Saturday, February 21, 2009

Going to London tips


Finding an inexpensive hotel in London is impossible. We paid £82 a night for a Double Room at Rosecourt Hotel by Marble Arch Station. Decent location, free wireless internet connection, but £82!!?

You might want to go to a hostel and save a lot of money. From £7.99 a night you can stay at the Smart Russell Square Hostel. The location is spot on, and they also got other locations if you prefer another part of the city.

Get an Oyster Card. Top it up with some money and go as you like.
Arriving at Heathrow Airport we bought an Oyster Card and paid £2.2 to go to London. Leaving London you get back whatever’s on your card plus the deposit.
Public transport in London is really world class! The mix of buses going every minute and the complex Tube system is simply unrivalled in any European city. The politicians have succeeded in keeping the car drivers out of London because they have to pay a high congestion charge to drive in central London.
Maximum price with the Oyster Card is around £7 in weekdays and £5 in the weekends (off peak days).

If you are sound, you don’t bike in London!! Being a Copenhagener this will be a great loss if/when I’ll be moving to London…
A vid of winter biking in Copenhagen - sorry about the shitty music, it's Swedish;)

I fell in love with Pret a Manger which does for a happy love affair in London since they practically are at every other corner. Healthy, preservative-free, tasty sandwiches to-go or to stay at reasonable prices. Another great London concept with around 10 outlets is Spaghetti House which I really recommend trying.
Otherwise you might want to look for something special in East London (get off at Liverpool Street Station).

Going Out
Saturday night we went to meet some London friends at The Old Queens Head at 44 Essex Road east of Camden in Islington. Hip, anti-hip and basic Londoners in their twenties dancing and chatting while the DJ’s were mixing new and classic London music. I drank Bulmers Cider all night at £3.5 for 660ml. Who told me London was expensive!!??
Get off at Angel Station and find The Old Queens Head or stumble into one of many other venues. When we had enough we stumbled out and jumped onto the Night bus going 4 times an hour all the way to Marble Arch.

Actually we were supposed to go to Quinn's at 65 Kentish Town Road in Camden. I’ll have to go there next time.

Being tourist
Take the famous London red double-decker bus. Choose for instance line 15, get a seat upstairs by the front windows and enjoy the great view. For £1 (the bus trip price) you can see Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, Tower Bridge and a lot more.
Get off by Sct. Paul’s Cathedral and stroll along Millennium Bridge to Tate Modern (free admission like the other museums).
View from British Museum at Trafalgar Square:

Go to Primark at Oxford Street by Marble Arch. That’s it.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Cody - Comfort and Rage (Lyrics and stream)

Cody - Comfort and Rage - Lyrics:

You’ve got it in you
Yes, I know you can
Try to convince him
Choose your words
He is a simple man
Which makes it harder
You don’t really understand

And there is comfort and there’s rage
And yet you don’t know what it takes

You got it in you
What you say is not the truth
And what you don’t say
Is what prevents you from being fooled
I don’t know
It seems like you’re hiding from the truth

And there is comfort and there’s rage
And yet you don’t know what it takes

And it really really worries me,
Is there some comfort in this rage?
Now you’re really losing what
You had planned and dreamt about
Will you be (…)
And then there’s (…)

The development of the theme and structure of the song is actually great.

Leave a comment, if you know the words of the last two lines...

Cody - Comfort and Rage (video):

Cody Myspace

Friday, February 13, 2009

Kaiser Chiefs at Vega, Copenhagen

Stars: 5/6

It was a great show and a hell of a party. One reason why I'm not giving it 6 stars is because Broken Foot only would give it 4.
I shot a vid while Wilson went out among the crowd - I was a bit late to recognise where he was since Broken Foot and I maybe had one too many Tuborg Golden Ladies:

The set list (one of many girls waiting outside for Wilson let me take a picture of it):

Monday, February 9, 2009

2009 Grammy Award Winners - List and music links

2009 Grammy Award nominees and winners:

Record of the Year
Please Read the Letter, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Chasing Pavements, Adele
Viva La Vida, Coldplay
Bleeding Love, Leona Lewis
Paper Planes, M.I.A.

