Going Koko-Loko for Punk-Rock

HOW COME EVERY TIME YOU COME AROUND, MAH LONDON, LONDON BRIDGE WANNA COME DOWN LIKE LONDON, LONDON, LONDON! – Fergie

Inspirational quotes aside, Amy (gal-pal) and I visited the capital recently to attend possibly one of the greatest line-ups of all time – Tiny Moving Parts, PUP and The Wonder Years. (Trash Boat also played but I wasn’t a massive fan. Don’t get me wrong, they do generic pop-punk very well, just not my thing).

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Koko-Loko

My photos didn’t turn out too great, but I’ve picked out some of my favorite tracks by the bands that played.

The Wonder Years

The headliners of the night, I’ve been waiting to see these guys forever. Many a drunken night ended in Amy and myself screaming “PLAY MELROSE” at the DJ, who (obviously) had no idea what we were talking about.

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The Wonder Years + Balloons = Happy Amy & Ellie

The Wonder Years mostly played songs from their latest album No Closer To Heaven, but they did throw in a few long time fan favourites which sent us all into a frenzy. Two of which were…

Came out Swinging

The Devil In My Bloodstream

PUP

I’ve been listening to Canadian band, PUP, for a couple of years now, and this was the third time I’ve seen them live. If you like hard hitting, fast punk rock with rough vocals then you are going to love PUP.

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“Every line, every goddamn syllable that you say makes me wanna gouge out my eyes with a power drill”

Its hard to pick just two tracks because not only is every song on point, their music videos are Oscar worthy. You might recognise a certain Stranger Things star in Guilt Trip and Sleep In The Heat

If This Tour Doesn’t Kill You, I Will

Dark Days

Tiny Moving Parts

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Tiny Moving Blarts…Mall Cop.

The first band of the night were Tiny Moving Parts. This is the 2nd time I’ve seen them live, and honestly, you’ve never heard anything like it. The way these three dudes from Minnesota are able to gel almost disjointed riffs together amazes me. Just listen…

Common Cold

Always Focused

Tiny Moving Parts get a bonus song just because the music video for Headache is so good.

As well as attending the show, we explored London / I forced Amy to go into the new Lego store in Leicester Square and take photos.

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The only tube I’ve never felt anxious about getting on.

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Chinese New Year decorations in China Town

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Not sure whats more questionable. The Asian boyband drinks, or the fact they were the only ones not on offer…

Merry Janmas!

January – the month where dreams and goals come to die. To commemorate the end of the longest and coldest month of the year, my friends decided jump in a sleigh, hang up the ornaments and host “Janmas” – the much anticipated sequel to Christmas – complete with food, drinks, old emo photos of each other and a cardboard cutout of Ryan from HSM.
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Slippin’, slidin’, ridin’ dat rhythm straight into your DMs.

Janmas’ very own Boxing Day was just as coffee and chocolate filled as a regular Boxing Day…just with more wrestling….and Korn.

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My motto for everything.

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Pre-rumble session with the boys.

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Yes, the flowers are pretty. Yes, that is a Halloween ornament next to the flowers.

Song of the weekend: Korn – Here to stay

Let’s all go to the lobby (vol. 1)

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This is the part where I tell you about the movies I’ve watched this week…they might be good…they might not be. Should you watch them? I dunno, it’s your taste dude.

1. Why Him?

mv5bmtezotm0mdg5mdneqtjeqwpwz15bbwu4mde0mjyxmzkx-_v1_ux182_cr00182268_al_The one film I went to see at the cinema this week was Why Him? Starring James Franco, Bryan Cranston and Megan Mullally, this film is about a girl who invites her family to meet her new boo – a dim-witted but charmingly honest app developer (Franco).

It’s a really funny and modern film which features some amazing cameos to look out for – there is even toilet humour (aka. the best kind of humour).

So if you’re in need of some comic relief, grab your friends, grab some popcorn and head out to see this movie.

2. Ruby Sparks

74f3d7f6daeb475f78424d9ec04225f0Awkward writer seeks fictional girl.

This film came out in 2012 and I’m amazed I hadn’t seen it yet. Writer (played by Paul Dano) starts a new book all about the girl of his dreams, but dream becomes reality when the girl he is writing about comes to life.

Dano has a lot to overcome in this Rom com/ drama (depression, writers block, the fact he owns a magic type writer) but it makes for a fun ride.

 

3. Weird Science

weird_scienceAwkward geeks seek fictional girl.

So apparently there was a bit of a running theme. From the realm of John Hughes, this 1985 movie is kookie, fun, a little bit weird, but a little lot awesome.

Two geeky dudes create the perfect girl from a lightening bolt, super computer and a Barbie – then they throw a huge house party.

This film stars Kelly LeBrock, Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith and a pubescent Iron Man which is just delightful.

A fun watch for anyone who is looking for something a bit silly.

WHAT I’VE BEEN LISTENING TO THIS WEEK 13.01.17

This week I have mainly been listening to the album ‘Turn To Gold’ by Diarrhea Planet, a band with a really solid name with much less solid connotations.

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I’ve been listening to this band for a couple of years and the first track I ever heard was the lyrically genius Ghost with a Boner, I looked it up on PooTube and was (rusty) hooked.

The band is made up of 6 members, a drummer (standard), a bassist (standard) and four guitarists (sta-wait WHAT?!) Yeah. FOUR…and it shows through this album. It is a real shredder.

I’ve never tried it myself, but rumour has it that listening to these tracks on volume 11 is enough to melt even the most metal of faces and loosen the tightest of buttholes.

From songs about riding motorcycles in heaven with Jesus, to picking panties out of buttcracks, to Bob Dylan’s grandma, it’s a real treat to listen to.

Top Tracks

Life Pass

Ain’t A Sin To Win

What I’ve been listening to this week 07.01.17

Bayside? More like BAEside – AMIRITE?!

Okay. I’ll stop. But seriously, never failing to impress, Bayside’s latest album ‘Vacancy’ has been the soundtrack to my week.

The band brought out their self titled album in 2005, and in Autumn 2006, I saw them live for the first time on the Victory Records tour – I’ve been hooked ever since.

The follow up to 2014’s ‘Cult’, ‘Vacancy’ is a journey through divorce. It’s documented that Raneri actually wrote the songs whilst living in a motel during his own break up. But as our lead sings on the final track “It’s not as depressing as it sounds”.

With thick riffs and melodies to melt over, ‘Vacancy’ is actually a really fun album. Go check it out.

My stand out tracks

Mary

Pretty Vacant

TRIVIA! The building on the front of the album cover is where he stayed during those months.

Sunset Coffee Break

What better way to end 2016 than with a trip to the coast. With a cloudless sky as my backdrop, I ventured up to Portland in search of pirate graves, Bill (not a person, fyi), and the beach – a little weird for the end of December but stay with me.

After a couple of hours walking / crippling myself, I ended my day at Portland Bill, humming the theme tune to Round the Twist and watching the sun go down with one of my favourite things in the world – coffee.

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The sun sets over Portland Bill

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Watching the winter sun

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View from the cliff top

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Ruins at Church Ope Cove

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Pirate tomb at Church Ope Cove

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Sat by the sea, enjoying the quiet swooshes of the ocean, I thought “maybe I should record this and sell it as a stress relief DVD”