Thursday, December 01, 2016

Write Me Stories...

Please find stories below. Start from the bottom of the 'blog' and read upwards to read them all in chronological order if you wish. Actually, you may have to click the names of the individual stories from years gone back, as I'm not sure how to have them all shown/readable easily!
184 stories, 14 years, and (slowly) counting.. A Hawk And A Hacksaw, Adem, Amina/Amiina, Lydia Ainsworth, Antarctica Takes It!,Arcade Fire, Andrew Bird, Benni Hemm Hemm, Bodebrixen, Alice Boman, Breathe Owl Breathe, Broken Twin, Calexico, Bodies Of Water, Braids, Nadine Carina, Choir Of Young Believers, Adrian Crowley, Chris T-T, Clem Snide, Darren Hayman, Dan Deacon, Dear Reader, Dillon, The Divine Comedy, Dresden Dolls, Eels, Efterklang, Hannah Epperson, Eleanoora Rosenholm, Elvis Depressedly, Explosions In The Sky, Farao, The Flaming Lips, Fog, Fol Chen, Ben Folds, Lyla Foy (Wall), Freschard, Fujiya & Miyagi, George Thomas And The Owls, Get Well Soon, Laura Gibson, Happyness, Aldous Harding, Gemma Hayes, Hjaltalín, Hope Of The States, Husky Rescue, Hymns From Nineveh, Ichi, I'm From Barcelona, Siv Jakobsen, Denis Jones, Kathryn Joseph, Jordan Klassen, Lambchop, Jens Lekman, Jack Lewis, Jeffrey Lewis, Joasihno, Little Scream, Loney Dear, The Magnetic Fields, Jo Mango, Laura J Martin, Mercury Rev, Misty's Big Adventure, Anaïs Mitchell, The Moldy Peaches, Musée Mécanique, Neverest Songs, The Notwist, Linn Öberg, Ohbijou, Owen Pallett, Pascal Pinon, Phia, The Polyphonic Spree, Ramona Cordova, Rauelsson, Resina, The Real Tuesday Weld, Seabear, The Second Hand Marching Band, Shearwater, Cosmo Sheldrake, The Silent League, Sleep Party People, Slow Skies, St. Thomas, St. Vincent, DM Stith, Sufjan Stevens, Suburban Kids With Biblical Names, Sylvan Esso, Thinguma*jigsaw, Thus Owls, Yann Tiersen, Shugo Tokumaru, tUnE-yArDs, Tunng, Stuart Warwick, Emily Wells, Why?, Oliver Wilde, Windmill, Woodpecker Wooliams, The Young Republic.


Kathryn Joseph

London, St John at Bethnal Green, November 30th 2016

December 2015: came across the stunning Kathryn Joseph album, Bones You Have Thrown Me and Blood I've Spilled, listened to it constantly, and drew my own version of the album cover for my end of year mix cd for friends.
January 2016: mentioned it to Miss J on twitter, and stole her address and posted it to her.
November 2016: saw her play a lovely (and freezing) gig in a church with free whiskey, mentioned my mix cd just after asking for a story, and then collected the above story from the happy lady.  Happy Paul also.
December 2016: need to decide what this year's cd cover will be and what songs to include.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016


Lambchop - Kurt Wagner

London, Rough Trade, November 8th 2016

The last (and first) time I saw Lambchop was over 14 years ago in Glasgow, with the lovely and missed St Thomas as support.  It was before I had started collecting stories, and in that brief phase when I was getting bands to sign cuddly toys instead.  So after that gig, I got Kurt and his wife to sign a DangerMouse cuddly toy, which I still have in a cupboard somewhere.
I've not done much Lambchop listening since Nixon and Is A Woman, but I really should do.  Was a really nice mini-set this evening.  The utterly surreal q and a session by Tim Burgess just added to it.  Anyhow, here's hoping that my today isn't dwarfed in comparison to the tomorrow coming from America!

Saturday, October 15, 2016


Resina - Karolina Rec

Union Chapel, London, October 15th 2016

It's been a very Polish few weeks - a friend's wedding in Poland three weeks ago, another one next week, and in between is this amazing Polish find at Daylight Music.  Loopy cello experimental lovely sounds, not too far away from Hannah Epperson, just with no singing.  Oh, the story is in Polish, saying that she's very happy that she's had a chance to perform in a place such as the Union Chapel - wonderful character/aura!  (she was probably talking about me)

Sunday, June 12, 2016


Elvis Depressedly - Matt Cothran

Moth Club, London, June 8th 2016

I first came across Elvis Depressedly via another band TV Girl recommending Coma Cinema (Matt's other band) a few years ago, and quite enjoyed the Coma Cinema album. I only properly listened to the brilliantly-named Elvis Depressedly this year when I saw that they were coming over to the UK for the first time. It ended up being a great sold out gig, and after I got and thanked Matt for the story he then thanked me for giving him the opportunity to create something, which was a nice outlook!

