and is bang on the fucking money
The ladies of the Afterword – or the Afterbirds, if you will – ponder the world of women and music. Today Out of 10, Drakeygirl, RubyBlue and (cunning pseudonym ahoy) Hannah celebrate their favourite musical madams, figure out whether music lovers should only be allowed to marry other music lovers, and share tales of getting groped at gigs. Plus, we answer the burning question for once and for all: “Just who wears the worst bra in music?”. WARNING: features a wanking tramp
Well awright everybody!!!!!!!!
Get dahn an get wiv it!!!
Poor Hungarian peasant girl who ensured all the pubs shut at half past ten.
800 years ago, lest we forget
Scala, Kings Cross
There is a solid reason why Ash, when many of their ‘Britpop’ contemporaries have thrown in the towel and got proper jobs, have managed to survive without becoming a nostalgia act – Tim Wheeler’s uncanny knack to fashion a punky pop melody. ‘Kablammo’, rather than a slowed down version of their former selves is just as ‘kick you in the face’-tastic as they have ever been.
Solid gold slam-dunk, arms in the air, jumping, swaying, laughing, moshing tunes like A Life Less Ordinary, Orpheus and Jack Names The Planets do not mean that newies such as the infectious ‘Go Fight Win!’ , ‘Let’s Ride’ or ‘Moondust’ sound anything less than equals. Even ‘Wild Surf’ from the unlovable ‘Nu Clear Sounds’ – the classic example of a record recorded after tour and fame burnout – is a delight – the sound of the summer. These songs were always sky-scraping, joyous celebrations of life and the band remain forever young in their late 30’s.
‘Kung Fu’ turns the floor into a bubbling mass of pogoing just as ‘Oh Yeah’s timeless tale of summer lovin’ gets arms aloft, voices raised in unison as 20 » Continue Reading.
When: Wednesday 24th June 2015 Where: Wokingham – Drinksmeet at Redan Bar from 7.30 – Curry house TBC as can’t remember which one
All welcome, including newbies. No CDs, no books, no flowers, just turn up. The DFB taxi will no doubt be running from North Windsor for any boozers who need a designated driver
Hope to see you all there.
If you look up “cool as fuck” in a dictionary it just has a hyperlink to Bjork & PJ Harvey at the Brits 1994
(yes, it’s an odd dictionary)
What a fucking rotter. Getting told off by old Brillo will sort him out
That shitty press they’ve been getting might have had more to do with the CEO’s decision but this is to be welcomed even if we’d prefer to live in a society where no-one had to rely on charity to survive.
So Asda, Sainsbury, Morrisons, Waitrose etc – your move, muddyfunsters.
“Mr Smith delivers the lyrics in a manner which at some points makes it hard to hear the words.”
The extras for these have been a mixed bag so far with many rough mixes sounding almost identical to the released takes to everyone but black dogs
However this last batch look more interesting if true
PRESENCE Two Ones Are Won For Your Life (Reference mix) 10 Ribs & All / Carrot Pod Pod (pod) Royal Orleans (reference mix) Hots On For Nowhere (reference mix)
IN THROUGH THE OUT DOOR In the Evening (rough mix) Southbound Piano (South Bound Saurez) Fool In the Rain (r mix) Hot Dog (r mix) The Epic (Carouselambra r mix) The Hook (All My Love r mix) Blot (I’m Gonna Crawl – r mix)
CODA We’re Gonna Groove (alt mix) If It Keeps On Raining (When The Levee Breaks rough mix) Bonzo’s Montreux (Mix Construction In Progress) Baby Come On Home Sugar Mama Poor Tom (instrumental) Travelling Riverside Blues (BBC Session) Hey Hey What Can I Do Four Hands (Four Sticks – Bombay Orchestra) Friends (Bombay Orchestra) St Tristan’s Sword (rough mix) Desire (The wanton Song – rough mix) Walter’s Walk (rough mix) Everybody Makes It Through (In the Light – rough mix)
What does it sound like?:
It’s hard to encapsulate the album’s sound in a word, so I won’t try but it is woozy, claustrophobic, dreamlike and sparky – a real star turn by producer Ed Harcourt who also adds harmony vocals. The opening ‘Electric’ is slowly enveloped by a fuzzy warm embrace as Kathryn’s vocal slips into accepting ennui. ‘Mirrors’ crackles with synapse pulsing energy, Kathryn utilising her onstage vocal looping to great effect echoing Esther’s confusion and fear as her grip on her self starts to change. On repeat listens you hear new sounds and vocal inflections that pull you further into the eye of the storm.
