“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors”
With that in mind, if you are reading this before the general election (it’s tomorrow at the time of writing) please do one thing for me …..
If you were thinking of not voting at all in protest, i.e. staying away from the polling station, I would like to urge you to still actually go along, but make your protest by instead spoiling your ballot paper. The reason is this: to those counting the votes, there is no difference between your stay-at-home protest and apathy.
Right, now I’ve got that off my chest, on with the show….
Rough Beats Festival 2010 – 4th-6th June
“Yorkshire’s best and most original independent music festival” (in their own words, and who’s to disagree?) is back, and to mark it myself and Laura Rawlings previewed the festival in our shows tonight. Partially because Bradford’s Little Attic Records (home to Wilful Missing) are curating one of the stages, there are quite a number of West Yorkshire artists playing. Laura played previous BCB session tracks by some of the artists playing, and I slotted in a few studio recordings by some of the artists too. Full details of the festival can be found on the Rough Beats website.
Here’s the full list of what I played in my show:
I’m in very fine spirits today – we’ve just had The Duke and the King in for a session and they blew me away.Â I say we becauseÂ I did the organising, tea making, hugging and grinning and Alb did the nob twiddling – playing to our respective strengths (Alb don’t edit this bit – it’s serious and true).
Anyway, the hairs on the back of my neck are still standing on end! They’re now on the way to Leeds for tonight’s gig and Alb’s busy recording another musical gem with HannahÂ Lou and Trevor Moss.Â La vie est belle.
Tonight’s show’s already been lovingly prepared for youÂ - because I’m off to tap my feet, nod my head and swoon over our session guests. So I can reveal tonight’s tunes (Wed 21st):
Two Door Cinema Club – Something good can work
New Young Pony Club – Lost a girl
Cate Le Bon – Shoeing the bones
Owen Pallett – Lewis Takes Off His Shirt
Royal Bangs – War Bells
Yeasayer – O.N.E.
Stars and Sons – If it’s good for me
Bonobo – The Keeper ft. Andreya Triana
Emika – Double Edge
Rex – My Baby Left Me
The Duke and the King – Still Remember Love
MGMT – Flash Delerium
Hot Chip – One Life Stand
She and Him – In the sun
Bonobo – We could forever
All summery – all great. Will keep you posted re: forthcoming session guests so don’t go away.
On next week’s showÂ - already in the pipeline -Â I’ve got details of a fab competition for local bands to bag themselvesÂ a spot at Moor Music Festival plus a preview of Live at Leeds. Oh, Alb and I are working on a Rough Beats Festival preview in early May. Huza!