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Saturday, December 6, 2008
- Record Of The Year (Viva La Vida)
- Album Of The Year (Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends)
- Song Of The Year (Viva La Vida)
- Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals (Viva La Vida)
- Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals (Violet Hill)
- Best Rock Song (Violet Hill)
- Best Rock Album (Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends)
I am very happy about this, of course. I think they should win all 7 categories, but if they can only win a few, I want them to win Album of the Year and Best Song or Record. I think it goes without saying that I will be watching the Grammys on February 8th.
Friday, December 5, 2008
They Might Be Giants
Oh wait, yeah, I think I've ranked them in the order I like them best. How would you order this list? How would you change it? What is your favorite song by any of these groups?
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Chris: "We're having the time of our lives"
November 14, 2008 9:42 am
Coldplay.com catches up with Chris in Atlanta
Hello Chris, how are you?
I'm good man, I'm in Atlanta. I just had my ears looked at and my mouth washed out.
What's wrong with your ears and your mouth?
Well nothing as it transpires. But in every city I go to, I like to find some random person on the street and ask them to look at my ears.
To what end?
I like to ask what they think about 31-year-old men getting their ears pierced. But it's almost unanimous agreement that it's too late, you can't do it. It's annoying.
Right. Let's talk about the Prospekt's March EP. Had you always planned to release it?
Yeah, the idea was always to put these songs out about now.
So when you started recording Viva La Vida, the intention was to have extra songs?
Yeah. But they're all part of the same family. In truth, I think because Glass Of Water's a little heavier, for example, we felt like, "Let's put the album out and then if it does OK we'll put out those songs that we were maybe a little shy about putting out".
Did any of the EP's songs come close to being on Viva La Vida?
Well they all kind of are. I've never thought of them as not being, y'know? That's why it's funny when I realise people haven't heard them yet. Plus, it was nice to have an opportunity to remix Lovers In Japan and get Jay's version of Lost! on there. So to me it's like the right hand to Viva La Vida's left hand.
Are you pleased with Jay-Z's Lost! rap?
Yeah, I love it. He's a clever man.
Did you hear the mash-up album of Coldplay and Jay-Z songs?
Viva La Hova? I haven't heard it, but I've heard about it. I don't look at anything on the internet very much, so I don't really know what's going on.
And what was the thinking behind the new Lovers In Japan mix?
Well, we've been playing it live better than it is on the record. So the live version has informed this Osaka Sun version, which is just a bit more lively. I'm super-pleased with the EP, I've gotta say. And I'm allowed to say that because it doesn't have the same pressure as an album coming out. I think the people who've got Viva La Vida already and like it will hopefully really like the EP because it's from the same family, if a little more catchy. And the people who haven't got Viva La Vida can get both together. I just feel good about it. But what I'm really excited about is playing in Britain.
Ah yes, the UK tour is only a couple of weeks away.
Exactly. I realised onstage yesterday that we've done almost 70 concerts now and we still haven't played at home. I just felt like, "Man, we've been really rude, we've got to go back and play there". I can't wait for the Sheffield show.
Do you have any special plans for the UK tour?
We'll we be doing the same kind of things, but the jokes will be more Britain-centric. We're going to have to lose all the Joe the Plumber jokes and the Sarah Palin jokes and come up with ones about Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand. Really the only problem with playing in different countries is thinking about what to say between songs.
You're playing in the UK right up to Christmas, with the last show on December 23rd in Belfast.
Yeah. And I would also like to do something on Christmas Eve, but I'm not sure if it's possible. I have to say, it does feel weird that we haven't been in Britain at all. Over the last week or so, the realisation of that has really hit. But I think next year we'll make up for it.
Is that a hint towards future plans?
Well, we tried to get Knebworth but it just wasn't possible. So we're having to think of something else. In fact, I think we have thought of something else. Hopefully we'll be able to announce it soon. And hopefully it's not the same day that Oasis have booked it.
Although that would be a good double bill.
It would be a great double bill. And we wouldn't mind opening. I would also, funnily enough, open for Take That. We were in the dressing room yesterday and, for whatever reason, we started singing Back For Good. We sang the whole thing, word for word, with all the right chords on our piano, without having to learn it or anything. It was great. So I'd like to use this forum, the Coldplay website, to announce that if Take That want us to open for them, we'll do it. The only problem is that we'll have to get down the gym for a bit.
But you do have more touring plans for next year?
Yeah. Our touring plans are very much like Christmas presents that are wrapped, but you can basically see what they are. If you look carefully you can see the shape. And you can probably guess, "Oh this feels like a stadium".
Have you been enjoying this tour?
Man, we're having the time of our lives. The truth of it is, we've always wanted to be a band that could go anywhere in the world and it's suddenly happened. It's such a privilege. It's surreally brilliant. But we can't wait to get back to Britain. That's home. So, what else is going on in Britain? How are Tottenham doing?
They're doing incredibly well since Harry Redknapp took over.
Meanwhile, your team, Exeter City are doing well in the league but got knocked out of the FA Cup by a team many divisions below them.
How many divisions are there below them?
Well Exeter are in the fourth tier of English football and they were beaten by a team from the eighth tier.
They're called Curzon Ashton.
Hang on, you're telling me they got beaten by Demi Moore's husband?!
It's quite fashionable to buy a football club these days. Perhaps you could make Exeter an offer.
Well, if we had enough money I would love to buy Exeter City and then give it to someone who knew what they were doing, because I don't really know anything about football. But it's too expensive. Funnily enough, someone came up to me in New York the other day - a big businessman - and said, "I nearly bought your band the other day". I can't tell you who it was, but it was a hilarious conversation. He said he'd nearly bought our label.
So, if you had to pick the best gig from this tour, which would it be?
What was good about that?
The crowd. And the price of the refreshments. I judge our concerts on how reasonably-priced the veggie burgers are. If I see that they're too expensive, I can't have a good gig.
No, not really.
Good. Because the price of a burger is often linked to its quality. Cheap burger usually means bad burger and vice versa.
Do you think so? Does that work with music too? Could we be like Be Here Now, reassuringly expensive? By the way, could I go on record and state that Be Here Now is a great album?
Not even Noel Gallagher thinks that.
No, Noel doesn't like it, but I do. I think it's got great songs on it. I think My Big Mouth is one of Oasis's best songs.
But that album is just too long.
Well that's also known as X&Y syndrome. Every band gets it. But for anyone reading this, they should listen to the song My Big Mouth by Oasis, because it's wonderful.
It was nice to read your note about Barack Obama winning the election last week.
Oh man. This American tour has been fantastic because it's just such an incredible time to be here and the audiences are in such a good mood; I think our audience is probably 90% Barack people. It's been like living in the middle of history. We were in New York on election day and it was a total carnival.
It sounds amazing.
It is amazing. You remember when Take That came back? It feels like that for America.
That good, eh?
Yeah. If you think of America as an Othello piece, it feels like it just turned over. It feels like 50% different. It feels like all the people who've had to be quiet for eight years are suddenly the people that are now gonna get to make decisions.
Have you been writing songs on tour?
Yes. I write all the time, because it's the only way to make sense of everything. I've got one of those little keyboards you get given for Christmas when you're seven. I have it with me at all times.
Did you write a song today?
I did write a bit of a song today actually, yeah.
Can we have a sneak preview?
Um, well, it's about when your uncles get drunk and sing.
Is it really?
Yeah, I promise. And it also owes a slight debt to Altogether Now by The Farm. I never knew that song was about the football match in the trenches in the First World War. It's amazing.
Well we'll look forward to the drunk uncles song. In the meantime, is there anything else you'd like to add?
Just that we are grateful to the people that have been into our band this year, because we're having an incredible time. In fact, we f****** love it. And we're gonna get better and better. That's the news.
