seemed they were trying to make it a bit sexual (with some mince pie feeding) but it was just really cringeworthy, with the actors themselves seeming like they were too firm friends to even pretend they suddenly developed feelings for each other.

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Also there were some phallic bits with wands between legs and a guy trying to seduce Hermione by licking chocolate off his fingers… it seemed all the teenage angsty drama (i.e Hermione jealous of Ron) was a odd juxtaposition to the peril danger and peoples houses burning down (which was a bit random in itself), and so it never seemed to quite fit or be anything but a weird distraction. Maybe it’s just really hard to think of the three heroes as having libido’s I don’t know…. or maybe it was because the elements of darkness worked so well, that the light fluffy stuff felt forced. The positive parts of the film are Yate’s willingness to divulge in these darker parts of the book, such as Harry and Draco (who is brilliant) having a particularly gruesome fight, and the quite traumatic Horcrux search BUT there needed to be much much much more of it. Overall it is ok, there is not as much concentration on the Half Blood Prince part as the title would suggest and I can’t remember why it is important when you find out who it is anyway, but there is more of a focus on matters outside of Potter which help develop the plot faster i.e set pieces which hint at Draco’s mission throughout.

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The end scene didn’t move me at all as Radcliffe can not really cry/act comfortably with Grint being the only seemingly natural actor out of the three, and once again vital changes from the book to film leave the finale puzzling…. but then again other people may love it, so this is just my limited opinion as someone who thought they took the most boring elements of the book, brought it to screen, missed out the more essential plot strands and made me a bit sleepy. Kemode liked it. I feel us drifting apart.

ellen x



YOUNG RUNAWAY, UPSTANDING MAN by Gareth
July 27, 2009, 8:55 pm
Filed under: WHEAT

I am honoured and excited to announce that as well as the exciting names we have already announced, our forthcoming record will be graced by the vocals of Mr. Jamie Stewart.

Please expect and await more collaborations between Xiu Xiu/Jamie and Los Campesinos! in the reasonable future.

Here is a callous reminder of our forthcoming US tour:

August
04 New York, NY Webster Hall
05 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
06 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
07 Indianapolis, Bluebird Nightclub
08 Chicago, IL Lollapalooza
11 St. Louis, MO Firebird
12 Kansas City, MO Record Bar
14 Austin, TX Emos Outside
15 Dallas, TX Granada Theatre
16 Houston, TX Warehouse (Studio)
19 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
20 Tucson, AZ Club Congress
21 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
22 Pomona, CA Glass House
23 Costa Mesa, CA Detroit Bar
25 Las Vegas, Nevada Beauty Bar
26 Visalia, CA Howie And Sons Pizza
28 San Francisco, CA Outside Lands Festival
29 San Diego, CA Street Scene



This week I have been mostly… by Ollie
July 25, 2009, 1:53 pm
Filed under: CHAFF

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GLOCK BEATER HELP PLEASE. by Gareth
July 23, 2009, 2:17 pm
Filed under: WHEAT

It pains me to have to do this.

This is tantamount in the embarrassment stakes to, I dunno, standing in a room with all your ex-girlfriends and their new boyfriends and having to announce “sorry, has anyone got a spare pair of underwear, I’ve pissed myself”.

Does anyone know where I could get some decent glock beaters?

Useful ones have proven hard to come by, with them all being either too hard (which causes me to break glock keys (which is expensive) and the whole thing to sound EVEN MORE tinny) or too soft (which means it can’t be heard (I’m okay with this, but y’know)).

I used to have these really awesome yellow ones, but only had two of them and I nicked them from my senior school, so that’s not really a viable source anymore. But the last of those broke at Glastonbury last year. This is a photograph of the remnants. They’re one piece, plastic ones. Quite soft plastic though. Or at least not too heavy.

OR these are good too. They’re the ones Percussion Plus sends us every time we buy a new glock, BUT they won’t let us buy them individually (srsly, I’ve offered myself as “the face of Percussion Plus”, but they won’t bite. I even said they don’t have to use my actual FACE, but still, nothing). These are good, but I go through them too quickly because the…end bit, is detachable from the…stick bit, and so parts always get lost. It’s not uncommon for me to have to briefly halt a show to ask the front couple of rows to look to their feet to see if they can salvage what’s been lost (including my dignity).

I think I have one suitable glock beater at the moment. And that’s between both mine and Aleks’ glocks.

SO, if you can suggest any stockists, or if there’s somewhere near you that sells decent ones and I could send you money and you could buy me shitloads, that’d be really appreciated. Or if you work for Percussion Plus and have google alerts going on or something, I dunno. PLEASE HELP!! Thank you.



CHICKEN WIRE DON’T MAKE NO CHASTITY BELT by Gareth
July 23, 2009, 11:51 am
Filed under: CHAFF

People often enquire “what do you guys do when you’re not on tour or recording?”. The short answer is: “rewatch DVD box sets and sink further into alcoholism”, but also, 3 or 4 times a week I take it upon myself to WORK.

I work with my Father at a nearby cemetery cutting grass, tending graves, cutting back hedgerows and that. ‘Gardening’, basically I suppose.

I really enjoy doing this, for a number of reasons. Flouncing around onstage (and boy do I flounce) can be more than a little emasculating at times, so to come off tour and wield chainsaws and all manner of petrol driven machinery makes me feel a little more macho.

I think my preoccupation with death and human decay became reasonably apparent on WAB,WAD, and for our coming record, a lot of lyrics and song ideas were conceived whilst working on the cemetery. There’s one whole song that takes place in the graveyard amongst the headstones and undergrowth. I’m unsure if it’s cathartic or destructive to spend time in this environment. But if it’s creative, who am I to argue.

One notable thing about the graveyard I work at is that it’s the burial site of some ancestors of Nelson. Often people will find their way here looking to fill in some historical gaps. I’m from a pretty small town and a lot of the stones bear very familiar surnames. Of people I went to school with, or family friends. Until about a year ago the cemetery was completely untended and allowed to become completely out of control, with a lot of the graves completely covered. It was also a hotbed off syringes and used needles. It’s pretty rewarding to come away from the cemetery, it looking a whole lot tidier and more peaceful than when we arrived.

So, yeh, just a small insight into the glamorous life of an off duty popstar. And a slight glimpse into one of the lyrical themes of our coming record.



Lolz in America: Part 2 by Ellen
July 22, 2009, 11:06 am
Filed under: WHEAT

Hello! Here are the continued adventures of Los Campesinos! on their wacky tours around America….except this time the subtitles are better.

I did intend on having the final chapter up next week but as you will learn from the cliff hanger ending my camera decided to stop turning on. I think it’s depressed, and no amount of enya and pep talks will convince it to hold charge.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy it and maybe learn a little something about yourself along the way

I love you

Ellen

ps. In case you missed part one.