Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Monday, October 30, 2006
Beatles in Holland Pt 1 & 2 (this one's for Lindsay)
Cuby & the Blizards - doc
Dukes - Friday On My Mind
Golden Earrings - Daddy Buy Me A Girl
Golden Earrings - That Day
Pretty Things in Blokker
Ro-d-y-s - Take Her Home
Rolling Stones 1964
Tielman Brothers - Rollin' Rock
The Wednesday, November 8th edition of Gorilla Got Me will involve me begging you for money. It is the annual WMBR fundraiser....the one time of year the radio station asks for listener support. WMBR is all volunteer/commercial-free/free-form radio and relies solely on listener support to keep the station in operation.
There will be lots of great treats and premiums (concert/club tix, CD/DVDs, books, etc.) for your much appreciated donation offerings. Hope you can join me and lend some change or small dollar (or large) amounts to the Gorilla! Tune in 2:00-4:00 PM EST as we let the begging begin.
Go Go Gorilla!
You can phone in donations during the show on November 8th, 2:00-4:00PM EST at 617-253-8810"
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Of course, that alleged "extra" hour that we're supposed to benefit from today went "poot" into the ether. The coming week is shaping up to be another doozy but i'll do what I can to bring things up to some kind of snails pace. See you next Wednesday as John Landis might say...
Saturday, October 28, 2006
The Last Town Chorus opened for The Guillemots to a packed house. I’m not terribly familiar with the latter but what I saw of them was OK. I reckoned it might have been horrendous but it wasn’t. I’d have liked to have seen the songs that Megan joined ‘em for but had to cut out because it was a school night. I was knackered from a day trying to sort out stuff here in the bunker too. So anyway, The LTC presented that trademark atmospheric lap steel to an appreciative audience. The sound was great and theirs is music that literally soared under such conditions. The material from the new Wire Waltz set really shimmered and the only bugbear was that some of the audience gibbered too loudly over the quiet parts. The spare, almost orchestral nature of this demands a certain respectful silence. Why do people go to see shows and slaver their brains out during a performance? The LTC return to Glasgow in December and elsewhere in the UK too. I’ll post the dates when I get ‘em.
Thursday was The Dolls. Ever since the Arthur film I’ve been kicking myself that I didn’t go to the Royal Festival Hall. Then I remembered that one of the main reasons was that they had the drummer from The Libertines. The opening act was something called Towers Of London. First I saw of them was the cover of the Guardian Guide last Saturday. Apparently there’s a “reality” TV show on Bravo which gives these no-hopers a platform for their charismatically-challenged punk metal by numbers. They make McFly seem like the fucking Allman Brothers. Identikit safe rubbish for the Big Brother generation and utterly devoid of any redeeming features. Apart from that, they’re great. This is where that other bar in the venue came in very handy. The Dolls on the other hand were absolutely fabulous and the intro tape really set the tone for a set that mixed plenty of old and new. Like I’ve said before, the new album is damned good and concerns in some quarters that it veers too close to metal in parts are unfounded in my opinion. They’re having a lot of fun up there and I think that there are good vibes involved with this particular resurrection that don’t apply to the dollar-grabbing actions of some “living legends”. Like The Fleshtones the Friday before, this is a band that puts on a show. The version of “Piece Of My Heart” would have been trite in lesser hands but it was fantastic situated as it was in the set. The version of “(Fucking) Pills” was incendiary. The band are full on and have their own identity. It’s not just a hollow homage to a bygone era. It was like an old fashioned Glasgow night out and a lot of the throng had been waiting a long time for this show. Johansen is one of the great frontmen, his gurning and presence is a reminder of what this game is all about. I think that the reaction on this last night of the tour surprised them. In a just world, the NY Dolls would have played at the old Apollo back during the pre(UK) punk wars but I’m glad they’re still around and pounding it out with this much gusto. It restores one’s faith to some degree.
