Here are some of the shows I plan on attending:
Ora Cogan @ the Slaughtered Lamb 12.1.09 : I happened to see Canadian Ora Cogan twice when she was here last. She was good both times, which gives her a ratio of 2:0 of good shows to bad shows. This ratio tells me she’ll probably be good next time I see her. I like those odds. Plus, I have an exam that morning. I like to make sure I always have a show lined up after an exam. I like a balance, or rather an imbalance… in favour of music.
Ben Weaver @ Rough Trade East 14.01.09 : He is also playing a show at the Luminaire the day before, maybe I will go if I feel like it. He sounds like he’ll be a treat live so I’ll catch this before El May.
El May @ Brixton Windmill: El May is based in Brooklyn and is actually the support at this show for Lymbyc Systm. I know nothing about Lymbyc Systm apart from the fact their name is lacking in the vowel department. I’m hoping it doesn’t start eartly, so I can get there in time from Ben Weaver.
Anais Mitchell or Little Joy @ Dingwalls/Luminaire 21.01.09: I have an exam that day so I need a celebratory gig, which should it be?
of Montreal @ Brighton Digital 24.01.09 : I am so so so so excited for this. It’s going to be fun. I haven’t been to Brighton since I can’t remember. Last May I think it might have been, when I saw Kimya Dawson and the weather was ridiculously hot and I got hopelessly lost trying to find the venue, because I’m easily disorientated.
Loney, Dear @ St Giles 28.01.09: We all love St Giles. Emil’s new material sounded great when I saw him last and I am excited to hear him play again.
Sky Larkin @ ICA 29.01.09: Sky Larkin have a new album out soon, exciting times. I have never been to ICA before, I am intrigued.
Frida Hyvonen @ Bush Hal 5.02.09: Never been to Bush Hall either, I am further intrigued. I am very excited about this.
Vivian Girls @ Proud Galleries 14.02.09: I haven’t got a ticket yet, they aren’t on sale. Wow, I’ve never been to Proud Galleries either, 2009 is a year of discovery. The band were good last time I saw them and I know their album now so it’ll be fun.
Women @ Madame Jo Jo’s 17.02.09: I forgot to get my ticket today, I’ll get one tomorrow perhaps. At risk of being repetitive, I haven’t been here either.
Fleet Foxes @ Roundhouse 24.02.09 : The big Roundhouse. Never been there, but I’ve seen it’s big round-ness from the outside. I am looking forward to finally seeing Fleet Foxes after missing their Shepherds Bush shows. Then I can see what everyone raves about.
M Ward @ the Borderline 25.02.09: I’m so sad I can’t see Woodpigeon! But this looks like it will be special, and I like the Borderline.
Emmy the Great @ ULU 27.02.09: I am so excited for Emmy’s full length. She has a great voice and is good live, and she’s funny too. It’ll be good.
That’s all I got so far. There’ll be more, I’m sure.
Also, is anyone interested in starting a printed zine with me? I haven’t had time to think much about the details, but I think it could be really fun. It could include reviews, some interviews, photos, drawings, comics and fun creative stuff like that. If you are interested in contributing or have ideas regarding the technical aspects of making a zine, then leave a comment or you can email me at anikainlondon [at] googlemail [dot] com. If you can write reviews/draw/write poetry/photograph/are creative then I would love for you to take part. It doesn’t matter where you’re located, we can figure out the details later. I seem to have a desire to constantly start new projects (this blog for example) and create stuff so it would be fun to make something with a team. You don’t even have to be particularly good at writing or drawing or photo-ing or whatever, I’m not! As long as you love music and creativity then that’s fine with me. It might help if you know something about zine-making or how to get stuff like that done, because my knowledge is restricted. If we don’t come up with any ideas regarding printing and putting stuff together, there’s a photo-copy machine downstairs by my accommodation’s reception, I don’t know how to use it but I could take a stab at it. I’m rambling, we’ll figure out stuff like that later. Don’t be shy, please get in touch.