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Girls, girls, girls

I was lucky enough to go to the preview screening of episodes one and two from the second series of Girls last week, the very same night it aired on Sky Atlantic.

Sky put on one hell of a bash at The Box in Soho, complete with sickly-sweet raspberry cocktails that were described as being ‘kind of like Vodka Collins’ but tasted more like strawberry Fruit Pastilles (yum).

We sat, we waited, while delicious bites were brought out (too nice to let get away it seemed, as people scrambled across the room to eat more of them). Very nice parmesan crisp with beef tartare, if you ever need a steer.

Ahead of the showing, we heard from Elaine Pyke, Director of Sky Atlantic HD. She gave us a rousing intro, pointing to Girls being one of the ‘most seminal comedy dramas of this decade, if not ever’ before Dunham herself appeared on screen with a message recorded just for us.

We then settled down to watch, and I have to say, I wasn’t disappointed. Having all but devoured Season one in almost one sitting, we were lucky to have only had a four week gap inbetween the new series – largely because for the first time it was showing in the UK on the same day as the US.

Just an awkwardly honest (as you’d expect from a Judd Apatow project), just as funny, with the main four characters displaying all of the same traits that made us love and relate to them.

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My only criticism is that while controversy around the lack of ethnic variety in the cast is answered by Dunham from the start, and the scenes between Hannah, her new bit (played by Community’s Donald Glover) and Elijah, are amusing – that storyline seems a little forced. But hey, give it time.

I’m also a sucker for the INCREDIBLE soundtrack. They say music can destroy or lift film and TV to a higher level. Girls’ producers have done an amazing job, with Robyn’s ‘Dancing on my Own’ perfectly capturing the vibe of the series, and becoming an instant addition to every twenty-something women’s playlist everywhere (despite it being released two whole years earlier than the show). Check out the full tracklisting, it’s truly a great mix of electro, guitar and moody female vocal.

Missed it? Catch up today before episode two tomorrow, showing on Sky Atlantic HD at 10pm.

Guardian launches Six Songs of Me

The Guardian has just launched Six Songs of Me, a way to create the ‘record of your life’ and promote editorial around its music coverage over the summer.

Here are mine

  • First song I bought: Rhythm Is A Dancer – Original 12″ by SNAP!
  • Gets you dancing: Love Story by Layo & Bushwacka
  • Takes you back: One Way or Another by Blondie
  • Perfect love song: Stand By Me by Ben E. King
  • Funeral song: Hallelujah Jeff Buckley
  • The encore: Hayling by FC Kahuna

Tracks of the week 25.2.12

Cinematic Orchestra feat. Patrick Watson – To Build A Home

Foxes – Youth (Pyramid Remix)

Moments – Africa

Dunson – Count On It

Pharaohs (What So Not’s ‘Club ReRub’) – SBTRKT

FUN. “We Are Young”

What It Is – Made In Japan

Bonobo ‘The Keeper’ (Banks remix)

Kavinsky – Roadgame

Martin Solveig The Night Out (A-Trak remix)

Listen to all as a playlist via Cloudplaylists

Hype’s 2011 Zeitgeist launches today

Hype Machine’s Zeitgeist for 2011 has finally launched.

This year, singles have been compiled into mixes, which feature the most blogged and favorited tracks of the year.  Right now, part one includes Remix Artist Collective (RAC) and The Internet (OFWGKTA), with more to be released each day. It’s a shame there’s no track listing, but they make good work-time listening.

Top Albums are sourced from 403 bloggers’ top 10 lists, weighted according to their ranking. They appear in a top 50 countdown, simply click the album cover to stream from Rdio. Not all albums are available in every region though.

Also released in snippets is the top artists section. This year Hype has teamed up with The Perry Bible Fellowship to create the 2011 Musical Landscape, based on artists most frequently discussed by the blogs the site monitors. More of the map will be revealed each day.

The People’s Choice albums of the year will be launched at the end of the week.

If you’re not a daily visitor to the site like me (I keep it open in a browser all day long) you can follow @hypem on Twitter for updates to the above.

Year of random writing; on everything from digital to PR, social and beyond

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