The expressiveness of Kathryn’s voice has always been what drew me in to her work and on this record she really does emote the hell out of the material, the ‘ticking, ticking bomb’ of ‘Battleships’ giving the feeling of menace, fear and disgust in the book’s scene where Esther is cajoled into meeting her boyfriend, Buddy, by both their parents in an attempt to steer her onto the path to marriage and the accepted norm for a young women of the age. The imagining of this scene as a game of » Continue Reading.
Birmingham Symphony Hall
“You can go home now, you’ve seen all the hits” yelled The Beloved Entertainer as he strode to centre stage, the giant TV set behind him having played promos from his past while we awaited his arrival. (why don’t more bands put thought into entertaining the audience during these longueurs? – The White Stripes used to show old 50s cartoons). It’s a tricky balancing act he takes on these days – rewarding the trainspotters (Hello!) with rarely played nuggets while satisfying those there to hear ‘Oliver’s Army’ and She. Tonight he pulled it off superbly in a two hour set that spanned the years as he painted himself in the same vaudeville tradition as his father and grandfather.
He opens with two songs from the same vintage but years apart, ‘Red Shoes’ and ‘Blue Minute’ – both demoed for ‘My Aim Is True’ but the latter not seeing the light of day until the umpteenth reissue of his debut. There was a sparkiness and energy in his delivery of even familiar material. “Look out music lovers, I’m gonna play the piano’ he once yelled on a live B-side’ which was felt » Continue Reading.
Year: 2015 Director: Ana Lily Amirpour
I had several hours to kill in London yesterday so I thought I would take in a matinee. This being the capital I had the choice of more arthouse fare so decided against films starring WWE wrestlers and went for ‘The first Iranian Vampire Western’. The streets of Taft, California stand in for Bad City in Iran, eerily quiet and deserted in best Sergio Leone style, whose only figures are junkies, pimps, hookers, losers and those dying to escape. Arash is definitely the latter, working as a gardener for a rich family, putting most of his earnings into buying a car which is cruelly taken from him by the local drug dealer and the rest to support his drug addled father. The town is haunted by a vicious female vampire who preys on the immoral male members of the community. Arash meets the titular girl walking home alone at night stumbling from a party, coming down from a drug trip and their intense relationship is the film’s heart. Shot in black and white it gives off the air of a classic 1930’s horror with little dialogue exchanged between the two – its all in » Continue Reading.
I was listening to the band’s new album ‘SubLingual Tablet’ over the weekend and thought “This is rather spiffing, I wonder if they are playing near me soon”, I google and find tat, yes, in a couple of days time at the comfy club in Reading where I saw them last. On that occasion a fight broke out and police were called so donning Spartan battledress I went along.
The first thing to note is that Mark E Smith managed to stay onstage for the whole time. His last appearance here involved disappearance for about 5 songs while the band ploughed on – apart from the start of encore ‘Junger Cloth’ where he was a little tardy. He seemed to be in a good mood, regarding the crowd with a thousand yard stare, only occasionally turning his back to read lyrics off tatty bits of paper. At one point Mark put both his mics in front of guitarist Pete’s face for him to sing which seemed to cause him some difficulty (doing two things at once) which amused MES no end so he kept it up, his face breaking into an evil pixie » Continue Reading.
Hot on the heels of a contestant identifying a picture of Jimi Hendrix as Lenny Hendrix , comes this flipping gem that even the unflappable Richard Osman cannot help but openly laugh at
A while ago I floated the idea of a podcast centred on mental illness (there is probably a PC term for being bonkers in the nut but can’t think if it) a couple of people got in touch but we need a couple more so if its something you feel you’d like to contribute then get in touch via the site. Can keep you anonymous if need be.
Thanks in advance
The 23 CD 1959-83 box set with 80 or so bonus tracks and live stuff is just £40 . That’s like…….. not much per CD innit
In the song with the above title Paul Simon claims there are 50 ways to leave your lover but he lists only 5. So what are the rest?
