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Pet Sounds Playlist #54 – 101 Reykjavík’s Icelandic Songs

“Many thanks to Wit for putting together a fantastic representation of Icelandic talent, I’ve had this on a lot, and there’s some really lovely stuff included. I also recommend you make your way to the fantastic 101 Reykjavík, another example of Southsea’s own, digging deep and coming up with something we didn’t know we need, but quite clearly did !!! So, without much further ado, I’ll hand over to Wit to tell you a little more…” – Charlie

101 Reykjavík is a brand new ‘Inspired by Iceland’ Kaffibar at the Southern tip of Castle Road in Southsea.

We’re not your everyday, run-of-the-mill cafe. Nor are we your bog-standard ten-a-penny chain restaurant. We’re not a cheesy theme bar or a tired old gastro-pub. Neither are we a pretentious wine lodge or a questionable greasy spoon. We’re something new.

We want to bring together the young and the old. The past and the future. Everything that’s great about where we live and where we love. The music we play…the prints, posters and photographs on our walls…the beers, spirits, sauces and sweets we import…all are Icelandic in origin.

We want your eyes, your ears and your minds to come and absorb some of our unique ‘huggulegt’ (loosely translated as the feeling of a cosy, laid-back place with good coffee, drinks and company…)

Music is a hugely important part of who we are here at 101 Reykjavík, as it is to most Icelanders. You’ll definitely know Björk. You probably know Sigur Ros. Both are fantastic artists. You might know Of Monsters & Men or even FM Belfast. We highly recommend all those guys. For this playlist though, we decided to focus on some of Iceland’s slightly lesser known talent (possibly not for much longer for a few of them like Ásgeir, Ólafur Arnalds, Sóley and Samaris). We’ve also thrown in a few more established gems that may or may not have graced your ears before (Múm, Emilíana Torrini, Borko & Snorri Helgason).

If you find you like what you hear then there are plenty more fantastic Icelandic artists out there…most of which you can hear piped through the speakers at 101 Reykjavík!

Takk fyrír

Team 101”

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Pet Sounds Playlist #53 – Carol Kaye

Charlie’s regular Strong Island x Longlive podcast for Strong Island Sounds is a little delayed this week so Charlie has put together a new Pet Sounds Playlist from his sickbed:

I’m struck down with post-Christmas/New Year body breakdown, so no radio show for another week or so I’m afraid. Whilst some of you are breathing audible sighs of relief, others might need a little music fix, so I went back to one of the themes from an early show and made a full playlist from it. Carol Kaye is arguably one of the most important bass-players of all time, undoubtedly one of the most prolific, appearing on hundreds of hit singles and providing the basslines on many seminal albums including two of my top 3 of all time; ‘Pet Sounds’ by The Beach Boys and ‘Forever Changes’ by Love. She appeared on tons of Motown stuff, was part of Phil Spector’s Wall Of Sound and contributed basslines to countless TV and Film theme songs.

In the original Longlive radio show, I included ‘Hicky Burr’ by Bill Cosby and Quincy Jones, ‘Wichita Lineman’ by Glen Campbell and ‘The Human Abstract’ by David Axelrod. Compiled here are another 20 of the songs Carol helped shape, many of them wouldn’t have sounded nearly as good without her inimitable style. Some of these you might already know, some might surprise you, but they all benefit from having the ‘Wreckin’ Crew’s’ female rhythm section member on them.

Hopefully see you soon when I can talk for more than 10 seconds without having a coughing fit!

Pet Sounds Playlist #53 – Carol Kaye

01 Feelin’ Alright – Joe Cocker
02 California Girls – Beach Boys
03 I Was Made To Love Her – Stevie Wonder
04 Homeward Bound – Simon & Garfunkel
05 The Old Laughing Lady – Neil Young
06 Galveston – Glen Cambell
07 Bullitt Main Title – Lalo Schifrin
08 A Natural Man – Lou Rawls
09 River Deep, Mountain High – Ike & Tina Turner
10 I Think He’s Hiding – Randy Newman
11 Last Train To Clarksville – The Monkees
12 Indian Reservation – Paul Revere & The Raiders
13 Holy Thursday – David Axelrod
14 Love Child – Diana Ross & The Supremes
15 The Daily Planet – Love
16 The Beat Goes On – Sonny & Cher
17 You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ – Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood
18 I Don’t Need No Doctor – Ray Charles
19 Expecting To Fly – Buffalo Springfield
20 Suicide Is Painless – Theme From M*A*S*H

Listen HERE.

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Pet Sounds Playlist #52 – My Vice Or Yours?

