Switzerland, Bronze Medals, Tiger Tiger Panther Fox!, Call Me Ishmael @ Big Blue, Derby 27/3/10

On Saturday, I went to see Switzerland’s last gig, upstairs at Big Blue Cafe in Derby. It was fucking rammed and you practically had to have sex with people just to get in and out of the room.

Call Me Ishmael

I got there just in time for the last few songs of Call Me Ishmael‘s set and I was impressed with what I heard. Passionate, melodic and very twiddly, it’s the first time I’ve seen them but definitely not the last. Ones to watch in every way.

Tiger, Tiger, Panther, Fox!

Next on were Tiger Tiger Panther Fox! who I already love from seeing them at The Royal recently. If anything, they played even better. Front bloke Stuart has such intensity, such ferocity. He’s more punk than most punk or hardcore singers I’ve seen in that he actually feels it, he’s not just putting an act on. Add to that that the rest of the band have absolutely zero slack, are punching the audience in the face with riffs and you have the reason why I was grinning through the whole gig.

Bronze Medals

Bronze Medals are another band I’ve not seen before and I was also blown away by them. It’s the classic thing of a three-piece who sound like a four-piece in that lead singer/twiddly guitar guy is astonishingly, effortlessly good. And I love the fact that when his crazy hand is racing up and down the guitar, he’s having fun. It’s not a chore or wankery for the sake of it, he’s in the song. Plus, he’s got a great singing voice, the little bleeder! Love ’em.

Switzerland

Last on, of course, were Switzerland who were beset by not-minor tech hitches at the start of the set. Like some bugger pulling out the plug for the PA! Argh! But once the vocals were up, they got the now life-threateningly-full room rocking. It’s a shame it was their last gig as, looking round, I could see genuine love on the faces of the kids there to watch their swan song. I’m also gutted I couldn’t stay for the whole gig due to other weird shit going down – I won’t get to see them again! But who knows, I doubt people this talented will just chuck music for ever, eh? Soo, RIP Switzerland but let’s see what’s next.

What a fun night! Three quid for four magnificent bands. I love Derby! 🙂

Bzangy Groink Playlist 24/3/10

Another busy Bzangy and hence loads more requests. This time for Tarkan, Saves The Day (yaaay!), Cap’n Jazz and Andrew Gold (double yaay!). Now, that’s what I call discerning music taste!

Anarbor

The best new tune tonight is one that I’ve had in the car on repeat for the last couple of weeks. In ‘Drugstore Diet’, Anarbor have given me my poppunk anthem for this summer. It ticks all the boxes for me: it’s hugely catchy and singalong, the lyrics are lovely and thoughtful and it makes me want to dance. God, if this came on when I was out, I think I’d go mental! Their debut album is released on the 20th April and I reckon if you’ve ever sung along to any Fallout Boy, CIWWAF, Saves The Day, Promise Ring or TBS, you’ll most probably sing along to this album too. POP!

Trembling Blue Stars

Tonight’s best old track was a different TBS; Trembling Blue Stars‘ ‘Abba On The Jukebox.’ I was lucky enough to meet some Bobby and Beth TBS recently at London Popfest and wanted to hug them both for hours. Fortunately for them, I resisted. The mood I felt in at the end of Bzangy was hopeful yet melancholic, nostalgic without being maudlin. This song fits that mood perfectly. Can I suggest that you make a little room in your life for TBS’ wonder?

This is what youse guys hoird:

