Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Write Me Stories...

Too many bands to list in the top header bit, so here they are listed alphabetically. Start from the bottom of the 'blog' and read upwards to read them all in chronological order if you wish. Actually, you may have to click the names of the individual stories from years gone back, as I'm not sure how to have them all shown/readable easily!
159 stories, 11 years, and (slowly) counting.. A Hawk And A Hacksaw, Adem, Amina/Amiina, Antarctica Takes It!,The Arcade Fire, Andrew Bird, Benni Hemm Hemm, Bodebrixen, Breathe Owl Breathe, Broken Twin, Calexico, Bodies Of Water, Braids, Nadine Carina, Choir Of Young Believers, Adrian Crowley, Chris T-T, Clem Snide, Darren Hayman, Dear Reader, Dillon, The Divine Comedy, Dresden Dolls, Eels, Efterklang, Eleanoora Rosenholm, Explosions In The Sky, The Flaming Lips, Fog, Fol Chen, Ben Folds, Lyla Foy (Wall), Freschard, Fujiya & Miyagi, George Thomas And The Owls, Get Well Soon, Laura Gibson, Gemma Hayes, Hjaltalín, Hope Of The States, Husky Rescue, Hymns From Nineveh, Ichi, I'm From Barcelona, Denis Jones, Jens Lekman, Jack Lewis, Jeffrey Lewis, Little Scream, Loney Dear, The Magnetic Fields, Jo Mango, Laura J Martin, Misty's Big Adventure, Anaïs Mitchell, The Moldy Peaches, Musée Mécanique, Neverest Songs, Linn Öberg, Ohbijou, Owen Pallett, Pascal Pinon, The Polyphonic Spree, Ramona Cordova, Rauelsson, The Real Tuesday Weld, Seabear, Shearwater, The Silent League, Sleep Party People, St. Thomas, St. Vincent, DM Stith, Sufjan Stevens, Suburban Kids With Biblical Names, Thinguma*jigsaw, Thus Owls, Shugo Tokumaru, tUnE-yArDs, Tunng, Stuart Warwick, Emily Wells, Why?, Windmill, Woodpecker Wooliams, The Young Republic.


Thus Owls - Erika Angell

 Ace Hotel, London, March 4th 2014 

Oh, I've just realised that Thus:Owls no longer have the colon in their name. First Loney, dear get rid of their comma, and now this! Anyway, Thus(:)Owls were amazing this evening - I'm eagerly awaiting another gig and for their new album to come out next month. The new songs (played for the first time at this gig apparently) were excellent. They need to play 'Sometimes' next though!

Sunday, January 26, 2014


Freschard - Clémence Freschard

Union Chapel, London, January 18th 2014

But then English was chosen.  There was a tv crew waiting in the wings to interview her afterwards, but the story took precedence!




Freschard - Clémence Freschard

Union Chapel, London, January 18th 2014

Another great Daylight Music lunchtime gig.  An initial attempt in French..

Friday, December 06, 2013

 
Broken Twin - Majke Voss Romme

Servants Jazz Quarters, London, December 5th 2013

Part two. and so here is the Danish story/joke. I'll need to see if I can decipher/translate it at some point. Anyway. Love. This. Band. Cannot wait for their album in the Spring. Is it acceptable to have a 4-track ep as my favourite record of 2013?



 
Broken Twin - Majke Voss Romme

Servants Jazz Quarters, London, December 5th 2013

Oh I love this band/lady. Last.fm informs me I've listened to her four track ep over 100 times this year, it's just perfect. and the fact that they played to less than 30 people seems a bit criminal, but made it very special. She started writing this story, but then said that she couldn't think of the English for a couple of Danish words, so I said that she could write in Danish, as I've had Danish stories before.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


Nadine Carina

Birthdays, London, November 19th 2013

 
Part two.  I asked for a story after the gig, but then had to wait as she packed up her gear, with me wondering if it would be one of those elusive stories which slip by... but all is fine seeing as it was packing up to then be able to rush off to see a gig - that's the kind of priorities I can understand!  I think I remember meaning to investigate Tasseomancy when they were called Ghost Of Bees (I think) a few years ago.  Maybe I should have another listen.  Lovely handwriting!
 
 
 

Nadine Carina

Birthdays, London, November 19th 2013

I'm so pleased to have seen Nadine Carina this evening - one of my favourite and most listened to discoveries this year (along with Broken Twin, who I'll hopefully get a story from next month, fingers crossed...), her self-titled ep is just perfect, and her new ep released yesterday sounds really great too.

