Wednesday, 29 July 2009

'Will There Be Enough Water?'

The British Summer

Welcome to the British Summer. I'm mostly staying indoors and listening to music and cooking up experimental recipes in the kitchen with the tiny amounts of vegetables our groaning garden is trying to kick up. Basically we eat what the slugs couldn't manage or didn't get around to pfft! BTW have you ever picked up a slug? I did the other day so I could fling it over the wall far away from my lettuce, it took about about eight or so washes to get the slime off my hands, really yuck.

Anyway, in response to the above question 'Will There Be Enough Water?', thanks for your concern Jack White but I think we'll be able to manage this year.




The Dead Weather "Will There Be Enough Water" Live from The Roxy Hollywood, CA 6/17/09


The Dead Weather:
Website
Wikipedia


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Monday, 27 July 2009

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

A Tree Face in Oregon

Here is my weekly 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 27th July
Arbouretum with Club Uncut Presents Arbouretum, Goldheart Assembly and Kurran and the Wolfnotes @ The Lexington
Goblin @ Scala
CHARLIE WINSTON instore @ Rough Trade East 7pm (wristband collection 1hr prior to show) (FREE)

Tuesday 28th July
First Aid Kit with Blue Roses and Kill It Kid @ The Lexington
And So I Watch You From Afar @ The Bull & Gate
Ana Silvera and Brooke Parrott @ The Troubadour
White Rabbits with Harlem Shakes @ Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
David Cronenbergs Wife with The Zetland Players and Jamie N Commons @ Tamesis Dock
Noah & The Whale @ Q Music Club, Hard Rock Cafe
Honkeyfinger, Monnone Alone, Tim Ten Yen, Kaya King, and Eddie Halliday @ The Macbeth
The Wooden Bolts with Small Engine Repair, Idle Hour and Cosmo Jarvis @ The Slaughtered Lamb
BETHAN ELFYN'S 1:30PM - 12AM THE LUNCH CLUB ACOUSTIC SESSIONS & FREE SARNIES
CATE LE BON & SWEET BABOO 1.30pm 99p Entry
Evening BETHAN ELFYN'S MINI BOOT CATE LE BON, SWEET BABOO, & LE B


Wednesday 29th July
**UPDATE** Sweet Baboo's Album Launch @ The Slaughtered Lamb

Thursday 30th July
Modern Minstrelsy with Mary Hampton, Caoimhin O'raghallaigh and H.a.n.d. @ Cafe OTO
Josh Weller @ The Flowerpot

Friday 31st July
Seb Rochford with Leafcutter John @ Concrete
Earthless with Pontiak @ The Borderline
Baby Gramps @ The Luminaire
Left With Pictures and The Machine Gunners @ Bush Hall

Saturday 1st August
Field Day 2009

(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 number of mope heads emitting that irritating whiney noise has markedly increased on my road which can only mean one thing -the school summer holidays must have started.

At this time of year London does tend to experience the occasional musical dry spell, saying that there are still plenty of concerts happening in the capital this week but the pickings are somewhat slimmer than usual.

If you have any recommendations you'd like to add to the list, just drop me a comment.

Hope you have a good week

Chalky

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Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Beatles Flash Mob Photos

Beatles Flash Mob


Last Tuesday, Beatle-lovers got the chance to sign a giant replica of the original contract signed by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr during a type of flash mobbing on Carnaby Street, central London.

While fans signed their names, 'Imagine' was pumped out of speakers from the first floor of a nearby building. Apparently this was all linked to a competition with the prize being the chance to own the original contract (currently insured for £500,000). As you've probably guessed, I didn't win, I wasn't even aware there was a competition till I got home.

The event was a little strange, like a quiet hysteria. I got pretty fed up with a guy who arrived late armed with a big video camera who then pushed right in, leaning on us, bashing us with his camera, basically showing no consideration for the people around them.

All a little ironic as John Lennon sang in the background:

"Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world... "

Yes John, lets imagine that for one moment... now where's my prize?

