save london treasure.

it is a bit out of our price range at £3500 per day, but chickfactor would like to have its next big fancy event at wiltons music hall, a gem of a venue just steps away from the lovely tower bridge. this recent news item stated that it is also on the list of the top 100 most endangered places, so you rich people should send a cheque to them pronto to ensure restoration begins immediately.

leonard cohen.

it took me a long time to come around to liking leonard cohen. thanks to peter momtchiloff for buying me an LC record long after I had kind of given up on him. I recently watched this documentary slash tribute show and it is worth seeing if you’re a fan, despite some overwrought performances from mcgarrigle/wainwright family members, some estrogen-fuelled singers I didn’t recognize but whose performances seem to go on…. and on……., and was it a bad dream or was that awful antony singing an LC song? and of course there was U2, the early 80s band that will not die, really kissing lenny’s ass. there were some lovely performances too, particularly anything that nick cave does, natch. (btw, here is a nice piece that will self wrote about nick cave) but in the end I think this documentary proves one thing: hearing your idols ramble on about themselves does not necessarily make them more interesting.

gingerism begins at home.

my best friend in high school was a natural redhead who never had any trouble from anyone. in fact, the boys seemed to love sheila! we just do not have the problem of gingerism in america. first, we just call them redheads. the only ginger we knew growing up was the one from gilligan’s island and she was by all accounts pretty sexy. I don’t get the whole ginger thing here, but I guess it is just down to bullies in school latching on to another group to torture.


frankly, I don’t know why they need to have these big punk exhibitions in art galleries and charge eight pounds to get in when you can just go to camden for free and see the real-life keepers of the punk flame. if anyone is rich and silly enough to go to the barbican (and what a shame that there is nothing much going on there these days apart from films), check out morrissey’s bff and mancunian scenester linder, who is performing there soon.

girls rock! uk holds its first ladies rock! weekend.

girls rock! uk is holding its first ladies rock! weekend on 17-19 august 2007 at the lambeth women’s project, london. women aged 18 and over will learn instruments, form bands, write songs and play a gig in a real rock venue – in just 72 hours! the first girls rock! uk weekend for girls and young women aged 8-18 will be held at the same venue in summer 2008. ladies rock! weekend will offer lessons in drums, guitar, bass, keyboards and vocals and not be limited to rock’n’roll. self-defence classes and workshops will be included in the program. no prior musical experience is required and all equipment will be provided. registration for attendees is now open, see here for details. places will cost £50 and a limited number of places are available free of charge for those unable to pay the fee. the deadline for applications is 20 july. volunteers are also welcome. the weekend is run by women for women and is trans-inclusive. girls rock! uk is a non-profit organisation that encourages, engages and showcases the musical, artistic and individual talents of girls and young women aged 8-18. girls rock! uk provides girls and young women with the opportunity to become self-reliant, confident, creative women who know that their voices have a right to be heard, regardless of their age, class, size, abilities, sexuality, gender identification, religion, ethnicity, race or experience. girls rock! uk is a member of the international rock’n’roll camp for girls alliance. for more information click here. for more information about girls rock! uk including attending or volunteering or to arrange an interview please contact rebecca kemp on 07799 397727 or
new website is up!

spitz = spatz.

the spitz is one of those london institutions that you cannot avoid. the venue itself is hotter than hades, even in the dead of winter, and no civilised person should be forced to watch music in such conditions. and yet, there I have been a zillion times, watching many bands, over and over, or more likely sitting in the outdoor café avoiding the upstairs heat or the lame opening act. the food is prohibitively expensive and mediocre. there is always one bartender with whom no one can make eye contact because there are 30 people waiting to get his attention. still, I have had an odd fondness for the silly place because of its location in my old neighbourhood of spitalfields in the old spitalfields market, which is slowly and sadly melting away, so that new chain stores can be opened up in a vast shopping centre for yuppie city workers who probably commute in every day from tunbridge wells. anyway, the spitz is dying, or at the very least relocating (from the looks of it, being paid off to relocate) so you might want to go there one last time and sweat your head off while watching a band this summer.