Cowbell!

Saturday, 19 May 2007

Lucky Soul
There are times when the indie music scene confuses me. Normally this is when I go to a gig where the headline act plays some seriously good music for dancing but the crowd is far too cool to move in any way from their studied poses of indie cool distance gazing. Thus it was at Lucky Soul, as it has been at some Pipettes gigs. Get Outta Town! is the kind of song which calls for, insistantly and with some serious rhythm, for some good frugging*. I think there were perhaps a score in the crowd actually moving though, and half of them were the Swedes with Montt Mardie.

The chap bought the new Montt Mardie album and tells me it is fabulous, filling in where the live act struggled a little due to the reduced number of band members. Johnny Boy were exceptionally tight and had a powerhouse sound which really drives their songs along. I wasn’t convinced by the songs’ messages (pretty standard smash the system stuff) but the presentation was outstanding. Also, they ended up with a mash up of The Clapping Song (“three, six, nine, the goose drank wine”) and Sheena Is a Punk Rocker.

Lucky Soul were good in almost every way (see proper photos here). Some of the more delicate songs work less well live, partially because the ambient noise of a gig disrupts the mood the songs are going for, but the band has an excellent stage presence, with good banter between songs, and the upbeat tracks are wonderful. Thankfully, like my much adored Pipettes, they are a band who don’t drown the vocals in the live mix and Ali Howard’s voice shouldn’t be drowned. Bush Hall was a perfect venue for them, and I suspect it may remain best gig of the year for me.

*in the sense of the dance, the frug, not suspect chugger behaviour. I really need to start dancing more again.

PS: Whenever I start a new tag now, I’ll be trying to retro-apply it, so if you are reading this via RSS or LJ sub then apologies for the old posts appearing. I just added lucky soul and you dancing? tags.

Ooh, new toys

Sunday, 13 May 2007

Last.fm have introduced a new widget which produces a playable playlist. It’s down there on the left. I am listening to the new Lucky Soul album, which the chap bought last week. It’s fabulous: shiny pop with smarts. I’m glad we decided to get tickets to the gig next week (sorry, Alistair) as it sounds like it might be one of the hottest tickets of the indie pop summer. Try out the widget to play their stuff: if you don’t like My Darling, Anything, try Get Outta Town!. Two very different tracks but clearly the same band.

Meanwhile, I am now a fully paid up commuter on the Misery Line, having spent a week shimmying my way into busy carriages in order to blearily stare at a space just beyond my nose. Back on Tube Night on BBC4 there was a good documentary about how the Tube is a microcosm of British society: faced with such conditions, we resort to unwritten rules and become silently stoic. I also noticed that the Friday morning rush contained more travellers with larger bags, as people plan to go from their desks to Some Other Life. As I did, racing back here to Devon for a couple of nights. I took some photos for the Guess Where London? flickr group, but left my connecting cable at the chap’s, so will have to upload them tonight.

Lucky Soul

Sunday, 6 May 2007

You might think a fortnight of training in London is a bit of a nuisance, but I get to go to Lucky Soul at Bush Hall. Yay!

Also, there is no Who next week, which means I can go to the Bristol Comics Expo without worrying about my digibox resetting and taping 45 minutes of some annoying twonks telling me how to use my digibox. I’m not sure when Human Nature, the two-parter which featured quite heavily in the trailer last night, airs due to my spoilerphobic habits but I am getting a bit excited. The actors cast as the Aubertides look spookily like my mental image of them from back when the novel first came out, and Tennant in a comfy wool dressing gown and tweed is not to be sniffed at.

I’m going to set my Simm excitment to one side: a tiny bit of me is disappointed as he was on my list of “actors I’d love as the Doctor” but he’s made it clear that after Life on Mars he won’t be signing up for such an intensive schedule again. But still, Simm and Tennant….eep!

I also noticed that last night, Norton’s introduction of Barrowman on the current talent show has shifted. Last year, he was “West End leading man and Doctor Who star”. This year, until last night, he was “Torchwood star”. Last night, after a Jack-tastic trailer, he became “Doctor Who star”. I think the BBC might be gearing up for a bit of “Captain Jack is soooooo cooool” hype.


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