Category Archives: Indie

Public Service Broadcasting, Brixton Academy

Breaking this long blog fast to briefly wax lyrical about Sunday’s gig action, Public Service Broadcasting at Brixton Academy. For the uninitiated, PSB take audio (and, when playing live, visuals) from old newsreels and archive footage and set it to music. They’ve released two … Continue reading

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Glastonbury countdown – 17 days to go: John Wizards

Stonebridge Bar Fri (DJ set), West Holts Sat  Heavenly music from Cape Town: singer Emmanuel Nzaramba has the voice of an angel and the Guardian rightly called the group’s eponymous debut “the year’s most magical album” and named it one of their top 10 albums of  2013. It … Continue reading

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Glastonbury countdown – 20 days to go: The War On Drugs

Pyramid Stage, Fri  I was truly privileged to see The War On Drugs last week at Koko and it stands out as one of the best gigs I’ve ever been to – even beating Prince last night and that’s saying … Continue reading

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The Chills, Soft Bomb

The Chills are coming! I first saw The Chills when I was a scruffy New Zealand high school student who’d somehow talked my way into being part of a show on Nelson’s independent radio station, Access Radio. The station (now Fresh FM) … Continue reading

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Gig-iversary: Happy birthday, Morrissey

On the 10th anniversary of our third date. (Yes, I’m a day late. Sorry.) Love always, Jen x  

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Richard Hawley, Down In The Woods

I’ve been lucky enough to see Richard Hawley twice in the past year – a transcendent performance at Brixton Academy last year and most recently at the mighty Somerset House, both times after which I was so blown away that I … Continue reading

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Goat, World Music / Drive OST

It’s always an exciting day when new records arrive in the post, and that excitement is only slightly dulled if you’re out when the postie calls and you have to walk into the heart of Peckham on the hottest day … Continue reading

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Ulrich Schnauss, On My Own

Perfect for late at night. Loud. Battling your way around busy London streets with headphones on, on a windy winter’s day. Or mid-evening, working late at the office, in a sulk. Your choice. Continue reading

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S.C.U.M, Amber Hands

Sounds like an unholy mash-up of most of my teenage self’s favourite bands: Bauhaus, Joy Division, Jesus & Mary Chain, with a bit of shoegazey Suede-y / Ride-y / MBV-y / je ne said quoi wall-of-sound thrown in to boot*… Naturally, I love this. Continue reading

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The Smiths, Paint a Vulgar Picture

At the record company meeting / On their hands – a dead star And oh, the plans they weave / And oh, the sickening greed At the record company party / On their hands – a dead star The sycophantic slags all say: “I knew him first, and I knew him wel… Continue reading

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