Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Things That Make You Go "Awwww", Part 1

(Don't worry, I'll get tired of this part-work thing soon).

Last night attended top Shortwave Set gig at Bush Hall in the company of Brightonian* comedy genius LC, professional Bristolian spinster Spinsterella and A Third Person Who Has No Blog To Link To.

I love the Shortwave Set, with their scratchy Louis Armstrong** samples, toy instruments, charity-shop accoutrements and honey-voiced, Sandie Shaw-esque Swedish singer. In a funny way they remind me of my other favourite non-American band, Husky Rescue, but this might just be because both bands are fronted by a Tall Man and a Tall, Beautiful, Scandinavian Girl, and are both very sweet and charismatic.

"The" Rescue probably have the edge in artwork terms, but the Shortwave Set have quirkier things up their polka-dotted Mary Quant sleeve: halfway through their set they stopped and held a raffle, pulling the prize (whatever it was) out of an old gramophone speaker. Awwwww.

UPDATE: Watch video for current Shortwave Set single "Repeat to Fade" [Windows Media Player | Quicktime] (ooh, I'm *so* professional).

UPDATE 2: And my secret ninja network spies have just informed me that "Is It Any Wonder" is this week's free download track on iTunes. Go to it!


* Hove, actually.

** Nat King Cole, actually.

19 comments:

Dave again said...

*housebound jealous muttering*

james henry said...

I'm glad I didn't go to that one now - I get really really cross when I don't win raffles.

longcat said...

i wouldn't have been able to go last night anyway... and i claimed not to like them that much when i saw them the first time... but i'm jealous x

patroclus said...

In my opinion they sounded better that time at the Luminaire than they did last night, so you might have ended up liking them even less! But on the other hand, you might have won the raffle...

kyahgirl said...

I'm jealous that you got to spend time with some blog buddies. Hrmph. no body seems to blog in this part of the bloody world!

LC said...

The gig was great - and as it turns out the offices of their record label are in Chiswick, so stalking the lovely Ulrika should be quite easy.

patroclus said...

Not just in Chiswick, but slap bang next to our office. Stalker-tastic!

Dave again said...

I seem to be the only person living in Norfolk.

Not that you'd really call this living.

patroclus said...

Dave: doesn't that star of the very small screen, JonnyB, live in Norfolk?

Dave again said...

Jonny who?

Actually, Stephen Fry lives here.

I was thinking of bloggers that one might bump into (see kyahgirl's comment).

Christine (the curtains) said...

Feeling sorry that you don't get as many comments as that 4 foot 33 inches bloke, so thought I just drop in.

Bernard (bedroom) said...

I think she mean 'I'd'

Christine said...

Oooh, you're as picky as that Dave.

Peter (pillow) said...

Well, I think it was established somewhere who invented the alliterative furniture.

Dave again said...

Having time on one's hands does allow one to help folk build up their count.

patroclus said...

Security Alert! Absurdist characters escape from confines of literary setting!

I bet Pirandello never had this trouble.

Claude the character chaser said...

I think I've rounded them all up now. I'll be taken them home then, shall I?

Do let me know if they trouble you again.

taigathefox said...

Oh my, bernard the Bundes bedroom was here.

occasional poster of comments said...

I see the curse of alliterative furniture has struck you too, P. Sorry. Nothing (directly) to do with me, though. I'm in occasional-commenting-only mode this week.

Christine (the curtains): I don't think it really counts when most of the comments have been made by figments of my imagination.