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Well would Huw believe it….

So here we are travelling back to london after the first night of Sky Larkin’s first proper headline tour and rather than looking back on a typically great show in front a few hardcore clued up Bristolians we sit here basking in the warm glow of a sold out wonderful night at the ever lovely Louisiana.
Can think of very few gigs where I got potential attendance so horribly wrong.
The bill is great,Huw Stephens has been fantastic in his patronage/support but still WHERE DID ALL THOSE PEOPLE COME FROM ??!!
Pulled apart by horse were fantastic – a young exuberant uk response to our own much missed and beloved Blood Brothers combined with the excitement of those tiny At The Drive In Shows when feet would regularly hit the ceiling and going back even further the sheer glee of the first time Mudhoney hit these shores and people remembered what it was like to have fun at shows again…..
I’m already sad I’ll only see a couple of the shows on this tour as I know they’re going to live long in the memory of all those involved….
What a wonderful first Wichita show of the new year.thanks Obama !
hitting the 09.hard.

Red sky at night….

En route to Brizzle for the opening night of the Huw Stephens presents tour.
Sky Larkin headlining ably supported by Pulled Apart by Horses and Mr Hodgkinson’s computer neither of whom I’ve managed to see before so all very exciting…..
First time I’ve been to the Louis for aaaaaaaages so looking forward to that immensely.
Will be alert for mid table nothing to play for championship footballers too……
hitting the 09.hard.

the go betweens

Go Be’s morning here in the office.Part of the appeal is nostalgia based on a special time fo r me of getting deeper into music and pouring over liner notes and the whole nick hornby thing but what really strikes me is how little “literate pop” there is these days.What drew me to Roddy/Edwyn/Grant and Robert (postcard ?!?)/Moz etc was the amazing words,the storytelling.Not really part of a folk tradition but drawing you in in the same way.Hard to think of who does that now…
The Wave Pictures come to mind but maybe because the sound SO much like the Go Betweens and other than that people like Conor are more on the folk side and maybe its why peeople connect to Death Cab and stuff but I dont feel the same connection (and not just cos I’m old).
Anyway,if you’ve read this far and have any suggestions for great contemporary literate pop I may be forgetting please let us know….

Moshi moshi!

First moshi night of the new year taking me back to the xmas party here less than a month ago.would say happy memories but I don’t remeember much….WE HAVE BAND up first…..more cowbell !! (Always wanted to say that…..)
hitting the 09.hard.

Noel a paris

Here in paris getting set for the xmas party tomorrow night.
Last nights bash in london was amazing fun with fantastic sets from sky larkin and first aid kit and tomorrow we get to celebrate with los camp and lovvers too.

On a personal note I got to do something incredibly special tonight and sit in as a guest on the legendary bernard lenoir show on radio france.
The man is an absolute icon to me and to be allowed on to his show to talk about the label and play some music from our bands and others I love (tnv!surprise!)was a very moving event for me.
I know its something I’ll never forget and reminded me as ever how lucky I am to do what I do.
Joyeux noel bernard !
Mb x

… of the year

Albums
Lykke li – youth novels
Times new viking rip it off
No age nouns

Gigs
My bloody valentine – everywhere
Times new viking/shred yr face – everywhere
Neil young – hammersmith

Tracks
Kanye west – love lockdown
Lykke li – little bit
Times new viking – my head

Shredded

Oh my gosh what a night…..
SYF is officially up and running and was everything I’d ever dreamed it could be.
Entire office shlepped down to brighton last night to witness a little history in the making.
I can honestly say that if any one of those bands had been the only performers everyone would still have had their money’s worth….
TNV !!!! They’re back !!!!!new songs!!!new jokes !!!!best.band.ever.
Straight off the plane too just like NO AGE who somehow found the energy to do a killer instore followed by a mind blowing set that left jaws dropped.when Randy and Dean walked in clutching Husker Du cds I knew something special was afoot….
It was all quite something for LOS CAMPESINOS! to follow but god they stepped up to the mark.playing a ton of songs off WABWAD (aoty ??)plus a bunch of singalong classics from that long ago debut elpee….
A triumph for all,a true triumph.
There is a week more of this madness so please get out there and see it,we’ll not see its like again.
As Adam TNV shouted mid set last night
“Don’t do it yourself kids!!!!”
He was joking.He’s a funny bugger.
AWESOME.

…Cinema

Onto last night and a proper old school awayday.Who knew York was an hour and three quarters from London ?anyway.first chance for me to catch Lovvers on what I’m calling the “Think!about nuns on dodgems tour!”
Taking “our band could be your life” as a how to…. guide the guys are more than half way through a self booked self driven self organised run through all the countries of the uk.
I must admit I was shocked to see the cinema basement packed and the low celing and lack of stage made for an authentic punk rock setting.Band were on fire having played a run of shows and also clearly loving every minute of being out there.the legendary “slow song” makes an appearence and all I can think about is how many people actually saw all those seminal bands from Azerrad’s book when they first came to the UK.seems to me Lovvers might be doing even better.
Where else to end a great night that an THE STONE ROSES BAR.Amazing.what fresh hell is this.wondered if they shouldn’t open a led zep bar next door and rename “overrated shitty bands street” but hey Funky Kingston on the jukebox so somehow got through it.
Can’t finish this overdue b log without mention of 2 things.
We are now just a week away from SHREDYRFACE and the greatest tour to hit the uk of ALL TIME !! TNV people !!!!!
And finally.THE BRONX.oh the bronx.lp3 is probably the best thing they have ever done which is some pretty high praise but OMG folks you are in for a treat…..