Archives for November 2010
Tomorrow the best month of the year begins... there's nothing like a good December full of mince pies, Christmas choccies, Xmas lights and the big day itself. Even if you don't do Christmas, school hols are the best and let it SNOW, let it SNOW, let it SNOW. To make your December as great as it possibly can be Vicki and I have a trick or two up our Christmas sleeves... From tomorrow onwards The Cut blog will be hosting it's very own Christmas advent calendar, with a new surprise behind a different window each and every day right up to and including Christmas day!
All you need to do to retrieve your advent calendar goodies will be to check back on the blog every single day at 3.30pm, when each mystery advent window will open. Behind each window you'll find... we can't tell you that... you'll just have to check back and see. It starts tomorrow afternoon, so set your clocks.
And as if you've just seen the 'holidays are coming' advert on TV for the first time this year... IT'S CHRISTMAS..........!
Marla and Elliott have had enough of Mack, but will they really go through with their plan? Meanwhile, Alex and Jack's relationship turns a little sour...
Good afternoon Cutlets!
We know you guys love making Cut fan stuff, whether it's pictures, videos or fansites, but something so extra special has just come to our attention that we thought we'd share with you on the blog! On So Yeah (a blog run by Cut fans Keri, Carmaa, Louise and Sian) they posted a link to The Cut in book form! A fan called Carol has taken the time out to write a special novel version of The Cut and has uploaded the first eight chapters.
You can read it here.
We're sure you'll agree, it's pretty amazing! So thanks Carol, we love it!
Do keep sending us all your Cut creations (firstname.lastname@example.org), you never know, they may just end up in the Fan-tastic section of The Cut website.
OAO - until 5:10,
Dan Black - 'U + Me = '
New Young Pony Club - 'Ice Cream'
Arcade Fire - 'Month Of May'
The Cardigans - 'I Need Some Fine Wine And You, You Need To Be Nicer'
My Forever - 'Silken Butterflies'
The Courteeners - 'Good Times Are Calling'
The Kooks - 'See The World'
Lamb - 'Merge'
CSS - 'Give Up'
The Killers - 'A Dustland Fairytale'
MIA - 'Paper Planes'
Deville - 'Lips'
Biffy Clyro - 'Glitter And Trauma'
AC/DC - 'You Shook Me All Night Long'
Wild Beasts - 'The Fun Powder Plot'
The Wanted - 'All Time Low'
Low - 'Canada'
My Chemical Romance - 'Na Na Na'
Dark Life is Now - 'Blue' (via BBC Introducing)
Massive Attack - 'Antistar'
14th - Start Again (via BBC Introducing)
It's not often you hear a song which describes a love-interest type person as being a "bad dog" and then insists that they "sit" and "stay" and "roll over", is it? Especially not one which then goes on to conclude that despite the fact that he's a good man and she's a good girl - or a pitbull and a dog, apparently - everything is going so wrong that the only solution is some wine for her and better behaviour from him.
The Cardigans have just such a song. I'm not sure what kind of punishment their singer has in mind for her boyfriend the dog, mind. Traditional dog punishments include a sharp slap with a rolled-up newspaper, a sending-to-bed, or rubbing his nose in his own mess.
In the context of a failing relationship, the sending to bed could be misinterpreted, and the newspaper slap is only going to aggravate matters. As for the mess, let's just not go there, OK?
Which just leaves training your other half to be a nicer person, involving treats - probably chocolate, people love chocolate - and a nice back-scratch as rewards.
It is fair to say you do not get this kind of sophisticated life advice from AC/DC...
Here's the Spotify playlist, which is a bit spottier than usual thanks to some songs not being available (AC/DC) and some being a little too sweary for public consumption (BAD Gerard Way, IN YOUR BED!)BBC Introducing)
It's Saturday! It's snowing! (Well, possibly, in some parts of the country). And to celebrate we have two things:
1. A snow joke.
Q: What did one snowman say to the other?
A: *sniffs* "hmmm… can you smell carrots?"
