Back to the Dogstar two years after LW begun + lots of X-mas funtimes!

image

X-mas card making at Makerhood, The Dogstar Sunday 2 Dec. Funtimes!

December 2012 is special to us. It’s two years since our first Librarians Wanted gig at the Dogstar in Brixton - the very night we learned how to DJ. That gig was headlined by the magnificent Evans the Death, and it was the start of what’s been two amazing years and will hopefully be many more LW years even though we live in different places.

Our 2nd birthday is coming up at The Victoria in Mile End in a week and we hope you will be there! But now, a bit about our old home, The Dogstar, probably one of our favourite venues ever! (particularly the ballroom)

We were lucky to be back at this place on Sunday 2 of December. We played all our favourite songs (and some Christmas hits by Lisa Bouvier, The Pogues and Mariah Carey!) in the downstairs pub. It was a great atmosphere where people were making Christmas cards, there was pantomime and live bands - all hosted by the great local initiative Makerhood. Thanks so much for having us - we will be back anytime you’d like to have us!

image

Andrew Clarke from Makerhood sang some beautiful songs in a santa hat!

That eve we were asked to come back this coming Sunday (9 December), by the lovely people at Craftyfox Market. And of course we will! We will be based in the pop-up tea lounge in the 1st floor ballroom between 11am and 2pm, playing our indiepop and all kinds of music while eating cupcakes and having a cuppa or three. Then we’ll be buying the rest of our xmas pressies..

image

We hope to see you at the LW 2nd birthday at The Victoria…

We hope to see you at the Dogstar from 11am, perfect timing for cupcake brunch! And we also hope to see you on the 14th at The Victoria, Mile End, where our friends Stars in Coma, Lost Summer Kitten, Electrophonvintage and The Choo Choo Trains will play some lovely lovely songs. OH, and on the 18th at Victoria & Jacob and Hoshal Patrick’s Christmas Party where we’ll also be DJing, and last but not least Playhouse at the Waiting Room where LW’s ‘DJ Powar-Cliffe’ will rock the party with Nat and Lauren and some others. So much library theme music in December… and we hope you’ll be there!

LWxx

LW’s 2nd birthday, 14 Dec: Stars in Coma (SE), Lost Summer Kitten (SE), Electrophönvintage and The Choo Choo Trains

image

Librarians Wanted turns two years old this December - and what an incredible two years it’s been for us hosting our favourite bands!


Within those two years we’ve all grown up a little, we’re drinking a little less Jaeger, we are living in two different countries, (three if you count Cambridge as a country) but we are still three friends who love dancing and fistpumping to the music we adore.

(We’ve been slacking off on the cupcake baking lately though, we blame it on leaving that magical measuring cup beh
ind in Bethnal Green)

So come join us for our very special birthday celebrations at The Victoria, Mile End. It’s all for free of course, and we will provide the birthday hats too.

And our dear, dear friends Stars in Coma are joining us all the way from Sweden! It will be pretty spectacular judging on their first LW performance in May 2011 back at the Dogstar, and their recent Indiepopdays Berlin gig where they looked and sounded like superstars, no less.

image

image

When Stars in Coma played Librarians Wanted for the first time, in May 2011.

Stars in Coma have a special place in our hearts as Librarians Wanted met during their gig at Indietracks in 2010. And so Peacebloom and these people can be thanked for a lot of things in our lives, the club night and people we have gotten to know. It was our big aim to book them after that festival, and so we did a year and a half ago. Now they’re making a very welcome return and we hope you’ll be there to dance!

image

Roo LW tattooed Stars in Coma’s name (in marker pen) on his arm the last time they played…

Oh, and they are not the only indiepop darlings coming over from one of our favourite countries, oh no! We’ve got more!

Lost Summer Kitten, sweeter than Swedish apple pie with vanilla ice cream, will be sharing their beautiful melodies with us. We dare say they are better (looking, too) than First Aid Kit? Come listen and judge for yourself!

