Slow Club

Union Chapel
Wednesday 22 December 2010


For the third year running, SLOW CLUB play a special Christmas show at the Union Chapel. Slow Club are defined by their own distinct and powerful partnership. They are more than just charming anti-folk troubadours, or the lo-fi acoustic end of the Sheffield scene; they are the real thing. Everything, from their cheery optimism to their crestfallen lovesickness is life-sized and lived-in, resulting in a crop of tiny, good-natured tunes that invite the intense identification of young romantics. Charles sings with a bruised vocal, and plays rasping guitar with a disarming lightness of touch; Rebecca, with her dash of Northern Soul and sharp wit, plays stand up drums amid an array of percussive apparatus – wooden chairs, glass bottles and spoons. At last years Christmas show, Slow Club ended with an encore of Christmas themed songs, which are sure to get everyone in the festive mood.


“From the outset there is something immediately familiar and yet vitally inventive about Slow Club” – Rough Trade

“Slow Club are a funny, winning combination of playful poetry and punchy, happy pop-folk.” – Londonist

“Slow Club’s brilliance lies in their charm and sincerity, which simply pours from their music” – Clash Music

THE WAVE PICTURES are David Tattersall (guitar), Franic Rozycki (bass) and Jonny ”Huddersfield” Helm (drums). After six years of performing and touring from two different bases (Cardiff and Loughborough), the band moved together to London in 2009. Among their listed influences are Dire Straits, African pop group the Bhundu Boys, Mississippi John Hurt, the country of Townes Van Zandt and the proto-punk of Jonathan Richman. purely The Wave Pictures. Musically, Wave Pictures are all sweetness and jangle, sounding, by turns, like Orange Juice, the Smiths and the Feelies.

Plus Sweet Baboo

Also don’t forget The Great Union Chapel Christmas Socks and Pants Collection, winter 2010

Union chapel is collecting socks and pants for the homeless

We are asking people to bring a pair of NEW socks or pants with them to the gigs at union chapel this Christmas as a donation to the Margins homelessness project.

Approximately 90 percent of the clients at the Margins project are male, so men’s socks and pants will be the most needed. There will be boxes at the entrance to the Union Chapel and in the Bar for you to donate these items.

Here is some more info about the Margins project.

Every Sunday since 1995 the Margins Project has been welcoming up to 180 people experiencing homelessness, poverty or crisis, providing them with a hot two-course meal, a warm place to relax with friends as well as showers, laundry facilities and a clothing store. We also run a variety of services including an Advice and Resettlement Service, a Cold Weather Shelter, and various classes and workshops. The Margins Project is always particularly busy at this time of year as people seek respite both from the cold weather and the isolation they face as a result of their circumstances – for many this is never more apparent than over the Christmas period.

Slow Club


The Luminaire
Monday 20 December 2010


We are sorry to announce that the James Yorkston Xmas show at The Luminaire on Monday 20th December has been cancelled due to the adverse weather conditions.

All tickets will remain valid for the James Yorkston show at St Giles Church on the 23rd of February 2011.


You may return your tickets to point of purchase by the 1st of February 2011 for a full refund


For the sixth year in a row JAMES YORKSTON continues the tradition by holding a Christmas special at Kilburn’s Luminaire.

James Yorkston is a singer / songwriter in the best folksy tradition, weaving together a seemingly effortless mix of sweet melodies, haunting lyrics, irreverent humour and the odd blast of harmonica. Presenting more tales of waking up drunk in unfamiliar surroundings, throwing rocks at magpies, dogs chasing ghosts, stubborn sea winds, regrets and joys and smiles and peace and quiet and love and hate and more (mistletoe-facilitated) love.

Joining James will be Radiohead drummer PHILIP SELWAY, who his debut solo album, Familial, in August this year. The album features Selway on guitar and vocals, along with Wilco members Glenn Kotche and Pat Sansone. Tonight, Philip will perform with ADEM ILHAN.

“Familial” is a collection of sublimely fragile, haunting and heartfelt songs that will surprise many, and not only because drummers traditionally don’t do this kind of thing. “Familial” is so persuasively good, it sounds like Selway has always been a singer-songwriter.

