• Indietracks 2010 review

    27 Jul 2010, 10:41

    Fri 23 Jul – Indietracks Festival
    Back at Indietracks 2008 my friend and I were so impressed we vowed "we will never not go to Indietracks". We're sticking to it. You should sell life memberships, or season tickets, or something. I'd buy one. There's nothing rubbish about Indietracks and that's that.


    Pooh Sticks: undoubtedly the highlight for me and better than expected. Very exuberantly received. Played my favourites, including enough of the old stuff. The placards and banter were great, as was Amelia Fletcher.

    Cow Town: nice wonky indie.

    MJ Hibbet & The Validators: I feel an emotionless fraud for not crying during "Leave My Brother Alone", but it was a fine set. The audience participation (needing no instructions from Hibbett) was particularly good. And I freaked out Emma Validator the following day at Loughborough Tescos by congratulating her on the performance.

    The Blanche Hudson Weekend: walls of feedback. Steely looks. Cool songs.

    Internet Forever: just superb. Am struggling to come to terms that I could've bought their tape afterwards with Walk of Life on but didn't.

    The Just Joans: I thought Gordon McIntyre was the best songwriter at Indietracks but the Just Joans are giving him competition I reckon.

    La La Love You: pink jackets, broken English, and fun pop songs. And they have Diego - their Bez - who doesn't play an instrument and instead goosesteps around the stage, throws keyboards around, and dances in the audience.

    The Pains of Being Pure At Heart: they were as happy to be there as we were to see them. And it's telling how I didn't really enjoy it the last time I saw them, in a small venue, but they were great outdoors on the big stage. The new songs sounded great.

    Standard Fare: I have a mate who has an irrational dislike of bass players, and female vocalists. So Standard Fare might not have been for him. But I thought they were wonderful, and also enjoyed the bubble storm being created behind me during the set.

    David Tattersall: I really enjoyed his set even though he was clearly off colour (the funny but awful 10 minute anecdote beforehand explained all) and he refused to do any Wave Pictures songs. My considered view is the man's a genius and he can do no wrong.

    The site and organisation: compared to other music events that weekend (Kings of Leon covered in pigeon shit - funny, Love Parade disaster - definitely not funny) we have it lucky I reckon. Indietracks has a massive site mostly to itself, staffed by friendly volunteers, next to a lovely campsite. And I like that there's no meglomaniac behind the festival who wants it to get as big or as popular as possible: instead we get a festival that's at least as good as last year, with a few tweaks here and there to make it even better. And hopefully breaks even. And it only takes 45 minutes for me to drive home on Sunday night.


    Be Like Pablo, The Felt Tips, Hillfields, Secret Shine, The Smittens, White Town.

    The Loves - I didn't see them unfortunately but I liked their sick joke in the festival programme about John Peel not returning their calls since 2004.

    The chap who fell asleep on me during David Tattersall. I was convinced he was going to vomit on me so it was a blessed relief.

    The vegi curries - in fact I didn't eat anything else all weekend, which led to an increased need for...

    The toilets - such a relief that there are proper regularly cleaned loos there.

    The dust clouds at the front of the stage during the day, which in a certain light looked hilariously like sweat rising from the audience.

    The church stage - still the most special place to see bands at Indietracks, and worth queuing or getting there early for.

    The banter - I'm not the most outgoing sort but everybody talks to you at Indietracks - while waiting for bands, queuing for coffee, etc. It's lovely.

    That Indietracks, and the Midland Railway site, is child friendly. I'm definitely bringing my kids next year.

    The merchandise tent - especially that it's much more sensible to have it away from the side of the shed stage.

    My photos are here: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=64871&id=1039008106&ref=mf. See you there next year.
  • 2009 mix of the year

    7 Ene 2010, 10:29

    A year which cemented my love of the Wave Pictures and Indietracks. Virtually all tracks are from 2009, with some exceptions.

    1. Pixies - Here Comes Your Man (live) – a souvenir of easily the best concert of the year. Thanks to Mike for driving all the way to London.

    2. Northern Portrait - In an Empty Hotel – one of several discoveries at the Indietracks festival, this band does a lovely Smiths impersonation, complete with Moz-esque yodelling.

    3. Theoretical Girl - I Should Have Loved You More – really enjoyed seeing her live, at one of Clark’s gigs – I particularly like her line of this sort of chamber pop.

    4. The Wave Pictures - If You Leave It Alone – my obsession with the band continued this year (see my last.fm charts below), with seeing them four times. They’re easily the best band on the planet, and the new album’s good too (from which this song comes, an examination of the singer’s fridge among other things).

    5. Stanley Brinks - Stanley Brinks – I was never that bothered by his former incarnation Herman Dune, but now he’s Stanley Brinks, and I saw him twice supporting the Wave Pictures this year, I’m blown away by the man.

    6. Polly Scattergood - Other Too Endless – thoroughly charming song, introduced to me by Sean Tizzard.

    7. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Young Adult Fiction – my favourite/only song about f*cking in libraries, and easily my most played song of the year.

