22
May
2011

Daylight Music 21/05/11

This week’s Daylight Music at the Union Chapel was introduced by Arctic Circle wizard and viking for the day, Ben Eshmade

…featuring Samson and Delilah

…a beautiful performance by singer, thesp and fellow hat lover Dom Coyote, accompanied by the marvellous Emily Barker…je suis fan…you should be too…

…and Dan Haywood’s New Hawks…these guys are ridiculously talented musicians, bringing their crazy sense of humour into an echoey folk/rock soundscape…go see them soon!

15
May
2011

Daylight Music @ The Union Chapel 14/05/11

Daylight Music: a mixture of the most beautiful, surreal and uplifiting performances you’ll hear on a Saturday afternoon…probably!

First up…the soulful Joanna Chapman Smith…seriously moving tunes and the odd reworked jazz standard…amazing go check her out as she’s on tour now…

..Next up things took an extremely surreal turn…it was Capybara time!

..last but by no means least were London Contemporary Voices; a modern and forward thinking mixed voice choir for adults…

15
May
2011

Bang Said The Gun 12/05/11

Last Thursday I headed down to Bang Said the Gun at The Roebuck…a weekly poetry night that describes itself as being “like mud wrestling, only with words…stand up poetry for people who don’t like poetry, especially the stuff about thwarted love and daffodils. However, if underpants, sex, gravy and Keith Moon giving the Queen Mother drumming lessons are more your thing. then this could be the verbal romp you’ve been waiting for.”

Hosted by Dan Cockrill,

with regulars Martin Galton

and Rob Auton (apparently he’s on the lookout for a date, and can solve the polo/tic tac jigsaw puzzle conundrum..)

Also joining the line-up were Talia Randall

Byron Vincent

Catherine Brogan

and Paul Lyalls

…before it was time to compete for the Raw Meat Stew Golden Gun Award…

competitors brought their own unique style…

and the winner was….

Christina Fasciglione!

Next week features the brilliant Ross Sutherland and Michelle Madsen so go check it out…be prepared to shake rattle and roll your customised milk bottles for acts you like…

12
May
2011

Bedtime Stories @ 40 Winks 11/05/11

Ah…wednesday…time to carefully slip your tired feet into some comfy slippers, change into some glamourous nightwear and be bewitched by some storytelling in the impeccably decadent, intimate surroundings of boutique hotel 40 Winks…

…sipping Hendricks from dainty teacups is a good way to begin the evening…

…before heading up to the Opium den to listen to Sarah Bennetto recount tales of how she discovered Ed Harcourt playing piano in the middle of a maze at End of the Road festival, and being snuck in by Win Butler himself  to an Arcade Fire before they went stellar (jealous much, moi?!)…

…time for a quick break to check out the amazing sleep attire some girls had come in…serious kudos…

…then off upstairs to the music room where Suzanne Andrade had us all clinging onto her every word with adventurous tales resulting in the most sinister of outcomes…one story in particular about memory loss had me completely spellbound…

…finally we all gathered back in the Opium den for prize giving (a Benefit party and a bottle of Hendricks to the most glamourously dressed, and the most flirtatious!)…

…and to listen to ‘the Broad with the Banjolele’ Bettina Winters

11
May
2011

Arctic Circle – Minotaur Shock, Hauschka and Samuli Kosminen @ the 100 Club.

When I was first told about this gig, I wasn’t too sure exactly how such delicately played piano (complete with amazing gadgetry inside the piano itself) would work in the infamous rock and roll venue that is the 100 club..but, trusting Arctic Circle head honcho Ben Eshmade as always, this turned out to be one of the most special gigs of the year so far.

DJ Ryan Teague opened and closed the night, with a little help from his hypnotic friend…

Minotaur Shock got the crowd feeling all warm and fuzzy with a special blend of loopy percussion based soundscapes…

..before it was time for Hauschka (aka pianist/composer extraordinaire Volker Bertlemann)  and Samuli Kosminien (brilliant percussionist from Múm), along with their eclectic selection of toys and one-of a kind gadgets to perform the new album ‘ Salon Des Amateurs’…inspired by several night of revelry at a club of the same name…such an intimate gig, a hypnotic sound that filled the space and made goupies of us all!

My favourite performance of the night had to be ‘Ping Pong’…as yet unrecorded…

…Just time for a few backstage antics…

…and of course some record sales…

..before leaving the rock and roll venue to its scrawled graffiti and shadows…

09
May
2011

London Word Festival – Be Seeing You @ Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club 05/05/11

The last in the series of amazing events The London Word Festival has put on this year, appropriately enough falling on the same day  as the referendum on AV…

As London Word Fest billed it:

“Combining 1960s countercultural themes, surrealism, science fiction and fantasy, cult television series ‘The Prisoner’ brought to life the mysterious dystopian resort setting of The Village.

Be Seeing You takes its cue from Episode 6, in which an elaborate mind control system Speedlearn, backed by a mysterious entity, The General, allows residents of the Village to learn a university degree course in just three minutes. Revealed to be a ‘sophisticated’ computer system, The General is eventually defeated by some simple epistemological trickery when protagonist Number Six feeds the machine the question ‘Why?’”



Ladies of the Press* catalogued and processed all subjects with great efficiency…

Before the message from on high came that it was time to begin the learning process…

Hosted by ‘number 2′ Colin Hoult, who kept us all in stitches with his amazing collection of personalities, and occasional potato offerings…

3 minute indoctrinations came fast and furiously starting with…..

David Trent (discussing the magnifying effect the music of Sigur Ros has on hearing that you’ve won a tenner on the national lottery)

Nathan Penlington and his amazing ‘stick of rock’ tie on the 100 Best Deaths…

Nathaniel Metcalfe

Greg Mclaren and his amazing lip synching/dancing combination…

Miriam Elia and hamster whimsy…

Rich Sandling on why he is such an awesome winner…

Terry Saunders on the history of teleportation

Ben Partridge (aka Jeff Goldblum) on the grave threat posed to our world by actor, director and evil genius Richard Attenborough…

Thom Tuck on straight to DVD Disney movies…

Bridget Christie as Japanese Knotweed…

James Ward on Austrian pop and rock musician, and sometime rapper, Falco…

Sara Pascoe

Will Adamsdale and his life coaching…

Tim Key on a subject dear to my heart: flan!

Then it was time for Rich Sandler to lead the way and destroy the machine…leaving its hard drive smouldering…

…before Tim Wells and Laura took their turn to DJ…

and get us all in the party mood…red shoe solidarity style…!

05
May
2011

London Word Festival – Alan Moore’s Dodgem Logic @ The Round Chapel

For all fans of comics (or graphic novels if you’re THAT way inclined!), local activism, non-conformism and escapism…London Word Festival presented…

Alan Moore (and his amazing shoes!) hosting a night at Hackney’s Round Chapel to explore the notion of the underground fanzine, the progress and pitfalls Dodgem Logic has endured…

…have a chat with Steve AylettSavage Pencil, Melinda Gebbie and Kevin O’Neill about their experiences…

…introduce comedy sets from Steve Aylett,

Robin Ince

and Stewart Lee

…then there was just time for Q & A…

…before the Retro Spankees got up to represent Northampton…

with a little help from Alan himself!