D=Frag no.26: London Gig Previews This Week
D-Frag # 26
....London gig previews e-zine thingy
I wish my ears would stop ringing.
Queens of the Stone Age lastnight. Oh wow. Was a bit of a let down in places. So bloody loud tho. I was expecting a full-on kiss type stage show with naked dancers, fire and clowns humping in the corner.. but no, no. Very simple. Bearded bold-men screaming. No nakedness. Maybe not the right combination of drugs. Or maybe they were saving themselves for tonight. I dunno. The albums great but I havent had long enough to live with it. 20 minutes shorter set and some pyrotechnics and it would of out done Icarus Line at 100 Club as gig of the year. Just. But it didnt.
*MP3 OF THE WEEK*
Cars As Weapons
...another great band from Southend way (see also: Engerica, Redjetson, Resin...) doing what 100 Reasons do a helluva lot better and more convincing. They were gonna replace Tyler at the dis gig on Weds but we've not CANCELLED/POSTPONED this show until a later date. Check out the mp3 all the same @ drownedinsound.com/audio.php
*DEMO OF THE WEEK*
Tsuji Giri ...this lot putting this out via manchesters Soviet Union Records, previously responsible for OCEANSIZE and its back with stuff from the equally ace Sonar Yen... Tsuji Giri (pronounced Soogee Geary) were one of the bands of In the City this year, playing a manchester music show. Thier music is raw, rough and loud like a lorry of fireworks crashing into a petrol station. But through the shards of angst, the rivers of catharthis and urgent desperation, songs like 'gotta love war' there are shuddering breaks before whizzing and popping and crashing and spinning.... Oh fuck, i've gone all cliched. This is just brillant. Too hard to explain and comparions wouldnt do it justice. There's stuff @ tsujigiri.com.
This weeks E-zine is bought to you by.....
1. the power of the (International) Noise Conspiracy mp3s, get your own @ http://alt.digitalfarmers.com/tinc/ or just go out and buy me the albums - like i should do, but xmas aint far off and no-one ever knows what to get me!
2. Cadburys Boost with Guarana which are surprisingly nice
3. Snapshots of Natural Born Killers the directors cut which i'm gonna re-watch in a minute.
4. Ben Myers amazing book titled 'American Heretics' which has got me really excited about the power of music again. Read John Robbs review @ http://www.drownedinsound.com/article.php?id=4986
5. www.maketradefair.com just because you should! and if you dont know why you're too stoopid to be able to read.
*THIS WEEKS GIGS*
T O N I G H T
@ the Forum...QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE play their second sold-out night, tickets were going for a bomb via towts lastnight. Worth it if you can afford it. Support comes from the stoner-disco (oxymoron!) belgian kidz MILLIONAIRE prooving that Prince and the dudes from Primus could be best buddies. Maybe. Maybe not. www.millionaire-theband.com / www.qotsa.com
@ Bull'n'Gate.. SCARLET SOHO dodgy indie pop to be honest. hard working tho. www.scarletsoho.da.ru
@ Water Rats.. LONGWAVE mates with th* Str*k*s doesnt make them any better tho, at all. Got 'em a deal with East West, but not before they accidently signed Embrace wannabes Longview. Controversial? me?
@ 93 Feet East... JET JOHNSON and their beautiful post-rock tip-toe in for a FREE gig tonight.
@ The Borderline.. BLUSHER who do sweet girl indie-rock rather well.
@ The End/TRASH...ELECTRIC SIX who have a really ace song with an annoying hook on X-fm. Onstage @ 11pm, expect it to be rammed, as per. Nice one Erol. www.trashclub.co.uk
T U E S D A Y
@ The Barfly... THE BRIEFS sound like King Adora to me, but people swear they're a proper rNr scuzzy outfit. great. yeah, no, really (see last weeks d-frag). JARCREW amazing welsh noisy conspiracists, with arty moments and big party anthems www.jarcrew.com I'm not gonna miss them!
@ Shepherds Bush.. SUPERGRASS aint they been subject to crimes to faking being a real band yet? I've never met ANYONE who says they're a Supergrass fan. super-grass on the other hand...
@ Buffalo Bar... SWEATMASTER who have some noise coming out on Must Destroy Music who previous bought us The Darkness + TORQAMADA who're manages by Lapsus Lingaue's old boss Brian Reynolds. They're loud and scots and proud. www.torqamada.com . This is a www.artrocker.com the ace little weekly e-zine and gig guide.
@ Astoria... various *stars* playing acoustic for a very worthy cause info @ http://www.drownedinsound.com/articles/5225.html
W E D N E S D A Y
***GIG OF THE WEEK***
@ 100 Club.... SPAN + MILLIONAIRE!!! Oh gosh! Hey! Hey! Wah-hoo! Wah-hoo! Put away the e-numbers, tie me up, lock me away, you try and stop me, go on, just try it... raging skies and oxford streets sickness isn't gonna keep this hypo-rocktastic ball of glee away! One of my favourite london venues (best atmosphere anyway!) and THE band of the moment, with a the, those norweigan rawk-bitches SPAN!!! www.span.mu
elsewhere? MC5 the movie http://www.drownedinsound.com/article.php?id=5169
T H U R S D A Y
@ the Garage...THE DARKNESS in all their Dazed and Confused mock-rock glory! Have a read of Peter whites attempt to turn dis into a Darkness fansite, hehe http://www.drownedinsound.com/bands.php?id=1174 or visit their official site @ www.thedarknessrock.co.uk
@ the Barfly...KENNEDY SOUNDTRACK oh dear oh dear. cartoon nu metal?
F R I D A Y (nov 1st!)
@ Astoria... RAGING SPEEDHORD + ILL NINO... only go if you like men grunting.
S A T U R D A Y
@ the Forum... FUGAZI i wish i had a ticket for this now. I read an interview in Ben Myers 'American Heretics'
@ the Spitz... ERASE ERATA i've been told this lot are ace by Everett True of www.carelesstalkcostslives.com but i dont know. if you know, you're bound to be there
@ Shepherds Bush Empire... THE VINES visit their fansite @ www.nme.com support from Liverpool DiY promoters at the Bandwagon THE BANDITS
@ Water Rats: Uncle Bobs wedding reception plus Readers Wifes Club... only listed cus its the funniest listing i've read in a long time! simple things...
S U N D A Y
@ Brixton Academy.. TENACIOUS D..some jokes get out of control and arent funny anymore.
"And that's yer lot you freeloading scum, you little pieces of meat and skin, you haterz, you vacinations, you, yeah YOU! you heard!"
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