November 10th 2008 – releases, tips and bits and bobs

10 Nov

Hey there everybody! I’m feeling a bit groggy today. I didn’t get much sleep last night. A little tip, never watch a horror film before going to bed. It’s quite hard to sleep afterwards. The horror film in question being Saw V. I thought it tied up a load of loose ends after the last one left me thinking “Uh…what the hell?”. There’s going to be a Saw VI next year apparently – not sure what to make of that but I guess if it’s making money then it’ll continue to be made.

On Saturday night, I spent the evening dropping DJ demos off at various places in London (The Social, Metro and The Roxy) looking for DJ work. Should anything come of it then I’ll let you all know. On the subject of central London, does anybody else find that walking down Oxford Street on a Saturday afternoon turns you into a miserable bastard? I don’t know what it is but the majority of people that walk down Oxford Street get in my way. “Oh yeah, let’s stop right outside the tube station so people can’t get by when they get out!” or “Oh should we stop and turn around? No. We’ll stop. Then carry on. Then stop and turn around. Then stop.” MOVE OUT OF MY WAY!

Uh…anyway, here’s what’s going on this week in the music world:

Firstly, I’m on air tonight at 7pm and Thursday night at 10pm on Smoke Radio with You Heard It Here First where I’ll be playing more new music that you need in your life. Go to the Smoke Radio website and click on “Listen Live” to uh… listen.

There’s some cool things being released this week:


Coldplay – Lost! EP

New eight song EP made up of songs that didn’t make their brilliant fourth album “Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends” which in my opinion really gets better with every listen. The digital release includes a new version of Lost! which features Jay-Z. What will Noel Gallagher think? 

Emmy The Great – We Almost Had a Baby

Singer/songwriter Emmy studied the same course that I am studying at the moment. She’s been making beautiful music for many years now and is slowly but surely starting to get the acclaim she deserves. Her melodies grab hold of you and won’t let you go.

Friendly Fires – Paris

Friendly Fires are fantastic. It’s quite easy nowadays to make “bangers” and electro music. Often the genre can be guilty of lacking any real soul or emotion. This tune has a real uplifiting feel to it. Plus it makes you want to shake your arse off.

Twisted Wheel – Lucy In The Castle

I absolutely adored previous single “You Stole The Sun” and following on from their recent Oasis UK tour support slots the band are releasing another gem. Fans of Oasis, The Jam, The Enemy, Graham Coxon and The Libertines should get on board the Twisted Wheel ship.


You know Christmas is only round the corner when a load of “best of” records start appearing on the shelves!

Stereophonics – Decade In The Sun

The Smiths – The Sound of the Smiths

Fabric 43 – Metro Area

The Flaming Lips – Christmas on Mars (DVD/CD)


There’s quite a lot of new bands that I want to share with you on the backburner, but here’s ten to keep you going until I compile the ULTIMATE list:



Me My Head



Let Our Enemies Beware

Black Arrows

Alessi’s Ark


Bear Hands


It’s a very busy week this week with a load of great gigs occuring in our lovely capital.

Tonight – Fleet Foxes, Goldfrapp, Emmy The Great, Hello Hallelujah and for those of you that have never been to Durrr at The End, try and get along tonight for Stopmakingme, We Have Band and Kamerakino.

Tuesday – Skibunny, NERD, Grammatics, Bookhouse Boys, Laura Marling, Cut Copy, VV Brown

Wednesday – The Black Keys

Thursday – Mercury Rev, Razorlight, Das Wanderlust

Friday – Leonard Cohen, Rancid

Saturday – The Wombats

Sunday – Sharon Shannon and the Big Band


Skibunny are playing at The Social as part of Radio One DJ Huw Stephens’ monthly “Introducing” night tomorrow (November 11th). Entry is free!

And finally, it’s not a new release but I am loving the Soulwax tour documentary “Part of the Weekend Never Dies” at the moment. I’ve not seen Soulwax for about two years now and this DVD is keeping me going until they hit us with more material.

That’ll do you all for now!


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