Archive for November, 2010

Cat Rock

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Those following my Twitter account (and if you’re not, why not, eh?) may have seen this already.  Pointed out by treblekicker the other day, it’s a one-note series of images depicting the above cat.  And a rock. Cat rock, you see?  (It costs $29.99)

Each one has a different slogan, all of which make exactly the expected amount of sense.  As a bonus, there’s occasionally a Spanish cat which pops up all moody and black, accompanied by (I am reliably assured) some bizarre Spanish.

I mean, what’s not to like?

Cat Rock on Tumblr

Auf Wiedersehen, Monty

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

…and so it was that the end of yesterday in the office was distracted by musical reminders of a gentler time.  Somehow, a discussion about Mauro Picotto morphed into a long moment reliving the glorious AY era of ZX Spectrum in-game music.  Magicland Dizzy was a great start, forever lodged in my brain after younger Rik spent countless hours failing to solve elementary logic puzzles in an “ultimate cartoon adventure”.  Pretending you’re an egg whose friends all begin with D has never been so much fun since.

The real surprise, though, came in this fan remix of the seminal Auf Wiedersehen Monty theme.  Fanmixes are generally patchy at best  – I should really post up my hilariously variable collection of Bubble Bobble ones, for instance – and so to find careful production and sensitive treatment was a turn up for the books.  Not perfect, but it’s certainly listenable.

Sadly, the YouTube version seems a bit muffled, but you can download it for free from

Rob Hubbard & Ben Daglish – Auf Wiedersehen, Monty [XOR Remix]

Baker Street

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Yes, I know that it’s a Pete Waterman job.  And I know that it’s arguably ruining a well-loved, classic song.  But I still have a soft spot for this after it popped up on a Now! 23 album that I purchased from Warwick Uni’s one-and-only Vinyl Geezer™.

So, for better for worse, it’s…

Undercover – Baker Street

Hardcore Energy Volume 8 Available Soon…

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

It’s been a while since I’ve done anything for the Hardcore Lives! crew, but we’ve all been pretty busy and after all, it’s a collective effort.  You can see why, though – the next volume of Hardcore Energy is an unprecedented triple-CD monster.

For the latest round of Hardcore Lives! releases we’ve tried to update the look a bit; not that the old one was bad, but over 7 albums it’d had a good innings so we reckoned that a quick tidy was in order.  A couple of late nights later, and you have the new Hardcore Energy branding:

Combined with the back cover, I reckon it looks more like a “real” compilation you’d find in the (non-virtual) shops, and that can’t be a bad thing.  I haven’t heard the tracks in full yet, but when I do then it’s likely that a review will be in the offing.  In the meantime, those of you who love your old-skool beats could do a lot worse than heading over to Hardcore Lives! Records and pre-ordering yourself a copy at a knock-down price.

Kudos as ever to Pete and Richie for their sterling effort in pulling together the release itself.

A New Lick of Paint

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

I’ve spent a little time sprucing up Shinypixel today for 2010, as part of a new programme of rolling improvements for the coming months.

After an odd assortment of random holding pages, it’s back up, but I’ll still be ironing out the odd problem for a little while yet.

(And yes – of course – it works in IE6.)