shewho: (elphaba)
(slightly delayed!)

Gig List 2014

1. 07.01.14 the traps, fierce panda thing @ buffalo bar
2. 22.01.14 totp @ monarch
3. 14.03.14 the traps single launch @ the Lexington
4. 20.03.14 morley swing band @ morley college
5. 26.03.14 menswe@r @ bush hall (sleeping in, shine, the boy who stayed inside, stardust)
6. 29.03.14 totp @ bird’s nest, deptford
7. 30.03.14 venus nights charity show @ matcham room, hippodrome
8. 01.04.14 charley’s classic covers @ all coop’d up
9. 01.04.14 penny orchids @ all coop’d up
10. 02.05.14 totp @ monarch
11. 03.05.14 penny orchids @ new cross inn
12. 06.05.14 mystery fax machine orchestra @ bgwmc
13. 06.05.14 indelicates @ bgwmc
14. 05.06.14 totp@ buffalo bar (bardingmas)
15. 06.06.14 penny orchids @ paperdressvintage
16. 14.06.14 thee faction @orgreave picnic, Barnsley
17. 18.06.14 thee faction @buffalo bar
18. 10.07.14 morley swing band @morley college
19. 31.07.14 penny orchids @12 bar
20. 02.08.14 penny orchids @kate’s wedding
21. 07.09.14 thee faction@ burston strike centenary rally
22. 12.09.14 penny orchids @ new cross inn
23. 13.09.14 thee faction @ Walthamstow festival
24. 14.09.14 totp @ the Lexington supporting dream themes
25. 17.10.14 noelle & sam’s wedding processional (got to get you into my life)
26. 31.10.14 thee faction @ le pub, newport
27. 27.11.14 totp @ buffalo bar supporting desperate journalist
28. 05.12.14 penny orchids @ new cross inn
29. 10.12.14 thee faction @ barnstormer
30. 15.12.14 thee faction @ half moon

Recording:
1. Totp bingo session 24.02.14
2. Totp xmas EP and album bits 16.11.14
3. Thee faction album 22 – 24.11.14

Bands played with:
thee faction = 7
penny orchids = 7
keith totp = 6
the traps = 2
morley swing band = 2
menswe@r = 1
Venus nights band = 1
charley’s classic covers = 1
mystery fax machine orchestra = 1
the indelicates = 1
solo = 1

the same amount of buffalo bar gigs as out of town gigs, factfans!
shewho: (frog)
1. 12.01.13 thee faction, fox’s 40th hootenanny @ half moon
2. 26.01.13 the traps, calypso single launch @ sebright arms

3. 02.02.13 thee faction, podrophenia roadshow @ the railway, southend-on-sea
4. 03.02.13 thee faction, philosophy football stalingrad bash @ rich mix, bethnal green
5. 06.02.13 rebekah delgado @ water rats
6. 08.02.13 deptford beach babes, club kaleido @ the pipeline

7. 07.03.13 the traps @ monarch
8. 16.03.13 deptford beach babes @ paper dress vintage
9. 29.03.13 thee faction @ le pub, newport

10. 16.04.13 totp @ hope & anchor
11. 18.04.13 totp @ bull & gate
12. 20.04.13 rebekah delgado @ the fallen angel
13. 25.04.13 totp acoustic @ camden head (indelicates album launch)
14. 27.04.13 thee faction @ the borderline (supporting the men that will not be blamed for nothing)

15. 04.05.13 totp, molotow hamburg (supporting art brut)
16. 06.05.13 totp, lido berlin (supporting art brut)
17. 07.05.13 totp, schocken Stuttgart (supporting art brut)
18. 08.05.13 totp, atomic cafe munich (supporting art brut)
19. 11.05.13 dbb @ the others
20. 16.05.13 keith totp @ windmill (supporting we are the physics)
21. 20.05.13 the traps @ cargo
22. 22.05.13 thee faction, bb’s birthday @ buffalo bar
23. 26.05.13 penny orchids, now we are festival @ the public, west bromwich
24. 26.05.13 thee faction, now we are festival @ the public, west bromwich
25. 26.05.13 the traps, now we are festival @ the public, west bromwich
26. 29.05.13 totp @ the scala (supporting art brut)
27. 30.05.13 totp, paul gm’s birthday @ buffalo bar

