Thursday, 28 August 2008

Banksy and Burial

I'm a fan of Bristol based graffiti artist Banksy's work and I'm also a fan of DubStep so finding this video called Banksy vs Dubstep posted on YouTube by narcotect a few weeks ago was a nice moment.

Unlike dubstep star Burial (real name Will Belvin and 2008 Mercury Music Prize nominee), Banksy is just about still keeping his anonymity intact.

Here's the video:

Banksy vs Dubstep

I also found this video which is a trailer for 'Living Inside The Speaker -Dubstep: Bristol' a 37 min. documentary focusing on the scene in 'Dubstep's 2nd city'.

Living Inside The Speaker -Dubstep: Bristol

So how do I connect Banksy with Burial?

Banksy is from Bristol.
Bristol is "Dubstep's second city".
Dubstep is what you hear when you listen to Burial and here's a great track from Burial's Untrue album called well 'Untrue'.

Burial - Untrue

Here's my photo of a Banksy on the pavement outside The Hospital 24 Endell Street, London earlier this year. I walked past there the other day on my way to work and there's not really much left of it now, I guess everyone's been walking on it and it does seem to rain a lot in London, even in the Summer.

A Banksy

Banksy and Burial. Burial and Banksy, two gifted individuals who's psuedonymns both begin with B. Now wasn't that a pointless thing to say, time for a cuppa.

If you would like to use any of the photos on this blog, you are free to do so but please give credit to this blog.

Tuesday, 26 August 2008

'Rate Your Feelings from 1 to 8' - Stuntman 5

Are you looking for a new band to listen to? Try Stuntman 5.

Hailing from Paris I can’t honestly tell you much about this band because there doesn’t seem to be much information out there about them but I certainly think their single ‘Rate Your Feelings’ from their new album ‘Akolabuzi’ (released yesterday) is well worth a listen to.

This heavy dancy number is a mixture of Daft Punk meets New Order meets Hot Chip and has a slight dance anthem euphoric appeal. I'm sure this track will receive the 12" treatment but as it stands, it's just the right length for radio play (which I hope they get lots of.)

This single is not typical of the other songs I’ve heard on their MySpace page, some of their other tracks are a bit moodier and more guitar based sounding similar to a mixture of My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr.

There are some free mp3 downloads on their MySpace page

Rate Your Feelings mp3

Looking forward to hearing the whole album.

Friday, 22 August 2008

Saturday Round Up on a Friday

This week my Saturday Round Up has slipped to Friday but, while it seems that everyone I know is taking in some rays on some beach on the Costa Brava, I think it’s excusable.

This week (or maybe it was last week) Terrible Love Songs blogged about:

Dengue Fever’s superb free concert @ the Rough Trade East store.

Dengue Fever @ Rough Trade East

Abi, from Stress Management, became the first music blogger to be interviewed by TLS as part of a new weekly feature on this blog called ‘Music Lives on the Internet’. Basically it’s a chance for music bloggers to tell you what bands they think you should be listening to and for them to recommend good music blogs and great venues. I also hope to give you some insight into the mind of a music blogger and their views on the music business.

To check out the interview, click here.

Pitchfork TV put up a three part series about what was behind the making of Public Enemy's stonkingly fantastic LP, 'It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back'.

In the News:

  • The BBC reported about dogs who have auditioned to take part in a special choir which will pay musical tribute to legendary dog hero Swansea Jack.
Sing along songs included Bob Dylan, Happy Birthday and Hooray for Hollywood

  • The BBC also reported the return of the Childrens TV classic The Banana Splits. Within a few days of reporting that they also posed the question: “did the Banana Splits inspire Bob Marley?”, comparing its sing-a-long theme tune to Marley’s hit Buffalo Soldier.

Here are both of the songs, what do you think? Basically I think they are talking about the tra-la-la bit. I’m not sure about this!

The Tra la la Song (One Banana, Two Banana) [The Banana Splits] - Liz Phair / Material Issue

And Bob Marley's Buffalo Soldier:

  • And as Michael Phelps swam his way into the Olympic record books with his 11th Olympic gold medal making him the top Olympian of all time, the Guardian reported on what he eats to help push him to victory. On the list were three fried-egg sandwiches, a bowl of grits, three slices of French toast, three chocolate chip pancakes (that’s just breakfast so far), half a kilo of enriched pasta, an entire pizza etc the list goes on.
Seems to be working for him.

