Last year, it went more Tong than Peel at Mr. Kyps as the Noisettes had to cancel as their lead singer went all rock n’ roll and broke her collarbone stage diving the week before. Not expecting such antics tonight from professionals from the land of the Skinny Grin.
The current Acoustic Landyland tour introduces us to new member Ruth Goller on bass and their live album, the limited edition and exclusive to the tour and download, A.L.IVE (now there’s a clever title) that was recorded live in July at Komedia in Brighton and the Speakeasy in London.
But before the main band, Brighton’s The Hat, as featured on the compilation Folk Off, showed us why they’re such a real one-off. Can you imagine Earl Zinger getting poetic with a hybrid band of The Cinematic Orchestra and the Chevalier Brothers? I know it’s a tough one and given it’s hard work to make an impression on such a night, they impressively got a good response from the crowd.
Likewise, Dorset’s youngster collective Sancho (previously known as Sancho Panza before threats of litigation by a DJ forced the abbreviation). Adding a combination of violin, laptop, sax and occasional accordion to drums, bass, guitar and keyboards gives them an electronica-folky type look that would appeal to Sunday Best’s da Bank, while the majority of their material seems light-hearted Talking Heads meats Pulp and early Roxy Music. ‘How Hot Is Your Blood’ sounded good and they are definitely the type of band Peel would approve of.
Getting back to Acoustic Ladyland, Tom Herbert may have gone but this line-up is anything but done. Favourites like ‘Iggy’ and ‘Road Of Bones’ still have the energy of The Ramones dancing on Albert Ayler’s heritage. New tracks like ‘Promises, Promises’ and ‘Death By Platitude’ (played for the first time in public) take on the Soil & “Pimp ” Sessions in a UK style. Nu-rave-punk-jazz-avant-garde really suits the sound of Tom’s Nord Electro keyboard, Goller and Rochford seem to have an immediate understanding and Wareham just didn’t stop moving all night.
Paul Artrocker on Resonance FM on Monday was banging on about the appeal of 60s Garage bands as they gave their all when they went into the recording studio with the one-shot of immortality and he compared that total commitment to the sound of Acoustic Landyland’s ‘Piggy’. And you can’t argue with that sentiment.
Leader, vocalist and saxophonist Pete, recommended the crowd to the mash up of ‘Cuts & Lies’ with Kanye West’s Daft Punk tribute that he’d found on You Tube the previous night (as below) which is a good effort but I’d stick to the original myself.
This ‘John Peel Day’ gig was put on in association with Curiosity (who host their own monthly gig at Mr. Kyps promoting new music who will be putting on The Mules and Eugene Guinness next week) and a new radio station for the south coast, Original 106fm.
Also need to mention the excellent book that’s come out last week, The Peel Sessions by Ken Garner. Sub-titled “A story of teenage dreams and one man’s love of new music” it’s the one for the geeky fans with extensive details of all the sessions that Peel played on all his shows at Radio 1. Don’t forget to check out my latest N-E-X-T-W-O-R-L-D show (hosted at podomatic.com) and next year it’ll be more overly geek-peel; I promise.
So we kept it Peel tonight as we have continued throughout the year. JP RIP.
John Peel Day 2006
John Peel Remembered
www.mrkyps.net 19th December Frank Sidebottom “hits the south”
www.franksidebottom.co.uk www.therecordroom.co.uk “This week we are honoured to welcome along the Babel Label who have an incredible back catalogue of quality and groundbreaking Jazz including music from Polar Bair, Acoustic Ladyland and newly signed Portico Quartet who have been tagged as ‘Punk Jazz’ ala Soil & Pimp Sessions and Mr. Peterson was apparently gutted not to have signed them himself”
11th October 2007 — Concorde 2 — The Undertones 01273 673311. Open Monday to Friday 10am — 6pm & Saturday 10am — 4pm www.concorde2.co.uk
“I’m so happy John Peel played that record” said Laurie Anderson of the surprise hit, ;O Superman’” BBC Radio 4‘s Today programme 4-6-07 on the reissue of Her Debut Big Science Album June 18th (an album that featured Rufus Harley)
“Having just read John Peel’s Margrave of the Marshes autobiography, I can tell you that I am more inspired than usual as we draw close to what has been an already bumper, action packed year. Peel, who took legendary steps to further the cause of new, often obscure, music, has just reminded me of the importance of pushing the boundaries… and that is exactly what I will continue to do”. www.damianlazarus.com/
MUKKA: Their amazing John Peel Session, opened up their music to a whole new audience who discovered that Mukka make people dance crazy….everywhere from Glastonbury Festival to the Queen’s Concert at Buckingham Palace. Dana, their extraordinarily charismatic Romanian singer brings the deepest melancholy in Transylvanian ballads of loss and yearning, and the wildest lunacy to their frenetic dance tunes. Her songs spring from the heart of Transylvanian village life and yet convey such depth of feeling and humour that they transcend boundaries of place and language. The band brings together eminent musicians from former Yugoslavia, Russia and Romania, with fresh UK talent from Scottish, Celtic and Jazz backgrounds, violins, accordion, flute & traditional percussion with a modern rhythm section to create demonic highly original music, spanning east and west, spicing new compositions with traditional tunes, sourced from all over the Balkans and the Middle East. “…the sensation of Glastonbury….” John Peel
SEX PISTOLS VINYL SERIES TO CELEBRATE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF ‘NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS HERE’S THE SEX PISTOLS’
The Sex Pistols weren’t part of a movement. They defined a movement. They set off a musical earthquake. Support the NME campaign to get God Save The Queen to Number one by downloading the single from here: www.7digital.com/nme
Faithfully re-creating all the original artwork the 4 classic singles from the album will be released once a week through October 2007 in limited edition. The series of re-issues will culminate in the release of ‘Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols’ in heavy weight vinyl with a 7″ insert of Submission and poster — just as the album was originally released on October 28th 1977.
October 01 — Anarchy In The UK 7″
October 08 — God Save The Queen 7″
October 15 — Pretty Vacant 7″
October 22 — Holidays In The Sun 7″
October 29 — Never Mind The Bollocks 12″ LP + Submission 7″ + poster