When the cover version is ALMOST better than the original song

10. The Beatles – You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me

Cover of a song by Smokey Robinsosn & The Miracles

9. Julian Casablancas – White Light White Heat

Velvet Underground song.  Julian covering one of his idols. This version was recorded for one of the TV series I enjoyed the most: Vynil,  created by Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese, Rich Cohen and Terence Winter. Unfortunately, it was not renewed after the first season ☹, but it is worth watching it!

8. Babyshambles – Janie Jones

A cover of the 1977 original Clash’s song from the band’s eponymous debut album.

7. Arctic Monkeys – Love Machine

In this case, I didn’t know the original version by Girls Aloud, I only knew it was not an Arctic Monkeys song. Even now that I heard the original song, I still much prefer the cover!

6. Oasis – I Am The Walrus

Oasis released a live version of this Beatles song as a B-side to their single Cigarettes&Alcohol. This single peaked at number 7 in the UK charts.

5. Sid vicious – My Way

A classic. Not a very bright singer or bass player, but Sid certainly had stage presence. This video is brilliant.

4. Blossoms – Manic Monday

I Fell in love with this video recently. Original song from The Bangles, included in the 1986 album Different Light.

3. Nirvana – The Man Who Sold The World

A cover of a David Bowie song from the same named album, which had a bigger commercial and critical success in the US than in the UK when it was first released. The song was performed during the MTV Nirvana Unplugged in New York.

2. The Runaways – Rock and Roll (Live in Japan 1977)

Another Velvet Underground cover, from their 1970 album Loaded. The song was written by Lou Reed, who subsequently continued to perform the song as a solo artist.

1. Howie Back – Reptilia

Cover of The Strokes’ song from the album Room on Fire (2003).



(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 😊

Image result for the old blue last london

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).

Image result for the finsbury pub manor house

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!

Image result for rough trade east

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£

Related image

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.

Image result for the dublin castle

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

£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.




Fire That Burns

Well yes, I fell in the Game of thrones’ trap. A month ago. And I’ve already seen all the 6 seasons.

So when I was reading the last Friday issue of the NME I recognized Bran Stark, sometimes known as Isaac Hempstead Wright.

I thought he was in a band, like his co-star Iwan Rheon/Ramsay Bolton. Instead the article is about his part in the new Circa Waves music video, Fire that Burns, a film by Mauro Sartini, as the video says.

The single, along with Wake Up, is taken from their upcoming album Different Creatures.

I sometimes have problems understanding the plot of a music video, yet in this case I see the relation between the song’s title and the story of a killer (Circa Waves’ singer) that leaves 5 matches on his victims ( saac is one of them). The first part of the video looks like a real old-school thriller, while from the second half it also shows the “behind the scenes”, including a situation where a gal comfortably eats and chats with the other actors with a knife stuck in her belly.

While we wait for the release of the new album on the 10th of March, I recommend the song Stuck in my teeth, from their previous album Young Chasers.

…And they’re coming to London on the 31st of March!

Paint me, distorted as an abnormal angel, falling.

I was supposed to see Il Teatro degli Orrori live in a couple of weeks. Tickets bought a month in advance and level of excitement high enough, due to the expectation of attending a gig of a band from my home Country, that I last time saw live in Verona in 2012.

Three days ago, instead, I received the disappointing news that the event has been cancelled. It should have taken place at the O2 Academy Islington, a venue in the heart of Angel, that also hosts nights dedicated to a specific group or a music genre (the event is called Burn Down The Disco and it takes places on Saturday nights from 22.30 to 3.30. Looking forward to the Manchester Night on the 4th of March!).

Anyway, although the concert won’t happen, I had the pleasure of seeing an Italian band, Verdena, last year in London, on the 19th of May 2016, at the same venue (picture of the gig above).

The audience was made up almost entirely of Italians and the concert was definitely not a memorable one, though; the band didn’t interact with the fans, but I have to admit that we were all rather quiet, and seemed visibly excited only for the song Un po’ esageri. Hence, unsurprisingly, the band closed with only one encore song.
Nevertheless, Verdena are a precious alternative rock band, definitely worth listening to.

Recommended song: Muori Delay

Recommended album: Wow (2011)