How Does It Feel Playlist 18/07/09

How Does It Feel, July 18th 2009

Pic nicked from Ian’s HDIF site, click it to see more!

Again, I had a marvellous time DJing at How Does It Feel. I played plenty of old indiepop classics but also threw in some newer stuff, like the Fresh & Onlys, Loney, Dear and Matt & Kim.

It was lovely to get everyone up and rocking to Dinosaur Jr. *and* King Bee. I mean, come on, if ‘Back By Dope Demand’ doesn’t get your booty shaking, what will? 🙂

Thank you again to Ian How Does It Feel and all the well-groomed, sexy people who came down that night. Hugs all round!

This is what I played:

Pulp – Stacks
La Casa Azul – En noches como la de hoy
Soft Cell – What?
Hello Saferide – Anna
The Lucksmiths – Camera-Shy
The Vaselines – Son Of A Gun
Suburban Kids With Biblical Names – Parakit
The Hidden Cameras – In The Union Of Wine
Au Revoir Simone – Sad Song
God Help The Girl – Funny Little Frog
The Buzzcocks – Love You More
Marching Band – For Your Love
Jens Lekman – You Are the Light
The Primitives – Stop Killing Me
The Darling Buds – Shame on You
Loney, Dear – Airport Surroundings
John Barry – Amicalement Votre (Theme)
Teenage Fanclub & Jad Fair – Behold The Miracle
Denim – Middle Of the Road
Magnetic Fields – I Don’t Want to Get Over You
Cats on Fire – Tears in Your Cup
Jonathan Richman + The Modern – Roadrunner
Matt & Kim – Daylight
Devo – Girl U Want
The Fresh & Onlys – Endless Love
Pixies – I’ve Been Tired
Cure – In Between Days
Dinosaur Jr. – Freak Scene
King Bee – Back By Dope Demand

Newcastle Gig

White Town Live In Newcastle, July 12th, 2009
It’s me! (Pic taken by Geoff Kosmonaut.)

On July 12th, I played at The Head of Steam, Newcastle. It was great.

The gig was organised by Stephen This Almighty Pop and I was lucky enough to be playing with his band Kosmonaut and also with The Honda Express (featuring members of Strawberry Story).

Although Stephen thought the turnout was too low, that never matters to me. Having done both, I’d rather play to a small audience who are really into it than a hefty swell of disinterested hipsters.

The audience was perfect for me: I could look at them, try to connect with them. My songs are all intensely personal, all autobiographical so every gig is something of a confessional. Somehow, being able to see the eyes of the person you’re singing to makes it less contrived, more real.

A lovely girl came up after the gig, she’d come along because of ‘Your Woman,’ of course, but she’d danced and swayed through the rest of the set too. She said I’d made her year, bless her! That’s the kind of comment every egomaniac songwriter loves to hear. 🙂

After the gig, I was on such a high that I was mentally fit enough to go and play the Cosy Den Festival after all. You see, these things snowball…

So, a very belated thanks to Stephen and everyone I met that night. You’re brill.

A Busy Time

Busy Bee
Busy bee!

I’ve been very busy lately which is good for my life, bad for regular website updates. 🙂

To round it up:

Sunday July 12th – first British gig in years for my mate Stephen Almighty Pop. Ace!

Saturday 18th July – I DJed at How Does It Feel in London. Double ace!

Friday 24th to Sunday 26th JulyIndietracks! Triple ace!

Tuesday 28th July to Tuesday 4th August – I was in Sweden to play the Cosy Den 5 Year Festival. Infinity ace!

I’ll write more about each of those events shortly, when I have enough thinking time to sort everything out in my head. I feel like the last four weeks, I’ve done more than in the previous six months. I’ve played two fantastic gigs, met loads of lovely new people and heard some wonderful secrets.

It’s been intense and I feel utterly drained today. I’m wondering… what now? Inevitably, there’s something of a sense of post-come about everything now. Although I know that will fade, I partly don’t want it to dissipate as it spurs me on to keep trying to be more adventurous. Innit.

So, for any regular readers, sorry for the paucity of posts. But you’ll be getting shitloads soon. 🙂