November, 2010

Nov 10

Camden Live Listings (11 29 2010)

Monday 29 November – Sunday 5 December

Camden Live Listings

Mon 29th Nov
Barfly presents ANR (Awesome New Republic) + States of Emotion + The Anagrams @ Barfly Up
Barfly presents Speakeasy @ Barfly Down
Sleepy Sun @ Borderline
Ideals + Redtrack + Stages Of Dan + Media Circus @ The Bull & Gate
Akira: Eliza Shaddad, Aaron Wright and Aprils @ Enterprise
The Pines + Tanja Tzar @ Green Note
Russian Standard Vodka Originals Presents Kelis @ HMV Forum
Roger Champman @ Jazz Café
Allbright, L.U.V., Adults the Elderly and Children, New York Drama Club, St Petersburg, Clare Thomson @ Monto Water Rats
Dark Paradise @ Purple Turtle
Josh Bray, Woo!Worths, To The Chase, Kerieva, Gus Garcia, Lauren Bruce, Baxter Rhodes, Kampion, Benin City, Ed Sheeran, Louise Golbey, and Kaana Ellie and The Remedies @ Proud
Live Jazz @ Positively Fourth Street

Tue 30th Nov
Barfly presents Blitz Kids + The Attika State + Scholars + Swound! @ Barfly Up
Barfly presents Mike DJ @ Barfly Down
Juliette Commagere, Olivia Sebastianelli @ Borderline
Brigade + Verses + Lonely The Brave @ The Bull & Gate
All that remains + Soilwork + Caliban + Bleed from within + Neaera @ Electric Ballroom
Glasswerk: The Vertigos, Marble Fairy, The Moon and Chris Simmons @ Enterprise
Green Note Open-Mic @ Green Note
Russian Standard Vodka Originals Presents The Hoosiers @ HMV Forum
The Herbaliser @ Jazz Café
Tinie Tempah @ Koko
Glasswerk: The Cellophane Flowers, Lowline, Vivianne Viveur and The Melancholic Youth Of Jesus @ Monarch
Gabrielle Aplin, Larissa McKay, Amy Westney, Thea Ford @ Monto Water Rats
Finley Quay (Pictured), Juan Zelada, Jake Morley, Dominic Hammond @ Proud

Wed 01st Dec
Meanfiddler presents The Agitator + Sleaford Mods @ Barly Up
Barfly presents Miz Milla & Friends @ Barfly Down
Stripped Back Soul @ Blues Kitchen
Club Fabulous: David Hill, Marc Perrin, Clare Chapman, Fuzzy Phelps + more @ Camden Head
Express Excess: Paul Lyalls, Matt Welcome, Fran Landesman and The Captain Of The Ran @ Enterprise
Folkadot @ Green Note
Russian Standard Vodka Originals Presents Paloma Faith @ HMV Forum
Agnes Obel @ Monto Water Rats
I (heart)…..Rattlin’ Bone, Eric Ness, Hoax, Rocketeer @ Proud

Thu 02nd Dec
Barfly presents The Neon Empire + NYLO + The Fury @ Barfly Up
Barfly presents Nevermind The Bangers @ Barfly Down/Up
Balling the Jack @ Blues Kitchen
Imperial Leisure + Tbc + Locomotives @ The Bull & Gate
Live Music: Jericho Promotions @ Camden Head
Up All Night: Toxic Nun, VerseChorusVerse and Red Fire Dawn @ Enterprise
Green Note Open-Mic @ Green Note
Reef @ HMV Forum
The Herbaliser @ Jazz Café
Club Fandango: Chris Olley, The Tender Hips, Tawny Owl And The Birds Of Prey and William Rahr Fortna @ Monarch
Two Spot Gobi, Separate Silhouette, Eoin Glackin, The Targets @ Monto Water Rats
Ban Jam + Club Remix @ Proud