Thursday, June 02, 2016


Hannah Epperson

Sebright Arms, London, 2nd June 2016

Part 2 of her self-confessed dark story.  Reminds me of Sufjan Stevens' delightfully bonkers story.



Hannah Epperson

Sebright Arms, London, 2nd June 2016

Out of all of my near(ish) 200 requests for stories, I'm pretty certain none of them had such an enthusiastic response as Hannah's: "Fuck yeah! Cool. Love it!"
I only discovered Hannah's music a couple of days ago, after finding out that she would be supporting Aidan Knight (who I'd only discovered a few weeks before), and quickly fell in love with her Owen Pallett / Emily Wells style violin coolness.  & she was just so amazing and spine-tingling live - better than most main acts that I go and see.  Go.  See.  (She'll be back in London in October apparently)

Saturday, May 21, 2016


Aldous Harding

Union Chapel, London, May 21st 2016

I only started listening to Aldous the night before seeing her at Daylight Music, and quickly fell in love with the darkness and beauty of her songs. She was incredibly good and quirky live also - kind of wish I'd listened to her sooner and caught more of her gigs. She was super nice also, praise praise praise... Looking forward to her next album, and the brilliantly titled song 'What if birds aren't singing, they're screaming'. Poor birds.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016


The Second Hand Marching Band - Pete Liddle

Union Chapel, London, March 19th 2016

I first heard about these guys back in 2008 from my friend Laura who was convinced I would like them (maybe because there were a million members), and she was correct.  Fast forward 8 years later for their first London gig and my first chance to see them, and also their last ever gig!  (although let's hope that unhappens one day in the future)  Standing ovations and encores at the lunchtime Daylight Music gigs are quite rare, but theirs was much deserved after their tearful/smile-inducing joint set with Benni Hemm Hemm (who I collected a story from back in 2006 here).  Nicely fitting story from the super nice main chap, Pete.


Happyness - Jonny Allan

Moth Club, London, March 6th 2016

Their Weird Little Birthday Girl song was one of my most listened to songs from last year, despite being about 900 minutes long.  Had a nice chat with Benji after their sit about some guy in New York or somewhere who got bands to write their favourite lyrics in a notepad, what a geek.  Whilst after a split second's thought, Jonny came up with this superb story.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015


Mercury Rev - Jonathan Donahue

Rough Trade East, London, October 7th 2015

I've loved Mercury Rev for over 15 years, so this was a very long overdue story.  Was a great instore set - only four songs played during an hour, but lots of Jonathan rambling about stuff, including stories with The Flaming Lips and Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous.  

Monday, July 13, 2015


Siv Jakobsen

The Slaughtered Lamb, London, July 6th 2015

Quite happy to get to see Siv, as I was planning on seeing Hydrogen Sea play that evening in the Old Blue Last, but I ended up managing to see both so that was moderately pleasing.  Lovely venue to see Siv and her songs.  Hoorah Norway!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


Cosmo Sheldrake

The Boileroom, Guildford, May 12th 2015

I only recently discovered him, and was disappointed to see that I had just missed seeing him in London a couple of times, and wouldn't be able to see his next gig in July (some cultured To Kill A Mockingbird fun instead) - and then realised that Guildford wasn't actually that far away. Was a great performance, as all of his youtube videos led me to expect. and he was one of those people who agreed to write a story straight away without second questioning it. Must see again!

Sunday, April 26, 2015


Phia - Sophia Exiner

The Old Queen's Head, London, April 26th 2015

A friend recommended Phia to me at the end of last year, and since then I have eagerly pre-ordered her album and so jumped at the chance of seeing her play this last minute set. She was as good as my high expectations had hoped. & very nice too! More please.

Thursday, February 26, 2015


Farao - Kari Jahnsen

Lexington, London, February 26th 2015

Cast: Kari, Paul
Setting: Lexylexington

Paul: Hi, weird request/musicians I like/story etc
Kari: a story?
Paul: Yeah, it can be about anything
Kari: Oh, I don't know. Can you give me a theme?
Paul: ummmm...... errrrr...... ummm....
Kari: Aha, I will take inspiration from your glasses
(gives me beer to hold. writes story. gives story back)
Paul: ThankyouIloveyourEPlistenedsomuchlastyearwillyouhavealbum
Kari: Thanks, that's nice. Yes, in September.