On the subject of food, I saw this interesting article on the Time website looking at what’s on family dinner tables in fifteen different homes around the globe.,29307,1626519,00.html
A noticeable contrast was the food expenditure for a week in Chad which was $1.23 compared to $341.98 for one of the families in the US. I thought the Mexican family’s food display looked pretty healthy till I saw the gallons of coke lining the back of the table.

Bands I’ve Been Listening To:

Freddie Stevenson (Check out ‘Easy Now’ on his MySpace page which starts with the lyric “JK Rowling’s been following me around/ I’ve even thought of moving to another town/I even went and hid in the police station/till she wrote me an explanation.”)

Xavier Rudd

Thao with The Get Down Stay Down

Final Thought

Convicted pedophile and former UK glam rock star Gary Glitter (real name Paul Francis Gudd) has been released after serving just under three years of his sentence in a Vietnamese prison for child sexual abuse charges. The ongoing soap opera-esque saga of his days since his release has been spent in airports, trying to avoid returning to the UK, with some seventeen countries having refused him entry (latest one China (Hong Kong) (at the time of writing). This had led to this quite funny image being put together by collapsibletank drawing similarities with the movie The Terminal where Viktor Navorski (played by Tom Hanks) basically lives in an airport (For the record, I am not comparing Hanks as a person in anyway to Glitter). If you ask me (which no one is), I reckon Glitter should be sent back to solitary, only this time be forced to listen to a copy of his greatest hits on a non stop loop. He might understand the misery his singing career caused the rest of the world.

So what does Senator Clay Davis of the excellent HBO series 'The Wire' have to say about all this?

Be well and be alert,


P.S. Will somebody please find this guy a girlfriend! (Be warned: This video is probably not suitable for watching at work (NSFW))

I Google Myself - Erik Weiner

Thursday, 21 August 2008

Pitchfork TV: Public Enemy - It Takes A Nation Of Millions (3 Part Series)

Those lovelies at Pitchfork TV have just put up a three part series about what was behind the making of Public Enemy's stonkingly fantastic LP, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back.

I particularly liked the story about Chuck and the guys handing out flyers to one of their earlier concerts with a picture of Malcolm X on the front. Some guy came up to them and asked "So who is this Malcolm the tenth?".

Watch it and make your own mind up.

If the video doesn't automatically run onto parts 2 and 3 or if you're having problems seeing anything and you've got that annoying flashing loading symbol hanging in the middle of the black screen, try here instead!

Monday, 18 August 2008

Music Lives On The Internet - Interview #1

Over the last few years music has found a new home on the Internet and has well and truly moved in and unpacked. There are a multitude of bands out there uploading music to their myspace pages and thousands of music bloggers telling everyone what they think of these tunes and what we should be listening to and then of course there is you, the reader, who patiently reads through our sometimes long, drawn out descriptions and recommendations. I see the music blogger role as a sort of filtering system, where we try to give you honest opinions on the music we hear. Of course, not everyone will always agree with what we write but there’s always the option to feed that back by starting your own blog or by just leaving comments - that’s the freedom of speech some of us enjoy.

So, to celebrate this freedom, I am starting a new weekly feature called 'Music Lives On The Internet' (couldn't come up with a better name) where I send the same set of questions to fellow music bloggers and then I publish their answers. I hope this will give you the reader a chance to hear about new bands, good music blogs, great venues and also give you some insight into the mind of a music blogger (potentially a scary place!) and their views on the music business.

So without further a do, may I introduce you to the lovely Abi of Stress Management.

Name: Abi Plunkett (Half of Katy and Abi, or alternatively, a third of Stress Management)

Blog/Website: At the moment our website is under construction, but until that's completed you can find us at:

What is your blog/website about?
Stress Management is basically a one stop shop for all the different aspects of the music industry that we are involved in. We have worked as managers, promoters, organisers, interviewers, photographers, videographers and, when necessary, damn good tea-brewers. The idea is that people can contact us there, whether they want to get involved in just one aspect of what we do or all of them. Equally we're always happy to hear from people who have an interest in music, or green issues, or anything that they're excited about- it's great to have a good old chat.

