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Exams Kill May 28, 2007

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Hello, just to make sure people are aware. Nothing should be happening till the end of June here until this craps out the way. Here’s some stuff to distract you till then.
Digitalism- Pogo

If the world was fair this would be the dance song of the summer. It won’t. Damn you cruel world. It is definitely one of the most catchy electro boogies going though.
MP3: Digitalism- Pogo [highly recommended]
Website: www.thedigitalism.com
Myspace: Digitalism don’t need any more friends
Goodshoes- Morden

Best song off their new album. All about their home town.
MP3: Goodshoes- Morden
Websites: www.goodshoes.co.uk
Myspace: Goodshoes have the prettiest myspace going

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BTDTGTTS-Silversun Pickups May 24, 2007

Posted by alexd in Buzz band, Gig Review, Gig reviews, Music.
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Hello, people. It was gonna take me a lot to end my blogging hiatus for revision, exams and that. But last night I witnessed something incredible. Silversun Pickups at Water Rats London Wednesday 23rd of April. I am not alone, a brief look over at the Drowned In Sound Message board today:

amyblue: “what a show… what a fucking good show…”

seeingotherpeople: “rock my fucking face! that was brilliant.”

weaklarger: “s/spickups waterrats show last night was amazing – loads of scary fan boys at the front though.

didn’t stay for windmill though”

http://www.flickr.com/photos/beef_taco_supreme/289055545/I must say I thought I had missed Windmill. And SSPU coming on at 9pm I thought they where headliners. The support support act The Midway State who are from Toronto where not bad but could be briefly summed up as a Canadian Coldplay. But to be honest I don’t care, they would have only been anticlimax to the evening. This is a band that has stolen shows from Wolfmother and Snowpatrol on their own tours. They are one of the most intense bands you are ever likley to see. Brian made humerous banter with Nikki and the crowd, receiving a large applause for saying “this is our first gig outside of North America”, in between massive bouts of bringing the rock. Keyboardist didnt miss a beat inhaling a cigarette during pauses in the songs. The drummer never stopped, his crash cymbal now traditionnally at armslength making for some dramatic looking rolls. Nikki hopped around in the corner, while Mr Aubert displayed why he one’s of my favourite alternitive guitarist, the sounds coming out of his epiphone varying between a twinkerling delay to a roaring army of bees. The dude has two DD6 delay pedals, one for U2ey effects, and another for manageable feedback effects.

Must give a shoutout to the crowd and the venue, for a US buzzband their where very few scenesters, or scary moshers one or two Japanese art students but they end up everywhere. And Water Rats is a great little venue, at first sight a friendly pub with welcoming sofas and chairs greets you, past the bar and up the stairs the place opens up into a large (but not impersonal) music venue with two levels so everyone gets a great view. Plus for central London the booze is the opposite of extortionate.

I would not have been anywhere else in the world. And at only £6 a ticket Liverpool fans should just feel embarassed. Silversun Pickups are a band that just love to perform, whether that be a Stadium or a sweaty little club; they will rock your world.

Luckily you can still see them!

UK Tour

24 May 2007 20:00
Proud Gallery London
25 May 2007 20:00
The Social Nottingham
26 May 2007 19:00
Leadmill Sheffield
30 May 2007 20:00
Barfly/Camden London
31 May 2007 20:00
Night & Day Manchester
1 Jun 2007 19:00
Barfly/Birmingham Birmingham
2 Jun 2007 19:30
Barfly/Cardiff Cardiff
3 Jun 2007 20:00
Nice N Sleazy Glasgow
14 Jul 2007 20:00
Indian Summer Festival @ Victoria Park Glasgow
15 Jul 2007 20:00
Latitude Festival @ Henham Park Southwold, Suffolk
16 Jul 2007 20:00
Barfly Birmingham
18 Jul 2007 20:00
100 Club London
19 Jul 2007 20:00
Barfly Brighton
22 Aug 2007 17:30
Marley Park Dublin
25 Aug 2007 12:00
Carling Weekend: Reading Festival 2007 Reading
26 Aug 2007 12:00
Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival 2007 Leeds

Celebrity Spotting: Christian Stevenson (presenter of Channel 5’s R.A.D here to see the “greatest fucking band in the world”)

Media Update

Only because they’ve been embarrasingly under publised here, when I thought they would make a White-Stripes-like leap to fame.

