Cosy Den Five Year Festival

Gula Villan
(Click any of the pics to see a gallery of the day!)

Just over a month ago, on August 1st, I played the Cosy Den Five Year festival. It was brilliant. This is the line-up for that day:

Cosy Den Running Order

Jap Adaptors
Tada Tata
Paddington DC
The Paper Merchants
White Town
Vit Pals
Allo Darlin’
Suburban Kids With Biblical Names
Cats On Fire
Erik De Vahl
Mats Jonsson

I recommend you check out each and every one of those bands. They’re all brilliant. I can honestly say there wasn’t a single band I disliked or didn’t enjoy on the day. And I’m quite grumpy when it comes to multi-band all-dayers so that’s not faint praise. Since coming back, I’ve made a little iTunes playlist of the bands from that day, yes, I am that silly. 🙂

I first played Cosy Den waay back in 2005. Click here to read about that.

Back? Good.

Well, everything I said in that post still holds true. Sweden still feels like my musical home. The audience at Cosy Den last month was fabulous: attentive and involved. I’ve been to too many gigs in Britain where hipsters yammer on through the whole thing. They’re there to be seen, not to see the bands. Not at Cosy Den!

It was a wonderful feeling to be sitting there, just me, my acoustic and this group of people ready to connect, willing to go where I wanted to take them. Well, I say wonderful, it’s actually the best feeling a songwriter can have. I do love getting fan mail and nice comments on videos but there’s nothing to match interacting with an audience.

Because of personal shit I’ve been going through, the gig was intense even by my standards. I had to hold myself back a couple of times as I didn’t want to go mental on stage and start sobbing. After all, the show must go on. Innit?

Cats On Fire

Mattias from Cats On Fire guested on the second verse of ‘Your Woman.’ He was great as they’ve recently been doing me the honour of covering my song live. Click here to see that. (And, in return, I completely murdered the second verse of ‘Higher Grounds.’ God, I was awful. 🙂 )

The whole day seems dreamlike to me now. That’s why I’ve waited so long to write about it, I needed to process it all in my head. It all seems too good to be true. The music, the people in bands I met, the people not in bands I met, the venue. Honestly, it was more like watching some beautiful independent film than playing a gig.

Instead of selling my records, I decided to give them away in exchange for secrets. As a result, I got to talk to loads of people and hear their secrets. None of which I’ll ever reveal, of course – a combination of trustworthiness and my terrible memory will ensure that.

Gula Villan Cosy Den At Night

I owe Cosy Den a lot. If Mattias hadn’t emailed me all those years ago and asked me to come and play, I wouldn’t have had the best gigging experiences of my life. And I wouldn’t have played with some of the best bands in the world. I find it quite amazing and a little scary how such a simple initial action (an email) can wind up affecting my life so much.

So, thank you Cosy Den! Here’s to five years of greatness and to many more too! 🙂

September 8, 2009. posted by Jyoti. News.

Newcastle Gig

White Town Live In Newcastle, July 12th, 2009
It’s me! (Pic taken by Geoff Kosmonaut.)

On July 12th, I played at The Head of Steam, Newcastle. It was great.

The gig was organised by Stephen This Almighty Pop and I was lucky enough to be playing with his band Kosmonaut and also with The Honda Express (featuring members of Strawberry Story).

Although Stephen thought the turnout was too low, that never matters to me. Having done both, I’d rather play to a small audience who are really into it than a hefty swell of disinterested hipsters.

The audience was perfect for me: I could look at them, try to connect with them. My songs are all intensely personal, all autobiographical so every gig is something of a confessional. Somehow, being able to see the eyes of the person you’re singing to makes it less contrived, more real.

A lovely girl came up after the gig, she’d come along because of ‘Your Woman,’ of course, but she’d danced and swayed through the rest of the set too. She said I’d made her year, bless her! That’s the kind of comment every egomaniac songwriter loves to hear. 🙂

After the gig, I was on such a high that I was mentally fit enough to go and play the Cosy Den Festival after all. You see, these things snowball…

So, a very belated thanks to Stephen and everyone I met that night. You’re brill.

August 8, 2009. posted by Jyoti. News.

A Busy Time

Busy Bee

I’ve been very busy lately which is good for my life, bad for regular website updates. 🙂

To round it up:

Sunday July 12th – first British gig in years for my mate Stephen Almighty Pop. Ace!

Saturday 18th July – I DJed at How Does It Feel in London. Double ace!

Friday 24th to Sunday 26th JulyIndietracks! Triple ace!

Tuesday 28th July to Tuesday 4th August – I was in Sweden to play the Cosy Den 5 Year Festival. Infinity ace!

I’ll write more about each of those events shortly, when I have enough thinking time to sort everything out in my head. I feel like the last four weeks, I’ve done more than in the previous six months. I’ve played two fantastic gigs, met loads of lovely new people and heard some wonderful secrets.

It’s been intense and I feel utterly drained today. I’m wondering… what now? Inevitably, there’s something of a sense of post-come about everything now. Although I know that will fade, I partly don’t want it to dissipate as it spurs me on to keep trying to be more adventurous. Innit.

So, for any regular readers, sorry for the paucity of posts. But you’ll be getting shitloads soon. 🙂

August 8, 2009. posted by Jyoti. News.

Cosy Den Festival

Cosy Den Festival

I’m very happy to say that I’m playing the Cosy Den festival in Stockholm:

I’ve played at Cosy Den four times since 2005 and every gig has been brilliant!

If you can make it to the Saturday, when I’m playing, please do come and say hello! 🙂
love and kisses,
Jyoti

July 21, 2009. posted by Jyoti. New Gigs, News.

Am I Me?

Jyoti

You know, identity is always suspect. Years ago, someone even pretended to be me to get free drinks in pubs, pretty bizarre behaviour for someone straight-edge like me. 🙂

So, just so you know, here I am:
Twitter
Last.FM
YouTube
Vimeo

Say hello! 🙂

May 4, 2009. posted by Jyoti. News.

Sound On Sound Cover Feature What I Wrote

Jyoti's Modular

I’m very chuffed that I wrote the cover feature for this month’s issue of Sound On Sound, the best recording magazine in the world.

My article is about how I went from being scared of modular synthesizers to finally buying my own. You can check out an excerpt by clicking here.

My modular is the most fun bit of kit that I own. I wish I’d bought one years ago!

March 28, 2009. posted by Jyoti. News.

The Jeunes

The Jeunes

The Jeunes were a great band:

The Jeunes were a band from Seattle, Washington, influenced primarily by British new wave and post punk. Comparisons ranged from the Cure, Stone Roses, Velvet Underground and Joy Division to Jesus & Mary Chain, Sonic Youth and Opal.

They formed in 2002; disbanded in 2005. Their only release was a four song EP, although they left behind unfinished and unreleased recordings of many more songs.

I just got this email from James Jeune:

Hi Jyoti,

Hope you’re doing well!

I just wanted to let you know we finally got around to releasing your 2004 remix of “Never Be The Same” – on a new LP by the Jeunes called Strangers In The Night.

Ironically the LP is mostly 2008 remixes of recordings the Jeunes made in 2004/5. In keeping with the history of the band, we decided to make it available as a free download. You can download it in 256k MP3 form (with cover art) in a single zip file here. The password to open the file is “june” (without the quotes).

Folks can also download from iTunes, emusic, Amazon and a limited edition CD is available from CD Baby.

Our website is here.

Feel free to give out the free download link on your blog or anywhere else – otherwise feel free to just download a copy for yourself if you’re interested!

cheers,

James (& the Jeunes)

Well, better late than never! 🙂

And it’s FREEEEE!

January 20, 2009. posted by Jyoti. News.

Merry Crimbo 2008!

A New Surprise EP

Ho ho ho!

As a special festive treat, for one week only you can download the mp3 version of my 2006 ‘A New Surprise EP’ totally free! I’ve even written a little background blurb that I’ve included as a text file.

The EP was originally released as 7″ vinyl by Heavenly Pop Hits, a Swedish indie label.

The songs on the EP are:

A1 A New Surprise
A2 Melissa Joan Hart
B1 Make A Right At Jordfallsmotet (cover version of the classic Agent Simple song)
B2 Theme For A Post-Watershed Cop Show Set In Wellingborough

The zip file of the EP is around 12 megabytes so beware if you’re not on broadband!

Click here to download the EP! Sorry, it’s gone now!

Thanks to all of you for supporting my music, I hope you all have a great Christmas / Saturnalia / whatever and a happy and healthy 2009!
love and kisses,
Jyoti

December 24, 2008. posted by Jyoti. News.

Me And The 808

TR-808

Rhodri Marsden has written an excellent article about the TR-808, probably the best drum machine EVER! And I’m very honoured that I was one of the people he interviewed for it. Warning: very high geek factor! 🙂

Here you go:

Rhythm king: The return of the Roland 808 drum machine

love and kisses,
Jyoti

PS – I’ll be doing a little festive pressie soon… keep your eyes peeled!

December 15, 2008. posted by Jyoti. Links, News.

UK Zazzle

Bzangy Records / White Town UK Merchandise

Woohoo! Good news if you’re a UK fan and want some tasty White Town / Bzangy Records swag. There’s now a UK version of Zazzle! So, just click here and you can drape yourself in fine frippery!

November 13, 2008. posted by Jyoti. News.

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