May, 2010

May 10

Sign him up

The team ventured to a far corner of the Camden kingdom on Thursday night to see old time fave Ben Howard play a breakthrough gig at The Water Rats.

We first saw Ben play during long weekends down in Cornwall, when he used to perform at numerous lovely venues around Falmouth, where he was a student. The gigs were always filled to the rafters and this Thursday proved to be no exception with a packed out room full of friends and ardent fans.

Ben’s appeal is wide-ranging. His impressive surfing skills and west country charm win over everyone from teenage Aussie boys to middle aged mums. Some girls in the audience weren’t too bothered about being able to hear the music over the background noise of the pub, but were very concerned that they might not actually get to see him in the flesh. There’ s no doubt that he’s a looker, but they’d have been mad to miss out on his deeply soulful tunes.

Ben is currently sponsored by Quicksilver, and with most surfer musicians there is the fear that they will sound just like Jack Johnson, but his unusual guitar playing methods and soulful lyrics show that his talent goes much further than that.  With a tone not dissimilar to Ray LaMontagne, his beautifully echoey voice takes you straight to dreams of dancing around moon-lit beach fires with the waves rolling in behind you.

Promoting his latest EP, These Waters, Ben played a satisfying mix of old and new material, with the crowd singing along to faves such as The Wolves, and final rousing rendition of Move Like You Want had them whooping with glee.

Thursday was potentially a big night for Mister Howard as the gig was filled with record companies who’d come to check out his potential.  The Camden Store reckon they’d be mad not to take him on.

The Camden Store Team x

May 10

Edward Sharpe the Messiah

We’re gearing up for a long weekend and The Camden Store have got that Friday feeling. Fancy getting in the mood while you’re still at your desk? Plug in your headphones and secretly tap your feet to Californian maestros Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

Alex Ebert and Jade Castrinos head up this crazily cool band, and if you’re wondering just who Edward Sharpe is, he’s apparently a messianic figure conjured up by Alex, who was “sent down to Earth to kinda heal and save mankind…but he kept getting distracted by girls and falling in love.” Madness.

Their album ‘Up from below’ contains some crackers, but we recommend ‘Home’ for some Friday fun.

May 10

Thursday pleasure

We love Thursdays.

Today we thought it might be time to begin to explore the full area of Camden. See here if your memory needs refreshing. We are heading on down to the Borderline in our Southern hemisphere, also known as south of the Euston Road.

Tonight the Borderline welcomes Thomas J Speight to the stage, with support from Lucy Rose, The Staves, and Elena Tonra. All the acts have songs to recommend them, so we would suggest taking some time this afternoon to have a listen. With four acts on the bill, we are all likely to find something that we can appreciate.

For a flavour of headlining Thomas himself, take a look here:

Let us know what you think of Thomas and his pals. 

The Camden Store Team X

May 10

Look who it is

Yeasayer have been around since 2007, coming to the wider public’s attention whilst supporting MGMT on tour.

 Today it is they, Yeasayer, who are touring with vigour. They appear to have around 40 dates scheduled in their diary taking them all the way to mid October. Now that makes us all feel like summer is nearly over. Try not to think about it.

So, tomorrow night they will be here in Camden Town. See them at Koko.

For something to get in the mood, try Sunrise from their first single release.

Don’t forget to take a pullover today. It is going to be less steamy.

The Camden Store Team x

May 10

The Last week of Spring

In like a lion out like a lamb, that is what they tell us. So what do we have in store for this final week of Spring here in leafy Camden?

Johnny Flynn’s performance at the Electric Ballroom has previously been flagged up, but there is no harm checking him out again here. His 2009 Sweet William EP did not generate the same level of coverage as his acclaimed 2008 A Larum album. Consider going to the Electric Ballroom on Wednesday to give him the applause he deserves.

On Thursday you might want to head over to The Flowerpot to see Idelwild’s Rod Jones’ taking to the stage with his own, significantly more acoustic, material. We love it when a guitarist gets to move centre stage. Listen here to his new song Wonderful.


The Camden Store x


Mon 24th May
Reckless Love Up  @ The Barfly
Speakeasy @ The Barfly

Tue 25th May
Emarosa/ Deaf Havana  @ The Barfly
Hafdis Huld/ Tim Ten Yen/ Johnny Taylor @ The Enterprise

Wed 26th May
Emarosa @ The Barfly
Open The Skies Ursa @ The Purple Turtle
Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit @ The Electric Ballroom
Sudden Exit @ Dingwalls
Lost Left/ Octoberman/ Maria Byrne/ Skinsuit @ The Camden Head
Alice Watts, Right Click Save as, Space Heroes for the People @ The Enterprise
Airship @ The Flowerpot

Thu 27th May
Underground Heroes/The Ruskins/ Dog Is Dead/ The Roads @ The Barfly
Chromium Circle of Rage Affluenza Engraved Disillusion  @ The Purple Turtle
The Rocket Summer @ The Electric Ballroom
Ekleptica @ Dingwalls
D’ed’e Dari/ Phil Horton @ The Enterprise
Rod Jones @ The Flowerpot

Fri 28th May
Maybe Myrtle Tyrtle/ We Hate Shotput 
The Fly Magazine New Issue Party presents: Baby Monster (live)/ Breton (live)/ DT (live)/ DJ Mark Tieku/ Rewind Loretta/ The Two Colins/ Mikey Vegas @ The Barfly
The November Five, The Priscillas, The Vinyl Stitches @ The Enterprise
Damn Jammage @ The Flowerpot

Sat 29th May
XK8 presents: Campari Safari 5th Birthday!/ The Second Line/ Tiger! Shit! Tiger! Tiger!/ Illness/  Cozmic Onion Field/ Rob Campari @ The Barfly
Casino Royale/ DJ Black Knight / Daphne & Tallulah/ Fab (Friday I’m In Rock Italy) @ The Barfly
Hollywood Tramp @ The Purple Turtle
I saw Dinasaur/ The six/ The Penny Sweets @ The Enterprise

Sun 30th May
I Am Project/ Mangoseed/ Jonny Gone Home/ The daylight faded/ Tomokiyo/ The Incisors/ Revolution/ Coppers For Karma/ Mad Moon Sea/ Shindig Addicts  Up @ The Barfly
The Dead Betas @ The Purple Turtle
The Standards/ The White Negroes/ The Bibelots @ The Enterprise