Monday
Apr042011

Breads Etc, Brixton Village

This weekend was the first in a while that I've had the time to wander around Brixton Village.  I'm always amazed at the speed in which new shops open up.  One that has been around since November-ish, but I'd not had the time to try, is Breads Etc.  They have a successful sister restaurant in Clapham High Street and their presence in Brixton Village offers a reduced but highly appetising brunch menu.  Slightly further afield they're also opening a third shop in Brooklyn, New York sometime in the summer.

Bread is freshly baked onsite each day and for such a small premises they have a surprisingly wide range – Sunday's included walnut, olive, and couple of other sourdough loaves.

Breads Etc isn't for the extremley lazy, each table has a Dualit toaster allowing you to toast your bread just to your own liking as well as a selection of spreads to choose from.

My choice for Sunday was 4 slices of toast plus a couple of soft-boiled eggs.  The eggs were perfectly made and at £4 you can't really go wrong. 

Brunch 

Sunday
Apr032011

Track of the day - April 3rd

Cast Spells is the solo project of Maps & Atlases singer/guitarist Dave Davison.  And the track Glamourous Glowing is my pick of today.

A continuation on the SXSW theme I saw Cast Spells for the first time as a part of the Sargent House showcase where they performed alongside the likes of Adebisi Shank, Omar Rodriguez Lopez and Fang Island.  On a night dominated by heavy basslines and turned up to the max amplifers Cast Spells provided a chilled tempo at the start of the evening.

  

Saturday
Apr022011

Track of the day - April 2nd

Mid way through the music leg of SXSW I hit the inevitable point of exhaustion that comes from too much free beer and too little sleep.  Scanning through the music pocket guide I found I'd a couple of early afternoon hours with no bands highlighted to check out so figured I'd head along to a venue I'd not yet been to and see who happened to be playing.

The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt proved to be the perfect SXSW pick-up! 

The acid punk band from New York took audience participation to the extreme - wearing fancy dress was mandatory for all and the band duly produced a huge duffel bag full of a variety of items to ensure no-one missed out.

Midway through the set frontman Neil Fridd encouraged the small midday crowd to follow him away from the stage and sang without microphone before rushing back to the stage to join drummer and guitarist in perfect timing.

Returning to the duffel back the band produced a homemade parachute (the kind you might remember from PE classes at school?). Without having to be asked twice everyone in the room clambered underneath the assortment of stitched together bedsheets and other material to form a mini VIP tent in the middle of the bar.

At around 25 minutes it was a short but highly energetic set which ended with the song Grouphug.  Which of course was performed with everyone, band and barstaff included, having a group hug.

A band I probably wouldn't have listened to before but having experienced them live I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for a London gig in the near future.

The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt - Grouphug: