Tonight, I’m a Rock&Roll Star

 

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The ad in the picture above is featured in today’s issue of the NME. The association between Jack Daniel and music is immediate, as the Whiskey brand has always been endorsed by so many musicians, such as Lemmy, Led Zeppelin, Guns and Roses, Rolling Stones.

Since is Friday evening, let’s see which musician would be / would have been your perfect drinking buddy, based on your favourite drink and your weekend plan!

Vegetating on the sofa / Southern Comfort :

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Your match is: Janis Joplin

 

House party / red wine you’ve already started to drink at yours in order to be able to socialize:

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Bring Eddie Vedder with you

Business party / Old Fashion

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Your buddy is Dave Grohl

 

Fancy dinner / Prosecco

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Hang out with Liam Gallagher

 

Boring dinner / Tea

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Tea party with The Beatles

But most likely you’ll look like…

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Pete Doherty and his Chivas Regal

Happy Friday!!

The Best Indie Nights in London

CHEAP! GOOD MUSIC! Get on your dancing shoes (and see how filthy they’ll be the day after 🍻🍻🍻)

Moth club – The Cave Club

Valette Street, E9 6, Hackney

cave The event opens with a gig, followed by a DJ set of psychedelic rock tracks, with some Beatles, Bowie and T-Rex (check out what Rhys Webb posts on the Facebook’s group THE CAVE CLUB).

Get there before 10.30-11 if you want to avoid the queue and the risk to not get in: it might be empty if you arrive early but trust me, it’s impressive how fast that club gets packed! And you can enjoy the photo booth while the place is still quiet.

Second Saturday of the month, 21.00-3.00

Entry: 6£

Mangle E8 / The Rocksteady – Cherry Cola Club Night

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My beloved Cherry Cola Club Night has changed many locations in the past three years, from Camden 😥  to Hoxton, then Dalston. Most of the events take now place at the Rocksteady, 574 Kingsland Road, yet the Cherry Cola lads are also hosting some indie nights at the mangleE8, 2-18 Warburton Road, E8 3, a 720 capacity basement events space.

Indie disco – round 2: MangleE8, 26th of May, 21.00-3-00

Tickets: £10

Borderline – Tilted

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Originally called Christmas Club, now, with the brand-new décor of the venue, the Saturday night has become Titled. Same indie rock classics though, with, unfortunately, the inclusion of some commercial tracks (so you can go to the loo or have a cigarette).

Every Saturday, 11.00 – 4.00

Entry: £5

Shacklewell Arms – Scared to Dance

71 Shacklewell Lane, Dalston, E8 2EB

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The event sometimes takes place at The Victoria, 451 Queensbridge Road.

Friday Nights, 22.00-3.00

£6 on the door, £4 if you click “attend” on the Facebook event so you can be on the list.

02 Academy 2 Islington – Burn Down The Disco

N1 Centre 16 Parkfield Street, Islington, N1 0PS

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The venue looks a bit sloppy to be honest, but if you like a specific band or musician (Blur, Oasis, The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, Bowie, Nirvana…) you might be lucky enough to enjoy a Saturday night entirely dedicated to your idol.

This Saturday, 25th of March, is dedicated to Joy Division and New order ❤

22.30-3.30

Entry: £6

(Best) Live venues in North/East London

1. The Old Blue Last (£)

38 Great Eastern St, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3ES

Conveniently located between Shoreditch High Street station and Old Street Station, the pub (which also appear in a scene of the movie Svengali ✌) hosts gigs almost every day, with usually three bands performing each evening.

Besides, most of the lives are admission free 😊

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2. Finsbury Pub (££)

336 Green Lanes, London N4 1BY

Situated right alongside Finsbury Park, the pub holds a lovely terrace so you can BRING YOUR DRINK OUTSIDE. It hosts live events every day, some are free, most are not, but the venue is very nice. Aaand food prices are very reasonable (pizzaaaaaaaa).

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3. Rough Trade East (£-££)

Dray Walk, Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL

The music shop in Brick Lane holds great gigs; you can enjoy live music and drinks while browsing through records, books and funny postcards; the only inconvenient is that on weekdays the bands play and finish quite early (19.00-21.00) ☹ So be there on time!

