It was an emotional farewell to Shrag last night at The Lexington. How about that goodbye message from Marc Riley at the end followed by “Rabbit Kids”? They will be sorely missed.

Here’s what we played at the show. The majority of the following songs were chosen by members of the band.

Manic Street Preachers – “Yes”
Tigercats – “Konny Huck”
Flowers – “When You Lie”
The Raincoats – “Fairytale in the Supermarket”
Best Coast – “When I’m With You”
The B-52’s – “Rock Lobster”
Allo Darlin’ – “Still Young”
David Bowie – “Breaking Glass”
XTC – “This Is Pop”
Magazine – “Shot By Both Sides”

Crystal Stilts – “Shake the Shackles”
Standard Fare – “Love Just Doesn’t Stop”
Pulp – “Pink Glove”
Wire – “Map Ref 41°N 93°W”
The Slits – “Typical Girls”

The Lovely Eggs – “Don’t Look at Me (I Don’t Like It)”
Evans the Death – “Telling Lies”
The Cribs – “Hey Scenesters!”
Art Brut – “Formed a Band”
The Fall – “C.R.E.E.P.”
The Vaselines – “You Think You’re a Man”
Stereolab – “French Disko”
Tom Tom Club – “Under the Boardwalk”


The Orchids closed London Popfest at The Lexington last night and we were delighted to play records in-between the bands.

You can see what we played at the gig below.

Darren Hayman & the Long Parliament – “Henrietta Maria”
Voxtrot – “Trouble”
The Shins – “Simple Song”
The Postal Service – “Such Great Heights”
The Radio Dept. – “This Time Around”
The Wake – “Pale Spectre”
The Field Mice – “September’s Not So Far Away”

The Understudies – “Everyone Deserves At Least One Summer of Love”
Withered Hand – “Heart Heart”
This Many Boyfriends – “Young Lovers Go Pop!”
Comet Gain – “An Arcade From the Warm Rain That Falls”
Standard Fare – “Crystal Palatial”

Veronica Falls – “Teenage”
Suburban Kids With Biblical Names – “Noodles”
Acid House Kings – “Would You Say Stop?”
Northern Portrait – “I Give You Two Seconds to Entertain Me”
Heavenly – “C Is the Heavenly Option”

The Vaselines – “Oliver Twisted”
McCarthy – “Keep An Open Mind or Else”
Dolly Mixture – “How Come You’re Such a Hit With the Boys, Jane”
The Shop Assistants – “All Day Long”
Cars Can Be Blue – “Do You Remember?”
The Primitives – “Spacehead”
The June Brides – “The Instrumental”

Camera Obscura – “Number One Son”
Edwyn Collins – “What Is My Role?”
Kid Canaveral – “Good Morning”
Lloyd Cole and the Commotions – “Four Flights Up”
Butcher Boy – “A Better Ghost”


We’ve had the pleasure of DJing the Allo Darlin’ gig at the Winter Sprinter last night. As ever it was a fine way to kick off the year at The Lexington.

Dave Tattersall from The Wave Pictures played a fantastic DJ set downstairs until 2am. We have sore heads this morning.

These are the records we played at the show.

Acid House Kings – “This Heart Is a Stone”
Dexys Midnight Runners – “This Is What She’s Like”
The Just Joans – “I Won’t Survive”
Being There – “To Allen Ginsberg”
Standard Fare – “The Look of Lust”
Taken By Trees – “Dreams”

The Pooh Sticks – “Indiepop Ain’t Noise Pollution”
Black Tambourine – “We Can’t Be Friends”
The Middle East – “Jesus Came to My Birthday Party”
Tralala – “Never Understand”
The Go-Betweens – “Right Here”
Tigercats – “Konny Huck”
Benjamin Schoos ft. Laetitia Sadier – “Je ne vois que vous”
Eux Autres – “You’re Alright”

Help Stamp Out Loneliness – “The Ghost With a Hammer in His Hand”
The Specific Heats – “Take the Wheel”
Jens Lekman – “Become Someone Else’s”
Wild Nothing – “Shadow”
Ballboy – “I Lost You But I Found Country Music”
Cats on Fire – “After the Fact”

Setlist from The Rosie Taylor Project gig

Here’s my setlist from last nights Rosie Taylor Project album launch. The band were on top form, it’s always a delight to see them play in London.

