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Live Review: Ben Kweller @ London’s Union Chapel – 9th December

 
By on Wednesday, 10th December 2008 at 2:09 am
 

“Everyone is being so quintessentially English and not sitting next to each other” grumbled one woman as she and her boyfriend tried to find a place to sit before the gig started. How true it was – what’s more English that sitting in a 134 year old church, on wooden pews that make your bum go numb?

However who we’d gone to see wasn’t English – oh no. He was Ben Kweller,Texas’ finest singer songwriter to hit these shores for a while. But we’ll get to that in a couple of moments.

Once we’d navigated our way to the gorgeous chapel (with some of the nicest venue staff I’ve yet to see – take note, Academy venues), we took to our pews, complete with hot-dog and settled in for half an hour of Carrick, lead singer from “Everybody Else“, an LA three piece. After being amazed and awed by how skinny his legs were (seriously, they bewildered us for a good few minutes), we slowly fell for his wistful tunes, strong voice, and interesting bow-tie.

However, we were really there for Ben, and a couple of minutes after 9 he ambled on stage, joined by Kitt Kitterman, the sort of guy you don’t want to meet down a dark alleyway. Plowing through a set full of material both from his previous albums and his forthcoming “Changing Horses”, it seemed that whilst he worked incredibly hard the crowd were a bit subdued… whether that was due to the nature of it being a church, or just the collection of people is hard to guess, but either way there was no doubting Ben’s efforts.

Throughout his 90 minutes on stage we had such gems as a cover of Neil Young’s “From Hank To Hendrix” and “Different But The Same”, which was dedicated to Kitt as “he quite likes playing it and we don’t play it that much…”. To be honest, the 90 minutes flew by a bit too quickly – I would have been quite happy to sit there for a few more hours, hearing a whole back-catalogue, however I have a feeling everyone’s bums would have been completely numb by then.

My highlight of the evening wasn’t one of the established songs that everyone knew. Nope, it was one of the new ones, “Homeward Bound”, the closing track to “Changing Horses” and written by Willie Nelson’s parents in the 1950s and one little gem that has sat around for 50-odd years before Ben recorded it. It fitted the chapel perfectly, just needing a little choir and it would have been complete.

Shortly before closing out with “Penny on the Train Track”, Ben announced that he’ll be back in London on May 15th at Koko as part of a proper tour for “Changing Horses” – definitely a date to add to your diary.

A big thanks to Megan @ C3 Management for sorting out tickets.

Pictures after the jump.

Continue reading Live Review: Ben Kweller @ London’s Union Chapel – 9th December

 

Single Review: Oasis – I’m Outta Time

 
By on Monday, 1st December 2008 at 6:45 am
 

Tomorrow (Dec 1st) sees the release of Oasis‘ latest single from current album, ‘Dig Out Your Soul’. Considering it took Liam Gallagher 9 years to complete, one would hope that ‘I’m Outta Time’ is a track worth waiting for. Judging by the fact that many critics have labelled it the best tune to appear on the current album, it would appear it might just be.

Written as a tribute to an Oasis hero, John Lennon, ‘I’m Outta Time’ even includes a muffled voice clip of the legend towards the end of the song. Even though the track is a blatant rip-off (well, it is Oasis we’re talking about here!) of Lennon’s ‘Jealous Guy’, ‘I’m Outta Time’ fails to possess the genuine, heart wrenching emotion of the famous 70s ballad.

Still, everyone knows the Gallagher brothers are not ones to mince their words – so ‘I’m Outta Time’ proves that even Liam has a softer, more sensitive side to show through his music. The tinkling piano and haunting vocals make it the perfect tune to follow up previous rocking single, ‘The Shock of the Lightning’. While ‘I’m Outta Time’ may be a little unmemorable – it’s catchy and it’s cute and will undoubtedly do well this week in the charts following it’s release on Monday.

Pre-order the CD from Amazon.

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Bridgette Amofah / New UK Tour shows

 
By on Thursday, 27th November 2008 at 8:54 pm
 

Now, you may not have heard of Bridgette Amofah before. I’ll even hold up my hands and admit that I hadn’t heard of her before I got the email introducing us.

