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Lured Into Roulette - Metro Riots

February 22, 2005

1. lured into roulette - metro riots
2. i'm leaving - the fiery furnaces
3. goodnight goodnight - hot hot heat
4. sunglasses after dark - dwight whitey pullen
5. private dialogue - trouble everyday
6. cassandra geminni [D] Multiple Spouse Wounds - the mars volta
7. do i have your attention - the blood arm
8. feast on you - the violets
9. where's bill grundy now? - dustin's bar mitzvah
10. lizzie's lion - mystery jets
11. brown town - white sport
12. club hoola hoop’s walls - the cherubs
13. on my own - vincent vincent and the villains
14. hey scenesters - the cribs
15. dimension - wolfmother

 Posted by Chris at 03:10 PM |  Category: Playlists

QoN, The Cazals and The Subways

February 19, 2005

Weeks of over-exertion and gin-guzzling reached their logical conclusion this week, my body finally saying 'that's enough now, I'm not doing it anymore� at the start of this week. Consequently last night (Friday) and tonight were designated 'quiet nights'. A certain amount of recuperation is required, especially if I'm to survive this Sunday, which will see me shaking my booty at a Tsunami fund-raiser at Nambucca in Holloway.

To compensate I've decided to provide you, my dear readers, with an mp3-infused run down of what I could have been doing these past couple of days, had I not been so physically messed-up.

Last night, Friday 18th February, a possibility was the angular records clubnight at the venue in New cross featured the fucks, the blue minkies and mitten. however my choice for the evening would have been the queens of noise clubnight at the barfly with 10,000 things, the witnesses, and the cazals.
The queens of noise released a mix-tape thing on itunes called 'the best of 2005' at the start of the year and have been putting the bands featured on at their clubnight every week. The 10,000 things song featured on the mix-tape was damaged goods and although I'm not going to make it available for free here, if you have itunes installed on your machine click here to check out the best of 2005

Tonight, Saturday 19th Februarythere's lots of great things going on in London town including the schla la las at the water rats - you can download some snippets of their songs on their website here.

Slightly more enticing for me personally would be The Cazals and Dustin's Bar Mitzvah at the error campaign clubnight at Nambucca. I know incredibly little about The Cazals considering how long they've been knocking round the scene - I do know they have shiny hair, brown hats and are pete-d-approved - whether any of those things are good points I don't know. Make your own mind up.
The cazals - bounder and a cad

After that gig I would have been going to frog to see (get ready for this incredible insight) young+pretty+eavis-selected+rock-and-roll-killers the subways.If you haven't heard their hype yet then you must have had your head in a washing machine for the past 8 months. Bands at frog take the stage at an hour past midnight, and the subways have the perfect song for that occasion.
the subways - at 1 am

Now I'm back to bed with a raw carrot and a mug of green tea.

 Posted by Chris at 01:00 PM |  Category: Audio, Life

Lucky Cane - Comanechi

February 09, 2005

1. lucky cane - comanechi
2. judy (wotcha gonna do?) - the pipettes
3. long blondes - the long blondes
4. you've given me something that i can't give back - New rhodes
5. bounder and a cad - the cazals
6. goodbye little rose - the little flames
7. lion rip - the duke spirit
8. walking on the autobahn - the young knives
9. fifteen - the immediate
10. prince harry - soho dolls
11. amethyst - fightstar
12. i never had a chance - ludes
13. run - stephen fretwell
14. tuned to a different station - dogs
15. direction - the cribs

