Thursday, 29 October 2009

Nirvana Live At Reading - DVD Screening

Last week I went along to a sneak peak screening of the 'Nirvana Live At Reading' DVD which is due to be released by Universal at the beginning of next month. I've written a review of the DVD for the Rockfeedback website here.

"In 1992, the widespread success of Nirvana's second album
Nevermind propelled them to headline status at the Reading Festival, quite a leap from the year before when they sat mid bill and relatively unknown..."

Monday, 26 October 2009

Concerts I recommend in London this week (including FREE shows) w/c Oct 26th 2009

Mondays seem to be coming round a bit fast at the moment even though I know they have the standard six days between them. You might have noticed a lack of mid week posts on this blog, I guess I've been feeling a little uninspired or maybe just not connecting with the new music I've been listening to lately. If you think you have something that might awaken my musical senses please send it over to tlsreview at or just leave a comment, I'm all ears.

So here's my list of concerts in London I recommend for this week.

King Charles Love Lust Single Launch Party @ The Lexington

Japandroids with White Heat, 4 Or 5 Magicians, William @ Madame Jo Jo's

Efterklang and Britten Sinfonia with Jaga Jazzist and Sons of Noel and Adrian @ Barbican Centre
Los Campesinos with Copy Haho and Sparky Deathcap @ The Garage
Japandroids instore @ Rough Trade East, 7pm (see RT website for wristband details) (FREE)

The Twilight Sad @ Scala

The Dead Weather @ HMV Forum

London Symphony Orchestra with Grizzly Bear, St. Vincent and Hermana @ Barbican Centre
Daniel Johnston with Laura Marling @ Bloomsbury Ballroom

Check all the details before you head out, cancellations, wrong times etc could ruin an evening.

Also here's a link to the lovely new video for The Low Anthem's 'Charlie Darwin' from their second album 'Oh My God Charlie Darwin'. It's a beautiful song and the video is very sweetly put together, I love his little hat.

The Low Anthem: 'Charlie Darwin'

While on the subject, The Low Anthem are continuing with their seemingly non stop touring schedule adding another date to the UK leg of the tour at the Union Chapel on Monday 23rd November, details here. I've seen them five times this year, have a ticket to their sold out show at The Tabernacle in November and I'm still thinking about getting a ticket for this extra show, yep they're that good.

I'm also really looking forward to finally getting to see Daniel Johnston live next Monday when he plays the Union Chapel supported by Laura Marling -a fairly big support gig for her.

That's it for now, please send me your music and give me a reason to write a little more. Thanks.

Chalky xo


Tuesday, 20 October 2009

I Could Really Use Some Help From These Guys At The Moment...

My main computer is currently in intensive care and I'm trying to save any important files and documents before I operate. I bet if Kraftwerk were here they would have it fixed in time for a nice light lunch and an early afternoon cycle ride. Bah!

While I struggle with DOS screens and drink too much tea here's the list of things I hope to head out to this week. I haven't got the time to compile my usual Monday list for the coming week so if you'd like to let all the readers know of a concert happening, please leave a comment.

Today (Tuesday 20th) I'll be heading over to Pure Groove to catch a free show at 7:30pm by the fiercely talented London based Kate Tempest (click here for details). On Wednesday I'm lucky to be off to a pre-release screening of Nirvana's awesome 1992 Reading show -I'm reviewing this one for another website so expect a link to my review here very soon-here's a clip in the meantime. On Thursday I'll be at my local pub quiz and on Friday at 10pm BBC4 are running Minimum- Maximum which is a compilation of live performances from Kraftwerk's 2004 world tour.

In the meantime, here's what I'll be looking at ALL day.

I'm a PC (possibly not the best advert for them)


Monday, 12 October 2009

What's on in London this week (including FREE shows) w/c Oct 12th 2009

hello autumn

Here's my weekly hand picked list of concerts happening in London over the coming week, please leave a comment if you think I've missed any worth knowing about.

