We have reached the last day of January already. It’s been a fairly quiet month in terms of music, February looks to be doubly as busy as January. At the start of the year I initially set a ’200 bands this year’ quota but I think this could be easily achieved at this rate, but while we are in a boom at the moment, we never know when the live music recession will strike its icy claws into my calendar. Also, worryingly, I haven’t checked my bank balance in over a week, I keep forgetting.
Here is a list of all the musicians I saw this January:
Pocketbooks, Help Stamp Out Loneliness, The Ballet, The Leisure Society, Emmy the Great, Puzzle Muteson, Ora Cogan, Jane Bartholomew, Ben Weaver, El May, Lymbyc Systym, The Bowmans, Anais Mitchell, Kat and the Half Step Uncles, Ark People, City Reverb, Hjaltalin, Casiokids, of Montreal, Darren Hayman, Blue Roses, Loney Dear, Little Death, Pulled Apart By Horses, Sky Larkin, Samamidon, Doveman, David Thomas Broughton, (and then later today) Matha Wainwright.
of Montreal were the best. Loney Dear, Hjaltalin, Sky Larkin and the Emmy busk would also make the top five. There were also quite a few really impressive support acts, Blue Roses, The Bowmans and Jane Bartholomew were all brilliant.
I only went to one instore this month, I look forward to Pure Groove re-opening its doors. My goals for February are: Go to all the shows I want, take a really killer photograph, and not fail at my university course. I’d also like to see more bands that fall into the ‘super love’ category to announce some tour dates, there are quite a few that are well within the realms of possibility (Metric, Au Revoir Simone, Whispertown- I’m looking at you three in particular.) I have also decided to allocate myself £3 spending money a day for food, because while music may well be the food of love it does not fill the void in my stomach.