Shake hands with Yossarian

Thursday, 31 August 2006, 13:06 | Category : Uncategorized
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Here’s one that made it through the piles of average music I get sent. Kind of. OK, I admit I didn’t really give Yossarian a listen till I saw some other esteemed British music bloggers posting on them. So onto the bandwagon again for me again then. But I think this lot are good.
They’re straight [...]

Fields / iLiKETRAiNS @ The Legion, 24 August

Wednesday, 30 August 2006, 7:15 | Category : Uncategorized
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Thursday night was a hot one. Sold out in advance. A scrum for the few remaining tickets on the door. Bloc Party and their mates hanging around outside. Inside we couldn’t get anywhere near the stage. However, the biggest clamour didn’t seem to be so much for the ostensible headliners Fields, but for Leeds band [...]

No more Hope of the States

Monday, 28 August 2006, 23:54 | Category : Uncategorized
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I first found out yesterday on Keep Hope Inside that Hope of the States had announced they wouldn’t be playing live again. Given that the only other option would be to become a reclusive Boards of Canada–esque band of studio boffins, it was only inevitable that there was an announcement later yesterday that the band [...]

Franz Ferdinand @ The Forum, 23 August 06

Sunday, 27 August 2006, 9:50 | Category : Uncategorized
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We could have had it so much better. I was really at this gig to see Tapes ‘n Tapes’ support slot, but it was definitely worth hanging around to see Franz Ferdinand, in this ‘warm-up’ for their Reading headline slot two nights later.
It was interesting looking at the crowd on the balcony at The Forum. [...]

Introducing James Cooper

Saturday, 26 August 2006, 15:38 | Category : Uncategorized
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A couple of weeks ago I said goodbye to my friend James Cooper, as he headed back to Australia. James had been in London for a couple of years, combining designing record sleeves for a Shoreditch design firm, with pursuing a musical career. I was a little disingenuous back in January when I reviewed his [...]

Tapes ‘n Tapes @ The Forum, 23 August 06

Saturday, 26 August 2006, 9:24 | Category : Uncategorized
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Things didn’t really go quite right this evening. Firstly we were a bit late for the start of the Tapes ‘n’ Tapes support slot. There I was huffing and puffing unnecessarily outside The Forum whilst the underage fans in front blagged their way in without ID. Then my camera battery ran out after taking one [...]

The inevitable bandwagon-jumping Beirut post

Wednesday, 23 August 2006, 13:07 | Category : Uncategorized
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OK, so Beirut isn’t the hot news on the blogs any more. Although it’s a few months since I picked up the debut album and liked it, I’ve never got round to doing a post. Maybe because everyone else was. Maybe because I didn’t have anything new to say. Well now I do. It seems [...]

The Blood Arm @ The Macbeth, 18 August

Tuesday, 22 August 2006, 20:59 | Category : Uncategorized
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After Summer Sundae I was (unusually for me) feeling a bit ‘gigged out’. I even passed over the chance to go and see the excellent Rogers Sisters at the Barfly on Tuesday. However, Andrew did manage to tempt me out on Friday to see LA rockers The Blood Arm at The Macbeth pub in Hoxton. [...]

Live at Summer Sundae

Tuesday, 22 August 2006, 7:09 | Category : Uncategorized
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I’ve had a week now of milking Summer Sundae to the max for blogging purposes, and here’s one more. BBC 6 Music were the main media partners of the festival, so naturally they broadcasted quite a bit of live music from the festival. So thanks to them, here are a few choice ‘live at Summer [...]

Summer Sundae - a fresh view

Monday, 21 August 2006, 11:50 | Category : Uncategorized
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Meet Evan Jones. He’s 13, and is the son of my friends Andrew and Sarah. He came along to Summer Sundae with the rest of us and it was his first festival experience. He was great to have around, particularly because he’s such a big music fan! After going on about the festival at great [...]