Introductory Post

Welcome to my blog! This is being posted before the website’s actually complete, but once things are up and running, what can you expect to find here?

My plan is to use this blog to talk about writing and music, predominantly, though I’m sure there’ll be other random witterings too.

Although this is my first proper post here, you might notice that there are earlier posts here too – they’re my A-Z Music blog entries that I have migrated over from MySpace and LiveJournal. You can read more about them here (once this website’s fully up and running!).

Feel free to comment if you have any feedback or questions.


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11 Responses to Introductory Post

  1. Crashing Elliptical says:

    Stumbled across your (sadly unfinished)A-Z music thingy on your Livejournal yesterday whilst looking for stuff about the Welsh band Cartoon. Really enjoyed reading your reviews and hope to see more of that sort of thing on here 🙂

    • Chantal Chantal says:

      Wow, thanks!! I’ve not even finished setting this site up yet and already I’ve got a blog comment? Awesome.

      Yeah it’s a shame I never finished the A-Z thing – maybe I should some day. Although my CDs are all currently in storage as I’m out in Canada for a year and was previously in New Zealand for a year. I hope they’re not too cold and lonely without me.

      Impressed you were looking for info on Cartoon! I don’t think I’ve met anyone else who’s even heard of them before!!

      Anyway, thanks for the lovely comments – I’m hoping to launch the website soon and will then start using this blog.

      P.S. Nice username!

  2. Crashing Elliptical says:

    No problem. I was just curious if you had finished the A-Z elsewhere and whilst googling, I found this blog – If you were wondering how I did, that is, which you probably weren’t!

    Yeah, that would be really good if you did finish it, I love reading stuff like that. When/if you return to the UK, perhaps you could do a rediscovering/reuniting with your CDs type of thing, or is that a bit sad?!

    Well, I moved with my family when I was 10, in June 1992, to a small village called Cwrtnewydd, in Ceredigion in mid-West Wales and live there until I went away to uni in September of 2000. I got into music when I was 13 or so, in around 1995, and so was quite lucky that the local bands coming through in the couple of years following that were the likes of Cartoon and Murry The Hump. A little further afield we also had Derrero, Melys, Topper, Big Leaves and Tystion, as well as more well known acts such as Super Furry Animals, Gorky’s, Catatonia and 60ft Dolls, so it was a good time to live there.

    My other favourite artists, if you were wondering (which I’m sure you probably weren’t!) include Pulp, the Divine Comedy, They Might Be Giants, Jeffrey Lewis, Misty’s Big Adventure, Belle & Sebastian, The Whitlams and Darren Hanlon along with many others. Actually, if you’ve never heard Darren Hanlon, then judging by some of the other stuff you like, I think you might like him. A couple of my favourite songs are and so you can take a listen if you like.

    Anyway, this comment is ridiculously long and I’m sure you got fed up reading it a long time ago so I’ll end now! I look forward to reading your future blog posts 🙂

    P.S. Yeah, I really liked Shorley Wall when it was Mark & Lard’s record of the week towards the end of 1998, and really like The Magic Treehouse. Then they kind of fell off of my radar a bit. I downloaded a load of stuff from the Jukebox a few years back, but only recently listened to it, and I love it! Carried Away is just fantastic. Anyway, I just ordered a load of their singles and albums as I’d like to support them,and it feels wrong having all that great music for free. Anyway, definitely, really going this time!

    • Chantal Chantal says:

      I’m well experienced in doing slightly sad things, so a reunion with my CDs thing’s a definite possibility!

      And wow, v jealous of all the bands you got to see growing up – amazing! Some of my favourites. It seems like we have pretty similar music taste in general. I’ll check those videos out, thanks. You’re not on by any chance are you?

  3. Crashing Elliptical says:

    Excellent. Some people say sad, I say quirky!

    Yeah, looking back I was quite lucky I guess. I’d be interested to know what you think of those Darren Hanlon tracks actually.

    I set up a profile a few years ago, but could never get it to work properly. I’ve decided to give it another go (you can view my profile here: I’m still finding my way around, it’s noting stuff I listen to in Spotify, but it doesn’t seem to be scrobbling (that’s the term, right?) stuff from iTunes, I’ll keep on tinkering and hopefully figure it out! What’s your page on there?

    Just curious, what are your Desert Island Discs? That is if you were stranded on a desert island and could only take eight songs with you, what would they be?

    • Chantal says:

      Sorry it’s taken me so long to reply to this comment – I wanted to listen to the Darren Hanlon tracks first and it’s taken me ages to get round to it. I enjoyed them though – especially the Happiness Is A Chemical one – it reminded me a bit of Ed Harcourt.

      And Desert Island Disc songs? I actually decided on these just after you posted this comment. I wrote them down somewhere… ah yes, I went for…
      Catatonia – That’s All Folks
      Suede – Animal Nitrate (I nearly went for The Asphalt World, but I didn’t want too many downbeat songs, so I thought something more lively to dance around to would be good!)
      Ooberman – Moth To A Flame
      Queen – The Show Must Go On
      Pulp – This Is Hardcore
      The Divine Comedy – To Die A Virgin
      Mansun – Six (album version)

      For the last track I was torn – I wanted to go for Cerys Matthews – Smash The Glass, but as I’ve already got a Catatonia track I thought that I should maybe have a different vocalist, so maybe I’d actually go for The Bluetones – Marblehead Johnson.

      • Crashing Elliptical says:

        Glad you liked it 🙂 I suppose that track is a but Ed Harcourt-esque, which is no bad thing.

        Hmm, interesting choices. I like that it gets a bit epic towards the end. In order to do Desert Island Discs properly, you also have to choose a book (you get the Bible and the complete works of Shakespeare already) and a luxury item. Plus if you could only take one of those songs, which would it be?!

        • Chantal says:

          The songs weren’t actually in any particular order – are they meant to be? They were just in the order I thought of them, so a vague order of how much I like them I guess. So yeah, if I could only have the 1 song it’d be the Catatonia one.

          I get to choose 1 book too? Hmm… I’m tempted to be lazy and go for my favourite book, but actually I’m going to go for The Beach by Alex Garland instead – it’s one of my favourites, it’s a decent length and it would be quite appropriate!

          What would yours be?

          • Crashing Elliptical says:

            No, you did it right, they’re not supposed to be in any order. The host generally asks the guest at the end if they could only take one of their tracks, then which one would that be. So that’s what I did!

            As for mine, hmmm (this might be different if you asked me on a different day, but at the moment I would say):

            Pulp – Stacks
            They Might Be Giants – Birdhouse In Your Soul
            The Divine Comedy – Your Daddy’s Car
            Darren Hanlon – Falling Aeroplanes
            Ooberman – Shorley Wall
            The Bluetones – Cut Some Rug
            The Whitlams – You Sound Like Louis Burdett
            Melys – Chinese Whispers

            If I could only choose one, it would probably be the TMBG one as I’ve liked it forever.

            My book would be House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski as it’s been sitting on my shelves partially read for a couple of years now, so this would be the ideal opportunity to finish it!

            My luxury item would be some way of accessing the internet – although I don’t know if that would be allowed, if not then it would be a lot of beer and some way of keeping them cool!

  4. Chantal says:

    Some good choices there 🙂

    I’d forgotten about the luxury item thing, though I think I’d choose the same as you!

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