Critical acclaim for “Familial”, released in August on Bella Union records…

“Quietly asserts Selway as a sensitive soul… eschews pummelling drums in favour of gentler percussion and intricate loops… Selway has delivered an album so honest and thoughtful, you’ll see not only drummers but yourself in a new light”
NME – 8/10

“Familial is an acoustically plucked, feet-on-the-ground record, Selway’s fragile and inviting voice a delightful match for his misplaced self doubt”
MOJO – 4 Stars ****

“Familial in an alternative acoustic universe of intricate guitar picking, tightly written melodies and soft, confident vocals”
The Times – 4 stars ****

“The main characteristics are Selway’s expressive vocals… the message he broke away from his day job to communicate is one of stoicism and maturity and the angst that attends adult responsibility”
Mail on Sunday – 5 stars ***** (CD of the Week)

“a genuinely moving listen and an album which deserves to stand free of anyone’s shadow”
Clash – 8/10

“this acoustic-based album is a softly sung delight, brushed with beautifully textured, understated arrangements… The songwriting is a revelation”
The Sun – 5 *****

“Haunting melodies and subtle hooks dominate… touching tales about Selway’s close family… Familial sits neatly alongside the swaying acoustics of Bella Union label-mates the Fleet Foxes”
Daily Mail – 4 stars ****

This is a singer-songwriter’s album, filled with quiet, personal, beautiful music… Moving and accomplished”
Uncut – 4 Stars ***

“Selway sings, and very nicely too, about father-son ties and solitude. His quiet, melodic voice heightens the intimacy… the instrumentation is subtly detailed and beautiful”
The Observer

“he emerges fully formed from behind the drum kit and delivers a minimalist set of sitdown songs with a west coast breeze and an English folk plaintiveness… The whole thing is rather beautiful”

“brings to mind the quieter moments of Talk Talk and Radiohead… the surface mood is contemplative and intimate, while the emotional turmoil wrestles below”
The Independent – 4 Stars ***


Matthew Dear (Live)

Thursday 9 December 2010
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MATTHEW DEAR is a man of many different guises, whether creating and remixing under his own name, or one of his alter-egos – Jabberjaw, False, and Audion. Depending on who you ask, Matthew Dear is a DJ, a dance-music producer, an experimental pop artist, a bandleader.

He co-founded both Ghostly International and its dancefloor offshoot, Spectral Sound. He’s had remixes commissioned by The XX, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Spoon, Hot Chip, The Postal Service, and Chemical Brothers; he’s made mixes for the Fabric mix series and Get Physical’s Body Language.

Matthew Dear’s new album, ‘Black City’, is an album centred around the Black City that Matthew Dear has created. The Black City can’t be found on any map. It’s a composite, an imaginary metropolis peopled by desperate cases, lovelorn souls, and amoral motives. Like most literary Gothams, Black City is a place to love and hate, as seedy as a nightclub’s back room and as seductive as the promise of power. Matthew Dear, the musician, may live in New York City, but the Matthew Dear of Black City inhabits a sound-world unlike any other: a monument to the shadowy side of urban life that bumps and creaks, shudders and wakes up screaming in the middle of the night. Black City is Matthew Dear’s third album on Ghostly International, and it’s his darkest and most engrossing work to date. He straddles multiple musical worlds and belongs to none—and he’s just hitting his stride.

DARKSTAR in 2010 are an upgraded model of the Darkstar which released the much loved single ‘Aidy’s Girl Is A Computer’ at the end of 2009. That song, and previous singles ‘Need You’ and ‘Squeeze My Lime’ hinted at a nascent songwriting talent and mastery of oozing synth drones that has burst into life on their debut album, ‘North’, out October 18th. The band have adjusted their focus, adding lead singer James Buttery to the production and writing team of James Young and Aiden Whalley. With the beauty of subtle distortion, their sound blends crunchy, citric synths, baroque strings, piano and tender guitar with vocal harmonies, gently laced with glitches and noise.

Fresh off the back of a Gold Panda tour, GHOST EYES is a farmboy who didn’t take over his father’s business and an autosalesman’s son who didn’t take over his fathers business making hip-hop influenced alternative music creating layered textures of instruments, electronics and gathered sound samples, singing confessions of the joyous blues.

Matthew Dear (Live)


Thursday 9 December 2010

NB: Matthew Dear will not be performing at the aftershow

Casper C’s night exploring all forms of new music and delving into the archives for influences. BLOGGER’S DELIGHT is also the proud residency of some of the UK’s best young DJs, Skull Juice, Casper C and NikNikNik. They usually reside at the Lock Tavern where they defined the art of daytime clubbing in Camden (who’d have thought it?).

They have managed to catch debut or very early shows from the likes of Brodinski, Noob, Yuksek, Duke Dumont, DOP, Crookers and many more, as well as presenting more of their established heroes over the years, from Chloe, Joakim, Optimo and Len Faki to Justice, Simian Mobile Disco and James Murphy.

Bloggers also curate a stage at London’s fantastic Field Day, with previous live guests including The XX, Heartbreak and Telepathe, with DJ sets from Benga and Rusko.

The DEADLY RHYTHM SOUNDSYSTEM are a DJ and Promoting crew from South London. Their roadblock New Cross and Brixton based parties have featured artists ranging from Dam Funk to Skream. As DJ’s, their bass heavy sound mixes house, hip hop, garage and grime from brand new cuts to underground classics.


James Yuill

Wednesday 8 December 2010

Lyle & Scott is excited to announce the launch of ‘Curated by Lyle & Scott’ – a series of four gigs taking place at XOYO, the UK’s most exciting new music venue. Focusing on showcasing new talent, Lyle & Scott will be presenting the very best in emerging talent and further strengthening this iconic brand’s association with new music. The first show will take place on 8th December with the following shows taking place in early 2011. The fourth slot at each of the 2011 gigs will be decided by the public through a fan competition taking place via

‘We are hugely excited about ‘Curated by Lyle & Scott’ which demonstrates our desire to support emerging talent within the music industry in the UK and provide a showcase for young bands’, said Jess Pugh, Lyle & Scott’s Marketing Manager.

Headlining the first show will be James Yuill whose combination of acoustic ballads with a dancefloor pulse won him many plaudits when he emerged in 2008, quickly making him an influential part of London’s folktronica scene. A laptop troubadour and a superb exponent of moody electronica, his live performances are a truly unique experience: one minute you’re drawn in to the tender simplicity of his voice and acoustic guitar, the next minute your head’s spinning and your feet are moving to the dazzling array of beats and effects pumped out by James’s laptop and boxes of tricks – not bad for a one man show that fits neatly into a reconditioned guitar case.

Dreamy indie-pop duo Babe Shadow have been making waves of late with recent sessions on Rob da Bank’s Radio 1 show and gaining the accolade of NME Breakthrough Band of the Week. Their laidback, buoyant, clean-picked love songs mark them out as a band to keep an eye on next year and if you don’t believe us then here’s Florence Welch admitting that the band are her current crush. “Babe Shadow have been brightening up my pre tour rituals with their open hearted calypso-style beautiful pop songs”. Having played a number of festivals over the summer their Curated By Lyle & Scott show marks a welcome return to more intimate surroundings.

With sparse melodies, melancholic beats and lush echoing vocals, Oxford trio, Trophy Wife describe their music as ambitiousless office disco / commuter pop. Don’t be fooled though, their unabrasive sound has quickly found them many admirers and recent Moshi Moshi single, ‘Microlite’ is a track so perfectly formed you can hardly believe it’s their debut. With sparse rhythms, a gentle electronic pulse and fragile vocals their sound has seen them compared to Vampire Weekend and The XX and the band have recently toured with Foals, Bombay Bicycle Club and Crystal Castles.

Tickets for the first event are free and music lovers can obtain tickets by going to
Band competiton entries via Terms and Conditions Apply

James Yuill


Monday 6 December 2010


Born in Hackney, East London, to Ghanian parents, COCKNBULLKID aka Anita Blay is not the most conventional of pop stars. Fortunately this does little to slow how rapidly she established herself as one our brightest pop hopes. She has spent the past 4 years exploring all manner of influences (from Moz to Madonna, M.I.A to Little Richard), forging a wholly distinctive sound, and marked an official career ‘kick off’ with her debut single on Metronomy’s 7” label last year as a collaboration between Anita and Metronomy founding member Joe Mount.

CocknBullKid’s style, it should be said, resides firmly on the dark side of pop. There’s an almost Trojan quality to it – Anita’s ever-expanding repertoire is a subversive, sometimes sinister, and always sublime mix of sex, death, ugliness, wit and depravity, found amidst The Everyday and pegged onto supremely inventive pop melodies. “I’ve always thought pop should never just be saccharine” she says, “It should be black and tortured too. There’s no point otherwise.”

Having played all the major UK festivals in the summer of 2008 and headlined the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury, thecocknbullkid played live on Later With Jools Holland whilst still unsigned. A rare but deserved occurrence. Anita and her three piece band then went on to support Santogold before touring with CSS, Metronomy and Late of the Pier.


19-year-old Tampa Bay rapper DOMINIQUE YOUNG UNIQUE, the self-styled “Robles Park princess,” mixes model good looks with potty-mouthed lyrics delivered in a hyperactive double-time flow. Although constantly being compared to M.I.A. spawn Rye Rye, Dominique is assuredly exemplifying that she is incomparable. Although constantly being compared to M.I.A. spawn Rye Rye, Dominique is assuredly exemplifying that she is incomparable.

VISIONS OF TREES are Joni and Sarah, a brilliant two-piece from London who make hazy tropical pop music that shares a similar woozy electronic mood to Teengirl Fantasy, only swamped in Liz Fraser-esque vocals

PLUS Primary 1 DJ set + Summer Camp DJs + Little Boots DJs + Rowdy Superstar DJs


Moshi Moshi & EYOE Xmas party

The Drop
Friday 3 December 2010


An alluring line up featuring Moshi Moshi’s SUMMER CAMP, plus the awesome IDIOT GLEE comes to The Drop for a night of festive, spirited Advent-ure!

Moshi Moshi & EYOE Xmas party


The Lexington
Thursday 2 December 2010


Hotly tipped TRIBES play the Lexington fresh from their support of the MYSTERY JETS.

Their sound is lo-fi turned pop – simple, clean songwriting filtered through warm, fuzzy disjointedness. Described by the NME as  “the uncharted middle-ground that separates Pavement and The Courteeners…”

PLUS support from Bones



Monday 29 November 2010


ERLAND AND THE CARNIVAL were formed by singer/guitarist and Orkney islander Erland Cooper with ex-The Verve/The Good, The Bad & The Queen guitarist Simon Tong and drummer David Nock. Together, they produce a sound described by Tong as “Pentangle meets Ennio Morricone meets Love meets 13th Floor Elevators meets Joe Meek.” In other words: folk-tinged, psyched up, fuzzed-out brilliance.



Union Chapel
Saturday 27 November 2010


Hot on the heels of selling out The Lexington in just a few days, and following on from the success of their first show together at the Bishopsgate Institute in May, WILDBIRDS AND PEACEDRUMS are again joined by the fabulous VOICES (featuring The Roundhouse Experimental Choir) for this special Union Chapel show.


Gruff Rhys

Toynbee Studios
Friday 26 November 2010
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We are lucky enough to be hosting everyone’s favourite cymro GRUFF RHYS at a small, special east end theatre this November, coinciding with his new single and announcement of his forthcoming 2011 album.

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, Gruff Rhys surfaces with new song, Shark Ridden Waters… A shimmering slice of kaleidoscopic, cinematic pop music, Shark Ridden Waters is available immediately as a free download from and will also be available on 12” vinyl from 8th November.

Shark Ridden Waters is taken from Gruff’s recently completed, and previously unannounced, third solo album. Due out in February 2011, the record promises to be the Welsh singer and musician’s most ambitious and accomplished yet.

Ahead of the album’s release, Gruff will be setting sail on a voyage of small, stripped back UK and European dates, and one of his exclusive ports of call is the lovely Toynbee Studios.

Plus H HAWKLINE as support

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Gruff Rhys

Born Ruffians

Wednesday 24 November 2010

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BORN RUFFIANS are actually three Canadians, and they make indie-pop in a traditional sense that old-school collectors of 4AD and Sub Pop’s early roster would raise more than an eyebrow at. In a similar vein to fellow XL artists Tapes’n Tapes, they owe a large debt to the likes of Pixies and Buffalo Tom, yet at no point does this record sound retro or plagiaristic. After selling out shows at The Old Blue Last and Hobby Horse in record quick time, Born Ruffians are back again with a new album, ‘Say It’.

