Anne Nightingale reminiscing setting up for her Lou Reed interview in 1989…on 6 Music as i tpye badly.
I’m of to the Green Man tmw as my 60th birthday approaches…
Do I really need all of this when there are perfectly good episodes of “Cash in The Attic, ” or programmes about retirees buying their dream home in Malaga, which I could / poss should be watching with the aded benefitof a proper bed, access to post WW1 sanitation, etc ?
Anyway, Ryan Adams, Polly Harvey, Shins,Allah Las, Chris Forsyth, Kate T, Sleafords, Cope, Michael K and many more should keep me occupied.
There are lots of others, but whom should I make sure not to miss ?
Over please to your good selves..
Mrs Nog, nogsmall the small and I are in New York at the mo. ( Long dull report to follow.)
We’re staying near Madison Square Gardens and the world seems to have gone Phish crazy with a slew of dates and many local bars / restaurants piggybacking with tie in specials And events. I’m not hugely familiar and what I have heard seems a bit like the kind of noodly stuff which might have pitched up at Chatham Central Hall in support of Peter Bardens Camel in the early 14th C when I was a sprat.
Am I missing something and shd I send the Nogs to see Hamilton whilst I go and wig out to the Phish ? Grateful for guidance.
Mrs Nog – as she will then be, a Nogkid and I, are all off to New York for a couple of weeks in the Summer. ( Yes – I know.)
We’re in Brooklyn for 4 days and then 5 days on Long Island, then back to Manhattan.
I expect we’ll be bored rigid..unless you good folk can suggest ways by which we can while away the dreary hours, as well as suggest any apps which we might load onto our gizmos to assist us with opur travels.
Over to you and muchas gracias in anticipacio…
Good to see that the fingerpointing hate comics have got properly stuck in to Labour this morning.
I don’t know about you, but I’m always happy to take a political steer from phone hacking, tit perving, Hillsborough-lie mongering, Leveson fearing, non-doms. I’m pretty sure they’ve got my best interests at heart. #Murdoch’s muppets !
Presented by Katie Puckrik …..yes I know..but these two shows do a fairly good canter thru’ some fairly familiar territory, which while away a couple of Summery hours if anyone can remember what they feel like.
So far, so Big Star, but it’s nice to hear Jason Falkner, Shoes, The Records and Dwight Twilley get an outing. ( The exercise is however, compromised by the intrusive input of some sleazeball USA thesp, salivating over his teeny love prroblems – eek !)
However, if anyone has a yen for this kind of stuff, go and linger or lurk at
Pop Geek Heaven | It’s all…POWER POP! www.popgeekheaven.com/
Jon C Butler is the latest incarnation of the Diesel Park West frontman, who has undergone re-monickerisation so as to disambiguate himself from the Antipodean chap John Butler..
The Pledge site explains it all far more eloquently than I’m about to..
If you’re a fan of a fine song, then you owe it to yourself to explore
One of my favourite bands doing something by another of my favourite bands..
“Badfinger ” are on at the 100 Club in London’s vibrant building site, Oxford St.
Check out info and some video at
www.badfingeruk.com It’s a bit of a karaoke exercise, but those songs…
Owing to a major procedural lapse within the diarisation arrangements at Nog Towers – are you reading Mrs Nog ? – I have a spare ticket for the only gig I’m looking forward to this year – Julian Cope at the Roundhouse. It’s on Saturday and I managed to secure one of the remaining tickets when they went on sale .
I’ve got it out on offer on a number of platforms but wondered if it might be Afterwordly in its appeal. Including various bits of fee-scalpage it cost me abt £30 and I’d quite like as close to it as I can get.
Pls let me know via email@example.com if you fancy it and I’ll send it over and you can paypal me – or something. I’m not happy !
details just been unleashed…………….I usually go and probably will again. Any thoughts ? It’s a bit two cheers from me.. PJ Harvey Ryan Adams Future Islands
Thanks to my small brother for pointing this out..
In ” Sick of you,” on Lou Reed’s masterful New York, his paen to the many ills of the city he loved includes,
They ordained the Trumps…
Downhill from hereon in..
I’m sure that there are some Aw folk who are aware of this, but if not and if you enjoy silly pop songs from Jellyfish to Dwight Twilley, the Records, Shoes, and for today the old Rocket act, Blue.
Bruce, who runs the site is a bit, well, enthusiastic, but does a brilliant job of searching / curating / cobbling together physical and digital example of the genre. And, because I too am a bit, well, enthusiastic, I’m currently enjoying a 4 cd fanclub box of Jellyfish.
Click across to the site and have a root around then unleash your inner Shazam.
The Union Chapel Islington
This is a weekly event on Saturday LUNCHTIME from12.00 to 2 pm at the Union Chapel Islington.
I’ve only been to one, yesterday, but after seeing William D Drake, of the Cardiacs, Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab and the fantastic Ed Dowie with a set based on use of the UC organ and voices.
Ed Dowie did mesmerising versions of Between the Wars and erm, Toto’s Africa,….
Each of the other acts was fabulous and the setting, with a tea and cake fuelled ambience was a lovely way to spend a couple of weekend hours.
I think you could have safely burgled Hipsterville in Dalston, but there were also lots of parents with tinies.
It made me think..
Should be going on everywhere..
£5 suggested donation with a charity refreshment offer,what’s not to like ?
Please don’t ALL go to the next one as I’ll not be able to get in, but it was genuinely magical.
If you’re in town for something else, I’d very much recommend you factoring it in.
