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Peter Von Poehl December 9, 2007

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Genre: Folk/Acoustic/Pop

Label: Bella Union

I initially had difficulty

tracking him down. As during his absorbing and enchanting performance he referred to him self as Peter Von Poo. This though did not detract from his delicate electric and acoustic guitar playing, or deny him his amazing voice. I have never been more spellbound by a solo performer ever. I did find he had done a video for my favourite song of the night. I’ll shut up now.
Peter Von Poehl- The Story Of The Impossible

Enchanting, hypnotic, hyperbolic. Wish I was into it when it actually came out in 2006.

You can though get a song of his for free as I’m to lazy to get it for you here.

Buy his album so he can get some mouse traps. Tune in next week for some more poorly researched and formatted rubbish on Johnny Foreigner, Stricken City and Members of the Public.

Myspace: Don’t let your girlfriend near him, he will steel her and make you cry

Website: www.petervonpoehl.com

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St Vincent December 9, 2007

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Genre: Indie/Rock/Soul

Label: Beggars Banquet

I came really late to this part once again. Its over really. Anyway my interest in St Vincent was piqued by two of my favourite bloggers own interests. Mainly this video. But on further inspection was a bit bored by the songs on myspace. But

I only went to this gig, as mainly I like the venue and had an urge for some grilled chicken. On record I hadn’t really got with her. It came off as pretencions and dull. But live its another beast. St Vincent get your attention by rocking up all her songs. Often generating music that has the complexity of Sufjan Stevens before breaking it down into a shoegazy galatic noise opera. Her pedal board and guitar playing is also offensively good. Made me want to give up. Here’s a video, but you will only fall in love with her. Not in music. You need to hunt her down outside of a studio.

St Vincent- Jesus Saves, I spend

I think they missed a trick not marketing this as a Christmas song. A strange anti commercialisation of Christmas of song. Its what I would want to here anyway.

Buy her album, so she can buy another kajillion pedals.

And also visist her very interesting blog. 

Myspace: St Vincent is one of the best marketed indie music stars this year, don’t add her she will break your heart

Website: www.ilovestvincent.com

Clare and the Reasons December 9, 2007

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Hello readers. Don’t expect a big long intense guide. I have to be quick. But this has all been initiated by St Vincents amazing gig at Bush Hall last last Friday (met her in Nando’s!) and her fantastic support acts. First up…

Clare and the Reasons

Genre: Alternative/Pop

Label: Frog Stand Records

They’re not from Sweden. They’re from Brooklyn, but they do make thoughtful, adorable orchestral, alternative, pop. The Times and the FT like them, if that isn’t a stamp of quality, then you can audit me.

Clare and the Reasons – Rodi

Probably their most poppy effort.

Clare and the Reasons- Under the water

I normally avoid slow music. It just bores me as I’m quite obviously an impatient twat with no taste. But Clare’s music just has so much innate charm its very hard to hate. Live they also have thing for xylophones, plucked violins and headlamps.

Remember buy stuff so the band can buy some new head torches.

Myspace: Accountants love Clare and the Reasons

Website: www.claremuldaur.com

BTDTGTTS-Silversun Pickups May 24, 2007

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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