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  1. There is no way on this earth that he is hitting those notes.
  2. Caribou/Kelly Lee Owens in Margate 7/10. good gig, very subdued crowd, half full and lethargic. But as it was my first gig back, probably just as well, to calm my anxiety about crowds etc EOTR 10/10 One of the best weekends of my life. A pure fucking blast start to finish. Doesn't get any better Lump at the Scala 5/10. they were OK, but ridiculously overcrowded, way too hot, just fucking hellish. Lump only played for just under an hour, which given the conditions, was a relief. Arab Strap at Electric Ballroom 7/10. Good evening, great to see some friends and get out. Sound wasn't great though, seemed pretty muddy and we moved around a few times. But you know, Arab Strap, what a band.
  3. Woffy, come here and give us a kiss you magnificent bastard. How's tricks? For comedy, i reckon you want a) to be downstairs, dunno why, but it feels important, something about going down the steps b) a low roof, I think the laughs need to be contained and not escape upwards/outwards c) a low stage, 9-12 inches max. d)Stage should be pretty small, one mic, couple of spots. no frills. e)the backstage area shouldn't be literally backstage, the comedian should have to walk through the crowd a bit to get onto the stage. and f) there needs to be no space at the front, no real gap between comedian/crowd. A ramshackle arrangement of chairs, not neccesarily in formal rows
  4. London? Roundhouse is OK for a largish venue, but I love the Lexington. Used to like the Scala but had a bad experience there a few weeks back. Union Chapel also great. Outside London, Ramsgate Music Hall is decent, although the Trades Club in Hebden Bridge probably my favourite. And for comedy, the Stand in Edinburgh is the best venue in the world, bar none.
  5. After Damon Albarn this year, who knows? Maybe Nick could be tempted.I doubt it, but I'd not consider it impossible. '22, seems unlikely though. The headliners are already sorted, or close to signing, I'd guess. Definitely 2/3 of them, anyway (Pixies and Big Thief).
  6. The most controversial opinion in 104 pages on this thread is the idea that at some point in time, Interpol were cool.
  7. Fucking hell. And they're playing the Roundhouse? The gall of these fuckers. The Invisible Band? Never a more apt description of them over the last 20 years. Can we not make them disappear completely?
  8. Hi, I'm horrifically late, but any chance I can crash this party please? Are you taking new members?
  9. "Yeah, I fell on my fucking arse at Glastonbury, but you know why? because I'm a fucking animal" is the best line ever uttered from the Pyramid stage.
  10. yep, completely agree. One of the very few Glastonbury sets I ever watch back again
  11. I like this a lot. Nice theory. Will no doubt pass it off as my own next time we're down the boozer talking about music. Thanks Gnomi.
  12. Thanks for the heads up. Saw her at EOTR the other year, and she was great. These dates don't really work with me, but toying with the Berlin gig.
  13. Mardy

    2021 New Music

    I'd definitely recommend watching till the end
  14. Mardy

    2021 New Music

    The video to go with that is, er.. well, quite something. The last minute or so
  15. Mardy

    2021 New Music

    Ah, nice one. I saw Grace Petrie's first Glastonbury appearance, early afternoon at the Leftfield in 2010? 2009? anyway, was great and engaging and bought an album or two of the back of it, but realise I've not kept up with her or even listened once to any of her subsequent recordings. Might give this latest one a go this afternoon.
  16. yeah, very little similarity between TS and BE, completely different genres, struggling to see in what way they're comparable
  17. There’s fucking loads of no-mark acts who never became big, who either disappeared after one album or settled into plodding mediocrity but who have an absolutely belting first album. Not big headliner type acts more 2pm other stage, never really made it despite a cracker of a debut. It’s enough, of course it is, it’s more than I could ever achieve, and it’s those sort of bands I want to salute, really.
  18. Nah, man, no need, not a competition, those were just the first I thought of. Interestingly, I reckon it's the proper big hitters, like the genuinely world class artists, who improved over time, or made more interesting work a few albums down the line. Maybe that's the essence of it, an ability to experiment, to reject your previous work that makes them truly great, yer, Beatles, yer Bowie, yer Prince, yer Dylan. It's what separates them from yer Oasises of this world.
  19. Nice. You got me thinking there, @stuartbert two hats Off the top of my head, truly great debut albums. I'm off to bed now, but will no doubt wake up with a load of others The Clash Dizzee Rascal - Boy in the Corner The Streets - OPM Never ind the bollocks, here's the sex pistols Kanye - College dropout Patti Smith - Horses Velvet Underground and Nico The Sttrokes The Mary Chain - Psychocandy Bjork - Debut (as I mentioned above)
  20. Or worse, the bit where bands get good at emulating themselves. That way is certain creative bankruptcy. Not many bands manage to escape that trap
  21. I've always been fascinated why the overwhelming majority of bands tend to get worse with every subsequent album, but authors generally don't get good until a few books into their career. (with obviously the usual caveats and exceptions)
  22. yeah, very subjective. For me, Debut is hands down my favourite of Bjork's stuff, and Radiohead, probably the 4th/5th album is where they start to get good.
  23. "Yeah, there are obviously some really massive exceptions" "And hardly anybody's 5th album is the one. Can only think of a handful of people like that." hehe, as I was posting it, I thought this would happen. I"m not disagreeing with any of those, I can think of a few more, but generally. Like, you know, as I said. The Beatles and the Who. Yep. No problem with that. On the other hand, I can give you a fuck-off long list of bands who's debut was great, and everything else was a poor photocopy of that early promise.
  24. Yeah, there are obviously some really massive exceptions, but I reckon for a good 90% of acts, their first album is the essential one. Diminishing returns after that. Like I say, not true in all cases, but definitely in the overwhelming majority. And hardly anybody's 5th album is the one. Can only think of a handful of people like that.
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