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The Pikelet gig went really well. We didn't sell out, but we filled the room comfortably, and there was a very good vibe there. People were really enjoying the music, both the support acts (Red Bulldozers and The Crisps) and Pikelet herself (the room was completely silent as she played, and when she finished each song, there was mass applause).

The acts themselves: Red Bulldozers (aka local singer-songwriter Ken Chu) was pretty good, in an understated way, though played a rather brief set, not being able to get his laptop working for some of the backings and thus doing mostly guitar-based numbers. He played quite skilfully, and should be one to watch. The Crisps were pretty good, in a slightly folky sort of way. And Pikelet was amazing to behold; she would sit down in front of the microphone, grab a floor tom, tap out a rhythm, and when the loop pedal played it back, tap out something else on a snare, or add some guitar or accordion or vocal harmonies (often in several layers), thus building up a wall of sound, which she would then sing a song over. As you can imagine, all conversation had stopped as people watched what she'd do next.

teamwoolf came by and did an ace job at the door/merch table; thanks. Meanwhile, I spent most of the gig in the DJ booth, spinning tunes between sets.

(Doors open; at this stage, it's mostly organisers and bands in the room, though the punters start filtering in)
  • Yamasuki, Yamamoto Kakapote
  • Aleks & The Ramps - Brain
  • Semifinalists - Hwy.101
  • Holidays On Ice - Spell Happiness
  • Cartwheel - Yellow Keys
  • Minimum Chips - Furniture
  • Machine Translations - Paris Road
  • Blueboy - Boys Don't Matter
( Red Bulldozers' set )
  • Mirah - A Million Miles
  • Julian Nation - Press Gang Kids
  • The Lucksmiths - Little Distraction
  • The Softies - Fragile, Don't Crush
(The Crisps' set)

  • I'm From Barcelona - Treehouse
  • The Hummingbirds - Tuesday
  • The Field Mice - Sensitive
  • Ninetynine - Polar Angle
  • Life Without Buildings - PS Exclusive
  • Lush - Lovelife
  • Even As We Speak - Bizarre Love Triangle
  • Clag - Barberella Part 1
  • Mirah - Sweepstakes Prize
(Pikelet's set)

  • Baseball - She Makes Cookies
  • AIH - Heart It Races
  • Mid-State Orange - Summer In Disguise
and a few more things, finishing up by putting on The Motifs' Away as I went to sort out paying bands and such.

But yes, it was a great night. Anyway, for those who missed it, Pikelet's playing support for Darren Hanlon on Wednesday night; if you want a ticket, hurry, as it's going to sell out.
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On July 16th, 2007 01:08 am (UTC), trayce commented:
Hahaha OMG! I KNOW KEN CHU. Thats so weird.
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On July 16th, 2007 06:39 am (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
ILX, right?
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On July 16th, 2007 06:40 am (UTC), trayce replied:
Yep, ILX :) He seems like an ace bloke.
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On July 16th, 2007 06:44 am (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
He is.

I know him via Bowlie, though I picked him for the gig after seeing him play at ILXorPalooza.
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On July 16th, 2007 08:20 am (UTC), blixt commented:
It's so weird, seeing as I missed both Pikelet playing (supporting some noo rave/cooler-than-thou tosh I really wasn't interested in seeing anyway) AND Darren Hanlon (Fremantle on a Friday night + not feeling too well), and now you're/we're (!) putting them both on in London. Small world syndrome!
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On July 16th, 2007 08:58 am (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
Indeed it is. Pity you missed Pikelet. Hopefully you'll get to see her at some point. (She's playing Melbourne and Sydney in August, straight after getting back from the UK.)

I should probably mail you some Pop, Look & Listen badges as well...
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On July 18th, 2007 10:21 am (UTC), _silverlining replied:
Hi there,

You don't happen to know the playing times for this evening do you?
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On July 18th, 2007 10:27 am (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
I think the Darlings will be on first at 8:30ish, with Pikelet being on around 9:15 and Darren around 10.
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