However since then I haven’t looked back. She’s got an amazing voice, and could well be one of the shining talents of 2009 – the songs are quintessentially English but inspired by her musical heroes – from classic French artists such as Serge Gainsbourg and Edith Piaf, to Burt Bacharach and Minnie Ripperton with a nod to contemporary artists like Feist.

She’s not just a one talent flash-in the pan – Amofah’s life story could have resulted with her heading down one of many different routes. She toyed with becoming an author – the first poems she ever wrote as a child were published – and she still writes stories today. Then she did stint as a charity worker raising money for worthy causes before becoming a catwalk model – she was flown first class around Europe but was ultimately turned off by the industry and it’s ways.

Her debut single, ‘What It Takes/Not Your Style’ is released in two weeks time on 8th December, so be sure to at least have a listen on the myspace, and if you like it go and buy it.

She’s off on tour throughout December and early next year, playing the below dates, including a stint supporting Candi Staton – surely a match made in heaven.

Wednesday 3rd December – London Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
Saturday 6th December – Reading, Oakford Social Club
Thursday 11th December – London YoYo @ Notting Hill Arts Club
Friday 19th December – London Portobello WInterfest
Wednesday 21st January 2009 – London Monto Water Rats
Wednesday 18th February 2009 – Bristol Academy (supporting Candu Staton)
Friday 20th February 2009 – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall (supporting Candi Staton)
Saturday 21st February 2009 – Birmingham Town Hall (Supporting Candi Staton)
Tuesday 24th February 2009 – London Shepherds Bush Empire (supporting Candi Staton)
Wednesday 25th February 2009 – Hove The Old Market (Supporting Candi Staton)
Thursday 26th February 2009 – London Book Slam @ Neighbourhood
Wednesday 4th March 2009 – Exeter Vibraphonic Festival

 

Ben Kweller / December 2008 UK Tour

 
By on Sunday, 16th November 2008 at 10:30 am
 

The amazingly talented Ben Kweller has announced a string of UK tour dates for early December as an extra special Christmas treat for everyone this side of the Atlantic.

The US star (who’s co-headlined tours with the likes of Ben Folds, Conor Oberst, Death Cab For Cutie and other US indie luminaries) is doing a short European jaunt before Christmas to promote his intriguingly named new EP “How Ya Lookin’ Southbound? Comein…”.

Tickets are on sale now (and look like they have been for a while), and are around the £10 mark.

Catch him at:

Thursday 4th December 2008 – Mancheser Ruby Lounge
Friday 5th December 2008 – Glasgow King Tuts
Saturday 6th December 2008 – Dublin Wheelan’s
Monday 8th December 2008 – Birmingham Glee Club
Tuesday 9th December 2008 – London Union Chapel

 

Iglu & Hartly / December 2008 UK Tour

 
By on Friday, 3rd October 2008 at 4:06 pm
 

Iglu & Hartly have announced a string of new UK Tour dates for early December.

The press release says that this is

“most likely the last time you’ll get to see the guys in rooms small enough to kiss the sweat from the ceiling”

Fun.

Catch a free MP3 of their biggest (and probably only) hit below, and then check out the tour dates and decide if they’re really worth going out and getting cold for in December.

MP3: Iglu & Hartly – In This City

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday (8th October) at 9am for the below dates.

Catch Iglu & Hartly at:

Monday 1st december – Edinburgh Liquid Room
Sunday 7th December – Lincoln Engine Shed
Monday 8th December – Birmingham Academy 2
Tuesday 9th December – Manchester Academy 3
Wednesday 10th December – London ULU

 

The Futureheads / November and December 2008 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 23rd September 2008 at 8:32 pm
 

Now on their fourth tour this year, The Futureheads have announced yet another tour for the end of the year.

Tickets for some dates are on sale now, others go on sale tomorrow (24th September) at 9am.

Saturday 29th November 2008 – London Astoria
Sunday 30th November 2008 – Whitehaven Civic Hall
Tuesday 2nd December 2008 – Glasgow ABC 2
Wednesday 3rd December 2008 – Glasgow ABC 2
Friday 5th December 2008 – Cardiff Point
Sunday 7th December 2008 – Norwich Waterfront
Friday 13th December 2008 – Sheffield Academy
Wednesday 19th December 2008 – Gateshead Sage
Thursday 20th December 2008 – York Duchess

 
 
 

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