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Lightning Bolt at Luminarie / Afrirampo at Cargo
Scholar & Physician at Truck was pretty brilliant. Real sense of adventure and occasion.
Antony & The Johnsons at QEH.
The Knife at Scala. Not Forum.
Jasmine says Team Brick. She is right.
Tim Ten Yen at The Garage was really special.
That was hot.
or a 65dos gig
can't decide which
because pretty much all of the gigs I went to this year were amazing.
Some of them stand out more because of who I was with and what was going on in my life... so in no order, this is who I've seen this year... that I can remember...
Hearts of Black Science
Joey Negro - Salsoul grooovalicious nights that rock...
Twisted Most Definately (BLIM, Gowan, Tamsin, Damian, Chris Carter)
Help She Can't Swim
DJ Pak and Chris Barnett at the SalSoul evening
The Hundred Handed
The Go! Team
The Puppini Sisters
The Rank Deluxe
Dr Lonnie Smith
Pet Shop Boys
Brainlove Records showcase at Notting Hill Arts Club
Tim Ten Yen at The Garage, Shimura Curves
Various WHATEVER and COMPUTER BLUE and the odd ANTISOCIAL evening
The rather Manson-esque 'Arthur Brown' ('FIIIIIIIRE')
Does he still have his flaming hat? i saw a bit of him on Glasto coverage a few years ago and it was halarious.
But it was awful - possibly the worst I've ever seen Massive!!!
but it was completely ruined by the awful awful crowd that was there.
"They sound a bit like Faithless, don't they?"
afrirampo @ cargo
gang of four @ wireless
gay against you @ cardiff buffalo, a warehouse
tim ten yen @ ep lounge, jamm bar
tv on the radio @reading
i was sure there were other things that made me overexcited at the time tho
It was free.
closely followed by Gang Gang Dance at Luminaire.
Mount Eerie at the Luminaire/Shaw Library
Gang Gang Dance at the Luminaire
Islands at Bardens
Coughs at Bardens
Liars at ULU
Boredoms at Shepards Bush Empire
Final Fantasy/Grizzly Bear at the Luminaire
Gay Against You at the Old Blue Last.
Probably more, I forget.
and Boredoms at ATP was one of my favourite too.
Low doing Things We Lost In The Fire was grand too.
but we were stood right by the sound desk.
65daysofstatic @ Southampton Joiners
Mogwai @ Southampton Uni
Flaming Lips @ Bournemouth BIC
Howling Bells @ Joiners
The Pipettes @ Joiners
How can I pick a favorite?
at Roskilde. Possibly the best double whammy ever.
about two years ago?
or did i miss them? again.
Battles/AC at astoria
Wrens @ ULU
Okkervil River @ Cargo
Broken Social Scene @ ATP
Decemberists @ ATP
Regina Spektor @ Truck
Calexico/Beirut @ Roundhouse
Yo La Tengo @ Forum
If I had to pick one absolute best gig of 2006 it just might be Okkervil.
did I forget Brand New?
Ryan Adams @ Colston Hall
Regina Spektot @ Truck
I went to it was great. Especially the 'no children' singalong.
i hate you gareth.
if we'd have got owen to play 'carload of whatever', that would officially make you the luckiest boy of the year.
that was the first mountain goats song i ever heard!
off one of the first tapes and he played it. I didn't recognise the song though.
that was brilliant.
Final Fantasy, Whelan's
The Books, Stuk.
yeah, they're not in my top 3 anymore, bastards.
i replace them with um, Broken Social Scene.
Society Of Imaginary Friends at 12 Bar, London
Intermission To Saturn at Adam And Eve, Birmingham
Hafdis Huld at Glee Club. Birmingham
ryan at bush hall
but as i only saw about 6, its not hard to choose
bordoms at atp was pretty decent
i can't really remember what ive seen this year though...so many!!!
Lifetime at Mean Fiddler.
volcano! at the Luminaire was "OMG" worthy.