2. This week's episode of The Cut on iPlayer now!
What did you reckon of this week's episode? Are Marla and Elliott doing the right thing? And who saw that ending coming?? Well, I did. But that's only because I saw the episode on Friday, so that doesn't count.
OAO - have a great weekend! x
Dan Black - 'U + Me ='
The Bird and the Monkey - 'Moon Moth' (via BBC Introducing)
Hybrid - 'Sinequanon'
Mika - 'Lollipop'
Taylor Swift - 'Love Story'
Goldfrapp - 'Believer'
The Bug - 'Catch a Fire'
Sean Kingston - 'Beautiful Girls'
Diddy - Dirty Money - 'Hello Good Morning'
The Long Lost - 'Amiss'
The XX - 'Do You Mind'
Ironik - 'I Wanna Be Your Man'
The Heavy - 'How You Like Me Now'
P Diddy featuring the Neptunes - 'Diddy'
Mumford and Sons - 'I Gave You All'
Cat Power - 'Hate'
Massive Attack - 'Future Proof'
Emika - 'Double Edge'
The Breeders - 'Divine Hammer'
Coldcut - 'Walk A Mile In My Shoes'
So last week we were talking about handclaps being the cheapest musical instrument money can buy. But I've thought of a cheaper one. One which is just as devastatingly effective, and which you won't have to spend any time at all learning how to play. It's called silence.
Listen to 'Do You Mind' by the XX a second. Can you hear it? Its all around the music, like a cloud, or a halo. A great big whoosh of nothing, which the band are playing with just as much expertise as they are those guitars. Other bands would fill that space with more instruments. There would be percussive things - those shaky eggs you get in the music room at school, or something bongo-y - or orchestral things like violins or oboes. Diddy would probably use the quiet moments to check his microphone is working with a quick "yeah", or maybe a "yeah...yeah". That's how he rolls.
Each of these things is great in its own way - so long as Diddy doesn't go on and on - but they don't grab at the attention like silence does. It's like when you're a kid, and you lose a milk tooth, the tongue just can't stay away from the gap, even though it might never have been to that part of your mouth before. As sure as eggs is eggs, as soon as there's a void, there'll be someone looking into it.
And that's what the XX do so well, they're a lantern in a dark cavern, but they're the darkness around the lantern too.
Here's the Spotify playlist, it's an emotional rollercoaster, deep in the heart of an emotional fairground. And Mika's lollipop? That's emotional too.
How are you all on this fabulous Saturday? All the better for knowing the latest Cut episode is on iPlayer, I'm sure. Arghhhhh, how cringe was that between Frankie and Cam?! Seriously...
Luckily though, Cam's not letting this embarrassment get to him too much and we have an EXCLUSIVE BEHIND THE SCENES PHOTO to prove it. Here he is with one of The Cut crew, Josh, stuffing his face with a yummy bagel. Well, we assume it was yummy.
Elliott's got a point to prove in the swimming pool and Cam and Frankie have a not-so-conventional heart to heart.
Mack's got a thing or two to say about Marla and Elliott's news and Cam and Noah get hot and er... weepy... in the kitchen.
Catherine interviews Ironik to open Deaconsfield FM and Frankie has an awkward decision to make.
Catherine's preparing for the radio station launch and Taylor's question is playing on Elliott's mind.
This week is National Anti-Bullying week where there will be lots of events up and down the country aimed at raising awareness of bullying and how we can beat bullying if we all take action together.
On the Cut we've touched on bullying issues with Taylor's storyline, and a lot of you have responded to her behaviour by commenting on how out of order she is. This week she's totally up to her old tricks, especially when it comes to Greg...
