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I know this because I'm putting on this show at The Windmill on the same night http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=295303357146577
Pretty gutted to be missing the megadudes in JoFo and Stagecoach to be honest. Bad timing!
...and its Upstairs @ The Garage too. Good thread!
since I can't make the Brum show on the 13th. But I'm already going down to London for Los Campesinos! earlier that week so I probably won't on account of funds and such.
Just pre-ordered the album and limited edition comic strip from the alcopop website though <3
Excellent to see they've got Ace Bushy Striptease onto the bill. Inevitably, and I speak as someone entrusted with the album ages ago, I can't make either night.
timing's a bitch.
I'm at the LC! show that week as well, it's a nice busy period for gigs after a real lull for the last few months for me
haven't really seen anything since End Of The Road, but in that one week I'm seeing Los Camp!, Bon Iver, The Antlers and Yuck. Ridiculous (in the best way).
haven't been to a proper gig for a few months (until Iron and Wine this week). Now got a bunch coming up inc Los Camp, Dananananana, and now JoFo!
Although I was mean to go to Slow Club a few weeks back but couldn't thanks to work.
Now I've got LC!, JoFo, Polinski, Why? and Jeff Mangum coming up before the end of the year.
so much goodness.
We need to meet sometime Antpocalypse - we always seem to be going to the same gigs!
We'll meet up at one of them, Mangum?
and I'm not even a londoner so say hi to me too.
got tickets now, plus the new album with the cool looking comic and tshirt!
It's quite bleepy and fractured, I'm liking it on first couple of listens and reckon it'll be quite a grower too.
I'm going and can't bloody wait.
Oh and in all the excitement I put my JoFo album review up today if anyone is innerested...
I quite liked it.
The only other record I've been this excited about this year was Bright Eyes. Well and the new Crimea one but that's not out yet.
But I thought it was going to be 18 tracks? Did one go missing?
It's 17 with two sound-bytes. So fifteen full tracks. But the sound-bytes are great.
where can you get tickets?
and your review is quite encouraging, Teej. Super psyched for the record.
the album i mean. can't make the show :(
But at work so not exactly giving it full attention. I think I'm going to really, really love it though.
Not sure about those interludes with all the kids being emo but it's honest and heart-on-sleeve and I can overlook the cringe-factor for those reasons.
and it's a properly interesting record, all the stuff that was so enthralling about their first two albums taken onto the natural next level and folded back in with the weird Americana influences of We Left You Sleeping And Gone Now and beyond into ambience and noise.
I trust we've all seen the NME 3/10 review? Written, I note, by Rick Martin of anti-Record Store Day fame - and who penned a lengthy and much linked to blog attacking that piece?
apart from to ridicule it? Or have I spent too much time on DiS and P4k? Its reviews are absolutely shite and its news is so badly written and brief there's almost no point.
As for jofo vs. everything I'm loving it on first listen. Especially the soundbites. Can't wait to see all the artwork
Also, someone's done a properly lovely video for (Don't) Show Us Your Fangs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yF2gsP3z5f4
until you have that incredible artwork to sit alongside it.
I love this album a lot
Or how to track the order?
Jack (alcopop) got all the goods in yesterday.
Indie bed-wetter etc...
I can't work out whether it's going to be just the perfect length for my commute or maybe a bit longer than it. I'll probably think about taking a slightly longer route if it's the latter.
what songs are standing out for you then bro?
Which is a great sign for longevity.
Since you asked though, New Street You Can Take It, (Don't) Show Us Yr Fangs, The Swell Like Neverwhere and 200X are the best album moments so far for me.
always interested in what stands out for other folks too though. for me it was those four songs too. New Street is just immense.
and they're all incredible.
I've got that thing you get with new albums where a bit gets stuck in your head but you don't know the words yet so you just improvise nonsense to match the melody with (Don't) Show Us Yr Fangs :D
with Lex all about the record then hear ya go;
Tickets bought. 200x is pretty damn good.
the comic looks fucking AMAZING. I'm setting aside an hour for first listening purposes later, will report back. Whatever it sounds like, I'm so glad the prospect of listening to a new album by one of my favourite bands still has the same capacity to excite me as it did when I was 16.
just two listens in, but I love it loads already. It's such an epic sprawl of a record, and easily worth the 17-track length. They've widened their sound so much since Grace (over the EPs and such) and now the quieter/more synthy stuff on the album sounds just as assured as the louder stuff, if not even more so. It's diverse enough that it feels like listening to a mixtape, except totally cohesive at the same time. Basically it's wonderful. I even think the emo interludes work really well (kind of just makes you want to give all of them a hug).
Best songs for me atm would be 200x (which I've been listening to on youtube for a couple of weeks now), JF vs You (even better than the EP version, it's so clear-eyed and unrushed on the album), New Street, Fangs, The Swell and Alternate Timelines.
I can feel myself appreciating it more even when I'm not listening to it
for this also.
I just love it so damn much. The comic book is fucking ace too. Looking forward to next saturday so so so so much.
