REVIEW: The Organ @ The Garage


A few weeks ago Kim sent me an email gasping ‘have you heard the organ album? it’s like blondie doing the smiths with some… um…. organs!’.  With slightly raised eyebrows over the place of an organ in 2006, I dutifully checked out this Canadian quintet’s album Grab That Gun, and its quirky little melodies kept naggingly staying my head.

So hooray for them playing London so soon after first hearing them. Normally I have to email people far away, get ropey MP3s and then wait about a year, til I obviously gone off them, before bands come to London. But not this time, hooray!

Last Wednesday then, we went to see them play at The Garage in Highbury.  It was a fun night, mainly because we had rather a few free drinks, but the ladies in question were really good live.

If you haven’t heard them yet then check out, you guessed it, their myspace page, in particular the single Brother and the Blondiesque Mesmorize This City.

Then head on over to Gigwise to read my review of the London gig and grow annoyed that they are now out of the UK for a while.  There’ll be an interview I did with them coming soon also.


PinkThe scathing "Stupid Girls" certainly shows that P!nk feels more alternative than she actually is.

I can’t wait for the P!nk fans to start slagging me in comments over giving I’m Not Dead a bad review.   While the ‘ice-cream’ bit of ‘I’m Not Dead’ is good, Fingers is probably a more consistantly good song.  Overall though, pretty poor. 

Read my review of I’m Not Dead at BBC Music Online.

Upon the release of Placebo’s debut album in 1996, no one would have dreamed that the band would still be around ten years later.

It’s always been fashionable to slag Placebo, but screw that.  ‘Meds’ is brilliantly dark and nagging. Nothing much has changed though, it’s just a solid Placebo album. Of course nothing really lives upto ‘Nancy Boy’ or ‘Every Me Every You’, but could it ever?

Read my review of Meds at BBC Music Online.

Laura Imbruglia


I’ve always been quite fond of Natalie Imbruglia.  Torn was overplayed but still sounds great now, and Smoke was breathtakingly beautiful.

Now she’s got her very own Dannii, as her little sister Laura Imbruglia is out there with her own music.  Yeah I bet she hates that comparison.  This time round though it’s not a watered down version of her big sister. Instead it’s much rockier and thicker sounding.  Apparnatly she’s been about for a few years though. Who knew? Did you?

Head over to her myspace page to hear two of her tracks.  Magical Washing Machine is cute, radio friendly and I can imagine a bit of twirly dancing at the start of nights to.  I Wanna Throw Stones is much more band based, with a strong guitar prescene and a much rockier melody.

Dead Disco


I’ve been going on about Dead Disco to anyone I can for some time now.  They posted on a forum I occasionally read last summer, I clicked through to their myspace, heard some tracks and was hooked.

I finally saw them live in Blackpool last month (bizarrely it turns the lead singer and I went to the same school for a couple of weeks) at Jenx live on a Saturday night at the liquid lounge.  It was pretty empty, but it was a relief to see that DD were brilliant live.  I was terrified they were going to be one of those, great on record, shit live bands.

Last weekend, they played their first gig in London at Club Motherfucker upstairs at the Garage.   In front of more people than when we saw them last time, and these people being a tough London crowd, they again performed brilliantly.

I reviewed the gig for Gigwise along with a review of their debut single, The Treatment.  There’s also an interview up on Londonist with them.   Read them and check out their myspace to hear their tracks.  Think Blondie with a smidge of Elastica & Editors.  Think good.


TigarahHoly Shit!   You know when you hear a song and it excites you beyond belief – you want to play it to everyone you know and see their reaction, you play it about 10 times in a row to yourself, and you generally look flustered and wide eyed.

Well that’s just happened.  Thanks to Arjan Writes I’ve just come across Japanese MIA-a-like Tigarah.  Now I’ll happily admit I know *nothing* about Japanese music, absolutely zilch so I can’t really garble on here with any knowledge.  I don’t know if this is like a
lot of stuff coming out of the country, but I doubt it.

Girl Fight is the immediate standout WOW track.  It’s grimey, funky, noisy and perhaps not as grating on the ear as M.I.A.   Lighter tracks such as Game In Rio have a kind of dark european 80s pop feel – i’m finding them quite hard to describe so it might just be best for you to listen to them on Myspace.

For now though download Girl Fight, check out her Myspace, and if you like what you hear buy  her album from her myspace page.

To The Haters

The greatest thing about djing is discovering a new song and getting excited about playing it to a dancefloor for the first time.  How will they react? Will they like it, or will you just see lots of blank faces.

As with anything though you get haters, people who will slag you off whatever you play.   People moan about hearing the same things every week, but then when you play new stuff they get pissed off that they don’t know it.   Things aren’t the same every week.   Of course some tracks will be and if they weren’t then the majority who go to hear that stuff would leave.  That said, in any situation people are more likely to slag than praise

Here is what we played at Popstarz last night. It begins vaguely obscury but with plenty of high profile non mainstream stuff peppered throughout. In fact it’s not even that obscure, it’s just a little bit different.  Make up your own mind.

Doloroso – Radio Silence
Stellastarr – The Diver
Oppenheimer – Breakfast in NYC
Weird Sisters – This is Your Night
Belle & Sebastian – The Blues are still Blue
Farrah – Tongue Tied
Simian – Skin
The Organ – A Sudden Death
Metric – The Police & The Private
Rilo Kiley – Portions for Foxes
Apartment – Patience is Proving
The Presets – Are You The One
Protocol – Love is My Drug
Lesbians On Ecstacy – Pleasure Principal
The Kills – Love is a Deserter
The Gossip – Standing in the way of Control
The Like – June Gloom
Veronicas – 4eva
New Young Pony Club –  Get Lucky
The Zutons – Why Won’t You Give Me Your Love
Panic! at the Disco – I write Sins not Tragedies
Fall Out Boy – Dance Dance
Delays – Valentine

and then the more interesting highlights of the mainstream bit..

Bloc Party – 2 More Years
Placebo – Bitter End
My Chemical Romance – I’m Not Okay
Dandy Warhols – We Used to Be Friends
Subways – Oh Yeah
Razorlight – Rip It Up
Blondie – Hanging on the Telephone
Dead Disco – The Treatment
The Pipettes – Your Kisses Are Wasted On Me

JD at Miss-Shapes II

Jd_1Last night, we were once again joined by Le Tigre’s JD Samson at Miss-Shapes for our tenth birthday party.  As ever it was rammed, and we had the pleasure of opening for her.  I made a conscious effor last night to mix it up a bit more than normal with a lot of new good stuff, or old classics, staying as far away as I can from the same old Killers / Kaisers hell.   

Setlist is after the jump: 


Popstarz Setlist : 28/2/06

David Bowie – 5 Years
Grandaddy – The Crystal Lake
Duels – Potential Futures
Orson – No Tomorrow
Betty Curse – Stay Out Of My Way
Le Tigre – My My Metrocard
Belle and Sebastian – Funny Little Frog
Phoenix – Too Young
New Young Pony Club – Get Lucky
Veronicas – Revolution
Bell X1 – Flame
Kaiser Chiefs – Time Honoured Tradition
The Zutons – Why Don’t You Give Me Your Love
Sleeper – Nice Guy Eddie
The Modern – Jane Falls Down
Editors – All Sparks
Maximo Park – I Want You To Stay
Charlatans – One To Another
Placebo – Meds

2006’s greatest pop song so far

Yes, it’s not the Pipettes, it’s not something by Rachel Stevens, it’s not even Girls Aloud.  It’s bloody Rihanna.  That warbling Pon De Replay girl from last year.  Don’t worry I haven’t crossed over into the darkside though, she’s gone pop with the Softcell sampling SOS (Rescue Me).

I can’t decide if it’s quite good or simply brilliant.  It’s rather masterful in any case.