Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Alvin Band

listen up!

Rick sing,plays,paints and it part of Miniature Tigers too...

a busy brain indeed!

Magic Magic are MAGIC MAGIC


i know they've been up on brain bulletin before but this won't be the last time either,


Lois writes about the Flyers

Have a read about the Treetop Flyers here, if you haven't given the fellows a listen already

Reid Morrison’s gentle, yearning voice opens this timeless gem of an EP as he introduces the troubled protagonist of ‘Mountain Song’, before raw guitar and subtle harmonies melt into the beautifully crafted tale, and rather than burying the past, this London-based band marrying minds from both sides of the Atlantic effortlessly transport you to a different musical time and place entirely.

With comparisons to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young rife, if not undeserved, and Fleet Foxes already reminding the masses of the gut-wrenching potential of beautiful harmonies, Treetop Flyers must offer something distinct to truly merit the gushing praise I’m aching to give them. And they do, in rusty bucket loads, with each and every song; especially the intriguing blend of ‘Is It All Worth It?’ where Dylanesque guitars usher in almost nonchalant vocals that feel oddly influenced by recent British guitar bands, before those hushed harmonies sweep over you yet again.

From the retro guitar licks of ‘Rose Is In The Yard’ to the grand closer ‘It’s About Time’ ‘To Bury the Past’ is instantly familiar, never derivative, and impossible to tire of. Put simply: the more I hear of Treetop Flyers, the more excited I get.

Words by Lois Jeary

Taken from For Folk's Sake

Listen up! :

The Allotment

Two top brains, Anika and Lynn, are putting on a top evening for ears and brains alike!

Be sure to pop down!!

They also both run wonderful sites, spreading the word of their favourite music and goings-on!

yay! (Anika, also writes wonderful, wonderful comics!)


hats off to the ladies!


During the ride home last night, Joe talked about a beautiful film his dear friend, Scott has made and will be screening next month.

It's called 'MAKE' and follows the lives of 4 self-taught American artists ; Prophet Royal Robertson, Judith Scott, Ike Morgan and Hawkins Bolden.

have a look and a read and watch the trailer here:

The screening will be on October 16th at the Museum of Everything.

it should be a very special evening!

Dan Michaelson & The Coastguards

have you heard?

do you know?

Dan Michaelson & The Coastguards

I had never heard of them before taking at a seat in the Union Chapel last week for Transgressive's 5th Birthday show.

The whole evening was a real treat for the ears, alongside the Coastguards were Jeremy Warmsley, Mechanical Bride, Graham Coxon and Johnny Flynn.

if you haven't given them all a listen already, do so here :- (my favourite is 'I was a Gentleman')

Hats off to Transgressive!

Monday, 21 September 2009


Hello hello!

Hello hello!

If you're a free bird tomorrow evening (september 22nd) and in the mood for fun - come on down to the Wilmington Arms...


Extra-ordinary brain/comedian/musician Dave Hill is visiting from New York this week and will be performing at the Wilmington Arms at 8pm

see some Hill activity here :-

it'll be splendid!!

Thank you to every soul that came and listened at The Fat Fox in Southsea on saturday, it was one of the best evenings experienced by the Ark!

A xo

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Whispertown - population 2000


I hope a lovely bank holiday was spent...

Here is part one of an interview with Whispertown 2000 - be sure to give 'em a listen if you haven't already!

Alessi: Hello! I hope you’re comfortable wherever you are. Are you sitting or standing at the moment?

WT2000: Tod’s on his 28th hour of driving, sitting comfortably, Casey’s sitting shotgun, not that comfortably with his new accordian, Vanessa’s very comfortable in the back with her blankets skanky baby and christmas felice, drinking a real man’s redbull and I am comfortable, yes, thank you.

How has your summer been?

WT2000: We’ve spent most of this summer traveling all over the world, having a great time playing music. The few weeks we were home, Casey’s was surfing, Tod was touring with Maria Taylor and Azure Ray, Vanesa was befriending international babes and I was swimming.

Your album is one of my favourites. Do you have a favourite song on there?

WT2000: Thank you, Alessi! We love your music and also your personality. Our current favorite is ‘Done With Love’.

The lyrics are especially special and cover all sorts of ground. Is there a time in particular that words come to you? Do they come on the move, in your car, while you’re cooking?

WT2000: Vanesa says “the lyrics come to me through morgan”. The lyrics often come while I’m driving. Mostly in the moments I have to myself without distraction. And like most things, often when I least expect them. These moments are revealing.

Do you think your album has a smell? My nose picks up on trees, vanilla, sea water and sunscreen. Am I close?

WT2000: Yes, you’ve hit it on the nose. Those nice scents in addtion to patchouli, chili, starburstand coconut water. Casey only likes your choices and disagrees with the rest of us..

How did you meet up and start playing together?

WT2000: We met at Uni. You know, at Oxford. Nahh, we met through friends and turned to family.

What is your favourite dessert?

WT2000: Vaness loves creme brule. The Caseman loves pumpkin pie. I love berries the most and Tod more enjoys a savory variety.

How does one visit Whispertown? By plane, train or automobile?

WT2000: By submarine rocketship hovercraft… or rollerblades.

Is the population 2000?

WT2000: Yes. 2000 strong and growing.

What are you doing for the rest of the day?

WT2000: With any luck we’ll make it back to LA! Our last show with The Breeders was in Ohio.. we’ve been driving for days straight! Vanessa says she’ll be staying up late since she just drank a real man’s Red Bull.

hope you had fun reading!

Part two will be up tomorrow here and on