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Tuesday, 31 March 2009

50 guitars visit hawaii

This morning i stopped in at the salvation army and picked up a record by Tommy Garrett, it's called '50 Guitars Visit Hawaii'. I can't stop listening to it! Naturally, i went on a slide guitar youtube binge this evening and found, amongst a lot of bluesy crap, this...



I'm not sure how interested or impressed anyone will be with this video, but i thought it warranted sharing on the off chance one of you think it's as amazing as i do! Expect all copy haho songs from this day forward to feature hawaiian-style slide guitar.

Bloody good,
Joe

Sunday, 29 March 2009

AWESOME PALS SWAPMEET!

In the van, just getting into cardiff, feels weird that Los Campesinos aren't here, but at least we got to see some other awesome pals last night.

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Our tour is pretty good, the Texas -> Hull shock was scary, but now we're in Wales, and it's sunny! Wish you were here

Thursday, 26 March 2009

the epitome of awesome



i wish these were around when i was younger

you can view more here :: http://tinyurl.com/c6m77w

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Stood up.

Duncan and I were kinda supposed to have an Awesome Pals date tonight. Only, I'd not checked my phone to see if he'd replied to my offer. He had. I didn't know! I got a train back up to Aberdeen and got a sad sounding text message saying 'where are you!?' A short, sad story.

BABY ARMADILLO

Yeah so SXSW was great, but one major disappointment was not seeing one of these. I hear they're rife in Texas. Major prehistoric cuteness alert!


The Most Important News Article This Week



I trust everyone has lolled about this already?




Turns out he wasn't the first to derive humor from drawing a penis, can you spot the hidden Phallic image in this one?



The one below is rather terrifying, and if it's drawn from real life then the model should perhaps go into porn or become a sideshow attraction

But these all pale in comparison to the original "not to scale" penis drawings modelled here by Doug of Larkin Fame and Neil of Campesinos Fame from back in the day.  
(Note the careful detail and artistic ingenuity which went into the drawings)



last eff emm

what has everyone been listening to this week then?

1 Stricken City 37
2 Mika Miko 32
3 No Age 26
4 Sky Larkin 22
5 Dirty Projectors 19
6 Sleeping States 18
7 Frankmusik 18
8 The Invisible 16
9 Les Savy Fav 16
10 Abe Vigoda 15

Monday, 23 March 2009

YES!

daily motion are showing ALL of 'high school record' from midday on 27th march till 10am on 2nd april.
YES!

Sunday, 22 March 2009

our awesome pals Sky Larkin at SXSW!!


sky larkin - Beeline (at sxsw) from Land Wolf on Vimeo.

Sorry Nestor, you're blocked out for a bunch of this.

We're all a bit mopey about having to leave texas tomorrow, but we've set ourselves challenges to take our minds off it - drink up all the beer / root beer / american cream soda, since we don't have room in our bags.

I'm having a really hard time

deciding which era of Dexy's Midnight Runners I like best.

THE SISTERHOOD

WE ARE HERE FOR YOU. AND HER.

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Saturday, 21 March 2009

Ouch By Ouch Ouch

I have injuries from walking too much. The shame.... oh.. the shame... cry.

We played our last sxsw gig today. I ate too much mexican food beforehand and kind of flubbed around the stage like a sweaty bag of whales before rolling off in a hurry to catch Maps & Atlases (who were incredible). So far this has been the best week. I'm going to post lots of pictures soon, some of which are boss aces. Bumped into "Harkin Sky Larkin Harkin Harkin" during a secret Dinosaur Jr show, which was the most "Awesome Pals" moment of the week so far. Speaking of which, Calum and I walked for a good couple of miles to try and find some pizzeria Sky Larkin were playing at, but gave up after it became apparent that we were both idiots without functioning brains that can remember things. VEGGIE HOTDOG made up for it a little. Got stopped in the street by a man bearing free sunglasses who said we were this year's Los Campesinos, whatever that means. Radio sesh tomorrow and then it's GOODBYE SXSWXW!! X!W

Thursday, 19 March 2009

This evening, I haven't been able to stop listening to this song.

FRUITLESSNESS

POST FOR POST'S SAKE:

Al and I went to Runcorn today. Have any of you ever been there? It's a bit like being in 1995.

Cheap 7"s:

Birdhouse In Your Soul, Don't Believe the Hype and She's On It.

I suspect a disgruntled girlfriend sold a cool kid's records to the junk shop. They had many guns for sale but no midi keyboards, which was the purpose of our visit.

My body is properly done-off.

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Sorry to get all serious, but...

I'm sure some of you will be aware of the recent issue concerning The Sunday Express and an article written about the survivors of Dunblane.

Graham Linehan (of Father Ted / Black Books fame) has written a great article on the matter on his website, which can be found here;


If you could take the time to read the above, maybe even sign the petition as detailed in the article, and pass it on to your friends, it'd be appreciated. Never has a piece of writing angered me as much as the article in The Sunday Express.

AWESOME PALS UNITE

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

I've never been to America before.

This place is fucking awesome.

SLARKIN/ROMASSI! Will we just see you guys around or shall we dine on the fine wine of life at a prescribed location?

cxx

Happy St. Patrick's Day

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Monday, 16 March 2009

US!

We should do some kind of 'Awesome Pals' package tour thing some time.

WHAT ARE THE LOGISTICS, FRIENDS!>?!

Sunday, 15 March 2009

NU WAVE BAR MITZVAH

This video sums up my expectations of SXSW.



1 the teenage pursuit of fun
2 bad jokes
3 DEVO
4 playing a gig to just one old woman

No SJP though!

PS I promise there'll be less texas talk on here quite soon

What's everyone been listening to this week, eh?

Courtesy of last.fm

1.Marnie Stern / 41 plays 
2.Wipers / 35 plays
3.Fucked Up / 30 plays
4.Favours For Sailors / 29 plays
5.William Basinski / 28 plays
6.Bruce Springsteen / 22 plays
7.Blank Dogs / 21 plays
8.Guided By Voices / 20 plays (Hey! I listened to 'Bee Thousand' for the 1st time in ages!)
9.The Go-Betweens / 20 plays
10.Arthur Russell / 19 plays

The only essential party in Austin

Saturday, 14 March 2009

All of you going to SXSW:

First off, and most importantly, I really, really hate you.

Second, you should totally go to some of Todd P's day parties. Last year Me and Neil spent most of our time there getting drunk and sunburnt and stalking Mika Miko. The shows are really great because they're totally free and you don't need wristbands to get in, and there are no age restrictions so you get to see ten year old kids freaking out to John Maus or something. This year it looks like Micachu and Telepathe and Vivian Girls and Casiotone and HEALTH and Abe Vigoda and Finally Punk and OHMYGODIAMSODEPRESSEDANDGOINGTOGOKILLMYSELFNOWYOUBASTARDS.

INFO: http://blogs.villagevoice.com/music/archives/2009/03/todd_p_announce.php
EDIT: Ms. B's is at the top end of the big street that everything's on. Walk past the garage and under the bridge, then turn left after a couple of hundred yards and you're there.

SXSW

Having been away with Tomassi recently I hadn't actually had time for the notion that we're actually going to America to settle in yet. I think I've been more worried about missing out on a lot of SXSW by only being 20 and the apparently heavily enforced 21+ nature of the event.

HOWEVER. Having just had a chance to go through the line-up properly I've realised that basically everyone I want to go see (including other members of the Awesome Pals!!) are all doing all ages shows that don't conflict with when we're playing. Now the genuine sense of excitement has settled in and it feels amazing.

SPOTIF... huh?

Imagine my surprise hearing a disgustingly American music advert for a band called THE SCRIPT (as awful as you might think) sandwiched between 'Sweet Adeline' and 'Tomorrow Tomorrow' from the XO album by Elliott Smith! Imagine it! I almost papped my kecks out rotten. Terrifying and unnecessary. What does everyone think of Spotify? I can only find half of the stuff I want to hear and the rest of the stuff I want to hear is sitting in my music folder anyway. But, for playlist purposes, this is quite annoying. Can you mix early Sebadoh and Rocket From The Crypt with The Shangri-Las and Baden Powell? Not really. It's sort of like finding an old mouldy bag of tapes in your loft, plucking ten out at random and trying to make the most kick ass mixtape ever. Sort of. Not really.

