Wednesday, 27 May 2009


"I'm still writing rhymes, but besides that I'm chilling" - Nas

A new venue opened last Saturday in Leeds called A Nation of Shopkeepersit's fantastic, it's a welcome, warm and undeniably friendly venue. Below are some photo's by James Mitchell from the opening night, who drunk what and who was there. Deep breath.

Special thanks to: Lovefoxxx, Dan, Crispin, Alex & Shane, Bruce, Sam and all the staff, Yasmin, Lewis, Broady, Lee, Paul Robinson, Calum, Sally, Tom Woodhead, Conner, Old Romantics, Sketches, Dinosaur Pile Up, Casper and Ben, Dan McEvoy, Fezz, Mark, Blacklodge, James and Paul C, Marcus and everyone who helped make it happen. Not forgetting the beautiful Anna of course, great bunting skills. x

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Saturday, 16 May 2009


I have tried, in the past, to express my love for Cissy. I fear that I have failed. I have waved my symbolic arms in the metaphorical air and claimed similarities to Goblin. Goblin aficionados have shouted me down. I have proclaimed them the most danceable band on our island. But seriously? Try dancing to Cissy. Just try. You need built-in jazz feet with propellor plug-ins.

So, I can’t describe, but I can factualise (it is a verb, I swear): Cissy is a band from Leeds with some fantastic pedigree. One of the city’s finest drummers, Matt Woodward, has played with the US band Origami, as well as The Dragon Rapide. Their super-guitarist Dicko is something of a local band whore (it’s a compliment, I swear) and is clearly harbouring the key to the 32 hour day, playing in the similarly-supreme Beards, Tigers!and formerly Eiger. Katie (synths) and Gavin (bass)’s history eludes me but frankly, the music walks the walk. Biographies are rendered useless once Cissy hit the boards.

There’s a slew of bands out there that can fly the ‘Proficiency’ flag but are BORING, with a capital ZZZZZZZZZZ. Cissy, on the other hand, have the flag in one hand and a party popper in the other. They are fun as fuck. Funky as fuck. They are tropical, adventurous and spiky. And you know what, if you lock into the bass drum, you can kinda dance. At the very least, you can get some serious head-nodding in.

Later this year, they’re releasing a split LP with Das Boton featuring Billy Dolan (ex of Sub Pop bands Heroic Doses. and Five Style.). The album’s coming out on Six Gun Lover and having heard the Cissy half of it, I’m getting a little impatient for a slab of vinyl.

Hayley Avron

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Riding The Low

Hot news for all you stalkers; as luck would have it, 'film star' and top revenge-crazy nutjob Paddy Considine has a band, Riding The Low, and they are playing The Cockpit here in sunny Leeds on 30 May. Ain't that a kick in the head?

Why not come down and gawp at a famous actor strutting his rock'n'roll stuff in front of you... or, alternatively - if you can't be arsed - maybe you could stay in and watch Paddy in these awesome britflick videos for Arctic Monkeys and Moloko: