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Re: Gig 'whores
« Reply #1860 on: April 28, 2019, 12:13:19 AM »
At YES in Manchester again tonight (after meeting with Shoulders & co. at the Market Tavern) to see Stealing Sheep on the tour for their new album Big Wows. Having got the album the other day, it's progressing down the electronica route they started heading down on their previous album Not Real. Having seen them before when Not Real came out, there was a bit of a multi-instrumental thing going on, where Emily would play guitar and keys, Luciana had a wide variety of different percussion instruments (though all three of them would play percussion at some point) and Rebecca would play keys.

Their current setup is a bit more of a conventional band, with Emily playing bass guitar, Luciana behind a full drumkit and Rebecca with a synth. The change marks a change in their sound too - despite their new album being more electronic synth-pop, their live sound is more disco-funk, with Luciana and Emily locked together into a pretty slick rhythm section (if anything, it reminds me a lot of Soulwax's similar transformation from their Nite Versions album onwards). Luciana in particular has become a bit of a powerhouse drummer. It also means the songs have a very different feel to how they are presented on the album too, for the better I think.

The themes of their new show appears to be they are alien robots beamed down to entertain us, with them dressed in matching gold glitter bodysuits and 'space' glasses.  Like previous times i've seen them, there are also dance routines integrated into the opening, closing and mid-set break. you can get an idea of what to expect from this performance of new track Joking Me from the BBC 6 Music festival in Liverpool a few weeks ago.

The change in performing style was also reflected in their older tracks which have been reworked to fit with their new set. Genevieve and Apparition have been given a bit of a funky makeover, and the encore was a long-form medley of Sequence and Not Real from thier last album (complete with pow-pow synth toms), with the latter morphing into Last Night A DJ Saved My Life in the middle (again, something very reminiscent of Soulwax's m.o.), before gathering at the front of the stage to sing and dance to a new rendition of old favourite Shut Eye and asking the crowd to move forward to the front of the stage so Emily could take a Polaroid of us.

The main thing was that it was just so much fun - the ladies were obviously having a whale of a time performing and that rubs off on the crowd too After the encore when they let the 'robot' theme slip and  came up front to interact with the crowd was just joyous

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Re: Gig 'whores
« Reply #1861 on: April 28, 2019, 11:11:00 PM »
had a terrific time watching them tonight buzbo. got my gf a signed record and thanked them for a great show about a decade ago at 2000 trees. good fun.

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Re: Gig 'whores
« Reply #1862 on: April 29, 2019, 12:10:13 AM »
I’ve been a bit sniffy about the reformed Suede but, by Christ, they were fantastic tonight in Cambridge.

I expected the show to have the deadly whiff of nostalgia about it, but they attacked the old stuff with venom, and the newer material has a lot of heart to it and really landed.

Brett Anderson performed like his life depended on it and had a ripped to fuck shirt after about 3 songs. I bet it wasn’t a cheap one either.

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Re: Gig 'whores
« Reply #1863 on: April 29, 2019, 12:12:51 AM »
Oh, and BC Camplight was really good in support, despite pretty awful sound.

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« Reply #1864 on: May 06, 2019, 06:12:14 PM »
Couple of bank holiday bangers this weekend for me.

On Friday, I finally had the pleasure of seeing The Bad Plus, and in a church no less! Church gigs, mate! They were fucking exceptional, just a completely faultless and stunning performance. We turned up early and got arguably the best seats in the house, front left with a great view of the piano keys. They played a stellar set of their own material and encored with their cover of Aphex Twin's "Flim" - I was grinning from ear to ear. It was so good it cured my hangover, I ain't even lyin'.

Here they are, from where I was:



Then last night, I dubiously and quite tiredly ventured to Camden to see French beat maestro Onra. I fucking love Onra's "Chinoiseries" album trilogy and consider it to be something of a high water mark in boom bap instrumental hip hop, but I was worried. The gig was a late one: doors were 22:30 and Onra didn't take the stage till around 1:00, and I was concerned it was going to be a club-orientated set. You know, the ones where your cherished studio producers come out and inexplicably play a load of fucking deep house (I'm looking at you, Shackleton).

