Monthly Archives: May 2012

As Seen On Youtube: Go Right.

Back in the 80′s/90′s, the biggest videogame genre wasn’t first person shooters like Call of Duty and Halo, it was 2d side-scrollers like Mario, Sonic and Metroid; games on a flat two dimensional viewing angle where you moved to the right to progress and occasionally hopped across bottomless pits, facing far more imaginative challenges than ...

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Poejazzi June 10th Giveaway: Shakka – Drivin’

We’re gearing up towards our relaunch and our first event for 2012 and the sun is fully compliant with our plans! Huzzah! So what better way to propel us into summer then to a) give you a pressie (because presents are a universal smile inducer and b) for that present to be Shakka’s hazy, day ...

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Poejazzi Recommends: Alex Gwyther and Michael Robbins

Two very different collections with lots of reasons to go and purchase them/order them straight to the sofa spot you like to partake in higher intellectual pursuits than Come Dine With Me.Nasty Little Press (that cool publishing universe where seriously respected poets like Luke Wright, John Osborne Salena Godden and Martin Figura all reside) have ...

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Poejazzi June 10th Featured Artist: The Insomniax.

Sometimes, when we listen to Insomniax we imagine Platinum Pied Pipers are doing an album with Little Dragon featuring the Mitchell Brothers. Other times we’re too busy throwing shapes to think. (throwing shapes is a non-thinking exercise, FYI; if you’re thinking about throwing shapes when throwing shapes, you’re doing it very, very wrong) Cheeky lyrics ...

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Brainchild Festival 29 June – 1July, Wokingham

Poet Bridget Minamore, who will be joining the Poejazzi blog network later in the year, is one of the brains behind the curation of the Brainchild Festival and it looks absolutely fantastic. Brainchild is not your usual overpriced summer festival fodder, it’s a festival of ideas! Envision TED.com with music, poetry, films and comedy. Reasons ...

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Poejazzi Recommends: Kate Tempest’s play – Wasted

Kate Tempest’s play about life, love and losing the plot is touring nationwide. For those of you who haven’t come across Kate yet in your spoken word voyage of discovery she is a poet/rapper/frontwoman of festival favourite Sound of Rum. “ She has supported legendary punk poet John Cooper Clarke, firebrand Billy Bragg and afrobeat ...

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Poejazzi Recommends: LV & Joshua Idehen supporting Spoek Mathambo

Poejazzi favourites LV (Hyperdub/Keysound) alongside collaborator Benin City frontman Joshua Idehen (Audio Doughnuts) will be supporting South Africa’s finest MC (and one of the world’s coolest in general) Spoek Mathambo. Spoek’s new album is an extension of the urban meets gothic ‘township tech’ he calls his spiritual home. Father Creeper is out now and is described as a work ...

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Poejazzi Presents: SCRIMSHIRE + Support. Sunday June 10th at C.A.M.P

After five years as ‘London’s premier spoken word night’ Poejazzi relaunches with a new website, a series of apps and exciting visual collaborations. To celebrate, we are returning to C.A.M.P with one of its finest lineups ever: WahWah45′s own Adam Scrimshire will be performing a full live band rendition of his critically acclaimed 2011 album ‘The Hollow.’ He is ...

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Heidi Vogel: The penultimate act to be announced for Poejazzi June!

It might be fair to say we have a thing for Cinematic Orshestra collaborator Heidi Vogel. She’s been a regular feature at Poejazzi nights, for bloody good reason; she’s got a gob-droppingly incredible voice; the tears-inducing, bypass the brain to the heart I-Think-I’m-Going-To-Buy-Her-CD-After-This kind of voice that’s rarer than suit wearing break dancing bears! What ...

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Poejazzi presents Benin City – Baby (Official Video)

    We highly, strongly and deeply recommend you watch the new Benin City video. My reasons why are as follows: A) This twisted love song is officially amazing. Equally amazing people such as Huey Morgan (BBC6) to John Kennedy (Xfm) to Musa Okwonga (The Independent, The King’s Will) to Scroobius Pip have said the ...

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The Insomniax: The latest act to be announced for Poejazzi June!

“The fragile state of the world ‘economy’; the perilously fragile state of Arsenal’s defence; going to a club without being able to pull. These are just some of the issues dear to the hearts of singers, songwriters, MC’s, producers and multi-instrumentalists Kai Gama and Dr Sydney Velvet: two brothers who together make up The Insomniax ...

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Recommended: Writer’s Block, Sunday 20th May at Concrete.

Quality nights that marry ‘urban’ music (that’s RnB, Soul and Rap to anyone born before 2000) and spoken word convincingly are rarer than suggestive winks at a party for blind people. Writer’s Block has stood as one of the brighter exceptions to the dross; it’s like they have a secret stash of quality soul acts ...

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Recommended: Lazy habits’ Album Launch, May 12th At XOYO

I think it’s fair to say Lazy Habits are the Heavyweight Champions of live UK Hip Hop. Sounds like a dubious honor til you actually see them perform: roaring, chest rippling horn-lines, killer rhymes from MC Lazy and Skinhorse and air-tight party riffs have seen them dominate festival shows with the same iron grip that ...

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Alex Gwyther: latest act announced for Poejazzi in June!

 We’re so excited to include Alex on such a diverse line up for our relaunch event in June. His first collection was published by cool, indie publisher Nasty Little Press and he is also a member of the highly acclaimed PIP (A Poem Between People) alongside poets such as Joshua Idehen, Inua Ellams, Raymond Antrobus, Musa Okwonga, ...

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Shakka: First act announced for Poejazzi in June!

If you haven’t heard of him yet, you really should have! Not just because he is one of the most unique artists we’ve come across in a long time but also because his talent, attention to detail and video editing skills (see the video of Coldplay cover God Put a Smile Upon Your Face) have ...

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Recommended: The King’s Will Launch ‘The Swords Are Coming.’ Live at the Macbeth TONIGHT

The Last time The King’s Will (Musa Okwonga’s ‘Poetronica’ Outfit) played a live rendition of their debut album As The Power Fails, (Poejazzi, December 2011) it was audio visual Tour De Force; fat bass, smart lyricism and probably the best costumes ever committed to a spoken word performance. Seriously, it was a good night. Tonight, ...

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