The ups, downs, in's and out's of two North East UK musical eclectricians.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Monday - Tom Vek Holds Masterclass - 24/10/05


So - Tom Vek at the Academy (Academy - Class - geddit ? Never mind)...

What can I say, a note-per-note version of the album and various singles, the band he has is sooooooo tight.

As soon as he walks on the stage, he's in charge - music aside - he reminds me of James Brown as he seems to almost conduct the other musicians on stage, although Mr. Brown is a much better dancer.

Picking off highlights from the "We Have Sound" album, he managed to get a cold audience dancing with gems like "C-C (Fire In me)" and newer tracks which has been (unjustly) B-Sides and EP tracks, the more recent stuff relying less on the band and more on technology, and one point a synth stab rotating it's way around the auditorium, giving an amazing sense of space.

The Carling itself I can't really speak about - Tom's gig took place in Room 2 which is a smallish space right at the top of a seemingly endless staircase (clad in what seems like the original carpet from the old bingo hall) - The sound was superb, but being just over a week old, and possibly being used less than a dozen times the P.A. still should be.

The room is no-frills and bar - likewise. My only bugbear was the early start, to enable a 10pm curfew, so the "Rock" clubnight could begin in our place.

Looking forward to seeing a band in the mainroom - depending where Sqaurepusher is - I might have to wait till "Doves" in December.

Flint & Steel are back in The Forth this Saturday coming (29/10/05) with new f-r-e-s-h tunes, so hope to see you there.

Catch you soon,

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Tuesday - Newcastle Explodes - 18/10/05

Hello and apologies for the lack of updates.

My day job has been keeping me more than mega-busy recently so no blogs for a while.

So first off - thanks to everyone who has been coming to the regular Flint & Steel night's at the The Forth, we've been doing every Saturday for the last few weeks, which has been great, but we're looking forward to a break so we can get some new records together and keep showing out new tunes every time...

One of the albums that have me hooked and has just come out (thanks to Taylor for the advance copy) is MF Doom and Danger Mouse's collaboration "Danger Doom - The Mouse and The Mask"...

It's one of the best hip-hop records I've heard in a long time and we've been playing tracks out at the start of our sets. Definitely one to pick up. This has actually got me back into listening to hip hop, which I've all but nearly given up on of late. Ever since G-Funk took off we've strayed to other areas, but I'm enjoying certain labels and artists again. I certainly won't be buying a record by 50 Cent or the game anytime soon, but MF or Mouse's back catalogue is a definite place to rekindle a lost love.

Secondly - Newcastle has a brand spanking new music venue - The Carling Academy (New picture attached).

There's already been some large acts on, and on the way to my day job I've peered in a few tour bus windows first thing in the morning while eating a sausage roll (Pigs in Blankets for anyone reading from the USA).

So far we've had Goldfrapp and Supergrass, but I've had no news on the venue or the gigs themselves.

I will be attending the Tom Vek "WE HAVE SOUND" night this Friday, and will post a review next week.

Also at the Academy soon will be Sqaurepusher/Luke Vibert and Doves.

Also one to watch out for is Fourtet and Jamie Liddell at the Sage, hopefully I'll be catching both and posting reviews.