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If you read my Face The Facts column back in August, you'll already know that I'm not a big fan of Facebook or social networking in general. I just feel that if you need a website to keep in touch with your friends, they can't really be your friends in the first place, but I'm not going to open that can of worms again! However, despite the fact that I stand by the opinions laid out in my previous column, I have come to realise that so called social networking sites can provide a service, and a very useful one at that.

I love to discover new music, especially from artists and bands that I've never heard before. It's a passion that I share with Gordon, and music is often a topic of conversation for us, usually when we've heard something that the other might like. It was therefore no surprise that both Gordon and I turned up to a recent Sony event, where a smorgasbord of acts were to play short sets in quick succession.

Unfortunately for Gordon, he turned up late and missed one of the highlights of the evening, a young artist called Remi Nicole, who had the unenviable task of kicking things off. Opening an evening like this, when you know that you're being followed by the likes of Ed Harcourt and The Magic Numbers must have been a daunting prospect for Remi, but she turned is a truly superb performance - let's face it, anyone who can pull off a Spice Girls cover with nothing more than an acoustic guitar and make it sound beautiful must have real talent; unlike the original artists!
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On the train home from this concert I whipped out my trusty laptop and tried to find out a bit more about Remi and her music. Within seconds I found myself on her MySpace page, where I was able to listen to a few more of her tracks and find out that her debut CD was only a few weeks from release. I also discovered that she had recently performed as a support act for Amy Winehouse, which must have been an interesting experience since Amy seems to cancel half her gigs at the last minute.

By the time I got off the train, I had listened to all the tracks on Remi's MySpace page, checked out some of the comments from her nine thousand odd "friends" and nipped over to Play to pre-order her CD. The CD - My Conscience And I - proved to be well worth the punt, with some light hearted, social commentary fare mixed with some more personal pieces like the haunting Lights Out - at the gig Remi informed us that this was about the experience of a friend rather than herself, in case you were wondering.

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