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.
Sunday, June 19, 2005
Our Glastonbury List
Several people have asked me who we're going to see at this years festival and so here's my list:


Nine Black Alps – John Peel Stage
Maximo Park – John Peel Stage

Babyshambles – The Other Stage
Dead 60's – The Other Stage
Bloc Party – The Other Stage

The Zutons – Pyramid Stage
Doves – Pyramid Stage
The Killers – Pyramid Stage


Art Brut – John Peel Stage
The Rakes – John Peel Stage
Longcut – John Peel Stage
Magic Numbers – John Peel Stage

Interpol – The Other Stage
Kasabian – The Other Stage

Kaiser Chiefs – Pyramid Stage
The Coral – Pyramid Stage


Special Needs – John Peel Stage
Hard-Fi – John Peel Stage
LCD Sound System – John Peel Stage
Bright Eyes – John Peel Stage
Ryan Adams – John Peel Stage

The Dears – The Other Stage
The Bravery – The Other Stage

James Blunt - Pyramid Stage
Primal Scream - Pyramid Stage

I'm not sure about exact timings, so there may be a couple of clashes. It looks like our festival will start on Friday with The Dead 60s on the Other Stage and close with Ryan Adams on the John Peel Stage.

Thursday, June 16, 2005
Oh and While I'm here...
... a quick confessional.

I've been carried away by the hype surrounding The Arctic Monkeys and have bought tickets at £7 each to see them play King Tuts in Glasgow. Cost of flights up to Scotland... £115. Let's hope they're worth it.

We Are Scientist

We're just back from our third gig in a row (and the fourth gig this week) and have lots to tell you. Over the last 7 days we've seen 11 bands, who mostly have been nothing but great.

I intend to write fully about everything but this is just a quick post to say tonights support act for Pure Reason Revolution who were called We Are Scientists are playing the barfly this Saturday night as part of a short UK tour. Go and see them.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005
What is this idiot doing?
Special Needs photographed by Andrew Kendall

We went to see Special Needs last night and managed to get caught up in a PR event for their new Single (Blue Skies).

Our week of gigs continues tonight with The Dead 60s at The Islington Academy and Pure Reason Revolution at The Borderline tomorrow.

Saturday, June 11, 2005
See Tickets - where are my tickets (again)
And now I'm purgatory. The courier is supposed to deliver our glasters tickets today, but it could be at any time up to 6pm. So I have to wait in until he gets here or face the possability of missing our tickets. It seems like such a waste of a Saturday - I can't even do my chores in case the buzzer goes and I don't hear it over the sound of the vacuum cleaner.

On the plus side the new album by The Magic Numbers arrived this morning, so I've got some hippies on the stereo to keep me calm.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005
Bloc Party release The Pioneers
Note to self. Bloc Party are releasing The Pioneers for one day only on the 18th July. The details are as follows:

The Pioneers
Bloc Party release a new single "The Pioneers", taken from their Top 3 (Gold selling) debut album "Silent Alarm", though Wichita Recordings on 18th July 2005.

"The Pioneers" will be released on limited numbered cd and 7" for one day only and will feature exclusive b-sides.

Monday, June 06, 2005
Coldplay at Koko
And finally for today...

I knew that tonight's Coldplay gig was going to be difficult to get into, but I have to take my hate off to the droves of fans who started queuing yesterday for tickets.

Andrew Kendall has photos of the queue on his site here and here - rock and roll photography at its best ;-)

update at 21:57
Listening to the live broadcast from Koko now. All of the new stuff we've heard so far actually sounds pretty good live, think The Unforgetable Fire and you won't be too far from the mark.

update at 22:06
What the hell have they done to The Scientist - it's just finished with backwards drumming!

update at 22:30
New song What If is a dead ringer for Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word by Elt.

Apparently Radio 1 will have the full concert and photos online from tomorrow here.

I am weak
Against my better judgement I've just ordered X&Y, together with new records by The White Stripes, Maximo Park, The Tears, The Magic Numbers, Foo Fighters and Nine Black Alps.

See Tickets - where are my tickets?
Over the last couple of months See Tickets, the online ticket company appear to have stopped delivering by Royal Mail Recorded mail or Special Delivery, but instead now use a company called Special Mail Services.

This means that whereas in the old days when our friendly (if somewhat inefficient posty) would leave a card and the tickets could be picked up from our local sorting office. Not particularly efficient especially given the sorting office was open at some very strange times, but it was a system that worked.

Now, with SMS you have to meet a courier and show them some ID to get your tickets. The problem with this is that I can't take the delivery at home because I work and I can't take the delivery at work because I work in an office that has very strict policies in letters coming in and to be honest I don't want to eave my passport with our post room.

Also, you are supposed to get a card through the door and an email when delivery of tickets fails. Today I received the email but rather alarmingly not the card (probably meaning that the courier couldn't get into our building).

My last encounter with See/SMS resulted in me having to make 3 calls to SMS and See (each of which involves a queue with Meatloaf and Right Said Fred playing) to get a Saturday delivery - all for a pair of £5 tickets.

Today I've had slighlty better luck - I've managed to charm (OK I begged) the operator at SMS into arranging a Saturday delivery for our Glastonbury tickets, but it still means I've got to wait in on Saturday and wait for some hairy biker to turn up with my tickets. I was planning to head off to Soho for a mooch around Berwick Street to pick up some the the 7s ans 12s I've missed recently.

I never thought I'd say this when I had to treck down to the local sorting office, but - See tickets, please, please, please go back to Royal Mail.

Sunday, June 05, 2005
Coldplay X & Y is out tomorrow
And French, who's blog is excellent ( you should really go and check it out!), suggests that the album is better than Speed Of Sound. So all might not be lost. Or maybe that should be Everything's Not Lost for the old Coldplay fans.

You can read French's full review here.

Glasto Webcam
The BBC Glasto webcam is back for another year, which means that we are only a few weeks from this years festival.

Anyway you can find the webcam here.

The Beeb also have a glasters RSS news feed, which you can fund here.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005
Coldplay to play Koko
Coldplay will be playing, what is for them, a small gig on the day that X&Y is released.

Now I know I've not had a lot of nice thnigs to say about them recently, but I would love to be at this gig.

There are more details on the NME web site.

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