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One man struggle to write the Midweek Music News introduction while working out his taxes
So wrote Massive Attack about the struggle to keep up Londonist duties while pressing matters involving HMRC are at hand. HMRC wait for no man, however, so without further ado, here's your Midweek Music News.
NME tipped electro boy band Veto Silver (that's them starting moodily at you above) play Nag Nag Nag at Ghetto, Falconberg Court. (TK)
Water Rats hosts Delays as well as strong support line-up of Hush and Stephen Fretwell. Unfortunately the gig's sold out, but might be worth seeing if you can get a spare ticket from someone whose mates have let them down. There's always someone, isn't there?
If you fancy a little bit of politics but not too much and certainly nothing too controversial, unless you're a Chinese Communist Party hardliner, the 'Free Tibet Charity Gig' at the Marquee has Dot Allison, Louis Elliot, Lazenby and DJs Tim Briffa and A Man Called Adam for your entertainment. Tickets are £10.
There's some magazine launch at the Marquee taking place. You don't care about what that magazine is, you should care more about the fact that Vincent Vincent and the Villains are still with us and are playing at the launch. Also playing are Yeti and The Metro Riots. Tickets are £6 in advance, £8 on the door.
Ladytron, whose album got this week's coveted Londonist Album of the Week award, play the Academy. The one in Cambridge, that is. Well, we occasionally plug Brighton gigs, Cambridge is just as easy for you to get to if you live in the North of our fair capital, and it's a Sunday so why not go up for the day? Check greenmind.co.uk for information.
Regular mentionees on Londonist Richmond Fontaine are touring the British Isles right now and make their way to London on 14th October at Bush Hall. Tickets have a face value of £12.50. The band will be joined by labelmates The Amazing Pilots and Yep Roc's Ian Moore.
Those are in the future, here's a review of a series of gigs from the past:
Cream - Royal Albert Hall: London 2-3-5-6 2005 (Reprise / Wea)
Earlier this year Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, and Eric Clapton reunited to play four nights at the Royal Albert Hall on the same stage where they had completed what was thought to be their final performance in 1968. This double CD instead of choosing an individual concert selects 19 of the best performances from their four-night residency.
Let's make this simple. If you are a fan of Cream or the sound of an overdriven Stratocaster playing blues - then buy this album. Clapton is a master of this art - some say God – and he doesn’t disappoint producing some searing blues solos on Outside Woman Blues and Sleepy Time Time. The sound is slightly different to 37 years ago, the band not returning to the Marshall stack/SG/OB3 instrumentation that gave them their distinctive sound – Clapton preferring a signature Strat and a more modern setup.
For fans there are some moments of ecstasy, all of it coming from Clapton on unbelievable form, but there is also the odd moment of agony with Pressed Rat & Warthog seeming a tad dated. I Feel Free and Strange Brew are missing but still plenty of classics to make you wish you had forked out the 500 quid that these tickets were going for back in May to see it all live for yourself. (Ted)