What started you blogging/writing?
Haha, this story somehow seems to evolve a lot as time goes on! But I believe the true version goes a little like this. Katy and I had gone to a gig, and at the end of it we met two of the guys that had performed that night. We went over to talk to them and ended up having a long chat about music, touring, the meaning of life, the universe- the usual stuff. I think it blew us away slightly just how down to earth they were. On the way home we started talking about other artists that we liked, and wondered what they were really like, as it was a completely new world to us. Anyway, we decided we were going to try to interview different musicians, and either luck or fate or something was on our side, because people started to give us opportunities and life naturally progressed to where we are today.

Types of Music you enjoy?
Oh man... I know this is so clichéd, but a little bit of everything if I'm honest with you.

I'm big into Acoustic/Folk/Singer-Songwriter stuff (although it has to be the good kind, MTV is drowning everyone with Singer-Songwriters at the moment) and more recently I'm really embracing more Blues and Grass Roots. I think everything from Rock to R'n'B to a shameless sprinkling of Pop finds its way onto my iPod.

Last piece of music that got your heart racing?
It would probably one of two songs - 'Yirra Kurl' by Xavier Rudd (guaranteed to make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck - trust me on this) or my all time favorite song in the world 'Country Stoned' by Pico.

Last gig that made you say "Wow"?
I think my answer will always be the same for this question. Every time I have seen Jason Mraz he blows my mind. The guy is going to be a legend for sure.

Where do you find out about new music?
Um, finding new music is a tricky one. Checking out sites like Room Thirteen is good as it exposes new artists really early on and you get to watch them as they grow and reach out to more fans and gain recognition.

Another really good way is by checking out support acts of artists that you like or look at who they list on their top friends on Myspace. The music community is pretty loving so everyone tries to help each other out. It's a really good way to discover artists (and waste time at work, haha), I have discovered some amazing people like Bushwalla and The Makepeace Brothers that way.

What would you like to see more of in the music world?
More ventures like the Hotel Café Tour or Music Magic & Makepeace tour.

The industry is going through a weird time at the moment so its awesome to see artists really getting into the community spirit and helping each other out - supporting each other. It really becomes more about supporting each other and the music (or magic) than the corporate side of things.

Favourite Music Venue?
Would have to be Concorde 2 in Brighton. It's a pretty small venue but they pull in some major artists. It always has a great vibe!

What blogs do you read?
Other than ofcourse, I check out http://postsecret. blogspot. com/ it was a recommendation by Jacob Golden - its pretty awesome. People send in postcards of their secrets and they're posted as a blog. It's an interesting insight to the lives of strangers.

What songs would you include on the soundtrack to your life?
Haha wow hard question. Would definitely have to include:

Love for A Child - Jason Mraz
Better People - Xavier Rudd
Us - Regina Spektor
Anyone Else But You - The Moldy Peaches
Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
Things are Going to Wait - Makepeace Brothers
Wasting Time - ALO
Miss Halfway - Anya Marina
Price to PayMates of Mine

In 10 years time music will be....
Hopefully a lot less commercial and bred to make money. Music will be more about sharing a piece of the artist and less about singing what people believe the audience wants to hear.

If you could have 3 musicians over to your place, they would be...
Xavier Rudd (are you noticing a trend yet?)
Jack Johnson
Jason Mraz

A big thank you to Abi for being the first interviewee.

If you'd like to be involved, please drop me a mail tlsreview@ gmail dot com

Thursday, 14 August 2008

Gig Review: Dengue Fever @ Rough Trade East

Last night I had the pleasure of watching my favourite band out of L.A. right now, Dengue Fever, play a free gig at Rough Trade East in London.

Dengue Fever Perform @ Rough Trade East

Taking to the tiny cramped stage they plunged straight into a mixture of songs from their recently released album ‘Venus On Earth’. If you haven’t already heard their music, I’d describe it as a mixture of psychedelic rock meets Cambodian pop music with a heavy sprinkle of indie 60’s surf. Synchronized bopping and almost Shadows-esque swaying of guitars (and come to think of it, their guitar sound does have a hint of a speeded up, more twangy Shadows) from Zac Holtzman (formerly of Dieselhed) and Senon Williams (also of Radar Brothers) provided a great energy to the performance.

Some of their songs are sung in Khmer and a few in English but before you British readers out there even begin to think of categorizing them into the ‘World Music’ section of your local record store (which is basically the kiss of death for most bands trying to make it in the UK), you have to check out Chhom Nimol’s quite frankly amazingly talented vocals. Originally from Cambodia, her beautiful voice is captivating and even though I have no idea what she is singing about when she ‘goes native’, I find myself humming along - God knows what I am actually singing but it feels good (but most probably doesn’t sound it!)

