If you want to appear hip and ‘down with the kids’ (no, not like that Mr Glitter) here are some great bands that I’ve seen recently that you can casually drop into the conversation. Go on. impress your friends with ‘obscure music related knowledge.’ Scoff when they mention Lady GaGa, Glasvegas and Ladyhawke.
THIS is what you should be listening to.
Asobi Seksu. First album way better than third. Second middling to fair. Absolutely amazing live though.
The Miserable Rich. Nice.
The Crystal Stilts. Ok they sound like Jesus and the Mary Chain but still. What’s not to love?
Titus Andronicus. New Wave never went away.
Fanfarlo. Utterly, utterly beautiful.
Apricot. Japanese and madder than a bag of cats.
Fight Like Apes. Feisty and fun.
The Joy Formidible. Stompy, intense and great live.
Go out. See them. Bore your friends.
Oh look at the pretty lights
Just a very quick post to mention three diverse but equally great bands I saw at the weekend. All in a great little venue that had about 24 people in it. Could be the Sex Pistols moment everyone waits for? You never know.
First up were a new band called Schnappes. (Their spelling not mine). Only their fouth show, the music could be variously described as Wonky Tonk, Twonk or Tonky Wonk but I woulnd’t know what any of that would mean. They were, however, bloody brilliant.
Add Lord Auch to the mix and we have a nice little night beginning to take shape. Describing themselves as “paranoid pop” they were a little bit dark, a little bit scary and a little but fun. All in a really going for it kinda way. Lots of energy and a very tight set. Nice.
Finally, a band called the Brute Chorus headlined. They were great too. But are moustaches really back in? Really?!
Oh and this isn’t the venue. I just like the pretty colours.
Puddle Splashing Ahoy!
Well it is for me anyway. I’ve been looking to buy a festival/occasional mountain biking/horrific weather/going to visit ruins type sneaker for a while now. I had some old Gore-Tex clumpy boots that I bought in New York but they weren’t really the kind of thing to wear out on the street. Although they are very good for snow-wear.
Anyhoo, I give you the Nike Wildedge GTX ACG. Got these from the lovely fellows at SneakersandStuff in Sweden and I believe they are part of a Japan only release. Not sure if I believe that though. They are however everything I need from a f/omb/hf/gtvrts. Waterproof. Light. Comfortable. But they look great too.
The fit is a little bit strange but once you get your foot into it, it’s does everything the fabulous ACG is famous for.
ZX800 Footpatrol. They put the F in AZX
As I mentioned in my last post, the AZX’s were my favourite release of 2008. Here are my second favourite (at today’s opinion) from that pack.
I’ve not worn these yet and it’s a shame that Foot Patrol are no more – although there is a rumour that they will resurrected this year. But more on that later. Love the twist on the original colourway of the ZX8000 but applied to the ZX800 and also the allover 3M material to really catch the eye. Picked these up at Limited Editions in Barcelona and they were the second last pair in the store. Lovely people in both locations of that particular sneaker emporium and they couldn’t have been more helpful.
Looking for particular sneaker stores is also a great way to explore any city, and as long as you keep telling yourself that, you’ll be fine.