Monday, December 1, 2008
This is still Coldplay related, but I wanted to share it. This is a video of one of their concerts (not the one I went to) and it even has Jay-Z in it for a little minute. It's the song Lost from the new cd.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
A little history on the song. It was written by Bob Thiele and George Weiss and first recorded by Louis Armstrong in 1968.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
James Phillip and Phoebe Calista.
Yeah, so Mom and Dad don't like them at all. I think they maybe think James is ok. Phoebe Calista is just too strange for them (though they did remember that that's the name of one of the characters on Friends, and they never even liked that show!).
But it's really odd for me to only have one name for each sex that I would actually consider using (obviously, I have hundreds that I like and are on my list, but they don't pass muster when it comes to all the little ways they have to be perfect with Wilson and have an emotional connection). Oh, what emotional connetion, you ask? Well, aside from loving James for a long time and the fact that it is very handsome, it was the name of a character in a book I read as a teenager that I liked. Also, it is my grandpa's middle name. Phillip is very cool, but the emotional connection is just that our Carper ancestor was named Philip. Phoebe to me sounds like the name of a woman from the mid to late 1700s and it's Greek (and I love Greek names). Calista is just very beautiful and, of course, Greek. Not as much emotional connection to Phoebe Calista as other names on my list, but it is the perfect match, I think.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
I wanted to say that I'm really glad that they have loving families and a lot of support. I am very hopeful for their futures. I work with mainly underprivileged children and also, several of them are special needs. So I guess I see the kind of lack they could be experiencing and some hardships and challenges I would never want them to have to face.
I wish they could live in a better world, but I hope that they get to experience as much of the good things this world has and as few of the awful things.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
I'm back! So, I think 1.36 doesn't sound anything like what you would expect from Coldplay, but I still really like it. I like I ran away even more. For some reason, I felt like they sounded sort of like the Beatles in this one. Am I the only one that thinks this? But really, I think that I Bloom, Blaum is my favorite, so beautiful. I wonder why these songs aren't more well-known?
Sunday, August 24, 2008
And on a side note, the concert is now less than 3 months away!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
I found my watch!
Listening to Coldplay all the time
Men who go running with their shirts off (well, the ones with nice bodies anyway). Honestly, they are a gift from God.
That someone I love will die
That I will be in some horrible car wreck and not die, but be paralyzed or otherwise injured for life.
That my whole world will come crashing down and I will end up back where I was, frozen by anxiety and depression.
Figure out a career plan for myself
Own my own home
3 Current Obsessions/Collections
I guess everyone knows I have quite the cross stitch collection
Also, I have a lot of scrapbook stuff
And, yeah, notice the song of the day? Uh huh, Coldplay is my big obsession right now.
Facts about myself
My blood type is O, but I don't know if I'm positive or negative! (need to look in my scrapbook to find that one out)
My ears are pierced but I almost never wear earrings (or any jewelry for that matter)
I toss and turn constantly at night and always have
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
And, for those interested, a comment about why Chris seems so much more appealing in these performances with the long sleeve white shirt. It could be the short haircut, it could be the beard, it could be how old he was, but, I'm really thinking it's mostly the shirt, or...oops, I was about to go into too much embarrassing detail. You get the picture.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
An acoustic version of Shiver
A live performance
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
A Line-Storm Song
The line-storm clouds fly tattered and swift.
The road is forlorn all day,
Where a myriad snowy quartz stones lift,
And the hoof-prints vanish away.
The roadside flowers, too wet for the bee,
Expend their bloom in vain.
Come over the hills and far with me,
And be my love in the rain.
The birds have less to say for themselves
In the wood-world's torn despair
Than now these numberless years the elves,
Although they are no less there:
All song of the woods is crushed like some
Wild, earily shattered rose.
Come, be my love in the wet woods, come,
Where the boughs rain when it blows.
There is the gale to urge behind
And bruit our singing down,
And the shallow waters aflutter with wind
From which to gather your gown.
What matter if we go clear to the west,
And come not through dry-shod?
For wilding brooch shall wet your breast
The rain-fresh goldenrod.
