Monthly Archives: February 2013

Poem – Hollie McNish – Cupcakes Or Scones

Hollie On twitter we follow the horribly awesome @everydaysexism project: horrible because it re-tweets daily stories of casual sexism and outright harassment against women all over Britain and beyond, awesome because it’s an outlet to vent and show solidarity against an unseen and entrenched menace  Maybe it’s just the people we hang out with, but we’d like to believe feminism is ...

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Poem – B.A.N.G Ft Storyboard P – Serotonin

Saalim1 We googled Serotonin. We had to. One too many rappers have mentioned it, whilst rhyming next to Mary Poppins or some such. It’s just some monoamine neurotransmitter located in the Glasto-intestinal tract and the central nervous system that contributes to well being and happiness. Nothing special. The video below features spoken word artist B.A.N.G versing over a ...

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Poem – Musa Okwonga – True Character Series

7118116157_6027891f95_z (1) You may have noticed Poejazzi alumni Musa Okwonga extolling the virtues of Jacob’s Creek on your telly (every Saturday,  during  the Jonathan Ross Show. We poets take nothing but prime-time spots we do.) The company recently started a mini-documentary show on Youtube called True Character Series: two plus minute vignettes of professionals turning their dreams into ...

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Going out – Alex Gwyther – Our Friends, The Enemy

10338_full Alex Gwyther is one of the most talented and observational young poets we have encountered, having already been published by reputable indie Nasty Little Press, he has turned his hand to theatre writing and now a culmination of all his hard work can be seen in his new show Our Friends, The Enemy. This spoken ...

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Sacrilege

2013-02-25-yeahyeahyeahs_jpg_630x355_q85 Oh Karen O, where have you been for what feels like all our life? We missed the stylised yelps and gloriously jagged guitar sounds of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and what else is there to do when your fans feel you’ve committed a small portion of sacrilege by not releasing an album for a few ...

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Video of the Week – David Bowie – The Stars (Are Out Tonight)

130219-david-bowie-single The new David Bowie video feat Tilda Swinton and Andrej Pejic is as gorgeous and strange a visual feast as it should be: think David Lynch crossed with an androgynous orgy. Sell Tickets Online through Eventbrite Online Ticketing for Poejazzi: Sarah Williams White, Tshaka Campbell, The Insomniax, Rob Auton powered by Eventbrite...

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New Music – Woman’s Hour – To The End

womans-hour-500x5001 Like your R&B smooth Sade/Jessie Ware style with some pop production sheen? Check out this atmospheric R&B from London based electronic act Woman’s Hour: clean, sophisticated and super listenable. Sell Tickets Online through Eventbrite Online Ticketing for Poejazzi: Sarah Williams White, Tshaka Campbell, The Insomniax, Rob Auton powered by Eventbrite...

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Kendrick Lamar – Poetic Justice

Kendrick-Lamar-Poetic-Justice-video-608x385 The perfect video for one of our favourite cuts from modern classic  good kid, m.A.A.d city. Sell Tickets Online through Eventbrite Online Ticketing for Poejazzi: Sarah Williams White, Tshaka Campbell, The Insomniax, Rob Auton powered by Eventbrite...

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Going Out – Liars’ League

6a00e551c6d2b2883401539264b925970b-500wi Looking for a reason to take a line for a walk? Want someone spin you a yarn? Then the Liar’s League is here to tickle your fancy! Once a month at the Phoenix on Cavendish Square is a night of live fiction. Short stories written by folks from all across the world are read by ...

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New Music – Fyfe – St Tropez

fyfe Here’s another unique pop gem, from Fyfe (aka 23-year-old Paul Dixon, who used to record as David’s Lyre).  This time the song is based on the bitter sweet pull between somewhere that should be paradise and home.  Check out the grandiose transition in this initially understated tune, popular acclaim surely awaits. Fyfe’s new EP Solace is due ...

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How To Heal A Broken Heart

heart   1. Cry. As loudly as you need. Be dramatic. Think about your favourite romantic movie; the chance meeting, the inevitable conflict, that epic break up scene. Go to that place. Use up as much energy as you can because the more you can get out now the better. Girl, cry your eyes out. Forget ...

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Forgotten Friends

Tony Harrison I sometimes forget I enjoy poetry. It’s an odd thing to confess, I admit. But in a world where I can jump out of bed, switch on a computer and immediately be speaking to and planning tactics and teamwork with people across Europe (Battlefield 3)…well, it occasionally happens. Perhaps I find myself so engrossed in ...

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Guest Blog – Tshaka Campbell – A Conversation of Questions

20100909-dsc_3202 About 8 or so years ago, I was conducting a workshop in California on Slam Poetry. The 3 day event included a panel discussion about  poetry of which I sat on with Billy Collins, who at the time was the US poet Laureate. The evening was going swimmingly, with a short performance by Mr. Collins ...

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Early Bird £3 Tickets Available (ends 12.30 am)

IMG_0279 We sold out at the last event and we’re selling less tickets because we want to keep Poejazzi happily busy rather than packed to the rafters so buy early to avoid more chance of not getting a tkt at the door. We’re back on March 12th with another stellar line-up doing our damndest to transform Tuesdays ...

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David J – The Vocal Pugilist

087-brit-writers-awards-2010-salshan-com “You’re looking for that guillotine tongue, you want your opponent to know that when they look in your eyes you ain’t looking to come second place, you really want that thing” David J – The Vocal Pugilist How did we miss this? Who knows? All the matters is that someone (i.e: poet, broadcaster, journalist Musa ...

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Dean Atta – I Am Nobody’s Nigger – Debut Collection

i-am-nobodys-nigger Dean Atta should need little introduction after releasing epic poem I Am Nobody’s Nigger and it receiving legendary poetry status via SBTV, airplay on BBC radio and coverage in various media outlets. The poem, as a response to the Stephen Lawrence murder case, has inspired debate where it is needed in a way poetry is ...

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Video of the Week – Bagel Project – Fickle Heart

72098_1678626769392_1349196664_1804685_6844322_n-e1345721079438 And where did this come from?! Bagel Project is like Tricky meets King Krule, fronted by the very best weirdness a la Georgia Ann Muldrow with a generous sprinkling of the poetic. We absolutely love this and can’t wait to hear more! (we say champing at the bit) Download the free EP here.   Sell ...

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The Library Cafe Hackney

eca3dcc3f3ede2f3dc15880e088db022 Support. Support. Support. That is all that needs saying on the matter of The Library Cafe in Hackney, a project aiming to convert a space into the major literary hub that London sorely is missing at the moment.They’re proposing hosting workshops, open mics, spoken word events and having a library where people can loan books ...

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The Interview – Kojey Radical

Untitled_artwork_2013-02-21_(11.28.49-368) The Interview – We take a look at the creative people behind the art, brands and projects that Poejaazi loves and thinks you will too. Get an insight into the arts’ future stars and its influencers. What you do in 3 words. I make art. How do you make a living from your kind of ...

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New Poem – Deanna Rodger – Smoking Kills

4978025004_ddb912f12e_z Remember them days? I mean the early noughties; do you remember the early 00′s?  Nu Soul? The better half of Jill Scotts career? Floetry’s brilliant debut? The first great meeting of spoken word andmusic, all lounge jazzy rnb/soul gently marinated a over softly spoken metaphor on relationships? This reminds us of them days. The sustained ...

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Sivu – Better Man Than He (Thom Alt J Remix)

398524863_640 While Alt-J savour in post Mercury win and Brit nomination love, drummer Thom Green turns his hand to remixing a great hopeful, mysterious new artist Sivu, who we’re sure will be vying for the same kind of credible success over the next year. Download this dream like remix free of charge before the artist still ...

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Music – To Kill A King – Cannibals With Cutlery Album Stream

to-kill-a-king Ah, To Kill A King. Them of Howling fame. London’s answer to The Villagers. One of the the last diamonds in that now desolate coal mine we call ‘The Indie Scene.’ Their debut album is due 24th february, (next sunday, feel free to rend your diaries asunder) and this being the 21st century and all, ...

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Poem – Indigo Williams – Dark Black

indigo 2 Aaaaaand carrying on the the #bullyingandtheconceptofbeauty theme, Roundhouse Poetry Alumni Indigo Williams uploaded ‘Dark Black’ up on Soundcloud yesterday. As the title suggests, her poem deals around skin color and how light/dark skin are perceived in relation to beauty in western society. Food for thought, this, and it further establishes Ms Williams as a definite ...

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New Video – Shane Koyczan – To This Day

ShaneKoyczan First off, If you do not know Shane Koyczan, you seriously need to refresh your spoken word knowledge right now. Back yet? Good. Yesterday, one of Canada’s finest living artists dropped an animated video ‘To This Day,’ a seven minute uber-poem driven on themes of bullying, the concept of beauty and bravery. Koyczan’s magical, often ...

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Lianne La Havas – Elusive

e0d5de0f3739a8596ba0ea77510f5519 A song that feels fresh and filled with light, a video with performative dance, a love story and Lianne La Havas looking grown up and more fabulous than ever. Not much else we can say really! Here’s what the director  Colin Solal Cardo (La  Blogotheque) had to say: “I’ve been collaborating with Lianne for more than ...

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New Features!

293319334_640 Have we got news for you! We have some new Poejazzi features launching for 2013 starting from Thursday such as The Interview, where we get to know the people behind the art, brands and projects that Poejaazi loves and thinks you will too. We will also be launching The Essentials where we ask the most ...

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New Music – Bipolar Sunshine – Fire

There is so much good music out there, it’s inevitable you’re going to miss one or two. Bipolar Sunshine, featuring Adio Merchant (formerly of Kid British) released ‘Fire’ last year, and oh my god isn’t it a joy bomb. Gorgeous guitars, an absolutely stirring chorus and WHAT’S THIS? A SPOKEN WORD BRIDGE, AND IS THAT ...

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New Music- Sons Of Kemet Featuring The BBC Orchestra – Babylon

13_shabaka_hutchings We have a lot of time for Shabaka Hutchings; fast becoming one of the UK’s foremost saxophonists, his work with Jazz supergroup Melt Yourself Down was one of the years first highlights. Now his own outfit The Sons of Kemet have uploaded this TWENTY TWO MINUTE Odyssey onto soundcloud, backing instruments provided by the BBC Orchestra. ...

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New Music – Valentina – Wolves

80822475-valentina-new This week’s been a bounty harvest of awesome music; just when you think you’ve tasted the last, Valentina delivers this ascending powerhouse of a track. Produced by the consistently awesome Kwes, Valentina’s breathtaking voice and beautifully abstract lyricism makes Wolves a delicious slice of adult pop. Did I mention the synth bass? Yes, the synth bass is ...

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New Music – My Panda Shall Fly Ft Adventure Elephant – Opening Brace SLIGHTLY NSFW

My-Panda-Shall-Fly This is Suren Seneviratne, AKA My Panda Shall Fly. He makes oddball-in-an-exciting-way electronic music, referencing Grime, Garage and Boards of Canada-esque Chillout. His new video, directed by Chris Toumazou, captures his social-awkward personality perfectly; That steely, bushy stare of his says a lot. A Lot.   Sell Tickets Online through Eventbrite Online Ticketing for Poejazzi: Sarah ...

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Guest Blog – Mesita – The Music of Video Games

b5six The year I was born, Mega Man 2 was released in Japan. I started playing it only a few years later, down in the basement, sitting in front of the television with that game on the screen… It’s one of the earliest memories I have. While Mega Man 2 itself is very enjoyable, the music ...

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Poejazzi Presents Sarah Williams White, Tshaka Campbell, The Insomniax, Rob Auton

Sarah-Williams-White-6001 We sold out at the last event and we’re selling less tickets because we want to keep Poejazzi happily busy rather than packed to the rafters so buy early to avoid more chance of not getting a tkt at the door. We’re back on March 12th with another stellar line-up doing our damndest to transform Tuesdays ...

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New music – Hibou – Glow/Hollow

HibouPeter2 Promising debut music from Seattle based artist Hibou that sounds like a speeded up, more buoyant take on the Beach House sound. Think happy, head bounce inducing synths and guitar sounds that evoke the sound of crashing waves against a sun tinged backdrop. Indulge in this double A side single from Hibou and keep up ...

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Hudson Mohawke – Valentines Slowjams Chapter VI mixtape

HudMoSlowJams140213 Super producer Hudson Mohawke, he of rather good musical tastes, has gifted the world a Valentines Slowjams mixtape and it’s filled to the brim with classic, gorgeous, grown folk music. You need it. We don’t care if you’re single/married and bored/deliriously happy and in love, everyone needs to download it and have a love in ...

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Poejazzi Recommends – Jodi Ann Bickley’s One Million Lovely Letters

l This is just the best idea in the universe, ever, the end.  Go home other ideas; you’re too late. So many of us wax forever about making the world better through positive means, meanwhile Jodi has gone out and done something so simple yet utterly utterly wonderful we get joy-shivers every time we think of ...

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New Music- Ghostpoet- MSIMUSMID

ghostpoet Ghostpoet, who made 2011 infinitely more bearable and inspiring with his debut album Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam, has returned; Praise the alt music gods. Earlier today he released the first taster on soundcloud, titled… MSIMUSMID. Yes, there is a way to pronounce that. No, we cannot pronounce it. This may be a lazy ...

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New Video – Keaton Henson – Lying to You

keaton-henson-interview-main Keaton Henson’s bittersweet anti love song Lying to You has finally been brought to life with a simple and beautifully executed video directed by  Autumn De Wilde. Look out for a new album called Birthdays from the singer becoming infamous for tearing at heartstrings (release Feb 25)...

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Video of the Week – James Blake – Retrograde/Solange – Bad Girls

James-Blake-Retrograde-video-608x313 You can’t make us choose. You just can’t. Solange letting her delicious soprano capabilities dance around a black cab/James Blake bringing the full moodiness of Retrograde to life on celluloid via astronaut headgear. Two voices with an alchemic effect on us: there will be no choosing today....

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Guest Blog – Mista Gee – The Path of a Poet

8287450893_da38dce766_z For quite a while Josh has been on at me to write a blog for PoeJazzi. In his own inimitable & charismatic style he’s been on at me to contribute something about Spoken Word & in my own elusive style I’ve been saying “Yeah, soon come” & then getting lost in another Chill Pill project. ...

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New Music- James Blake- Retrograde (Radio Rip)

james-blake-500 What can we say? It’s James Blake. You either know of him or you don’t. You either love him or you’re not our friend (jokes. You are our friend but really, though, why not?). And if you do love him, well, this feels like the year has started for real, now. That rising synth feels ...

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New Music- Man Like Me- Sleaze

ManLikeMe-Blissfields2012-SRC145 We’ve  been fans of Man Like Me since the heady myspace days of 2007. I mean, how can you not like a song called Donut, with lyrics like ‘Donut/stupid little girl you’re just a donut/duh, duh duh duh, duh duh, duh duh, duh’, tongue parked sharply in cheek? They’ve recently uploaded a new single, Sleaze, ...

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Going Out – Spoken Word/Music

 Friday Feb 8 Not So Popular - $ister $ister Free party from our favourite poetry/arts collective, this event is all about the female fronted R&B/Hip Hop/Garage/Reggae “And this time they’ll be even more bindis, glitter, freebies, as well as our scrub-free zine for sale!!” Difficult to resist the lure of Aaliyah et al on rotation all night, ...

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Video of the Week – Beach House – Forever Still

header-1.dc988d50 Ugh. We forever love them. It’s sickening how much we love them. They make beautiful, dreamy, summer love story type music and then they had to go and make this short film/long ass music video containing highlights from their recent album Bloom.   Sell Tickets Online through Eventbrite Sell Tickets Online through Eventbrite...

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Ben Galley – New Graphic Novel From the Emaneska Series

Ben Galley is the young author who is doing a great job of making self publishing look like a career option. In a world of conflicting advice and predictions about the future of publishing and how easy/hard it is to make it solo, that is no easy task. Ben’s series of fantasy novels, Emaneska, have ...

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Poejazzi Recommends – Nothing To Display Podcast

tumblr_m22pw3VRtX1qc14d4 Poejazzi does not do podcasts (yet) but if we did, you can bet your best pair of sneakers they’d sound a little similar to Elelta Demissie’s Nothing to Display Podcast; its a joyful mix of classic and classy new music, plus some fantastic interviews with amazing people doing equally amazingable things; the first episode had ...

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