An Horse – Camp Out
Basta Feat Yoosa & Juicy P – Gangsta
Simon & Garfunkel – Richard Cory
HASYMO – Rescue (Aoki Takamasa Remix)
Red Sparowes – A Hail Of Bombs
Tarkan – Kiss Kiss
And So I Watch You From Afar – S Is For Salamander
Ben & Lex – Soundboy Step-Up
Broken Bells – The Ghost Inside
Then Falls Caesar – Man On the Moon
Styles P And DJ Green Lantern – Time Will Tell Ft. Raekwon
Holy Roman Empire – Action Figures
Emalkay – Battle Suit
Kidz In The Hall – Jukebox
From First to Last – Chyeaa
Los Campesinos! – Straight In At 101
Dropped Beats – Keep Away
Pelican – Ephemeral
Planet Asia & Goldchain Military – At The End Of The Day
The Candle Thieves – We’re All Gonna Die (Have Fun)
Fang Island – Daisy
Eight Legs – Best of Me
Jaga Jazzist – One-Armed Bandit
DOOM – Gazzillion Ear
Architects – Early Grave
Warrior One – King Riddim feat. Lady Chann
Frightened Rabbit – Nothing Like You
Zardonic – Inherit
Diversion Tactics – Return Of The Ladies Man
Japandroids – Wet Hair
DEFRAG – the stones
Anarbor – Drugstore Diet
Andrew Gold – Lonely Boy
Akira Kiteshi – Boom N Pow
last dinosaurs – Honolulu
K’naan – T.I.A.
His Statue Falls – Sooner If You Let Me
Young Vicious – this is how we grind
Errors – Beards
Saves the Day – Certain Tragedy
Swanton Bombs – Who’s Asking?
Memphis Bleek – is that your chick?
The Dillinger Escape Plan – Good Neighbor
Soul Intent – For The Headz
So So Modern – The Worst Is Yet To Come
The Young Punx – Ready for the Fight
Of Mice & Men – Second & Sebring
Chris T-T – Stop Listening
k-os – I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman
Promise Ring – Jersey Shore
Riddle of Steel – Baby Bird
Goldheart Assembly – Hope Hung High
KOAN Sound – Garden Of Buddha
Duke – Take Advice ft.Ceekay, Shaymin
The Vasco Era – For No One
Cap’n Jazz – Yes, I’m Talking to You
O.M.D. – Messages
Tunng – Hustle (Radio Edit)
Calling All Cars – Animal
The Forms – Red Gun
Wilco – Wilco (The Song)
Trembling Blue Stars – ABBA on the jukebox

Bzangy Groink Playlist 10/3/10

Woo – loads of requests tonight: Russian Circles, MSTRKRFT, Refused, Venetian Snares. But I still managed to cram in craploads of brand-new music as well.

Swanton Bombs

The best from the new was Swanton Bombs‘ ‘Who’s Asking.’ I love the rawness of this track, I love the middle bit guitar riffery. There’s a lot to be said for eschewing the wanky solo in favour of the cranking rhythm, The Kinks knew that and so do Swanton Bombs, even though they sound fuck-all like The Kinks.

Venetian Snares

The best old track has to be Venetian Snares‘ ‘Einstein-Rosen Bridge.’ I’m sure I’ve had it as a best old track before, it’s so utterly awesome. And, as old as it is, it still makes people look up and do good WTF?? faces. Pure loveliness!

And, tonight, I broke all my normal Bzangy rules by playing not one but three tracks currently on Radio One. The first was Wiley because I love it and, hey, it’s nice to have (a bit) of my song back in the charts! 🙂
The other two were the then (and still, as I type this!) number one and two UK singles: Tinie Tempah and Rihanna. Why did I play them? Well, because they’re two of my favourite pop singles in ages. I’m obsessed with them and have been playing them in my car pretty much non-stop. Mmmm… bassssss. And what are rules unless you break ’em every now and then, eh?

This is what you heard:

