Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Rakes @ Inside Out, Darlington

I realise all has been quiet around these parts for a while. But I always suppose that tytoc collie is not an outlet for personal crises' and a journal of my thoughts. But my desire for writing, experiencing, listening, chatting shit about and generally centering my life around music again has been restored.

Last night I, with my hottie on my arm, went to see The Rakes at Inside Out in Darlington, hosted by the clubnight Amplified. I'd never been to a gig in Darlington and was riddled with doubts about what to expect. As I had arranged this as a gift for my hottie I was hoping it would at least leave a vague smile on his face. The venue itself, was beautiful. A disused warehouse possibly, bare-brick walls, dark wood glass panelled windows, beautiful chandeliers and huge gold gilded mirrors. The drinks were cheap too! And the sound quality of the gig itself was surprisingly good for a small club venue. I really was won over by the place.

One of my worries before we went was that I didn't really think that Darlington would produce a crowd of people who liked The Rakes. I thought it'd be either lots of people who were unaware of the band and then you get annoyed feeling because you feel they don't appreciate an act you really like, or there would be my hottie and I and about thirteen other people. But it was really busy. With people who really, really liked The Rakes. It generated an astounding atmosphere. One which you couldn't help but get really carried away with. The hardcore kids at the front exerting a worrying amount of prolonged energy. Pushing, shoving, jumping about, jiggling unabashedly, they'll be bruised this morning.

All of this really suited the brilliant performance that The Rakes put on. I've been lucky enough to have seen them on a few previous occasions (and even have a rather odd story of meeting the very polite Alan Donahoe) and have always enjoyed them, but I think this topped it all. Which for a band that is testing material for the release of their third album, is a real testament. Some of the songs they previewed broke away from traditional sound but in a way that was genuinely filled with anticipation. All the elements of The Rakes were there. A great staple guitar band that you can rely on to produce songs that will provoke a number of emotions. The same vitality, passion and love for performing obviously has not waned at all for The Rakes. It was obvious that this enthusiasm just fuelled an already exciting crowd with a distilled excitement that by the end of the encore burst into sheer delirium which saw most of the members of the audience run the stage.

If you can make out any of the images I have scattered throughout, they do in fact try and show the vast quantities of people the security gave up trying to remove from the stage. A prize for anyone who can spot a Rake.

I found a video. I apologise, but you will have to turn your head on its side, but do not strain your neck. I will take no responsbility. You have been warned.

Friday, January 30, 2009



Check out the brand-new group made just for fans of the talented Justin Bieber, created by the new fan channel FansOfJustin.

Add your fan videos to the channel and have a chance to win an upcoming contest for the best fan video, chosen by the Official Justin Bieber street team, 'BieberTeam'.

The winners will have a banner to their youtube channel featured right here on the official fan site!

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Who knows, you might even catch Justin himself...

Michele Monique Reis(Lee Ka Yan)

Name: Michele Monique Reis
Chinese: 李嘉欣 (Lee Ka Yan)
Birthdate: June 20,1970
Birthplace: Macau
Current Residency: Hong Kong
Religion: Catholic
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Height: 5"7.5' (173cm)
Weight : 52kg
Family members: mother, 1 elder sister
School Attended: Maryknoll Covent School; St. Paul Secondary School
Favorite Food: ice-cream; chocolate; crab
Favorite color: Purple (especially pinkish purple/ deep purple)
Favorite artist: Lam Ching Ha and Takuya Kimura
Favorite Japanese TV-series: Long Vacation
Favorite Cartoon: Ding Tong
Background: She is half Portuguese and Chinese descent

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Jessica Simpson

Name: Jessica Simpson
Birth Name: Jessica Ann Simpson
Height: 5' 3"
Measurements: 34-24-32
Nationality: American
Birth Date: July 10, 1980
Birth Place: Dallas, Texas, USA
Profession: Actress, musician
Education: J.J. Pearce High School Richardson in Texas (graduated in 1998)
Father: Joe Simpson
Mother: Tina Simpson
Sister: Ashlee Simpson (actress; born on October 3, 1984)

Justin Bieber Dancing - A new video

Check out the new video on the justinbieber channel, as promised.

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Watch for a new video from Justin today

Justin will be uploading a new video today on the justinbieber account.
Keep an eye out for it, and remember, you heard it here first!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


Any activity is better than no acitivty at all. And on today I noticed that on Alfie's MySpace there had been uploading of 'new' tracks. For about 5 minutes all sorts of possibilities rushed through my head. But the basic conclusion was that Alfie were going to get back together. I nearly put on one of my five Alfie t-shirts to dance around in with joy. They'd tour again and I'd eventually be able to fulfil a life long dream of seeing Alfie live.

But no. It was just someone updating the songs on the MySpace player with already existing NOT new songs. NOT songs that had been recently worked on due to a secret reunion of the band.


Bastarding disappointment.

Jessica Alba

Name: Jessica Alba
Birth Name: Jessica Marie Alba
Height: 5' 6"
Sex: F
Nationality: American
Birth Date: April 28, 1981
Birth Place: Pomona, California, USA
Profession: actress
Education: high school graduated
Atlantic Theater Company in New York
Began studying acting at age 11
Relationship: Cash Warren (assistant director; dated since 2005; engaged in December 2007), Michael Weatherly (actor; born on July 8, 1968; engaged in May 2001; broke up)
Father: Mark Alba (Spanish/Mexican-American; real estate owner, once joined US Air Force)
Mother: Cathy Alba (French/Danish; born in Montreal)
Brother: Joshua Alba (actor; born on July 8, 1982)

Aragaki Yui

Name: 新垣結衣 (あらがき ゆい)
Name (romaji): Aragaki Yui
Nicknames: Gakki (ガッキー), Yuibo (ゆいぼ)
Profession: Actress, model and singer
Date of birth: 1988-Jun-11
Horoscope: Gemini
Place of birth: Naha, Okinawa, Japan
Height: 167cm
Blood type: A
Family: Parents and two older sisters

Song Huiqiao 宋慧乔

Name: Song Huiqiao 宋慧乔
Birthday: February 26, 1982
Horoscope: Pisces
Height: 164cm
Blood-group: A
Body weight: 45kg
Measurements: 33.24.32
Most likes musical instrument: Piano
Most likes color: Pink color
Most likes sport: Swimming, ice skating

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Maria Ozawa

Maria Ozawa (小澤マリア, Ozawa Maria), also known as Miyabi (みやび, Miyabi)(born January 8, 1986), is a popular Japanese AV idol. Maria Ozawa is of mixed-race parentage. Her mother is Japanese and her father is French-Canadian, which gives her a look that has been described as "a perfect balance of Japanese beauty mixed with a dash of exoticism." Since she attended an international school from primary school to high school, she claims that her English reading and writing ability is better than her Japanese. Despite her international background, in interviews Ozawa expresses a preference for Asian sexual and romantic partners. While at school, she played hockey every day, and often went to karaoke after class. Her hobbies include cooking, which she is good at, and watching AVs on her flatscreen television set. She also enjoys playing video games, and owns a pink Nintendo DS Lite, and a pink PlayStation 2 console.

"Justin Bieber" sings to a girl

Is that really him? Watch to find out!

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Featured fan video of the day credit to amberwarniski

Fukuoka Sayaka

Fukuoka Sayaka is a model and actress from Japan.