graculus: (geek love)
What I've read since my last post about books, a month ago:

Every Which Way But Dead by Kim Harrison (bored now!)
Christine Falls by Benjamin Black (okay but not great)
Pelagia and the Black Monk by Boris Akunin (not as good as the previous one in the series)
Gideon the Cutpurse by Linda Buckley-Archer (why are publishers apparently so obsessed with finding 'the next JKR'?)
The Ninth Stone by Kylie Fitzpatrick (a real curate's egg)
The Tin Roof Blowdown by James Lee Burke (so good! highly recommended!)
The Ascendancy Veil by Chris Wooding (final book of trilogy, highly recommended!)
The Akhenaten Adventure by PB Kerr (Jonathan Stroud sets a tough act to follow)
Country of the Blind by Christopher Brookmyre (needs a good editor?)

And I'm currently reading Lirael by Garth Nix. As usual, more commentary on the above can be found here.


Click for music meme )

graculus: (coffee)
First lines music meme, gakked from [livejournal.com profile] aizjanika. The rules:

Put your current music playlist on "shuffle" and list the first line of each of the first 30 songs (no matter how embarrassing). Post in your journal and see if your readers can guess the title and artist.

I've also cut those where the title is the first line! )

Many of these are pretty obscure, so I'll be impressed if anyone gets them...
graculus: (oh please)
Time to tidy up the music meme, as well - guess the ones that are left over from here *adds more lyrics* :

2. Ain’t thinking ‘bout love today / Lost in the sunlight / Walking down memory lane / Ain’t thinking ‘bout you today / People from the past that I knew / Are slowly slipping away

3. I could be just like the calm before the storm boy / Waiting for all hell yeah to break loose / I could be innocent or I could be guilty / Doesn't mean that I won't believe in the news

4. Well the bottom fell out / On our summer / But we knew / What we got ourselves into / (Theyre sayin) / Let's go to San Diego / where all the crazy kids go

5. Staring at a maple leaf / Leaning on the mother tree / I said to myself we all lost touch / Your favorite fruit is chocolate covered cherries / And seedless watermelon / Nothing from the ground is good enough

10. Feelin' better / Since I surrendered / You can't climb / 'Till you're ready to fall / You're not a land mine / You're not a gold mine / No you're not mine at all

11. And it's true we named our children / after towns that we've never been to / And it's true that the clouds just hung around / like black Cadillacs outside a funeral

12. I wish you'd stop ignoring me, because it's sending me to despair / Without a sound, yeah, you're calling me, and I don't think it's very fair / Oh, but you're an explosion (you're dynamite) / Your name isn't Rio, but I don't care for sand / Lighting the fuse might result in a bang, b-b-bang, go!

17. I am here watching your form / slowly pacing in the dawn, as all the stars die / Yeah you're like a hit you are tailored just to fit the changing season / Baby what is this we are two star crossed bits of an equation

Guesses, anyone? ;) One of them is a track I got from someone on my friendslist, so I'm a bit surprised it's still up for guessing...
graculus: (monkey)
Ah, the lyrics game meme has come round again... this time gakked from [livejournal.com profile] bethbethbeth:

Set iPod your generic music player of choice to shuffle. list lyrics from the first twenty songs it plays. Post lyrics for the flist to guess. Cross out as they are guessed correctly.

1. The fire trucks are coming up around the bend. You Learn - Alanis Morissette, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] atdelphi

2. Ain’t thinking ‘bout love today / Lost in the sunlight / Walking down memory lane

3. I could be just like the calm before the storm boy / Waiting for all hell yeah to break loose.

4. Well the bottom fell out / On our summer / But we knew / What we got ourselves into

5. Staring at a maple leaf / Leaning on the mother tree / I said to myself we all lost touch

6. Say it ain't so, I will not go, turn the lights off, carry me home All the Small Things - Blink 182, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] atdelphi

