Archive for May, 2006

MARBLE VALLEY play as main support to the SILVER JEWS on July 15th at the Mean Fiddler, MARBLE VALLEY is the project of former PAVEMENT drummer Steve West.
Their third record was just released on Indikator Rekords (Berlin). “If
you took a can of Kraftwerk, added a spoonfull of Can, throw in a
sprinkle of the Pogues, brought it all to a boil and tossed it on the
Pavement you would have Marble Valleys new CD Wild Yams.

www.myspace.com/marblevalley

Saturday July 15th

Doors 6pm

Mean Fiddler, 165 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2 0EN
Tel: 020 7434 9592 www.meanfiddler.com


www.silverjews.net


www.dragcity.com

www.myspace.com/marblevalley

Tickets ?16 advance from www.ticketweb.co.uk Tel: 08700 600 100 www.seetickets.com
Tel: 0870 060 3777 and Rough Trade, Covent Garden, London Tel: 0207 240 0105

“The Scala show was… Utterly thrilling: a 17-song set that ranged
blissfully across the entire back catalogue, punctuated with engaging
banter from the frontman and, in honour of old times perhaps, a dirty
joke. It was practically a blueprint for live shows; anyone would have
thought Berman had been at this for years.”
4/5 The Guardian

HOMEFIRES III
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1 Tel 020 7242 8032

Saturday June 3rd

Isobel Campbell – late of Belle & Sebastian, Isobel recently released
‘Ballad of the Broken Seas’, her debut album of duets made with Seattle
superstar Mark Lanegan. For this show Lanegan’s place will be taken by
Eugene Kelly, Glasgow superstar late of The Vaselines and Eugenius.
www.isobelcampbell.com

The Aliens – Early show from reconstituted early members of the Beta Band
(John and Robin, plus missing in action member Gordon, who went on to make
the classic Lone Pigeon record). Their first EP, ‘Alienoid Starmonica’ has
just been dubbed Single Of The Week by NME, and is if anything Single Of the
Year. Homefires is changing; here’s how. www.myspace.com/thealiens1

u.n.p.o.c – Adem’s Domino label mates u.n.p.o.c. is Tom Bauchop, an
occasional player in the Fife-based Fence Collective, including James
Yorkston, King Creosote and Pip Dylan among others. He is a visionary, with
a mission: to visit mountains. www.unpoc.co.uk

Pictish Trail - residents of the East Neuk of Fife report sightings of a
bearded pot-bellied pigmy, guitar in hand, with a penchant for mad-cap folky
nonsense, soft melodic meandering, and custard creams. Under the moniker
‘The Pictish Trail’, this man has been known to stun crowds with his
dazzling inability to tune his guitar properly. Recommended!
www.fencerecords.com

Grizzly Bear - all the way from Greenpoint, Brooklyn, come Warp’s newest
signings GB. Acclaimed for their home-made debut ‘Horn Of Plenty’ and now
on the cusp of the follow up, ‘Yellow House’, Grizzly Bear have been
described as “reminiscent of the dry, mundane beauty of The Beatles’ White
Album” by no less a source than Wire magazine. www.grizzly-bear.net/

Adrian Crowley - Adem’s current touring partner, and a man from Dublin with
a Smog-gy turn of phrase and a new, yet-to-be-named fourth album in the
offing. Lots of stellar people played on it. James Yorkston, Marja
Tuhkanen, Kate Ellis, Sinead the Harpist, Bushey from estel, Thomas ‘Hulk’
Haugh, Steven Shannon. www.adriancrowley.com

Alexi Murdoch – Someone gave LA’s KCRW radio a tape of Alexi’s demos a
couple of years back. When they played them on the air, the phones rang off
the hook. These songs became his first EP and sold – get this – 45,000
copies out of Alexi’s apartment. He has now finished a debut album, ‘Time
Without Consequence’, which is stunning and due out in the USA in June. This
is his first ever English show. www.aleximurdoch.com

Elysian Quartet - two members of Elysian Quartet, Emma and Vince, play in
Adem’s current band. They are ace. Here they do there own thing to get the
party started, right? ‘…outstanding coolness and flexibility…quicksilver
tonal variety…sharp musical and technical reflexes.’ The Strad.
www.elysianquartet.com

