Thursday, 29 September 2011

this weeks playlist

Cyndi Lauper - I Drove All Night

Annie Lennox - No More I Love You's

Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way

Morcheeba - Be Yourself

Ladytron - Predict The Day

Le Tigre - My My Metrocard

Siouxsie - One Mile Below

Sleater-Kinney - Slow Song

Patti Smith - People Have The Power

Florence + The Machine - Between Two Lungs

Echobelly - Great Things

Portishead - Sheared Tmes

kate nash - foundations

Lily Allen - Shame For You

Blood Red Shoes - You Bring Me Down

Ut - Wailhouse

Imelda May - Proud and Humble

You Say Party! - Monster

Pretty Girls Make Graves - Pictures Of A Night Scene

- Flaming June- Nerves Of Steel

- Ideal Zero-Beneath the Sun

We Rock Like Girls Don't - Violence

PJ Harvey - Wang Dang Doodle

Scarling. - Baby Dracula

The Sounds - 24 Hours

Kristy Kruger - Little Pollyanna

Amanda Palmer- Fake Plastic Trees

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Saint Jude @ The Hard Rock Cafe 21st Sept 11

As my husband is a subscriber of Classic Rock magazine, we were lucky enough to win tickets for their first subscriber's only gig in the Hard Rock Cafe basement in London.

As the doors opened very early (6pm) it was a bit of a rush to get the train after I finished work, and as we were on the train there was a fault with the train so it actually stopped at Stratford instead of Liverpool Street, so we were delayed slightly further as we had to wait for another train to take us the last few stops. The tubes were predictably awful at that time of day but we managed to get to the venue before 7pm.

The email we had to take with us and had mentioned there would be free drinks but as it turned out it was merely a voucher to have one complimentary beer(only half a pint) or glass of wine, and I'm not really a drinker of either of those so it was bit rubbish!

Anyway, the venue itself was interesting, the entrance was just around the side of the cafe itself and the room was tiny and filled with some pretty cool music memorabilia like Iggy Pop's and Madonna's jackets and a few guitars including Steve Vai's. We didn't know how many people were able to win tickets but there was quite a few people already there when we arrived- I felt slightly out of place as it was mostly older men!

It wasn't a very aggressive crowd so we managed to find ourselves a nice place right in front of the stage (and there was no barrier so it was very close) There was no support act, so Saint Jude came on around 8pm ish. There were stools on the stage so there were all sitting through the performance and it was semi acoustic. They kicked off with one of my favourite tracks off the album 'Garden of Eden' and proceeded to play for around an hour. They played the majority of their debut album 'Diary of a Soul Fiend' as well as a couple of new songs.

What impresses me the most, and it was much more apparent when seeing them live rather than listening to the CD is just how impressive and powerful singer Lynne's voice. She could scream and hold notes for ages and didn't even lose her breath- it was absolutely stunning. The band itself has quite an unique sound compared to other female fronted rock bands at the moment, Saint Jude play a mix of blues and straight up rock n roll which would appeal to wide audience so I'm sure they will become a force to be reckoned with!

If you want to catch them, they are doing a tour in December.

This video someone posted of the gig can give you an idea of what they're like:

Thursday, 22 September 2011

this weeks playlist

Texas - I Don't Want A Lover

Kim Carnes - Bette Davis Eyes

Kate Bush - Rubberband Girl

Martha & The Muffins - Echo Beach

The Pretenders - I'll Stand By You

Shocking Blue - This America

Propaganda - The Chase

Donna Summer - I Feel Love

The Naked & Famous - Punching In A Dream Single Version

HARRY - I Do What I Do

No Doubt - Hella Good

Robots In Disguise - I'm Hit

Kate Crash - Sawago

The Gossip - Listen Up!

The Dollyrots - Dance With Me

Biork - Earth Intruders

Girlschool - Take It All Away

X Ray Spex - Oh Bondage Up Yours!