I'm going alone by the way, meet up with you lovely folks on the cards?
Yep definitely mate.
if that's ok.
not going alone, but will say hi if I see you/know what you look like :P
I'm trying to hold off judgement on the record until my physical copy arrives (living in Australia may mean waiting a few more weeks) but so far I think its fantastic. Though the slightly disjointed track ordering may take a bit to get used to though.
I want my comic!
pity, as I love everything they've released thus far.
Will give it another go.
fucking hell this is so good.
... but they sent me the album downloads and a photo of a kitten in case the postman was lazy so it's all good! :) Album sounds lush, the production is great, the shifts in dynamics, the textures, all come through great. I love JoFo so much and this hasn't disappointed, there is a huge fuck off grin on me bonce right now!
They did have thousands of screaming Bieber fans though.
Wish I could make it to one of the shows, it sounds awesome so far!
Rick Martin is best known for this: http://www.nme.com/blog/index.php?blog=146&p=10062&title=why_i_don_t_care_about_record_store_day&more=1&c=1
About which one of the most discussed and passed on pieces of invective against his view was... http://bloggyforeigner.blogspot.com/2011/04/my-main-objective-is-to-be-more.html
before, that second link has made me massively want to.
Wish i wasn't so utterly bereft of £ at the moment.
when he's a massive troll. He seems to like trolling increasingly niche groups of people though, so I suppose he's got that going for him at least.
the "I miss you at 19" bit at the end of The Swell/Like Neverwhere is probably my favourite JoFo moment of all time.
I think this is their best album so far. Probably the most heartbreaking of their albums.
at least I have the mp3s but it's not quite the same.
... and the comic is aces :)
Comic, CD & t-shirt turned up. Completely forgot the t-shirt was UV! Got very excited.
Spillers told me quite vigorously that it wasn't even out yet.
Pretty annoyed to be honest.
the Birmingham gig on Sunday, though I realised earlier that I forgot to pre order the album, and i've put myself under a self imposed ban on buying any cd's or records this week as I went a bit over the top last week and bought a few too many lp's, 7"'s and music dvd's, if they've got the album for sale Sunday i'll grab one then.
echo lake have pulled out. BUT! it's ok cos we have Pandas and People and My First Tooth and a table of cakes.
and in Birmingham, instead of just Richard Burke we have a full on Starries reunion. which probably blows me and kels minds more than anyone who'll read this, but yeh, all good things all round.
and, thanks for the flattereing words here. we like all your radiohead albums.
and, ricky martin, meh. was kinda aware that calling him a dickface on the radio was going to have repercussions but didn't think he'd rise to a position of power there. oh well. annoyingly, he has more greasy hair and is more of a music-board moderator than people who like our band.
our press quote says - NME - "boundary pushing hard working punk band, cult following of sexy fans." 8/10
i wonder if they can sue us?
many a fond memory of Starries & Baxxter gigs at the flapper. I'm tempted to come to this just for the starries (no offence like). May have to dig out my After the Strap 7" (think that was it's name!)
Starries supporting Idelwild at the flapper being one of the best!
can't believe they're supporting us, it feels like it should automatically be the other way round. hey right, at that flapper show, do you remember they had three really fat blokes to stand at the front of the stage for idlewild? like a plushy soft crowd barrier! cos, i'm sure that happened, and it was the first thing i asked roddy when we played with them, but they don't remember..
anyway, you should come, its taken kelly 8 years of begging to get them to play this once, don't think they'll do it again.
What's the deal with the actual tickets?
so - that.
See you there! :D
Johnny Foreigner mixtapes!
Thanks Teeej, those are awesome! I haven't been on DiS before but found this thread googling for info on the Garage show... can't agree more with everyone on how happy the new album is making me.
Glad you like them, I've found about 15 new favourite songs from them already.
I love that dEUS song.
Loving the new album. Love kelly's vocals on 200x, and new street is top as well. Feels like more kelly on this album than before.
Screaming Maldini 7.10-7.40
My First Tooth 6.25-6.50
Pandas and People 5.40-6.05
Doors at 5.00
Spectacularly failed at meeting up with any of you though.
what did they play? Loads of JFVE stuff?
Wish I hadn't booked tickets for Yuck in Brum tonight cos I could have seen JoFo otherwise. Would actually quite happily forget the Yuck tickets (as much as they're a good band) but having persuaded my friend to come with me to see them I'd feel bad.
Something of a career spanning set, encored with Yr All Just Jealous/Absolute Balance which was incredible.
ever since I heard that song in 2008 but actually Johnny Foreigner vs You was my highlight of the gig in the end. New stuff sounded awesome and the oldies were better than I've heard them before. Immense stuff.
that I'd probably have been even more envious if you'd said they played it from start to finish.
