Thursday, 30 April 2009

Sleepwalking

I'm a sleep walker. I had it bad as a teenager, I walked all over the house and it didn't stop there. Once I had left home I continued my sleepwalking in University and on my first night in halls came spectacularly close to being caught completely naked (I hadn't gone to bed that way, it must have been hot) wondering up and down the corridor outside my room, thankfully the door hadn't slammed shut behind me! I often wonder what I would have done if it had locked, bare in mind (no pun intended) I was at Imperial College which it's fair to say was very male dominated at the time. Maybe I could have tried covering up with a poster? One things for sure I would never have heard the end of it. Thank you door!

Anyway, from what I've heard sleep walking can be quite funny to watch so I youtubed "sleepwalking" and this is what came back:




Sleepwalking Fail

This video is from http://failblog.org, a very funny site full of Fail and yet so full of win! I figured dogs are reliable sources of video footage because you can be sure they're not faking it for the cameras.

If you have a moment I noticed failblog could really use an extra vote or two in the Webby Awards that are due to close very soon. At the moment South Park Studios are way ahead. Follow this link for instructions on how to vote, there's really not much time left so if you're game then you need to be quick. While you're at it, Black Cab Sessions could really use a vote or two as well, they really deserve it for their fantastic music videos, they're under the categories Online Film and Video>Music and when I last checked they were trailing by just a few votes. Soooo close!!

Hope you sleep well tonight.
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Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Review: Micachu & The Shapes @ The ICA


Micachu & The Shapes

Supports: Let's Wrestle, The Laurel Collective

It's been a while since I've been to a gig with support acts worth turning up early for but last night was an exception and if you didn't show up until 9pm then you not only missed two very good bands you also missed out on a free CD recorded that day by all three bands.

Laurel Collective
nailed their show. Packed with energy, effortlessly delivering tight complex rhythm changes, loud gritty chords and loads of great vibes into the room. Listening to their MySpace today I feel maybe their recorded songs don't convey the energy they have live but they still sound good and I would highly recommend catching one of their shows. Really, they were far better than a few of the headlining acts I've seen over the last year (I won't name any names). I hope Geoff Travis (founder of Rough Trade Records) feels the same, I'm pretty sure he was standing right behind me!

Let's Wrestle had an air of the Ramones about them, lots of songs blurring into one another separated only by a quick yelp of "1,2,3,4!" Took me a while to get into their style, some of the songs just sounded like noise (hmm am I getting old?). I couldn't help but laugh when they sang one of their final songs called "Let's Wrestle". You need to watch this video and then imagine a British audience just standing there not moving at all, just staring at them. One of the lines goes "and the crowd go, let's wrestle, lets ****ing wrestle!". The crowd weren't wrestling, they weren't even moving apart from to occasionally sup on their pints and then just standing, watching. Owww the irony, you've gotto love British audiences. (NSFW)




Lets Wrestle lets wrestle Ms Bea's SXSW 2009

Micachu & The Shapes didn't keep us waiting, something that always scores extra bonus points with me. All their instruments (and they have many including a hoover) were positioned very close to the front of the stage creating a nice intimate feeling. Great sound, tight performance and a really good vibe from some incredibly talented and ridiculously young looking musicians. Possibly too experimental a sound to please everyone but they convinced me and I'd love to see them again.

On a sad note, about two songs in a guy who was standing near me was taken ill and was ushered out by a boy whom I'm informed was his son. It looked pretty serious and an ambulance was called. Not really in the mood for music much after that, I left. If you are that boy and happen to read this, I hope everything is OK and you got the support you needed, I'm sending you the best of wishes.

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Monday, 27 April 2009

Sky Larkin Tour Dates And A Chance to Ask Them ANYTHING to win A PRIZE!

Sky Larkin have just posted a blog containing up coming tour dates and in a bid to combat the boring side of touring, a chance to ask them anything - head over to their blog here to find out more. Apparently THE BEST QUESTION WINS A PRIZE!

I'll try to think of something, I like prizes.

