Polite Notice

Polite Notice: The Mae Shi and Johnny Foreigner.
May 17, 2008, 9:52 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Abstract: Johnny Foreigner wow, crowd stay cool. The Mae-Shi are insane, crowd manages to jig around a bit with help of props.

It’s fair to say that Kings College is not packed for this gig. In fact, tickets were reduced in price in the hope of getting more through the door. A good idea, but one which seems to fail, perhaps due to the unseasonable weather? Who knows. At any rate, it’s a terrible shame, as these two bands deserve more.

I walk in just as Johnny Foreigner prepare to begin. It’s fair to say that they are the real reason I’ve turned out by myself for this gig. It’s also fair to say that I’m somewhat obsessed with their leaked album release. In fact, I’ve never bestowed this much attention upon a single record for this length of time. Especially one which contains just two previously unheard tracks, Lea Room and DJs Get Doubts. The sheer joy that I find in this record is seemingly untarnished time after time. Perhaps it’s the fact that I never gave more than a few listens to the original demos, or maybe, and here’s where I’m putting my money, maybe it’s just that good a record.

Anyway, Johnny Foreigner try their hardest. And they’re good, so very good. The 3-piece makes more noise than seems possible, which is the perfect amount of noise for a 3-piece. But, the crowd aren’t affected on the whole. There’s the shuffle of feet, the nod of head, the body sway, but these songs deserve more. “Hot girls know the words to our songs” but tonight they don’t. I’ll do the album justice with a review nearer to release date, but just listen to this song.


Johnny Foreigner – Yr All Just Jealous (Zshare)

After Johnny Foreigner depart, I spend my time in the manner of all lone gig goers. Drinking quickly and txting. I’ve enjoyed The Mae-Shi’s album HLLLYH, in all its noise-pop slendour, quite a bit this year, but nothing has prepared me for them live. Well, I’d been told that they’re “the best live band ever” and “fun” but, you hear that about a lot of bands these days. But, well, The Mae-Shi really are something else. The stage is used merely as a place to keep the instruments when they’re not being used. The drums end up in the crowd underneath a white sheet held up by the audience. The lead singer roams about, a whirlwhind of vocals, sweat and passion. I hurt my hand bashing a symbol. Guitarists catch a breath leaning on audience members shoulders. The band drape a white sheet over our heads (see above image, of said sheet at SXSW, half-inched from Flickr) and

At times it develops into chaotic noise, but it’s when stand-out album tracks Run To Your Grave, The Melody and Lamb & Lion emerge from the chaos that the smile on your face deepens. Fun isn’t the word. Perhaps mental?

Sadly, the drummers offer of “I’ll give a pound to anyone who crowd surfs” isn’t taken up, but the crowd do liven up a bit. Even then, this deserves more.

The Mae-Shi – Run To Your Grave (Zshare)

The above video conveys far more about The Mae-Shi live than I ever could with words.


Polite Notice: White Lies.

White Lies are the reincarnation of Fear of Flying, a three-piece of some small renown who I have drunkenly tried to sign on no less than two occasions to my made up fantasy record label. Now under the management of one Nathan McGough they’ve been snapped up by Fiction.

Now with an added member keyboardist White Lies have also changed music direction slightly. Whereas before they purveyed fast, dancey indie-pop very much in the vein of Good Shoes and The Futureheads, they now seem to be emulating, dare I say it, U2 and Echo & The Bunnymen. Yes, it’s Big Songs and Epic Anthems now.

They’re going to be massive. Here’s their most recent single, Unfinished Business. It’s got everything Big Music needs, from building church synths, to a propelling drumbeat. It’s like The Killers of old covering U2. It even has an ever so slight guitar flourish from Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine.

White Lies – Unfinished Business (Zshare)

Yet, part of me can’t help but wishing they were still the Fear of Flying of old. Their songs were smart and catchy. From the Stephen Street produced Routemaster, a song about two gay bus drivers: “I’ve waited 19 roads for you” to Three’s a Crowd, a song about vying for attention with your girlfriends cat: “gonna put you down, have you put down / to wipe away this sullen frown.” They deserved far more attention than they got.

Fear of Flying – Routemaster (Zshare)

Fear of Flying – Three’s A Crowd (Zshare)

May as well stick my Polite Notice Fantasy Record Label roster here. These are the artists I’d sign in a heartbeat if I had my own record label.

  1. P?????? P??? – Unfortunately, I’ve been sworn to keep this band under wraps until they’re signed to a record label. A band profile will come at some point soon though.
  2. Florence & The Machine – As far as I’m aware, she’s still unsigned. Not that I can imagine that she’s not being snowed under with offers. Possessed of an extraordinary voice, and a great songwriting talent, Flo’s definitely “the next big thing.”
  3. Marina & The Diamonds – Alright, yes, I admit it. I’m somewhat of a sucker for a pretty girl singing. But, go on, tell me you’re not!
  4. Sky Larkin – Twee indie-pop. Is there anything better? No. No there isn’t.
  5. And, there are many more. But it is time to go outside into the sunshine now.  Take this with you, and play it LOUD.  Johnny Foreigner – Our Bipolar Friends (Zshare)

Erol Alkan Forum Megamix.
May 6, 2008, 4:46 pm
Filed under: dance, electro, mixtape, wonk!

Kudos goes to dc-suxx for putting this all together and DATANOIR for the image. Unfortunately, Erol never did join in.

Here it is folks. 19 DJs, and nearly 3 months in the making, the world’s first (as far as i am aware) internet DJ daisy chain is finally complete.

61 tracks and over 3 hours of joyous house, electro, techno, hip-hop and…dare I say it… WONK, all seamlessly (ahem) spliced together.


I contributed to this trainwreck.

Tracklist after the jump

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Polite Notice: Blog.
May 6, 2008, 3:28 pm
Filed under: dogtanion, late of the pier, nick mulvey

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This is my music blog.

There are many like it, but this one is MINE.

My music blog is my best friend. It is my life.

I must master it as I must master my life.

My music blog without me is useless. Without my music blog, I am useless.

Erm, yeah. Anyway. This time round, I will be making an effort to keep this blog alive.

You’ll be getting many nuggets of aural delight as well as perhaps the odd joke, if you’re lucky. So stay tuned!

Here’s a quick dose.

This is quite lovely. And very bitter. Dogtanion are opening the John Peel stage at Glasto on the Saturday. Could be a lighter in the air anthem, except softly crooning “cunt” and copious swearing will mean this is never heard on the radio. Mores the pity.

Dogtanion – Cunt (Zshare)

And, since it’s very sunny today you’ll all be in need of some Nick Mulvey in your life. Fluent in Congolese, Nick Mulvey is also more than a dab hand on his acoustic guitar. He’ll even teach you how for £25 an hour, or £20 if you go to his house in North London. What a lovely chap.

All his songs are currently up for download on his MySpace, so make sure you get them whilst you can.

Nick Mulvey – Didn’t Have The Time (Zshare)

This is Late of the Pier. This is super-space pop. This is, “oh my god that breakdown!”

More soon.