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1965 Records Clubnight feat. Televised Crimewave, Windmill Brixton, Feb 12th

Posted in Gigs, Tickets with tags , , , on February 9, 2009 by musicmuleblog


What? Televised Crimewave

1965 records are home to The View but don’t let that put you off. This night is their ‘Windmill of Your Mind’ club night and opportunity for them to test out potential ones for the future. Tonight the headliners are upcoming home-grown talent Televised Crimewave who release their debut single ‘Listen and Repeat’ through Pure Groove on 17th March. They have a real punk energy which is there for all to see during their live performances but musically their new wave tunes have one foot very much rooted in pop. Bigger and better things will come.

Support comes from the alluring tones of Danielle of The Palpitations, the South African guitar pop of Desmond & The Tutus and the Irish girl/boy shouty pop of Hooray For Humans.

When? Thursday, Feb 12th. First act 8.45 p.m.

Where? The Windmill, Brixton.

How Much? About £5 usually

Tickets? On The Door, arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Televised Crimewave – Objects Of Desire

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Re-shuffle: Upcoming Gigs & Gigs Archive

Posted in musicmule with tags , on February 6, 2009 by musicmuleblog

musicmule has had a bit of a re-shuffle.

The ‘Gigs by date’ page is now ‘Upcoming gigs’ with the next gig listed at the top. Much more convenient this way I think you’ll agree.

A list of past gigs can now be found on the ‘Gigs Archive’ page.

Both pages can be accessed from the sidebar on the right.

Thanks to Manu W for the suggestion, keep them coming.

Dark Was The Night – A Red Hot Compilation

Posted in Music Releases with tags , , , , on February 6, 2009 by musicmuleblog


Red Hot Organization is an international charity dedicated to raising money and awareness for HIV and AIDS through popular culture. They’ve been making compilations for 20 years now and back in 1993 they were responsible for releasing ‘No Alternative’ which featured artists like Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, The Breeders and Sonic Youth. It was a compilation that perfectly captured a cross section of the grunge music scene that was exploding back then and has stood the test of time as a great release. There’s a similar feeling of achievement with their latest and 20th compilation ‘Dark Was The Night’, out on February 16th, which has been put together and produced by The National band-mates and brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner.

Over the past few years The National has grown in popularity and along the way they’ve played a lot of shows, found plenty of like minded (not exclusively) American artists and recruited many of them they felt suited this project. The resulting collection reads like a who’s who of a North American indie music scene that has blossomed over the past few years thanks in no small part to Brooklyn’s revival. Check out the tracklist below for yourself and see if it doesn’t get your mouth watering like it did mine. Then again to those unfamiliar with the talent on show this could be the most rewarding of introductions. While the sound is perhaps not quite as unified as that of the ‘No Alternative’ compilation the music on ‘Dark Was The Night’ seems to share a common intellect, honesty and tendency towards vocally and lyrically powerful songs.

Apparently the idea of bringing together all these people crystalised when Feist was in New York performing Live on the David Letterman Show and asked members of Grizzly Bear and The National to play in her backing band. It was then that Aaron and Bryce realised that a lot of their peers are connected in one way or another. The National also count Arcade Fire as friends and have had them crashing on their floor on occasions. Too cool!

The album capitalises on the communal spirit by featuring a few exciting collaborations between artists. Highlights on first inspection are tracks from Antony Hegarty (Antony and The Johnsons) and Bryce Dessner (The National), Feist and Grizzly Bear, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Aaron Dessner (The National) but perhaps the most impressive marriage of all is Dirty Projectors and David Byrne (Talking Heads). David found an old, unused lyric he wrote for Talking Heads and selected Dave Longstreth and his Dirty Projectors to make it into a new song. The resulting track seems to have brought out the best in both performers and gives the compilation an edge that should help it stand the test of time in it’s own right.

As if this wasn’t enough we’ve also got new tracks from The National, Arcade Fire, The Decemberists, Yeasayer and Bon Iver to look forward to. This surely has to be an early contender for compilation of the year.

Pre order the double cd from Play or the digital download from 4AD – come on it’s for charity!

You already have the Dirty Projectors track available in the post below, I don’t want to give away too much so that’s your lot for now – buy the cd if you’re interested or if you’d like to try before you buy you can stream some of the tracks from the Dark Was The Night website.

