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Monday, June 25, 2007

Top 10 Songs of 2007 thus far


Hola! Muchos Gracias to Tin for presenting his top 10 songs of 2007 thus far for the half year, if yotur reading this on Blogspot then click the link to hear a live performance through Youtube. If via facebook, then you can't. But check out the blog post here:

Anyway, down to the songs!

10.The Hoosiers - Worried About Ray

I thank Capital FM 95.8 for this one, then Virgin as per usual jump on the wagon and claim they "found" these and champion them. Yeah right. Video a little quirky on the same musical tonage as Ghosts, but check them out - please, for me?

9. ciara - like a boy

First of 3 r&b'ish type songs (a derivative of R&B, not the word rubbish spelt badly) that was written by 6 people. 6! Don't get that with my mate Will Young, who isn't on this list this year. Hmm, anyway songs about double standards with men vs woman zzzzzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZZ ..... sorry, got bored describing it already. Listen to the song, and the beat and shake your arse to it.

8. mark ronson feat. merryweather - stop me

What do you get when you cross a song from the Smiths, the Supremes, a London Producer . Yes this song, from the album Versions, which, yet again, was played first on XFM. Are you getting the hint here people?

7.diddy feat keyshia cole - last nite

Highest charting r&b song, samples Erotic City by Prince would you believe. Or would you care? Still, differences are set between the radio edit (2 verse 2 chorus end) and the album (3 verse, 3 chorus, 6mins of geniusness), from the album Press Play. Also this co-writeen by Mario Winans - remember him? Let me Love you? No? Where have you people been these last few years?!

6. scouting for girls - not about you

Once more, a Jon Hillcock/XFM find (see a pattern here), these too are on their way to seminal greatness , or just do well with subsequnt performances at the o2 wireless festival and the daddy of all festo's, Glastonbury. If i remember rightly, and not on that glue too much.

5. Travis - Closer

NME gave the album 2/10, but then again, NME lost touch when Gazza cried in Italia 90. Stonking return for the Scottish lads, made this young man teary eyed. Haha I kid... or do I

4.low vs diamond - heart attack

Another XFM find, with the same manager as the Killers, these boys will make big waves in 2007. And not just cos they're plump and bomb in to public water. No album scheduled thus far, but with an EP out, go check it out. Yes now, before you regret it.

3. ghosts - stay the night

I will plagerise here cos i can't think of a better description than from Tin. One of the most uplifting tunes of the year so far. The lead singer has a voice reminiscent of Greg Gilbert from Delays, but I see this band making a much bigger impact as they appear more commercially friendly. This song will have you bobbing up and down for hours, well, thats if your at sea with lifejackets on.

2. Maximo Park - Our Velocity

Before Maximo Park, the best things to come out of Newcastle were Auf Widersehen, Pet, and Mr Crocodile Shoes himself Jimmy Nail. Then in 2000 came MP. However, even with thieir first album released, it took 7 years for them to release this stomper, championed by Jon Hillcock on XFM himself. What a guy, what a find for a song. Thank you Jon.

1. James Morrisson - undiscovered

Title track from the 2006 debut album, and released as a single earlier this year, it got worn out on the CD i owned, worn out on iTunes and thru Winamp. So how else do I hear such geniusness? Thats right, release it on the radio! Oh the joys of modern technology. Simple chords, powerful track and a gospel feel at the end. What more does one want, aside from the Fonz going "Heeeeeeeeeeeeey!". Still, top track of 2007, per se no argument.

So there you go, many thanks to all who compiled the list, mainly, me. And let XFM lead the way in good music for the second half of the year, holla!


Music - All Of The Above (Jan-June 2007)

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Get Snow - Informer back into the top 40

Taken from the campaign posted on Facebook - with thanks to clingbak

Hi, Since LEGAL downloads have been included in deciding the official singles chart in the UK, the rules have changed as to who exactly can be in the top 200, top 40, top 10 or even number 1. Any artist, both present and from the past can now become number 1 based on LEGAL download sales of their songs.

Some of you may be aware that Chris Moyles on Radio 1 has recently managed to get 'Honey to the bee - Billie' into the top 20 by asking his listeners to download the song on itunes legally. Now this is an amazing accomplishment but we belive we have a better candidate to get into the top 40!

We are aiming to get the legendary INFORMER by SNOW into the charts at the highest entry possible. However, we are going to need YOUR help to do so.

The task is simple, there are 2 tasks you need to do:

1) Download INFORMER by SNOW using iTunes or any other legal download site for approx 75p, as many times as you like! Download it between Sunday 4th Feb - Saturday 10th Feb 2007.

