Thursday, 31 January 2008

Mr Scruff scribbles down some dates for the diary

Mr Scruff has just announced some dates for the diary in February and March


Sat 1st Manchester Keep It Unreal
Thu 7th Durham Subotica
Fri 8th Liverpool Academy 2
Sat 9th London KoKo
Sun 17th Manchester Sketch City
Fri 22nd Belfast Stiff Kitten
Sat 23rd Dublin Button Factory


Sat 2nd Manchester Keep It Unreal
Thu 6th Southampton Brook
Fri 7th Stoke On Trent Underground
Sat 8th Cambridge Junction
Fri 14th Exeter Lemon Grove
Sat 15th Penryn Stannary
Sun 16th Barnstaple Factory (tbc)

To keep up to date with new dates etc, try the gigs page on

Very Special One-Off Elbow Show Announced

This is fresh in from Elbow themselves:


Hi, we're playing a really intimate gig at the Porchester Hall in London on 12th Feb, our first UK show in over a year. We will be performing a number of tracks from our new album 'The Seldom Seen Kid' for the first time ever.

Only 500 tickets are going on sale and as a special thank you for your continued support, tickets will only be initially available via this mailer and our website.

Tickets are on sale now please click here to order them

We are also pleased to confirm 2 shows in Ireland in April, the dates are:

Monday April 21st - Dublin, Vicar Street or +44(0)08709988888

Tuesday April 22nd - Belfast, Mandela Hall or 0818719390


Sam Riley wins Rising Star Award for Control

I'm pleased to hear Sam Riley (formal singer of 10,000 Things) has won the Rising Star Award at this year's Richard Attenborough Film Awards for his portrayal of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis in the film Control directed by Anton Corbijn.

The Rising Star award is decided by arts and entertainment journalists working for local papers, websites and broadcasters all over the country. "For the first time, the awards have been dedicated to Lord Attenborough who, for more than six decades, has served the British film industry non-stop as actor, producer, director and all-round champion."

Control is released on DVD on January 11th in the UK and Anton Corbijn will be signing copies of the book 'In Control' on February 11th from 6pm at HMV, Oxford Street, London.

Here's a little Joy Division to keep Thursday moving.

Source: Focus

Will The Superimposers stick in your mind with their new album 'Harpsichord Treacle'

On a recent stroll around the internet, I bumped into these guys, The Superimposers and their long awaited third album release Harpsichord Treacle. The Superimposers are Dan Warden and Miles Copeland, a London based duo (not American as I originally thought). If you haven't heard The Superimposers before, I'd describe them as The Beach Boys meets The Beatles meets Air meets something in 1950's America-there are a lot of other hints and flavours in their songs but I can't quite put my finger on them yet. If any of those artists just mentioned interest you at all, this is an album worth a listen.

The track that stands out for me is Autumn Falls (it's on their myspace site if you want a listen). I think it has a hint of Crowded House (vocals) meets the Beach Boys (melodies). I can imagine sitting in the window of a diner on the coast in Southern Oregon on an Autumn day looking out over the rugged sea sipping a hot chocolate listening to this track-but that's just me! I can't listen to this kind of music for too long, I find myself needing to resort to more punchier music to balance things out but while I take in a couple of songs at a time, The Superimposers do capture my imagination.

Rough Trade championed this album in their featured artists Album Club for January and it is currently available for purchase exclusively from their site. Not a bad endorsement.

Officially out on the 11th Feb, I'll leave it up to you to make your mind up on this one and I'll be watching with interest to see where 2008 takes them. I foresee a Mark Ronson remix in time for October...

PS Maybe you'll get a chance to sit in that diner in Oregon. I'm based in London so the chances for me are small.

This track from The Superimposers is called Heavy Sigh of their last album. This is a tune!

Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Nick Cave back with European Tour for Dig, Lazarus Dig!!!

Armed with a new album Dig, Lazarus, Dig (to be released on March 3rd in the UK no US release date yet), Nick Cave and his non rehabilitating bad seeds are going to be on tour at the following locations:

Monday 21st April Lisbon Coliseum
Tuesday 22nd April Porto Coliseum
Thursday 24th April San Sebastian Polideportivo Anoeta
Friday 25th April Barcelona Razzmatazz
Saturday 26th April Marseilles Docks Du Suds
Monday 28th April Amsterdam Music Hall
Tuesday 29th April Paris Casino Du Paris
Thursday 1st May Brussels Forest National
Saturday 3rd May Dublin Castle
Sunday 4th May Glasgow Academy
Monday 5th May Birmingham Academy
Wednesday 7th May London Hammersmith Apollo
Friday 16th May Oslo Spektrum
Saturday 17th May Stockholm Annexe
Monday 19th May Copenhagen KB Halle
Wednesday 21st May Berlin Tempodrom
Saturday 24th May Prague Sazka Arena
Sunday 25th May Vienna Gasometer
Tuesday 3rd June Zagreb IN Music Festival (open air)
Wednesday 4th June Belgrade Arena
Friday 6th June Salonika Mondayi Lazariston (open air)
Saturday 7th June Athens Lycabetus Theatre (open air)

According to the NCATBS's website, tickets are going on sale from 9am on Friday 1st February.

Tickets for UK dates are available from the 24 hour credit card hotline Tel: 0871 2200 260 or online from

I wonder if those three exclamation marks at the end of the title are always going to appear everywhere this new album is written about?

Here's the video for Dig, Lazarus Dig!!! Check out that dodgy tache -I think Nick Cave looks like an extra from the set of Deadwood.

And a blast from the past in the form of a duet between Nick Cave and Kylie.

Looking forward to hearing the new album.

Tuesday, 29 January 2008

New Edition - Candy Girl -Yet another TLS!

The other day I was looking through my 7" collection from when I was about 4/5 years old and uncovered a New Edition single called Candy Girl. I stood there wondering to myself, what happened to all these sweet little guys? Well we all know what happened to Bobby Brown (my Prerogative, Whitney Houston, Prison etc), Wikipedia has very little info about them and there appears to be a NEW Edition Fan site as well but no official Web Page (that I could find anyway) and no MySpace page. Anyone know any better? Anyone care?!

btw the mains singers voice sounds extra tinny on my 7" record version of this song aiding its entry into the TLS category. So here it is, Candy Girl by New Edition. Enjoy? Not sure that's the right word. Maybe reminisce or thanks for reminding me? No problem!

Burial - Unite

This is another great track from Burial

Welcome to Tuesday

Slip on the cans and relax, this is Chalky talking ;-)

Fun Boy Three - The Lunatics (Have Taken Over The Asylum)

Somehow this great song always seems apt no matter what year it is!

Fun Boy Three
- The Lunatics (Have Taken Over The Asylum) 1981

Monday, 28 January 2008

These New Puritans - Beat Pyramid Released Today

My album of intrigue this week is Beat Pyramid released today (28th Jan), the latest offering from These New Puritans (TNPS). I can't shake the Elvis song out of my head (out 11th Feb). The singer's (Jack Barnett) voice has the slightest edge of aggression and attitude but is easy to listen to and has grown on me remarkably quickly. I have got a bit fed up of hearing too many cockney accents singing recently, (nothing against the cockney accent btw) Just Jack, Kath Nash etc. Jack Barnett's voice slices through all that what feels to me to be fake junk with a seemingly clear mission to deliver. If they hold it together, I think TNPS are a band to watch out for over the next couple of years.

There are a few tracks on their myspace page if you want to give them a dry run before parting with the monies.

Would be good to hear from anyone who has seen these guys perform live-I have a sneaky feeling that's where they'll be at their best.

Favorite TNPS lyric "We're being watched by experts".

Here's the other video for Elvis:

Saturday, 26 January 2008

Arcade Fire Interactive Black Mirror!

Just stumbled across this link on Gorilla Vs. Bear to a really nicely put together interactive Arcade Fire Black Mirror Video. Try pressing buttons 1-6 and see what happens-even try the space bar! Go on, make a DJ out of yourself! Enjoy!


PS I enjoy 1 with all the others off and then introducing a bit of 2 every now and then. Also a 1 and 6 and then introduce 2 near the end of the song as it fades...

How do you mix yours?

Friday, 25 January 2008

P45 for UB40's Ali Campbell after 30 years

After 30 years together UB40 lead singer Ali Campbell is to quit the group.
UB40 are a British based reggae band responsible for tracks such as Red Red Wine and There a Rat In My Kitchen.

The band members began as friends who knew each other from various colleges and schools across Birmingham. Before any of them could play their instruments, Ali Campbell and Brian Travers travelled around Birmingham promoting the band, putting up UB40 posters. The band purchased its first instruments from Woodroffe´s Musical Instruments with £4,000 in compensation money that Campbell, who would become the lead singer, received after a bar fight during his 17th birthday celebration.

UB40 will apparently continue to perform with the existing seven members and no replacement for Campbell has been decided upon.

UB40's last gigs will be as follows:

02.02.2008 New Zealand Rotorua Int Stadium, Rotorua
05.02.2008 Syndey, Australia Hordern Pavillion
09.02.2008 Perth, Australia WACA
11.02.2008 Adelaide, Australia Adelaide Entertainment Centre SHOW CANCELLED – NEW VENUE IS BEING SOURCED
12.02.2008 Melbourne, Australia Vodafone Arena
15.02.2008 Brisbane, Australia The Riverstage
16.02.2008 Hunter Valley, Australia Tempus Two Winery
23.02.2008 Kampala, Uganda Lugogo Cricket Oval
05.07.2008 Brentwood, Essex Brentwood Centre Showground On-sale date TBC
18.07.2008 Suffolk Newmarket Racecourse On-sale date TBC

Here's the classic There a Rat in my Kitchen

Source: Wikipedia

Thursday, 24 January 2008

Elbow announce new single release date

Elbow have just announced their first new single since 2005 is to be released on 10th March.

