Sound of Rum

29 03 2010

On the last blog that I wrote, I had been to see Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip.  I had been impressed by Sound of Rum who were supporting.  Today I came across this really good interview in the Independent, with Kate Tempest, the lead singer and Spoken word Poet. 

I just thought that I would share that with you.





Dan is Not a Jukebox

26 03 2010

So I went to see Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip for the fifth time last night.  Nothing wrong with that, they are great live and I like their music, which is a great start.  The support was from Sound of Rum, who were female rapper Kate Tempest and a couple of guys playing drums and Guitar.  I liked them a lot, although I couldn’t get over the fact that she sounded like Zack De La Rocha from Rage Against the Machine.  Next up was B. Dolan (no wonder he calls himself B.  Who has heard of a rapper called Bernard?), who is fairly intense, but incredible.  I always like a bit of hip-hop and this was some good stuff.  If my shoulder didn’t hurt from cricket, it would have hurt from Hip-Hop shoulder.

Finally on came Dan and Pip, who started with The Beat that my Heart Skipped, followed up by Sick tonight off their new album.  The new tracks held up well and people were dancing like crazy in the middle.  Dan with his sore throat couldn’t sing properly, but that was ok, as the crowd filled in for him.  Through the 75 minutes, the duo ploughed through most of their two albums.  There were a couple of tracks that I would have liked them to play, but the set was great and finished with Thou Shalt always Kill, Great Britain and Letter from God to Man.

It was a great night, which H and I enjoyed a lot.





2nd Album Syndrome

25 03 2010

A couple of years ago, 2 albums were released that I instantly loved and still do.  Vampire Weekend by Vampire Weekend, which is probably one of my favourite albums of all time, and  Angles by Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip. 

I have mentioned them on here quite a lot and am a massive fan of both.  I have seen DLSvsSP 4 times and am seeing them again this week at a sold out gig at the Wedgewood Rooms.

I have just got around to buying the second album by VW even though it has been out for a while.  Partly through it being an expense that I didn’t want and mainly because I didn’t want to be disappointed.  The same went for the new DLSvsSP album The Logic of Chance.

Eagerly I opened the packet and put on Contra, and I hate to say it on first listen I wasn’t too impressed except with the singles Cousins and Giving up the Gun.  Then I listened again, but this time I really listened, the lyrics are great, and although the music is a lot different to the first album I like it.  There are still the almost classical pieces in there, but now interspersed with bleepy electronica.  I get the feeling that I will like this album more as the summer comes on.

No such first listen issues with The Logic of Chance.  I instantly liked it.  The witty, dark lyrics with a social conscience are still there, but the beats sound heavier, more sure of themselves, and it makes this record the better for it.  The use of the guest vocals of Kid A (look her up, she sounds great) on Cauliflower are great and the sample of Kid Carpet on Cowboi fit in perfectly.

Lyrically Pip is still one step ahead of the pack.  I am really looking forward to the gig, which as I have been faffing about writing this, is actually tonight. 

More tomorrow.





My Favourite Gigs

4 12 2009
Its been a while since I have blogged, so I had better make this a good one.  As I made a very bold statement in my last blog that the Flaming Lips gig may have been the best gig that I have ever been to, which got me thinking, what are the best gigs that I have ever been to.  I have made some tough choices here and omitted some really good bands (Including Muse twice, Elbow and Radiohead who are my favourite band).
 
So here they are in vaguely Chronological order, with a bit about why I thought they were so good:
 

3 Colours Red (1999)- This has probably made it on to the list as it was one of the first gigs that I had been to, and one of my favourite bands at the time (Listening to Nuclear Holiday still rocks my socks off), but mainly because I was chatting to the Lead Singer at the back for ages. 

Goldie Lookin’ Chain (2004)- On the back of Half Man Half Machine, I went to see these (the first gig that I went to with the Jolly Green Dave Ware). They didn’t sound like any music around at the time and still don’t.  On their day (this one) there stage show is amazing, even when the power went out it was brilliant, they improvised a game show called Win a Date with the Maggott.  Sadly they are getting worse every time I see them. 

Gogol Bordello (2006)- Immigrant Gypsy Punk has never sounded so good, to have the drummer girls crowd surfing on top of giant drums was genius.

Apples in Stereo (2007)- You know when a new song hits you and you need to know what it is and everything about the band, that was what it was like with Energy.  Seeing them at ATP vs The Fans topped off the festival, it also helped that I was stood on a chair so that I could see.

Bon Iver (2008)- Again its amazing what a brilliant song can do to you, top it off with one of the best voices in Music at the moment, sat in a festival field with a paper cup of Cider when the sun comes out, you have near perfection. 

De La Soul (2008)- At ATP again, De La Soul provided a perfect hip hop party beat.

Vampire Weekend (2008)- Mansard Roof, was easily my favourite single of the year (probably of the last 5 years) and I may have said that the album could challenge The Bends as my favourite album.  I am not sure if it has or not, but this gig on my birthday was utterly superb.

