More Gig Pics

White Town sitting ar... er.. ROCKING!

I’m assuming these pics were taken by the two lads running round with the SLR and flash unit. It looked they were triggering it manually rather than wirelessly. If that’s so, I salute you for combination of insane genius and obvious photography skillz.

UPDATE!—————————–

Yesterday, I got the following email:

From: Isak Berglund : isak@dunder.net

Dear Jyoti,

I saw the post on your Groink blog about the rest of the gig pics from Cosy Den, and I can confirm the fact that they were shot with a manually triggered flash, as I was the guy pushing the camera trigger. :-)

It’s called the ‘Isak-is-very-drunk-and-get-insane-ideas” technique, and consists of me choosing a long exposure time, pressing the shutter release and at the same time shouting and kicking wildly at my personal flash slave Daniel, who triggers the flash light.

There are actually a few more shots from that night if you haven’t had enough, at http://dunder.net/cosy, together with ones from previous Cosy Dens I’ve attended with a camera. Hope you enjoyed my photos.

Oh, and by the way, THANK YOU for your wonderful, delightful, extraordinary concert! I’m not exaggerating, you were great! Hope to see you perform again some time.
Cheers,
Isak

What a lovely chap! And, as I suggested, a photographic maverick and innovator. Surely the ‘kick the bloke with the flash’ method is something that should be patented?

Please follow the link in the email to Isak’s photo site, there’s some great pics of earlier gigs as well of photos of me looking like an inquisitive bear:

Bear Jyoti

And with a cruelly deformed bonce:

Jyoti Madhead

Yet another marvellous Swede! What is in the water over there, eh?

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November 9, 2005. posted by Jyoti. News.

Gig Pics

White Town Live

Keyvan has got his gig pics from Cosy Den up now, plus a couple from where we were staying. One of them where I think you can tell my extreme back pain hard worn me down by then…

Click here for the pics!

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November 8, 2005. posted by Jyoti. News.

White Town Swedish Gigs

A Swedish Indie Kid, earlier this week
A Swedie Indish kid earlier today

Last weekend I played live for the first time since January 1994.

With the help of Rich and Rob, White Town played at Cosy Den on Saturday and then Halmstad Rockstugan on Sunday.

The gigs were amazing. Life-changing, for me. I met so many wonderful people in Sweden. Here’s a few off the top of my head: Mattias, Åsa, Ville, Johann, Hannah, Mårten, Marie, Tommy, Julius, Rickard, Stefan, David, Tobias, Morten, Emma and so, so many more. Apologies if I left out or mis-spelled your name, I’ve only been home a few hours and my head is still spinning from the experience.

Both gigs were beautiful in different ways. There were far fewer people in Halmstad but they listened just as intently as the bigger crowd in Gothenburg. And they all got up and danced when I played ‘Your Woman!’ :-) Top marks to the young lovers at the back who were making out all the way through the Halmstad gig, you distracted me a bit but you were very sweet.

The Cosy Den crowd also made me feel totally welcome and loved. It was the best kind of gig a singer-songwriter could play: I could see that people were listening and so I could sing every line completely at them. When Anton Gustavsson interviewed me months ago, this was exactly the kind of gig I said I wanted to play.

The indie scene in Sweden is incredibly vibrant and diverse. Whereas British indie is still gripped by the cold, dead hands of post-hardcore, emo and dreadful “challenging” experimental music, Swedish indie bands are actually out there writing pop songs about their lives and experiences. I was lucky enough to play with Vapnet, Agent Simple and Great Days and they all blew most of our “scene” bands out of the water. You should have seen Vapnet whip the crowd into a frenzy, it was magnificent! It was Great Days first gig in Halmstad but you wouldn’t have known it, they had just the right balance of fragility and humour. And as for Agent Simple… well, Stefan and his cohorts just know how to rock and how to write immensely catchy pop songs. Perhaps we need to get these bands over to Britain to teach us what great pop music is all about, eh? It seems we’ve forgotten somewhere in the gale of shouty nonsense we’ve been enduring lately…

Now I’m home, the shock of the gigs is beginning to percolate through me. I’ll vent all that on Bzangy rather than here since a lot of it is non-White Town rambling.

I’m now going to send out feelers to see if there’s anything like the Swedish scene over here in Britain or other parts of Europe. If there is, I’ll go and play gigs (if they want me). I’m looking for nights and scenes where there’s a real love of pop songs, of singing about real life rather than fantasy and where politics isn’t something to be sneered at. I’m looking for people who are unafraid to show they care.

