Monday, November 24, 2008

Flyer for our December popshow

just joans flyer

Just a quick post to show you the flyer for our December popshow at The Twisted Wheel, which we're starting to get really excited about. If you're at gigs around Glasgow in the coming month, expect to see me shivering outside handing these out afterwards.

We're still trying to finalise the support bands for The Ballet on 10th January, but as soon as it's all confirmed we'll let you know. I think that regardless of which other bands we manage to get, seeing The Ballet will be one of my highlights of 2009, even if it is only ten days in.

The links on the right under 'Coming Soon' will take you to the event page for each gig on, where you can let us know you're coming along, listen to songs from all the bands and upload your photos or review afterwards if you so choose.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Photos from HMHB 3 - Saturday 15th November

Thanks so much to those of you who made it down to the Duck last night. We had an awesome time, and hopefully you did too. Scroll down for photos of the night, and scroll a bit further for the playlist. Remember, the next Half My Heart Beats will be on Saturday 13th December!

Nevada Base
Nevada Base

Kid Canaveral
Kid Canaveral

Kid Canaveral
Kid Canaveral

Half My Heart Beats 3

Half My Heart Beats 3

Half My Heart Beats 3


Half My Heart Beats 3

Half My Heart Beats 3

Half My Heart Beats 3

Half My Heart Beats 3

Playlist from HMHB 3 - Saturday 15th November

Neutral Milk Hotel - Aeroplane Over The Sea
Jonathan Richman - I Was Dancing In The Lesbian Bar
Fabienne Delsol - Vilaines Filles Mauvais Garcon
The Chiffons - My Boyfriend's Back
Nancy and Lee - Summer Wine
Milky Wimpshake - My Heart Beats Faster Than Techno
Stereolab - Ping Pong
Slow Club - Summer Shakedown

One Happy Island - Earth's Circumference
Jackie DeShannon - Dream Boy
Beach Boys - Darlin'
The Smiths - This Charming Man
Lucky Soul - The Great Unwanted
France Gall - Nous Ne Sommes Pas Anges
Orange Juice - Falling and Laughing
The Lucksmiths - Up With The Sun

Herman Dune - I Wish That I Could See You Soon
Housemartins - Anxious
April March - Laisse Tomber Les Filles
Beach Boys - Wouldn't It Be Nice
Cars Can Be Blue - Sun Blows Up
Guided By Voices - Teenage FBI
Just Joans - Grant Kelly
Talulah Gosh - My Best Friend
Tiger Trap - Puzzle Pieces
Tilly and the Wall - Bad Education
Magnetic Fields - Desert Island
The Primitives - Crash

Razorcuts - I Heart You The First Time
Cars Can Be Blue - Coat Tails
The School - Shoulder
Je Suis Animal - Good To Me
Those Dancing Days - Falling In Fall
Talulah Gosh - Bringing Up Baby
Heavenly - C Is The Heavenly Option
Tender Trap - Talking Backwards
The Crystals - Da Doo Ron Ron
The Smittens - Something Sassy
The Ballet - Corduroy

Orange Juice - Blue Boy
Scotland Yard Gospel Choir - Aspidistra
Shop Assistants - I Don't Want To Be Friends With You
Tullycraft - Wild Bikini
Velocity Girl - Audrey's Eyes
Kirsty MacColl - A New England
Flatmates - Shimmer
The Tammys - Egyptian Shumba
Belle & Sebastian - Le Pastie De La Bourgeoisie
Girls Aloud - The Promise

The Ronettes - Why Don't They Let Us Fall In Love?
Los Campesinos! - Death to Los Campesinos!
The Smiths - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
The Wedding Present - My Favourite Dress
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Everything With You
The Lucksmiths - Good Light
Belle & Sebastian - Another Sunny Day
Vampire Weekend - A-Punk
Felt - Sunlight Bathed The Golden Glow

Camera Obscura - Lloyd, I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken
The Buzzcocks - What Do I Get?
Voxtrot - The Start of Something
Smittens - It's A Saturday
Teenage Fanclub - Ain't That Enough
The Ramones - Blitzkreig Bop
The Pastels - Crawl Babies

