My good chum Delia Sparrow sends me weekly bulletins of all the good things going down at The Lexington on London’s Pentonville Road. It’s high time I passed on the info to Pop Junkie readers. One of London’s newest venues is already established as one of its best for small, intimate gigs having hosted a sell-out show for The Pains of Being Pure at Heart back in May. I saw the great Proxy Music there and can confirm the venue has a friendly atmosphere with a good sound and good vantage points.
Each week starts with the Monday night Rough Trade Music Quiz hosted by Paul Guided Missile. 8pm – £1 per team member, up to 6 in a team.
Here’s the diary for the rest of this week (with Delia’s descriptions, not mine!).
Wednesday, Aug 5: Quietus & Blueghost Presents Twilight Sad, Factory Floor + Quietus DJs
8pm – adv £8
Twilight Sad are a Scottish four-piece playing melancholic alt-pop songs with rich layers of melodic noise inspired by Daniel Johnston, Serge Gainsbourg, Phil Spector, Arab Strap and Leonard Cohen (see youtube clip below). Plus moving away from their post punk origins, Factory Floor are increasingly to be found embracing dark arpeggiator noise, like Donna Summer down the meat rendering works.
Thursday, Aug 6 <a href="http://www.facebook.com/l/;www.wegottickets.com/event/54505“>Secret Knowledge presents The See See, The Tamborines, thelightshines
8pm £8, adv £6
Richard Olson (formerly of 18th Day Of May) and his band play psych and garage- tinged folk-rock and pop with support from the psych-shoegaze favourites and one-man psychelicica performer. Plus Wayne from Uptight DJs.
The London five-piece play gentle girl/boy harmonious lo-fi pop then from 11pm White Light DJs play great music to dance to from pre-1984. Expect 60s soul, 50s rock’n’roll, 70s punk, glam and disco, electro-pop and other great stuff as long as it’s from pre-1984. Guest DJS HIT CLUB, TRANSPARENT, DARN MARKED AND YOUNG AND LOST CLUB.
Saturday, August 08 Nashville on Thames Club
The honky-tonk club that plays both kinds of music. Expect to hear the likes of Hank Williams (I, II and III), Johnny Cash, Steve Earle, Dolly Parton, Dave Dudley, Wayne Hancock and more from DJs and hosts Sheriff Marshal Lawman, DJ Bonanza and the Wagga Wagga Kid, with the occasional guest DJ. Time Out call it, “Proper country music about lyin’, cheatin’, stealin’, drinkin’ and fightin’.” The NME says it’s “A night which seizes country music for us Brits.” The Times have picked them as a Top 5 club night.
Then later on downstairs – DJ Jumpy til late…
Sunday, Aug 9: Hangover Lounge – with Special guests Scrabble Club
2pm – til late free!
Downstairs at The Lexington DJs play soothing sounds for the head-hurty, soul- weary and music-loving people. Expect country-rock, deep soul, psychedelia or other mellow tunes. Kids allowed until 7pm. Come and practise your wordiness with the special guests Scrabble Club!
Coming up with advance tickets available via the Lexington website are…The Pipettes, Lucky Soul, Theoretical Girl, Pull Tiger Tail, Milow plus, on August 13th, Mediaeval psych-folk from Circulus and Trimdon Grange; Can you resist a gig with the tagline “It certainly beats another bunch of chancers pretending its the 1980s. Why not pretend it’s the 1380s?” or a band described as “out of step with any music made since the War of the Roses”?