We thought this would be a good point to remind you that, if you're being bullied, or if anyone you know is, don't let the suffering continue; check out these websites for help and advice -
Radio One's Surgery advice on bullying (including what to do, helpline numbers and websites)
Childline website or call 0800 1111
Lifehouse - 'You and Me'
The Living God - 'Man of Many Faces' (via BBC Introducing)
Jane Taylor - 'Blowing This Candle Out'
The Concretes - 'You Can't Hurry Love'
Ironik presents Digga - 'Broken'
Cat Power - 'The Greatest'
Ironik - '5 hours'
The Stooges - 'No Fun'
MIA featuring JZ - 'XXXO'
Goldfrapp - 'Hunt'
Ape School - 'My Intention (Yppah Remix)'
Goldfrapp - 'Shiny and Warm'
Pop Levi - 'Sugar Assault Me Now'
The Eels - 'All the Beautiful Things'
Orange - 'Standing Still'
Shocking Blue - 'Send Me A Postcard'
Here's the Spotify playlist. All shiny and sparkly and new.
We've all wanted to be in a band, right? It's kind of a universal thing. You start to get into music a bit, you find a few things you like a lot, and you wonder whether you could ever do it yourself. But then you start to worry, cos all the people you see on the TV have got expensive instruments, and talent, and stuff, and all you've got is a stick and a mug.
But, if you listen to one of the songs in this week's Cut playlist - namely 'No Fun' by the Stooges - you will soon see that you have one of the most effective and brilliant musical instruments known to human ears, stuck on the end of your arms.
That's right, I'm talking about your hands. And what they can be used for is clapping. Handclaps are guaranteed to turn a reasonable song into a sonic delight, because they grab at the attention with their meaty slap. In short, handclaps are cool.
Listen to that clapping on 'No Fun' for a second. 'No Fun' gets credit for inventing punk rock, what with all the loud guitars and the sneering from Iggy Pop and stuff, but what's the loudest noise in the whole song? That's right, the clapping. It is loud and it is slightly sarcastic. And if you can make the simple handclap sound like you're half taking the mickey, half destroying civilisation as we know it, you KNOW you're punk rock.
So next time you're entertaining the idea of becoming a rock star, why not give yourself a round of applause? It could be the first step towards something amazing.
It's Saturday and we all know that means just one thing… this week's ep 'Shave My Head and Call Me Britney' is on iplayer now!
It's been a busy week in Cut-land, the cast and crew have started filming the last two episodes of this series! We can't believe how quickly this series is going, but don't worry there's lots more episodes to go until the finale. (But we do know the finale is going to be fantastic).
We've also been busy making another quiz for you, and so if you think you're a bit of a Cut expert then test your knowledge on The Cut's Relationships Quiz right here. You've just got to promise us you'll let us know your scores in the comments below. We like to know how Cut-smart you are.
Keep your fan pics, look-a-likes and comments coming in, and if anyone would like to try making a Cut quiz of their own, send in 10 questions (with 4 options for answers each) and you might well see yours up on the website.
Have a great weekend.
Cameron realises doesn't want to be pushed out by Noah, but is he too late? Meanwhile, Taylor has some news for Elliott.
Last week, we had a go at comparing The Cut cast to some rather famous faces. You lot had some brilliant suggestions about the rest of the cast, but Shannon went one stop further and made this amazing collage! Thanks very much Shannon… we sweeting love it.
A while ago we showed you what Frankie did to keep warm while on set. Well, here she is again, keeping warm in style with Cameron, Jack and make-up artist Gemma in the Cut's van! Maybe we should all club together and buy her some thermal underwear for Christmas? Haha...
Frankie admits some home truths to Noah and Marla snubs Taylor, but is that a dangerous move?
Good morning Cutlets,
We just received some rather exciting news here at The Cut HQ that we had to share with you… and that is, according to a recent survey some of you will have completed, The Cut website is one of the most loved in all the land of the BBC. Basically, you might have filled out a survey on the Cut site recently, we got our results back and we did pretty well. Yay!
This is such fantastic news; The Cut is still a tiny drop in a huge ocean and it may not always get the recognition we want it to, but this news means a lot to everyone who works here, including the cast and crew.
So thank you very much for being lovely and caring so much about The Cut. Keep your storyline, music and web suggestions coming in and, as always, we'll do our best to include them. After all, it's your drama.
