One last attempt at posting the video I took at Editors - Mercury Lounge 1.20.06. This is a zip file of a Quick Time Movie. I'll keep this file on my server for a week or so while I'm in the UK. For the love of g-d I hope this works...enjoy.
Former Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft released his latest solo effort this past week in the U.K. In honor of his release...and my trip to his stomping grounds next week...here are a few selections from his recent show in Gateshead, England on 01.21.06 - three days before 'Keys To the World' hit the streets.
BHIC's second double album (the first being 'Live On Mars') will hit stores March 21st, 2006. Titled Both Sides of the Gun will contain 18, come on say it with me, 18 new songs....my ears just cannot wait.
UK band du jour Editors arrived stateside last week for their first official mini tour of the States riding a wave of blogger's hype. Editors are a young British indie band in the vein of the Strokes and Interpol; thier debut release, The Back Room, has done quite well. I'll admit I wasn't expecting much as I made my way through the work day and downtown to the Mercury. the mp3s I had heard, 'Munich' and a couple others, really hadn't proved to me Editors were a band to take notice of or would make a lasting impression. Fortunately I went ahead and secured tickets before they sold out and was 'forced' to go.
Lucky for me I made the right decision. A power set of 9 songs blew the lids of a packed Mercury crowd, me included (Village Indian has a pic of the setlist). Front man Tom Smith even mentioned how glad he was to see the NYC crowd so energized. 'Munich' especially had the room moving - this song is much better live. With a tight rhythm section and catchy songs Editors appear to have a bright future.
I intended to buy the band's album, The Back Room; however the cluster fuck getting out kept me from hitting up the merchandise man. I'll just have to pick up a copy when I am in the band's hometown of Birmingham, England to see my favorite footy team (Arsenal FC) play Birmingham FC February 4th.
Thank Jah! - Happy Friday y'all....today's TJIF selection comes from one of my favorite artists, Peter Tosh. Most people associate Peter with one song in addition to his duties as part of 'Bob Marley's Band, the Wailers'. Pete Tosh is a brilliant songwriter in his own right. It is extremely unfortunate how his time on earth came to an end.
Known as a fiery and confrontational person, Tosh also had a soft spot for his friends. In 1987 Tosh took into his home an old friend from his days with the Wailers. In addition to giving Dennis Loban a roof over his head Loban was given Peter's bed to sleep on. On September 11th, 1987 Tosh was hanging in his home when Loban and two others burst through the door armed with guns. Tosh died from a gunshot wound to the head. Reggae's Honorary Citizen will continue to live as long as his songs continue to play.