Sunday June 4th

Vashti Bunyan – legendary English female vocalist with possibly the longest
hiatus in history. 35 years elapsed between the pure beauty of ‘Just Another
Diamond Day’ and it’s 2005 follow up, ‘Lookaftering’. Selling only a few
hundred records first time round, Vashti is a true hero of the information
age, with her debut passed around as a cherished secret for half a decade of
burgeoning rediscovery. Here she will play songs with a variety of
performers including Homefires host, Adem. www.forthstreet.demon.co.uk

Emma Pollock - founder member of The Delgados, one of the most interesting
and influential bands to emerge from the mid-90s Glasgow music scene. Not
only did they make a string of questing, ambitious albums, often working
with Flaming Lips / Mercury Rev producer Dave Fridmann, but The Delgados
also founded the pioneering – and still highly active – Chemikal Underground
record label. Now signed to 4AD, this is a rare London show.
www.emmapollock.com

Final Fantasy – one man, a violin and his delay pedal… Final Fantasy is a
ridiculously impressive and ambitious venture from Owen Pallett, sometime
collaborator of a little band called Arcade Fire. Has a new second album,
‘He Poos Clouds’, coming on Tomlab. “In Final Fantasy you hear how Mr.
Pallett’s art is born of contrast, not only between pop and contemporary
composition, but between the organic and the electronic, the fantastical and
the domestic, the abrasive and the sweet. A perfectionist who adores the
rough-hewn, he is at once hopelessly nerdy and improbably cool” NEW YORK
TIMES DEC11, 2005. www.tomlab.com

Pierre Bastien – (born Paris, 1953) post-graduated in eighteenth-century
French literature at University Paris-Sorbonne. In 1977 he built his first
musical machinery. For the next ten years he has been composing for dance
companies and playing with Pascal Comelade. In the meantime he was
constantly developing his mechanical orchestra. Since 1987 he concentrates
on it through solo performances, sound installations, recordings and
collaborations with such artists as Pierrick Sorin, Karel Doing, Jean
Weinfeld, Robert Wyatt or Issey Miyake. Released by Rephlex.
www.pierrebastien.com

El Perro del Mar – First show from Memphis Industries latest signing,
straight outta Gothenburg. “El Perro Del Mar is simply the name of the music
I?ve been dreaming of and planning on making for a long time. Having finally
done that I realized there was no real trick to it – except doing it. El
Perro Del Mar simply is the easiest and most direct way for me to say and do
the things I cannot do in real life.” www.elperrodelmar.com

Chris Stills – OK, there’s no way round this, so, son of Stephen Stills and
French chanteuse Veronique Sanson, Chris is freshly signed to V2 Records and
opens up our Sunday with this his debut London show. www.v2.fr/chrisstills

International owl project - wood is good. Don’t believe us? Go to
www.owlproject.com

Tickets from: www.ticketweb.co.uk Tel: 08700 600 100 www.seetickets.com and Rough Trade, Covent Garden, London Tel: 0207 240 0105l

ABSENTEE
BAXTER DURY

SUNNY DAY SETS FIRE

tonight Monday 15 May

Doors 7.30pm

Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road, London W6 020 8222 6955

www.absenteemusic.co.uk
www.sunnydaysetsfire.com

Tickets from www.ticketweb.co.uk Tel: 08700 600 100 www.seetickets.com
0870 060 3777 and Rough Trade, Covent Garden, London Tel: 0207 240
0105l

ABSENTEE play a live set that sees them mix poignant
Smog like melodies with Bonnie Prince Billy’s quirkyness with the
gnarled drawl of say Tom Waits. Absentee have songs better than either
of their mope-rock peers have written in years, being friends with The
Magic Numbers….