It must be LEGAL so no Limewire, Win MX etc. Or the downloads WILL NOT COUNT.

2) Spread the word! tell your friends, colleagues and family members who want to be a part of getting this classic into the charts of 2007!

We have heard ot takes approx 300 downloads in a week to get to the top 200. If you want to be part of getting an old classic into the charts, do this now. Imagine if you hear JK and Joel or any other sunday chart DJ reading this out with pure bewilderment on their face, and you knowing you helped make this happen!

Please, Please, Please join the campaign. And always remember to lick ya boom boom down!



Sunday, January 28, 2007

Questions if your bored

Answers in the comments please, and NO CHEATING! :)

Q1. A murderer is condemned to death. He has to choose between three rooms: The first is full of raging fires, the second is full of assassins with loaded guns, and the third is full of lions that haven't eaten in 3 years. Which room is safest for him?

Q2. A woman shoots her husband. Then she holds him under water for over 5 minutes. Finally, she hangs him. But 5 minutes later they both go out together and enjoy a wonderful dinner together. How can this be?

Q3. A magician was boasting one day at how long he could hold his breath under water. His record was 6 minutes. A kid that was listening said, "that's nothing, I can stay under water for 10 minutes using no type of equipment or air pockets!" The magician told the kid if he could do that, he'd give him $10,000. The kid did it and won the money. Can you figure out how?

Q4. There are two plastic jugs filled with water. How could you put all of this water into a barrel, without using the jugs or any dividers, and still tell which water came from which jug?

Q5. What is black when you buy it, red when you use it, and grey when you throw it away?

Q6. Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday?

Q7. This is an unusual paragraph. I'm curious how quickly you can find out what is so unusual about it? It looks so plain you would think nothing was wrong with it! In fact, nothing is wrong with it! It is unusual though. Study it, and think about it, but you still may not find anything odd. But if you work at it a bit, you might find out! Try to do so without any coaching!

Q8. You are participating in a race. You overtake the second person. What position are you in?

Q9. If you overtake the last person, then you are...?

Q10. (in your head!) Take 1000 and add 40 to it. Now add another 1000. Now add 30. Add another 1000. Now add 20. Now add another 1000. Now add 10. What is the total?

Q11. Mary's father has five daughters: 1. Nana, 2. Nene, 3. Nini, 4. Nono. What is the name of the fifth daughter?

**Full post coming soon**


Music - Lily Allen - Littlest Things

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

They Sikh bbBear here...

Hello one and all, and welcome to this, the first post of 2007! Already this year we've had racism in the Big Brother house and the talk of Super ASBO's, so, how has your year been for you - gravy?

I can almost guarantee that person of the month has got to be Keeley Hazell. If you've been reading The Sun, then you would have seen that a sex tape has appeared on the internet (no I don't have links... or do I...) of her, and how she "emotionally" describes her "ordeal" of having it on the net and in a "downmarket" newspaper (without a massive fucking interview fee from the Sun for it...), so whose the clever one? Sure, she could get a cut of any profits from it, and the exposure (ha no pun intended) will only do her career good, I mean, any publicity is good publicity, right? And all the papers and magazines will pay exorbinant amounts just to interview her about it, so I ask you, is she cleverer than we think? I think so.

So aside from celebrity sex tapes, what else has been happening? Well congrats to me for passing my driving test first time woooooooo, now all I gotta do is find a Ka to drive in (now there's a massive hint as to what Ka i'm getting heh), oh and I decided to learn Arabic. Bloody hard language that, to write and speak, but I shall perservere like no Bear has, and can already write basic Arabic words and learnt the alphabet. So ha!

This post (or lack of relevant info) is dedicated to the ubiquitous Peter, who has decided to upsticks and try his luck on a season's year long loan at Sydney FC, we here all wish him the very best of luck, and hope his overhead scissor kicks destroy Wollagong United, or whatever hot-studded soccer teams they have out there. On another matter related to me, if you are a member of social networking sites iMeem, Myspace or Youtube, then do add me, would be awesome to connect to my readers. Or reader. However many of you there are.

So anywho, off I must depart, I thought I would wish my readers a happy 2007, and remember, if you wanna become famous and make money, make a sex tape! That's what I'll be doing, so when I become famous I can claim more than 50% of all earnings! As ever, I will leave you with whats making the news this post, such as asking, what's the point of Woolworths (that I ask regularly), the Doomsday Clock being readjusted (ooer), and how 10 people have been sacked over the "Hold your Wee for a Wii" contest. Don't know what I'm talking about? I bet you don't, I bet your still all looking for Keeley Hazell's sex tape - dirty beggars...


