Wakestock Festival 2011

Yeah I made it home, just. Had a rather great weekend up in Wales for Wakestock Festival, saw some killer bands, and had some megalolz!
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Gigs This Week | 27th June – 3rd July

Forgot to do this last night, but looking around, unless you’re one of the lucky few to be going to see Beyonce tonight, there’s not much else on tonight. I’m off on holiday tomorrow, so I’m gonna be missing all of these shows. This annoys me. Stoopid holiday!

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Dananananaykroyd – There Is A Way

I saw these guys live last week and they blew my mind, much the same way as this record did something very similar a couple of weeks beforehand, and continues to do so ever since. Yes, THIS was the one that made me stop listening to the Foo Fighters!!….

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Gigs This Week | 21st – 27th of March

Was supposed to write these last night, but ran a half marathon in the morning and couldn’t really move for the rest of the day. Anyway if there was any gigs on tonight, I’m sure they were missable*.

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Gigs This Week | 29th November – 5th December

The pick of the gigs this week in London.

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Catching up on the last week….

Yeah for whatever reason I haven’t really written very much the last week, just wasn’t that arse’d to be honest, but I’ve made up for it today, I suppose….

….but yeah quite a bit has gone down in that few weeks so I thought I’d chuck up a few opinions. Like anyone cares?

  • Reading Festival happened. Missed the car-crash abortion of GnR, but some of the highlights for me were Weezer, Gaggle, Funeral Party, Arcade Fire, Biffy, Phoenix, Kele, Magnetic Man, Harlem and Tame Impala.
  • Awards for disappointments go to The Libs, Warpaint, Egyptian Hip-Hop, Free Energy, Surfer Blood and to a certain extend Dizzee.
  • New Weezer album leaked, it’s rather good, but not as good as they were at Reading.
  • The XX won the Mercury Prize. Fuck science, but I told you so.
  • New Everything Everything album is a classic.
  • The NME brought out it’s yearly Oasis cover? I mean fuckin’ hell, the dead horse flogging is astounding, just when I was beginning to enjoy it again.
  • Kanye West made Twitter a much more entertaining place to be, while @english50cent is also a massive lol.
Yeah think that’s about it.

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So the runners up in the Mercury Awards have been announced….

The very second I got to the end of the XX debut album, all the way back in September I knew it was gonna be a Mercury winner, and while I’ve still heard some great British music this year, I still think it’s gonna win.

And so it is with that airy confidence that simply going to say it’s an astoundingly brilliant piece of work, that 10 months later still manages to draw me in and give me more and more. But it would be rude to not at least cast a cursory glance over the runners-up. So here’s my cursory glance.
I’m gonna show my ignorance here, and actually there’s always a few records that you’ll never have heard of, but some people when writing about this, the go off and research them and then give you a polished synposys of the lesser-known albums. I’m not going to bother. So Corinne Bailey Rae, I Am Kloot and Kit Downes Trio, sorry, but I’ve not heard ye so it would be unfair of me to pass judgement, but if you’re reading this, Well Done on getting nominated. I’m sure it’s well deserved. And so on to the other ones.
Biffy Clyro: Only Revolutions. I Think I listened to this record 50 times round the turn of the year, and dya know I was a little bit surprised to see it here on the list, but at the same time understand the thinking, because it’s brilliant. While it may not have had the success, in terms of pushing Da Biff up to Foo Fighter scales of enormity, it’s still a quality addition to their cannon and makes me think that should they ever get to that level of success, it’s the Johnny Come Lately fans who will view this as their The Colour And The Shape.

Dizzee Rascal: Tongue N’Cheek. Dumb down your rhymes and triple your dollars. It worked for Jay-Z and it’s clearly worked for Dizzee. While not as sonically challenging his first 3 records, it’s certainly opened him up to a much wider audience. The plan seems to have worked too, as I say him last weekend, a review to follow this week, and his live show now picks from right across his catalogue, even being a bit old-stuff-heavy, and it all still compares favourably.

Foals: Total Life Forever. One of the best albums I’ve heard this year, but then again I said that only last week, so have a little sneaky peak here, to see what I thought of it.
Laura Marling: I Speak Because I Can. I really can’t get into Laura Marling. It’s clearly because I have shit taste, your supposed to say, I know, but I dunno what it is, I recognise it’s quality, but nah, s’just not for me. Giant Sadface :-(
Mumford & Sons: Sigh No More. Now this is contentious as my opinion of this album has changed considerably in the last few months. It was in the Top 10 of 2009, you might remember, but for some reason I fell out of love with it, and cursed the fact I’d ignored the Yeah Yeah Yeahs album. I put my disdain for it, squarely at the fact I don’t trust anyone with a moustache. THEN!! I say them last weekend too, and well had to admit that they were indeed, not shit. As I so elequently put it here.
Paul Weller: Wake Up The Nation. S’funny how this record has grown in moment the last few months. The Modfather has come back in vogue, and rightly so. An adventurous, challenging ambitious, inventive record that stands up to anything he may have done in the last 20 years. Not bad for and aul’ fella.
Wild Beasts: Two Dancers. This has been a record I kind forgot about after the new year, the still pop up a bit on the radio, but you sorta just know it, and tune out. But in preparation for this piece I gave it another listen, and I still find it rather excellent. Still not sure exactly how many vocalists are there, but it’s probably time to move on.
The Villagers: Becoming A Jackel. One of the best bands to come out of my fair homeland, Nialler9 introduced me, and well isn’t that the whole point of influential music blogs. Rather someone like me, who just likes the sound of his own voice, in text form. A great album, and a debut that I hope will produce more and more. Oh and the NME reviewed as The Villagers, by Becoming A Jackel, so I shall be expecting them to refer to it, as such until they print a full page apology.
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