Saturday, September 24, 2005

Diary Arrears

Well, if you're sitting in front of a computer on a sunny Saturday afternoon in September, you're clearly in need of some ideas as to what do with yourself. The good news is that, with the students soon to get their filthy hands on their grant money, there's really no shortage and no excuses.

So here we go with Dead Kenny's cut-and-paste cultural diary for this autumn in the UK. And yes, you're allowed to take notes -

Sept 24 (tonight) The second series of Jed Mercurio's fine hospital drama Bodies starts on BBC2.

Sept 26 - Sin City and The Edukators out on R2 DVD to buy or rent.

Also on this date Battle release their brilliant second single 'Demons' (you can stream the video from their official site). Parallax View Single Of The Week for next week, obviously.

Sept 27 - Weirdo popsters The Research play Birmingham Bar Academy, with highly-rated Piskie Sits in support.

Sept 30 - David Cronenberg's A History Of Violence opens nationwide (following selected preview showings this weekend). Surreal French boarding-school drama Innocence opens in London.

Also on this date Dogs play Birmingham Barfly.

Oct 1 - The Fall embark on their biggest UK tour in recent memory, ahead of the release a few days later of their new album Fall Heads Roll on Slogan Records.

Oct 3 - Britain's Best Pop Band Ever (TM) Ladytron release their long-awaited third album (and first for Island Records) 'Witching Hour'.

Oct 5 - Art Brut bring their eccentric shouty sideshow to Brum Bar Academy, with The Hot Puppies in support.

Oct 7 - The seven-year itch is over as Bret Easton Ellis' Lunar Park is finally published in the UK.

This is also the date for the rearranged Strange Time/Sinistra gig downstairs at Scruffy Murphy's in Birmingham (3 mins. walk under the bridge from Bar Academy).

Oct 10 - Ladytron's UK tour reaches Birmingham Academy 2.

Oct 14 - opening night for the Carling Academy in Newcastle. Sunderland nuisances The Futureheads play to a sell-out crowd.

Oct 17 - With Love And Squalor the debut album from We Are Scientists gets its UK release. Noisy enough for the metal kids, tuneful enough to appeal to indie fans and with enough dark, dry humour to appeal to twisted folk everywhere, they could be this season's breakthrough alternative act.

Oct 26 - The Fall tour reaches Wolves Wulfrun Hall. John Cooper-Clarke is in support (he was big news back in the days you never saw a nipple in the Daily Express). You could decide not to go, but don't expect anyone to ever take you seriously again. Ever.

Oct 28 - Kate Bush's first new single in eleven years King Of The Mountain hits the shelves. Heard this for the first time last night on Roundtable on 6Music, sounded relatively straightforward by Kate's standards, but it's lovely to have her back.

Nov 1 - The Possibility Of An Island by Michel Houellebecq is published in the UK. Dead Kenny is liking what he's read of it so far.

Nov 7 - Be prepared to receive Kate Bush's comeback album Aerial. It's a double album, as well. Peace breaks out etc.

Nov 12 - Inspired double-bill of Sleater-Kinney and The Constantines play Leeds Cockpit tonight. I predict a riot of tunefulness.

OK that's yer lot, as Dead Kenny's crystal balls have dropped, right on his big toe and it hurts almost as much as the staggering hypocrisy of the fashion industry. Have a good weekend. We'll be asking questions later.



Blogger Ben said...

Shame the StrangeTime gig's been rearranged for the 7th - I think Alison's planning a party for that night. That said, I might well be able to pop across for part of the evening.

Quite tempted by that Fall gig too - if it's not sold out already.

4:22 PM  
Blogger Dead Kenny said...

Ben, Dead Kenny's busy schedule sees him in Berkshire on the 7th, so unless things change I'm not going to be able to make the rearranged StrangeTime/Sinistra double-header either.

While I'd like to think we're in a world where The Fall and JCC would sell-out the Wulfrun in double-quick time I reckon we're safe for a few weeks yet!

9:04 PM  

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