Sunday, September 28, 2008
Paddingtons 24.9.08 Barfly Camden
Thursday, September 25, 2008
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Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Forever Heavenley 13/14 September 2008
At the Southbank Centre last weekend was the 18th birthday celebrations of Heavenley Records. With three of my favourite artists on the bill this planned my weekend. First up on the Saturday was Beth Orton making her first stage appearance for three years, surprisingly in a support slot to The Magic Numbers. Beth was hypnotic. I really could not take my eyes of her as she performed acoustically. I remember seeing her a few years previously where she had a similar magnetic presence, but that gig went on far too long where this 50 minute set was perfect and left you knowing that you had seen something special. The Magic Numbers on the other hand were just another band. Didn’t really know much about them prior to this and probably still don’t except that the singer is a large bearded bloke. Not bad but just not good.
Sunday saw Dot Allison support St Etienne. Dot only had her debut album (Afterglow) on Heavenley and her set drew mainly from this. She had a full band with her and was remarkably heavy ending with a great version of Strung Out. However, the sound suffered because of this and her vocal elegance could not really come through as it should. Still good to here her ‘rock out’ compared to the acoustic shows of hers seen in recent years.
In between acts we saw a bit of Tim Burgess do a DJ set and said hello to him after getting myself a beer. He now knows my band covers Sproston Green!
St Etienne sensibly stuck to a hits set with Only Love Can Break Your Heart played early on. Sarah Cracknell looked lovely as ever, and told the security to let people stand down at the front to dance away as they wished. In the encore they were joined on stage by the heavenly records founders before ending with Like A Motorway and He’s On The Phone, played like a eurovision cover! A really good weekend, that concluded with a purchase of a souvenir T-Shirt and a complimentary programme.
Friday, September 12, 2008
The Pipettes, MaCluskeys Kingston 11.9.08
An indie club night in Kingston? Yes there is and a good one too. Remembering MaCluskeys from my youth this was my first visit in a decade. The reason, to see the new line up of The Pipettes. Alas, my crush Rosay has left along with riot Girl Becky, to be replaced by two lookalikes. Very good thery were too with a set combined with songs from their first album (Your Kisses Are Wasted On Me, Pull Shapes being highlights) and new songs from a forthcoming album, one of which, a reggae song about bleaching hair sung by Gwenno could well be a single. Best of all though was the value, £5.00 on the door and £2 a pint. A thouroughly good night. Though this being the first clubbing on a school night for me in years, was suffering the next morning.
Ash play 1977 at The Roundhouse 3.9.08
Last Friday I was at the Roundhouse for Ash. Ash were the first band I ever saw that were younger than me (the only time I had previously seen then). Strange then, that twelve years later for my return to this band they were celebrating their debut album 1977, which they were touring when I first was there! 1977 is a classic Britpop album and the show opened with Ash performing it in it’s entirety. This proved a hit with Girl From Mars, Oh Yeah and Kung Fu sounding as fresh as ever. Once this was completed they then played a couple of b-sides from the same period, ‘Sneakers’ their covers of Star Wars Cantina Band Theme and Abba’s Does Your Mother Know. The Star Wars thing was accompanied by people dressed as Stormtroopers on stage. Their first single after their debut album, A Life Less Ordinary, was then played to close before their encore. The encore included their other two catchy singles, Sometimes and Burn Baby Burn. An enjoyable show, heaped in Nostalgia. Was Britpop really that long ago?