…but this really does if for me tonight
Because it is…and who’s that?
A stormy night after a grim few weeks/months and in need of some serious cheering up. Thank goodness for Meilyr Jones the man/band to do it. I’d never heard of him until stumbling across “2013” but its one of my most played albums of 2016 and this show was a great showcase for it. Starting with a stomping version of “How to Recognise a Work of Art” (great video too) – MJ and band grinning like they know what a brilliant song it is – gloriously brassy (maybe a touch of the Motors?)
“Aber Abba” someone shouted – several times in case we missed it first time. It’s not just the songs about Rome and the harpsichord keyboards that make you think Divine Comedy type chamber pop – some of the music is ethereal and atmospheric, and then you get a belter like “Strange Emotional” which nods to “Smoke on the Water”.
MJ has an engaging stage presence (invades the audience at one point)and was manning the merch table and chatting afterwards.
Support Edward Penfold looks interesting.
The Louisiana has had a refit since I last visited – new stage backdrop and ceiling. It’s » Continue Reading.
New name to me but looked interesting and worth a punt on a quiet Wednesday. Did some discogs research and got drawn in to a world- as you/I do. He’s been around a while (as I’m sure you knew) and sounds it. Looks a bit like a younger Elvis Costello (alright he’s got short hair, glasses & guitar) and sounds like a gnarled Western old-timer, but his songs are strangely sweet and golden at the same time. A life of pain and woe and nasty accidents and heartfelt songs to match. Gothic country anyone?
Usual Thekla – hipsters and hip replacements. No Jeff tonight.
It made me think..
God I need cheering up – today especially – so Meilyr Jones next week. Make me smile.
Well do we?
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Never quite “got” the idea of tribute bands although there seem to be almost as many playing these days as actual “originals”….Whatever, the idea of a Morrissey tribute band from Mexico seemed too good to resist. They put on a great show – a big band for a small stage and they turned the boat into a party for an hour or so – dancing, singalong, clapping and all. A bit of a challenge to see who is first to “name that tune” in translation. The music speaks for itself.
Hot and sweaty, enthusiastic. Big Jeff obviously. Grins all round.
It made me think..
Say what you like about Morrissey(most people do) he’s produced some great songs.
The Duke Spirit @ Thekla
Good old(new) dirty rocknroll with some great songs andstage presence. Love this!
so hip it hurts, well mine does …big Jeff obviously.
It made me think..
After a month of resisting the temptation to buy any new music I finally fell. Leafing through Mojo and Uncut and Q in the Smiths, and even perusing recommendations on this site I resisted….but last Sunday I fell…. the sunday paper made reference to a band I’d never heard of (like so many) that was intriguing enough that even though I didn’t recognise half the references I went for it…and suddenly I’m after their (quite expensive) back catalogue and tracking down early 90’s cd’s by a band called Ass Pony’s. How does this happen? When I fall, I fall….Now I discover my latest flame are playing nearby in are months – so it was obviously meant to be….now about these Shonen Knife people…
Last year I bought too many books and CD’s..as I did the year before that and that…at least that’s what the wife – and the postman says (bless you Overstocks and Discogs.)
This year I resolved to be different. By EXCEL! Keep a list of all the CDs and books I buy and make sure I read/listen (I understand there’s a 6 listens rule for CD’s which sounds good).
So I tidied up the bookcases and make a list of the books I don’t think I’ve read (not counting the wife’s) so that’s 50+ and some of them are pretty big (The North, Young Orson anyone?) where did the biography of J D Salinger come from?
And as for CD’s well…one thing leads to another…with some Christmas presents I got the Low and E Friedberger latest (both new to me) and “had” to catch up on the back catalogue….and still catching up from seeing Mountain Goats in November. Then I was in a Fopp on the day Blackstar came out and the wife wanted that….then come the following week news there were a few gaps in DB back catalogue I wanted to catch up on….and suddenly I have 32 CDs » Continue Reading.
