New Stuff: Wii U & Kasabian “Switchblade Smiles”

Tonight the Nintendo Wii’s successor was unveiled, the Wii U. The biggest difference is a new controller, a touch screen tablet, that you can also play your game on, freeing you from the TV; it also includes a camera to make playing with a TV seamless. Nintendo have also upped the graphics and online capabilities. I must say that its looking pretty awesome, I cant wait to try one out, and see the price, it will be launched in 2012.

Watch The Nintendo Wii U Demo
More information on mynintendonews.com

Also the first track from the new Kasabian album, Velociraptor, was played on Radio 1 this evening. In recent interviews they’ve made it clear that they wanted to move on from their last album, and by the sound of Switchblade Smiles, they have. It sounds more like their first album, kind of understated but underlined with fierceness; looking forward to hearing the rest of the album.

Listen to “Switchblade Smiles” on Zane Lowe’s page

Shadow Of The Day

I’m really impressed with Nottingham Trent University, I’ve enrolled online and everything during which they asked me if I would like to join the doctors, which I thought id have to go down there and find out about, but no, they’ve done it for me, and they’ve sent me the forms to join their surgery. On one they asked if I would like to be an organ donor, which after long consideration I’ve decided that I would like to do it, its a little scary, but I think, if I needed an organ I would be forever grateful to whoever’s I got if I would be so lucky to get one. Also Ive had issues with setting up payments and that and everyones been really nice who Ive spoke to or emailed. And Ive been posting on a message board on their website set up so we can make friends before we go, and one of the psychology department teachers has posted to let us know that we should be getting our welcome packs towards the end of the week – something that we were all concerned about not getting.

I have a new bag, its amazing, its made from used juice cartons, obviously they’ve been sterilised and sewn together, I absolutely love it.

Unfortunately MTV have seem to forgotten what the VMAs are about, none of the awards went to the best video, none, they went to the most popular artists, it was ridiculous. They even had a “quadruple threat” category for people who also produced, acted, had clothing lines etc, who cares? this has nothing to do with the videos. They didn’t air the categories that actually did have anything to do with videos such as best director or best editing. Another annoyances: the gym class heroes fool being there when Fall Out Boy won their award, which they shouldn’t have I would have rather any other band in that category to win over them, obviously I wanted Linkin Park to win (whose performance was awesome), but I would have been happy to see the White Stripes win, their videos are generally quite interesting.

The performances were also a let down, Fall Out Boy were rubbish the singer couldn’t cope, again like at Live Earth, he was just mumbling along and sweating a lot, Serj wasn’t great either awesome seeing him with the Foos though.

The editing geniuses also didn’t even include the full Foo Fighters performance, speaking of whom, Im looking forward to their new album, I wasn’t bawled over by their last and The Pretender lacks something, I think its in the chorus, it needs something extra. However Im looking forward to Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace because they’ve worked with Gil Norton on it, who produced The Colour and The Shape, by far the best Foo album to date, hopefully he has shown them the way.

Another thing thats annoying me is Amy Whinehouse, Pete Doherty and all the other drug and drink junkies. I don’t care about them, why should I have to read about them? I obviously don’t read about them but it annoys me being there in magazines and newspapers. Millions of people suffer from addictions, and I bet most of them are in worse positions than these. And what the hell does Pete have to do to get thrown in jail?

Pretty Vacant

I’ve been ill for over a week now, so Ive given in and took some pepto-bismol, its so disgusting. It’s the price to pay for getting ill though.

I now have a domo kung, he’s amazing, he makes me laugh, my Mum says he looks like a fish finger.

Domo Kung

I’ve been listening to a lot of punk music at the moment, a lot of The Ramones, I’ve also decided that my favourite Ramone was Joey, then Johnny because he had the same haircut for 40 years. I never like Dee Dee Ramone, I don’t know why though, but still fantastic band.

I was given a voucher for £5 off if you spend £10 at WH Smiths, to me £5 is a lot of money. I had to use it by wednesday so after I went bank searching, I went in and looked around. They knew what they were doing when they printed that out, all the books I wanted was either £20 or £7, I ended getting The Redemption Song, I’ve wanted it for a while, I love Joe Strummer, but it was £20 but o well, I got £5 off, Its really chunky so I think I might keep it and read it when I go to Univeristy, it’ll give me something to do. Besides I’m still reading Jeremy Clarkson’s and James May’s books.

I haven’ t decided which bank to go for but the people at HSBC were very nice and they’re going to send out a information pack for me, when they get them in, and they told me to come back if I want and they’ll go through it with me, nice people.

Music For Relief

Being unemployed and no longer at school leaves me with not a lot to do, but I still seem to be always busy. Anyways, I’m watching some of Live Earth today, and as I have Sky I can monitor all of the concerts. I’m going to be honest, I’m watching for the music, I try to do as much as I can to prevent global warming already, don’t get me wrong though, if they give me more tips, I’ll do it.

I enjoyed: Linkin Park (obviously), Snow Patrol were good, Metallica were amazing especially Enter Sandman, Foo Fighters, Duran Duran, David Gray and Damien Rice, Beastie Boys and I will admit that James Blunt was much better than when I’ve seen him before on tv not something I enjoyed though.

I did not enjoy: Razorlight, Rhianna, Shakira, Corianne Baily Rae (god awful), Madonna (why does she need children with her whenever she’s on stage?) Pussy Cat Dolls, Fall Out Boy (the singer couldnt keep up with the music and everyone was looking at them as if they were trying to work out who they are), Rhianna

After their set Razorlight had a little interview, one of them was making a good point and I thought yeah nice one, then the singer (the most annoying one by miles) cut him off, and started going on about how those who make it their crusade to save the world are his heroes. Maybe he should put down his guitar, unplug the mic and become one then. I really do detest this band.

When Snow Patrol was being interviewed Gary was going on about how bad he feels that when theyre out on tour they use up so much energy and stuff, and pointed out that “we’re not here to preach” I appreciated that.

Shakira I only watched a minute until my body physically couldn’t take it anymore. I don’t understand why she’s popular, she just wails, the tone of her voice cuts through me. And its even worse live. Surprisingly her midriff was covered.

I was disappointed by Spinal Tap – it was amazing with the Stonehenge going wrong but I don’t know, I felt let down.

After 2 songs into their 13 song set the fans at the Linkin Park set broke the barrier and they had to wait for it to reinforced.

The scariest thing of the day wasn’t all of the information on global warming it was this when this kid was asked about going to the Tokyo concert he said:

“I came here for Linkin Park and Linkin Park only,” said Masato Nakajima. “But I think this is a good event. If Linkin Park tells me to go eco-friendly, I will do it. Absolutely,” he added. (http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/entertainment/view/286790/1/.html)

I also enjoyed Jimmy Carr popping up and inserting his cynicism in the whole thing “Why is it called ‘The Globe Is Warming?’ its sounds warm and like its a good thing, it should be called ‘Impending Doom.'” Also Jack Osbourne was on saying how his family don’t recycle and he’s done research and that its actually not that beneficial, I think he’s missing the point.

Music For Relief (www.musicforrelief.org, http://www.myspace.com/musicforrelief) is a charity project set up by Linkin Park, and helps those who have lost their homes or whatever due to natural disasters and stuff, its worth checking out, there’s also tips on ways to prevent global warming. The people who run it are really nice too 🙂