…And you will know us by the Trail of The Dead (2009)- Awesome band name, awesome music, 2 drum kits, brilliant.

Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip (2009)- I have seen these 4 times now, the first in 2008 at the Joiners was great too.  This time was at Bestival though, their second set.  At midnight, in a tiny tent.  It was sweaty, it was loud, the place went mental, it was everything that all gigs should be.  I really can’t wait to see them agin in March.

Flaming Lips (2009)- See the last Blog entry, but this was a definite spectacle.

The main thing that all of these have in common is that I was there with good friends, and I liked the music before I went.  I suppose I had a pre-programmed idea of what the gig would be like, and I guess these lived up to the expectations.  The 3 big bands at the top that didn’t make it in aren’t the only ones that have had great gigs, some of the others include Skindred, Rival Schools, Modest Mouse, Le Savvy Fav, Futureheads, Editors.  I could go on, but I won’t.




Bestival Festivities

16 09 2009

On Thursday I took the Fast Cat across the sea to the Isle of Wight to be taken to Bestival Festival.  I got th the campsite with H and traded in my ticket for a nice pink Wristband and made my way down the treacherous slope of Robin Hill Country park towards the campsite.

Luckily for me H and her mum had already set up the tents before I got there and I just had to worry about getting my bag down the hill and opening a beer when I got there, which I sucessfully did.  A bit later we decided to go for a Tulipsmooch around the site and have a look at the decorations, we were greeted by giant Tulips and loads of flags as well as the stages being dressed in the Space theme of the Festival.  We had a few drinks and I bought a matching hat and shirt (Skull and Crossbones motif, very nice) from the Oxfam Tent, where I found out that trying to temporary Tattoo yourself with Clothing paint doesn’t work and it left me with a purple arm.  We then watched This is Spinal Tap on the big screen, and turned it up to 11 when we had a bit of a drunken dance to a cracking set by the Cuban Brothers.

Waking up the worse for wear on Friday morning I discovered that I had left the gas for the cooker in Hannahs car, so had to set off on an epic mission up the hill again early morning.  Once we were all Tea’d up we headed into the site again for the first band of the day, we selected our seats by the WI tea tent and Farmers Market (this beacme a habit for the next few days) and were

The Bandstand

The Bandstand

drinking organic apple and blackcurrant juice from local farms while watching Sun Down City (Short reviews are being added in the brackets afterwards…Good)

This was a good start to proceedings, and soon after their set we moved back down the hill to the Big Top Tent to watch Efterklang (Scandanavian lovliness)  followed by Fresh Legs (Shouty pop) on the Redbull Stage, then 2 doses of epic orchestral rock in the form of 65 Days of Static (blooming awesome) and The Workhouse (Glum), before heading again to the Big Top to watch Mercury Award Winner Speeche Debelle (One of my favourites of the weekend) play.  H and I stayed on this stage for a while and watched Maps (Twiddly Electronica), Filthy Dukes (Funky stuff) followed by Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip.  Anyone that knows

Zoidberg and Bender

Zoidberg and Bender

me will know that I love these two, and their live shows do not dissappoint.  I had built this one up for H and she was looking forward to it, so I was hoping not to be proved wrong.  I wasn’t, and all of the humour and anger that comes out in Scroobs stage presence was still there, and I loved everything about it (does this make me a fan boy) down to Dan’s T-Shirt that said Dan Is Not A Jukebox.  He has now started to sing on stage too.  What I liked better was when they said they would be playing a smaller gig at one of the stands at midnight the following night.

From here we caught Passion Pit (Unexpectedly good) Friendly Fires (Unexpectedly Bad), MGMT (terrible, really really terrible) before the nights Headliners, Massive Attack.  Thsi is a band that I have wanted to see for years, I love Mezzanine, it is one of my favourite albums, and for them to play most of it was a great moment for me.  The real highlight was Unfinished Sympathy.  The vocals on this made the hair on the back of my neck stand up, it was simply spectacular.  We walked the site for a while after this and then headed to bed.

Stars

Stars

The next morning we headed back up for a juice and sit in the sun and watched The Kurves (Summery), before going to see Chew Lips (Electronica), The Hot Rats (Supergrass doing covers, Ace.) Fight Like Apes (Crowd Pleasers), VV Brown (chilled out and relaxed funk).  We saw a couple of bands on the main stage The Golden Silvers and Goldie lookin’ Chain.  Both of them were poor.  On their day the GLC can be amazing, but this wasn’t their day.  The Golden Silvers for some reason I have been unlucky enough to see 3 times.  I still think they only have one good song.

At some point during the day H went to see Mika, which was apparantly good, but I went to see Skint and Demoralised, and Micachu and the shapes.  Both young bands, both good.  Micachu is about 12, but they have some great tunes.  I met up again with H to see the Beat, the Ska band whose biggest hit Mirror in The Bathroom has some great sax on in.  It turns out that H’s mum went to school with one of them and she thinks that song was written about his sister.  The Beat were probably one of the highlights of my day.