Propagandhi next Saturday WILL be in this list.
islands - bardens
tilly and the wall - windmill
You went to XBXRX without telling anyone?!? jewrat! i woodve come if i'd known.
a few months before and I was like totally in 2 mids whether to go again or not - my mistake :(
I dunn got learned.
top5 of the year:
65daysofstatic @ ULU
65daysofstatic @ Barfly
Yndi Halda @ Water Rats
65daysofstatic @ Mean Fiddler
Aereogramme @ Water Rats
+Biffy, Final Fantasy, TV on the Radio, Forward Russia...
Lightning Bolt @ Lumie
The Bronx @ Soma
Mondo Generator Deal @ Viper Rooms
Mastodon @ Meanfiddler
Big Business @ Buffalo Bar
Unholly Alliance @ Brixton Acad
Razorlight at the wedgewood rooms
the cribs at the wedgewood rooms
the cribs at astoria
the cribs at brighton beach
guillemots at Union Chapel
the pigeon detectives at koko
kasabian at brixton academy
dartz! at barfly(i think)
iForward Russia! at aldershot west end centre.
pearl jam @ reading festivals
super furry animals @ wireless festival london
kasabian @ roundhouse
kasabian @ brixton academy
tool @ wembley
faithless @ v
kubichek! @ the garage
editors @ brixton academy (1st night)
muse @ wembley arena (1st night)
sunshine underground @ barfly
klaxons @ southend chinnerys
the rifles @ southend chinnerys
coheed and cambria @ reading festival
there the ones that stick out
realised somehow i forgot
incubus @ the astoria
cooper temple clause @ koko
klaxons @ barfly
at the 100 Club. Untouchable.
it's a tossup between
Eden Maine, Crydebris + Let Our Enemies Beware @ Luminaire
God Is An Astronaut, They Came From The Stars... and The Strange Death Of Liberal England @ Luminaire
Frank Turner @ The Snooty Fox
or volcano! @ Luminaire
All four were stunning.
Misty's and Kate Goes at Pressure Point in Brighton
Regina Spektor at Truck
that's all i can think of at the moment.
Death Cab in Manchester (and to a lesser extent Leeds),
Tilly & The Wall,
British Sea Power,
Jenny Lewis + Johnathan Rice,
David Thomas Broughton (4 Times! Highlight: Chinchilla Fest, first time I saw him and was just amazed)
The Leeds Folk Collective (Ben Wetherill, Sam Berrett, David Thomas Broughton, Fran Rodgers all forming a local supergroup to play their own individual songs as a group, and traditional folk covers (including sea shanties!) in a church!)
...& Probably some others I've forgotten.
...& Probably some others I'm forgetting
How did I forget that!?
that was absolutely life-changing, but Tiger Force at 93 Feet East were aces,as were Kaito supporting The Liars (if only because it's the last time I'll see them). But I think my prize goes to CSS at Dingwalls.
at the Brighton Corn Exchange. With Jeremy Warmsley supporting :).
Or a couple of weeks ago, Muse at Wembley Arena with the Noisettes supporting.
Monks - Dirty Water Club
Sunn 0))) & Earth - Islington Academy
Also a special mention to Magik Markers at the Wheatsheaf in Oxford and Haino/Corsano at the Spitz
Sufjan @ Barbican
Ryan Adams @ Philharmonic
Cave In @ Manchester Uni
at Global Gathering! :D
65Daysofstatic - Newcastle Academy
65Daysofstatic - STA alldayer
British Sea Power - Middlesbrough Empire
Engerica - Download Festival
Muse - Newcastle Arena
Coheed and Cambria - Newcastle Academy
Lightning Bolt @ Brudenell
..Viking Moses, Ramona Cordova and Machinefabriek in someones living room next week, so that might be it!
