ITSSNOWINGITSSNOWINGITSSNOWING. It started yesterday morning, gently and almost apologetically. Then, around seven thirty, it started to properly whirl. Overnight, about six inches of it has settled in Hackney. I don't know what to do with myself I'm so overcome.
This afternoon I have sat on one of the deep-frosted sun loungers in my garden, watched kids making an igloo in my square, thrown several snowballs at grown-ups I've never met, and made my very first snowman at the grand old age of thirty. He looked a bit simple, but some nice young men took pictures of it, so at least he felt loved. It also made me remember this video I saw years ago starring Cilla, Ringo and Basil. God bless them all.
I'm going to a fancy dress party tonight where the theme is films from the '80s. I am going as a Ghostbuster, obviously, but for some reason Harold Faltermeyer's theme to Beverley Hills Cop has been in my head all bloody day rather than Ray Parker Junior's for Bill Murray and his friends. Perhaps it's because I loved this track as a child, but God, doesn't it sound antique now?
After a great week for great new music, suddenly this single came in the post and my world turned golden. Speech Debelle is a young, female MC signed to Big Dada, home to the amazing Roots Manuva, who tells her stories against the softest, sweetest instrumentals imaginable. A video to this single is at her website, and there's some lovely interviews on YouTube too. Thank God for music.
*This* is why VV Brown rules. I saw her at the Brits launch last week and not only she did remember that I'd interviewed her and bounded over to tell me how lovely I was (I'm a cheap date), she was also wearing 5-inch heels which made her an approximately 7 foot 15 pop goddess. (Yes, I am a little bit in love with her.)
Turned the radio on today to hear this being played on Radio 2, of all stations, and it sounded incredible. And I know that there are MILLIONS of young kooky women making electronic records at the moment but LB is the best. And VV Brown is the best new pop lady. So there.
Hello. I'm Jude Rogers and I write features and reviews and do interviews with pop culture's great and good (and bad) for Q, the Observer, The Guardian, the BBC, The Quietus, Red, Elle, In Style and Wire, and broadcast on Radio 2, 5 Live and 6 Music, as well as occasionally pop up on BBC4 and Vintage TV. I also co-edit London love-letter fanzine Smoke: A London Peculiar, My Band T-Shirt and lecture at London Metropolitan University. I have been made a cup of tea by Robert Plant and Tony Benn (not at the same time), a large whisky-soda by Tulisa, shared beers with Guy Garvey and Cat Power (and watched her go for a wee), sushi with Adele, a Pret salad with Bjork, Bratwursts with James Blunt (not an euphemism) and had a proper barney with Ben Goldacre, as well as been serenaded by Randy Newman. Wipe your feet on the way in, please, put the kettle on, or, if you'd rather, e-mail me here.