Been a while.  Been doing stuff.  Been happy.  Hence no need to write!  Although the astute readers may notice I am indeed writing (and by the time this is read will indeed have written) I’m still happy.  Just felt like it.

A few weeks back I saw Bowling for Soup live.  Really don’t ask.  I was made to go.  Still, despite the crappy music I did really enjoy the atmosphere of a few hundred kids really getting into it, singing along, dancing, moshing and generally having huge amounts of fun.  I kind of miss that at gigs as a lot of the bands I’m listening to seem to attract people who stand around without moving looking cool.  Displaying emotion seems to get you frowned at.  I’ve tried.  I miss my crowd surfing days…

Still, saw Ed Harcourt a few weeks back who played a really good set in front of barely any people (one of whom was his mum) in a lovely intimate setting.  There was no ‘backstage’ so at the end he had to come off through the crowd to hide behind a stairway long enough to come back for an encore.  That was nice.

And then last Friday I saw Iron & Wine at St George’s church which is pretty much one of the best venues I’ve been to.  A working church (annoying so on Sunday morning where it’s bells chime continuously for about 20 mins at 8am!), we sat at the end on the pews of the balcony, drinking mulled wine!  Perfect location for what was a wonderful gig.  I wasn’t a huge fan of the earlier two albums (a bit too stripped back and folky for me) but liked the Woman King EP and adore The Shepard’s Dog (one of my favourite albums of the year).  He mainly played the new tunes with a few older favourites and the band were great.

At one point between songs, some guy down the middle shouted out politely ‘This is brilliant, thank you!’.  That’s why I love living in Brighton!  The whole thing felt like he was playing in a communal front room.

Later that night staying at K’s house (which is directly opposite the church about 15ft over the road – hence the annoying bells at the weekend) we went into the kitchen to make some late night food and I saw him and the band packing away all the kit into their truck.  So I went over and had a chat with him.  And he was really nice!  Friendly, relaxed and very modest.  And because I’m geeky and get star struck I asked if he would sign my album (making me glad I do still buy cds), so now I have ‘To Andy, nice to meet you, Sam Beam’ on the inside.  Awesomeness.

Lots of other things are good too but that will do for now.  I am annoyed the Besnard Lakes have randomly cancelled their gig though.  Going to see Mono in a few weeks.  Got to go.