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.
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Christ On A Bike
OK... so I know the Brits is the music awards ceremony for people who only buy one record a year (hence KT Tunstall and James Blunt-ne-Blant getting gongs)

What's made me angry this evening is the BBC News at 10's coverage - could it's explination of the rise of "guitar bands" be any more patronising ? They write songs (never) and play guitars (hence the name granny) and have made songs available on the internet for fans (shock!). I know, I know, the Beeb is stuffy and I shouldn't complain but tonights piece was possible the laziest piece of journalism I've seen for a long time.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Primal Scream - 6th April
The Scream team have announced a London date on the 6th April at The Astoria, ticket booking via this link:

I can't wait! A chance to hear the new album and some old faves.

Monday, February 13, 2006
Pete Doherty - Channel 4 interview
It's genius:

Emily Reuben(Interviewer): "I'm going to sk about Kate Moss"
Pete Doherty: "That's a bit rude - I don't ask about your fella... your just being lazy, you want a bit of gossip"
ER: "I just want to get to the bottom of the story"
PD: "It's not a story - it's peoples lives"
ER: "but what happened"
PD: "I met someone and fell in love"

It's such a great interview. Some real sparks of wit from Pete and aparently he's straight:
PD: "I'm not that much of a junky anyway.... sorry, what was hte question"

Wednesday, February 08, 2006
A Quick Plug...
Hopelessly behind on writing up the gigs, but need to mention Liam Frost, who we saw play Water Rats last week. I've mentioned him before, we saw him supporting Stephen Fretwell last year, and he's shaping up to be one of our tips for 2006. Lots of Ryan Adams and Badly Drawn Boy style songs, a good backing band in The Slowdown Family, and a really good nights entertainment.

His first proper single is out this week and he's playing Water Rats again next Tuesday, the 14th, so expect a broken hearted Valentine party.

Worth a quick mention of his support band Lisa Brown. Some interesting songs, a sound somewhere between U2 and Doves and the worst band name I've seen since Test Icicles.

See Tickets Cracking Down on Touts
I was just booking tickets to see Make Good Your Escape via See Tickets when I noticed the following message. Actually it's pretty hard to miss, it's in bright red:


All tickets purchased on this site are governed by our terms and conditions. In particular, we draw your attention to the fact that all tickets are for personal use only and cannot be resold under any circumstances. Resale or attempted resale is grounds for seizure or cancellation without refund or other compensation. The Event Partner and its affiliates, successors, or assigns may enforce these terms in accordance with the provisions of the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 (the Act).

Check it out for yourself:

Will this work ? I'd like to think so, but I doubt touting can ever be stopped without a change in the law.

Fancy a bet ?
Pete has avoided a custodial sentence and has been given 12 months community service, acoording to sky news:,,30100-13504167,00.html

So... given that he is back on the streets I can imagine London's dealers are already on the phone to Afgahnistan to order up more supplies.

Would anyone like to offer me a spread on when he will next be arrested.. 5 days, 2 days, 1 day, 8 hours?

Saturday, February 04, 2006
Frozen Simians: World Domination
This report from our reader in NZ, thanks Mr McBarr:

Dearest Nige,

Thought you would be interested in this.

Arctic Monkeys "I bet you look good on the dancefloor" played as background music to TV3 weather last night. World domination complete. Nuff said.

Airbrush, what Airbrush ?
Just seen this add for iTunes:

How airbrushed does Sheryl Crow look ?

Thursday, February 02, 2006
Arctic Meltdown
Well... haven't managed to get hold of any Arctic Monkey's tickets for the April tour. Every single online ticket agent is showing service not available web pages.... except, which is showing that there aren't any tickets available.

Lets hope they add another couple of dates at Brixton.

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