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Catching Up

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

As it turns out, I’ve completely backed up on myself with my blogging. So I’ve decided to skip through the last week and a half or so with a quick summary…

On Saturday 14th November I moved home, I saw Carter USM (who were absolutely awesome, can’t wait to see some of Jim Bob’s upcoming solo stuff), I stormed the stage during the Hoodrats’ set at the afterparty – like their own personal Bez, I found my way back to East London through a storm at 5am…

On 15th woke to find I had already (in less than 24 hours) earned a ‘partygirl’ label by my new flatmates and received an amazing gift of groceries from my gorgeous sister (she knows me so well!)…

A lovely dinner with Hannah and Aubrey on 17th, helped us all compile our latest crush lists…

I met with fantastic and inspiring artist Melanie in Hackney Wick on 19th, who taught me about my addiction to an Intermittent Reward Schedule as well as gave me lots of ideas for future work…

Had an amazing time in Brighton playing at the gorgeous West Hill Hall in a huge storm, opening for Chris T-T who was supported by The Indelicates on 21st November…

Sunday 22nd November (one of the best hangovers ever) – woke up in Brighton, went for lush fry-up with 2/4 hoodrats, went to conceptual exhibition by Beatabet Collective at the Phoenix Gallery, got train to London, was cooked a massive gorgeous roast dinner. Slept well…

On 25th November, I saw the Filthy Dukes album launch gig (mindblowing how good they are, hot too, really know how to put on a show, got lovely fans as well) and hung out with lovely Emily at The Flowerpot…

Today is Thanksgiving, I am celebrating with my gorgeous theme-loving American friend and her sexy culinarily-gifted flatmate…

As it is my birthday soon and because I think I’m much more important than I really am, my friends and I are celebrating with 2 weeks of parties, seeing performances, gigs, AtD’s boat party, shopping, and more! The two-week mayhem kicks off with my guest DJ spot at the BBA Thanksgiving Party at the Marie Lloyd Bar tomorrow night, free entry – come along, dance, sing and say hello.

Chilly, Akira and Cup

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Wow! Where was I?! I love Autumn, November is my very favourite month.

Chilly & Akira

On Wednesday 11th November, I had another wonderful night out in London seeing Chilly ‘Gonzo’ Gonzales with his special guests Akira the Don and Marawa Cup.

From what I’d seen online, I wasn’t that keen on Gonzo from some of his skits on youtube and other than the famous piano battle (which I confess to not watching all of), I hadn’t heard his playing really either.

I WAS WRONG! Chilly Gonzales is an awesome pianist. His songs are hilarious and his new work-in-progress Opera of his own life is of a high technical quality and at the same time brilliant humour. His arrogance and love of women/drink/himself onstage persona work because of his musical skill.

Of course the highlight of the evening was when AtD joined him onstage for a little chat and rendition of his old hit Thanks For All The Aids – which was the best version of the song I’d heard, just piano and two voices. They then did a rap battle to a metronome which was a lot messy, funny and bitchy all wrapped in one.

I know you thought that I was a fan-girl (I am not ashamed) but until you have met my new real friend Katharina from Frankfurt, you do not know the effect someone’s music can have. A few months ago Katharina, who took the photo at the top of this, went along (for a laugh, not really knowing Gonzo’s music at all prior) to Chilly Gonzales’s 27 hour long record-breaking piano extravaganza.

…She stayed for the whole 27 hours.

THEN, she flew for one night only to London (for the first ever time) to accompany me to this show!

To top off all of this excitement I also discovered my new hero: Marawa Cup, hoola-hooper extraordinaire. She is incredible. Marawa came on stage disguised as an unsuspecting audience member, dowdy and uncoordinated. Awkward in the high high heels she was told to wear. As she twirled some hoops she gradually became more coordinated and slowly stripped ~_^ to reveal a lycra catsuit in leopard-print and took her massive curly hair out of its tie. She twisted and twirled hoops round her waist, hoops on her arms and legs, hoops on her neck and hoops in the air all at once. Perfect end to the evening.

