Thursday, 31 December 2009

The best music in 2009

here we go with my obligatory blog about the year :)

I think I will tell it in youtube links - my personal discoveries of 09!













Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Yet More Playlists (including my 2009 specials)

New Music New Talent
Daisy Grenades - Broken Record (Rob's mix)
The Amsterdams - She's Automatic
I Am Bodhi - Rampant
Sabbata - Princess
Lana - Ruthless
Rocket - I Wanna Luv You
New Nobility - Galactic
Tessmarka - Miss Imagination
Amy Hendrickson and The Prime Directive - Gold Dust Man _
Alice in Videoland - we are rebels
Flying Heroes - StenGunJenV2
Illuminata - Icechild
David Rainger - Tweaking
Zen Motel - Real Good Time
The Auteur- Hey Watch This

Pigtails
The Supremes - You Can't Hurry Love
Heart - Magic Man
Hole - Violet
Imelda May - Big Bad Handsome Man (Radio Edit)
Juliette & The Licks - You're Speaking My Language
Imani Coppola - Legend Of A Cowgirl
Feist - My Moon My Man
Tilly and the Wall - Fell Down the Stairs
CSS - Alala
The Pretenders - My City Was Gone
Melissa Auf der Maur - Taste You
The Bangles - Manic Monday
Portishead - Chase The Tear
Crystal Castles - Good Time
Ladytron - Destroy Everything You Touch
Lauren Harris - Steal Your Fire
Pat Benatar - Heartbreaker
McQueen - Dont Know How To Break It To You
The Donnas - Wasted
Slunt - I Wanna Be Your Only One
Kelly Osbourne - On Your Own
Gwen Stefani - What You Waiting For?
The Velvelettes - He Was Really Sayin' Somethin'
Björk - Human Behaviour
Charlotte Hatherley - I Want You To Know
Mancini - Falling Up
femmepop - good
Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
Girls Girls Girls - Dr Feelgood


and the two best of 2009 specials you can hear this week (see a previous blog/note for where you can listen and when)

New Music

Surfquake - Surf & Destroy
Rounds - A Party on the Beach
Trash Monroe - IDoll
Catherine Elms - Drowning
The Tumbledryer Babies - Tell Me What To Do
Berlin Brides - Off The Rack
An Experiment On A Bird In The Air Pump - 100%
The Voronas - You Ain't No Hero
Devilish Presley - Hammer Horror Glamour
The Beatroots - Ignorant
Buried in Mexico - Down
The Brownies - Cougar
Art Of Rebellion - Stop To Breathe
Lady Earl and the Greys - Heathen
The Fancy Dress Party - Bookmarks


Pigtails

Noisettes - Don’t Upset The Rhythm (Radio Edit)
Codeine Velvet Club - Vanity Kills
The Dead Weather - I Cut Like A Buffalo
The Cranberries - Linger
Skunk Anansie - Squander (Radio Edit)
Guano Apes - Open Your Eyes
Juliette Lewis - Fantasy Bar
Fever Ray - Triangle Walks (Radio Edit)
Lily Allen - Not Fair (Clean Radio Edit)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll
Bat For Lashes - Pearl's Dream
The Kills - Black Balloon
Metric - Gimme Sympathy (Radio Edit)
Peaches - Talk To Me
Tori Amos - Welcome To England
The Sounds - No One Sleeps When I'm Awake (Radio Edit)
Little Boots - Remedy
Regina Spektor - Eet
Gossip - Heavy Cross
Spinnerette - The Walking Dead
La Roux - In For The Kill (Radio Edit)
Paramore - Brick By Boring Brick
Flyleaf - Again
Karen O And The Kids - All Is Love
Paloma Faith - Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful?
PJ Harvey & John Parish - Black Hearted Love (Radio Edit)
Florence And The Machine - You Got The Love

Monday, 14 December 2009

last few weeks playlists

Pigtails and Army Boots

Tiffany - I Think We're Alone Now
Polly Scattergood - Other Too Endless (Single Version)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero
Patrice Pike - Beautiful Thing
The Long Blondes - Once And Never Again
Penny Broadhurst - Chemist Goods
The Sibleys - I Don't Smile (If I Don't Want To)
Morcheeba - Rome Wasn't Built In A Day
Cat Power - Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
Texas - In Our Lifetime
Joan Osborne - One Of Us
Pink - Trouble
The Ting Tings - Great DJ
Suzi Quatro - If You Can't Give Me Love
Shonen Knife - I Am A Cat
Sandi Thom - I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair)
Florence And The Machine - Drumming Song
Kate Nash - Mouthwash
Drive It Like You Stole It - The Big Stiff
THE SADDERDAYS - CUPID WAS A DRUNK
The Dollyrots - Goodnight Tonight
Ministry Of Love - Life in Song
HorrorPops - It's Been So Long
PJ Harvey - Long Snake Moan
The Go! Team - Feelgood By Numbers
Tsunami Bomb - Say It If You Mean It
Paloma Faith - Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful?
Jennifer Paige - Crush
No Doubt - Hella Good
Bif Naked - We're Not Gonna Take It

Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
Alisha's Attic - I Won't Miss You
Natalie Imbruglia - Don't You Think?
Blood Red Shoes - It's Getting Boring By The Sea
Paramore - Misery Business
Elastica - Connection
Scarling. - Band Aid Covers The Bullet Hole
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - I Hate Myself For Loving You
Blondie - Call Me
Cyndi Lauper - She Bop
Santogold - Say Aha
Gossip - Heavy Cross
Goldfrapp - Strict Machine
Garbage - Push It
Babes In Toyland - Blood
Alanis Morissette - You Oughta Know
Guano Apes - Open Your Eyes
New Young Pony Club - Get Dancey
Nina Hagen - African Reggae
Damone - What We Came Here For
L7 - Wargasm
Daisy Chainsaw - Love Your Money
La Roux - Bulletproof
Regina Spektor - Edit
Echobelly - Great Things
Nightwish - Amaranth
The Raveonettes - Last Dance
Kim Carnes - Bette Davis Eyes
Tegan & Sara - Walking With A Ghost
Yes Miss, No Miss - Sexy Back



New Music New Talent

Nephu Huzz - Nurse! Nurse!
Horizon - Truth
Mancini - Falling Up
IanaSonic - bitter
Ace Mafia - London Underground
Berlin Brides - Rejection Junkie
Ten Ten-Tackles - Death Certificate
A Brokeheart Pro - Kitten Next Door
Ten Tigers - 82
Zen Motel - Devil Song(2007) (Bonus Track)
Understated - Fishbowl
JENNIFER JUSTICE AND THE TRILOGYSUN - THE FINAL STAND
femmepop - medication


Helen's Evil Twin - Stop Talking
Orphus - Facts Of Life
Euphoria Audio - Gravity
Yes Miss, No Miss - Sexy Back
Euroneverland - Friday Night Girl (Live For The Weekend)
Obsessive Compulsive - Perfect Wreck
Vittorio Tolomeo - Migrant Soul
Miss The Occupier - Short Sight
The Words - I Just Wanna Dance
Even More Vast - Pure
Greenleaf 56 - (SHE'S MY) DVD
Never Means Maybe - Fires In Your Cities
Zen Motel - Dress Code Violence
The Fuse - Crazy Love
(CODA) - Sirens
Until You're Heard - Searching

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Confirmed times and stations so far

where you can now find my shows (so far):

thesuperstation.info(the superstation and heart fm)
heart fm - New Music New Talent Friday 12-1am, Pigtails and Army Boots Sunday 5-7am
the superstation- New Music Thurs 4-5pm, Pigtails Wednesday 7-9pm

magichitzradio.com - New Music Sunday 6-7am, Pigtails Tuesday 2-4pm

more times and stations to be confirmed!

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Ladies of the 80's Barbies!

so I was never a Barbie girl when i was younger (I used to like the disney dolls better) and I certainly don't like gender stereotype anorexic Barbie now, but during doing research for my shows I found out that in America they have released a series of dolls called "Ladies of the 80's" and guess what...?

They are Debbie Harry



Cyndi Lauper




and best of all..Joan Jett!





not too impressed with Debbie harry's doll but the other two are pretty awesome! sadly I can't find them anywhere to buy in the uk, they are on ebay but only from international sellers and are like £40 each- eep!

who would you like to see a barbie doll of?
my other suggestions for Mattel would be PJ Harvey, Amanda Palmer, Tori Amos and Bjork!

Friday, 27 November 2009

Direct Radio Productions

Well the ball has started rolling with our radio syndication compnay. we now have a very shiny website, which you can view here

and all the shows have already had several radio stations accepting them. One more week off and then all the shows will be on air once again. I will be posting details of where you can catch my shows and when as I get them.

If you are a radio station that's interested in airing my shows, please email dj.moonlight@directradioproductions.com

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

All Change

You may have noticed the URL has changed, to djmoonlightmusic rather than djmoonlightmtjr.
sadly my shows will no longer be aired on MTJR due to some changes. But hopefully soon you will be able to hear both shows on a number of different stations.

Mike Fisher, Rxkitten, Dave Mitchell, Kevin Marsh, Chris Munday and Owen Sherrat have decided to form a radio syndication company, so that our shows can hopefully get more exposure. I will keep you updated as to when my shows will be aired, but for now there will be a short break!