As per their website:

"Zane Lowe will play 'Grounds For Divorce' for the first time ever tonight (24th Jan). Tune in to Radio One between 7pm & 7.30pm - remember to text in with your comments. If you miss it, you can listen to it on the Radio One Website player."

There are a few tickets still available for the April tour.

4th - Glasgow ABC
5th - Newcastle Carling Academy
6th - Leeds Metropolitan University
8th - Oxford Carling Academy
9th - Bristol Colston Hall
10th - Birmingham Carling Academy
12th - Sheffield Octogan
13th - Manchester University
14th - Nottingham Rock City
15th - London Brixton Academy

To buy for Glasgow click here and for all other dates click here. and Imeem changing the habits of the Music Industry

Wired reported yesterday (23/01/08) the social media site "now lets users play any song from the Big Four record labels and thousands of indie labels and artists up to three times, for free." This would make "the first website to offer free, global, on-demand access to the largest licensed catalog of music."

The labels will include Sony BMG, Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group and EMI Music (the big four) and Ioda, Naxos, The Orchard and about 150,000 indie labels and bands.

imeem had announced a similar offering last month allowing users who have registered with their site to listen to music for free.

The contracts upholding and imeem and their ability to allow us bloggers and alike to stream music for free cover new territory in the music industry. Pay-per-play flat fees, ad revenue, a mixture of both. I can only imagine what the contract departments in these companies are going through right now. Whatever they are thrashing out behind the scenes, the end result for us users/bloggers and for emerging artists would on the face of it appear to be quite promising. More music to listen and blog about for free. According to the article on Wired's website, "Any independent artist can submit their music to be part of the site (, and will receive undisclosed standard fees with no label deduction", "more than double the payment artists get from commercial radio in the UK" according to Felix Miller, co-founder of

What are the main differences between and imeem?

Lets get this straight, I can listen to any song that has been added to the catalogue three times before I would need to purchase it to hear my favourite track again. Users are not allowed to upload copyrighted audio files but commercially available albums are regularly added by staff (with more often than not, quite a delay.)

Lets try listening to a song four times...

(A few moments later...) OK here is the alert you get after three plays (I choose Sunrise by Yeasayer). So now I can go to itunes or Amazon for example to buy the song that I can't get enough of.

So how is imeem different (for the time being)?

Well imeem facilitates users to interact with each other by posting and sharing music (and other types of media).
If imeem determines that the legal copyright owner of an uploaded track is a record label which does not have a deal with imeem, the track will be reduced to a 30 second sample when anyone except the original uploader attempts to listen to the track. When a 30 second version of a track is encountered the user is presented with links to purchase the track from music retail sites including and iTunes. I tried again with my favourite Yeasayer track Sunrise with results as follows:

So if I want to listen to this song, I either buy it or I go to Yeasayer's Myspace page and listen for free.

So at the moment chooses the music it uploads and you can listen to it three times (or potentially more if you choose to delete the cookie it stores on your computer) and imeem decides who owns the tracks uploaded by the public and according to contracts they have with record labels, decides whether you get to listen to the full track of thirty seconds worth (if you didn't upload it yourself).

I want the artists to earn money for their hard work and that's why I encourage readers of this blog to get out there buying the albums and going to the gigs. 2008 will certainly be a test for these new music industry distribution frameworks. It's all very confusing and I need a cup of tea. Maybe I'll pop down to my nearest record shop to get some fresh air and meet some people with new opinions -argh shucks, forgot, the local record shop is closed down.

I would love to hear what you all make of sites like and Imeem, please leave a comment if you have a moment and please feel free to correct me or add extra info if I've missed details or got them wrong.


Sources: Wired, imeem,

Daft Punk's Electroma to start the weekend

What can you do in London on a Friday night at 11pm in January and March?

Go to see Daft Punk's Electroma film of course!

The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) has an essential late-night servings of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter - aka Daft Punk and their sci-fi tale of two robots on a Californian quest to become human.

"Their poetic, surreal odyssey will firmly imprint itself on your altered consciousness."

Dates are as follows:

11pm 25th January
11pm 1st February
11pm 8th February
11pm 15th February
11pm 22nd February
11pm 29th February

Tickets: £8 / £7 Concessions / £6 ICA Members. For more information visit the ICA Website.

Portishead Announce Release Date of New Album

10 years after their initial blinding album Portishead, Portishead are well and truly back!

April 14th is the golden day for the UK release of the new album titled Third (I'm assuming the US release date will be around this time as well.)

According to the Portishead website, "The album has 11 tracks and is 49 minutes 13 seconds long."

Here's a new song from the Nightmare before Christmas ATP event.

This one is called Peaches.

What do you think of this new track? I'm reserving judgement until I've heard the new album.

The Portishead website has now published the complete list of tour dates with a few extra shows:

Oporto Coliseum Wednesday March 26

Lisbon Coliseum Thursday March 27

Milan Alcatraz Sunday March 30

Florence Sashall Monday March 31

Munich Tonhalle Wednesday April 2

Berlin Columbiahalle Thursday April 3

Copenhagen KB Halle Friday April 4

Cologne Palladium Sunday April 6

Amsterdam HMH Monday April 7

Manchester Apollo Wednesday April 9

London Hammersmith Apollo Thursday April 10

Edinburgh Corn Exchange Saturday April 12

Wolverhampton Civic Sunday April 13

Coachella Festival Saturday April 26

Paris Zenith Monday May 5

Brussels Forest National Thursday May 8

There are so many tickets and albums I want to buy right now I think I'm going to have to sell all my stuff on ebay -you only live once right?


Wednesday, 23 January 2008

These New Puritans - Elvis

Hailing from Southend-on-Sea in the UK, Seasiders These New Puritans have energy and I'm enjoying their new song Elvis (Released on 21/01/08).
Their new album Beat Pyramid is out on the 28th January. Looking forward to seeing them live.

Ambient Blank and Jones Chill Time, Beyond Time

Time for some of Blank and Jones's ambient Beyond Time.

Wishing you all an intensely relaxing 3 minutes and 6 seconds.


Portishead appearing at Primavera Sound Festival

Portishead have announced they are going to be playing at the Primavera Sound Festival which takes place in Barcelona from the 29th to the 31st May.

Tickets are available here. 3-Day tickets are priced at about 105.00 Euros each but there are also booking fees to pay.

The apparent line up is as follows:

Les Savy Fav
Man Man
Scout Niblett
Edan & MC Dagha
Mission Of Burma
Shipping News
Eric's Trip
Model 500
Silver Jews
The Felice Brothers
MV & EE with The Golden Road
Six Organs Of Admittance
Fuck Buttons
Okkervil River
Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs
Pissed Jeans

Source: Primavera Sound,

Manu Delago Hang Drum Solo

Using a Hang Drum Manu Delago makes some amazing sounds - I especially like this piece at around 1:35 mins.

Check it out and feel free to write a comment.

People Aged 1 to 100 Banging a Drum in Order

These guys are drumming in order of their age going from 1 to 100.
I like the lady at 100 - "is that it?".
Surprisingly interesting video-bit scary as well...

What do you think of it?

I'm Not There - Heath Ledger

Indeed, Heath Ledger is no longer with us. The actor died yesterday aged just 28 in Lower Manhattan, New York. I don't want to go into the details because that's not what I want to remember him by-if you want details, try here.

This is not the best interview with Heath and maybe it shows he was not in a great place a few months back but here he is talking about his Role in the Oscar nominated I'm Not There, the Dylan Biopic.

I wrote about how much I enjoyed this film just a few days ago. Heath Ledger R.I.P.


Rap Lyrics in Charts and Graphs

Found there while stumbling around the Internet - have you figured out the songs?

Source: Phisshook forum

Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Waiting For The Miracle, and it's arrived! Leonard Cohen back on tour!

Some fantastic news straight from Mojo's website:

"Leonard Cohen has announced that he will tour through the US, Canada and Europe this summer. It will be his first major jaunt since 1993.
Specific dates and venues are yet to be confirmed, but full details are expected next month."

And from the Leonard Cohen forum:

"Leonard Cohen will be touring with his band in
Canada and US in May and in Europe in the summer.
More details will be announced in February."

I was only yesterday looking around on the Leonard Cohen website wondering what he was up to these days and bam! Hope he picks some good venues that will suit his style.



Leonard Cohen Forum


Hot Chip on the TV this week

Straight from the oven*:

"Over the next week there are all kinds of things Hot Chip on your telebox... On Thursday Joe guests on Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC2 @ 9pm) then on Saturday catch them perform on new music show Sound (BBC3 @ 7pm) followed by The Culture Show (BBC2 @ 7:20pm). If you missed them perform on Jonathan Ross, click here to visit the BBC iPlayer page where you can watch it over and over (they're on at about 55 mins into the show).

They've also done a remix of the Love Is All track 'Felt Tip' which you can check out on their MySpace. The remix appears on their album 'Love Is All Mixed Up', released January 21st. It's a compilation of remixes of Love Is All tracks from the likes of Metronomy, Maps, Chicken Lips and Optimo."


Yeasayer announce a second night in London

Yeasayer have confirmed a second night at London's ICA in March-Hooray!

So now their UK tour looks like this:

March 5th Birmingham Academy Bar
March 6th London ICA
March 8th Glasgow King Tut's
March 9th Manchester Night & Day
March 10th London ICA

Much better! Thanks Yeasayer.

Tickets cost £8 and you can order them here

Hot Chip - Ready For The Floor

The new single from Hot Chip to be released on January 28th as promised in my Hot Chip article

Hot Chip - Over and Over

MMmm chips but Hot Chip's are the best...

