New Moon Review SPOILER ALERT by Ellen
November 29, 2009, 2:40 pm
Filed under: CHAFF

So last week I watched two films. New Moon and 2012. Yep. In all honesty the latter was the better film.

John Cusack sleeping his way through another apocalypse fetish film as a limo driver/science fiction writer complete with his estranged family (and the token son who just wont call him dad!) was more entertaining then the tragic romantic love triangle of the human, werewolf and vampire.

So beware, there are SPOILERS HERE. Yes I may have bitched and moaned about these books and films more then anything in recent history but in equal measure I have had goosebumps over the trailers, fawned over the set pictures and put a poster up in my room….(DONT YOU JUDGE ME).

So the film starts and things are pretty much the same in rainy old Forks: Bella is as drippy and obsessed with Edward McConcrete Chest Cullen as ever as he wonders the halls in slow motion looking dreamy, and they can’t kiss for too long because he as much as he loves her he still might rip out her entrails and wear them as a party frock.

Yes my friends, everything seemed to be going swimmingly in the life of K Stew and R Pattz….except for one thing… who is that muscle clad pug nosed of a man with a bad wig? It is Jacob and he has been taking his steroids! Surely he can not interfere in their sickening non penetrative love? BUT ALAS during her birthday party she nearly gets eaten and Edward decides it is not safe for their love to continue so he flees.

Bella decides the only way she can cope is go to mental in a chair for a while, and thus begins the lasiest film making I have seen in a long time SHAME ON YOU CHRIS WEITZ!

It’s boring, its tedious, Bella is only allowed a personality in small tiny doses, and her eyebrows seem weird. Jacob is fetishised in a way no 16 year boy really should be, and seems spends most of the film hanging around topless with his other topless mates talking about he can’t tell Bella about their “secret.” It appears he has joined a chippendale group.

The only good scene in this film is a wooded sequence with a Thom Yorke song backgrounding the evil vampire Victoria prancing about in the woods looking for Bella as the werewolves close in. One good visual scene does not make a movie and it only picks up in interest when they go to see Michael Sheen at the end as the head of the evil Voltari.

Edward Pale Painted on Abs Cullen is absent for most of the film, giving Bella some well needed space to go mental and when he returns at the end you realise that missed old squished nose…. and when Michael Sheen appears to decide whether to punish him for nearly revealing the existance of vampires you realise you miss someone with charisma. Anyway Dakota Fanning is at the end and she has red eyes and when she says pain, people feel in pain.

It ends on a cliffhanger much akin to a bad episode of Sunset Beach and my soul felt heavy with grief.

Do yourself a favor, dont see this film, go on youtube instead and type in Wizard People by Brad Neely. Watch that instead.

Ellen x

November 23, 2009, 11:13 am
Filed under: WHEAT

Above is the cover art to the forthcoming Los Campesinos! album, Romance Is Boring. Once again, by the supremely talented Miss Cari Ann Wayman.

Out January 26th 2010 (US)/February 1st 2010 (UK), on CD, Vinyl and Digital Download.

In Medias Res
There Are Listed Buildings
Romance Is Boring
We’ve Got Your Back (Documented Minor Emotional Breakdown #2)
Plan A
Straight In At 101
Who Fell Asleep In
I Warned You: Do Not Make An Enemy Of Me
Heart Swells/100-1
I Just Sighed. I Just Sighed, Just So You Know
A Heat Rash In The Shape Of The Show Me State; or, Letters From Me To Charlotte
The Sea Is A Good Place To Think Of The Future
This Is A Flag. There Is No Wind
Coda: A Burn Scar In The Shape Of The Sooner State

This will be followed on the 15th February with the 7″/digital release of the single: Romance Is Boring; backed with the brand new B-Side, Too Many Flesh Suppers.

Watch us play songs from the album on the following tour dates:

14 Jan Rotterdam, Rotown
15 Jan Groningen, Eurosonic @ Simplon

11 Feb Wrexham, Central Station (14+)
12 Feb Liverpool, EVOL@O2 (14+)
13 Feb York, Fibbers (14+)
15 Feb Aberdeen, Tunnels (14+)
16 Feb Dundee, Dog House (14+)
17 Feb Edinburgh, Bongo (18+)
18 Feb Derby, The Venue (14+)
19 Feb Leicester, The Musician (14+)
21 Feb Cambridge, Junction (14+)
22 Feb Norwich, Arts Centre (14+)
23 Feb Brighton, Audio New Slang Night (16+)
24 Feb Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms (14+)
25 Feb London, KOKO (15+)
26 Feb Falmouth, Princess Pavillion (ALL AGES)
27 Feb Bristol, Thekla (14+)
01 Mar Birmingham, The Rainbow (18+)
02 Mar Northampton, Roadmender (14+)
03 Mar Reading, Plug & Play (16+)
04 Mar Kingston, Banquet New Slang (18+)

The Project by Ollie
November 17, 2009, 4:08 pm
Filed under: CHAFF

I’m not sure if its cause I have got older or what, but I have started taking an interest in gardening.  Mine and Neil’s house has a small garden which is okay, its mainly concrete.  But I have decided to take it on as a project and turn it into a nice urban area where we can relax when we are not on tour and hopefully if the weather is nice, have barbecues.

