Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Comic Relief 2007

...was launched yesterday. Red Nose Day is gonna be March 16th and lots of info about the night's line up can be found here. The only reason I'm posting this really is that I'm excited about Celebrity Fame Academy coming back, which is always so much fun, and dreaming that maybe my favourite rock star wannabe might get involved... unlikely perhaps, but you know it'd be amazing.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Pic of the Day

Demetri Martin and David O'Doherty...



Just too cool.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Ben Folds gig pics

Eef Barzaley of Clem Snide (support)




























Ben on melodica:


Dancing Guy:


Sam and Jared:


Benny:


Sam rocking out:


Jared rocking out:


The band:


And finally my favourite of the evening, Ben playing synth with his foot...

Friday, January 26, 2007

Sam's Myth

If you fancy reading an insightful, impressive, exhaustive recap of film in 2006, head this way. Mr. Smith knows his stuff, and as you may have worked out, he's also a rather amazing drummer... ;)

Ben Folds - Sheffield City Hall

Every time I've seen Mr Folds, (three now) it's been a completely different experience. My first gig at Sheffield Octagon was utterly euphoric - it went from a sit down gig to a rocking, free-wheeling juggernaut filled with requests and improvisation. Then the show at Brixton Academy was a proper Rock Gig. Ben powered through (in a good way), the band were huge, and the audience sang every word.

Then there was last night at Sheffield City Hall, and it was different again. The watch-word of the night - fun. The guys looked like they were having a blast which is always the most beautiful thing for a fan to see. The set list was great - the recent songs really come alive when played live, and older songs were re-invigorated. Underground-with-a-band was something I'd come to think I'd never get to see, so that was pretty special for me, and Evaporated, one of the most beautiful song Ben has ever written, brought a gorgeous hush across the audience... It was a sit-down gig throughout, but there was loads of audience interaction (including a guy who was dancing so energetically in the aisles that he was invited onstage by Ben to do 'an interpretive dance') and a massive amount of improv and messing around, especially with Ben's new toy, a red synth keyboard. That's an absolutely fabulous addition, and hopefully it's not a fad.

The band were great when they were rocking out, but sometimes they were smaller but funkier and I absolutely loved that. Sam Smith from The Comfies was on drums, taking over from the lovely Lindsay who's really hurt at the moment - and he was an utter hero. This was his third gig with Ben and Jared Reynolds on bass but my God you'd never know it. And Jared... well I love the guy. He's got such an amazng presence that I often get drawn to looking at him. He makes me feel that when I'm going to see Ben, I'm going to see a band, not a solo artist, such is the importance of what he brings to the table. Ben? Well, he was a generous, rocking, beautiful, funny, sensitive, potty-mouthed mutha as always. Just being able to sit there and watch him play feels like a massive honour. His canon is now so huge, so strong, that every song feels like a killer.

Right, being just three rows back I've got some kick-ass photos on my camera, but there they shall stay til I get access to my card reader in a couple of days, but needless to say you'll get to see them.

"We can be happy underground..."

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Ben Folds overlooked in Oscar nominations

Awww. There was 'buzz' that he'd be nominated for his work on Over The Hedge, but alas no. Bless.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Jealous

Apparently Neil Hannon came on stage with Ben Folds in Dublin last night. Not that I'm jealous, oh no.

Looking forward to Thursday's Sheffield gig though!!

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Comedy Shuffle with Rob Rouse

I highly recommend you watch this on Thursday, BBC Three at 11pm - or, right now on the website. Rob Rouse has a chat with Jimmy Carr - who more and more is coming across as a really decent guy with his head screwed on right - and there's three really top class live sets from comedy troupe Dutch Elm Conservatoire, Johann Lipowitz (aka David Armand, the 'Torn' guy from Secret Policeman's Ball, if it helps!) and the charming, brilliant, talented David O'Doherty. Also there's a rather fabulous sketch about a dog and a stick-insect, and even a bit of the old user-generated content, thanks to BBC's Comedy Soup thingy. And Rob Rouse is a perfectly lovely host, by the way - happy and bouncy, somewhat like a golden labrador.

I thought this was going to be really disappointing, cos I was all excited about it... in fact it's really quite good. It's always nice to be pleasantly surprised.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Could Neil Hannon be heading for Number One..?

Possibly!

Nathan Barley series 2

--It's on the cards... apparently. Man I hope so, those characters can be explored so much more.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Brit Award Nominations - from NME.com

My winners in bold!

