Can you blog about anything?

My daughter saw my back end the other day.

Of my blog – the back end of my blog. The bit where I write stuff.
Jeez. I need to make these things clear up front, hey?

We had a short conversation about blogging and she asked whether I could blog about anything. Could I, for example, blog about the glass harmonica she learned about at school?

This one?

The glass harmonica, also known as the glass armonicaglass harmoniumbowl organhydrocrystalophone, or simply the armonica or harmonica (derived from  harmonia, the Greek word for harmony).

You had me at hydrocrystalophone.

Well, yes I can. And I can even share a video of one being played.

This is the original, mechanical, sideways version of those wine glass street performers that you see in tourist areas of major european cities. The design is credited to Benjamin Franklin back in 1761.

So yes, my dear, I can blog about anything. The world is my whelk.

Whether anyone reads it is a completely different matter altogether, of course.

Gold Rush

When I hear a song and I enjoy it, it doesn’t bother me who it’s by.

I’m not proud.

Obviously, if it was by Beyonce or Sicky Dion, I might have other thoughts, but then I wouldn’t enjoy anything by them, so moot point.

And of course, there are some bands and artists that I am more likely to enjoy; Death Cab For Cutie seem to be becoming one of them. I heard their new track Autumn Love this week, and loved it.

And I would love to share it with you, but there’s no video just yet, so I’m going to have to use their last release Gold Rush – in which lead singer Ben Gibbard takes a walk along his local pavement sidewalk playing a more subservient version of Richard Ashcroft.

Although this wasn’t the video I wanted to share, I do like the song and the narrative of the video: everyone being too concerned with their cellphones to notice that the world is irrevocably changing for the worse around them.

The eventual, inevitable smothering of our protagonist is not lost on me.

I feel his pain.

Song for a Seagull

A really addictive, happy pop tune from London 4-piece Teleman: Song For A Seagull. This will improve your Saturday.

And a really original video too. Live Instagram (despite its problems) feed from the back of a black cab in London? Brilliant.

Apparently the usernames popping up on the screen, helpfully in time with the lyrics, are the handles of fans who wrote in asking to be in the video. A little bit of editing magic and it looks like they’re singing along.

Simple, but so, so clever.

This song has now made it onto my Inspired By 6 Spotify playlist. And in case you want to share that more easily, I’ve made a bit.ly for it:

http://bit.ly/InspiredBy6

Please share the wealth – enabling people to listen to really decent music is a public service.

William Shatner to release Christmas album

Yes. You read it right.

William Shatner is to release a Christmas Album, and it’s looking like it could be the Best Record Ever Created. See, if William Shatner had released a solo Christmas album, that would be there or thereabouts in the Best Record Ever Created. But what William Shatner has done is to have gone so much further than that. What he has done is to team up with some of the biggest names in the contemporary music industry to give us this reported lineup of festive tunage:

1. Jingle Bells Feat. Henry Rollins
2. Blue Christmas Feat. Brad Paisley
3. Little Drummer Boy Feat. Joe Louis Walker
4. Winter Wonderland Feat. Todd Rundgren & Artimus Pyle
5. Twas the Night Before Christmas Feat. Mel Collins
6. Run Rudolph Run Feat. Elliot Easton
7. O Come, O Come Emmanuel Feat. Rick Wakeman
8. Silver Bells Feat. Ian Anderson
9. One for You, One for Me
10. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Feat. Billy Gibbons
11. Silent Night Feat. Iggy Pop
12. White Christmas Feat. Judy Collins
13. Feliz Navidad Feat. Dani Bender

ZZ Top doing Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer? Iggy Pop on Silent Night? Oh wow.

Ladies and Gentlemen, it starts – starts – with a William Shatner and Henry Rollins duet of Jingle Bells.

La Santa María de la Inmaculada Concepción, Jesús Madre!

The album, entitled Shatner Claus – The Christmas Album, is set for release on October 26th:

This won’t just be the new Best Record Ever Created, this will be the gold standard against which all future records will be measured, and fall short of.

Pre-order it here.

New from Seafret: Monsters

New music from Yorkshire duo Seafret (you may remember them from… oh… loads of different posts on here). This is Monsters.

Genre is listed as “Rock”, and there’s certainly a heavier kind of element to this one, despite the acoustic guitar in the video.

Much as Seafret did an acoustic version of Bring Me The Horizon’s Drown, so this has the propensity to be covered by a full-on metal band.

But for “just” a voice and a guitar, the guys do this so well.

And if you’re hearing voices in your head, you don’t wanna hear, they’re probably not these ones, right?

They played the Shard last night. That must be quite a venue.

One day…