Oh, never this whelming east wind swells
But it seems like the sea's return
To the ancient lands where it left the shells
Before the age of the fern;
And it seems like the time when after doubt
Our love came back amain.
Oh, come forth into the storm and rout
And be my love in the rain.
And, on a note of loss, I have never found my book of Robert Frost's complete poems (well, it was actually Dad's, but I stole it, and now it's lost forever! It's so sad!). I rather suspect that it was somewhere in the Geo when I sold it to the mechanic and I got my stuff out of the car, but must have left that (since it went with me on the camping trip that weekend and I haven't seen it since. No doubt, it is not being appreciated if anyone has even found it. That is so sorrowful.) I guess I will have to buy some other version of his complete poems. I hardly want to settle for a paperback version, though. Hmm. Maybe I will look into this.
Monday, August 4, 2008
Back to the books. It's actually very ironic that I like these books so much. My friend who has read them gets frustrated with the characters, but me? Nope. Not one iota. Even though the vampire is a very controlling boyfriend, fine by me (well, I wish he weren't, but I just let that slide and go right ahead wanting them to be together). Does a normal person need to be lifted into the car when there's ABSOLUTELY NOTHING wrong with them? No, but, that's just how things work in this book and I take it all in and the feminist in me does not come out. You would think I would be tearing the story to shreds for all of the romance novel cliches it falls into, yet I don't, I eagerly turn the page wanting more.
You are welcome to laugh at me. I don't care, as long as this lady keeps writing these books, and they continue to be good like they have been, I will gladly be laughed at.
Anyway, for those of you who do read the books, I do have a couple of opinions to share on the few issues the book raises. First, should she pick Jacob or Edward? Both. I like the idea of her having both of them and it anguishing them and her every step of the way (or not, if they could live with that arrangement). Second, should she become a vampire? No. I understand her wanting to be with Edward forever, but I think the love story there will suffer once there isn't that tension of "is he going to suck the blood right out of her and make her undead" and also, even if she's just living off the blood of mountain lions and bears, I think she should stick to a human diet (um, as in, not drinking blood, not as in drinking human blood). Sure, she will age and Edward won't and it will soon disgust society that he's with an old woman, but I think that's part of the appeal of their love story: that it is rather impossible for them to live happily every after (I just don't think her becoming a vampire is a 'happily ever after' ending, really). Um, yeah, that's really the only issues the book raises. Oh well, I guess I think that if she does get her vampire wish, that the werewolf pack should stick to the idea of punishing the Cullens for breaking the treaty by biting a human. It might have a tragic end, but I kind of want Edward and Jacob to face off in the end (enough of the posturing already! well, not really enough of that, but in the end, do have them face off). Also, I do like it when the heroine actually takes actions that the other characters don't want her to take. Have her go through with one of her drastic ideas, however stupid, I rather like it and the problems it would cause. Make them scramble or have her suffer terribly, whatever, that is something I would like the author to do more (she did a good job of it in the 2nd book, but only did it once or twice in the third. When she had that sharp stone ready to slice her hand, she should have done it, rather than just Edward noticing that she was going to. Ugh. Please, follow through on these things.)
That's all, for now. Until I read the fourth book and have to wait a year (hopefully no longer) for the fifth book.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
Here are the videos:
Music video for The Scientist
A live performance of The Scientist
An acoustic version of The Scientist
Music video for Clocks
A live performance of Clocks
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I also found this piano cover of Viva la Vida that I think is quite good. Apparently the guy played it from ear, no sheet music.
And just to comment a little on which Coldplay songs I've been enjoying lately. Spies. It didn't grab me the first time I listened to it, but now I think it's totally cool and love listening to it. I'm enjoying listening to Yellow almost as much as Viva la Vida (crazy). And Trouble, been loving that. Also, I love how relaxing Sparks is and I do like Shiver (just not as much as the others I've mentioned). I think I need to buy another Coldplay cd, though, two do not seem to be enough!