Monday, 28 September 2009

What's on in London this week (including FREE shows) w/c Sept 28th 2009

King Charles
(Photo of King Charles @ Scala on 16/09/09)
(Yes that's an 'all in one' he's wearing)

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 28th September

The Handsome Family @ Bush Hall
NODZZZ with Wet Dog @ The Lexington
Pens instore @ Rough Trade East, 7pm (Wristband collection see RT website for details) (FREE)

Tuesday 29th September

Love and Milk @ Jamboree, Cable Street, 8pm-11pm
King Khan And The Shrines @ Cargo
Treetop Flyers with Alessi's Ark and Epstein @ The Lexington
Lets Wrestle with BO NINGEN @ University College London Union
King Charles with Belle Grade and Charlotte Webster @ The Fly
Led Bib with The Ronnie Scott's All Stars @ Ronnie Scott's
The Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir @ The Luminaire
Julie Doiron instore @ Pure Groove, 1:15pm (FREE)

Wednesday 30th September

Hoxton Squared: Muntu Valdo + Adriano Adewale + Lula Pena And Norberto Lobo + CK Gospel Choir + Nick Mulvey + Jamie Woon @ various Shoreditch venues (FREE)

Thursday 1st October

Mumford & Sons instore @ Pure Groove, 7:30pm (FREE)

Friday 2nd October

CATE LE BON instore @ Rough Trade East, 7pm (Wristband collection see RT website for details) (FREE)
Au Revoir Simone with Alessi's Ark @ Union Chapel

Saturday 3rd October

Daylight Music ft. Katzgraben, Man Ray Sky and Catriona Irving @ Union Chapel 12pm -2pm (FREE)
Kid Harpoon and friends instore @ Pure Groove, 8pm (FREE)

Sunday 4th October

Music Mule presents: Eugene McGuinness, Stars Of Sunday League @ The Fellow,Doors 6PM, Bands 7-9PM, music till Late
Joan As Police Woman @ 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)

My tip of the week -King Charles @ The Fly on Tuesday (see photo). I saw these guys for the first time a couple of weeks ago supporting Mumford & Sons, I hadn't seen them before and came away really impressed. Expect lots of energy, volume and hair -listen to them here.

In other news, TLS favourites The Low Anthem have announced a London date already for next February (11th), this time they're at The Shepherds Bush Empire. What a year it has been for them. I saw them play at The Slaughtered Lamb pub (review here) to a hundred or so people back in May this year and now they are going to be headlining the Empire which is a terrific leap to a 2000 capacity. Good on you The Low Anthem, you deserve this. If you're interested in tickets there's a pre-sale this Wednesday morning (30th Sept) and then on general sale on Friday (2nd Oct) here and here.

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Thursday, 24 September 2009

Album Reviews: Nitkowski and The Destroyers

I've written a couple of album reviews for the fantastic music website Rockfeedback. You can read both of these reviews in full along with lots more reviews of newly released albums here.


Nitkowski – 'Chauffeurs' (Function Records) Release Date 7th September 2009

myspace.com/nitkowski

"Chauffeurs is a challenging listen; I’m not going to pretend otherwise. If you like listening to songs with clear melodies and some sort of easy going flow then I’d suggest you hurry on by, pop the Fleet Foxes album on and forget a band called Nitkowski ever existed..." read the full review here.


The Destroyers – 'Out of Babel' (Destruction Records) Release Date 7th September 2009

myspace.com/thedestroyersplaymusic

"Using a pastiche of music from various origins, but trending towards the traditional, The Destroyers paint a rich picture of the modern world, drawing parallels with stories and legends of ancient history. This is admirable as a goal, enticing the listener to examine not only the present, but also the past..." read the full review here.


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Monday, 21 September 2009

What's on in London this week (including FREE shows) w/c Sept 21st 2009

Temptation Kitteh
"Temptation"

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 21st September

The Veils with Swimming and SO SAY SO @ Scala

Tuesday 22nd September

Elvis Perkins In Dearland and Dawn Landes @ Scala
Piano Magic with Epic45 and Klima @ Upstairs At The Garage
GIRLS instore @ Rough Trade East, 7pm (Wristband needed see RT website for details) (FREE)

Wednesday 23rd September

Beth Jeans Houghton @ The Slaughtered Lamb
TeenagersInToyko instore @ Rough Trade East, 7pm (Wristband needed see RT website for details) (FREE)

Thursday 24th September

Slow Club with First Aid Kit @ Scala
David Thomas Broughton + Twi the Humble Feather @ ICA
Euros Childs with Sweet Baboo @ Tamesis Dock

Friday 25th September

Young Husband & Emmy The Great instore @ Pure Groove, 7:30pm (FREE)
Transgressive 5th Anniversary show - Foals / So So Modern / Two Door Cinema Club @ Heaven
I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT DEPTFORD with Libby Trappe, Bob Constant & The Goodbye Horses and Panic Attract @ The Bird's Nest, 32 Deptford Church St, SE8 4RZ, 8pm (FREE!!!!)

Saturday 26th September

Daylight Music ft. Michael Wookey and Lj Kruser @ Union Chapel 12pm -2pm (FREE)

Hungamunga Festival 2009 ft. Alessi's Ark, Lulu and the Lampshades, Off Ground Touch, Lail Arad + many more @ Gallery Cafe, Bethnal Green 2pm - 12am (continues on Sunday check link for details of which artists are playing on which day)
Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain @ Blackheath Halls
Transgressive 5th Anniversary Show: Johnny Flynn + Jeremy Warmsley + Mechanical Bride + Dan Michaelson And The Coastguards @ Union Chapel, 5:30pm
Rota @ Notting Hill Arts Club, 4pm (FREE)
**UPDATE FROM COMMENTS: I Am Kloot @ Relentless Garage**

Sunday 27th September

WIRED festival @ The Vortex Jazz Club 12pm -11pm (FREE)
Hungamunga Festival 2009 @ Bethnal Green Workings Mens Club, Bethnal Green 1pm - 12am (begins on Saturday check link for details of which artists are playing on which day)
Autumn Equinox Music Fair: She Keeps Bees + Gemma Ray + Circulus + Lulu And The Lampshades + Sam Lee + more @ Cecil Sharp House
The Low Anthem @ Hoxton Hall
Lovvers instore @ Rough Trade East, 6pm (Wristband needed see RT website for details) (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)

Loads of great bands in the capital this week. I'm going to be popping along to the WIRED festival at the Vortex Jazz club on Sunday, if this is anything likes last years WIRED it's going to be fantastic - worth also noting -IT'S FREE!!!!!! Here are some of the acts:
Lindsay West/Nick Mulvey/Fiona Bevan/Stephen Long/Samantha Whates/The Woe Betides/Roxy Rawson/Isobel Anderson/Jess Bryant/Kit Richardson.
Nick Mulvey's (of Portico Quartet) performance at WIRED blew me away last year, so good.



btw the cat in the photo is called "Mincer" (because of the way he walks) . He's our next door neighbours' cat, his real name is Max but we think "Mincer" suits him better so we continue to call him that. This morning he took some time out from his daily rounds to play "string" with me. From the moment his head went all wooly and he got a slightly crazy glare in his eyes I knew he simply wouldn't be able to resist.


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Friday, 18 September 2009

Where did Winston go?

Mumford and Sons

Mumford & Sons, Scala 16th September, 2009


My little trusted camera didn't miss A thing.


Where did he go?


I'll post a review of this concert shortly.



Light


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Thursday, 17 September 2009

Grumpy cold

Coldy

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

End of the Road Festival 2009

End of the Road Festival 2009

Here are just a few of my photos from the excellent End of the Road Festival 2009. I saw lots of brilliant bands - highlights included dancing to Herman Dune in the Big Top tent, seeing The Low Anthem twice (I love them even more now if that's possible), The
Leisure Society, The Tallest Man on Earth, William Elliott Whitmore and Soy Un Caballo.

Other highlights included playing in random drumming circles (loads of fun), the dangerously tasty hot'n'spicy cider and the awesome sunny weather. Mr Chalky's holiday beard and American accent prompted a few enquiries as to whether he was in a band but we behaved ourselves and didn't make up stories or offer to give autographs etc although I was very tempted. We were also lucky to camp next to two really sweet guys from London, hi if you're reading this and hope you got home OK.