The clocks go back tonight and I have to bloody work tomorrow. So much to do and way too little time. Now it’s time to check out the new Peter C. Johnson album “Yaka Yaka” and to watch the Demolition Doll Rods dvd as an antidote to the excrecable Saturday night TV roster. All going well there’ll be another missive soon, after all there’s an extra hour coming up…
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Friday was Fleshtone time and I really wish that these guys could command the attendances they deserve because they were literally smoking in comparison to anything from that previous night. I hadn't seen them for more than 10 years. Since they opened for The Cramps in Amsterdam and the Nomads played upstairs afterwards. There are so many copy bands out there that have taken the routines and some of the sound but they can't, not one of them, ape the finite superrock ingredient. Like whatever makes Coca into Cola or Irn into Bru. Hadn't seen them perform material from the last few albums either so it was all good. Got more exercise during this hour or so than I have in recent living memory. They got a decent crowd but there should a been a line around the block, locked out. Such is the power that they wield. Yes I'm biased but ask anybody who was there. Hardly anybody even comes close. Not ever. 30 years and counting. Never less than supreme, the never lost that american beat because they fucking ARE it! Cool supporting roles from The Grease Monkeys and The Dexateens made this the preferable of the two DWC anniversary nights that your old codger here attended.
Now to the e-mail backlog, if this steam modem has enough puff.
My Two Cents. Posted 8:20 PM by Jeroen Vedder
As we were unable to get to London in time for the Monks and Black Time I can only vouch for Lindsay's take on the 2nd night and as par usual he's pretty much on the ball. Tho' mention has got to be made of the soundguy who figured that the Fleshtones are best appreciated at distorto level and Alfonso from the Parkinsons who wrecked Zaremba's organ early in the set...
The third night was a hoot as well mainly c/o the Priscillas, an all girl 4 piece who's Ramones/Runaways hybrid is as predictable as it is contagious. All dolled up and with choreographed stage-moves, they delivered a great set of uber-catchy tunes.
Proof positive that there is a God came when the Parkinsons hit the stage and the P.A . and lighting-rig gave up the ghost halfway their first song. Mucho fuss was made of audience members throwing beer, but it was obvious that the band was soley responsible. Hey, that's what you get for messin' with Z-man's keyboard!
Anyways, the Parkinsons sweaty/shirts-off/male bonding take on R&R complete with terracechant-style choruses is hardly my cup o' tea. Tho' most of the crowd seemed to think otherwise... Opening act Thee Exciters were fun for a while, but really should take note of Black Time's dictum of only playing short sets and crampin' all your good points in that brief timespace...
A short note on the fact that London might not be that big a city as is often believed: The girl who was selling tickets at the DWC on Friday, looked very much like the one who sold me some records at Sounds That Swing on Saturday afternoon and the one playing rockabilly 45s at the Elephants Head on Saturday night...
Congratulations to P.J. and here's hopin' for at least one more decade. A tip of the hat goes out to Steve, Lindsay, Matthew, Jos and Coen.
Pictures c/o Jos De Groot
Update: Some Youtube links: Monks, Parkinsons.
Those dashingly rum coves, The Stripchords, return to the stage at the slinkily seductive Lady Luck club on October 26th. Having enjoyed a summer sporting across the London, around domestic provinces, in Europa, and up the New World, a fully refreshed and highly manoeuvrable handful of Stripchords are scheduled to take to the stage ofthe London's top burlesque review at the stroke of midnight, Thursday next.
Lady Luck is a most hip night of hepcat 'n' kitten thrills, held at Too Two Much (the former Raymond Review Bar), and presided over by DJ/hosts Nino, Jake, Ronnie & co. Expect:* World-class burlesque turns. * The Stripchords with Mr Bishop's saucy 8mm fillums. * Real fine r'n'r 'desk jockey' action - Louis Jordan to Louis Louis.* Cocktails, cigars, etc. Dress to impress and let Lady Luck do the rest at London's most hellishly swinging night.
The Stripchords have put aside time to thoroughly Shake'n'Vac their stageschmutter before kicking off a new season of top tits 'n' twang action at Lady Luck, so shape up or schtup out - no serge denime, gymnasium shoes, etc. Indeed, the run up to that most filthy of festive seasons (mistletoe, lingerie, stuffing, etc) is set to be a busy one, as The Stripchords are already engaged to play the following jollies. All jigs in the London, unless noted:
* Thu Oct 26th - The Lady Luck Club, Too Two Much, Berwick St, 10pm 'til very late, £9-£13. Plus live burlesque and Lady Luck DJs.
* Sat Nov 4th - Gutter Ball @ Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, support by The Creepy Morons, Honkeyfinger, and Sonic Reducer Tag Team DJs.