    8. The Legends - Over and Over – ever wanted to hear a twee Scandinavian indie band play with feedback so overbearing that it sounds like they’re playing next to a jet engine? If so, this is for you. Thanks to Clark for suggesting it.

    9. Countryside - Spaced Out – another find at Indietracks, sounds very like the sadly defunct band Grandaddy.

    10. Art Brut - Alcoholics Unanimous – so good, though it was almost worth missing them at Indietracks for…

    11. Gordon McIntyre - The Hangover Song – the bloke’s a genius.

    12. Memory Tapes - Bicycle – by the end this is enjoyably reminiscent of New Order, as is…

    13. The Embassy - Time’s Tight – another band from Scandinavia, who evoke the sound of Northside of all people. Recommended originally by the Sweeping The Nation blog.

    14. Matt & Kim - Lessons Learned. Awesome video.

    15. MJ Hibbett - Boom Shake the Room – nearly turned a packed train carriage over at Indietracks when he played this. Saw him three times this year, and will see him again next year.

    16. The Durutti Column - Brother – similar to what they did with Otis, and similarly lovely.

    Download here: http://bit.ly/5TOU1z

    My 2009 most played artists

    1 The Wave Pictures
    2 Morrissey
    3 The Beatles (I blame Beatles Rock Band)
    4 Yeah Yeah Yeahs
    5 British Sea Power
    6 New Order
    7 Spiritualized
    8 Pixies
    9 The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
    10 Blur

    My 2009 most played albums (FOUR are Wave Pictures related!?)

    1 The Wave Pictures – If You Leave It Alone
    2 The Wave Pictures – Instant Coffee Baby
    3 Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It's Blitz!
    4 Jarvis Cocker – Further Complications
    5 The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
    6 Take That – The Circus (I blame the 3 women in my life - my wife and daughters, though it's a guilty pleasure for me too)
    7 The Wave Pictures – Play Some Pool
    =8 Jonny 'Huddersfield' Helm – Jonny 'Huddersfield' Helm
    =8 Theoretical Girl – Divided
    =10 Muse – The Resistance
    =10 The Horrors – Primary Colours

    My 2009 most played tracks (EIGHT by the Wave Pictures?!)

    1 The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Young Adult Friction
    2 The Wave Pictures – Strawberry Cables
    3 Morrissey – I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris
    =4 The Wave Pictures – If You Leave It Alone
    =4 The Wave Pictures – Just Like A Drummer
    =6 The Wave Pictures – Strange Fruit For David
    =6 The Wave Pictures – Tiny Craters In The Sand
    8 The Wave Pictures – I Thought Of You Again
    =9 The Wave Pictures – Too Many Questions
    =9 The Wave Pictures – Avocado Baby

    My 2009 favourite gigs and memorable supports (a top 11, rather than a top 10, as I couldn’t narrow it down)

    1 Pixies – Brixton Academy, 9 October
    2 Indietracks festival – Ripley, 25-26 July (particularly Gordon McIntyre, MJ Hibbett, Northern Portrait, Countryside)
    3 Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Birmingham Academy, 9 December
    4 Flaming Lips – Birmingham Academy, 17 November
    5 Wave Pictures / Stanley Brinks – Coventry Taylor John’s House, 23 October
    6 Spiritualized – Leamington Spa Assembly, 8 May
    7 The Horrors – Nottingham Rescue Rooms, 3 December
    8 The Fall / Black Carrot – Leamington Spa Assembly, 26 November
    9 Theoretical Girl – Leicester Firebug, 18 September
    10 Wave Pictures – Nottingham Rescue Rooms, 9 April
    11 Fuck Buttons / Zun Zun Egui – Nottingham Bodega, 21 September

    And here’s a list too of gigs I wish I’d gone to – namely Kraftwerk / Steve Reich at Manchester Velodrome, any of the Blur reunions, more of the Pixies reunions, Spiritualized’s “Ladies and Gentlemen” gigs, Gordon McIntyre’s play Midsummer, and of course more Wave Pictures. Also any Depeche Mode, Morrissey, Muse, Art Brut, Bruce Springsteen, and um… Take That.

    Here's to 2010!

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  • MJ Hibbett (on the train) setlist

    27 Jul 2009, 10:41

    Fri 24 Jul – Indietracks
    1. The Gay Train
    2. Hey Hey 16k
    3. The Peterborough All-Saints Wide Game Team (Group B)
    4. My Boss Was In An Indie Band Once
    5. Billy Jones Is Dead
    6. (Theme From) Dinosaur Planet
    7. Being Happy Doesn't Make You Stupid <with a snippet of Ask by The Smiths to begin with>
    8. Do The Indie Kid
    9. The Lesson Of The Smiths
    10. Boom! Shake The Room <anyone videoed this?>

    MJ Hibbett one of many highlights of another superb Indietracks. Also great: Northern Portrait, Gordon from Ballboy, CountrySide, Mighty Mighty and the impromptu Amelia Fletcher gig in the merchandise tent.
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