You can buy their new album through Odd Box Records now –

Felt – Riding On the Equator
The Go-Betweens – Cattle and Cane
Emmy the Great – Sylvia
The Shins – Simple Song
The Horrors – Still Life
Primal Scream – May the Sun Shine Bright For You
Voxtrot – Berlin, Without Return
Baxter Dury – Claire
The History of Apple Pie – Mallory
Soda Shop – Longing
Being There – Tomorrow
Gold-Bears – All Those Years

David Bowie – Breaking Glass
Shrag – Forty Five 45s
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Say No to Love
Bye Bye Bicycle – Haby Bay
The Magnetic Fields – Andrew in Drag
Juniper Moon – El resto de mi vida

Morrissey – Lucky Lisp
Island Twins – Lying in State
Wire – Eardrum Buzz
Tiny Fireflies – Change
Red Shoe Diaries – Ice & Snow
Sea Lions – Grown Up
Shark Teeth – Alone By the Waltzers
Lockets – Camera Shy

The Hidden Cameras – Breathe on It
Jens Lekman – New Directions
Fever Dream – This Waste

Setlist from XOYO

This is my setlist from last night at XOYO where Crystal Stilts were on top form. Be sure to catch them on the rest of their UK tour –

The Hidden Cameras – Boys of Melody
Stars – Soft Revolution
Au Revior Simone – Trace a Line
Juni Järvi – The Stars Above Indian Lake
The Radio Dept. – The Worst Taste in Music
A Certain Ratio – Do the Du
Frankie Rose and the Outs – Don’t Tred
X-Ray Spex – Warrior in Woolworths
The Cure – Torture
Horowitz – Government Center
Blueboy – Miss U.K.
Hefner – Trouble Kid

Herman Dune – Tell Me Something I Don’t Know
Red Shoe Diaries – Underage Disco
Beirut – Prenzlaurberg
Architecture in Helsinki – Wishbone
Voxtrot – Wrecking Force

Edwyn Collins – Do It Again
The Wedding Present – A Million Miles
XTC – Senses Working Overtime
Devo – Mongoloid
David Bowie – Always Crashing in the Same Car

Josef K – The Angle
Kid Canaveral – Cursing Your Apples
Heavenly – Modestic

We’ll be back on Saturday at King’s Cross Social Club. Doors are at 9pm.

Setlist from the Crystal Stilts show

I haven’t done this for a while however here’s what I played at Cargo for the Crystal Stilts show tonight –

The Slits – Love Und Romance
McCarthy – And Tomorrow the Stock Exchange Will Be the Human Race
Tender Trap – 2 to the N
Billy Bragg – You Woke Up My Neighbourhood
The Understudies – My Life Is Not a French Film
Pelle Carlberg – I Love You, You Imbecile
Milky Wimpshake – Pearshaped
The Pooh Sticks – On Tape
The Jesus and Mary Chain – Taste of Cindy
Gang of Four – We Live As We Dream, Alone
Public Image Ltd. – Religion II

Eux Autres – Ecoutez Bien
Darren Hayman – The Protons and the Neutrons
The Go-Betweens – You Can’t Say No Forever
Acid House Kings – Would You Say Stop?
Help Stamp Out Loneliness – Cottonopolis + Promises

The Raincoats – Fairytale in the Supermarket
Vivian Girls – I Have No Fun
Half Man Half Biscuit – I Hate Nerys Hughes (From the Heart)
Cars Can Be Blue – Dirty Song

The Fall – Industrial Estate
Shrag – Forty Five 45s
Primal Scream – All Fall Down
Dum Dum Girls – Bhang Bhang, I’m a Burnout
Pere Ubu – Navvy
Television – See No Evil
Betty and the Werewolves – Should I Go to Glasgow?