Apparently the album has come out in the UK now. Shame I’ve already imported it.

They also did a greta little interview back in the US here:

MP3: Silversun Pickups- Lazy Eye [highly recommended]

MP3: Silversun Pickups- Well Thought Out Twinkles [highly recommended]

Website: silversunpickups.com

Myspace: silversun pickups don’t need anymore friends

BeenAroundButIOnlyJustGotIntoThem: Architecture in Helsinki May 6, 2007

Posted by alexd in BeenAroundButIOnlyJustGotIntoThem, Music, Video.
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As someone who didn’t really get into they’re earlier stuff (apparently not so early, the band formed in the late 90’s). I have now been completely converted. Solely and misguidedly i will unofficially crown one of the most inventive bands on the planet. Well until i find out who has previously been doing acapella bass lines at least. To be honest looking back I’ve missed a trick. I shall just blame naivety and ignorance of youth for that. Glockenspiels, clicks, harmonies, trombones, synthesisers and handclaps and evidently influenced by the Mighty Boosh (possibly Sesame Street). If this video cannot make you love them, then nothing can. Be converted. Get tribal.

Architecture in Helsinki- Heart It Races

How elating is the 20 seconds after 2 mins 14 sec?

Oh look they have a massive tour coming up.

05/10 – Brisbane, Australia @ The Zoo
05/11 – Sydney, Australia @ Factory Theatre
05/13 – Melbourne, Australia @ Price of Wales
05/19 – Moscow, Russia @ TBA
05/20 – Minehead, England @ Butlins Holiday Centre (All Tomorrow’s Parties)
05/24 – Paris, France @ La Fleche D’or
05/25 – Dublin, Ireland @ Tripod
05/26 – Bristol, England (Dot To Dot Festival)
05/27 – Nottingham, England (Dot to Dot Festival)
05/29 – Brussels, Belgium @ Botanique
05/30 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands @ Paradiso
05/31 – Cologne, Germany @ Gebäude 9
06/01 – Neustrelitz, Germany @ Immergut Festival
06/02 – Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Sound
06/04 – London, England @ Kings College Buy Tickets
06/07 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
06/08 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
06/09 – Philadelphia PA @ TBA
06/10 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
06/11 – Chicago, IL @ Logan Square Auditorium
06/13 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
06/14 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Richard’s On Richards
06/15 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
06/16 – San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo’s 365 Club
06/18 – Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
06/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theatr

Download: Architecture in Helsinki- Heart it Races[highly highly recomended]

Architecture in Helsinki- Do the Whirlwind

Website: www.architectureinhelsinki.com

Myspace: Architecture in Helsinki have more friends than you

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Buzzband: Apostle of Hustle May 2, 2007

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I still haven’t posted a great long list of awesome bands. And its very easy for me to make my excuses. I’m busy with exams and coursework being the most persuasive one. Sadly for you I cannot excuse one of my greatest songs I’ve ever heard and now an awesome video. Check out that riff, the interesting use of major minor tens and twinkly bits between verses. Oh yeah I forgot to mention that the singer and rhythm guitarist is Broken Social Scenes Andrew Whitmen.Thus…

Apostle of Hustle- National Anthem Of Nowhere

Looks like a rough edit of Modest Mouses Dashboard video, oui? But who doesn’t like flying intergalactic ships. I hope they checked whether Disney had copyrights to floating boats following Peter Pan.

Download: Apostle of Hustle- National Anthem Of Nowhere [highly highly recommended]

The Reading Festival has announced more bands. Glad I’m not going to it. All the cool kids are at Latitude anyway.

Website: www.arts-crafts.ca/apostleofhustle

Myspace: Apostle of Hustle need more friends