The Aliens have landed!

Wednesday, 15 February 2006, 13:42 | Category : Uncategorized
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“Bloody junk mail” I thought as I looked at the email called ‘Introducing the Aliens’. But look again - the sender is ‘Beta Band’. Hold on - The Beta Band split up well over a year ago. Hey - maybe this is some new Beta Band-related project. And it is! This is the best kind [...]

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah / Dr. Dog @ Koko, 10 February

Monday, 13 February 2006, 17:23 | Category : Uncategorized
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It was the first night of the annual NME shows (so rock ’n’ roll that they’re sponsored by hair products) when the ‘hottest’ new bands who are being hyped by everyone around get to strut their stuff of several London stages. Friday was Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s second gig in London, and Koko is [...]

My new favourite band…

Friday, 10 February 2006, 13:01 | Category : Uncategorized
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…for today anyway, are Polysics!
Surfing through the blogosphere the other day I was shaken out of my torpor after accidentally stumbling across The Wild Ones . The frantic energy of their perky electro punk-pop put a big grin on my face. How come I’d never heard of these guys? Since then I’ve found quite a [...]

Medicine for the February blues

Wednesday, 8 February 2006, 17:22 | Category : Uncategorized
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As I curled up at home with stomach pains yesterday, three things kept me sane/amused through the afflication. All film-related:
1. New York, New York on DVD. Scorsese’s attempt at the classic MGM musical, which apparently was slated by the critics at the time. But why? It’s great! A excellent combination of the big-band musical with [...]

In defence of the Oscars

Monday, 6 February 2006, 18:06 | Category : Uncategorized
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Not like they need me to defend them or anything, but it is the done thing among ‘serious’ music fans to diss the Oscars. It’s not without reason, but as someone who considerers myself a big (serious?) movie fan, and whose tastes are not exactly in the mainstream of Hollywood output, I love ‘em.
I mean, [...]

Music on the Underground

Friday, 3 February 2006, 23:06 | Category : Uncategorized
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No, not the Carling-approved buskers. Guardian journo Dorian Lynskey has done a version of the tube map, with bands replacing the stations (and explained himself). Not an entirely original concept I know, but a whole lot of fun. However judging by the comments, there’s a lot of sourpusses out there who would like to have [...]

Monday night at the Pawn Shop

Thursday, 2 February 2006, 18:07 | Category : Uncategorized
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Monday night down the pawn shop. To be more exact, a very fun kind of pawn shop, with DJs, a comedy effervescent public schoolboy compere with a furry tail doing dodgy karaoke, a lo-fi singer-songwriter called Marc Meon, tombola, a jumble sale selling customised plates and old trainers and best of all, south east [...]

Kitchen sink drame - the final act?

Thursday, 2 February 2006, 18:01 | Category : Uncategorized
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Due to popular demand (?) here’s some progress in what could be the final act of the kitchen (sink) drama. Some progress can be seen here…
And even more here (this morning) …
My, I’ve never been so glad to see the sight of dishes piling up in the kitchen! All that remains to be done now [...]