Monday, 16 November 2009

Pigtails and Army Boots

There was no New Music New Talent this week as I was down with a tummy bug. I was recovered by Sunday though so here was the playlist:

Sophie B. Hawkins - As I Lay Me Down
Ace Of Base - The Sign
Hole - Violet
Go Team - Ladyflash
Meredith Brooks - Bitch
Flyleaf - I'm So Sick
Tori Amos - Professional Widow (Armand's Star Trunk Funkin' Mix)
Lillix - Sweet Temptation
Jill Sobule - Supermodel
X-Ray Spex - The Day The World Turned Day-Glo
Ladytron - Destroy Everything You Touch
The Cardigans - Sick & Tired
The Honeydrips - (Lack Of) Love Will Tear Us Apart
Siouxsie - Here Comes That Day
The Runaways - School Days
Tilly and the Wall - Fell Down the Stairs
Fever Ray - When I Grow Up (Radio Edit)
Sour Apple - Don't Go Forwards, Go Backwards
Lush - Ladykillers
4 Non Blondes - What's Up
Codeine Velvet Club - Vanity Kills
THE SADDERDAYS - CUPID WAS A DRUNK
The Gits - While You're Twisting, I'm Still Breathing
Jack Off Jill - My Cat
Peaches - You Love It
The Ropes - Kill Her Off
The Kills - Tape Song
Bat For Lashes - Prescilla
Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill
Bunty - Feel Sicko
Jyl Millard - Ace of Spades

Monday, 9 November 2009

Growl Tiger! and playlists

This Saturday (14th November) RxKitten, Mike Fisher and I are launching a club night- Growl Tiger! It will be music from the 1990s to the present day. It will be a mix of alternative, indie, rock, metal, riot grrrl and loads more. It's only £3 to get in, and it will be at The Golden Lion down Victoria Ave in southend, so hope to see some of you there! I've already filled our flight case with music!

Playlists from this weekend

Pigtails and Army Boots
Sam Brown - Can I Get A Witness
Madonna - Papa Don't Preach
M.I.A. - Paper Planes
The Pretenders - Back On The Chain Gang
Dionne Bromfield - Mama Said
Tegan and Sara - Hell (Radio Edit)
La Roux - Bulletproof
Transvision Vamp - Baby I Don't Care
Donna Summer - Hot Stuff
The Long Blondes - Fulwood Babylon
Little Boots - Remedy
Skunk Anansie - Squander (Radio Edit)
Marina & The Diamonds - Mowgli's Road
Paramore - Brick By Boring Brick
HorrorPops - Crawl Straight Home
The Ronettes - Be My Baby
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - Baby Blue
Florence & The Machine - Kiss With A Fist
The Supremes - Baby Love
Saint Etienne - Only Love Can Break Your Heart (Richard X Re-Production)
The She Creatures - Space Madness
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero
No Doubt - Ex-Girlfriend
Dirty Love - Baby You Suck
Atomic Blonde - Babydoll (censored)
Kittie - What I Always Wanted
The Noisettes - Don't Give Up
Lily Allen - Not Fair (Clean Radio Edit)
The Dead Weather - Hang You From The Heavens
Heart - Barracuda
Heather Nova - I Have the Touch

New Music New Talent
I M Munroe - Fool
Whiskey Blu - Colour me Blu
Inner Voices - Survelliance State
Orphus - Facts Of Life
The Soviets - Naughty Girl
A Brokeheart Pro - Dark Red And Loud
Diarmaid O Meara - Murdering Disco (Radio Edit)
Leah DeVon - Waiting For You
Ed Winslet - Just the Same
Lana - Ruthless
Obsessive Compulsive - Perfect Wreck
Emerald - Overkill
Half Gone - Energy

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Halloween gigs and playlists!

I love Halloween so this year I went to two gigs (not on same day) and both my shows were Halloween themed this weekend!
Let's start with Thursday night.

Thursday I was at Chinnerys with Rxkitten for a Southend Fringe fundraiser/Halloween Party. Rxkitten was dressed as David Bowie from Labyrinth and I was a zombie prom queen!

When we got there, we had already missed most of Greenleaf 56's set which was a shame as I play them quite often on my show. What we heard sounded really good though!

Next up was a band called Surfquake. I knew what to expect already as I had heard one track. They are a mostly instrumental surf band! It was certainly unusual to have this sort of music at a Halloween gig and they are very unique. They played an awesome version of The Munsters theme tune. We did find the set a bit samey though.

The third band was my new discovery of the night- The Fighting Cocks. I was finding them hard to catergorise but I think how they describe themselves is pretty accurate- a gyspy hardcore band. There was 5 of them, 4 girls and 1 boy. They dance a lot and they have a backing track. Rxkitten described them as a "ska Aqua"! They were really unique, I've never heard anything like them before. oh, and the girls were dressed really cool in red and black!

Finally, was Trash Monroe who looked amazing, Mel their singer as Carrie, Ken as Ziggy Stardust. They also sounded great as always, sadly we couldn't stay for all their set as we both had work the following day! If you haven't heard them before, you should really check them out. Especially if you like female fronted hard rock.

right moving on to Friday's New Music New Talent playlist..
4ft Pimp - Black Death
Zen Motel - CURSE OF THE GIRLFIEND
Sleepercurve - Robots
Devilish Presley - Halloween Queen
Leika - Silly Cow
Symptom - Roses Are Black
Dopegirl - Freaks
Thunderbird 13 - House of Sin
Weird Old America - Devil In A Dream
The Domes of Silence - Twilight
Dr. Slaggleberry - Gone Devil
The Kiara Elles - Supergroupie
Dirty Money - The Killer
A Brokeheart Pro - Keep This Devil Down
The Ropes - Kill Her Off


For the actual day of Halloween we decided (Mike Fisher and myself) to go to The Railway as Rounds were playing. This time I was Carrie (so much more blood)! and Mike was a zombie or a vampire I'm not sure which!
It was meant to be a sixties Halloween ball with ska and freakbeat music, so certainly not a traditional Halloween Party.
Rounds were great as they always are, and they even did an interesting version of Thriller, but I was quite disappointed as they only played a 20 minute set and it was £5 to get in. The music playing after them wasn't really our scene so we didn't stay much longer.

Finally, my playlist from today:
Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
Blondie - Rip Her To Shreds
Feist - My Moon My Man
Soho Dolls - my vampire
Ladytron - Ghosts
Heart - Magic Man
L7 - Monster
The Distillers - Coral Fang
Juliette & The Licks - Killer
PJ Harvey - Down By The Water
The Cranberries - Zombie
Portishead - Glory Box
Heather Nova - Blood Of Me
Siouxsie & The Banshees - Halloween
HorrorPops - Walk Like A Zombie
The Creepshow - Creatures Of The Night
Devilish Presley - Hammer Horror Glamour
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll
Babes In Toyland - Blood
Daisy Chainsaw - Dog With Sharper Teeth
Scarling. - Baby Dracula
Metric - Monster Hospital
Garbage - Wicked Ways
No Doubt - Hella Good
Suzanne Vega - Blood Makes Noise
Ladyhawke - Magic
Tegan & Sara - Walking With A Ghost
The Patti Smith Group - Ghost Dance
Ann Wilson - Bad Moon Rising

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Happy day!

Just realised I never posted anything about the 24 hour smile a thon we had on MTJR on the saturday that just went (the day the clocks went back).
Normal programming was put aside for a day and instead quite a few of the djs took part in just playing 2 hours of happy music to make you smile, as well as attempting to make you laugh and talking about what moment in time would you turn the clock back to if you could? (But only positive ones)! I did a show and this is the playlist:

R.E.M. - Shiny Happy People
The Wombats - Let's Dance To Joy Division
Le Tigre - I'm So Excited
Dexys Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen
The Foundations - Build Me Up Buttercup
Bow Wow Wow - I Want Candy
The Monkees - I'm A Believer
Specials - Too Much Too Young
Vapors - Turning Japanese
Dr. Feelgood - Milk And Alchol
Buggles - Video Killed The Radio Star
Cyndi Lauper - True Colors
Nena - 99 Red Balloons
Madness - House Of Fun
Good Charlotte - Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous
Echobelly - Great Things
Ace Of Base - The Sign
Hanson - Mmm Bop
Undertones - Teenage Kicks
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - Dancing In The Street
Barenaked Ladies - One Week
Blur - Song 2
Transvision Vamp - Baby I Don't Care
The Jam - Going Underground
Smash Mouth - All Star
The Cardigans - Lovefool
Shanice - I Love Your Smile
EMF - Unbelievable
Dead Or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like A Reco
Franz Ferdinand - Do You Want To
Feeder - Buck Rogers
Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc.

afterwards I thought of loads of other songs that make me feel happy!
How could I forget the Beach Boys???



and this song always used to cheer me up too...



and what NEVER fails to cheer me up immensely is Rathergood.com!

Monday, 26 October 2009

Playlists

Pigtails and Army Boots

Nena - 99 Red Balloons
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - I Can't Dance To That Music You're Playin'
The Cranberries - Zombie
Althea & Donna - Uptown Top Ranking
Paloma Faith - Upside Down
Lily Allen - Who’d Have Known
The Raveonettes - Last Dance
Moloko - Sing It Back
Anita Ward - Ring My Bell
Nell Bryden - Second Time Around
The Dead Weather - I Cut Like A Buffalo
Dionne Bromfield - Mama Said
Feist - Sealion (Chromeo Remix) [Bonus Track]
CSS - Music Is My Hot Hot Sex
Noisettes - Every Now And Then (Radio Mix)
The Long Blondes - Once And Never Again
Shocking Blue - Love Buzz
Marina & The Diamonds - I Am Not A Robot
Hera - Don't Play this
People Press Play - These Days
Polly Scattergood - Other Too Endless (Single Version)
Lacuna Coil - Heaven's A Lie
Liz Phair - Never Said
Siouxsie & The Banshees - Playground Twist
The Creepshow - Creatures Of The Night
PRE - Popping Showers
Marnie Stern - Every Single Line Means Something
The Donnas - When the Show Is Over
Garbage - Cherry Lips
Echobelly - Great Things
Sixpence None The Richer - Don't Dream It's Over


New Music New Talent

Surfquake - Surf & Destroy
Greg Kiss & The Feral Cats - 25 hours/day
The_Passive_Aggressives_-_Soundtrack_To_The_Voices_In_My_Head
Ten Ten-Tackles - Death Certificate
Carnal Rites - Take My Life
Trash Monroe - Venus Envy
Nouveau Glam - The Long Goodbye (High)
Palodine - Redwinged Blackbird
Devilish Presley - Hammer Horror Glamour
The Kiara Elles - Rust
Buried in Mexico - Down
I'm Chinese - Till It Burns

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Pink Stinks!