Beatles Flash Mob


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Monday, 20 July 2009

What's on in London this week (including FREE shows) w/c July 20th 2009

Rod Thomas

Here is my weekly 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 July
Clint Mansell and Sonus Quartet with Bookhouse Boys @ Union Chapel
Lets Wrestle @ Barfly
DM Stith with Oh Ruin Aka Eoin O'ruainigh and Caroline Weeks @ Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
Dollboy @ The Slaughtered Lamb

Tuesday 21st July
Manchester Orchestra with Kevin Devine @ ICA
Harlem Shakes with Chris Pearson @ The Flowerpot
White Heat with Rayographs @ Madame Jo Jo's
Au Revoir Simone instore @ Pure Groove - 6.30pm (FREE)

Wednesday 22nd July
The Leisure Society with Dan Michaelson & the Coastguards @ University of London Union (ULU)
Master Musicians of Bukake with FLOWER CORSANO DUO @ Corsica Studios
Harlem Shakes with Ross Clark & The Scarfs Go Missing, Actionforce and Show Without Punch @ 229

Thursday 23rd July
Soko @ Dingwalls
Nneka with Wanlov Kubolor @ Cargo
O'death @ 100 Club
Marnie Stern with Trash Kit @ The Luminaire

Friday 24th July
Rough Trade Yard Sessions - live acoustic performances from Adam Killip from The Tailors and Matt from It Hugs Back @ Cargo (6-8pm FREE)
Sky Larkin and White Light with Calories @ The Lexington
Friendship with Todd and Teeth Of The Sea @ Wilmington Arms
Internet Forever with The Horrors DJ Set, Brainlove DJ Set, Caribou DJ Set and Sj Esau DJ Set @ The Luminaire
YACHT (DFA) instore @ Pure Groove - 1.15pm (FREE)

Saturday 25th July
Au Revoir Simone @ Proud Galleries
Nancy Wallace with Stephen Cracknell @ Union Chapel
The Books @ St Giles In The Fields Church
The Human League with Telegraphs, Tommy Reilly, Marina and the Diamonds, Answering Machine, Red Light Company, I Am Kloot, Teenage Fanclub, Super Furry Animals, Camera Obscura, The Futureheads, and King Creosote @ Sundae On The Common '09 (Clapham Common)
Rota @ Notting Hill Arts Club (FREE)

Sunday 26th July
1234 Shoreditch Festival 2009
Clorinde with Remember Remember @ Cafe OTO
Madeleine Peyroux with Imelda May @ Roundhouse (itunes festival)


(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)

Sorry it's been a bit quiet around here lately, the days seem to be flying by and I'm struggling to keep up with the long list of projects I have simmering. I also blame my transformation into a complete bookworm. I have munched my way through 2 books in the last week and I'm currently working on an old American adventure book about Western pioneering called The Oregon Trail by Francis Parkman (first published in 1847). My copy is from 1946 and has some awesome illustrations - if I'm honest, this was the main reason I was attracted to the book in the first place. I find the style of writing a little challenging and the use of words very dated but I am discovering names I've never heard before like 'Kickapoo' for example. The descriptions of the Rocky mountains and Prairies are doing absolutely nothing to dampen my desire to head out to the states on another hiking expedition. So anyway, live music, ah yes, go and see some!

The Oregon Trail


The Oregon Trail


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Wednesday, 15 July 2009

OH MY GOD, THE POSTMAN!


In other news, my copy of The Low Anthem's 'Oh My God, Charlie Darwin' has finally reached Chalky Towers all the way for Providence, Rhode Island. This made me very happy and was by far the most exciting parcel I received today (in fairness foot cream and a replacement Dyson hose aren't really in the same league are they?) Here's the pretty awful photo I took of the delivery.


I love getting hand written notes with parcels. Tonight I plan on mixing myself a G&T with a slice of frozen lemon, turning my phone off and putting my feet up to listen to this. Playing a new vinyl is always a special occasion, playing a Low Anthem vinyl is extra special.

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Dengue Fever Go Disco!

Dengue Fever


My favourite LA based Cambodian style psychedelic rockers Dengue Fever have turned their hand to disco recording the Donna Summer classic 'I Feel Love' with the Bird and the Bee’s Inara George.

This is just one of the songs of their four track EP 'Radio Dance Floor' released yesterday (July 14th). The EP is only available digitally and you can hear 'I Feel Love' on their Myspace page. The EP also includes a remix of “Clipped Wings” from Secret Circuit.

