Wednesday 21 December 2011

Darren Hayman live on New Year's Day

Scenario A: New Year's Day. You have a motherfucking hangover. You need the soothing salve of The Hangover Lounge, described by the Government's Chief Medical Officer as "the fourth emergency service".

Scenario B: New Year's Day. You didn't go out the night before because it would've been too expensive, too rowdy and a general pain in the arse. Have your fun with friends at the Hangover Lounge.

In both scenarios, Darren Hayman is playing a free gig. This is a win-win.

Kids (and dogs) welcome.

Tuesday 20 December 2011

Name that tune: Brother Brother by The Isley Brothers

You can't go far wrong with any of The Isley Brothers' post-Motown output from 1969-1975 and you'll go no better than their 1972 album Brother Brother Brother.

Brother Brother is one of three Carole King songs on an album otherwise largely comprising Isley-penned material. Musically, the album isn't that far removed from Marvin Gaye's What's Going On; although the 'brother brother' refrain of Marvin's title track is coincidental, it may have struck a chord with some of the million-plus Americans who bought What's Going On the previous year.