Tour Dates
30th April, Fibbers, York
1st May, Sub Club (for Hinterland), Glasgow
2nd May, Cockpit (for Live at Leeds), Leeds (Just after Fight Like Apes. PARTY)
3rd May, The Victoria, Birmingham (all dayer with Sunset Cinema Club!)
5th May, Academy 2, Dublin
6th May, Aunt Annies, Belfast
8th May, The Farmhouse, Canterbury
16th May, Great Escape, Brighton
23rd May, Korova (if it’s actually been opened again) (for sound city), Liverpool

"When Life Gives Me Lemons I Make Lemonade"

The new video for "When Life Gives Me Lemons I Make Lemonade" by The Boy Least Likely To makes me smile.

The Boy Least Likely To + Banjo's + Lemons = :-)




When Life Gives Me Lemons I Make Lemonade


Thanks to You Ain't No Picasso for bringing this video to my attention.

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What's on in London this week (Including FREE shows) w/c April 27th 2009


Here is my hand picked list of gigs happening in London this week. Please leave a comment if you think I've missed any worth knowing about.

Monday April 27th
Chris Wood, Vandaveer and Stars of Sunday League @ The Slaughtered Lamb
Tori Amos @ The Savoy
Sonic Youth @ Scala

Tuesday April 28th
Micachu, Let's Wrestle and Laurel Collective @ ICA
Brakes and Rose Elinor Dougall @ Dingwalls
Golden Silvers Instore @ Rough Trade East, 7pm (FREE)
Blue Roses Instore @ Pure Groove Records, 6:30pm (FREE)

Wednesday April 29th
ActionAid Presents... 6° Live Martina Topley-Bird, Princess Superstar, Alessi's Ark, thecocknbullkid and Queens of Noize @ ICA
Innerpartysystem Instore @ Rough Trade East, 7pm (FREE)
Orphans & Vandals Instore @ Pure Groove Records, 1:15pm (FREE)

Thursday April 30th
Jim White @ Union Chapel
Roxy Rawson/The Mores Instore @ Pure Groove Records, 6:30pm (FREE)

Saturday May 2nd
Rota @ Notting Hill Arts Club

Sunday May 3rd
Lazy Gramophone Festival ft. Sound of Rum, Kevin Molloy, E. Amato, Excentral Tempest and many others @ The Miller, 1pm - 2am
Cyrus Gabrysch + James Apollo + Ben Grizzly & The Loose Leaf Drifters @ The Slaughtered Lamb

(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 because I wouldn't want you to miss a thing ok?)

I'm quite intrigued and a little bit excited about going to see Micachu at the ICA tomorrow night. Whenever I hear the name Micachu I think of Pikachu, I just can't help it! According to Wikipedia:

"Pikachu are often found in houses, forests, plains and, occasionally, near mountains, islands, and electrical sources (such as power plants), on most continents... ...Pikachu can store electricity in its cheeks and release it in lightning-based attacks.
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Micachu is very experimental but will she store electricity in her cheeks? Find out in my full concert review here on Wednesday.




Micachu & The Shapes - Lips

From one East End gifted Lady to another, I strongly recommend checking out Excentral Tempest at the Lazy Gramophone Festival on Sunday. I saw her perform a spoken word last year and was left speechless, it's just a matter of time before she goes supernova. Also check out Sound of Rum, she's their singer.

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Friday, 24 April 2009

Yeasayer quiz answer and a little update

Still pondering the answer to Wednesday's quiz question?

The question was:

What connects this train station with Yeasayer?


The answer is:

The little town in Wales with the impossibly long name "Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch" (Llanfair P G for short) when translated from Welsh means "Saint Mary's Church by the white hazel pool, near the fierce whirlpool with the church of Saint Tysilio by the red cave". It's true!!

Yeasayer's song "Red Cave" taken from their 2007 All Hour Cymbals album contains the lyrics:

"Mary's house in the hollow of the white hazel rapid whirlpool and the church of the red cave."

Slightly different, maybe they couldn't prunounce the word Tysilio?!

So there you have it, a Brooklyn based band getting inspiration from a small town in North Wales and when I say small I'm talking a population of roughly 3,040.

Here's the video of Yeasayer singing about this small town in Wales on a subway train in Paris. There's another song called "No Need To Worry" first which is very nice but if you want to get straight to the line I mentioned in "Red Cave", try 3 mins 48 secs in.




