Another Sunny Night Gig, DJing and Parisness

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Last weekend, from Friday to Monday, I was in Paris! I went over to play a gig for the thoroughly lovely Another Sunny Night peeps. While I was there, I also DJed at Planète Mars, an awesome bar that you should check out if you’re ever in Paris.

I went over with Robbie, who was doing the sound and iPod wrangling. We managed to fit the music around eating an enormous amount of the tastiest food ever and a spot of sightseeing. But let’s do this properly, I’m getting a bit previous!

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Well, Friday night was the DJing. The bar was absolutely rammed and I played a suitably poptastic set. I did play loads of new tunes but there were more classics than before, albeit my slightly idiosyncratic definition of classic (The Sylvers, The Theme From Robinson Crusoe). The vibe in the bar was awesome and Hakim, the super-genial owner, plied me with some crazy cordials. Never had cucumber cordial before, puzzlingly good.

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Then on Saturday, it was the gig. I was first on and a little nervous as the last gig I played, The Hangover Lounge one, had been emotionally difficult. But I think I held things together better on Saturday and the crowd seemed to love it. I got loads of positive comments afterwards and people even bought records!

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Then I watched the other two bands, The Starlets and Panama, both rocking in different ways. The Starlets were, ironically, quite Brel: each song a vignette and musically quite theatrical and flourishy. All in a good way – I loved them!

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Then the last band, Panama, who were more indierocking rockness. They’ve got really catchy songs and very much reminded me of early Ric Menck bands, whether that’s Choo Choo Train or Bag-O-Shells. A bit of Lemonheads in there too, I reckon. Made me want to form a rocking band again and stamp on some pedals. Dude.

The Note I Left For François On A Setlist

Then on Sunday, I made a pilgrimage to François Truffaut’s grave. He’s been my favourite director for decades and I couldn’t miss the chance to pay my respects to his memory. I left the message you see in the pic above. White Town really couldn’t exist without Truffaut, I’ve stolen so much from him in terms of emotional explicitness and lack of wankiness.

Monday, we came home. Yeah.

Reflecting on the weekend, it reminded me that after I first played Mattias Jansson’s Cosy Den, in 2005, I posted about wanting to meet people I had something in common with, people I actually wanted to work with who were decent and genuine and into music. You know ~ not Tories.

Well, little by little, that’s happening. The first person who emailed me way back then was Ian Watson from HDIF and the man is a stick of rock with ‘GOOD EGG’ written all the way through. London Popfest, Indietracks, Hangover Lounge… I’ve been very picky about who I’ve worked with and I think it’s paid-off in that I haven’t had a horrendous gig experience due to trusting NME-ish indie chancers.

Add to that list: Another Sunny Night. Emilie, Clémence & Joanny took care of us, organised the gig and DJing faultlessly (despite most of them being severely inebriated) and we got paid. Of course, I still lost money overall but that’s international gigging. (Well, unless you’re Gaga, I guess?) The ASN massive fed, watered and generally held our hands through the weekend, checking we were okay and running about making everything perfect. So, we had a great time, the other bands had a great time and the audience… well, they definitely had a great time.

So, thank you ASN, thank you Paris and, of course, thank you François Truffaut.

May 19, 2011. posted by Jyoti. News.

White Town On Bandcamp

I’ve finally set up a White Town Bandcamp page so peeps can buy directly from me! So far, there’s only one release on it: a special, Bandcamp-exclusive ‘Cut Out My Heart’ EP that includes this video:

So, have a click, have a listen and, if you decide to buy it, thank you! 🙂

May 12, 2011. posted by Jyoti. News.

Hangover Lounge Gig & EP

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Click for some blurry phone pics.

On Sunday, I played The Hangover Lounge again and it was a bit strange… well, my bit was. The wonderful Rozi Plain and Nat Johnson who played before me weren’t strange at well. They both played delicate, intimate sets and you should check out their stuff immediately. The gig was for the launch of the second Hangover Lounge EP, which I’m honoured to be on with an acoustic version of my track ‘Cut Out My Heart’ (original synthpop version here).

So, Rozi and Nat both performed flawlessly and then, my turn. Well, I’ve been quite unsettled since my final divorce came through a few weeks ago and singing such intense, private songs was very, very hard. I made it through though, having my tiny ginger mate Kaypea in the front row helped loads.

It’s a question of balance: if one is too relaxed, not nervous at all, one can fall into an autopilot gig mode, not meaning anything one is singing. On the other hand, when I finished, my hands were trembling for a couple of minutes. I meant every word. Perhaps too much.

Ah well, people said they enjoyed the gig so that’s the main thing. But if it was a little claustrophobic, my apologies. Normal service will be resumed when my brain allows. 🙂

Oh, nearly forgot:

That’s Nat guesting on ‘Your Woman.’ What a beautiful voice!

April 19, 2011. posted by Jyoti. News.

‘Your Woman’ Number 1 On The US iTunes Electronic Singles Chart

So, since yesterday, my song’s been at Number One in the US electronic singles chart on iTunes. I thought it was some strange blip and it’d get knocked off but it’s still there!

I’m doing better than Owl City, Duck Sauce and The Postal Service! 🙂

How strange? I wonder if it was on some TV show or something?

I still think it’s some error or glitch. 🙂

March 17, 2011. posted by Jyoti. News.

White Town Facebook Page Demographics

demoooeeeee

FB have just changed the way band pages are, they’ve moved them into being more inline with the new-ified profile pages. As I was running all over the shop, posting as White Town and then replying as Jyoti Mishra, I stopped to look at the pretty charts of demographics.

I love the one above. Pretty weird, huh? Apparently, I’m the least popular with people my own age. 🙂

(Or, maybe there just aren’t that many people my age on FB compared to kids.)

March 11, 2011. posted by Jyoti. News.

‘Cut Out My Heart’ Single On iTunes

As of today, you can buy my new single on iTunes.

And CD Baby!

And, soon, hopefully loads more sites.

Ooh, this is exciting. First time I’ve ever released a digital-only single. 🙂

December 14, 2010. posted by Jyoti. News.

Elizabeth Allo Darlin’ Singing ‘Your Woman’

If you’ve been paying close attention, you will have read my ramble about playing a totally acoustic gig at The Hangover Lounge recently.

Well, here’s a little video of Elizabeth from Allo Darlin’ and I practising for when she sang ‘Your Woman’ in my set. Hope you like it, despite the gormy faces I’m making! 🙂

September 20, 2010. posted by Jyoti. News, Videos.

Hangover Lounge Gig, 22/8/10

Hangover Lounge
On Sunday, I got to play a strangely wonderful gig. I played a totally acoustic gig at The Hangover Lounge and… it was soo special in so many ways.

Firstly, I got to play on the same bill as Elizabeth Morris (allo darlin’) and Amor de Dias, both of whom were absolutely fantastic. I hadn’t heard any Amor de Dios before but I’m going to search their stuff out now, very flowing and… surreal is the only other word I can think of? They were last on and it was a great way to finish off the day.

I went on first and looked out at a room of expectant faces. It’s quite a big room, too, so I was worried about projecting. But it was liberating! No worrying about mic or sound or pedals or backing tracks. It was just me and my guitar, singing my heart out. I loved it. And the audience all kept soo quiet, they made the gig work.

The highpoint of my set for me was when Elizabeth joined me for ‘Your Woman’ so all I did was play guitar while she sang it. That won’t ever happen again and I love those kind of unique moments. It’s why I make music, to meet people like her and have lovely collisions like those.

Then I got to see her play. I was sat in between my friends Vanessa and Nat and, I have to admit, she did make me cry at least twice. I blinked the tears back but it was difficult to keep it in, particularly after playing myself. When Elizabeth performs, she’s just there, I can’t really explain what I mean. She was sitting about two feet in front of me, singing these songs she’s written that I love, full of love and lust, despair and insecurity. Perfect.

It was a wonderful day. Days like those make me feel so lucky and happy to be a musician!

August 25, 2010. posted by Jyoti. News.

Cosy Den Festival 2010 And General Swedieness

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Woah. On the 4th of August, Robbie and I travelled over to Sweden to do a bit of travelling but, most importantly, play the Cosy Den 2010 festival, a multi-day extravaganza of amazing music.

We also travelled to Gothenburg as we both missed it. And, boy, do I miss it more now. It’s such a beautiful city. I’m not knocking Stockholm but Geeburg will always have a bit of my heart.

On Sunday the 8th, I played at Cosy Den. It was a strange gig, I was very on edge. I’ve not been that good mentally lately so singing a setload of intense love songs was always going to be slightly daunting. But the Cosy audience is the best you could ask for – they were warm and accepting of my dodginess.

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And then, on Monday, I played ‘Death In Kettering’ on a ferry! Really, what could be better?

I realise that it’s now five years since Mattias invited me over for the first time to play Cosy Den. In the past five years, I can’t explain how much going over there to play has changed me, changed my music and changed the way I interact with the world musically. Certainly, I wouldn’t have been playing Indietracks or London Popfest or HDIF without the initial reaching out from Mattias.

Who knows what one small act can snowball into? A fanzine interview can turn into a gig, the people you meet there can put out your records or become your fellow travellers or simply, your friends.

I would like to thank Mattias and all the Cosy Den Crew for everything they’ve given me the past five years. Here’s to the best alternative music night in the world! 🙂

August 24, 2010. posted by Jyoti. News.

London Popfest 2010

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Last Sunday, I had the honour to play London Popfest 2010. And I played on the same day as three fab bands, Leaving Mornington Crescent, Horse Shoes and The Wake. Yes, that The Wake! :-O

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First on were Swedish razorpop stars, Leaving Mornington Crescent. I love LMC’s mix of 60s’ girlpop and Buzzcocks, I love their short, punchy songs and I love their MPC drummer. Mmm…

White Town
Pic courtesy of Marianthi

Then I played and I had so much fun! The audience was really friendly and I felt a proper sense of connection, despite it being a bigger venue than I’m used to playing. I talked to loads of lovely people after and even sold some records. 🙂

Horse Shoes

Next were Horse Shoes who played a set of dreamy, summery songs with innocent melodies that reminded me of early Field Mice.

The Wake

Last on were The Wake. It felt quite bizarre that I was standing, watching The Wake, a band I’ve listened to for years. They were amazing. Very raw and full of heart, it was a singalong set.

Thanks to everyone at Popfest for putting me on, I had so much fun playing. And thanks to you if you were in the audience that night, I’d give you all hugs if I could!

March 7, 2010. posted by Jyoti. News.

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