The photos:

J Tillman


Cheeky


The Low Anthem


Fleet Foxes


Jarvis Cocker


Soy Un Caballo


Jarvis Cocker



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Monday, 14 September 2009

What's on in London this week (including FREE shows) w/c Sept 14th 2009

The Blues

"The Blues"


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 14th September

William Elliot Whitmore + Cate Le Bon @ The Garage
Okkervil River with Wye Oak @ Scala
Blitzen Trapper with Sparrow & the Workshop and Kurran and the Wolfnotes @ Barfly Camden
Max Tundra with tUnE-YaRdS @ The Macbeth
The Orb instore @ Pure Groove, 7:30pm (FREE)
Laura Gibson isntore @ Rough Trade East, 7pm (wristband collection -see RT website for details) (FREE)

Tuesday 15th September

Sunset Rubdown @ The Garage
Micah P. Hinson with Bosque Brown and Ohbijou @ Cargo
The Pack A.D. @ Social

Wednesday 16th September

Mumford & Sons with Alessi's Ark @ Scala
Au with Twi the Humble Feather and More @ Cafe OTO
Beth Jeans Houghton instore @ Rough Trade East, 7pm (wristband collection -see RT website for details) (FREE)

Thursday 17th September

The Cinematic Orchestra @ Union Chapel
Neko Case with Black Gold @ Barbican Centre
Alela Diane with The Leisure Society and Laura Gibson @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Ray Lamontagne with Josh Ritter @ Royal Albert Hall
Dark Captain Light Captain with The Voluntary Butler Scheme and Superman Revenge Squad @ The Slaughtered Lamb

Friday 18th September

GILLES PETERSON IMPRESSED: Roots Manuva/Tony Allen Band + Speech Debelle @ Ronnie Scott's
Danny & the Champions of the World, She Keeps Bees, This Frontier Needs Heroes, The Pony Collaboration, and Roland K Smith @ The Windmill Brixton
Metronomy with Male Bonding, Your Twenties and Drums Of Death @ HMV Forum
Willard Grant Conspiracy + Duke And The King + Doghouse @ The Garage
Joakim instore @ Pure Groove, 8pm (FREE)

Saturday 19th September

The Whispertown 2000 with Anna Calvi, Planet Earth, and Joe McAdam @ The Luminaire
Daylight Music - ft. Homelife, Alice Gun, Franz Kirmann @ Union Chapel, 2pm - 6:30pm (FREE) **UPDATE - THIS IS ACTUALLY ON SUNDAY SEPT 20th**
Rota @ Notting Hill Arts Club, 4pm (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)


I saw many of the artists on this weeks list at the brilliant End of The Road festival over the weekend so most of my recommendations are fresh and up to date -you may have to allow for the hot'n'spicy festival cider factor on a couple - it got cold in the evenings and slipped down just a little too well, I'm pretty sure it improved my dancing though. Will post my photos and thoughts on the End of The Road festival as soon as I've fixed the washing machine flood that's just happened in the kitchen.


Chalky

btw please feel free to leave captions for the photo in the comments box, I'll publish the cleaner ones.


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Tuesday, 8 September 2009

'Music Lives On The Internet' - Interview #13

After a mighty long break the Music Lives On The Internet feature is back and this time the featured blogger is Nick Whitcomb author of music blog http://musicmule.co.uk.

Nick's blog is packed full of music goodness including interviews with musicians and live concert reviews making it a regular 'must visit' site on my daily Internet rounds.

Name: Nick Whitcomb

Blog Name: http://musicmule.co.uk/

What is your blog/website about?
The music I love and some of those same bands that are playing London town and sometimes beyond.

What started you blogging?
Music Mule started as me sending out emails of London gigs I wanted to check out to a list of friends. People kept on asking to be added to the list and after a while I thought why not make it into something more permanent.

First record you bought?

Ha ha this is pretty embarrassing. I think I 'made' my mum by The Bodyguard soundtrack when I was 9. Then the next year I think it was I bought Now 26 with my pocket money. That had some super cheese on it like 'Go West' by The Pet Shop Boys, 'Relax' by Frankie Goes To Hollywood and I remember 'Boom Shake The Room' by Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince was a big favourite!

Last piece of music that got your heart racing?
OK I'm going to bend the rules and go for two here. 'Dreamer' by Tiny Vipers is amazing. She's from Seattle and writes beautiful, sparse acoustic guitar songs. Her voice during the last 20 seconds or so of the song is phenomenal. It makes you wonder why she doesn't sing like that more during the track but the effect it has on you waiting for those few last lines is mesmerising and completely justifies it. The second in brief is 'Hellhole Ratrace' by Girls which is a little predictable but just fits perfectly. They're from San Francisco and playing London soon.

