January 16, 2007

Come on you silly people! If I can break my self-imposed blog silence for this gig, then you can get off your oversized-London bottoms and walk, roll or crawl (if you must) to the Hoxton Bar & Kitchen this Thursday night to see the fantastical Emmy The Great play songs and (probably) talk in between them.

It's £6.50ish to get in and there will be support on the night from Noah and The Whale, who have three songs to download on their myspace, which you probably should do. There will be some other bands playing and Fisherprice Soundsystem (featuring star of thelondonpaper Fred Les lolz) and Full Time Hobby will be DJing.

Here are the full details:

Jan 18 2007
@ Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen, LONDON
2-4 Hoxton Square Republic of Hoxton, London N1 6NU.
Headline set (full band)
+ Noah and the Whale and special guests
+ DJ's Fisherprice Soundsystem (feat. Fred Les) and Full Time Hobby
+ cakes baked and serve by the Viva Cake girls
Doors: 19:30

Below is a press release type thing:

"The acoustic, honey-voiced angel of British anti-folk." NME

Emmy the Great, who was tipped as the singer songwriter for 2007 by
Vogue, plays a special headline show this Thursday at Hoxton Bar and

Emmy is the Hong Kong born folksy singer-songwriter who writes
heart-manipulating folk songs with a visual humour that makes you
smile whilst slowly dilating your tear ducts. In her short career she
has and supported on various occasions the likes of Martha Wainwright,
Mystery Jets, Tilly & the Wall, Jamie T, Kimya Dawson, KT Tunstall and
most recently Fyfe Dangerfield. The Guillemots front-man is a big fan
and has offered to could arrange orchestration on her forthcoming
second single. Her debut single was released last summer and coincided
with Emmy being the must-see highlight at Truck and End of the Road

Thursdays show is a warm-up for UK tour dates supporting Scott
Matthews, ahead of a trip to the States to guest on the debut album by
Lightspeed Champion (Dev Test-Icicles)

Photo by Jon Fisher

 Posted by Chris at 05:30 PM

It's CSS week!

September 04, 2006

Sep 4 Fibbers York
Sep 5 Roadhouse Manchester
Sep 6 Cockpit Leeds
Sep 8 Adventures Close to Home London
Sep 9 Audio Brighton
Sep 10 Dingwalls London
Sep 12 NME.com 10th anniversary London

 Posted by Chris at 12:03 PM |  Comments (2)

Crikey, mate

Despite alarming levels of showmanship in the face of danger - including the suggestion in today's news that the stingray that killed him may have been provoked (and that the last time a stingray killed a person is Australia was 1945) - Steve Irwin was pretty brilliant. Not only did he achieve vast amounts in his short life - including creating Australia zoo, a place doing great things with endangered Australian species, as well as increasing the awareness of animal welfare and environmental issues across the world - but he could jump on the back of a crocodile and wrestle with it. That's pretty cool.

 Posted by Chris at 11:51 AM

Close your eyes....

June 06, 2006

It's WINK time again - remember the first Friday of each month at the Buffalo Bar. Here's a bit of a blurb about the bands they've got on this month from their myspace (the official website I made for them is currently 'down', whoops)


This quintet famed for their warehouse parties unite catchy melodies and sharp guitars to create a truly unique brand of indie pop.


Happy, clappy, ska infused rhythm & blues with a hint of the past and a lot of the future. Dance not and you'll be sitting alone.


They play jingly jangly indie pop tunes that'll make you want to grab the person nearest to you and dance round the room.


Like the Libertines? Then you'll love Greyhound Green. Sing-along songs with a bit of bounce.

Get yourself down there this Friday.

 Posted by Chris at 03:00 PM

Wink 182

March 17, 2006

New clubnight Wink opens it's doors on Friday 31st March (the Friday after next) and then follows the second Friday of every month with bands & djs (obv) from 9pm till 4am (ooh, late) at North London's mini-mecca, Buffalo Bar.

It's run by some good friends of mine - and I designed the website for them which you can get here www.winktheclub.com - and will therefore be pretty awesome, cos (frankly) I just don't make friends with losers.

Playing on the night are The Pigeon Detectives, The B Plan, The Nudes and Scully, and the people spinning the discs of gold will be The Pigeon Detectives, The B Plan, The Nudes, Heidi Heelz and Rene (Disorder Magazine / Fierce Panda). If there's not enough there to whet you whistles then I don't know what will.

It's FREE until midnight and then a measly £3 thereafter; plus there'll be prizes and free drinks for random people based on some arbitrary system of contest.

 Posted by Chris at 02:31 PM |  Comments (3)

Lies & Secrets

March 13, 2006

Everybody's favourite Anglo-Franco sexpot Jeremy Warmsley has a new EP out on the 10th of April and video for lead track 'Dirty Blue Jeans' has finally appeared online, and those of you unfamiliar with Jeremy's videos are in for a real treat. Rebuffing performance nonsense, his videos have an almost cinematic quality that frames his music and gives it another dimension - his songs seem different after you've seen the video for them – and 'Dirty Blue Jeans' is no exception. Completely still characters get more and more animated until they seem almost in a frenzy, despite not actually moving throughout the video. Watch it.

Click here to watch the video (fink-base.com)

He's also going on tour in April (click 'live!'), see:
8th April: London, The Luminaire
9th April: Nottingham, The Social
10th April: York, Fibbers
11th April: Newcastle, The Cumberland Arms
12th April: Hull, The Lamp
13th April: Leeds, The Faversham
15th April: Sheffield, The Grapes
16th April: Leicester, The Charlotte
17th April: Cardiff, The Barfly
18th April: Bristol, The Croft
20th April: Birmingham, The Glee Club
21st April: Coventry, Taylor Johns
22nd April: Guildford, Spill @ The Star
23rd April: Brighton, The Free Butt

 Posted by Chris at 10:47 AM

Test Icicles Helpline

February 22, 2006

Are you distraught after hearing the news that Test Icicles are no more? Perhaps you're feeling suicidal because Dev, Rory and Sam will no longer be a part of your life, perhaps you're angry at them for causing you so much pain?

You're not alone.

Email the.swish.blog@gmail.com for impartial and compassionate advice on dealing with today's awful Test Icicles news.

Original photo courtesy of Nilina Mason-Campbell

 Posted by Chris at 04:00 PM |  Comments (2)

Interfering, Interfacing

January 26, 2006

On a press release yesterday regarding The Chalets new single 'Theme From Chalets': "Already this year The Chalets have.. turned down 6 figure offers to appear on Celebrity Big Brother.."

Paula and Caoimhe would eat Pete Burns alive.

 Posted by Chris at 11:02 AM

Crispy crispy Benjamin Franklin

January 25, 2006

Jeremy Warmlsey - that charming bespectacled young man who sings songs about chess and jeans and stuff - is out and about this fine country of ours supporting NY-Russian folk-hop troubadour Regina Spektor during February, and I wholeheartedly recommend that you go see.

Jeremy – already with two releases under his belt – has a new EP entitled 'Other People's Secrets' coming out soon, which will surely not fail to catapult him into the outer-realms of indie-electro superstardom, because, quite simply, it is excellente. He is, quite literally, spoiling us.

The dates are as such:
2/7: Bristol - Fleece
2/9: Dublin - Whelans
2/10: Belfast - The Limelight
2/11: Norwich - Arts Centre
2/13: Leichester - The Charlotte
2/14: Colchester - Arts Centre
2/16: Oxford - Zodiac

 Posted by Chris at 04:47 PM |  Comments (1)