Of all the art forms, music is the most like time travel. It takes us back to the age and feelings we had when we first heard a particular song. Whenever I hear ‘Bone Machine’ off The Pixies Surfer Rosa, it’s 1989 and I’m student at Boston University all over again. I remember using that antique – the tape cassette – popping that album in and playing it every day straight for at least two months.
Speaking of nostalgia, lately there have been a lot of nineties shoegaze acts reforming, bands like Ride, Lush and Slowdive. Alt-rockers Veldt follow in this tradition. Originally a nineties outfit, they were heavily influenced by dark post-punk, British guitar acts such as The Cure, Psychedelic Furs and Jesus and Mary Chain. They’ve reformed and released a new album, The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur, laced with plenty of caliginous atmosphere and some off-kilter trip hop added to the mix.
For those hankering for delectably dirgy electro, the Copenhagen band Lust For Youth offer up hypnotic loops from the krautrock creed. Like a nodding dog in the back of a car, your head won’t stop bobbing to this track.
An event in the capital to get excited about, Charles Howl is at The Shacklewell Arms, 71 Shacklewell Lane, E8 on Wednesday April 5th, and it’s free entry. Late eighties kids weaned on a diet of brit-pop, Howl is part of that new breed of indie, like Toy and Younghusband. If you’re looking for the rock neo-psych of The Modern Lovers channelling the Stone Roses, this is for you.
ATP presents Black Mountain on Tuesday April 12th, at the Electric Ballroom, 184 Camden High Street, NW1. There are peat bog, super-fuzz moss sludge sounds from Wolf People and support from LA musician, Guy Blakeslee (The Entrance Band). Black Mountain have returned with a new album, IV on Jagjaguwar. It’s a psych-rock sledgehammer to the side of the head.
I’m spinning at my usual haunt, the Amersham Arms, 388 New Cross Road, SE14 for a double dose on Thursday, April 7th and Friday, April 8th. Both dates are free entry. On Thursday, I’m in the front from 9:30pm with the best indie old and new ‘til the wee hours. On Friday, I’m on the back stage from 10:30 pm, to shake it like a Polaroid picture ’til 3am.
On Saturday, April 14th, I’m bringing my sounds to Cirque, 323 Old Street, EC1 for the first time. On the sonic menu is soul, disco and funk goodness from 10pm-2am with free entry.
I will be DJing at my favourite local on Saturday April 16th, The Rose and Crown, 71-73 Torriano Avenue, NW5. This is a lovely little dive bar and it’s free entry. I will be filling it with fabulous alternative sounds from 7pm ‘til 11pm.
Sunday, April 17th, it’s a Kool Kitchen brunch set at the Sebright Arms, 31-35 Coate Street, E2, from 3 to 7 pm. It’s free entry, so come down and enjoy lazy morning after sounds to accompany your pint.
The latest Kool Kitchen podcast is here, like spring flowers, all dewy with the promise of good things.