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.

Just how shit is that?

it's precisely the lack of this kind of shit that keeps me coming back to Green Man.

Keep it independent!

I've been to EOTR three times - and sunbathed my way through each. Though that week or two later means it gets bloody freezing at night if its clear. Good weather and the frankly awesome lineup they have this year should make it one to remember. Jelly.

Last year I missed Thee Oh Sees as they clashed with Michael Kiwanuka and Ryan Adams, concluded that I would more likely to get the chance to the the Oh Sees in the near future than the others.  Last nigh5 at the Bristol Academy, they did not disappoint.  An amazing sound, quite hypnotic with the double drum sets. Well worth waiting over a year to seem them.

I went to the Bristol gig too. They are on fire right now. I love the current twin drummer setup. Left me feeling exhausted just watching them!

For you London types, Scout Niblett at The Victoria on Nov 21st.

The last time I saw her was with Daniel Johnston, Mark Linkous and James McNew in 2008 in Manchester.

Wish she was gigging Up North this time.

just booked julia holter in hackney - dec 12th - and dead can dance for may next year

have the blank tapes and crosby next week

very excited for both

Bloody wonderful evening in The Barbican tonight. 

Ed Dowie being as lovely as ever supporting Gruff Rhys.

Gruff has Sweet Baboo on bass, 9Bach on backing vocals and then brings on a full fucking orchestra to play the whole Babelsberg album (including the missing track)

Can we have this rock god at Green Man next year please, along with all of his supporting minions.


few more uk dates too - starting in bristol tonight

13.09 Bristol, UK - The Distillery
14.09 Rugby, UK - The Town and Country Club
15.09 Glasgow, UK - Freakender Festival
16.09 Manchester, UK - Astral Elevator The Psych Weekender
17.09 Brighton, UK - Sticky Mike's Frog Bar

the london show was free!

not sure if that's true elsewhere - but contact your local retailer...

I like that, Ray.

I seemed to miss out on the big old guitar wig-out stuff this year.

I think that's why I enjoyed the Oh Sees so much at the other place.

Really wanted to see them at the Manchester psych weekend but in the middle of a house sale at the moment with our house under offer and we are about to become homeless in a few weeks if we don't find somewhere,so gigs on hold at the moment.


good luck with that

can (eventually) send you a recording of the london show if it's any consolation

i will

once i've edited it into individual tracks, etc.

hopefully this weekend

so they are

not sure i'm going to stay up to watch the blank tapes at 1.30 tomorrow (monday, in fact) morning!

Thanks for that, just listened to Lumerians for the first time, an excellent find.

Hope the house move goes smoothly.

Really like Lumerians,last time they played Manchester we took them to a late night bar after the gig and introduced them to the pleasures of Old Rosie--not sure how the next nights gig went.Just waiting for the buyers reaction to the survey and going away for a few days next week to view houses to buy or rent.

Really liking the new Low album. Quite tempted to trek over to Bristol to see them now. Change of plans means I also have opportunity to go see HMS Morris in Cardiff on Friday for their album launch. I have to admit I’ve not really paid that much attention to them previously as not really grabbed me, but there seems to be quite a lot of love for them from some quarters on here. 

I think the Low album is going to divide people,like a soundtrack to a David Lynch film --i love it and think it will sound excellent live,very tempted to see them at Manchester Cathedral.

They’ve certainly pushed that aspect of their sound to extremes with this one. Very much their Kid A moment, and that one still tends to be devisive with Radiohead fans. 

Caught Low at the Southbank/ metldown just before I left the UK. Presumably a wider ranging set than what will be on offer promoting the new album, but they were excellent. If you're tempted, go. 

Meet you in Wetherspoons and hopefully Elizabeth and hubby too.We are staying for a few days to watch Dandy Warhols as well.

Playing the Fleece Bristol on 8th February.  Sadly, I will be in Malta.  Second time I will have missed seeing him in Bristol due to being out of the country.  

Sure the album will be good though.

Fab performance from Slug in Bristol last night. I though the absence of the Brewis brothers on this album and tour might lead to disappointment, but it didn't at all.

I haven't been up to Manchester in a good while. Tempted to join the mini-reunion for Steve Mason.

I've been listening to the new Low album over the past few days and love it. Was planning to see them in Bristol, but then Paul Brady went and announced a gig on the same night. Not enough days in the week :(


Ticket for Steve Mason in Manchester secured.

In other news The Burning Hell are playing Le Pub in Newport in December. I spend so much time travelling to gigs I can never quite believe it when the band comes to me :)


A long and fairly arduous trip from our little rural burrow on the Shropshire border to Brudenell Social Club in Leeds to see Songs: Molina, a memorial concert to celebrate the beautiful songs of Jason Molina.

The Magnolia Electric Co teamed up with Timothy Showalter and Alasdair Roberts to glorious effect.

The band seemed genuinely touched by the crowd's response.

It was a lovely evening of incredible music and shared memories, never mawkish or sentimental, just a heartfelt tribute.

Well worth the 5 hour journey.

Dublin tonight and London tomorrow.