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

Monday, February 06, 2006

Monday - Keb Darge Returns - 06/02/06

Hey up,

After a cracking Flint & Steel DJ set at the Forth, Keb Darge returned to the Better Days @ the Other Rooms.

Playing his usual set of 60's and 70's funk, with a bit chat inbetween.

It was a bit too soon after the last appearence of the Scottish funkateer in my opinion, but it was full of happy people dancing.

Funniest part of the night was when the music had to stop - due to some burly bouncers starting to throw folk out, and Mr Darge letting loose a verbal barrage on the evils of "f**king house music" !

Just a quickie today - catch you soon...

Friday, February 03, 2006

Friday - Hey lets catch up... - 03/02/06

Hi there.

Happy New (if very belated) Year, hope Christmas was great for you.

The ol' blog hasn't been updated for a good while due to various reasons - hopefully this well get back to normal asap.

First of back to December last year with a Doves review.

Doves at the new(ish) Carling Academy, a change of venue for them in Newcastle as previously they've played the Arena (supporting) and the poly twice (okay - Northumbria University).
Feeling old after a night DJ'ing on Saturday, I decided for a change I'd sit at a gig rather than stand at the back worrying about my poor old knees.

My seat was quite good (three rows from the front) and I settled in...
The support act limped on and played a fairly forgettable set, they didn't say anything between songs, so I don't know who they were or where they were from. I was glad to see the back of them.

Doves came onstage to a trademark moody intro soundtrack, and got stuck in. They started the second song "Pounding" and disaster struck with a completely out of tune guitar. Regular readers (there are some out there) will remember the debarcle the last time they played and lo and behold same song different problem (see

So a quick guitar change later and they were back on track, the crowd below us on the balcony jumping furiously up and down.

I read an article in the paper about the Doves not progressing and playing the same size venues, well that may be the case, but everytime I see them they're more polished and they're certainly spending money on lights and visuals.

So all in all a stomping gig, rounded off by a hilarious back projected movie that sees the band going backstage, getting into a limo, going for a pint in a pub driving back and then coming on stage for a finale - "There goes the fear" being the last song.

With only three albums (missing out the b-sides and remix compilations) there seems to be a wide choice of material for them to do, and to be honest, I'm missing some of the songs from the first album and "Spaceface" the first ever Sub-Sub release. Obviously this was a doing it for the album sales tour - with no new merchandise or material to offer.

Back up to speed then...

"Flint & Steel" have been playing crazy busy sets since new year, we're now featured in the website "The DJ List" ( and if you can - vote for us.

There's talk of us doing some other venues soon, so we'll keep you posted.

There's been plenty of sneaker buying action recently with me venturing into the world of Ebay. However I've yet to win an auction - I prefer the hunt of going to the various outlets and searching through the deadstock to find that elusive pair of kicks, there's something to be said about real life shopping, where you can pick the product up, rather than looking at a ropey picture and hoping for the best.

So here's a little taster of some Christmas presents - thanks to Dot & Sue for these...

That's all for now - promise to update soon with some new info.