Vicki and Isla xx
PS. We're totally putting together an EPIC plan for some exciting Christmas blogs… stay tuned for more on this!
Frankie's got a new admirer, but she's got more important things on her mind. Meanwhile, Alex has got a surprise for Jack...
Marla and Elliott have some huge decisions to make that aren't made any easier by Taylor's snooping...
Dan Black - 'U + Me ='
Laura Marling - 'Blackberry Stone'
Blue Merle - 'If I Could'
Badly Drawn Boy - 'The Way Things Used To Be'
Diana Vickers - 'Me & You'
Katy Perry - 'If You Can Afford Me'
Daedelus - 'Fair Weather Friends (Instr)'
The Dead 60s - 'Riot Radio'
Grasscut - 'The Tin Man'
Speech Debelle - 'Spinnin''
Diana Vickers - 'Chasing You'
The Cardigans - '03.45 : No Sleep'
Gravenhurst - 'Hourglass (instr.)'
Eels - 'Eyes Down'
Mumford and Sons- 'Roll Away Your Stone'
Bat For Lashes - 'Trophy'
This week's featured artist - in that two of her songs appear in The Cut this week - is Diana Vickers, who is rather special for a lot of reasons. First of all there's that unmistakeable voice - part crying pixie, part sandpaper-on-glass - then there's the fact that she has managed to turn NOT winning the X Factor into a really helpful step on her way to releasing her own music to a wider audience.
But most unusual of all is the fact that she regularly, as part of her live experience, gets out a trumpet and starts puffing away. Really well too! And let's be honest, when was the last time you saw anything like that?
Do the Saturdays take a 32-bar oboe solo in their songs? They do not. Does Katy Perry whack a bassoon all over 'California Gurls'? Nope. And it's not just the girls. If you look at, well, 100% of current pop performers, the one thing you can say for sure is that none of them play instruments that you have to blow into, as part of their act. Not so much as a kazoo!
So, hats off to Diana for blowing her own trumpet. Let's hope this is the start of a new trend, and that this time next year, we'll see Cher Lloyd tootling away on a piccolo, while playing a bass drum with her foot.
Here's the Spotify playlist. It's kinda trippy this week. Perfect for thoughtful moments.
The weather's turning colder, but you're not the only one getting wrapped up on this autumnal day, cos this week's episode of The Cut is also getting wrapped up... into a neat 25 minute package on iPlayer, that is! Watch it here.
Now, last week you may remember that we did a little investigating into whether or not Luke from The Cut is actually anything like Jacob Black from Twilight and then we made him dress up as a Werewolf (sorry, Luke). This got Isla and I thinking about who else the rest of the cast look like and so we present to you A COLLAGE OF LOOKALIKES!
You may notice there are some faces missing… yeaaaaaaah, we got a bit stuck and could really use your help. If you've got any ideas who Elliot, Alex etc look like, or in fact, if you've got any better suggestions than ours, let us know. Or even better: make your own collages and email them to email@example.com
We'll post the best on this blog.
Vicki (and Isla) xx
Frankie and Marla have both got some making up to do, but have they messed up too much to be forgiven?
Marla hatches a plan and Taylor's a smart girl when it comes to getting what she wants.
Taylor's got a point to prove but it doesn't go quite as planned, and Jack and Alex find some common ground.
If you love Radio One and want to see behind the scenes, then don't forget our interactive episode of The Cut which follows Catherine's first day of work experience at the station. Featuring loads of DJS and famous faces (including Tim Westwood, Greg James and McFly), this is your chance to go backstage at Radio One and decide what happens.
You can watch new episodes of the Cut online here every weekday at 5:10pm and this week things are set to get pretty dramatic - will Marla tell Elliott that she's pregnant? And will Taylor tell anyone that she kissed her teacher's husband?
Lastly, if you just can't get enough of the Radio One, then you need to check out their Access All Areas website this week where you can chat to the DJs live and find out what happens on the Chris Moyles tour.