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Nov. 27th, 2011 06:04 pm
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  • Sun, 05:09: On a quest to find my favourite Xmas movie I've ordered A Christmas Story via Amazon. Will it be better than Die Hard? http://t.co/TMbuXNvR
  • Sun, 05:11: RT @YSDC: Poor phone connection at Dragonmeet scuppered some plans &reports, but much chatting & recording took place! Good to see everyone.

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Nov. 25th, 2011 12:04 pm
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Nov. 21st, 2011 12:05 pm
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  • Вс, 20:21: RT @SamanthaEdgley: Tis the season to be jolly! Emmy the Great & Tim Wheeler (Ash) release their Christmas album tomorrow. Review by moi ...

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Nov. 17th, 2011 12:04 pm
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  • Wed, 15:10: RT @britac_news: Smashing article by one of our Fellows, Mary Beard. How do you feel about the Miss World competition? http://t.co/ip8TWXUX
  • Wed, 15:13: At lunch time I felt virtuous for having a fruit salad for dessert, but come the middle of the afternoon I wish I'd gone for cake.

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Nov. 15th, 2011 12:04 pm
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  • Tue, 11:30: RT @alan_tudyk: "Those who can, do, and those who can't, teach." Does that apply to teachers?

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Nov. 12th, 2011 12:04 pm
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Saturday night was Mediaeval Baebes night, at St Pancreas Church.

Now, I don't want to go all Indie on you, but I liked Mediaeval Baebes when they were Miranda Sex Garden. Admittedly, as an impressionable youth reading about the trio singing madrigals in NME and Melody Maker, my eye was probably attracted by the name. How could something that involved Miranda, sex and indeed a garden be anything but good? I saw the band post-madrigals era, when they were playing weird, experimental stuff. Miranda Sex Garden would much later describe their music as a 'seductive garden of earthly delights, full of colour and chaos'. The band played Moles circa their Susperia album, in Bath, when I was at University in the early 90s. I was drunk, which perhaps added to the effect, but I thought they were amazing. I bought the T-shirt, which remains my favourite T-shirt to this day, though nearly 20 years later it has seen better days. Haven't we all?

My favourite T-shirt looked a little like this

Mediaeval Baebes have always been a much more commercial proposition than Miranda Sex Garden. I can understand the reasoning behind the change of direction, but I miss those days of earthly delights. I should have checked when the band were on, which turned out to be the slightly curious choice of 7.45pm. This was the time I arrived. This was embarrassing, because as I opened the doors of the church I was faced with the backs of the Mediaeval Baebes. They had congregated at the back of the church, to walk down the middle to get to the stage. Had I thought more quickly, I might have realised this was my chance to join the band. Maybe, they needed a leggy blond? Maybe, they would be too polite to say anything until the interval? Maybe each member would presume that I had been invited by another. Actually, what happened was, I shut the door quickly. Thereby, shutting the door on a whole life I could have lived.

The door of opportunity not taken

Seeing Mediaeval Baebes play in this venue is a sophisticated experience. There was mulled wine, even if there were no toilets. We got to sit down, even if the pews were rather uncomfortable. (I believe that is the point - Religious Ed). There was even an interval, in which I was able to pay my respects to [livejournal.com profile] chimera_s, who regaled us with tales of his new found interest in sport. Our conversation did have me asking myself,

Should I go and see The Mission's 25th anniversary show? I have a strict policy of 'never going back' when it comes to ex-girlfriends and jobs, I'm wondering if this policy should be extended to The Mission?

I've never found myself fond of the interval before, but I found it easier to enjoy the second half after having a break. Maybe I just liked the songs more. There were hints of the old Miranda Sex Garden magic, with songs that sounded more epic, which were more likely to transport this writer to a different time and place. It was weird being in a church. When I was a church-goer as a child, I often entered an altered state of consciousness through sheer boredom. (I believe that is the point - Religious Ed). Anyway, I felt I tapped a little into that ritual, though I was anything but bored.
It turns out there was a much easier way to join Mediaeval Baebes, albeit on a temporary basis. I could have signed up for a singing workshop, which would have enabled me to join the band on stage for the finale. I thought this was rather sweet. I'd much rather we had this than The X-Factor. The gig finished by 10pm, so there were plenty of time for socialising before I had to get the last train home. The band were even signing copies of their new CD, though I declined the opportunity to tell them I liked them before they got popular...
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I'm feeling an enthusiasm for music that I haven't felt for a long time. Here are some recommendations:

If you are on the Pixies mailing list they are offering you a free download of their 2004 Coachella gig (for a limited time only).

I love the way they sign off their emails,

'La La Love You,
PIXIES'

Find out more: http://www.lalapixiesloveyou.com/

The Gathering have joined Bandcamp and are offering free downloads from each of their releases. There are some holes in my collection, which these downloads have reminded me I need to fill. I'm particularly fond of Like Fountains but there's much to enjoy here.