 Posted by Chris at 05:30 PM |  Category: Playlists

The Fades

the fades – fruit machine (demo)
the fades – caca (demo)
I’ve been sat on these tracks for a rather long time now, and I’m really not sure why.
James from the band accosted me at a gig back in November and promised to send me some demos, which promptly arrived; and I’ve been meaning to post them ever since.
The thing with the fades is: they’re nothing new and not exceptionally exciting, but they are really good. They do what they do, and they do it well; the type of music they make could, in many cases, turn out forced or contrived, but they make it seem easy.
Singer Dave and his brother James form the backbone of the group, which rose from the ashes of previous band Molotov Cocktail (apparently championed by Stevey Lamacq), The fades released a couple of singles and then a 6 track EP called Social Misfits in May of last year. The tracks available above are from some new demos that the band recorded in October 2004, and are currently playing around the gig circuit.
More downloads available: bbc.co.uk/radio1/onemusic
Website: thefades.co.uk
Buy it from: amazon

Yesterday I interviewed Adam Green for work. It was loads of fun, and he’s a really nice guy; but I came out of the interview feeling completely disappointed and dejected for two reasons.
My first reason relates to the physical: he wasn’t as big as I had hoped, and he didn’t offer me lots of alcohol / drugs. OK - lame I know – but I would have liked some drugs, because then I could have said to my grandchildren, “I was a bit of a Wildman in my youth; I was drug-buddies with Adam Green…”
My second reason (although not too far removed from the first) relates to the social: he didn’t instantly recognise me as a kindred spirit, and take me into his inner ring, and make me his lover, and we didn’t get matching tattoos saying ‘chris and adam friends 4 eva’.
That would have been cool.
anyway the video for the interview will be edited soon and up online; although I can’t really post the link on here – for ‘watch your job when you’ve got a blog’ reasons, a la this gentleman.

 Posted by Chris at 01:13 PM |  Category: Audio, Life

The Pipettes & The Chalets Rock(s)!

February 07, 2005

The Pipettes – Judy (Wotcha gonna do?)
Very hotly tipped girl fronted band. What, another one? Seemingly borne of the same pedigree of the other new girl-fronted harmonies and Guitar bands (the long blondes, the chalets, the Schla La Las, Wet Dog, The Violets etc etc) The Pipettes are receiving much of the ‘Media Hype’ as such. Well, the Queens of Noize like them. And it hurts to see you dance so well is the greatest one minute song since that Whirlwind heat album last year.
This tells of befriending the Beautiful, but hard girl from school, and how she’s not that bad after all. Or something. Get involved join the ‘Female Doo-wop with a mark e smith side order' revolution.
website: thepipettes.co.uk

The chalets – love punch (xfm session)
wicked irish party music, just without the bodhráns. The chalets 2 girls, three boys and a lot of unpronounceable irish names. Helen got their feet at the gig at the garage a couple of weeks ago; and they were apparently asked to support art brut around the same time. Love punch was on the Nightrock EP which came out towards the end of 2004; and to be honest was the best track on there. “I know you love me but you’re fucking crazy”
website: the chalets.com
buy it from: amazon

On Friday we went to a bit of an all-girl superfest at Catch 22; Wet Dog, the violets and the long blondes (and the rebel and his hat-based noisy country ballads of woe). ‘Twas a great gig, with all three girly bands living up to and enhancing my girl-band-doo-wop love – this whole Shangri-las revival is taking off (they were the ‘60s girl-beastie boys you know?).

Saturday we went to see maximo park (again) at frog; I’m still loving them, even if every other person in London seems to have already written them off. The way I see it is like Bloc Party, The Futureheads and Franz Ferdinand etc at the beginning of last year, they have great commercial potential; which can sometimes cause avoidance by certain people. Limmasol as next single please.

Here’s some very poor pictures of The Rocks at the barfly last week.

 Posted by Chris at 03:56 PM |  Category: Audio

Incredibly optimistic post, plus: V!

February 04, 2005

Great stuff! I’m feeling pretty good today having had a night off from gigs and the London rat race last night, I stayed in and watched ER. Which was lovely. Thoroughly enjoyable and totally relaxing, just like Thursday nights should be. Everton won again, putting us 7 points ahead of Liverpool, which is also lovely, enjoyable and totally relaxing. Everything is great.

