December, 2010

Dec 10

Bands to catch in 2011

It is that time of year when life is one big list. Who are we at Camden Store HQ to resist this trend?

So here it is, the definitive Camden Store list of 10 acts to catch in 2011. Unlike some such lists, we are not trying to highlight bands for the first time, instead, we want to flag up some acts who we think are going to have (and deserve to have) a truly tremendous 2011.

1.Nic Dawson Kelly
Nic released his debut album Old Valentine in 2009. Though critically acclaimed, this record received too little PR, and we suspect that too few people heard it.  Fresh from supporting Laura Marling on her German tour, 2011 should be a great year for Nic and his distinctive voice.

2.The Low Anthem
The Low Anthem self-released their debut album What the Crow Brings in 2007, following that up with a second Oh my God, Charlie Darwin in 2008. In the UK, label Bella Union picked the band up and re-released the second album to significant commercial success. There are a number of truly magical tracks on the record. The band are set to release their 3rd album Smart Flesh in February 2011, and we can’t wait. This year should be a great one for this timid Rhode Island quartet.

3.Yngve and the Innocent
Here at Camden Store HQ we have been mumbling on about Yngve for a few months now. That said, even with these muted mumbles, we have been entirely late to the game, with the songsmith releasing his first album Tell Men This way back in 2008. Now including The Innocent in his line up, Yngve looks set to have a successful 2011 with his most recent music video setting a distinctive new tone for a foot stomping future.

We caught up with Crowns back in the balmy days of summer. Since our first encounter with these Cornish lads we have kept a keen eye on their progress. They have not disappointed. Most recently supporting The Pogues, these boys are set for the dizzy heights. Catch them now before they mature into legends.

5.Dry The River
Set to perform at the HMV Next Big Thing festival in February, there is no denying that the mainstream music industry is well aware of the talent of these five boys. This should not deter you from getting involved yourself. Their alt-folk sound is both a happy companion to the likes of the Mumford/Marling alliance, and also a happy detractor, leaving the Celtic crescendos behind. In 2011 you should see them when you can.

6.Cloud Control
Controversially, we have not made a mistake here. We accept that most pundits are all a fluster about Cloud Nothing and his indie pop. However, here at the Camden Store we are more intrigued by the distorted electro sounds of Cloud Control. Promoted most recently by the infamous Black Cab Sessions team, this outfit certainly have some sophisticated support behind them. Playing at the Australian Laneway festival in February, we predict a return to the UK for this band by the summer season.

7.Rue Royale
Having already received attention following some much sought after 6music airtime, this Midlands/St Louis pair are due to release their single Halfway Blind in the UK in  mid January. This will be followed by an album in the coming months. Hugely appreciated on the continent, there is no reason why their low-fi folk songs shouldn’t be just as adored over here.

8.The Vaccines
The début gig of The Vaccines at The Flower Pot back in October was one of our gigs of the year. Since then, Justin and his merry men have been catapulted into a hype frenzy of the kind not seen since the time of Mika (!?). 2011 will certainly be the year of The Vaccines. Let’s hope that they manage the hype machine well and live to see a fruitful 2012 and 2013.

9.Jamie Ley
We bang on about Jamie Ley a fair amount. He has a great voice, excellent lyrics and is an all round delight to listen to. Our prediction would be a mighty rise to fame for Jamie with him hitting the big time just in time for the festival season. This guy is set to have the summer of his life. We’d recommend that you catch him quick before he sets sail from Camden for pastures new.

10.David E Sugar
Last, but not least, we see a bright future for Mr David E Sugar. Signed to Sunday Best and with a significant fan base, this dashing young man and his electro beats are on to a winning formula. A regular performer at both Proud and the Lock Tavern, a trip to see David E Sugar should be on all your New Year resolutions lists.

2011 is going to be a good year.

