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Ahah! As if Brixton wasn’t cool enough already, now we seem to have aquired our own version of those Black cabby thingies. Run by south London production company, Blindeye Films, this new spin on the old ‘one take videos of cool bands doing intimate performances’ formula is – cleverly – called Brixton Sessions. I’m excited. We get some good bands down here not least because of The Windmill, but the Hoot can pull them in and The Rest Is Noise gets a good selection too.

Click on the pics below to get to the vids. At the moment there’s a bit too much singing-with-my-eyes-closed behaviour for me, but that should right itself as we go along…

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After months of  speculations and trepidation, the new Windrush Square was unveiled last Saturday, the 27th of February 2010 so MyBrixton had to go and take a look.
The event itself did not draw much of a crowd although the children of Brixton seemed to be having a good time exploring the new features of the square and dancing to the music of The Illersapiens who made the party worth going to.

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Check out The Illersapiens upstairs at the Ritzy on the third Thursday of every months from 7pm to 11pm- FREE ENTRY –

This is OUR square people, let’s use it and let it be one more reason to look forward to Summer!!!

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Well in terms of big fat juicy gigs, The Fridge officially had it’s cherry popped yesterday by Jack Peñate. With support from Brooklynite Theophilus London, he brought in the crowds in a pretty spectacular manner – we even spotted Matthew Horne from Gavin and Stacey in the midst.

Still dragging the stench of dry-cleaning with me, we whipped over from the Ritzy to ensure we played witness to what we hope becomes a regular occurrence from now on. There’s no doubt it’s the perfect venue, (perhaps to fill an Astoria-sized hole?) but the more gigs going on that we can just stroll home from the better. Yeah, yeah call us lazy.

We also got a chance to catch up with Fridge owner Andrew Czezowski, sharply zoot-suited and booted, who’s also hoping that Jack’s decision (he’s a Dulwich boy so he’s practically local) to play at The Fridge will start the ball rolling. Andrew also filled us in on his new night F.A.K.E. that kicks off on Friday the 13th and will regularly showcase some of the upcoming bands on the scene. But I’ll get to that later – it’s Friday evening, I can’t blog on forever!

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Ooh yesterday was a busy night in B-Town. Being last Thursday of the month and all that, it was of course Rodigan time at the Hoot, but on top of that Post War Years were down at The Rest Is Noise and The Fridge was getting it’s first proper gig on (more on that later).

But I decided to don my freshly dry-cleaned coat and head down to the recently refurbished Upstairs at The Ritzy, reeking like perchloroethylene (is fresh dry-cleaning supposed to smell like a vat of nuclear waste?) for the return of The Illersapiens Soul Jam session.

We’ve mentioned The Illersapiens on here before but I don’t think we’ve waxed lyrical about them properly yet. I think the general consensus at My Brixton HQ is that they’re off the scale. They won us over at the Brixton Splash back in August, especially when they unleashed their track ‘Brixton’ and we unofficially made it our national anthem (B-R-I-X-T-O-N you dunno!). Their EP is most definitely worth checking out here – it’s only  £3.95 on iTunes and for that price you can floss Jay-Z style cause ‘money ain’t a thang’…

But rather then try and explain how tight the band are, how lyrically adept Mr. Man is and how goosebump-inducing Katy B’s vocals are just check this out:

So after a fresh set from them, the stage was open for anyone wanting to come up and jam along, whether singing, playing, emceeing…and this is Brixton y’know, so the talent is fresh. It’s a monthly affair guys, so make sure you book the date for the  next one- Thursday November 19th.


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Ooh what Jeff Koonsian window display do we have here?

Well after The Flourmill and Flirkin, The Goose and more recently Ivan’s Retreat the pub perhaps best known as the place gig goers flock to when the house lights go on inside Brixton Academy and all that’s left is plastic cup ands mosh-pit debris, has been handed over to new management…again!

The paint on the sign is still fresh: The Rest Is Noise has taken over.  And it seems to be in good hands, now under the management of 580, the company behind The Lock Tavern, Field Day and New Cross’ Amersham Arms. Having kitted out the pub with a decent stage and powerhouse soundsystem built from Notting Hill Carnival leftovers (hmmm…you know what us Brixtonians like), we’re now looking at a pretty decent timetable of events.

Yeah, as you can see there’s loads. But we definitely need to check out the Wednesday night Blacker Dread residency as there’s no way the legendary Coldharbour Lane record store can let us down playing some serious reggae. And this Saturday we’re getting amongst others SCUM and My Tiger My Timing…oh we’re so spoilt!

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Alright! A friend from France recently came to stay with me for a few weeks and as anyone who cares to spend some time in Brixton, she was seduced by the town and the events it puts on. Well, we all know Summer in Brixton is a bit of a treat! She was particularly impressed by the number of  live music venues within a couple of miles radius of my humble little house, the closest one being the Windmill:

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22 Blenheim Gardens SW2 5BZ

 The Windmill is small but mighty; over the recent years, it has seen acts, such as Bloc Party, Hard-Fi, Ladyhawk, The Magic Numbers, Noah & The Whale, Ok Go and much much more, so it’s worth taking an interest…

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Follow the link in our right column for more info

Back to the story… One sunny day, walking home from the town center, my friend and I stop to look at the numerous posters stuck outside The Windmill informing us about the upcoming events. I look at my friend, her eyes lit up, she spotted something, withing seconds, an expression of disappointment flashes across her face; she saw the date! She won’t be here to see it! What she had seen, I learn as we walk on, is the name of Mariee Sioux; she had caught her on the festival circuit in France and had been charmed by the voice of the songstress from Nevada City in California. She made me promise to go, and not being one to break a deal, I did:

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Mariee Sioux

 Alone with a guitar, on the stage that usually looks so tiny, but not that night, she sang the tales of some fantastical kingdom in a land far far away. It had been a while since I had listened to folk music but I was enchanted by her voice, so calm and pure, and her whimsical lyrics.

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She performed a few titles, including Burried In Teeth, Two Tongues and my personal favourite Flowers And Blood.

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I will not say anymore because I think she is one to be discovered, I will just leave you with the wise words that we found on the wall of the smoking den outside:

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Sorry you weren't here Emile! ;0(

 

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