I've seen Dengue Fever live three times and can only imagine this song is going to fit in perfectly with the spirit with which they deliver a show i.e. loads of fun and dancing. If you are in San Francisco (lucky you), LA, Quebec or Tulsa Oklahoma over the next couple of months and fancy a fun show I highly recommend checking them out. From the minute Senon and Zac start jumping about the stage in unison you'll understand that these guys have a great energy and how it rubs off on a crowd and really does (pardon the pun) feel good!

Check out their myspace page for tour dates.

There's also a funny story (although I'm sure it wasn't funny at the time) told from Senon's perspective about the band catching a train from Amsterdam on their recent European tour on their myspace blog here. I hope they can laugh about it now.

Lots of love for this band, hope they play the UK again soon.


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Monday, 13 July 2009

What's on in London this week (including FREE shows) w/c July 13th 2009

Department of Eagles

Here is my weekly 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 13th July
Mum with The Half Sisters @ The Tabernacle
TV on the Radio with Noisettes @ O2 Academy Brixton
Tete with Eve Buigues @ Monto Water Rats
Rockfeedback Presents... Local Natives and Local Natives with Your Twenties @ The Lexington
The Mars Volta @ Somerset House
DUCKWORTH LEWIS METHOD instore @ Rough Trade East 7pm (wristband collection 1hr before) (FREE)

Tuesday 14th July
iTunes Live: London Festival '09 ft Placebo
Alessi's Ark with Left With Pictures and Tristram @ Tamesis Dock
Of Montreal with Local Natives @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

Wednesday 15th July
Pete And The Pirates @ The Borderline
Nine Inch Nails with Jane's Addiction and Mew @ The O2 Arena
Jesca Hoop with My First Tooth and Birdengine @ Tamesis Dock

Thursday 16th July
Fever Ray @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Lisa Hannigan @ Union Chapel
Mew @ ICA
Local Natives with Peggy Sue @ The Borderline
Bat For Lashes with DM Stith @ Somerset House

Friday 17th July
Noisettes with SKINT & DEMORALISED @ Roundhouse
Richmond Fontaine and Favours for Sailors with Willy Vlautin @ The Social
Fair Ohs with Bloody Knees @ The Catch Bar

Saturday 18th July
Super Furry Animals with El Goodo @ Somerset House
Lovebox Weekender 2009

Sunday 19th July
Emmy The Great with Sleeping States and Aidan Moffat @ Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre
The Gutter Twins with Mark Lanegan, Greg Dulli, Duke Garwood, Jimmy Gnecco, and Our @ Royal Festival Hall
Lovebox Weekender 2009
Mark Kozelek @ Union Chapel

(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)

It's a great time to be in London (apart from the swine flu worry bit) so get yourself out there and enjoy some live music. If you're short on dough (I'm trying to bring the word 'dough' back), try one of the many free instore gigs at Pure Groove or Rough Trade East - here are the links to their websites:

Pure Groove
Rough Trade

I often enjoy just walking around London (preferably with an ice cream) and taking in some street music which in the Summertime seems to be just around every street corner.

Whatever you do, hope you have a great week

Chalky


Photo from my archives: Department of Eagles instore @ Rough Trade West 1/12/08)
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Sunday, 12 July 2009

Instore Review: Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Pure Groove 10th July 2009

Cymbals Eat Guitars

Quick review:

Good indie rock. A fun, energetic and very loud set with sporadic mellow moments aided by the presence of a synth. Occasional guitar screams and low key whammy bar wiggles added some interesting extra sounds into the mix (thankfully they weren't at all 'showy offy' in a rock God sense) and the steady upbeat drums kept me focused and my head nodding during the more chaotic guitar/vocal moments.

An engaging performance but I'm not sure whether it was unfamiliarity with the songs or the actual songs themselves that prevented me from being totally won over. Would definitely see them again but feel I would benefit from having listened to some of their recorded material first.


Cymbals Eat Guitars - Myspace


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Friday, 10 July 2009

Peter Broderick's motorised sleep

Peter Broderick is not only a ridiculously talented musician and composer, he's also now a sculpture thanks to artist Chrysa Chouliara.

