Death In Kettering (Acoustic Version)

Death In Kettering

Hello!

This evening, I was feeling a bit woolly and reflective, remembering how much fun it was to play in Stockholm last week. So I recorded an acoustic version of ‘Death In Kettering’ and I thought I’d share it with you lovely peeps. It’s the sound of me around 8.30pm!

You can hear it and also download the mp3 for free by clicking here.

The track was recorded straight to stereo, no overdubs or studio magix, all I’ve done is EQ it a bit. So it’s a bit rough but quite representative of what I sound like live with just a guitar (ie, a bit rough).

Hope you like it!
love and kisses,
Jyoti

PS – And the original electronic version is available to listen for free or buy here.

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December 14, 2007. posted by Jyoti. Music.

Hej Hej Stockholm!

Jyoti Landet
Photo by Mattias Cosy Den

Last week, I played at Landet, Stockholm.

And it was excellent!

The gig was organised by Cosy Den (thank you, Mattias!) and I again had the privilege of playing with the urbane and debonair Erik Halldรฉn:

Landet is a wonderfully intimate and ..er.. cosy venue but it’s also got great lights and a PA that would shame many a larger club. It’s such a joy to play and actually be able to hear oneself (and thanks also to Gaz for doing a great job on the sound again).

I loved being able to lock around the people in the audience, from face to face and sing directly to them. I guess I’m just not rock’n’roll – my favourite type of gig is exactly this kind of small, personal affair. The first half of my set was acoustic, just me warbling over my hamfisted guitarrings. The second half was similar but with the addition of electronic backing tracks. I wouldn’t have been surprised if the whole thing had fallen as flat as a pancake!

But the audience… oh, what lovely people, as attentive and polite as they were windswept and gorgeous. I really couldn’t imagine a British audience being so charming and gracious, sadly.

Afterwards, I got the best reaction any songwriter could ask for: two beautiful ladies separately approached me and said how my set had made them feel a bit emotional and tearful. They understood exactly what my music is about. Yes! I am the king of indiegothelectrofolk! ๐Ÿ˜€

And I had even more flattery in the course of the week that followed while I was still in Stockholm. I kept bumping into people who’d been at the gig and searched me out at gigs and clubs to tell me how much they’d enjoyed the set. As if I wasn’t enough of a rampaging bighead already! (Coming back to my normal Derby life has been somewhat of a shock to the system after all that…)

This was another dream gig for me and I’m not surprised it happened in Sweden. There’s a spirit, a pure passion for music there that doesn’t seem present on these shores where everything seems far more cliquey and “cool.” And I’m entirely the wrong size, colour and age to be cool, after all! I just can’t fit into them skinny trousers! ๐Ÿ˜‰

To everyone who was at Landet, thank you for listening and all the sweet things you said after the gig. Hopefully, I’ll be seeing you again, soon!

And next on the gig trail…

Finland! :-)

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December 13, 2007. posted by Jyoti. News.

White Town Facebook Page

White Town Facebook Page

As you may know, I’m not a fan of Rupert Murdoch. Therefore, I’m also not a fan of MySpace.

Imagine how happy I am that MySpace is currently being trounced by Facebook! Every person who defects from MySpace or, more importantly, stops directing people towards it prevents money going into Murdoch’s pocket.

And I don’t like what Murdoch does with his money and influence.

Basically, I’m in favour of anything that hurts Murdoch’s Evil Empire,

So far, the one big advantage MySpace has had is that it’s the first port of call for musicians. Name a band, google them and you can find their MySpace and listen to songs.

Now, Facebook has taken up the challenge and introduced Band Pages (as well as Pages for Actors, TV Shows, Brands..). Hopefully, this means there’s at least a choice if a band wants an instant website complete with songs, vids, discography etc.

I’ve just created a Facebook page for White Town. It’s a little bit superfluous since I have this site, all sparkly and spangly. But what the hell, it’s free and maybe it can be slightly more interactive than this site. And every time someone’s looking at my band Facebook page, they’re not looking at MySpace. :-)

Click here to see for yourself!

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November 27, 2007. posted by Jyoti. News.

Blogroll Spam…

blogroll spam

I had to take my links to friends’ sites today. It used to be on the right. Sadly, the links are now full of spam :-(

Apparently, it’s a known issue, unresolved. Let’s hope it’s fixed soon! I’m just posting this in case any other WordPress users have the same thing happen. Also, to let my friends know that I haven’t suddenly gone off their websites! ๐Ÿ˜€

Ahhh, spam… the bare essence of capitalism: vicious, destructive and uncaring.