I needn't have worried, though, because his 90 minute set was blinding and tremendously fun. He started with a load of French "touch" and disco stuff, super slick repetitious and synth heavy stuff. My mate and I agreed that it wasn't quite what we wanted, but it was fucking great nonetheless, but no sooner had we remarked this when yer man launched into a load of "Chinoiseries" beats and had the crowd going wild. I was intermittently honking on my pal's weed vape pen thing so I was stoned as the dickens and I just bloody lapped the whole thing up.

Re: Gig 'whores
« Reply #1865 on: May 08, 2019, 04:39:33 PM »
Blimey, I'm seeing Stereolab at the Ramsgate Music Hall later this month. It's probably smaller than anywhere they've ever played.

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« Reply #1866 on: May 09, 2019, 09:47:21 AM »
Was meant to be going to see Hen Ogledd on the 18th in Reading but now I have to go to Cirencester for an in-law family birthday thing :(

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS are playing in Shepherd's Bush in November (I think) so I'm seriously considering that

Re: Gig 'whores
« Reply #1867 on: May 09, 2019, 02:53:25 PM »
Went to see William Tyler in Todmorden last week. I really enjoyed it although it's tricky with this kind of stuff (virtuoso Fahey style guitaring) to know where enjoying stops and admiring begins. WT came the right side I think. I've subsequently bought 4 albums so I must have liked it. Was going to see the Essex Green in Manchester tonight but it's drizzling and I won't get home til gone midnight and I can't face late nights any more.

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« Reply #1868 on: May 10, 2019, 11:54:35 AM »
Fans of heavy music, rejoice! The almighty avant-jazz metal band ZU have announced a 10th anniversary show for their album Carboniferous at the Lexington, London, on August 13! It’s a mere £15 so if you fancy joining me in getting your arsehole torn open by a baritone saxophone then please, be my guest. Holy fuck this is exciting news.

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Re: Gig 'whores
« Reply #1869 on: May 11, 2019, 10:17:17 AM »
Blimey, I'm seeing Stereolab at the Ramsgate Music Hall later this month. It's probably smaller than anywhere they've ever played.
Gah! Sold out by the time I got around to it. That’s gonna be BRILLIANNNNNNNNT!!!!

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« Reply #1870 on: May 13, 2019, 01:51:16 PM »
Bill Callahan in Edinburgh in October. Excited, in a downbeat sort of way.

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Re: Gig 'whores
« Reply #1871 on: May 15, 2019, 11:10:14 AM »
Mull Historical Society next week. Not overly impressed with the new album, tbh. But he's got Bernard Butler playing with him, so going in with an open mind.

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« Reply #1872 on: May 15, 2019, 12:11:41 PM »
James Yorkston on Thursday evening. I love this man's records and his debut album is one of my favourites ever. Live he can be spellbinding BUT he really fancies himself as a bit of a raconteur. The fucking crowd lap it up to. Last time i saw him, a horrible crusty man smiled at me, raised his glass of whisky and said "To Mr Yorkston!", which made my arse twitch uncontrollably. He does that thing where he'll tell a story and absent-mindedly strum his guitar, like Stewart Lee did on one of the Comedy Vehicles. Worse still is when he turns one of his 'anecdotes' in to a song. I'm being harsh though, the gig's in the lovely Trades Club, it's seated, I get discounted beer and my wife's looking after our baby the next morning so I can get a little bit pissed. Must remember not to shout Les Battersby at him again though.

Re: Gig 'whores
« Reply #1873 on: May 16, 2019, 01:54:21 PM »
Caught Kuunatic last night, supporting Hibushibire at the Sunflower Lounge in Brum. I'm not really a fan of Hibushibire (too much widdle and not enough riffs for me, plus one song sounds like  Ocean Colour Scene) but Kuunatic were superb. If you get a chance to catch them over the next few days I'd thoroughly recommend it.

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Re: Gig 'whores
« Reply #1874 on: May 17, 2019, 12:25:32 AM »
I’m playing with Wreckless Eric tonight and tomorrow and I’m very excited. He might take over as my spiritual dad from Robyn Hitchcock who, to be fair, I was never that close to.

Re: Gig 'whores
« Reply #1875 on: May 17, 2019, 02:31:56 PM »
I’m playing with Wreckless Eric tonight and tomorrow and I’m very excited. He might take over as my spiritual dad from Robyn Hitchcock who, to be fair, I was never that close to.

Do a Felt/ Denim cover.

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« Reply #1876 on: May 17, 2019, 04:00:29 PM »
Do a Felt/ Denim cover.

I've thought about it.