* Fri Nov 17th - Stamford Hill Sports Club @ Hoxton Bar & Grill, Hoxton Sq, with The Penetrators, and SHSC DJs.
* Sat Nov 25th - Mods Vs Rockers @ International Student House, Gt PortlandSt, with The Five Aces, plus DJs Dr Robert and co.
* Fri Dec 8th - A XXXmess @ Cube Cinema Complex, Bristol. Live burlesque,plus support TBC, and Off The Cuff DJs.
We do hope you'll come join us for one, or all, of the above wingdings.Stay cool, won't you?
Monday, October 23, 2006
RIP: Sandy West.
Just got off the plane back from London and word reached me that Sandy West has passed away. This is sad news of course. Just this Saturday night I was enjoying London's Priscillas playin' at the Dirty Water Club, and was reminded once again how big an impact the Runaways had on the music scene and esp on girls wantin' to start a R&R band. Not that the Priscillas were direct clones or anything, just that they'd obviously took some cues from Sandy & Co. and found their own direction from there on...
I only got to see the Runaways once as a 13 year old, and you can probably imagine the impact that had on me...
Here's a bunch o' Youtube links:
Come On, Rock 'n' Roll, Cherry Bomb, Neon Angels On The Road To Ruin, All Right You Guys, American Night, Schooldays (on Dutch TV!), Queens Of Noise, California Paradise an I Love Playin' With Fire.
Update: There's a great Runaways history by Phast Phreddie Patterson on his Myspace page.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
"Sexy Stockholm star *Hello Saferide*, angelic Swedish SAMI award winner *Maia Hirasawa* and Glasgow's super secret, super sweet supergroup *The Poems*
Wednesday, November 15, 8pm to 12am, Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo St, Glasgow, G2 7DA
Tickets 4GBP, available at Tickets Scotland, Monorail Records
Sounds of Sweden have teamed up with the lovely ladies of Dolly Mixture to present our best line-up yet – a trio of amazing female-fronted bands from near and far.
Behind stage name *Hello Saferide* (inspired by an intelligent bus driver in a drug-addicted small town) is songwriter Annika Norlin, a musical version of Holly Hunter who has become the veritable darling of the Swedish music scene in the past year. She'd been writing songs since the age of seven, never aspiring for anyone else to hear them, when she recorded the song *Highschool Stalker*, about a young girl stalking her crush. It was an instant Internet hit with its handclaps, Shangri-Las ask-and-tell chorus, scrunched-up trumpet, and rollicking guitar pop. She immediately got a record deal and her first single, *My Best Friend*, featured the lyrics "Damn, I wish I was a lesbian/so I could fall in love with you." It immediately got radio airplay and had the toughest of tough men crying they, too, wanted to be lesbians. She released her debut album, "Introducing...Hello Saferide", in late September 2005, to a massive critical acclaim. "The strength of this album is that there are no weaknesses", wrote one reviewer. Her summer has been spent playing in front of thousands at nearly every festival, and her anxiously anticipated follow-up, *Would you play this EP ten times a day*? has catapulted to number three in the Swedish charts, well on its way to gold. Annika was even declared the fourth sexiest woman in Sweden by QX Magazine, and song *Long Lost Penpal* featured in a recent episode og HBO hit Big Love. And all the hype is well-deserved. Annika's songwriting is sharp as a needle, packed with finely-wrought storytelling and deft turns of phrase, couched impossibly catchy melodies and just the slightest tinge of bedroom melancholy, causing the all-mighty Pitchfork to proclaim a "cuteness alert!"
Maia Hirasawa is a half-Swedish, half-Japanese singer with a background in jazz who has a knack for writing some damn catchy songs. She first came to attention as accompanying singer/instrumentalist extraordinaire in Hello Saferide, and is now starting to make her own
mark as a solo act, recently winning the 2006 Swedish Roland/SAMI award (for unsigned Swedish bands). As Annika herself says, has got the voice of an angel gone to hell and back - and the melody sense of Burt Bacharach. She has drawn comparisons with Regina Spektor, and like her, charms the crowd with her strong self-confidence and winning stage presence - and adorable smile.
