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24
Mar
10

THE GIG LIST – NUMBER 37

We are still buzzing after our last impressive show headlined by Velo. Those guys have all the ingredients to be huge.  :Kinema:‘s support was the perfect match too and it’s good to see they’ve got onto The Guardian’s ‘New Band Of The Day‘ listing since.  We hope Velo will return to play our planned showcase at The Great Escape Festival in May.  More details to follow on that one in due course…

Looking ahead to our next show, we will obviously bring back the amazing Eleni Mettyear and her photobooth, which is creating it’s own reputation amongst the crowds, so make sure you look gorgeous.  The legendary Recommender Mixtape, (4th edition), will be ready and handed out in gift packs, alongside our badges (seeing them on lapels all around town now!) and stickers, amongst other items.  See the mixtape mp3 listed below that was handed out at our last party.  Lastly we will be providing some amazing music to help make our first Saturday night go with bang, no, make that a BOOM!

THE RECOMMENDER MIXTAPE # 3

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THE HIGH WIRE – First up on tonight’s showcase will be this London trio who make utterly astonishing, angelic pop music.  Having released their debut album, The Sleep Tape, earlier this very month, we know that we can expect a set packed with extraordinary songs.  Come see them live and we promise you will get as convinced as we are that this is a very special band.

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FOREIGN OFFICE – Feel the evening change gear as this quad of fantastic songsmiths arrive to play the last gig prior to the launch of their single, Leaving The House (29th March). It’s as strong as any indie track we’ve heard in recent times and the buzz is building up. They’ve recently supported other Recommender favourites, such as Wave Machines, O.Children and our headliners for April, Wild Palms. Watch it hit fever pitch as these upbeat melody makers storm our party.

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CASIOKIDS (DJ SET) – If you know about the Casiokids then you know how expert they are at whipping the crowd into a frenzy, so we expect no less from their DJ sets. However, if you don’t know the Casiokids (!?) then prepare yourself to witness the dancefloor taking off. They return from their recent supporting tour of Hot Chip and a successful SXSW Festival in the USA. There really couldn’t be a better way to enjoy a Saturday night.

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BATTERY POWERED DJs – Our resident DJs will round off the evening, playing tracks exclusively from the blog, so expect cutting edge, razor sharp selections. If you want to know what tunes you should be listening to this year then check out this set from Brighton’s scenester DJs.

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Tickets are available from Ape, Resident and Rounder Records. If you can’t get to the shops in person, simply phone them up and ask them to put a ticket on the door for you and they’ve agreed to help. It’s only £4 advance and £6 on the door for access to all of the above amazing entertainment, as we seriously don’t want anyone missing out on the action. This is a night gathering some serious buzz around Brighton, so come see what the fuss is all about…

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28
Sep
09

THE GIG LIST – NUMBER 33

We are about to get not one but two white-hot record labels represented in town, as both Paris’ Kitsune and Frankie Chan‘s IHEARTCOMIX arrive to showcase bands at Concorde 2. You simply cannot afford to miss this!

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CHEW LIPS

On this particular section on The Recommender we scavenge our local city’s horizons to locate the best nights out that Brighton can offer. Within our vibrant music scene there are many good promoters, but none reappear on this blog more than the events that have one particular man involved. We always serve up two great nights out on this Gig List and this fella has somewhow managed to get a mention for both of his upcoming events. He goes by the name Henron and has a particularly impressive ability to book cutting edge acts. His latest adventure carries his new regular event, named Horsepower, to one of Brighton’s most successful mid-sized venues, Concorde 2. To kick this new night off he brings to town some truly amazing talent. First on, Recommender favourites, The Golden Filter, who have recently completed a Q&A with us here. Second on stage will be the mind-blowing showmanship of Chew Lips, Camden’s hottest talents, with the beautiful singer Tiggs and her signature energetic display and their adorable, synth-heavy, 8-bit tunes. Finishing the night off will be a DJ set by none other than the IHEARTCOMIX label’s Designer Drugs. In an unusual but fantastic twist, there will also be a discount rummage sale from the trendy fashion label, American Apparel, as well as other well known Brighton brands, set up in the corner. It doesn’t get much more hipster than this.