Zac Holtzman

Because it was a free concert and this is London (where you usually get zilch for free), I was expecting them to play maybe 5 or 6 songs max so when they played basically a whole albums worth I simply couldn’t believe my luck! The audience lapped it up and a few were even dancing (again not such a typical British response, we usually stand still, both arms folded when there’s no beer available, staring with the occasional hip sway, nod of the head and maybe even a foot tap.)

Dengue Fever @ Rough Trade East

After the show I took the opportunity to chat with their charming (and very tall) bassist Senon who informed me they have been in a studio laying down some new tracks over the last couple of days. Can’t wait to hear new material and can’t wait to see them again.

I have my tickets booked for their next London show in November at the ICA, do you?

I must also mention that Rough Trade is hosting an impressive lineup of free concerts over the coming weeks including Yeasayer, Adam Green and The Breeders. For more details check out their website.

If you’re interesting in knowing more about Dengue Fever, here are some links:


This is a track called 'Sober Driver' off their current album 'Venus On Earth'.

Sober Driver - Dengue Fever

There is also a film about the band’s recent journey to Cambodia called ‘Sleep Walking Through The Mekong’. Directed by John Pirozzi, the film follows them as they perform for the first time in Cambodia.

Here is the trailer:

And while I’m at it, here are some tour dates:

16 Aug 2008 20:00 Beautiful Days Devon, England
29 Aug 2008 20:00 Festival Musicas Do mar Povoa do Varzim
30 Aug 2008 20:00 Festival de Beschaving Utrecht, Holland, Utrecht
31 Aug 2008 20:00 Electric Picnic Dublin
20 Sep 2008 20:00 Street Scene San Diego, California
20 Nov 2008 20:00 ICA London

Sorry to all you guys that missed out!

***Photos taken By Chalky -If you would like to use any of them, please credit this blog by providing a link, thanks***

Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Saturday Round Up on a Tuesday

In the music world we have four seasons, Autumn (Fall), Winter, Spring and the Music Festival season and while music bloggers are busy cramming their blogs full with as many festival photos and reviews as your Internet connection can manage you may have noticed that my blog is particularly sparse in this department. There is a reason for this, I don’t like festival toilets and no amount of quality music will convince me otherwise. Yes I am not ashamed to admit I am a 'toilet purist' and even though I have been known to use a hole in the ground in a tent in the Peruvian Andes with llamas and cows making suspicious noises outside, I still can’t bring myself to share festival toilets with thousands of wrecked people. So instead I go to music evenings in London pubs and venues and even though some of their toilets can be a little undesirable, they're never as bad as festival toilets (although admittedly nothing with ever be as bad as CBGB’s in it’s ‘Gabba Gabba hey day').

Last Thursday I went to The Star in North London (their toilets are fine btw) to check out new unsigned bands at the eARmusic showcase. An enormously enjoyable evening, check out my review here.

On Tuesday I shared my list of Alternative Songs for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

On Thursday using a simple little experiment I asked you if you could 'hear the dots'?

And amongst the hundreds of thousands of videos uploaded to the Internet during the last week, here are a couple I have noted:

Fleet Foxes recent performance of 'Blue Ridge Mountains' on Letterman

and Cut Copy on Pitchfork TV Live @ Studio B
Best track –So Haunted

Bands I’ve Been Listening To:

Cut Copy
Stuntman 5
Off Ground Touch
Kal Lavelle
Dan Whitehouse

In The News:

Dubstep act Burial revealed himself to be a “lowkey” South Londoner going by the name of Will Bevan who “just wants to make some tunes”. Strangely enough, The Sun newspaper just wouldn’t seem to leave him alone.

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has apparently become a rapper. According to NME, here are some of his lyrics:
"This is Rio Ferdinand/Make sure you don't sleep on Nia Jai, White Chalk's first signing/This girl spits out fire"

Don’t worry Noel, I’m sure he’ll never make it to Glastonbury!

The Guardian reported that Woody Allen has finally begun work on his long-promised opera, a collaboration with The Exorcist director William Friedkin.

A Cher fan had his stereo destroyed.

And sadly, Soul Icon Isaac Hayes died at the age of 65.