Hello, hello, hello! So after a bit of a lengthy absence, I thought it was about time I showed my face and delivered a playlist, I think it’s a pretty good one even if I do say so myself. Whether you partake, approve, condemn or don’t give it much thought, there is no denying that narcotics have played a significant role in all forms of music, from Berlioz’s opium indebted Symphonie Fantastique, through Jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker’s heroin addiction all the way to the Beatles tripping and Snoop’s chronic tales, It’s not Sex, Candy and Rock and Roll…

Hope you enjoy it, and keep your ears peeled for a radio show that’s in the pipeline, Longlive X StrongIsland coming soon! Charlie.

Grab the Pet Sounds playlist HERE and check the past playlists HERE.

01 Medication – Primal Scream
02 Coffee In The Pot – Supergrass (Caffeine)
03 Smoke, Smoke, Smoke (That Cigarette) – Sammy Davis Jr. (Nicotine)
04 One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer – John Lee Hooker (Alcohol)
05 Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue – Ramones (Glue)
06 Animal Nitrate – Suede (Amyl Nitrite)
07 The Reefer Song – Fats Waller (Cannibis)
08 Mother’s Little Helper – The Rolling Stones (Valium)
09 Tramazi Parti – Black Grape (Temazepam)
10 Amphetamine Annie – Canned Heat (Speed)
11 Take Ecstacy With Me – The Magnetic Fields (Ecstacy)
12 Cokane In My Brain – Dillinger (Cocaine)
13 Lost In The K Hole – The Chemical Brothers (Ketamine)
14 Your Loft My Acid – Death In Vegas (LSD)
15 Happy Nightmare – Focus (Mescaline)
16 Heroin – The Velvet Underground (Heroin)
17 Medication – Spiritualized

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Friends Of Pet Sounds #26 – Christopher Whitear

Welcome this time around to Wit, one of Southsea’s finest musical exports, when he’s not making lovely music for others, he’s listening to a lot. He also writes a great blog which I’ve tuned into more than a couple of times. Have a look HERE, it’s really rather good. It’s due to reading about his current flavours that I thought he’d put together a great playlist and thankfully, I wasn’t wrong. So, without any further ado, I’ll leave you with Wit.

“Hello there. My name is Christopher George Whitear. Some people know me as Wit. I front local misery-weirdy-indie-pop numpties The B of the Bang and local noisy-weirdy-shouty-grunge-pop numpties Analogue Manilow. As well as this, I occasionally dabble with a bit of dour acoustic nonsense on my tod from time to time.

All this numptying takes up a lot of my time as you can well imagine BUT, along with music, my other big passion is travel…of which I like to do as much as possible. Not easy when you’re a skint musician but there we go.

With this in mind, I’ve decided on the theme of cities and towns from around the world to link together my playlist. Some of them I have visited, most I have not. I could have included a whole load more to be honest but I think this gives a fairly accurate representation of my musical tastes at this exact moment in time. It would probably be completely different if I chose again tomorrow. I’m ever so fickle.”

Grab the Pet Sounds playlist HERE and check the past playlists HERE.

‘Wit’s World of Wandering Wonderment’

01) Perth – Bon Iver
02) Nantes – Beirut
03) Wichita Lineman – Glen Campbell
04) Heaven or Las Vegas – Cocteau Twins
05) Paris – Edith Piaf
06) Jackson – Johnny Cash/June Carte
07) Stokkseyri – Alex & Jonsi
08) Warsaw – Joy Division
09) Weissensee – Neu!
10) Frances Farmer will Have her revenge on Seattle – Nirvana
11) Newcastle Lullaby – The Unthanks
12) Of Montreal – The Stills
13) Leaving for Paris no 2 – Rufus Wainwright
14) Copenhagen – Scott Walker
15) Sao Paulo – Guillemots

Pet Sounds Playlist #50 – 2012 In Albums

So, this is later than most end of year album round-ups, and it’s mainly because I kept thinking of things I’d forgotten. I actually ended up with a list of 65+ and even then I’d left off notable releases from the last 12 months. Thing is, it just stopped being any kind of representation of what I would recommend and became more like a comprehensive list of anything that wasn’t rubbish. So I went back and revised and compiled a far more disciplined and honest reflection of what I dug last year.

