If you’re one of the latecomers to Rocketnumbernine we’ve got a fantastic treat to convince you that they’re worth checking out. We’re pleased to announce Caribou will be doing a special DJ set after Rocketnumbernine’s inevitably mind blowing display of talent at The Waiting Room this July! Believe it or not this showing is entirely FREE!
Order your ticket here while they last!
It may have felt like years since we’ve seen sun in London but these past days have been absolute perfection. Nothing goes quite as well as beautiful weather and a brand new Peaking Lights mixtape so why not listen along with us and forget the rainy springtime was ever here.
Be sure to catch Peaking Lights and Julia Holter reign in summer at XOYO next week!
We have a relaxing week’s worth of gigs to close off the end of May - so why not take advantage of the warmer nights and head out with us to enjoy some of the best music we can muster. Check for the schedule below…
Walls + Blue Daisy - Monday - Hoxton Bar and Grill
One of our favorite London acts Walls are continuing on their headlining stint around the UK with what’s sure to be a show-stopping performance. With equally hyped and talented Blue Daisy working the support slot this show is a true must-see.
Niki & the Dove - Monday - XOYO
Niki’s Malin may have been struck down with sickness which lead to a postponement earlier this month - but the powerhouse duo are back to shake us down with a showcase of their Swedish talent. A limited number of tickets are still available here. We suggest you get them while you can!
James Yorkston and the Athletes - Tuesday - Cecil Sharp House
Celebrating the 10th anniversary re-release of his seminal album Moving Up Country, James Yorkston and his band The Athletes will be preforming the record in its entirety. The chance to hear such an iconic album live is a rare gift we couldn’t be more thrilled about.
Field Day Pre-Show: Julia Holter + Guests - Friday - Cafe OTO
Critical darling and unbelievable talent Julia Holter makes her first of three London performances this week. With her hotly tipped second record Ekstasis still simmering on our turntables, we’ll be sure to catch Julia Holter every chance we can get. If you didn’t nab tickets for the pre-show in time - a dwindling few are still available for both Field Day and her supporting performance with Peaking Lights.
Having spent the year gracing each corner of Europe with their beautiful noise, S.C.U.M. are making a triumphant return to London this Saturday at the Bishopsgate Institute. Watch the talented lot give an Italian hotel room a heavy dose of lo-fi haze in this charming session from They Shoot Music.
Make sure to show up early to catch the incredible opening acts Sunless 97 and 5 Seconds Exposure!
This July 4th marks the 236th anniversary of British defeat in the American Revolution. We could spend the day snubbing our noses to all things ‘USA’ but we think we’ve come up with a better idea. Why not come down to Dingwalls in Camden to watch veritable Yank Twin Shadow deliver his dreamy tunes. Consider it a subtle victory that one of America’s finest musical exports will be walking our shores and washing away lingering diplomatic tension with his hugely hyped performance.
Check above for the first cut from his new album Confess, out this July!
Here’s a brand new and exclusive mix from the excellent Blue Daisy who supports WALLS next week. The London producer has been putting out some of the most exciting (to our ears) electronic music of the past little while and it’s a pleasure to take a listen to what he’s spinning right now.
It’s been an amazing few weeks for gigs and this week is no exception; some big shows, some smaller but no less exciting. Preview our schedule below…
Malcolm Middleton presents Human Don’t Be Angry - Monday - Cargo
Former Arab Strap man returns under a slightly different guise. His Human Don’t Be Angry record is one of our big favourites of the year and we can’t wait to witness highlights from it at Cargo. Tickets still available.
The Temper Trap - Monday/Tuesday - KOKO
A double header of sold out shows at KOKO for The Temper Trap. They just dropped an addictive new record and this is the first chance London gets to hear those tracks in the flesh.
Martin Creed - Thursday - The Lexington
The superb Martin Creed is back ahead of Field Day/Apple Cart weekend and he has just announced a new record to come from Moshi Moshi too. It’s not often you get to see a Turner winning artist in the flesh but Thursday is one such opportunity.
Crybaby - Thursday - St. Pancras Old Church
The arresting drama and emotion in Crybaby’s songs aught to be elevated to a whole new level in the surrounds of St. Pancras Old Church a quietly intimate and beautiful venue. It should be a special one.
The Horrors - Friday - Brixton Academy
A roll-call of exciting new music and legends are in the house on Friday - Portishead’s Geoff Barrow brings his BEAK> project in support, alongside him are the ever-exciting Bo Ningen and TOY. The main attraction is one of the best bands to emerge from the UK this past decade playing a huge show as a victory lap to their Skying album.
S.C.U.M. - Saturday - Bishopsgate Institute
Another band running a victory lap are S.C.U.M. whose long-awaited debut record from last year is still earning many a spin in the EYOE office. Don’t miss this rare chance to catch them in full flow.
We’ve been listening to Malcolm Middleton’s new project Human Don’t Be Angry non stop lately. It’s up there with the best things he’s ever done, and we’re really excited to catch the songs from the album live next Monday. As a primer for those who don’t know, or a reminder for those that do, here is a short playlist guide to Middleton under various guises. A struggle to keep it to so few songs!