CD 1 track listing

1. Knotty Pine by Dirty Projectors + David Byrne
2. Cello Song by The Books featuring Jose Gonzalez
3. Train Song by Feist + Ben Gibbard
4. Brackett, WI by Bon Iver
5. Deep Blue Sea by Grizzly Bear
6. So Far Around The Bend by The National
7. Tightrope by Yeasayer
8. Feeling Good by My Brightest Diamond
9. Dark Was The Night by Kronos Quartet
10. I Was Young When I Left Home by Antony + Bryce Dessner
11. Big Red Machine by Justin Vernon + Aaron Dessner
12. Sleepless by The Decemberists
13. Die by Iron & Wine
14. Service Bell by Grizzly Bear + Feist
15. You Are The Blood by Sufjan Stevens

CD 2 track listing

1. Well-Alright by Spoon
2. Lenin by Arcade Fire
3. Mimizan by Beirut
4. El Caporal by My Morning Jacket
5. Inspiration Information by Sharon Jones & The Dap-kings
6. With A Girl Like You by David Sitek
7. Blood Pt 2 by Buck 65 Remix (featuring Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti)
8. Hey, Snow White by The New Pornographers
9. Gentle Hour by Yo La Tengo
10. Another Saturday by Stuart Murdoch
11. Happiness by Riceboy Sleeps
12. Amazing Grace by Cat Power and Dirty Delta Blues
13. The Giant Of Illinois by Andrew Bird
14. Lua by Conor Oberst + Gillian Welch
15. When The Road Runs Out by Blonde Redhead + Devastations
16. Love vs. Porn by Kevin Drew

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Dirty Projectors, Scala, April 2nd

Posted in Gigs, Hot Tickets, Tickets, Tracks with tags , , , , on February 6, 2009 by musicmuleblog


What? Dirty Projectors

I can’t believe I’m out of the country when this is going on! Tough luck. Dirty Projectors are one of the most innovative and unique sounding bands from a Brooklyn scene bursting with talent. Led by frontman Dave Longstreth who is regarded as somewhat of a visionary by his New York peers, Grizzly Bear to name but one. The last time I caught them in the capital was last year in Tufnell Park and I was blown away.

Dave’s unique vocal style is amazing and his guitar noodling is equally impressive. He’s backed up by one of the best drummers I’ve seen, Brian McOmber and the guitar, bass and harmonies of Amber Coffman and Angel Deradooria. Check out the below track taken from the forthcoming Red Hot Compilation – Dark Was The Night which Dave and the band recorded with none other than David Byrne of Talking Heads.

For Fans Of: A tough one but maybe – Grizzly Bear, The Microphones, Animal Collective.

When? Thursday April 2nd

Where? Scala, Kings X.

How Much? £10

Tickets? wegottickets

Dirty Projectors – Knotty Pine (with David Byrne)

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On Repeat: The Low Anthem – Charlie Darwin

Posted in On Repeat with tags , , , , on February 6, 2009 by musicmuleblog

The Low Anthem - oh-my-god-charlie-darwin

On repeat: my track of the moment.

This song is magical. Beautiful three way harmonies and acoustic guitar in this homage to the 200th Anniversary of Charles Darwin!

The Low Anthem are a new band out of Providence, Rhode Island who release Charlie Darwin their debut UK single through the End Of The Road label. The 7″  is available on February 12th, it’s cover is hand painted by the band and the release is limited to 500 copies. This one should go down in history. Pre-order from End of the Road.

The Low Anthem – Charlie Darwin

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Gold Teeth, Barfly, Feb 23rd

Posted in Gigs, Tickets with tags , , , , on February 5, 2009 by musicmuleblog


What? Gold Teeth

There are some pretty exciting London bands around at the moment but none more so than Wimbledon’s Gold Teeth. They sound like a breath of fresh air, combining indie guitar and vocals with a bit of electro and even afro/reggae influences. This is the launch party for forthcoming single ‘Everybody’ which you can pre-order from Puregroove.

Support comes from the also hotly tipped Voluntary Butler Scheme who uses loops and effects a plenty to relate his tales of towers ( BT & Eiffel) amongst other things!

When? Monday, Feb 23rd.

Where? Camden Barfly.

How Much? £5

Tickets? ticketweb

Gold Teeth – Confused Blue

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Alela Diane, Shepherds Bush Empire, Sept 17th

Posted in Gigs, Music Video, Tickets, Tracks with tags , , , on February 5, 2009 by musicmuleblog

What? Alela Diane

Alela Diane’s ‘Pirate Gospel’ album won Rough Trade’s album of the year prize in 2006 and she’s just about to release the much anticipated follow up ‘To Be Still’ which has been winning some rave reviews. Her date at St Giles In The Fields sold out in good time so she’s announced a new date and her biggest headline show to date in Shepherds Bush later in the year. Sure it’s a long way off but don’t be complacent – this will sell out. For those unfamilar with Alela listen to the below track from her Daytrotter Session. A fuller version of the song features on her new album.

When? Thursday, Sept 17th.

Where? Shepherds Bush Empire, West London.

How Much? £15

Tickets? gigantic seetickets

Alela Diane – White As Diamonds

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