Monday, November 18, 2013



Emily Wells

The Ideal Bar - Vega, Copenhagen, November 14th 2013

I went on a mini-break to Copenhagen and found out that Emily Wells would be playing on the night that I arrived. So a quick trip from the airport to the venue got me there with 20 minutes to spare. Excellent venue and performance, and Emily commented on my Kurt Vonnegut t-shirt, saying she was a fan, which was a bit good! Will have to see her in the Lexington in London next month too.

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

 
 
Wall - Lyla Foy

End Of The Road Festival, Dorset/Wiltshire, August 30th 2013

After some manic driving and tent-putting-upping, I managed to catch most of Wall's set at the start of this lovely festival, although I don't think I saw anything from her/their perfect little Shoestring ep. She was pretty lovely anyhow, and wrote this brilliant story after her set. Good luck to the egg!

Sunday, July 14, 2013


Rauelsson - Raúl Pastor Medall

Union Chapel, London, 13th July 2013

Rauelsson was a very nice discovery! Lovely laptop and piano sounds, and seemed like a very nice talkative funny guy (including playing a sound recording of Nils Frahm saying 'mmmm, okay' in a doubtful manner at the start of his set. & I think this is my first story to have the author read it/paraphrase it back to me as soon as he had finished it. Must try and catch him again.

Saturday, June 15, 2013


Husky Rescue - Johanna Kalén

Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London, 10th June 2013

Take two of the story. After she had finished her story, I said how much I loved the gig and had been listening to the new album lots. She replied to say she had just got their new album on vinyl, so was very excited. She asked about my stories, so I told her how many I had/and that I had a few in foreign languages now. She asked if I'd translated them, but mostly the handwriting/strange letters are a bit tricky. She then rather sweetly said thank you for letting her be a part of it!
Although here is an attempt of a translation of this story:

shoes, a Native American girl thought they were like a egos blindfolded for your feet. said he threw out judgment and now she dances barefoot on mother earth ... and the shoes they have walked on stayed alive to see the world.
Snipp snapping shut said was the tale end





Husky Rescue - Johanna Kalén

Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London, 10th June 2013

I hadn't seen Husky Rescue live before, so didn't get to see them with their previous singer, but their current singer was rather ace. I asked her for a story, and she seemed a bit taken aback, and asked me what it should be about, if it had to be in English. I said Swedish was fine. She also mentioned about not knowing where her shoes were. But before starting the story, she had a big queue of people arrive to give their praise/ask for signed setlists and cds and tickets and such. Afterwards, she was ready to start, but said that she had now lost her idea about what to write. I suggested that she write about what happened to her shoes, but she just exclaimed 'I don't know what happened to them!'. She then started the story, but after a short while, she crossed it out, and turned the card over, saying that if she continued with that story then it would go on forever.


Bodebrixen - Magnus Jochumsen

Buffalo Bar, London, 4th June 2013

I turned up just before their headline set, and was shocked to see only eight other people in the audience (although it did increase to twelve). It didn't seem to bother them though, and they still played a great gig (and at the Windmill a couple of days later). I gave both Mr Bode and Mr Brixen a card for a story to write, and they briefly went backstage, but then just came out and started talking to other folk. But unbeknownst to me, they had got their percussionist to write the story instead, about their first gig in London(I think. The first time I saw them in 2009 anyhow).

Thursday, May 30, 2013


Pascal Pinon - Ásthildur Ákadóttir

Hoxton Bar & Grill, London, 29th May 2013

Something about a pretty lady!



Pascal Pinon - Ásthildur Ákadóttir

Hoxton Bar & Grill, London, 29th May 2013

Ásthildur asked whether the story had to be in English, but I said that Icelandic was fine also. & so I now have my 7th story in Icelandic (along with some Danish, Swedish and French stories I think). I'd originally given her a pen which didn't work, oops, hence the scribbles...




Pascal Pinon - Jófríður Ákadóttir

Hoxton Bar & Grill, London, 29th May 2013

THE TRAGEDY AT THE BORDER! Last.fm informs me that Pascal Pinon have been my second most listened to band in the past 12 months. Their latest album is lovely, and great to finally hear the songs sung in live setting. Jófríður (if I have the names the right way around) was a delightfully amusing/sweet person on stage too. Ooh, this story is my 150th one!