If not I've really enjoyed, P:ano, Bat for Lashes, CFTPA / The Dead Science
dinosaur jr @ atp#2
youthmovies @ truck
seafood @ the metro
optimist club @ the pleasure unit
guillemots @ reading
tv on the radio @ reading
ryan adams @ the borderline
wilco @ 9:30 club
gang gang dance @ hole in the wall
65dos @ barfly
animal collective @ astoria
beirut @ roundhouse
cursive @ kings
jeffrey lewis @ barfly
mogwai @ rfh
final fantasy @ scala
there are plenty more that i just cannae remember at the moment
words cannot describe how i felt
Mew @ Colchester Arts Centre
Radiohead @ Hammersmith Apollo
The Hidden Cameras @ Union Chapel
Fuck Buttons @ 93 feet East
I Was A Cub Scout @ 93 Feet East
Camera Obscura/Francois&The Atlas Mountains @ Colchester Arts Centre
propbably more, too..
british sea power @ fort rox.
Lightning Bolt/Volcano! - Hull Adelphi
Forward Russia - Leeds Joseph's Well (Nine single launch)
xbxrx/Barbarians - Manchester Klondyke Social Club
Gay Against You/Esquilax/Cutting Pink With Knives/Barbarians - Manchester The Phoenix
Animal Collective - Manchester Academy 3
Final Fantasy - Leeds Cockpit
Guillemots/Misty's Big Adventure - Leeds Cockpit
British Sea Power - Manchester Roadhouse
Broken Social Scene - Manchester Academy 2
Sufjan Stevens - Manchester Academy 2
A Hawk And A Hacksaw w/ Beirut's backing band - Luminaire
Belle and Sebastian - Summer Sundae festival
Bearsuit - DiS at the Barfly thing in June
lightning bolt - boat club, nottingham
broken social scene - leadmill, sheffield.
volcano! at The Luminaire
The Besnard Lakes at Main Hall, Montreal
Massive Attack at Westonbirt Arboretum
Guillemots at The Astoria (2nd Night)
Jimmy Edgar at The Rhythm Factory
Mystery Jets at Truck Festival
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals (acoustic) at Bush Hall
dear chicago into please do not let me go?
Final Fantasy @ ABC, Glasgow. That was bloody magic.
65daysofstatic @ Barfly, Glasgow didn't like the supports, but they like, ROCKED HARD.
Broken Social Scene @ Indian Summer. So many beards :D
Patrick Wolf @ G2. Because I am a sad fangirl.
broken social scene @ wedgewood rooms
Subtle @ Audio
Noxagt @ The Gander
also, Ejector Seat highlights:
Our third Birthday party when Thomas Truax sang us Happy Birthday @ The Joiners
Jeniferever, volcano!, Rival Joustas, Glow, The Retro Spankees etc at our all dayer @ The Joiners.
Neptune @ Unit 22
there is probably so much more...
biggest disappointment was atp the second weekend - wasn't a touch on th mars volta one the xmas before...
at king tuts.
for about 10 gigs after that i just spent the whole time wishing i was at animal collective again.
also Lightning Bolt + Gay Against You! was AWESOMENESS
David Thomas Brougton at Chinchilla Fest
i forgot how good he was.
that was pretty ace too, but Beck was so much better than Radiohead it was unreal.
at the arches
completely obliterated, annihilated, destroyed all closest competitors. that includes sleater-kinney, tv on the radio, art brut, m ward, guillemots, mr lif, 65daysofstatic, lemonheads and animal collective
Gregor Samsa + Barzin
Sleater-Kinney's final shows, Portland OR:
8/11/06 and 8/12/06
@Oran Mor in Glasgow.
Their last UK show :( I stalked them all the way up the country but this was the best show they did, absolutely blew me away. Plus it was the first time I have been to Glasgow and it's a magic city.
Nobody else even came close even though I saw some very fine shows this year.
mourn the loss ;-(
the venue couldave been better but its my first time seeing them and theyre my favourite band of ever. the "singalong" atmosphere was great.
Joint first with them is 65daysofstatic at barfly. Amazing, electrix, i was dancing like an idiot and it was great.
other notable mentions go to final fantasy, tv on the radio, and forward russia (supporting we are scientists). My minds gone blank, but i remember there being a few more great ones.
I think I have 4 favourite gigs of the year. All for Different reasons.
