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.

Funny how it kicked off this year when they've been doing it for years.

Always thought it a bit daft myself, but as far as animal welfare causes go it wouldn't be top of my concerns.

Also see they had to cut a few sets short due to a lighting warning.

The Futureheads (now there's a good call to take Broken Social Scene's place if they need replacing at short notice) were cut off after 10 minutes.

I was going to say not a good week for Latitude, but bet it was still great!

can't remember who recommended him to me on here - carnie?

but his set last night in london was a transformative experience

bush hall sold out and packed to its sweaty gills with an extremely excitable crowd (a LOT of swedes)

and boy did we get a show

i went expecting to enjoy it - but came out a fully paid-up convert

he's the real deal

no problem 

i’ll sort it out and let you know when i’ve upped it at the unofficial site

One of my favorite ever GM performances. Made a sweet full sound even with just the 3 of them. Is it still a 3-piece? Would love to see him back at GM. He didn't include Ireland in this tour. 


four of them now, including daniel

guitar / double bass / drums

with DN on either piano or guitar

moments of pin drop quiet - and moments of deafening shred

often in the same song

the dynamics were incredible

i saw him described somewhere as 'sweden's neil young' - and that's pretty good, i reckon

though having seen them both in the last two weeks, i have to say i thought mr norgren was better!

(and i thought neil was great)

Going to be many forum members most hated album of the year but the relentless industrial electro noise of Animated Violence Mild by Blanck Mass has blown me away this morning and a nearish gig in Worcester to boot--as anyone been to the Marrs Bar in Worcester and if so what did you think of the venue?

Never been though from what I hear it's a fairly typical provincial town club. Specializes in tribute band mainly. Worcester's never been much of a gig venue for touring bands.

back with a new album, 'up on high' - first single out now:

and a slew of UK dates in december

liverpool, manchester, durham, edinburgh, glasgow, leeds, birmingham, hove, bristol, london

sadly the london show is the shopping centre shithole that is the islington academy

but hey ho...

Off to watch Hotel Neon in Manchester this month - Simon Scott of Slowdive fame is doing his ambient thing in support which should be good. Then Erland Cooper in November, also in Manchester.

A poignant tear fest (well it has been for me the times I've seen him post haemorrage) - part-lament for faded youth and part-triumph over incapacity. At Gorilla in Manchester.

Then bill callahan early October and Aldous Harding in Nov.

Adwaith, Mellt and Papur Wal at Yes in Manchester on Thursday.

Or if anyone fancies joining us .. there's a posh campsite 10 mins walk from the venue and I've a big awning with two double bedrooms available. 

I'll cook breakfast too.

Elizabeth? Blackpumpkinhead? Wakestock? ... all welcome 



What a lovely idea, Peridot.

Unfortunately we already have 2 gigs that week so a wild camping stint I fear is a gig too far for us....

Otherwise we would have been there in a shot.

Thanks Peridot that would have been really good and only a short drive for me---but we are at a gig in york on that date.


Plastic Mermaids and Jeffrey Lewis about it for me this month. Sŵn Festival will be the main event for me next month, featuring amongst others Bill Ryder-Jones, Black Country New Road, Comet is Coming, Dry Cleaning, Gruff Rhys, Just Mustard, The Murder Capital, Nilüfer Yanya, Pigs x7, Porridge Radio, Rozi Plain, Scalping, Seazoo, Self Esteem, She Drew the Gun, Skinny Pelembe and Squid. Quite a few that also played Green Man amongst that list. Also Robyn Hitchcock at Clwb in October, and Ezra Furman in Bristol in November. 

I've just bought a ticket for the Sunday of SWN as it features The Murder Capital, who completely blew me away (and more than a few others besides) last Sunday at EOTR; even though I'd seen them twice previously, I was utterly unprepared for something so intense.  I already had a ticket for Simple Things in Bristol for the Saturday (WH Lung being my absolute must-see there), so I've now got a great weekend to help mitigate the post-festival season blues.  Me too for Ezra in Bristol, because although the O2 Forum Kentish Town is considerably closer to me, it is a shit venue which I'd be happy never to have to go to again.  Also got Steve Mason, L'Epee, Snapped Ankles, Allah-Las and County Line Runner

I only noticed over the weekend that The Comet is Coming have announced dates later in the year. Manchester looks to be sold out though which is a bit of a bummer - Gorilla seems like far too small a venue for them. I'll have to check out the other dates.

HArch garrison seems to be announcing a few gigis for mid Dec. I've seen Hexam, Sheffield and London in different places. The first clashes with Dawson in the Sage, but will try to make Sheffield or London. Getting that culture in whilst I'm back.

short solo tour just announced for nov

london and dublin are the only 'local' dates

plus a bunch in spain - and one on a little island off norway!

i particularly fancy that last one:

"Longyearbyen is a small coal-mining town on Spitsbergen Island, in Norway's Svalbard archipelago. This Arctic town is known for its views of the Northern Lights. The modern Svalbard Museum chronicles the region’s natural and cultural history. It includes a stuffed polar bear. Live bears can occasionally be seen in the area. The North Pole Expeditions Museum recounts early efforts to reach the pole by air."

Not sure if I would turn up.  Might be the slowest runner and if a polar bear happens to turn up, I really don’t want to be the slowest there...

Playing Home in Mcr as part of Manchester Folk Festival on Oct 19. Bit of a nostalgia trip for me and berthas mum, that one