Thursday, February 26, 2009

Tour: Barringtone support Young Knives plus free 'Trouble In Paradise' MP3

London psych-pop experimentalists Barringtone are setting off on their first 'proper' UK tour in March supporting Young Knives interspersed with some intimate club shows of their own. Dates are:

  • 5/3 Bodega, Nottingham
  • 6/3 Indigo @ Moho, Manchester 
  • 12/3 Bloody Awful Poetry @ Madam Jo Jo's, London
  • 13/3 Louisiana, Bristol
  • 14/3 The Royal, Derby
  • 18/3 Coalition, Brighton (w/Young Knives)
  • 19/3 Bucks Uni, High Wycombe (w/Young Knives)
  • 20/3 444 @ The Rainbow, Birmingham
  • 21/3 Lennons, Southampton
  • 22/3 Arts centre, Colchester (w/Young Knives)
  • 23/3 Comedia, Bath (w/Young Knives)
  • 24/3 Students Union, Loughborough (w/Young Knives)
  • 26/3 Club Ifor Bach, Cardiff (w/Young Knives)
  • 27/3 Guildhall, Colchester (w/Young Knives)
  • 31/3 Rescue Rooms, Nottingham (w/Young Knives)
  • 1/4 Roadmenders, Northampton (w/Young Knives)
Following the release of the limited, sold out 7" 'Snake in the Grass' (video above) the band are offering a free download of 'Trouble in Paradise' recorded with Jas from Simian Mobile Disco as a taster for the upcoming tour.

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Sunn Ooooooohhhhhhh

Hipster metal, whatever...

Went for a listening to the new Sunn O))) album, Monoliths & Dimensions, yesterday" in a sealed vault deep in the bowels Old Street. All the usual ritualistic Cro-Magnon intoning to the Old Ones that you'd expect, but this time with some choirs singing and some actual, identifiable instruments, like french horns and oboes and stuff. Dead good, but really made me and my friend want to listen to Bobby Orlando and eat cheesecake.

It goes a bit like this – bruuuuummmmmmmmmmmdrummmmm

You heard it here first.

Out May on Southern Lord.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

This Is Not A Britpop Blog

Apologies for the succession of Britpop related posts but having recently read John Niven's 90's A&R romp 'Kill Your Friends' and the superb 'Bad Vibes' by Luke Haines I've finally got round to tackling John Harris's perhaps definitive Britpop history 'The Last Party'. I'm just at the bit where Blur start to pull themselves together and Harris credits the turning point to this one, brilliant song. He might be right.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

We Loved The Sleepy Jackson

All this Empire Of The Sun talk has made me go back to one of my favourite albums of - well 2003 - now I've looked it up. The Sleepy Jackson were one of the few 'non-dance' cover stars of our previous mag JockeySlut which means we liked them a lot. The album (number 69 in the UK chart apparently) stands up really well, especially this song (number 71 in UK chart). Not sure about the video though...

Monday, February 16, 2009

Book: I Love Bad Vibes

Luke Haine's memoir 'Bad Vibes' about his experiences as the leader of The Auteurs during the Britpop years is as funny, honest and vicious as you could hope for. My advice is to go out and buy it immediately. 

I've posted The Auteurs' 'Showgirl' video from 1993 just as a reminder of what a decent band The Auteurs actually were.