Random Coldplay and Ronan Keating Gossip

Chris is such a dork. I wonder if he still fancies Hilary from JJ72.

You know I wanted to shout out, “SING SOME NELLY FURTADO!” during the CP show, but I resisted.

Remember fan zines? They still exist.

Quote of the day from Mark of JJ: “I’m Mark from JJ72 and I play guitar and I sing–or scream.”

Awww yeah… From Billboard:

Irish vocalist Ronan Keating and U.S. teen vocalist Mandy Moore will
co-host the inaugural MTV Asia Awards Feb. 2 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, Billboard Bulletin reports. World Wrestling Federation star the Rock will also serve as a guest host along with other Asian hosts and presenters yet to be announced. MTV is billing the event as Asia’s biggest music awards show ever. Keating is nominated for international
favorite male artist.

Music of the Moment: “Danger! High Voltage,” Wildbunch w/ Jack White

My Computer Is Holding My Digipics Hostage

The war between my camera, Nikon software, and my operating system rages on… after 6 hours of additional fighting, rebooting, crying, tech support, and batteries pooping out, I’ve come to the conclusion that I will never see Chris Martin’s singing mug on my computer. This also means there is no room on the disk for me to take pictures of Starsailor dearie, James Walsh on Monday.

Oh shit- that’s tomorrow. Where’s my Shakespeare paper? Shit.

JJ72’s Mark Greaney Doesn’t Really Care for Coldplay

I added some pieces of journalism/writing to the features section.

Fab, Ryan, and Albert

This is weird

I thought some people might enjoy both of those.

Dude- catch these quotes from Fergal and Mark of JJ72 from Leeds 2000… oh the irony! Who do these little Irish punks think they are? Notice how Chris didn’t mention JJ72 once through either set in NY? Yeah… Will Coldplay ever tour with a band that they like and who likes them? Oh wait- CP and Alfie seemed to get along great… last night at Brixton they played a song together. Lovely jubly!:

Q: Anyone in particular that you�d like to slag off?

Fergal: I’d just like to slag off a lot of that crap music that’s going around at the moment. I mean, the stage that we’re on (Evening Session); it’s a bit scary the amount of bad bands that are playing on there.

Mark: And You Shall Know Us By The Trail Of The Dead are good. We saw bits of them. I mean the number of bands that we’re meant to be running alongside are just behind us. Coldplay, Doves, Badly Drawn Boy, etc; none of them really interest me. We formed this band because of Nirvana. We didn’t form this band because of indie stuff. We’re thinking more like full on Rock music. Give me the Smashing Pumpkins any day over any of these other bands. I’m not saying that we�re better than them. I don’t know. But I do like my rock.

Why don’t they didn’t play “High Speed” live? I love that song.

before they let themselves go

Look… aww.. CP before they let themselves go all gross and dirty. But actually, I think Jonny’s gone and lost a bit of weight.

I want The Music to come to the US. Please?

Look, a new music resource for searching… thanks Google!

Music of the Moment:911,” Gorillaz/ D12

Coldplay at Irving Plaza Night 2: So Awesome

CP fucking rocked tonight.

As soon as Chris acknowledged they were crap last night, it was all good.

Chris sang part of that Crash Test Dummies song as intro to “Yellow.”… another “one hit wonder.” Aw.

Still no “Idiot.” Jonny said they’re still “working on it.”

Aww.. I saw “Idiot” at Brixton!

List set change- No “See You Soon.” Instead “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.”

JJ72 loved my new digicam.
Their manager has the same one (got it the day before yesterday).

Jenn asked everyone if she could “totally hug” them. Mark from JJ said, “to-tally.”

Jonny was less than enthusiastic about the Strokes. So was Chris.

Guy went out the front… disguised in a different jacket. Bizarre. Guy Berryman, you’re totally whipped.

Chris started signing Guy’s name because he wasn’t there.

Yay CP.

I totally heart Jonny.

I told Jen I’d “fucking kill” her if she dropped my camera. Johnny laughed.

Chris looks adorable in my pic. So does Johnny. Aw.

Got sexy poster of CP… got a free Strokes Fader… Yelled at some people going into the bar… drank a bottle of tasty sexy Irving Plaza water in 5 seconds flat.

CP 4-EVA!

The MPs tomorrow.

In other news, my Digital Journalism prof took us out for tapas and drinks today instead of class. So fucking awesome. Fun was had.

Comp messed up, can’t install software. Otherwise you’d be salivating over lovely sexy Coldplay pictures (really sexy ones of Chris Martin) right now. Sorry. Keep the drooling for later. I’m gonna go drool over my Chris pic and my Jonny pic.