ACT
:                     CHEW LIPS, THE GOLDEN FILTER, DESIGNER DRUGS
VENUE:                Concorde 2, Madeira Drive, Brighton
COST:                   £3.00
DATE:                   Thursday 1st October 2009
WEBSITES:          Chew Lips Myspace, The Golden Filter Website, Designer Drugs Myspace
TRACK:                 CHEW LIPS – SOLO ysi
REMIX:                 CHEW LIPS – SALT AIR (PLASTICIAN REMIX) ysi

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CASIOKIDS

Henron’s second event will be located at his normal underground scenester venue, New Hero. Here he showcases the Norwegian pop sensations that are Casiokids. A five piece that always get out of bed the right side it seems, so positively contagious is their energy. They have to be witnessed to be believed, as they bounce around the stage like a bunch of children, (were they supplied with nothing but McDonalds and Smarties for the previous month!). Constantly swapping instruments, blink and you will find the guy that was playing the piano is now playing the drums, whilst the drummer’s picked up a guitar! It’s their amazing ability to always give an outstanding performance, playing with such broad smiles, that always gets the crowd bouncing. For this they are worth their weight in gold, let alone the required £5. This will be their first return to Brighton since they played the Loop Festival a couple of months ago, so if you missed them on that occasion do not repeat the mistake! Henron has done it again and the place will be packed, so book your tickets as soon as you can. He always encourages a sense of abandonment in his home venue, with his nights always feeling like more of a college party than a club night. Prepare to be doing Casiokid congas around the dancefloor.


ACT
:                     CASIOKIDS
VENUE:                New Hero – Dyke Road, Brighton
COST:                  £5.00 adv / £6.00 on door
DATE:                  Friday 2nd October 2009
WEBSITE:            Myspace
TRACK:                CASIOKIDS – FINN BIKKJEN ysi
REMIX:                CASIOKIDS – FOT I HOSE (AXEMAX REMIX) ysi

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On a separate note, The Recommender is about to embark on a photo shoot with both Wave Machines and Lovelikefire this week, so look out for the results on our Flickr page real soon. Nice.
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09
Aug
09

THE GIG LIST – NUMBER 30

We think it’s fair to say that the famous NME Radar Tour that rolls around the UK each year can often be hit (La Roux, Friendly Fires) or indeed miss (The Chapman Family, Towers Of London). We were surprised and most pleased to hear the news, announced a few weeks back, that this September/October’s showcase will be bringing us several of The Recommender’s favourites.

It’s very much something to look forward to and only strengthens the belief that The Recommender blog has it’s finger on the jugular of the new music scene, having blogged several of these artists months ago. Nice.
The highlight will of course be the majestic Marina & The Diamonds with her showmanship, but Yes Giantess will also be well worth catching. Headliners and sweet melody-makers, Golden Silvers, are more established with their debut album, True Romance, having already been released. The unknown live act will be SXSW hits, Local Natives, which we blogged about back here.

GOLDEN SILVERSTRUE No. 9 BLUES (TRUE ROMANCE)       (ysi)
MARINA & THE DIAMONDSTHE OUTSIDER (ysi)
LOCAL NATIVESAIRPLANES (ysi)
YES GIANTESSTUFF N STUFF (ysi)


VENUE
:                       CONCORDE 2, Marine Parade, Brighton
COST:                         £ 10.45
DATE:                         Wednesday 14th October 2009
TICKETS:                    http://www.nme.com/radartickets

We think that this is the strongest ever Radar Tour line up from the regular NME shows. We hope you agree. We suggest that you grab those tickets whilst you can…see you down the front.

22
Nov
08

THE GIG LIST – NUMBER 16

 

So as The Recommender blog looks ahead to 2009 we find there’s plenty of bright highlights that we can already look forward to. The spring is looking particularly sweet, with two of the UK’s shining examples of powerful Indie turning up to blow us away. Enjoy.


LATE OF THE PIER

Having had the magical hands of the dance legend Erol Alkan helping to produce their debut album they are continuing to blow up in the UK scenes. We first caught them live supporting Justice at The Astoria in London and it proved to be one hell of a ticket as they threw out a highly energetic performance. They are all danceable, space age Indie with a unique sound. They’re a superbly creative and artistic group, who prove to have a mesmerising live set so pop down to Concorde 2, a venue that’s a perfect size for them at this stage of their careers, for a night to remember.