After attending one of Peter's concerts last year, Chrysa who studies at the Rietveld Akademie in Amsterdam told Peter that she would like to use his face for a sculpture. Peter obliged and a year and a half later the project is now complete.

Peter describes the sculpture:

"Chrysa made an exhibition of three sculptures, and one of them is of me, sleeping. And there is a motor inside the chest, which makes the sculpture breath. So I just lay there, sleeping, breathing."

Peter's sculpture is the only one where the facial features are based on an actual person. According to Chrysa "The sculpture lies on a bed in a sleeping position and with the interaction of the viewer transforms to a breathing statue."

The other two sculptures include" 'John', a drooling statue of a boy who can only brush his teeth and 'Mary', a television companion that can watch television with someone at all times. She does not talk, only watches and nods to the viewers."

Peter made a long piece of music (29 minutes, vocals and piano) to accompany the sculpture, which was played on a loop in the room.

After visiting the exhibition, Peter describes his experience:

"I went to Amsterdam to see this eternally sleeping version of myself. It's hard to describe how it felt, standing there, silently observing. Frightened, humbled, thankful, small, strange, happy, sad, nothing, everything..."

Unfortunately there are very few details of this exhibition available, if you do live in Amsterdam and would like to get in contact with the artist, try here.

More photos of the exhibition here.

Peter released 'Music For Falling From Trees' in May 2009 and will be playing a string of concerts this Summer including The End of the Road and Green Man festivals.

Many thanks to Peter Broderick for letting me use his photo.

Peter Broderick on Myspace

Sources:
[Wordpress]
[Flickr]


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Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Concert Review: Here We Go Magic and Chimes and Bells @ The ICA 6th July 2009


Distracted by a combination of a Boots hoisin duck wrap and the lady in the above photo dancing to a Latino jazz band on the fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square (Nelson was looking the other way the whole time) I managed to miss the start of the Chimes and Bells set. Not to worry, although there was a very decent turn out the crowds weren't exactly battering the doors down so I easily managed to secure a spot near the front by the stage for what turned out to be a pleasantly engaging set from the Danish quartet.

Newly signed to Bella Union, Chimes and Bells have been generating some positive feedback following their first two UK shows. I don't know much about them, their band name sounds like the sort of CD I'd find playing in the background at the therapy rooms where I practise but I assure you, their music is quite the opposite. At first I found them a bit cheerless and sombre, the sort of music if I played them to my mum she'd say "bit boring this isn't it" but amidst all the gloom I found the combination of plodding guitar sounds and the echoey and harmonious vocals full of energy and strangely pleasing. Their sound had a fullness and their performance was tight and even though they might not be my normal cup of tea, I am intrigued enough to want to hear more.


Brooklyn based Here We Go Magic were on stage next playing their first ever UK show. As we waited for the band to begin a slightly worried looking lead singer (Luke Temple) announced "has anyone seen our drummer?" Thankfully the drummer (Peter Hale) came racing onto the stage declaring as he ran that he "had to go pee!", he then removed his shoes and socks, placed his socks inside his shoes and his shoes inside one of his drums and we were away-I'll assume he always plays barefoot and there hadn't been an accident.

Here We Go Magic play a much softer melodic type of music with tracks such as 'Fangela' (chords sound a bit like Simon and Garfunkel's 'Mrs Robinson') and 'Tunnelvision' sitting comfortably in the indie pop genre. Without doubt, 'Only Pieces' was my favourite song of the evening, the live performance seemed to bring more depth to the harmonies making it sound even better than the already gorgeous recorded version. I thought the sound balance (too little vocal, too much bass) almost destroyed 'Fangela' and if I hadn't already known the track and been playing it in my head, I probably wouldn't have been that impressed. Overall, lots of fun but I think they still have a bit of tweaking to do to some parts of their live show.


