Young, beautiful people of London town, I’ll be parked behind the ones and twos in Catch bar in Shoreditch tomorrow from 9 til late. The cool kids tell me they’ll be along, do join us.
It’s the start of what I’m planning to call Songs Of Praise. I’m knocking together posters and ideas at the moment, will post details once I have em. I’ll also be posting photos of tracklists each week, as a way to stop myself playing the same shit each week.
Tomorrow I’ll be playing this kinda thing. For further listening see the most recent mix.
New mix! In the zone, young, free and full of beans. Hear me now!
I’m playing Catch bar in Shoreditch London this and every Tuesday for the next while. I’ll be playing all manner of soul, hip-hop, pop, house and disco, from the rare and obscure to the brazen and shameless. It’s free in, and I’m only delighted when you fine folk come up and chat …unless you’re a dirty ould racist or something y’know.
…for the moment, suggestions for London shenanigans tonight on a postcard please!
Das Racist - You Outta Know /// TV Girl - Benny and the Jets /// Madvillain - All Caps /// Talking Heads - Burning Down The House ///Friends - I’m His Girl ///Outkast - Rosa Parks /// Peter Gabriel - Solsbury Hill /// Bombay Bicycle Club - Shuffle /// THEESatisfaction - QueenS /// Queen - Another One Bites The Dust /// The Bangles/Incredible Bongo Band - Walk Like an Egyptian (Sam Redmore edit) /// Kurtis Blow - The Breaks /// John Talabot - So Will It Be (ft. Pional) /// Crazy P - Heartbreaker /// Azari & III - Reckless With Your Love (AXXE Irresponsible Karaoke edit) /// The Clash - Train In Vain /// Prince - I Wanna Be Your Lover (Dimitri From Paris re-edit) /// Spoek Mathambo - Control (Joy Division cover) /// Disclosure - My Intention Is War! /// Toots And The Maytals - Pressure Drop /// Naughty By Nature - Hip-Hop Hooray /// Bill Withers - Lovely Day
Gilles Peterson has made the leap, after 14 years on Radio 1 to the sublime (and frankly only listenable radio station) BBC 6 Music. He’s now broadcasting on Saturdays between 3 and 6 p.m, before the blisteringly good Craig Charles with his Funk and Soul show. Hear last Saturdays show here.
I heard some stellar tunes but was particularly blown away by Bad Bad Not Good, a Toronto 3 piece jazz outfit who play a mix of originals and covers. And by covers I mean thoroughly interesting takes on well known tracks. Have a listen to their cover of Kanye West and Dwele’s Flashing Lights, then follow along to their website to download their album for free.
As it happens, no one over the age of 21 was involved in the making of this album. Goodness me, I’m feeling insecure.
This trailer for a documentary by Michael Rossato-Bennett has been doing the reddit and facebook rounds. The documentary in full is coming out soon, and will be premiered at the Rubin Gallery, NYC April 18th, 20th and 21st in association with the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter. Details here.
This was the most memorable new song from the last Cast of Cheers show I saw (read my review for State.ie). It’s a jaunty pop singalong, the second single from their upcoming album, Family out June 15th on Schoolboy Error.
Though I’d be loathe to admit it, given my penchance for begrudgery, but Vice were well on the ball with this west London young fella.
Rough, dreamlike bedroom pop I guess.
Can we call it a wave? Youngsters like Only Real, King Krule, Reggie Snow, Ill Murray and Disclosure who have grown up with the technology and access to unlimited music that the rest of us are only getting to grips with. All worth a listen, and they all piss all over Ed Sheeran.
During a chance chat about house prices and disco music while having a smoke outside work with a guy from the office block next door I mentioned I liked Escort. At that point the fellow mentioned his band are on the same label. I had a listen to them and hey presto, they’re fucking ace! Originally from Scotland, based in London and fans of The Beta Band and they’re on Tirk Records.
And then there’s this …as summer approaches, the sunshine electronics are coming thick and fast. Again hopping on the big boys bandwagons, Pitchfork posted this as best new music last week. Fort Romeau is La Roux’s keyboard player Mike Norris. His debut, Kingdoms is out now.
…oldish news I know but I’m only getting to grips with WSGM now, readying myself for Field Day 2012 in Victoria Park London. It’s on my birthday weekend, and the Queens Diamond Jubilee weekend …which makes this bounce along pop the perfect sound for such a weekend. They’re playing, along with the likes of Blawan, Tortoise, R. Stevie Moore, Beirut, Maya Jane Coles, Gold Panda, Django Django and heaps more.
Caveman are a New York five piece who’ve just released their debut album Coco Beware on Fat Possum. This is their latest video, a beautifully shot documentary style look at amateur wrestlers in New York.