Deafheaven – Gorilla, Manchester

”Deaf Havana, I know that band!”  ”Deaf Havana, I’m not so hot on them.”

This tends to be the case when I talk up these guys.

And now we’re in October, my first gig at 29. A night packed with ordinary corrupt human love.  Continue reading

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Iceage – Gorilla, Manchester

Hello September. This was my last gig at 28, an ex-colleague even came along for the ride. He went in blind, I went in Beyondless. Lead vocalist Elias Bender Ronnenfelt had quite a presence up on stage, sweating, leaning as if to fall from the stage at any moment, and letting the fans wrap their arms around his as he did so. People were climbing over one another to catch the sweat of his brow, and I wonder who was the most in love with that mumble  and Ian Curtis get up. Maybe Elias himself. Definitely Elias himself.  Continue reading

Lightning Bolt – Jimmy’s, Manchester

Here’s another gig from what seems like an eternity ago. Noise rock duo Lightning Bolt played an intimate set at the sweat inducing Jimmy’s in Manchester, for only £5, with a free beer and lighter thrown in, just in case that price still seemed to be a bit on the high side of things. I missed out on getting a ticket of course, for who would say no to such a deal (though I know a few who would have made sure to stay a certain distance from the venue after I let them listen to the band when questioned).

Thankfully the world is full of kind souls, and I ended up with someone’s spare, at the cost of a drink. It would have been nice to meet up again, I think we even talked about such things, after the noise subsided, but I’m terrible at getting back to people. Not out of forgetting, not out of not wanting to, but just out of my general anxious temperament when it comes to trying to form connections with the human race. I try to make music such as Lightning Bolt my antidote, hoping the intense display of drum and bass (of a certain kind) will surge through my body and into my mind, giving me a little of the power they share through live performance.

Alas, I think I’d have to be struck by lightning to change anything that deeply rooted inside.

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Ariel Pink – Gorilla, Manchester

Wednesday 15th August, quite some time ago, right? That night I went to see Ariel Pink at Manchester Gorilla, even brought a friend along, which is always better than when I forget to do so. I remember getting a notification in the morning from that super dangerous Dice app telling me they had an extra ticket available. I took a gamble, so I wouldn’t have to go alone, I remember a friend telling me they were sad the whole thing was sold out, so it was a safe gamble, for a change.

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The Flaming Lips – Seeing The Unseeable: Complete Studio Recordings Of The Flaming Lips 1986-1990

The Flaming Lips
Seeing The Unseeable: Complete Studio Recordings Of The Flaming Lips 1986-1990
Release Date: 29th June 2018 
Rhino

2018 has been a year of reminiscence for The Flaming Lips, with the band digging up the 80’s, which is what everyone else does anyway, so why not Wayne Coyne and co? Seeing the Unseeable, or reissuing the out of print, that’s what we have here, four albums, two demo discs, one group of punk rockers on acid.

 

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Low – Double Negative

Low
Double Negative
Release Date: 14th September 2018 
Sub Pop

When my mum came over with ts latest Low release, Double Negative, for I sometimes end up with my post arriving back home, I put it on straight away. Of course, who wouldn’t do such a thing? There has always been a mild (hyperbole but…) interest in Low for her So it wasn’t entirely a selfish action to have some slowcore playing over coffee and catchup. Though as opening track ‘Quorum played out she stopped and turned to me with a look of concern. ‘Is it broken?’ And I guess all I could say was ‘Yes, yes it is.’ And it is. And it’s not.  Continue reading

Kurt Vile – Bottle It In

Kurt Vile
Bottle It In
Release Date: 12th October 2018
Matador Records

I’d say out of all the artists I listen to, Kurt Vile is my favourite ‘boring; choice. Chilled out, droning slacker vibes are always in, never out, and its nice to lie back and listen to something which so confidently sticks to a sound that is distinctly Kurt Vile, but never anything but a constant hitmaker of laid back kicks that all sound exactly the same if you don’t pay much attention to the words which are often mumbles somewhere in the back. It’s always a pretty daze with Kurt, but that’s because he’s being bottling a whole heap within that head of wonderful hair of his. And so, ‘Bottle It In’ is a little more awake than I’m used to from Mr. Vile. Maybe I need to find a new ‘boring’ band to fill that gap…
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