Saturday, December 01, 2012

 
Gemma Hayes

Bush Hall, London, December 1st 2012

It's been a month shy of 11 years from when I bought her first ep (from the old defunct (I assume) shop MVC), and I've finally gotten around to seeing her live.  Must be some kind of record for me.  Her first album was always on repeat in 2002, and so is her new one this year, although I somehow skipped the inbetween albums. A beautiful gig.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

 
Jo Mango

Union Chapel, London, November 25th 2012

A story to snort at!
 
 
Jo Mango

Union Chapel, London, November 25th 2012

Lovely Daylight Session set from Miss Mango. & a phone call from Adem whilst she was on stage as well.

Monday, October 22, 2012

 
Dillon
Hoxton Bar & Grill, London, October 21st 2012

Was very pleased to see her after not being able to see her gig in May - and she was great, even with her voice disappearing at points. She asked if the story could be short, and I said that it could be very short. I then gushed my love for her music and went on my way.

 
Linn Öberg

12 Bar Club, London, 11th October 2012

Popped along to see Linn do an early support set at the 12 Bar Club, and was one of only 6 (it swelled to 8 by the end!) people to watch her lovely set. She didn't seem to confident in writing a story in English, so I said that Swedish was fine. Just need to decipher it now...

Monday, September 10, 2012

Ichi

Northampton Square Bandstand, London, September 9th 2012

I have no idea how to describe this Japanese chap. He comes on stage on stilts playing his music, uses one of his stilts as a banjo thing, uses a ping pong ball and bat, steel drum with ping pong ball and water, traffic cone, alarm clock, and a blown-up balloon to deflate and play a trumpet... After I asked him to write a story, he thought for a bit and wrote his sentence, then apologised and said that his English wasn't very good, and so stopped there. Not that he needed to say anything else!


Woodpecker Wooliams - Gemma Williams

Northampton Square Bandstand, London, September 9th 2012

Lovely story! Poignant with a nice funny twist at the end! (maybe not funny for grandma though)
 
 
Woodpecker Wooliams - Gemma Williams

Northampton Square Bandstand, London, September 9th 2012

My first story in almost a year! After quickly checking whether it should be fictional or real, Miss W wrote this story.

Friday, September 16, 2011




tUnE-yArDs - Merrill Garbus

Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London, September 16th 2011

This lady is just so awesome live. Lovely relatively small gig for them too. She was also one of those strange people who weren't perturbed at a story request, and afterwards when she handed it to me she said 'That is a weird story', and then kindly asked my name! Simple pleasures for me.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011



Sleep Party People - Brian Batz

Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London, September 14th 2011

Interesting exciting tidbit - just before their gig tonight, Sleep Party People were in near heartbreak as they were about to go on stage, but they didn't have their bunny masks (and have never done a gig without them). The masks had been left at last night's venue, but a cab had been sent to hopefully retrieve them.
The bunny masks arrived with minutes to spare, as they were setting up their instruments on stage. It could almost be made into a movie!





Sleep Party People - Brian Batz

Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London, September 14th 2011

This was a story collection of many parts! After having loved Sleep Party People for almost a year, they finally came over from Denmark to the UK. I saw them at the Lexington two nights before this gig, and asked for a story afterwards, but Brian was still selling cds after, and asked if I could wait - I said that I'd come back the next day as I would be at that gig too. So the next day/gig at Brixton Windmill came, but the story was misplaced, but written. But I finally collected the story at the third SPP gig tonight. Huzzah!



Little Scream - Laurel Sprengelmeyer

Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London, September 14th 2011

I am pretty sure I've seen Deliverance, although truth be told, I mostly only remember the piss-take of it in Father Ted...
Nice story!




Little Scream - Laurel Sprengelmeyer

Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London, September 14th 2011

Little Scream are pretty cool! Lovely album, and really great live show, but more rocky (no piano/twinkly bits) than their album. I caught Laurel after their set, she asked my name, then set off on her story'ness!

Sunday, September 04, 2011



Laura J Martin

Union Chapel, London, September 3rd 2011

I'm pretty certain that Laura's the only person that has responded to my story request with the words/exclamation 'Holy Moses!'. It will probably remain that way.





Laura J Martin

Union Chapel, London, September 3rd 2011

Like Stuart, Laura did some cool music loopery on stage. Good ol' loops. Although she also did some cool flute tooting, with some awesome music backing it up.