Erase Errata - Tax Dollar

Beverly Kills - Need You All The Time

Earth Prayer - I Can See the Second Sun

Decibelles - Sunday Feelings

Tsunami Bomb - Say It If You Mean It

Be Your Own Pet - Bicycle, Bicycle, You Are My Bicycle

Courtney Love - Mono

Saint Jude - Garden Of Eden

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Cheated Hearts

Lene Lovich - I Think We're Alone Now

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Any Love is Good Love

My friend Emma and the awesome Ste McCabe have been working on an awesome project the last few months and it's now nearing completion.
They have been working on 'Any Love is Good Love' a cd with loads of fantastic bands including Death of the Elephant, The Lovely Eggs and of course, Ten Tigers, to raise awareness of homophobia and transphobia, as well as to raise money for Lesbian and Gay Youth Manchester.
There isn't an official release date yet, but I have heard a promo copy and can confirm that is a great cd. You can keep up to date and become a fan on Facebook

Thursday, 15 September 2011

this weeks playlist

Blondie- Dreaming

Lita Ford- Playin' With Fire

Suzanne Vega- Solitude Standing

Madonna- Secret

New Young Pony Club- The Get Go

Ladyhawke- Magic

Peaches- You Love It

Sneaker Pimps- Six Underground

The Ting Tings- Shut Up and Let Me Go

The Go! Team- Everybody's a VIP To Someone

Little Fish- Hallelujah

The Joy Formidable- Austere

Go Betty Go- It's Too Bad

Bikini Kill- Jigsaw Youth

Alanis Morissette- Head Over Feet

Heart- Barracuda

Lauren Harris- See Through

Garbage- Why Do You Love Me

Dresden Dolls- Girl Anachronism

Lush- Ladykillers

Death of the Elephant- Locas

The Lovely Eggs- Don't Look At Me (I Don't Like It)

Decibelles- Bloody Bloody Whiffy Scuzzy

The Birthday Massacre- Blue

KT Tunstall- Black Horse and the Cherry Tree

Alisha's Attic- Do I Lie?

Heather Nova- Blood Of Me

Joan Jett- Dirty Deeds

Sunday, 11 September 2011

30 Day Song Challenge Part 7

Song 19: A Song From My Favourite Album (hard to choose, so many good albums)!

Song 20: A Song I listen to when I'm Angry

Song 21: A Song I Listen To When I'm Happy

Thursday, 8 September 2011

this weeks playlist

Chicks on Speed- Love Bite

The Cardigans- Marvel Hill

Patti Smith- Privilege (Set Me Free)

Thomas Tantrum- Zig a Zag

Siouxsie- Loveless

Babes in Toyland- Spun

Amanda Palmer- Astronaut

You Say Party- Poison

The Distillers- Drain the Blood

Natalie Imbruglia- Wishing I Was There

Moloko- The Time is Now

Scarling- Can't (Halloween Valentine)

The Donnas- Hyperactive

Joan Armatrading- There Ain't a Girl Alive

Santigold- My Superman

Bif Naked- Let Down

Nightwish- For the Heart I Once Had

The Raveonettes- Dead Sound

Hole – Dying

Imani Coppola- Springtime

Dana Jade- Little Sister

Maria and the Gay- Motherfolkers

Decibelles- Fur Love and Taxidermy

Tori Amos- Cornflake Girl

Chrome Hoof- Circus 9000

Flyleaf- Fully Alive

Nina Hagen- Spirit in the Sky

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Ladygarden @ The Portland Arms, Cambridge 28/08/11

Experimental noise makers Canaveral
Punk Rockers Beverly Kills
retro punk band Chapter 24

rock n rollers We Rock Like Girls Don't
I hadn't heard of the Ladygarden fundraiser before now, and this was their fourth year- this year I was lucky enough to be offered a lift down (as Cambridge is not too close to where I am)! by M of the fantastic band Ten Tigers.

As it wasn't advertised to start until 5.30pm, M came to pick up at about 3pm and we made our way down, getting ourselves in the mood for some female fronted music with a bit of Sneaker Pimps. We managed to find our way to Cambridge, and then got a bit confused where we had to go, but thanks to my recently bought smartphone and it's sat nav type function we managed to find ourselves there. We were still early anyway, so we quickly popped across the road to grab some chips.

When we finished and decided to venture into the venue, we got rather confused, as it was at a pub, that had many doors that seemed to lead to the same place- a room full of men watching football! Was this really the right place? Eventually we found ourselves in the beer garden, and thanks to someone who thought we were in one of the bands (well M could have been if her band was playing to be fair)! we finally realised there was another room, just outside and upstairs, almost like a secret bunker. Only, they were still sound checking at this point, so we decided to get a drink and spot the people that were in the bands- which wasn't hard! Anyone female and dressed vaguely alternative. It was quite an unusual mix of people in this pub- there was the stereotypical pub regulars, alternative crowd, old and young people, and even a couple of leather clad bikers drinking tea!

