Sunday, August 29, 2010


Good set this week, with the much awaited and ambitiously fertile much awaited Everything Everything debut Man Alive, Gallops' inventive, soul moving EP and the long delayed (it's been on Spotify for a while) Admiral Radley album I Heart California, the best thing Jason Lytle's done since splitting Grandaddy. That's out of two things. But seeing as we made its constant promise of imminent release a running joke for a while, and moreover because it's a damn fine debut record that stretches the emotional depth while not sacrificing the subtlety of the writing, we're going to plump for an album named not after a bemoaning about the lack of Yoni Wolf in the author's life but a quote from 17th century mystical poet and Catholic hymn writer Angelus Silesius: "The rose is without why, it blooms because it blooms/It pays no attention to itself, asks not whether it is seen." Rose Elinor Dougall, conversely, is asked to be seen a lot, and will be even more when Mark Ronson's album comes out as she provides vocals on three tracks and will be in his live band. Beat the rush, get it this week. We did a thorough review for TLOBF; Just Played got a lengthy and insightful interview out of her.

A quiet week as everyone gets over Reading & Leeds and winds up for the resumption of the proper touring calendar. One band getting in early, even though their album isn't out until November, are the quiet-loud post-rock densely storm-tossed dramatists Her Name Is Calla. Their tour kicked off last night at one road less travelled, Berwick-upon-Tweed; Sunday they're at Glasgow The Captains Rest, Monday Manchester Night & Day, Tuesday Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff, Wednesday a homecoming of sorts at Leicester Firebug, Thursday London Luminaire and Friday Cambridge Portland Arms, wrapping up on Saturday 4th September at Pocklington Arts Centre in York. The Manchester to London dates are with The Monroe Transfer, with whom HNIC have been recording a collaborative album. One at a time, please. Elsewhere, Big Scary Monsters recording artists Hold Your Horse Is and Shoes And Socks Off embark from Wednesday on a month long tour.

Pete Green, who gets quoted or referred to here pretty much every week and you've still never, ever heard of, reckons The History Of Apple Pie - not a great name, is it - could be the next Standard Fare. Reputedly Peggy POBPAH is already a fan of the London duo, who say they sound like "eating mint choc chip ice cream in the sun with your best friend", and actually sound like Comet Gain and the Pastels toying with fuzzpop and reverb in an attempt to work out how Galaxie 500 do it. Yuck's younger, less showy siblings, in a way.

Here's baffling. Bingley Music Live is a one stage, £30 effort in West Yorkshire whose headliners are Buzzcocks, James and The Enemy. Also playing are a mixture of the entirely likely (Reef, Levellers, Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip), the cheap return pop of the day (Example, Professor Green) and the brave in the circumstances (Seasick Steve, Frightened Rabbit, Gaggle). Oh, and playing before James on the Saturday: Public Image Ltd, their only UK festival appearance in 2010. What? Maybe it's typical atypical Lydon behaviour, especially when out on the end of the Central Line is Offset for some of his spiritual children of all eras. Mystery Jets and Atari Teenage Riot are your peas in a pod headliners, Monotonix and Pulled Apart By Horses dare each other on to further onstage battery midway through Sunday, while elsewhere we see Art Brut, Liquid Liquid, Caribou, These New Puritans, Rolo Tomassi, Calories, 80s Matchbox B-Line Disaster, Thomas Tantrum, Male Bonding, Banjo Or Freakout, Telepathe, Lovvers, Cluster and Esben and the Witch. None of that nonsense over at the Moseley Folk Festival. Nothing's as wild and loose with the name as Saint Etienne headlining last year - it's The Divine Comedy, Donovan and, for the novelty in your life, The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain - though the High Llamas must stretch the definition a tad between Johnny Flynn, Beth Jeans Houghton, The Low Anthem, Erland and The Carnival, The Unthanks, Fyfe Dangerfield, Sparrow and the Workshop, Alasdair Roberts and Boat To Row. Plus, and we quote, 'Workshop - Rapper Dancing with Ryknild Rabble'. Round the back of the corn exchange?

Fractions Of One, another one of those online music magazines you hear so much about, has compiled a charity compilation to help the Pakistan flood appeal. Get Set, Go is a mere fiver, for which you get tracks by among others Tubelord, Internet Forever, Gallops, Three Trapped Tigers, Shoes And Socks Off, Shield Your Eyes, worriedaboutsatan and Adebisi Shank.

Half Man Half Biscuit popped in to see Marc Riley on 6 Music a couple of weeks ago, partly to say thanks for the whole Joy Division Oven Gloves shebang, partly to play three new songs on an album Nigel says should be ready by the end of the year. And here they are in Soundcloud form with cheeky download aperitif.


Barry said...

Thanks for the linkage. Nice post too.

miss scarlet said...

good post....lots of info! and yeah, there's always a festival somewhere...shiz, i feel like i am always missing out!

miss scarlet