Coldplay at Irving Plaza Night 1

My damn digicam was all wack.

I saw Melissa. The crowd was wack. People were shushing each other. It was as if these people had never heard of Coldplay or something.

Jenn stole my word and said, “Will, you were stylin’.”

I was yelling at Guy Berryman like 10 minutes ago. I told him “You need to cut your hair!” He was like, “No.” I was like, “Yes. It’s out of control!” He was like “No, it’s under control.” I was like, “No, it’s not. I was watching the show, thinking ‘that hair is out of control!'” (Here’s where I resisted the urge to scream, “WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? A STROKE?!?!”) He was like, “That’s just mean.” I was like, “Oh well.” Then some girl was like, I like your hair the way it is. I said, “Kiss up! She’s kissing up to you.”

I told Will, “You fucking rocked.” He laughed. But I really wanted to say “You were stylin’,” but I couldn’t because Jenn had already said it. And she didn’t even SEE Will. I was like “Oh, sorry-” and then I pointed to these two 15 year old boys and was like, “Dude- these kids are 15!” Jonny was like, “WooHO!!”

I made the 15 year old boys hug each other. They looked at each other all weird and were like… uh.. but they did it. One of them reminded me of a mini James Walsh. They’re gonna try to go to the Starsailor show, but it’s 18+. Awww! Remember when I couldn’t get into 18+ shows? Jesus.. I was like… 17! Ahah. I told them that I was definitely not as cool as they are when I was 15. They were like you’re weird.

I told someone to “simma,” and Jonny was like “Simma.” I was like, “Simma downa. Yeah, that’s my word.” He was like, “That was my word when I was 11.” I was like, “now you’re just lying. You’re such a liar.” He was like, “No.” I was like, “Liar.”

Chris Martin was attacked by a gaggle of girls.

Chris was like, there’s my brother- “Which one,” Jenn asked. “The one in the black shirt.” “What’s his name?” “Alex.” “HI ALEX,” 10 girls chimed back. Alex doesn’t look anything like Chris. Jonny’s “brother,” Dan, on the other hand is damn cute.

The show was OK. It was totally anti-climatic. I kept thinking, “Oh I miss Travis. Oh I miss The.. The.. Strokes,” throughout the whole show. BAaaaaad. Totally weird and tame crowd. TOTALLY WEIRD.

I don’t know… I just need to get into Coldplay mode. I think I’ll be way more into it tomorrow. Awww.. Coldplay. My favorite member of Coldplay today is…..Jonny. Or maybe Will…. I don’ t know. Probably Jonny.

USA Loves Starsailor

From The Daily Telegraph (London):


Born to be mild Starsailor are the latest modest, British, nice-bloke band to make it big.
September 27, 2001, Thursday

By Andrew Perry

When the NME introduced Starsailor early this year as the best new band in Britain, little did the staff of the music weekly know that, in a matter of weeks, they would have forgotten all about the merits of our indigenous artists, championing instead an influx of Americans such as the White Stripes and the Strokes. However, now that Starsailor’s debut album, Love is Here, is imminent, the band have returned to the paper’s front cover, with their Chorley-born singer-songwriter James Walsh in full messianic pose.

Indie rock fans are thus presented with a choice between the US and the UK, between the young Americans’ brash sounds and attitudes, and the studied songcraft and mild manners of their British counterparts. Higher up the scale, a similar divide has already been established between Limp Bizkit and Travis, Marilyn Manson and Coldplay. Indeed, battle lines haven’t been so distinctly drawn between the two musical communities since the early Nineties, when Suede, swiftly followed by Oasis, waved the Union Jack in the face of Nirvana’s grunge invasion. Recent events in the wider world have made all this look rather trivial, of course, and it remains to be seen how these will affect music in the US, and its reception here. For the moment, though, Starsailor’s place in our pantheon of nice-bloke bands is amply confirmed when I meet Walsh at his PR’s office in Islington.

Boasting at least three of the crucial Brit pre-requisites – a shaggy fringe, blue denims and a bad hangover – he not only speaks so timidly that he often fails to register on my tape recorder, but is also the first (and last) person I’ve chatted to for any length of time who makes no mention of the atrocity at the World Trade Centre.

As Walsh struggles for things to say between bites from his bacon sandwich, I almost start wondering why we look to people whose essential aptitude is writing and performing melodies to provide us with the answers to big questions.

