Friday, October 30, 2009
On sunday I saw the first two episodes on season two of Dollhouse, and Amy Acker's performance as Dr Saunders/Whiskey as she tries to accept she's a doll is nothing short of remarkable. As good as she was, if not better, than when she played Fred in Angel. I was crying my eyes out.
Booked my place on the club coach for Sutton United's trip to Hereford. Their display at Hampton was the best I've seen them all season.
Finally I've got tickets for Taylor Swift as they finally released "Production Seats" for her Wembley Shows meaning your at the side of the stage. Should be good especially if Joe Elliot turns up!
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Smorgasboard 22 October 100 Club
Only a fiver for Theoretical Girl and a solo support from Gwenno the Welsh one from the Pipettes. I wander in as The Understudies are halfway through their set. They play nice twee stuff but have no image other than the slender pointy female glokenspielist in a summer dress. The male lead vocalist and guitarist reminded me of an arrogant school friend (though I'm sure he probably is a much nicer bloke than the one called Gary S). From what I saw they were ok and also mentioned by each following act as something special!
The next act was an American "Duke of Dark" who I lost interest in. He seemed to be like an Elvis impersonator and an act that may go down well in the states but not here. I was however distracted as I took the opportunity to sit down and on my right were two swedish girls who were djing between acts and then Gwenno and two female friends decide to sit next me! Well hello....
Gwenno, wearing laddered striped tights, short denim shorts and a glittery black vest looked good Her solo stuff certainly has an element of Kylie and St Etteinne. Very enjoyable but will take a couple of listens to appreciate it.
Theoretical Girl (Amy from Southend) has a day job as she missed the soundcheck due to this. She advised us that her cabbie was "Sweet Steve" who plans to take over America! In between such stories she plays very melancholic pop on her keyboard opening with 'Rivals' and ending with 'The Boy I Left Behind' in the Twee sense similar to Aberdeen. She's also a late developer turning thirty in a couple of weeks. Hope for us all.....
Monday, October 19, 2009
The Twang - Koko - 15th October
Monday, October 12, 2009
The Cult, Royal Albert Hall 10.10.09.
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Skunk Anansie, Electric Ballroom 7.10.09
Amazingly I had never seen Skunk Anansie before. Recently reformed after nearly a decade this warm up show for their greatest hits tour was an opportunity to at last see them (I have all their three albums which are great) as the Brixton date in November clashed with another gig. Greatest hits was the key and the set opened with Selling Jesus with Skin the singer dressed like a glittery porcupine. After the outrageous coat was ditched the show continued with I Can Dream and then Because and Charity. The three new songs from their forthcoming compilation were played which sounded good and aside from the obvious hits such as Weak, Brazen (Weep) and Hedonism, a couple of album tracks also made the set such as 100 Ways To Be A Good Girl. The show ended with Little Baby Swastika and ended a thoroughly enjoyable night. How did I miss them first time around? Skin said the band would have a few drinks at the bar afterwards but i decided not to hang around as I know I would only p1ss off the drummer Mark Richardson by begging for a Little Angels reformation.
Rose Elinor Dougall, Old Queens Head 4th October
Another Sunday Social event at the Old Queens Head in Islington for the lovely Rose Elinor. She did about forty five minutes playing a couple of songs I hadn't heard before and some stuff I can sing along to such as opener Another Version Of A Pop Song and new single Fallen Over, current on her myspace page. This is about the sixth time I've seen her over the last twelve months and she and her band are getting better every show. I love the song 'Come Away With Me' with the sultriness of the vocals and her album 'Without Why' should be out next year, though it seems when you think it might be released, it's still months away. It will be a must buy though. Also nice to see Rose in a summery dress rather than the black colours she normally wears. Hopefully she will do a few more free shows like this before the album will propel her popularity to playing larger venues.
Monday, October 05, 2009
Mott The Hoople, Hammersmith Odeon 2.10.09
Sat directly behind me was Primal Scream's Bobby Gillispie. Also in the audience were Jimmy Page and memers of the Quire Boys. No doubt other famous artists, such as Joe Elliot and Brian May, attended other nights of the five that Mott The Hoople played at Hammersmith, their first shows for over thirty years. The original line bar the drummer, though he played two songs in the encore looking very frail, this was a nostalgia trip. Hymn For The Dudes opened the show and from then on the pace increased belittling Ian Hunters (the lead singer) 70+ years of age. Possibly the oldest band I've seen, they played some of the best music, with All The Young Dudes, Roll Away The Stone and set ender, Saturday Gigs, cheekily introduced as an Oasis song, all being classics. It was a bit emotional though as it is likely that they don't have many years between them left on this earth and I cannot see any other shows beyond this five night run. Therefore I was priviliged to be there.