I found out about this campaign the other day through one of my favourite sites The F Word.

The purpose of Pink Stinks! isn't just about trying to break down gender stereotypes. (have you noticed in toy shops the "girls" section is almost always pink, and they boys bit is blue or somehting similar? Not all girls want to play with Barbie, and not all boys want to play with toy cars)!

It's also about promoting positive role models for girls. Sadly "celebs" like Jordan and Paris Hilton are common choices for young girls to look up to these days. With our current reality show generation, more young people think they just need to get on a t.v show, or perhaps marry someone rich to be worthwhile.

"Pink Stinks!" is challenging that notion, by promoting truely postive role models for women like Annie Lennox, Rosa parks, June Sarpong and many others.
I can think of so many more to add to their list too- Joan Jett, Kathleen Hanna, Amanda Palmer, PJ Harvey, Patti Smith, Anne Rice, JK Rowling etc etc!

They have a group on facebook and a blog, as well as the main website Pink Stinks!

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Apologies..

for the lack of Pigtails and Army Boots last Sunday, this was due to techical issues beyond our control.

the playlist for last Friday's New Music New Talent:

GREENLEAF56 - BABY SATAN
Lola Dutronic - All Over The World
rookiecop - slomo funk
Ten Tigers - Super Lucky
Limozine - Junkie Girlfriend
Obsessive Compulsive - Ennui
halomobilo - Final Stage
Elena - Bette Davies Eyes
Telekinesis - Awkward Kisser
The Heal - Wars
Pluxus - Kinoton
The Kiara Elles - Supergroupie
Irene Rae - Skindeep Beauty
Slummin Angels - Fairfrusion

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Paloma Faith

Another new discovery thanks one again to Jools Holland, and also Never Mind the Buzzcocks!
Paloma Faith has been compared to people like Duffy and Amy Winehouse, neither of whom I'm a fan, Paloma Faith might have some similarities to those artists, but she is in my opinion, much more likeable and is a bit mental, which I like! I saw her first on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, I didn't know who she was, but on it she was wearing a very colourful outfit like "a childrens presenter mixed with a bullfighter!" (as described by one of the team leaders) and just seemed a bit odd!

Then I saw her on Jools Holland, thinking I wouldn't like it much as she was dressed up in a posh red cocktail dress and it looked like it was going to be jazz. Well actually I was wrong to base it on first impressions. She had some chairs that she climbed around on during her songs and looked like she was really having fun!

I looked her up afterwards, and she is half spanish and half British. She's also an ex- magicians assistant, as well as being an actress and burlesque performer.

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Playlists

new music new talent 9th October

Tortilla Army - Can You Hear Me
A Brokeheart Pro - Bleed On
Vigilantes - Keep It Movin'
Bittybox - La La Land
(CODA) - Sirens
Cassock_ - _Zombie
Zenyth - She Drifts Away
Death of the Elephant - 2N2222
Understated - Fishbowl
iZZiE_Voodoo_ _Sushi_Bar
Caleb - What The Hell
The Kiara Elles - Night Terrors (Artist of the month)
YoungHeartsLightsFires - Just So You Know
Miss Cosmos - Paper Twin
Even More Vast - LOVE WILL TEAR US APART

Pigtails and Army Boots sunday 11th oct

Jane Wiedlin - Rush Hour
Meredith Brooks - Bitch
Paramore - Crushcrushcrush
Amanda Palmer - Strength Through Music
Alisha's Attic - Just The Way You Like
Flyleaf - Breathe Today
Nightwish - Amaranth
Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit
skunk anansie - hedonism (just because you feel gool)
Madonna - Lucky Star
Charlotte Gainsbourg - The Songs That We Sing
Operator Please - Just A Song About Ping Pong
Tigerpicks - Disco Punk Electro Funk
Chicks On Speed Feat. Peaches - We Don't Play Guitars
Cansei De Ser Sexy - Art Bitch
Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Want To Have Fun
Sleater-Kinney - You're No Rock N' Roll Fun
The Voronas - You Ain't No Hero
The Vincent Black Shadow - Fear's In The Water
Tom Tom Club - Wordy Rappinghood
Letters to Cleo - Let's Get High
Working Class Heroes - The End
The Selecter - On My Radio
Robots In Disguise - She's A Colour Scientist
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - Change the World
Ladytron - Destroy Everything You Touch
Big Mama Thornton - Hound Dog
The Pipettes - The Burning Ambition Of Early Diuretics
Florence And The Machine - Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)
Heather Nova - What A Feeling
Annie Lennox - A Whiter Shade Of Pale

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Weekend playlists

EDIT: just realised I missed out some tracks!

New Music New Talent Friday 2nd October

Koogaphone - White Trash
RedTrack - Pole Dancer
Dr. Slaggleberry - Gone Devil
Penny Broadhurst - Chemist Goods
Chavtownband - weknowwhatwedontknow
Julia Free - Buy me something sweet
Weird Old America - Devil In A Dream
Sarah Rocks - The Industrial Jist
Outlet - Modern Decay
The Ropes - What They Do For Fun
The Fancy Dress Party - Bookmarks
The Kiara Elles - Odio
The Voronas - You Ain't No Hero
lizzie B - Living on the edge of my dreams
The Ladybirds - (I'm Gonna) Spin Those Reels

Pigtails and Army Boots Sun 4th Oct
Joan Armatrading- Weakness In Me
Madonna - Ray Of Light
Codeine Velvet Club - Vanity Kills
Suzanne Vega - Blood Makes Noise
The Faders - No Steep Tonight
Little Jackie - The World Should Revolve Around Me
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Dull Life
Gossip - Spare Me From The Mold
Little Boots - Remedy
Portishead - Machine Gun
The Patti Smith Group - High On Rebellion
Slunt - Not About You
L7 - Pretend We're Dead
Garbage - I Think I'm Paranoid
Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles - Do It For Free (Radio Mix 1)
Shampoo- Trouble
Moloko - The Time Is Now
Toyah - I Want To Be Free
Tiffany - I Think We're Alone Now
The Breeders - Cannonball
Blood Red Shoes - Forgive Nothing
Cyndi Lauper- She Bop
Melissa Etheridge - Come To My Window
Dresden Dolls- Coin Operated Boy
BugGiRL - Blood, Sweat and Beers
Invey - Release
The Waitresses- I Know What Boys Like
Courtney Love - Mono
Le Tigre - I'm So Excited

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Artist of the Month of September- Catherine Elms

The first featured artist of the month on "New Music New Talent" was the rather fantastic Catherine Elms.
The first time I heard her music I immediately thought of Tori Amos and that she wa sone of the best unsigned artists I've heard this year.
She has a great voice and plays piano as a "punk rock" instrument, and is a feminist too!
Catherine recenlty made her first EP "Not Sorry" which I am very proud to own. You can hear Amanda Palmer influences as well as Tori Amos on there.
The EP is only £3 and is worth every penny, so I highly recommend that you go and buy it on her website http://www.catherineelms.co.uk

Playlists

New Music New Talent- friday 25th Sept
The Fuseliers - Days
Rocket - I Wanna Luv You
Living For Today - Never Re-Do Love
Johnny and the Mullets - Baby Eyes
PROPELLER - WHISKEY & STRIPPERS
Nephu Huzz - Nurse! Nurse!
Louise Du Toit - Just Love
Red Carpet Rats - Going To Hell
Working Class Heroes - The End
Dirty Fairies - Get High (TT UAD Mix)
The Auteur- Hey Watch This
Catherine Elms - I Should
Johnny Cooper - Bring Me Down
Yes Miss, No Miss - Taking Over
- Loz Jones - Idiot Room

Pigtails and Army Boots Sunday 27th Sept
Yazoo - Don't Go
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - Dancing In The Street
Lily Allen - Not Fair (Clean Radio Edit)
7 Worlds Collide with KT Tunstall - Hazel Black
The Hot Puppies - Green Eye Liner
Damone - Stabbed In The Heart
Tori Amos - 500 Miles
Mark Ronson Feat. Santo Gold - Pretty Green
Chicks On Speed - Plastic Surgery
CSS - Music Is My Hot Hot Sex
Florence And The Machine - Drumming Song (Acoustic Version)
Smoke Fairies - Sunshine (Radio Edit)
Spinnerette - The Walking Dead
Karen O And The Kids - All Is Love
Blondie - Heart Of Glass
Eurythmics - There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)
The Dead Weather - Hang You From The Heavens
Girlschool - Demolition Boys
Metalchicks - We Are The Warriors
Heart - Barracuda
Lita Ford - Crave Master
Vixen - Edge Of A Broken Heart
Janis Joplin - Piece Of My Heart
Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse Of The Heart
A Brokeheart Pro - Kitten Next Door
Heather Nova - Heart And Shoulder
Dolly Parton - 9 To 5
Kay Hanley - Lust For Life

Monday, 28 September 2009

Music in Gaming

While doing research for Pigtails and Army Boots yesterday, I came across this game
Brutal Legend. A game that stars Jack Black as a roadie who is an expert on heavy metal music. he has a collapse and somehow ends up in a world where all the heavy metal album covers come to life. As if that didn't sound good enough- Lita Ford, Lemmy from Motorhead and Rob Halford also appear in the game! Mike and I have been talking about getting an XBox, and I think this might have just swung it!

Anyway, it got me thinking about the role of music in gaming. It's much more than it ever used to be, when it once wa sonly really music/dj software on p.c's mainly, it's now branched into a serious moneyspinner for companies like Activision.

I think it all began with the "Dancemat" phenomenon. It started off in the arcades, you could go on a machine and dance in time by following the arrows on the screen. It got so popular that they made console games of it, so everyone could enjoy dancemats in their living rooms.