Stuart Warwick

Union Chapel, London, September 3rd 2011

After a couple of months break, some more stories! Today's free Daylight Music gig was a day of discovery for me - two new acts for me to discover and love, and one new act who I only realised shortly beforehand was a band that I already loved under a different name (Function, now called Outshine Family) - although unfortunately I didn't get to see him afterwards.
Anyway, Stuart Warwick was very impressive. & quite amusing too - announcing the next song, he said: "It would be inappropriate to dedicate this next song to God, so I won't. It's called 'Man With A Pussy'" & some more Goddery in his story too. I bought the album at the same time as getting a story, and am very much enjoying it!

Sunday, June 26, 2011



Breathe Owl Breathe - Trevor Hobbs

La Flèche d'or, Paris, June 25th 2011

& now this awesome story! It was Trevor's birthday on the day of the gig, and I gave him the card to write his story after their performance, and he came back with this detailed drawing not too long later.
I just need to add again how ace all three of the band were, and fingers crossed they'll make it over to the UK some day soon! Utterly amazing live band too.



Breathe Owl Breathe - Micah Middaugh

La Flèche d'or, Paris, June 25th 2011

and here's the setlist! Mostly. They played Run Off as the second song (woo!), so I'm not sure what the original second song/drawing is meant to be though. I don't think they played Boat (which I assume the boat drawing is there for), but I do remember them playing Parrots In The Tropical Trees, but I was having too much fun to really remember.




Breathe Owl Breathe - Micah Middaugh

La Flèche d'or, Paris, June 25th 2011

More cool drawing'age! Micah popped over to see me again whilst the band before them were playing, and said that he was still writing the story and was also writing/drawing a setlist on the other side too. I then asked whether they would be playing (or could play) Run Off, as it was my first song of theirs that I loved, and perhaps a contender for my favourite song. He said that they hadn't played it in quite a while, and he would have to remember how it went - and then he popped off to go get Trevor and his guitar, and disappeared elsewhere, presumably to practise the song!



Breathe Owl Breathe - Andréa Moreno-Beals

La Flèche d'or, Paris, June 25th 2011

I spoke to the band before they played, and asked for stories, and Andréa and Micah both took a card each, to come back with me later. This picture/story is just stunning!




Breathe Owl Breathe - Andréa Moreno-Beals

La Flèche d'or, Paris, June 25th 2011

Breathe Owl Breathe announced a few random dates in Ireland and Europe a few weeks ago, but none in the UK. Seeing as I never thought they'd come over this way at all, I decided to travel from London to Paris just to see them (via coach - which was nice and cheap, but so so long!). It was definitely worth it, and they were super lovely folk!

Friday, May 27, 2011




Eleanoora Rosenholm - Noora Tommila

The Lexington, London, May 26th 2011

The Lexington continues its story-haul! My 300th gig (according to Songkick anyhow), and the 1st London gig for the Finnish band Eleanoora Rosenholm. Noora is a cool looking pixie-esque character, and looked at me in a confused 'are you sure?' type manner after I asked for a story (more people should do this!), and then asked if it should be in English, but I said she could write it in Finnish if she preferred. She then gave me one funny final perculiar look before writing the story, and voila!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011



Braids - Raphaelle Standell-Preston

The Lexington, London, May 24th 2011

Fact fans: Only the second story to be written on two different pieces of card (instead of the reverse side of the same card). Fascinating... In other fascinating news, I'm quite happily looking forward to seeing them live again the next time they come back!





Braids - Raphaelle Standell-Preston

The Lexington, London, May 24th 2011

Managed to ask Raphaelle for a story after their gig finished, and so she sat down on the stage and wrote away! She seemed very lovely in person and in voice!

Friday, April 29, 2011



Hymns From Nineveh - Jonas H. Petersen

The Lexington, London, April 28th 2011

Hymns From Nineveh were very good (they're from Denmark, which is always a good start!), and whilst on stage you could tell that the main chap, Jonas, seemed utterly pleased that they were playing in London - lovely to watch!




Hymns From Nineveh - Jonas H. Petersen

The Lexington, London, April 28th 2011

Wow, I'm a story ahead of my story-a-month-challenge now!
Was a strange/fun start to this gig, on account of me winning a wedding cake in a competition for it, and then posing for various photos. But all very good, thank you Ja Ja Ja folk!