Animal Collective at The Astoria/Warehouse Thing
Gang Gang Dance at The Lumi
ESG at Dingwalls
The Knife at Scala
Also up there would be Beirut, Lightning Bolt, Deerhoof, Afrirampo, Black Dice, The Books, Final Fantasy and some other things I can't remember.
Hurrah for gigs.
<small> regina spektor was amazing too, though.
&tilly and the wall.
did i try and html there??
i've NEVER tried to do that on this forum. ever!
i feel so embarrassed.
...the Forward Russia Twelve single launch back in January was also pretty special.
As was Forward Russia at the George in Leeds - how small?!
Some others include the Sunshine Underground and Yes Boss in Manchester.
Bloc Party at Academy 3 in Manchester.
Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly and :( at the Roadhouse.
The Playmates farewell show at Unity Day in Leeds.
They're pretty much the main ones that stick in my head at the moment.
at newcastle university
phil anselmo clean and on form in a dirty basement with a low ceiling leading the metal supergroup through a flawless set of unstoppable power.
at one point the crowd started a chant of "toon toon black & white army" and anselmos response was "i don't know what the fuck you guys are saying but if it means the best then thats us"
and the chant changed to a deafening roar of "SHEARER SHEARER SHEARER"
Volcano - Luminaire
Erase Eratta - Spitz
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - ATP
Regina Spektor - Truck festival
Hidden Cameras - Nottingham Social
Jens lekman - Bush Hall
Animal Collective - Primavera Sound festival
Islands - Dour festival
Final fantasy - Luminarie
Broken Social Scene - ATP
Herman Dune - ATP
Low - Koko
Mogwai - Primavera sound festival
ESG - Primavera Sound festival
Metallic Falcons - ATP
Liars - ULU
65dos at the Zodiac, oxford
Mogwai at Oxford Brookes
My Vitriol at Koko
the terrifying lows (ie disappointments)...
Pure Reason Revolution supporting my vitriol
im sure there are more.
were both amazing. Three In One Gentleman Suit were ace as well.
Actually, that´s only the last two months... Hmmm. Memory?
the Tram Number 9 encore in the foyer was ace.
I loved it when he played "Julie" without a microphone too. Saw him at Primavera too and Jose Gonzalez joined him for a song. It was lovely.
@ London Garage
The Bronx @ Islington Academy.
Plus, TAAS have been pretty special both times I've seen them. Oh and Andrew Ferris @ the STA All Dayer...
Chet and William at the Fox in Lewisham. All 3 bands could've headlined. God bless the Blue Light District.
Closely followed by Metric and Komakino at Camden Barfly.
I forgot about that National gig. That was awesome.
I find it difficult to remember.
LIARS! yes. Myself and my bezzie mate went to see them at Leicester Square, y'know the one. God damn that band were on fucking fire that night. We had always spoken of seeing PIL live when they ruled the whole of the world, and seeing Liars that night was a very close second. Danced!? I aced.
Totally different was Yo La Tengo. I have never bought any of their records but a (different) friend is a big fan. We agreed to go, I bought a ticket and he remembered it was his girlfriend's birthday. So I went by myself. I was feeling a bit flu-ey but as The Forum is around the corner I watched a crap Ewan McGregor film with Andrea, and went late on anyway. Oh they were lovely. I didn't know any songs but they just went on and on playing beautiful music. The atmosphere was incredible, really friendly. I walked out into the lights of Kentish Town with the biggest grin on my face.
Honourable mentions to: Lightning Bolt at the Luminaire, Part Chimp every fucking where - the most consistently excellent band I have seen, Mogwai at ICA and RAH, Sunn wow in Islington and LSq, Buff Medways about 6,7, 8? times this year at the Dirty Water Club, Oneida and YYY at ATP.
Nervous Test Pilot at Truck
acest thing ever.
I wish I saw the whole set instead of being bored to tears by Darren Hayman
i seem to have vague memories of sweat pouring off me whilst i went mad.
the walkoff at truck was also mind blowing.
