Monthly Archives: February 2011

Top 5 live bands (that i have seen)

Bit of gap between post, sorry about that. Now though back to my regular monthly feature; my top 5.

I have seen quite a few bands in my short life, granted many of these have been at festivals but not all. It was pretty easy to narrow the best live bands because in short there was 3 bands that blew me away. I knew my number one straight off the bat. So without further ado here is my top 5. Again this is my top 5 live bands not top 5 bands although two of theses would be in my top 5 bands. I ramble on a lot don’t I.

5. Hurts (o2 academy leeds 2011)

I went to see this new little pop duo earlier this month, I did a  little blog about it https://joelhopkins.wordpress.com/2011/02/11/not-being-able-to-think/. The live set consisted of most of the songs from the their first album, which I had listen to many many times. They came on in chilling fashion .  Fog machines and unnerving walk on music. The singer Theo (to the left on the photo) wore a jacket that reminded me of the coat that sharp wore (you know the TV series staring Sean Bean). The keyboardist had white piano, with roses on top; they threw them to crowd at times.. The whole  style of the gig was great and music good as-well. They left a huge impression on me. I can’t wait till they tour the UK again, the wait truly hurts me (sorry).

4. Pulled apart by horse (the hop wakefield 2010)

You could not have a more different band to the one above. You may remember me also bloging about them last year  https://joelhopkins.wordpress.com/2010/11/08/pulled-apart-by-horses/ (linky). No walk on music just hardcore music (I sound a twat but it’s hard to describe a band that is so raw). Raw is how to describe them, a powerful voice leads them and some great sounds comes from them. They all seem to have great style and I can see them becoming very big. It was not the first time I saw them I actually caught them a month earlier when they was one of the support to muse. Maybe it was the smaller more in-your-face venue but they were so much more better here. I was steaming when I got outside after the gig, I felt like I swallowed more of other peoples sweat than I had sweated my self (can only be a good sign).

3. Arcade Fire (Leeds festival 2010)

I was not yawning at their gig

The best band of a very mediocre leeds festival in 2010. When 90% of the population of a festival are dicks, it’s frustrating, you need some calm music some times. More than anything you need a little of time to chill after being at very loud gigs all day. No better band than Arcade fire.  They are amazing live, and it was nice relax atmosphere, all the dicks somewhere else. Outside it was cold, very cold. They have a nice little style on stage that makes them more visual than a lot of acts, there are so many people on stage you don’t know where to look. I soon forgot about the cold, it was a much need respite from the festival atmosphere. I have tickets to see them in again in Manchester later this year, I can’t wait to see them; this time with a more clear head.

2. Muse (Old trafford cricket ground 2010)

When you talk about a spectacle when you see a band, you won’t get one much bigger than seeing Muse. They do put on a show. They decided to a few, one off gigs around the UK, I missed out on their last tour, so I was not going to miss out on this one. The gig which was played at the Manchester cricket ground, it had a real festival like atmosphere (I know I complained about that before but it’s a nice atmosphere for a while). Once you walked in to the stadium you knew it was to be big, as a quick look of the stage showed, it loomed over the audience, it was a strange almost unnatural, a sharp shape. Editors and more was in support they set the mood or so i thought. It started off big. Music started to play, a eyeball above the stage peered at the audience below like some kinda of big brother figure. Then flag wielding man and women in balaclavas took to the stage and around the stage, it was an uprising, and so was the first song. They played all the song you would expect them to play, it really was a visual and musical spectacular event. A real space rock show I would say. I must see them again, they really were amazing.

1. Kaiser Chiefs (Leeds festival 2009)

It was my 3rd time seeing the leeds band. I know from experience how great they are  live. It was the first time I had seen them play in their home town. It was something very special. I managed to move to the front of the main stage. People may criticize their sound, I know many do, but their stage presence. They are lead by the great and lively Ricky Wilson, he makes them the best live band out there (only going on bands I have seen). You won’t  get someone who put’s more effort in to a gig than are old Ricky. The only downside to this show was that there was no trade mark stage climb (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bPbVRCuFtI). I love their music. It makes me want to sing and I don’t do that very well or often. I was packed in like a tuna chunk in the tin. Unable to move (but of course), but being moved by the 1000’s people around me making an effort to jump or to at least try. With any luck their 4th album will be out soon and they will start touring again soon (this is the last gig they played (they have one planned though)).

That the list then, hopefully another band soon will make it’s way on here soon though.

Other news of note
Not much really, Job is going fine, not enough time to write but I expected that.
The rhinos are doing well 2 wins from 2 andIi have tickets to see them play the first live game of the season this Friday against Quins.
The big new for the rhinos is that the legend that is Kevin Sinfield, has sign a new 4 year deal, that will keep at the club his whole career at leeds, he came to leeds when he was just 13; a true legend and a gent.

Thats all for now, have a good weekend…….

Come back kings

In 2007 there was a very controversial moment with a clear offside try being allowed, this gave Leeds the win in the last seconds, against their arch rivals Bradford.

Watch it here

That was in the first millennium magic, and now after two year in Scotland the magic weekend went back to cardiff. Leeds again were playing Bradford, this time in a little pink number.

60 mins gone in this year clash and the season opener for the rhinos. The score was not in the rhinos favour, 28-10 and leeds looked poor. There was a try disallowed then, from the ex Leeds player Chev Walker. After it was disallowed something clicked in the rhinos, and the come back kings were back.

They did it in 2007, they did it last year against Wakefield, lots of other teams have also been victims to this as well and they did this year. A 3 try performance from Ben Jones Bishop helped lot, as did a great performance from the little man Rob Burrow. It all meant that Leeds came back in a non controversial way(in my opinion i’m sure some Bradford fans would disagree), with a penalty try in the last couple of mins! The final score was 32-28 to Leeds! Well done to the lads, they never know when they are beat. And all that in front of Mickey Rourke.

A big improvement is needed next week if they are to win against Hull next week.

This was just a short little post, I did it from my I pad (mainly)

Not being able to think

I once read that if you struggle to write, then you write about not being able to write and then before you know it you are writing again. Who da thunk it. Now I have a topic, i’m now able to write again!

My new job started this week, it’s gone good so far.It’s just been a busy and strange week. So this means I have not had all that much time do what I love, writing. I did start a new short story last week but not made any progress since last Monday. I had hoped that this weekend; would be one of lot’s and lot’s of writing. However then I remembered that it is the rugby league, millennium magic weekend (so 7 matches in two days).  Not all that much writing getting done then :(  but at least i can watch some proper sport, cricket was good for a while and american football is fun but it is just was not cutting it for me any more. I need to get some writing done  soon though.

One more thing; last weekend, Sunday. I went to see the band hurts (you remember me saying so),  they were amazing. They are fast becoming one of my favourite bands. I would also guess that they would be in my top 5 live bands (maybe watch out for something like that at the end of the month). They played a few song I have never heard before, looked up these songs up on the internet and I learned they were the B-sides to the singles. Two of theses have become my favorite hurts songs.
The first mother nature. It is a hunting song, that is very catchy

The next one is the song that they named their album after or maybe visa-versa or maybe it’s just a strange coincidence. I do find it strange that this song is not on the album though. Happiness a catchy song, with a slight epic quality to it.

Thats all for now. Might get another post in before the end of the week.

How you found my blog!

Over the last half a year there have been a few search terms that made me raise an eye brow (or two).

Lets have a look at some of these search terms that found my blog shall we.

Some such as
“The forever war” are quite easy to understand how it found my blog. A large 86 people found my blog this way.
Many go in the vain of this, lot of my top 5 https://joelhopkins.wordpress.com/category/top-5/ will generate a lot search hits.

Some may be a little more strange though; such as
“eddie murphy i can smell it” very strange; two people search that nice little term.
Or maybe
“testimony of rocker who got made a deal with satan digging his hands in the dirt for a career in music then got saved”
which also had two views.

Another which had me slightly worried was the “chinese teanager groups” okay I could say how that might look a little paedophile like, but I won’t and just say thanks to whoever viewed my blog.
“biffy trousers” is another strange one.

And i think all us lads can agree on this one guys “girlfriend cries gets upset 6 months”  damn them they take a-hell of a long time to get over things.

“gay sting”  or “Sting Gay” are other search term i can understand after this photo i posted a little while back.

Such a Gay film

“dad’s” + “leave a comment” this one makes does not really make much sense. “evil gas mask man” is a good one.

What about “here come i my name is joell thers no knowledge but i know it” clearly not true at all and bad spelling to boot.

There is a few other strange ones. But they are some which are down right crazy. Which makes me question the content I put on this blog if people search for these term and it finds me.
“mature lesbo fistin” Wow just wow!

That is not it though this next term has found me 5 times and i’m sure that will be increased as i have posted it on here.
“bondage gay pissing” lovely just lovely.

I will leave you with this little gem
“why does my butt sweat when i get horny”

Other news of note

Tomorrow i go to see one of my new favourites bands, Hurts. I can’t wait!
Then the day after that I start my new Job it’s make me feel and think, nervous, excited and that  I want money.

Song of the month – February

A start of a new feature on my blog (if i can be bothered) , each month I will chose one song, this song could be new or old. The song might show how i’m feeling, it might be just catchy song. It may even be a jaunty pirate song like this month!

Feel free to sing along.

Take a look at this.

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/4/20110202/video/vwl-ufo-hovers-over-jerusalem-15af341.html

 

What the hell, real or fake; what do you think?
I’d believe it is fake.

Well I think it would be a little bigger news if it was real, oh never mind.