Liechtenstein – Security By Design
Those Dancing Days – Can’t Find Entrance
Saturday Looks Good to Me – Edison Girls
Teenage Fanclub – Star Sign

Setlist from the Pains gig

I had stopped keeping a record of what I’m playing at gigs recently due to the sheer volume of DJing I’m doing. However, after a lovely email from someone saying they enjoyed my set so much here’s what I played –

Taken By Trees – The Greyest Love of All
Jens Lekman – Black Cab
The Pastels – Crawl Babies
The Specific Heats – All I Want
Black Tambourine – Throw Aggi Off the Bridge
The Primitives – Spacehead

Belle and Sebastian – Dog on Wheels
The Magnetic Fields – I Think I Need a New Heart
The June Brides – Every Conversation
Allo Darlin’ – My Heart is a Drummer
Talulah Gosh – Talulah Gosh
Shrag – Tights in August
The Shop Assistants – All Day Long

Felt – Spanish House
Deerhunter – Desire Lines
Islands – Rough Gem
Depeche Mode – People Are People
Best Coast – Crazy for You
The Smiths – Ask

The Field Mice – This Love is Not Wrong
The Wake – Pale Spectre
Wild Nothing – O Lilac
New Order – The Pefect Kiss
The Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat

The Pains were on top form and after hearing Belong at the listening party before the show, I can assure you it’ll be one of the best releases of 2011!

Setlist from Shrag album launch

Another superb show from Shrag tonight at The Lexington! I just wish they could play for longer. Their album is an absolute gem. I was pretty impressed with Peepholes and their atmospheric sound too. And here’s what I played between and after the bands:

The Magnetic Fields – Papa Was a Rodeo
John Cale – Pablo Picasso
Patti Smith – Gloria: In Excelsis Deo/Gloria
Deerhunter – Desire Lines
Wire – Outdoor Miner
Brian Eno – On Some Faraway Beach

Buzzcocks – You Say You Don’t Love Me
Felt – Spanish House
McCarthy – God Made the Virus
Laetitia Sadier – By the Sea
Belle and Sebastian – I Want the World to Stop
Echo & the Bunnymen – The Killing Moon
Betty and the Werewolves – Heathcliff
of Montreal – An Eluardian Instance

Trash Kit – Fame
Milky Wimpshake – Kickstart Affair
The Felt Tips – Dear Morrissey
The Byrds – I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better
Emmy the Great – First Love
The Whatevers – Rhapsody in Blue Jeans

Setlist from Darren Hayman gig

Darren Hayman’s album launch for Essex Arms at The Luminaire was fantastic last night. The mass singalong to “The Greedy Ugly People” being my particular highlight. If you haven’t already got a copy of the album, I strongly recommend you buy it directly from Fortuna Pop! It’s his best collection of songs since We Love the City in my opinion. Here’s what I played at the gig:

Jens Lekman – The Cold Swedish Winter
Fránçois & the Atlas Mountains – The Song of the Drowning Man
Simon & Garfunkel – The Only Living Boy in New York
Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers – Important in Your Life
Scott Walker – Best of Both Worlds
The Decemberists – The Crane Wife 3
Herman Düne – I Wish That I Could See You Soon

Wild Nothing – Drifer
The Postal Service – Such Great Heights
Dexys Midnight Runners – I Couldn’t Help It If I Tried
The Velvet Underground – What Goes On
Fanfarlo – The Walls Are Coming Down
Saint Etienne – Only Love Can Break Your Heart
Small Faces – All or Nothing
Manic Street Preachers – Freedom of Speech Won’t Feed My Children