Monthly Archives: March 2008

The Young Knives – Whelans, Dublin, Easter Sunday 2008

Words: Paulo
Tunes: Kub

When one mentions this band, I find myself drifting back to the summer of ’07 and the U.S. Road trip I did. It was in a quality little music establishment called “Grimey’s”, Nashville, Tennessee (another story!) that I came across the wonderful first album “Voices Of Animals And Men”. It was my good mate, Kub, who encouraged me to buy it and for this I say “Cheers lad”.

Anyway, back to the present! I found myself at the infamous music venue that is Whelan’s of Wexford Street on a cold Easter Sunday accompanied by the aforementioned Kub. Having picked up the second album “Superabundance” earlier in the week and found it to be as good if not better than the debut, I was naturally excited about hearing the tunes live. I hadn’t witnessed them on stage before so I was curious and buzzing!A newspaper article on the previous Friday had recommended the gig and advised, in particular, that anyone in attendance should pay special attention to the ‘in-between-song-banter’!The venue quickly filled up and both Kub and myself were happy to see the back of the support band (called Unicorn something or other). We moved down towards the stage, took up our positions next to the sound desk and watched as the roadies meticulously put the bands gear together.

At approx. 9.30pm the lights went down and a cheer went up as the band took to the stage. Lead singer Henry Dartnall said a quick hello and they were off, opening with the snappy “She’s Attracted To”. I was also off, getting straight into gig pose with air guitar/bass/drums at the ready (sorry, I probably look like a twat but I can’t help it and those who know me well understand what the music buzz does to me!). Having finished the first tune Henry thanked the crowd and dived straight into the ‘in-between-song-banter’ I mentioned earlier. “We’re gonna be playing a lot of songs from our new album which is called Superabundance. We will of course also be peppering the set with all of our chart topping hits!” I turned to Kub and smiled. The tone was set for the evening!

They breezed through singles “Terra Firma” and “Turn Tail” with gay abandon and you could tell they were enjoying themselves. Henry then quipped that it was “great to be back in Whelan’s” and went on to introduce the band – “on bass we have the wonderful House of Lords! And on drums is Oliver”. Now, I was aware of the fact that the bass player held this quirky title but on the night, the lead singers’ reference to him was particularly humorous. What was even more comical was the fact that a few songs later the lead singer went about introducing the band again at which point The House of Lords interjected to inform the “slightly chubby” (he referred to himself as this) Henry that he had already done this. “Oh did I” was his reply, “Well you obviously didn’t say anything when I did as otherwise I wouldn’t have forgotten!” which brought a hearty laugh from the enthralled crowd.

Upon introducing one of the “chart toppers” the lead singer blasted “This is another one of our singles. One of our chart topping, best selling singles. Singles… Singles shmingles… what does it matter? Singles shmingles. I’m not even Jewish by the way”. The House Of Lords then pointed out that his remark was rather racist which led into a lengthy and clown-like debate on racism between the two front men. Henry made some comment about how the House Of Lords doesn’t speak much to him and then comes out with that attack. Without missing a beat, HOL replied, “I can’t ever talk to you backstage because you always have your head buried in ‘Mein Kampf’!” Ouch. All Henry could say was “touche”. “Why can’t all gigs be like this” I thought to myself.

They continued to bang out the tunes with the crowd getting more and more involved as they did so. “Fit 4 U” was then announced as the next song at which point I let out a roar of appreciation that came out very high pitched, sounding like a teenager whose adult vocal chords were breaking in! But I didn’t care. My favourite song of the new album was played to perfection by the boys and it made my night!

Henry then announced that time was closing in on them and that they were coming to their final two tunes. The crowd sighed with disappointment! “However, there is a line drawn under these on the set list with 3 more songs underneath”, he cheekily chirped (one of which was Adam & the Ants ‘Stand & Deliver’ – legendary!). The crowd went bananas and all was OK again!

They finished off with the harmony-tastic “The Decision” and bounced offstage to a barrage of applause and cheers. It left me longing to see them play live again very soon. Whelan’s is just a great little venue too… if only it could play host to every band!

Hot summer… here’s hoping! Hot band… ooooooooohhhh yeah!!!! Mother Nature sighs with relief… for now!

The set list was:

01. She’s Attracted To
02. Counters
03. I Can Hardly See Them
04. Coastguard
05. Terra Firma
06. Rue The Days
07. Rumor Mill
08. Dyed In The Wool
09. Turn Tail
10. Fit 4 U
11. Up All Night
12. Weekends And Bleak Days (Hot Summer)
13. Current Of The River
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14. Loughborough Suicide
15. Stand And Deliver
16. The Decision

If you want to learn more about this English three-piece, tweed-loving group of geek rockers, go here.

If you want to hear some of their quality tunes (listed below) mixed by Kub, go here.

01. Turn Tail
02. The Decision
03. Walking On The Autobahn
04. Weekends And Bleak Days (Hot Summer)
05. Fit 4 U
06. Dyed In The Wool
07. Here Comes The Rumor Mill
08. English Rose
09. Terra Firma
10. Flies

Finally, Henry in his own words (courtesy of www.myspace.com/theyoungknives):

Thursday, March 13, 2008

“Our new album “Superabundance” is out this week. This is the week to make a difference. If you are sick of rubbish music then stand up and be counted. If it is your birthday next week and you were hoping someone might buy it for you , don’t wait, they have probably bought you a Sugababes (nothing wrong with this, just not the same) record, so get Superabundance immediately. If you think that maybe Young knives have gone a bit crap on their second album, then rest assured, it’s a pretty good record, so take a chance and splash out on Superabundance. If you thought you would just download it for free from the internet, then just don’t, it ruins music for everyone, buy Superabundance (and everyone else’s albums that you were considering stealing). If the tone of this message has put you right off buying our album then a) I’m sorry and b) never pay attention to the pish that spews out of musicians mouths, judge them purely on their music (ie, buy Superabundance). “

Scroll Call – March 2008

What is on my iPod this month?..

Apache – The Shadows
Barbara Ann – The Beach Boys
Candyskin – Fire Engines
Don’t You Evah – The Spoon
El Camino (DJ Gregory Moody Dub) – Shazz
Far Way (Fourteen Flavours Of Funk) – Doc Scott
Gameshow (Low Risk Factor) – Harvey Lindo ft Phillipa Alexander
Hope (3 Generations Walking Remix) – Fat Freddy’s Drop
It’s Just Another Groove – Mighty Dub Katz
Jeepster – T Rex
Kansas City – Wilbert Harrison
Life’s A B*** – Nas
My Spine Is The Bassline – Shriekback
New Year’s Day (US Remix) – U2
Oh Baby Doll – Chuck Berry
Plus Minus – Aural Float
Reward – The Teardrop Explodes
Superstar – Lupe Fiasco
Touch And Go – The Cars
U Got Me – Toka Project
Vivid Cheek Love Song – Deerhoof
Where Were You? – Black Science Orchestra
You Whish – Nightmares On Wax

Digital Kicks 020

Hello. Welcome back to a brand new, updated, revamped Digital Kicks. It’s hard to believe that I am already on volume 020. Not all of the compilations / mixes have seen the light of day but I can assure you they were all lovingly put together on my laptop and saved for posterity.

Some of you may remember previous editions of Digital Kicks. The premise is pretty simple – I trawl through all of my new music each month, select my favourite tracks and present them to you sequenced and mixed with love. I have had a long think about the approach and nearly decided to change the format beginning with volume 020. But since I want to avoid trouble and potential lawsuits, I am going to continue with the same formula.

So, I have still made my way through all of my new music for this month. I have still selected and sequenced the killer tracks with love.

I give to you the first Digital Kicks of 2008 and number 020 in the series…

To listen to the mix, click on the RSS feed on the right hand side of the page or click here to go directly to my Digital Kicks podcast page.

Enjoy the compilation!

