Our Summer fanzine is now out. Our lead interview is with Indietracks headliners The Pains of Being Pure at Heart who tell us all about their upcoming album.

Plus interviews with more bands playing the festival including this years big breakthrough Allo Darlin’, Standard Fare, Betty and the Werewolves and a festival preview.

We have an exclusive interview with Darren Hayman about his new album Essex Arms. Live reviews from Drowned in Sound on Slow Club plus Sleigh Bells, Teenagersintokyo and Speakowire.

 Blogger extraordinaire Brilldream previews some of the best new DIY bands. Profile pages from My Secret World – The Story of Sarah Records, Odd Box Records, Twee Grrrls Club, Hissing at Swans and Colour Me Pop plus a tribute to Julian Barnes.

The fanzine comes with a free EP from The Understudies entitled Press Play For Songs By The Understudies –

1. A Girl I Used to Knock About With
2. Flicknives (Acoustic)
3. Wanting vs Getting (Acoustic)
4. If I Come To You

If you would like to order a copy it costs £1.50 plus P&P.

dirtyconverse DISCO setlist

A great night at dirtyconverse DISCO last night! It was nice DJing downstairs at King’s Cross Social Club who are putting on some other top club nights and gigs now. Also brilliant to play some elegiac pop that we usually wouldn’t at Scared To Dance amongst some New York new wave and indie pop. Here’s what I played:

Orange Juice – I Can’t Help Myself
Pocketbooks – Footsteps
Tender Trap – Do You Want A Boyfriend?
The Go-Betweens – Spring Rain
Morrissey – The Last of the Famous International Playboys
The Primitives – Spacehead
Black Tambourine – Throw Aggi Off the Bridge
Felt – Penelope Tree
David Bowie – Modern Love
The Drums – Let’s Go Surfing
The Jesus and Mary Chain – Happy When It Rains
Pulp – Lipgloss
Allo Darlin’ – If Loneliness Was Art
Belle and Sebastian – She’s Losing It
Jens Lekman – You Are the Light (By Which I Travel Into This and That)
The Beach Boys – Wouldn’t It Be Nice
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Young Adult Friction
Buzzcocks – Promises
The Concretes – You Can’t Hurry Love
Blondie – Dreaming
Talking Heads – Once in a Lifetime
Depeche Mode – Just Can’t Get Enough
The Style Council – Shout to the Top!
Slow Club – Giving Up on Love
Suburban Kids With Biblical Names – Seems To Be on My Mind
The Smiths – William, It Was Really Nothing
The Beatles – Twist and Shout

They’re on every second Saturday of the month at King’s Cross Social Club. Check out their website for more details:

Guest DJing at dirtyconverse DISCO

We’ll be DJing at dirtyconverse DISCO at King’s Cross Social Club on Saturday night. In their own words they play “serious synth, intelligent pop, time-sensitive treats and electro/indie you can dance to.”

So expect to hear The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Veronica Falls, Allo Darlin’, Talking Heads, The Drums and the more poppier moments of my record collection.

And remember Scared To Dance is back on Saturday 26th June with Pocketbooks to celebrate our 1st birthday and the launch of our Summer fanzine! There’s a Facebook event for it here and I would be eternally grateful if you could invite your friends to our group.

Hopefully see some of you on Saturday!


We’re delighted to announce Pocketbooks will be our guest DJs on Saturday 26th June!

Emma Hall and Ian Cowen from the band were due to DJ for us in April but it unfortunately clashed with other events so Allo Darlin’ dutifully filled their shoes.

We’re very excited to have them for our first birthday at King’s Cross Social Club and the launch of our Summer fanzine! Doors open at 9pm to 2am. It’s free to get in before 10pm and only £3 after.

Do You DIY? Part 2 setlist

We had a great time DJing at the second Do You DIY? all-dayer on Monday. A special mention for The Understudies andMatthew and the Atlas who were both superb! Here’s what I played in-between the bands:

The Field Mice – Everything About You
Belle and Sebastian – Like Dylan in the Movies
McCarthy – We Are All Bourgeois Now
The Raincoats – Lola
The Blanche Hudson Weekend – Grip of Fear
The Jesus and Mary Chain – Some Candy Talking
The Drums – I Felt Stupid
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Say No to Love

Club 8 – Western Hospitality
Butcher Boy – There Is No-One Who Can Tell You Where You’ve Been
The Understudies – Signals
The Pastels – Ride
The Shins – Know Your Onion!
Cats On Fire – Your Woman
Sambassadeur – Days
Slow Club – Trophy Room
Bob Dylan – If Not for You
The Velvet Underground – What Goes On

I’m not aware of any further Do You DIY’s? in the future but let’s hope Rod decides to do many more. Both have been a wonderful celebration of the DIY ethic and a great opportunity to meet so many like-minded people. Roll on Do You DIY? Part 3!

Betty and the Werewolves setlist

Betty and the Werewolves

You can now listen to what Laura and Helen from Betty and the Werewolves played for us on Saturday night. There’s only a handful of tracks that aren’t on Spotify already so the bulk of it is up there. Simply go to the playlists section of the website or go straight to it here.

Here’s what they played in full:

Laura –
Je Suis Animal – Secret Place
Liechtenstein – Postcard
Françoise Hardy – Le temps de l’amour
Hot Silk Pockets – Bodyclock
Dolly Mixture – How Come You’re Such a Hit With the Boys, Jane?
The Ronettes – He Did It
Tender Trap – Oh Katrina
The Mo-dettes – Foolish Girl
Delta 5 – You
Kenickie – In Your Car
Stereo Total – A l’amour comme à la guerre
Talulah Gosh – The Girl With the Strawberry Hair
Tiger Trap – You and Me
The Mai 68s – Totally for Kids
Morrissey – The Last of the Famous International Playboys
Plup – Razzmatazz

Helen –
Blood Red Shoes – It’s Getting Boring By The Sea
David Bowie – Suffragette City
Caribou – Melody Day
Crystal Stilts – Crystal Stilts
Holly Golightly – Tell Me Now So I Know
Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
Pixies – Here Comes Your Man
The Slits – I Heard It Through the Grapevine
The Smiths – This Charming Man
Vivian Girls – Tell the World
Camera Obscura – Lloyd, I’m Ready to Be Heartbroken
Fleetwood Mac – Little Lies
Hatcham Social – Murder in the Dark
Henry’s Dress – Winter ’94
Wetdog – I Can’t Say It
White Denim – Let’s Talk About It
Black Tambourine – Throw Aggi Off the Bridge
CSS – Let’s Make Love and Listen to Death from Above
The Supremes – Baby Love
Lovvers – Human Hair
Pete and the Pirates – Come on Feet
Phoenix – If I Ever Feel Better
Siouxsie & the Banshees – Happy House
The Strange Boys – Be Brave
Trash Kit – Cadets
Veronica Falls – Found Love in a Graveyard