As the rain lashed down (it was worse in Manchester than in Sheffield), I have to admit that I was beginning to question my sanity in going all the way across to Manchester on a dark, cold October night, particularly as due to the crap times of the return trains – 2218 and 0018?, Oh, cheers – I was in for a very long night. Read more “Into the Pit: 070: dEUS – Live in Manchester – 14-October 2008”
The late Bill Hicks probably had it right when he espoused his views on the links between musicians and drugs.
You see, I think drugs have done some good things for us. I really do. And if you don’t believe drugs have done good things for us, do me a favor. Go home tonight. Take all your albums, all your tapes and all your CDs and burn them. ‘Cause you know what, the musicians that made all that great music that’s enhanced your lives throughout the years — rrreal fucking high on drugs. The Beatles were so fucking high they let Ringo sing a few tunes.
And so I found, when I started casting around for suggestions for this list. It didn’t take long (with the assistance of Daisy and a few workmates) to have way over twenty suggestions for this list, and I suspect that I’ll pretty quickly get yet more that I may have missed. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 053: Drugs”
After something of a quiet summer for gigs, the autumn run of lots of them worth attending is finally beginning to kick in. My attendance at this one, though, was delayed by wanting to catch the end of the football first, so I arrived only just before the end of the Deviant UK set. I’ve seen them at least twice in the past year, maybe more, though, so it’s not as if I’ll have missed anything too different, I suspect.
For once, we got our timing spot on – literally as we walked through the door into the venue, first support Jason Webley was just starting up. Not a lot to watch, or so we thought – initially it was just Jason and his accordion (and later his acoustic guitar). As the first few songs passed by, it became very clear that he was rather more interesting that first appearances suggested. At some points, we were half-expecting all of Gogol Bordello to leap onstage and kick off a huge party onstage (it was that kind of set, and that kind of sound), but instead we were treated to songs that ambled somewhere, were stopped halfway for crowd interaction, then continued somewhere else, elements of great humour and standup, and then finally a chaotic drinking song that had the whole crowd spinning on the spot, watching their raised right index finger. Perhaps you had to be there, but the rapturous reception afforded him as he left the stage was well deserved. Read more “Into the Pit: 068: Amanda Palmer – Live at Carling Academy Sheffield – 08-October 2008”
Back to the TT after a few weeks off, and it's time for my usual round-up of ten tracks that have had my attention this month. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 052: Tracks of the Month (September 2008)”