Tuesday, November 29, 2005
The Bravery & The Padingtons Brixton Academy 28.11.05
The Bravery on the other hand have no image and are not trying to imitate others. Was a bit disturbed to see a laptop on stage before they came on but at least they didn't rely on it too much. Very melodic rock stuff they played and the band seemed to be having fun, something I feel is lacking among some modern bands. Honest Mistake was played half way through to an electrifying rapture and they ended with a cover of Inxs's Don't Change, which for me was a personal highlight as the last time I had heard that song live was at the same venue with an out of it Hutchence leading his band shortly before he self destructed. Another noteworthy matter was the two roadies were in fancy dress, one as a US cheerleader despite being a hairy six foot male and another dressed as a chicken and looking quite funny when tuning up a guitar. Always nice to enjoy a gig when you don't really know what to expect which is what happened here. Also to end, I would add a few nice looking females in the audience despite some being about 16!
7/10 Paddingtons 7.5/10 Bravery.
Thursday, November 24, 2005
New Opening Hours
Most town centre pubs in Sutton have gone for a 1am or 2am closing at weekends. This again will not make any difference. People who want to drink at this time previously still did, although they had to in pubs playing loud music like Cafe Mango or Bar Room Bar. Now they have a more civilised option of a quieter pub such as the old Hogshead. This may have an effect on the 'disco' pubs becoming less busy and even maybe nightclubs reducing their admission / drink prices and that can only be positive.
I just cannot see how the change in the laws encourages the so called binge drinker. These people will drink anyway. I feel the new laws, gives people who fancy a later drink a wider choice of their venue and that can only be a good thing.
Interestingly, the latest license locally that isn't a town centre pub is the Old Drill who have gone for a 1.30am closing at weekends, so feel free to mock this article at me as I leg it from Clarets to North Cheam at quarter to one on a Satrday morning!
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Natalie Imbruglia Shepherds Bush Empire 21.11.05
Set - Wishing I Was There / That Day / Sunlight / Satisfied / Wrong Impression / Counting Down The Days / One More Addiction / Smoke / Sanctuary / Come On Home / Starting Today / Left Of The Middle / Pineapple Head / Shiver / I've Been Watching / Beauty On The Fire / Torn / Impressed ///encore/// Don't You Think / Big Mistake
Monday, November 21, 2005
Southampton - Leeds (and Bar Ice) 19.11.05
Quo At Oxford 18.11.05
My brotehr and I decided to make a day of it and got up to Oxford about half one via the Oxford Tube. First stop was a Youngs pub called the Angel & Greyhound. A walk down the Cowley road enabled us to browse in a couple of record shops. After buying a sandwich, a dodgy bloke asked where the station was. We assumed this was a slang term as he obviously didn't want the station (and also we were miles away from it!). The fairly awful Hobgoblin pub was visited to next, only frequented as other places were shut. Walking back into town, passing three sex shops in the process, we went into the Mitre. This was a bar/restaurent type place. After passing the Turl bar we then went to check out where the venue was and it's proximity to the bus station. Another record shop was found and I managed to purchase a rare Dada album I hadn't seen before. The Old School was next where I won a rather poor standerd pool game 2-1. After a forgettable pub called the Grapes, we went to the White Hart. Many years ago this small pub used to serve Tuborg on tap, alas we had to settle for Carlsberg. The Turf was our next port of call, a historic pub set in acourtyard or stable. Had quite an atractive girl polishing the tables here and was the second pub running that had a low ceiling. Historic pubs continued the theme with a visit to the Bear with the mammoth tie collection in the smoky back bar! As we were due to meet Dan about sixish we headed north to the Morse favourite, the Eagle & Child. Sitting in the conservatory bit we also read that Tolkien used to be here every Sunday in the first half of last century. Contact was finally made with Dr Lovegrove and we met him in the Lamb & Flag. The busiest pub so far. After a walk through the hospital we headed to Jericho and into Jude The Obscure. Some nice barmaids I seem to recall in a well lit friendly pub. Bidding farewell to Dan, we headed back to town turning down a few bottle only places. Metal pub the Gloucester Arms was next and AC/DC promptly put on the jukebox by myself. We then headed to Far From The Madding Crowd, a well lit Allbarone type place, where I also bought crisps as we forgot to have a mian meal. Heading across to the venue we saw that the support was still on, so we decided to have a quick half in O'Neills which was the same as all the others in this chain. We then managed to get back to the venue just as the lights went down, I can't actually recallour tickets being checked which was odd! The show finished about twenty to eleven allowing us time for a final drink in the Goose before getting the coach back to Notting Hill which allowed us a quick dash to get the final tube to Wimbledon. A long but ultimately enjoyable day!
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Dot Allison At The Vibe Bar 16.11.05
Unlike last times I've seen Dot live, she concentrated solely on singing leaving the instruments (acoustic guitar, violin and even a banjo!) to three blokes. She did just under an hour of mainly new stuff but we did get a good version of Strung Out second song in and a great White Love (the One Dove song). It was one of thoe times though I wished I brought a CD cover to sign as she was happy mingling with the audience after and also did brush past me before she came on to get to the toilet!
It's hard to describe Dot to those unaware of her music. Her first solo album had light breathy vocals to sultry ballads where her second album was more techno based with big beats. The new stuff is more melodic and going back to what her first album is. Will be definately worth a purchase on this performance.
Set - Paper Rose / Strung Out / Quicksand / In Deep Water / Embers To Flames / You Dropped Your Soul / White Love / Portrait Of The Sun