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Jan/Feb Gig Round-Up – Part 1

I have a bit of catching up to do, so thought I’d wrap up a bunch of gigs from this year so far.

Fyfe Dangerfield – Downstairs At The King’s Head (15th January)

I was unable to make Fyfe’s Scala gig due to work commitments, so was pleased to discover this low-key warm up gig. The Guillemots frontman was performing tracks from his new solo album ‘Fly Yellow Moon’, and the entire gig was a very stripped down affair, with a lot being played on acoustic guitar or piano only, although he occasionally ventured into loop pedal teritory, but only to provide a basic background beat.

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Gigging In 2010

I must admit, it’s been a slow start to the year for this blog. Not only has it been my quietest month for gigs in a long time, but my busiest at work, eating into my personal time and meaning I’ve had less time to dedicate to this blog.

Hopefully that’s all about to change soon. My big work project is nearing completion, and my gig diary is starting to fill up again, which feels rather comforting. I hope to write soon about the Fyfe Dangerfield gig I attended last week, and start gearing up for the following lot of upcoming gigs:

Midlake previewing their new album at The Tabernacle.

Martin John Henry, Sparrow & The Workshop, James Yorkston, and lots more at a charity gig next weekend in Edinburgh, looking forward to the trip!

David Ford playing a tiny show and releasing his new album at the Boogaloo.

The Wave Pictures playing at the newly refurbished Borderline as part of HMV’s new music gig series.

The Low Anthem playing their biggest gig yet at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, with David Ford supporting!

Another David Ford gig at the Boogaloo!

Midlake again at Shepherd’s Bush.

The Willkommen Orchestra (featuring members of Willkommen Records) at King’s Place.

Gabby Young & Other Animals launching their fantastic new single at their biggest yet gig, at Bloomsbury Ballroom.

John Cale performing Paris 1919 (wow!!!) at the Royal Festival Hall.

Get Well Soon returning to the UK following their new album release, at the Borderline.

A Silver Mt. Zion touring their new album, playing the Electric Ballroom.

Babybird following up their new album with a gig at the Scala.

Revere playing an as yet unconfirmed gig to launch their spectacular debut album.

Pavement returning to Brixton Academy.

Add to that Glastonbury and End Of The Road festivals and it’s already shaping up to be a pretty special year! Hope that you all have plenty of gigging fun lined up!

2009 Round-Up Part 6 – Best Gigs

Here it is, the final part of my 2009 round-up, and a look at the best gigs throughout the year. There were many gigs deserving of praise, and many artists who narrowly missed the cut (see list at the bottom), however I have restricted the list to my favourite 10 gigs of the year. The top 10 is presented in chronological order, as unlike albums it’s hard to revisit the performance to choose the order, and they’re all winners!

The Acorn – Brixton Windmill (13th March)

One of the most fun small gigs of the year, my first proper glimpse (first headline show) into the brilliance of The Acorn as a live band. Whilst on record their music is beautiful and fairly relaxed on the whole, the live show brings a lot more energy. This gig was small, sweaty, and from what I remember the band played a nice long set. I think it was their first London headlining gig, a warm up for their Elbow support slot at Wembley Arena the following night, which brings me nicely to gig number 2…

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2009 Round-Up Part 3 – Various Stats & Lists

Being a music geek I have to admit I’m a bit of a fan of stats & lists. This very reason is why sites like Last.fm and Songkick. They allow music geeks like me to track who they have seen & listened to, and then present them back in some nice lists, as well as gathering some great data about people’s listening habits and gig attendance as a whole, not just on an individual basis.

So before I reveal (i.e. finish writing) my top albums and gigs of the year, here are some of the ‘highlights’ of what I’ve been up to taken from those very sites. If you get bored easily by lists, look away now!

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Gigs this week (14th December)

I haven’t had an ‘average’ week for gigs in ages. It’s either been very quiet (like the last few weeks), or jam packed like this upcoming week. Throw in a work Xmas party on Thurs, it’s shaping up to be a crazy week, but at least it’s not long til the holidays!!

Modest Mouse – Shepherd’s Bush Empire (Mon 14th Dec)

I was quite late to the party in discovering Modest Mouse, and so aside from part of their set at Glastonbury a few years ago, this will be my first proper chance to see them live. With a fairly recent EP release (‘No One’s First And You’re Next’), and an appearance at this weekend’s ATP festival, they’re playing a short UK tour.

Very much looking forward to this one, I’m a big fan of the last 3 albums, and from what I’ve read I should check out the earlier ones too. I’m hoping for a good selection across the back catalogue, and will be very pleased if we get one of the longer tracks like ‘Spitting Venom’, ‘The Stars Are Projectors’ or the superb ‘The Whale Song’ from the new EP – check out the video below.

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