Final Thought

As Wales celebrates it’s first gold Olympic medal since 1972, spare a thought these guys:

And with the recent news that an invisibility cloak will soon be within our grasp I direct you back to the beginning of this post and provide you with another reason why I won’t be using toilets at music festivals in the near future, there might be a cloaked My Chemical Romance fan lurking in there (please don't protest outside my house!).

Be well,


Sunday, 10 August 2008

Star Shines Light On Unsigned Bands

I am always on the look out for good music venues in and around London and last Thursday I struck gold. The Star ( in North London hosts a weekly event of high quality unsigned bands selected by eARmusic and I’m told that the standard of the show last week was typical for the venue.

With cosy couches, candles and a carpet for a stage the upstairs room where the bands perform gives you that welcome feeling of sitting in a living room instead of your typical soulless London gastro pub. There’s even a pub dog (always a good sign) who skulks around and made a brief appearance on stage during one of the performances.

If I haven’t already given you reason enough to just go there to enjoy a drink, let’s not forget about the music. Here’s a rundown of some of my favourite bands amongst those who played last Thursday and why you should listen to them:

(Dan Whitehouse(Cajon Drum): Photo By M Ward)

Dan Whitehouse

Mr Dan Whitehouse, backed by a piano and Cajun drum, delivered a powerful and passionate performance. His music is what is what I would describe as a British take on folk with a strong story telling element, think along the lines of Damien Rice, Chris Martin. A strong and textured voice very much leads his compositions, the instruments are used to emphasize the story being told rather than to lead the song.

Fresh out of the studio having recorded two EPs ‘The Balloon’ and ‘The Bubble’ for release later this year, Dan has recently supported big names such as Lykke Li and Maria McKee and is certainly one to keep an eye out for.

Dan Whitehouse: Photo By M Ward

Kal Lavelle

A colourful, energetic performance from this Irish gem. Accompanied by her acoustic guitar, Kal took us all on a journey through the joys and frustrations of past romances with a truly heartfelt openness. Stunning acappellas proved without an element of doubt that this girl can sing. She captivated the audience with her rendition of Gnarls Barkley’s 'Crazy' and left us all hungry for more. Nominated for the 2008 Indy Awards and boasting an impressive list of artists she has supported including The Beach Boys and James Brown (as well as playing for Mr Riverdance, Michael Flatley), Kal Lavelle has all the ingredients to take things much further.

She will be playing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival during the coming week, check out her MySpace page for more details.

Kal Lavelle: Photo By M Ward

Off Ground Touch

Off Ground Touch: Photo By M Ward

Here’s a band that knows how to make a lot of sounds. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I saw these three guys pitch up with a small drum kit (complete with bells and triangles), a banjo and a xylophone amongst many instruments but I can honestly say I was captivated from the first note. Their music is like a folk explosion with hints of Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes with sweet harmonies and infectious rhythms. The mood was perfect for the evening. I was surprised to find out this was their first performance, they took to the stage with much ease. To get a good feel for their music check out ‘Soft Options’ on their MySpace page.

They’ll be playing at The Hungamunga Festival in Bethnal Green on Sept. 28th.

Off Ground Touch: Photo By M Ward

eARmusic showcases unsigned bands at The Star every Thursday evening. Check out their Facebook Group and MySpace page for more details of other events – once again I was really impressed by the level of the bands they had along.

Friday, 8 August 2008

Fleet Foxes On Letterman

Been a bit slow noticing this performance by Fleet Foxes on the Letterman show (I don't watch Letterman). According to YouTube, 14,672 other people have already seen it (when I last checked) but just in case you missed it or fancy seeing it again, here is 'Blue Ridge Mountains' off their self titled debut album. As Letterman says "Very Nice". Think he says this pretty much every time someone performs on his show but on this occasion I'd like to think he meant it because it's a pretty good performance.

Blue Ridge Mountains - Fleet Foxes on Letterman

Thursday, 7 August 2008

Can You Hear The Dots? Try It And See!

No, The Dots are not a band with sound problems, I'm talking about synesthesia.

Before I tell you what it is, why not take part in a little experiment by following the instructions in this video (don't worry, it's all harmless!):

So did you hear anything from the moving dots? Try it a few times just to be sure.

I'm not trying to wind you up and yes, until today I had never heard of the word 'synesthesia' but according to scientists at Caltech and Edinburgh University, there are some people among us who would have heard something while watching those moving dots.