And then… Let’s not forget Electrophönvintage! This must be London’s indiepop supergroup, consisting of so many of our favourite musicians. its members have played LW in a variety of bands; Pocketbooks and The Sunny Street —- and Electrophönvintage…. as Remi played solo two songs at our last birthday. But now they are playing a whole set as a full band. (with or without a drummer - but we do like handclaps too!)

Oh, and we have one more treat for you… The Choo Choo Trains! These girls could be compared to other lovelies such as Haiku Salut and The Middle Ones, but they’ve got their own London swagger to it, if that word can be used about indiepop. We fell in love with their songs and hope they will play the one about Oslo, as 2 of 3 LWs have a connection to this awesome city.

And then there will be dancing, a bunch of lovely people, and it is all for FREE. Our birthday present for ourselves and you.

Happy birthday to us, happy birthday, everyone.

Rupert, David and Silja LWxx

(Facebook event here)

—-__—-_—_———___——-———_____
Librarians Wanted DJing at Hangover Lounge, The Lexington, this Sunday!

image

We’ve been asked to DJ at the lovely Hangover Lounge at The Lexington, Angel, this Sunday (21st of October) and are mega excited! Especially as it’s a bookswap edition, which means you bring a book you’ve read and take someone else’s with you! If we remember we’ll bring a few Librarians Wanted badges! (not as nice as the real librarian badge our pal Roger demonstrates above, but LW ones)

We wish we could part with our copy of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close or To Kill A Mockingbird - or How to be a Graphic Designer without Losing your Soul (we fear we lost ours shortly after graduation!) - but these are too dear to us… However, owning two copies of the wonderful The Little Prince we could possibly bear to get rid of one!

We’ll also be preparing some of our fave songs to play while you’re enjoying your Sunday roast/hangover! We’ll be on early, at 2.30pm +/-, so come along to fistpum with an ale in one hand and a book in the other!

LWxx 

Band timings for LW presents 4th of Oct!

image

Thursday is only a few days away and we’ve got the stage times for you for our night of dream pop! What are the chances of falling in love in front of the stage… that handsome cardie clad guy swaying along to HUSH! thinking they are the next big thing and that you are probably the most beautiful thing… well, buy your advance tickets for £5 or bring £6 on Thursday and enough cash for a couple of pints and life makes 100% sense!

Here are the timings!

Doors (to the basement, you can come hang out for a late… lunch before that): 8pm!

Franz Kirmann - 8.15-8.45pm!
H U S H ! - 9-9.30pm!
Victoria & Jacob - 9.45 onwards and they’ll melt your heart!

DJs upstairs and downstairs: Bronze Medallists, Librarians Wanted and the ‘new addition’, David Preshaah from Hoxton Radio!

If you like The Knife, Au Revoir Simone and Pains of Being Pure at Heart - this is not to be missed! Be the one who was there to see these electro shoegazey dreamy wunderpopkids take to the stage at Power Lunches 04.10! Oh. Yeah.

LWxx

PS. It’s looking to get very busy, so get your tickets here to avoid going home sulking!
PS2. If you want to check if the hot cardie guy is attending, have a look at the FB event. See, we told you he’d be there… swoon!

Librarians Wanted presents: Victoria & Jacob, HUSH! and Franz Kirmann at Power Lunches, 04.10.

image

Victoria & Jacob

HUSH!
Franz Kirmann
With DJs: Librarians Wanted/Bronze Medallists

Indie Pop, Chill Wave, Dream Pop

Librarians Wanted Presents a fantastic night of alternative indie and
electro music, straight in the heart of Hackney, in the beautifully
atmospheric Power Lunches venue.  Each act offers something unique;
detailed electronica to upbeat Indie Pop. Guaranteed to be a
mesmerising and intimate event. DJ’s included, only £5 entry.