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November 21, 2007. posted by Jyoti. News.

Make The World Go Away – The Popvid!

Yes! It’s 4.48am now and around forty minutes ago, I finished editing the first popvid I’ve made in… well, since the original 1990 White Town Super 8 grainfest.

On the plus side: non-linear edting is much easier than a razor blade and sellotape.

On the minus side: iMovie HD kept crashing about every four minutes so I had to keep saving every three or so. That was a pain in the arse!

I’m quie pleased with how it’s turned out. It’s obviously a bit rubbish as it’s the first time I’ve written and made a popvid with a story (the ‘Your Woman’-era ones were all by the godlike Mark Adcock) but hopefully I’ll get better with experience.

Thanks to Ash who gamely agreed to let me order him around, drive us about and scramble over rubble. He’s a trooper!

Have a click above to watch the vid! ๐Ÿ˜€

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September 14, 2007. posted by Jyoti. Videos.

DMTW On Bitmunk

Bitmunk

The Bzangy Records media steamroller trundles on. Now, ‘Don’t Mention The War’ is up on Bitmunk!

Yaay!

In fact, while I’m here, I might as well list all the links I have handy to buy the album as a download:

Apple iTunes
MusicIsHere
Nexhit
Bitmunk
PayPlay
Tradebit

Not bad, eh, for a label that’s basically just me and a stapler. :-)

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August 17, 2007. posted by Jyoti. News.

Cats On Fire

Cats On Fire
Cats On Fire – photo by Thomas Ekstrรถm

I should be asleep now as it’s 4.18am.

But I’m still buzzing from playing keyboards for Cats On Fire this evening at their Nottingham gig. I only played on three songs but I had tremendous fun and it was an honour to play with one of the best current pop bands around.

Yep, you heard that right, not indie or indiepop (though they are both of things as well, of course) – Cats On Fire transcend genre to be simply a consummate pop band. I’ve you ever hummed along to ‘High Land, Hard Rain’ or ‘Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.’ or ‘Eligible Bachelors’ or ‘Separations,’ then Cats On Fire are a band you need to hear. They come from that lineage: enormously catchy melodies coupled with beautiful lyrics, imagery you’ll remember the day after hearing a song.

Bear in mind that I’m not saying I love them as I played a bit of synth for them, I wanted to play synth for them because I love them so much! :-)

If you haven’t already, please buy their debut album here and then you can be really smug about it in a couple of years when they’re famous. :-)

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July 28, 2007. posted by Jyoti. News.

Payplay Widgets

White Town

And here’s a luvverly Payplay widget. Pretty cool, eh? And here’s my other two non-EMI albums:

White Town

White Town

Remember, you can only buy from Payplay if you live in the US!

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June 22, 2007. posted by Jyoti. News.

PayPlay.fm

Payplay

Exciting news now that Payplay.fm have started to sell DRM-free mp3s, including my three non-EMI albums! Woohoo!

I’m not a fan of DRM but, so far, iTunes doesn’t give artists the option of removing it. I know it’s coming and I look forward to when people can buy non-crippled versions of my songs.

Meanwhile, if you fancy buying any of my indie releases and you’re in the US, nip over to Payplay, have a listen and buy tracks for $0.88 each. ๐Ÿ˜€

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May 29, 2007. posted by Jyoti. News.

Socialism, Sexism & Sexuality now on iTunes!

Socialism, Sexism & Sexuality on iTunes

Yaaaay! At last, my 1994 debut album, ‘Socialism, Sexism & Sexuality’ is available on iTunes. Just click here!

The review isn’t bad either. I’m guessing it was written back in ’94 as there’s absolutely no mention of ‘Your Woman.’ ๐Ÿ˜€

This album has been deleted on CD for ages but I keep getting peeps from this site emailing me about it so I’m thrilled it’s finally available again.

God, it all seems so long ago! I was quite mental when I was putting ‘SSS’ together. If you’ve got the orginal physical CD with the booklet, this will be no surprise to you.

Apart from a couple of spoken-word interludes, the album is just me, my crappy guitar playing, a TR707, some synths and a Tascam 688. Yep, it was all recorded on a cassette 8-track machine! The album is twenty songs of often unsettling intensity and… ummm… a personal nature interspersed with some lighter, sillier moments. I absolutely love it but that’s no surprise, is it?

When I re-mastered the CD for this iTunes release, it was lovely to hear all those old songs and to relive all those horribly complicated, scarily joyful moments again.

Ahhhh, l’amour! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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March 2, 2007. posted by Jyoti. News.

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