Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Saturday, 19 December 2009

album of the year

Friends! I was completely wrong about the album of the year...I'm so sorry. It's blatantly and without question Other truths by Do Make Say Think. One if not the only cd I have physically purchased this year...that can't be true...i think it might be. Anyway they've been one of my favourite bands for the last how ever many years and while it's not a drastic departure from what they've always been doing they're still visionaries in their field. They're one of only a handful bands who actually survived post-rock's lethargic pathetic implosion and come out of it a better band. anyway the album is dead ace. the bass lines are insane and dual drumming is as usual fantastic.

Also ace at the moment is drummer of oxes band frenemies who i complete forgot about. Their second album is a piece of l-fi genius that will probably never be afforded the acclaim it deserves -but I'm loving their new(er) down tempo dancable sound.

Anyway good stuff to look forward to this weekend include dansette dj set at 93 feet east and friends from way back teen sheikhs at bardens on sunday. see you at either of those.




Wednesday, 16 December 2009

We are the dogs*

* title change jeion's suggestion...

...we played with dogs at the camden underworld last night who its completely fair to say are one of the nicest bands we've ever had the pleasure of playing with. It was a pretty damn fine end to a wonderful year and the show was fantastic!

so that's it for 2009. roll on the 2009 lists of what was great and expect the 2010 ones on what will be. when i think back to stuff i've enjoyed this year I think the girls album was pretty ace and is one of the few i keep returning to - i know that's not particularly original...i think with the advent of spotify i've been rediscovering so much of what i used to listen to in the past, and that's really been the soundtrack of 2009.

Live, rather unsuprisingly if you read this blog, consistently portasound and not cool (who have incidentally just new tracks up on their myspace) have been the best bands I've seen time on time, so they share the award for that. I've literally no idea what 2010 will sound like...it feels so unknown at the moment...I'm not even certain the dead certs willl be sucessful next year...we shall see.

in other news publicist at bardens the other night was an amazingly visceral experience. we were all huddled round him while he played in the middle of the dancefloor with nothing other than a srobe light to illuminate us all.

lots of love. See you over the festive season.



Wednesday, 9 December 2009

side by side in perfect harmony

We played the flowerpot last night. it was ace! Loads more people turned up than we were expecting and we had a really fun show. Sadly emmy couldn't make it down to dj so Euan (aka younghusband) who plays in emmy's band did instead. and while it's true i may have turned his laptop off by accident at one point, causing the room to be dropped into silence, he pretty damn good.

But look what i found today

Amazing! clearly this had to be purchased.

Anyhow - as mentioned we're playing the underworld next Tuesday. You can get tickets here but they're going quick so get them soon.


Monday, 7 December 2009

SSS@the flowerpot, the underworld and other january dates

We're playing the flowerpot tomorrow in Kentish town and it's free. We should be on stage around 9 and our good friend emmy the great is djing throughout the evening. Come down and say merry christmas and happy new year and help us celebrate what has been a long and exciting year.

Next Tuesday 15 December we're playing the Camden Underworld with Dogs so if you can't make it tomorrow then come down to that. It's been a while since I last went to the underworld. It was to see bullet union who were incredible if anyone remembers them.

And then in the new year we're getting lots of exciting things lined up so check this space. The next two immediate dates are at the hamptons in southampton on the 16th for a gig curated by our friend's haunted stereo (and the venue is only 30 mins from my mum's house). And then we're back to london on the 18th for a gig at the luminaire which is always great to play.

Also - I'm not sure if i mentioned but I saw nathan fake play and he rearranged my brain it was so good.

See you tomorrow.