Sunday, March 16, 2008

Four Star Mary @ Bull & Gate, Kentiosh Town, 15/03/08

Funny how you can almost forget about bands. I saw FSM a couple of times back at the start of the naughties. It was the Buffy the Vampire Slayer soundtrack that introduced me to them and a few others - Bik Naked, Splendid, Rasputina. Those first two gigs were both at the Garage in Islington, and I remember James Marsters (Spike from Buffy) joining the band on stage that first time.

No TV guests this time around, and the band are now relegated to a much smaller venue. With a 4th album out last year, showing that they still knew how to craft catchy pop/rock tunes, this was the first chance in around three and a half years fro UK fans to see the band. The set mostly comprised new material from @Hello it's Me'  and songs from their classic ' Thrown to the Wolves'. Also nice to see that their cover of the Cars' 'Just what I needed' is still in the set too.

Highlights for me were 'Dilate', 'Pain' and 'Long Way Down'.

Good solid support was added by Fatally Yours, a young Oxford band, who play a similar style of rock as FSM, and who have a few pretty decent tunes '"That 'status symbol' we spoke of' ; "The Consequence of greed"; and "What Have I Gone & Done" were all enjoyable (although having picked up a copy of their  self recorded album, it was apparent that they have yet to capture their live sound on record - but still worth keeping an eye on)
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New CDs and Downloads

It's been a while since I listed the latest purchases on the music front, so here's a few things I have bought so far in 2008:

Johnny Flynn and The Sussex Wit - Tickle me Pink (EP)
Fatally Yours - An Almost Sacred Triumph
Laura Marling - Alas I Cannot Swim (Songbox edition)
Dolly Parton - Backwoods Barbie
Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
Aretha Franklin - The Best of Aretha Franklin
Adele - 19
New Young Pony Club - Fantastic Playroom
Ingrid Michaelson - Girls & Boys
Laura Barrett - Earth Sciences (EP)
Alison Moorer - Mockingbird
Shelby Lynne -
Bob Mould - District Line
Motley Crue - Dr Feelgood
SaraBeth Tucek - Sarabeth Tucek
Sia - Some People Have Real Problems
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Dig Lazarus Dig

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