Author Archives: Steve Miller

Wilco By The Sea

New album out on May 15th. Now Wilco have been confirmed for the second weekend at this year’s ATP.

I can’t really afford ATP this year – I hope they’re going to do some other UK shows around then.

Everyday Is Like Sunday

I guess that the Eurovision Song Contest doesn’t get a lot of coverage in the States. The BBC coverage is drenched in a so-bad-it-must-be good irony, when in actual fact it is a relic of a bygone era, limping into the modern times with phone voting and the like. Naff does not always mean good.

So, how to take the rumours reported in the Guardian that they’re trying to rope in Mozz to help next year ?

“As a result it seems that Moz has been in talks with the BBC, who screen the annual caterwauling competition live and must therefore have some say in what goes on.”

Well, take it firstly with a pinch of salt. It is only a rumour after all, and secondly? Just because he’s (almost) a national icon, it doesn’t mean he’d stand a chance of winning. Eurovision has always been, and surely always will be, a celebration of the mediocre.

Stadium Wank

Muse yesterday confirmed their final jump into the realms of enormodome Stadium Cock Rockers, with the announcement that they are going to be the first band to play the new Wembley Stadium, if it ever opens, and if nobody books it for the week before.

Bon Jovi and Take That had previously announced headline dates at the new stadium, but the never-ending chronicle of building delays and financial wranglings saw those gigs forced upon the poor burghers of Milton Keynes instead.

For those long-suffering people in the edge of London, it looks like there will be no escape from Matt Bellamy’s fever pitch. Lock up your cats.

C’mon Billy

ATP have announced that next year’s UK Event is going to be curated by The Dirty Three, and that the event has indeed shifted from Pontins to Butlins, as per much of the speculation after this year’s event. Farewell Camber Sands, Too-Rye-Ay.

News on the line-up due next week, which in ATP speak usually means around Christmas.

In A Funny Way

You fall in love. You fall out of love. You move on. You leave things behind. Sometimes, you see a glimpse, a reminder of the past, and you wonder how the hell the two of you drifted apart. Such is my relationship with Mercury Rev. It’s not that I don’t recall how we drifted apart, its just that I’ve been reminded quite how furiously I loved this band, and I can’t believe that we let anything come between us.
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Tindersticks – 17th September 2006

Don’t Look Back is simultaneously joyous and priggish. It’s eclectic, a programme giving equal billing (more or less) to Green On Red and Ennio Morricone. But there’s also a sense of smugness about it with the implicit suggestion that they’re striking a blow against the singles / iPod mentality and restoring the beauty of classic albums to their rightful places. And then there are the Tindersticks.
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Roddy Woomble & Friends – 28th July 2006

England’s oppressive summer cracks still on. “I’m glad to be here,” says Roddy, “Not least because it’s a hundred and ten degrees downstairs and it smells of rotten vegetables.”

Unluckily for the young Scottish fella, the temperature in the venue is much the same, and I doubt whether it smells any more fragrant than backstage. Yes, the Bloomsbury Theatre is a lovely intimate venue. No, it doesn’t have air conditioning.

My Secret Is My Silence - Roddy Woomble

When word got out that Roddy Woomble was taking time out from Idlewild to record a folk album, it wasn’t exactly earth-shattering news. His band had, after all, moved from shambolic punksters to rocking only slightly harder than Coldplay. Roddy’s solo album, so it seemed, would just carry on moving up the mainstream. But Roddy takes his art seriously, and in conjunction with a load of genuine folk folk, he’s made a tender sofly-spoken album that stays in the memory for far longer than it’s relatively short running time.
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Wet & Wild

Whether its going to signal a long-term shift is unclear, but this winters ATP festival is relocating from Pontins to Butlins. Having read the blurb on the ATP website, I’m all for this move, after all, the new location offers : “…Burger King, Pizza Hut, Finnigan’s fish and chips, Sun and Moon, Skyline CafĂ© and Yacht Club Dining room. Onsite facilities include a cinema, Splash Water World – a sub-tropical environment that has a huge wave pool, a swimming pool, 3 flumes and also a flume based raft ride.”

Oh, Thurston Moore to curate. Iggy and the Stooges, Sonic Youth both confirmed.


The Not So Magic Numbers

The Magic Numbers managed to get more publicity by stomping off of Top of The Pops this weekend, than they would have done had they actually played.

A sign of how far the show has fallen?

Story : NME

A True Story About A Boy & His Dragon

From slightly further left than leftfield, the Lucky Dog Studio announces that one of their first releases will be, er, Bonnie Prince Billy singing “Puff The Magic Dragon”.

Lucky Dog refused to confirm that a future release would be Steve Albini singing “Humpty Dumpty”.