Hot Chip-New Album Release VERY Soon + Coachella 2008

Hot Chip's new album Made In The Dark is already MixMag's Album of the Month for January 2008 and it hasn't even been released yet. So have you heard of Hot Chip yet? If you haven't, you will this year.

Made In The Dark is Hot Chip's third full length release and the follow up to their critically acclaimed album The Warning.

Here are some of the initial reviews I found on floating about on the Internet.


Made in the Dark (The Album) is out in the UK on February 4th (February 5th in the US) and the first single of the album, Ready For The Floor is released on January 28th. If you visit Hot Chip's website you can download a free mp3 of the title track of the new album for free or visit their myspace page for more tunes and make up your own mind.

I love all that I've heard off the new album so far - I'll post the video for Ready For The Floor in a mo. Some nice poppy tracks that give me that 'bounce around the flat feeling', I'm looking forward to hearing it out and about.

You can catch Hot Chip at the following places:

25 Jan 2008 20:00 WORLD HEADQUARTERS Newcastle, Northeast
26 Jan 2008 20:00 TURNMILLS London, London and South East
2 Feb 2008 20:00 Highline Ballroom NYC
4 Feb 2008 20:00 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles
14 Feb 2008 19:30 Leicester University Leicester
15 Feb 2008 19:30 Leeds University Union Leeds
16 Feb 2008 19:30 Manchester University Manchester
18 Feb 2008 20:00 Pyramid Centre Portsmouth
19 Feb 2008 20:00 Oxford Academy Oxford
20 Feb 2008 19:30 Norwich U.E.A. Norwich
22 Feb 2008 19:30 Wulfrun Hall Wolverhampton
23 Feb 2008 19:30 53 Degrees Preston
24 Feb 2008 19:30 Carling Academy Bristol Bristol
26 Feb 2008 20:00 Glasgow Barrowland Glasgow
27 Feb 2008 19:30 Newcastle University Newcastle
28 Feb 2008 19:30 Corn Exchange Brighton Brighton SOLD OUT
29 Feb 2008 19:30 Carling Academy Brixton London SOLD OUT
8 Mar 2008 19:30 Uebel & Gefahrlich Hamburg
9 Mar 2008 19:30 Postbahnhof Berlin
10 Mar 2008 19:30 Elserhalle Munich
11 Mar 2008 19:30 Gloria Cologne
13 Mar 2008 19:30 Paradiso Amsterdam
14 Mar 2008 19:30 Botanique/Orangerie Brussels
15 Mar 2008 19:30 Grand Mix Lille
17 Mar 2008 19:30 Trabendo Paris
18 Mar 2008 19:30 Ubu Rennes
10 Apr 2008 20:00 Starlight Ballroom Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
11 Apr 2008 20:00 9:30 Club Washington DC, Maryland
12 Apr 2008 20:00 Terminal 5 NYC, New York
14 Apr 2008 20:00 Paradise Boston, Massachusetts
15 Apr 2008 20:00 Metropolis Montreal, Quebec
16 Apr 2008 20:00 Phoenix Toronto, Ontario
17 Apr 2008 20:00 Vic Theatre Chicago, Illinois
18 Apr 2008 20:00 First Avenue Minneapolis, Minnesota
21 Apr 2008 20:00 Commodore Vancouver, British Columbia
22 Apr 2008 20:00 Showbox Seattle, Washington
23 Apr 2008 20:00 Crystal Ballroom Portland, Oregon
24 Apr 2008 20:00 The Fillmore San Francisco, California

And if you miss them at all of those the line up for Coachella 2008 in Indio California has just been announced and they are there on Saturday April 25th!

Some info on Hot Chip US tickets here and UK tickets here.

When I've heard the new album in full, I'll let it sink in and share my thoughts in the next couple of weeks.

Do Hot Chip do it for you? Leave a comment, would love to hear from you.


The Coachella 2008 is fueled up and ready to roll - line up announced

The Coachella festival 2008 lineup has been announced and the Saturday, April 25th in particular is looking good.
The festival takes place April 25th, 26th and 27th in Indio, California. Quite a contrast to a festival like Glastonbury with daytime temperatures get up to over a sizzling 100°F! Wowch!

Here's the poster off the Coachella website:

Saturday is glaring at me and then I sadly realise I won't be able to be there-sure there will be a few more festivals like this during the year. I saw Kraftwerk on their last tour through the UK at the Brixton Academy a couple of years ago and they were amazing. But Portishead on the same day- that's sure to be a cracker! And then my next new favourites, Hot Chip.
Dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip, I'm sure some Dark Side Of The Moon will be gratefully received on the Sunday when the festival goers are craving their sanity back after that Saturday line up.

Tickets go on sale from January 25th (this Friday) at 10am (PST)

Monday, 21 January 2008

Glastonbury festival tickets longer registration window

Just picked this up of the Glastonbury website:

"The registration period has been extended from the previously advertised closing date. You can now register anytime between 9am on Friday, 1st February, 2008, until midnight on Friday, 14th March 2008, either online or by completing a registration form. There will be no further extension beyond this date, so if you miss the 14th March deadline, you will not be able to buy a ticket for Glastonbury 2008."

