Thursday, 22 January 2009

The Cure at the O2... Massively undersold? Impersonated?

I've just been looking at ticket sites for this, and all of them still have seats available, some even on the not completely sucky lower tier, fairly close to the stage (highlighted).

The Wembley show last year must have satisfied demand, and the raft of filler support bands have no draw. Knowing the Cure are only playing a 90m set can't help either. That said, the NME should have had the power to sell this event out by now. Could this be a result of the Credit Crunch? "I saw the Cure last year, sod dropping £30 plus booking again"
On a Cure related tip, Geffen have just released news about 'fake Robert Smiths' prowling the net here. Made me chuckle, anyway.

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Kana Kapila, Kana Kapila, Kana Kapila!!!

I've been writing intermittently over the last couple of days and ditching the bad stuff. No good stuff escaped the cull, because there wasn't any.

But I said I'd post up some Mp3 things, so I may as well. Have been scouring the big CD boxes looking for records that may be rare enough to Ebay. I've sold a signed copy of Bitter Suites to Succubi by Cradle of Filth, and there iss a prime candidate in JUNGLE EXOTICA , a compilation of 50's and 60's strip bar music. Or as the inlay puts it RIDICULOUS & GYRATIN' STRIP-HUMPERS WITH "ASIAN"/"EXOTIC"/"JUNGLE" ALLURE! It is at moments like this when I tend to think of Edward Said, and his classic work, Orientalism.

But in the moments following, I switch to girls pole dancing while wearing cheap looking fake tiger fur. I like to mix it up a little, and throw in some cheap irony to boot. Why not?

Anyway, here are the few standouts from this exceptionally underpowered and overlong R&R compilation. Be advised that most of these tracks are drawn from quiet-ish vinyl masters, so will need to be turned up loud for full effect.

The Continental Cousins - Kana Kapila
The Gaylads - Ah So!
Ganiman and his Orientals - Come with me to the Casbah

Monday, 12 January 2009


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You may find Spotify useful then. All the cool kids are using it. It's like internet crack.

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I always knew our combined knowledge of 90's indie rock would prove useful one day.

Do you have a question about alternative music from the 90's? Does not knowing who wrote obscure Kenickie b-sides keep you up all night? Do you find yourself looking at Wiki pages for bands like Mansun, who you never gave too much of a toss about in the first place, and thinking 'Yeah, I've got one of their records somewhere'? Me too. Write to me. Maybe I can help.

Live reviews of Neko Case and Howling Bells lined up for February, looking out for free shows this month after a Christmas ATP ticket purchase. It seems the year is beginning to pick up pace following the New Year lull, finally.

A fresh MP3 post of olden time classics is due this week. Stay tuned.