“I used to try and be some amalgamation of Liam Gallagher and Tim Burgess [the lippy singer from the Charlatans],” Walsh confesses. “They were my first heroes, but I didn’t have the bottle to pull it off. So when I heard Neil Young and Jeff Buckley and artists like that, that was when it all came to me. It was more important to be a respectable and revered songwriter than try to exude all this angst and rebellion.”

Walsh’s new approach has certainly borne fruit. The band’s first two singles, Fever and the soaring Good Souls, both charted inside the top 20 – a rare feat in itself these days for a traditional guitar band. The third, Alcoholic, entered this week at number 10. These hits, like all the other songs on Love is Here, have an undeniable emotional impact. Their punch comes from Walsh’s often histrionic voice, which is possibly most readily comparable with that of David Gray, and their classy arrangements for piano and acoustic guitar, which often suggest a more distant ancestor – Mike Scott’s Waterboys.

If these seem very adult, unhip parallels for such a young band – Walsh is just 21 – Starsailor have certainly faced criticism from red-blooded British indie groups such as Ash and Mogwai, who resent the band’s sudden success. The latter claimed recently that Walsh would do terrible things to his granny in order to become famous.

“I think all that’s a bit odd,” Walsh counters with almost superhuman evenness. “We’re not a reactionary band, saying we’re the next Beatles and everything else is rubbish. We’ve always been very modest.

“I think it’s because Ash and Mogwai see us and Coldplay and Travis who say very little, and they’re thinking, ‘We do all this self-promotion, and these bands just come out saying, We’re nice lads from Wigan, listen to our songs. And they sell more records than us.’ The funny thing is, I don’t actually mind Mogwai. I’ve listened to their records and thought they’re pretty good.”

Walsh, it’s clear, is happy to be seen to speak out about nothing. Like his mates in Travis, Coldplay and the rest, among whom he says there is “an atmosphere of friendly rivalry”, he believes only in the higher power of the melody. If Starsailor have a message, it’s that everything should remain undefined and open to interpretation. This, he points out, is what his album’s title, and its cover photograph of an empty railway line stretching out to the horizon, are all about.

‘I can’t remember who it was,” he sort of explains, “but some philosopher said that love is like two parallel lines that never meet. It’s just the idea that you can find love in any of the songs, if you look into it like that, or in none of the songs, depending on your mood, and your idea of love. It’s either always there, or it’s not there at all. You can’t categorise it, like it’s one girl or it’s one singer. It’s more your outlook on life, and your feelings.

“It’s not very cool to be nice or positive,” he says, “but the title of the album is meant to be hippyish,” he says. “It’s the complete anti-American metal vibe. You couldn’t get any further away from all that Limp Bizkit stuff, really. All these albums dealing in as much negativity as possible – you know, hate your mum and throw your dog on the railway line.” He smirks with a glimmer of subversive intent. “That’s what we’d call our album if we were American.” ‘Love is Here’ is released on Oct 8 on Chrysalis.

Weird Quote of the Day

Ladies and Gentleman… the weirdest quote of the day come from The Independent in London, England: “Ben Knowles, editor of NME said: ‘Because of the size of the market in the US, it is more conducive to cutting-edge music [like the White Stripes and The Strokes]. Bands like Coldplay and Travis have been commercially successful here but they are hardly breaking new ground.'”

The Strokes, who?

The New York Times Can’t Tell the Strokes and the White Stripes Apart

*Snort* I still find this funny. The Times sucking it up big time. Oh the irony of the mixup!:

The picture caption on Thursday with the Pop Life column, about bands that are bringing new energy to rock ‘n’ roll, referred incorrectly to a highly regarded recording by the White Stripes, which is in the forefront of the movement. It is “White Blood Cells,” not “Is This It,” and it is the group’s third album, not its first. “Is This It,” as the column noted, is the first album by the band Strokes.

Cast, “Desert Drought”… the singer sounds like Robbie Williams… and Saves the Day.. that Funeral song or whatever it is… are these kids out of high school yet? I saw the vid last night and I kept thinking of Ben Lee or something.

And I don’t know what this is… but it’s an odd design for a site basically about porn.

The Strokes, “When It Started” is on NME Radio right now. Excellent.

And no matter what anyone says, Starsailor is quite good. Even if “Lullaby” sorta sounds like “Happy Xmas” by John Lennon.

I keep forgetting… Travis loves NY… and NY loves Travis.

Coldplay just updated…. Wonder if they are going to do the cover of “Here Comes The Sun” in New York next week…

THE COLDPLAY COUNTDOWN:… 3 MORE DAYS UNTIL CHRIS, GUY, WILL AND JONNY.