YEASAYER Take Away Show - No need to worry / Redcave

Yeasayer MySpace

As a side note, I've been a busy bee this week fighting an evil landlord who very much demonstrates the characteristics of a snake. Don't worry, Chalky knows how to deal with snakes! I've met shape shifters like this guy before so I've been arming myself with as much free legal advice as possible hence why I haven't been blogging much - all that legal speak takes a long time to sink into my little brain! I know it's not good to wish away your time but I can't wait for all this to be over, might have to throw a party to celebrate, perhaps I could even find a willing musician to play at said party :-)

btw I should add, the evil landlord isn't my landlord.

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Wednesday, 22 April 2009

What's the Connection Question Mark

I love quizzes. Most weeks I meet up with friends to try our luck at the local pub quiz. There's usually a music round where the quiz master holds his microphone up to his little tape recorder and plays us songs that we then have to name. More often than not I'm ashamed to say we've never heard of most of the songs, our team knowledge limited by having not been alive in the 60's and still in nappies in the 70's. Occasionally we get lucky, last night we came fourth.

Last week I posted a trivia question on this blog but got no response so I thought I'd give it another go.


In the photo below, I am sitting in the window of a train station in North Wales. What connects this train station with Yeasayer ?



OK, here's the sign in close up and yes, it is a real, it's the longest officially recognized place name in the United Kingdom and one of the longest in the world. I purchased my wedding dress there (not at the station of course).



The first person to respond with the correct answer will be entitled to hearing me saying the full name of this station in Welsh once should they ever bump into me.

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Monday, 20 April 2009

What's on in London this week (Including FREE shows) w/c April 20th 2009 and My 'standing in the audience at a Bob Dylan concert' experience

Here is my hand picked list of gigs happening in London this week. Please leave a comment if you think I've missed any worth knowing about.

Monday 20th April
PJ Harvey & John Parish @ Shepherds Bush Empire
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy and Susanna @ Royal Festival Hall
ETHER 09: J Spaceman/Matthew Shipp + Hauschka @ Queen Elizabeth Hall

Tuesday 21st April
Jeffrey Lewis instore @ Pure Groove Records, 1:30pm (FREE)
St. Vincent and Paul Marshall @ Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
Tom Brosseau and Essie Jain @ Bush Hall
John and Jehn instore @ Rough Trade East, 7pm
PJ Harvey & John Parish @ Shepherds Bush Empire
Janie Woon + Nemo Jones + Lee Mitchell @ The Slaughtered Lamb

Wednesday 22nd April
Cate Le Bon + Emil Friis + Tom McKean & The Emperors @ The Slaughtered Lamb

Thursday 23rd April
Camera Obscura @ Shepherds Bush Empire
Jeffrey Lewis and the Junkyard + Don't Move @ Scala
Sons of Noel and Adrian @ The Wilmington Arms

Friday 24th April
ETHER: Lightspeed Champion - 'Harold and Maude' @ Southbank
Squarepusher + BLK JKS @ Royal Festival Hall
Yeah Yeah Yeahs + The Fall + The Enemy + Idlewild + Echo and The Bunnymen + Little Boots + Marina And The Diamonds + Frankmusik + 808 State + Billy Bragg + The Von Bondies + VV Brown + The Virgins + The Golden Silvers + The Invisible @ Various Camden venues

Saturday 25th April
Bob Dylan @ O2 Arena
Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Shepherds Bush Empire
Levellers @ The Forum
Rota @ Notting Hill Arts Club (FREE)
The Fall + The Maccabees + The View + The Enemy + Idlewild + Little Boots + Marina And The Diamonds + Frankmusik + 808 State + Billy Bragg + Golden Silvers + Hot Leg + King Creosote + SCUM + Alessi's Ark + The Invisible + Banjo Or Freakout + Blk Jks + Jos @ Various Camden venues

Sunday 26th April
Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Shepherds Bush Empire
Bob Dylan @ Roundhouse

(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 because I want you to be at the right place at the right time.)

My only ever experience of watching Bob Dylan play was back in 1996 in Hyde Park, London. It was a one day festival and Bob was on in the early evening. As soon as he hit the stage a filthy old man in ragged clothes with a thin tatty old sleeping bag appeared out of nowhere and stood a row or two in front of me. The old man had prepared a huge "cigarette" for the show, lighting it just as Bob delivered his first notes. There he stood puffing away in slow motion, eyes shut with a look of contentment across his face like he'd been waiting for this moment his whole life. My Mum had always told me it was rude to stare at people but I couldn't help myself, I was more fixated on this guy than I was on Bob! A small circle of space in a somewhat squashed up crowd cleared around him. Bob's set lasted for about half an hour and when it was over I looked around to find the old man and his sleeping bag had simply vanished. There was no sign of him and I did check the ground to make sure he hadn't collapsed.

