Monthly Archives: January 2013

Poejazzi Trailer – Feb 12

PJ We’re no 20th Century Fox but godamnit we wanted a trailer and a trailer we made. Here’s the wonderful Jack Rooke talking performance and Poejazzi in this little trailer for our next event featuring Anna Meredith, Harry Baker, The Magic Lantern, and of course Jack.   Sell Tickets Online through Eventbrite Sell Tickets Online through ...

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Mairi Campbell-Jack – This Is A Poem

slide-1-638 Mairi Campbell-Jack is a poet who, like all of us, knows pain intimately, but unlike all of us, is able to express so eloquently and simply the effects of its arrival. In the Scottish poet’s new collection This is A Poem Campbell-Jack paints a most detailed portrait of pain. In the poem, ‘Taking the pill: day one’, ...

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John Cleese on Creativity

1280-Four-Stories-on-Creativity-from-John-Cleese “Creativity is not a talent…it is not a talent, it is a way of operating…when I say a way of operating it is absolutely unrelated to IQ” Funnyman John Cleese on what makes creative people different from others with the same quantifiable level of intelligence as them. A talk worthy of TED-dom, if only it ...

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The Foreign Exchange – So What If It Is

the-foreign-exchange-the_reworks-620x620 So What If It Is is a track from new remix album +FE Music: The Reworks from The Foreign Exchange. While soul/Hip Hop lovers salivate at the prospect of a fourth album to rival classics such as Connected and Leave It All Behind you can look forward to vocals from Phonte and production from Nicolay getting the ...

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Raymond Antrobus – Looking for Things That Look Like Love

312728_10151174415221235_143665538_n A beautiful preview of what you will get if you buy Raymond’s debut collection for Burning Eye Books, Shapes & Disfigurements of Raymond Antrobus. Watch one of spoken word’s best talk love in various guises. Sell Tickets Online through Eventbrite Sell Tickets Online through Eventbrite...

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New Directions

photo02 We were dropping little hints of some good news yesterday and here it is. We’re going through some changes at Poejazzi in the form of a new team member. Why should you care you may ask? Well you should care because this team member will be in control of our visuals and delivering amazingly engaging/unique/Poejazzi-tastic ...

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Billie

tumblr_mh54qaDq1a1rsbgmuo1_500 “I’ve been told that nobody sings the word ‘hunger’ like I do” Billie Holiday Sell Tickets Online through Eventbrite Sell Tickets Online through Eventbrite...

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When Words Collide – BBC 1Xtra

b01q1n4p How close is Hip Hop to spoken word or are they worlds apart? Well, we could all sit around and argue about it or you could listen to this new documentary When Words Collide Sunday 27th January at 9 pm on BBC 1Xtra (and then argue about it afterwards) It’s about time someone investigated the ...

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Arlissa – Sticks & Stones

arlissa_ss2.indd Watch the beautiful Arlissa with her seamless blend of indie, pop and tribal rhythms in the new video for Sticks & Stones. The video for the half German, half American London raised songstress, was shot in the same location as Beasts of the Southern Wild for that haunting wilderness feel and heralds a representation of ...

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Video of the Week – Sivu – Better Man Than He

SiVU Better Man Than He, a song by up and coming artist Sivu, was produced by the man behind Alt-J’s super catchy album so we should not be surprised at it’s left field pop perfection. We love how this song feels organic, low key and yet has a sheen to it that only being pop savvy ...

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Vintage Poejazzi (awww…)

flyer_webprev-1 As we get ready to return to the live circuit with our February 12th gig let’s take a little walk down memory lane and watch some vintage Poejazzi footage from The Royal Festival Hall. It was 2010, we were younger, some of us had better hairlines, The Sugababes had just decided to not be the ...

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When is a Shory Story Not a Short Story? Keith Ridgway – Rothko Eggs

n397802 When is a short story not a short story? When it’s a chapter in a novel. Rothko Eggs was originally published in Zoetrope All-Story during the spring of 2011. Written by the Dublin-born author Keith Ridgway, it is a remarkable evocation of the adolescent voice: all self-questioning and incomplete reasoning, partial understanding and uncertain references. ...

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New Music – To Kill A King – Cold Skin (Tyde Remix)

to-kill-a-king-cold-skin We needed a winter warmer and praise be, here it is. Check out this carnival-esque, electronic take on To Kill A King‘s new single Cold Skin. What we love about this Tyde remix is how different it feels from the original, it’s like being transported to another landscape musically: from the contemplative vibe To Kill A ...

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President Obama Inauguration Poem 2013

_65403054_65403053 "Hope: a new constellation, waiting for us to map it, waiting for us to name it, together."...

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Going Out – Jawdance – Jan 23

main_newjawdance1 If you find yourself strolling down Brick Lane, bagel in hand, looking for something to make the darkness bright on these cold winter nights, then I suggest you take a stroll over to Rich Mix on Bethnal Green Road for Jawdance, a night of spoken-word put on by those fabulous folks at Apples and Snakes. ...

