Sunday, October 26, 2008
Hello! Calm yourselves! I am still here. Poor blog, feeling all neglected. It's been a whirlwind couple of weeks, summed up best by the gorgeously wonderful and sublimely funny Josie Long, who I saw doing stand up week before last...
I don't get cynical people. I mean, it's not like at the end of your life they give you an award and say "Well done! You didn't enjoy anything! Congratulations, you hated it all..."Or words to that effect. Can't remember exactly. It was a while ago. But the point, I hope, remains valid. Good to get stuck in. Before it's too laaaaaaaaate...
And so my own unique Oktoberfest has been rather lovely. I caught Ms Long's comedy stylings alongside the equally ace Natalie Haynes, who I know mostly off of Newsnight Review. After that there were a plethora of important birthdays, including my DJ partner Tombo, my Dad, and a party for my friend Kate in Brum that I played at last weekend. My first time DJing in Birmingham, the biggest tune was probably Fleetwood Mac's unlikely dancefloor attack 'Everywhere' and the best moment was a cute girl dashing to the DJ booth to declare her undying love for me just for playing 'Dub Be Good To Me'. I must play that more often...
Last week was a throwback to my summer of tinnitus inducing festival goodness. Monday was Times New Viking, No Age and Los Campesinos at Camden's Electric Ballroom with Ben Silent Words. All of whom were superb, most notably No Age, who's latest album was impossible to resist on lovely vinyl. Tuesday saw Miracle Fortress wow me at 93 Feet East. The kind of deep gorgeous dreamy pop with such eager sincerity that's impossible to resist. They were simply wonderful. Wednesday saw my head blown off by M83 at the Scala. Just stunning, one of the best live performances I've seen all year. I get chills just thinking about it. Aaaand Thursday I went to the gym and listened to my iPod.
Then Friday it was a trip to the Astoria 2. We started by being absolutely knocked sideways by support band Rolo Tomassi, who according to wikipedia play "synth driven spazzcore mathcore screamo". Which doesn't even get close to describing their sound. Like someone throwing screaming punks, chugging synths and a jazz quartet down a lift shaft, played by five ickle pixie children who then took their clothes off at the end. In any normal situation they'd have stolen the show, but then headliners Blood Red Shoes came on and confirmed their status as live band of the year for me. Another superb set, including new songs that sound like the old songs. But better. The kids invaded the stage at the end and the world became a better place.
Then to round things off, a wedding in Liverpool this weekend. Congratulations to Suze and Rupert. And the most wonderous reception in an amazing glasshouse with palm trees and cacti, like a baby Kew Gardens. Mercifully I wasn't DJing, but a good friend was. "What should I play now to get people dancing?" he asked me during a momentary lapse in the mayhem. "Groove is in the heart!" I replied, immediately. He obliged. And everyone swarmed back to the dancefloor. Which is just as well otherwise I'd have looked a bit daft. But then again, 'Groove Is In The Heart' never fails. Ever.
1. Blood Red Shoes - It's Happening Again
2. M83 - Coleurs
3. Miracle Fortress - Have You Seen In Your Dreams
4. Los Campesinos - My Year In Lists
5. No Age - Things I Did When I Was Dead
6. Rolo Tomassi - Film Noir
7. Bomb The Bass - Megablast
8. The Crimea - Everywhere
9. Beats International - Dub Be Good To Me
10. Deeelite - Groove Is In The Heart
I will be having a quiet week this week I think...
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