That was my standing in a crowd at a Dylan concert experience, do you have a Dylan story?


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Thursday, 16 April 2009

The Tallest Man On Earth?

(Photo on Flickr by Karl Gunnarsson)

I'm a tall lass. I've had a lifetime of slightly lowering my head to hear what less tall people are saying. I've lifted no end of products off high up supermarket shelves for little old ladies and I've banged my head on far too many unexpected wooden beams in houses with low ceilings built by and for my vertically challenged ancestors than can possibly be healthy.

When I first heard about the singer from Sweden called The Tallest Man on Earth I got a bit excited that he might actually be THE Tallest Man On Earth. I consulted his website but couldn't find a clear answer. I searched around on the interweb for more information about who actually holds this title and found out there's a guy from a small village in Ukraine called LEONID STADNIK who is 8ft4 (bet he gets lots of little old ladies asking for help). It quickly became apparent that The Tallest Man on Earth is not THE Tallest Man On Earth but a guy called Kristian Matsson with a clever marketing plan to catch out simpletons like me (it worked Kristian). Slightly disappointed I wrote an email to his MySpace message box asking him just how tall he is, I'm still awaiting a reply.

Anyway even if The Tallest Man on Earth isn't actually THE Tallest Man on Earth he has still been gifted with an amazing voice along with an incredibly photogenic face and has just recorded a Take Away Show in the Music Inn in Greenwich Village, New York.

The Music Inn shop is crammed full of amazing musical instruments, all the different colours of wood make a fantastic backdrop creating a warm looking musical haven. The Tallest Man on Earth looks content in there, I would be too and I could probably reach most of the instruments hanging off the ceiling.

Enjoy these shows and I'd recommend watching this YouTube video called It will Follow the Rain, one of my favourites. He's already playing The End Of The Road festival in the UK in September but hopefully he'll add a few more UK dates, I really want to hear this guy play live.

**UPDATE** He's also playing at London Bardens Boudoir on Sept. 9th - I've just booked my tickets - you can get tickets here**





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Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Record Store Day - Valentines Day for Music

On my travels

And finally I get to write my blog! My apologies for the silent pause, been busy traipsing around the country (incidentally can you guess the link between the train station I'm at in the above photo and a Yeasayer song?) I hope you've missed me, well just a little bit anyway.

Being as it's already Wednesday, I've properly missed the boat for my 'What's On In London This Week' Monday post so to try to make up for this, here are a couple of events for tomorrow and Saturday:

Thursday April 16th - The Whitest Boy Alive @ Scala

Saturday April 18th -
Record Store Day

This is the day you show your local record store some loving and if they are celebrating Record Store Day, they should be showing you some loving back. It's sort of like Valentines day for music.

As would be expected, Rough Trade and Pure Groove are taking part, here are the deets:

Rough Trade East

There will be exclusive records on sale on the day from the likes of beck, sonic youth, franz ferdinand and others, tons of live performances, free stuff and a Limited Edition – C09 Cassette Compilation.

Instore performances include:

BETTY & THE WEREWOLVES - 11.00am
MY SAD CAPTAINS - 12.00pm
WAVE MACHINES - 1.00pm
SUNNY DAY SETS FIRE - 2.00pm
LET'S WRESTLE - 3.00pm
DUTCH UNCLES - 4.00pm
EBONY BONES - 5.00pm
LOVERMAN - 6.00pm
PETE MOLINARI - 7.00pm
JOE GIDEON & THE SHARK - 8.00pm

Rough Trade Website

Don't forget the smaller but older Rough Trade West store, they're also hosting the following instore performances:

SAM (PLANET EARTH) - 1.00PM
NAT JOHNSON (MONKEY SWALLOWS UNIVERSE) - 2.00pm
IAN BROUDIE - 3.00pm
STAV SHEREZ (BOOK READING) - 3.30pm
ALESSI'S ARK - 4.00pm

There's loads more information about the day on the Rough Trade website.

