Archive for September, 2006

Free Your Crimea Tunes

Microsoft just started sending out Cease & Desist’s to anyone hosting this thing, so I couldn’t resist…

Fair Use For Windows Media version 1.3

Download and run that (run the key import thing it asks at the start) then you just need to drag any WMA DRM infected Crimea songs you own into the window, hit next and it’ll create nice new ones in the named directory that will actually work on your mp3 players (or you can convert them to mp3 with most audio software if not). Obviously this doesn’t work for ITunes’ M4P files. They still suck.

I just tried it on every single Crimea WMA I have and it worked a treat. Unfortunately I’ve lost the free Out Of Africa wma that was around a couple years ago. So if anyone has it, can I get a copy now? I have a good analogue mp3 recording, but it just ain’t the same as the original :o ( Fuck me, someone actually had a copy. Thanks Nathan :o )

Nottingham Gig On Sunday

Short notice this but, The Crimea play Nottingham Rescue Rooms tomorrow evening. Any self-respecting Crimea fan should seriously think about getting over to it. It’s the last show in their current diary, and with no word on any other gigs planned you really wanna beg, steal and borrow your way into the gig. If I could find anywhere to stay overnight then you’re damn right I’d be over there, and I haven’t been anywhere in the last year and a half. GO TO NOTTINGHAM! Read through the archives. When was the last time I asked you to go to a gig? Exactly. GO!
Update: What a time to find out there’s a bus home 3 hours after the gig ends. Damn my lack of a social life. Guys, you better play York / frankly anywhere real soon…

The Beer Swap

The Big Swap
The JD Set

Alright, it’s whisky, whatever, beer sounded better….

Fancy a flight for two from London to Tenessee, four star accomodation, a tour of Jack Daniel’s Distillery and attending a 200 vip guests only gig featuring Frank Black (that bald one from pixies), Guy Garvey (apparently from Elbow) and Richard Hawley (ain’t got a fuck…), backed by some of the best session artists in Nashville?

That’s what you can swap your left arm for (literally, if you wish) over on The Big Swap website. Be quick though, flights leave October 5th. And remember, they’re trying to swap their way to a million so think of something big / expensive you can spare.

So far a Vespa scooter, various body organs and an OJ Simpson autograph have been offered. I know you can do better. Even if you’ve got nothing, please try and spread the word around. I’m sure there’s some Pixies fans who’d love to know about this…

Hope You Got Broadband…

Thank the lord for YouTube. Now we can watch LWOA a thousand times too :o D :o \
Five more for the road. LWOA at V, LWOA at V (possibly the same performance), WRG (possibly at V), Everywhere at V (outdoors this time) and LWOA, again outdoors beside the War Child stall at V Festival 2006, Chelmsford.
Have some fun, try get all three LWOA’s playing in sync…

The Greatest Crimea Song Ever

The gentle touch of unforgiving stainless steel
against my skin so smooth, so smooth, so smooth,
then all will disapear from view.
Long time no forgiveness,
got so oliver twisted
the world ended and I missed it.
Long time no forgiveness, please,
from my head down to my shoes,
there’s nothing left to lose.

You don’t know how much I wanna post the mp3. But I believe in miracles and 2nd albums. Come back world, I missis you :o (

Save Y Cwps!

Y CwpsYesterday I was gonna post a message along the lines of “what the fuck? where’d all the fun stuff go? why’ve i not been to a crime gig in years? why’s there still no one using the message board? where’s the old crox army…” Then I though no, that’s just exaggerating…

But Fuckit, cos I just found out that one of The Crimea’s most loved venues, former home-from-home to The Crocketts, Murry The Hump, The Hot Puppies, and every other band ever to grace the green green grass of Aberystwyth, Y Cwps / The Coops / The Coopers Arms pub owned by Glynys and Brendan Sommers has been shutdown.

WHAT THE FUCK? Please, make your way over to and voice your support for the only music venue I’ve willingly spend more than a couple hours in. Hit More for the closest thing to a press release you’re gonna get then check out images page on this site for countless pics of The Crimea playing there and for god’s sake, arbed Y fwcin CWPS!! (i sooo hope that’s the right “save”…)

Denyer: I’d echo the WTF — the Cwps has always been one of the most welcoming places in Aber, to visitors and the student population as well as local people, a real melting pot of music and cultures. It’d be a great shame if the town lost either it or its current owners. Here’s hoping there’s something we can contribute back…
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Catching up…

If anyone missed it last week, The Crimea were on BBC6 radio talking about their Big Swap charity project.
Chris’ll probably rehost this, but here’s the interview portion of the segment up on Rapidshare.
Also running late, here’s my review of Baby Boom with lyrics.

Panda, Panda Panda?

The Crimea say: “random one this, and it’s a long story so we won’t bore anyone else, but if you’re from China (originally, or if you live there now) please get back in touch.” I say: wtf? E-mail if you are. Listen to Deerhoof if you’re not. Actually, they’ll be lucky if anyone from China can even access MySpace where the original message was posted. One just hopes it’ll be banned here too someday…