The Dawn Chorus / The Retrospective Soundtrack Players - Blogging all over the World

My name is Kyle. I am a happily failing indie/punk/folk/country/rock musician from Hampshire, UK. I have been singing and songwriting in The Dawn Chorus since 2005, and The Retrospective Soundtrack Players since 2010. I love these two bands like my brother/wife rolled into one. This blog details the shows I have played with both bands, in chronological order.

Monday, January 05, 2009


My Albums of 2008

There are tonnes of albums i still need to listen to, especially with these end of year lists whetting my appetite. Anyways, I got some CDs around December so I've given myself time to let them sink in (I'll be honest, The B of the Bang's blog has made me pull my finger out) I would say it's been a 7/10 year for albums. Drumroll please.......

20) Santogold - Santogold
19)Laura Marling - Alas, I Cannot Swim
17) Tokyo Police Club - Elephant Shell
16) The Hold Steady - Stay Positive
15) British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music?
14) Johnny Flynn - A Larum
13) Okkervil River - The Stand Ins
12) Dodos - Visiter
11) Frank Turner - Love, Ire and Song
10) Conor Oberst - Conor Oberst
9) Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
8) Port O'Brien - All We Could Do Was Sing
7) Frightened Rabbit - The Midnight Organ Fight
6) Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
5) Panic at the Disco - Pretty.Odd
4) Lightspeed Champion - Falling off the Lavender Bridge
3) The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound
2) Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
1) Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes

Rather Predictable I know but I'd rather be honest than groundbreaking. Well done Fleet Foxes. I bet they're proud.
Happy 2009


Planet Sound Top 50 Albums of 2008

1) The Seldom Seen Kid Elbow
2) For Emma, Forever Ago Bon Iver
3) Promise The Maybes?
4) Dear Science TV On The Radio
5) Saturdays=Youth M83
6) Made In The Dark Hot Chip
7) The Big Adventure The Dawn Chorus
8) All We Could Do Was Sing Port O'Brien
9) Glasvegas Glasvegas
10) The Cool Lupe Fiasco

7) THE DAWN CHORUS The Big AdventureIf they were from America rather than Portsmouth, there would doubtless be a bigger fuss around this country-rock.Don't let their urban background fool you into thinking they're just playing at the genre, though. Here were apparently pastoral, sweet tunes that soon swelled into erudite fears about death, with stirring playing genuinely worthy of Neil Young. Impressive, but so sad they had to self-release it.

John Earls - Planet Sound


CXVIV - Little Johnny Russell's, Portsmouth - 11/12/08

Thursday 11th December 2008
Little Johnny Russell's, Portsmouth

The Kabeedies
The Dawn Chorus
Fresh Legs

There really is one of those overly-pissed blokes at every single gig isn't there? We were a bit shambolic, it must be said. Neil turned up just before we played. The PA went walkabout for about half an hour when we were meant to start. I completely lost my voice. Ah well, it was still enjoyable on the whole. Not much else of interest to write on this one.


CXVIII - Drift Bar, Portsmouth - 26/11/08

Wedsnesday 26th November 2008
The Drift Bar, Portsmouth

The Last Days of Lorca
The Dawn Chorus
Monsters Build Mean Robots

Slackest blogging ever. Over a month late. OK, this was a benefit gig for trash arts films. there were trash arts films playing on the big screen throughout, but they were quite short so after they'd gone round a few times they swapped it for some uber-cool film. then they put their films back on. god knows if they made any money, there was hardly anyone there. higgy was very shambolic and it's notable that the bands before and after us were pretty much the same people, and the singer in both was an immensely talented man whose name i've unfortunately forgotten.


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