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.

Alas I don't have funds to pick up tickets for HGM, Carnie.

If only I hadn't spent all my annual live music tokens for on GM early bird tickets.

mrs rad and i are in the second row for that

don't try and have a conversation with us the day after

SEACHANGE in Totnes......  Weekend after Green Man: Becoming established and some amazing acts, just thought I'd highlight my must sees over a 2 1/2 day weekend

Hookworms, Gwenno, Damo Suzuki x Bo Ningen,
Immix Ensemble present: Kosmologie Ancienne by Jane Weaver & Sam Wiehl,
Josh T. Pearson, James Holden & The Animal Spirits, Lost Horizons, Chris Carter,  Rival Consoles,  The Surfing Magazines, Hater, Hatis Noit, Raf Rundell, Virginia Wing,  Sweet Baboo, Red River Dialect,  Boy Azooga, 
Talks: Shirley Collins, Billy Bragg

On a ticket buying spree

Laura Veirs at Manchester Deaf Institute

Gruff Rhys at the Royal College Of Music

Hiss Golden Messenger at The Deaf Institute

Stephen Malkmus at Manchester Albert Hall

King Creosote at Clitheroe Grand

Tempted by the upcoming Kurt Vile, Ryley Walker, Fanclub and Simone Felice shows.


tiny ruins just announced some UK dates

(bypassing GM for EOTR, natch)

london show is same night as HGM...


Adam Torres was one of my highlights last year even in the torrential rain,pleased to see he is playing Gullivers in Manchester in June supporting Loma who i had never heard of-----just played the Loma cd,beautiful.

Off to see ist ist in Manchester tonight--a real word of mouth success,already headlined Gorilla and The Ritz and tonight have sold out Deaf Institute with little radio play and very few releases.Always prefer watching new bands on the up than established bands playing it safe.

I'm off to the Kilkenny Roots festival tomorrow. Tickets secured for Seamus Fogarty, Darlingside, Deep Dark Woods, Peter Oren and Birds of Chicago. Hopefully will catch a good few more over the weekend. 

Seamus Fogarty interview in the latest Hotpress (music magazine over here) ... "Of all the festivals I've been to, my favourite is Green Man in Brecon Beacons in Wales ... I remember thinking 'Jaysus it'd be great to play here'"  

His latest album gets better with every play. Firmly established as one of my must sees now.

Have fun in Kilkenny, Slugger. Sure the craic will be mighty so it will (sorry).

I'll be going to Cheltenham Jazz Festival to see Kamasi Washington on Sunday, and as well as Wussy and Ezra Furman gigs lined up this month I'm happy to say I also now have a ticket to see Meilyr Jones playing some new songs in Buffalo Bar in Cardiff end of May, which he announced earlier today.

Then it's Nick Cave and Patti Smith in Dublin in June, immediately followed by a particularly bonkers week when I'll be seeing Patti Smith twice more, Laura Veirs, Gruff Rhys with the National Orchestra of Wales, Psychedelic Furs and finally promising newcomers The Rolling Stones. Think I'll need a lie down for a few weeks then before Green Man, though I do have a couple more to squeeze in through June/July, namely Wave Pictures, PIL and Flaming Lips. 

Saw Marlon Williams yesterday. Now moving him from my may-see to must-see list. And very glad that he's on The Walled Garden.  Also saw Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, who were already on my must-see list and still are.

Such a shame. I asked James Yorkston if there was any chance of the three of them ever getting together again - I think hell freezing over was included in his answer (though the beef is obviously between Kenny and Johnny)

Timothy Showalter (Strand of Oaks) together with original members of Jason Molina’s bands Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co., are taking the Songs: Molina project to these parts in October.

Sept 24 Leeds

Sept 25 Dublin

Sept 27 London



The rumour that "JM" was written about John Cougar Mellencamp has been well and truly debunked!!!!!


jenny lewis same night

officially torn

she's playing koko - pretty much my least favourite venue of that size

but who knows when, if ever, she'll be back?

I can only see one date, at the Empire on the 16th. No good for his friends in the north.

I also see that his first European date - after a six week break - is Augsut 25 in Amsterdam - surely he can stop off in Glanusk on the way...?

Mercury Rev celebrates Deserter's Songs 20th Anniversary
DEC 08 The Gate Cardiff

DEC 09 Wedgewood Rooms Portsmouth

DEC 10 The Glee Club Birmingham

DEC 13 Brudenell Social Club Leeds

DEC 15 St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle

DEC 16 Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester

DEC 18 Oslo London

Would love to see the JM thing, David Crosby and Rev at the RE... just can't afford them all..

I have a growing nagging resentment that I've blown my annual live music budget on GM this year.