The thoughts and ocassional ramblings of a 30-something muso.
Hello, I’m a muso. I'm one of those guys you see digging around the racks of vinyl in London's backstreet record shops. I'm not addicted, I can give it up whenever I want. I just need to find that limited edition 7" single that the NME made single of the week. Maybe you've bumped into me in the queue for the bar at The Academy or The Astoria. There are thousands of us in London - I've seen all the regular faces in the record shops and at the gigs.

This blog is my attempt to write about the records that I love, the gigs I've been to and, well, anything else to do with music. Hopefully you'll find something here that makes you nod in agreement or rant in disagreement or maybe even laugh.
Thursday, November 18, 2004
Another YYYs review

Looks like the people over at PlayLouder agreed with us about Monday's god awful YYYs gig:

But the good news today is that I managed to get my gruby mits on tickets for the NME Awards show at the Academy next year with the very excellent Killers and Bloc Party on the bill. I can't wait.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004
Coming soon...

It's almost that time of year when everyone publishes their end of year charts. And musobable will join this chart-frenzy with our own lists of best gigs and best record from 2004. I know, you can hardly eait can you?!?

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Brixton Academy

I haven't written many gig reviews recently, which is a shame because we've been to some great gigs recently (Franz Ferdinand at Brixton possibly being the best).

However, this YYYs gig won't go down as one of the better gigs, not least because I am without my normal gig buddy, who is at home with a cold.

The problems are many and varied. I could mention the high number of teenage girls in the audience who surge forward into the mosh pit when the band come on, but then jsut stand there looking at each other wondering what to do next. It takes one bright spark to work out that they should maybe , 'like, move around a bit, you know, dance' and so slowley, the most self conscious crowd I've ever seen start to enjoy themselves.

But the real problem with this gig is the band. Taking 2 minute slices of guitar pop and trying to spread them to five or six minutes by dicking around with intros (Karen, screaming into a lighting rig at the side of the stage; guitar fiddling or that most heanous of crimes - drum solos) does not make an interestin gig. I have to stiffle a couple of yawns at one point.

The new songs are pretty good, but I want to hear more. I'd rather the band play 30 minutes of old stuff (and I mean 10+ songs rather than 4 or five streched) and then another half an hour of new stuff.

So a marked difference from the gig we saw them play erlier in the year. Lets hope this was a blip and the YYYs will be back on form again soon. Because they surely won't last very long playing gigs like this.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004
Go And See This Band
We've seen THe Five O'Clock Heroes several times recently (including a great support slot for the Rakes last night). They still have a couple of dates left on their UK tour so go and see them. Details are on their web site:

Libs to split (slight return)

Don't want to say "I told you so", but it looks like Carl, the remaining songwritter in the Libs is going to split the band up. The NME has the news:

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