Death From Above 1979 UK Tour Dates

Death From Above 1979 will return to the UK in the New Year to tour in support of their album “You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine“, released on 31st January through 679 Recordings.

The dates are as follows:

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    31 Brighton Freebutt

    1 Oxford Zodiac
    2 Nottingham Rescue Rooms
    3 Sheffield Corparation
    4 Leeds Cockpit
    5 Glasgow King Tuts
    6 Manchester Night and Day

    7 Birmingham Bar Academy
    8 Cardiff Barfly
    9 London Camden Palace NME club

    10 London Garage

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The Delgardos, Six by Seven & Cass McCombs launch Playlouder @ KOKO

PlayLouder is chuffed as a fox in a chicken coop to announce that we have joined forces with Camden’s newly launched KOKO (formerly the Camden Palace) venue to hold a monthly series of live events; PlayLouder at KOKO. The Camden Palace had become a sticky floored hovel, like a booze-soused old aunt who’d left her glory years well behind (accommodating the likes of Charlie Chaplin, the Goons and Madonna), and become rather decrepit. But over the past six months, the Camden Palace has been lovingly restored, painted a delightful shade of deep red and given a state of the art sound system. PlayLouder, espying all this from our East London slaughterhouse HQ, decided the time was right to team up with the reinvigorated KOKO to begin a regular night showcasing the best new and established artists of this land, and beyond.

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Thusly the launch of PlayLouder at KOKO shall come to pass on the night of Tuesday, November 30th, 2004… and what a line-up we have for you…

First up shall be Cass McCombs. In a time where it seems as if earnest American singer-songwriters are appearing all over the shop like pop-up air rifle targets at the fairground, McCombs is a welcome break from the moribund; lifted by his cracked-porcelain voice, detached lyrics and rich accompaniment of hazy organ and gentle guitar. Combs will be playing material from his much-lauded album ‘A’, and premiering new stuff from forthcoming record ‘PREfection’.

After the quiet, cometh the storm. Six By Seven have released four great albums since the early 1990s. Most recently teaming up with Death In Vegas, Six By Seven hunkered down in the studio and came up with the ink-sparingly titled ‘4’, a startling solidification of their sound that puts them right back in the frame.

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Headlining the inaugural PlayLouder at KOKO will be swooning Scotch heroes The Delgados, just months off the tenth anniversary of their first release. Earlier this year, The Delgados released their self-described “pop” album ‘Universal Audio’, a significant departure from the boozy gloom of ‘The Great Eastern’ or the haughty crossness of ‘Hate’. Recently returned from an epic tour of the USA and Canada, tonight’s gig will see The Delgados bringing their epic, melancholic pop to this most fitting venue.

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When the live music stops the DJs will begin. Very special guests will keep us going till the early hours (details to be announced).

KOKO is at 1A Camden High St, London NW1. Tickets for the event, priced at £14, are available from Ticketmaster ( Keep a weather eye PlayLouder-ward ( for news and features on the KOKO events and artists over the coming weeks.

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Southampton’s Delays release their brand new single the outstanding “Lost In A Melody” through Rough Trade records on 22.11.2004. The single will also feature album favorite “Wanderlust”. The band recently supported Franz Ferdinand on their massive US tour, this hot on the heels of Delays sold out US tour.

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n.Lannon, My Sad Captains & The Pony Collaboration (Live Review)

The spirit of Stephen Malkmus is alive and well in Brixton. OK, he’s not actually dead so that’s a bit of an exagerration, but the bands playing The Windmill last night were definitely channelling a bit of Pavementy Malkmusness.

First up, San Francisco’s own n.Lannon (, sometimes billed as n.Ln (which may be a pictogram of his face or perhaps it’s the chemical symbol for acoustic geetar moozik). Nyles, as his mother no doubt calls him, has Malkmus’s lanky good looks and played a sober set while his enthusiastic cohorts did their best to rock out (drummer) or moog it up (keyboards).


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A friend who is also a regular at the Windmill explained that the soundman on the night followed the Spinal Tap approach to mixing, turning everything either all the way up or down. What might otherwise have been a nice and chilled opening slot turned into a ear-piercing slice. He didn’t move much on stage and didn’t say much either, but his drummer was thrilled when I bought the CD, bless ‘im.

It’s all a bit unfair for Nyles, really, because his album, Chemical Friends (see, that chemical symbol idea may not be so far off) is anything but loud. Chemical Friends comes across in parts like Elliott Smith collaborating with Erland Oye, a lot of singer-songwriter stuff with quiet electronica or beats brewing in the background. Perfectly pleasant, quality stuff. Like a warm jumper on a cold night. Or something.