THE ACORN produce a unique brand of experimental, popular folk music that effortlessly marries modern and traditional forms. Following on from 2008’s ‘Glory Hope Mountain’, The Acorn returned this summer with ‘No Ghost’, which showcases the levity and spontaneity of their live shows. Swathed in talk talk-esque spaciousness and atmospheric feedback reminiscent of early Yo La Tengo, ‘No Ghost’ is a fitting soundtrack to both the tranquility of the country, and the sodium-lamp lit romance of city nights.

YOUNG RIVAL hails from a city most widely-known for its blue-collar work ethic – a quality that Young Rival have always proudly embraced. With a sound that is both raw and hazy, dark and melodic, this band delivers an undeniably unique brand of grit-infused, wildcat rock and roll. Their latest offering comes to us in the form of an amazing collection of songs, recorded in June 2009 by Polaris Prize winning record maker Jon Drew (Fucked Up, Tokyo Police Club, Arkells).

Born Ruffians

Chilly Gonzales

Tuesday 23 November 2010


Following on from the August release of Ivory Tower, his first UK full length since Solo Piano 4 years ago, CHILLY GONZALES announces a London airing for his new Ivory Tower show, featuring 2 pianists and 2 drummers, with SOCALLED on second piano, MOCKY and VICTOR (Housse de Racket) on double drums.

Having spent the last year wooing British audiences with his now infamous Piano Talk Shows, where high profile fans from the music industry as well as satirical mavericks were in attendance and lining up to sing Gonzales’ praises. The likes of The Mighty Boosh and Chris Morris, to Erol Alkan, Jarvis Cocker and James Ford were all seen jossling for places at the shows, proving Gonzales’ credentials among highly respected and credible artists.

Ivory Tower, an ambitious, intelligent and typically of Chilly, fun album, is also companion to a feature film of the same name starring Tiga and Peaches as well as himself. The ambitious project confirms Gonzales as the musical genius and legendary all-round entertainer he’s always claimed to be.

As well as Gonzales live shows being in demand, his skills as a ‘Super Producer’ continue to attract artists from all ages and backgrounds. In the last year alone, he’s worked with artists as diverse as, Marina & the Diamonds, Thecocknbullkid, Tiga and Boys Noize, the latter having produced Ivory Tower with Gonzales. If we go back just a little further, we can add Bjork and Daft Punk among many others to that list. This combined with Erol Alkan putting out the recent single ‘Never Stop’ on his own label as well as Gonzales’ long history of ‘star making’, a roster that includes million selling artists like Feist (whose album The Reminder earned him a Grammy nomination) and underground gone over ground hipsters such as Peaches and Jamie Lidell, it seems Chilly’s appeal is far reaching and consistently relevant with his unique talents, ear for a sharp arrangement and hit pop songs still hugely in demand.

So on to Chilly Gonzales’ own musical output… It’s no wonder he’s better known for his collaborations than his solo work, partly because he’s so prolific and spreads himself so wide but also because of his refusal to be boxed or pigeon-holed into one genre. With every new album, he’s aped a different musical identity and genre, often pulling it off with more style and panache than those who’ve spent a life time trying. From the early days of the way-ahead-of-its-time ‘prankster hip-hop’ album Gonzales Uber Alles in 2000, to the critically acclaimed Solo Piano which consisted entirely of beautifully arranged classical and jazz piano numbers, and his most recent Soft Power in 2008 where Chilly turned his hand to 70s AM rock and pop ballads inspired by the music of his youth, it’s hard to keep up with Chilly.

Now he brings us Ivory Tower, a total musical U-turn once again as Gonzales delves into Euro pop with a smattering of his Piano Talk Show style ballads and some stunning instrumental pieces that double up as the film soundtrack. Not to mention writing, producing and starring in the film itself, which centres on two champion chess-playing brothers (Gonzales and Tiga) who share a love for the same girl (Peaches).

