Not so long ago I caught Jake support Colin Vernecombe in the beautiful surroundings of an arts centre built from a converted tithe barn. The changing light streaming through the arched windows behind were the perfect backdrop to his set of percussive, minimalist and often slightly melancholic songs. What he offers us with Allegorical House is something totally different. An upbeat, summer slice of fizzy pop, which largley eschews his usual dexterous delicacies for a straight down the line strum and beat driven song. And it is great. Different but great. Whether it is the sign of a new direction or just an artist wilfully throwing a spanner in the works is irrelevant, take the song for what it is and as ever the lyrics are worth dwelling upon.
Normally we stick to music related things on this blog, but we got sent a great email today from our friends over at MacKing which we felt we just had to share. It’s guaranteed to make you laugh and feel a bit clever (which surely has to be a good thing for a Thursday).
BRAINS OF BRITAIN . . . (these are real examples)
UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE (BBC2)
Jeremy Paxman: What is another name for ‘cherrypickers’ and ‘cheesemongers’?
Jeremy Paxman: No. They’re regiments in the British Army, who will be very upset with you.
BEG, BORROW OR STEAL (BBC2)
Jamie Theakston: Where do you think Cambridge University is?
Contestant: Geography isn’t my strong point.
Jamie Theakston: There’s a clue in the title.
Stewart White: Who had a worldwide hit with What A Wonderful World?
Contestant: I don’t know.
Stewart White: I’ll give you some clues: what do you call the part between your hand and your elbow?
Stewart White: Correct. And if you’re not weak, you’re…?
Stewart White: Correct – and what was Lord Mountbatten’s first name?
Stewart White: Well, there we are then. So who had a worldwide hit with the song What A Wonderful World?
Contestant: Frank Sinatra?
LATE SHOW (BBC MIDLANDS )
Alex Trelinski: What is the capital of Italy ?
Trelinski: France is another country. Try again.
Contestant: Oh, um, Benidorm.
Trelinski: Wrong, sorry, let’s try another question. In which country is the Parthenon?
Contestant: Sorry, I don’t know.
Trelinski: Just guess a country then.
THE WEAKEST LINK (BBC2)
Anne Robinson: Oscar Wilde, Adolf Hitler and Jeffrey Archer have all written books about their experiences in what: – Prison, or the Conservative Party?
Contestant: The Conservative Party.
BEACON RADIO ( WOLVERHAMPTON )
DJ Mark: For 10, what is the nationality of the Pope?
Contestant: I think I know that one. Is it Jewish?
Bamber Gascoyne: What was Gandhi’s first name?
GWR FM ( Bristol )
Presenter: What happened in Dallas on November 22, 1963?
Contestant: I don’t know, I wasn’t watching it then.
PHIL WOOD SHOW (BBC RADIO MANCHESTER)
Phil: What’s 11 squared?
Contestant: I don’t know.
Phil: I’ll give you a clue. It’s two ones with a two in the middle.
Contestant: Is it five?
RICHARD AND JUDY
Richard: Which American actor is married to Nicole Kidman?
Contestant: Forrest Gump.
RICHARD AND JUDY
Richard: On which street did Sherlock Holmes live?
Contestant: Er. … ….
Richard: He makes bread . . …
Contestant: Er .. …….
Richard: He makes cakes . . …
Contestant: Kipling Street?
LINCS FM PHONE-IN
Presenter: Which is the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world?
Presenter: I was really after the name of a country.
Contestant: I’m sorry, I don’t know the names of any countries in Spain …
NATIONAL LOTTERY (BBC1)
Question: What is the world’s largest continent?
Contestant: The Pacific.
ROCK FM ( PRESTON )
Presenter: Name a film starring Bob Hoskins that is also the name of a famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci.
Contestant: Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
THE BIGGEST GAME IN TOWN (ITV)
Steve Le Fevre: What was signed, to bring World War I to an end in 1918?
Contestant: Magna Carta?
JAMES O’BRIEN SHOW (LBC)
James O’Brien: How many kings of England have been called Henry?
Contestant: Er, well, I know there was a Henry the Eighth … ER. ER … Three?
CHRIS SEARLE SHOW (BBC RADIO BRISTOL )
Chris Searle: In which European country is Mount Etna ?
Chris Searle: I did say which European country, so in case you didn’t hear that, I can let you try again.
Caller: Er …….. Mexico ?
PAUL WAPPAT (BBC RADIO NEWCASTLE )
Paul Wappat: How long did the Six-Day War between Egypt and Israel last?
Contestant (long pause): Fourteen days.
DARYL DENHAM’S DRIVETIME (VIRGIN RADIO)
Daryl Denham: In which country would you spend shekels?
Daryl Denham: Try the next letter of the alphabet.
Contestant: Iceland? Ireland ?
Daryl Denham: (helpfully) It’s a bad line. Did you say Israel ?
PHIL WOOD SHOW (BBC GMR)
Phil Wood: What ‘K’ could be described as the Islamic Bible?
Contestant: Er… …. …
Phil Wood: It’s got two syllables . . . Kor . .
Phil Wood: Ha ha ha ha, no. The past participle of run . . ..
Phil Wood: OK, try it another way. Today I run, yesterday I . . .
Melanie Sykes: What is the name given to the condition where the sufferer can fall asleep at any time?
STEVE WRIGHT IN THE AFTERNOON (BBC RADIO 2)
Wright: Johnny Weissmuller died on this day. Which jungle-swinging character clad only in a loin cloth did he play?
It’s been an extremely busy few weeks and I’ve been bad at keeping up with the news items, so rather than try to remember everything that’s been happening, I thought I’d just post a song that popped up on my iTunes player at random and stopped me in my tracks because it’s so good. It’s not available to buy, but enough people like it, I might just make it available for free download.
We just heard that Hafdis won the category of Best Female Artist as voted by the readers of Somojo Magazine. Thanks so much to everyone who voted – you’re the best!
You can see all the winners here: http://www.somojomagazine.com/index.php/music/music-news/849-somojo-artist-of-the-year-awrads-2011-results.html
Congratulations also to Liam Blake (Acoustic Artist of the Year) and Sam Brookes (runner up, Folk Artist of the Year), who are both supporting Jake Morley at the HMV Next Big Thing gig at the Jazz Cafe in London on February 12th. Tickets available here: http://www.hmvtickets.com/events/4941
Jake and the hugely talented John Parker played a private gig at the Paramount Club on the 32nd floor of London’s Centre Point. It was a very clear night so the views from the glass walled bar were astounding on both sides – Oxford Street all lit up with Christmas lights on one side, and a view all the way from St Paul’s down to the London Eye on the other. I tried to capture the view on my phone, but it turned out pretty rubbish but you’ll get an idea of the view.