Archive for June, 2008

A Couple of inventive and great videos from a couple of my fave bands at the moment…
Thursday, June 26, 2008


“Duplexes of the Dead” by Fiery Furnaces from the brilliant album Widow City


“Run To Your Grave” by The Mae Shi from the brilliant album Hillyh

I went to see The Whitest Boy Alive. It was amazing.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Well, now you can see just how behind I am on posting – scroll down a bit and you’ll see I posted the flyer for the gig me and Curly put on – Whitest Boy Alive at the Brighton Coalition. That was a month ago. Just imagine the nuggets of blog gold that I’m holding on to back here, just waiting for a spare 5 mins to post them… gold.

So back to the subject in hand – The Whitest Boy Alive. First up were The Rubies, about whom I had no preconceptions – kinda enjoyed their tracks, particularly the TieDye remix of I Feel Electric featuring Feist, and they are Erland Øye’s, like, pet project, so they can’t be bad. Particularly wanted to see ’em since we do their merch! They were actually great – pretty chilled, but arriving at Disco mainline station by the end, thanks in no small part to a couple of Whitest Boys joining them for the last couple of tunes – a nice slice of collaborative disco-lite:

RUBIES

RUBIES

RUBIES

RUBIES

After that, it was heads down and disco into the night as Whitest Boy Alive (who have some die-hard fans I can tell you) rocked the Monday night party like only consumate pros can. Chuck in a couple of “house classic” covers (Show Me Love, Music Sounds Better With You…. Erland will only play house classics) and you’ve got possibly the funnest gig all year. Our pal Elliot from Brighton Fusion took these pics. They’re better than mine.

WHITEST BOY ALIVE

WHITEST BOY ALIVE

WHITEST BOY ALIVE

WHITEST BOY ALIVE

WHITEST BOY ALIVE


The funnest gig all year. Tremendous.

We ended the night in Revenge (for about 15 scary seconds) and then drinking splendid cocktails at the Pelirocco. Terri from Rubies met MGMT (who were playing next door) so we had to go back for her. Drunk.

Just the right setup for a lazy late breakfast at Inside Out on a Tuesday then! Me and Erland ended up in the Lanes Armoury pontificating about the relative merits of empire building and the value of revolution to a country’s national character. And double glazing. A clever guy and a true gent.

The Great Escape.
Monday, June 9, 2008

Well, I’ve been off the hook busy (more on this in the next post or two).

My last couple of weeks have been spent at shows mostly – the first of which was the most excellent Great Escape Festival. The best performances for me were The Young Knives on Thursday night at Audio…

Yeasayer were also fantastic on Thursday night at the now closed Barfly, although one downer on this was the fact that The Ting Tings were on afterwards and the crowd had a large percentage of dickheads who were trying to push their way to the front so they could see their Radio 1 faves before they appeared on Now Thats What I Call Music Vol. 87 and muttering the likes of “God, hurry up” between every Yeasayer tune.

Yeasayer @ The Great Escape, Brighton, 2008

Yeasayer @ The Great Escape, Brighton, 2008

Yeasayer @ The Great Escape, Brighton, 2008

Yeasayer @ The Great Escape, Brighton, 2008

Yeasayer @ The Great Escape, Brighton, 2008

Yeasayer @ The Great Escape, Brighton, 2008

Yeasayer @ The Great Escape, Brighton, 2008

Yeasayer @ The Great Escape, Brighton, 2008

Yeasayer @ The Great Escape, Brighton, 2008

Yeasayer @ The Great Escape, Brighton, 2008

Yeasayer @ The Great Escape, Brighton, 2008

Yeasayer @ The Great Escape, Brighton, 2008

Yeasayer @ The Great Escape, Brighton, 2008

Yeasayer @ The Great Escape, Brighton, 2008

Yeasayer @ The Great Escape, Brighton, 2008

Yeasayer @ The Great Escape, Brighton, 2008

Yeasayer @ The Great Escape, Brighton, 2008

Yeasayer @ The Great Escape, Brighton, 2008

And then on to the delegate’s afterparty where I chilled with the most excellent Famous Poet Derek Meins. He gave me a little comic chronicling his battle with the bastard bottle (gin). What a dude.

The Famous Poet Derek Meins @ The Great Escape, Brighton, 2008

Friday brought more highjinx down on the pier in the frankly bizarre Horatio’s bar. It was the Moshi Moshi party and I went with a view to seeing the brilliant Mae Shi whose Hillyh album is one of my faves so far in 2008. I got there a bit early and caught Slow Club‘s set too and I have to say they were brilliant too. Totally unassuming. Mae Shi came on and joined them for their last tune, and Rebecca returned the favour by coming on midway through the Mae Shi’s set and covering their brilliant Run To Your Grave. The Mae Shi really smashed it live – as I had heard they did from others…

The Mae Shi

The Mae Shi

The Mae Shi

The Mae Shi

They got a huge sheet half way through and covered the crowd with it, like a sleepover singalong. Fantastic.
The Mae Shi

The Mae Shi

The Mae Shi
Slow Club guest

The Mae Shi

The Mae Shi

The Mae Shi

Headlining on the night were Hot Club du Paris, who were pretty great too. A great night all round.

Delegate passes open many doors, although, as the Twat Twats might say “Thats not my name”…

The Mae Shi photos were all by Elinor Jones. Sorry for yoinking, but I forgot my camera!