The track listing for this month is:

01. I Still Remember – Bloc Party
02. We’ll Live And Die In These Towns – The Enemy
03. Tonight The Streets Are Ours – Richard Hawley
04. You Dream In Solid Gold – Future Kings Of Spain
05. My Babe – Little Walter
06. Let Me Blow Your Mind – Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra
07. I Just Want To Make Love To You – Etta James
08. Secret Stealth – Stealth 3
09. The Clapping Song – Shirley Ellis
10. The Preacher & The Bear – Golden Gate Quartet
11. Green Door – Wynder K Frog
12. Days Go By (Paul Oakenfold Vocal Remix) – Dirty Vegas
13. Spliffhead – Ragga Twins
14. Smile And Receive – Swayzak
15. Das Spiegal – The Chemical Brothers
16. Operation – Jamie T
17. Crumble – Dinosaur Jr
18. You Can’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover – Bo Diddley
19. Ain’t Got No One – Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry
20. The Imperial March – John Williams
21. Midnight Funk Infinity – Soulphiction
22. Fragment Two (The First Picture) (Jesse Rose Instrumental Remix) – Kenneth Bager

Behind The Notes…

Rewind – Three.0

March – In Rock History

1931

The first jazz album to sell one million copies, ‘Minnie The Moocher’ by Cab Calloway is recorded. 

1952

Alan Freed (the DJ who coined the term Rock ‘n’ Roll) has his Moondog Rock ‘n’ Roll Stage Show cancelled when 30,000 fans arrive at the venue and create a fire hazard.

1956

Colonel Tom Parker signs up as Elvis Presley’s manager. Previous jobs on his resume include palm reading in a fairground show.

1957

Fats Domino hits number one on the R & B chart with the song ‘I’m Walking’, replacing his other song ‘Blue Monday’ at the top spot.

1958

Buddy Holly & The Crickets perform their only UK tour, playing 25 shows (two gigs per night) over three weeks.

1966

John Lennon states that the Beatles are “more popular than Jesus now.” UK fans barely noticed but the quote was taken out of context in America and public outrage ensued.

The full quote was: “Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first, rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity. Jesus was alright, but his disciples were thick and ordinary.”

1968

The legendary Fillmore East opened it’s doors and began a three year run as one of the most popular clubs in New York, hosting gigs for most, if not all, of the biggest bands in the world at the time. The venue became known as “The Church of Rock ‘n’ Roll” and saw acts like The Doors, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Sly & The Family Stone, The Grateful Dead, The Beach Boys and The Allman Brothers all play there.

1973

Slade become the first band to debut at number one on the UK charts with the song ‘Cum On Feel The Noize’.

1975

The Eagles reach the number one spot for the first time with their single ‘Best Of My Love’.

Led Zeppelin release their double album ‘Physical Graffiti’. It goes to number one and joins all of their previous albums (Led Zeppelin I, II, III, IV and Houses Of The Holy) in the US Albums Chart.

1978

The Police sign with A & M Records for the release of their first single ‘Roxanne’. But it flops. So does the album ‘Outlandos D’Amour’. It will take a year and a re-release of ‘Roxanne’ for them to gain any recognition and find the charts.

1980

Pink Floyd have the number one song in the US charts with ‘Another Brick In The Wall (Part II)’. The very same week they break the record for the most weeks in the US Album Charts when their seven-year-old 33 1/3 long player ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ spends it’s 303rd consecutive week in the list.

1983

U2 hit the top of the UK album chart with ‘War’.

A new digital audio system, referred to as a ‘compact’ disc containing up to 60 minutes of music is launched by Sony, Philips, and Polygram.

1997

The Notorious BIG is shot to death, 24 years old, after a Soul Train Awards party in California. 

1999

Dusty Springfield dies, age 59, of breast cancer. Two weeks later, she is inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) hands out the first batch of Diamond awards for 61 albums that had topped the ten million mark in US sales. The top five were:

‘The Eagles’ Greatest Hits’ – 25+ million
‘Rumors’ by Fleetwood Mac – 18 million
‘Led Zeppelin IV’ – 17 million
‘Back In Black’ by AC DC – 16 million
‘Boston’ – 16 million

2001

Led Zeppelin become the most bootlegged band in rock music with a known 422 illegal albums being sold. Home CD copying is blamed and copy protecting is started by record companies.

2003

A 24 year old girl in a coma is taken to Bryan Adam’s concert in a wheelchair by her mother in Germany. Adams is the girl’s favourite singer and, miracuously, she wakes up during the gig!