28. 01.06.13 dbb @ Ma’s wedding
29. 01.06.13 totp @ Ma’s wedding
30. 07.06.13 totp @ pipeline, klub kaleido
31. 22.06.13 dbb@ paper dress vintage
32. 23.06.13 thee faction @ duke of wellington, shoreham
33. 27.06.13 totp@ buffalo bar (indelicates album launch)

34. 06.07.13 thee faction, matchwomens festival @ bishopsgate institute
35. 13.07.13 dbb @ hootenanny
36. 20.07.13 dom green mystery machine @ windmill (gracetonbury)
37. 20.07.13 totp @ windmill (gracetonbury)
38. 21.07.13 totp @ boogaloo

39. 09.08.13 penny orchids @ paper dress vintage
40. 23.08.13 totp @ lexington (w joanne joanne)
41. 29.08.13 rebekah delgado @ bedroom bar

42. 06.09.13 thee faction @ walthamstow festival
43. 18.09.13 thee faction @ backyard bar, bubble club
44. 20.09.13 keith totp @ buffalo bar
45. 27.09.13 the traps album launch @ sebright arms
46. 30.09.13 totp @ rescue rooms, nottingham (supporting art brut)

47. 05.10.13 thee faction @ Barnsley, orgreave truth & justice gig
48. 18.10.13 thee faction @ le pub, newport
49. 25.10.13 totp @ windmill

50. 02.11.13 famous cocks @ buffalo bar (ant convention)
51. 04.11.13 totp @ forum, tunbridge wells (supporting art brut)
52. 06.11.13 totp @ the horn, st albans (supporting art brut)
53. 07.11.13 totp @ esquires, bedford (supporting art brut)
54. 09.11.13 the traps supporting plan b @ watford colloseum
55. 16.11.13 penny orchids @ union chapel (daylight music)
56. 28.11.13 totp @ buffalo bar
57. 28.11.13 thee faction @ buffalo bar (single launch)
58. 29.11.13 penny orchids @ paper dress vintage

59. 07.12.13 thee faction – philosophy football xmas bash @ rich mix
60. 10.12.13 the traps @ the shacklewell arms
61. 13.12.13 thee faction @ paper dress vintage (meyer dancers)
62. 14.12.13 totp @ the windmill (battitude)
63. 17.12.13 the traps @ the macbeth

bands played with:
1. keith totp (24)
2. thee faction (16)
3. the traps (8)
4. deptford beach babes (6)
5. penny orchids (4)
6. rebekah delgado (3)
7. the dom green mystery machine (1)
8. the famous cocks (1)
9. morley swing band (0) (i'm kind of counting them because even though our end of term concert was cancelled, we played it for freddy, the old guitarist who'd popped into say hello.) (an audience of 1 is still an audience, right?)

...and i seem to have spent the most time at: buffalo bar (7); the windmill (5), paper dress vintage (5). which isn't that bad, really. though i feel a bit like i've spent half my life at the buffalo bar the facts do not support this!

(may looks mega-busy but it did involve TOUR! and a festival.)

only a little bit of recording this year. well this: most of a thee faction album; a couple of tracks for penny orchids; a christmas e.p. for keith; one track for rebekah delgado.

gigs!

Jun. 9th, 2011 11:19 am
shewho: (thumbs up)
hmmm, i'm probably asking in *completely* the wrong place, but is anyone vaguely interested in the high voltage festival in victoria park?

***

OH YEAH, and if you aren't going to glastonbury, well done. there is a beach babes gig supporting the fabulous penetrators (no idea, no) at the buffalo bar. no mud. near my house. HEAVEN.

gigs!

Jun. 9th, 2011 11:19 am
shewho: (thumbs up)
hmmm, i'm probably asking in *completely* the wrong place, but is anyone vaguely interested in the high voltage festival in victoria park?

***

OH YEAH, and if you aren't going to glastonbury, well done. there is a beach babes gig supporting the fabulous penetrators (no idea, no) at the buffalo bar. no mud. near my house. HEAVEN.
shewho: (thumbs up)
we are on at 9.45, i think!
shewho: (thumbs up)
we are on at 9.45, i think!
shewho: (thumbs up)

deptford beach babes gig this friday!



facebook linky

8 - 11pm, bird's nest, deptford. (32 deptford church street)

support from the wattingers.

price = FREE FREE FREE!