Victoria & Jacob are a London based duo that produce and write
warm, ambient dream pop that sits somewhere between The xx and Lykke
Li. Their lo-fi and ethereal sound incorporates indie-pop song
structures drenched in hazy synths and woven with sweet vocal cuts.
They have supported Com Truise, Mystery Jets, Active Child, Jeremy
Warmsley (Summer Camp), History of Apple Pie plus many more.

Fresh out of the studio with Clock Opera, HUSH! release their debut
single –‘Teenage Weekends’ this month. This is Indie Pop not far from
the likes of Phoenix, offering an eclectic mix of everything good
about the 80’s with a modern touch.

Producer Franz Kirmann is described by influential record label Lo
Recordings (Grimes, Four Tet) as “a fascinating blend of electronic
and organic tones that combine to create something undeniably special.
Immersive, expansive and haunting, it manages to be otherworldly and
familiar at the same time.”

Guiding you in from start to finish will be Indie Pop curators
Librarians Wanted. Travelling anywhere from ambient chill-wave to
Future Garage to Electro-Pop to  emotional encores, they’re ably
assisted by Bronze Medallists DJ’s with a mix of Twisted Anthemic
Dream Pop!

Details:

Date: Thursday October 4th
Name: Librarians Wanted presents : Victoria & Jacob
Line-up: Victoria & Jacob, HUSH!, Franz Kirmann, Librarians Wanted,
Bronze Medallists
Venue: Power Lunches
Address: 446 Kingsland Road Hackney, E8 4AE
By Bus: 67, 149, 236, 242, 243, 394 Overground: Haggerston
Times: 19:00-00:00
Price: £5 in advance - tickets here!
Facebook event here!

Banana and Louie album launch, with A Little Orchestra, Lisa Bouvier and Model Village. *Free*

image

Librarians Wanted are extremely happy to host our friends Banana and Louie's magnificent Alphabet Soup album launch, at the Victoria, Mile End Friday 7 September.

Who’s Banana and who’s Louie is a secret, but the band consists of Matthew and Sharon from one of our favourite bands, A Fine Day For Sailing, so if you miss the lovely AFDFS you’ll not be disappointed, B&L’s songwriting is in the same vein, with sweet harmonies and lyrics that really tell stories. And they may even have a couple of guest musicians from said band.

LW were very moved when we were mentioned in a B&L song about the best year yet, 2011… the year of Jens, libraries, dancing and the beginning of many of our London friendships. So Banana and Louie’s album feels like an essential part of the 2012 chapter.

Banana and Louie will play their album in full, so the series of inter-linked songs become one piece. And to tell their story they are playing with the wonderful A Little Orchestra.

We will somehow squeeze in 10-15 orchestra members on stage, and next to the stage and if not in various corners, and they will help make it a very special autumn evening.

ALO is a pop orchestra. They’ve collaborated with heroes such as Darren Hayman, The Pipettes, Elizabeth from Allo Darlin’, Pocketbooks, Shirley Lee of Spearmint and The Loves, and we can still think back to their performance at Indietracks 2011 as one of our top festival memories. Now they’ve helped B&L record their album, too.

Before Banana and Louie and A Little Orchestra enter the stage we’ve got some other popsters on. Model Village is a folksy pop band from London and Cambridge and have been dubbed “as deft as The Shins at their finest and utterly, completely ace with it” (The Line of Best Fit). We’ve wanted to host them for quite a while and finally it’s happening!

And then of course, it’s the return of Lisa Bouvier, a true LW favourite, both as a person and a fantastic, dancy, bouncy singer! Last year she played our Moustache of Insanity album launch, and we need our Lisa energy fix, so she’s back for this autumn’s album launch too. When we played her Capital City song at the Indietracks disco and people were jumping around like insane we got the proof that her new, sparkly album Made in Lisa should be in discos around the world!

And of course we’ll be playing our favourite records to fistpump to inbetween and after the bands, so we hope you’ve taken your vitamins and that you’re ready to dance, dance, dance! We can’t promise glowstick bracelets this time, but we can promise you fun! And it’s all free so you don’t even need to remember your library card! (Cupcakes and ale available from the bar!)

LW xx

Facebook event here!
LW presents: Ghosts You Echo, One Man Destruction Show and Tender Objects *FREE* The Victoria E3, Sat 26th of May.

image

Hello everyone! We’re excited to be hosting three great bands this May! We’re at The Victoria, in-between Mile End station and Victoria park. Our last night there had a great atmosphere and was loads of fun, so we’re back again! It’s a charming pub and does great American Diner style food. So why not head straight there after work to get yourself a good seat and a burger before the bands start!


This time, we’re very excited to be able to present the following three brilliant acts for the night.

Ghosts You Echo are a London based 3 piece, that utilise an ensemble of sounds ranging from keyboard to violin.

'Taught, dark, percussive songs filtered through this one woman band’s unique musical vision. Her DIY approach, using vintage drum machines and battered guitars, is generating a lot of airplay. And with her stellar set at last year’s Emerging Proms Festival, the future is looking bright for Ghosts You Echo' Roundhouse.org.uk

One Man Destruction Show is Adam Harmer, a rock and roll playing one man band. He’s got all the percussion an act could ever need. 

'Within seconds of him starting, the curious crowd are grinning in disbelief at one man making such a wonderful racket'
http://www.i94bar.com

Tender Objects are an Anglo-Swedish indiepop band, with jangling 12-string electric guitars and male-female vocals, whose debut release is a split CD EP on Dufflecoat Records.

'Tender Objects are the next big thing!'
Anorakcitypop podcast

FB event: http://www.facebook.com/events/327866670620659/
Last FM event: http://www.last.fm/event/3287981+Librarians+Wanted

Timings to follow shortly!

Rupert, David and Silja LWxx

LW presents: Just Handshakes (We’re British), Alto45, Hoshal Patrick, 13 April *FREE*

image



Yay! We’re very excited to announce the second Librarians Wanted gig this year! This time we’re at a lovely east end boozer called The Victoria, located in-between Mile End station and Victoria park. This pub effuses charm and does great American Diner style food. So why not head straight there after work to get yourself a good seat and a burger before the bands start!

Speaking of the bands, we’re so excited to be able to present the following three brilliant acts for the night.

Just Handshakes (We’re British) are a four-piece from Leeds, formed on a dingy industrial estate and bonded over their shared love of gin and Swedish pop. 

"Their dynamic blend of bright vocals, jangly guitars and casio adoration, could add colour to the gloomiest of lyrics." Drowned In Sound


Alto45 are a lab-coat wearing diy-fi pop trio from Norwich. They’ve recently released their second album. They sing songs about the sea, the moon and robots planning world domination.

"Casio-esque interstellar synth-fi to slow, lulling indie-scapes" Drowned In Sound


Hoshal Patrick is a London-based musical duo consisting of Alex & James. They make eccentric pop music involving giants out at sea, birds flying through space, nonsensical rhyme in 7/8, references to Rosemary’s Baby and the occasional soul-singing robot.

"A bit like MGMT mixed with a dollop of Adam and Joe"

Somehow I think Alto45 and Hoshal Patrick will get on!

And did we mention it’s free….?

Rupert, David and Silja LW xx

 
The Blanche Hudson Weekend, Horowitz and The Fireworks + DJs Spiral Scratch, Friday 30 March.

image

Pretty girls, pretty boys have you ever heard your mummy scream, noise annoys!!!


We sure have - Big Pink Cake and Librarians Wanted are very very excited about presenting a noisy noisy noisy time with THE BLANCHE HUDSON WEEKEND - rising from the ashes of The Manhattan Love Suicides, charming us with their sonic sound scapes and hypnotic pop… gorgeousness, immediacy and noise straight to the heart. 