Joe Mcalinden he of BMX Bandits in days of yore and more recently head honcho of the fine pop outfit Linden has on his Soundcloud page many gems of which “Could it be you,” is to my enormous lugs, the finest…
I think it features a BBC orchestra or two, and even with its central piece of 10 minutes of ba, ba, bas, wrapped inside a glory of violins, is about a quarter the length I’d like it to be.
It even manages to pretty much stop before a brass blast back into life – another of my favourite things.
It would put a smile on the face of a Rangers fan. Go on Please, please, PLEASE give it a listen
My favourite festival begins on Thursday ….. I have to say that the headliners James Blake,Laura Marling , wild Beasts and Belle and Seb are erm , duff.
The draws for me are jason Isbell , Miracle Legion , Kamasi Washington, Grandaddy, tindersticks, Ryley Walker, Julia Holter and a few more. Has anyone else seen anything which I’ve missed and should check ? Muchas gracias in advance.
I can’t get to this as it’s been forcibly explained to me by Ms Nog that I’d much rather go to a family wedding than swan about enjoying myself and as I’m nowhere near being the designated trouser wearing staff member at Nog Towers I can’t go and enjoy the NSRO.
MSg me here if you can go / would care to.
I snapped up a tkt for £6.00, its yours with a £6.00 discount if you fancy it.
PS Pls don’t msg me to let me know that they played a Noggin themed set as I shall be inconsolable.
The Damned 40th anniversary. Wonder where Slaughter and the Dogs will hold theirs
Any requests? It’s half time and not a punk anthem in sight Next half will be Neat, Neat and possibly Near
DPW are one of my absolute blind spots. If got stuff that they can barely remember recording / releasing and have taken armies of friends and family to see them. As often as not, said companions have, after about 4 songs said ” Yeah, they’re good aren’t they.. Fancy a drink ?”
This presents two possibilities…either I’m wrong, or the world is full of berks.
So, have you ever noticed how many berks there are in the world ?
The band don’t do much live work these days and I think this was their first London show in abt 3 years, but back as a 5 piece, with Rich Barton re-installed as the third guitar, they were firmly up for it. Formed in 1980, they’re still driven by the sound of a firmly struck guitar, applied to John Butler’s anthemic songs and they actually do this kind of thing better than any other British band in the entire history of history. Geoff Beavan drove things forward on bass and we saw a new drummer Robbie Morris.Rick Willson – with at least two ll s- bemoaned his tinnitus – “It’s like listening to a swarm » Continue Reading.
Dear The Massive,
In the Summer I’ve got two weeks boked with Ms Nog and the Nogchildren in Valencia
A couple of us have 4G and contracts with 3, which operate overseas.
I’ve been looking at buying a Huawei Mi-Fi, with 15 gb of data for £10 for the unit and £25 for a month’s use.
What could possibly go wrong ? Is there a better way of establishing a portable wifi hub ?
Grateful for any thoughts.
I’m sure I’m very late to this particular party, and it may well have been AW blogged and I’ve missed it, but I’ve just listened to these again and they’re great snapshots full of anecdotal snippets which gently expose the musicl hearts beating in different parts of this sceptered isle. From Welsh choral to Brum scary metal, all held together with proper voices of people who genuinely love their local music.
It’s a proper treat…
Very parochial – and apologies for that, but a mate sent me a link to this film which looks at a bit of London in the early ’70’s and has a groovy soundtrack, as well as some fashion tips which I feel that we could all benefit from..
Wreckless Eric Goulden is a god. There – I’ve said it.
My small brother has a kind of on – off – on off – of – on relationship with hm via playing in the Len Bright Combo or Pretty Things.. and I’m massively proud of the connection.
Eric’s latest blog takes us into amps and pick up land and I don’t have a scooby as to what is being said … but the world is a better place with him and whatever he wants to do..
I’m really looking forward to the next few months..
Next Friday – Michael Head in Islington
Week after that, Ryan Hamilton in Camden
April Jason Lyttle and Giant Sand
Diesel Park West
May Graham Nash
Warhol films at the Barbican soundtracked by Tom Verlaine (Television), Martin Rev (Suicide), Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500), Eleanor Friedberger (Fiery Furnaces) and Bradford Cox (Deerhunter)
June Field Day – too many to mention…
I love a good gig and that list looks like several. Only 7 more sleeps until the first of them….
No it hasn’t but it was marginally less grey and grim today and my mood responded positively accordingly.
On a recent trip to
and if you haven’t been you really should
I came across Ryan Hamilton and wandered off to
then spotified the new album ” Hell of a Day ” featuring “Turn the Rain into Sunshine,” which is my Summer anthem already.
It’s a great piece of brilliant / dumb pop with handclaps / millions of harmonies / backing dropping out to leave acoustic and voice and every conceivable example of pop brilliance which you might associate with Shoes, Dwight Twilley and so on and so forth..
He has a bunch of gigs lined up over here,
04 Mar 2016 Fri 19:00 Ryan Hamilton THINK TANK at Digital
Newcastle Get tickets
05 Mar 2016 Sat 19:30 RYAN HAMILTON Brudenell Social Club
Leeds Get tickets
07 Mar 2016 Mon 18:30 Ryan Hamilton Bodega Social Club
Nottingham Get tickets
09 Mar 2016 Wed 19:00 Ryan Hamilton Thekla
Bristol Get tickets
11 Mar 2016 Fri 19:00 Ryan Hamilton Barfly, Camden
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