After putting Katharina into her cab (to who-knows-where) I walked past old haunts to get the bus (had to visit my potential new home the next day and didn’t get back till 4am!)

Massive thanks to Chilly for putting us on the list and for making Katharina’s long journey worth it.  Huge thanks to Akira for talking to us like we’re human beings (not super-fans). It was also great to finally meet Twitter-friend Sophie without whom I wouldn’t know that I shouldn’t fancy Morten Harkett.

Lexapalooza Lite

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Thank you so much everyone who came down to see me play and to support the great Lexapalooza Lite event on Saturday. Those who stayed till the end had a treat with Ben Marwood and Chris T-T and then the two special secret guests Sam Duckworth and Frank Turner, both of whom are selling out major venues this year. I was really surprised and honoured to be included in such an amazing event.

The overwhelming support from people who came up afterwards, wanting to buy the CD or just have a chat was amazing. I’m very aware that my music is not easily accessible and there were some really interesting responses to it. I am still at the start of my journey, discovering what works and what doesn’t work. This is an exciting place to be. It feels free.

I really enjoyed seeing the other performers as well, with my own highlights being SanjuroElliott Morris, Oxygen Thief and of course the brilliant The Leano.

The Flowerpot itself really knows how to look after artists and audience and I can’t say enough about the Lexapalooza crew – they are proper amazing people who give their time and energy every year to put on these shows to raise money for a great cause.

Thanks again, and if you didn’t make it – come along to one of my next gigs and come and say hi. Also donate some money to Breast Cancer Campaign via Lexapalooza

SHOE UPDATE: arrived in blue boots, bare-feet on stage, finished in my AtDs to dance the night away

xx

Robotics and Anansie Spider

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Can’t sleep because I am so excited for Saturday, (solo gig number 4); it is an amazing experience for me to be playing at a Lexapalooza event and the line-up is awesome. I still can’t quite believe I’m on the bill – I am half expecting to arrive at the venue with my gear and someone to go “what’s all that stuff for?  you’re not playing here”

This week has been very busy. I’ve been working my boobies off getting a wonderful Limited Edition CD together for all of you lovely people. It is called Robotics and has some home recordings and a couple of live tracks. There’s only going to be 150 in existence. A good friend has done some gorgeous artwork for the front and I’m really pleased with how it all sounds.

The best big brother in the world took me to see Skunk Anansie on Tuesday night in Brighton. It was a small warm-up gig to their big reunion tour and it was amazing to see them performing. Apart from the blokes looking a little older, you couldn’t really tell that they’d been away for so long and they played a couple of really good new songs as well as playing all of their main back-catalogue. One of the new songs we didn’t like (but the crowd seemed to so that will probably end up being a single or something). It was a really great gig. Some of you will already know how significant their music was to me during my teenage years (especially those of you who had to live through my awful attempts to sing their stuff!) so it was brilliant to get to see them live now.

The support band was a bit weird – A Human. The drummer and keyboard/backing vocalist were good musicians but the frontman was like something straight out of some early 90s band. He looked, sounded and danced as if he wanted to be in The Wonderstuff/Ned’s Atomic Dustbin/Sultans etc etc. He even did a really awful Brett Anderson impression for a whole song.

Hope to see you all on Saturday! Do come and say hello – (mine’s a vodka & diet pepsi).

xx

Wow! Look at this picture…

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

I went out tonight, first to visit my next gig venue The Flowerpot and have a lovely chat with Evan and Paul (who both bullied me because I am not drinking due to the near wreckage of vocal chords lately).  Then to see Something Beginning with L who you will remember are my favourite band.

On my return I was tweeted by lovely fan @nickshearon who has done some art…for me! I couldn’t freakin’ believe it. Thank you! It’s beautiful. You can see it here at his blog.

xx  ^_^ xx