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Tuesday 19th June

Jon Langfords Men of Gwent; Give Me Memphis, Guto Dafis
Le Pub, Newport.

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Newport stalwarts Give Me Memphis kicked off proceedings in fine style with new song Mix & Match. With Ken as animated and enigmatic as ever, strutting around on and off the stage like a chicken on speed to a solid backing from the band. Old faves Jon the Raptist and Don’t Call Me Ishmael sat well among the new songs. Have a look here:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=aT5RyjmXhfI

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First visit to Newport’s Le Pub by invitation of Jon Langford saw Cardiff melodian singer/songwriter Guto Dafis bring his brand of folk to a new audience. Playing traditional songs alongside his own compositions and those of fellow South Walians Chris Ridgeway and Paul Rosser, Guto added three of Jon’s songs to his set to big cheers as Pill Sailor, Blink of An Eye and Tubby Brothers got Gutos melodian treatment. See how Tubby Brothers looked:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZmScEoAg5s

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Wednesday 13th June

Jimi Alexander & The Satellites
Buffalo Bar, Cardiff.

Its a wonder Jon Langford has time to sleep as he is so busy but somehow he managed to squeeze in a hometown gig during The Mekons 30th Anniversary tour. Pulling together his local band The Men of Gwent for a packed and enthusiastic crowd must be Jon’s idea of a night off. Starting with Llamas in Llanyravon the band went on to play Mekons number Tina and Go-Betweens Streets of Your Town before launching into 3 tracks from the classic Skull Orchard album - Pill Sailor, Tubby Brothers and Deep Sea Diver (with Carlton B Morgan on harp). Adding Hank Williams Must Die, Julian’s tune Shit & Lies before dashing through Nashville Radio to end the set. It was a flying visit but as always Jon gave value for money with the banter, jokes and stories inbetween the songs. See how Deep Sea Diver went here:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=basiWf5gwLc

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First time we’d been to Buffalo Bar and we wont be rushing back as surly bar staff and night club prices don’t suit music venues... never mind, Jimi and The Satellites put in a rousing performance starting with Jon Langford cover Invisible Man before adding I Thought You Said You Love Me, Wayward Soul and new song Hallelujah I’m Alive among the set of original acoustic driven numbers. More confident every time we see them and with a growing following, they are definitely one of South Wales shining stars. Check out their MySpace site: www.myspace.com/jimialexander 

Monday 11th June

Super Furry Animals
Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff.

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We were fortunate to nab some tickets for the first night of the SFA for night residency at  Clwb Ifor. It seems most of the other tickets had been on Ebay for 50 each. The band started with Slow Life complete with Gruff wearing his alien helmet. Quickly followed by Rings Around the World and Golden Retriever the band then launched into six new songs they were trying out for their Glastonbury appearance. The usual mixed bag of tempos saw ”our xmas single ”the melodic Show Your Hand followed by The Gift before “xmas in hell” with the rockier Into The Night. The remainder of the set was made up of good selection across the last ten years including Hello Sunshine, Receptacle for the Respectable concluding with Gruff saying “now a selection of our back catalogue in the style of Teenage Fanclub!” and then proceeded to play the majority of their Creation era singles God, Show Me Magic, Ice Hockey Hair and Do or Die before ending of a rousing The Man Don’t give a F*ck complete with a Status Quo style guitar neck celebration. Top beard growing from Bunf by the way! See how Golden Retriever looked here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=pp62ei26IJo  

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Tuesday 5th June

Lost Patrol Band, Bedford Falls, Gethin Pearson & The Scenery
Le Pub, Newport.

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Third time we’d seen Gethin and each time his band expands in size. Tonight its a six piece with members of The Automatic and The Take joining the band. The difference is noticeable and the songs seem much stronger with a full backing. Some really top drawer playing sees the well constructed songs fully make sense live. Gethin is on the way up and just gets better every time. Check out some video:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHYbQa3r63E

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Saw Tom and Pete in April do an acoustic show back in April and looked forwards to seeing the full band. Quite a difference as the guitars are turned up to 11 but the songs are still melodic and Tom’s vocal remains strong. A kind of slower Husker Du with South Wales accents. Their set included both sides of their 7” split with The Enablers of which you can see Sweetest Science here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQr9YgW5ie4

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Never heard of The Lost Patrol Band before entering the gig but it seems their lead singer is some kind of Scandinavia hardcore punk legend. They were very energetic with a kind of pop-power-punk thing going on. No song seemed to last more than 2 minutes and there was much jumping about. Reminded us of very early The Jam. Have a look at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvI0J1UVcu4

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Wednesday 6th June

Alan Tyles & the Lost Sons of Littlefield, Redlands Palomino Co
Le Pub, Newport.

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Alex and Hannah’s acoustic slot on a tropically hot night saw Le Pub packed out. Denying the nicotine patch was to get through the shows smoking ban, Hannah’s sweet vocal seemed unaffected. Admitting they hated playing live without a full band they chose most of the set’s tracks from the latest album including Wasted on You www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kN2jS5CO9A complete with husband and wife bickering over who made the mistake!

Alan Tyler, former frontman of early 90s heroes The Rockinbirds has kept ploughing a similar farrow for a number of years. His latest album with the Lost Sons of Littlefield sees more very British take of the Country view of life. As if Ray Davies had been born in Nashville the band play a very straightforward, but pro barroom country sound. See how I’m Never Gonna Sing That Song Anymore went on the night: www.youtube.com/watch?v=izNfuxWpqBQ

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