My Sad Captains ( carried on the Spirit of Stephen, from their sloppy shaggy hair to their low-hanging trou and their classic American indie guitar sound (despite being London based). If anything, their cute looks and American sound may work against them here. As my loverly Lucy said: “There’s not an un-cute one among them”. Like a house band for The OC. Or maybe Buffy. OK, possibly Charmed, but you get what I’m saying. Good songs, good sound, very familiar and comfortable. Charming with it though. “It’s like a wave of jam made of good looking teenagers,” Lucy added (paraphrasing Dougal in Father Ted). Again, the guitarist (Nick) was thrilled when I bought a copy of their very home-brewed CD. For £3, my kind of band, though Nick’s claim that there were, like, eight songs on it proved to be a bit of an exagreration… there were four. Worth it though. If only for the enthusiasm – I’d forgotten how sincerely grateful new bands could be.

Top billing on the night was Cambridge collective, The Pony Collaboration (, very incorrectly described in the gig ads as “Belle & Sebastian go country”. Totally not. Obviously, someone was confused because Pony has quite a few members and one of them’s a girl, so the two bands are practically interchangeable.

In fact, they were the weakest link on the night, as Mr Soundman and rubbish circumstances conspired against them (we couldn’t even hear the violinist – I mean come on!). In all honesty, though, I think they should go back to the drawing board, starting with a few covers: Perfect Skin by Lloyd Cole, Under the Milky Way by The Church and possibly Heaven by Talking Heads, and go from there. All the ingredients are there, but they keep trying to make a chocolate soufflé when a nice chocolate pudding would do just as well. Could be good, but we’ll never know – Lucy and I left after four songs. And we didn’t buy a CD.

All in all, it was nice to get back to a small gig. And the venue was perfect with it. I haven’t been to The Windmill before – it has the unfortunate distinction of having been used as a “New York bar” in the risible Channel 4 series, NY-LON, but don’t let this put you off. It’s a solid spot for regular cheap gigs with new bands. If more music fans would try out other venues, say in South London, aside from say Brixton Academy, the music scene in London might truly be a scene, instead of the regional popularity contest it too often becomes.

7 Zesty Pete Points out of a possible 11 (minus 1 for the missing four songs – I may ask for them at the next My Sad Captains gig, at Upstairs at the Garage in December)

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Rachel Stamp (Live Review)

Sunday November 21st 2004

Bar academy,


Supports from Far From Silence and Ariel-x.

Even by the remarkably low standards of the Birmingham Academy, the Bar Academy is a shit venue. The room is long and thin; the “stage” area is elevated by an inch; the ceiling is low. All of which means that unless you are one of the lucky eight (at a push) that can fit in the front row, or maybe if you are 7 foot tall, like 2 of the punters for this gig (they really were, it was not just my very limited p.o.v) then you will see nowt. Much of my time, before I gave up gracelessly and went to sit at the back, was spent trying to see the band on people’s ‘phones (very young audience), trying to avoid being headbutted by the young woman behind me who was not so much dancing as fitting, and speculating on how amusing it would be if people’s piercings became locked together whilst they were practising their tonsil hockey. And the sound is pretty ropey too. Don’t go here, it’s not worth it.


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Having said that:… The line-up to this night was really quite promising: ‘fraid I missed Far From Silence but their downloads are good and I might well deliberately search them out at a later date.
(try – Ed). Ariel-x were loud but sounded pretty together and solid as the set progressed. The crowd liked them but I was still in meeting and greeting mode – afterall, it was a Sunday.

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The lovely Rachel Stamp have a new album and single out that are being well received and this tour is mainly to promote them. They have been together for nigh on 10 years i think and are undoubtedly representative of many bands who have a small cult following and hack up and down the country pedalling their craft to those who like it. And they really are very good at it. Whether or not it’s your cup of tea (kind of quite loud glam-ish rock mainly) it’s infectious and they really do give it their all. William on guitar really makes some tracks with rock-supremo axing, Shaheena on keyboards adding a touch of mystery, David as always fronting with energy and enthusiasm and in pretty good voice, in spite of a lacklustre audience response for much of the time – and I think that reflected the limitations of the venue rather than the band. The set was reasonable and the request encore featured the ever popular “Hey hey Michael”, but what can I say? They’ve been better in better venues – I’d recommend you go and see them – just not here. And the kick-out is 10:30…

Locally, they’ll be back at JBs in Dudley on the 6th Dec, which should be a better bet.

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