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Monday

SELLING EBAY SHIT

I am  selling kurt gieger shoes, Lomography Camera, clothes and what not on ebay! Go buy...


http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/bethmay87

Zed Bias- FEEL GOOD Tee's

Ok so recently, comeback's have been the forefront of new branding. I feel anyway. Come one- The Spice Girls have a new West End show (heaven forbid!) and what with the boy bands clinging onto every last hope they have in a Take That stadium tour - it's actually quite sickening.

I admit I was once a mad Spice Girl fan, collecting the photo's and stickers, however as soon as I hit 13 music to my ears became MC's with garage. Local nights at the U18 clubs in were filled with Nike Air Max trainers, white mini skirts and lollipops. DJ Luck and MC Neat were regulars on the scene, and Oxide and Neutrino would be smoking a spliff on the balacony before their set. Garage for me was what Trance was for people in the 90's and what bleach was for Madonna in the 80's. Filled with cheesy lyrics, a predictable beat and dance to match - it was in my eyes, the best time I have ever had with music.
Don't get me wrong, I am an all rounder. I like anything from Muse to radio2, however Garage will always play a huge part in memories for me being a young teenager growing up too fast.

Carnival every year embraces music of an era - Good Times Stage is a place where the two steppers come together with the finger pointer ravers and music brings everyone together in one big street party. One show I really am looking forward to is that of Zed Bias who will be dropping the FEEL GOOD tee's this summer in conjunction with the re-release of Neighborhood with MC Rumpus.  Secret Garden Party was embracing the grarage tunes this year - if all new producers were honest on the techno and house scene, they would admit garage has played an influence in their music. Take Disclosure - they collaborate with artists such as Jessie Ware and Katy B. Working with underground artists as well, and closely with RinseFM.

Techno always has a heart in London clubs as it does at European festivals, however you just can't beat a tune like Neighborhood. True garage.

Check the tee's.

Tuesday

SGP - Wonderland

Secret Garden Party - what a magcial place. I was elated when I came back to the UK after a week away in Hungary, to the amazing Balaton Sound. I love Techno, house and all in between but for me, a festival is all about where you can 'sketch'about and meet some interesting new people.
Setting off on Thursday we arrived in the garden where rain fall had created a mud bath. Not one to moan about camping in the rain - especially in a 10 man tent, we managed to get by the next few days (worse for wear) not falling into the mud at all.
Ducklings laying in the mud, knickers hanging on a line in the woods, a circle of bamboo which had a piano in the middle, a coffin shop, a ball pit in a tent and best of all a giant fox made of out hay. Walking around the grounds in Cambridge was one of the best adventures. I couldn't tell you who I saw - except for a skecthyg Oliver Proudlock from Made in Chelsea and Dane Bowers - wtf'?!!.
I did see Little Draggon and Justin Martin at the Pagoda although I couldnt tell you any more.

In a nutshell it was one of the best festivals I have ever been too.Bestival move over (too many people, too big and a mission getting around) SGP you delighted me.




Monday

Hackney Weekender

Hackney Weeknder has been and gone - my god, what a dream it was! I went on the Saturday where I literally died when JayZ took to the stage. I wouldn't say I am a 'huge' fan but I respect what he does, a lot. His stage presence was ridiculous and Kayne - well- Kanye didnt dissapoint as well.

The Festival itself was full of all types of crowds - a lot of famous people trying to catch a couple of acts while they waited to take to the stage themselves... Emeli Sandé was chilling with friends at Nicki Minaj, trying to hide her quiff...Matt Smith, the Doctor Who actor, was chatting to me by the men's toilets (which was my one moan of the day - too many women and not enough toilets!) and Mark Wright saigned breasts and generally mooched about like a complete tool, while bellowing' who wants my photo' - fuck off mate!

The vibe at the weekend was good. I know a lot of pressure was put on police and the community to make sure it was a safe environment. There was no trouble my end - the crowds were friendly and didnt really kick off at all.

Gutted I missed Sean Paul but Jay Z had to be the winner.

Tuesday

Trade School Class by Me!

Fancy getting some tuition for free?

Come down to see me on the 8th July in Canning Town. In exchange for knowledge, bring some items I may like.