Whether Gonzales is attempting euphoric disco sing alongs like the title track ’Ivory Tower’, or playing sombre piano on ‘Final Fantasy’, or shamelessly tearing his worst enemy (and himself) apart with the tremendous and very honest ‘The Grudge’ “What I need are enemies… You are my grudge, and I won’t budge, this is my right, who are you to judge… You are my mountain and I will piss on your summit”, Chilly never does things by halves. He nails it every time.

This is no spoof or ironic take or sideways glance, and it’s not a joke. Chilly Gonzales is a perfectionist and the hardest working man in music today and he demands your attention. The man is restless and he does all this to entertain you. It’s time to show him some gratitude.

Never one to disappoint, Gonzales has chosen a magician as support – SIL3NC3, who practices the following rather scary techniques on the canvas that is your mind * Mind Intrusion
* Mind Abuse
* Mind Infringement
* Mind Sabotage
* Mind Meddling
* Mind Intervention
* Mind Interruption
* Mind Disturbance
* Mind Reading

A little further illumination from a review here –

It may seem strange in an era where magic appears to be all about showmanship, bravado and smart talk to conduct a supposed mindreading display without speaking but that’s exactly what S1L3NC3 does – and rather well.

The sole performer communicates only through gesture, flipcards and occasional whispers to unsuspecting audience members but manages to captivate by doing excruciating things with nails, something other than smoking with a cigarette and appearing to make glass break with his eyes. There is also a consummate display of managing to guess, or at least appear to, what audience members have written on a piece of paper or how many coins have been removed from a jar.

The identity of the slightly skeletal man on stage is not specified with no name in the programme or on the show’s website which describes “sightings” of the trickster instead of performance dates and he leaves before the houselights go up at the end.

However he has similarities in style of the mute Teller, from the famous Las Vegas duo with his partner Penn, by silently capturing the audience’s attention with excellent sleight of hand. But this obfuscation adds to the experience, together with a pumping soundtrack to accompany the magic, intermixed with snatches of muffled, overlapping voiceover. 


Aficionados of magic may have seen a few of the set-pieces elsewhere in other forms but there is a freshness about the show and at times you are left scratching your head as to how the spectacle has been pulled off. … for any fans of individuals like Derren Brown, Pete Firman or Chris Cox he is certainly worth checking out as a worthy counterpoint. REMOTE GOAT

Chilly Gonzales

Local Natives

HMV Forum
Tuesday 23 November 2010


“The band ooze musicianship and chemistry. This could well turn out to be one of those ‘I was there’ moments, which is, in the end, what this sort of gig is supposed to be all about.” CLASH MAGAZINE LIVE REVIEW

Following on from their sold out date at the Shepherds Bush Empire in June, Los Angeles’ finest Local Natives will once again grace the UK shores to headline and fill London’s O2 Shepherds Bush Empire with soaring vocals and dulcet sounds. The five-piece blend hazy southern californian melodies, tightly assembled harmonies alongside a natural percussive frame. Their incessant touring and hours spent living and writing together has provided a unifying connection. Their debut album aptly named after their communal home; ‘Gorilla Manor’ is a torrent of evolving, encompassing and emotional sound. It has the warmth and instant attraction on hearing mid period Talking Heads or Band of Horses for the first time.


One of the most enduring qualities of music lies in its ability to be transportative – the very best songs can take you, almost instantly, to a specific moment in time, or perhaps a particular location, even evoke a specific emotion. It is an immutable relationship we have with the music we listen to, and it is one which the London duo of Elizabeth Sankey and Jeremy Warmsley, aka SUMMER CAMP realise so perfectly, crafting twinkling, pristine pop gems which sound as though they could have been discovered in a trunk in an attic, glinting and glittering like jewels at the bottom of the sea.

There has been a lot of buzz about young indie band CLOUD CONTROL over the past few years, and with their debut album Bliss Release, they have well and truly lived up to the hype.  Having spent a couple of years establishing themselves as Australia’s ‘next big things’, thanks in small part to a few notable gigs (including sharing the stage with Vampire Weekend and The Temper Trap), in 2009 the band released the first taste of the debut LP: the stirring, mellow single, “Gold Canary”. With its chorus full of hooks, blissful guy/girl harmonies and quirky catchiness, the song quickly earned accolades in Australia and abroad,; a shining introduction to an equally exceptional record.