Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Monday, January 29, 2007
Friday, January 26, 2007
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
Monday, January 22, 2007
Sunday, January 21, 2007
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
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
My winners in bold!
British Male Solo Artist
Jarvis Cocker (or Lisa'll never forgive me!)
British Female Solo Artist
Corinne Bailey Rae
Kasabian (check out their country Live Lounge version of Shoot The Runner)
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
British Live Act
Guillemots (the only one I've seen live)
Kasabian (but I bet these are really good!)
International Male Solo Artist
Bob Dylan (for my dad)
International Female Solo Artist
Cat Power (by default?)
The Flaming Lips
Red Hot Chili Peppers
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
Ray Lamontagne (his voice annoys me)
Outstanding Contribution To Music
Oasis (for Whatever, Masterplan and Importance of Being Idle)
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Friday, January 12, 2007
... 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
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
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
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...