Oct 19

‘I Got It’ featuring Aubrey O’Day

Ive only listened to it once or twice. Its OKAY. Nothing great (Donnie decides to ‘rap’) and feels like there needs to be some more editing done to it (less autotuner, possibly?) and maybe something changed, cant quite put my finger on it. I think it has potentional but with Donnies name attached to it, the track may not go anywhere.

You can purchase the track here for $1.99 Proceeds go towards Danny Woods Breast Cancer Foundation, Remember Betty. Apparently within the week, this will also be available for download via iTunes

Oct 10

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/oct/08/new-band-uffie

I dont really know.. sounds, intriguing but I dont know if I can wait until next year to hear something more from her. Plus theres annoying catch phrase of ‘boys call me when they feel freaky hot’ which has the feelings of the pussycat dolls ‘dontcha wish youre girlfriend was hot like me’

Well see. I could be wrong and waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay off or right. who knows.

Feb 15

yes it is Feb 14th. Yes im only getting around to this NOW.  sorry. my (rather really) late review of sheffield.

Well I got there about 4.30pm due to sudden Tuesday afternoon traffic that came from nowhere in sheffield.  I met some girls from the States (actually I would say about 85% of the people there werent from the UK) who let me sit with them. though it took me some time to find somewhere to sit and suddenly got a flashback to being back in hs trying to find an empty table to sit at during lunch. made me really regretting not pre-arranging a group before hand through nkotb.com. I did try but it all feel apart. *sigh* anyways about 5pm or so the guys were ready for us, though a little subdued (they drove up from londontown to sheffield..) I was in group E with the only guy there in the group.. Im thinking he was someones very good natured bf..

So I go in between the CURTAIN and aim for Joe.. MY Joe. 20 years in waiting Joe. *sigh* As I go in (i think running – oops) for Joe Jordan looks at me and smiles. I sheepishly smile back and go for Joe. I am then outstepped by two girls who say thier English is limited and flew all the way from Poland to meet them. I cant fight with that. Anyways Mr Jonathan Knight is there. God is he gorgeous (but hes still not going to steal another Joe girl away!!) and is so nice. All I could manage to spew out was ‘My sister is really jealous of me right now’ . Ugh no explination how I was different and that I actually lived there nadda.  A few moments later and its picture time! I can feel Jon pull me in slightly to me and Joe is touching my back! OMG Heaven! then, then, then some bitch comes outta nowhere between Joe n I and sneaks in. COW!!! Anyways, It doesnt matter if I was next to him or not because I can feel his hand on the small of my back and thats all I need.  I need to also add, as I was leaving I gave Danny a casual nod and he smiled back. :D

Then the show.. Sooo soo good. Meet a lovely blockhead from Leeds sitting next to me and had a great time! Donnie even pointed out to her in the crowd and talked to her for a few minutes. Soo soo jealous!! Show was everything I imagined it to be (sans Joe almost ripped off the stage) and such a shame it didnt sell out. No advertising will do that you know? Even still it was half filled. I had such a GREAT time. they played some new hits and loads of old ones. Guys came out in either England kits and Joey had on an arsnal one and donnie in his liverpool.

The guys better come back (according to Danny in Cardiff they are just waiting on some dates to be finalised) and Im hitting up Manchester and London. Hopefully Ill be able to go with some of my NK girls and we can be one large group together. I know Im doing at least one show 5*. Even though we only had like 5 minutes with the guys, Id so do it again.  Completly worth not standing outside St Pauls hotel in the winter cold!

Feb 8

so since i have to send my headphones back to etymotic, i cant use the little carrying case that came with my headphones, i needed a skin to put on my shiny nano so the screen doesnt get ruined. though, i did need one, i was jsut trying to delay in inevidable.

i went to my local apple store and picked up this:

Griffin Wave for iPod Nano

Griffin Wave for iPod Nano

I chose the Griffin Wave and so far pretty happy with it. Thought its only sitting in my dock looking purty.  it was £20 and i think money well spent. Has a clear hard cover (except for a cut out for the click wheel) so the screen is adequately protected – which is good as that was my main concern. there are then two other pieces which cover the tops and bottoms so they are protected by a combination of silicone and hard plastic – to prevent any denting from accidental drops and the like (my old 1st gen nano hand a dent near where the charger plugged into) . hopefully that will extend the wear and tear. It did concern me when they moved back to the coloured brushed metal, how the bottoms of the display models did not wear well. im hoping this will not be the case with mine.  especially as i hope to sell it later down the line when and if i upgrade.

anyways just thought id share. like i said so far, so good.

Jan 29

didnt i?

Oh yes you did Jordan. As well as with your brother, Donnie, Danny and JOE. OMG Still need to settle down from the night before (though this post has a date of 29/01 – oops) as theres been a lot of crazy shit happening today…. Just some quick pics and links to full images and videos… BTW I didnt get to talk to Joe (though he touched my SHOULDER!) I did get to be really awkward with Jon, haha, which was fine by me. Love them all.