My favourite album of the year was Fear Fun by Father John Misty. An absolute surprise which I loved from the first time it played through, injecting old country soul with a knowing irony and self awareness that made you think of Jarvis at his acerbic best, he produced an album that would sit comfortably next to another under-rated gem from Jeff’s dad, Tim Buckley; ‘Greetings From LA’. Other constants on my iPod have been the undeniable Tame Impala, the breathtaking How To Dress Well and my new crush Cat Power, who I’ve come to late, but now really like, her album instantly inspired me and at the end of the day all the music that has ever stayed with me has echoes of what I might create myself. I included the twin towers of Zeitgeist; Django Django & Alt J for fear of being screamed at, but personally I think they’ve suffered from the hype a bit. It was, on reflection, a big year for folks from the Britpop years, thankfully no boring retreads though, Dodgy channeled a pastoral charm that they always had but seemed now comfortable to push to the fore, Martin Rossiter and Tim Burgess both released stirring and confident solo albums, the latter recording what is essentially a Tim Burgess led Lambchop album with Kurt Wagner of Lambchop writing and producing (no bad thing at all), Richard Hawley continued to carve out his Johnny Cash fronting The Verve niche and Jason Pierce returned with a Spiritualized album that just sounded like a great fucking Spiritualized album. Creating a massive future-past effect were a few acts that stood out to me, the ever mental Black Moth Super Rainbow, Polica and Animal Collective, who were back to a full team after the depleted numbers of the still amazing Merriweather Post Pavilion. Best lyric of the year I think has to go to 2 Bears; “See fellas, we got your girlfriend thinking, I never loved a bear but tonight I’ve been drinking”. Amazing.

Anyway, I really could go on, but it’s probably best I don’t and you just check out the list for yourselves, and remember it’s an album list, so check out each one in it’s entirety if you have the time or inclination, there are some absolutely banging tracks hidden amongst it all, and if you want the full unabridged round up of the year, that link’s at the bottom too. Now where’s my guitar…

Grab the Pet Sounds playlist HERE and check the past playlists HERE.

’2012′s Top 25 Albums In No Particular Order’

1.) Fear Fun – Father John Misty
2.) Centipede Hz – Animal Collective
3.) Be Strong – The 2 Bears
4.) Standing At The Sky’s Edge – Richard Hawley
5.) Lonerism – Tame Impala
6.) World Music – Goat
7.) The Defenestration Of St Martin – Martin Rossiter
8.) Port Of Morrow – The Shins
9.) Allah-Las – Allah-Las
10.) Mala In Cuba – Mala
11.) good kid, m.A.A.d city – Kendrick Lamar
12.) Stand Upright In A Cool Place – Dodgy
13.) Cobra Juicy – Black Moth Super Rainbow
14.) Pink – Four Tet
15.) TOY – Toy
16.) Total Loss – How To Dress Well
17.) Sun – Cat Power
18.) Oh No I Love You – Tim Burgess
19.) An Awesome Wave – alt-J
20.) The Savage Heart – The Jim Jones Revue
21.) Locked Down – Dr John
22.) Django Django – Django Django
23.) Sweet Heart Sweet Light – Spiritualized
24.) Give You The Ghost – Polica
25.) Bloom – Beach House

You can also grab Charlies full years round up HERE.

Pet Sounds #49 – Christmas & That

So, I generally don’t like Christmas and all that goes with it, I even get annoyed with people commenting ironically about the first sighting of the coca-cola advert. However, it clearly works for some folks and it’s with that in mind that I’ve made this little compilation. Merry Christmas and let’s all get along, eat turkey, pull crackers and drink sherry. Love, Charlie.

Grab the Pet Sounds playlist HERE and check the past playlists HERE.

‘Merry Christmas Your Arse’

01 Christmas Rappin’ – Kurtis Blow
02 Jingle Bell Rock – The Ventures
03 Every Year So Different – Cornershop
04 The Little Drummer Boy – Johnny Cash
05 Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses
06 No Christmas – The Wedding Present
07 This Christmas – Donny Hathaway
08 White Christmas – Iggy Pop
09 I Wish It Was Christmas Today – Julian Casablancas
10 Christmas ( Baby, Please Come Home) – Slow Club
11 Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight) – The Ramones
12 A Snowflake Fell (And It Felt Like A Kiss) – Glasvegas
13 Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – The Polyphonic Spree
14 Stop The Cavalry – Jona Lewie
15 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – The Crystals

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Friends Of Pet Sounds #25 – Christopher Reeves AKA The Gasman

I asked Chris a while back to make me a playlist of songs that had informed the music he made himself, perhaps naively I expected to get back an brief education in experimental electronic music. What I got instead was a far more interesting proposition, over to Chris to explain…

“I’m not a huge fan of half these bands to be honest, but all the tracks I’ve chosen are (for me) infectious bits of pop that at times have the punchy unpredictable chord changes that inspire what I do. The artists that are consistently “my bag” don’t seem to have music on Spotify e.g. Cardiacs or Gryphon.

