My Cast reissues just arrived from Amazon, each remastered with an extra disc of bonus tracks and a DVD, except Beetroot which only has the DVD because they broke up before getting enough bonus material to put on a second disc. The new All Change has more content than the previous 2010 reissue, which I’m not going to get rid of because it’s a signed copy I got for helping fund their reunion album through Pledge Music.
The Kooks’ new album is called Listen, out on 1 September. Standard edition contains tracks 1-11.
Turns out my name’s not just in the Thank You list in Cast Liverpool At Last live DVD artwork, but also in the end credits of the actual DVD. And I didn’t even have to pre-order or pay anything, or actually attend one of their shows because I don’t live in the U.K. All I had to do was send them an e-mail with my name in it, and voila, there I am on the screen. A very cool gesture from the band and Nyquest, the DVD manufacturers.
Last night’s Vox setlist, consisting entirely of songs from their long-delayed upcoming second album, except for a cover of Paul McCartney’s “New”. They also invited Ahmad Dhani’s kid El Rumi to sing and play acoustic guitar on The Beatles’ “This Boy”, when a TV camera and spotlight “coincidentally” showed up. (at 365 Eco Bar)
Some Vox/Seringai synergy last night. (at 365 Eco Bar)
Vox rocking the house down tonight. Now this is a live band that has it all: great songs, skill and showmanship. They didn’t even play any of their old stuff but still managed to get the crowd eating out of their hands. That’s how good they are. (at 365 Eco Bar)
Recordstore.co.uk just sent signed albums from The Fratellis, Tokyo Police Club and Metronomy.
After Blur and Dodgy, Cast is the third Britpop-era band that’s recently put out a live album with my name in it.
I’ve set my iTunes Store to automatic music downloads, so whenever something I’ve pre-ordered becomes available, like one of the songs from Coldplay’s new album here, it magically appears on my phone. And I magically go broke, haha. – View on Path.
View from the stage during Monday Math Class’ gig yesterday. What you can’t see in this photo is more people watching from the sides, probably with the same expressions as the people in this photo. Some looking up at the rain clouds, some checking their phones, some folding their arms and waiting to be entertained. Your usual gig crowd, then.
But this was a pretty large crowd for our standards as a rarely-performing slacker band, no doubt helped by the event being Record Store Day going on and other bigger bands set to perform after us. So hopefully we made some sort of impression, maybe even won a new fan or two along the way. At the very least I know that I had fun.
We were asked to play for 45 minutes, but our five-song Volume 1 EP (out now on iTunes, by the way) barely clocks in at 15 minutes and we only have one non-EP song that we regularly play. So to fill out the set, we added two cover versions. One was the Phil Phillips classic “Sea Of Love”, which you might recognise from Cat Power’s version. The other was “Anggur Merah” by Sir Dandy, which is a song that half of Monday Math Class’ members have performed as part of his backing band. Since I asked Sore’s Ade Paloh to play trumpet on “Running Shoes”, I thought that maybe we could do “Anggur Merah” on our own as he also did his time in the Sir Dandy band. But when I taught the song to the rest of the band, they ran with it and turned it into something that barely resembled the original. Maybe we should do that again sometime.
Scary Little Girl
Your Girlfriend Has A Moustache
Please Go Away
Sea Of Love
Playing With Fire