• 2010

    27 Jan 2010, 21:05 by Bethling

    So maybe I should write something to accompany my playlists this year (yeah, plural. I'm thinking of cutting it down into months again rather than a mammoth 365-track playlist. Somehow that just seems messy). So here it is.



    There's a trap that I get into sometimes. Because I do half of my work at the computer, I spend at least 4 hours every day listening to 6Music. And this is fine in itself, not a problem, but the issue is that, as with most radio stations, they have a playlist. So if I'm listening to it most of the time, for a month, I hear certain songs around 30 times. So it's hard not to absorb certain songs/artists into my psyche. However, some of the stuff I've loved that they're playing recently includes the Liam Frost/Martha Wainwright duet, I Blame Coco feat. Robyn, and Lightspeed Champion. Also, that Mumford And Sons tune is pretty darn catchy.

    At the minute I'm really excited about the return of Field Music. …
  • Bands Seen Live

    14 Aug 2009, 17:10 by GoldenCage87

  • In The Future When All's Well

    11 Sep 2006, 10:57 by Mr_Fran

    The times, they are a changin'. On this kerrazy journey of life, we cherish experience a yada yada etc but always thirsting for change like for a brew in the evening hour. Insatiably this change comes around, and what a turbulent few weeks we are in thee midst of. A week last Saturday, I saw British Sea Power play the Roadhouse (250 capacity?) of all places. It is the um, fourth time I'd seen them, but as good as they are every time, this was special. Firstly, the amazing iLiKETRAINS were supporting. I supped a pint in their company at the piccadilly during the England game (v Andorra) before they played a sterling show. When the Sea Power came on, I was ready to freak out, and freak out we all did. There was a lot of new stuff that sounds interesting, but when they tore out the classics - a manic 'Apologies To Insect Life', anthemic 'Carrion', insane 'The Spirit Of St. Louis' (complete with antique air raid siren in my face) and simply glorious, life-changing rendition of 'Lately'. …
  • Living The Way I Think I Should

    14 Aug 2006, 12:47 by Mr_Fran

    Fuckin hell, that came round fast didnt it!?

    Dear friends, I have suffered of boredom this last week, but God, will I see the end of the year as the real fun begins? It begins this week, readers, and you will join me on my exploits and Gonzo-lite-reportage. Of course, this is a week of importance for many, as teenagers countrywide are shittin their little panties as results day comes on Thursday. I am not exempt from a little apprehension, but there's no point frettin about what I caint do a nothin about now. And there's more important things at stake anyway.

    Tonight, I shall mooch the dark corners of Night & Day with my dark friend Ben, as we watch the moody beauty of Juanita Stein and Howling Bells. I've yet to catch them live yet, and can't wait to see them perform their fantastic debut album in all of its rustic, shady glory.

    But why am I teasing you? Ha, oh yes, this weekend we festival.

    We won't go overthetop with this…
  • Dpercussion Festival Manchester 5.08.2006

    6 Aug 2006, 17:27 by screamingpillar

    Only found out about this a few days before it happened but i'm really glad i did. It was a big free (well, £2 donation) festival in the newly regenerated castlefields (part of manchester) with about 5 stages playing loads of different types of music till about 10.30pm.

    We managed to catch all the bands we'd heard of and wanted to see - mainly The Pipettes, Liam Frost, Field Music, Polytechnic and The Longcut, as well as some we didn't know like Broke'n'english - manchester rappers who freestyled about the crowd.

    The Pipettes were quite good but seemed a bit out of place- i really like their album so hope it'll be better at their own show at the academy 3 in september. Saw them watching Field Music on the tiny roman candle stage after as well. Favourite performance though was definitely The Longcut, i saw them before a few years ago and had forgotten how good they are live and how many of their songs i love. Nice atmosphere because they're a manchester band. …
  • DPercussion - 5 August 2006

    27 Jul 2006, 19:01 by jeremiah1

    OK .. so Dpercussion has been in my diary for some time now (after the frightening will it/won't it sponsorship crisis) and I've just checked out the line-up. My God! Surely this is the best Dpercussion line-up ever (discuss).

    My obvious highlights are The Longcut, The Young Knives, The Pipettes, Liam Frost, Polytechnic(for pure entertainment), and Cherry Ghost.

    And then, on the second stage . . (!) . . The Whip, and Keith, who I've heard a lot about. Not to mention Tramp DJs, High Voltage DJs, and Monster Monster DJs.

    Jesus. Let's hope it's anything but rain . . come on: the weather's been so great for weeks and weeks, surely it can't desert us now.