Last gig that made you say "Wow"?
Again Tiny Vipers when she played 'Dreamer' as the last song of her set at the Slaughtered Lamb recently. Before that I think the White Denim instore at Rough Trade East springs to mind. Instore's aren't usually the best environment for a great gig but White Denim would play their hearts out in your Granny's sock drawer if they had the chance. Their latest album 'Fits' is phenomenal.

Where do you find out about new music?
Blogs, music magazines, record company mailouts, friends and foes.

What would you like to see more of in the music world?
Free mp3 downloads with EVERY vinyl album purchase. I love buying vinyl but I don't own a vinyl to mp3 turntable converter thingy and I want my music on my mp3 player and I don't want to pay for it twice or have to go to the trouble of finding a decent copy on the Internet.

Favourite music venue?

In London I'd say it's The Windmill in Brixton. It's tiny, you can get right up to and sometimes on the stage and the sound guy has to run through the audience to get to a position where he can hear what's going on which is always entertaining. They also have a dog that lives on their roof aptly named 'roof dog'! The Lexington these days deserves a mention too as they have had so many great bands on this year.

Favourite music store?

It's a toss up between Rough Trade East in Brick Lane and the new Pure Groove records in Farringdon. Both have awesome instores so neck and neck there. RTE wins prob just on choice of what's available as it's about eight times the size.

Which blogs do you read? (This means any blogs not just limited to music)
Music aside from this one of course: Gorilla Vs Bear, Brooklyn Vegan and a new discovery Pasta Primavera. I've also been following a bit of L.A. band Local Natives blogspot called Outtasight. Non music: World Graffiti is awesome if you like urban art and an environmental blog called Ecoemails always has some interesting green events and info on it.

In 10 years time music will be....
Having a nineties revival? Hmmm.

If you could have 3 musicians over to your place, they would be...
Shannon Hoon of Blind Melon (RIP) to skin up, sit in the corner with a guitar and sing. Elvis to cook the burgers and Beyonce to make the jelly which I'll be completely ready for.

If I asked you one more question what would it be and what would be the answer?

4567. Shit I'm going to have to change my pin number now!


Big thanks to Nick for taking the time out to take part in this interview. I highly recommend you check out his blog (http://musicmule.co.uk).


Here are the links to the other interviews so far in the 'Music Lives On The Internet' series:

Interview #12 - See What You Hear
Interview # 11 - Anika in London
Interview #10 - Danish Poet
Interview #9 - You Ain't No Picasso
Interview #8 - Consequence of Sound
Interview #7 - Nine Bullets
Interview #6 - The OCMD
Interview #5 - Lonesome Music
Interview #4 - Count Me Out
Interview #3 - The Middle Distance Runner
Interview #2 - Blend Apparel
Interview #1 - Stress Management


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Monday, 7 September 2009

What's on in London this week (including FREE shows) w/c Sept 7th 2009

Horse

Jack

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 7th Sept
My Latest Novel and The Kissaway Trail with Chimes and Bells @ Bush Hall
Beth Orton @ The Pigalle Club
Dot Allison instore @ Rough Trade East, 7pm (wristband collection 1 hr prior see RT website for details)
Magnolia Electric Co with The Bitter Tears @ ICA

Tuesday 8th Sept
Whispertown 2000 instore @ Rough Trade East, 7pm (FREE- wristband 1hr prior see RT website for details)
Beth Orton @ The Pigalle Club
Jello Biafra with Guantanamo School of Medicine and Unsigned Industry Showcase @ O2 Academy Islington
The Acorn and Ohbijou Bella Union @ Bush Hall

Wednesday 9th Sept
The Tallest Man On Earth with This Frontier Needs Heroes @ Bardens Boudoir
Bell Orchestre with Arcade Fire Members and the Luyas @ Relentless Garage
Thomas Dybdahl instore @ Rough Trade East (FREE- wristband 1hr prior see RT website for details)
This Frontier Needs Heroes instore @ Pure Groove, 1:15pm (FREE)
A FISTFUL OF FANDANGO ft. Herman Dune with Neils Children, Eugene Mcguinness, Factory Floor, Gaggle, and An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump@ 229
Banjo or Freakout @ Bush Hall

Thursday 10th Sept
Loney dear with Wildbirds & Peacedrums and The Whispertown 2000 @ Union Chapel
Tori Amos with One eskimo @ HMV Hammersmith Apollo

