We’re heading to Bristol this weekend to check out Bespoked Bristol – The UK Handmade and Boutique Bicycle Show. We should have plenty of photos after the weekend of fine looking custom made and boutique bikes. This is the first year for the show so it should be a good one…
Here are the photos from the Lands End to John O’Groats ride…
We tried to document all the places of interest, people who helped us along the way and other peculiar little treats we found…
Stages Of Dan – Old Mess
Remember the time when bands were a gang of mates writing great songs full of passion, honesty and wit? Well those days are back. London trio Stages Of Dan are like a manly breath of beery, smokey air with a wiff of vintage aftershave cutting through the crowds of childish try hards who can’t think bigger than being the next Wombats or Mystery Jets. From the opening strains of Sufandi (currently the backing for the Channel 4 Paralympic Show trailers) you can tell that this is a band that mean business and they don’t let up for one minute. Hod Carrier is a rasping sing-a-long with driving drums that won’t let up and it leads straight in to crowd pleaser Gary (if you don’t know about Gary yet then you may be beyond help). The bitterness of Mothers Best Child gives way to the rumbling intro of Diagrams and by this point in the album you start to realise that these guys are on to something special.
You see, there isn’t an inch of fat, not one unnecessary second on this album which means that SOD have managed to combine quality song writing with a punk sensibility – no easy task. Not to mention that the way these tunes have been recorded has ingeniously managed to get as near as damnit to the Stages Of Dan live experience. Special.
The odyssey continues with stopming Das Feedback (a song that would wake a coma victim), the snarling Snap It and I Like Them Crazy the most disturbing love song since Meat Loaf revealed that there was something he wouldn’t do for love. The sinister Rusty Water convinces me that there is a much darker side to come from this band but then we all have it in us don’t we? The finale of Old Mess is R.P.G. – a continuation of the Gary story – which is where the key to this album lies. You see, Old Mess as a debut album is a sign that Stages Of Dan are ready to move on to bigger things. There is a rawness, an urgency, a sense of impatience about this album and you can’t help but feel that when they get their chance, Stages Of Dan will grab it with six hairy hands.
By Roland Monger
So the plan was for the good people at Recharged Radio to descend on Brighton for the Alternative Escape (the Great Escape fringe, essentially) and showcase 19 of the best independent artists that had been featured on one the station. This involved a lot of musicians (natch), some A-Team style organisation and a bunch of volunteers with an unwavering passion for new music. Ltd State’s involvement came in the form of yours truly introducing the bands and chief snapper Merryn Phillips on photography duties. The day kicked off at about 1.15pm in the gorgeous basement venue of the Latest Music Bar with the suitably relaxed tones of Tom Moriarty. Following the chaos of setting the event up and getting the show live on air (that’s right, all 19 bands broadcast live via the internet), Mr Moriarty was certainly a soothing influence on the audience. Anna Neale followed on with a more upbeat acoustic set featuring Recharged’s own Pete Robbins on Cajon and various other percussion items.
Third on in the day was Jake Morley who captivated eyes and ears with acoustic performance accompanied by some damn fine Double Bass work. Jake’s wry humour and observational lyrics coupled with his lap-style strumming and hammering of the guitar made his performance compulsive viewing. Certainly a talented artist on the rise and one that will surely be gracing many a festival stage this summer.
This trails edit is what dirt riding is all about for more. Enjoy….
Check out the full length version of Fight for Your Right (Revisited)
The video for “Make Some Noise,” the first single from the Beastie Boys’ long-awaited new album Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2, is quite possibly the most star-studded music video of all time!
The video, which features Seth Rogen, Danny McBride and Elijah Wood as young versions of the trio, as well as with cameos by well-known actors including Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Ted Danson, Jack Black, John C. Reilly, Rashida Jones, Will Arnett, , Mary Steenburgen, Jason Schwartzman, Rainn Wilson, Steve Buscemi, Chloe Sevigny, Maya Rudolph, Malin Akerman and Orlando Bloom!
It’s not just the video thats great though, the actual track is brilliant too.. It’s been a long time coming but in true Beastie Boys fashion it doesn’t disappoint.
In case you missed any of the team announcements on their Facebook, here’s a full team lineup for the opening comp at the Pool. Each captain had the choice of any 3 riders and it’s safe to say there are some incredible names in there!
Come down, have a drink and a dance and chuck a few quid in Chico’s direction…
We’ve got four great acts lined up with the evening being opened by the one and only Chris Aliano (Murray Jam/Aliano trails)
There will also be a pair of Sonisphere Festival tickets (amongst other treats) up for grabs in the Ravenous raffle!
The city has installed nine new bike racks designed by David Byrne. Each has an evocative name. Top row, left to right: MoMA, Olde Times Square and Villager. Middle row, left to right: Coffee Cup, Wall Street and Ladies’ Mile.Bottom row, left to right: Hipster, Chelsea and Jersey.
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As part of the campaign voting is open now at NME.COM/smallvenues for users to vote for the UK small venue they think is the best in the land. You can choose any UK venue with around 500 capacity or less and can also outline why you think it’s the greatest.
Voting closes on May 11, then soon afterwards they’ll announce the shortlist. A panel of artists and experts will then pick one as the overall winner, which will be declared Britain’s Best Small Venue.