We are really disappointed to inform you that Malin is feeling unwell and has been advised by her doctor not to perform tonight Wednesday 16th May at XOYO, London. Please hold on to your tickets as the show will be moved to Monday 28th May at XOYO.
If you cant attend this rescheduled date please contact point of purchase for a refund. We wish Malin a speedy recovery.
A huge week of gigs this week, following a big one last week too - we have a couple of the biggest, best bands in the world this week and much more to get excited about too…
Perfume Genius - Monday - St. Pancras Old Church
We caught Perfume Genius on Thursday and it was jaw-dropping. Raw, intense and beautiful and most definitely unmissable He’s back again today for the lucky few who got tickets. (sold out)
The xx - Monday, Tuesday, Friday - Electrowerkz, Chats Palace, Battersea Arts Centre
Another very sold out, intimate trio of shows for The xx who are about to hit the comeback trail with rumours of an album later this year. Those lucky people in attendence will no doubt be treated to some new songs as well as those now classic cuts from the debut record at their first London shows for couple of years.
Niki and the Dove - Wednesday - XOYO
We’ve been avid fans of Niki and the Dove over the past year - and she’s sold out every venue we’ve put them in. They return to XOYO on Wednesday to celebrate the release of their stellar debut record.
Shabazz Palaces - Thursday - XOYO
Shabazz Palaces released one of our favourite albums of 2011 and have a magical live show to boot. The odd-rap team takeover XOYO on Thursday night for a rare London show.
Zulu Winter - Thursday - Boston Arms
A band whose rapid rise has been unbelievable. They didn’t exist a year ago, not nearly even - but they play Boston Arms on Thursday to celebrate the release of their debut album ‘Language’. It’s fantastic and we’re willing to bet this is the last time you get to see them in humble surroundings.
Spector - Thursday - Electric Ballroom
Spector are another band whose rise has been rapid and impressive. They have released killer single after single in anticipation of a debut album that will surely feel like a greatest hits. Come and see them play those crowd-pleasers at Electric Ballroom on Thursday.
Mystery Jets - Friday - Brixton Academy
Mystery Jets are in celebration mode too - having just released a brilliant record ‘Radlands’. The band hit Brixton for a big date and bring some killer support with them: Slow Club, Theme Park and Peace. Get down early for a long evening of great music.
We’re huge huge fans of Malcolm Middleton and the former Arab Strap guitarist returned recently with his Human Don’t Be Angry record. It’s a stellar piece of work and not to be slept on. If you haven’t heard it yet, check out it out below and then come and see him play Cargo on the 21st of May!
Walls are back to play for us soon. The show happens at Hoxton Bar and Kitchen on the 28th of May and we can’t wait. They kindly let us pass on one of the highlights from their new Remix record (out on May 28th too…) by the excellent Holy Other.
He twists Sunporch into a yearning, otherworldly post-rave jam. The rest of the remix set is brilliant too and well worth grabbing in anticipation of the show. For now though grab that mix below…
Ahead of their show at Bishopsgate Institute we roped Sammy Seven from S.C.U.M in for one of our YouTube mixes. The bands wealth of influence and taste comes across strongly in this video-list and SS dips his toes in a load of stuff we hadn’t come across before. A real treat. Take a look above and read the explanations below…
Kill - Amazing soundtrack by Berto Pisano, we used one of the tracks from it for a recent series of playlists we put together on our website. I love this scene, it seems so out of character for James Mason, drug dealers doing somersaults in suits with a hairy soundtrack.
Fuego en Castilla - This was shown to me by a friend of ours who has conducted film nights around london for a few years called Stanley Schtinter. He was showing a series of shorts by Jose Val Del Omar, this one really stuck out for me. Religious iconography aside, all aspects of this piece of film are stunning. The sound that accompanies the images is fantastic.
Prey - I’ve recently become quite interested in the Vampix video label; they put out a lot of horror films that would later be banned in the U.K. I bought this one recently and really loved it. Again, the music that accompanies it is brilliant, filthy synthesizer drones. The story line is pretty laughable but it still managed to scare the shit out of me.
Jean Claude Vannier - For the band, Jean Claude Vannier is one of our biggest influences. The fact this footage exists at all is incredible. It’s his collaboration with Yves Saint Laurent, when amazing fashion, music and art all intertwine.
Church going - Any footage of John Betjeman is always really fascinating and to see him with philip larkin talking about their writing and in particular Larkins ‘church going’ is brilliant. A lost side to britain which is so nice to see captured on film.
Main Booka - R.d Burman is a prolific bollywood composer who has made some incredible records over the years. Its very silly but i love it.
Don - Again the soundtrack…
Solar flares burn for you - Essentially a short road movie, i saw this the first time i visited the bfi mediatheque on the south bank, it was part of a series of short films about ‘psychedelic london’ or something like that. Robert wyatt wrote and realeased the soundtrack for this, another great piece of electronic composition. A really great piece of film.
Townes Van Sandt - S.c.u.m went through a massive american country and folk patch at the time we were touring again into eyes and i fell in love with this film. Heartworn highway is a look at the resurgence in country music among the second generation of recording artists in the south in the seventies. The piece of footage stands out towers above the rest, a beautiful performance and a great track.
R. Crumb - One of my favorite r crumb sketches.