Ramblings

Most people know Stacy Ferguson (Fergie of Black Eyed Peas) is making a solo album this year and has been recording it in London. I just heard two tracks she’d done (as Fergie) for the Poseidon soundtrack – one Baliemos (not an Enrique cover) was ok in a Rihanna album track way, but Won’t Let You Fall was so bad I thought my ears might rot.

Tonight – Muse at Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Thank you Sammy!

LIVE: Robots in Disguise / Phoenix

Betty_1Back at the end of May (how behind am I with blogging!), we had two consecutive nights out to see a few bands and doss about in some dirty London meanfiddler venues.

First up was Robots in Disguise, Betty Curse & Nemo at The Garage. I’d had RiD’s latest single Turn it Up through on  DJ promo a few weeks earlier and really enjoyed their art-school electro sound so I figured I might as well go along to their sold out date. Despite Betty Curse sounding great on record she sounded awful live – I’ve said all this in much more detailed terms over here. Check out their song ‘DJs got a gun’ even if you don’t do anything else.

The following night was spent downtown at Mean Fiddler itself. Languishing beneath the crumbling Astoria, James and I first became friends instead of acquantaince’s on what was probably my first gig blag ever (ah the memories) at  The Killers back in May 2004. Here we trundled this night to see French electro-poppers Phoenix (who were disturbingly a bit too indie) and grungy daughters to the famous The Like.  My views and thoughts are here but in short, The Like need to try harder and Phoenix were meh-ingly alright. In any case get your grubby mits on ‘What I Say and What I Mean’ and ‘Run Run Run’ respectively.

REVIEW: Duncan James – Future Past

Duncan
Purveyor of quality pop that I am, I feel blessed to have been given the chance to review Duncan James’ debut solo album. Jeez, I inexplicably used to fancy this man. He had the hilariously same hair as he did in 2001 on Top of the Pops (sob) the other week. Bravo. It’s not bad, it’s just uninspiring, y’know.

If you’re missing Darius and you’re after a bunch of mid-tempo pop songs to ease you through the day, then this might just be it.

What a sell! How could you refuse! Read the whole thing online at BBC Music.

Ta-dah! Popstarz presents… Scissor Sisters

The Scissor Sisters returned to the UK last night to play a special one off gig at our very own Popstarz.  The bands first ever UK gig was at Ghetto so it was great to see them remembering their UK roots and returning to the same crowd.

The Scala was absolutely rammed and we were DJing for 2 hours before the band as well as an hour immediately after.  Some rubbish photos are on my camera but I’ll have a look through them later and try and put a few online.  We played things like Dead Disco – Automatic, Sarah Nixey – Strangelove, Shiny Toy Guns – DIsko, The Automatic – Raoul, Morningwood – Nth Degree, Skunk Anansie – Lately, Peaches – Tent in Your Pants as well as all the usual Kaisers / Killers / Hole stuff.

The band were awesome. When we arrived, Ana was in the DJ booth talking to the sounds guys and has seemed to lose lots of weight since the last album. Her hair was much shorter and almost Geri Halliwell esque!  Jake was the blonde we’ve seen recently and the rest of the band looked great. The hairy side of the audience were loving Baby Daddy, but a lot went very doe-eyed over Del Marquis who was looking uber cute and declared ‘I first came to Popstarz when I was 19!’ with Ana retorting ‘Oh bless, and now you still look 12!’ As had been rumoured, Sir Elton John and David Furnish showed up and got a mammoth round of applause and cheers when he appeared on the balcony with camera flashes going like crazy.

The band played a selection of songs old and new, and the new stood up just as well as the old. The highlight of new songs was the Ana-led incredibly funky and danceable Kiss You Off. Paul McCartney is the new Filthy Gorgeous while the Elton penned I Don’t Feel Like Dancing got everyone, including Elton, dancing along. Comfortably Numb was AMAZING and I was pleased they played karinski favourite Music is the Victim where they were joined on stage by the tour manager’s son (probably about 5 or 6?) doing some adorable dancing! Ana and Jake were very vocal in their appreciation of the UK audience, and said how brilliant it was to be performing to a mostly gay crowd who could do anything they wanted and were proud of it.

This was their setlist :

Take Your Mama
I Can’t Decide
Tits on the radio
She’s my man
Laura
Paul McCartney
Everybody wants the same thing
Kiss You Off
Mary
The Other Side
I Don’t Feel like Dancing
Comfortably Numb
Music is the victim
Land of A Thousand Words

Encore
Filthy Gorgeous

Popstarz RULEZZZZ

SsOh my god. When Tommy told us a few weeks ago that there was going to be a mega huge gig at a special Monday night Popstarz, the cogs started turning trying to think as to who it could be.  Placebo, Bloc Party, Killers… Scissor Sisters would be the dream, but that would never happen.

Would it? YES IT WOULD.

Popstarz presents… Scissor Sisters – a full live gig at The Scala on Monday 19 June.

Needless to say I am wetting my pants. I’m Djing at it so I’ll see you there. For convaluted ticket details check the popstarz homepage.

Morningwood: Live at Koko

Mwood_1It’s not often I go to a gig that completely blows me away, but New York band Morningwood
playing their first UK show at Club NME left me somewhat stumbling over
my words.  First discoving them via essential US music blog Arjan Writes, their self titled album stayed on the stereo for a few weeks with Jetsetter and Nth Degree finding their way onto our playlists.  Not having looked at their myspace page
for a while, I was delighted to see them booked in at Koko for a night
in mid-May and swiftly added them into the diary on a night that was to
become ‘the night of 4 clubs’.

‘This is a band who aren’t afraid to talk about sex, and during the dance rock ‘NY Girls’
Chantal gets a girl up on stage to dance with her. This is evidently
staged though, as they dance with more familiarity or intimacy than any
strangers should.  In any case, this display of girl on girl groping
certainly wakes up any Camden boys sulking in the corner.’

Read the rest of my rather excited and garbled review of the gig over at Gigwise and good god, make sure you can see them live as soon as you can.

Random bobbins

Does anyone have any questions for Neil Hannon from The Divine Comedy?  I’m going to be interviewing him in a few weeks, so let me know.

We’ve also got 4 tickets for the NME new music show at Electric Ballroom tomorrow which we don’t want anymore as we’re going to the Ibiza Rocks launch party.  They are £11 and you’ll get to see Boy Kill Boy, The Automatic, Long Blondes and Forward Russia all for that price!

If you’re not busy on Friday there are a couple of good things happnening. The aforementioned Veto Silver are playing at Koko at Club NME alongside Protokoll. [and remember next week at CNME,  The Cazals and Doloroso are playing, both of whom I’d recommend.]  Instead though, I’m planning to go to Aftershow Club – Simon Price’s new night – up in, no good for anyone, Kentish Town.  It’s a new disco night and Simon will be joined by Billy Reeves [formerly of theaudience] on the decks.  I must go shopping for something disco-esque tomorrow.

Then the bank holiday weekend arrives and ideally I’d like to get out of London but I’m not sure whether that will be financially possible at this late stage.  If I do stay then, Masters of Work at Canvas sounds good, if a little expensive.

When the week rocks around, Tuesday night at the Garage should through up some girly delights with Betty Curse supporting Robots in Disguise.  And the girly fun continues as The Like make like it’s 1996 and support Phoenix in the death pit of Mean Fiddler.  The winner of best girl gig of the week though surely has to go to Frank (yes them off that T4 show) and Girls Aloud at Wembley.  Yum.