Thursday, 29 October 2009

Kicking Against The Pricks: Nick Cave

Singing, Painting, Writing Films and Novels, Composing. Nick Cave is a breath of fresh air into the world of art where many bands churn out two albums before calling it day and disappearing into the great abyss. He has had great critical acclaim throughout his career from the dark, drug fuelled days of The Birthday Party to the 'Murder Ballads' of The Bad Seeds.
The Birthday Party

Nick Cave's first band to gain attention in the western world. Challenging post punk from the 80's, creating bleak and noisy soundscapes that provide the perfect setting for Cave's difficult, disturbing stories of religion, violence and perversity.
Highlight - Their seminal album 'Junkyard' is post punk at its darkest and most intriguing.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Formed after the demise of The Birthday Party due to the drug induced death of a member. The Bad Seeds is formed from the members of the former band and in their early albums the trademarks can still be heard. However The Bad Seeds evolved and grew into a diverse band that incorporates elements of folk, blues, country, gospel, post punk and soul. Nick Cave's lyrics range from poetical to the murderous. An extensive career that showcases aswell as great music the maturity of Nick Cave mastering his lyrics and vocals.

Highlight -
'The Boatman's Call' is Nick Cave laying his soul bare onto record accompanied by a piano. Recorded after his break up with PJ Harvey.

Nick Cave grows old discracefully with Grinderman, formed with members of The Bad Seeds. They showcase a much dirtier and rocky sound than his other band with songs such as the perverse 'No Pussy Blues'. They have one self-titled album however we can be expecting the follow up very soon.

Writings on his other notable work including novels, film scripts and compositions in the next blog.





Saturday, 24 October 2009

Sounds abit WONKY to me

"Wonky is a term used to describe a tendency to use mid-range unstable synths that appeared before summer 2008, among arange of musical genres,including hip-hop, hyphy, grime,chiptune, dubstep, crunk, and eletro. It has also been suggested that wonky is a genre of music itself."

Hudson Mohawke debut album is out next week tilted 'Butter’. I managed to get a hold of a copy through a friend of friend.The elements that Hudson Mohawke creates are of a pop sensibility with the most twisted fuzzed out beats and samples that Aphix Twin could only dream of.The opening track ‘Shower Melody’ plays like a Motley Crew guitar solo played in reverse. That 80’s pop/rock theme comes across on record along with the air-brushed style cover. The most outstanding track is ‘ZooOOOoOOm’ a Spectrum odyssey with delayed out of beat beat-boxing over the top for good out of sink measure.

Check out the myspace for more on the man

Butter is out on Warp 26th October

Friday, 23 October 2009


After some serious thinking 'Out Of Step' will be back on the 9th November.
Where gonna be doing some major promoting work in and around the Midlands area so people actually now about this night.
To many great Indie night's come and go in Wolverhampton and we wanna try and survive and yes excuse the awful pun but "We want to be a SURVIVOR"


-James nash Sunday Editors Pre/After party 25th Oct
-Rip It Up Island bar Birmingham on 30th Oct
-We have a Specials Night with 'Ready staedy Go deejays' on 9th Nov
-We hope to start up the night very soon down in Brighton with our good friend Sarah Millinghton

The Stool Pigeon

Alchemy the bar where Out of step takes place now stocks the brilliant free music zine 'The Stool Pigeon' and is the only venue in town that does so.
So support a great zine by simply picking one up!

It's well worth a read over a beer or coffee and its free..


With the Editors playing we couldn't help ourselves by doing a Editors out of step.
From 8 till late will be playing the heard and the unheard just like we do.

James Nash is in town,the co-founder of Colour and awesome comic/illustrator.He will be guest dj for the night.

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Rip it up Birmingham

Out Of step are doing a guest deejay slot for Birmingham based 70's and 80's night 'Rip it up' at the Island bar.So expect lots of Husker Du,Black flag and Pet Shop Boys.

See you there on Friday 30th from 9 till 2 Island Bar

James Nash

James Nash the London based Illustrator and comic artist has created our new winter Poster. Nash will be playing for us some time very soon as part of a show he's doing down in Wolverhampton.

for more info on the man check out the links

Also here is a video of the man in action

The Butcher's Shop, Sponsored by Hendricks Gin (2) from BAD IDEA magazine on Vimeo.

Friday, 16 October 2009

Our very good friend and Birmingham based deejay Gemma Wan has come up with this brilliant webpage for established and up and coming deejay's who play on the indie/alternative circuit.
It's a great way for anyone who wants to become a deejay,who doesn't know how?Just upload your details along with playlist on the site.

As the site put's it

"There's a lot of DJs out there who want to play gigs. 
there's a lot of promoters out there who want DJs to play at their gigs. 
so let us be your musical cupid.
We are based in birmingham, but work with DJs and promoters across the UK. Shoe gaze to electro: daft punk, long blondes, les savy fav, the police, santogold, white stripes, the beatles, beastie boys, the maccabees, kasabian - whoever you're into, you'll fit in here."

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Setlist 12/10/08

It’s not all of it but half of what I could remember.

Richard Cartwright Played the following…

End of set

Here - Pavement

Rock And Roll [Live]-The Velvet Underground

Shine a Light - Wolf Parade

There Is A Light That Never Goes Out -The Smiths

The Guns of Brixton- The Clash

Alternative Ulster – Stiff Little Fingers

House of Jealous Lovers - The Rapture

C'mere - Interpol

Bull in the Heather - Sonic Youth

New Rose – The Dammed

Troubled mind – The Buff Medways

I’m a Target - No Age

Chamber – These New Puritans

1969 – Boards of Canada

Soon- My Bloody Valentine

One More Chance -Bloc Party

Party Hard -Pulp

Ever fallen in love?- The Buzzcocks

Who can say- The Horrors

Zombie Dance – The Cramps

Monkey Gone To Heaven - Pixies

I Wanna Be Adored-The Stone Roses

Just like honey-The Jesus and Mary chain

Watch the Tapes- LCD Soundsystem

Till The End Of The Day- The Kinks

The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song(With All Your Power)- The Flaming Lips

Horchata-Vampire Weekend

Over and Over - Hot Chip

Death to Los Campesinos! - Los Campesinos!

Mr Understanding - Pete And The Pirates

Bang - Blur

The Photos on My Wall - Good Shoes

Trust vs Mistrust -Spinto Band

Liar-Royal Trux

Rebel Rebel – David Bowie

Footprints - Bill Callahan

We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful- Morrissey

Boneless – The Notwist

Lucky Number Nine- The Moldy Peaches

Queen Of The Troubled Teens - Idlewild

They Took A Vote And Said No- Sunset Rubdown

Florida -Modest Mouse

All The Kings Men - Wild Beasts

Young Adult Friction - The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Human Behaviour – Bjork

Breathe- A Place to Bury Strangers

The Kids (Laugh Out Loud)- Lovvers

House clouds- Liars

Graveyard Girl- M83

Bastards of Young - The Replacements

Drumming Song- Florence & the Machine

Actor out of work- St Vincent

Lost In The Plot- The Dears

Don't Lie - Abe Vigoda

The Tree With The Lights In It - High Places

Wild Bore – Mika Miko

Lust for life-Girls

Dead Set on Destruction-Hüsker Dü

My Kind Of Soldier-Guided By Voices

Province- TV On the radio-

What’s a Girl to do? – Bat For Lashes

Going Nowhere – Cut Copy

Fences- Phoenix

The District Sleeps Alone- The Postal Service

Physic City - YACHT

The Stars in autumn - Epic45

Island- The XX

Bright Tomorrow – Fuck Buttons

Cryptograms- Deerhunter

There’s a ghost in my house- The Fall

1517-The Whitest Boy Alive

To Clean- Woods

Detroit, Lift Up Your Weary Head! - Sufjan Stevens

Canada- Why?/Themselves

Beginning of set

Monday, 5 October 2009

2000's: A Retrospective

A Very Brief Overview
The end of a decade, a chance to look back with much nostalgia and a big smile. Revisiting albums such as Kid A and Transatlanticism provoked a feeling of pride growing up in this era around some great music however it was soon crushed when i thought of how the 2000's kicked off with amazing albums from Sigur Ros and Radiohead only to pave way for the american Nu-Metal invasion. The saviours of the decade must be The Strokes with their seminal Is This It taking the whole of England by storm, reinstating faith into guitar music and killing nu-metal. It paved the way for the whole UK indie scene which soon exploded, giving us some great music. As always happens when a scene breaks you will get the record labels exploting it, signing up any 'indie' band such as 'The Others' regardless of talent. It soon became a bore. However amongst the bile and wonders of the internet came Arctic Monkeys, a bunch of lads from Sheffield who by the end of the decade have become the biggest band in Britain and also kept their integrity with 3 fantastic albums. The decade comes to a close and with a resurgence of experimental music with popular albums from Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective, Bat For Lashes, The Horrors and Arctic Monkeys it seems there is big hopes for the next decade.