Gang Gang Dance at the Luminaire
Boredoms at the Shepherd's Bush Empire
Lightning Bolt at the Luminaire
Afrirampo at Cargo
Animal Collective at Dour
Black Dice at Electrowerkz
DJ Scotch Egg at Electrowerkz
Charalambides at the Luminaire
Final Fantasy at the Luminaire
An Albatross at the Garage
MV + EE all three times but mostly in Glasgow
ESG in Glasgow
Moore/Chasny/Moloney/Corsano at the Old Blue Last
Haino/Corsano at the Spitz
Trencher at the Swan
Prurient at the Luminaire
Mt. Eerie at the Luminaire
Burning Star Core at the Hippodrome
Liars at the Hippodrome
Lightning Bolt at the Garage
Les Georges Leningrad at some place in Brick Lane
xbxrx at the Luminaire
worst band i saw this year, by some stretch, were Barbarians supporting Coughs at Barden's.
they're noise music made by people who have no idea what noise music should be about.
they aren't even very loud.
what's the point?
i was optimistic, as one of them had a Rollins Band shirt on, but then they proceeded to bore me to unchartered depths of my soul.
They were so bad. A contact mic in a gas cooker? Fuck off.
I can't remember all the gigs I've been to, but:
Little Man Tate - Old Firestation, Bournemouth Uni
MSTRKRFT - Canvas
2 Many DJs - Old Firestation, Bournemouth Uni
Shit Disco - Frog, Mean Fiddler
gay against you
misty's/kate goes in november in manchester
or tvotr at leeds
or animal collective
or buck 65 at truck
at Cargo, a few weeks ago. Probably.
Tool @ Nottingham Arena, gig of my life so far
Broken Social Scene - Leeds Irish Centre
volcano! - Luminaire, London
Lite at the Dublin Castle. They're an instrumental band from Tokyo. They were incredible couldnt believe how good they were.
other than that no one i like has played much or at all this year.
the montague arms, new cross.
they were probably better in March at the 333 Club...
@ The Barbican, by quite a head. I had a third row seat, which probably helped.
Also, Sunn O)))/Earth @ Islington Academy.
And Black Mountain @ Koko. No one takes me seriously about this, but they were AMAZING.
beats all the above, and any soon to be below :)
But Sunn O))) at Islington
and Subtle at ULU
Sufjan - Barbican
Herman Dune - ATP
Wrens - ULU
Mogwai - Albert Hall
Can't really remember
ryan adams - bush hall
phoenix - astoria
girls aloud set at V
radiohead x2 hammersmith
radiohead - V
rakes - sheps minge
ben kweller - cmaden somewhere
ben kweller - sheps minge
artic monkeys - astoria
stellastar - astoria
eelbow - astoria
clap your hands say yeah - forum
Franz - forum
phoenix - mean fidler
good shoes - KCLSU
cant fink of anymore.
the mighty TIM TEN YEN at READING FESTIVAL!!!!!
Now THAT was a gig and half.....
that I can remember although I keep remembering more and adding them:
Supergrass at the Dublin Castle
the Klaxons in Hoxton Square
CSS somewhere in Brighton
Sunshine Underground/Rumble Strips/Art Brut at SEOne
Tim Ten Yen at the EP Lounge/ the Garage and anywhere else!
TV on the Radio and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs at ATP
Beans on Toast and Kid Harpoon at Cargo
I've been to loads of wonderful gigs this year, it's hard to choose..
but I thoroughly enjoyed it for some very very wrong reasons...
Thank you for your guidance...!
LIARS at Hippodrome, London.
TV on the Radio at ATP, Camber Sands.
Sigur Rós at Hammersmith Apollo, London.
for mad atmosphere: Lightning Bolt@Grand Olde Opry, Glasgow
for nostalgia: BMX Bandits@Mono, Glasgow
for happy warm glow: Camera Obscura@QMU, Glasgow
The Wrens - ULU (not as good as last October's Barfly show though)
Dinosaur Jr/The Shins at ATP
The Thermals - Barfly
iLiKETRAiNS - Barfly
Mogwai - Oxford Brookes
what ive been to this year.
Arctic Monkeys - Plymouth Pavillions
Graham Coxon - Exeter Lemon Grove
I didnt get out much this year.
