Saturday, 13 June 2009


As some of you may have realised, Tin Trains moved from here long ago.

If you haven't found it's new home yet then just click right here.



Friday, 10 April 2009

Dasal would not be pleased...


Last night I saw the wonderful David Byrne (ex-) lead singer of Talking Heads at Oxford's New Theatre.

Despite missing the first 3 or 4 songs due to rubbish train systems it is still by far the best gig that I have been to in 2009. Backed by an incredible band (sure they're not Talking Heads but they would certainly give them a run for their money!) he ripped through several songs from his fantastic 2008 collaboration album with Brian Eno Everything That Happens Will Happen Today as well as a truck load of Talking Heads classics.

The backing singers were pitch perfect and full credit goes to the sound engineer who made the utilisation of two percussionists totally worthwhile.

The band were also accompanied onstage for the majority of songs by a few dancers who performed some of the most bizarrely choreographed dances that I have ever seen, but they suited the mood quite well and were always enjoyable to watch, especially when Byrne himself joined in.

Another highlight of the night was when a bouncer told a dancing member of the audience to sit down, which David Byrne happened to spot. He stopped mid-song to reprimand the bouncer and told everyone that it was ok to have a good time, causing the whole audience to stand up and dance for the rest of the show! Legendary.

Finally came the part that Dasal would not have liked. In total disregard of Dasal's second rule of encores he and his band proceeded to leave the stage not once, not twice, not even three times but FOUR TIMES, pausing to bow on each occasion. They totally deserved it though and it was nice to hear a crowd actually working for the encores for once. Maybe it was because it was mostly full of middle-aged people, but it certainly was a breath of fresh air and created a wonderful atmosphere.

The highlights for me were 'Houses in Motion', 'Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)', 'Air', 'Life During Wartime'... I could go on until I named everything he played. Having missed the first few songs I am very tempted to go and see him again in London this coming week.


Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Blog Recomendations

Since Rob has had his chance in compiling a list of podcasts, I thought I'd do the same for some of my favourite blogs out there. Hopefully, in the process, this will help you get through the "In Transit" cold turkey of the Easter.

Gorilla vs. Bear

This is one of the best MP3 blogs, specialising in rare new music and collaborations. Absolutely packed with cool and exclusive MP3's and has a massive collection of other good music blogs.

Bad Science

This blog, written by Dr Ben Goladacre, is satisfying reading for all advertising pseudoscience sceptics like me. This blog contains all of Goldacre's articles from his guardian article, forums and loads of video and audio. The sit unveils the almost unbelievably (funny?) claims and "scientific facts" presented to us every day.

Fail Blog

Everyone's favourite past time, laughing at pople less fortunate than you has been fully encapsulated in this blog. Need an instant pick up? This blog will do just the trick

The London Review of Breakfasts

Officially (according to me) the best and most useful blog on the interweb! I can't even begin to remember the number of times i've tried to track down a good breakfast cafe in London. This has led me to dabble in numerous establishments, some of which i only remember for a bout of food poisoning. The London review of breakfasts is exactly what it says on the tin, with its mission statement, "The "full English" refers not to our technological, cultural or military achievements. No: we live in a country where the 'full us' proudly refers to the first meal of the day. And yet here, in that country's capital, there seem to be (far) more bad breakfast opportunities than good ones.


Technically not a blog, but featuring MP3's, news, album and live reviews, plus what seems at first to be an unhealthy obsession with the cardboard protecting our beloved music. This packaging love is strangely engrossing though, giving me a new appreciation for this previously neglected part of an album. But best of all onethirty is Tin Trains new home! yay!


Sunday, 29 March 2009

In Transit Show 29th March 2009

Guest hosts Ryan Hakimian and Nick Taylor.


Format: Artist - Song (Album)

  1. Neko Case - This Tornado Loves You (Middle Cyclone)
  2. Wyclef Jean - Where Fugees At? (The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book)
  3. The Last Shadow Puppets - Calm Like You (The Age Of The Understatement)
  4. Staff Benda Bilili - Je T'Aime (Tres Tres Fort)
  5. Stevie Wonder - Don't You Worry 'bout A Thing (Innervisions)
  6. Arcade Fire - Wake Up (Funeral)
  7. Marissa Nadler - Mary Comes Alive (Little Hells)
  8. Alien Ant Farm - Movies (ANThology)
  9. The Killers - Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll (Hot Fuss)
  10. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Dull Life (It's Blitz!)
  11. Dent May - Meet Me In The Garden (The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele)
  12. Sufjan Stevens - Chicago (Illinois)
  13. Animal Collective - Fireworks (Strawberry Jam)

Thursday, 26 March 2009

The lost Art of the Encore

What has happened to the encore? I've been to many many many gigs, and in my opinion the encore was warranted in 1. (bloc party doing skeleton at the forum - video)

Now, I'm not against a genuine encore, where a band has played their entire set, and caved into audience pressure. They should be special, not dealt out at every single gig. However, I have come to realised that for many gig attendees, the encore is now expected (its special if there isn't one - damn), so I have compiled my encore rules. If you must:

  1. Make the break short (<>
  2. NEVER ever do the MULTIPLE ENCORE, whats the fucking point Metallica.
  3. Play something special, fan favourites (not big songs / hits - these should have been in the set anyway)
  4. Keep me guessing. Put the house lights on or put the DJ back on, makes a nice little surprise when the encore does happen.
There you go, Dasal's rules for encores. Take note you 1000's of bands that are reading this, my opinion rocks.


Wednesday, 25 March 2009

4am Inspiration

If the greater part of The Beatles discography isn't proof enough that doing drugs and making music can incur incredible results here's more:

And for any Conor fans who haven't seen the cover of his new album check it out here.


Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Tin Trains Twitter is Launched

Pointless I know, but fun nonetheless.

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