Fri 03rd Dec
Barfly presents Gentlemens Dub Club @ Barfly Up
Barfly presents Bangers & Mash + The Tenth View + Family + Johnny And The Medicine Show + The Standards + The Funky Dubstars + Jimmy Napes + Emily Rawson @ Barfly Down/Up
The Muleskinners @ Blues Kitchen
Tiger Feet Late Night Session @ Blues Kitchen
Juliette Commagere, Olivia Sebastianelli @ Borderline
Vaults + Karaoke For Beginners + Call Me Animal + Five Working Days + Alvarez Kings @ The Bull & Gate
Young Guns @ Electric Ballroom
Jericho: The Valkarys, Du Hasky and That Nadeen White Experience @ Enterprise
Hoodlums + Mystery Jets (DJ Set) @ Wheelbarrow
Csergo Band @ Green Note
New Model Army @ HMV Forum
Fistfull of Mercy @ Koko
Bright Light Bright Light @ Koko
The Bazaars, Away With The Fairies, LazyTalk, Tin Hearts, Melic @ Monto Water Rats
Marner Brown, One, Dixon Brothers and Friends @ Proud

Sat 04th Dec
XK8 presents Campari Safari + The Wild Furs @ Barfly Up
Barfly presents Dollyrockers DJs @ Barfly Down
XK8 presents Casino Royale @ Barfly Down/Up
Jack Rabbit Slim @ Blues Kitchen
Juliette Commagere, Olivia Sebastianelli @ Borderline
Nice Haircut!: Angry Vs. The Bear, Right.Click.Save.As, Gulls, Victoria and Jacob + more @ Enterprise
Dansette Junior + Rum Sheeboogie (DJ Set) @ Wheelbarrow
Congo Faith Healers @ Green Note
New Model Army @ HMV Forum
Lulo Reinhardt @ Jazz Café
Soundtracks @ Monarch
Cyphar, Copious, Lonely Bird, Romantic Idols, West Of Rome, Pretty Guts @ Monto Water Rats
Heel @ Purple Turtle
Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1), Jay Karim, Hoodlums, Filthy Few DJ @ Proud

Sun 05th Dec
Exposure Live presents The City Calls + 14 Car Pile Up + Reapers In Sicily + Hey Alaska! + The Echoes + From The Get Go @ Barfly Up
The Sunday Blues Jam @ Blues Kitchen
The Spyro + Drum Mode + Joshua & The Occasionals @ The Bull & Gate
Open Mic: The Camden Sunday Sessions @ Camden Head
Eclectic Anarchy: Eastroad, Dekay, Hughmans, High Priest & The Brotherhood + more @ Enterprise
Beans on Toast @ Wheelbarrow
Rebet Asker-Greek @ Green Note
Helloween @ HMV Forum
Rosana @ Koko
Pocket Satellite, Broken Mile, Peter Carvell, Dan Neon @ Proud

The Camden Store Team X

Nov 10

Camden Store Advent – 1

The Camden Store is pleased to present its first annual advent post. Each Sunday during advent we will pop you up a few festive numbers from some of the bands that have played in Camden in 2010. Enjoy it!

Kicking us off this week are Dry the River performing Cyndi Lauper’s Feels Like Christmas. These boys are playing at HMV Forum on Wednesday. They have already been tipped to be one of the bands to watch in 2011.

Next up, Frightened Rabbit performed at Koko back in March. A popular outfit with musos for a couple of years now, they look set to break into mainstream adoration next year. This Christmas song is pretty heartbreaking. Brace yourself…

Sheffield duo Slow Club performed most recently at Koko back in the summer. Here they are performing Christmas TV. Acoustic loveliness.

Finally, if you missed the big switch on of the Camden lights last week, you can listen to Diagram of the Heart talking about the event (and our beloved Camden) right here:

Let the countdown to Christmas commence.

The Camden Store Team X

Nov 10

The Tallest Man on Earth at the Electric Ballroom


I was told the first draft above was more of a status update than a review and that it needed a severe re-write. But to be honest there isn’t a huge amount more that needs to be said.

For the uninitiated, here is a brief overview of Kristian Matsson aka The Tallest Man on Earth. He is a Swede. He is not very tall (when heckled “how tall are you?” he replied “I’m super tall” – but basically he is a liar.) He has excellent finger picking skills and plays in cool tunings. He sings in a mad gruff ‘International School’ sounding voice, like he’s been to one of those European institutions where they all come out speaking excellent English but with a strange American twang.

He looks a bit like a small version of Will, but for those of you who don’t know Will, I would say he looks like a slightly better looking version of the guy from the movie ‘Into the Wild’, just before he dies from being all thin. And if you don’t know who that is, imagine a skinny man with a little beard and a plaid shirt.