Album of the Year
Raising Sand, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends, Coldplay
Tha Carter III, Lil Wayne
Year of the Gentleman, Ne-Yo
In Rainbows, Radiohead

Song of the Year
Viva La Vida, Coldplay
American Boy, Estelle feat. Kanye West
Chasing Pavements, Adele
I’m Yours, Jason Mraz
Love Song, Sarah Bareilles

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
John Mayer, Say

Kid Rock, All Summer Long
Paul McCartney, That Was Me
Jason Mraz, I’m Yours
Ne-Yo, Closer
James Taylor, Wichita Lineman

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Adele, Chasing Pavements
Sara Bareilles, Love Song
Duffy, Mercy
Leona Lewis, Bleeding Love
Katy Perry, I Kissed a Girl
Pink, So What

Best New Artist

Jonas Brothers
Lady Antebellum
Jazmine Sullivan

Best Pop Vocal Album
Rockferry, Duffy
Detours, Sheryl Crow
Long Road Out Of Eden, Eagles
Spirit, Leona Lewis
Covers, James Taylor

Best Rock Song
Girls in Their Summer Clothes, Bruce Springsteen
House Of Cards, Radiohead
I Will Possess Your Heart, Death Cab For Cutie
Sex On Fire, Kings of Leon
Violet Hill, Coldplay

Best Rock Album
Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends, Coldplay
Rock N Roll Jesus, Kid Rock
Only By The Night, Kings of Leon
Death Magnetic, Metallica
Consolers Of The Lonely, The Raconteurs

Best Alternative Music Album
In Rainbows, Radiohead
Modern Guilt, Beck
Narrow Stairs, Death Cab for Cutie
The Odd Couple, Gnarls Barkley
Evil Urges, My Morning Jacket

Best Rap Song
Lollipop, Lil Wayne feat. Static Major
Low, Flo Rida feat. T-Pain
Sexual Eruption, Snoop Dogg
Superstar, Lupe Fiasco feat. Matthew Santos
Swagga Like Us, Jay-Z & T.I. feat. Kanye West & Lil Wayne

Best Rap Album
Tha Carter III, Lil Wayne

American Gangster, Jay-Z
The Cool, Lupe Fiasco
Nas, Nas
Paper Trail, T.I.

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Estelle feat. Kanye West, American Boy
Flo Rida feat. T-Pain, Low
John Legend & Andre 3000, Green Light
Lil Wayne feat. T-Pain, Got Money
Lupe Fiasco feat. Matthew Santos, Superstar

Best Urban/Alternative Performance
Chrisette Michele feat., Be OK
Kenna, Say Goodbye to Love
Maiysha, Wanna Be
Janelle Monae, Many Moons
Wayna feat. Kokayi, Lovin You (Music)

Best Dance Recording
Harder Better Faster Stronger, Daft Punk
Ready for the Flow, Hot Chip
Just Dance, Lady Gaga & Colby O’Donis
Give It 2 Me, Madonna
Disturbia, Rihanna
Black & Gold, Sam Sparro

Best Electronic or Dance Album
Alive 2007, Daft Punk
New York City, Brazilian Girls
Bring Ya to the Brink, Cyndi Lauper
X, Kylie Minogue
Last Night, Moby
Robyn, Robyn

Friday, February 6, 2009

Comparing Bon Iver to Kanye West: Woods vs. Coldest Winter

A commenter over at this post about Woods told another commenter not to compare Bon Iver to Kanye West. But why not?

They are singing about the same stuff or at least the same feelings. I bet they would even have some things in common to talk about if they met up – Basketball, for instance!

Just check out the thematic similarities between Woods and Coldest Winter. Both are about spending time alone contemplating - working on how and where to go from here:

Bon Iver - Woods - Lyrics:

I'm up in the woods
I'm down on my mind

I'm building a still
to slow down the time

Kanye West - Coldest Winter - Lyrics:

On lonely nights I start to fade
Her loves a 1000 miles away
Memories made in the coldest winter
Goodbye my friend, will I ever love again?
Memories made in the coldest winter

It's 4 a.m. and I can't sleep
Her love is all that I can see

If spring can take this snow away
Can it melt away all our mistakes?
Memories made in the coldest winter
Goodbye my friend I won't ever love again
Never again

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Bon Iver Fan Demographic Statistics in USA

My stats from Jan 5-Feb 4 on 2,014 American visitors - mainly on my Bon Iver lyrics and streams for the Blood Bank ep.

Map overlay - American Bon Iver fans on a map

Region visits
- where the Bon Iver fans live

Browser stats
- which browser Bon Iver fans use

I'm glad to see that most of you other fans are also browsing safely and quickly with Firefox:)

What surprises me is that about 1/4 of the Bon Iver fans apparently are Mac users (Safari)... or more if some of those Firefoxes are Macs too!?

Check out some more stats on Bon Iver on Google Trends (Wow!! Denmark is the third biggest (relatively) Bon Iver nation after Ireland and Australia...).