The Poems are Glasgow's best-kept secret. The reclusive quintet rarely play live, and are better known across the pond, thanks to the US label Minty Fresh, which released their debut album 'Young America' . They deliver lush, low-key chamber indie, with angelic sighs from Kerry Polwart and Amy Ogletree (daughter of Simple Minds drummer Mike Ogletree), existential philosophy from songwriter (and ex-Bluebells frontman) Robert Hodgens and the instrumental mastery of Adrian Barry (The High Fidelity) and Bobby Paterson (Love And Money). Full of chiming acoustic guitars, sweeping vocals, and grand arrangements, The Poems wear their gentle melodicism proudly on their world-worn sleeves. Their album features contributions from many of their famous friends, including Isobel Campbell, Norman Blake and members of Del Amitri and The Proclaimers, and their songs have even featured on US TV show Grey's Anatomy."
Sounds of Sweden
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
When I discovered this at Stereogum last night, my flabber couldn't have been more gasted. CBGB's may be gone but the tuneage is going CBeebies!
Fancy Hallowe'en in Madrid? If only... but if you're there...
This is still acting up so i'm gonna quit while i'm ahead. I've added those Brat links three times and they keep "not appearing".
First up some news about a bogus Beat Poets...
The Beat Poets vs The Beat Poets, Glasgow, Friday October 20
"Scotland's top surf instrumental band has thrown down the gauntlet to a group of upstarts from across the Irish Sea who are using the same name. In a row reminiscent of a spat between supermodels over the use of the title The Body (although visually not quite as stimulating), Glasgow¹s Beat Poets are taking legal advice over use of the name.
Events are likely to come to a head on Friday October 20 when the Belfast band make their first visit to the Scottish city. On the same evening as they play a support slot at Sauchiehall Street venue, Firewater, the REAL Beat Poets have arranged a rival gig at the much hipper Universal bar in Sauchiehall Street Lane. The Beat Poets were formed in 1986 by guitarist Tom Rafferty and saxophonist Keith Bruce. One of their first appearances was at a Glasgow Style Event at the Third Eye Centre (now the CCA) in Sauchiehall Street. The band made its first recordings for seminal 53rd and 3rd label co-founded by Stephen Pastel of Glasgow group The Pastels. Their debut EP Glasgow, Howard Missouri now commands a high price among collectors of authentic instrumental rock'n'roll, as does their debut album Totally Radio on Imaginary Records. The band were instrumental (dearie me) in bringing over the surf guitar legend, Dick Dale for shows in Scotland after "Miserlou" was featured Pulp Fiction. The band opened for his trio at the Glasgow Garage and in Edinburgh.
The Beat Poets have also performed with legendary Memphis singer and songwriter Alex Chilton. Famous for their immaculate stage attire and short snappy sets, The Beat Poets were once described by Tom Morton in Melody Maker as 'the best band in Glasgow'. Presented with a copy of their 45 Rebel Surf, guitarist Link Wray, who sadly passed away this year, remarked: "These guys are right now".
Despite inviting comparisons with The Majestics in John Byrne's classic TV and now stage drama Tutti Frutti, The Beat Poets have never stopped gigging and are currently gearing up for a spate of performances in November. The Universal appearance is an appetiser designed to warn off the usurpers whose presence in the city is bound to be confusing to fans of the original, long-established outfit.
The Beat Poets appear at The Universal, Sauchiehall Street Lane, on Friday October 20 at 10pm.
Picture by Marc Marnie. Stuart Morrison, Keith Bruce and Tom Rafferty present surf guitar legend Dick Dale with a Beat Poets trademark Glasgow tartan tie.
Monday, October 16, 2006
061116 - Transilvania Live - Milano (ITA)
061117 - Transilvania Live - Bassano del Grappa (Vicenza) (ITA)
061118 - Sonar Club - Colle val Delsa (Siena) (ITA)
061125 - Vooruit - Gent, (BEL)
Damn, Gent is within' traveling distance, maybe it's time to offload some more stuff on eBay so I can head south next month...
