All Posts — Dan on February 2, 2010 at 6:33 pm

Good thing there’s enough exciting news to support my new One Post Per Day in 2010 policy. Sorry I got off to a late start. Just kidding, I won’t be blogging daily, but I created an Acute Records fan page on facebook so you should join that for perhaps more regular if frivolous updates.

Not at all frivolous, news has just come down that the Lines are going to be playing again! Secretly, most of the band from the classic line-up which gave us the material presented on the Memory Span and Flood Bank compilations (still available!) have been meeting in London and rehearsing. There may have even been a secret show under the radar. With this upcoming show they’ve made the mistake of letting me know about it before-hand, so I’m going to do what I can to spread the word around the world! Now considering I’m generally capable of getting an average of 3-8 people to come to my own DJ events in New York City, there’s no telling what promotional power I have across the Atlantic. Will I be able to incite hordes of UK post-punk-era music enthusiasts to check it out?

They are playing at a place called Bull and Gate, once home of Stump. Also playing are Valerie and Her Week of Wonders and Jowe Head and ye Demi-Monde. Jowe Head of course was an original member of the Swell Maps and later joined the Television Personalities. Among other projects, he had a great band called the Palookas whose records were often produced by Rico of the Lines.

Hard to contain my excitement abount this. I’ve had the pleasure of hearing not just their unreleased material from various parts of the 80s, some of which will be coming from Acute soon enough, but material written as recently as the last few months, and all I can say is…it’s the same but different, it’s clearly the Lines and is totally fantastic. So I have no idea what you’d get with The Lines live in 2010…whether a hit parade of Lines classics on Acute or Faust Tapes style experiments or something in between. Can’t wait to hear more and maybe even get them over the states sometime.

Some details:

The Lines
Jowe Head and ye Demi-Monde
Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

Bull & Gate, 389, Kentish Town Rd, London, NW5 2TJ
Sunday, February 7, 2010

Facebook event page.

Listing information from Bull & Gate:

The Lines
Post-punk legends The Lines performed and recorded in the late 70s and early 80s, but never truly broke-up. Sessions continued through the 80s, which will see the light of day soon, and now, many years after their last show, they are playing together again.

Jowe Head & The Demi-Monde
Head was a founder member of the legendary Swell Maps and went on to join the Television Personalities. He is backed by a new band called The Demi-Monde for an ambitious new album called “Diabolical Liberties”. The sound is psychedelic, using electronic and acoustic instruments, with a european folk influence plus indian and moorish elements.

Valerie & Her Week of Wonders
“Three years ago I started writing little lullabies for my animals… and then the diabolical Jowe Head arrived, and a band of merry corruptors joined with him to twist and torture and turn them into the dulcet pop soundtrack of my child’s heart breaking.”


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