The Bull and Gate is sadly closing down so our friends at Fortuna Pop! are putting on a show. The Understudies, Cosines, Fireworks and The Listening Party are playing on Tuesday 30th Aprl and we’ll be DJing at the gig.
The Understudies top the bill and they’ve been on magnificent form at the recent gigs we’ve seen them play. You really don’t want to miss them.
We’ve got a £3 cheaplist for the gig so if you’d like to get in for this discounted price all you need to do is email us and we’ll do the rest. Doors open at 7:30pm and further details can be found on the Facebook event.
We’ve had the pleasure of having Gideon DJ for us on two previous occasions playing the likes of Wire, Yo La Tengo, Talking Heads, Camera Obscura, Gang of Four, Belle and Sebastian, Spearmint, Half Man Half Biscuit and New Order.
We’ll be projecting the Stanley Kubrick classic A Clockwork Orange as the backdrop to the dancefloor. If you haven’t been to The Lion before, it’s just a short five minute walk from King’s Cross station. You can join the Facebook event and post your requests there.
To get in for the members price of £4 all you need to do is email in with your name and we’ll make you a membership card! You can send in applications for your friends too. We’ve recently had a clear out so if you’ve applied for one in the past and you haven’t picked it up, you’ll need to apply again.
The first Radio Scared To Dance show went out on Friday night on Resonance FM.
The one hour show featured us presenting tracks from McCarthy, Veronica Falls, The Clash, The Blanche Hudson Weekend, The Just Joans, Cats on Fire, The Wave Pictures, Ian Dury & the Blockheads, Darren Hayman & the Long Parliament, Butcher Boy, The Understudies, Shrag, Jeffrey & Jack Lewis, The Rosie Taylor Project, Voxtrot and Taken By Trees.
The show is repeated on Monday morning at 9am. You can also listen back on the Resonance FM Soundcloud page.
We have The Rosie Taylor Project guest DJing for us at our next club night! It’s happening on Saturday 13th April at the Moustache Bar in Hackney.
We fell in love with their second album Twin Beds last year and it made it to number eight in our end of year rundown. This will be their debut DJ set at the club so expect indiepop, post-punk, sixites, new wave and whatever they thrown into the mix!
You can send in your song requests via the Facebook event. Doors open at 10pm right through to 3am so come down early to guarantee entry.
Tame Impala – “Beverley Laurel”
Jonny Davies: “If you opt for ‘deluxe’ with their album then true to their word you get a more sumptuous song and it’s this one.”
Arthur Russell – “That’s Us/Wild Combination”
Jonny Davies: “My friend CK introduced me to this. I would like to do more than just praise it, but I feel it’s his to talk about. Just ask CK.”
Dirty Projectors – “Gun Has No Trigger”
Jonny Davies: “This was latest album stuff and it cut out more of their typically discordant song sections, retaining a heartfelt, sweet groove.”
Wild Beasts – “Loop the Loop”
Jonny Davies: “Musically one of their most tender songs I think. It’s nothing new to say Hayden Thorpe’s vocals are impressive but here they are at their most resigned and most communicative.”
Solange – “Lovers in the Parking Lot”
Jonny Davies: “Has a respectable 62 plays on my iTunes, not as many as “Losing You” but worth a mention.”
Frank Sinatra – “Dolores”
Jonny Davies: “I sang this in the shower last week.”
The Postal Service – “District Sleeps Alone Tonight”
Jonny Davies: “Topical inclusion around their forthcoming live performances to drum up a bit of interest.”
Blood Orange – “Champagne Coast”
Jonny Davies: “Dev Hynes’ voice and songwriting is sultry on Coastal Grooves and he’s good value on Instagram.”
Dear Winesburg – “Into the Dim”
Jonny Davies: “This is a really beautiful song with insightful lyrics. It’s not disco but you can’t ask for much more.”
Bright Eyes – “Lover I Don’t Have to Love”
Jonny Davies: “Conor Oberst played at the Barbican last month and it highlighted how difficult it is to engage friends who weren’t listening to Bright Eyes at an appropriate age circa 2002. This is a second stab at it.”
The National – “You’ve Done It Again Virginia”
Sam Cottis: “There aren’t many bands we all agree on but The National probably get close. This one because not everyone’s heard it and it has the line “your heart’s full of liquor and me and everybody are just ice in a glass” which is pretty special.”
Veronica Falls – “Stephen”
Sam Cottis: “Bella Union’s wonderful, Veronica Falls are wonderful this track is probably my favourite by them.”
Los Bonsais – “Martin Pescador”
Sam Cottis: “We saw this pair play at Madrid Popfest and it just made me sad how terrible as a country we are at listening to music that’s not in English, these guys should be the champions of the indiepop/punk scene, so much energy and just the right side of the twee.”
Life Without Buildings – “The Leanover”
Sam Cottis: “Or the sound of me discovering post-punk was alive and well. The sort of half sung/spoken vocals could be seen as a bit irritating by some but it’ll dig into your bones and get stuck in your head.”
Here We Go Magic – “Hard to Be Close”
Sam Cottis: “Evidence of the power of radio, after hearing Guy Garvey play this band nearly every week on his radio show I finally caved and gave them a proper listen, this and “How Do I Know?” have rarely left my ipod since.”
Just Handshakes – “London Bound”
Sam Cottis: “They’re an indiepop band from Leeds, we could claim we taught them everything we know, but we don’t know much about writing songs that sound this jaunty.”
Tom Waits – “Back in the Crowd”
Sam Cottis: “My parents got me into Tom Waits, I have to thank my parents for shaping my ears right generally. This is a newish track of his and it’s amazing after so many albums he can still be so creative and so heart warming.”
Daughter – “Youth”
Sam Cottis: “I’ve mainly put this in because the list was in danger of getting a bit too out of touch with “the kids” this is probably called dub-step or post-dub-step or something, anyway it’s good either way.”
Midlake – “Head Home”
Sam Cottis: “We once had the pleasure of supporting Midlake, which will always be one of my proudest moments. This a personal favourite of mine but you could play anything off of Van Occupanther and I’d be happy.”
Orange Juice – “Rip It Up”
Sam Cottis: “I’ve been listening to a lot of Edwyn Collins lately, his story is so inspiring and without wanting to get overly sentimental to hear him sing is to hear proof of the healing power of music. This is and will always remain a classic.”