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Such longevity – in my opinion - is a thing of the past in terms of everything. In fact, it may have already been removed from dictionaries, etc. because a description is no longer required. Nothing, and I do mean nada - is built, made, designed or worse, even expected to last anymore. Sure, there are things that SHOULD, but the scum have no truck with that. Take YouTube, it was fun while it lasted but is undoubtedly doomed. It may provide a business model but all the good points will be spirited away. Its future is said to hinge on perceived ad "revenue". There's that word "perceived" again. Advertising, other than as a novelty, doesn't work. It doesn't bring the returns it once did and does nothing more than create a ripple of profile, if that. The arse has fallen out of printed real estate, just as it has on TV and radio because it’s way beyond saturation. Word of mouth or bush telegraph can provide the means of mushrooming but ultimately the info overload is just crushing. Even for info junkies. Being bombarded with waste be it of paper or cyber variety has disembowled any possible plus side to advertising, it’s almost all pish. Of course the word has to leak out somehow but lack of concensus means that it can’t be driven. Any kind of splash is just mopped up for the next regurgitation. There's no time to process anything anymore. Trying to make such time is mostly futile. It doesn’t even serve as the next day’s chip paper because the fast food emporiums use those terrible polystyrene cartons. Or white paper. Possibly because the ink will kill us. Whatever doesn’t off you makes you stronger (allegedly). Bring on the ink…
From The South... THE DEXATEENS - full-on three-guitar southern rawk from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, over to promote their new LP, "Hardwire Healing"(Produced by Patterson Hood of the Drive By Truckers). Described as what the Stones would have sounded like had they been from Alabama, ie hot, nasty, gritty, ass-sweaty real deal rock'n'roll. Alabama humidity mixed with whiskey and big amps can only result in earth shaking rock and roll like this!
And from the North... THE GREASE MONKEYS - cranked-up garage punk rock'n'roll from Glasgow; taking 60's garage & 70's punk and putting it thru their hi-octane rawk blender w/ a few neat twists!
Here's the lowdown...
THE DEXATEENS & THE GREASE MONKEYS
Mon 16th - LONDON w/ ANIMAL MATHS opening -
Tue 17th - HIGH WYCOMBE - The Roundabout, Bridge Street - FREE
Wed 18th - BRISTOL w/ DA CAPO opening - The Junction, Stokes Croft - £5
Fri 20th - LONDON w/ THE FLESHTONES headlining -
Sat 21st - BIRMINGHAM w/ DAN SARTAIN (headlining),
Saturday, October 14, 2006
In Brazil, there's a soap opera that has The Bambi Molesters providing the theme music. Thanks to Lada, and to YouTube, you can check it out.
The Spangler continues to weave his musical web to provide you with a soundtrack to spending your existence online.
Munster Records are branching into the DVD sector, sample the upcoming Beasts of Bourbon, Black Lips and Demolition Doll Rods releases. Visit the website for availability details.
Brother Randall has made the following available for your viewing pleasure…
Jack Starr: Masters of the Sky
Jack Starr: Chicken
Mack Stevens: Porn Again
Uncalled 4: Grind Her Up
Uncalled 4: Cotton Fields
And as CBGB’s goes under the thunder of The Dictators again tonight, and Patti Smith will be playing out closing time tomorrow, Duane sent this link…
And Ramonesmania continues unabated. (Thanks Tom and Martin)
Time to draw breath now, I’ll be back soon with the Dexateens dates and whatever else sooner than you, er, think… Just daydreaming here, wishing I was in Valencia watching The A-Bones and Co. Hello Saferide is headed for Glasgow in November also. Perhaps there is hope...
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
"Hey, yeah, it's been awhile! But things are swingin' again with a brand new Crawlspace CD from Gulcher. Also new is the second online issue of Slippy Town Times with Home Blitz interview by Tony Rettman; reviews of Home Blitz, Bon Vivants, Times New Viking, Jackwacker, Sun City Girls, Tommy Jay, and more; movie reviews; and comix. Plus an online reprint of Gulcher magazine #0, from 1975, with Lester Bangs review of an anti-downer album, Richard Meltzer on a party at Handsome Dick Manitoba's place, Metal Mike Saunders on the Sonics, Eddie Flowers and Ken Highland review of the first Dictators LP, MC5 cover story by Eddie Flowers, Wayne Kramer interview, letters from Cub Koda, Brownsville Station live reviews, Les Variations interview by Ken Highland, Mike Saunders review of Fabian, and lots more!" Check it out here.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Monday, October 09, 2006
"As the bearded Beatle bard George once bemoaned, all things must pass....
