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.

I Love This Band

13 05 2008

Last night I went to see Vampire Weekend at the Wedgewood rooms and they were superb.  I think they are great and are along with DLSvsSP are my favourite band at the moment.  They started with Mansard Roof and finished with Walcott (funny that, playing a song about an ex-Southampton player in Portsmouth as your encore) via the whole album and more.  Oxford Comma was a real highlight though, and for the 45 minutes or so that they were on, all was right with my world.

The support band had some good tunes, but the lead singer looked like a chavvy Ian Curtis (of Joy Division) and insisted on singing everything with loads of Echo effect and it was still on even when he spoke.  This sounded really terrible.  Altogether they weren’t great which is good because I don’t feel too guilty about forgetting their names.

Oh yeah, Happy Birthday to me.


29 02 2008

Things to be happy about:

1)Its the 29th Febuary.  Ive been alive through 6 of these, that makes me nearly a week older than I should be.

2)Finally sorted out my expenses problem, so £500 coming to me.  Nice!

3)Ive got tickets to see my new favourite band Vampire Weekend at the wedgewood rooms on the 12th May…the day before my birthday.  Excellent present to me I think.

4)The damage to my car isn’t as bad as I thought it was.

5)Steak for Tea

6)My blood type is O positive.  I finally got the confirmation through.

Hmm, looking at it, these things aren’t that exciting.  Just shows you how crap my week has been for this to be the top 5 things making me happy.


5 02 2008

Now the Benjani-Defoe saga is sorted (Its a phased payment permanent deal apparantly) I can get on with talking about somthing else, and that somthing is my recent amazon purchases.  They arrived today so I will listen to and do a sort of mini review over the next few days.  Here is the first…

Vampire Weekend by Vampire Weekend.

Ever since I first heard Mansard Roof about 5 months ago on Colin Murray’s Radio 1 show I have been waiting for this to come out.  It always worries me when the song that I like the most is the first track on the album, but there it is in all of its weird brilliance (Currently on the Heavy Rotation list on All Things Go). 

Now don’t ask me to name the instruments that are playing most of the time, that has never been my strong point, but track 5 called M79 has a really nice piece of music behind it, and the arrangements throughout are a decent step above the normal dross that is about.  I love this album, but then again I like this sort of thing, and I am fairly sure that it won’t be everyones cup of tea, but hey, all you doubters are wrong.  Go and listen to Scouting for Girls and their songs about Michaela Strachan, which is a particular annoyance of mine at the moment, but I digresss.

Yep, 34 minutes of brilliance on this album, and you don’t often get songs about Architectural features or (possibly) named after 17 year old Arsenal and England strikers.