Music - Leona Lewis - A Moment Like This

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Top 10 Songs of 2006

Hoo hah! Welcome one and all, to bbBear's guide to the best songs of 2006, with a smogsaboard of talent, treasures and toss. Not being a student anymore means I don't have to put up with those who think that club-crossovered-to-mainstream music is well cool, or that liking a band no one has ever heard of is, erm, cool, but the advent of the Internet and now TV programmes who promote bands you haven't heard of, it's a joyous time to discover new music. I think. The top 10 shown below are in descending order, and will provide a link to a performance of it. I would embed it into this blog post, but Youtube is funny like that and would slow the loading page down even more than it does already. And remember kids, this is MY opinion, not those of those uber-l33t kids at NME, or those arses at Student monthly. Skerm. So without further ado, lets take a peek into the songs of this year...

10. Beyonce - Irreplaceable - This one was a bit of a late entry at the 11th hour, but come on, this track is hotter than the picture of her with implants. Of course she could have another me in a minute, she's damn fine, but still, good hook and a anthem for both Kiss and Choice FM - bless 'em.

9. Muse - Knights of Cydonia - The closing track to their stonking album Black Holes and Revelations, was guided to this one by Duncan, and what a pick this was by him. Cydonia of course is the region on Mars which is believed to contain life, well we all knew that, right? 6 minutes of pure genius says Radio 1, and for once I'd be inclined to agree with them. Bastards.

8. Orson - No Tomorrow - Ahh thinking back to the good ol' days of Easter this year, revising and watching the 10 or so music channels that had this on continuous rotation. Even now, I need to scream "Turn the music up till the windows start to shatter", which is alright if your not in a supermarket surrounded by customers who don't appreciate being bellowed to. Still, holds memories which for me is more important than the entire playlist on Radio 2.

7. Busta Rhymes - Touch It - OK, the album version is a load of wank. But my reckoning, there were like, a gazillion remixes of this song, with guest verses from major players from the urban world. The best version by far is the live version at the 2006 BET awards, which incorporated all the stars from the video (such as Mary J, Papoose etc), but an added verse from Eminem. I don't remember much after watching that, except for waking up with an engorged cummy dick. Check it out.

6. Jack Johnson - Upside Down - Virgin Radio classic, taken from the 2006 film Curious George featuring a chekky curious yellow monkey with a great summery feel. Indeed it sounds a classic, but alas this young Bear hasn't had the time to watch the film, but if it's like this song, then it should be pretty dreamy. Still can't stop listening to it 2 months after discovering it - DAMN YOU VIRGIN! Not you George my curious friend, I bet you lost yours after a few months....

5. The Fray - How To Save A Life - Never underestimate the power of Scrubs. The many great things about it is its championing of new Indie bands, such as The Fray and believe it was on another show too. Anywho the song is fantastic and suited the episode brilliantly, and a cult classic. Alas I do hope this isn't the only song they release that is popular and great, and has the potential to be a big band in 2007, if only for this song. Hoo-hah!

4. Paolo Nutini - Last Request - Boy's only 18, though he is Scottish which immediately goes against him, and his Scottishness resonates through life performances (see vid for evidence), but again, simple melody, great lyrics and a singalong classic. Album is pretty decent as well, could be the UK's answer to Teddy Gieger. Yes, THE Teddy Geiger...

3. Embrace - Nature's Law - Big thx to the communist Dave for the heads-up with this one back in February of this year, absolute stonking tune which was followed by a great album, although it did lead to them doing the 2006 England World Cup song, which I don't wanna go into, as its depressing and makes me violent and purple, like a big gay Hulk. Aside form that, this too holds memories for me of uni and other things, but nevertheless deserves it's Bronze Medal position. So pop along to Dave and thank him - he will love you for it. Or love me for the increase in traffic.

2. The Feeling - Fill My Little World - Hard to seperate between this and the number 1 position, but this song was still played around 3 times a day for 8 days non stop by me, yes I played it that much. Video a bit shitty, but the longevitiy of the song made it worthwhile, which made the Feeling one of the thop bands for 2006, and with a UK tour in 2007 which I have the pleasure of attending, it all adds up to a lofty position. Simple to play too, is a singalong classic that tugs on this Bear's heartstrings and made a tear run down his face. Aww. Its that big gay Hulk thing coming back to haunt me me thinks...