Lloyd Cole and the Commotions - Rattlesnakes
The Concretes - Chosen One
The Aislers Set - Hit the Snow
The Field Mice - Emma's House
Camera Obscura - Number One Son
The Shangri-Las - Give Him A Great Big Kiss
Belle & Sebastian - Women's Realm
The Delgados - Girl of Valour
The Magnetic Fields - Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Half My Heart Beats 3/Kid Canveral TONIGHT!

kid nevada poster COLOUR

The day of reckoning is upon us! After what seems like an impossibly long time, the third Half My Heart Beats is tonight. Remember to come down early if you can to see the lovely Kid Canaveral and Nevada Base (doors from 8.30pm approx). Entry is £4 either way, so think of it as a free popshow with dancing afterwards, or the other way around if you prefer.

Both my iPods have packed in, so requests might be a bit more limited than usual on the night but feel free to ask - between me and Lynsey, we should have something you'll like. Even if you don't have a request, do come up and say hi. It gets lonely up there in that booth.

Hope you can make it down tonight!

PS. I'll post a playlist and photos tomorrow, so check back for that.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Ballet at Half My Heart Beats

Greg Goldberg of The Ballet. Photo by Bao Nguyen

Well, it looked like it wasn't going to work out but we're pleased to confirm that one of our favourite bands, The Ballet, are going to be playing a pre-club popshow at Half My Heart Beats on the 10th of January! I worried I'd never get to see this band live, and now they're only going and playing at our club!

If you've never heard The Ballet before, imagine a chunk of Belle & Sebastian, a dollop of Magnetic Fields and a bucketload of sass and you'll be somewhere close to the mark. Their 2006 album, Mattachine!, is one of the best goddamn things I've ever heard. This is going to be a popshow to remember.

Don't forget we've got two incredible popshows between now and then! Kid Canaveral and Nevada Base will be playing from 8pm before Half My Heart Beats this Saturday at The Flying Duck (see the post below for details), and we'll be hosting The Just Joans, The Middle Ones, The Mountain Parade AND Mat Riviere at The Twisted Wheel on the 18th of December.

We've got event pages set up for all three, so if you're coming along do let us know:

Kid Canaveral + Nevada Base

The Just Joans + The Middle Ones + The Mountain Parade + Mat Riviere
The Ballet + guests

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Request for requests

It's only four days until Half My Heart Beats 3, and we're starting to get excited about it. Sorry if the five-week gap since the last night has thrown some of you off - Lynsey said she met some people at the Flying Duck on Saturday night who had come along thinking our night was on. Rest assured that we're out of sequence for this month only, and from December onwards we should be back in the second Saturday of the month slot for the foreseeable future.

The main point of this post is to find out if you've got any requests for Saturday night. We're trying to rejig our playlists this month to hopefully give you something to dance to early on, so any suggestions are welcome. My playlist is coming on nicely, with songs from the new Lucksmiths album and the One Happy Island and Lorimer Sound EPs a certainty! I've also been toying with the idea of doing an Amelia Fletcher triple header - Talulah Gosh, Heavenly and Tender Trap back to back. I don't know about you, but I think that would be awesome. If you'd like to suggest a song by any of those three, do let me know.

Is it too early to give you stats about what we've played after two nights? Probably, but I'm going to anyway. Here are our most-played artists so far:

Equal first (four plays each):
Belle & Sebastian
Camera Obscura
The Hidden Cameras
The Smittens

Equal 2nd (three plays each):
Beat Happening
Jens Lekman
The Aislers Set
The Just Joans
The Lucksmiths

We'll do more blog posts between now and Saturday, so remember to keep checking back.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Remember remember the fifteenth of November

kid nevada poster COLOUR

Well, I was lucky enough to be able to spend last weekend at the Fence Halloween party up in Anstruther, and I had a very jolly time indeed (some might say I had far too jolly a time on the Friday night, but that would be up to them to decide - I didn't lose my cutlass or my eyepatch, so I consider the evening a success). I got to see some amazing live music, and it's proper put me in the mood for a November popshow. I, for one, am really excited at the prospect of some jangly, punky indiepop, and even more excited that it's going to come from Kid Canaveral, who I've been listening to loads over the past few weeks.

Support will come in the form of some lovely electropop from Nevada Base. Hope you can all make it down! Doors are at 9pm and it'll be £4 in for the gig, which will include entry to the club afterwards.