7. Once again as predicted left my broken heart open and you ripped it out Every Morning - Sugar Ray, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] sgflutegirl

8. Love and hate, get it wrong / She cut me right back down to size Comedown - Bush, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] atdelphi

9. He's got all the things you need and some that you will never / But you make him sound like frozen food, his love will last forever I Hope You're Happy Now - Elvis Costello, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] praderwilli

10. Feelin' better / Since I surrendered / You can't climb / 'Till you're ready to fall

11. And it's true we named our children after towns that we've never been to.

12. I wish you'd stop ignoring me, because it's sending me to despair / Without a sound, yeah, you're calling me, and I don't think it's very fair

13. Navigate, with style and aplomb / Cause wherever you're at that's the trip you on! Original Prankster - Offspring, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] atdelphi

14. The iron hand did not understand the plight of the common man. Four to the Floor - Starsailor, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] _trickster_

15. We were drawn from the weeds / We were brave like soldiers / Falling down under the pale moonlight Ever the Same - Rob Thomas, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] sgflutegirl

16. But they couldn't escape from you / Couldn't be free of you / And now they know there's no way out Wisemen - James Blunt, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] the4ts

17. I am here watching your form slowly pacing in the dawn, as all the stars die

18. Please keep your hands down / And stop raising your voice / It's hardly what I'd be doing if you gave me a choice How to be Dead - Snow Patrol, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] temaris

19. The sky caves in / The devil cuts loose It's Oh So Quiet - Bjork, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] temaris

20. Breaking my back just to know your name / Seventeen tracks and I've had it with this game Somebody Told Me - The Killers, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] lovellama

I shall be decidedly impressed if anyone gets some of these. ;)
graculus: (coffee)
Gakked from [livejournal.com profile] rach74, and these are all on my computer playlist... ;)

1. A song by a Beatle/the Beatles: Help (as covered by Ben Lee)
2. A song featuring piano as the main instrument: Landed - Ben Folds
3. A song with a woman's name in the title: Penelope - Great Big Sea
4. A song with a man's name in the title: Michael - Franz Ferdinand
4a. With both: Romeo and Juliet - Indigo Girls
5. A song about money: If I Had a Million Dollars - Barenaked Ladies
6. A song with weather in the title: Dry the Rain - Beta Band
7. A song with parentheses in the title: (If You Were) In My Movie - Suzanne Vega
8. A song made by a punk band: Teenage Kicks - The Undertones
9. A song with the word "song" in the title: Pulp Song - Bloc Party
10. A song you love so much you stop and listen whenever you hear it: Sinner - Neil Finn
graculus: (Snape)
A brief recap, in my humble opinion:

Best movie of 2005 - Kung Fu Hustle by such a long way it's not even funny. At last, a movie that completely lived up to my expectations, even if it technically isn't a 2005 movie. ;)

Best new tv series - Rome, since while we always knew what was going to happen to certain characters, Vorenus and Pullo were really the stars. Roll on season 2!

Standout music newcomers - again, up against some stiff competition, Arctic Monkeys took it for me. I'm looking forward to their debut album at the end of January.

The 'there's life in the old dog yet' award for 2005 - has to go to the reincarnation of Dr Who. Whether you like Eccleston or Tennant, you can hardly deny that it was a triumphant return of the show. Hats off to Russell T Davies, not least for creating Captain Jack and getting away with stuff that would never fly on mainstream US television. :)
graculus: (It's all Cyc's fault)
Meanwhile, what's the point of cover songs that sound exactly like the original? If I wanted a song that sounds like the original, I'd... well, I'd play the original, wouldn't I?

I always thought the idea of a cover was to take the original and make it your own, not force yourself into the exact same working of it as when it turned up the first time around.

Yes, Oingo Boingo, I am looking at you and your so-called cover of 'Turning Japanese' which is apparently about masturbation though I have no idea where people got that idea from since it's a theory I'd never heard until last week and it seems a bit far-fetched to me... not convinced.

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