Confused? I'll let the scientists explain how they think it works:

"Individuals with synesthesia perceive the world in a different way from the rest of us. Because their senses are cross-activated, some synesthetes perceive numbers or letters as having colors or days of the week as possessing personalities, even as they function normally in the world. Now, researchers at the California Institute of Technology have discovered a type of synesthesia in which individuals hear sounds, such as tapping, beeping, or whirring, when they see things move or flash. Surprisingly, the scientists say, auditory synesthesia may not be unusualand may simply represent an enhanced form of how the brain normally processes visual information."

Basically, US scientists have discovered people who can "hear" what they see.

"Psychologists previously reported visual, tactile, and taste synesthesias, but auditory synesthesia had never been identified. Caltech lecturer in computation and neural systems Melissa Saenz discovered the phenomenon quite by accident."

"While I was running an experiment at the Caltech Brain Imaging Center, a group of students happened to pass by on a tour, and I volunteered to explain what I was doing," explains Saenz, who, along with Christof Koch, the Lois and Victor Troendle Professor of Cognitive and Behavioral Biology at Caltech and professor of computation and neural systems, reports the finding in the August 5 issue of the journal Current Biology.

As part of the experiment, a moving display was running on my computer screen with dots rapidly expanding out, somewhat like the opening scene of Star Wars. Out of the blue, one of the students asked, "Does anyone else hear something when you look at that?" After talking to him further, I realized that his experience had all the characteristics of a synesthesia: an automatic sensory cross-activation that he had experienced all of his life," says Saenz."

To read more from this article, click here.

Crazy stuff! I would also like to point out here that people who can 'hear what they see' are not suffering from some kind of a disorder, more an enhancement and to be honest, I'm very jealous. When I tried the experiment, I couldn't hear a thing. I tried hard but realised that making up sounds in your head isn't quite the same thing!

If you'd like to read more about Synesthesia research and findings, try these links:

I wonder if this song still sounds as bad to people with synesthesia?

Did you hear anything?

[Source: Caltech Press, University Of Edinburgh, YouTube]

Cut Copy On Pitchfork TV : Live @ Studio B

A set performed by Cut Copy back in May of this year at the now closed down Studio B in Brooklyn is currently streaming on Pitchfork TV.

In case you don't already know, Cut Copy are Australian and sound like a mixture of something between New Order, Daft Punk and Human League with a little rock infusion. Indie dance, electro-pop, you get the general idea. I'm quite a fan. Here's the Pitchfork TV video so you can decide whether you are to.

Highlight tracks - So Haunted, Out There On Ice

So Haunted

Out There On Ice

Band Members:

Dan Whitford – lead vocals, keys, guitar
Tim Hoey – guitar, bass, backing vocals, sampler
Mitchell Scott – drums

Current Album: In Ghost Colours (2008)
MySpace page:

2008 Tour Dates:

8 Aug 2008 20:00 Little Vega Copenhagen
9 Aug 2008 20:00 OYA FESTIVAL OSLO
10 Aug 2008 20:00 SUDOESTE FESTIVAL Zambujeira Do Mar
14 Aug 2008 20:00 RAZZMATAZZ ** special DJ set ** Barcelona, Barcelona
15 Aug 2008 20:00 OLA FESTIVAL El Ejido, Almería
16 Aug 2008 20:00 LOOP FESTIVAL Brighton, London and South East
17 Aug 2008 20:00 FLOW FESTIVAL Helsinki
24 Aug 2008 20:00 CREAMFIELDS Liverpool, Midlands
25 Aug 2008 20:00 NOORDERZON Festival Groningen, Zuid-Holland
26 Aug 2008 20:00 ROWTOWN rotterdam, Zuid-Holland
29 Aug 2008 20:00 Stiff Kitten Belfast - Northern Ireland, Clare
30 Aug 2008 20:00 ELECTRIC PICNIC FESTIVAL Dublin, Dublin
9 Sep 2008 20:00 Calle 2 Guadalajara
10 Sep 2008 20:00 Escenica Monterrey
11 Sep 2008 20:00 Roots Magic Mexico City, Distrito Federal
13 Sep 2008 20:00 MONOLITH FESTIVAL (Red Rocks Amphitheater) Morrison, Colorado
15 Sep 2008 20:00 The Record Bar - w/ the presets Kansas City, Missouri
16 Sep 2008 20:00 Fine Line Music Cafe - w/ the presets Minneapolis, Minnesota
17 Sep 2008 20:00 the Metro - w/ the presets Chicago, Illinois
19 Sep 2008 20:00 Sound Academy - w/ the presets Toronto, Ontario
20 Sep 2008 20:00 Club Soda - w/ the presets Montreal, Quebec
21 Sep 2008 20:00 Webster Hall - w/ the presets New York City, New York
22 Sep 2008 20:00 Webster Hall - w/ the presets New York City, New York
23 Sep 2008 20:00 Paradise - w/ the presets Boston, Massachusetts
25 Sep 2008 20:00 Trocadero - w/ the presets Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
26 Sep 2008 20:00 9:30 Club - w/ the presets Washington DC, Washington DC
27 Sep 2008 20:00 Masquerade - w/ the presets Atlanta, Georgia
29 Sep 2008 20:00 Emo’s - w/ the presets Austin, Texas
30 Sep 2008 20:00 Granada Theater - w/ the presets Dallas, Texas
3 Oct 2008 20:00 The Glass House - w/ the presets Pomona, California
4 Oct 2008 20:00 DETOUR FESTIVAL Los Angeles, California
5 Oct 2008 20:00 Mezzanine - w/ the presets San Francisco, California
7 Oct 2008 20:00 Hawthorne Theater - w/ the presets Portland, Oregon
8 Oct 2008 20:00 the Showbox at the market - w/ the presets Seattle, Washington
9 Oct 2008 20:00 Commodore Ballroom - w/ the presets Vancouver, British Columbia
6 Dec 2008 20:00 HOMEBAKE 2008 Sydney, New South Wales

