Joshua Radin at Shepherds Bush Empire – with a surprise appearance by Zach Braff

So I’ve just returned from a Joshua Radin gig at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire. To be honest I’ve never seen him live before and was slightly concerned that we might all be compelled to slit our wrists well before the encore. I was pleasantly surprised. The set was a great mix of some newer more upbeat stuff and as Joshua himself described it “the soundtrack to your suicide”. To be honest I know the older stuff much better and his performance was perfect. I’ve never been to a gig where the artist spends so much time talking between songs but to be honest I guess many of them don’t have a lot to say. Joshua Radin was actually interesting to listen to and came across as a regular guy who’d come to play us some music.

So just before Joshua Radin came on stage I was just telling Alex that my good friend Olly went to one of his gigs in New York and saw Zach Braff. She looked up and there he was up on the balcony at the front directly above and behind us less than 10m away. He’d been keeping a fairly low profile in a flat cap but moments later everyone spotted him and he eventually took it off and waved at everone below. Later on in the evening at a quiet point Zach shouted “I love you” and Joshua responded “That’s very manly Zach”. Joshua Radin eventually introduced him near the end and explained he was over in London for his birthday.

Anyway a great evening made even more memorable!

What I’m listening to – Xfm’s Songs of the Decade

I’m listening to the Xfm Songs of the Decade while stuck in a data centre. Its so noisy in here that I need some musical relief. Anyway I decided to add the top 100 to a Spotify playlist for future listening. Unfortunately 10 of them aren’t on Spotify so here’s 90 of the top 100 songs of the decade!

Xfm’s Top 100 Songs of the Decade

These are in 100-1 order and the following tracks are missing:

98. Feeder – Buck Rogers
92. Oasis – Little by Little
80. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Can’t Stop
62. Arcade Fire – Rebellion
56. Arctic Monkeys – Fake Tales of San Francisco
48. Oasis – The Importance of Being Idle
39. Oasis – Stop Crying Your Heart Out
28. Arctic Monkeys – Mardy Bum
5. Elbow – One Day Like This
2. Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor

I love Spotify but none of the above are obscure hence their inclusion in the above list. Oh well I

While I’m at it. Here’s what I’m listening to at the moment, mostly newish stuff but some older tracks I rediscovered on Spotify too!

Let’s Dance to Joy Division

Update: Found a few more but still only have 93 – looks like a couple disappeared!