HOROWITZ - Fuzz, fuzz and more fuzz brilliance from tools you can trust, honest to goodness stuff, our indie pop hard core heroes! 

THE FIREWORKS - Snap, crackle… P!O!P!, noise, noise and then ooh its gone all quiet… then ouch… me earholes… eeeeee!!!

PLUS PLUS PLUS those amazing we can’t wait to go berserk on the dancefloor SPIRAL SCRATCH DJs… YIPEEEEEEE!!!!!! indie pop sugary sweetness. Free cakes provided…sugar rush indie POP party people… losing IT!!!! £5 on door or wegottickets!

Extended xmas break officially over!

Time to dust off those bookshelves and get ready to dance!
Us librarians were so, so happy-exhausted after a year of 13 LWs and a birthday party that totally rocked our socks (and not to mention party hats) off. More about that and the last six months soon (it’s been so much fun, and so hectic we haven’t had time to sit down and blog about it). But we just wanted to share some great events that we’ve been invited to take part in, as they are coming up very soon!

image

Evans the Death rocked our 1st birthday.

First of all, it’s An Evening With A Little Orchestra, courtesy of How Does It Feel to be Loved. That’s on Thursday 26th of January at the Buffalo Bar which is right next to Highbury and Islington Station, which again is on the super fast(?!) Victoria Line. So we want no excuses like it being a school night or it being too far out!

A Little Orchestra’s performance was one of our Indietracks favourites in 2011, and we hope to host them at some point this year too. On Thursday’s, the wonderful Haiku Salut (who we have partied with at Indietracks and swam with in lakes in Sweden, and who have also, and very beautifully so, played our night) will be joining them, as will our friends Matt and Sharon from the excellent A Fine Day For Sailing. The Madrigals who have also played LW and are just fantastic will also be playing, as will Shirley Lee, who we haven’t heard live but we think will be great. So do come along! Doors open at 8pm and we’ll be playing tunes from then.

image

Haiku Salut played LW in May 2011, stunning, like a soundtrack to Amelie II.

image

The Madrigals’ beautiful melodies at the Dogstar. (Photo by Johnny Raper)

image

Sharon and Matt when AFDFS charmed the audience at the LW birthday. 

Then the evening after, Friday 27th of Jan, (after lots of coffees in the daytime) we’ll be DJing at Big Pink Cake and Spiral Scratch’s The Sunny Street album launch party.

image

The Sunny Street at LW back in July 2011. (Photo by Johnny Raper)

We are big fans of the band and the people who organise it, and also excited to hear The Fireworks and The Give It Ups again. This time we’ll be at The Betsey Trotwood in Farringdon and after the bands the DJ sets will go on until 1am. As this is not a school night you definitely don’t have that excuse to not come out in case you DID use it on Thursday. We’ll be going straight from there to So Tough! So Cute! at the Drop in Stoke Newington to do some more dancing, hopefully to a bit of Broder Daniel. 


image

The Fireworks with their heartshaped guitar played our birthday too.

Finally, we’ve been invited by the awesome Playhouse girls Natalie and Lauren to join them on the decks Saturday 11 Feb. Their nights are always complete pop (and rap and Rihanna and you name it) mayhem, pure fun and no-one taking themselves too seriously; never seen such cool dance moves. We’re excited about both guest DJing and dancing when Nat and Lauren are playing their tunes, so we really hope you’ll be on the dancefloor that night. Again, at the Drop in Stoke Newington, which has the best vibe about it and those dangerous Jaegers. 


image

Ready to rock the party at the Drop. (Flyer by Playhouse)

And after that we can’t wait to dance, dance, dance at Popfest and for the next LW club night which will soon be announced. Should any bands be interested in playing we’re planning line-ups now, so feel free to email us on librarians.wanted@gmail.com or visit our Facebook page.

David, Roo and Silja LW xx

image 
LW can’t wait to kickstart the new year. (Photo by Johnny Raper)