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Alternative Songs For The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games

As the 2008 Olympics draw near, there are reports of pollution levels around the Olympic stadium in Beijing potentially reaching five times the levels deemed safe by the World Health Organisation.

Du Shaozhong, deputy director of Beijing’s Environmental Protection Bureau, said: “We made a commitment to ensure air quality for the Olympic Games . . . as for whether we have reached the goal, that will be examined after the event.

Here is a list of songs I have compiled to celebrate air quality in Beijing.

Kate Bush - Cloud Busting

The Platters - Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

The Pogues - Dirty Old Town

The Rolling Stones - Get Off My Cloud

Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze

The Rah Band - Clouds Across The Moon

Berlin - Take My Breath Away

Prodigy - Breathe

Bob Dylan - Blowin' In The Wind

Dorothy Moore - Misty Blue

Air Supply - Making Love Out Of Nothing At All

New Order - Everything's Gone Green

Here are a few more songs to mark the 2008 Beijing Olympics:

Japan - Visions of China

Cliff Richard - We Don't Talk Any More

Gill Scott Heron - The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Simon And Garfunkel - Sound of Silence

Roy Orbison - Communication Breakdown

Culture Club - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me

Cyndi Lauper - True Colours

Joe Dolce - Shaddup You Face

The Imposter - Pills And Soap

Thin Lizzy - Chinatown

Any more?

Monday, 4 August 2008

Saturday Round Up on a Monday

It’s been a busy week of socialising and I really should be sleeping right now but I wanted to take this opportunity while everyone else in the flat is catching up on their zeds to bring you up to date with my weekly round up.

On Wednesday I introduced you to the wonderful Rod Thomas, 'the Welsh Wizard’.
You might have caught Rod playing at the Innocent Festival in Regents Park yesterday.
His music is often described as “folk disco to make people dance, smile, laugh and occasionally think a little bit.” There will hopefully be more very exciting Rod news to announce here shortly so stay posted.

On Thursday, The Cool Kids received the Black Cab Session treatment and free styled their way around the back streets of London.
Incidentally, their new album ‘The Bake Sale’ (released today) is Rough Trade’s album of the week.

Me and a few friends took part in another Pub Quiz and shocked ourselves with a second place score. Here are the Questions and Answers.

In the News:

NME reported Radiohead fans preferred to download 'illegal' versions of 'In Rainbows'.

Cadbury’s announced the return of their Wispa Bar –Hooray!

What I’ve been listening to:

Daniel Johnston
Dr. Dog
Rod Thomas
The Heart Strings

Websites worth a mention:

Coppertree Records is a record label that only releases vinyl. This site caught my eye because they are releasing 1000 units (that’s worldwide) of the never previously available on vinyl Daniel Johnston album ‘Fear Yourself’. For more details click here.

