I was planning to fill you in on New Year. I can’t be arsed. I’m so bored of talking about it. It was alright.
We made a last minute decision to go to 93 Feet East. I always give the place the benefit of the doubt as I’ve had some great times in there over the years, but it’s not been great for quite a while now.
Since the Spitalfields regeneration and the gradual movement of the high street into the area, the bars have inevitably taken a massive nose dive. They give it a good crack bless ’em with the nights they put on, but unfortunately shops and restaurants set the tone for an area and there’s no getting away from the fact that around Brick Lane it’s fast becoming just another boring high street.
People who think All Saints is an anywhere near a credible brand, and eating in Giraffe isn’t just something you do if you can’t be bothered to walk anywhere else, well, they’re not the sort of folk who are going to be creating a good vibe for your evenings entertainment are they? How many interesting people do you know who have ram skulls on their jumpers?……the answer to that is none…..if you think you do then I’m sorry to break it to you, but you’re wrong. Nice, friendly and a laugh they may be, but interesting they ain’t. Superficial? You bet.
Anyway. That’s not what I want to talk about. I might do something in more depth on Brick Lane soon, what with the East London line extension on it’s way, there’s going to be alot of social issues surrounding the area in the coming years. There’s going to be some interesting debates to be had. I say debates. I mean me telling you what’s right.
Right then. NYE. We had Wild Beasts and Doves DJ sets. Now, I’m a big fan of Wild Beasts. Their album Two Dancers would be in my top 3 of 2009 and Doves, everyone likes them right? But what’s the deal with bands doing DJ sets now days? It’s got massively out of hand over the past few years.
I’ve got nothing against it if they’re good, but I reckon a good 80% of them really haven’t got a fucking clue. I’m not suggesting they don’t know anything about music, most of them are fairly successful musicians and you don’t get that unless you’ve got some vague musical ability. But there’s alot more to DJ’ing than just playing tunes you like, which is essentially what this lot are doing.
I’m not after technical turntable ability, I couldn’t really care less if you can seamlessly mix a couple of tunes, but the lack of any sort of coherence between one track and the next is just fucking annoying. Don’t build me up with Dirty Projectors one minute and slap me onto the floor with Beyonce the next (I like Beyonce by the way, just not next to experimental Rock). It’s even more annoying to think that they probably get paid a shit load more than someone who’s a million times better but who doesn’t have a ticket selling name.
Worse than band DJ sets, are sets from little arseholes like Peaches fucking Geldoff. Not only does she not have any musical ability, that “musician” Father of hers who made her famous didn’t even have any! I imagine her friends bands are pretty terrible, but if she was at least getting her grubby mitts on early releases and stuff like that you could maybe understand it, but you just know that she’s playing Cindy Lauper in some uber ironic way while trying to muster a smile out of that simpleton meat face of hers.
Oh and by the way, for any jokers out there. I am aware that Doves were formerly Sub Sub (hits include Ain’t no love, ain’t no use) and they have quite a credible DJ history at The Hacienda. I wouldn’t lump them in with the rest if they hadn’t played at least a half of the As Heard on Radio Soulwax album in one hit.
Make sure you listen to the Dirty Projectors tune. It’s ace!