Rhyme, reason and the new wave of iphone poetry

Captives on the Carousel album launch @ Riverside Café pub.

With musical guests Andy Doxfield, Gina Walters, Carl Woodford and The Mother Folkers. Poetry by Sarah Thomasin, Mark James and Ollie Francis.

It was a lovely, sunny Sunday afternoon at Riverside Cafe, where the atmosphere felt like a big family reunion. The sort of reunion where southern hospitality food is the menu of the day and where everyone seems to be getting along just fine. It might be idyllic, but I saw it on a Cameron Crowe film, so it has to be truth. On that note, Cameron Crowe’s films have always great musical choices and that’s my only tenuous link between him and this gig, where the musicians and the poetry in the midst felt like a small mixtape you get from a good friend.

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Sheffield and California, sitting under a tree

Mazes Spectrals and Best Coast @ Queens Social Club, Sheffield

It was a very sunny Thursday, a strange occurrence in Sheffield’s “blink and you miss” spring, one that has felt more like a bad mood swing.

So, in order to cure those weather-got-me-down-blues, what best than 3 very uplifting bands to rock out in that place where time stopped, Queens Social Club?

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Interview: Japanese Sleepers

Source: Japanese Sleeper’s Facebook. Go say “hi” to them :)

                                                                                     l-r: Gemma, Neal, Alex, Andy & Stephen

I’m slurring my words and my friend, Sr Huevo* is even worse. I tell him, “Don’t fucking say a word” during the interview I’m about to do with Nottingham/Sheffield-based band Japanese Sleepers, “Not a word!” Sr Huevo shakes his head like he actually understands what I’m trying to tell him.

“All my lyrics are really sad, I find it hard to write lyrics that are…it sounds really emo doesn’t it!?” Says lead singer Andy whilst discussing his musical style.

Sr Huevo: “You need to cheer up mate”

“It’s cliché but the best artists seem to come out of heartbreak or existential crises. I went through all my songs on iTunes the other day and tried to look for songs that are happy, lyrically positive and it was out of 6,000 songs I could think of maybe like, 14. This is why my lyrics are so sad!” Continues a chuckling Andy.

Sr Huevo: “Was this Spice Girls by any chance?”

Andy: “Yeah the one Spice Girls album that I’ve got!”

In my addled mind, Sr Huevo may as well be Michael Parkinson right now. This is going to be great…
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Shameless self-promotion

So, you might have heard that we organised a gig a fortnight ago. There was laughter, there were crazy drum rolls, there was many a drink to be quaffed, there were cases of tinnitus, but above all, there was ample talent on stage. We had some debate (I think we had, it’s all blurry now) about whether a self-review would be ok or a conflict … Continue reading Shameless self-promotion

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“What’s the best thing about dating 21 year olds?”

Review: Frimston & Rowett @ Raynor Lounge, 26.03.11

Tonight the Raynor Lounge plays host to Rob Frimston and Ed Rowett who comprise a London-based comedy sketch outfit somewhat aptly named ‘Frimston & Rowett’. The two met whilst studying at Cambridge University and have previously performed with the Cambridge Footlights and garnered critical acclaim from the co-creator of Red Dwarf amongst others.

There is a half decent amount of people here tonight and it’s nice to see that people are interested in new, young comedy acts and that not every comedian/comedic outfit have to have been shoved in our face repeatedly by their latest BBC THREE programme before the general public are willing to actually go out and watch them perform live.

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The Leadmill Five

The Monicans @ Leadmill, with support from Dan Williamson, obLONG, Blue Lip Feel and The Hosts.

Starting up the night to everyone’s delight was Dan Williamson, always a pleasure to see live with his ditties. His set was short but sweet, with the solemnity that was the perfect hors d’oeuvre for the night. By the way, you can get his album for free, check the “links” section below (or just press here if you’re bored already with this review).

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Graceless ending to a lovely evening

Live Review: Cats:For:Peru EP launch + Japanese Sleepers @ The Bowery, 25.03.11

After managing to rope in an old friend to come out with me, I get to The Bowery in high spirits. I’ve been meaning to catch a Cats:For:Peru show for way too long now, so what better way to kick things off than with the launch of their new EP?
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XRayHorse Music – 2nd anniversary

The Brute Chorus + Risky Heroes, Pirouettes, & Skeletons and the empty pockets @ The Harley

The cool people from Xrayhorse music celebrated their second anniversary with style with four very good bands on a very fine Saturday night at The Harley.

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