Saturday, April 17, 2010

She Fell Over

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Record Store Day is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made available exclusively for the day, and hundreds of artists in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances. Lots happened at both Rough Trade East and Rough Trade West, there were several performances that warranted attention. I had a late start, which meant that I missed the action so instead I watched the Manchester derby.

Manchester United left it late, with Chelsea later losing to Tottenham the title race is wide open! I was still intent to experience Record Store Day and with the opportunity to see an acoustic show from Bombay Bicycle Club at Pure Groove, Smithfield I didn't need an invitation. I travelled by train to the record store which is close to Urban Golf. How could I forget this place! Unfortunately I was unable to participate in the organised Blur quiz, I didn't have a pen but this spared any embarrassment because I knew none of the answers. I arranged to meet a friend at the store and when he arrived we spoke about prospects for the future. I had a similar dialogue midweek with another friend and both have provided plenty to think about in terms of plans. I will focus on this more in a later post! With the venue close to capacity, a girl fainted for no apparent reason and then when order had resumed the acoustic set began. The performance lacked the crowd participation and energy that you would expect from a Bombay Bicycle Club show, then this was an acoustic set and there is no mistaking the melodies from I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose. There were several from their acoustic album which I need to acquire as soon as possible. It wasn't until Always Like This that the crowd, which now also occupied the street outside, suddenly burst into motion. It reminded me of the lyric in the Hadouken! track That Boy That Girl: I went to a gig but nobody danced, everybody was far too cool! I enjoyed the action,
below is the set list from the Bombay Bicycle Club performance. Tonight should provide a journey down memory lane as the destination is The Venue, New Cross. Can't wait!

# Evening/Morning
# Rinse Me Down
# Dust on the Ground
# Magnet
# Jewel
# Leaving Blues
# Ivy and Gold
# Always Like This
# You Already Know

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