I know why the u has an umlaut.
I forgot to mention Nothing Short of Total War, who are bringing in Aidan Moffat tonight and Josh T. Pearson tomorrow. They are doing some good stuff.
Better make sure McClure doesn't get wind of this. He'll have a fit.
To be honest the bigger bands are starting to arrive, but only really through what Rob's doing for DiS at Queen's Social Club. I think this is only going to get bigger and better. The main advantage is that it is a large-ish independent venue. The academy can't be bothered to bring in big names, the plug are a business more than a venue, and the leadmill's dying on its arse because of a misunderstanding of current musical trends.
Local bands find it notoriously difficult to break out of Sheffield because there is little impetus to start a label / scene in the city, partly because the bands in Sheffield are proudly idiosyncratic (and rightly so), but partly because any band from Sheffield that does make it out does not really try and build up the scene in the city, but rather de-camps to London.
The very best bands in Sheffield have always been those that would never break the mainstream, and we love them for it. See Big Eyes above, or Smokers Die Younger. Their music is sublime, but not easily marketable. Just because bands from Sheffield don't often become big sellers doesn't mean they are not valuable.
Now for the Jag: I was not surprised to not see my band on this as Rob used to play for us, but if you want to check us out you can here: www.myspace.com/robertgeorgesaull or robertgeorgesaull.bandcamp.com.
There is a small amount of people doing great stuff in Sheffield, and this needs championing. It's growing, but the city's music is currently in a pupal stage. It has been a quiet period, but things are going to change...
We were talking at the end of this year's festival about who would be the best band to headline next year, and it was unanimously agreed that it would be the 'lips. Great news.
has a North you know...
Nothing like the power of advertising to force a reissue. I seem to remember it being ALL OVER the airwaves in France for about a month. Still, it's an ok song. I predict it will get annoying VERY soon.
Great video, so says I.
This album was released JUST AFTER the Mercury / Neptune shortlists came out. A shoe in for the Mercury next year?
I'll probably do a version if I get bored enough.
on that Daniel Johnston song. If there was ever one artist that personifies sadness and misery it's him. But pretty uplifting as well, by virtue of being so despairing.
I will go to this.
I can't believe I missed them. I heard they blew the roof off. And they were on an outdoor stage!
I'll give it a shot. I'm all for keeping an open mind about it. Prove me wrong!
It has absolutely no relevance to what I love about music, and while I'm sure it's important to Sean and many other DiSsers, I would rather read about the people behind the music, not the people behind the industry. I don't begrudge you the right to do this extended feature, and I'm sure many will enjoy it, it's just that it feels like writing about the death of music journalism, as opposed to writing about music, is the final nail in the coffin. But then what do I know.
For a whole week? How about some features about music as opposed to journalism. Sorry I'm just bitter today.
"Oh and Bubbi Morthens was big in the 80s when he was part of the "pönk"" or "punk" scene. Now he's just a money grabbing whingemeister. Still has some decent old songs mind you."
Travelling Wilburys? Certainly has the credentials.
That Duckworth Lewis Method are being looked forward to by DiS, didn't really have them down as cool enough! But I can't wait for it.
Yes, but not actually similar.
sounds pretty exciting. When's it due out?
Was clearly written as an advertising ploy for the DiS sponsored Rollerpalooza in Sheffield.
at the Scott Walker live suggestion. Agreed about this review - seemed to have lost the magic somewhere.
That keys player / sampler / dj ruined it a bit for me. The charming experimental folk lost in a wash of dirty electro beats. Hatherley was great though. Shame they didn't play girl from mars.
It's interesting nonetheless to see a live album given 9 out of 10. Is it really that much better than the recorded ones? Maybe I should give them a chance live.
but being progressively more disappointed with each new release. God what a snob! "I prefer her early stuff".
But live, can't be faulted, many happy memories. Like missing the beginning of Beck at V and not caring.
is the Scott Walker one. But then it is Scott Walker, and he can do NO WRONG.
It's a shame because I was quite looking forward to this. Side projects are a risky game.
I wouldn't expect any less from Warmsley though. Particular faves are Brel and Cooke from those. Usually these DiS mixtapes involve loads of stuff I've never heard of, but I'm down with most of this shit.
this a couple of days ago and it has changed my life.
used for the thumbnail is just brilliant! Good work Wolstenholme.
I stumbled upon Bird almost by accident when he replaced Devendra Banhardt at a gig in France. Slightly overshadowed by Beirut playing before him, but when I revisited Armchair Apocrypha it was just fantastic. This record is definitely a grower, but I adore it now. Insanely jealous of his mad skills. Especially in whistling.
He is a songwriter of whom I am immensely jealous. I hope this album doesn't just annoy me by how good it is and how young he is.
I really like the Shearwater album, but the guy from them seems like a bit of a dick. Or is he being ironic?
but I don't want to give it away. So I won't.
that that is exactly what he does in the video. Sorry.
the Sheffield gig he was going to show this, but didn't have a projector, so just held up some pictures he had drawn and sang it. Lovely stuff.
i done it twice.
Here's a fun game, where will he go next on his trip around the world?
Here is a fun game. Where will he go next on his tour of the world?
was the little bit in the middle where he did solo and did Oliver James and the other one that I have forgotten the name of.
go to both of these. I hope this does not put people off, they will be good gigs.
this album is a grower. at first i was a bit unhappy with the differences between the ep and this, and you have to look a bit harder into the songs, but when you do there are some real gems. and he was ace at the DiS sheffield night, even though it was just solo.
that was me. I ruined an important interview. whoops.
Rob. I give the review a 9. Not gonna be a classic, but definitley one of the best of the year.
but only so I have more chance of hanging out with the legendary party animal that is Rob Webb. If anyone wants to challenge me at indoor football "striker" on the snes then come down. My team's Georgia.
the clever journalist already beat me to that joke. Egg --> my face.
are reforming for this. Maybe.
the amazing girl from Shameless so I was happy.
it is pretty terrible.