Amy and Eric doing their bit for the democratic process..
Dear AW folk, I know that this is by no means a London-based community, but there might be one or two who are close enough / up for this…..The launch of the Hornsey Cultural Society..This notification went to some local TwitFace and similar .. Pls come along if you fancy it – Plague permitting..
Dear Upholder of Hornsey Culture, Thanks for agreeing to receive details of our exciting events…. To kick things off, we’ve been fortunate to ensnare David Hepworth, he of Live Aid, Smash Hits, The Whistle Test, The Word etc. and all matters Music writing, publishing and broadcasting. He will be talking about the miracle which is the vinyl Long Playing record, as featured in his last book whose paperback form is published to coincide with the event. Please see following info for further details.
David Hepworth, author of the Sunday Times best-sellers “1971: Never A Dull Moment”, “Uncommon People: The Rise and the Fall Of The Rock Stars” and “A Fabulous Creation: How The LP Saved Our Lives”, will be talking about where the LP came from, how it changed the way we experienced music, and where it went.
David Hepworth has been writing about, » Continue Reading.
Off to Walthamstow to see the longlist launch for the Penderyn Music Writing Prize..
6th Penderyn Music Book Prize
Now in its sixth year, the Penderyn Music Book Prize celebrates the very best of the years music books. Previous prize winners include Mark Lewisohn, Jon Savage, Daniel Rachel, Stuart Cosgrove and Shirley Collins.
You are all welcome to join us for a very special event to mark the announcement of the 2019 Penderyn Prize longlist.
On the night, four of this year’s fourteen long-listed authors; Will Birch, Mick Houghton, Ian Penman and Tracey Thorn will discuss their writing with fellow author/historian Travis Elborough and we will announce this year’s best music books.
The Penderyn Music Book Prize is the first UK-based prize specifically for music titles (history, theory, biography, autobiography). The prize is awarded at the annual Laugharne Weekend and is sponsored by Penderyn Distillery. The prize is for UK published books only and was launched in 2015. The winner is announced at the Laugharne Weekend each year.
The long-list is drawn up by a booksellers, musicians, journalists and former prize winning judges.
I promise to report back subsequently, whether anyone wants me to or not..
This week in London at the Word-friendly Lexington, Fika Recordings present The Winter Sprinter 2020 Wed 8th Jan – Sat 11th Jan Four nights & twelve bands the perfect antidote to the post-Christmas blues in the intimate surroundings of The Lexington
I went along to last night and saw Holly Macve + The Hanging Stars + Portland Brothers The Portland Brothers are a duo comprising Steven Adams and Timothy Victor who “do songs.” They’ve worked in / around the Broken Family Band amongst others and are both excellent guitar pickers, with harmony vocals dropped atop. The onstage rapport is engaging with no-one taking themselves too seriously, and while no there’s nothing radical and ground breaking going on here, good musicians who clearly enjoy what they’re doing and can entertain an audience will – I hope – always find a gig somewhere. If a killer song emerges from this, for themselves or someone else..who knows ? Next up were The Hanging Stars, “ London Cosmic Country Folk band.” I’ve seen them a few times in a variety of forms, headlining and supporting and they get better each time with tonight’s show marking real progress. There’s a new album available in February » Continue Reading.
Is a gizmo, detailed in the accompanying link, which I think, does what it claims..
I listen to a fair amount of music via in-ear stylee earphones and the introduction of this little doodad has improved the experience.
I thought that I may have simply decided that the sound was different with / without it..and went for a scientific trial scenario, involving my mate Dave and the Hump album by Sopwith Camel – which if you don’t know it, you should ! We both agreed that the sound without the BH unit sounded inwardly driven whereas incorporating it made the sound erm, outward. ( Doubtless someone with more grey matter than Dave or I will explain this more coherently.)
Anyway, it’s well worth £15 – or 2 metropolitan elite pints..
Was held last wekend from Friday to Sunday at the Winter Gardens in erm, Margate.
This was the line up. Friday The Men They Couldn’t Hang LINDISFARNE Edward Tudor Pole Wild Willy Barrett’s Roaring Touring Rodney Slater’s Parrots Screaming Alley Cabaret
SATURDAY George Shovlin and the Radars The Milk Men The Sharpeez Wilko Johnson Focus Geno Washington Curved Air Desmond Dekker’s Aces Stray The Members Here and Now Pearl Handled Revolver
SUNDAY Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel The Blockheads John Otway Big Band Skinny Molly Man Stan Webb’s Chicken Shack Captain Accident and … Dr Rob and Radi8ors Hardwicke Circus Danny Giles Band All glued together by DJ Wendy May’s Locomotion
I went along with my two younger brothers – our combined age is 180 ! I missed Friday as I was at Diesel park West – new album out next week.. v good, but I’m advised that Friday night was Lindisfarne’s, if only for the involvement of the great Paul Thompson..I’m told that all of the hits were delivered in good order. The next two days were pretty decent. The Winter Gardens is a great venue, two stages, plenty of watering holes and we combined our time indoors » Continue Reading.
Apologies if you’re aware of this.. New release from Wreckless Eric and very much in keeping with his looking back / looking forward approach to life and his music.
The live shows – details above – are always a decent mix of the old and new …
I’ve thrown these things in before but..
Pete Atkin will be preforming songs he wrote with Clive James at thw Walthamstow Folk Club on March 10th as well as other gigs, listed here
He does a great show, presenting these top notch songs…
New Diesel Park West album scheduled for next month..
The link takes you to a review of a Tim Lovejoy ” Autobiog,” and it is evisceratingly brutal…
I don’t know much about TL part from two partial viewings of the ladfest Soccer AM and I don’t really have a dog in whatever the fight was, but When Saturday Comes has tweeted the link for World Book Day – and God bless them..
Owing to inefficient scheduling within NogCorp International, I find that I am going to be in Venice on Thurs Oct 26th instead of fanboying my way to the Palladium to enjoy the Aimee Mann show. Grr.
Consequently I have a ticket available for said festivity in which she may do the above piece of Anti-Trumpton activity.
Ticket cost £40 and I’d like to recoup as much of that as I can, if poss.
Would any of the AW faithful be interested in taking it off of my hands ?
Pls have a go if you think you’re hard enough, to email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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