Kodiak Island – The West End Centre, Aldershot.

I’m thoroughly looking forward to playing at The West End Centre in Aldershot next Saturday (5th Sept) with my band Kodiak Island. This is the venue where Danny and myself promoted so many incredible bands as The Buzz Club. The Stone Roses, Primal Scream, Suede, The Manics, Blur and loads more .

I think I last played there as It’s Jo and Danny when our album ‘Thug’s Lounge’ was released on RCA.

Anyway, if you’re in the area and fancy coming along, it would be brilliant to see you. Tickets are £5 and we’re on at 9ish.

Kodiak Island

We’ve got a new single coming out in October, in the meantime, here’s the one we released in June, ‘The Sooner’.

Joanna Newsom ‘Sapokanikan’ and some Green Man Memories…..

Well, after nearly a five year wait, we have a new song from Joanna Newsom. Suitably complex it is too. I love this comment on YouTube:

‘Love it. I think I worked out the arrangement – ABCDEFGHIJKLM’

Ha!

There’s only one Joanna Newsom and that’s for sure. Danny and I first booked her to play our Green Man Festival in 2004 – the second one. We had been tipped off about her by the artist Jon Clee. Jon had started to design our fliers and was also guiding us towards some of the music we were booking to play the festival. He was responsible for the iconic bearded antlered man Green Man logo in 2005. Jon was tragically killed when hit by a car as he was walking home one day in Cardiff in 2007. His art and music taste were an inspiration.

The 2004 festival was held at Baskerville Hall, just outside Hay on Wye. Joanna played in a tent at lunch time in front of about 50 people and as I recall, we paid her £250.

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We booked Joanna Newsom to headline the Sunday night, again at Baskerville Hall, the following year. 2005 – man, that was quite a year, a whole book in it’s own right. There were power-cuts during Bonnie’ Prince’ Billy’s headline Saturday night set. I thought the power had gone at the start of Joanna’s set too – then realised she was singing acappella away from the mics to warm up.

The rain fell gently when she played. It had been a hot sunny weekend and her music, the mountain air and the mist falling on us was all very magical.

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We booked her to headline Green Man a couple more times, over at the new Glan Usk site, where the festival remains to this day. Her music always moving forward. Danny and I moved on ourselves after the 2011 festival. Joanna’s music will always lift me back to an incredible time of my life.

‘Sapokanikan’

Previously unseen pictures of Suicide from 1978

Once again Justin Thomas has delivered the goods! These fabulous pictures of Suicide, who were supporting The Clash on July 26th 1978 at The Music Machine in London. I’ll be posting the pictures he took of The Clash that same night soon.

Here’s what the great man remembers of the gig

‘I remember being very intrigued by their sound and the braveness of Alan Vega.
As i remember they were met with a barrage of abuse, Vega’s jacket is covered in beer/gob stains.
The Clash were, needless to say, energy electrified.
The venue was severley over-capacity, many kids being let in through the toilet window, in the band’s backstage area, apparently.
Very sweaty, very loud and very, very exciting.
Steve Jones from The Pistols joined them on stage for a song, then Jimmy Pursey jumped from the top of a speaker stack onto the stage just missing Paul Simenon’s head, to join them for another.
One of my favourite gigs ever.’

Suicide. Music Machine. 26/07/1978

Suicide. Music Machine. 26/07/1978

Suicide. Music Machine. 26/07/1978

Suicide. Music Machine. 26/07/1978

Suicide. Music Machine. 26/07/1978

Suicide. Music Machine. 26/07/1978

Suicide. Music Machine. 26/07/1978

Suicide. Music Machine. 26/07/1978

Suicide. Music Machine. 26/07/1978

Suicide. Music Machine. 26/07/1978

Suicide. Music Machine. 26/07/1978

Suicide. Music Machine. 26/07/1978

Suicide. Music Machine. 26/07/1978

Suicide. Music Machine. 26/07/1978

Suicide. Music Machine. 26/07/1978

Suicide. Music Machine. 26/07/1978

Suicide. Music Machine. 26/07/1978

Suicide. Music Machine. 26/07/1978

It’s Jo and Danny ‘Arkle’

Sad to hear of the passing of Peter O’Sullevan yesterday. I don’t think many bands can lay claim to have sampled his talents and put them to music. Danny and I did on the track ‘Arkle’ which was on our ‘Lank Haired Girl To Bearded Boy’ album.

Danny’s brother Vince had a video with old footage of the 1965 Gold Cup, in which the great race horse Arkle won. Peter O’ Sullevan was the commentator. I thought it looked and sounded beautiful and so we put it to music. Ewan Jones Morris made us this video.

Thanks Peter. R.I.P.

Nice bit of Swedish guitar pop…

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Jay-Jay Johanson released his first record in 1996 but this is the first I’ve heard of him!

Josef K previously unpublished photos from 1981

Once again I am lucky to have some previously unpublished photos from my dear friend and photographer supremo, Justin Thomas.

It’s of a another classic Postcard band (previously Justin has been generous enough to let me put his fabulous Orange Juice and Aztec Camera shots up on Fringe On Top).

These wonderful Josef K pictures were taken by Justin at The Venue in London Victoria on 5/8/1981……supporting Orange Juice.

Enjoy!

Josef K. The Venue.5/8/1981

Josef K. The Venue.5/8/1981

Josef K. The Venue.5/8/1981

Josef K. The Venue.5/8/1981

Josef K. The Venue.5/8/1981

Josef K. The Venue.5/8/1981

Josef K. The Venue.5/8/1981

Josef K. The Venue.5/8/1981

Josef K. The Venue.5/8/1981

Josef K. The Venue.5/8/1981

Josef K. The Venue.5/8/1981

Josef K. The Venue.5/8/1981

Josef K. The Venue.5/8/1981

Josef K. The Venue.5/8/1981

Josef K. The Venue.5/8/1981

Josef K. The Venue.5/8/1981

Josef K. The Venue.5/8/1981

Josef K. The Venue.5/8/1981

Josef K. The Venue.5/8/1981

Josef K. The Venue.5/8/1981

Kodiak Island playing with O’Connell and Love at the 100 Club…

I’m really excited to say that my new band, Kodiak Island, will be playing at the launch party of the O’Connell and Love album ‘Mine Sweeping‘ at London’s 100 Club on July 29th.

Larry Love is the voice of the Alabama 3 (and ‘Sopranos‘ theme tune!). Their wonderful album features Rumer and Pete Doherty and I’m told there will be some ‘very special guests’ at the show!

You can get tickets here:
https://billetto.co.uk/en/events/oconnell-love-morton-valence-and-friends-11a6a1

Here’s the fantastic new single from O’Connell and LoveHangover Me‘, featuring Rumer.

and of course, here’s the debut Kodiak Island single which came out a few days ago.

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