/pimpage
shewho: (thumbs up)

deptford beach babes gig this friday!



facebook linky

8 - 11pm, bird's nest, deptford. (32 deptford church street)

support from the wattingers.

price = FREE FREE FREE!

/pimpage
shewho: (thumbs up)
i mean, ok, cameron. SPEAK NO MORE.

but also - oooh! shiny! RATM will be supported by gogol bordello and roots manuva! (actually, was that even a ticket-holder vote? i dunno. either way, wheee! glad i have a ticket now. i *think* i have a ticket, anyway.)
shewho: (thumbs up)
i mean, ok, cameron. SPEAK NO MORE.

but also - oooh! shiny! RATM will be supported by gogol bordello and roots manuva! (actually, was that even a ticket-holder vote? i dunno. either way, wheee! glad i have a ticket now. i *think* i have a ticket, anyway.)
shewho: (jeremy)
today i shall be attempting to catch up with myself. so so lazy right now. ack.

***

friday
v movie at canal 125!
♥ cloakroom duties.
♥ ALL THE BEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD EVER. honest.
♥ awesome decs and lights really giving the place some atmosphere.
♥ much dancing. either in the cloakroom or on the floor.
♥ much nattering.
♥ a very chatty random local young man, insistent on sharing very good shopping.
♥ 'you should be a glamour model'. oh dear oh dear. meant well. but really.
♥ attempt at early night ruined by temporary prescence at stuart's. whoops.

***

saturday
♥ up early. well, early for a saturday.
♥ to meet pink emma and head to sonisphere!!!! at knebworth.
♥ tedious shuttle bus queue and tent sorting mean we hit the festival proper about 1.45.
♥ what a bloody organised fest it is! two main stages are opposite each other and run alternate bands - THE METAL NEVER STOPS AND YOU CAN SEE IT ALL. AMAZING. the loos are somehow kept almost delightful at ALL TIMES. the ground, despite downpour, remains minimally muddy. it is GREAT.
♥ though we are somewhat disturbed by the lack of a)ACTUAL tattooists and b)crazy drinking.
taking back sunday are a bit rub.
♥ there is a guitarhero-karaoke stage full of losers.
♥ we catch the last song of bjorn again and i am gutted.
♥ in the tent there are a band called glamour of the kill who i must remember to investigate further.
anthrax are great....
♥ but not as great as the STUNT MOTOCROSS which has me squealing like a girl.
♥ coheed and cambria are not there, so apparently we listened to fact instead. meh.
the used have me screaming obscenities towards the stage whilst waiting for tasty cider. rub-bish.
heaven and hell don't take our fancy either (sorry mr iommi!) for which we are roundly chastised by strangers later.
♥ the heavens open! but it's still warm. and it's only rain. sexy cagoule times!
airbourne are totally awesome (in the rain!) but clearly want to be ac/dc.
young guns are tiny children from wycombe on the tiny wee stage but they are jolly good and we watch 'em (in the rain!) til they finish.
oceansize are another one to investigate.
♥ we 'listen' to linkin park from back at the tents.
♥ on the way back in there is a woman rolling around in the mud about to have sex with a man. we point and laugh. security point and stop. somehow she regains some sort of 'dignity' and refuses to get up with her vag on show to the world. security surround her so she can get up. we cherish the thought that we are never as badly behaved as that.
♥ attempt to see thunder in the small tent. they won't let anyone in. despite me counting people 100+ coming out. emma gives up. a man starts to try and start a riot. security stamp on my toes.
♥ but i get in for the wildhearts, hurrah!
♥ but i am OLD, father william, and can barely keep my eyes open. seriously. even drunk i can usually wake myself up for a band i like. find myself nodding off on my feet. so decide to do so safely on the floor at the back. oh dear.
♥ back to tent and am unconscious in seconds.

