Archive | October, 2010

Little Annie unleashes video diary ahead of forthcoming tour

22 Oct

Photo credit Alice O Malley

Ladies and Gentlemen, Annie is back!

A bon vivant born and raised in the Big Apple, Little Annie has commenced an impromptu, digital walking tour of the city that saved her life/damaged her irrevocably and ultimately inspired her music. What follows is a foretaste of
Little Annie’s ongoing video guerrilla diary chronicling a history of NYC and she.

You can find installment #1 of ‘New York I Knew You Well’ on the
Southern Records YouTube channel where the rest will be hosted.

The second of these weekly installments of Little Annie’s guide to NYC
is also available now via Southern Records’ You Tube channel.

Annie’s comments on how things have changed/stayed the same/been
radically transformed past any point of recognisability in her hometown is the perfect visual companion to her recent album, in collaboration withMr. Paul Wallfisch, Genderful (Southern Records).

And a further/gentle reminder, Annie will soon be kicking off her forthcoming European tour – where she’ll commence a series of collaborative shows with the wondrous Baby Dee, with who she is presently writing and recording, to be followed by a guest support slot on Marc Almond’s forthcoming UK tour.

Here are the dates:

26 – The Crane Theatre, Cork IRELAND
29 – Small Beast @ Theater Cafe AM, Stadttheater, Dortmund GERMANY
(with Paul Wallfisch)
30 – Malostranska Beseda, Prague CZECH REPUBLIC
31 – Rhiz, Vienna AUSTRIA)

1 – Unwound, Padova ITALY
2 – Kampnagel, Hamburg GERMANY

…Supporting Marc Almond, playing with Baby Dee

11 – Cliff’s Pavilion, Southend
12 – The Anvil, Basingstoke, Hampshire
13 – De La Warr Pavilion Marina, Bexhill On Sea, East Sussex
15 – St David’s Hall, Cardiff
19 – The Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
20 – The Lowry, Salford
22 – The Grand Theatre and Opera House, Leeds
23 – The Picturehouse, Edinburgh
24 – The ABC, Glasgow
25 – The Sage, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
28 – The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
29 – The Town Hall, Huddersfield
30 – Villa Marina, Isle Of Man

2 – Shepherds Bush Empire, London
4 – Muziekcafe Charlatan, Gent BELGIUM
5 – The Assembly, Leamington Spa

Little AnnieakaAnnie Anxiety Bandez, is a smokey contralto, raconteur and restless spirit who has spent the last 30 years creating a body of work that would take much more space than available here to list. Since stepping onto her first stage at the age of 16, her music – and her life – have defied categorization, limitations and/or restrictions. She is a chanteuse and lyricist, a self-taught painter, a multimedia artist, and an ordained interfaith minister.  She has recorded with vanguard figures of late twentieth century music – everyone from Adrian Sherwood and the ON-U Sound Stable to Crass to Current 93 to Antony Hegarty to Marc Almond. She is a prolific songwriter who has written for likes of the late Bim Sherman, Paul
Oakenfold and most recently Living Color. She is a published author and a stage and screen actress.

A final word…

Annie is one who tells it like it is and has such a fantastic knack for storytelling in writing as well as on camera. She has been regaling us with tales form her unpublished biography which you can read on the Southern Records blog, and I strongly recommend you do!

Praise for Genderful:

Tremendously expressive-BOOMKAT

[T]his is Little Annie’s best album yet.” -BRAINWASHED.COM

GENDERFUL is loaded with her rich wry lyricism. It’s tender, knowing,
emotive, poignant and, at times, spiritual.”  – COMPULSION

Big on talent, glamour and attitude.” – ELLE FEATURE

There’s nobody in the world better at September songs than Little

The female counterpart to the Lou Reed of 1982’sBlue Mask- a voice
full of pickled New York wisdom“. – MOJO

[A] voice that has marinated over the years in black coffee and
cigarettes to produce a unique tone, both fragile and confident in its
half-spoken, half-sung stories.”  – 4/5 STAR REVIEW MUSIQUE MACHINE

Little Annie is a woman who proudly uses her sexuality in tandem
with her intelligence. And that makes her a truly liberated woman.”

Paul Wallfisch’s burlesque piano and ear for melody sit so perfectly with Annie’s Beat poetry and New York drawl…Wonderful.– ROCK N REEL

What makes this much more…is the brilliance of Annie’s lyrics. She
can move from understated passion to rejected misery via cutting
put-downs and does it all with natural class and just the right amount
of tender humour.– SHINDIG!

Occupying a unique zone between chanteuse and diseuse, Annie
conveys streetwise attitude and tremendous empathy, often in the same
phrase. A painter, a poet, a 9/11 relief volunteer – Little Annie
has seen it and done it all…Astonishing.– TIME OUT NEW YORK

[A] rich, inspired adventure of irreverent yet tender lyricism,
astute confessions and plenty of guts, tears and celebration.”  –

I couldn’t have put it better myself…Rose Kemp review on the Sleeping Shaman

22 Oct

Every so often I find the time to write a thorough review of an album for the blog, this happened to me when I got inspired listening to Rose Kemp’s latest full length Golden Shroud for the umpteenth time today, an album that blows me away every time I listen. And just as I was about to place the mouse button onto the blank blog canvas, I read the following review on The Sleeping Shaman website and realised, I really couldn’t have put it better myself…

I am so thrilled to be working with Rose on this album which she is self releasing, even more impressive don’t you think? Find out more on her website.

Lichens at Cafe Oto in London tonight

21 Oct

Chicago-based musician Rob Lowe (90 Day Men, Om, Singer, Matteah Baim) demonstrates the startling, spectral grip of his mesmerising solo vehicle, LICHENS.

Across two acclaimed LPs for Kranky, equally stunning collaborations with the likes of Cloudland Canyon and White/Light and a plethora of other entanglements and limited releases, Rob’s combination of intricate, insistent finger-picking and intense, otherwordly keening has seen him elevated to a position alongside both titans of minimalist, metal-inflected drone and the rich tradition of shamanistic, singular American experimental primitivists.

This tour sees his first UK solo performances since a May 2008 tour with White/Light, and a solo performance alongside labelmates Stars of the Lid. Thrilling testimony of that evening can be found here:

Appetite-whetting manifestations courtesy of Lancastrian finger-picker DEAN McPHEE’s arresting, implausibly beautiful compositions for solo electric guitar, and Frances Morgan/Mark Dicker’s wintery instrumental investigations as TIME.


Thursday 21st October
Café Oto
18-22 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL
Doors 8pm / £7 adv

Intern placement opportunities

11 Oct

Southern Records and Rarely Unable PR are looking for interns. Bright, passionate, committed, computer literate individuals with a good appreciation of Southern Records are encouraged to apply. We enjoy a good sense of humour too!

Southern Records is a fiercely independent record label, artist management and recording studio established in the late 1970’s punk heyday.  Rarely Unable is a new independent PR company whose founder has been a key player in Southern’s most recent history.   Now the two companies are sharing offices and we’re looking to recruit some interns who can assist us while gaining some excellent hands-on experience.

Interns will assist in the day to day running of the mail-order and production departments, as well as assisting the Managing Director of Southern Records with key tasks. Additionally, interns will assist the founder of PR company, Rarely Unable with a variety of publicity-oriented assignments.

Duties will include:

  • Undertaking creative writing tasks
  • Internet research
  • Maintaining databases
  • Preparing mail shots
  • Filing, photocopying, scanning
  • Budgeting and marketing
  • Distribution liaison
  • Making tea and coffee, emptying the bins – everything we do on a day to day basis.

Things you won’t be doing:

  • High fives
  • Blagging onto the Godspeed guest list
  • Updating your Facebook/Bebo/Myspace/Whatever page
  • Running to the dry cleaners
  • Spinning Kings Of Leon while you stuff envelopes

By the end of the placement, our interns will have a good grasp of the inner workings of an independent record label and an independent PR company.

We are looking for people who can fill a minimum placements of six weeks, ideally able to devote from 25-40 hours per week to us.  Our placements are unpaid although we do offer a contribution towards travel costs.

If you are interested we would also need you to attend a preliminary interview in North London, where we will be happy to elaborate some more about what this internship entails.   To apply please provide the following:

  1. Covering letter detailing why you are interested in an internship at Southern/Rarely Unable, and telling us what your 2 favourite Southern releases are, and why.
  2. Full C.V. including address and telephone numbers.
  3. Details of your availability – start and end dates, hours per week etc.

Send applications using the form on the Southern Records blog.

Thank you!