Monthly Archives: May 2006

Sat 17th June: ISD Puts More Bands on for Your Pleasure

Hello,

We thought we’d take May off from putting gigs on as there were two All Tomorrow’s Parties festivals to contend with and a bunch of other events…and it looked like I might have had to move out (luckily not).

So, the next band night is now coming up fast [b]Saturday 17th June, 2006[/b] and we’re nothing if not predictable when it comes to this sort of affair, so the venue remains the same: Upstairs at the Enterprise, 2 Haverstock Hill, right by Chalk Farm tube, a map (for those who foolishly missed the last one) can be found [url=http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=NW3+2BL&ll=51.5442,-0.153058&spn=0.003009,0.009881]HERE[/url]. Continue reading

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Questions about the death penalty

While packing away on Monday morning to leave All Tomorrow’s Parties, I stuck on Radio 4 as typical ‘get up and get out’ sort of stuff. [i]Start the Week[/i] turned out to have a woman called Joan Cheever who has written a book about inmates on America’s Death Row, called [i]Back from the Dead[/i]:

[url]http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0470017503/qid=1148494241/sr=8-1/ref=pd_ka_1/203-8367605-1340743[/url] Continue reading

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The Euston Manifesto: A Refutation

“We are united in the view that, from the day this [overthrow of the Ba’athist regime in Iraq] occurred, the proper concern of the liberal left should have been the battle to put in place in Iraq a democratic political order and to create, after decades of brutal oppression, a life for Iraqis which those living in democratic countries take for granted – rather than endlessly rehearsing the arguments over intervention.” Norman Geras & Nick Cohen, “The Euston Manifesto” Continue reading

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Demo Review: Birdpen – 'Be Yourself EP'

As frustrating as the following statement is, because of both its clichéd nature and the way in which it is enviously true of certain bands, Birdpen are one of those acts that seem to somehow continually get better with each release. But the ‘Be Yourself’ EP, the latest in a string of demo releases, seven-inch singles and remixes (we’re hoping this all dovetails neatly into an album, lads) presents something quite unexpected – they’ve got funky. Well, funkier anyway – it’s quite difficult to imagine them stomping a Bootsy-esque platform shoe any time soon as all the cold, fraught paranoia is still present and correct in their songs. But with fingers being clicked, basslines being played even more infectiously and, not least, the occasional “Hey!” yelp being thrown in by the band’s mates, it sounds like spirit is being applied with a marginally sunnier disposition. The title track is undeniably infectious rhythmically, and has upbeat (for them) lyrics like “it don’t matter if you don’t get it right, you’ve just got to be yourself” despite the sparse and eerie accompaniment – in a similar but more fragile way to Radiohead’s ‘Optimistic’, for instance. In terms of other references, it could still be passed off as a great lost Beta Band track such is the vocal similarity, but former Kraftwerk comparisons now sound more relevant, the band laying down pulsations and beats that sound like they’re being pumped from a mechanical heart. Continue reading

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Lethal Bizzle and Larrikin form the line up for the 8th June

Pranged Out – LAUNCH PARTY!
Lethal Bizzle (Live) – Lethal Bizzle Records
Larrikin Love (DJ Set) – Warner records
Kids in Tracksuits (Live) – Deal Maker records
Yesitsautobahn! & Club NME DJs
Thursday 8th June ‘06
At Sound Stage, Lazer Road, Goods Yard, off York Way, Kings Cross, London, N1.
8pm-3am, £5 before 10pm, £6 thereafter. £5 in advance from http://www.wegottickets.com

Over the past two years underground promoters Create Or Die have been diligently providing eclectic live nights at many of the capital’s hottest venues. Having been the first to stage musical upstarts such as Leya, The Little Kicks, The Rags, The Bridge Gang, Larrikin Love and The Rank Deluxe, their reputation has been built on surprise line-ups and cutting edge new music. Continue reading

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Lethal Bizzle (Live) , Larrikin Love, Kids in Tracksuits, Yesitsautobahn! & The Club NME DJs – Live in Kings Cross! 8th June 06

Pranged Out – LAUNCH PARTY!
Lethal Bizzle (Live) – Lethal Bizzle Records
Larrikin Love (DJ Set) – Warner records
Kids in Tracksuits (Live) – Deal Maker records
Yesitsautobahn! & Club NME DJs
Thursday 8th June ‘06
At Sound Stage, Lazer Road, Goods Yard, off York Way, Kings Cross, London, N1.
8pm-3am, £5 before 10pm, £6 thereafter. £5 in advance from http://www.wegottickets.com

Over the past two years underground promoters Create Or Die have been diligently providing eclectic live nights at many of the capital’s hottest venues. Having been the first to stage musical upstarts such as Leya, The Little Kicks, The Rags, The Bridge Gang, Larrikin Love and The Rank Deluxe, their reputation has been built on surprise line-ups and cutting edge new music. Continue reading

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Download the new Villette EP here!

Ladies and Gentlemen, please take a moment to listen to our new EP

[URL=http://www.villettemusic.com/audio/fourwalls.mp3]Four Walls[/URL]
[URL=http://www.villettemusic.com/audio/carnival.mp3]Carnival[/URL]
[URL=http://www.villettemusic.com/audio/dramagirl.mp3]Drama Girl[/URL]

We also have a charming new website (our webmaster has been busy), elegantly evocative of the romantic sensibility. Have a look [URL=http://www.villettemusic.com]here[/URL]. Continue reading

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