***

sunday
♥ sunny all day, hurrah!
♥ invest in a red cowboy hat.
♥ arrive in arena, meet some of emma's friends and catch the (awesome) end of buckcherry.
♥ get filmed for bbc4.
♥ mostly sit at the back and natter through paradise lost - the sound was pretty poor for them unfortunately.
killing joke are f'cking excellent. only distraction being a very pretty boy close in front of us. ahem.
♥ i don't remember much of saxon, but do remember we start talking in a screetchy ROCK way for kicks.
lamb of god are jolly good too, for some reason they sound heavier when sitting on the ground, hrrrm.
♥ i think we may have been wandering for mastodon, or talking to randoms.
machine head!!! rob flynn cries like a girl. but MACHINE HEAD.
♥ meet up with ben and his chums. avoid feeder.
♥ drink. herbal highs. taste like joss-sticks. hrrrm.
♥ sit down and listen to limp bizkit going down like a lead balloon, interspersed with the occasional good song.
alice in chains are pretty good, but i have wandering feet.
nine inch nails!!! i really wanted to see nin, and indeed, i remember being down the front. and trent's rather large neck. and not much else. WHAT HAPPENED? this is the beginning of the vague.
♥ similarly, metallica. indeed, my memories are mixed up with hearing "one" by various bands of small children on the karaoke stage.
♥ seriously, the two bands i REALLY REALLY wanted to see. IDIOT.
♥ and that's it for memory of sunday, really. i tried to go and see some comedy. there wasn't any. just a Very Insistent Man who wouldn't take no for an answer. 'came to' in my tent, emma similarly, to find a party going on outside. did we bring them there? WHO KNOWS.

***

monday
♥ the party was still going on as we packed up the tents. eventually just one hippy-wheelbarrow-man-dressed-as-captain-america-with-a-chicken-head was left. he gave us some random shopping he'd been donated by a stranger. we took it, merrily.
♥ shuttle bus queue was farcical. taxis were £2.50 each. seriously, queueing fools, WHY?
♥ managed to go home and leave emma to her own devices (locked out, see. i just lost my cagoule and a singular welly.) whilst i hopped in the shower and went to work. it was an interesting afternoon, i'll tell you that.

***

anyway, yes, i can highly recommend sonisphere! top organisation. top music. on a train from MY HOUSE. the only thing i regret is my unlikely amnesia, and not seeing enough of [livejournal.com profile] cob_web and all the bristol people i'd wanted to see in the first place.

most embarrasing things i did?
♥ wore my cagoule.
♥ took herbal highs.
indie cardigan - this does not count.
♥ collected cups for a few quid. hehehe.

***

set lists for the sake of completion. i think i am getting vague memories of some of this! )
shewho: (jeremy)
today i shall be attempting to catch up with myself. so so lazy right now. ack.

***

friday
v movie at canal 125!
♥ cloakroom duties.
♥ ALL THE BEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD EVER. honest.
♥ awesome decs and lights really giving the place some atmosphere.
♥ much dancing. either in the cloakroom or on the floor.
♥ much nattering.
♥ a very chatty random local young man, insistent on sharing very good shopping.
♥ 'you should be a glamour model'. oh dear oh dear. meant well. but really.
♥ attempt at early night ruined by temporary prescence at stuart's. whoops.

***

saturday
♥ up early. well, early for a saturday.
♥ to meet pink emma and head to sonisphere!!!! at knebworth.
♥ tedious shuttle bus queue and tent sorting mean we hit the festival proper about 1.45.
♥ what a bloody organised fest it is! two main stages are opposite each other and run alternate bands - THE METAL NEVER STOPS AND YOU CAN SEE IT ALL. AMAZING. the loos are somehow kept almost delightful at ALL TIMES. the ground, despite downpour, remains minimally muddy. it is GREAT.
♥ though we are somewhat disturbed by the lack of a)ACTUAL tattooists and b)crazy drinking.
taking back sunday are a bit rub.
♥ there is a guitarhero-karaoke stage full of losers.
♥ we catch the last song of bjorn again and i am gutted.
♥ in the tent there are a band called glamour of the kill who i must remember to investigate further.
anthrax are great....
♥ but not as great as the STUNT MOTOCROSS which has me squealing like a girl.
♥ coheed and cambria are not there, so apparently we listened to fact instead. meh.
the used have me screaming obscenities towards the stage whilst waiting for tasty cider. rub-bish.
heaven and hell don't take our fancy either (sorry mr iommi!) for which we are roundly chastised by strangers later.
♥ the heavens open! but it's still warm. and it's only rain. sexy cagoule times!
airbourne are totally awesome (in the rain!) but clearly want to be ac/dc.
young guns are tiny children from wycombe on the tiny wee stage but they are jolly good and we watch 'em (in the rain!) til they finish.
oceansize are another one to investigate.
♥ we 'listen' to linkin park from back at the tents.
♥ on the way back in there is a woman rolling around in the mud about to have sex with a man. we point and laugh. security point and stop. somehow she regains some sort of 'dignity' and refuses to get up with her vag on show to the world. security surround her so she can get up. we cherish the thought that we are never as badly behaved as that.
♥ attempt to see thunder in the small tent. they won't let anyone in. despite me counting people 100+ coming out. emma gives up. a man starts to try and start a riot. security stamp on my toes.
♥ but i get in for the wildhearts, hurrah!
♥ but i am OLD, father william, and can barely keep my eyes open. seriously. even drunk i can usually wake myself up for a band i like. find myself nodding off on my feet. so decide to do so safely on the floor at the back. oh dear.
♥ back to tent and am unconscious in seconds.

