Happy Bastille Day!
Remember: Pas de pitié pour les croissants.
Portrait by Pete Fowler
On our way back from a warm night in Colchester, we dropped into the Independent Label Market in Spitalfields to take a look.
Pete Fowler was manning a stall with Tim Burgess and we couldn’t miss the chance to get Pete to draw our band portrait! Best £10 we ever spent?
The New York Times takes a look at smooth jazz, a phenomenon that didn’t really make it to the UK, and comes to the rather astute conclusion that it’s yacht rock without the vocals or critical cachet.
Smooth jazz began in the 1980s as a hugely successful radio format. It persists — and even thrives — as a musical accompaniment to themed boat voyages. On this week’s Popcast, Nate Chinen and Ben Ratliff assess to what extent it is also music, with new albums by BWB and Dave Koz at hand.
"Some ex-cons", Revenge Of The Ninja (1983).
Also playing are Antigen artists Sealionwoman and Robin Alderton (Dead Rat Orchestra) and Doomsday Apocalypse Special. It’s set to be an evening of noise, jazz and experimental sounds.
And did I mention that it’s free?
If you’re in Colchester, do check out the rest of the festival to support your local art scene.