Find out more: http://thegathering.bandcamp.com/

And, because I like to try different things, I've also downloaded the Ninja Tune Label Of The Month but I haven't listened to yet. It's free from Amazon and I really enjoyed the Sub Pop compilation they gave away recently. It's worth keeping an eye on the MP3 Download part of the site, which is why they do it I guess...
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Reposted from Facebook:

Andrew Furtek is very pleased that after trying several times, I've managed to upload a rough mix of one of our new songs onto the Waterglass MySpace site. If anyone would like to have a listen, check out the rough mix of 'Seventeen' at http://www.myspace.com/waterglassuk

Enjoy!
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Waterglass are playing a gig. Here's what Andrew from the band has to say: We're playing on Sunday 25th October at the Priory pub in Reigate (opposite Priory Park). As far as I know admission is free and we're supporting a Cure tribute band. That's all I know at present, hopefully should know times and things soon.
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I'm not writing as much about music as I used to, but in Issue 7 of Unscene magazine, I have contributed the following:
  • an interview with Whispers In The Shadow;
  • an interview with Adoration;
  • CD reviews of Anima Virus' End of the Eden, Atomic Neon's Darkenia, Feeding Fingers' Baby Teeth, Rise And Fall Of A Decade's Love It Or Leave It, The House of Usher's Angst and Whispers In The Shadow's Into The Arms Of Chaos;
  • book reviews of Jonathan Green's Human Nature, Kelley Armstrong's Living With The Dead and Rebecca Levene's Anno Mortis.
But don't let that put you off. There's plenty I haven't written too.

To find out more go here.
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You've got until Sunday to check out:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/6music/shows/live/

which has All About Eve, performing live at the London, Town and Country Club in 1991.

My only regret is that I can't remember whether I was at this concert or not. I saw them play the Camden Underworld around this time, the Goth RIP night, but possibly didn't make it to the Town and Country club due to being at University in Bath. I wish I had kept better records ... I saw AAE many times and my memory isn't what it used to be. Anyway, enjoy!
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Goth reviews for:
Arts Of Erebus - Dawn Of The Dead. Quality gothic rock gets the remix treatment and comes out triumphant...
Dead Sea Surfers - Dead Sea Surfers. Fans of post punk, synthpop or goth - or ideally all three - should investigate further...
Entertainment - Gender. Entertainment make music that requires effort, but your exertion will be rewarded...

Synthpop reviews for:

Femme Fatality - One's Not Enough. Music with a strong 80s influence, which is let down by whiny vocals...

Check out: http://www.hard-wired.org.uk
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New This Week: Site Last Updated:March 26, 2009

Electronica reviews for:
Ayria - Hearts For Bullets. A cover bright enough to make your eyes water & some excellent music too
Empty - Never Get To You. looking for some analogue synthpop? look no further

Goth reviews for:
Anima Virus* - End Of The Eden. A barely suppressed edge of hysteria beneath the mix of guitars and electronics...
Feeding Fingers* - Baby Teeth. One for fans of The Cure circa 1981...
The House Of Usher* - Angst. A solid slice of gothic rock goodness...
Zeromancer - Sinners International. A pleasing mix of easy on the ear gothic rock

Other reviews for:
Art Brut* - Art Brut Vs Satan. Eddie Argos and chums return with their Indie sounds...

Industrial reviews for:
Project Pitchfork - Dream, Tiresias! Mixing the old with the new Pitchfork enter their next chapter
En Esch and Mona Mur - 180 Tage-The Fine Art Of Beauty And Violence. Two progressive artists release one of the most refreshing albums you're ever likely to hear.

EBM reviews for:

Plasmodivm - Paradise Under Fire. Another Suicide Commando fan comes just too close to apeing his hero

Synthpop review for:

A Blue Ocean Dream - Father To Son. looking for some analogue synthpop? look no further

Check out: http://www.hard-wired.org.uk

*These are mine.
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Goth reviews for:
Hanging Doll* - Reason & Madness. Female-fronted five piece from Birmingham, with their brand of Gothic Metal...

Synthpop reviews for:
Ultravox* - Monument. Ultravox's Hammersmith Odeon gig from 1982 on CD and DVD...

Other reviews for:
The Broken Family Band - Please And Thank You. A listenable, witty, quirky bundle of songs...
The Mexican Institute Of Sound - Soy Sauce. This release is tastier than a hot chilli con carne....

Check out: http://www.hard-wired.org.uk

* These are mine.
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Update time at Hard Wired again:

Electronica reviews for:
Attrition* - Kill The Buddha. Electronic band from Coventry celebrate 25 years in the business...

Other reviews for:
Mono* - Hymn to the Immortal Wind. Post-rock instrumental music from Japan...
Silverlane* - My Inner Demon. Subway To Sally drummer and his symphonic power metal...
The Sorrow* - Origin of the Storm. Metal from Austria for fans of Trivium, In Flames and Slipknot...

Check out: http://www.hard-wired.org.uk/

* These are all mine.
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