"The 2008 registration process is very similar to last year’s award winning system, which involved supplying your contact details and a passport standard photo. Everyone, including children aged 13 and over, who wants to buy tickets will need to register first to be eligible to go through the sales procedure on 6th April. Each ticket sold will feature a photograph of the person in whose name it is registered and will be non-transferable, so if you plan to buy tickets for friends or family, make sure they all register."

The next Glastonbury Festival will be held on the weekend of 27th, 28th and 29th June 2008

The rumours? Radiohead, Led Zepplin,, Jay-Z, The Verve and Kanye West but none of these acts have confirmed.

Portishead - Wandering Stars

I love this song and the delivery.

Tickets for their Spring tour are on sale from 23rd for 48 hours exclusively on the Portishead website and then on general sale on January 25th - My guess is these tickets are all gonna be gone pretty fast so you'll need to be ready to click click.

Independent Music Stores

I'm not a fan of the high street chain stores. I always been a sucker for small Independent Record Shops. I like getting to know the owner and discussing music. I find stores like HMV and Zavvi to be emotionless, boring and all about the cost - in fact, I wandered into my local HMV just before Christmas (there are no independent record stores left in the corner of London I live in), I overheard an employee of HMV informing a group of young eager trainees something along the lines of:

"the type of people round here are loaded and they'll pay any price, they don't care so it's so easy, you can charge them any price"

to which the group of five trainees let out little awkward laughs. At this point, the HMV employee with the big mouth noticed I was hovering, obviously interested in what he had to say about locals like me. He must have thought he was safe distributing his pearls of wisdom in the World Music section-unfortunately for him, Manu Chao can be found there in most UK shops and I was out to buy his latest album. I had no doubt these kind of conversations go on behind closed doors at HMV but doing it on the shop floor where your customers are?! That's just rude. Needless to say, I didn't buy the album and I haven't shopped there since.

So where can us so called 'loaded locals' go to buy our music if we don't want to give the big chains our buckets of cash and we don't want to necessarily buy on the Internet? (btw I'm a broke music lover!)

I searched on the Internet for lists of Independent Record Stores in central London to get an idea of what's out there. To my sadness, most of the recent lists contain stores that have now closed down. According to figures from the Entertainment Retailers Association, between 2004 and 2006, a quarter of independent record shops in Britain closed their doors.

Here is a list of a few of the Central London Music Industry Casualties:

Mister CD - Berwick street
Reckless Records - Berwick Street
Steve's Sounds - Newport Street
CD City - Berwick Street

FOPP has been closed down but news on their website seems to suggest they will be opening some of their stores again. -Actually, Jezz, in the comments box pointed out, FOPP is alive and kicking at 1 Earlham Street / 144 Shaftesbury Avenue (Covent Garden). In fact the following FOPP stores are open and trading with the FOPP name but under HMV ownership.
  • Cambridge, 37 Sidney Street.
  • Edinburgh, 3/15 Rose Street.
  • Glasgow, 19 Union Street.
  • Glasgow, 358 Byres Road.
  • London, 1 Earlham Street / 144 Shaftesbury Avenue (Covent Garden)
  • Manchester, 19 Brown Street.
  • Nottingham, The Frontage, Queen Street.

So what's left in Central London? (This is by no means all of them)

Sister Ray
Sounds of the Universe
Vinyl Junkies
Pure Groove
Deal Real
Music and Video Exchange
Honest Jons
Phonica Records
Urban Amplified
Rough Trade - no longer in Neal's Yard, Covent Garden but still in Notting Hill and a cool new shop on Brick Lane -yes, a new Independent Record Shop!

Quite a few of the independent stores hold in store gigs from time to time (e.g. Urban Amplified, Rough Trade)-these are well worth checking out for new artists and in the case of Rough Trade last week, Radiohead.

I'm bored of my local big chain store. I'm bored of the same old setup and the same old predictable promotions. I'm bored of the emotionless staff on the counters behaving like their serving at the supermarket checkout and could be selling you anything. I'm bored of being watched by security men making sure I'm not helping myself and making me feel like a thief and putting me off my music.

Buying music should be a pleasure, an excitement, an experience, lets not allow the big chain stores to let us forget that.

If you can know of any other Independent Record Stores (anywhere) you want to give a shout to, please leave a comment and I'll add them to the list. Any feedback or thoughts about what I've written, feel the same? Disagree? Would love to hear from you, remember there is no right or wrong comment.

If you're passionate about music, lets hear about it.


Sunday, 20 January 2008

Will Farrell and Gordon Ramsey

Can anyone else see the similarity?

Saturday, 19 January 2008

Portishead are back on tour Spring 2008

The Bristol based band Portishead have announced a tour for Spring 2008! At last!