    Surely that's worth £2 of anyone's money?

    Website (if you do chno, getcha no):

    Add to this the super-super-super-exciting news (I'm quite excited) that the quite amazingly brilliant Metric are playing the Late Room on 30th August. . man, I'm happy. Whatever would Morrissey say....
  • I Say Party! You Say Alright Then!

    28 Jun 2006, 09:29 by Mr_Fran

    Right, so where were we? Ah yes, I've finished my exams and are therefore free to partay to my heart's content! Of course, that started back on Monday night, when I went to see Fields (superb Radiohead\Broken Social Scene post-folk-rock... kinda) and Larrikin Love at Night & Day. Nearly died from flying glass bottles, but what can you do? Partying continued last night on a calmer key, seeing Liam Frost at Opus. I think this guy keeps getting better, he really is a star - see the gig (and hopefully me) on Channel M from Friday night, or on their website at the same time.

    But we're not nearly finished yet! Might pop in to see Snowfight in the City Centre during a night of other plans, but much betterer will be Saturday. England, World Cup Quarter Final, followed by The KBC at the Roadhouse. Brill, no? Get down there too. Next week, there will no doubt be some spur of the moment gigs an clubs, but tis all in the lead up to the Saturday when me an my New Order boys go on tour to Liverpool…
  • Me Versus The World

    19 Jun 2006, 10:27 by Mr_Fran

    Seen as there's fuck all going on during this final week of exams, and incidentally we near the halfway point in 2006, I think it's time to let you in on how the Mr Fran annual charts are looking thus far...

    Albums of 2006
    1. The Longcut - A Call And Response
    2. Delays - You See Colours
    3. Infadels - We Are Not The Infadels
    4. White Rose Movement - Kick
    5. Primal Scream - Riot City Blues
    6. The Knife - Silent Shout
    7. Howling Bells - Self-titled
    8. Hot Chip - The Warning
    9. The Presets - Beams
    10. MOTOR - Klunk

    (If you've NOT got any of these albums, then I suggest you get them... if you DO have some, then odds are you're gonna like some of the others, perhaps - trust Fran)

    1. Liam Frost - The Mourners of St. Paul's
    2. Delays - Valentine
    3. Primal Scream - Country Girl

    1. The Longcut - M'cr Academy 3 (May)
    2. Primal Scream - M'cr Ritz (April)
    3. Goldfrapp - M'cr Apollo (February)

    Yeah thats right, you're miles behind! Get catching up. …
  • Another lyrics game cos the first one was too easy

    10 Jun 2006, 20:06 by JamieBeardy

    and cos I'm bored. So yeah, harder! Mwah!

    1. Ég Er Kominn Aftur Inn I Þig Það Er Svo Gott Að Vera Hér En Stoppa Stutt Við
    2. Things seem so much better when they're not part of the close surroundings
    3. In this land of strangers there are dangers
    4. Start, stop and start, stupid acting smart
    5. Sunlight beats down hard here, count the cracks in the ground
    6. Let us fly away from here every night
    7. The sea is foaming like a bottle of beer, the wave is coming but I ain't got no fear
    8. She is starting to live her life from the inside out
    9. If you're traveling to the North Country Fair, where the wind breathes heavy on the borderline, remember me to one who lives there, for she once was a true love of mine
    10. I know this world is vicious darling, let's make tracks

    Bob Dylan
    Kate Earl
    The Flaming Lips
    Liam Frost
    Kings of Convenience
    Tom McRae
    Sigur Rós
    Elliott Smith
  • Home Comforts

    5 Jun 2006, 12:59 by Mr_Fran

    Mr Fran takes a little break from revising 'Justifications for Atheistic World Views', so he can bring you a liddle update on what is cool and life-affirming etc. etc.

    As noted last week, I went to see New-Yorker's Radio 4. Despite their influence as punk-funk stalwarts of the early-00s, the crowd was disappointingly thin. It was like, their first visit in about 3\4 years, and nobody could be arsed. This annoyed me, but didnt prevent me enjoying their dance jiggers, and crazy percussionist, who was one of the funniest dancers I've seen in a long time! The following Friday, was the home-coming of Mr Liam Frost after his first big headline tour, and all agreed it was emotional. Initial doubts concerning the relative largeness of Academy 2 were quickly dispelled as Liam's typically tipsy charm was all lovely and cosy and erm... lovely again. He's a lovely chap, and we're all proud of him - go Liam!

    Now, it might be 'revision leave', but I'm being a good boy and doing some work during the days…