Saturday, 7 June 2008

Saturday Round Up

I’ve decided to start a new weekly feature where, on every Saturday, I will summarise what I've been up to during the week, who I'm listening to and maybe a bit about what I’m planning on blogging about in the future.

If you've read this blog at all during the last week you'll know I had a very special guest (Jacob Golden) visit our flat in sunny South West London to perform an acoustic set. There is an article about the evening here, and videos of the performance here (special thanks to Nic Kemp from (A dog barks) for the filming. Jacob Golden is now on tour in the East Coast of the States - I recommend dropping in and requesting his superb cover of punk band The Descendants song 'Merican. I also got the chance to catch a great performance from The Battle of Land and Sea at The Troubadour (London) on Tuesday evening, review here.

I have spent time laying down some initial research into a local London landmark steeped in musical history called Eel Pie Island. Yes, this is its real name and, no it doesn't sell eel pies (although it did once). I have tracked down an ex colleague who I remembered telling me stories about the times he spent there in the 60's when Eel Pie Island was a mecca for hippies and a major venue for emerging artists to play at that time. The list of musicians that played the Island makes pretty spectacular reading: The Rolling Stones, John Mayall, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and David Bowie to name but a few. While there are many books and online resources on this subject, I’m lucky to have the chance to speak to someone who was actually there and get the low down on what really happened.

Apart from that:

• Some of the acts I’ve been listening to this week: Fleet Foxes, The M's, Frank Turner, Sarabeth Tucek .

• My husband has found out that Silvio from the Sopranos (Steven Van Zandt) is the guitarist in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street band and thinks that’s pretty much the coolest factoid ever.

• Dare I talk about Prince, I'm afraid of being sued.

Coldplay Academy on June 16 have released a streamed version of their album,’Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends’ on MySpace a week before the release date. To celebrate its release the band is running a competition where you could win tickets to a completely free show at London's Brixton Academy. To enter the competition, start here.

• Franz Ferdinand have been announcing a list of small secret gigs.

And finally, with Euro 2008 kicking off today, I'm just grateful there is no England football song this year!


1 comment:

Cookiemouse said...

Cool idea to do a weekly round up!

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