“these songs make each hair on the back of the neck shiver like leaves in the wind.” Five Stars

NME
“fabulous songs, streaked through with dark humour and drunken
warmth…perhaps the best of the new London hopefuls”. Record Collector
“wonderful, sordidly warm alt rok”

BAXTER DURY the son of the late great Ian Dury makes
music that sounds like the Velvet Underground at a New Orleans mardi
gras.. Wurlitzer’s spin beneath mirror balls, guitars float like
ectoplasm and songs hop along on a flurry of tin can rhythms…

SUNNY DAY SETS FIRE a London based 3 piece are already
being hounded by the majors, as they promote their debut release which
is overflowing with twisted pop charms, dripping with classic
influences – Mercury Rev, Beach Boys, 60′s psych, Flaming Lips..

THE RESEARCH
THE SHORTWAVE SET
DARTZ!
plus special guests

Tuesday 6th June
Doors 7.30pm

Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road, London W6 020 8222  6955
www.theresearchgopop.com  
www.theshortwaveset.com

Advance tickets ?8.50 from: www.ticketweb.co.uk Tel: 08700 600 100 www.seetickets.com Tel: Tel: 0870 060 3777

THE RESEARCH a three piece from Wakefield with a gift
for sunshine melodies play a tight live set of art-rock-pop as they mix
minimalist guitars, punchy bass lines, swelling keyboards and pounding
rhythms… Marrying memorable choruses with fuzzy casio keyboard riffs
they have created a distinctive woozy sound that works as an eminently
recognisable backdrop to their tales of love, both lost and gained.
Imagine the emotional witterings of David Gedge or Darren Hayman but
sitting over rumbling basslines and shambolic electro rhythms and you
get the tear stained picture. The trick though is that whilst the
lyrics veer from the deliriously happy to, more often, lower lip
wobblingly sad, the music is almost uniformly upbeat and positive.

THE SHORTWAVE SET play a glorious live set cherry
picking old half-remembered psychedelic samples, cut up beats and
soulful vocals that alternates between the playful and pleading… Its a bit like The Avalanches taking a nap under a tree made entirely of St. Etienne records!!

“Crafted from a Powerbook and an Alpine range of charity shop
vinyl, The Shortwave Set play a treasure trove of fuzzy psychedelia,
jerry-built pop and seemingly limitless good vibrations”
The Independent
“Rich and Inventive… resembling a 1960′s harmony group such as rthe Fith Dimension produced by Dj Shadow…” The Times
“Jaunty and uplifting is the best way to describe the eccentric 60?s sounding grooves” XFM

DARTZ! are part of the north yorkshire indie rock
scene. they’ve been on tours with the likes of iforward russia!, the
cribs, editors, help! she cant swim and melt banana. They rank in the
top 100 uk bands on myspace.com with 30,000 listens since their first
demo went online in may 2005. Tonight they play a live set of of
art-rock-punk with swirling guitars and raw basslines.

MY LATEST NOVEL play Cargo on Monday May 15th

Cargo, 83 Rivington St, London, EC2A 3AY Tel 020 7739 3440

Doors
7pm-1am

Tickets ONLY ?5 and available from www.cantaloupegroup.co.uk/shop
www.ticketweb.co.uk

www.mylatestnovel.com

My Latest Novel?s stunning debut album – ?Wolves? ? was released last month to great critical acclaim?

?takes the moody experimental rock of Mogwai and gives it the
orchestral scope of the songs on Sufjan Stevens? Illinoise? The
Inverclyde Arcade Fire have made an auspicious start.?

WORD magazine

?More than just the new Arcade Fire? it rewards multiple visits?

NME ? 9/10

?An eerily beautiful set steeped in folkish melancholy and bucolic
dreaminess. Taking notes from Chemikal Underground?s golden years, it?s
an accomplished, beguiling effort that?s worth keeping on repeat.?
OMM ? 4 Stars ****

VETIVER
HUSH THE MANY
DROWSY
JEREMY WARMSLEY

Wednesday 10th May
Doors 7.30pm

93 Feet East, 150 Brick Lane, London EC1 Tel 020 7372 8668

Tickets ?10 from: www.ticketweb.co.uk Tel: 08700 600 100
www.seetickets.com 0870 060 3777 and Rough Trade, Covent Garden, London
Tel: 0207 240 0105l

www.vetiverse.com www.hushthemany.com http://fat-cat.co.uk www.jeremywarmsley.com

San Francisco band and part of the Devendra Banhart clan VETIVER
deliver a live set that gracefully navigates the choppy waters of folk
and pop as it blends shimmering melodies and intimate songs with the
jumpiness of old Cajun music with gentle vocals matched against
finger-picking acoustic guitar duets, a tasteful hint of slide guitar
and minimalist drumming, and simple, sturdy cello lines from Alissa
Anderson.

