Long Division Festival

JohnnythefirthSudden SparkBen AmbridgeBand RoomWhere I'll be playing in a bit! Amazing venue, the old Court Room! ???Town Hall
Where are all the people in Wakefield??Wakefield!A small snack before the gig... ???Waiting for burgers!! WakefieldMerch Swag ~ I'm on there, honest! ?
Wakefield !Long Division Festival 2012Who doesn't love Fanny & Bacardi??Where I'm gigging tonight! Long Division Festival

Long Division Festival 2/6/12, Wakefield, a set on Flickr.

On Saturday, I played Long Division Festival in Wakefield. I had a great day, it’s one of the best-organised events I’ve ever played. I even got a goodie bag of Lush stuff! :-O

Have a squint at some of the pics and thank you if you came to watch me play! 😀

June 3, 2012. posted by Jyoti. News.

Why I Love Greece

Across Athens

Around an hour ago, I put the kettle on after returning from a gigging trip to Greece.

Rich (my soundman) and I left for Greece last Friday. I can’t believe it’s not even been a week. We’ve packed in so much into the last five days. It feels like I’ve been away years.

Tonight, this minute, I feel completely energised and alive. The last five days have changed me, they have displaced ruts of behaviour with an impatient shove, replacing them with new experiences and new friendships. It’s 2.13am as I’m typing this but I’m still on Greek time so it’s actually 4.13am and, to be honest, I’m fucked. So… bear with me. 🙂

Terps & Tony

The major reason I went to Greece was to play two gigs. I was invited by Le Page to play with them and I was flattered that they asked me. Le Page is Antonis and Terpsichori, two lovely people I’d met at that strange attractor for lovely people, Indietracks Festival. The fact that I’d get to gig with them was a big part of why I accepted because I love their music.

They met us at Athens airport at 2am and we immediately started rambling on. And we never really stopped. Most nights, we just chatted till 4 or 5am.

Monastiraki Square

Saturday was sight-seeing time and we couldn’t have had better guides than Terps and Tony. We wandered around Athens which is currently this strange mix of ancient classical architecture, modern capitalist uniformity and layers of anti-government and anarchist graffiti. The juxtaposition of these elements is often jarring but always energising: this is a city that is obviously in turmoil, as is the rest of Greece due to the vagaries of capitalism and the uniform corruption of politicians.

Alexandros Grigoropoulos Plaque

As we walked and coffeed and caked, Terps and Tony told us about the protests in Athens, the anger of ordinary citizens at the massive fuck-up their government is making of everything and how these same people were often caught up in repressive police violence. In Greece, the role of the police force in protecting capitalism and its state is nakedly, shamelessly obvious.

Tiki Bar, Athens

On Sunday the 25th, I played at Tiki Bar, Athens with Le Page. The show went beautifully, the audience were friendly and funny, singing and clapping and dancing along to songs. And not just ‘Your Woman!’ People also came and had a natter afterwards (yaaay!). I love when that happens post-gig. That night, after the gig, we all went back to Terps’ apartment and we never actually stopped chatting at all, we talked through till when we had to catch the train. We were all just too wired and happy after the gig.

Thessaloniki dusk

We mostly dozed on the five hour train up to Thessaloniki. When we arrived, the difference between the two cities was palpable. Whereas Athens feels on the edge, alive and scrappily defiant, Thessaloniki seems more isolated from the current unrest. It also feels far more prosperous. I kept asking how you could compare the two cities: was it Glasgow versus London, Manchester versus London or Gothenburg versus Stockholm? The answer I got more than once was that it was more like Barcelona versus Madrid which I have to agree with.

That night, the 26th, we played at CooBar. Again, the gig went hugely well. The audience all seemed into both the bands, shouting and singing and I even had song requests from the very first White Town album, which kind of amazed me. Unfortunately, I tried to play a cover of Felt’s ‘Bitter End’ and I fucking murdered it. Lawrence, I apologise and hang my head in shame. 🙁

Coobar Peeps!

After the gig, we hung out in the bar and had competitions to see who could walk most convincingly like a boy (girls only) and vice versa. I now realise I simply cannot sashay, I just haven’t got the pelvis for it. Terps and her friend Chrysanthi looked so cute when they were trying to walk like tough blokes, I think my heart did pop a little bit. But as well as being silly, I had intense conversations about postmodernism, the nature of human intelligence (the old Penrose versus Turing again) and the best way our future AI overlords could wipe us human scum off the planet. Another perfect night mixing music, politics, singing and no-holds barred chats.