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Early Bird Tickets Available (ends Friday 25th Jan)

flyer_webprev-1 Poejazzi returns to the live circuit with our first gig of 2013, a new venue and a blistering line-up! From today you can get Early Bird tickets for £3. After January 25th tickets will be £5 online/student/concessions and £7 on the door. Buy early to avoid disappointment!   Headline act Anna Meredith – signed to ...

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New Music – Fyfe – Solace

FyfeWeb   This year is shaping up to be one where mystery will triumph, first Ofei and now Fyfe: another relatively young artist who seems to have appeared out of nowhere with a bare bones let-the-music-speak-for-itself website and a great debut track promising more great things to come. Solace is the first track to be released into ...

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Laura Mvula – Green Garden

laura-mvula We talk about this rising star way too much. We promise nothing underhand or creepy is going on, we’re just a little over-enthusiastic about her. Here’s the new video for Green Garden, another track from the upcoming album Sing to the Moon (available March 4) It’s amazing, of course, but this time we get to ...

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Ty – Like You Never

1903 It feels like it’s been an eternity since Ty released his last LP,  A Different Kind of Fool. But the wait is over: one of UK Hip Hop’s most respected emcees is back in our lives, with two new EPs slated for release this year on the Tru Thoughts Label. Having recently been included on AllHipHop’s ...

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Rob Auton – Yellow – Channel 4 Random Acts

IMG_0279 “Why is a grapefruit called a grapefruit? There is already a fruit called a grape, and the grapefruit looks nothing like the fruit called a grape” Rob Auton Surreal and fantastic as ever, Rob Auton brings some crazy town poetics to the stable of films in the Channel 4 Random Acts series. Personally, this is ...

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Photos of Photos

IMGP0783_(1) My father takes photos of photos. Nephews stretched across verandas, resting on sofas. Young soldiers off-duty, playing toy-soldiers. His mother is stood in front of an old house, her children in a line in front of her – this photograph now on the floor of her current home so he may retake it. Practically it’s ...

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George The Poet At The Royal Albert Hall – Review

Screen-shot-2012-12-16-at-10.12.46 Read the head title again. Go on, read it. A man with ‘poet’ in his title just performed to a sold out audience show at the Royal Albert Hall. Did I mention it sold out in 24 hours? Sold out. 24 hours. Poetry. Royal Albert Hall. The next time someone tells you a career poetry ...

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Hiatus Kaiyote – Let’s Get Them to the US! (and then London?)

hiatus-kaiyote-banner Hiatus Kaiyote make really great soul music, so much so they have restored our faith in modern soul music (see this gushing post on how much we love this group) It’s nothing too complex or crazy in terms of arrangements, it’s just melodious, gorgeous, perfect music that anyone, irrespective of their genre preferences, would fall ...

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The Insomniax – Red Bull Studios Session

timthumb.php Red Bull recently filmed an introduction of The Insomniax: The Poetic Soundsystem (watch here) the guys who have provided us with great mixes such as this one for Dazed Digital and cinematic EPs like Love She Wants. 2013 should be a great year for the duo who manage to infuse everything we like (electronic soul, dub, ...

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Alex Fin – Mull

Alex-Fin Like Nicholas Jaar? Flying Lotus? Thom Yorke? Well you need to check out these electronic gems from Alex Fin via his new EP Mull. We love the way the tracks on this EP shift between different repetitive movements. Mull includes Waiting Like A Wolf, a song so addictive it’s the ambient version of crack. This ...

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Poejazzi’s Back – February 12th

Anna Meredith Poejazzi returns to the live circuit with our first gig of 2013, a new venue and a blistering line-up! Tickets are £5 online/student/concessions and £7 on the door. Buy early to avoid disappointment. Headline act Anna Meredith – signed to Moshi Moshi Records and praised by Drowned in Sound and Pitchfork for her outstanding debut ...

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Video Of The Week- Raisa K’s Feeder Featuring Betty Grumble

betty-wink-small Micachu And The Shapes member Raisa K dropped a video for the single Feeder last month, and it is possibly one of the most brilliantly demented pieces we’ve seen in a while. Feeder shares similarities with Micachu’s output whilst striking its own path; sharp, metallic and foreboding melodies, with a joyously twisted carousel-like chorus line. ...

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On Writing About London

main-600x400_25617 The concept of home is a strange one, especially when home is a city like London. In relation to writers and writing however, I think it becomes even stranger. How do we write about it, particularly if so many others have written about your home already? I’m not usually so broad and philosophical, but this ...

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Going Out – Rachel Rose Reid – I’m Hans Christian Andersen

06_Monsters_of_the_Sea_1 Poejazzi favourite Rachel Rose Reid (described as “the Queen of the new wave of storytellers” by BBC Radio 3) is holding a fairytale session for grown ups (what adult doesn’t need that?) on Jan 16. In this solo performance Rachel “weaves between the bittersweet truths beneath Andersen’s sugar-coated fairytales, and our own hopes for ‘happily ...

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The Wisdom of Felix

Felix Dennis I’ve often thought that poets appreciate things that others do not. Those who know me well – and it might be this blog will see more along that awkward path – will know that I don’t specifically mean the published, or even ‘the writers down’ of things. My use of ‘poets’ refers to the wide-thinking, ...

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The Strivers Row – On Influencing

the-strivers-row1-1024x784 In the last part of our series with The Strivers Row they tell us what they see for the future of spoken word and each other. They also talk about their model of spoken word as a vehicle for transformative thinking and teaching as well as poetry's widening role in social change on a global level. ...

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Mellow Peaches – I’ll Go Down With This Ship

574573_424707940898870_110088038_n Mellow Peaches are Amit Dattani and Rich Harris, two Wolverhampton-based multi-instrumentalists with a love for all things roots music. Beginning as a virtuoso blues duo, the Peaches have expanded their sonic palette on a new LP, I’ll Go Down With This Ship,  to include folk, world and other influences. What results, as can be seen ...

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Laura Mvula – Father, Father

laura-mvula-sing Another beauty to leave us wanting that album to come out already (sigh). Father, Father is another gem from Laura Mvula‘s upcoming album Sing to the Moon, which will be released on March 4. In the meantime indulge in this typically stark Rankin produced footage of Laura singing for his publication Hunger Magazine...

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The Strivers Row – On Influences

Screen_Shot_2013-01-10_at_12.59.09 In the third part of our series of interviews we veer from Dostoyevsky to Tupac as The Strivers Row tell us what books, icons and musicians have influenced their style as poets and what has inspired their different opinions on their poetry being for the page or for the stage....

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Jacob Banks – The Monologue

jacob-banks-the-monologue-ep We’re having one of our geek out moments, we got so excited about Jacob Banks‘ new EP The Monologue we decided that a few tracks in we were sold: this is officially our first golden goose find of 2013. Mr Jacob Banks has a voice that is a cross between John Legend and Michael Kiwanuka, ...

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Ellie Goulding – Lights – Kensaye Remix

photo (1) London based French producer Kensaye brings his trademark dark soulfulness to yet another song (Listen to his remix of Bjork’s Moon here) This time he adds depth and dimensions to Ellie Goulding’s pretty and soaring pop track Lights and by doing so transforms a cute song into a beast of a tune that is powerful ...

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Keaton Henson – Lying To You

artworks-000037871740-iubpo8-t500x500 One of music’s most elusive stars is back on the ascend. After a break from the live scene due to extreme anxiety issues and the release of critically acclaimed debut album Dear, Keaton Henson is returning with a series of dates at unusual spots such as The Freud Museum (which sold out in the space ...

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e. e. cummings – Advice to Students

149533650099441632_hdTSQgz0_c “And so my advice to all young people who wish to become poets is: do something easy, like learning how to blow up the world – unless you’re not only willing, but glad, to feel and work and fight till you die. Does this sound dismal? It isn’t. It’s the most wonderful life on earth. ...

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The Strivers Row – On Starting Out

Screen_Shot_2013-01-04_at_15.37.38 We caught up with The Strivers Row during their performance and workshop tour of the UK (The Exchange) In the second of our series of interviews with them the group tells us about their earliest memories of poetry, how they discovered themselves as poets and supporting each other on the way....

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Going Out – Apple and Snakes – Big Talk

Apples-and-Snakes If you truly do like to be beside the seaside and have a penchant for poetry performed in quaint and intimate surroundings then I urge you to make a trip to Margate for a night spoken word from Apples and Snakes at the Tom Thumb Theatre. Amongst the company of open mic first timers, chancers, and seasoned ...

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What’s On This Week

Monday Love Elizabeth Bishop’s concise verses? Join Graham Fawcett as he leads a close reading of an Elizabeth Bishop poem: At The Fishhouse, at The Rugby Tavern – 6.30 pm £10 entry Tuesday Anjali Joseph and Nigeria’s youngest literary sensation Chibundu Onuzo are the guests of Tom Basden, Jarred McGinnis and Sam Taradash at The Special ...

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Titilope Sonuga – Mother Tongue

7435115.bin “You can never really understand who I am, until you know exactly where it is that I come from” says Titilope Sonuga on From a Place a moving rendition from her highly anticipated debut album Mother Tongue; a stirring piece of story telling, a perfect fusion of oral traditions and music that begs the listening to get a little closer. ...

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Video of the Week – To Kill A King – Cold Skin

tumblr_loxiavGRZs1qhohxe   Poejazzi faves To Kill A King are clearly not playing around this year; their debut album Cannibals With Cutlery is due  Feb 24th and today they’ve just released a video for their new single Cold Skin. While the song itself is the usual indie brilliance we’ve come to expect from To Kill A King ...

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The Strivers Row – On Being a Collective

Screen_Shot_2013-01-04_at_15-1.35.34 In the first of our series of interviews with the poetry darlings who, between them, have performed everywhere from The White House to The Sundance Film Festival, they talk about what each individual contributes to the collective and give some insight into marketing....

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Happy New Year x

Untitled_artwork_2012-12-30_(21.12.41-885) Here’s to a great new year and thanks for all your support in 2012 throughout all of our changes. We hope you’ve enjoyed watching our growth into a grown up organisation as much as we’ve loved plotting how we could manage to pull it off! We made a point of telling ourselves that everything we ...

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