The British political blog Harry’s Place has recently branched out into the Art world. Features include Junkbox Jury where they rummage through sale bins to find records to fill the criteria of being under £1, the purchaser must never have heard of the artist before, the artwork and packaging must look nice and the name of the band, or the album sounds intriguing etc. Then you as the reader are encouraged to vote for your favourite out of the selection on offer. You get the general idea! Good fun.

This site takes photos off the Internet, cuts them in half and then flips the image to make for some really strange photos. Try typing in the names of a few singers and you'll see what I mean.

Final Thoughts

As the UK Summer reaches full swing and the rain just keeps on lashing down, I take back last weeks advice of always wearing sunscreen and advise you to always carry an umbrella instead. Yesterday I sat on a wet seat for four or so hours watching my first ever big football game, Arsenal vs Real Madrid at the Emirates stadium. I did Mexican waves, shouted a bit and tried to sing along with the football chants not really knowing what they were saying and most of the time believe me, that was probably for the best! Despite the rain, it was a really fun afternoon.

Real Madrid Warm Up Before Yesterday's Game - Why didn’t anyone tell me you had to dress up in a super hero costume to go to the football?

Be well,


Saturday, 2 August 2008

Pub Quiz Answers

As promised, here are the answers to yesterdays Pub Quiz:

1) What are the colours of the five Olympic rings?

Blue, Yellow, Black, Green and Red

2) Barbie had Ken but who was Sindy’s boyfriend?


3) Who invented the words ‘hobnob’, ‘swagger’ and ‘madcap’?


4) What would a German do with a ‘handy’?

Send a text, make a phone call (it’s a mobile phone or cell phone)

5) What is the collective noun for a group of goldfish?

a) A Troubling

6) How long does it take for a swallowed piece of chewing gum to pass through the human digestive system?

12 -48 hrs

7) How wide is a gymnastic beam in inches?


8) Which name for a type of music did William Burroughs make use of in his novel “The Soft Machine”, helping establish it in popular culture?

Heavy Metal

9) What word means “empty orchestra” in Japanese?


10) Which word used in the English language translates to “noisy ghost” in German?


11) Which novel featured the characters 'Jim', 'Dab Dab' and 'Push me pull you'?

Dr Dolittle

12) What 1946 film is set in RBedford Falls?

It’s A Wonderful Life – Sorry but I made a misleading typo so you get a point for this whatever you answered! Uh hum.

Hope you enjoyed it and once again, sorry for the typo - I blame ummmm myself!


Friday, 1 August 2008

Pub Quiz Questions

Following on from the success of last weeks Pub Quiz, myself and a few friends decided to try our hand at another quiz but this time in a different pub.
As the pub filled out, we began to grow suspicious of the pretty serious looking pub quizzers who were arriving in drones -were they on the pub quiz circuit? Does such a thing even exist? Were we out of our depth?

The beer flowed, the questions got blurry but we stuck with it seduced by the board at the side of the bar that read '£200 Quiz Jackpot!'. Could this be our lucky night?

Finally the points were totaled up and thinking we would surely be at the bottom of the leader board, we came a surprising second place! What did we win? A £10 beer voucher to be spent in that pub - not quite what we thought we'd get considering it cost £8 to enter in the first place but hey, second place is still pretty good! Incidentally, I'm almost certain first prize wasn't £2oo but a voucher for more beer... Hmmm

Still, a great night.

Here are some of the questions:

(And yes you are on the Internet right now so it would be really easy to look up the answers but where's the fun in that?!)

I'll post the answers tomorrow-if you can't wait that long - send your answers to tlsreview@gmail dot com


1) What are the colours of the five Olympic rings?

2) Barbie had Ken but who was Sindy’s boyfriend?

3) Who invented the words ‘hobnob’, ‘swagger’ and ‘madcap’?

4) What would a German do with a ‘handy’?

5) What is the collective noun for a group of goldfish?

a) A Troubling
b) A Bloat
c) A Dole

6) How long does it take for a swallowed piece of chewing gum to pass through the human digestive system?

7) How wide is a gymnastic beam in inches?

8) Which name for a type of music did William Burroughs make use of in his novel “The Soft Machine”, helping establish it in popular culture?

9) What word means “empty orchestra” in Japanese?

10) Which word used in the English language translates to “noisy ghost” in German?

11) Which novel featured the characters 'Jim', 'Dab Dab' and 'Push me pull you'?

12) What 1946 film is set in RBedford Falls?

Good Luck!


The answers are out, here's a link.
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