The Camden Store Team X

Dec 10

Camden Live Listings (12 28 2010)

Tuesday 28th December – Sunday 2nd January

Camden Live Listings

Tue 28th Dec
Barfly presents Louellen + Maefield Setting + ilovelily + Jakil @ Barlfy Up
Barfly presents Spindle & Wit DJs @ Barfly Down
Die Hard (On screen) @ Wheelbarrow
Janet Kay @ Jazz Cafe
Boy on the roof, Stone Town, Shotgun Venus, Little Signals, Elephant 12, Dodo Bones @ Monto Water Rats
Call The Landlord @ Proud

Wed 29th Dec
F**k the Capulets presents presents The Montagues + New Manhattan + Remain Indoors + Babyshambles Mick Whitnall DJ Set @ Barfly Up
Stripped Back Soul @ Blues Kitchen
Die Hard II (On Screen) @ Wheelbarrow
The Bays @ Jazz Cafe
UP – Lady Lykez, G.R.E.E.D.S, The Freewheelers, Johnny Taylor + acoustic acts @ Proud

Thu 30th Dec
Barfly presents The Stayaways + The Good Suns + Sleeping With Wolves @ Barfly Up
Barfly presents Smoke & Mirrors + with special live rock band guests @ Barfly Down/Up
Bex Marshall @ Blues Kitchen
Die Hard with a Vengane (On Screen) @ Wheelbarrow
Joey Negro’s Sunburst Band @ Jazz Cafe
Button Down Disco @ Koko
Countrier than thou @ Lock Tavern
Club Remix @ Proud
BAN*JAM – Stevie Becks + DJ’s Bongo Worm, Soldiers of the night @ Proud

Fri 31st Dec
Barfly presents New Years Eve! + MAN LIKE ME LIVE w/ brass set + Mouthwash (live) + *** STOP PRESS Jeff Automatic (Club NME) NOW ADDED*** + Casino Royale (Black Knight) + Nevermind The Bangers (Ollie Russian) + Speakeasy + Fucking Dance (Jamilla Scott) @ Barfly Down/Up
Hits Don’t Hurt @ Blues Kitchen
Bedrock New Year’s Eve Party @ Borderline
New Year’s Eve Cheese & Wine @ The Camden Head
Rewind NYE Party @ Dingwalls
Shake @ Electric Ballroom
Live Band Karaoke @ Enterprise
NYE Party @ Wheelbarrow
Joey Negro’s Sunburst Band @ Jazz Cafe
NYE Ball ft. British Seapower @ Koko
Casper C, Skull Juice, Stopmakingme, Arveene, The Beeny Royston Experience, Gino Silano, Miss Odd Kidd, NikNikNik @ Lock Tavern
NYE Soundtracks @ Monarch
NYE Party, Rachel Stamp, Conspirators, Spiderbaby, Et Tu Bruce, Deeds Of The Nameless, Otherness @ Monto Water Rats
NYE Burlesque Ball @ Proud
NYE Party @ Steeles

Sat 01st Jan
Congo Faith Healers @ Blues Kitchen
Salvation @ Koko
The Camden Carry On – The Brute Chorus live (Pictured), The Damn Jammage live, The Morones live, The Corsair live, More live acts TBA, Jeff Automatic dj, Cashback djs, Kicker Conspiracy dj, Henry Brill dj, Gabi Woo dj, Bloody Awful Poetry dj @ Lock Tavern

Sun 02nd Jan
The Sunday Blues Jam @ Blues Kitchen

The Camden Store Team X

Dec 10

Communion to bring Marcus Foster to Camden

Even though we’re STILL not bored of playing Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas at full volume and dancing around the kitchen in a demented manner, we have to admit that the festive season can get a bit much. In order to avoid complete frazzledom, this afternoon we are staging an intervention.

Just as at some point you have to stop eating chocolate Santas every three minutes and re-introduce vegetables into your diet, it is also a good idea to step away from the festive compilation albums and treat your ears to some proper nutritional tunage, even if it’s just for a little while.

So, if you haven’t already had the pleasure, we suggest you get acquainted with Mister Marcus Foster. Despite having had a couple of his own songs featured in successful motion pictures (Twilight being one), Marcus has managed to avoid any dangerous hype and is setting his own path. The London-born musician and sculptor writes folk blues with genuine feeling, drawing on influences such as Tom Waits and Bob Dylan, among others.