Love You, Joey.

Love You, Joey.

Gravity defying blow job? The Knights using Donnie as weapon of mass destruction and Joe running from it? Or the actual size of Dannys manhood?

Gravity defying blow job? The Knights using Donnie as weapon of mass destruction and Joe running from it? Or the actual size of Dannys manhood?

The rest can be found here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/9198597@N07/sets/72157613045993375/

Dirty Dancing

2 In the Mornin’

Discussion of Jons Pants-Gate from Hammersmith on Saturday night and deciding that was the worst Click x 3 moment of the entire tour. YaY! Go Sheffield!

EDIT: BTW this made YouTubes Top 5 fastest watched videos on 29/01/2009! Thank you fellow blockheads!

Its not very big but thats me and Jon Knight!! wooooo!!!

Jan 19

from Glasgow last night:

Well at least we know which new kid is all leg. Joey!!! ♥

Apparently a fan had given these to the guys backstage during the 5* meet and greet and I guess the guys ran with it :D

This is completely awesome and I am so jealous of their idea. Scotland has all the cool stuff. I cant exactly present to the guys a bottle of Hendersons and a steel girder now can i? haha.

Jan 17

http://www.spotify.com/en/

So Mike sent me an invite for Spotify. It seems to be VERY similar to live365 as they have radiostreams, but you can also listen to streamed music for FREE and it has an amazing catalouge to chose from! Ive found a lot of old albums I couldnt on places like iTunes or find to download illegally.  The sound quality is amazing and theres no refreshing of the stream, or drop in connection. Its really like listening to your own music catalouge except its via the web. my fave bit? it WORKS with my last.fm account and scrobbles without issues! unfortunately at this time i cant control it through the taskbar dock, but you can control the option via your profile page on last.fm

According to their ‘about’ page this is what theyre about:

http://www.spotify.com/en/about/what/

What is Spotify?

Spotify is a new way to enjoy music. Simply download and install, before you know it you’ll be singing along to the genre, artist or song of your choice. With Spotify you are never far away from the song you want.

There are no restrictions in terms of what you can listen to or when. Forget about the hassle of waiting for files to download and fill up your hard drive before you get round to organising them. Spotify is instant, fun and simple.

Because music is social, Spotify allows you to share songs and playlists with friends, and even work together on collaborative playlists, Friday afternoon in the office might never be the same again! We’re music lovers like everyone else.

We want to connect millions of people with their favorite songs by creating a product that people love to use. We respect creativity and believe in fairly compensating artists for their work. We’ve cleared the rights to use the music you’ll listen to in Spotify.

The software is easy and fast to download. Looks a lot like iTunes & the BBC iPlayer interfaces.

As you can see theres an search bar, shows you recent searches youve made,  if the artist youve select has any albums available and how many tracks of theirs are available on the site. Its really easy to use and just great.

It be interesting to see how far this gets. its only in beta stage with invites (kinda like gmail!) only to gain access to the site. Mike said he joined a few days back and now has a bunch of invites, so once i get some more i may start spreading the love.

Jan 17
*thud*

*thud*

if this isnt thudworthy, i dont know what is.

Jan 17

so the UK/European tour kicked off tonight *sigh* and the first images (courtesy of Getty Images) are already up:

Image courtest of Getty Images

Image courtesy of Getty Images

Image courtesy of Getty Images

Image courtesy of Getty Images

Image courtesy of Getty Images

Image courtesy of Getty Images

Image courtesy of Getty Images

Image courtesy of Getty Images

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Image coutesy of Getty Images

Image courtesy of Getty Images

Image courtesy of Getty Images

Image courtesy of Getty Images

Image courtesy of Getty Images

Image courtesy of Getty Images

Image courtesy of Getty Images

Image Courtesy of Getty Images

Image Courtesy of Getty Images

Umm all I can do is keep drooling… *sigh*

I bet the photographer is a Jon & Donnie girl as they got amazing shots and poor Joe just came off looking slighty frumpy :cry:

Jan 15

Finally some coverage in the UK press thats positive! Even if they spelt Donnies name wrong. Poor boy. Oh wells, it cant be perfect all the time.

http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/entertainment/Interview-New-Kids-Block/article-609861-detail/article.html

Interview: New Kids On The Block

Tuesday, January 13, 2009, 03:30

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WHEN Take That chose to call it a day in 1996, pop fans and the media mourned the loss of one of the most famous boy bands to have graced Top Of The Pops.

It was a different story when in 1994 the boy band who started it all, New Kids On The Block – Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood – decided to do the same.

“We just sort of walked away,” says Joey.

“And at that point, we weren’t exactly going to hold a press conference because no-one really cared.”

The downfall of New Kids On The Block’s career wasn’t strongly documented at the time, but with hindsight makes quite the Hollywood blockbuster.

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Five teenage friends from a rough area of Boston formed a pop group and soon became a global phenomenon. On the back of hit singles Hangin’ Tough, Step by Step and Right Stuff, they sold 70m albums. But it was more than that – huge sales of badges, lunch boxes, mugs, watches, annuals and T-shirts showed the lucrative possibilities of boy band branding.

However, as quickly as they’d established themselves as constant chart-toppers, the public lost interest and the industry that had pronounced them a pop success story no longer wanted anything to do with them.

Now looking for the Hollywood ending, the five have reformed and this time it seems the public definitely does care.

Donny Wahlberg (brother of Mark) has arguably gone on to enjoy the greatest success since leaving the music industry, as an actor. So it’s surprising that it was his idea for the group to reform.

He says: “I heard this particular song and it sounded right. I was near to Jordan in Boston while I was working on a film in Connecticut. I was going through a lot in my personal life and music just seemed like a good idea.

“The song sounded good for the group and the guys reacted in the same way. I said, ‘Okay then let’s record it’. One song led to another, which led to another, which led to an addiction.

“Once I started writing, spending time in the studio and getting back into the music business again, I couldn’t really turn it off, it had been fomenting for the last 15 years, it became a 20-hour-a-day obsession.”

The other four were just as enthusiastic, albeit with an air of caution.

Says Jonathan: “Back in the day it was directed by people who wanted to capitalise on us and they didn’t really take into account the longevity or integrity of the group.”

Jordan agrees: “Yeah we made that mistake, we were only youngsters and unfortunately we signed one piece of paper and, boom, we gave away the sign-off and our managers went a little crazy. It commercialised us a little too much, but what are you going to do? This time the buck stops with us.”

This time around, they have decided to try to do as much in-house as possible.

“Donny took on a manager’s role and that was easier as he’s in the group and always has our best interests in mind,” says Danny.

“Everyone brought their own life experiences from the past 15 years to it and it’s made it a lot easier.”

The fact they didn’t reform for 14 years is as much down to what was going on with their individual lives as a lack of good offers.

“At some point, nobody wanted to do it and sometimes individual members didn’t,” continues Donny.

“But of the possibilities I’ve heard of, I wouldn’t have participated anyway because I was doing my own stuff as most of the other members were doing, too. Plus they weren’t real opportunities, they were fake, there was nothing attractive about them – only money and money doesn’t drive me.”

As for what the other members did with the 14-year gap, Jordan, Joey and Danny decided to launch solo careers, all releasing material, but Jonathan decided to step out of the limelight altogether and concentrate on building a real estate business.

And he still doesn’t seem totally at ease with the showbiz lifestyle. While he’s friendly, his privacy is very important to him. It’s therefore unfortunate for him that, aside from talk of Donny’s divorce, it’s been his private life – in particular questions over his sexuality – which has been the focus of gossip websites for the past couple of months.

While other members would be able to brush it off, he admits it does affect him.

“I wasn’t anticipating that. Nowadays it’s crazy, I was watching YouTube the other night and there I was, having a conversation with this girl at The Today Show – I didn’t even realise she was filming, but it was all there on video tape and then up on a website.

“You never know who’s watching and that part of it bothers me because it’s like Big Brother’s watching over you.”

While Jordan empathises that celebrity gossip on websites is not something they had to deal with first time around, he admits it does have its bonuses.

“Back in the day, a magazine said I had a sex change. It was published just a couple of days before I went on the Arsenio Hall show and that was a huge chat show and because of the magazine feature they brought it up.

“If that came out on PerezHilton or another site, it would have been over in two minutes because more gossip would have replaced it.”

It’s not just the media coverage that has changed since the ‘Kids were last in the charts, they’ve also seen themselves change from teenagers with no commitments, to having to juggle families and careers. They’re not going to pretend they’re still 18.

Says Joey: “It’s not like we’re trying to re-create every move from the past, we’re taking everything that we’ve got now. We’ve lived and done a lot of great things and we’re pulling all of that experience into this now as grown men and concentrating on putting on a great show and album.”

All five are determined to put things right this time and are confident the comeback will be a success.

“Back in the day we did take a couple of hits,” says Joey.

“Critically we were the whipping boys, but that’s in the past.

“We didn’t always make the right decisions but that’s why this is cool because we get to have the last word a little bit.

“There’s going to be people out there who don’t like what we do, of course, but I don’t think there’ll be any resentment from us because the power’s with us. You can only feel resentment when you’ve handed over the power and let others decide.”

*** Were you a big New Kids fan? If so, we want to hear your stories. Email simon.wilson@nottinghameveningpost.co.uk

New Kids On The Block, Arena, Friday, January 23, 7.30pm. Tickets are £34.26 to £44.04, call 0871 2200 260 or 08444 124 624. New album The Block is out now.

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