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  • Message 51

    , in reply to message 50.

    Posted by jasonaparkes (U3653332) on Sunday, 29th May 2011

    Am pondering on Adam Ant and new band next week in Brum, mainly as he's playing lots of pre-Kings of the Wild Frontier stuff. Though I do hate retro audiences as a rule and do worry for his mental health....

    Also debating on either Wu-Tang Clan (who apart from Ghostface Killah's 'Supreme Clientele' & 'Fishscale' and Raekwon's 'Cuban Linx II') haven't been on very good form since the mid to late 90's. The £30 plus booking fee of the ticket, my regular co-gigger offering doubt and the tool bouncer/security types at the HMV Institute in Brum make me think it will be better to catch Public Enemy doing 'Fear of a Black Planet' in September instead...

    The other one I'm debating is Yo La Tengo. Never seen them and tend to like them, more than love them. This time they're playing without a support band for 2 1/2 hours in two sets with the songs decided by a spinning wheel. It could be great, but probably too much YLT. Remember really liking 'And Then Nothing Turned Itself Out' at the time; have purchased their latest and am revisiting the 'Prisoners of Love' comp....

    I'm definitely looking at the Monochrome Set in Bristol, though am having a dental implant the previous day, so not sure how up I will be for it. Great venue in Bristol BTW - the Thunderbolt. First time in years I can recall being in an actual pub that has a band playing in the corner..

    Booking The Green Man on Tuesday and am definitely going to the Field Day and the 2nd day of the Mosley Folk Festival (Tinarwen, The Bees...hopefully some nice beer). The aforementioned PE and looking to do one day of Supersonic 2011 (whichever day Bardo Pond is on).

    Wilco in Bristol is on the cards in October. Metronomy in Brum in September. & Wire have a bigish tour coming up in Nov/Dec - so will do Brum and if nothing else on in December go and see them for a 3rd time this year in Oxford....

    Am pretty sure Ben Chasny solo/Six Organs of Admittance at Taylor Johns is on the cards too...and Josh T Pearson in September at the Glee Club (if he's great at the Green Man). Oh, and Tindersticks do a film soundtrack themed tour also - I'll be at Warwick Arts Centre for that...

    Pondering now on Magazine in Wolverhampton - they have been working on a new LP...but the exit of Barry Adamson kind of puts me off. Will it be more like Luxuria? Though I did love them in 2009 in Oxford and thought the Shelleydevoto LP was great....

    I hope to see Viv Albertine again this year as well, ideally with a band next time around...

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  • Message 52

    , in reply to message 51.

    Posted by jasonaparkes (U3653332) on Wednesday, 8th June 2011

    My regular co-gigger has bottled the two-set 2 1/2 hour peformance where Yo La Tengo are 'Reinventing the Wheel', but in the interests of a good review and having been meaning to see them for a few years, am off on my tod to the dire 02 Academy 2....

    The next night I shall be at Taylor Johns House in Coventry for a performance by Ben Chasny on his tod a.k.a. Six Organs of Admittance...

    Next week it might be another token indie-alt gig in the form of Tom Vek, simply as he's cheaper than Wu-Tang Clan...

    As I'm having some fun dental surgery next Friday, not sure if I can make the Monochrome Set the next day in Bristol...so instead I shall go to the Ari Up tribute night at the Thunderbolt in Bristol a few weeks later. Tessa Pollitt and late-Slits member Hollie 'daughter of Paul' Cook will be there, as well as Adrian Sherwood and special guests Viv Albertine and Mark Stewart....plus a whole lot of dub and wonderful beverages too....

    Which makes me think, shouldn't 'Return of the Giant Slits' be LP of the week sometime soon?

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  • Message 53

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    Posted by londonium (U14627769) on Tuesday, 12th July 2011

    I am going to a free gig at central London. Played by passenger, who is influenced by Neil Young and Van Morrison.

    Since I am a big fan of NY so I am just curious about the gig. Here is more info

    www.bonsoni.com/Comm...

    Apparently he was featured on a short BBC film in 2008.

    Intrigued! smiley - smiley

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  • Message 54

    , in reply to message 52.

    Posted by jasonaparkes (U3653332) on Tuesday, 12th July 2011

    It has generally gone quiet since it is festival season...my credit card bill following dental surgery put Field Day and the Big Chill off the itinery...Instead the next gigs shall be the reformed Jayhawks in Birmingham and a week later Mark Kozelek (Red House Painters/Sun Kil Moon etc) in Bristol.