Then of course, we have the karaoke games such as "Singstar" and "Lips". A step forward from a karaoke machine, (for a start it's the proper track that plays normally and not some plinky plonky cover!) you can plug in your microphone and the screen will tell you if you're hitting those notes! (at least on singstar, I've never played Lips)

Finally, probably the biggest success of music in gaming is the Guitar Hero/Rock Band franchises. Games where you could at least pretend to be able to play an instrument and be a rock god/dess. Some musical people claim that it's a bad thing, and puts people off wanting to play a real guitar, but personally I disagree. For one, any intelligent person knows that they way you play these fake instuments is not in anyway alike to how you would play the real thing. For another, I think it more likely encourages people to want to learn to play the real thing. And also for someone that is more into games than music, this might be a gateway to becoming a fan of rock music! Unsigned bands have been featured in these type of games meaning a massive exposure which can only be a positive thing!

Gaming and music have not always sat in harmony side by side, but now I think they are merging more and more, especially with this new game Brutal Legend featuring metal music in such a big way.

Personally I love Singstar and Guitar Hero, I'm not a huge gamer but I play on these, and find them great for socialising as well!
So music and gaming? A big thumbs up from me!

Monday, 21 September 2009

This weekend's playlists

New Music New Talent 18th Sept
The Beatroots - Ignorant
Lunic - Him
I Alexander - Kittens & Charmers
Blameshift - War Within
The Kiara Elles - Odio
Lucid Nation - Kindred
Surfquake - Surf & Destroy
Voodoo Johnson- Blow
The Duel - The Duel
Catherine Elms- Powerless (Artist of the Month)
Miss Cosmos - Paper Twin
The Tumbledryer Babies - Tell Me What To Do
Lola Dutronic - Brigitte Bardot

Pigtails 20th Sept
Ace Of Base - The Sign
Le Tigre - Don't Drink Poison
Goldfrapp - Happiness
Emiliana Torrini - Me And Armini (Simone Lombardi Mix)
Martha & The Muffins - Echo Beach
The Donnas - Party Action
Hole - Celebrity Skin
Daisy Grenades - Broken Record (Rob's mix)
Pat Benatar - Heartbreaker
Rilo Kiley - The Moneymaker
Regina Spektor - Better
Siouxsie & The Banshees - Hong Kong Garden
The Flying Lizards - Money
Remi Nicole - Rock N Roll
Metric - Monster Hospital
Sleater-Kinney - One Beat
The Bangles - Walk Like An Egyptian
Shakespear's Sister - Stay
The Noisettes - Don't Give Up
Suzi Quatro - Can The Can
The Creepshow - Creatures Of The Night
Skunk Anansie - Charity
Melissa Auf der Maur - Taste You
Guano Apes - Open Your Eyes
Tom Tom Club - Wordy Rappinghood
4 Non Blondes - What's Up
X-Ray Spex - The Day The World Turned Day-Glo
Bikini Kill - Rebel Girl
Hazard County Girls - Red Light
Sohodolls - Prince Harry
Alanis Morissette - Sister Blister
Robots In Disguise - You Really Got Me

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Playlist Update

haven't put any playlists for a few weeks, so here they are...

Sunday 13th Sept- Pigtails and Army Boots
Belinda Carlisle - Heaven Is A Place On Earth
Elastica - Connection
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Date With The Night
Imani Coppola - Legend Of A Cowgirl
Little Boots - New In Town
Polly And The Billets Doux - Follow My Feet!
Gossip - Love Long Distance
New Young Pony Club - Get Dancey
Betty Power - New Best Friend
Biork - Declare Independence
Ladyhawke - Dusk Till Dawn
Berlin Brides - Rejection Junkie
Lulu And The Lampshades - Feet To The Sky
Cerys Matthews - Arlington Way
The Pretenders - Don't Get Me Wrong
Kasms - Don't Hit The Bottom
Florence & The Machine - Kiss With A Fist
The Dollyrots - Brand New Key
We Start Fires - Strut
Flyleaf - Again
Within Temptation - The Truth Beneath the Rose
Bat For Lashes - Sleep Alone
Amanda Palmer - Runs In the Family
Polly Scattergood - Other Too Endless (Single Version)
Air - Sing Sang Sung
The Slits - Typical Girls
An Experiment On A Bird In The Air Pump - Lights Out
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - The Only Good Thing (You Ever Said Was Goodbye)
Kate Bush - Hounds Of Love
Patti Smith - Smells Like Teen Spirit


Friday 11th Sept- New Music New Talent
Illegitimate Sons of the King - Jack's Trousers
Quiet Company - It's Better to Spend Money Like There's No Tomorrow Than Spend Tonight Like There's No Money
Restruct - Alcohol
Moth Complex - Tied up
Berlin Brides - Off The Rack
Kasms - Don't Hit The Bottom
An Experiment On A Bird In The Air Pump - Saints
Stephen DP - As The Years
BODYMACHINE! - Littlethings
Louise Le Gry - Aeroplanes
Amy Hendrickson and The Prime Directive - Gold Dust Man
Aaron Carey - The Scene
Jennifer Justice and The Trilogy Sun - The Final Stand

Sunday 6th Sept- Pigtails and Army Boots
The Supremes - Baby Love
Mother Mother - Touch Up
Paramore - Crushcrushcrush
An Experiment On A Bird In The Air Pump - Saints
The Slits - Typical Girls
Ipso Facto - Circle Of Fifths
Lita Ford - Kiss Me Deadly
Marina & The Diamonds - I Am Not A Robot
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - I Hate Myself For Loving You
Metric - Handshakes
The Dead Weather - Treat Me Like Your Mother
No Doubt - Hey Baby
Sneaker Pimps - 6 Underground (Nellee Hooper Remix)
Transvision Vamp - Baby I Don't Care
KT Tunstall - Hold On
Jennifer Paige - Crush
Imelda May - Big Bad Handsome Man (Radio Edit)
The Long Blondes - Fulwood Babylon
Scarling. - Baby Dracula
Rolo Tomassi - I love Turbulence
Blood Red Shoes - ADHD
Nightwish - Amaranth
Siouxsie & The Banshees - Spellbound
Trash Monroe - IDoll
Dirty Love - Baby You Suck
Atomic Blonde - Babydoll (censored)
Devilish Presley - Hammer Horror Glamour
Kate Bush - Hounds Of Love
Alisha's Attic - Air We Breathe
Amanda Palmer - Strength Through Music
Lily Allen - Don't Get Me Wrong


Friday 4th Sept- New Music New Talent
Daisy Grenades - Broken Record (Rob's mix)
CB6 - Like a Ship Over Black Seas
I'm Chinese - Till It Burns
Soliss - Yeah Yeah Yeah
New Nobility - Galactic
Mr. Crimp - Perfect Words (Woohooo)
Winter - Artificial Love
Catherine Elms - Drowning- ARTIST OF THE MONTH
Rounds - A Party on a Beach
The Amsterdams - She's Automatic
Graham McCullough - Aint Love Cruel
Misnomer - Start the Machine Up
The Morning Orchestra - Petal On Your Shoe
Jointpop - Outlaw

a few new features in each show- New Music New Talent now has an Artist of the Month feature, the artist for September being the very talented Tori Amos- esque Catherine Elms (www.catherineelms.com) if you know a band that deserves to be artist of the month (or even nominate yourself) and have 4 songs that can be played on the show, please email me dj.moonlight@mtjr.co.uk explaning why you/they ought to be artist of the month. If the band is local to me I'll most likely arrange an interview too :)

Pigtails and Army Boots now also includes feminist related news and items of interest, and also once again includes unsigned/indie label artists, but ONLY if it fits into the Pigtails mould (in other words not everything that makes it onto NMNT will go on Pigtails). I'll particuarly pick grrrls that truly rock! And of course, we still have the cover song at the end :)

Monday, 14 September 2009

Amanda Palmer @ Union Chapel, Inslington, London - Saturday 12th Sept

Funny, it was this time of year last time when I saw Amanda Palmer live for the first time (last year) at the KOKO in Camden.
Last year I went mainly on a friend's recommendation, only really knowing a few Dresden Dolls songs at the time.
The day after that gig, I went and bought her solo album and have loved her music and been reading her blog/twitter etc ever since! So anyway, I thought that even though I really enjoyed it last time, I thought this time would be even better as I would know a lot more of her music. It turned out to be a completely different experience.

I must talk about the queue first though, as that was a good part of the day in itself. My friends and I wanted to make sure we got good seats as the venue is tiny (it's in a real working church) so we got in the queue quite early. While we were there, there was a man right next to us painted black with the words "collecting sins" on his chest. He had a little box and bits of paper people could write their sins on. Don't know what happened to the sins after though...

There was also puppets, and ukes everywhere! I really think I am going to take the plunge and buy one. I can't play an instrument, but would love to learn.

Then a man with a piano on a bike appeared! He was riding along and playing, a little while later a woman came to join him and sang along. THEN! first I glimpsed Neil Gaiman so was manically trying to take a photo, promptly followed by Amanda Palmer, who took over from the piano guy! Typical it was just as we could finally get in, so we hardly saw any of her impromptu performance.

The support band was Polly Scattergood. She had a very good voice but some of her songs were a bit poppy, and I wasn't sure about some of her lyrics- "I've got a dog, I've got a gun, I'm living in London now.." what was that all about?!

Amanda Palmer came on about half hour or so later after much cheering from the audience. She started by singing a song without any music, before taking off her coat to reveal a stunning stripy dress and sitting at the piano to play "Astrounaunt" followed by "Ambersand" both from her solo album.

The show was much more serious than the KOKO show, very stripped down and personal. The most amusing parts were Neil Gaiman (he was only a few pews in front of us)!!! singing a filthy hymn, and Polly Scattergood appearing on the balcony to sing "Puff the Magic Dragon."

There were "Ask Amanda" sessions scattered throughout (there was a box on the merch stall) and an artist was painting through the show, the painting got auctioned towards the end of the show.

