• Top 25 Albums of 2014

    Jan 1 2015, 22h37 por DJH30

    1) Owen Pallett In Conflict
    This is my favourite album of the year by a clear margin - love every single minute of it and it gets better with every listen. ‘The Riverbed’ is probably the most intense song of the year leaving you breathless by the end. ‘The Sky behind the Flag’ is a highlight - I love the way he sings ‘we need to lose control...’ in such a controlled way as the heart monitor-like bleeps grow. ‘Song for Five and Six’ is amazing whilst the elegiac ‘The Passions’ is beautiful. The two alternative piano versions on the Japanese version of the album are equally strong. ‘With Us Instead’ – Owen’s collaboration with Marram is superb as well.

    2)St Vincent St Vincent
    Probably the most immediate and catchy of her albums to date but still retaining the quirky edges, this well deserves the praise it’s received. Quirky indie pop in an Owen Pallet vein but with guitars taking the place of violins. ‘Prince Johnny’ is fantastic…
  • Top 20 Gigs 2012

    Dez 30 2012, 22h18 por DJH30

    Another year where I've attended fewer gigs than the previous twelve months. I think there were about four things I had tickets to but couldn't make it. However there were some really great gigs - below is the full list of the ones I attended with the rankings (1 to 20) in bold alongside them. As usual if I've seen an artist twice I've only ranked their best gig.

    21 Jan Butcher Boy/Darren Hayman Cecil Sharp House 9

    28 Jan Darren Hayman Light Vessel 21, Gillingham

    16 Feb Milky Wimpshake The Lexington

    17 Feb Cult With No Name Luna Lounge, Leytonstone 18

    27 Feb St Vincent Shepherds Bush Empire 15

    3 Mar My Life Story Shepherds Bush Empire 1

    16 Mar Nico Muhly/Owen Pallet The Barbican 12

    5 Apr Jonny Cola and the A grades/David Devant And His Spirit Wife The Lexington 14

    25 Apr The Magnetic Fields Royal Festival Hall 17

    30 Apr Rufus Wainwright Lyceum Theatre

  • Radio Paradise

    Mar 21 2012, 4h06 por kolorz

  • Top 20 Gigs 2010

    Dez 23 2010, 17h34 por DJH30

    Another good year for gigs – about the same number of gigs this year as previous years but seem to have seen the same artists more often than I’ve done previously. Doing the rankings is always difficult and again I’ve only listed my favourite gig if I’ve seen a band more than once. Festivals are excluded as I’ve reviewed them elsewhere. Below are listed all the gigs I’ve been to this year with the rankings 1 to 20 on the right hand side in bold.

    16 JanJonny Cola & The A-GradesWilmington Arms
    25 JanOwen PallettUnion Chapel13
    2 FebDavid FordBoogaloo14
    4 FebhumousexualBrixton Windmill
    4 MarchWild BeastsKoko18
    20 MarchCudHootananny12
    22 MarchMagnetic FieldsBarbican
    24 MarchSuedeRoyal Albert Hall
    25 MarchEditorsBrixton Academy
    26 MarchOwen PalletKoko
    15 AprilLuke HainesGarage
    23 AprilLightning SeedsCadogan Hall
    28 AprilAlphabeatKoko
    6 MayThe NationalRoyal Albert Hall
  • Top 20 Albums 2008

    Dez 21 2008, 18h33 por DJH30

    Here we go - Top 20 of the year:

    1) LuxembourgLast Holiday Before Divorce
    My favourite album of the year and its free to everyone on Last FM! Unfortunately the downside is that the band have now split up and rather than a proper second album this is more a collection of demos prepared for it. Whilst the band members' new individual projects (The Soft Close Ups, The Melting Ice Caps and Jonny Cola & The A Grades) are looking very promising it’s a real shame not to see some of these songs performed live as I really thought Luxembourg were one of the best live bands I’ve ever seen. Whilst these songs are presented as demos ‘Radio’ and ‘London is blue’ are catchy, polished songs better than most things you’d hear on the radio. Love the first lines of ‘Radio’ - ‘Well I can’t talk about right now, but the past might be safer ground, lets say you pick the month and I the century but oh you’ll never know me…’ David Shah’s lyrics are as great as ever. …
  • Top 20 Gigs 2008

