Right so I’ve been busy/slack and this review is a bit late. It’s got to the point where the girls look as though they’re plotting to chain me to my laptop until it’s done so here we go…
(Btw is it weird that we review our own nights? I mean it’s not like we’re saying ‘ We’re ace you should have been there.’ No, it’s all about the bands. They were ace, you should have been there!)
La La Vasquez – We secretly refer to them as one of ‘our bands ‘ just cos we love them so much and we want them to play every night we ever do. But alas they have to play for a few other promoters too and so, went gallivanting around the country with Girls Names on their Captured Tracks tour. This was their homecoming gig, and thank God they arrived at sound check all in one piece with no unusual piercings or facial tattoo’s. They were brilliant as always and if you missed them this time keep an eye on our listings cos they’ll be back!
Girls Names – We’ve been crushing on their Myspace tracks for a good while now and were really excited that they were just as good live. They’re from Belfast but are coming down to London in May again so be sure to go and see them and buy a bag! They have the best bags. I could describe their sound and influences but our buddies at Baby Honey did a brilliant review that I couldn’t top so skip over to their blog and read on and while you’re there download ‘Graveyard‘ which is soon to been a DMD dj set staple!
Veronica Falls– Well they don’t need much introduction now do they? They’ve taken London by storm and are about to do the same in The States. Beautiful, haunting, lovelorn tales of woe, with perfect boy/girl harmonies. People were literally queuing up to see them and it’s no surprise really. Every single they’ve released has become my new favorite and I can’t wait till the album’s out! HURRY UP! Download ‘Stephen’ here.
Mirror/Dash is Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore’s (coolest couple in rock) experimental side project. It’s been an on-going collaboration since the early days of Sonic Youth, in which they used their guitars against anything they found necessary to create unique musical textures, also accompanied by Gordon’s whispering voice.
They played a show last Saturday at the pop up gallery 30 Days in New York, and apart from the hypnotizing experience of the drone sounds and seeing them totally absorbed with their own instruments, there were also projections on stage to get your eyes lost in.
Sonic Youth have also just released a 784 book, Sensational Fix, which includes two 7-inch records with unpublished songs by each member, album covers, band portraits and documentary photos, many of which have never been published before.
Finally! Here it is!
I’m always telling myself I should make a mixtape but when I start selecting the songs I can’t decide which song should go first or which one I should get rid of… Then next day I listen to it and I don’t like a song anymore or I realise I forgot to add another I really like…
This time I’m sort of happy with the result, some of my fave tunes at the moment, so here you go and I hope you listen til the end!
Masks – I Covered Myself In Fur
Forest Swords – Visits
Wooden Shjips – Loose Lips
Kurt Vile – Freak Train
Best Coast – When I’M With You
Nobunny – Chuck Berry Holiday
Sex Beet – I’M In Love With You (So Shut The Fuck Up)
Mohammed Rafi – Jaan Pehechaan Ho
The Pussywillows – Turn Her Down
The Bitters – Travelin’ Girl
I love this video!
I guess I should do a blog post about my birthday Divorce/Bitches gig at The Stags Head the other week. Only problem is I can’t really remember much of it. Luckily Laura had her camera out so I can probably give you a rough round up of what went down…
We were lucky enough to host the first London date on the Divorce UK tour. A last minute addition to the bill came in the form of Hillary Divorce and their friend/tour driver Chris’ brand new collabortation, Phat Trophies. They managed to forget their keyboard in Glasgow, but our friend Ian was kind enough to lend us his old school yamaha (that does helicopter noises, like the one in that Friend’s episode where Ross shows off his musical genius). Phat Trophies play awesome hammond heavy carnival freakout music with scary masks over on their heads. You’d be shit scared if you were to bump into them in a dark alley, but then would probably stick around for a dance anyway.
Bitches!!!! We fell in love with them when we saw them at Club Mofo a while back and knew they would go perfectly with Divorce (in fact they played together in Nottingham the night before too). Shouty girl/boy punk at its best with hilarious onstage banter to boot. They’re going to be everywhere this summer, so be sure you go and see them. We’re bound to be there, in the front, feeding them vodka jelly shots.
Then Divorce took the stage and all hell broke lose. 4 girls and a boy called Andy, who hail from Glasgow and whose beautifully brutal thrash punk would put the fear of God into any skinny jean wearing hipster. They are sooooo much fun to watch that you can’t help but act like a kid at your first metal concert. They shook The Stag’s Head so hard that the lights went out and they had to play by candle light (and the red flash application on Nathan Gossip’s iPhone) and at that point the moment we’ll remember forever happened… they started to play The Chain by Fleetwood Mac. I decided I could die happy and proceeded to follow that thought up by accepting yet more tequila shots. The rest of the night gets really blurry, there was a dinosaur cake, more Vodka Jelly, a house party and talk of a pool party (which unfortunately/fortunately we missed).