So, as I wrote in my Editor’s Letter on Friday, I went to see a documentary called ‘Anyone Can Play Guitar’ last week (which was tipped right here in the Five Day Forecast). As well as being a great film, it also made me think about local music scenes and how things have changed for them over the last decade. Thinking’s quite good fun, it turns out. Here are some more potential thought instigators coming up this week…
01: Camden Crawl. The Camden Crawl takes place in London this weekend, kicking off the first of two concurrent weekend outings for the city-based festival this year. The second will take place in the area around Dublin’s Camden Street next week. As ever, the London event provides access to a huge number of up-and-coming and more established bands in venues around Camden in North London.
02: SPOT. One of my favourite city-based festivals, SPOT, takes place in Aarhus in Denmark this weekend. Showcasing music from all around the Nordic region, including the usual array of innovatively staged gigs and mash-up shows between artists, it’s all set in one of the friendliest cities in Europe. I’m quite sad not to be there this year, but here’s my write-up of 2011′s edition.
03: Asian Dub Foundation soundtrack ‘La Haine’. ADF will soundtrack London and Paris-based screenings of Mathieu Kassovitz’s cult 1995 film, ‘La Haine’, as a pertinent means of marking the two capitals’ respective forthcoming mayoral and presidential elections. In fact, the movie will initially play on the very eve of said London vote with a free locals-only screening on 2 May at the Broadwater Farm Centre in Tottenham. Londoners at large will have a second viewing opportunity after the mayoral vote at The Troxy in Limehouse on 4 May.
04: New releases. We’re heading into a busy period for new releases now, but keep up because there are some great singles and albums coming your way. Marina And The Diamonds and Marilyn Manson are amongst the big releasers of the week, while I highly recommend ex-Books frontman Nick Zammuto‘s debut solo offering and The Leg‘s third album. As well as that, there are long players from Cate Le Bon, Mystery Jets, Justin Broadrick as JK Flesh, and a 60 track cassette collection from Ariel Pink and R Stevie Moore, plus singles and EPs from Paul Thomas Saunders, Stay+ and Fanzine.
05: Gigs. Grimes is everywhere right now, which is no bad thing. And tonight she’ll play a special show upstairs at The Garage in London (ie, the sort of venue it’s unlikely you’ll see her in again) to celebrate being The Fly’s cover star this month. Also this week, that Marina And The Diamonds is off on tour, The Rapture are over for two shows, José González and Tiniarwen will share the bill for a one-off London gig, and you’ll find Team Me, Spector, Here We Go Magic and The Men all playing around the UK.
But enough with all this reading, it’s so outdated. All the cool kids are getting their music news and discussion pumped directly into their heads via the CMU Weekly Podcast, the latest edition of which you can listen to here.
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