    Jayhawks are a bit too country etc for the Freak Zone; Mr Kozelek should get something played. Red House Painters made some truly epic records - in some cases some that were so out there they got chucked off 4AD (epic Wings' covers not the greatest idea). Red House Painters a.k.a. Rollercoaster, Ocean Beach, & Old Ramon are the ones I play the most...

    Any of the Sun Kil Moon albums would work, or even Mark Kozelek's minimal covers LP of AC/DC which confused some people (who thought they were Leonard Cohen covers). The 'April' LP should be LP of the week one week - it has Crazy Horse wig-outs as well as Pentangly acoustic stuff....

    Anyway, after that is The Green Man, Public Enemy doing Fear of a Black Planet, the Moseley Folk Festival, Joan as Police Woman and Metronomy....

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  • Message 55

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    Posted by jasonaparkes (U3653332) on Sunday, 14th August 2011

    Mark Kozelek was excellent and very funny between songs - alone with acoustic guitar he sounded very Nick Drake/Bert Jansch/Michael Chapman. Lots of hypnotic acoustic stuff including a couple from Red House Painters ('Mistress', 'Take Me Out'), a song about Bristol (including references to people with missing-teeth and the previous night's riots), and lots from the last couple of Sun Kil Moon albums. I was drinking so didn't notice any of his AC/DC covers, but did not a couple of Modest Mouse covers...

    I did get to have a brief chat/shake of hand at the end and was sad to inform him I didn't have a spare ciggie as I gave up...

    I think Kozelek's AC/DC covers album or Red House Painters' Songs for a Blue Guitar might make fine albums of the week. The former often catches folk out who don't realise they are AC/DC songs, while the latter was too indulgent for 4AD and led to the end of RHP on 4AD. A Yes-cover, a 12-minute wigout 'Make Like Paper', the gorgeous 'Revelation Big Sur' and a cover of 'Silly Love Songs'...what''s not to love?

    Am considering The Low Anthem in Brum on Weds as they are likely to clash with those in the far out stage of the Green Man on the Sunday (Antlers, Suuns, Gruff Rhys) who I also want to see. Heading to Wales on Thursday morning to pitch my tent/ have a beverage or two / watch Tim Minchin....

    Looking forward to Robyn Hitchcock with a guitar-band playing stuff by the Floyd/Captain Beefheart/The Byrds as well as some of his own/The Soft Boys stuff. Aiming to check out the Ghost Box stuff in the cinema tent on the Friday, as well as Sic Alps, Explosions in the Sky, Y Niwl, Treefight for Sunlight, Lia Ices...whoever sounds good in the programme (there may be clashes for I don't know the times). I spent a fair bit of the Sunday last year watching the Green Man stage while avoiding the dullness of Laura Marling and the bombastic Coldplay-meets-the Men They Couldn't Hang bilge of Mumford & Son, so maybe more of that this year...

    The Saturday of the Green Man 2011 I am aiming to see 9Bach, The Leisure Society (though if there is a clash, no problem as I'm seeing them in October), The Burns Unit, Martin Carr, Josh T Pearson, Hannah Peel or Polar Bear (dependent upon timing), Destroyer, Clark, Darkstar, Squarepusher...Maybe Pauline Black on the lit-stage and there is a performance in the Cinema tent by North Sea Radio Orchestra. I see clashes ahead...,.

    Sunday has Andy Weatherall after dark on a night titled A Love from Outer Space, which is a great song by AR Kane (and covered by Tahiti 80 also)...so that's tempting. His DJ set at the ATP Release the Bats Halloween gig a few years ago was the highlight (though Wooden Shjips were groovy, P-Jeans were a good Jesus Lizard tribute band and Om were great once they got going).

    Anyway, the rest of Sunday I aim to see James Blake (possibly only for a song or two as the LP sounds like Kenny Thomas doing glitchy Radiohead), Our Broken Garden, Antlers...etc...But it does depend on timing and who sounds interesting in the programme....

    The next gigs after that are the Saturday of the Moseley Folk Festival then Public Enemy doing Fear of a Black Planet, and am quite tempted by seeing Joan as Police Woman again as she was excellent this January in Brum (thought her new LP was much better live and have listened to it a bit more than I had when I saw her earlier this year).

    I think Metronomy and Peter and the Pirates are on the cards for gigs in Brum....

    & then things get busy gigwise in October and November....

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