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Monday, 6 July 2009

What's on in London this week (including FREE shows) w/c July 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 July
Sleeping States with Here We Go Magic, More, My Latest Novel and Chimes and Bells @ ICA
The Phenomenal Handclap Band instore @ Pure Groove 6:30pm (FREE)
Chew Lips instore @ Pure Groove 9pm (FREE)
Cyrus Gabrysch with A Night at Sea and Paul Handyside @ The Slaughtered Lamb
FLORENCE & THE MACHINE instore @ Rough Trade East, 7pm (SEE Website for details on how to get wristband)

Tuesday 7th July

!!! with The Temper Trap and De Tropix @ Electric Ballroom
Slow Club instore @ Pure Groove, 7.30pm (FREE)
Alessi's Ark with Rodney Fisher and Zachery Mckrachen @ The Lexington
M83 with Maps @ KOKO
Cymbals Eat Guitars with Terry Lynn and Joe Gideon & The Shark @ ICA

Wednesday 8th July
V V Brown instore @ Pure Groove, 6.30pm (FREE)
St. Vincent with Blue Roses @ ICA
Passion Pit with Fanfarlo and The Apples @ Vibe Bar
White Denim @ Heaven

Thursday 9th July

The Pan I Am instore @ Pure Groove, 8pm (FREE)
Brooke Parrott @ Metropolitan
Cymbals Eat Guitars with Fireworks Night and Arcs @ The Windmill
The Twilight Sad with We Were Promised Jetpacks and Kill It Kid @ ICA

Friday 10th July

Cymbals Eats Guitars instore @ Pure Groove, 1:15pm (FREE) Engineers with Ulrich Schnauss and Richard Barbieri @ Bush Hall
GOMEZ (Ben & Tom Acoustic Set) + Beth Jeans Houghton + Nat Johnson @ Luminaire

Saturday 11th July

Daylight Music with Laura Moody and Will Dutta and Andy Mcdonnell @ Union Chapel (FREE entry midday - 2pm)
Rota ft. Wise Children and Pickpockets and Sky Rockets and Tristan and the Troubadours @ Notting Hill Arts Club (4pm Doors) (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)

Plenty to go and see this week, I'm off to the Sleeping States show at the ICA tonight (which apparently Huw Stephens will be introducing) and maybe if possible I'll slip in a quick visit to Pure Groove to see The Phenomenal Handclap Band free show at 6:30pm. I have an e-ticket to the !!! show tomorrow but unfortunately can't go - if anyone is interested in buying this ticket, please leave a comment or send me an email and I can transfer the e-ticket into your name so you can just print it off and head along etc. It's £15 and I won't charge you the booking fee, it should be a really fun evening, shame I can't go.

One other thing - a fourth plinth has been added to Trafalgar Square in London, you should check this out! Every hour, 24 hours a day, for 100 days without a break, a different person will make the Plinth their own. They can use your time on the plinth as they like. Here's the live webcam link to see what they're getting up to: Webcam link.




!!! (Chk Chk Chk) - Heart Of Hearts (from Myth Takes)




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Friday, 3 July 2009

Concert Review: The Low Anthem @ Union Chapel 23rd June 2009


Last Tuesday (23rd) my derriere and I braved the unforgiving pews of the Union Chapel in Islington (N London) to hear The Low Anthem perform. I'd seen them play twice in the last month but was particularly excited about hearing how their songs (especially their gorgeous vocal harmonies) would be complemented by this gem of a venue.

There are a couple of things you should know about this band. There are only three of them and even though it might sound like there are two lead vocalists when you hear the different styles on songs like 'Charlie Darwin' (Bon Iver-ish falsetto) and 'The Horizon is a Beltway' (raw Waits) from their recently released third album 'Oh My God Charlie Darwin', Ben Knox Miller is in fact the lead singer for all of their songs. Wow? Yes. One of the most versatile voices I've heard in a while. The other thing you should know is the name of the weird disc instrument Jocie Adams was playing -it's called a crotale, I had to look it up.

The set list was mostly crammed full of songs from 'OMGCD' with the occasional song from 'What The Crow Brings', (their previous album), a new song which didn't have a name yet but I'd hazard a guess it'll be called something like 'The Blind Leads The Blind' and a few excellent covers including 'Sally Where Did You Get Your Liquor From' (Reverend Gary Davis), 'Don't Let Nobody Turn You 'Round' (Blind Willie McTell) which included a phenomenal introduction by Jeff Prystowsky on the double bass and 'Cigarettes, Whiskey & Wild, Wild Women' (Sons of the Pioneers). The Low Anthem dig deep into their American musical heritage to seek out suitable soulful gritty tunes to pump their own unique style and sound into resurrecting some of America's great and sometimes (at least in the UK) unheard or just simply forgotten songs from the past. Performing these covers alongside their own penned songs brings an edge that I think their live set needs and greatly benefits from.