Here's some news direct from their website:

Wednesday 26th March Oporto Coliseum
Thursday 27th March Lisbon Coliseum
Sunday 30th March Milan Alcatraz
Monday 31st March Florence Sashall

Wednesday 9th April Manchester Apollo
Thursday 10th April London Hammersmith Apollo
Saturday 11th April Edinburgh Corn Exchange
Sunday 13th April Wolverhampton Civic

Monday 5th May Paris Zenith

Tickets for the UK shows will go on sale on the Portishead website exclusively for 48 hours from January 23rd and then on general sale January 25th.

You can buy tickets for

Oporto & Lisbon

Milan & Florence at

Paris at and

Looking forward to hearing their new material.

Might be worth signing up to their mailing list if you want more information

Friday, 18 January 2008

I'M NOT THERE - Trailer

So have anyone seen this Todd Haynes film about the life of Bob Dylan?
I went to see it a little while ago when it first came out and well, really enjoyed it. It got an 81 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes which I think probably is a fair score, maybe I'd have given it more of a 90 per cent but then I am a Dylan fan.
I had read Dylan's biography just a couple of months before seeing the film which if I hadn't I think I'd have been lost from the beginning. I don't want to spoil it for you if you haven't already seen this flick but I would say if you've just given up cigarettes as a new years resolution, this film might tempt you to start again.
The line up of actors, let me see, Cate Blanchett (I didn't recognise her in the film at all) Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, Christian Bale, they all do a great job. I particularly liked Cate Blanchett, she put a lot into this film and deserved her award of Best Supporting Role at the Golden Globes - and guess what, she wasn't there.
So if you like some smooth cinematography, this is possibly your bag, it never tires, a constant flow of quality in the directing throughout the whole 135 mins and at the end, it just felt like Todd Haynes didn't want to stop. The music sounds fresh and well it's just a great film. I'm looking forward to setting up an LCD Beamer in the living room (when I've found one I can afford) and sitting back and watching it all over again.

Mr. Scruff -Get A Move On

Mr Scruff this is great tune. If you register on Mr Scruff's website you get a nice chilled out free tune called Naughty Mouse - Cookie Mouse?

Burial - Archangel

Nice little taste of the Burial track Archangel of their album Untrue. Enjoy.

Bronski Beat - Smalltown Boy

Please read my post about Daft Punk first for this post to make sense.

And for those of you who never heard of Bronski Beat out there - the singer Jimmy Somerville's head was always compared in shape to a King Edward potato - that's a fact!

Flat Eric - Flat Beat - Mr. Oizo

Please read my post about Daft Punk for this to make sense.

In the meantime, here's some dirty techno from Mr Oizo

Daft Punk - Steam Machine vs Too Long vs Flat Eric and Bronski Beat?

I am both a Flat Eric (Mr Oizo) and Daft Punk fan. I just listened to Daft Punks "Too Long xxx Steam Machine" from their Alive 2007 album and picked up on some of Mr Oizo's "Flat Beat" at the beginning of the track and then what seems to me to be some Bronski Beat's "Small Town boy". Am I imagining these underlying tunes?

I'll post both "Flat Beat" and "Small Town Boy" for you to decide.
Let me know what you think!


Thursday, 17 January 2008

Cliff Richard - We Don't Talk Anymore

This is one of them TLS. We needed to ofset the balance after all those great new Radiohead and Duffy tunes.
I think that did the trick-everyone feeling better now?
The leather outfit showed me more than I needed to see. Thanks Cliff.


Duffy - Mercy (live at Later...)

Any thoughts about this song? There's a star rating system if you don't feel like writing anything.

Have you heard of Duffy yet?

Hailing from a small town called Nefyn (population roughly 2500) on the beautiful Llyn Penisula (the bit that sticks out at the top on the left hand side) of North Wales, Duffy is beginning to be a name I'm hearing more often. Her first language is Welsh (very typical for the Llyn Penisula)and her second language (which she sings in) English.

Duffy's myspace page sites her influences as "Things Orchestral and Classic, weird and wonderful. Blues, Stax and Motown. Nostalgia..." and she thinks she sounds like well..."Duffy"-I think that's a fair comment. I would say she definitely has an air of Motown about her, very apparent in her new single Mercy (release date of February 25th). Some one described her in a comment on youtube as a "female Otis".

In an interview with The Times, Duffy talks about her childhood, her influences and how she got her break.
On hearing one of her demos, Jeanette Lee (now her manager) is quoted as having described Duffy as "a breath of fresh air.” With the thumbs up from Geoff Travis (Rough Trade), a new single about to be released (will post the vid in a sec) off a soon to be released album titled Rockferry (release date March 3rd) and an almost sold out tour already, I wonder if 2008 is going to be Duffy's year?

Would be interested to know what you think, please feel free to post comments.
Vid coming next.


