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27
Apr
08

THE GIG LIST – Number 2

Late Of The PierMSTRKRFT

OK, time for the second edition of your ever-so-useful ‘Gig List’. I’ll be pointing out a couple of bright upcoming shows, local to Brighton, that will be well worth your investigation.

The rest is up to you : check out the bands, locate the tickets, get to the venue etc. My aim is to simply make you better informed. Nice.

The first is Late Of The Pier. An indie four-piece from Castle Donnington, they have attracted mucho attention from the new music press and boundless numbers of frantic teenagers across the country. They also seem to have been rubber-stamped by none other than the Electro godfather, Erol Alkan, who has helped produce and also remixed some of thier work to date. They’ve also supported such giants as Soulwax and Justice live. Go check the Myspace to hear them and find out more, as this band are very hard to describe, suffice to say the guitars and keyboards play out an iteresting mix thats like no others. Having seen them live myself earlier this year I can confidently say that their set is a wonder to behold. Excitable and catchy, they’ll get the venue going for sure.

ACT:                       LATE OF THE PIER
VENUE:                   BRIGHTON BARFLY
COST:                     £ 7
DATE:                     Thursday 8th May 2008
WEBSITE:                www.myspace.com/lateofthepier

The second of this editions gig listings will be for a Canadian Duo hailing out of Toronto called MSTRKRFT. Electro-rock madness is their theme, with a notoriously riotous live set. These guys will be loud and should rock this venue’s dancing shoes right off your very feet. They enjoy a long list of remixes for just about eveyone from Justice to Juliet And The Licks to Kylie to Chromeo to Bloc Party. They have even been known to revisit their old band Death From Above 1979 for a remix. This event at the Ocean Rooms is pulling more and more fantastic new acts through its doors and is causing a real stir in Brighton now, so well done to Henron and co for grabbing yet another hot show.

ACT:                        MSTRKRFT
EVENT:                    Somewhere In The Universe There Must Be Something Better Than Man
VENUE:                   OCEAN ROOMS
COST:                      £ 11
DATE:                      Saturday 3rd May 2008
WEBSITE:                 www.myspace.com/MSTRKRFT

How very exciting indeed.

Don’t forget the NME Riot gig at Concorde 2 thats coming up! (see The Gig List – number 1, below). We have our tickets – do you have yours????

As usual, feel free to let me know if you’re joining us. You can always find out more about my musical goings-on here : www.myspace.com/miguelos.

Until the next time,
Mike

11
Apr
08

THE RECOMMENDER – Number 2

 

Welcome back…

OK, numero 2. Gonna have a bit a of Yorkshire-theme with this one. Got three bands I wanna share with you… One is a band I’ve been harking on about on other spaces/sites etc, but still think they need to be heard to be believed. They fookin’ rock!

The other Yorkshire band I list are new to me and I’ve fallen in love. And in true Nat King Cole style, this time it’s will be forever. You will learn to love them too. They WILL be the sound of your summer if you still have your ears attached. Perfect beer-on-beach material.

Lastly, I wanna shout about an awesome electro act from LA. I told you that town was cooler than cool right now. They’ve been listed a billion times on countless other blogs before mine, but I’m a new blog and I ain’t up for being first, just good, so I felt them worthy of a new mention. Nice.


GRINNY GRANDAD
 Oh what a sound!! Sweet, soulful, silky vocals over a brilliant set.  A Yorkshire 5-piece straight outta the Mr Scruff / Kidda record box. Horizontal, laid back summer stuff. Riffs and samples marry perfectly with Kimberley Kennedy’s and Claire Swain’s talented vocals. Get ready to fall…

 

 

Find them here : www.myspace.com/grinnygrandad

Hear them here : http://www.zshare.net/audio/103942010097d606/


THE HAIR
OK, so I’ve known about these fella’s for ages and so has the Blogosphere, but this is a new blog space and I just cannot avoid listing them – they’re too darn good! A Yorkshire 4-piece with awesome skills. Sadly just lost their drummer in true ‘Spinal Tap’ style, (but not to a tragic gardening accident, he moved to Swindon or something). Anyways, they’ll move onwards and upwards. Sam Robson on lead-everything is one powerful songsmith. Think The Rapture shagging The Sunshine underground with the freshest moves, add in a dollop of Casio keys and you won’t be far off. It’s all brilliant hooks, riffs and danceable indie brilliance. I attach their video for the track Disco/Retro as it’s ace. Sam told me he’s gonna give some thought to which mp3 I can attach as they’re currently arranging their debut, ‘Indecisions’, of which I’ve had a sneak preview and I assure you its hit after hit. I’ll add the mp3 on a later blog…

DISCO/RETRO

 

 

GUNS n BOMBS
– Electro brilliance. Simple. Great remixers. I attach one below they’ve done of Chromeo’s ‘Fancy footwork’ for your pleasure. A Los Angeles 2-piece marking the scene over on the West coast with distinction. Again, I know they’ve been around the blogoshpere for some time, but I love them too much to miss out. Listen, enjoy, check out their Myspace and keep one eye on the wonders that they bring. Awesome stuff.




Find them here
: www.myspace.com/gunsnbombs 

Hear them here : http://www.zshare.net/audio/103978313a7d86f6/

 
As before, I will also be adding a couple of smaller highlights and mentioning others worthy of note…

Please go search out ‘Damn Arms’ at www.myspace.com/damnarms . They are from the same school of greatness as Midnight Juggernauts in Melbourne. Its all good space age synth rock

For loads more of our favourite super-cool electro punk pleeeeeeeeeease go find ‘Burn The Negative’ at     www.myspace.com/burnthenegative . A fantastic 4-piece from Carlisle of all places. Well worth a punt. Go see, go see…

Hope you enjoyed. Leave a comment, subscribe or simply keep checking back for more updates. Until the next one…

Mike

p.s. More info found at www.myspace.com/miguelos if you’re really keen…




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