Lightning Bolt + Volcano @ The Adelphi, Hull
An Albatross @ The Social, Nottingham
or the Brian Jonestown Massacre at Koko.
you're going to get a flood. My favourites this year were Tilly at the nambucca and ok, i'm an old bastard but seeing Brian Wilson do Pet Sounds a few weeks ago was special. Please don't someone say Razorlight or Arctic Monkeys though.
for loud, crazy, fun: bearsuit, barfly, june23rd
for ''hey, I actually quite like this band!'': brakes, truck, july
for memories: regina, truck
these are the ones that really stand out for me.
The Gossip at ATP/Cargo
65daysofstatic at ULU
Jeniferever at The Social
Hush The Many at The Spitz
Liars at Curzon Soho
TV On The Radio at ULU
Foals at Barfly
Cat Power at Barbican
Buck 65 at Truck
Mono at Underworld
Sufjan Stevens at Barbican
god i thought it was awful, i love the band, but the sound was just atrocious
is my memory seems to have stopped working.
My vote goes to Frank Turner at Camden Barfly because:
- it was a brilliant happy atmosphere,
- all the supports were really good...
- ...including a rare solo set from Jamie Lenman of Reuben fame,
- it was the gig where he recorded a crowd singalong to one of his songs for the album, and I've never heard any crowd sing so loud and in such unity before.
realy enjoyed the futureheads at pyramids centre actualy. The enemy are now the worst band ive seen. Replaced the metro riots.
aww yes, that was a good gig!i enjoyed dancing and singing all night.
wasn't too fond of the jamie lenman set, though i really love reuben
mogwai at the royal albert hall.
worth a mention would be low & bat for lashes at the dlb gig and arab strap at the abc.
...but I found Mogwai at the Royal Albert Hall a little underwhelming.
were you seated? I was right down the front, pretty central, so couldn't have wished for much better sound and I just thought that the show, setlist, production and everything were fantastic and the RAH was a perfect venue for a mogwai show.
I really enjoyed it. They just didn't transport me like they did at Glastonbury a few years ago. Admittedly, I wouldn't say I'm their biggest fan in the first place. Whenever I dare to suggest they may be a bit over-rated, people tend to get quite violent.
at Truck festival.
come back of the year!
Regina Spektor @ Shepherds Bush Empire
Mew @ Shepherds Bush Empire
Hot Chip @ Reading Festival
Muse @ Reading Festival
trencher in kingston 27th jan
will haven in kingston 22nd march
ASMZ in brighton 29th may
cure at royal albert hall, all 3 hours of goodness.
j spaceman at RFH, jarvis at the Koko, and radiohead at V also deserve a mention.
ymss/foals/tired irie at the zodiac
i can't really think of anything that topped that this year
maybe regina spektor at shepherd's bush
my memorable ones were from the first half of this year:
Tilly & the Wall @ Windmill
Two Gallants (acoustic) @ Boogaloo Bar
Jeff Lewis @ Windmill (February one)
Xiu Xiu @ NSC (Melbourne)
Islands @ Bardens
B&S @ Summer Sundae
Damien Jurado @ Luminaire
a brilliant two day gig-athon in leicester, easter time that was brilliant
on the friday:
Fight Fire with Water, Cats x3, Tired Irie @ the charlotte
then on the saturday:
Public relations exercise, You Slut, Meet me in st louis
or broken social scene on feb 13th
but my memory is poor.
Islands at Bardens
Darren Hayman at Bardens (because my hero played at my night and it was wonderful!)
The Books at the Luminaire
Gay Against You at the Old Blue Last
Lady Sovereign at Reading
Okkervil River at Cargo
Calexico/Beirut/a Hawk and a Hacksaw at Roundhouse
Jarvis Cocker at KOKO
Dave Matthews @ ULU
Me First And The Gimme Gimmes @ Astoria
Hundred Reasons @ Scala
Breed 77 @ Tunbridge Wells Forum
Brian May + Roger Taylor @ We Will Rock You @ Dominion Theatre!