So there’s four weeks to go until Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard and tickets really are are flying out of the shops… Resident have sold half of their stock in a little over a week – go and get yours quick!
But here’s something else – one of CM’s favourite artists, Al Maceachern has put together a fantastic poster for the show. Here it is:
The excellent ‘The Park’ will be one of the supports for next month’s Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard! Unfortunately there’s no music online whatsoever, but here’s some nice words to whet your appetites:
Post-punkers reminiscent of Magazine & The Fall, The Park feature members of the likes of Cornershop and The Others and each gig is an eagerly-awaited event. Last year they supported The Fall at Concorde 2 so this is going to be a real treat at such a small place!
1st single This Years Thing was played by John Peel on Radio 1, 2nd single Abigail is flying through the clouds again on Radio 1.
“like you are being dragged around by your hair backwards” – Melody Maker
“they have a 1982 feel about them i very much like” – John Peel
Wow, we’re stunned that we’ve managed to pull this one off – In quite a coup, we’ve managed to book the truly incredible Jeffrey Lewis & the Junkyard for a show at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar on Monday October 22! Tickets will be available from tomorrow (Wednesday) at Resident, Rounder, Ape and WeGotTickets.com for the measly price of £9!
Here’s a genuinely lovely music video for their track ‘To Be Objectified’:
And here’s some of the lovely things people have said about Jeffrey Lewis in the press:
“Weird? Very… but also downright inspiring” (four of five stars) - Rolling Stone
“[Jeffrey Lewis is] The best lyricist working in the US today.” - Jarvis Cocker (Pulp)
“The Big Apple’s best-kept secret…. Genius-gone-ignored… mind-blowing.” – NME
“Bizarre but brilliant” - Uncut
“Hands down my favorite contemporary songwriter” – Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie)
“All my favorite songwriters are American – Jad Fair, Jonathan Richman and Jeffrey Lewis.” – Eddie Argos (Art Brut), Time Out New York
“At his best, [Lewis is] a vulnerable master of the humorously ineffable” – Robert Christgau
“Strumming a few chords on a guitar that may well be held together by the stickers covering its front, and leading a band that piles on a cheerful clutter… [Jeffrey is] a clever, articulate wordslinger, coming up with rhetorical conceits… and putting in a lot of preparation… [including] finely reasoned histories… affirming populism through primitivism.” – Jon Pareles, The New York Times
“Modestly brilliant” – The Village Voice
“Bands as magical and genuinely original as this are as essential as oxygen.” - Culture Delux
“Dazzling” - Mojo
I’m extremely happy to be able to announce Singing Adams for a gig at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar (formerly Jam) on Saturday 22nd October! Featuring Steven Adams of one of my all-time favourite bands The Broken Family Band, Singing Adams are a new beast, different yet warmly familiar all at the same time. I can also attest to their live prowess too, having been in the audience last month at Heaven in London as they played support to the mighty Okkervil River and managed to get the whole crowd singing along. This is going to be bloody good, I assure you.
No support just yet announced but we’re working on that – for now though, here are ticket details: They’ll be £6.50 in advance or £8 on the door and they’ll be available from Resident, Rounder Records, Ape and WeGotTickets in due course.
Here’s a couple of videos by them for your enjoyment, and very good they are too:
Just thought I’d link all you fine people to some videos that were just uploaded to YouTube of the genuinely amazing set The Righteous Ones of the Blazing Rockets played for us at the first ‘A Healthy Sound for Healthy Listening’ gig in August at the Green Room. Highly recommended viewing.
We have support! Three fantastic bands and a DJ to be exact will be opening for Shrag on 4th June. Tickets are in the shops right now and info on those bands follows the gig poster/flyer below:
- CARNIVORES - http://www.carnivoresmusic
Atlanta’s Carnivores are geographically in the right place for smelting pop into lo-fi garage post-punk, though the indelible fingerprints of Georgia’s favourite sons only stretch so far. From the skittering drums, the resonant and insistent organ and the lazy surf-bum guitar figures, everything feels like it’s being dragged lovingly into an alternate era.
Having spent time on stage with the likes of Best Coast, Surfer Blood, No Age and Abe Vigoda, their smeary, oblique twitches into echo canyon seem fairly natural. Certainly the New York Times, Alternative Press and Pitchfork have allowed them to settle comfortably in various degrees of praise. Their second album “If I’m Ancient” merely confirms that all of these admirers are right to do so; sonically adventurous while never reneging on the promise of their personable and stinging melodic haze, Carnivores are the natural successors to the elemental garage-rock sound predators of the past
“…this is as solid as playing it safe gets, and it doesn’t actually play it all that safe– who else in garage rock is doing this sort of breakdown?” – Pitchfork Media
- EVANS THE DEATH - http://www.myspace.com/eva
A conjoining of the unlikely twin towns of Chelmsford and Clapham, Evans The Death is, in truth, the creation of five like minds temporarily parted by the A10. Drawing inspiration from the independently minded guitar bands of the 80’s and with a healthy disdain for the concept of stardom, Evans The Death songs put high stock on the intelligence of lyrics and the primacy of melody. Despite actively avoiding the well trodden route of hype gigs and fervent web activity to gain a name, their ‘Sleeping Song’ has already been a fixture of the more forward thinking blogs.
- TYRANNOSAURUS DEAD - http://www.tyrannosaurusde
Tyrannosaurus Dead are a 4-piece alternative act from Brighton/London. Forming in 2010 they have already built an admirable local fan base. Pulling their influences from the pre-grunge guitar rock of Dinosaur Jr, showing a re-imagining of 90s indie and shoegaze with obvious credits to the Jesus and Mary Chain & Sonic Youth. Expect a range of delightful fuzz and a clear understanding of the importance of vocal melody.
+ DAVID MCNAMEE (THE GUARDIAN) – DJ SET
Between the bands on the night David McNamee will be treating us to a wonderful DJ set, playing a mix of old school female hip-hop, britpop, post-punk, indiepop, new wave, krautrock, lo-fi, party anthems, riot grrl, shoegaze, soul, pop and grunge. All nice and loudly.
I’m in a mite of a hurry, but I thought it’d be good to let you all know what’s going on. First up, sadly Familien had to pull out of opening the Jeniferever gig in a couple of weeks (with very good reasons, no hard feelings there whatsoever!) but excitingly as a replacement we have the wonderful AMONG BROTHERS playing. They’re actually quite brilliant, listen to them here at their Bandcamp, or read a lovely review of their new EP at The 405.
Now, secondly I’m really psyched to be able to announce that we have one of my favourite bands, SHRAG headlining The Green Door Store on Saturday 4th June! It’ll be something of a homecoming gig (having not played Brighton since before the release of their most recent album) and so no doubt a really special night. Please come along, they’re so, so good. Here’s some proof! – The video for recent single ‘Rabbit Kids’!
See you all soon, I can’t wait!
Here’s the updated poster/flyer for the upcoming Jeniferever gig!
Secondly, I wanted to use this opportunity to thank all who came to the Chris T-T/Dive Dive gig on Tuesday – I think you’d all agree that fun was had by all. There’s actually a video from it – here it is:
See you at the next one!
Hi! I’m quite certain I already posted about this already, but my post seems to have been lost. That’s a bugger.
Anyway, we have another gig coming up soon (really soon in fact), Tuesday 15th March at the Green Door Store, Brighton. Playing are three fantastic bands – Chris T-T and the Hoodrats + Dive Dive on their co-headline tour, plus Welwyn Garden City / Brighton’s own Redmaxx!
We’re big fans of all three here at Cupboard Music but, well, that’s probably a given seeing as we’re putting them on. But why believe us? Well, because of this YouTube-provided evidence. This is a good thing:
Chris T-T – Nintendo
Chris T-T – We Are The King of England
Dive Dive – Liar
Dive Dive – The Sorry Suitor
Redmaxx – Dan Reacts (live)
Tickets are £6 in advance or £7 on the door. They’re available NOW from Resident, Rounder Records and from this WeGotTickets link.
See you there!
Really excited to be able to announce that we will have JENIFEREVER to play for us at Brighton’s Green Door Store on Tuesday 19th April. Tickets are available right now from Resident, Rounder Records and online HERE at WeGotTickets.com. They’re £6 in advance or £7 if you want to risk turning up on the door and getting one.
Here’s a track from Jeniferever’s upcoming new album ‘Silesia’. It’s fantastic.
Also, I have a tasty poster for the gig – here it is:
Also, since I’m telling you all about it, here’s the band’s press release for the new album:
Given their country’s population of around ten million, and the constant stream of new sounds emanating from its borders, it’s easy to assume that one in four Swedes are in a band worthy of time and attention. Some names come easy: The Knife, Robyn, The Hives, ABBA. Some are less immediate – but give them a moment and they could be a band for a lifetime.
Jeniferever are one such group. The Uppsala four-piece – Kristofer Jönson, Martin Sandström, Olle Bilius and Fredrik Aspelin – have previously been compared to some truly otherworldly outfits, bands with the ability to paint a world around the listener. But every second of Silesia is tied to place and time, bound by reality and borne by experience. It’s less about escape, more confronting the unexpected trials that send one’s life into undulation.
The album’s title is taken from the former name of Berlin’s Ostbahnhof. It was near here, while on tour in 2009, that Kristofer learned that his father had passed away. Reality bit where there was so often release; the structure of life on the road collapsed, and the band cancelled their remaining dates. Several months later, a third album began to form; while not wholly informed by the recent tragedy, nevertheless the collection bears its title with no little relevance. Said Kristofer, “I liked the idea of naming it after a railway station since it’s a place of motion, a place where people arrive and depart and sometimes maybe depart never to come back…” And the end product is Jeniferever’s brightest, most immediate long-player yet. From pain, confidence; from darkness, light.
Two previous albums – 2006’s Choose a Bright Morning and 2009’s Spring Tides – earned the band the affections of in-the-know admirers. It was easy to be charmed by their soft-focus dynamics, their soaring climaxes and emotions-stirring textures. But it wasn’t so easy to chance upon their fare, and word of mouth has largely driven the group’s reach. Whether Silesia breaks through the invisible divide between underground and mainstream is out of the band’s hands. But there are moments of snappy accessibility that will surely tick relevant radio boxes, given the chance.
There’s a crack and strut to The Beat of Our Own Blood, the album’s third track. “Goodbye to bright spotlights,” sings Kristofer, taking the listener into the belly of the urban beast, through a city’s trains and tunnels. Deception Pass might be the band’s heaviest song yet, drums and bass combining to kick up a turbulent maelstrom of menace. Hearths threads elegant atmospherics like satellite trails across a starry sky, and the title-track’s sentiment, while stemming from a single heart, is truly universal.
Leaves fall, ice builds, the sun breaks cover, flowers blossom. Everything’s part of a cycle, every aspect has its beauty. Silesia is an album of similar changes and contrasts, of life and death, and just as fascinating as the forever-changing nature of what’s outside your window.
That sounds great, right? I can’t bloody wait and I hope you’re as excited. See you there!
STEVEN JAMES ADAMS
(The Broken Family Band / Singing Adams)
+ Support TBC
Saturday 6th September
Tickets £5.50 adv
THE HISTORY OF APPLE PIE
+ Support TBC
Friday 10th October
Tickets £7 adv
Tickets for all Cupboard Music shows are available from Resident in Brighton and online at WeGotTickets.com & See Tickets.