The end!
I like this story. It's horrid.
Listen to her song To Sleep Apart, it might make you cry. Or her song Forces, it might make you cool. and cry.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


Lydia Ainsworth

Sebright Arms, London, February 17th 2015

Cast: Lydia, Paul, Paul's friend Eran
Setting: Sebright Arms, just after Lydia finished her set

Paul: Hello, that was really cool. Can I ask you a weird request / can you write me a story please?
Lydia: okay
Eran: You don't explain why you want a story?
Paul: (whilst moving Eran away so that the story can be written) No, I don't want to influence what they write
Eran: Don't they want to know why?
Paul: Mostly not
(story is then finished and handed back)
Paul: Thank you!
(Lydia starts to walk away)
Eran: (to Lydia) Don't you want to know why?!?!?!
Lydia: No, I don't care
Eran:  ?!?!?!!?!!
Paul: See!


Dan Deacon

Islington Assembly Hall, London, February 16th 2015

Oh gosh. Such a fun gig. I danced like an excitable loon non-stop. Mr Deacon seemed very nice and quite happy to write a story, once the half naked Norwegian guy Eric had gone away.

Thursday, October 30, 2014


The Notwist - Markus Acher

Oval Space, London, October 29th 2014

Oh gosh, I'm so happy to get a story from him, after loving The Notwist for over 12 years, and seeing them live a bunch of times and having a failed attempt of getting a story 6 years ago. Anyhow, he was super lovely, and god I love The Notwist.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Slow Skies - Karen Sheridan

Sebright Arms, London, October 21st 2014

Anyhow, an utterly lovely band.  Go youtube their 'Oscar' video should you want a cry or some such.




Slow Skies - Karen Sheridan

Sebright Arms, London, October 21st 2014

Ooh, a story with a title! and with the word 'eejit' in it. Not sure what more is needed.
I was feeling a bit cowardly in barging in to get a story this time, like the previous time I saw them last year, but my chum Vicky decided to be brave and interrupt for me. Fame and riches on the way to her at some point. Karen was rather lovely, and disappeared for a short while and came back with this sweet little story.

Saturday, September 27, 2014


Jordan Klassen

Ace Hotel, London, September 25th 2014

..but then it ended up being quite a cool story, seamlessly switching to his own pen halfway through. Go listen to (watch the video for) The Horses Are Stuck. Brilliant.



Jordan Klassen

Ace Hotel, London, September 25th 2014

Lovely free gig for this Canadian chappy. Although I felt bad as he seemed to not know how to start the story for ages, and then he had to keep shaking the pen to get it to work.....

Monday, September 01, 2014


Oliver Wilde

End Of The Road Festival, Dorset/Wiltshire, August 31st 2014 

A very recent discovery, and I've been playing his album on repeat for the past fortnight. Fascinating fact for you there. Excellent live also. This story is rather lovely too!


Alice Boman

End Of The Road Festival, Dorset/Wiltshire, August 29th 2014


Alice Boman was one of my new discoveries I was most looking forward to seeing at End of the Road. Very lovely and sweet live, and she seemed incredibly nice and unsure about what to write until her merchandise wotsit selling friend suggested to write about something that happened today.

Saturday, May 17, 2014


Yann Tiersen

Rough Trade, London, 16th May 2014

I heard that he was going to rush off after the instore to catch a train, so I pounced on him ten minutes before he was due on stage. He protested that he didn't have much time, but I said that it didn't have to be very long... and it wasn't! He seemed like a nice guy with unruly hair, so I approved.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014


Sylvan Esso - Amelia Meath

Village Underground, London, May 12th 2014 

I had to quickly grab Amelia whilst Nick was writing his story, before she walked off, and just gushed about how I had listened to 'Coffee' easily over 100 times. Surely will listen another 100 times too, and maybe the rest of the album a little bit.



Sylvan Esso - Nick Sanborn

Village Underground, London, May 12th 2014 

I only managed to find a ticket for the sold out Tune-Yards/Sylvan Esso gig a couple of hours beforehand, very keen to see Sylvan Esso. I caught them both at the merchandise stall afterwards, but didn't have a pen (had to borrow one from the merch stall) or a story card (had to tear a page out of my book I was reading - Dark Eden by Chris Beckett... it felt wrong tearing a page from a book, but then it felt so right) to get the stories!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014



 Joasihno - Christopher Beck

Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London, April 23rd 2014 

This was such a poorly attended gig, and I'm not even sure if the other handful of people who weren't me or my friend were actually paying punters, as opposed to friends of the band, which was such a shame, but it was still brilliant despite that. Plus it made it easy to get a story afterwards! Joasihno did a great long set with their cool snazzy lights and even managed to come back for an encore. Excellent stuff.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014


Thus Owls - Erika Angell

 Ace Hotel, London, March 4th 2014 

Oh, I've just realised that Thus:Owls no longer have the colon in their name. First Loney, dear get rid of their comma, and now this! Anyway, Thus(:)Owls were amazing this evening - I'm eagerly awaiting another gig and for their new album to come out next month. The new songs (played for the first time at this gig apparently) were excellent. They need to play 'Sometimes' next though!

Sunday, January 26, 2014


Freschard - Clémence Freschard

Union Chapel, London, January 18th 2014

But then English was chosen.  There was a tv crew waiting in the wings to interview her afterwards, but the story took precedence!




Freschard - Clémence Freschard

Union Chapel, London, January 18th 2014

Another great Daylight Music lunchtime gig.  An initial attempt in French..

Friday, December 06, 2013

 
Broken Twin - Majke Voss Romme

Servants Jazz Quarters, London, December 5th 2013

Part two. and so here is the Danish story/joke. I'll need to see if I can decipher/translate it at some point. Anyway. Love. This. Band. Cannot wait for their album in the Spring. Is it acceptable to have a 4-track ep as my favourite record of 2013?



 
Broken Twin - Majke Voss Romme

Servants Jazz Quarters, London, December 5th 2013

Oh I love this band/lady. Last.fm informs me I've listened to her four track ep over 100 times this year, it's just perfect. and the fact that they played to less than 30 people seems a bit criminal, but made it very special. She started writing this story, but then said that she couldn't think of the English for a couple of Danish words, so I said that she could write in Danish, as I've had Danish stories before.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


Nadine Carina

Birthdays, London, November 19th 2013

 
Part two.  I asked for a story after the gig, but then had to wait as she packed up her gear, with me wondering if it would be one of those elusive stories which slip by... but all is fine seeing as it was packing up to then be able to rush off to see a gig - that's the kind of priorities I can understand!  I think I remember meaning to investigate Tasseomancy when they were called Ghost Of Bees (I think) a few years ago.  Maybe I should have another listen.  Lovely handwriting!
 
 
 

Nadine Carina

Birthdays, London, November 19th 2013

I'm so pleased to have seen Nadine Carina this evening - one of my favourite and most listened to discoveries this year (along with Broken Twin, who I'll hopefully get a story from next month, fingers crossed...), her self-titled ep is just perfect, and her new ep released yesterday sounds really great too.

Monday, November 18, 2013



Emily Wells

The Ideal Bar - Vega, Copenhagen, November 14th 2013

I went on a mini-break to Copenhagen and found out that Emily Wells would be playing on the night that I arrived. So a quick trip from the airport to the venue got me there with 20 minutes to spare. Excellent venue and performance, and Emily commented on my Kurt Vonnegut t-shirt, saying she was a fan, which was a bit good! Will have to see her in the Lexington in London next month too.

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

 
 
Wall - Lyla Foy

End Of The Road Festival, Dorset/Wiltshire, August 30th 2013

After some manic driving and tent-putting-upping, I managed to catch most of Wall's set at the start of this lovely festival, although I don't think I saw anything from her/their perfect little Shoestring ep. She was pretty lovely anyhow, and wrote this brilliant story after her set. Good luck to the egg!

Sunday, July 14, 2013


Rauelsson - Raúl Pastor Medall

Union Chapel, London, 13th July 2013

Rauelsson was a very nice discovery! Lovely laptop and piano sounds, and seemed like a very nice talkative funny guy (including playing a sound recording of Nils Frahm saying 'mmmm, okay' in a doubtful manner at the start of his set. & I think this is my first story to have the author read it/paraphrase it back to me as soon as he had finished it. Must try and catch him again.

Saturday, June 15, 2013


Husky Rescue - Johanna Kalén

Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London, 10th June 2013

Take two of the story. After she had finished her story, I said how much I loved the gig and had been listening to the new album lots. She replied to say she had just got their new album on vinyl, so was very excited. She asked about my stories, so I told her how many I had/and that I had a few in foreign languages now. She asked if I'd translated them, but mostly the handwriting/strange letters are a bit tricky. She then rather sweetly said thank you for letting her be a part of it!
Although here is an attempt of a translation of this story:

shoes, a Native American girl thought they were like a egos blindfolded for your feet. said he threw out judgment and now she dances barefoot on mother earth ... and the shoes they have walked on stayed alive to see the world.
Snipp snapping shut said was the tale end





Husky Rescue - Johanna Kalén

Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London, 10th June 2013

I hadn't seen Husky Rescue live before, so didn't get to see them with their previous singer, but their current singer was rather ace. I asked her for a story, and she seemed a bit taken aback, and asked me what it should be about, if it had to be in English. I said Swedish was fine. She also mentioned about not knowing where her shoes were. But before starting the story, she had a big queue of people arrive to give their praise/ask for signed setlists and cds and tickets and such. Afterwards, she was ready to start, but said that she had now lost her idea about what to write. I suggested that she write about what happened to her shoes, but she just exclaimed 'I don't know what happened to them!'. She then started the story, but after a short while, she crossed it out, and turned the card over, saying that if she continued with that story then it would go on forever.


Bodebrixen - Magnus Jochumsen

Buffalo Bar, London, 4th June 2013

I turned up just before their headline set, and was shocked to see only eight other people in the audience (although it did increase to twelve). It didn't seem to bother them though, and they still played a great gig (and at the Windmill a couple of days later). I gave both Mr Bode and Mr Brixen a card for a story to write, and they briefly went backstage, but then just came out and started talking to other folk. But unbeknownst to me, they had got their percussionist to write the story instead, about their first gig in London(I think. The first time I saw them in 2009 anyhow).

Thursday, May 30, 2013


Pascal Pinon - Ásthildur Ákadóttir

Hoxton Bar & Grill, London, 29th May 2013

Something about a pretty lady!



Pascal Pinon - Ásthildur Ákadóttir

Hoxton Bar & Grill, London, 29th May 2013

Ásthildur asked whether the story had to be in English, but I said that Icelandic was fine also. & so I now have my 7th story in Icelandic (along with some Danish, Swedish and French stories I think). I'd originally given her a pen which didn't work, oops, hence the scribbles...




Pascal Pinon - Jófríður Ákadóttir

Hoxton Bar & Grill, London, 29th May 2013

THE TRAGEDY AT THE BORDER! Last.fm informs me that Pascal Pinon have been my second most listened to band in the past 12 months. Their latest album is lovely, and great to finally hear the songs sung in live setting. Jófríður (if I have the names the right way around) was a delightfully amusing/sweet person on stage too. Ooh, this story is my 150th one!

Saturday, December 01, 2012

 
Gemma Hayes

Bush Hall, London, December 1st 2012

It's been a month shy of 11 years from when I bought her first ep (from the old defunct (I assume) shop MVC), and I've finally gotten around to seeing her live.  Must be some kind of record for me.  Her first album was always on repeat in 2002, and so is her new one this year, although I somehow skipped the inbetween albums. A beautiful gig.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

 
Jo Mango

Union Chapel, London, November 25th 2012

A story to snort at!
 
 
Jo Mango

Union Chapel, London, November 25th 2012

Lovely Daylight Session set from Miss Mango. & a phone call from Adem whilst she was on stage as well.

Monday, October 22, 2012

 
Dillon
Hoxton Bar & Grill, London, October 21st 2012

Was very pleased to see her after not being able to see her gig in May - and she was great, even with her voice disappearing at points. She asked if the story could be short, and I said that it could be very short. I then gushed my love for her music and went on my way.

 
Linn Öberg

12 Bar Club, London, 11th October 2012

Popped along to see Linn do an early support set at the 12 Bar Club, and was one of only 6 (it swelled to 8 by the end!) people to watch her lovely set. She didn't seem to confident in writing a story in English, so I said that Swedish was fine. Just need to decipher it now...

Monday, September 10, 2012

Ichi

Northampton Square Bandstand, London, September 9th 2012

I have no idea how to describe this Japanese chap. He comes on stage on stilts playing his music, uses one of his stilts as a banjo thing, uses a ping pong ball and bat, steel drum with ping pong ball and water, traffic cone, alarm clock, and a blown-up balloon to deflate and play a trumpet... After I asked him to write a story, he thought for a bit and wrote his sentence, then apologised and said that his English wasn't very good, and so stopped there. Not that he needed to say anything else!


Woodpecker Wooliams - Gemma Williams

Northampton Square Bandstand, London, September 9th 2012

Lovely story! Poignant with a nice funny twist at the end! (maybe not funny for grandma though)
 
 
Woodpecker Wooliams - Gemma Williams

Northampton Square Bandstand, London, September 9th 2012

My first story in almost a year! After quickly checking whether it should be fictional or real, Miss W wrote this story.