Saw these guys a few weeks ago….at some point someone called out “You saved my life!” Perfect response from singer; “You saved your life, I just provided the soundtrack.”
in all the fuss about some football bloke I missed that some bloke had gone into space?
..been listening to this all day.
A rare work trip to London today, and it went OK so maybe it was that, maybe the sun, maybe a coup[le of glasses of wine after…exiting Paddington the sight from carriage C was glorious…huge infrastructure development, the suddenly green fields…the glorious, sun-drenched concrete of Reading…whatever happened to the topless towers of Didcot?
“Earth has not anything to show more fair: Dull would he be of soul who could pass by A sight so touching in its majesty:”
I quite liked the Beth Jeans Houghton & the Hooves of Destiny album of a few years ago “Yours Truly, Cellophane Noise” which was as quirky as its name suggests. It seems BJH was less keen and she now appears before of us reinvented as Du Blonde (pun on double? double entendre?). The album “Welcome Back to Milk” has some slightly perturbing packaging(see my signed copy) so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Shouldn’t have worried. The show was great. The Louisiana is a small, friendly venue (upstairs in a good looking pub) – don’t think it fits more than a 120 so quite intimate. Support Lionface put on a good show and look worth watching out for. DB was really good – less confrontational than the build up suggested. Perhaps it was the presence of family in the audience – or maybe the press have overdone the angry bit. DB may actually be a bit more musically conventional than BJ&HoD – a bit rockier (more drums and guitar) maybe angrier lyrics- still strong melodies and a good voice. Short set – less than an hour including encore (Auntie Lesley joined her on » Continue Reading.
Driving home out of Bristol this afternoon the other side of the M4 heading for Wales was starting to gridlock. Apparently all heading for One Direction and Manic Street Preachers (presumably not on the same bill?)….rather them than me. Hope you weren’t affected.
Keep the chatter down … surely not?
Two lovely examples of classic, modern electronic pop. Hannah Peel switches between synths and a wind- up music box with a Wild Beasts song on a cardboard roll. The effect is hypnotic. (Check out Electricity & Tainted Love on You Tube). EIY is a one man show – synths, electric drums and proper bass. More good songs -electro-pop merging into intense, compelling frenzies…(read sweaty). Even a dodgy instrument stand (slowly tilting the wrong way) didn’t put him off his stride. Nice to be in a small venue where the talent has too walk through the audience to take the stage…and then lingers at the merch desk afterwards to chat too anyone who is interested.
Respectful for Hannah Peel (with one exception), enthusiastic for EIY (the exception was told to shut up). Big Jeff was there of course.
It made me think..
I love this stuff…and being up close to it. You can always find reasons not to go out on a Tuesday night – glad I didn’t.
This gig sold out quickly – not too many bands play here any more (see below). I was a offered a sizeable premium for my ticket. Glad I said no. The Vaccines stormed through their familiar hits and a few new songs like they were born in that spotlight. There is something almost cartoonish and eager to please about them at times but slightly more acoustic versions of the odd song suggest some depth. Rararara!! Ridiculously entertaining!
Teens & twenty somethings mainly, sweaty & exuberant. Plenty of arms aloft and singing along. One crowdsurfer.
It made me think..
I was standing just about the same place as I was when I saw my first ever gig – Johnny Thunders (supported by Models & Killjoys) nearly 40 years ago….maybe it’s just a phase? (I think the music is better these days.)
A wet and windy Monday night in Bristol so why venture out? Some things are worth the effort. Hence Claudia. Propaganda’s “A Secret Wish” and the remix “Wishful Thinking” were/are the perfect combination of impact and nonsense and the best thing about ZTT. The OK people knew/know them. Long since separated from” “the band” (if they were ever that) Claudia continues to pursue a range of interesting collaborations. This was mainly songs from her new-ish album “Where else…” some older songs, plus a few covers. A couple of Propaganda songs too.C laudia sings, a guy plays keyboards and another guy plays guitars. You can you-tube the rest. I particularly love her version of “Everyone Says Hi”.
It made me think..
…we had faces then.