Portugal. The Man – All My People
Butch Walker – House of Cards
Rob Swift – Rabia 1st Movement
Milkteeth – Kitastrafy
The Brunettes – In Colours
Aloha – Microviolence
Yukon Blonde – Babies Don’t Like Blue Anymore
Ghettosocks – Role Models
Cursive – Art Is Hard
Jaga Jazzist – One-Armed Bandit
Underminded – ya basta
Strago – Nosferatu
Planet Asia & Goldchain Military – At The End Of The Day
Nice Nice – A Vibration
Propagandhi – The Banger’s Embrace
Tunng – Hustle (Radio Edit)
Two Fingers – Two Fingers
Fireside – Left Rustle
Hybrid – Celebrity Science
Russian Circles – Youngblood
Black Kent – French Opera
speak & the spells – She’s Dead
tapes – gold love riddim
Dukes Of Windsor – Off the Radar
Together – Apart
Madlib – yikes (oj simpson remix)
Jeff The Brotherhood – Heavy Krishna
last dinosaurs – Honolulu
Emalkay – Battle Suit
Diversion Tactics – Three Card Brag (Feat. D.Gritty And Blade)
The Deer Tracks – Bless The Waves
blessthefall – Hey Baby, Here’s That Song You Wanted
I Walk the Line – Surrender
Wave Machines – Punk Spirit (Radio Edit)
Gorilla Zoe – Bags Of The Money Ftsuppl
STILL RINGS TRUE – Who Can Stop Us Now
Los Campesinos! – Straight In At 101
Tes La Rok – Darkness Falls Upon Us
Frightened Rabbit – Nothing Like You
K’naan – T.I.A.
Refused – Rather Be Dead
Rogue Wave – Permalight
Akira Kiteshi – Boom N Pow
mclusky – Lightsabre Cocksucking Blues
The Deer Tracks – Bless The Waves
Jodie XECute – The Do Do Song
The Dreams – Revolt
Deerhoof – The Perfect Me
Audio – Rage
The Drums – Let’s Go Surfing
Duke – Take Advice ft.Ceekay, Shaymin
His Statue Falls – Sooner If You Let Me
The Fall – Mr. Pharmacist
Kidz In The Hall – Jukebox (Feat. MC Lyte)
Wiley Ft Emeli Sande – Never Be Your Woman (Shy FX Radio Edit)
Zardonic – Inherit
Greeley Estates – Wolves Make Great Actors
Warrior One – King Riddim feat. Lady Chann
Swanton Bombs – Who’s Asking?
The Young Punx – Mashitup
August Burns Red – Rationalist
Venetian Snares – Einstein-Rosen Bridge
Critical Madness – Nuthin U Can Do
MSTRKRFT – Vuvuvu
Look What I Did – Six Flags Over Jesus
KOAN Sound – Garden Of Buddha
Broken Bells – The Ghost Inside
Taking Back Sunday – Sink Into Me
Tinie Tempah – Pass Out (Radio Edit)
Rihanna – Rude Boy

You Slut!, Funfun & History @ The Vaults, Derby, 3/3/2010

On Wednesday I saw three cool bands for free at the Vaults. Yep – FREE!

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First on were History who put on a heartfelt show. There were a few wobbles in places but seeing as this is only their second gig, I think they did brilliantly. They were all in the moment and they were feeling the music they were playing, something that’s often easily lost.

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Next were Funfun who played a sharp, heavy, twiddly set. I loved the duelling guitar harmonies, that was lovely. I also liked the bit about looking like old-school You Slut! and, indeed, the lads did look very fetching in their matching outfits.

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Last on were You Slut! themselves, confusingly all *not* dressed in black like the YS! of yore. Whatever, they jumped into their set and hammered out crowd-pleasing faves. There was a lot of gurning going on, and not just on stage. It was ace to see people jumping round like loons to YS!’s powertool riffery.

Ahh, what a night! 🙂

(Click any of the pics for a gallery of the gig!)

London Popfest 2010

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Last Sunday, I had the honour to play London Popfest 2010. And I played on the same day as three fab bands, Leaving Mornington Crescent, Horse Shoes and The Wake. Yes, that The Wake! :-O

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First on were Swedish razorpop stars, Leaving Mornington Crescent. I love LMC’s mix of 60s’ girlpop and Buzzcocks, I love their short, punchy songs and I love their MPC drummer. Mmm…

White Town
Pic courtesy of Marianthi

Then I played and I had so much fun! The audience was really friendly and I felt a proper sense of connection, despite it being a bigger venue than I’m used to playing. I talked to loads of lovely people after and even sold some records. 🙂

Horse Shoes

Next were Horse Shoes who played a set of dreamy, summery songs with innocent melodies that reminded me of early Field Mice.

The Wake

Last on were The Wake. It felt quite bizarre that I was standing, watching The Wake, a band I’ve listened to for years. They were amazing. Very raw and full of heart, it was a singalong set.

Thanks to everyone at Popfest for putting me on, I had so much fun playing. And thanks to you if you were in the audience that night, I’d give you all hugs if I could!

Bzangy Groink Playlist 24/2/10

Diversion Tactics

Tonight’s best new track was ‘Three Card Brag’ by Diversion Tactics. And this is just one song from an album of pure gold. It makes me happy there’s already such a raw, solid hip hop album this early in the year. Sooo good.

The Mars Volta

The best old track was ‘Inertiatic Esp’ by twiddly funsters The Mars Volta. Seven years old? :-O

This is what youse hoird:

Cale Parks – Long Looks
Luke Envoy – M.U.G.E.N
Wale – Mirrors Ft. Bun B (Produced By Mark Ronson)
The Clientele – Share The Night
post harbor – Ponaturi
ghosts on tape – Straight From Cassette
IRS – The World is Theirs
Hrvatski – vatstep dsp
The Strange Boys – Be Brave
Cold War Kids – Audience
Diversion Tactics – Three Card Brag
The Red Chord – It runs in the family
Giant Drag – Kevin is Gay
Kryptic Minds – chosen few
So So Modern – The Worst Is Yet To Come
121 Crew – Stop it
Underminded – ya basta
Butcher Boy – Clockwork
Satanic Surfers – What Ever
Critical Madness – Nuthin U Can Do
Pelican – Ephemeral
Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore – Dear Companion
Rob Swift – Lower Level 2nd Movement
Los Campesinos! – Straight In At 101
Zardonic – Inherit
Aloha – Microviolence
Surfer Blood – Floating Vibes
Planet Asia & Goldchain Military – At The End Of The Day
Paint It Black – Memorial Day
Akira Kiteshi – Boom N Pow
Port O’Brien – I woke up today
Doomriders – Bloodsucker
The Crayon Fields – Graceless
The Mars Volta – Inertiatic Esp
The Freudian Slip – Exclamation Mark Exclamation Mark Exclamation Mark
General Steele – Patriot Games
It Dies Today – This Ghost
speak & the spells – She’s Dead
DEFRAG – Color My Dreams
The Soft Pack – Answer To Yourself
Coehn&Foehrb – Alles Coehn Und Gut
Maybeshewill – How to Have Sex With a Ghost
Minutemen – Shit You Hear At Parties
Minor Threat – Minor Threat
The Answering Machine – Oh, Christina
melt banana – Cat Brain Land
Two Fingers Featuring Sway – Two Fingers
Greeley Estates – Wolves Make Great Actors
Frightened Rabbit – Nothing Like You
Chromeo – Needy Girl (Lifelike Remix)
Freeway & Jake One – Throw Your Hands Up
Tunng – Hustle (Radio Edit)
Shy Child – Disconnected (Radio Edit)
The Down And Outs – Honor Not Pride
Method Man Redman – Blackout
Nedry – Scattered
Eddy Current Suppression Ring – Anxiety
Glass Candy – Etheric Device
The Brunettes – In Colours
Refused – the shape of punk to come
Common – The Game (Feat. DJ Premier)
Butch Walker – Days/Months/Years
Lali Puna – Move On
Lovers – Igloos for Ojos
Wilco – Wilco (The Song)
Throwdown – Unite
At the Drive-In – 300 Mhz
People Under the Stairs – DQMOT
Lagwagon – Mr. Coffee
Wreck Of The Minotaur – Big Money Stella
Cats on Fire – Tears in Your Cup
Cairo Gang – Oh Solo

Tiger, Tiger, Panther, Fox! @ The Royal, Derby, 20/2/2010

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TTPF! – click the pic for more!

The other week, I went to see TTPF! at The Royal, not knowing what to expect at all. I deliberately hadn’t listened to them on the net beforehand as I wanted a fresh, unprejudiced experience.

And I loved them. Knowing some of their tastes, I had expected it to be NMEish indie. But the band they reminded most of was Minutemen. Yep. Go figure.

They were fast, aggressive, funny, dark and, above all, played with the kind of frantic-wank energy most contemporary indie bands just can’t muster. That’s why they reminded me more of Dag Nasty than The Answering Machine. (Which is not dissing TAM, I love ’em!)

Now, if I was an evil A&R type, I’d just re-style them and shove them out on the punk circuit… 😛

I see so much identikit indie, TTPF! are not that at all.

Go and see them. Now.