It took some time, but eventually at about 7pm, the room was finally ready for us. When we went inside, the room was incredibly tiny, and had very fancy looking patterned foam on the wall, which was in fact sound proofing. There wasn't too many of us in the room just yet for the first band, and there was two guys filming, that meant everyone was sort of standing towards the back of the room.

The first band Canaveral (sorry I can't find a link for the right band) weren't actually a female fronted band, although at least 3 of the members were. I wasn't quite sure what to make of this band to be honest, their entire set consisted of one over twenty minute long song- well I say song, it was more like a dark psychedelic experimental noise that consisted of some big drum beats and a guy making random noises into a loop machine, giving it a somewhat eerie effect. To be fair, I'm no expert on experimental music, and it wasn't unbearable, I was just a little dazed by it, which I'm sure is something they are used to!

There was a short break in between acts which gave us time to have a quick glance at the fundraising stall they had set up. It was a bit disappointing as both of us had brought things to donate, but the stall was actually very small and as it was the stuff on it was falling off! It had been advertised as having a BBQ, a record sale/cake stall, and although there was a few cds on the table and definitely some cakes, there was no bbq at all. Saying that, M mentioned there was a message about it on Facebook, which I no longer use so I didn't see it. It was probably a good thing as it was a really weird weather day, when it kept going sunny and raining intermittently.

The second band were a much more interesting prospect. They were called 'Chapter 24' and to begin with, I thought the lead singer kind of looked bored, but as the set went on, she looked more like she was into the spirit of it. Their music is described as 'tropical punk' which seems to fit the bill quite nicely. I would say they have a very retro feel to their music, which had some similarities to The Slits.

The third band on the line up were 'Beverly Kills' who I had heard of before, and I was hugely impressed with their set. They are an all female band with their own unique form of punk rock you can dance to. They actually had extra time on their set as one of the bands had to pull out as they were stuck in traffic and couldn't make it in time (to be honest I was relieved as they were hardcore band and I'm really not into hardcore) and at the end they decided to play a song they played at a friend's wedding, saying that we were all either going to love it or hate it. They then launched into a cover of several Abba songs including 'Gimme Gimme Gimme' and 'Mama Mia' but not at all in a cheesy 80's way, instead making an excellent fast, punky megamix!

The final band were 'We Rock Like Girls Don't' who I have also heard of, and also received music from several years ago. They only consist of two members (both female), a singer/guitarist and a drummer, but the amount of sound the two of them can make is simply immense. Their sound is pure infectious rock n roll, that seemed to spread through the crowd like wildfire, giving this fundraiser an amazing rock star finish.

Overall, this little fundraiser in Cambridge which was raising money for the Cambridge Women's Resource Centre was very good indeed, with a good choice of bands. My main complaint would be the use of the two cameramen in such a tiny room, especially as they tended to get in the way, several times one of them would be right in front of us, blocking the view or stopping us getting any closer to the stage (especially as we kept being told to move forward, it was sometimes near on impossible) but other than that, it was well worth the little road trip! (oh and the deafness the following day :) )

You can check out a few short video clips I took on my youtube page

Thursday, 1 September 2011

this weeks playlist

Cyndi Lauper- All Through the Night

Belinda Carlisle- Leave a Light On

Fleetwood Mac- The Chain

Texas- Halo

The Pretenders- Hymn To Her

Deborah Harry- French Kissin' in the USA

Yeah Yeah Yeahs- Heads Will Roll

Shiny Toy Guns- Le Disko

Portishead- Sour Times

Le Tigre- Les and Ray

Paramore- Emergency

Guano Apes- Cream Over Moon

Kittie- Summer Dies

Skunk Anansie- It Takes Blood and Guts To Be This Cool

Marnie Stern- Every Single Line Means Something

PJ Harvey- Losing Ground

Land of Talk- Speak to Me Bones

Dead Weather- 3 Birds

Rock in Your Pocket- Doubtbox

Lindsay Ullmann- Bloodsucker

Decibelles- The End of a Reign

Sarah Fimm- Yellow

Nina Simone- To Love Somebody

Janis Joplin- Ball and Chain

No Doubt- Beauty Contest

Tegan and Sara- Dark Come Soon

Imelda May- Tainted Love