To top of this fest of greatness I have just been given another role at work. I am now the official Smash Hits Forum moderator! This means I get to hang around on a pop forum all day at work, and not get told off!

To celebrate this great news here is a lovely picture of the boyband V which was taken especially for me during my time at hit40uk!
Yay, go V!

 Posted by Chris at 02:56 PM |  Category: Life

This is a big long list of gigs I have been to...

February 03, 2005

Have been gigging loads and loads with the shoe girl recently; spending silly money and drinking silly drinks. It got so bad by Monday morning that I took two days off work! I never take days off work! If I feel bad I generally just go to work and skive as much as I can. Anyway, here’s a short run though the past week and a half in the land of swish and shoes.

Tuesday 25th January 2005
Maximo Park at Metro. Supported by faulty driver (I think) who were actually quite good; in a vertically challenged Kele Okereke way. Maximo park were pretty good, but it was a bit of an industry gig full of old people – so wasn’t fully enjoyable.

Thursday 27th January 2005
Art Goblins at Circus / Elbow Room, Islington. Some shit American/Canadian band were on first who were rubbish. Then (surprisingly low on the bill) were dustin’s bar mitzvah who played one of the best gigs I’ve seen by then so far (no jimmy white though?) best bits of the set: all the chineapples fans hating dbm and not dancing – dave getting annoyed and shouting at them – dave getting a cigarette off Guy mcknight from 80s matchbox (alari?) – dave messing in the dj booth and having a fight with the DJ.
Next we had the barbs who were boring; which amazed me as I loved massive crush. Then chineapples; who were interesting. a little too dot org affiliated for my liking – but shoe girl is friends with the singer Douglas so I’ll let them off. Finally the art goblins came on stage and played a set reminiscent of kjell in their heyday – total carnage, and terribly, terribly bad.
jack and candy were there and we sat with them, they are nice.

Saturday 29th January 2005
X-posure all dayer at Barfly. Was loads and loads of fun – saw james from the rocks stumbling towards destruction, john kennedy wearing a pink stripy t-shirt, and I got so drunk that I went to sainsburys bought some coriander and then gave it to a 16 year old girl outside the barfly.
We also missed pretty much every band we wanted to see: metro riots, clor, cherubs, dogs and eastern lane. We saw maximo park and they were good, a lot better than the metro gig. We didn’t stay for yourcodenameis: milo because we wanted to get to Frog early. Dave went green on the tube (he said it was the lights) and went home. Shoe girl and I went to frog and I made up some dances and then we saw ludes who were really good – but do you ever really enjoy bands you see at frog? It’s too big, and too late and most of the time you’re too drunk – I see the bands at frog as trivial entertainment – like a circus, and not something you go to specifically see.

Tuesday 1st February 2005
The rocks at the barfly. Support from the cunts (who we missed), and the ordinance who were ok (this gig review is getting really deep now isn’t it?) the rocks were loads of fun as usual, but you could see that they weren’t too chuffed with the turnout. Best bit: Glancing around the half empty (half full?) venue James says “Tuesday night at the barfly… it’s a rocking place. And we are the rocks! That’s what we do.” And then he fell off the stage. Then shoe girl got her bag stolen by some ‘crack-whore’© and we had to leg it to cancel all her cards and stuff. We met sarah from the rocks on the tube and regaled her our story of woe. She had read shoe girls Live journal and knew all about her eddie argos infatuation, which was funny.

Wednesday 2nd February 2005
rtx at 93 feet east. Well actually, we didn’t stay for rtx (royal trux? Who?) and just watched comanechi (best two person band in the world) and gin palace I love ‘em; Helen Hates them… they still didn’t play ‘cool like an axe’! that song Is really good, I was upset.
the venue was full of old (well late 20s) people – apparently kate moss was there. I hate old people.

and that’s it. Hope you enjoyed my totally uninteresting run down of the gigs I’ve been to this week.

 Posted by Chris at 01:28 PM |  Category: Life, Reviews

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