Peter Broderick @Bush Hall
ROCKFEEDBACK JAPAN!! – w/ ANCHORSONG / BO NINGEN / A MONTH OF SUNDAYS / NO CARS @ The Lexington

Friday 11th Sept
The Joy Formidable instore @ Pure Groove, 7:30pm (FREE)

Saturday 12th Sept
Rota @ Notting Hill Art Club, 4pm (FREE ENTRY)
Daylight Music ft. Soy Un Caballo & V.O. @ Union Chapel 12pm -2pm (FREE ENTRY)

(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)

There are lots of bands in town in the lead up to The End of the Road festival in Dorset this weekend. It's an especially good week if you like Bella Union and don't like camping- the website The Line of Best Fit and Bella Union have teamed up to put on a week of shows at Bush Hall, for more details read here.

btw the horse in the photo is called Jack, he followed me around a field in the rain yesterday all in the name of polo mints.

Have a good week,

Chalky

Thursday, 3 September 2009

NPR's 'All Things Considered': The Low Anthem

Singing Bowl
Me playing my Nepalese Singing Bowl

Tune into NPR's 'All Things Considered' interview with The Low Anthem here and the reason why I added the photo above of me playing my Nepalese Singing Bowl should become clear. 'All Things Considered' is a fantastic show, Mr Chalky used to apparently not like it as a kid something to do with being forced to listen to it on long drives across America. He now enjoys it, must be an age thing.

The Low Anthem have now (and rightfully so) sold out their Tabernacle show in London on November 18th. If you missed out on a ticket you'll be pleased to know they've just announced a new date at Hoxton Hall on September 27th, tickets here. Really looking forward to seeing them play again.

The Singing/Prayer bowl in the photo was purchased from a market stall in Kathmandu, Nepal. It makes lots of different sounds depending on the way you interact with it i.e. if you bang it with the stick then it sounds like a bell, if you run the stick keeping direct contact and pressure around the outside of the bowl it resonates a steady note and you can use you mouth to make a sound box -by changing the shape of your mouth you change the pressure of the air in the bowl to create a sort of water dropping effect.

People nearly always seem to head straight for the singing bowl when they visit our flat closely followed by Toad from Thailand (pictured below) who when you rub the wooden stick (held in his mouth) across his spine makes a sound similar to that of a croaking toad. Mr Chalky particularly likes it when I play this one near his head while he's waking up. All lots of fun.


Toad from Thailand
Toad from Thailand


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Wednesday, 2 September 2009

This Is How We Walk On The Moon - Arthur Russell

Moon Landing Newspaper from 1969
All photos are of a newspaper my Dad kept and gave to me from the moon landing in 1969

Relatively unknown during his life time, Arthur Russell was a truly amazing musician. This Is How We Walk on the Moon a song from his 1994 album Another Thought is probably one of my favourite pieces of his work.

It's delicate melodic rhythm played out on a cello accompanied by his soft uplifting vocals, trumpets and bongo beats come together to capture in music a feeling of progress, elation, something positive. "Each step is moving, it's moving me up" he sings, and the trumpets also sing out a merry little tune as if in agreement, celebrating the idea. The computerized voice half way through startled me a little on my first listen but now I always look forward to hearing this extra twist.

One evening a few weeks back I took my laptop out onto our patio and played this video under the bright glow of a brilliantly clear full moon. I looked at the video and then looked up at the moon and felt a tingle of pride that we humans have indeed actually walked on the moon. We're pretty cool aren't we.






Arthur Russell - This Is How We Walk on the Moon



Moon Landing Newspaper from 1969


Moon Landing Newspaper from 1969


Moon Landing Newspaper from 1969



Moon Landing Newspaper from 1969


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Tuesday, 1 September 2009

In B Flat

B Flat

During the weekend I stumbled across a site that is made of sheer awesomeness!
Screen shot of inbflat.net

http://inbflat.net/ is a collaborative music and spoken word project developed with contributions from the general public.

Twenty videos of music performed on various instruments including a banjo, piano, Kaoss Pad/synth, guitars, violin and many more can be played simultaneously and be mixed together using the individual volume sliders. The beauty of this is no matter when you stop and start any of the videos the combined sound always works. Magic! What a great idea. Try it here and see for yourself.

If you want to learn more about this project click here.


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