Toshi, smallgang – Highlights/Lowlights/Events of 2011

Toshi gu, vo – smallgang / Passerines – Highlights/Lowlights/Events of 2011

– Flaming Lips at Alexandra Palace – it was bookended with Race for the Prize and Do You Realise, both of which had me welling up.  Luckily they were shooting cannons and had mad lights going, so no-one could tell.
– (FU) Rama’s drumming on Double Negative – always a highlight.
Something Beginning with L at the Betsy Trotwoods – they had Damo drumming for them and he made them even better.  More betterer.
Kath Bloom at George’s house/Cafe Oto – she sang Sweetest One, which I’d requested.  Also found out that her rap name is Kath Boom.
Tree of Life – actually a bit of a disappointment, partly due to the dodgy ending but more to do with the twats sitting in front of us.  Let’s go to a Terence Malick film and chat!
Crumbling Ghost at the Unicorn – Most un-Unicorn looking band at one of London’s hidden gems of a venue.
Koresh at the Unicorn – haven’t laughed so much in years.
– Travelodge foyer in Newcastle – song-demanding Geordies have never been so much fun.
– Bitch Magnet at the Lexington – Question: how long would you wait to see someone play?  Answer: 20 years and they were (Navajo) ace.
Edna O’Brien at the Faber Social – I went to see Sarah Hall but Edna O’Brien’s reading was amazing, like someone telling you a story in a pub but without the incoherence or beer breath.  I wasn’t that close to her to tell though.
– Favourite album – Tarry Awhile by Gill Sandell – precision songwriting.  Her show at Daylight Music at the Union Chapel was jolly smashing too.
– Favourite TV show: The Killing.  Obviously the first series trumps the second, although Thomas Buch is a great character, mainly for his chocolate eating.


About Toshi
Mysterious guitarist and vocalist of smallgang and one half of newly formed Passerines. Goes cherry red when drunk. Blogs about Crouch End.