To Die By Your Side

Hole – Birmingham Academy 09/05/2010

May 10th, 2010

There are loads of words you could use to describe Courtney Love. Loads of words that have been used. Words that cross the spectrum of love and hate. From fanatical idolation to outright loathing, her music, her life and her personality all provoke extreme opinions and reactions. But of all the words you could use and all the words that have been used, it’s doubtful she’s ever been described as mediocre. Until now.

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LCD Soundsystem – Birmingham Academy 26/04/2010

April 28th, 2010

It’s a shame it’s a Monday night. For LCD Soundsystem are undoubtedly a Friday night band. The kind of act who release you from the shackles of the working week. Infusing you with the need to dance off whatever hassles have ailed your week and embrace the joy of two days away from the office. Shame it’s a Monday night. Not that something as trivial as a day can stop James Murphy and co from getting their groove on. If an erupting volcano can’t stop them getting to the gig, then the start of the week hasn’t got a hope of holding them back. Hell, not even ongoing technical difficulties or illness can stop them tonight.

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Idlewild – Wolverhampton Slade Rooms 23/04/2010

April 26th, 2010

There’s something a little disconcerting about seeing Idlewild in the Wolverhampton Slade Rooms. It may be named after Wolverhampton’s most famous Christmas soundtracking sons, but this is the new Little Civic by any other name. The emphasis being on little. With a maximum capacity of 200, Idlewild are hardly drawing the crowds they once did. To make things worse, looking around, it doesn’t even seem to be sold out. I’m almost certain Idlewild won’t have played anywhere this small since their early days. Certainly not to so few people. I may not be the only one thinking this way. Three songs in and Roddy Woomble makes a bemused comment on how small the stage is and throughout the set, he stands to the side of the stage, giving the rest of the band space when he’s not singing.

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Rufus Wainwright – Birmingham Symphony Hall 20/04/2010

April 22nd, 2010

You find me in two minds about writing this review. The fact is that I’m not a huge Rufus Wainwright fan. My knowledge of his work is minimal and more often than not, I find him an acquired, occasionally grating taste. Having now spent an evening in his company, I’m not entirely sure it’s a taste I’ve come to acquire. He’s one of those artists that in theory, I should love but in reality, I just don’t. He’s a bit too showy for me. Too theatrical. Undoubtedly, an exceptional talent, but one that  I  admire rather than enjoy. All of which should probably be leading you to assume that this will be an unfavourable review of an unpleasant evening.

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Well that was a dramatic pause

April 15th, 2010

Hi, hello and welcome to TDBYS Version 2.0. Resurected from the grave after the sudden, unexpected and premature termination by the powers that be at Blogger, The DMCA and whoever else it was that had a hand in it’s demise.  Not that I’m bitter. Never was. Shocked? Yes. Gutted? Definately. Angry for a little while, but not bitter. Like I’ve said a few times before, I never really had a leg to stand on and they were well within their rights to pull the plug. Whether they could have given me more of a warning and allowed me the opportunity to save five years worth of writing is another matter entirely. Though not one that I feel needs to be addressed. Not anymore. No point. It’s all water under the bridge now. Besides, if the cull hadn’t happened, I wouldn’t have this lovely new site. I also wouldn’t have learnt how valuable it is to archive and backup your work. Proof if it were needed that everything happens for a reason.

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