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.

Yes I've seen FJM quite a few times my wife is quite fond but he's always good value and always has a great backing band.

i was chuffed when I knew Weyes Blood was supporting, she's a gem.

Likewise, FJM is always good value live but the addition of Weyes Blood is the icing on the cake for me. I'd like to see her at Green Man 18 too. Admittedly the Uni is not one of my favourite venues, but should be a cracker regardless. All those that don't bother turning up for the support for this one will really be missing out. 

Bagged tickets for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds with special guests Patti Smith band in Dublin next June. Seems there will be festival dates next summer. I wonder?

Nice one Wakestock .. I'll add that to the diary.

Not been in the Crofter's Carnie .. certainly looks to be a good spot.

I'm in a new venue - Archspace - in London Hipsterland tonight to see Ider, one of my EOTR discoveries.

Keep February free folks .. Ezra Furman is back with a new album and tour.

Just three dates so far but more to be added -

Sat 03 Feb - Leeds, UK - Brudendell Social Club
Sun 04 Feb - Liverpool, UK - Arts Club
Sat 10 Feb - Folkestone, UK - Quarterhouse

There's no sign of him going elsewhere between the 4th and the 10th so I'd say it's highly likely there'll be a London date in there.

Hoping for Bristol and Cardiff ones too.

Although I have grabbed a ticket for Liverpool just in case :)


I've also felt the need to grab a ticket just in case the hoped-for London date doesn't materialise.  So Folkestone it is for me as I was too late to get a ticket for Leeds, and anyway Folkestone is a lot closer to me.

Off to see Godspeed You! Black Emporer in Manchester on Saturday. Over the moon with the venue change too as it's now at the Albert Hall rather than Victoria Warehouse, a much better space for them.

Also picked up tickets for Mogwai at the same venue but that's not until February.

curse of the fucking chatters struck again last night at the proper ornaments

otherwise, they were as motorik-ly marvellous as ever

can we please have them or ultimate painting (again) - or both - next year?

Anyone else hear the interveiw with Steve Raymonde (Cocteau twins bassist of old) onR6 Steve Lamacq yesterday? His new band, with guest vocalists, is his first for twenty years. 

I'm going to see them in Manch on Nov 21.

Liars were stunning at Green Man,i've seen Godspeed a few times but would have gone last night if i had known Liars were supporting.

Albert Hall is just a wonderful venue too, BPH.

Liars were really good, lead singer dressed as a bride only adding to the wildness of their performance!

Godspeed's combination of sound and visuals was mesmerising

Liars were excellent, just a shame they didn't get a longer set. GY!BE have been on my must see list for a while so I'm glad I finally got to see them, one of my all time favourite bands. Mogwai in that venue is going to be something else.

the dream syndicate at the tiny lexington in the smoke tonight

i may possibly be quite excited...

and they'll obvs open with 'halloween' too - making them proper topical for a bunch of middle-aged men

Baxter Dury's new album is his best since Happy Soup. May well make the effort to see him at one of the gigs he announce for next feb. 

Well, that was an excellent mid week trip to London. Very nice to see Peridot and Born in the Fities again and to finally meet ray_rad

great to meet you too, smithers

sorry we didn't get more of a chance for a chat

starcrawler were grand, though

have to say, i wasn't convinced going in

but underneath all that pantomime, there are songs

and that drummer sounds just like rock action...

Had to dash to get a train as soon as it finished, shall seek you out for a beer at GM next year if not before ray

Some great songs and it all went a bit pysch at the end. Would be a grand addition to GM Peridot

Nothing else lined up for a while although I note there's still tickets available for SKM in November, thought I couldn't make it but with a bit of juggling.....maybe

Haiku Salut in Manchester on 14th December doing their light show, lovely. Also off to watch The Temperance Movement on Monday night in Chester. They're not my usual thing but my dad's a fan so I'm going along with him.

So last night in a pub in Brum with about 50 other people I discovered the hype around Starcrawler is completely justified. 

Michael Chapman is playing in Chester tomorrow (Thursday) night at St Mary's which is a great little spot. I've already got plans else I'd be there for sure. Apparently there's a few tickets left.

Would love to go but can't make it.

I will be looking out for other gigs at that venue going forward though, it's probably the closest option to where I live for decent live music. 

Picked up DJ tickets for Bethnal Green next March though.

more ezra furman dates announced for next year:

23 London, Brixton Academy
24 Bristol, Colston Hall
27 Manchester, Albert Hall
28 Glasgow, O2 ABC
29 Dublin, Tivoli Theatre

Hopefully my ticket is waiting for me on the door.  If as good a night as the Lowest Pair was earlier in the year then will be well worth the ticket price and journey over to Abergavenny.

Interesting evening, different than I expected. The Chapel was sold out, which is good for the future. More ragtime blues than I expected. A consummate musician, played guitar, piano, banjo, violin and harmonica exceptionally. Oh and the spoons. Beautiful intricate guitar passages with Scott Joplin and traditional Dixie tunes all thrown in. Finished the evening on piano with two lovely standards.

it was also announced that the Brother Brothers will be appearing there in February 2018.

Hope not a spoiler but the Brother Brothers will be the 8th February.playing other gigs up and down the country including Celtic connection.

was a great night.  Excellent whTever instrument he was playing at the time.  Doubt if ever hear a better rendering of candy man.

quite fancying this big nick cave show just announced today

patti smith and courtney barnett in support

less thrilled with st vincent

but you can't have it all, can you?

seems like if i want to see patti and iggy this year, i'm going to have to put up with curtailed suport slots

at least i get nick cave with patti

that QOTSA bollocks is going to necessitate an abrupt exit after iggy

Getting my tickets tomorrow Ray, looks like a bargain for that lineup, likewise with St.Vincent, time for a doze under a tree while she's on I think.

I already got tickets for the Nick Cave/Patti Smith gig in Dublin, so I'll settle for that. I wonder whether Nick Cave could be a potential Green Man headliner next year?