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Apr 14, 2011

We’re Back!

Well, it was an incredibly long and wonderful month on the road with The Yes Way promoting Bob Tulipan’s debut book: Rockin’ in the New World… Taking Your Band from the Basement to the Big Time. Which is available for pre-order and should be in the hands of every independent musician come July!

The tour was exceptional and we want to thank everyone who helped make it happen: Bob Tulipan obviously, my amazing family for their endless charity, Adam and Cara in Chicago who found Nick sleep walking through their bedroom in the middle of the night hilarious and not creepy, Greg and Ryan for allowing me to go rogue for a bit, Tommy and Katie in New Orleans who are the most sincere people I have ever met, Ryan of Waiting for Jimmy in St. Louis, all the amazing folks in Philly (Jen, TJ Kong, Matt, Penrose, Dubs), the Busby family in DC and Oklahoma, Jared from The Sour Notes and all the amazing acts in Austin, Zach in Columbus who brought 250+ people out for the last show of the tour, Firestone for repairing Lucy on the cheap after she caught fire, Fearless Radio and Radio Awesome and of course all the couches and floors that helped us save a few bucks along the way.

There were so many outstanding moments its hard to pick just a few as not to bore you. So we will start with Sunday March 6th in DC with more blogs to come…

Halfway through The Yes Way set and mid song the stage lights went out. While the sound engineer made it a huge issue and wanted to stop the show, the boys tastefully declined and played in the dark. Here’s a video of “Clouds” from that show…

After the show and feeling inspired we decided to do some 2am “monumental” site seeing:

New Orleans is next!

Apr 6, 2011

A summer playlist.

The sun has finally reared its head after an extended absence, pale flesh is on show all over town and summer’s just around the corner. This can only mean: Wimbledon, Test cricket, Pimms, package holidays, a plethora of festivals and people fainting on the Tube due to the intense heat. We can’t wait. Here’s a 10-track playlist to drink cider in the park to:

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Apr 2, 2011

The Strokes in 2002

I used to collect set-lists from each gig I went to, in a hope that one day they’d be worth something, or at least interesting to look at. This one here is from The Strokes‘ gig at Brixton Academy on 28 March 2002. They were touring the UK on a tidal wave of hype promoting Is This It. NME journalists were declaring them to be the saviours of, well, pretty much everything, whilst a whole new generation discovered and fell in love with rock ‘n’ roll. You know the story. Almost a decade on, and with new LP Angles doing the rounds, I figured it was as good as time as any to release this into the public domain and get all nostalgic.

14 songs in total – the debut album, plus rare B-side When It Started and two new ones, Meet Me In The Bathroom and Ze Newbie (which latterly became Between Love Hate). No messing about. It was one of the first (and to this day, one of the best) shows I ever attended, and is probably one of the main reasons why Laissez Faire Club exists at all.

The mp3 below, the original demo of The Modern Age, is supposedly, as urban myth goes, the version Geoff Travis of Rough Trade heard just 15 seconds of (down the phone, no less) before deciding to sign them. How’s that for gut instinct?

MP3: The Strokes – The Modern Age (demo)

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Apr 1, 2011

New LFC show announced: The Social, 16 May

We’re back in action on the live front in mid May, when we host an incredible international lineup on the 16th of the month at The Social on Little Portland Street.

Headlining the event are one of our favourite new bands, London’s Channel Cairo – they opened up the second night of our fourth birthday shows in January with such aplomb, we’ve invited them back to do it all over again. Think big, haunting, piano-led opuses, with hints of Jeff Buckley and The Cure. They’re a band very much on an upward trajectory, and as ever, we’re giving you a early head’s up to come and join the party.

Dandelions by channelcairo

Main support are the wonderful Bravestation from Toronto. This show will be their first ever appearance in the UK (and also outside of Canada) at the start of a maiden tour of the British Isles. Generating a bit of an online buzz, their dreamy, otherworldly sound has drawn comparisons to the likes of Yeasayer, Local Natives and Foals. We’d speculate this is a band you’ll kick yourself about missing as and when they go on to bigger things. Their debut 2010 EP below is FREE to download – acquaint yourselves now.

From the other side of the globe are Deep Sea Arcade (Sydney, Australia), who’ll be opening the evening. Again, local and national buzz in their homeland has spawned a debut international tour, and we’re delighted to have pinned them down for one of the dates, which also includes The Great Escape Festival in Brighton and Primavera Sound in Barcelona. Sound wise, this is classic, timeless pop, with hints of psychedelia and trip hop (their own words) – Beatles, Monkees, Beach Boys, all over in three minutes or under. It’ll probably transport you to Bondi Beach for at least half-an-hour or so in any case, and is a trip we can’t wait to go on.

Tickets for the gig are available now for just £5 and can be purchased here. RSVP to the Facebook event here. Further details are available on our events page.

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