In Sweden I met many lovely people and had many great arguments / discussions about Andrea Dworkin, Felt, Finnish music, Gramsci, Rodney P, straight edge, McCarthy, singing in Swedish or English, socialism, sexism and sexuality… It was like a dream for a gobshite like me, being surrounded by these passionate, educated, erudite people. There simply wasn’t enough time to talk! God, it was good to talk about politics with music fans again. And here they are, expounding their perspectives perfectly lucidly in an un-native tongue. I couldn’t even say, ‘Talar du engelska?’ and be understood properly… :-(

Thank you, Swedie indie kids for making an old man very happy and making me feel a bit less of an isolated freak.

I LOVE YOU ALL! :-)

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November 3, 2005. posted by Jyoti. News.

Last.fm

I was going to try and post loads of music reviews here or on Bzangy but, what with the album and remixes on the go, I haven’t had the chance to post as much as I’d like.

So, instead of me rambling on, just pop over to Last.fm and you can see what I’ve been listening to. While you’re there, you might as well join up and get scrobbling yourself. :-)

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September 12, 2005. posted by Jyoti. News.

Album Update

As you may know, I’ve been a bit poorly the last couple of days so I haven’t been doing much recording.

In a way, it’s been good to have a break. When you’ve listened to the same track for thirteen hours in one day, it’s highly likely you lose perspective.

Eye permitting, I’m going to start work again tomorrow and also catch up with the Matthew Rozeik remix which is still waiting, tapping its finger impatiently.

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August 9, 2005. posted by Jyoti. News.

More Tweaks!

I’m afraid I just can’t leave the site alone, now that it’s so easy to change the appearance via WordPress‘ themes. It truly is a piece of piss!

Have a look at the WordPress Theme Browser and you’ll find the original theme, Fresh Bananas. As you can see, I’ve tweaked it a bit to give a classic, 1989 White Town feel. :-)

I’ve also added a new section, Detailed Discography, which does pretty much what you expect. It’s not completely complete as yet but it will be. I’ve lost track of all the compilations I’ve had tracks on… maybe I should put them in a different section?

I broke the Guestbook as usual and Keyvan had to fix it. I’ll promise I won’t tinker with it again for a while, Keyvan!

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August 9, 2005. posted by Jyoti. News.

Sore Ears!

The last three days, I’ve been holed-up in my studio, working on tracks for the new album.

My ears are very sore. And knackered. The TV has started to sound strange to me and I’m listening to adverts thinking, ‘oooh, they need 1.2dB more at around 5.7KHz…’

I’m currently having a nice cup of tea and letting my wilting ears recover a bit. Back into the breach soon!

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July 25, 2005. posted by Jyoti. News.

Matthew Rozeik

I’m currently working on a remix for Matthew Rozeik. It’s the most electronicky source material I’ve ever had for a remix so it’ll be a challenge for me. Usually, I’m taking a rock/indie band and doing electronic things to them – this time, who knows?

Hmmm… maybe I’ll do a paper and comb version?

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July 25, 2005. posted by Jyoti. News.

Plans And Apologies New Website

Plans And Apologies

I first saw Plans And Apologies when I moved back to Derby in 2002. They shambled onto stage, turned their backs to the audience and played a set of amazing pop songs. Even more amazing because they all appeared to be around 12 years old.

Three years later, their songs are even better, they’re less shy so they look at the audience and they’re even more gorgeous.

If you’re a fan of pop music, you’ll love P&A, they’ve got killer melodies coupled with remarkable twiddly bits. And Dave sings in a proper Derby accent! Yaaay!

Click here to visit their sparkly new website!

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July 15, 2005. posted by Jyoti. News.

Tyler James Covers ‘Your Woman’

Tyler James

That’s Tyler James above – handsome bugger, eh?

Here’s what he has to say about his cover version of ‘Your Woman.’

Tell us about the single. It’s a cover, isn’t it?

T.J.: ‘Your Woman’ – originally by White Town. I just finished filming the video this week.

Why that song?

T.J.: I loved it when I was growing up. It was out when I was about eleven or twelve and it’s a song that’s always stayed with me. I’ve always loved the sample. I did try adapting the lyrics but decided in the end to stick with the original. It’s just got something about it.
(Source: Glastonbury Festival )

Click here to have a look at Tyler James’ website – I can’t see it because I’ve sworn off the evil known as Flash and there isn’t a non-Flash version :-(

I haven’t heard the cover yet but I’m immensely flattered that he’s chosen to cover one of my songs. I look forward to hearing him sing:

“so much for all your highbrow, Marxist ways…”

I guess this means I’ll get another slew of puzzled emails asking whether I’m gay / a woman / a commie / a gay, commie woman…

Just in case you’re wondering what the hell that song is about, have a look here.

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June 29, 2005. posted by Jyoti. News.

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