My aim is to have an area that has some colour with some seasonal flowers, a small area for growing vegetables and herbs and hopefully encourage wildlife into the garden.  I’ve seen some sparrows recently and it would be great if they frequented the garden more.

Heres what it looks like at the moment.

Okay, I admit I’m not going to go Titchmarsh on it’s ass, but I want to make it a nicer place.

I’ll give monthly updates and pictures so you can all see what is going on.

This months work:

  • Clear out the rubbish that has accumulated.
  • Clear out the flowerbeds of any weeds, trim back any bushes that look like they might flourish.
  • Take out the old soil and replace it with new soil.
  • Plant bulbs for the spring, probably Daffodils.

Any advice on what to plant and when would be appreciated.  I’m going to be consulting my mum a lot on this I think.


November 16, 2009, 4:34 pm
Filed under: CHAFF

Back in May I sold a load of my personal, old band t-shirts on our blog. It was a success and nobody seemed to think it was a disgusting exploitation of my position and of having 4,500 followers on twitter. Well, now that time has come again. I need more space and a little bit of pocket money and as a result have been ruthless and found another batch of 20-odd band tees I can do without (read – that are now too small for me/not black or white). Basically, I want to make enough room in my bedroom to have a CHAIR. So I can do the occasional thing vertically, rather than laying on my bed all day.

Slightly more expensive than last time I’m afraid, as previously I was stung by p+p. ALSO, for this very same reason, I’m restricting the sale to UK ONLY. Yes, I know, I’m an awful person.

Some of these tees are in better condition than others (but all perfectly wearable), so, without further ado, here’s the list (all include p+p).


The Smiths ‘The Queen Is Dead’ – S
Wolf Eyes – M
Lovvers – S
Hardly Art – M
Help She Can’t Swim – S
Kimya Dawson – XL Girls
Sleater-Kinney – M
the Blow – M
Blood Brothers – S
Slint -S 6
Bikini Kill – S
Goxxip – S
Why? – S
Johnny Foreigner – M
Parenthetical Girls – S
Tubelord – S
Sleater-Kinney – S
Girls – M (quite a small M)
Tender Forever – S
Xiu Xiu 1 – S
Xiu Xiu 2 – S


Micachu & The Shapes – S
Flying – S


Pwrfl Power – S
The Moldy Peaches – S

If you fancy buying any of these, or have any questions then please fire an email over to ROMANCEISBORING@GMAIL.COM, with the title “T-SHIRT SALE NUMBER TWO”. We can then arrange payment (via paypal).
If there are any pals of mine who I should have offered these to first, then holla.
Thanks for reading, guys.
If you are a band or label and object to me doing this with a product of yours, then I am very sorry. Please get in touch and I’ll remove it immediately/send you the money I made from selling the t-shirt.

November 12, 2009, 12:25 pm
Filed under: CHAFF


Upcoming Shows by Gareth
November 11, 2009, 11:09 am
Filed under: WHEAT

2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, NME Awards Show w/ Summer Camp + more TBA

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Food Review – Exeter 23/10/09 by Ollie
November 10, 2009, 1:58 pm
Filed under: CHAFF

I enjoy playing Art Centres as they always seem to do good food.  The Norwich Arts Centre we played in 2 years ago did amazing food.

The Phoenix had a very fancy cafe bar which served a wide range of food.  I decided to go for a healthy option and picked Roasted Peppers with a garlic and cheese sauce, with cous cous and a homemade pesto.

IMG_0274The peppers were stuffed with courgette and aubergine, giving it a very soft texture.  The peppers were roasted to a nice level, retaining their bite and texture, whilst going soft and releasing those sweet flavours.  The sauce was nice, but it would have been fine as just purely some cheese grated onto the top of the peppers and placed under the grill.  The pesto, wasn’t how I imagined the pesto to be.  It almost had the consistency of boiled spinach, it didn’t really taste like pesto.  To be honest if I hadn’t known it was pesto, I wouldn’t have known what it was.  The cous cous was surprisingly dense and a lot more filling than I expected.  It had small slices of pepper and onion but perhaps could have done with a bit of spice to give it a bit more flavour and kick.

A tasty meal nonetheless, and thanks to all the recommendations to eat here. Extra special mention to the staff who brought us our food whilst we doing soundcheck.