Another link to another Duffy interview at Channel 4
and her Myspace blog.
Also check out Duffys website for a free download of Breaking My Own Heart

*Quotes Sourced from The Times Online and MySpace

Soma FM

I'm really enjoying the sounds on Soma FM.
I've added a link to the musical links section - I'm tucking in to some groove salad with nice cup of hot chocolate, oh yeah, can't beat it.

Levellers - One Way

Anyone remember these crusty fellas? Well come March time, they'll have been together for 20 years!
The Levellers will be playing three huge shows in March to mark the event. There's a load of information on their website

Radiohead - The Bends (Live at 93 Feet East)

The classic Bends

Radiohead - Reckoner (Live at 93 Feet East)

And here it is

Radiohead - 15 Step (Live at 93 Feet East)

And more from last night at 93 Feet East

93 Feet Roughly East = Radiohead OK?

Great reviews coming through of Radiohead's free gig last night which was moved to 93 Feet East just around the corner at last minute and not the advertised Rough Trade East due to police fearing problems from the sheer volume of people turning up at the tiny venue.

The set list was as follows:

15 Step
15 Step
Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
All I Need
Faust Arp
House Of Cards
Jigsaw Falling Into Place

Up On The Ladder
You And Whose Army
The National Anthem
My Iron Lung
The Bends

Just watched some footage and Tom York's voice is sounding great. I reckon Reckoner is the jewel in the crown, love that song.

Here are some of the reviews out there already:

The Independent


and the NME live blog

The Times

If you were at this gig, would love to hear from you - share the experience with us unlucky ones who couldn't be there! pleeeeeassse leave some comments :-)

Yours enviously,


Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Manu Chao - Bongo Bong

A great song - go Masai go Masai be mellow...

Radiohead playing small gig at Rough Trade TONIGHT!

Just caught this news on the Rough Trade website and Radiohead's site
Ahhh wish I could go - that place is tiny for the number of people who'll want to see them on the back of In Rainbows let alone their older works but according to the Radiohead website:

"For those who can't get in - and it's pretty small in there - we'll have some screens and speakers outside, if we're allowed. I think we are. And we'll also webcast it. I'll put the link up here, as well as any other info, later today."

If you do go tonight, would be great to hear all about it.

I'd recommend a nice curry on brick lane afterwards washed down with a couple of kingfishers :-)


Bit more info from the BBC
and Pitchfork

Control - Joy Division film DVD release date

The Anton Corbijn film
Control about Ian Curtis (Joy Division) is released on DVD in the UK on Feb 11th 2008.

Yeasayer Interview

Yeasayer's interview on Pitchfork.

I hope for your sake Yeasayer that you are not put in the World Music category - that's like getting the kiss of death here in the UK. Manu Chao has been living in that section of the music shops here for a while.

The Killers-Andy You're A Star (live)

Love this song :-)

Tuesday, 15 January 2008

John Cooper Clarke - Health Fanatic

JCC Please don't get any thinner!

Radiohead - In Rainbows

A refreshing album from Radiohead - I remember the 'self loathing days' of creep as a teenager and am so happy to see these guys still making music but different music. I was a little apprehensive before I downloaded this album and paid what I could afford for it. There used to be a guy who lived in the flat upstairs from us and he used to play A LOT of Radiohead's old stuff repeatedly at volume and we just felt like we could never listen to it again after that-it made us depressed! Well we've moved flats to down the road and this album is great so Radiohead, I welcome you back into my collection and onto my play list.

The thing about In Rainbows is if I had just picked this up and didn't know them from before, I could imagine they could sound like an exciting new band. I love the drum and bass style rhythms supporting this album on songs like 15 step. Tom Yorke's voice has matured to suit what they're doing here perfectly. Would love to see these guys on tour with this album. The haunting sounds of Nude, the tenderness and well orchestrated notes of Faust Arp. Jigsaw falling into pieces, 15 step and Reckoner are the three obvious single chart pleasers but I can't say this is an album of chart songs and album tracks, it's 10 very good songs in their own right and there's nothing cheap about it.

Radiohead, well done. You've made the kind of album that makes me wish a owned a really good sound system in a wood cabin in the snowy hills with an open fireplace with snug blankets that I could lie under and stay there to just listen to the music.


Here's some feedback from the diehards

Monday, 14 January 2008


This makes me feel a little uncomfortable - I'm not sure whether to feel sorry for him or laugh, I think I should laugh

Luther Vandross and Mariah Carey - Endless Love

Arghhh! Boring and slow! When will it end?

Wet Wet Wet - Love Is All Around

I really really really can't stand this song-it was at number one in the UK for 15 weeks back in 1994. I think I just heard it way too many times -sorry guys, but you made my list.

Foreigner - I want to know what love is

1984 - memories?

East 17 -Stay Another Day

Just listen to that voice - argh! Yes this was a Christmas number one in 1994 -scary!

Lionel Richie - Hello

Lets kick this off with an all time classic. I'm not sure what this is supposed to be about but to me Lionel seems very sleezy in this video and it makes me feel uncomfortable. He just keeps following her, poor girl!

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