Tuesday, we trained it back to Athens. We’d booked a carriage and so we were free to play music (on my doody iPod amp) and talk shit. And, believe me, much music was exchanged and much shit discussed. Some surprise revelations about who enjoys fucking monkeys shocked and impressed us all. You would *never* suspect!

The Community Park

That night, Terps, Tony, Rich and I spent hours wandering round Athens after a particularly tasty load of Goody burgers. We ended up sat in a park that was entirely constructed by the local community in ????????. Apparently, the land was earmarked for yet another car park (there are many car parks in Athens, sprouting up in the empty spaces left when buildings are demolished). Instead, the local people fought the authorities and made a park that is both useful and full of fun. Of course, the police regularly hassle people using the park. *sigh*

Back to the apartment and more chat. We covered transitions of meaning over time in language, the sociolinguistics of gender in Greece versus the UK, indiepop and, of course, love. Always love.

Through The Window

Yesterday, we had a final lunch outing with Tony and Terps before we all headed to the airport. Even then, the time flew by because we continued to just talk and talk and talk over coffee and treats. So often, I feel like I’m boring people when I’m talking to them because, basically, I’m a massive geek and fascinated by pretty much everything. So I love to talk about Hugh Everett or Robert Mapplethorpe or the etymology of the word ‘quim.’ As I’m rambling, I’ll see the person I’m talking to begin to look bored and their attention wander. Inevitably, that will make me feel intensely lonely.

That feeling never happened once in the past few days. I ranted and raved, I had chats, discussions and out-and-out arguments. But through it all, the people I met engaged with me. As my music is basically me, I include the gigs in this: I felt a real sense of dialogue when I played. That is sadly rare.

Old And New

Today, I’m missing Tony, Terps and all the other lovely people that I met over there. I do love Derby but sometimes I feel so isolated here because that I can’t talk about what fascinates me. But, being more positive, 2012 is my year of pushing myself as hard as I can, of taking risks (which is why I went to Athens in the first place) and already it’s brought me this marvellous experience and people I would be proud to call my friends. If I’ve had such a fantastic time by taking a risk, this simply means I have to take more risks and be braver. After all, wonder is worth pursuing.

Leaning

The interactions I’ve had in the last few days, the things I’ve seen and the stories I’ve heard have made me re-consider so much of my life. I really am a different person now, I simply have to try and work out who that person is.

Thank you Terpsichore, thank you Antonis and thank you Greece!

April 20, 2012. posted by Jyoti. News.

whisperinandhollerin review

Yaay! Here’s a review of ‘Monopole’ by Tim Peacock for whisperinandhollerin. I’m very flattered! 🙂

“I tend to blanch at the phrase ‘one hit wonder’, but sadly poor old Jyoti Mishra (aka WHITE TOWN) will probably always be identified with his against-run-of-play hit single ‘Your Woman’ and its’ attendant decent-selling album ‘Women in Technology’ released on Chrysalis/ EMI in 1997.

There again, while Mishra may not have dented the charts since, I doubt his fifteen minutes in the spotlight have actually affected him in too adverse a fashion. The reason the ‘hit’ seemed such a surprise at the time was because he came from a staunchly developed DIY background, so rather than chase his tail desperately trying for the elusive ‘massive’ follow up, he’s simply said “ta-ra” to the majors, retreated to his own space and continued to release relevant new material in his own time. Lest we not forget that while his last two albums (‘Peek and Poke’ and ‘Don’t Mention the War’) may not have been ‘headline’ releases, they both garnered plenty of critical acclaim.

Released on his own Bzangy imprint, his latest, ‘Monopole’ has plenty to recommend it too. Breezy and eminently personal, none of its’ 11 tracks busts the 4-minute mark, while sonically the menu is almost wholly pop-oriented and highly immediate. The fact Mishra is in the process of making a video for every track suggests he’s confident many of these little blighters could do the biz on the single front.

Brisk synth-popper ‘Cut out My Heart’ gets us underway, though the defiantly hurt lyric (“cut out my heart and throw that shit away/ I’m not gonna use it after today”) goes resolutely against the Moroder-like thrum of the music. Like most of what follows, it simply breezes past and while Mishra can sometimes veer a little close to tweeness for my liking (’Missing Her Again’, the Jack Peñate-ish ‘She’s a Lot Like You’), tracks like the pissed-off, almost Mary Chain-ish attack of ‘Have I Gone Too Far?’, acoustic confessional ‘I Don’t Want to Fall in Love Again’ and the wonderfully evocative, OST-style ‘Theme for Turku Central Station’ are all bracing and memorable on their own terms.

While it would be easy to suggest Jyoti Mishra came out of nowhere and went straight back there, ‘Monopole’ again reminds us that he has actually long since cracked the art of longevity and gives not a fig which way the fickle winds of the zeitgeist are blowing. Long may he retain his uncompromising stance.”

January 4, 2012. posted by Jyoti. Reviews.

Crimbo Pressie – Acoustic Version of ‘Cut Out My Heart’

HO HO HO! Hope everyone has a Festive Whatever and a great 2012! Here’a a little pressie from me, a free download of an acoustic version of ‘Cut Out My Heart.’ If you like it, please share it! Love and Crimbo kisses from Jyoti!

EDIT!

And here’s another one!

December 25, 2011. posted by Jyoti. Music.

Leftdance Interview

Yaay! Lovely interview with Spanish music blog Leftdance, click here to see it or here for the English version! 😀

December 4, 2011. posted by Jyoti. Interviews.

Three Imaginary Girls Interview

Thanks to Matt Schild for interviewing me for the wonderful Three Imaginary Girls website. Click here for the full thingy! 🙂

December 3, 2011. posted by Jyoti. Interviews.

HDIF Gig!

HDIF Presents
Thursday 24th November
White Town + A Fine Day For Sailing + Fever Dream + Frozy
Jamm, 261 Brixton Road, London SW9 6LH, map here, FREE admission

White Town
Welcome return to HDIF for Jyoti Mishra, AKA White Town, who’s best known for his 1997 Number One hit, “Your Woman”. Expect a mixture of acoustic and electronic songs and, in Jyoti’s own words, “my songs are all intensely personal, all autobiographical so every gig is something of a confessional.”
www.whitetown.co.uk

A Fine Day For Sailing
An indiepop group from Exeter recently relocated to London, A Fine Day For Sailing cite Belle and Sebastian, the Beach Boys, Television Personalities and Orange Juice.as influences. Their ranks contain a couple of the now disbanded Gresham Flyers.
www.afinedayforsailing.com/

Fever Dream
A brand new trio fron London, Fever Dream play superb feedback-drenched dreampop in the vein of early Jesus And Mary Chain, Magazine and Sonic Youth.
www.myspace.com/fever.dream

Frozy
A three piece from London, Frozy play adorable lo-fi pop. Or as they say: “we’re a DIY type pop band with occasional noise. Favourite bands are Jonathan Richman, Velvet Underground, Wave Pictures, Herman Dune, Jens Lekman and all that flim flam. We’ve supported the Bundles, Jeffrey Lewis, and played with Kimya Dawson a number of times, as well as organising a tour all over Europe.”
www.myspace.com/frozymusic

7.30pm Doors open
8pm-8.30pm – Frozy
8.45pm-9.15pm – Fever Dream
9.30pm-10pm – A Fine Day For Sailing
10.15pm – White Town

DJs:
Spyros and Ioannis (More Than This)
Tim Scullion (Hong Kong In The 60s)

November 22, 2011. posted by Jyoti. New Gigs.

Monopole on iTunes!

My new album is now on iTunes! Click here!

Or, if you prefer CD, click here. Perhaps you’re anti-iTunes? Then try my Bandcamp. 🙂

I’m very proud of ‘Monopole.’ It was a huge struggle to get it finished, through separation/divorce, horrible family illnesses and all the subsequent fall-out those events entail.

But now it’s done and my baby is out there in the world. Please take care of it and give it hugs. 🙂

November 16, 2011. posted by Jyoti. Music, News.

New Video – Invisible Elastic

Here’s another track from my new album, ‘Monopole,’ (you can buy it here). My friend Laura is starring in it and she did a wonderful job following my tyrannical direction. “CRY NOW! TEARS! I WANT TEARS, WOMAN!”

Enjoy! 🙂

October 20, 2011. posted by Jyoti. Music, News, Videos.

White Town – Monopole

My new album, ‘Monopole,’ is now available to listen (and maybe buy!) on Bandcamp! 😀

October 13, 2011. posted by Jyoti. Music, News.

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