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4. The Shacklewell Arms (£)

71 Shacklewell Lane, Dalston, London, E8 2EB

Apart from gigs, the pub is also home of some great Indie night, the Scare to Dance event in particular.

With two separate rooms and a smoking area, is perfect in every season 😊

Tickets mostly under 10£

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5. The Dublin Castle (£)

94 Parkway, Camden, London NW1 7

Even if I love this pub since it has a jukebox, so if your fast enough and have some spare change you can put some records on, is the last of the list because of the incredible level of humidity present in the stage room :’) , which always makes me leave with a non-required different hair style.

Admission is usually 7/5 £, depending on the time of the arrival.

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St Patrick’s Day

Happy St Paddy’s Day!

Be Like Noel and enjoy a couple of Guinness this evening.

As a tradition, will head soon to the legendary Dublin Castle in Camden, made famous by the Madness, who chose it as a base for their gigs in the late 1970s.

The pub has also seen passing other great musicians like Alex Turner and The Libertines, who played a secret gig there in September 2015, and Amy Winehouse was a regular there.

The Dublin Castle hosts live music events most day of the week, you can check out who’s playing and when on the official website.

Besides, after a break, the open jam has been restarted as Redrock Jam.

Here’s the line-up for this evening:

St Patrick’s Day Irish Alternopop Special

 + JD Kelleher
Susie Blue + The Adrenaline Animals
Retoryka

£7/£5 on the door

On stage from 8pm

OR, you can chill in the main room and play some records on the badass Jukebox!
The address is 94 Parkway, NW1 7. Don’t be late.

Happy Birthday, Pete

I find it quite annoying when someone from the audience spends the whole concert taking pictures and video (which means that I spend most of the time watching the performance through the screen of the person in front of me).

Maybe I’m just jealous because I’m too ashamed to do the same, repenting afterwards not to have taken at least one snap as a memory of the gig.

Yet, in this case, I’m glad a fan captured the moment during last night’s Pete solo concert in Brussels, when Peter John Doherty joined his son on stage to sing – or, better, interpret – What a waster with him, followed by a cake to celebrate the singer’s 38th birthday.

Sooooo sweet.

 

 

 

IKEA: don’t think, dance!

So last month IKEA has created a limited edition collection called SPRIDD, arose from the collaboration with British fashion designer Kit Neale.

According to the Swedish retailer’s website, “Music and mobility provided the starting point for designing SPRIDD, a collection that celebrates youth culture and self-expression. With inspiration drawn from music festivals, the SPRIDD collection consists of four different prints motivated by four distinct music styles.”

While I can see how some of the items of the collection – which includes tents, bean bags, towels, tote bags, posters, storage boxes and even t-shirts – could be useful during a festival, I don’t quite get the reference to music (the carps surprise me in particular), and the website doesn’t specify from which festivals or music styles the designer took inspiration.

The launching video is pretty cool though, and as a big fan of black and white I’d choose the first décor:

 

 

Summer Moon: With You Tonight

Last September, during an interview for the NME about the release of the first single of his new band, Summer Moon, Nikolai Fraiture announced that the group was “looking towards releasing a full-length album and eventually touring it”.

No sooner said that done: the album With you Tonight is out (available to listen on Spotify) and the band played at The Trobadour in Los Angeles  this Monday, 27th  of February 2017, with special guests The Bulls and Mereki.

Joining the Strokes bassist is Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction) on drums, Camila Grey (Uh Huh Her) on keys / vocals, and Noah Harmon (The Airborne Toxic Event) on guitar, a perfect balance of girls and guys, as Nikolai said.

It’s the second project for Nikolai, after his debut album The time of the Assassins in 2009. Each member of the Strokes, when not playing and recording with the band, is, indeed, very active on solo projects or collaborating with other musicians. Nick was the last to release a non-Strokes album, New Skin, with CRX the past October.

 

While waiting for reviews of the Summer Moon concert, enjoy their video for Happenin’: