Category Archives: music

The Spotify series #1: why (and how) I use Spotify

With its long-delayed launch last week in the US, there’s been a fair bit of interest in music streaming service Spotify. I haven’t seen any librarian blog posts yet, but there’s been a lot of discussion on Google+ and among … Continue reading

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Live review: Holy F**k with Buck 65

Holy Fuck with Buck 65, Camden Underworld, 16 November 2010. We’re early into a mostly-empty Underworld, which clearly isn’t expecting a big crowd: the upstairs is closed, and so is the bar at the back of the stage area. It … Continue reading

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Punk Rock Lessons for Libraries?

Michael Stephens links to an interesting guest post on The Nowhere in the Middle, in which Teen Librarian Justin Hoenke discusses how librarians can save themselves with “the principles that gave rise to punk rock“. Those lessons? Do It Yourself Channel … Continue reading

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Review: Two bad gigs: Grinderman and Noah & The Whale

Let me start by saying these gigs weren’t bad because of anything that the artists themselves did, but rather because of firstly, the venue, and secondly, the crowd. Grinderman are pretty damn good live, and right now there probably aren’t … Continue reading

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Review: Jeff Tweedy

Jeff Tweedy (Wilco): The Union Chapel, Islington: 30 June 2010 One day, all concerts will be like this. A beautiful, intimate venue; a respectful, enthusiastic and knowledgeable crowd; and a singer who is only metres from the crowd, and engages … Continue reading

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Dick Dale (live, 4 April 2010)

To the Luminaire last night for a rare performance by 72-year-old surf guitar legend Dick Dale (haven’t heard of him? You probably heard his music in Pulp Fiction). The usual weekend upgrade work meant the Jubilee Line was closed. A … Continue reading

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Live gigs, libraries and "shushing"

I’m a regular gig-goer. These days, I tend to go to a lot of quieter gigs. Maybe someone like the Fleet Foxes; maybe a smaller act playing a 200 capacity venue like the Luminaire, often a solo artist. One of … Continue reading

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