Lucky

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Harry Dean Stanton, harry-dean-stanting. Marvellous [fin]

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Written by Tony Kiernan

19 September 2018 at 7:32 pm

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American Animals

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It’s really good. Kinda like an heist-movie version of American Splendor. Mixes documentary and drama. Tense and funny. One of the best things I’ve seen this year. Highly recommended

Written by Tony Kiernan

18 September 2018 at 8:41 am

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Daphne & Celeste/itoldyouiwouldeatyou – Boston Music Rooms (27 March 2018)

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itoldyouiwouldeatyou are young. Tight as the proverbial. Bursting with energy. Playing their little hearts out. And, bloody awful. I guess that bands who ten years ago would sound like Radiohead now all sound like Arcade Fire. This lot manage to do so in such a fashion, that they succeed in denigrating from the source. Giving rise to the realisation that AF are just the canuk Deacon Blue.

Max Tundra is someone whose career I delve into from time to time. I’ve caught him live a few times where the lasting memory is my trousers flapping in the wind from the totally pumping bass. Daphne & Celeste are…well, Daphne & Celeste. Bizarrely, they’ve made an album together. Even more bizarrely (and following the it’ll-be-a-laugh ticket-buying for this launch gig), turns out it looks like it’s going to be damn good too.

And, a right rip-riot of joy it was too. No-one’s taking any of this too seriously. There’s balloons. Half-arsed dancing. (On and off-stage.) I hate the phrase “a lot of love in the room”, but it is so true. Plus, banging tunes. Seriously so. It’s kind of what those of us that believed in them back in the day really thought they were doing. (I only wish SWells was alive to have seen it.)

Right, now I’m ready for Shampoo Vs Bolt Thrower….

Written by Tony Kiernan

28 March 2018 at 8:50 am

Posted in London, Music

Mom & Dad

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The size of Nicolas Cage‘s performance seems to be in directly inverse proportion to the budget of this movie. This bonkers, micro-budget, thrill-ride, almost-but-not-quite of a movie. From the folk what made the Cranks [fin]

Written by Tony Kiernan

18 March 2018 at 11:28 am

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Gringo

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Surprisingly enjoyable farce/caper. A total mess. I wouldn’t want to be responsible for recommending it to anyone. But, it’s got Theron in super-bitch villainous mode [fin]

Written by Tony Kiernan

18 March 2018 at 10:15 am

Lady Bird

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You’ve seen this film before. And, probably done just as well. Excellent performances from Saoirse Ronan and Jackie from Roseanne, though. Confident, seemingly effortless, debut from Gerwig. Most of the jokes are in the trailer [fin]

Written by Tony Kiernan

18 March 2018 at 9:01 am

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Algiers – L’Aeronef, Lille (19 February 2018)

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In younger days, checking the end of the year polls in the music press took on a partisan edge: The purpose was to see where and if your favourites sat in the list. And curse the bullhonkey that inevitably got a higher listing by the fucknuts at the NME. These days, with considerably more sources of opinion, they becoming a way to pick up on some* of the releases that I’ve completely missed that were right up my street. (Until 2004, this roll would have been taken by the Festive 50.) As January rolled in, I found myself listening to Eurgh! by Breakfast MUFF (more of whom when they play a gig in London that doesn’t clash with something I already have tickets for, no doubt) and The Underside of Power by Algiers.

The latter is a remarkable piece of work. It does that thing of being steeped in musical history (punk, soul, funk) yet sounding completely now. Completely new. That something-I’ve-never-heard-before quality. It’s powerful. Angry. Damned political. And groovy as all hell. I’m rather taken by it.

When European tour dates were posted on Twitter, I was miffed to see mo UK on there (especially as the band – apparently – formed here). But, it being that time of year. The chunnel train had a sale on. As did several hotel aggregators. And, they were stopping in Lille. Roadtrip!!!!

The travelogue bit: With reports ranging from shithole to lovely. I’m rather excited to check out the city. And, of course, find it somewhere in between. We arrive just in time to drop our bags off and swing round to the Office de Tourisme in time for the noon departure of the city tour bus. A nice hour-long crash course in the cite. De Gaulle** was born there. They are horrendously proud of this. The rest of the time is spent wandering around. Drinking beer. Eating food. (Welsh rarebit seems to be the signature dish. Seriously. With bechamel replaced with a shit-ton of local really smelly cheese.) These are good things. Yes, a typical north-European french speaking town. Not without it’s charms. I’ve added it to Songkick as a location for alerts. Which probably tells you all you need to know.

The gig bit: And, here we have an object lesson in how to put a gig on if you’re a tech-heavy band. Or, the value in hiring a decent touring sound man. (Take note Go! Team.) We get all the power of the recordings and more. A lot more wibbly improv stuff and lengthy outros. All pumped through that compression that makes it sound really bloody loud. Which is something I really like, until someone behind you starts having a conversation and it gets really distracting.

I mention online I’m a bit under the weather. The band reply that so it front-man Franklin. If this is him half-cocked… Blimey! I’m ready for the rest of the dates later in the year!!

*Of course this isn’t even a drop in a bucket of ocean. Occasionally I get saddened by the fact that there are a myriad of bands out there that I would lovelovelove that I will never ever hear. Thankfully, I’m not much of a FOMO mofo, or I’d have exploded by now.
**Charles not Asterix. Arf!

Written by Tony Kiernan

20 February 2018 at 11:49 am

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