28 Feb 2010

Friday Afternoon (or Where Is Roger Gunnarsson Now?)

Friday Afternoon night saw the London Popfest taking over the Buffalo Bar. The first band we caught was Swedens the Garlands. For those of you who've missed it, shame on you in that case, the Garlands is Roger Gunnarsons current indiepop project together with singer Christin Wolderth. Roger was in the Free Loan Investments, Happy Birthdays and Nixon and is in our eyes the god of swedish indie/twee pop. While the band was almost a swedish all-star band with Sarah from Action Biker and members of Strawberry Fair, Kissing Mirrors and The Happy Birthdays, Roger himself didn't show up to play which was quite frankly a bit disappointing. There is an interview with Roger on Words And Smiles where he talks a little about his reasons behind not playing live. A great read and there's a mention of him of putting out more Nixon material. The Garland where good but yeah, Roger was missed.

Next up were the Just Joans, second time we see them and they were as amazing as when we saw them at Spiral Scratch. Ever since those small 3" WeePOP! records showed up in our mailbox we've been in love with this scottish band. They just put a smile on your face with stories of high school and young drunken adventures and broken hearts. And their stage presence should be envied. How this band isn't as big as Arab Strap (boring comparison we know) we simply just don't understand. We managed to capture our favourite song on video so have a wee look

After the bands there was a disco and we want to say thank you to everyone of you for making it a fantastic dance party. You're the best crowd ever. Here's what we played:

Set 1

Roland Alphonso - 1,000 Tons Of Magation
King Tubby & The Aggrovators - A Glorious Dub
Jeffrey Lewis - The History Of Punk On Lower Eastside 1950-1979

Set 2
Let’s Be Honeys - Pop Love
Girl Alliance - Straight To My Heart (Så Tuff Så Söt)
Belle & Sebastian - Wrapped Up In Books
Field Mice - September’s Not So Far Away
The Lucksmiths - Good Light

Nixon - There’s Too Much Soul On Your Mix-Tape!
The Monochrome Set - The Jet Set Junta
Felt - Sunlight Bathed The Golden Glow
McCarthy - Should The Bible Be Banned (Acoustic)
Free Loan Investments - Kick His Balls Out

Razorcuts - A Is For Alphabet
Trembling Blue Stars - Letter Never Sent
Another Sunny Day - You Should All Be Murdered
Orange Juice - Felicity
Brighter - Poppy Day

The Haywains - Kill Karaoke
Strawberry Story - Close My Eyes
Leaving Mornington Crescent - What If You
Siddeleys - Sunshine Thuggery
Stone Roses - She Bangs The Drums

Beat Happening - Bewitched
The Hit Parade - You Didn’t Love Me Then
Comet Gain - You Can Hide Your Lover Forever
Broder Daniel - Underground

Set 3
Smiths - Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before
Belle & Sebastian - The Boy With The Arab Strap
Television Personalities - Where’s Bill Grundy Now
Little Eva - The Loco-Motion
Hefner - The Hymn For The Cigarettes

Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love?
Go-Betweens - Lee Remick
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bad Moon Rising
Boo Radleys - Wake Up Boo!
Sonic Youth - Teen Age Riot

John Peel And The Fall - Intro/Outro Edits
Fall - Totally Wired
Gang Of Four - I Found That Essence Rare
Håkan Hellström - En Midsommarnattsdröm
Girls At Our Best! - Getting Nowhere Fast

Byrds - I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better
Comet Gain - Record Collection

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