Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Peter's Out

Currently experiencing some broadband connectivity issues, which isn't helping your correspondent catch up with the backlog of book, album and gig reviews, never mind release the long-anticipated linkdump which might now plop out in a series of dribbles instead.

Someone with no such problems is Pete Ashton, who has attended 14 Birmingham gigs in 15 nights, and managed lengthy reviews on his weblog to boot, for his Going Deaf For A Fortnight Project. Featuring quite a few bands who have graced the pages of Parallax View over the years (including The Warlocks; Noise Noise Allore!; StrangeTime; Acoustic Ladyland and Killin' Zoe) it's this sort of ruthless dedication from the third generation of bloggers that is fast putting Dead Kenny out of business. Then again, given the lack of recent updates here at PV, this is perhaps reassuring for the rest of you.

Single Of The Week sees the return of The Strokes, who've refound their touch with 'Juicebox', out in stores from December 5. It's the sound of Jul' and the Gang not just getting their mojo working again, but giving it the full Restart package until it sweats bullets on overtime. OK, you can reduce its' appeal to some impassioned singing over a dirty great grunge riff and a sinewy beat, but it's delivered with such urgency and relish it shows up the likes of Arctic Monkeys for the funkless gibbons they truly are.


Anonymous graybo said...

"third generation of bloggers"? - fast breeding?

12:09 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

"Funkless gibbons" - I like it, though it's still a bit too polite.

12:48 PM  
Blogger Pete Ashton said...

I too am somewhat perplexed by the "third generation" thing. What were the first two?

4:36 PM  
Blogger Pete Ashton said...

Oh yeah - I like your blogging. Do you have an RSS feed hidden somewhere?

4:41 PM  
Anonymous graybo said...

Pete - I've been thinking about this. The first generation of bloggers were the "protobloggers", the amoeba and algae in the evolution of blogging who hand-coded their sites and were smug yet anorakky. The second generation were people like Dead Kenny and myself, amongst the early adopters of blogging tools like Blogger (before all this fancy shmancy WordPress and Moveable Type came along). We were like the first crabs and woodlice that colonised the land and, like the woodlice, some of us haven't evolved very much in the intervening millenia. The third generation are the ones who have been around only since the explosion of blogging tools. This is something like the evolutionary explosion seen in the Cretaceous period, with dinosaurs roaming the planet and the first small mammals beginning to make their presence felt.

Now, the issue here is that we all know what happened at the end of the Cretaceous - mass extinction. Who will survive?

9:08 AM  
Blogger Pete Ashton said...

In which case my overinflated ego respectfully requests a regrade before it gets all huffy. ...coughJune2000cough...

10:02 PM  
Blogger Dead Kenny said...

Pete, I've just sacked my fact-checker, sorry for any offence the doofus caused.

But if you've been blogging since 2000 you're updating far too often, surely? You should have got to the 'updating daily? That's for the kids!' stage by now, you know.

Or at least employed imaginary staff to blame when things go tits-up!

9:04 PM  

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