Seasick Steve

Seasick Steve

After a quick bite to eat we watched Seasick Steve (twangy guitar genius), Klaxons (pretty good), a DJ set from Underworld (terrible) and then Electronic music legends Kraftwerk.  I was really looking forward to this, as I expected a spectacle on an epic scale.  I wasn’t dissappointed, they were technically excellent, with great backdrops, but at this festival it didn’t work at all.  So many people left before the end the field must have emptied by a quarter, which is a shame.  The idiot that was trying to shine a lazer in one of their eyes should have been kicked out of the festival.  Still watching 4 old blokes standing still was actually pretty interesting.  Especially when they were replaced by robots for the encore.  From here we headed to the X-Box tent for the secret DLS vs SP gig, which again was fantastic.

The Sunday was a more chileld out day altogether.  H and I again went for juice and fell asleep on the hill this time.  The weather was hot and H got sunburnt.  We Saw Shanklin Freak Show (Like Marylin Manson, but from the Isle of Wight) and the Low Anthem (Really good, but didn’t play for long enough.

Main Stage

Main Stage

We also caught King Size Slim, Bastilla and Eat Static before the main stage finale for the weekend.  First up were Doves, who played brilliantly, then Fleet Foxes with their beardy folk harmonies and were excellent and then came Elbow.  I don’t know what else to say apart from this was probably the best band to end a festival with.  They were great all the way through, but the encore was purely phenomenal.  2 songs that just felt right after the weather and the good time that we had this weekend, Weather to Fly and On a Day Like Today.  Not sure weather it was the wind that had whipped up or the music, but the hair on the back of my neck stood on end.  As they finished, fireworks started and the last festival of the summer came to an end.  All I had to do was get the 5.45am Fast Cat back.

All of my photo’s are available on Flickr





Laughing Until It Hurt

8 05 2008

I suppose I had better write about this weekend as it was a monster of laughter an joviality.

I picked up the Ebster on friday and drove to the Woo where we met with Fatbob and Bimbo.  Bimbo had made us pizza and due to my apparant fussy eating let me choose the toppings, cue mushroom and chorizo pizza.  Nom nom nom.

The 4 of us then went out for a few drinks (it would have been 6, but a drunken Dev had upset KP, so they made the decision not to come out).  We went to the Swan with Two Nicks for a spot of jukebox abuse and then on to Heroes, where we all had a jolly good laugh at the Fonz look-a-like with his Diamonte (not Del Monte as I heard, there was no pineapple there) earring.

We hit the sack and then were up and about bright and earlyish for bacon sandwiches and toast, before the four of us took the train to Brum with KP and Dev.  Now this was quite exciting as Dev and Ebby hadn’t seen each other in 12 years after they went to school together.  As they chatted, we all almost died laughing as a small child licked the floor of the train.

In Birmingham we met with May-z who had took the train up and then proceeded to eat and make a map of the UK out of receipts (see that’s the sort of thing that happens when you get a load of geographers together).

Then onto the Slug and Lettuce for a few more drinks while May-z watched the football in the busiest pub in the world.  Once Birmingham had lost and were effectively relegated he came back with Rich, who can talk some bollocks, but is incredibly funny.  For the 2nd time that day I laughed until I almost died with the conversation about putting candles in your ears to help you relax.  I guess you had to be there. so about 5.40 we headed to our final destination for the evening, the Carling Academy to watch Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip.  Support came from Gideon Conn who was ace and Producers with Computers who were also great and came from Portsmouth.  There was also the girl with the shortest skirt in the world and some pirates, but I am not sure they had anything to do with the show.  DLS vs SP were predictably brilliant, and I still think that Scroob is one of the best front men that I have seen.

After may drinks and plenty of pogoing we headed to KFC and then to the train home, ready for the next days trip to Hay-on-wye.  On the way to the train Ebby was looking at somthing Dev was pointing at and walked forehead first into a lamp post where she left a large amount of skin.

So on the sunday, the 7 of us (Me, Ebby, Fatbob, Bimbo, Dev, KP and May-z headed off to the international book town of Hay-on-Wye, its home to 57 bookshops and has far too many books for its own good, you really have to know what you are looking for.  Surprisingly with me being the bibliophile that I am, I came away with no books, while unsurprisingly everyone else did, especially Ebby who went rampaging through the Poetry sections like a mad thing and must have bought about 400 of the things.  We had a pint at lunch in a nice beer garden (apparantly the largest garden in Wales…well according to Dev anyway) before making our way back to Casa Fatbob and Bimbo for a game of back yard frisbee (Yard being the operative word, as 6 of us were trying to play in an area about a yard square) before we had to say our goodbyes and I took Ebby back home.

The Comedy List

  • The Text message that I got from Neil that I can’t repeat
  • Delmonte earrings
  • The Child Floor Licker
  • The Candle Conversation
  • The Watch Strap abuse
  • The Head banging incident
  • May-Z claiming Fatbob and Bimbos house
  • May-z’s weak and childlike bladder and tendency to hurt himself

I am sure that there were plenty more, so comments please and I will add them.