Thus, on Saturday, October 28, 2006 at The Khyber, 9:00 PM sharp, with ghouls and fools lurking in the belfry, the quasi-legendary punk rock ban, SICKIDZ, will present The Last Show on Earth: A Halloween Rock 'N' Roll Circus, and desecrate a stage for what could be the last time.
Conspiring with the group for this final Rehearsal for Retirement will be the garage rock heroes The Jukebox Zeroes, the wonderfully eccentric King of Siam, the strange and sensual femme fatales who are The Flys, a resuscitated version of the immortal Warm Jets, a special acoustic performance by national treasure Palmyra Delran, plus appearances by Dingal and McGuffrey, Remi Shinguard, Slash Shakir, Yokohohohno, Dr. D's Tijuana Donkey Show, as well as prizes, surprizes, giveaways, and contests.
The Sickidz, of course, got a reputation. The original Band That Can't Play, they are a local institution and embarrassment, accused of inciting mayhem, apocalypse and redemption. They've been around forever, played any/everywhere that would have 'em, put out music produced by The Cramps, opened for Iggy, gave Ben Vaughn his only one shot at fame and fortune, endured deathdarkness, became internationally famous, split up, spit up, reunited and have finally determined that enough is indeed enough.
So, it's goodbye baby and amen. Arrive early, leave late. The Sickidz wish to bite you and bid adieu.
Got anything better to do?"
The Khyber , 56 S. 2nd St. , Phila, PA 19106 215-238-5888 Tickets on sale now.
Sunday, October 08, 2006
Saturday, October 07, 2006
The Dictators' Oct. 13th show sold out in 15 minutes, but those shut out have another chance to see Handsome Dick Manitoba, Ross the Boss, Andy Shernoff, Scott Kempner and J.P. "Thunderbolt" Patterson in action: The Dictators now also will play Oct. 14th -- the last Saturday night ever at CBGB -- along with Blondie's Debbie Harry and Chris Stein, who will be performing an acoustic set. Tickets go on sale Sunday, Oct. 8, at noon via TicketWeb.
Friday, October 06, 2006
Whilst we're on the subject of "wrassling"...
"LOS FABULOUS COYOTEMEN HEAD ON YONDER TO ESPANIA FOR TWO BIG SHOWS THIS MONTH... 1ST ON THE MAT IS A MASK VERSUS HAIR MATCH 'TWEEN THE COYOTES 'N' THAT SWEDISH/SWINGIN' LONDON TAGTEAM THEE EXCITERS WITH THE CARD TOPPED UP BY SPANISH MONKEY MEN LOS SIMIOS AT THE GRUTTA 77 CLUB IN MADRID ALL THE ACTION TAKES PLACE ON WEDNESDAY("HEY BUDDY EVERY NIGHTS WEDNESDAY NIGHT WHEN THE COYOTEMEN ARE IN TOWN!") 11TH OCT..THEN IT'S OFF DOWN THE COAST TO VALENCIA WHERE THE MASKED MASTERS OF MUCK PLAY THE OPENIN' NIGHT OF THE FUNTASTIC DRACULA#2 FEST 12TH OCT! CHECK 'EM OUT AT THE DUB CLUB, THEN HANG AROUND FOR TWO DAYS OF SWINGIN' SOUNDS ON THE SANDS!"
And if you're down in London yonder, Phobics action...
Tonight (Friday 6th) we are on stage at the Venue Basement Bar in Clifton Rise, New Cross. The night kicks off at 9pm and goes on til 3am and we hit the stage at 11:30pm ish
Come early and stay late for a night of Stooges inspired punk and roll from The Moon, The Uptown Decadence Unit, The Penny Reds and The Fuzz Pilots.
Get in for £3 if you are wearing 60's /70's threads or pay £6 or £5 with a flyer - check the local bars out as we'll leave a few around.
Next up after that is Friday 13th October, 2006 at The Grosvenor, 17 Sidney Road, Brixton /Stockwell SW2Cost: £5 or £4 with a flyer Doors 8:30
STRIPLIGHT "Noir-wave angular artsters" featuring ex curve/mekons www.myspace.com/striplight THE PHOBICS (ON 10PM) "Deptford fun city punk guitar slingers" www.myspace.com/thephobics NIGHTFIGHTERS "no one can do the blues so wrong" www.myspace.com/nightfighter
WHERE IS THE GROSVENOR & HOW DO I GET TO IT?Cyber geeks: go here.