    Dez 21 2008, 12h44 por DJH30

    Good year for gigs – seen so many selecting the Top 20 is almost impossible. Anyway here is the whole list of things I’ve been to in 2008 with the Top 20 ranked (right hand side). I haven’t included Glastonbury or Latitude on the rankings as they aren’t really comparable to individual gigs and I've scored them on other journal entries anyway. If I’ve seen a band more than once in the year I’ve only ranked their best performance.

    22 JanuaryMorrisseyRoundhouse
    31 JanuaryBritish Sea Power Koko 7
    29 FebruaryFinal Fantasy Forum 10
    9 MarchStereophonics Roundhouse
    11 MarchThe Long Blondes Amersham Arms
    28 AprilMarc Almond Wiltons Music Hall 12
    29 April(We Are) Performance Hoxton Bar and Grill 9
    3 MayTindersticks RFH 18
    20 MayJens Lekman Scala 1
    24 MaySwimmer One Feeling Gloomy
    5 JuneHBIRD Mr Solo Tommy Flynns
    6 JuneSparks Carling Academy
    7 June Sparks Carling Academy 5
    9 Junehumousexual Betsey Trotwood
    11 JuneSparks Carling Academy
    13 JuneSparks Shepherds Bush
  • Top 20 Albums 2007

    Dez 22 2007, 15h53 por DJH30

    1) The National Boxer
    Whilst I thought their previous album, Alligator, was pretty good I wasn’t really waiting with baited breath for the follow up but I’ve been surprised by quite how hooked I am to this album. ‘Mistaken for Strangers’ was a great first single and I read a review – “Mistaken for Interpol more like, Mistaken for REM they wish” which is amusing as it has an element of truth however I think the National do plough a clear furrow of their own. Fantastic driving drums and I love the lines “you don’t mind seeing yourself in a picture; as long as you look far away, as long as you look removed” and “elegant fall into the un-magnificent lives of adults”. ‘Mistaken for Strangers’ is actually rather atypical of the album which is rather more subtle and subdued but a real grower that gets better with every listen. Like the Tindersticks, the vocals aren’t always crystal clear which actually works well as lines emerge over time and whilst the band aren’t great at story songs they do produce some great…
  • Top 15 Gigs of 2007

    Dez 22 2007, 10h46 por DJH30

    Another good year for gigs in London. Where I’ve seen a band more than once I’ve only ranked their best gig. 1 to 15 ranking on the right. Owen Pallet performing with Patrick Wolf was a bonus for the last gig but Jens Lekman wins the crown this year. Already got 4 Sparks gigs, 2 Morrissey and one British Sea Power and Final Fantasy lined up for 2008.

    4 JanMomusSpitz
    13 FebSarah Nixey Luminaire
    20 FebThe Long Blondes Astoria 13
    27 Feb Luke Haines Bush Hall9
    6 MarBrett AndersonBush Hall
    3 Apr Sarah Nixey/Client 93 Feet East
    11 AprPatrick Wolf Astoria
    14 AprLuxembourg Feeling Gloomy
    29 Apr(We Are) PerformanceOld Blue Last
    4 MayMarc AlmondWiltons
    9 MayLuxembourg Pleasure Unit
    9 MayBrett AndersonShepherds Bush Empire
    22 MayThe NationalAstoria
    26 MayLuxembourg Borderline4
    29 MayRufus Wainwright Old Vic 8
    31 MayRufus Wainwright Old Vic
    15 JuneLuxembourg New Cross Inn
    29 JunSaint EtienneRFH
    4 JulySarah Nixey Luminaire11