British Male Solo Artist
James Morrison
Jarvis Cocker (or Lisa'll never forgive me!)
Lemar
Paolo Nutini
Thom Yorke

British Female Solo Artist
Amy Winehouse
Corinne Bailey Rae
Jamelia
Lily Allen
Nerina Pallot

British Group
Arctic Monkeys
Kasabian (check out their country Live Lounge version of Shoot The Runner)
Muse
Razorlight
Snow Patrol

Mastercard British Album - Don't have any of them... can't comment....
Amy Winehouse - 'Back To Black
'Arctic Monkeys - 'Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not'
Lily Allen - 'Alright, Still'
Muse - 'Black Holes And Revelations'
Snow Patrol - 'Eyes Open'

British Single Shortlist
Corinne Bailey Rae - 'Put Your Records On'
The Feeling - 'Fill My Little World'
James Morrison - 'You Give Me Something'
The Kooks - 'She Moves In Her Own Way' (but should be 'Ooh-La')
Leona Lewis - 'A Moment Like This'
Lily Allen - 'Smile'
Razorlight - 'America'
Sandi Thom - 'I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker'
Snow Patrol - 'Chasing Cars'
Take That - 'Patience'
Will Young - 'All Time Love'

British Breakthrough Act
Corinne Bailey Rae
The Fratellis
James Morrison
The Kooks
Lily Allen

British Live Act
George Michael
Guillemots (the only one I've seen live)
Kasabian (but I bet these are really good!)
Muse
Robbie Williams

International Male Solo Artist
Beck
Bob Dylan (for my dad)
Damien Rice
Jack Johnson
Justin Timberlake

International Female Solo Artist
Beyonce
Cat Power (by default?)
Christina Aguilera
Nelly Furtado
Pink

International Group
The Flaming Lips
Gnarls Barkley
The Killers
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Scissor Sisters

International Album
Dylan - 'Modern Times' (Dad says it's his best for ages and that's good enough)
Gnarls Barkley - 'St Elsewhere'
Justin Timberlake - 'FutureSex/LoveSounds'
The Killers - 'Sam's Town'
Scissor Sisters - 'Ta-Dah'

International Breakthrough Act
Gnarls Barkley
Orson
The Raconteurs
Ray Lamontagne (his voice annoys me)
Wolfmother

Outstanding Contribution To Music
Oasis (for Whatever, Masterplan and Importance of Being Idle)

Sunday, January 14, 2007

I'm obsessed...

...with the song 'I Gotta Move' by Ben Kweller. Go listen on his myspace.

That is all! :)

Friday, January 12, 2007

Hehe


Anna Lowman --

[noun]:

A person who makes a living suing celebrities



'How will you be defined in the dictionary?' at QuizGalaxy.com

Julian and Julia to have twins...

--
... they've gotta call them Julian and Julia, haven't they? I don't even care what sex they are, it's gotta be done. Yes, as the bringer of largely unwanted Boosh news, I thought I should mention that Julian Barratt and Julia Davis (Nighty Night) are to become parents of little Boosh babies this summer. Massive, heartfelt congratulations to the coolest parents-to-be in the world.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

David O'Doherty

Remember that David O'Doherty introductory song I told you about? Well here it is...

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Productions of 2006

London - Rock 'n' Roll
Sheffield - Assassins

Follow the links for my reviews :) I won't just repeat what I said, but there's been a couple of bits of news relating to these shows recently which might interest.

First, the Czech band featured heavily in Rock 'n' Roll, The Plastic People of the Universe, which scared the Communist government so much by simply not giving a damn, are playing their first ever UK gig at the end of this month in London. They're inspired by the likes of the Velvets, Zappa and Captain Beefheart, so should be loads of fun.

Plus, Sam West has decided to end his tenure at Sheffield Theatres this summer, apparently because the Crucible is undergoing some pretty major refurbishment, and I guess he'd be sat twiddling his thumbs. It seems a shame, because two years really hasn't been enough for him to stamp his authority here, (and we've known about the refurbishment for ages...) but it'll be interesting to see who takes over. (The Stage)

Monday, January 08, 2007

Arcade Fire info

A belated Happy New Year to you all!

I come bearing gifts - NME.com has been providing lots of lovely information concerning Arcade Fire today!
Here we're told that their new album, Neon Bible, is out on March 5th, with a single called 'Black Mirror' coming out some time before, and here there's news of a European tour, including these UK dates...

Dublin Olympia - March 5/6
Manchester Apollo - March 8/9
Glasgow Barrowlands - March 11/12
London Brixton Academy - March 14/15
Tickets go on sale on Friday!

And here's a bizarre trailer-type thing from the band, which has little snippets of the new songs running in the background...