?Like the tall, narrow grass that is its namesake, Vetiver is fragile
sounding but strong, densely layered with melody, texture, and rhythm
yet uncluttered.? Andy Cabic’s wistful tones at times remind one of
Nick Drake, Neil Young hobo folk, and even Cat Stevens as they meander
along the dusty road of Americana.” Guardian

HUSH THE MANY deliver an incredibly diverse and lyrically penetrating
array of songs, from the “exquisitely fragile and delicately balanced’
to the ‘sublimely unhinged’. Powerful vocal interplays, expansive
guitars, and seductive cello place Hush The Many in their own untapped
and potent world of innovative music and songwriting.a quartet who
operate in that fabled half lit world that exists between classically
lined soft psychedaelia and the stranger more enticing and timeless
elements of English folk…

Finnish singer-songwriter DROWSY plays a set of warm, witty, intimate
and deeply charming songs that should see him recognised as a
contemporary of the likes of adem, king creosote and iron and wine.

Folk-electronica extraordinaire JEREMY WARMSLEY plays a live set that
sees him deliver songs that conjure up a layer of mystery and
romanticism and makes you think of the classic songs of years gone by
recorded by badly drawn boy and produced by boards of canada. 

SILVER JEWS
plus special guests chosen by the band

Saturday July 15th
Doors 6pm
 
Mean Fiddler, 165 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2 0EN
Tel: 020 7434 9592 www.meanfiddler.com

www.silverjews.net

www.dragcity.com

Tickets ?16 advance from www.ticketweb.co.uk Tel: 08700 600 100 www.seetickets.com Tel: 0870 060 3777 and Rough Trade, Covent Garden, London Tel: 0207 240 0105

After selling out two dates at the Scala in April skewed rock idols SILVER JEWS will play their 3rd ever London show at the Mean Fiddler on Saturday July 15th.

Mainstay Berman, (who founded Silver Jews with Pavement’s Stephen
Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich in 1990), has promised a live extravaganza
in the wake of last year’s excellent Tanglewood Numbers album (the
band’s sixth ? it featured ‘honorary Jews’ Will Oldham, Lambchop’s Tony
Crow and ex-member Malkmus amongst others). As one might expect from
the self-proclaimed ‘dumbfounding psyche-theistic humanist
hawk-rockers’, this will be no everyday gig?

“The Scala show was… Utterly thrilling: a 17-song set that ranged
blissfully across the entire back catalogue, punctuated with engaging
banter from the frontman and, in honour of old times perhaps, a dirty
joke. It was practically a blueprint for live shows; anyone would have
thought Berman had been at this for years.” 4/5 The Guardian

Plus special guests chosen by the band

TUNNG
SOL SEPPY
plus special guests

Wednesday 3rd May
Doors 7.30pm

Cargo, 83 Rivington St, London, EC2A 3AY Tel 020 7739 3440

TUNNG play a mesmerising mix of folky acoustics and
busy electronica, overlaying electronic crackles, gorgeous harmonies,
bewitching mantras and synthetic beats that are reminiscent of early
Beta Band, ‘The Wicker Man’ soundtrack and Four Tet.

“The vocals… float across a tapestry of acoustic sounds and burbling
electronica… There’s a hint of what we might call the “old, weird
England” of Powell and Pressburger, or Robert Wyatt, the static
electricity of crystal radio sets.” The Guardian

New York based and former Sparklehorse collaborator SOL SEPPY delivers
the most enchanting and bewitching live set of alluring vocals, catchy
guitar riffs to form a sound that swoops from the celestial to the
downright grungy, inhabiting a space between Hope Sandoval and
Bjork.