***

sunday
♥ sunny all day, hurrah!
♥ invest in a red cowboy hat.
♥ arrive in arena, meet some of emma's friends and catch the (awesome) end of buckcherry.
♥ get filmed for bbc4.
♥ mostly sit at the back and natter through paradise lost - the sound was pretty poor for them unfortunately.
killing joke are f'cking excellent. only distraction being a very pretty boy close in front of us. ahem.
♥ i don't remember much of saxon, but do remember we start talking in a screetchy ROCK way for kicks.
lamb of god are jolly good too, for some reason they sound heavier when sitting on the ground, hrrrm.
♥ i think we may have been wandering for mastodon, or talking to randoms.
machine head!!! rob flynn cries like a girl. but MACHINE HEAD.
♥ meet up with ben and his chums. avoid feeder.
♥ drink. herbal highs. taste like joss-sticks. hrrrm.
♥ sit down and listen to limp bizkit going down like a lead balloon, interspersed with the occasional good song.
alice in chains are pretty good, but i have wandering feet.
nine inch nails!!! i really wanted to see nin, and indeed, i remember being down the front. and trent's rather large neck. and not much else. WHAT HAPPENED? this is the beginning of the vague.
♥ similarly, metallica. indeed, my memories are mixed up with hearing "one" by various bands of small children on the karaoke stage.
♥ seriously, the two bands i REALLY REALLY wanted to see. IDIOT.
♥ and that's it for memory of sunday, really. i tried to go and see some comedy. there wasn't any. just a Very Insistent Man who wouldn't take no for an answer. 'came to' in my tent, emma similarly, to find a party going on outside. did we bring them there? WHO KNOWS.

***

monday
♥ the party was still going on as we packed up the tents. eventually just one hippy-wheelbarrow-man-dressed-as-captain-america-with-a-chicken-head was left. he gave us some random shopping he'd been donated by a stranger. we took it, merrily.
♥ shuttle bus queue was farcical. taxis were £2.50 each. seriously, queueing fools, WHY?
♥ managed to go home and leave emma to her own devices (locked out, see. i just lost my cagoule and a singular welly.) whilst i hopped in the shower and went to work. it was an interesting afternoon, i'll tell you that.

***

anyway, yes, i can highly recommend sonisphere! top organisation. top music. on a train from MY HOUSE. the only thing i regret is my unlikely amnesia, and not seeing enough of [livejournal.com profile] cob_web and all the bristol people i'd wanted to see in the first place.

most embarrasing things i did?
♥ wore my cagoule.
♥ took herbal highs.
indie cardigan - this does not count.
♥ collected cups for a few quid. hehehe.

***

set lists for the sake of completion. i think i am getting vague memories of some of this! )
shewho: (vegas)
♥ do you like music?
♥ do you like heavy surfy music?
♥ do you like the deptford beach babes?
♥ do you like going to gigs?
♥ do you like going to free gigs?
♥ do you like birthdays?
♥ do you like [livejournal.com profile] charleston?

well then. you should TOTALLY come to the royal sovereign pub on northwold road (near clapton, rectory road and stokey stations) on saturday from about 7ish for a free beach babes gig in honour of charley and ella's birthdays.

it'll be awesome.