Monday 12th October

Spiritualized @ Royal Festival Hall
Sebastien Schuller with The Rest, Cate Le Bon, Ill Fit Djs @ The Old Blue Last
Saint Etienne with Richard X and Matt Dixon @ Social

Tuesday 13th October

Spiritualized @ Royal Festival Hall

Kill It Kid with Sparrow & the Workshop @ The Lexington
Natalie Portman's Shaved Head @ The Flowerpot
Rock'n'Roll Bingo - Tom Waits barfly Special@ The Lexington, 8:30pm

Wednesday 14th October

Mothlite, Esben and the Witch @ The Lexington
**UPDATE: Kings Of Convenience with Taxi Taxi @ Barbican Centre **

Thursday 15th October

Groove Armada @ Coronet

Micachu with The Invisible and Connan Mockasin @ Scala

Friday 16th October

Saint Etienne with Annie and Go-kart Mozart @ Shepherds Bush Empire

Natalie Portman's Shaved Head with Sunbirds and She Is Danger @ The Garage

Saturday 17th October

Daylight Music ft. Pictish Trail, Donna Maciocia and Breaking Glass (+comedy and poetry) @ Union Chapel, midday -2pm (FREE)

RoTa @ Notting Hill Arts Club, 4-8pm (FREE)

(In case any concerts have changed dates/ changed venues/ been cancelled or I've made a typo, you'd be wise to check out the venue websites before heading out the door)

And band name of the week goes to... Natalie Portman's Shaved Head.

Don't forget it's Chocolate Week.


Monday, 5 October 2009

What's on in London this week (including FREE shows) w/c Oct 5th 2009

Love Music

Here's my weekly hand picked list of concerts happening in London over the coming week, please leave a comment if you think I've missed any worth knowing about.

Monday 5th October

James McMurtry And The Heartless Bastards plus Otis Gibbs @ The Borderline
Lofty Heights Single Launch @ The Slaughtered Lamb
Swn Festival Launch Party w/ Totally Enormus Extinct Dinosaurs and Sweet Baboo - hosted by Huw Stephens @ Pure Groove, 7.30pm
F Buttons instore @ Rough Trade East,7.00pm (FREE wristband collection -see RT website for deets)

Tuesday 6th October

Trespassers William with Glissando and ((konntinent)) @ Wilmington Arms
Pixies with Big Pink @ O2 Academy Brixton
Bat For Lashes with Yeasayer @ Roundhouse
Fanfarlo with First Aid Kit and Still Corners @ Bush Hall
Chris Garneau with Mary Hampton and Richard Walters @ The Luminaire

Wednesday 7th October

Pixies with Bombay Bicycle Club @ O2 Academy Brixton
J. Tillman with Sondre Lerche @ The Garage

Thursday 8th October

Pixies with Art Brut @ O2 Academy Brixton
The Fiery Furnaces with Banjo or Freakout @ Cargo
Richard Hawley with Smoke Fairies @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Music Speed Dating @ Pure Groove, 7pm (to sign up -see PG website)
ROCKFEEDBACK PRESENTS...BILLY MAHONIE + Gyratory System + Kogumaza @ The Lexington

Friday 9th October

Pixies with Dinosaur Pile-Up @ O2 Academy Brixton
Diana Jones and Krystle Warren @ Union Chapel
Super Furry Animals @ HMV Forum
Teenage Cool Kids instore @ Pure Groove, 1:15pm (FREE)

Saturday 10th October

Plaid @ Kings Place
The Mountain Goats with Sondre Leche and Sondre Lerche @ Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre
Daylight Music ft. Epic 45, Yellow 6 & July Skies @ Union Chapel (FREE entry 12pm - 2pm)

Sunday 11th October

Mudhoney with The Heads @ KOKO
Nick Cave reads from 'The Death Of Bunny Munroe'@ Palace Theatre

(In case any concerts have changed dates/ changed venues/ been cancelled or I've made a typo, you'd be wise to check out the venue websites before heading out the door)

The waiting is over. It's Pixies week! I have it on first hand feedback from my brother (who saw them in Dublin last week) if you're lucky enough to be going you're going to have an awesome time. To give you a taster for what to expect, here's a video of them playing Debaser in Dublin last Friday.

Pixies -Debaser - Dublin 02/10

It's actually a VERY good week for music in London this week and hey it might even be worth you buying two tickets to some of the shows at the end of the week once you've been to the Pure Groove Music Speed Dating evening on Thursday. If you don't find the lady/guy of your dreams then don't worry, I might be interested in taking any spare tickets off your hands, especially if they are for the Pixies.

Hope you have a good week.

(full of love).

Chalky xo


Thursday, 1 October 2009

The Pomegranates on Daytrotter

The Pomegranates

This morning I was eating a pomegranate (pictured above) while doing my daily rounds of blogs/checking emails and noticed Cincinnati based band The Pomegranates have just recorded a Daytrotter session, I like it when little coincidences like this happen.

Somehow this band had slipped off my radar and they shouldn't have done because they really are creating some very good pop rock songs. Take a listen here and here and lets hope they make it over to London soon.

The Pomegranates Daytrotter Session
The Pomegranates on myspace

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