So the gig was at the Electric Ballroom, a slightly grungy setting for this folky man, but the sound was pretty good and the place was packed out.

The Tallest Man on Earth is often mentioned in the same sentence as Bob Dylan, and yes he is ‘a man who sings and plays guitar who is good’, but it is a fairly lazy comparison. During his set he mentioned how some of his biggest influences are actually female artists, such as Feist or Annie Lennox. He went on to say “If there’s anyone like me out there, a guy with a guitar, steal as much as you want from the girls because the only person they’ll ask you about is Dylan”.

However, his wonderful support act Idiot Wind positively begs the Zimmerman treatment. Named after a Dylan song, her appearance is that of Cate Blanchett in ‘I’m Not There’, and she even does a cover of Mama You’ve Been on My Mind in her set. Her voice is totally incredible – super tender and throaty. She has a hint of Cat Power about her. You can just about find her on myspace but would be hard pushed to find something to buy. Seek her out, because she is a wonder.

The Tallest Man on Earth’s set was a stonker, playing stuff from all his records with highlights including King of Spain, The Wild Hunt and The Gardener. Every song and even the tuning up was received by an awestruck audience. The massive crowd squeezed shoulder-to-shoulder hung on to every note and word. The encore came too soon but did not disappoint.

He brought an embarrassed Idiot Wind back on to perform a very Johnny Cash/June Carter-esque version of Thrown Right at Me. Singing into the same microphone, their faces less than an inch apart, a not so subtle audience member yelled “KISS ’ER!”.

The Tallest Man went on to play The Dreamer, another winner from his new EP ‘Sometimes The Blues Is Just A Passing Bird’, and hopped on the piano to finish with Kids on the Run.


The Camden Store Team X.

Words: Dickon Drury

Nov 10

Mountain Firework Company at Cecil Sharp House

Much as I adore the rough and tumble of Camden Town, there is always a little part of me that dreams about a life out in the sticks with my (imaginary) woodcutter husband and beautifully feral but ludicrously monikered sons, Country and Winston.

Luckily for me I never actually have to act on these loopy fantasies since Camden frequently comes up with the goods, delivering countryside loveliness in gig-size chunks on a regular basis.

Yesterday I got my latest fix when Brightonites The Mountain Firework Company came to Cecil Sharp House. This lot have indulged my escapist tendencies on a fair few occasions – often when I’ve had an old granny moment and hidden out from the hullabaloo in the Green Fields at Glastonbury.

Last night was just the same – you could feel the city receding the minute they launched into their soothing country folk set, instantly wrapping the audience up in a mist of woodsmoke and lulling us into happy rural imaginings.

Even though it was a first outing for lead singer Gareth’s new banjo, the moustachioed MFC men delivered a divine performance with seemingly minimal effort. Seeing Michael Simmonds, the group’s lumber-jacked violin and mandolin player, your mum might feel a bit concerned about the thought of bumping into him down a dark alley. Yet when he played it was as though the instruments were born to live in the crook of his arm; especially when his whole being appeared to blend into the rhythm of Rolling River.

We were treated to a great selection of tracks including a rendition of Burn, which follows in the folk tradition of murder ballads with a bloke killing off a girl “basically because he couldn’t get his end away”. Although ordinarily this might all sound a bit alarming, Gareth was quick to inform us that they “don’t actually endorse murder”. Always good to know.

The new album, Samurai, is properly pleasurable listening so I’d recommend you take a little peek here. You can join me for my next country fix when they come back to Camden in February for a show at Green Note. Bliss.

The Camden Store Team X

Words: Daisy Drury

Nov 10

Introducing…. The Wheelbarrow

Our hearts broke back in October when Camden Store fave venue The Flowerpot announced that it was closing. What were we to do? Where would we hear great music, drink sensibly priced Jagerbombs and dance to ELO late on a Saturday night?

Well, my friends, we no longer need to worry. With about as much internet hype as the launch of The Vaccines, we can confirm that The Flowerpot team appears to be back, only this time they are disguised as a Wheelbarrow.

It looks like the official launch should come in the next week or so. We’d recommend that you head on over to their new facebook page to make sure you don’t miss out.

Whilst you are at it, you should probably head on over to our page as well. That way you won’t miss out on anything.

The Camden Store Team X