Before you berate us for falling for yet another Dylan worshipper, this man really isn’t ‘just another folk musician’. His voice is pleasingly versatile, with every song introducing a new element to his overall sound, which seems to sit somewhere between Johnny Flynn and The Black Keys. Best of all, he comes across as a wholesome, unpretentious, thoroughly nice chap.

His latest EP, Tumble Down is set to be enchanting, and we’re pleased to learn that he has recently returned from a trip to Wales to record his debut album, which is due for release next year. Instead of the usual January dread, we’re looking forward to settling into 2011 with a trip to see him play live at the 1400 year old St Pancras Old Church, rather aptly hosted by the unstoppable purveyors of folk, Communion.

The Camden Store Team X.

Dec 10

Getting festive with The Border Surrender

One of our favourite discoveries of 2010 has to be the amazing Americana sound of North London four-piece, The Border Surrender. If you haven’t had a chance to see them play live yet then we strongly recommend that you add that little pleasure to your New Year resolutions list pronto.

To help you get to know them a little better, and given that we are of a one track Christmas themed frame of mind at the moment, we got Keith Austin (guitar, vocals) of the band to participate in a semi-quick-fire round of festive questions for your reading pleasure.

Here we go…

CS: What’s the best Christmas present you’ve ever received?
KA: Half our instruments have probably come as Christmas presents over the years – we wouldn’t be a band without them!

CS: Had any good snowball fights this week?
KA: We’ve been joining in with other people’s snowball fights wherever we go – nothing breaks a social barrier better than a surprise snowball to the back of the head.

CS: Favourite Christmas record?
KA: Fairytale of New York – the band has been to many a Christmas Pogues concert over the years.

CS: Christmas socks or Christmas jumpers?
KA: Jumpers – don’t hide the festivity on your feet.

CS: Have the band been celebrating Christmas together in any way?
KA: Yeah, our Hawley Arms Christmas shindig with The Brute Chorus was a superb festive evening.  Nothing says Christmas like a bottle of Sambuca.

CS: What was your highlight of 2010?
KA: Meeting our new producer Phil Brillo, and all hearing the great things he’s done with our music. Another highlight was seeing the amazing reaction to our single and EP released this year.

CS: Any resolutions for 2011?
KA: Never!

CS: Last of all, what have The Border Surrender got in store for us next year?
KA: Our new EP is just about ready for release, so look out for that around late February/early March. Then an album later……

CS: Looking forward to it.

The Camden Store Team X.

Dec 10

Jingle Jangle Bells

Tonight’s Jingle Jangle at Steele’s will play host to two folkster heavyweights as Camden Store favourite Jamie Ley goes head to head with the brilliant Rodney Fisher. We’ve already touted Jamie as a talent to watch, so expect great things from him in 2011.

We’ve been getting a bit Christmassy with Mister Ley ahead of an evening set to be full of festive abundance…

CS: What’s the worst Christmas present you’ve ever received?
JL: I have an eccentric family member who once bought me women’s socks with a ‘Reduced 99p’ sticker on them. They were disgusting.

CS: Are you hoping to find something special in your Christmas stocking this year?
JL: A Porsche. Just kidding… I prefer giving to receiving!

CS: Do the band exchange gifts? Can you give away any secrets?
JL: Nope they’re all tightfisted grinches. I, on the other hand, spoil them with wine, olives and cheese when they come to practice at my house, like a true gent.

CS: If you had to pick, what would be your top Christmas track?
JL: My favourite is Lennon’s Happy Christmas (War is over), also Wham’s Last Christmas is amazing! If I could cover a song it would be Something Stupid, such a festive classic from the Sinatras. I have a similar range so I find those songs quite easy to sing.

CS: Have you been sporting any seasonal knitwear?
JL: Yes! I have a few knitted jumpers and I actually LOVE them – I’m always wearing them at Christmas time! My favourite is a knitted blue turtleneck, so cool.

CS: What was your highlight of 2010?
JL, Well, playing the Great Escape festival in Brighton was a fun weekend. Steele’s Fest was pretty great too.

CS: Any resolutions for 2011?
JL: Yes. Read more books.

CS: And lastly what are you planning on for next year?
JL: I want to play Glastonbury – followed by a sell-out gig at Wembley (!).

See you all at Steele’s later…

The Camden Store Team X.