This class will be on Textual Analysis. Think: magazine covers, articles, semiotics, feminism...

http://tradeschool.coop/london/class/#456

Friday

Miike Snow - Brixton Academy 31st May 2012

Maybe I am used to going to gigs and getting run of the mill set-lists which offer the well known track at the end, with an encor that offers their firstr ever single or the new music.
I have always been a fan of Miike Snow, but not enough to follow them religiously through the evolutions of music. There are bands I like and bands I follow (Bombay, The Maccabees, Two Door Cinema..) but I have a lot of respect for Miike Snow.

Playing at Brixton Academy to a mixed yet interesting crowd, I wasn't overally excited by the presence of the band on stage. I mean, where was the small chit chat -'I love London' bullshit bands usually scream from their voices? There was no introduction, no relationship with the audience. I felt like they had a list of songs to tick off and they were cutting the majority of the (good) songs in half so they could fit them all in. I am a massive ran of Cult Logic and Black and Blue - which was played mid-set and cut off half way. The one thing I did enjoy was the lighting performance. I think I tapped my food a couple of times...

Not one to really slate bands, but it wasn't the best performance I have seen from a band. I didnt know who they were, what they did and the lead singer looked like he had been on a jog before singing his heart out. His vocals were clear, which was a bonus, but his stage presence wasn't that of any lead singer I had ever seen.
Dont get me wrong, I love the music and I still listen to 'Animal' on a daily basis, however with these bands that can actually play guitar, bass, drums and everything inbetween - keyboards just dont cut it for me. I could stand up for an hour and do that!

Maccabee's next week at Alexandra Palace. Maybe I am biased (i adore them) but after their amazing Brixton show, I dont know how they can get any better.

Saturday

I was thinking today while flicking through my Ipod, where the hell did Cajun Dance Party go?...

I was a bit of a geek fan - was it right to love a band that were around 15 years old? Well, whatever, I loved their catchy songs such as 'Amalyse' and 'Colourful Life'. Lyrics such as 'We need a catalyst..' I mean what the hell were they singing about? 'We will swim through the fields of hay'..but i loved them all the same.
Bigged up by other local London bands and up and coming 'indie' revolutions, I was chuffed when I got their album on my cd which I burnt and cruised around Hampshire thinking I was really alternative (i totally wasn't).

They have now dissapeared? Is it because they were disgustingly middle class and perhaps mummy and daddy asked them to 'think about the future' and go to university? Did they have a band tiff?, or did they just decided  enough is enough?

I have been thinking about bands I used to listen to all the time and wil old bands such as Steps, Liberty X to name a few crawling out of the woodwork to cling onto some last minute 15 minutes of fame - I got a bit reminisant and listened to a few albums on my Ipod that I had totally forgot about. Now I dont know about you, but everyone has at least one RNB album which they wouldn't dare admit they smooched too or grinded too at the under 18's disco , or that Eminem album which you know every lyric to? I have found those abums that i absolutely loved and had memories for me.


Aalyiah - More Than A Woman
Probably one of the best albums I ever bought from a female solo artists. I wasn't big on Mariah or Whitney - I loved pretending to be Aalyiah like in Romeo Must Die (cringe)

Destiny's Child - Writings on The Wall
Bills Bills Bills and Say My Name bellowing out from the tape player in GCSE art with the boys moaning that they couldnt put their Slipknot album on. I remember i adopted the croydon face lift while parading around the school playground, Kelly Rowland style.

Justin Timberlake - Justified
Another crooner when you think about it. 'Like I love You' was one of the best party tunes I think us girls played. We loved seeing the boys try and match Trousersnake's bops and oh my god, Pharell Williams? Now that was cool.

Foals - EP
I remember randomly finding out that Foals were behind an advert I had seeb - can't remember the life of me what it was... but anyway, saw them a couple of times in portsmouth and met them. I also stalked the shit out of them and used to message them on Myspace - Yannis replied and when I saw him at a gig we chatted and had a photo. He really is the harriest man I have ever seen. Where the fuck did they go? All these bands jog on overseas but forget about those who loved them when they released their EP. Cassisus is one tune that is epic for 2007- It reminds me of moshing in the Wedgewood Rooms.

Missy Elliot -This Is not  Test
Getting drunk on Lambrini and running riot on the streets of my area with my girl mates bsuting out moves to this tune in the park. Oh god, we were so cool...