My highlights included the spine tingling harmonies of 'Charlie Darwin' which sounded simply divine in the Chapel surroundings. The look of surprise on the faces of a few people in the audience when they played the upbeat 'Home I'll Never Be' was quite entertaining, I'm not sure they were expecting the raucous vocals and fast pace from the same singer. I also enjoyed the smile on Jocie's face and the vigour with which she sang along to 'Cigarettes, Whiskey & Wild, Wild Women'.

There was an annoying buzzing type noise coming from the organ amplifier that did almost ruin the gentle balance of sounds on some of the quieter songs, I was surprised the organisers didn't try to improve the situation a couple of songs in although maybe they couldn't hear it from where they were sitting. I was also a little disappointed I didn't get to see the slightly comical sight of Ben or Jeff Prystowsky's feet pumping away on the organ pedals from where I was sitting (see video below for an example)-for the record this is just about all I could find to complain about.

The show ended to a well deserved rapturous applause, some people stood up to show their approval some couldn't move anymore because their legs had gone to sleep on the hard wood pews. A real treat to see an awesome band in such a befitting venue although next time I'm bringing a cushion along.

The Low Anthem Links:
MySpace
Aquarium Drunkard interview
Daytrotter Session
Buy their album




The Low Anthem Live at the Guest Apartment


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Thursday, 2 July 2009

TLS Edinburgh Edition: Concert Review - White Denim @ Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh 29th June 2009

Summer in Edinburgh : temperatures rise and the breeze out the east causes the fog to form with visibility dipping to approximately 30 metres. In days of old the miscreants, vagabonds and adventure seekers would be out getting their kicks with an evening's grave robbing but this is the 21st century - modern day outsiders, troubadours and voyeurs had stumbled through the gloom toward the excellent Cabaret Voltaire to see Texan trio White Denim.

The singer from the support - Shnapps, quite excellent actually summed it up "White Denim next you best get a drink". Nothing had prepared me for this and in fact going fresh made this night all the more exciting. If you wish to take this recommendation feel free to stop reading now and catch these guys soon.

The next hour was a musical journey through countless styles, directions and tangents with no let up and seemingly no obvious musical cul de sacs. In some ways this was the perfect antidote to three days of red button pressing, lounge lizarding to the festival padding of glasto-megastars. Also Cabaret Voltaire is not the place to attempt my concert pet hate of allowing your pal to sit on your shoulders unless you have brought a very, very short friend with you to the gig.

White Denim appear on stage start playing riff, bass run, power solo, song, choppying guitar drum like fury, pick like George Benson, more bass and guitar crash, another proper song, a section in the hall of the Crimson King, a bit drum and bass, a few vocal screams - a wee pause, then race on again, scream some vocals, mash in some post modernist Flaming Lips style soul, almost go Hendrix, bass runs to make the bassist eyes pop, much cheering throughout...

I was pleased I had had that drink...


http://www.myspace.com/whitedenimmusic

Written by Ian Campbell

**These photos are not from the Edinburgh show but looked so good I had to put them up. They are all on Flickr taken by darkmavis who incidentally has a whole host of amazing band photos on there, well worth checking out (SEE HERE).**

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Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Hard Rock Calling review and a weather report

Time seems to be flying by at the moment, is it really already July? We're experiencing some unusually hot weather in London which is welcomed by most but since it's in the British nature to discuss the weather I'm sure there will also be plenty of grumbles, can't please everyone.

On Saturday I was reviewing Neil Young at Hard Rock Calling for RockFeedback which was a lot of fun - what a legend he is! Here's a link to my review.

Back to, and in honor of, the weather, here's a video from 1955 of Noel Coward singing 'Mad Dogs and Englishmen'. Please remember this song is a product of it's time!



Noel Coward MAD DOGS AND ENGLISHMEN (1955)


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