(live music has to finish by 11 so there's still plenty of time to head out to the various parties / sh5 thingies that are happening later should you so choose. start your night in a lei!*)

here is a facebook link





*(not necessarily literally. unless you want to.)
shewho: (vegas)
♥ do you like music?
♥ do you like heavy surfy music?
♥ do you like the deptford beach babes?
♥ do you like going to gigs?
♥ do you like going to free gigs?
♥ do you like birthdays?
♥ do you like [livejournal.com profile] charleston?

well then. you should TOTALLY come to the royal sovereign pub on northwold road (near clapton, rectory road and stokey stations) on saturday from about 7ish for a free beach babes gig in honour of charley and ella's birthdays.

it'll be awesome.

(live music has to finish by 11 so there's still plenty of time to head out to the various parties / sh5 thingies that are happening later should you so choose. start your night in a lei!*)

here is a facebook link





*(not necessarily literally. unless you want to.)
shewho: (thumbs up)
i've seen sparks before. once. long, long ago in the heady days of britpop, when they were supporting blur at mile end stadium. which always seemed weird.

i can't really remember what they did, due to excessive blur-mania in the air. i do know it was generally crowd pleasing stuff; beat the clock and this town ain't big enough for both of us definitely both got an airing. i remember enjoying it.

and then i forgot all about sparks.

until driving back from whitby a couple of years back in the gathering dusk, slightly broken and tired, when ruthy put on l'il beethoven, and we were all entranced. it was perfect for then, and it's pretty perfect as an album anyway, all deceptively repetitive and orchestral, and completely beautiful.

and last night, at the islington carling academy, they played it from beginning to end. it was simply superb. i had forgotten how intimate the academy can feel, especially with such a performance. russell has more energy than i've EVER had. ron simply repeatedly steals the show. with his super long arms. with his floozy chick. the possee of chaps in the crowd raising stetsons in the air in time with every chorus during ride 'em cowboy is almost, ALMOST as good as ron's dancing.

it was all completely wonderful. and looking around, there wasn't a single face that wasn't grinning with the fun of it all.

more of this sort of gig!

***

the support was from a band called mustachioed widow (?) who were very bizarre indeed. they're a japanese 2 -piece, sedate keyboard player and dancing around singer. (oh really?) they were intriguing. i'm not sure they were good, but they were quite mesmerising. they had pretty visuals and subtitles, and the singer chap was dressed in funeral dress and pearls. mostly they just looked like they were having the time of their lives, so chuffed to be there. so we all watched and clapped, politely bemused. they even cover i married myself. bless.

***

and it was superb to catch up with folk i either don't see often or haven't seen in a Very Long Time. sparks clearly bring out the best in audiences....!
shewho: (thumbs up)
i've seen sparks before. once. long, long ago in the heady days of britpop, when they were supporting blur at mile end stadium. which always seemed weird.

i can't really remember what they did, due to excessive blur-mania in the air. i do know it was generally crowd pleasing stuff; beat the clock and this town ain't big enough for both of us definitely both got an airing. i remember enjoying it.

and then i forgot all about sparks.

until driving back from whitby a couple of years back in the gathering dusk, slightly broken and tired, when ruthy put on l'il beethoven, and we were all entranced. it was perfect for then, and it's pretty perfect as an album anyway, all deceptively repetitive and orchestral, and completely beautiful.

and last night, at the islington carling academy, they played it from beginning to end. it was simply superb. i had forgotten how intimate the academy can feel, especially with such a performance. russell has more energy than i've EVER had. ron simply repeatedly steals the show. with his super long arms. with his floozy chick. the possee of chaps in the crowd raising stetsons in the air in time with every chorus during ride 'em cowboy is almost, ALMOST as good as ron's dancing.

it was all completely wonderful. and looking around, there wasn't a single face that wasn't grinning with the fun of it all.

more of this sort of gig!

***

the support was from a band called mustachioed widow (?) who were very bizarre indeed. they're a japanese 2 -piece, sedate keyboard player and dancing around singer. (oh really?) they were intriguing. i'm not sure they were good, but they were quite mesmerising. they had pretty visuals and subtitles, and the singer chap was dressed in funeral dress and pearls. mostly they just looked like they were having the time of their lives, so chuffed to be there. so we all watched and clapped, politely bemused. they even cover i married myself. bless.

