So we got it!

Come see us DJ on Monday night at Trash Palace on Wardour Street, or the first hour (until doing it properly from June) at Misshapes on Falconberg Close from next Thursday!


DJ fun

At university I was the main mainstream DJ for my final two years.   I loved it.  There is nothing better than the rush you get when playing music to people and seeing them enjoy it.  And when you can throw in some new stuff and gradually make them love it, it’s even better.

Since leaving uni I’ve missed my DJing a lot.   Given I used to work maybe 2 or 3 times a week, to go to nothing is pants!  I’ve done a set at Edinburgh Uni & City Uni since, but still it’s not the same and I was all rushed and paniccy.

Anyway a few weeks ago J & I were at Miss-Shapes, a pop/indie night at Ghetto in London, which is run by the same people who bring us Popstarz every Friday night.   There was a sign saying one of the DJs was going away for 3 months and they were auditioning for new DJs last night at Trash Palace.

So along we went and we got some very favourable comments.  Rather bizarrely most people auditioning didn’t seem to stick to the music policy and were playing stuff that was far too obscure or cool.

Anyway this was our playlist:

Kelly Osbourne – One Word (trust me I know it sounds wrong but its very good)
Bloc Party – Banquet
Amerie – 1 Thing
Kaiser Chiefs – Every Day I Love You Less & Less
Le Tigre – TKO
The Stranglers – All day and all of the night
Skunk Anansie – Twisted (Everyday Hurts)
Girls Aloud – No Good Advice
Beck – Sexx Laws

Fingers crossed 🙂


Written a few weeks ago for somewhere else.  This is music I’m enjoying lots at the moment (or was a few weeks ago, now it’s all about Odyssey baby!).

Le Tigre – My housemate was worryingly obsessive about these
last year and saw them do a PA at Popstarz in London but didn’t really
pay much attention (robbie williams was standing next to me and no one
else had noticed him!!). Anyway they are 3 girls doing a whole feminist
Riot Grrrl thing. And it’s good. I saw them again at Barfly a few weeks
ago and they were awesome. To start with try their cover of I’m So Excited, Deceptacon and On the Verge

The Arcade Fire
– Heard the album last November and really liked it. They are a
Canadian ecletic indie 4 piece selling out anything they release gig
wise over here in the UK, but I managed to catch them at ULU a couple
of weeks ago, and the show was pretty wild, energetic and spectacular.
The album ‘Funeral’ came out two weeks ago. Try Rebellion(lies).

Hard-FI – I’ve only heard 3 tracks, but these guys add a bit of X factor to indie rock that is making me sit up and take notice.  Try Cash Machine or Tied Up Too Tight both of which you’ll have probably heard on Huw or Zane recently…

Out Hud
– Half of this group make up punkpop outfit !!!. Out Hud have a more
dancy sound and are on Kranky records. An mp3 blog alerted me to their
prescene and i’ve been hooked ever since. Their live shows are meant to
be amazing and they are playing Club NME at Koko in Camden on April
29th. Try
How Long … it’s mega!

The Very Best of East 17

My, I get the best gigs.   This was originally published on bbc.co.uk/music and was suprisingly hard to write.  I mean, c’mon, how much can a girl say about East 17.

Back in a dim and distant land known as the 1990s, a
style of music existed which holds little place in today’s
charts…that of the boy band. Take That, Boyzone, 911, Let Loose
were all groups of attractive young men who initially built up their
fanbases in gay clubs before swarms of screaming teenage fans began to
follow them across the land.

An infamous part of this boy band era were 4 young men who mixed rap
with their pop melodies and took a more ‘street’ attitude to life. They
were called East 17.
Tony, Brian, Terry and John originated from the London postcode their
name describes and were famous for not keeping the squeaky clean
lifestyle their contemporaries claimed to uphold. From 1992 to 1997,
they chalked up 16 Top 30 hits, including one number 1, the 1994 Xmas
hit "Stay Another Day".

So, 8 years after their split, quite where the idea to release a
freshly packaged Greatest Hits compilation came from is unfathomable.
But that’s not to say the songs on the album weren’t good. They were
great…in their day.

The album will raise a smile on the face of anyone who grew up with
the sound of East 17 around them. While you might remember your first
kiss to the romantic sounds of "Stay Another Day", or the soulful "If
You Ever" (featuring Gabrielle),
classics like "House Of Love" and "It’s Alright" can still be found on
the dance floors of alcohol-fuelled Students’ Unions across the
country. And without a doubt, the dirty basslines on tracks like
"Steam" paved the way for late 90s boy band 5ive.

Coupled with the good comes the bad, and the Hi-NRG sounds of tracks
such as "Let It Rain" do make you reach for the fast forward button on
your stereo. This album isn’t going to win the group any new fans, nor
is it going to herald a great comeback. Instead, it’s an album you will
play once or twice when you want to have a good giggle at what music
was like in the good old 90s.