ACT:                     LATE OF THE PIER
VENUE:                 CONCORDE 2
COST:                   £ 9.50
DATE:                   Wednesday 18th February 2009
WEBSITES:           Myspace     Last.fm


THE ENEMY

Another look ahead to 2009 and we see that these guys are heading into town. They may be an big band, in a big venue, but that’s nothing compared to the size of their live sound. They’ve gone from strength to strength since bringing out their debut album in early 2007 and their thumping, sing-along songs are perfect for a live set. Massive chords and pounding beats are thrown at the crowd with a buzzing energy that’s not been seen since the pomp of Kasabian or the attitude of Oasis, (two bands that definitely have more than a little drip of inspiration in The Enemy’s sound and character). Tom leads the line brilliantly with his chest stuck out and a snarling grit in his voice. This gig is part of a lengthy UK tour which will no doubt sell out everywhere, so grab yourself a ticket for them whilst you still can.

ACT:                     THE ENEMY
VENUE:                 BRIGHTON DOME
COST:                   £ 18.00
DATE:                   Wednesday 8th April 2009
WEBSITES:           Myspace    Last.fm

Make sure you keep up to date with The Recommender through 2009 as we continue to bring you the world’s musical highlights. The ride goes on…

Mike

31
Oct
08

THE GIG LIST – NUMBER 14

 

This edition of The Gig List showcases a couple of great nights out for you at venues neatly placed on our beloved Brighton seafront. Both are part of a couple of tours, one from Radio One DJ, Annie Mac, and the other from Vice Magazine. November’s lined up to be a an expensive month if you like your new music and you live in Brighton. Why else do you work so damn hard though right!?

FAKE BLOOD
This DJ is about as surrounded in mystery as the devil himself. Very little is known about him. His name and photo are nowhere to be found, so speculation is rife. I better be careful what I write here, and apologies if I get things wrong, but it’s not the easiest task getting details on this. If you believe NME, then you’ll be forgiven for thinking this guy is one half of Soulwax. Other sources say he’s one half of The Black Ghosts, a band of which he’s done an awesome remix (my favourite tune by him to date), as well as remixes for Crookers and his well known popular club tune packed full of rave flavour – Mars. He’s linked all the time with Boy 8-Bit, Herve and that whole warped, bass-heavy, fidget-house dance scene. “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist“. Well he does exist and he’s DJ’ing at Digital, so go see for yourself….

ACT:                     FAKE BLOOD, (support by Little Boots)
VENUE:                 ANNIE MAC PRESENTS TOUR @ DIGITAL, Brighton beach
COST:                   £8
DATE:                   Thursday 20th November 2008
WEBSITE:              Myspace


LITTLE BOOTS

OK I gotta keep this relatively short and sweet because Little Boots is lined up for a Q&A on here soon with a little luck and she’s also getting her own Recommender posting too, so I don’t want the blog turning into too much of a Little Boots love-fest. However, she is totally adorable and a refreshingly brilliant musician. She’s blowing up in the media just about everywhere currently with her awesome synth-pop. As the former frontwoman for the band Dead Disco she should be used to live performances, yet she’s as fresh-faced and wide-eyed as her gathering crowds of teenage worshipers. She’s coming to our town for what will be one of three gigs in the last few months of 2008 in Brighton with the Vice Magazine tour, ‘Vice Kills’, at Coalition on the beach front. She will perform on the same bill as DJ Nightmoves and rapper DELS. All will be well worth your investigative time.

ACT:                    LITTLE BOOTS
VENUE:                VICE KILLS @ COALITION, Brighton Beach
COST:                  £7
DATE:                  Friday 7th November
WEBSITE:             Myspace

Please note that these are two separate gigs involving Little Boots, so don’t get the two confused. Whether you catch her at the first or second performance you really have no excuse to miss her. See you there. Enjoy…

Mike

26
Oct
08

THE GIG LIST – NUMBER 13

OK, two nights out in Brighton for you. One on Halloween night and the other in early November, so get your backside’s in gear and get ready to dance until your shoes wear thin, coz these are two of the biggest DJ’s in the world right now! We are lucky and we are privileged to have them here, so make the effort because dancing to these guys is the exact reason us monkeys gave up walking on all fours…