6. Kick them to the kerb , Herb
The ghost Of Janice Nicholls (not actually dead at time of going to press) hangs heavy over the latest ‘I Love This Record, You Should Love It Too’ selection of songs from your host DFB with guests Leedsboy, DrJ and (not a real) Dr Volume.
Your playlist for this week features songs about prison murder scandals, spacecraft explosions, bitter taxi drivers and weird space oddness.
– did Fat Boy Slim go back in time and remix a Vegas style crooner’s 1969 single? – Just how good are those drums? – is the salvation of the music idustry the Readers Digest Music Club format? – Everything AND the kitchen sink – a good thing?
This and less revealed in the latest random chat about stuff – with no surprise appearance by an angry Glenn Medeiros
Many people from Game Of Thrones have appeared in a sketch about Coldplay’s musical version of the series but to save GOT fans but Coldplay haters here is a (Chris) Martinless clip. So much coolness in one so small.
OBVS CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THOSE NOT UP TO DATE
JW3, North London
It seems fitting that this launch show for Kathryn’s new album ‘Hypoxia’ based on characters from Slyvia Plath’s ‘The Bell Jar’ should find her slightly on edge, nervous, uncertain but capable of articulating those concerns wonderfully. If we wanted icily cool, detached and studied perfection we wouldn’t get the warmth, vulnerability and humanity that Kathryn gives this material. Clearly nervous about playing these songs for the first time outside her own head or the studio, she settles us and herself in with three tracks from my personal album of 2013 ‘Crown Electric’ which is the same year she was given the commission to write these songs.
She has risen to the challenge wonderfully with a set that is spiky, woozy and at times claustrophobic. Like the book’s protagonist, Esther, her lyrics show a fractured sense of self, a nervous energy along with an acceptance of the comfort of medicated blackness. I’m not sure if you get or understand the songs more if you have read The Bell Jar (which I did again recently, almost in preparation for the album) but Kathryn spoke a little about each one, something I hope she continues » Continue Reading.
that David McAlmont & Bernard Butler released a song that stands as the I Will Survive of the 1990’s. It stares down the spectre of loneliness, rejection and heartbreak with a strength of spirit that warms the soul. It is jubilant, arrogant, triumphant and glorious as all great pop music should be. Those Spector-ish drums, those soaring strings reaching the heady heights of David’s extraordinary voice as Bernard’s guitar wails underneath. Turning something bad into something life affirming is what melds it to people’s hearts.
“I feel well enough to tell you what you can do with what you got to offer ” is a mantra to everyone who lied, did you down, broke your heart, made you cry, wanted you to crawl away. It gives you strength and a way to articulate your pain. Most importantly it puts a smile on your face where there were tears and sadness.
They did it again with the space love song ‘Falling’ but no -one noticed – the idiots!
Public Image Limited are touring a new album in the autumn. I saw a couple of stops on the last jaunt and they were most impressive, head thumping good nights out. Mr L in great voice and attitude with kick ass band in tow. None of the panto schtick of The Pistols, old tunes still as razor sharp as they were with Wobble n Levene.
The previous gig at Sub89 was aces so think I shall go for that again – great little club with awesome sound
Glasgow, 02 ABC, Scotland, Friday, September 18th 2015 Manchester Academy, UK, Saturday, September 19th 2015 Newcastle, Riverside, Sunday, September 20th 2015 York, Fibbers, UK, Tuesday, September 22nd 2015 Coventry, The Copper Rooms @ Warwick University, UK, Wednesday, September 23rd 2015 Bristol, 02 Academy, UK, Friday, September 25th 2015 Buckley, Tivoli, Wales, Saturday, September 26th 2015 Reading, Sub 89, UK, Sunday, September 27th 2015 Bexhill, De La Warr Pavilion, UK, Tuesday, September 29th 2015 Norwich, UEA, UK, Wednesday, September 30th 2015 London, 02 Shepherds Bush Empire, UK, Friday, October 2nd 2015 Frome, Cheese and Grain, UK, Saturday, October 3rd 2015 Southampton, Engine Rooms, UK, Sunday, October 4th 2015
Paris, Le Trianon, France, Tuesday, » Continue Reading.