Tuesday, 24 February 2009

The Walkmen @ Concorde2

I decided to go to this gig instead of Black Lips at Audio and i actually think i made the right decision. Ever since i saw the video for "The Rat" by this band on MTV2's "120 minutes" programme one stoned early weekday morning, ive never got bored of it. I think that song has managed to stop this band slipping into obscurity and means they can still sell 250 tickets for gigs, and as annoying as the shouts to "PLAY THE RAT" every 5 minutes by pissed up tossers must be, they can hardly be surprised as it is far better than any song they have ever written. That said however, they do have some other great songs in a more distorted, lo-fi indie vein. As a band i find them extremely hit and miss, and this was evident in the gig. Some songs had you totally fixated while the next had you thinking about whether you should get a Grubbs burger after the show or not. To be fair though, this is probably just my personal taste in music and as a gig i couldnt really fault it. Annoyingly, ive never really listened to the newest album which most of the material was obviously from, so im gunna lose points for not name dropping which album tracks were good or not but i dont really care 'cos its not as if anyone ever fuckin reads this thing is it....


Monday, 9 February 2009

The Maccabees - No Kind Words

Theres a new Maccabees single coming out and you can download it for free, if you care, on their website:


It sounds alright, a bit more brooding than earlier stuff. Could be a "Grower"..

Rihanna got merked..


Apparently, R'n'B has its gully moments as well...

Thursday, 5 February 2009

Top Ten #2

This months stupidly interesting "Top 10" is: Shit indie songs i know i should hate, but unfortunately quite like...No particular order

10 - We Are Scientists - Its a Hit
9 - The Killers - Jenny was a Friend of Mine
8 - Kubichek! - Roman is Better
7 - Von Bondies - Cmon Cmon
6 - Hot Hot Heat - No, Not Now
5 - The Hives - Die, Alright!
4 - Guillemots - Trains to Brazil
3 - Cajun Dance Party - Amylase
2 - Franz Ferdinand - Jacqueline
1 - Bluetones - Slight Return

christ, i feel so much better having got that off my chest..

Monday, 2 February 2009

La Roux @ New Hero

For an artist who is touring with Lily Allen (cunt) next month, it was quite a coup for Somewhere In The Universe to book the "Next Big Thing For 6 Months" at the intimate venue of New Hero. The gig was a bringing together of all the unashamedly scene wankers in Brighton to stand at the back and drink Bulmers while not really sure whether they should enjoy this gig or not, due to the fact she could become quite uncool in a few months. Personally, i didnt think it was that interesting. The set was under 30 minutes long and the sound was bloody awful (not her fault of course). The crowd was generally quite uninterested, apart from the 3,000 "photographers" at the front of the stage and a personal highlight was a little scenester ruck that kicked off for about 3 seconds. Quicksand was obviously quite good, as were a few other tunes, but anyone who introduces songs by saying "Now, lets get ready to rave!" in 2009 should probably be shot. I dont know, maybe im being harsh on "the future of pop" because the soundsystem really didnt do her any favours, but shes hardly the new Kate Bush is she...