EROL ALKAN
London-based super-DJ. Friend and remixer to just about everybody. King of the electro scene. Pioneer of the Indie scene. Producer, event organiser. This guy is everywhere! Loved by just about every scenester on the planet. Everything Erol touches seems to turn golden. With any scene, musical movement, or new powerful development in the world of music you will often find a quiet mover behind the scenes, pulling all the strings. Well Erol Alkan is that man. Having been the promoter for the last 10 years of the night Trash, (at London club The End), Erol hosted all the super-cool bands – Klaxons, LCD Soundsystem, Bloc Party etc etc. The list goes on and on. He won DJ of the year in Mixmag’s 2006 list. He’s also known for his outstanding remixes of Franz Ferdinand, Justice, Klaxons, amongst a million others. He’s also a fantastic producer, leading the way with Late Of The Pier‘s new album, Fantasy Black Channel, and is expected to throw his hands into Franz Ferdinand’s new work. His sets are so good, you can rest assured that if he’s playing it, it’s hot. 

ACT:                    EROL ALKAN
VENUE:               BLAH BLAH BLAHDIGITAL, Kings Road Arches, Brighton Beach
COST:                  £13
DATE:                  Saturday 8th November
WEBSITES:          Myspace    Erol Alkan.co.uk

SURKIN
There’s this tidy little friendly rivalry that’s been setting up in Brighton over recent years between two event organisers – ‘Blah Blah Blah‘ and ‘Somewhere In The Universe…’. They both provide us with the world’s best dance DJ’s week after week at their respective venues – Digital and New Hero. You can see an example of Blah Blah Blah’s bookings above with Erol Alkan playing for them next month. To counter this ‘Somewhere…’ has got it’s hands on this other world class DJ – Surkin. Another Parisian-based French DJ from the fantastic Institubes label. He’s now a fully-fledged star of the thumping, fidget-house and jack-beat sound. This guy totally burns dancefloors up for kicks. Expect Brighton’s cool kids to be out for this one. He’s also a remixer for the likes of Justice, Boys Noize and Klaxons. One-nil ‘Somewhere…’ right? We will see…

ACT:                    SURKIN
VENUE:               SOMEWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE…, NEW HERO, Dyke Road, Brighton
COST:                  £7
DATE:                  Friday 31st October (Halloween)
WEBSITE:            Myspace     Last.fm

Two superb nights out then. There’s also a bit more in November that I must pop in the next Gig List, so come back soon for more highlights from the amazing Brighton live scene.

Mike

30
Sep
08

THE GIG LIST – NUMBER 11

 

We are blessed in Brighton with many new music festivals throughout the summer months. This winter however brings with it a fine selection of live sets to rank high among any you may have experienced yet this year. I’ve thrown my hand into this pot of cracking performances thats lined up and I’ve plucked out a couple of right charmers.


DEADMAU5

This world-class DJ / producer from Toronto, Canada, brings with him a reputation so sizeable, you’d be hard pushed to find a club big enough to suit him, let alone get his giant red ears through the doorway. His excellent live sets thankfully tend to veer more towards the Electro end of the dance spectrum, as opposed to the more minimalist-techno he often produces in the studio. A proper star in the ascendancy.

ACT:               DEADMAU5
VENUE:               DIGITAL, Kings Arches, Brighton
COST:                 £11
DATE:                 Thursday 23rd October 2008
WEBSITES:          Myspace   Last.fm

DEADMAU5 Live (in Denver)

HOT CHIP
Masters of geekdom. Lords of minimalist-dance-pop. This cheery, bouncy 5-piece are very well known to us all, with mucho Radio One airtime and giant singles and albums now under their belts. Their live sets are totally awesome. They share the type of chemistry on stage that always floods out to the crowd. You won’t know where to look. Release your inner geek.

ACT:               HOT CHIP
VENUE:               THE DOME, Brighton
COST:                 £17.50
DATE:                 Wednesday 5th November 2008
WEBSITES:          Myspace    Last.fm

HOT CHIPLive (@ Coachella)

Who cares if summer is over when you have a winter like this in store. Two brilliant nights out. Two world-class sets of guaranteed fun. I can’t wait. As always, let me know if you’re joining us?

Mike




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