16 May 2009

no Roundtable review for 14.05 / research for my night job / an interesting turn of events re: the recession

sorry folks but due to illness, there won't be a review of the tunes analysed by Lammo and his panel from 14 May. you can instead hear a bit of get well soon wishes from Steve to me in the first 1/2 hour of Thursday's programme.


for my "other" gig in life with Popwreckoning, I have been soaking up as much as I can about the artistes playing Dot to Dot in preparation for my trip in less than a week. SQUEE. in particular, I listened to Radio1's Big Weekend transmissions from last weekend and radio programmes featuring Friendly Fires, including a Rob da Bank and Friends show (see previous post) and a live DJ set Ed Macfarlane and Jack Savidge did with the Queens of Noize on 6music earlier tonight. here's the setlist for the entire programme - some great tunes in the first 1/2 hour (La Roux, eeee!) , then some interesting selections from Ed and Jack.

May Remix Round Up
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero (Erol Alkan Remix)
Passion Pit - The Reeling (Calvin Harris Remix)
Phoenix - Lisztomania (Yuksek Remix)
La Roux - Bulletproof (Zinc Remix)
Ladyhawke - Back Of The Van (A1 Bassline Remix)
Telepathe - Chrome's On It (The Shoes Remix)

Queens' Classic Dance Moment
Bizzare Inc - Playing With Knives

Friendly Fires - Jump In The Pool (Thin White Duke Remix)

Friendly Fires In The Mix
Rufus Wainwright - Tiergarten (Supermayer Remix)
Worst Case Scenario - Hot Beef
Akeke Ifu - Mirror Dance
Daniele Papini - Church Of Nonsense
Cajmere - Say You Will
Marshall Jefferson - Mushroooms (Justin Martin remix)
Liquid Liquid - Optimo (Optimo remix)
Reboot - Vandon
Thomas Barford and Fredski - Swan Lake

Gossip - Heavy Cross (Fred Falke Remix)
Official Secrets Act - Bloodsport (Filthy Dukes Remix)

By Royal Appointment
Florence And The Machine - Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) (Leo Zero Remix) 6 MIX EXCLUSIVE

End Of The Night Party Banger
Dizzee Rascal - Bonkers


because of the global recession, less bands are able to travel all over the U.S. I'm not talking just international acts. stateside ones too! it's as if they have to pick one coast or the other. arguably, there's a bigger concentration of venues on the East Coast (as compared to the West), from as far up as Boston, all the way down to Charlotte - or even down to New Orleans or Orlando.

an even more interesting phenomenon I've noticed is bands from Europe are either starting or finishing their tours in D.C. maybe b/c it's cheaper to fly into or out of Washington Dulles? I certainly fly out of IAD to LHR every time I go to London...

three examples:

White Lies / Friendly Fires (NME Presents tour) - started tour at the Black Cat on 24 March
Noah and the Whale - finished their N.A. tour in D.C. at the Black Cat on 2 May
Peter Bjorn and John - finished their N.A. tour in D.C. at the 9:30 Club on 2 May

my impression? I love it when D.C. is the start or an end of a tour. it makes an impression on a band. D.C. - and a D.C. audience - is either the first or last thing they're gonna see on a tour while visiting our country.

and of course, I offer my services as tour guide and chauffeur for whatever you British bands need :)

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