***

and it was superb to catch up with folk i either don't see often or haven't seen in a Very Long Time. sparks clearly bring out the best in audiences....!
shewho: (melting tube)
the [livejournal.com profile] teaandcrumpets review: it was rubbish, he did stars and for your babies, forgot the words to a new flame and stormed off in a huff. stop. reading. now.

***

sometimes, the internet has its uses. sometimes, the internet pays off BIG style. and if it hadn't been for [livejournal.com profile] toriar entering a competition on myspace of all places, i wouldn't have found myself at cafe royal last night, watching lovely patrick wolf playing a gig for no more than 100 people, in a tiny room, with a free bar. you heard me.

we both turned up ridiculously early, and sat in the candlelit hotel bar. after looking at the cocktail menu i was jonesing for an old fashioned. and so i had one. a properly made one. nom nom. delicious. bad spending, good booze.

and then we meandered in, restrained selves from shrieking at the tiny size of the place, and drank tasty free champagne whilst being photographed by someone or other. very bizarre.

and THEN i discovered the free bar, which had run out of anything that wasn't vodka or beer. mmm, vodka.

more importantly, patrick wolf. just him and a piano / moog / violin, plus lady violinist where required, and bishi. he opened with teignmouth. joy!!! i can't remember the last time i heard that live. it's one of my favourite-songs-on-repeat. in fact, when in my workroom the only things i've been listening to of late are wind in the wires and, er, crime of the century. they seem to be perfect music to keep me serene and happy and concentrating. except when teignmouth comes on, at that moment i usually stop whatever i'm doing and just listen, and grin.

old stuff. low key stuff. beautiful stuff. i find myself mesmerised by the mirrors by the stage, in one arch is the reflection of his shadow, in another his reflection proper, and the last frames the actual violinist. we find ourselves right at the front of the stage. i'm almost embarrassed to find myself catching his eye whilst singing quietly to myself. ahem.

anyway, despite the best efforts of some media tw@ts (probably the same ones leaving mountains of white powder in the toilets) braying loudly at the back whilst swigging the booze (to mr wolf's vocalised annoyance) it was pretty darned excellent. and it was ace to have a good old gossip and natter with [livejournal.com profile] toriar too. london's brilliant, isn't it? (unless you have the flu, argh, guilts.)

***

on the way there i walked through leicester square, stumbling across the preview for fred claus en route. er, warning. tried to watch that film the other day, and it's pretty poor. don't see it. save your pennies! it certainly isn't worth getting chemical snow in your eyes for, peons.

***

the scrabulous roll-over advertising is really winding me up. chuck and larry can sod right off, thanks.
shewho: (melting tube)
the [livejournal.com profile] teaandcrumpets review: it was rubbish, he did stars and for your babies, forgot the words to a new flame and stormed off in a huff. stop. reading. now.

***

sometimes, the internet has its uses. sometimes, the internet pays off BIG style. and if it hadn't been for [livejournal.com profile] toriar entering a competition on myspace of all places, i wouldn't have found myself at cafe royal last night, watching lovely patrick wolf playing a gig for no more than 100 people, in a tiny room, with a free bar. you heard me.

we both turned up ridiculously early, and sat in the candlelit hotel bar. after looking at the cocktail menu i was jonesing for an old fashioned. and so i had one. a properly made one. nom nom. delicious. bad spending, good booze.

and then we meandered in, restrained selves from shrieking at the tiny size of the place, and drank tasty free champagne whilst being photographed by someone or other. very bizarre.

and THEN i discovered the free bar, which had run out of anything that wasn't vodka or beer. mmm, vodka.

more importantly, patrick wolf. just him and a piano / moog / violin, plus lady violinist where required, and bishi. he opened with teignmouth. joy!!! i can't remember the last time i heard that live. it's one of my favourite-songs-on-repeat. in fact, when in my workroom the only things i've been listening to of late are wind in the wires and, er, crime of the century. they seem to be perfect music to keep me serene and happy and concentrating. except when teignmouth comes on, at that moment i usually stop whatever i'm doing and just listen, and grin.

old stuff. low key stuff. beautiful stuff. i find myself mesmerised by the mirrors by the stage, in one arch is the reflection of his shadow, in another his reflection proper, and the last frames the actual violinist. we find ourselves right at the front of the stage. i'm almost embarrassed to find myself catching his eye whilst singing quietly to myself. ahem.

anyway, despite the best efforts of some media tw@ts (probably the same ones leaving mountains of white powder in the toilets) braying loudly at the back whilst swigging the booze (to mr wolf's vocalised annoyance) it was pretty darned excellent. and it was ace to have a good old gossip and natter with [livejournal.com profile] toriar too. london's brilliant, isn't it? (unless you have the flu, argh, guilts.)

