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This evening, I went to the Piano Magic/July Skies/Epic45 gig at the Luminaire. It was great; all three bands are really good (if you like atmospheric shoegazey music).

July Skies played some songs from The English Cold, their concept album about the shadow of war over the English countryside in 1939, as well as some new songs which will end up on a new album, due out next year (finances permitting). The new songs were pretty good, and I look forward to hearing the new album.

The Piano Magic set was great. They started off with I Am The Sub-Librarian, following into No Closure, and taking it from there. Think driving grooves, vocal harmonies and the odd wall of oddly melodious howling guitar. One new song they had was titled England's Always Better (as you're pulling away), which started off sounding a bit like Black Box Recorder and then went into somewhat darker Piano Magic territory; it was basically their attempt at that classic theme, the malaise-at-the-heart-of-Englishness song. As this was their 10th anniversary gig, there was a brief interruption between songs as some members of the audience presented the band with a chocolate cake (which, after the gig, was cut into slices and made available at the bar) and sang Happy Birthday. Then the band resumed, playing Password (complete with its massive buildup of an ending).
Current Location:
N16
Current Music:
Piano Magic - I Am The Sub-Librarian
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On December 7th, 2006 01:42 am (UTC), lokicarbis commented:
Can't remember if I've recommended it to you before or not - but have you seen a comic called "Phonogram"? I think you'd find it amusing, at least :)
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On December 7th, 2006 01:44 am (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
I haven't; can you give me a summary?
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On December 7th, 2006 01:48 am (UTC), lokicarbis replied:
John Constantine (the comic version) meets High Fidelity - music a source/form of magical power. The lead character specialises in Britpop, and is, if anything, less likable than Constantine.
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On December 7th, 2006 01:51 am (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
Sounds interesting. Is it recent?
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On December 7th, 2006 02:02 am (UTC), lokicarbis replied:
It's currently on the stands - first three issues (of six) are out, and it shouldn't be too hard to find.

The artist's LJ is kenix if you're wanting to chase it up.
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On December 7th, 2006 02:12 am (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
So there'll probably be a graphic novel in perhaps 6 months?
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On December 7th, 2006 02:56 am (UTC), lokicarbis replied:
4 or 5 I'm told - I believe it's already been solicited :)
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On December 7th, 2006 03:13 am (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
Cool; I might just wait for that. Comic books seem like a somewhat more awkward format to store/carry.
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On December 7th, 2006 03:19 am (UTC), lokicarbis replied:
True enough - although if the collection doesn't reprint the brilliant and snarky music reviews that form most of the back matter, let me know and I'll send you copies :)
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On December 7th, 2006 10:39 am (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
Thanks.
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On December 7th, 2006 10:42 am (UTC), (Anonymous) replied:
De nada
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On December 7th, 2006 06:10 am (UTC), andy_yayus commented:
Sounds like a brilliant gig. Glad to hear that Piano Magic album I've got wasn't a flash in the pan. There seems to be so much of this shoesgaze gnre action happening in the UK. None here really.
I'm seeing My Latest Novel tonight. Do you know about them? they seem OK.
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On December 7th, 2006 10:26 am (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
I've heard of them. I keep meaning to check them out, but haven't gotten around to it.
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On December 7th, 2006 08:44 am (UTC), frogworth commented:
Epic 45 rule. I'm jealous ;)
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On December 7th, 2006 10:27 am (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
Indeed they do.
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