Bits & Pieces Strikes Back

Some fresh snippets for you to browse today. A refreshing change from some of the essays posted previously – you should see this as coming up for air – don't get too comfortable though, we'll be diving back down to essay-central in no time! Ah, you love it really!

Check out the vengeful video for Lily Allen's new single release; Smile

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vws9Yp_tZbE

…don't mess with this girl! She'll make you pay in a big, big, way!

Bonobo has confirmed that his new album will be called Days To Come and is due to be released on Ninja Tune on 2nd October this year. Nice to hear of progress, reassures you that something is actually happening – I'm definitely looking forward to this. I'll post any updates as and when I get them.

iTunes Belgium has made a faux pas by releasing the new Keane album, Under The Iron Sea, two weeks early. Boo-hoo and all that jazz.

Doves are working on a new album and have also confirmed they wont be playing any more live dates this year – presumably cos they'll be too busy recording new material.

Even celebrities (and I use that term loosely) have issues with eBay. Apparently Uri Gellar bought one of Elvis's old houses on the auction website, but meanwhile the seller sold offline! Uri was quoted to have said "We are absolutely, mind-blown angry. Of course we're going to sue." Poor old spoon-bender!

Coldcut want to do a hip-hop related animation for an upcoming gig of theirs, however, they need help deciding which hip-hop heroes to include. Contact them via their MySpace page with the name (and link to picture of) your favourite hip-hop hero and you could actually win some goodies. Good luck!

One of my favourite UK hip-hop producers, Ghost, has put some of his material available for free download on his MySpace page – you should check it out, also you should really check out his latest LP Seldom Seen Often Heard – Ghost is a vastly slept on talent, hear for yourselves.

This news is UK related, but anyway; UK music fans are now free to rip CDs to their computers and use the tracks on mp3 players and the like… so long as it is only for personal use. The BPI has now ruled that this is ok to do – where as previously the copyright law forbid you to rip music from CD. I'm sure you'll all sleep safer at night knowing this now.

Conservative politician leader David Cameron has claimed that Tim Westwood's rap show on BBC Radio One encourages gun and knife crime in the UK. Oh dear, oh dear! Perhaps if Tim Westwood took his big nose out of 50 Cent's arse crack and actually played some decent hip-hop, this politician fellow wouldn't be able to say such things!

That'll do you for now, I'll let you get back to preparing for the imminent world cup!

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  • http://www.last.fm/user/turnado Tom

    Everything Lily does is pure genius, and I can’t wait for Bonobos album, love all of his stuff :D

  • http://www.last.fm/user/turnado Tom

    Everything Lily does is pure genius, and I can’t wait for Bonobos album, love all of his stuff :D

  • http://jeej.wordpress.com/ jeej

    I’m sure Mr Bonobo wont disappoint. :-)

  • http://jeej.wordpress.com/ jeej

    I’m sure Mr Bonobo wont disappoint. :-)

  • http://www.rustysheriff.com/ Rusty Sheriff

    That Si Bonobo is a tricky scamp… Turns out he comes from a town about 5 miles from where I live… small world! Should be good though!

    Thanks for the info about putting my cd collection onto my ipod… man I was shiting it, I should call my doctor and get off the medication.:)

    As for Uri… What a loser!

  • http://www.rustysheriff.com Rusty Sheriff

    That Si Bonobo is a tricky scamp… Turns out he comes from a town about 5 miles from where I live… small world! Should be good though!

    Thanks for the info about putting my cd collection onto my ipod… man I was shiting it, I should call my doctor and get off the medication.:)

    As for Uri… What a loser!

  • http://jeej.wordpress.com/ jeej

    England’s not a very big place mate – everyone comes from a town no more than bout 500 miles from you! But anyway, what you trying to tell me? You go round his for a cup of tea and a game of monopoly every once in a while? :-P

    Yeah, well I’m just glad that load is off my shoulders with regards to ripping my own bloody CDs – copyright has an obvious place in any form of artistic industry, but they need to get their own house in order at the BPI before they start kicking doors down and fining people. Nobbers.

    Ah Uri, what more can we say? :-D

  • http://jeej.wordpress.com/ jeej

    England’s not a very big place mate – everyone comes from a town no more than bout 500 miles from you! But anyway, what you trying to tell me? You go round his for a cup of tea and a game of monopoly every once in a while? :-P

    Yeah, well I’m just glad that load is off my shoulders with regards to ripping my own bloody CDs – copyright has an obvious place in any form of artistic industry, but they need to get their own house in order at the BPI before they start kicking doors down and fining people. Nobbers.

    Ah Uri, what more can we say? :-D

  • http://www.rustysheriff.com/ Rusty Sheriff

    Yeah man, england is tiny! Bonobo is more of a Scrabble guy though! The funny thing about Havant (where he’s from apparently!) is that Portsmouth locals refer to it as “Chavant”, in homage to the social group… I your unfamilar with chav, think reebok classic shoes, tracksuits, burberry caps and violence. :(

    He’s got sense though, old Si, he’s since moved to Brighton – Far nicer!

  • http://www.rustysheriff.com Rusty Sheriff

    Yeah man, england is tiny! Bonobo is more of a Scrabble guy though! The funny thing about Havant (where he’s from apparently!) is that Portsmouth locals refer to it as “Chavant”, in homage to the social group… I your unfamilar with chav, think reebok classic shoes, tracksuits, burberry caps and violence. :(

    He’s got sense though, old Si, he’s since moved to Brighton – Far nicer!

  • http://jeej.wordpress.com/ jeej

    Mate, how long do you think I’ve lived in Australia?! Course I know what a chav is! :-P

  • http://jeej.wordpress.com/ jeej

    Mate, how long do you think I’ve lived in Australia?! Course I know what a chav is! :-P

  • http://www.rustysheriff.com/ Rusty Sheriff

    I thought you were aboriginal?????

    No?

    hahaha!

  • http://www.rustysheriff.com Rusty Sheriff

    I thought you were aboriginal?????

    No?

    hahaha!

  • http://jeej.wordpress.com/ jeej

    Maybe an aboriginal chav?! Ha, you nutter, check your MySpace page.

  • http://jeej.wordpress.com/ jeej

    Maybe an aboriginal chav?! Ha, you nutter, check your MySpace page.

  • ingrid

    ahah I liked the lily video, she’s amazing

  • ingrid

    ahah I liked the lily video, she’s amazing

  • http://jeej.wordpress.com/ jeej

    Yeah, funny video.

  • http://jeej.wordpress.com/ jeej

    Yeah, funny video.

  • http://eashfa.wordpress.com/ Linda

    apropos of chav – i can understand lady sov being called that, she’s like the soundtrack for chav, maybe in a good way (?) but lily allen? who called her that i can’t remember, must have been the snob chavs over at the guardian

    sophie muller directed the video, ‘course it rocks

  • http://eashfa.wordpress.com/ Linda

    apropos of chav – i can understand lady sov being called that, she’s like the soundtrack for chav, maybe in a good way (?) but lily allen? who called her that i can’t remember, must have been the snob chavs over at the guardian

    sophie muller directed the video, ‘course it rocks