***

on the way there i walked through leicester square, stumbling across the preview for fred claus en route. er, warning. tried to watch that film the other day, and it's pretty poor. don't see it. save your pennies! it certainly isn't worth getting chemical snow in your eyes for, peons.

***

the scrabulous roll-over advertising is really winding me up. chuck and larry can sod right off, thanks.
shewho: (judy garland)
last night, clairey and i went to see rufus wainwright at the hammersmith apollo, and it was EXCELLENT.

yeah, so, we were standing right at the back. it meant we could have a jig about, as is only right.

yeah, so, rubbish scott matthews was supporting. it meant we could have a sit on the floor and hidden natter, plus emergency beer.*

yeah, so, someone ELSE was there dressed as dorothy! not me! but it was a man, and a sexy dorothy, so my reputation as best ms gale in town still holds. ahem.

yeah, so, it was mostly the same thing we'd seen earlier this year at the old vic, but that was BLINKING EXCELLENT, as was last night.

yeah, so, it finished late enough to screw up my transport home. but this meant there was almost 2 and a half hours (plus interval!) of glorious music.

so yes, there was the majority, if not all of, release the stars, and more from poses than i remember there being last time. there was the lederhosen. there were the couple of judy tracks. there was the simply awesome get happy dance routine with the band. which will always have me squealing with joy. there was the unmic-ed irish song, so impressed his voice is big enough to carry to the back of the apollo!

most importantly, and for my first time EVER, he played cigarettes and chocolate milk. absolute heaven. i'll forgive the piano stumbling. i'll forgive ANYTHING. in fact, i'd have happily listened to just that repeated for the 2.5 hours. well, perhaps with poses interspersed. and the consort. and do i disappoint you. and 14th street. or perhaps just the concert as it was, eh.

if there wasn't book club i'd be going again tonight. **

/rufus joy.








* actually i was very good and only had 1 pint plus a half whilst waiting in the pub. moderation!

** if YOU want to, clairey has 2 spare tickets....
shewho: (judy garland)
last night, clairey and i went to see rufus wainwright at the hammersmith apollo, and it was EXCELLENT.

yeah, so, we were standing right at the back. it meant we could have a jig about, as is only right.

yeah, so, rubbish scott matthews was supporting. it meant we could have a sit on the floor and hidden natter, plus emergency beer.*

yeah, so, someone ELSE was there dressed as dorothy! not me! but it was a man, and a sexy dorothy, so my reputation as best ms gale in town still holds. ahem.

yeah, so, it was mostly the same thing we'd seen earlier this year at the old vic, but that was BLINKING EXCELLENT, as was last night.

yeah, so, it finished late enough to screw up my transport home. but this meant there was almost 2 and a half hours (plus interval!) of glorious music.

so yes, there was the majority, if not all of, release the stars, and more from poses than i remember there being last time. there was the lederhosen. there were the couple of judy tracks. there was the simply awesome get happy dance routine with the band. which will always have me squealing with joy. there was the unmic-ed irish song, so impressed his voice is big enough to carry to the back of the apollo!

most importantly, and for my first time EVER, he played cigarettes and chocolate milk. absolute heaven. i'll forgive the piano stumbling. i'll forgive ANYTHING. in fact, i'd have happily listened to just that repeated for the 2.5 hours. well, perhaps with poses interspersed. and the consort. and do i disappoint you. and 14th street. or perhaps just the concert as it was, eh.

if there wasn't book club i'd be going again tonight. **

/rufus joy.








* actually i was very good and only had 1 pint plus a half whilst waiting in the pub. moderation!

** if YOU want to, clairey has 2 spare tickets....

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