Worst website menu ever?

I’ve been browsing round the world of the web tonight and I came across the site of record label 4AD. I thought, “ok, great, I’d like to read about the Cocteau Twins please”. So I found myself clicking this stupid wheel type thing until I found a bit on it that says ‘help’. This isn’t general website or accessibility help, but how to use the diabolical navigation method they had lumbered their poor unsuspecting users.

Click on tiny arrow near the letters, select a letter, drag the artist name into the light area, click the… no hold on, I don’t give a damn anymore I’ve lost interest. Why make it so hard for potential customers to find your products? Correct me if I’m incorrect, but if you need to provide help on how to use a website menu, then it’s probably not the best menu, now is it?
It’s a very well put together piece of Flash. Once you’ve ‘learnt’ how to use it, it’s not so bad and I guess it could be nice to browse an artist by year, but really, come on, it’s too complicated.

Anyone else seen a bad menu lately?

Nizlopi gig

Blimey! Three weeks ago this was and I’ve only just got around to logging it. James and I went to see Nizlopi [Niz-lopp-ee] at the La Scala in Kings Cross. Up until then, I’d only heard the JCB Song and thought there were a bit of a novelty one hit wonder. I still think they … Continue reading “Nizlopi gig”

Blimey! Three weeks ago this was and I’ve only just got around to logging it. James and I went to see Nizlopi [Niz-lopp-ee] at the La Scala in Kings Cross. Up until then, I’d only heard the JCB Song and thought there were a bit of a novelty one hit wonder. I still think they could be a one hit wonder, but that would be a shame.

The gig wasn’t quite what I expected – samples, hand claps, rap, double bass, gold discs, beat-boxing, crowd participation, deep inhalation and plenty of video documentation. Gary Dunne, who I’ve not heard of provided the warm-up.
I remember seeing KT Tunstall’s exclusive appearance on Later… and being very impressed with her live sampling and cut and paste solo style. Dunne does much the same but with a rockier feel, vocal effects and some crowd participation. I really enjoyed Gary Dunne and the amount of sound one guy can make with only a guitar and looping thingies. Things were looking up.

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