Speaking of which, there's an Elliott Smith film playing on Pitchfork.tv this week. I love him and his silly little boo hoo crying songs! LOVE HIM.

Arnold schwarzenegger and Britney!

Friday, 13 March 2009


I was just in the bagel shop down the road from out hotel and met Larry David. LOOK.

I just cleared my recent google searches

they included:

"the move at the end of the karate kid"
"tranny time"
"rob rydon glasgow"
"arthritis vision loss"
"jumpin jack flash"
"kir royale"

..what?



JBJ DANANAN x

STOP THIS MAN!!!

I know this is a video of Scouting For Girls, but...

Watch the first five seconds of this. Eamon Holmes interrupts whatever her name is in the most pointless/weirdest/funniest way I can imagine. He also looks very drunk.







Richard

Thursday, 12 March 2009

The LOL of it all [2]

A COUPLE OF WILD AND CRAZY GUYS!

The LOL of it all

A COUPLE OF WILD AND CRAZY GUYS!

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courtesy of corsica / fucked up saturday fun times

we are awesome pals

and we are hilariously strong in number!
THANKS PALS!

CLAP THE DUG


http://www.motionportrait.com/about/TIdog.swf

The best thing on the internet.

I'd like to make copy haho's first post about the best thing on the internet. The best thing on the internet is the Wikipedia entry for Richard Blackwood:


It's incredibly tragic. My favourite parts are where he claims to be 'good friends' with Will Smith - the man he copied so fucking much, and his critical AND commercial failure in general.


Richard

O HEY GEYZ



2nd from the left is my fav

What it means to be part of the awesome pals


According to Google Images...

SXSW SENSATIONS!

I'm doing all my RSVPing for all the damn parties in Texas. I think I'm already drunk.

It's like scrolling through a list of mediocrity then going HOLY SHIT MIKA MIKO oh god who are these country bands HOLY SHIT DEVO!?!?!? whatever who the hell is 'blues hammer' HOLY SHIT LOS CAMPESI~ OH WAIT

ALLIANCE OF MUSIC COMBINE!

AWESOME PALS is a great place to look at words.

SO YEAH: THE HOT NEWS OF THE WEEK IS SOUTH BY SOUTHERN WINGNUT

I can't wait to get to SXSW because I feel we have a pretty good chance of making some amazing new friends, as well as making Glasvegas fans want to cry tears all down themselves (and not in a good, 'Daddy's Gone' sort of way, i mean a proper, earth-shuddering stop-hitting-me-you-bad-boy sort of way). I think it might literally explode into a thousand sounds of fun onstage. Here's hoping. We will give it our best shot (((We might be too drunk))) LOOK OUT STEVE AUSTIN! I am also dead excited to see various bands perform for my own little ears (Mika Miko, Maps & Atlases, Women etc.) including fellow AWESOME PALS Sky Larkin. I am really sad that fellow AWESOME PALS Johnny Foreigner and Los Campesinos aren't going, as Gareth points out below. That would have just made it perfecto. Maybe next time we can hire a bus yeah?

I don't eat meat, so I think i may perish. GOODBYE.

DAVID FROM DANANANANAYKROYD x

vvvvvvvegan food.

I wish I was vegan.

re: mmmmmeat

We went to that restaurant with Jo_Fo last year, for Ellen's birthday. My stomach couldn't really take it. They bring the meat around to the tables, and it looks kind of like this.

WHY AREN'T WE GOING TO SXSW!?! THIS IS LITERALLY THE WORST THING THAT'S EVER HAPPENED TO US!!

mmmmeat

some of us are going to Austin where some of us will get to eat lots of meat.
YUMM

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Hello, internet.

Hi.

This is the internet-based weblog of a collection of bands.
We all like each other and wish to make things a little more personable.
Feel free to join in! This alliance is inclusive!

Lots of Laughs,
Calum xxxx