Pure Groove Records

Pure Groove are joining in on the music store celebrations as well with instore performances from:

Graham Coxon
Patrick Wolf
Dan Michaelson And The Coastguards (lead singer from Absentee's fine new project!)

Keep an eye on their website for announcements on the times of these performances and remember Pure Groove is a pretty small store so I'd recommend getting there very early if you want to get in! They sell drinks and cake so don't worry if you're MEGA early.

Pure Groove Records Website

If you 'd like to find out more about what's happening in your town on Record Store Day, the official Record Store Day website has all the info you need to know. Remember this isn't just a London thing, it's International with record stores in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Belgium, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Japan, and the US of A taking part.

Read all about it here: Record Store Day Website



dan le sac VS scroobius pip "Thou Shalt always Kill"




**UPDATE: If you're a fan of Jeffrey Lewis, Pure Groove have just announced he'll be playing an instore on Tuesday 21st April @1:15pm**

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Thursday, 9 April 2009

Micachu & The Shapes

Just booked my tickets to see Micachu & The Shapes at the ICA in London in a few weeks. I haven't seen them before and like what I've heard so far so I'm looking forward to this, should be a good night. You can book your tickets here. Expect a concert review and my usual trademark blurry photos care of my very basic but trustworthy camera.

There's a good smile at the end of the song, whatever you're up to this weekend I hope you get the chance to pull some good smiles too.




Micachu & The Shapes - Lips



MySpace: Micachu & The Shapes

Here are some Micachu & The Shapes dates:

11 Apr Accidental party @ Gebaude 9 Koln
12 Apr Accidental Party @ Club Maria Berlin, Berlin
14 Apr Domino Festival Brussels, Brussels-capital
16 Apr Les Femmes s’en melent Festival Toulouse
17 Apr Les Femmes s’en melent Festival Barcelona, Barcelona
18 Apr Les Femmes s’en melent Festival Madrid, Madrid
21 Apr Les Femmes s’en melent Festival Paris
22 Apr Les Femmes s’en melent Festival Nancy
28 Apr The ICA London, London and South East
30 Apr Hinterland Festival Glasgow, Scotland
2 May London Calling @ Paradiso Amsterdam
9 May Dissonanze festival Rome, Roma
14 May The Great Escape Brighton, South
22 May Stag & Dagger festival Leeds, Northeast
23 May Nuits Sonores Festival Lyon
30 May @ Killbi Festival Switzerland
19 Jun Sonar festival Barcelona, Barcelona
26 Jul Camp Bestival Southwest
16 Aug Summer Sundae Leicester, Midlands
6 Sep Electric Picnic Dublin, Dublin
12 Sep Bestival Isle of Wight, South

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Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Visualize Your Music Research

Sit up fellow bloggers and music journos, here's a tool that can add depth and diversity to your research. A site called eyePlorer.com has create a lovely search aggregation and visualization tool that can help you get a quick understanding of a subject in a matter of minutes. Let me show you:

Say for examples sake, I'm researching the fantastic M Ward. I type M Ward into the search box, hit enter and then I see the following results:

Hover over one of the keywords and a small box opens with information about why that keyword is there and a link to the site the information is taken from:

Pretty neat! Of course you could just look up M Ward on Wikipedia or type his name into Google but what I like about this tool is the snapshot of keywords it gives you without having to read through pages of text, it's quick and easy. Did you know M Ward sang backing vocals on one of Norah Jones' albums? I didn't! All information that could be handy if you were about to interview the guy or write a piece on him and it took me all of five seconds to find this fact out.

There's lots to play with on this site, you have a certain amount of control over the verbosity of the search results, too verbose and the picture starts to look messy and my eyesight or screen just isn't good enough for that!

Don't expect a miracle! - If the band or artists you are checking out haven't got much Internet presence and you're the only one who's heard of them then don't expect this tool to be able to magic up results.

Although I can see the potential eyePlorer has as a useful music research tool I should add it can also be used to research any keywords and is not limited to music in any way whatsoever.

http://www.eyeplorer.com

Have a play and tell me what you think.


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Monday, 6 April 2009

What's on in London this week (Including FREE shows) w/c April 6th 2009


Here is my hand picked list of gigs happening in London this week. Please leave a comment if you think I've missed any worth knowing about.