1. Ne-yo - So Sick - Writer/Producer/Performer/Genius that is Shaffer Smith (or Ne-yo for short) burst onto the UK scene in 2006 with this absolute gem of song, worthy of its celestial position. A Choice FM classic, he was also championed by the station, and sold out a concert in London in January in the basis of this song and the station. Anywho the song is again about a time old classic, that he can't stop listening to the songs on the radio cos it reminds him of a girl (sound familiar? Blink 182 fans?), but nevertheless, it is.....Fucking....Awesome. Remixes aside came from Lil' Bit, Geeze, all kinda artists but no one can match the genius that is Ne-yo. Album was good too, but for me, the year will be remembered by this song, blasted out in London, all thx to Choice FM. Thx you guys!

And there we have, the top 10 songs of the year, chosen and voted for by, erm me. Special mention to Choice FM, radio station extraordinare for picking up and championing new artists such as Taio Cruz, Ne-Yo and others, without them my life would be a quagmire of sweetcorn and mash, and no one likes that. Dishonorable mentions that would never make the list include the Kooks, a cuntish student band, and Fedde Le Grand's Put Your Hands up bollocks, championed by cuntish students the world over. Good song, but when students are involved it just goes downhill.

But thankee to 2006 for the great memories and events it held, and may 2007 be another great year for music and the like, and may I wish all the readers out there and very merry xmas and new year. See you in 2007!


Music - All Of The Above - Except the Kooks. Bastards.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Guess Whose Back!!


Yes kids, just when you thought it was safe to come out of your living rooms, come out of the closet or just come, I return! Well, not that it's any cause to celebrate or that, but I hope someone lights a candle in my honour. Yeah yeah I know I disappeared without a trace on a little hiatus, but after reading previous posts, I thought "Hell, these kids need mental stimulation. Or oral stimulation. Who knows." As well I gotta thank my communist chum Dave, with his brand spanking new post, without him I would never have the encouragement to start this back up, although saying that, 10 miutes for a song and one line? Hmm, still thx boss!! Still not liking your communist slant, but whose perfect (aside from Zach Braff?)

Sooooo, I see it's been around 5 months since my last post. And knowing my demographic don't like reading a long piece of text but appreciate lists (who doesn't?), i'll condense my last 5 months into a list:
  • Gained (and lost) a job as a debt collector
  • Gained a job in a "retail enfant terrible" (thank the Express for that)
  • Got a DS
  • Cried over the Wii
  • Cried generally
Now wasn't that worth the 5 times a day you guys check up on here, no? I feel that looking over back through past posts, it needs panache, and guile, and other Street Fighter II characters. Now, please excuse the lack of info at this point but time is of the (vanilla) essence, plus I have reforrmatting and other projects up my sleeve, which may not be discussed next time.

So the point of this post is, I'm still alive. Much to many of your chagrins. But not only do I leave you with concert details for the fantabulous Chicks Dig Scars (my words, not their's), but, oh yes kids - the news bits are back! So check out the BBC moving to file-sharing sites, how the winner of X-Factor will be Xmas number 1, how the UK football probe targets 17 transfers, and check out Weird Al's interview with recently-divorced K-Fed - who'd wanna miss that? (Check back soon for top 10 songs of 2006! WOOO!


Music - Something Corporate - Punk Rock Princess (Live @ XFM)

Friday, August 18, 2006

The end...

Now, this isn't easy at all. If anyone watched the finale of Big Brother on Friday then they would have heard the song at the end, which was, alas, Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars (Vid shown above, do play whilst reading dis). All it did was confirm one thing in my mind. Why, I don't know, but it did.

And with a heavy heart, I confirm that this will be my last, ever post.

That's right kids, no more - I won't be deleting anything, but not adding anything and stop logging visitors and what not and generally not visit it anymore. It's my hope that after reading this post that you understand why i'm not gonna add to it anymore, and i know over time you lot will stop visiting it.

As I mentioned, this site logs all who visit it, and I see the same names and IP addresses time and again. And one that I do see a bit is that of my ex, not that I have gone into any kind of detail on here. To cut a long story short, we've not been in contact for a while now, which doesn't bother me, but I notice she visits the site from time-to-time. Why? Who knows. However, to be honest I can't keep dealing with all dat. If I'm being honest, I thought I was over her, but seeing her IP on the logs, it just brings me crashing back. Do I still love her? Yeah, i'm certain a little piece of me always will, which can be seen as both a good and bad thing. And I know everything happens for a reason and there's a subastantial reason why it's over, but still, your mind can't help but think back to thoughts of that person, and all the good times and dat (Which we had, w/out a doubt). Plus the standard of posts have gone downhill fast.

SO in all, I've disabled comments and you won't see my arse for dust on here, which is why i'm writing it all down here. So tally ho chaps and chappetes, it's been fun, and remember to live life without regrets or ever giving a shit. My only regret is that the last song on here was the wet piece of ass that is Snow Patrol.


Music - Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars