Ring-fencing the freelance stuff.

I was toying with the idea of moving the freelance reprints to a sub-domain, as their more hem-hem “professional” tone sits badly alongside the more informal personal blog posts. But then I thought: sheesh, why make things more difficult for people? So I’m going to revert to the earlier concept of Freelance Fridays, saving any gig reviews from earlier in the week until then.

Looking at my last.fm events calendar for the rest of 2008, I can already promise you heaps and heaps of gig reviews. Here’s the current list of forthcoming attractions:

Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir, Congregation
Modey Lemon
The Dodos, Euros Childs
Spiers and Boden
The Ting Tings
Heavy Trash
The Hold Steady
Hot Club De Paris
Seasick Steve
Holy Fuck
Elbow (Leicester)
Vampire Weekend (Sheffield)
The Temptations
Fleet Foxes
The Kills
Scouting For Girls (oh, the perils of having a 13-year old niece!)
Show Of Hands
Will Young
The Human League, ABC, Heaven 17

There will also be interviews with Phil Oakey from The Human League, Otis Williams from The Temptations, Will Young (which looks like being a rare face-to-face job… as it were… eek!), hopefully The Hold Steady – and doubtless several more, once the summer lull is over.

That’s if I don’t get all arsey and refuse them all. Just yesterday, I sniffily turned my nose up at some WWF dude, Justin Hayward or John Lodge from the Moody Blues, and The ALL! NEW! LEGALLY RECOGNISED AT GREAT EXPENSE, SO DON’T EVEN TRY IT! Drifters, none of whose members were even in the group before 2008.

During my mini-break, I also wrote a preview piece for Nottingham Pride, in which I attempted to explain the continuing need for gay pride festivals.

I was also scheduled to interview Rufus Wainwright – but agonisingly, I had to pull out with just twenty minutes to spare, on account of being dragged into a Very Important Conference Call (in the course of which I spoke just one word, that word being “Hello”). However, Simon at the Post (his blog is here) stepped into the breach at almost no notice, and was kind enough to ask Rufus nearly all my pre-prepared questions. (Also crediting me on the finished article with “interview research”. He really does look after me awfully well. I am blessed.)

Anyhow, if you’d like to read my sort-of interview-by-proxy with Rufus Wainwright, please click thisaway.

And while I’m here: apologies for yesterday’s lack of posting, which was not exactly the best way to demonstrate that I have Turned Over A New Leaf, but then I was too busy dealing with the emotional fall-out arising from our being Named and Shamed on the village blog.

In the meantime, I’m still commenting regularly on Tom Ewing’s superb Popular blog over at Freaky Trigger, which has now reached the second half of 1978. I know that Tom would love it if more people contributed to his comments sections – so if you enjoyed pitching in on this year’s Which Decade Is Tops For Pops, then this might be the place for you. (We do disappear up our own fundaments at times, but please don’t let that put you off.)

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