The Grosvenor pub is on Sidney Road, just 1 block off of Stockwell Road (the A203). Sidney Road becomes Robsart Street and runs East-West between Stockwell Rd and Brixton Road (North of Central Brixton half-way to Kennington Park & Oval.) . Stockwell Tube: Go to Stockwell by tube and then walk South (walk straight out of the tube station's only exit and directly across the street... towards the Swan pub Once across the street keep heading down this road straight ahead (it's Stockwell Rd) and after a few blocks cross the street. There will be a 4-way intersection after a few shops (there's a pub being renovated on the corner that used to be called "the Plug" and you need to go East (left) onto Sidney Rd.
Brixton tube: Walk out of the only exit for Brixton tube. Take a RIGHT and walk past Sainsburies Go a few blocks in this general direction (north), under the bridge, past the Beehive & a few cashmachines & take the LEFT at Bernardos charity shop (towards the BRIXTON ACADEMY). Follow this Road around past the Stockwell Skate Park a few blocks up and take a RIGHT after the first estate block onto Sidney Road. You're there! "
I think that's about it for this bulletin. If I forgot anything then I wouldn't be surprised...
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Monday, October 02, 2006
Sunday, October 01, 2006
Yeah, you figured that with my absence on the NBT blog my life was pretty lame right? Not so, me 'n my friends are hanging out with the stars!
OK, truth be told; I just took the pic and got a nasty look from Bill when the flash went off...
Right now it's rainin' outside, complete with lightnin' 'n thunder. I guess the summer's finally over 'n done with. Time again to fire up HQ's hi-fi and return to this bloggin' biz. Maybe a good start is try 'n give you a rundown of what's been doin' the rounds on my trusty ol' Thorens.
Minor keys 'n vocal harmonies have topped my personal charts in recent weeks; the Zombies, Impressions, Hollies, Everly Brothers, Paragons and Searchers, they seemed to make plenty sense in that Indian summer daze...
The Music Machine's The Ultimate Turn On 2CD on Big Beat has also been takin' up plenty o' time, as did the amazin' Garagemental! comp on the same label. Thee album of this summer has been Johan's THX JHN, A-grade six-0 tune-age w/ hints of early, pre-lame, Undertones and REM. Not really sure what to make of those new Radio Birdman 'n New York Dolls discs... Some good tunes obviously, but taken in the grand scheme of things I'm not too sure if any of those will last alongside their past glories...
Wednesday the Dolls 'll play Amsterdam, and it'll be curious to see how things will turn out. After that we'll be leavin' for London later this month to catch the Fleshtones at the Dirty Water Club, and (hopefully) an NBT staff meeting...
Hipshakes / Stick Around e.p. (AFOR 008)
These South Yorkshire young hopes spit out some short and shambling punkrock stompers , all packed with an excess of nervous energy. Daniel (gtr, vox) Andrew (bss, vox) and Bruce (drms, shouts) are barely in control. Crap attack punk without fake anger. Yep, easily the coolest thing on vinyl to come out of Sheffield since “Being Boiled/Circus of Death’ by The Human League way back in ’78. The Hipshakes play this year’s Gonerfest III in Memphis, a euro-tour will follow later this year.
Movie Star Junkies / Dolls Come In 7” (AFOR 007)
Straight outta the Italian Alps come Movie Star Junkies. Not many will have heard from these guys but they did do a UK-tour already ! Their songs are all Farfisa-drenched-madness, it sounds like they drank just a bit too much of that Suicide/Scientists-potion and are freaking out on it. At the same time they won’t deny their mountain-village backgrounds, I mean places where people still rape pigs and eat them afterwards….hell, what more do you need to know, huh ? Anyway, you won’t get it any Bruttier, Sporchier and Cattivier than from these guys ! Tour of Germany, France and Holland by the end of October/ early November.
Both records come in the trademark Fistful no-bullshit, hand-screened, hand-numbered, garage-de-luxe stylee.
AFOR 006 Burning Bush – As I Went Out One Morning e.p.
AFOR 005 Digger & Pussycats – Live at World Cup 2006 e.p.
AFOR 003 El Zombie – Amongst Nobodies e.p.