Saturday, April 09, 2011



Shugo Tokumaru

Cafe Oto, London, April 6th 2011

My lightning pace of a story a month continues!
It was a great gig by Shugo and his band, and I eventually managed to catch him after the gig, although sort of expecting him to not really understand my request in English, but he seemed quite fine with it! I also said that he could write it in Japanese if he preferred. He took the card, and started writing a story, using the piano as a table. But then other pesky fans came along and interrupted him from his important story writing. This went on for a while, and he seemed to forget about the story and started packing up his stuff, so I slunk over the piano and picked up the story card, which had a line of Japanese characters written on it. I expected that I would leave it at that, but decided to go over to him again when he was alone later, and asked if the story was finished or if it just said something like 'Once Upon A Time', to which he laughed and said it did say 'Once Upon A Time' (is this truee??), and then he scribbled his name and the date down too. He was a super lovely chap!

Sunday, March 20, 2011



Darren Hayman

Nettleford Hall, London, March 19th 2011


I managed to catch Darren downstairs after his set at the Read And Shout save libraries gig day, and asked him for a story. He said sure, but he was about to go on stage to sing a song with A Little Orchestra, and so he took the card and said that he'd try to write it later. Previous experience of such story promises from other folk didn't leave me too hopeful, but later on I went back downstairs to get some drinks and as luck would have it Darren came walking the other direction and spotted me and said 'Was it you?', I said yes, he then pulled out the story from an inside pocket and handed it to me and carried on walking on his way without missing a beat! I was quite pleased to say the least.
and whilst I'm here, here's a Darren song/video written and recorded in January - I'm the dancing pig (although my favourite is the little kid at 3 minutes 14): http://vimeo.com/18602649

Tuesday, February 22, 2011




Owen Pallett

Muziekgebouw, Eindhoven, February 18th 2011

I travelled over to The Netherlands by train to see three of the Cross-Linx festivals. The line-up of The National, Efterklang, and Owen Pallett was too hard to resist. Owen was stunning, and definitely someone I could watch for nights on end without getting bored. I caught him after all the bands had finished, told him how much I loved his set, and then asked for a story, to which he agreed without batting an eyelid. Hope he comes back to London again soon.

Sunday, January 23, 2011



Anaïs Mitchell

The Slaughtered Lamb, London, January 23rd 2011

This wasn't a proper gig as such, but a Q&A event where folk asked Anais about Hadestown, plus she then sung some songs in between as well. The full band version of Hadestown will be at Union Chapel in two days time, which I am eagerly awaiting.
Anyhow, I waited for all the other folk to get their signatures out of the way, so as to not hold anyone up, then went asked for my story. She asked me my name, and then started writing. At one point she paused and looked up and at smiled at me, so I then quickly looked away so that she could continue her undressing me with her eyes (probably). Although she was obviously just undressing my soul.




Anaïs Mitchell

The Slaughtered Lamb, London, January 23rd 2011

Continuing my frequent story collection, here is my first one in a fair few months. But a better way of looking at it is that I've got a story every single month of this year so far...

Sunday, July 25, 2010



Antarctica Takes It!- Maria Schoettler

The Luminaire, London, July 21st 2010

Tis a nice story! Maria is surely almost at the ancient age of 25 now, if lucky. Ancient!





Antarctica Takes It!- Maria Schoettler

The Luminaire, London, July 21st 2010

Maria also came along whilst Dylan was writing, and so I pounced on her too.





Antarctica Takes It!- Tyler Martin

The Luminaire, London, July 21st 2010

It's always good not getting killed. Especially if you can get to bop about on stage very happily and have longer hair than me.





Antarctica Takes It!- Tyler Martin

The Luminaire, London, July 21st 2010

Tyler came over as Dylan was writing, and when asked for a story he asked if he could write about a traffic accident he was in. & so!





Antarctica Takes It!- Dylan McKeever

The Luminaire, London, July 21st 2010

ATI! are sort of my only vague impression on the music industry type world - a few years ago I requested Ian to play a song of theirs at his How Does It Feel night. He really liked, and then signed them and released their album in the UK! So it meant that I could finally get and own their first album, after having just played 4 songs of theirs repeatedly that I had downloaded from the interweb.
Dylan, the main chap of Antarctica, was another one of those strange oddities who was willing to write something straight away without any explanation.