Filling the void

OK so I can't compete with you London types but a quick skim tells me the fllowing are playing this autumn at Birmingham's finest venue, the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath, less than 5 minutes from my house: Keston Cobblers Club, RM Hubbert, Tunng, Lanterns on the Lake, Euros Childs, Sweet Baboo and Dutch Uncles. A short trip into town and at the Institute there's Everything Everything, Steve Mason, Public Service Broadcasting, Half Moon Run and Stornoway. And no clashes.

A bit of dad dancing at Jagwar Ma in Manchester tonight while my daughter pretends we are not related.

Also I have 2 two spare tickets for Neutral milk hotel in Manchester on the 18th May--less than cost price if anyone is interested.

I've got two Neutral Milk Hotel tickets going spare too if anyone's interested, but for the Roundhouse on May 22. Somewhere near face value would be nice

Cheers for that. Think I've got a buyer through retweet from @TwicketsMusic on same basis, face value or less. Would be a shame to see them go to waste

Managed to find a buyer for mine before I used Twickets which seems the best place to sell and buy cost price tickets now.

Teleman brilliant at the Hare & Hounds last night. If you haven't checked them out then do so. I was disappointed when Pete & the Pirates split but this lot are on another level. Combination of Can-style motorik rhythms and classic poop sensibility. Wonderful stuff - going to be a GM highlight this year for sure.

So white denim have cancelled/moved their gig in Bristol to play Jools, the last time that happened to me was Jellyfish on their Spiltmilk tour.

A fairly decent Jools tomorrow, White Denim, Hurray for the Riff Raff (who is excellent if you have not seen her before) and Nick Mulvey who is at GM, although he is on my avoid list but the kids may enjoy.

It's early days, but the Riff Raff get my vote for album cover of the year. The content is decent enough too.

With Chrissie Hynde also on Later, I may be persuaded to endure the poison dwarf this week.

Debating whether to go see Chameleons Vox tomorrow night. They kind of passed me by at the time if I'm to be honest - not sure why. Swans and Damon Albarn next week, then Angel Olsen and Tune-yards in coming weeks

Tiny Ruins very, very lovely last night at the Glee Club. Missed her in 2012 as she clashed with King Creosote & Jon Hopkins. She said last night that her agent is trying to fix up some festival appearances for late summer. Please?!

you're not going to like this, kras, and i'm not sure how happy i am about it

but you just recommended someone

and i am totally sold

checked out tiny ruins and she's fab

nick drake is a comparison that gets thrown around all too glibly, but there's a very definite nick drake thing going on there

even if she is a girl!

i'm off to buy the record right now

maybe this is the start of a beautiful friendship...

we are both gents of distinction mr ray.

the nick drake thing is what got me on to her in the first place, he must be an influence on her

running through the night on her first album 'some were meant for sea' could be a nick drake song

i'm sure there's other stuff we like mr ray, don't just judge me for my treefight predilection

and we both probably don't like mac de marco either

I strongly recommend buying Tiny Ruins's first album. You can only listen to a few tracks on Bandcamp, and it's not on Spotify, but I can attest to its consistent brilliance. It's easily the best folk album I own. The vinyl is also cheap, limited, and bound to rise in value after she takes off this year, if you're into that.

I'm going to see her at Iceland Airwaves later this year, which I expect will be quite special, so I'll probably avoid if she's at Green Man.

Dead right sminty, it's one of those albums that steadily grows on you, real depth to it, only got the new one last night but there are some strong songs on it too.

i bought the new one

it arrives tomorrow

if it's a cracker i'll be right on the first one

are folks generally thinking the first is best?

and if so, is that because it's just her, rather than the drums etc. on the new tunes?

I have a tendency to not "click" with a lot of great albums straight away, taking weeks or months until an album I want to like but hadn't be taken by suddenly becomes indispensably great. I'm hoping that moment comes with Tiny Ruins's new album. It's by no means bad, it just doesn't have the quirky changes in tone and little guitar flourishes that permeate the whole first album. I immediately fell in love with that record because it keeps your attention throughout. Brightly Painted One hasn't done it for me so far, but I think a little more forced attention will be rewarding.

The first record actually does sound like it has a full band on it. Drums, even strings. Though her vocals really take centre stage so it still feels quite intimate.

White Denim were pretty good but maybe I wasn't in the right state of mind - tired and irritable after having stood through a bloody awful support act and getting constantly jostled by people going to and from the bar. There's a thin line between musical dexterity and showing off and just occasionally I felt WD erred toward the latter. But like I say maybe I just wasn't in the mood. I'm getting old - much preferred the sitting down Tiny Ruins gig last week.

Tiny Ruins "Me At The Museum, You In The Wintergardens" is a bit of a mini masterpiece in my humble opinion - took me right back to the days of proper songwriters. Love it.

Thanks for drawing my attention to Tiny Ruins Krasnyi and Chrissie, she was under the radar as far as I'm concerned.
I've only listened to some sessions on Youtube featuring her beautiful voice and guitar, which is a winning combination for me.
I agree "Me At The Museum, You In The Wintergardens" is just lovely.
Which album would you recommend I listen to first?

I've been listening to the new one 'Brightly Painted One' a lot. If I'm honest her first album completely passed me by, as did her performance at GM a couple of years ago. 'Reasonable Man' is also a beautiful song off the new album.

Glad to be of assistance Elizabeth! I love the first album, Some Were Meant for Sea (Running through the Night would be a stand-out track if it were on either of Nick Drake's first two albums) and am just getting into the second which is a bit more produced and less just Hollie and guitar.

Thanks guys. Sounds to me like I should just listen to the lot!
I'll probably start with her first album though Krasnyi, if it's less produced I'll no doubt enjoy it as much as the session stuff I've already sampled.

After a fuck up and 6 mile walk, just got to White Denim for their opener. I thought they were fantastic, no talking or breaks between songs, just one long epic prog garage psych wig out. I personally like the cleverness, nowt wrong with being clever in my book. The only downside was the Anson rooms and lack of good acoustics, you couldn't hear some of the clever nuisances, the band were clearly getting frustrated, but great all the same. They would be great in the far out tent on a Sunday afternoon to get the juices flowing.

Ha ha yes, bloody predictive text, nuances for fucks sake!!!! Although there were some nuisances there being a university, not so sure about the clever.

Gruff was brilliant, one of the best live shows I've seen. Small venue, friendly audience and lots of interplay between Gruff and a bunch of people who seemed to be as daft as he was which made for a very funny night. Was great to see Peridot and co who risked the journey to Merthyr. I hope you weren't disappointed.

It was one of the best days I've had in a long while Cyfarthfa, I really enjoyed all of the events. History, politics, television, cinema, poetry and fabulous music - Merthyr certainly knows how to put on a show. The family loved the bits they got to see and it was great to catch-up with you and yours again.

Gruff was outstanding. I was in tears of laughter for much of his performance and the technical glitches just added to the insanity of the whole thing.

I particularly liked Delyth McLean too - a fantastic voice that I hope to hear a lot more of in the future -

Roll on the 2015 Rising!

Delyth McLean is fab! I've got several performance videos which I'm going to upload over the next couple of days. There is so much tallent about in Merthyr at the moment. One band that didn't play, although Owen, their keyboard player backed Del, is the Moonbirds who are so, so talented. I think they are going to be working with Delyth in the future. She's also working with Amy Wadge, who's been collaborating with Ed Sheeran. Did you get to have a look around the Redhouse/Old Town Hall? That's where I'm based these days. Planning is already underway for 2015. See you in a filed in Powys in August!

I didn't look inside the Old Town Hall - what a fabulous place to work! Although I'm not sure having that rather nice 'spoons just outside my office would necessarily be a good thing.

On my way to see The Lake Poets and Smoke Fairies at the Thekla. It's going away over the summer to have its hull de-barnacled or something. I hope it makes it back okay - it will be needed to fill the void come September.

Angel Olsen in Bristol next week; Jeffrey Lewis in Cardiff the week after, then Cate Le Bon and Euros Childs (and Sweet Baboo I think?) the week after that; and finally Tune-yards in Bristol a week later. I think, and hope, that's it pre-Green Man, but also have St Vincent, Woods, Goat and John Grant looming

Blimey Wakestock, I'd missed that Cate le Bon one. Not only has it got Sweet Babs too, but Keys, Richard James, H.Hawkline, and No Thee No Ess.

It would be criminal not to have a large slice of that - thanks for the heads-up.

You're welcome Peridot. Not sure exactly what form it'll take, being more of a fundraiser party than a regular gig, but one hell of a line-up for one evening to be fair, especially as I think they're all missing from the Green Man line-up this year

Saw Sam Baker last night at Cheadle Hulme Amateur Dramatic Society theatre, it was a wonderful gig, played to an audience of about 50, with a very civilised drinks intermission, during which Sam stepped off-stage and chatted with everybody....fantastic!

Angel Olsen tomorrow at the Hare & Hounds then the Lunar Festival this weekend with British Sea Power, TOY, Temples, the Magic Band, Lanterns on the Lake, Money, Goodnight Lenin, Laura J. Martin, Misty's Big Adventure, Polyphonic Spree, not to mention the Crazy World of Arthur Brown and, ahem, Donovan! Tickets (including day tickets still available -

I look forward to your review of Angel Olsen Krasnyi. I'll be seeing her in Bristol next week, and to say I'm looking forward to it is an understatement. Just debating whether to go to the in store set at Rise Records earlier that evening as well