I can't find the setlist anywhere, but it was mainly the slower songs off her solo album (I was quite disappointed about no guitar hero or leeds united, and no uke)! and older Dresden Dolls songs and the highlights for me were Oasis with Polly Scattergood's band and "Runs in the Family".

Even though my favourite AFP songs are the more upbeat songs, and in a way I prefered the last gig I saw, I was still entralled, the way she plays the piano and her voice is so amazing. She just comes across so lovely as well, I feel like her know her personally from reading all her stuff online. I was so tempted to go onto the stage and just give her a hug! Luckily I wasn't drunk, haha (there is a bar but not allowed to take drinks into the church part).

All in all, another fantastic gig, just very different. Can't wait for the next time :)

Monday, 7 September 2009

Offset Festival

On Friday night, Mike and I dug out our tent and blew the dust off as it hadn't been used since Reading 2004.

This year we went along to the young, new (it was the second year) Offset Festival which takes place in Hainult Forest in Essex, about a 45 minute drive away from where we live. Also, a much cheaper festival at only £45 for a weekend camping ticket, it seemed worthwhile despite not knowing that many bands, although The Slits being there was also a big deal for me!

Anyway we set off about 10am on Saturday, and arrived at the site about 11, the first thing we did was go to the campsite that didn't seem very big (but got expanded through the day) and set up our tents. Then it was time to crack open the beers and the rum!

We went into the arena area in the early afternoon, we were quite suprised about the security, they frisked you everytime you went in! We weren't allowed to take any alcohol in with us.

The first thing we did was buy some food, luckily for us and RxKitten, there was plenty of vegan food available. It was still pricey (as is all festival food) but didn't seem so bad when we realised the portions were massive! The first thing we had was from the Leon Lewis veggie stall, I had a very tasty chickpea curry.

We went by the main stage and the first band we watched was the female fronted An Experiment on A Bird in the Air Pump, which actually set the tone for the day, as you will read, most of the bands I saw on Saturday were female fronted!

We hung around after them to see KASMS who were amazing. I would defintley recommend them for fans of riot grrrl. The singer was also completely mental, throwing herself around the stage and trying to climb up the poles.

We all went for a bit of a look around, then when trying to find Rxkittens boyfriend we went into the Guitar hero stage where we saw a band called Berlin brides who were awesome. They were from Athens and we even got given a demo after, so expect to hear them on MTJR!

After them, Mike and I stayed at the Guitar Hero: New Bands stage to see The Duloks, the name rang a bell, I was certain I had them on MySpace friends list (I was right)! Really glad we did, as they were also awesome. All female nutters that wear gym outfits (apparently they first performed at a fancy dress party and the costumes stuck ever since). They were very punky, fun, a bit like Le Tigre, and also hilarious. They interacted with the audience loads, and joked about the Offset crew people (that they all looked like they were from a TopShop advert- which they did) amongst other things. They also did a funny song called Bad Vegetarian.

We went back to the tents for more drinks and to have a bit of a break, before going to see Bombay Bicycle Club on the main stage, the first band of the day not to be female fronted! I quite enjoyed them too.

After that was The Futureheads, we didn't see the whole set as we had something to eat (veggie chili and refried bean wraps- messy but good)! and popped our head in the Hardcore tent I wasn't too entralled by that, so we went and watched the rest of The Futureheads just around the side of the stage, where we could see Rxkitten's boyfriend Dave and our friend Paul had somehow sneaked themselves backstage and into the press pit! We even witnessed Dave dancing to them, despite being known as "Heavy Metal Dave"... The Futureheads finished with their cover of Hounds of Love and it was pretty brilliant actually.

Then we stayed right at the front ready for The Slits, inbetween the djs on the mainstage were playing awesome music like Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Elastica, so we had a bit of a boogie! Then we saw Dave and Paul get kicked out from backstage- oops! So they came and joined us to watch The Slits.

The Slits were of course, my favourite band of the whole weekend, they sounded awesome, and were so funny! Girls we have make our "poon poon" happy! lol. At one point they invited two girls up to the stage but a whole load actually joined them, people were climbing over the barrier to join, I was really tempted but the barrier was quite high and I was drunk so it wasn't going to happen. Soon the security kicked them all out. It was great to watch! I can't wait for their new album.

Sunday we didn't see as many bands, and was much more chilled out. We went and had another look around the stalls, there was a vintage clothing stall where Rxkitten bought a few things and I got a dress for £10 that I'm going to wear for the Amanda Palmer gig I'm going to next weekend, as well as some earrings!

Band wise, the first one we saw were Shrag, who were male and female fronted and were quite good.

We went to the Hardcore stage to see Kong, who were bloody scary with their weird facepaint and masks, and weren't really Mike and I's thing at all, so we had a wander and ended up seeing a band called brontosaurus chorus on the new bands stage who had all sorts of instruments including violins and sounded a bit ska- ish as well.

Then we went to another stage to see someone called No Bra, who really doesn't wear a bra (in fact no top on at all), she was meant to sound a bit like Peaches but she sounded awful so we all ended up leaving, as did quite a few others sitting in that tent.

Later on in the day we visited the hardcore tent again for Rolo Tomassi, the tent was getting packed so Mike and I stayed just on the edge. Was so suprised that the female singer is so small, as she has a proper heavy metal voice! It wasn't our thing either though so went away AGAIN and this time had a look in each tent and ended up by the main stage where we caught the end of Clinic, who sounded a bit like Placebo, was a bit disappointing that we missed most of their set.

The final band we actually watched were the Horrors, we watched about half of it, but personally I can't get into them, so ended up going back to the tent. Although I am told they had a lot of sound problems and threw a hissy fit, so wasn't their finest hour in any case.

To sum up, I thought it was a great festival even though I didn't enjoy as many bands on Sunday, the atmosphere was much more relaxed than reading, there was no fires allowed so there was no trouble whatsoever in the campsite. I'm defintley planning to go again next year.
Tip though, bring a lot of cash, as there was no cashpoint on site (despite it saying so on the website) it was quite a way off the site to get to one,. Toilets a lot cleaner than other festivals, food good, and vegan food easily available. Oh and security most of the time was pretty high, I got frisked almost every time I went into the arena, so you won't sneak alcohol in that easily!

Monday, 31 August 2009

Playlist from the weekend, and The Gathering

New Music New Talent
Inner Demons - Resurrection ( Free Again )
Jack Roger - When You Love The Weather
Holice - Blessed
Damnzal - Stand Up
Sirens - Smiling
Automatic Slim - The Candidate
633 Records - Blue Sky Sanity
Sonic X - Evident
Serotonin - Apologise to You
6 Fingered Man - Glassback
Gabby Young (Dave Howells Remix) - In this..dave wowell mix fi
Toni Rowland - Darkness
Aaron Carey - The Scene

Pigtails was a pre-record, but didn't go out for some reason :(

the reason it was pre recorded was because I was at The gathering, an event organised by Mistress Mosh promotions for the Starlight Foundation at The Lions Den.
MTJR were the first dj's of the day, Rxkitten, Mike Fisher and myself from 2pm to 6pm. After us various alternative dj's from all different nights kept things going until 2am. There was a bbq (a disposable one provided for us veggies- although we had to bring our own food), facepainting and we fashioned a lucky dip box as well.
I had work today, so we didn't hang about. Anyway, the MTJR dj's did an hour and 20 minutes each.
here's roughly what I played in my time-
Nirvana- Smells Like Teen Spirit
Foo Fighters- Stacked Actors
The Music- The People
Muse- Bliss
Kasabian- Vlad the Impaler
L7- Pretend We're Dead
Letters to cleo- Sunshine on my Window
Flyleaf- Cassie
Bikni Kill- Rebel Girl
The Offspring- Come Out and Play
Beastie Boys- Sabotage
Elastica- Connection
Robots in Disguise- The Sex Has Made Me Stupid
LCD Soundsystem- Daft Punk is Playing at My House
PJ Harvey- Dress

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Pigtails Playlist from this weekend and competiton result

I'm back! My first show as a married lady was this Sunday :) Our first dance song was Cyndi Lauper "True Colours" despite quite a few guesses, nobody got it right! Nice to know we're not too predicatable!

The Dollyrots - Because I’m Awesome
Cyndi Lauper - True Colors
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Sealings
Peaches - You Love It
New Young Pony Club - Hiding On The Staircase
Metric - Monster Hospital
The Raveonettes - You Want The Candy
Melissa Auf der Maur - Taste You
Pat Benatar - Heartbreaker
Skunk Anansie - Selling Jesus
Paramore - Crushcrushcrush
Goldfrapp - Ooh La La
Robots In Disguise - Hot Gossip
Soho Dolls - stripper
Madonna - Holiday
HorrorPops - Walk Like A Zombie
M.I.A. - Paper Planes
Santogold - Lights Out
Ladytron - Runaway
Sia - Buttons (Jimmy Vallance Radio Edit)
Ladyhawke - Back Of The Van (Cenzo Townsend Radio Mix)
Ida Maria - Oh My God
Sleater-Kinney - One Beat
PJ Harvey - Dress
The Patti Smith Group - Because The Night
Siouxsie & The Banshees - Spellbound
Kate Nash - Merry Happy
Tori Amos - I Don't Like Mondays

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Pigtails and Army Boots competition!

If you didn't tune into the show tonight, you would have missed not only a great show, but you wouldn't know that there is no Pigtails and Army Boots next Sunday or New Music on Friday, due to me getting married to the lovely Mike Fisher!
Anyway, I've got a little competition for you. Our "First Dance" song is top secret, only the dj knows (and he can't enter)! so you have to guess which song it is, out of some songs I played on the show tonight. If you're the winner you'll get a Pigtails and Army Boots cd made just for you! If you're someone at the wedding, you'll find out on the day obviously, if not it will be the week after on Pigtails and Army Boots!
here are the options, so take your guess!

Joan Jett- Crimson and Clover
Garbage- You Look So Fine
Alisha's Attic- Air We Breathe
Guano Apes- Pretty in Scarlet
Cyndi Lauper- True Colours
Heather Nova- London Rain
Heart- Crazy on You
Goldfrapp- Number 1
Air- All I Need
Scarlet- Independent Love Song

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Last weekends playlists and apology

Apologies if you were listening to my show on sunday and I suddenly disappeared or tuned in late and wondered why it wasn't me. I had been suffering with possible wisdom tooth pain and it got really bad half way through my show, so I was dragged away for a bit. So sorry about that!
The shows will be on as normal this week, and then next week I will be taking a break as I am getting married- yay! So make sure you tune in this week for great new music on Friday at 7pm, and for female fronted music on Sunday at 5pm, and I will also be talking about some recent feminist issues that have been in the news this week.

Friday 31st July New Music New Talent
Greenleaf56- ROYAL UNDERGROUND
Sierra Alpha - Superhero (Acoustic)
Phoenix Williams - Permanently In My Heart
The Ruskins - Dont Be Silly Joe
Dirty Money - The Killer
Indigo Road - Hey It's Alright
Quiet Company - Seal My Fate
Working Class Heroes - Dismissed
Ed Winslet - Just the Same
Palodine - Redwinged Blackbird
Suck My Deformity - Is It Wrong
The Wendy Darlings - Enormous Pop
Soliss - Yeah Yeah Yeah
Miss Cosmos - Paper Twin
Mumpsy - Ain't It Hard (When It's Over)

Pigtails Sunday 2nd August
Fleetwood Mac - Everywhere
Alanis Morissette - Sister Blister
Little Boots - New In Town
The Pipettes - Dirty Mind
Eurythmics - There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)
Zero 7 - Medicine Man
Natalie Imbruglia - Wishing I Was There
Lene Marlin - You Could Have
Everything But The Girl - I Don't Want To Talk About It
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - Nowhere To Run
Skunk Anansie - Weak
Something Beginning With L - Overcoat
Mary Wells - My Guy
The Pretenders - Spiritual High
Katrina & The Waves - Walking On Sunshine
Bananarama - Cruel Summer
Dolly Parton - 9 To 5
Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclispe Of The Heart
Amanda Palmer - Strength Through Music
Robot Man feat. Nanchang Nancy - Ready For This
Catatonia - Mulder And Scully
Garbage - Push It
Ladyhawke - Dusk Till Dawn
Howling Bells - Low happening
Wallis Bird - LaLa Land
Charlotte Hatherley - White
alannah myles - black velvet
Janis Joplin - Piece Of My Heart
Pat Benatar - Hit Me With Your Best Shot
Guano Apes - Big In Japan

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Weekend's playlists

Pigtails and Army Boots 26th July

Blondie - Picture This
The Supremes - You Can't Hurry Love
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll
Lily Allen - 22
Suzanne Vega - Blood Makes Noise
Fever Ray - Triangle Walks (Radio Edit)
Bat For Lashes - Pearl's Dream
Lisa Hannigan - I Don't Know
Florence And The Machine - Drumming Song
Cansei De Ser Sexy - Let's Make Love And Listen To Death From Above
Metric - Gimme Sympathy (Radio Edit)
Jill Sobule - Supermodel
Gwyneth Herbert - Annie’s Yellow Bag (Radio Edit)
The Ting Tings - Shut Up And Let Me Go
Vixen - Rev It Up
Rilo Kiley - The Moneymaker
Robots In Disguise - Turn It Up
Gossip - Love Long Distance
Noisettes - Don’t Upset The Rhythm (Radio Edit)
Pretty Girls Make Graves - Wildcat
Danielia Cotton - Make You Move
Grace Jones - Pull Up To The Bumper
Angel Taylor - Make Me Believe
Althea & Donna - Uptown Top Ranking
Indigo Girls - Love Of Our Lives
Imogen Heap - First Train Home (Radio Edit)
Tori Amos - You Can Bring Your Dog
Barlowgirl - Beautiful Ending (Radio Remix)
Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time
Air - You Make It Easy
Ann Wilson - Goodbye Blue Sky


New Music New Talent 25th July

The Fancy Dress Party - Bookmarks
Chavtownband - Cabin Fever demo
The Ropes - Kill Her Off
The Hooks - Heathen
Care Bears on Fire - Jack Brown
apple rabbits - Sing To Me
Jessica Allyn - Standing O
Blameshift - F.A.K.E.
Lucid Nation - Second Skin
Annabel Durnford - We are Fools
Isle of Dogs - We The Faceless
Asylum - Wicked Passion
Outlet - Modern Decay

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Pigtails Playlist and changes

Sun 19th July
Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill
Little Boots - Remedy
Saint Etienne - Only Love Can Break Your Heart
Melanie Fiona - Give It To Me Right (UK Radio Edit)
The Donnas - Better off Dancing
Tori Amos - Bouncing off Clouds
Laura Marling - New Romantic
Heather Nova - London Rain (Nothing Heals Me Like You Do)
Lita Ford - Playin' With Fire
Shocking Blue - Venus
Madonna - Dress You Up
Echobelly - Great Things
Suzi Quatro - If You Can't Give Me Love
Sleater-Kinney - One Beat
Texas - Inner Smile
The Bangles - Walk Like An Egyptian
The Raveonettes - Beat City
The Dead Weather - Treat Me Like Your Mother
The Go! Team - Bull In The Heather
The Hedrons - Heatseeker
Flyleaf - Breathe Today
Camera Obscura - The Last Song
The Distillers - Beat Your Heart Out
HorrorPops - Undefeated
Lauren Harris - Steal Your Fire
The Sounds - Tony The Beat
The Gits - While You're Twisting, I'm Still Breathing
Chicks On Speed Feat. Peaches - We Don't Play Guitars
Bif Naked - I Want
Meg And Dia - Cardigan Weather
Joan Jett - Do You Wanna Touch Me? (Oh Yeah!)

no playlist for new music new talent as techical error again :s
from this week the show is now on FRIDAYS at 7pm UK time!!

Saturday, 18 July 2009

Kasabian 17th July 09 Brixton Academy, London

Finally another chance to see my favourite band live! The last time was back in 2006, at a much bigger venue- Earl's Court!
So was great to be able to see them in a much smaller venue.
We didn't really catch much of the first support band "Dark Horses" set, but it didn't sound very good what we could hear.
The second support band was The Hours, they had a drumkit with a skull and crossbones on it, but there was about the height of excitement for me with them. They are pretty generic indie music really, ok as background music but not much else. Certainly not a good warm up for Kasabian in my own opinion. It seemed like they were on for bloody ages! Last time we saw them they had The Fratellis supporting them, and they got us in a complete party mood.

Kasabian didn't come on until almost 9.30pm, but once they did the very mixed crowd went wild to "Underdog" which is one of my personal favourites off the new album.

With most gigs I've been to, you can always tell the type of crowd that will be there, but with Kasabian you really couldn't tell. There was certainly a bit of a football crowd like atmosphere, but I didn't mind at all, and if I could, I would have got closer than we actually were.

Anyway, after Underdog, it was almost like a "greatest hits" which is pretty impressive considering they only have 3 albums. They played "Shoot the Runner", "Cutt off" "Proccessed Beats" and "Empire" before playing new single "Where did all the love go" which judging by the crowd's reaction is already fast becoming another anthemic single for them.

They played a few more off the new album "Swarfega", "Thick as Thieves" "Take Aim", then first single off the album "Fire" which the crowd went crazy for, which was probably the best part of the night for me, I love all their songs but I REALLY love Fire!

They then played "Fast Fuse" and "Doberman" before playing classic track "Clubfoot" off their debut album.

They left the stage as everybody cheered for an encore, and for the first time that I've ever seen, people actually started singing the chorus bit of one of their songs to encourage them to come back! It was pretty cool!

They kicked off the encore with the fantastic download only single "Vlad The Impaler" (which if you don't know already has an awesome video with Noel Fielding in) which went down a storm, followed by "Stuntman" and finally their cover of "You got the Love" that then goes into absolute corker "LSF" which is their trademark end song, they got different parts of the audience to sing the chorus which was pretty fun.

What was even better, although slighty terrifying because of the large amount of people, was when everyone was leaving and STILL carrying on singing all the way to the tube station

la la la la la la la la...... (imagine to the tune of LSF)!

even better than they were in 06, they just get better and better. I wish I was going to Wembley in November!!











Pigtails Playlist

Last weeks playlist

Garbage- When I Grow Up
Everything But The Girl - Missing (Todd Terry Remix)
The Breeders - Cannonball
The Pretenders - The Wait
Vita - Like Boom
Dolores O'Riordan - The Journey (Radio Edit)
Aretha Franklin - Respect
Janis Joplin - Piece Of My Heart
PJ Harvey - Working For The Man
St. Vincent - Actor Out Of Work
Le Tigre - Hot Topic
The Patti Smith Group - High On Rebellion
X-Ray Spex - Oh Bondage Up Yours!
Siouxsie & The Banshees - Hong Kong Garden
La Roux - In For The Kill (Radio Edit)
Lene Lovich - One In A Million
Diana Ross - Chain Reaction
Santogold - Shove It feat. Spankrock
Lenka - Trouble Is A Friend
Alisha's Attic - The Golden Rule
The Long Blondes - In The Company Of Women
The Slits - Typical Girls
Netsayi - Punch Drunk (Radio Edit)
Nouvelle Vague feat Martin Gore - Master & Servant
The Slack Republic - Contrary To Popular Belief
Republica - Drop Dead Gorgeous
Peaches - Lose You
Patrice Pike - Ridiculous Mess
Sheryl Crow - My Favourite Mistake
Tegan & Sara - Walking With A Ghost
Goldfrapp- Yes Sir, I Can Boogie

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

The Golden Lion and The Lions Den, and also Rxkitten with Plan B!

Firstly, since I haven't had the chance to mention it yet, my friend Ruth AKA RxKitten has now officially started on MTJR! Her show is Plan B and is filled with art rock, indie and other such delights. It's on straight after Pigtails and Army Boots on sunday, at 7pm (but you knew that already right)? So make sure that you stay tuned in for her show! it rocks! :)

I also haven't mentioned the a previous manager of Evolution (where we were originally going to have MTJR Live and Unleashed, then it unexpectedly closed down 3 days before) has now re-opened The Golden Lion pub, down Victoria Ave in Southend, right near the football ground. He owns it himself so at least we will always know where we stand now! Anyway, The first MTJR Live and Unleashed night is taking place there on the 31st July and will be every last friday of the month afterwards. I've also been asked to book bands for every Friday!

On Saturday, they had the launch of The Lions den, which is their function room and will be used for clubs, gigs, private parties etc etc. They asked MTJR to provide the entertainment and they would be doing a BBQ to raise money for The Starlight Foundation. Myself, Mike Fisher, Chris Munday (and his family) and Rxkitten all took part on the day.

Myself, Mike and Chris were there from the start at 2pm. It was a lovely warm day and there were lots of people there the whole time. Mike and Chris both did great sets for the 2-6pm shift. I popped home for a bit with Mike to have some dinner (no vegan food :( ) then I returned and took over from Chris. he had to leave after a bit, so was on my own for a little while, then some of my friends turned up, followed by RxKitten- hooray!

I let RxKitten take a turn on the decks- then it was me again, and I was influxed with classic rock requests! I could do some, but had only brought a small selection of cds with me as I was anticpating doing less sets lol. The the last 2 hours RxKitten and I split between us.

It was an excellent day and night, the bbq raised £124!! We met lots of new people (including a fellow dj who was interested in having us at his night sometime)! and had far too much cider, I was a bit ill when I got in..oops. But anyway, great day!

I played absolutely loads of stuff- my first set was "Pigtails and Army Boots" themed, and the 2nd one was mainly requests lol. The pigtails stuff included-
Le Tigre- I'm So Excited (it's my signature dj set tune now)
Bikini Kill- Rebel Girl
Amanda Palmer- Leeds United
La Roux- In For The Kill
L7- Wargasm
Garbage- temptations waits
Goldfrapp- ooh la la
Santogold- Say Aha
Noisettes- Don't Upset The Rhythm
and soo much more!
Thank you once again to everyone that came. Remember to become a fan of The Golden Lion on facebook and add them on myspace www.myspace.com/goldenlionpubsouthend
and get down there, it's going to be a fab new venue here. They are going to be having karaoke on Wednesdays, free jukebox (it's a great jukebox too- it's the most alternative one I've ever seen) and pool on Thursdays, and of course bands and club nights.

Myself and Mike Fisher will be there this Friday, bringing you 80's! see you there!!

Weekend Playlists

NEW MUSIC NEW TALENT- 4th July
Whiskey Blu - Colour me Blu
The Domes of Silence - Lost Weekend
Richard Lennox - Marriage of Figaro
Argon 40 - Argon 40 - Free Fallin'
The Voronas - You Ain't No Hero
Meditatronica - The Third Planet
Trash Monroe - Venus Envy
Chavtownband - weknowwhatwedontknow
Miss The Occupier - Short Sight
Never Means Maybe - Eighteen
Obsessive Compulsive - Perfect Wreck
David Rainger - Tweaking
Yes Miss, No Miss - Taking Over
The Ladybirds - (I'm Gonna) Spin Those Reels
Keira May - Pins And Makeup

PIGTAILS AND ARMY BOOTS 5th July
Blondie - Hanging On The Telephone
Kim Wilde - Kids In America
New Young Pony Club - Hiding On The Staircase
Martha & The Muffins - Echo Beach
Donna Summer - Hot Stuff
Regina Spektor - The Calculation
Lily Allen - Not Fair (Clean Radio Edit)
Toni Basil - Mickey
Belinda Carlisle - Heaven Is A Place On Earth
Neko Case - This Tornado Loves You
Aimee Allen - On Vacation (Single Version)
Feist - Sealion (Chromeo Remix) [Bonus Track]
The Ting Tings - Great DJ
Juliette & The Licks - Hot Kiss
Blood Red Shoes - It's Getting Boring By The Sea
Morcheeba - World Looking In
Katrina & The Waves - Walking On Sunshine
Remi Nicole - Go Mr. Sunshine
The Noisettes - Don't Give Up
Tiffany - I Think We're Alone Now
DJ Sunderland - Control The 80's
CSS - Music Is My Hot Hot Sex
Robots In Disguise - DJs Got S Gun
The Veronicas - 4 Ever
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Cheated Hearts
Courtney Love - Sunset Strip
Heart - Barracuda
L7 - Wargasm
Pat Benatar - Heartbreaker
Babes In Toyland - We Are Family

Monday, 29 June 2009

Southend Fringe Finale Party 26th June 09 review


Well like they say, all good things must come to an end at some point, and it might as well be in style, which is exactly what Southend Fringe did for their finale party at Bar Lambs, a stylish venue, and a sea theme with fancy dress encouraged! The venue itself had fish and crabs sitting along the wall, as well as a treasure chest lucky dip for 50p a go and shells filled with shrimp sweets adorned the tables. here's a few photos for your pleasure! oh and I mustn't forget the colouring! (see left)!



Anyway, the party wasn't just about random sea creatures and pirates (arr)! but of course, one of the best things about Southend Fringe, music!

The first band to play was local rockers Fashoda Crisis, playing a set of rowdy rock, including a song with an appearence from a member of another local band, the very tastefully titled Kunt and the Gang!


After a break with some sea themed songs being played (Echo Beach anyone)? and much pear cider consumed (well by my table anyway)!
The next artist came to the stage, a solo performer called Ste McCabe. A guy with a guitar and a drum machine (I think- it made lots of beats so maybe an fx pedal)? anyway he sang a lot about gay rights etc, and sounded eerily like Le Tigre!





The final act of the night, and in this case, certainly the best was the reggae tastic The Beatroots! This was the first time I've got to see these local legends, and they were great. A perfect end for Southend Fringe. They did a cover of Billie Jean in honour of Michael Jackson (RIP- possible blog to come soon) and a cover of Supelucky by Ten Tigers, Emma, southend fringe organsier's band! was quite amusing to hear a male sing "yay for me and my ovaries!"
I had sucha good time I didn't really want it to end! Thanks once again go to Emma for organising this, I look forward to what next year will hold!























Final photo is myself (I'm wearing the stripy dress and skull scarf in my hair) and my cider drinking crew! The lovely rxkitten (now also a dj on mtjr! check out her show Plan B straight after my show on a sunday at 7pm)! has the cadet hat on, Rachel is next to her and Lauren the sailor girl at the other end :) Love you all!

The Voronas and Devilish Presley@ Club Riga Thurs 25th June



One of the gigs I was most excited about going to during the fringe, as I have seen Devilish Presley before and really enjoyed them, plus the added bonus of it being on my birthday!

First band up we had seen at The Kursaal Vaudeville - The Voronas. A rockabilly band with a twist of lemon! No poodles on big skirts to be found here, just skulls and flames!

The sound in Riga did the band a lot more justice. A great band with so much energy. The singer Carolina, is completely insane! She had manic eyes which were only further exaggerated with her choice of eye make up. She was constantly moving and dancing. The animal noises were great too! They played the cover of "Everybody wants to be a cat" again, and it was fantastic. I'm not sure why I had never heard this band before, surely could get a good reputation here in Southend for being a fun, party, happy band that most people will enjoy!


















Next up was main headliner of the evening Devilish Presley. For those unfamiliar with their music, their music is a perfect compliment to The Voronas, "horrorbilly" maybe the best way to describe it, with a glam edge. It's just the 2 members and a drum machine. Another band full of energy, they played lots of new tracks off the latest album "Flesh Ride" A fun set that had near the end with my favourite song by them "Hammer Horror Glamour". At the end of the set they were telling us about a comedian who they like who does tricks on ladders and things. Anyway, he joked no one was prepared enough to bring a ladder, so someone from Club Riga promptly brings a ladder to a stage and he sings most of the last song standing on it, as well as walking through the audience. Great gig, but not a long enough set in my opinion.
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Playlists from last 2 weekends

PIGTAILS AND ARMY BOOTS

28th June 09
Ace Of Base - The Sign
Madonna - Who's That Girl
Fleetwood Mac - The Chain
Gossip - Heavy Cross
Björk - Big Time Sensuality
Imani Coppola - Legend Of A Cowgirl
Little Boots - Meddle
Soho Dolls - Trash The Rental
Cyndi Lauper - She Bop
No Doubt - Ex-Girlfriend
Jesca Hoop - Out The Back Door
Tori Amos - Cornflake Girl
4 Non Blondes - What's Up
Joan Osborne - One Of Us
Bikini Kill - Rebel Girl
Damone - Out Here All Night
Paramore - Misery Business
The Runaways - You Drive Me Wild
The Creepshow - Creatures Of The Night
Jack Off Jill - My Cat
Elizabeth & The Catapult - Taller Children
Sleater-Kinney - One Beat
Skunk Anansie - Weak
Kittie - What I Always Wanted
Garbage - Medication
Marina & The Diamonds - I Am Not A Robot
Bat For Lashes - Pearl's Dream
Heather Nova - I'm The Girl
KT Tunstall - Let's Stick Together

21st June 09
Echobelly - Great Things
Shiny Toy Guns - Le Disko
Buried in Mexico - Down
The Brownies - Means To An End
Joan Jett - Cherry Bomb
Amanda Palmer - Leeds United
Matinee Club - Discotheque Francais
Mary Timony Band - Summer's Fawn
PJ Harvey - Dress
The Gossip - Standing In The Way Of Control
Little Boots - Stuck On Repeat (Edit)
Crystal Castles - Crimewave (Crystal Castles VS Health)
La Roux - Bulletproof
Tigerpicks - Disco Punk Electro Funk
M.I.A. - Paper Planes
Lauren Harris - From The Bottom To The Top
Bananarama - Cruel Summer
Devilish Presley - Hammer Horror Glamour
Donna Summer - Hot Stuff
Ladyhawke - Dusk Till Dawn
Peggy Lee Vs Iggy Pop - Passenger Fever
The Dead Weather - Hang You From The Heavens
Althea & Donna - Uptown Top Ranking
Kate Nash - Pumpkin Soup
The Supremes - Stop! In The Name Of Love
Hole - Violet
The Patti Smith Group - Because The Night
Evanescence - Bring Me To Life
Paramore - Stop This Song (Lovesick Melody)
Le Tigre - I'm So Excited