Monday 6th April
Elvis Perkins In Dearland @ ICA
Cortney Tidwell, Jess Bryant and Idiot Son @ The Slaughtered Lamb

Tuesday 7th April
Wildbirds & Peacedrums instore @ Pure Groove Records, 1:15pm
Wildbirds & Peacedrums and volcano! @ The Luminaire

Wednesday 8th April
Handsome Furs + Dan Smith @ 93 ft east
Fujiya & Miyagi @ Cargo
Finlay Quaye @ Jazz Cafe

Thursday 9th April
Finlay Quaye @ Jazz Cafe
LAST SHOP STANDING BOOK LAUNCH @ Rough Trade East, 6:30pm
Apes And Androids + Ebony Bones + The Joy Formidable + Chew Lips + Facing New York + The Invisible + Micachu + Blk Jks + Diagonal + Gentle Friendly @ Fabric

Friday 10th April
Peaches and Charli XCX @ Royal Festival Hall
Jeniferever, Kyte and Her Name is Calla @ The Luminaire

Saturday 11th April
ETHER 09 : Röyksopp, Rex the Dog and Fever Ray @ Royal Festival Hall

Sunday 12th April
ETHER 09: David Byrne @ Royal Festival Hall

(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 because like everyone else, I get it wrong sometimes)

Not a bad looking week, kicking off with a little Elvis and finishing with a shot of Byrne. I would have loved to be going to Royksopp and Fever Ray at The Royal Festival Hall, this has to be one of THE hottest tickets in the capital this week, lucky you if you're going!

On another note, sorry it's been a bit quiet around here for the past few days, I've been away attending a family funeral and as I'm sure you can understand this blog was the last thing on my mind. Standing in the cemetery reminded me of how short life is (it feels like I was just 18 yesterday) and how very important it is that we make the most of the time we have and stay young in mind and at heart. I am so glad we have music, I intend to listen to as much as is humanly possible in my life, I want to still be attending concerts when I'm 90 and really bothering the kids who think music is only a young persons 'scene' - Teeth or no teeth I WILL be there and I WILL dig your music! Hows about you?

Friday, 3 April 2009

Personal Note

Hi, this is just a quick post to let you know this blog is going to pretty quiet for a few of days due to a death in the family.

I'll be back soon.

Chalky xo

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Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Johnny Flynn and The Sussex Wit - 'The Fishing Trip' 31st March 2009

Yesterday, when London wasn't full of protesters trashing banks I met up with the lovely Abi from Room Thirteen to watch Johnny Flynn and The Sussex Wit play at The Lexington.

I'm not going to write a long review because I'm plenty busy right now so here's my summary of how it all went:

The Venue: The Lexington - a really nice bar, warm atmosphere, a pretty impressive selection of Bourbons and those cool bar seats that make you think you're in a saloon -yee-hah!

Josephine Oniyama

The Music: Josephine Oniyama - Her voice was pretty amazing, some nice soul folksy songs, I would be more than happy to hear her play again - listen to her Myspace here. (This is pretty much the only photo I managed to get of her before Mr Flynn stood in front of me - see photo at the end of this post)

Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit

Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit - They played a few new songs mixed in with the more familiar 'oldies'. Out of the new songs one in particular really impressed me, it was a bluesy number but I didn't catch it's name. The audience seemed to enjoy themselves, probably more so during the songs they recognized. Unfortunately we had to leave before the end to catch our trains home (one of the nuisances of not living in central London) so missed about two songs and the award ceremony for the best homemade fish (this was part of the fishing trip theme). I was sure he was going to play 'Tickle Me Pink' which is my favourite Johnny Flynn song so was a bit disappointed to have to leave at that point. Overall it was a good show.

The Trip Home: Terrible. Took the wrong branch of the northern line, missed my train by a few minutes after running like a mad women up loads of escalators and then missed my bus again by only a few minutes and had to wait ages for the next one while trying to ignore a bunch of people who were making a nuisance of themselves at the bus stop. Why do buses never show up when you really need them to?

Here are some of my slightly blurry photos of the evening (remember to check out the last one):



The last photo is of the back of Johnny Flynn's head which is just about all I saw of the support act Josephine Oniyama, never mind, it's a nice head isn't it!

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