Absolute Balance is such an amazing song though. Just reminded me of this video I got of them playing it at Truck in 2008, so amazing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvHcyAcs4_8
on the right taking photos. I've enjoyed festivals so much more since I stopped feeling obliged to take photos of bands at every opportunity. What I remember about that set is the start getting delayed because of some problem with the bass and then cutting the set short because they thought they were overrunning, only to finish five minutes ahead of schedule. And also that I bumped into them in the merch tent a bit later and Junior, who I'd never previously met, somehow knew who I was.
first time I saw them, that. Truncated as it was, that set and Okkervil River's utterly magical headline set were the definite standouts that weekend.
Fuck Yuck, Johnny Foreigner are worth pissing your friend off a little bit.
I probably won't though. But one of the few perks of living in the West Midlands is that they're guaranteed to play round here again before too long.
Lex suggested in one of the album interviews that whether they can afford to properly tour the album at all depends on how these two dates do.
towards Birmingham for the show at the flapper via a longwinded journey involving a rail replacement bus to get to somewhere I can get the train into Brum, then after the gig i've got to get the train to somewhere about 15 minutes away from where I live to get a taxi home due to the rail networks believing I don't want to travel anywhere after 10pm on a sunday. It's gonna be worth it though, I know it.
stage times for tonight? Cheers
but with 3 albums I expected a slightly longer set. There was 2-3 songs obviously missing that they could've played by starting 15 mins earlier/dropping one support band
but fuck that was great. Apologies for my uselessness Ant.
they closed with it at indietracks too, and I can't remember what it was now!
this was such a great show tonight, and I was at that Hare and Hounds show too. Hare and Hounds is such a pain to get to by public transport, so that's an easy reason for it being a quieter show! Tonight was lovely though, I hope it's the start of a trend of fantastic crowds at Johnny Foreigner shows, so good!
Mammoth trek. Got a lift there and back to central London with the lovely lads in Stagecoach, and then two looong night buses and a 15 minute walk. Worth it though. The crowd was amazing, it was like a choir practice. All the bands were really good. Calories have changed so much, it was like watching a different band. Excellent though.
The Ace Bushy cover was Unfair from Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain by the way. Got them to learn it for a Pavement covers night I put on a couple of years back, and they have kept it in their set ever since!
so it's alright for public transport. and the 11 & 35 go past it pretty much.
but if you have to get a train to somewhere non-Birmingham afterwards, it's sadly unavoidable to have to leave early, and who wants to leave early? No-one wants to leave early.
It's definitely not the worst place to get to, but it's probably enough to put off some people.
I'm on a nice Johnny Foreigner comedown right now, made a playlist of all their nice quiet songs, and I'm also discovering Dismemberment Plan after their cover of "You Are Invited" from last night. So good.
with the H&H, it's a great venue but being a non resident of Brum,I think the latest bus back to new street to make my last train home would be about 10.20 ish, which means i'd end up missing the headline bands at most gigs. A taxi back to where I live from there would probably set me back around £25/30.
It's a shame as there are always lots of great gigs happening there which I can rarely get to
coulld be an issue. I had 2 brain tumours, including one on my optic nerve when I was younger, the tumours has gone now, and the doctors reckon my field of vision has got back to roughly what it should be, but the other after effects of the tumours and treatment includes a lot of medication, short term memory loss, an inability to deal with stress and stressful situations, i've also had seizures in the past, all things which don't lend themselves to driving.
THE STARRIES :'''(
Beautiful instrumental of Johnny Foreigner Vs You, with a robot voice version of that NME review played over the top of it. Imagine that review, while a crowd at the Flapper is literally giving the band a hero's welcome. It was lovely to behold.
last night,the crowd was wicked, even if I shy-ed away from the front area and creeped around at the back as I went to the gig on my tod. Really enjoyed the Starries, the first few songs reminded me of the band Sugar. Ace Bushy Striptease were excellent, loved the boy/girl vocals, and the pavement cover was err, ace. Calories, having seen them a couple of times this year and had been a bit disappointed by their performance on those occasions, but last night I thought they were much much better. Screaming Maldini, despite the lack of a drummer impressed me, the vocals were fantastic, Stagecoach really got the crowd going and Jo Fo were superb, great to see them getting such a reaction and response from the hometown crowd. Had to leave about 20 to 11 (just after they'd done a big thank you to loads of people/bands/etc) so dunno if they played any other songs after that. Got a good deal at the merch table by the american chap running it (Ryan? very cool guy) i'd played find our names of the Jo Fo Vinyl cover earlier in the evening and this clearly had an impact on him, as he did my the new Jo Fo album, the poster, and the starries 2 cds and 7" for £20!
Knackered today, after rushing around having to get a bus and a train to Brum and then another train and then a taxi to get back home after, expensive night out but totally worth it.
If I'm the Most Famous Boy You've Ever Fucked...
Yes! You Talk Too Fast
Eyes Wide Terrified
With Who, With and What I've Got
The Wind and the Weathervanes
Salt, Pepa and Spinderella
Elegy for Post Teenage Living
You Are Invited
Every Cloakroom Ever
You vs Everything
Yr All Just Jealous
no video on youtube :(
i got it videoed from the birmingham show