NEW MUSIC NEW TALENT

27th June 09
Greg Kiss & The Feral Cats - 25 hours/day
Buried in Mexico - Down
The Brownies - Cougar
Darlington - Girls + Summer = Fun!
Sarah Rocks - The Industrial Jist
The Rokettes - Burn Baby Burn
Lana - Ruthless
The Fancy Dress Party - Bookmarks
Karl Culley - Bundle of nerves
Devilish Presley - Halloween Queen
The Beatroots - Ignorant
Lady Earl and The Greys - Smiling Out of Key
Death of the Elephant - Junkfly
Solitary Blossom - Hollow

20th June
The Get - Evolution of Man
Pluxus - Kinoton
El Dog - A Princess, A Monkey, The Stars and The Sea
Helen's Evil Twin - Stop Talking
Captain Dangerous - The Terrorist
The Tumbledryer Babies - Tell Me What To Do
Isa & The Filthy Tongues - Big Star
Argon 40 - Stay
Dirty Fairies - Get High (TT UAD Mix)
Greenleaf 56 - (SHE'S MY) DVD
Lucy odriscol - pandora mix
The Fancy Toys - Gypsy Eyes
Devilish Presley - Hammer Horror Glamour
Ten Tigers - 82

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Looking for bands!

I will now be booking bands for the Golden Lion pub, Southend (www.myspace.com/goldenlionpubsouthend please add, there is also a fanpage on facebook)! for every Friday night.

I'm looking for a band to play on Friday 3rd July!

I'm also looking for 3 awesome bands to play a Bollocks to Poverty event I'm organising at the same venue on Thurs 6th August!

Please either comment me on here or email dj.moonlight@mtjr.co.uk

Southend Fringe Female Fronted Band Triple! Saks Underground Sunday 21st June Review


Yes it's another review! Playlists up tomorrow or Friday, and more reviews of gigs this Thursday and Friday to come as well!

First band was Buried in Mexico (www.myspace.com/buriedinmexico) who actually turned out to be my favourite band of the evening. Hailing from Greenwich, they had a raw "proper" rock sound reminiscent of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and maybe mixed with a splodge of Joan Jett! The lead singer had lots of energy as well, which was very infectious!







Next up was Fever Fever ( www.myspace.com/feverfevertheband ) who had a heavier, punkier sound. I liked their music, but was a little put off when they tried to make a joke about running over a deer. Maybe if it wasn't for my vegan/animal rights opinions, I might have liked them more...



Headliner of the night was The Brownies (www.myspace.com/thebrownies) very punky and very much showed riot grrrl influence with their shouty vocals and loud guitars. Awesome! We liked them so much we bought their single "Cougar" which there is a link to buy through their MySpace. Well worth checking out!

Sadly there wasn't much of an audience to enjoy this, it had competition from Blur! (performing down the road at the Cliffs Pavillion the same night) and it was Sunday after all.

A very Pigtails and Army Boots rated evening! :)

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Southend Fringe- Culture as a Dare review Friday 19th June 2009 Cobham Lodge,Westcliff

A very busy time for gigging, thanks to Southend Fringe and getting a bonus at work allowing me to go! This was the night after the anti folk gig.

I had never been to this venue before even though it's only about 10 minutes away. I wish I had took a photo of the outside- it was a hotel and very pretty! Flowers all over the place!

The event was taking place in the basement, a very dark and small area with a separate bar down some stairs. There were cushions and seats around the side, Ruth and I sat ourselves down on the side, and it felt like we were in someone's living room, and that at any moment, someone's mum would walk in with milk and cookies!

Anyway I digress. We were a bit late so only caught 2 songs by the blues/folk tinged Lucy O Driscoll.

Next up was an artist I'm very familiar with, the fantastic Sophie Burrows under the name Goodbye Watson Camus I think her voice is very unusual and great, very raw. It was just her and her guitar, but somehow she makes it sound like more than that. I also love her lyrics.


Best band of the evening award goes to...The Fancy Dress Party! 7 members, male and female, and very young taking up most of the space, they were a revelation and inspiration. Every member played an instrument, in fact the majority of them changed instrument with every song! Very talented and sure to go onto big things! I hope I can get them to do one of our nights in the near future! I tried to take a few photos of the various instruments involved, but wasn't really in the best position to, but here are some of them anyway!
















Lastly was the main band we had came to see
Theoretical Girl. Quite surpised I hadn't heard of them before, not until Ruth told me about them, I'd describe them as happy electro pop. Apparently she sometimes plays solo, and other times with her backing band The Equations who were with her this time. I really liked their music and their energy. If you're going to Glastonbury, you can check her out there! :)
All in all, another great gig that surpassed my expections and some great new discoveries!

edit- just realised the links don't work properly! will try to resolve this asap!

Monday, 22 June 2009

Anti Folk Night@ Chinnerys, Southend Thursday 18th June


The 2nd gig I attended as part of the Southend Fringe Festival.

The first artist up was "Breaking Glass"
I've seen this band once before, as I was fan of singer Mel's previous band Johnny and the Mullets. I was quite disapponted the first time, as I loved the fact her previous band was all female and had a great raw, punky sound. When I saw the new band, it was still Mel but with a male backing band and a lot more mellow. This time however, it was just Mel and another girl on the flute. It was more stripped down, but I thought it was a lot better. Some of the songs were more upbeat this time too. They did a couple of covers, including a very interesting folky version of NWA's Straight Outta Compton!

Next up was an artist we saw at the Vaudeville, The Tumbledryer Babies. It must have been a night of doing things differently, as when we saw the "band" before it was just singer Andrew with his bass guitar. This time he had a full band behind him. Again, I thought this was a lot better. I enjoyed this set more, as it was also a longer set. My friend Ruth described Andrew as like Graham Coxon which is a pretty accurate description. He also comes across as sweet and endearing, which makes you warm to him even more!

My favourite act of the evening was Charlot Webster.
She had that "geek chic" look about her and some tattoos on her leg. When she came on stage, myself and my friend Ruth wasn't sure what instrument she was playing, but then realised it was an electric uke designed like a mini guitar! It was awesome! When she sang, her voice was amazing, very similar to Regina Spektor. Again, she came across very lovely and sweet, she had even wrote the setlist on her hand so she wouldn't repeat songs!



After her set, was MJ Hibbett performing solo with just a guitar, his songs were very folky, and were
clearly meant to be witty, but wasn't my sort of humour and I found him very shouty to be honest.


Last act of the evening, I didn't catch all their set but was Deferred Success. I found their lyrics funny, and thought they were very energtic. Not a lot more I can say as only saw a small part of their set.









Overall, an interesting evening, just a shame there wasn't more of a crowd.

Saturday, 13 June 2009

Kursaal Vaudeville

Thursday 11th June 2009 was Southend Fringe Festival's Kursaal Vaudeville- a night of variety acts and a silent disco! It took place at the Kursaal Function Room on Southend Seafront from 8pm onwards.

The first act was one man band The Tumbledryer Babies. His lyrics are very amusing and the songs are short and end abruptly. It was only a short set so I am looking forward to the Anti Folk night which he is also playing at next week (Chinnerys on Thursday).

Next up was some readings from the Southend Poetry Group. They weren't really my sort of poems, but nevertheless I couldn't do what they do, stand up and read to a large audience- eep!

The next act was very bizarre. A guy stepped onto the stage, first said he had write a poem, and read some very short line, before saying that it was rubbish, and saying "sod that, here's mixatosis!" disappeared into the nearby toilets, came back out with a hat on his head, turned on a laptop with a mash up of Greenday- Amercian Idiot and Peaches- Bad reputation and proceeded to mime and roll around the floor a lot to this, and a few other mash ups. Like I said, it was bizarre :s

After he finished, Wendy Solomon and her pianist set up. She had an electric uke. but sadly one of her strings broke almost straight away. The pianist kept us entertained playing a tune while they tried to fix the problem. They didn't sort it out, but carried on regardless, and I thought it still sounded really good.

After Wendy, we heard some more poems from the poetry group.

Next was a group called Delusion, a group of tap dancers that is! Very cool it was too!

The last act of the perfomers was horrorabilly band The Voronas, who had a few sound problems but I thought you were great. All of the members were full of energy and what could be cooler than a double bass! I especially liked the version of "Everybody Wants to be Cat" :)

The silent disco ended up starting about 10.30pm with Emma and myself behind the decks. Was quite bizarre to have to two sets of equipment! The people that stayed got special wireless headphones with a switch so they could choose which dj to listen to. It was really hard to tell what they were listening to, and very funny to watch people dancing to no loud music! I was quite pleased that someone came up and asked who was playing daft punk (me) and that my set was really good :) It was so much fun I didn't want to stop hehe.
Here is my set list, probably not in exactly the right order, but all the songs anyway. I don't know what songs Emma played, although it was vastly different to mine!

Shiny Toy Guns- Le Disko
Basement Jaxx- Where's Your Head At?
Crystal Castles- Crimewave
Gossip- Standing in the Way of Control
Amanda Palmer- Guitar hero
LCD Soundsysten- Daft Punk is Playing at my House
Daft Punk- Robot Rock
Fatboy Slim- The Rockafeller Skank
Kasabian- Fire
Apollo 440- Stop The Rock
M.I.A- Paper Planes
The Hives- Hate to Say I Told You So
Le Tigre- I'm So Excited
Led Zeppelin- Rock n Roll
AC/DC- High Voltage