There seems to be hardly anyone making my ideal music and that’s the driving force for me to try and make it myself, some artists nearly get there but lack the levels of colour/emotion and honesty I need in music. My less conventional sound/taste seems to be the result of an interest in 80s dance music as a kid leading into rave and then Progressive rock. Growing up I was subjected to Cliff Richard and Elvis Presley so I’m very grateful for the radio I was bought when I was 11.

When I started recording for planet mu in 2003 the music was a lot more slap dash and under produced but now I aim for bigger sounding crisper production. My ideal music is a sort of Progressive Rave without the chitchat/filler. My output is clearly very personal/ineffectual to others as after quite a lot of radio play over the years including John Peel, the Freak zone and a session for Radio 1, I still only appear to have about 10 fans.”

Grab the Pet Sounds playlist HERE and check the past playlists HERE.

‘Leg Jerkers’

01 Rubber Legs – Iggy & The Stooges
02 One Of Those People – The Nice
03 T.V. – The Tubes
04 IEIEI – White Denim
05 Expectation – Tame Impala
06 I Just Want To See Your Face – Serena-Maneesh
07 Throwing Back The Apple – Pale Saints
08 How I Know – Toro Y Moi
09 Metaphor – Sparks
10 Superabound – Frank Black
11 Florida – Modest Mouse
12 Animal In Every Corner – Danielson
13 Stuck In A Tight Spot – Clor
14 A Real Woman – Squarepusher
15 Mirrorlike – The Gasman

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Pet Sounds Playlist #48 – All About The Song

After the success of last weekend’s Southseafest, taking place along the length of Albert Road in Southsea, it’s clear that ‘song’ is all important. With this in mind, here’s a playlist made up of 15 types. Included is a beginning one, a few middle ones and a last one, and in between there’s everything from a simple one, a good one and a logical one, to a cave one, a pyramid one, a country one and a desert one, through your one and one of redemption.

Grab the Pet Sounds playlist HERE and check the past playlists HERE.

All About The Song

01 Entrance – The Black Angels
02 Second – TV On The Radio
03 Simple – The Shins
04 Good – Blur
05 Radio – REM
06 Number – DJ Shadow
07 Logical – Supertramp
08 Girl/Boy – Aphex Twin
09 Cave – WU LYF
10 Pyramid – Radiohead
11 Country – The Men
12 Desert – Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeroes
13 Your – Elton John
14 Redemption – Bob Marley
15 Last – Traffic Sound

Pet Sounds Playlist #47 – Louie Louie

After a little sabbatical, here’s a really cool playlist that was inspired by an article about the most covered song of all time (thanks Laura Lee). I love this tune, it’s a staple when I DJ, and I know I’m not alone. I thought this could be shit, cause a cover is sometimes cool, sometimes amusing, but inevitably after a while it starts to grate and you just end up wanting to hear the original…or so I thought. I finally narrowed my list down to 21, and to be deadly serious, they’re pretty much all bangers. Everything from Punk to Rap, via Garage, Psych, Soul, Post-Punk, Easy Listening, Torch Singer, Reggae, Funk and on and on and on, it’s class, I genuinely got excited making this one, I challenge you to get bored. “Duh duh duh. duh duh is a mnemonic so powerful…”.

The original is by Richard Berry, the best known by The Kingsmen and my current favourites are an awesome sultry slow version by Julie London and a psychedelic masterclass by Friar Tuck. Otis always smashes it too.

I might have to have a crack at it myself now…

Grab the Pet Sounds playlist HERE and check the past playlists HERE.

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01 Richard Berry & The Pharaohs
02 Flamin’ Groovies
03 The Sandpipers
04 The Beach Boys
05 The Kinks
06 The Challengers
07 Fat Boys
08 Julie London
09 Herb Gross & The Invictas
10 Friar Tuck
11 Motorhead
12 Toots & The Maytals
13 Mario Allison y Su Combo
14 Stanley Clarke & George Duke
15 The Feelies
16 The Sonics
17 The Nomads
18 Otis Redding
19 Ike & Tina Turner
20 Wilbert Harrison
21 The Kingsmen

Pet Sounds Playlist #46 – The Stone Roses Lyon Gig

To say I’m excited about the gigs taking place this weekend is an understatement. Friday, Saturday and Sunday will see The Stone Roses return to Manchester and play gigs that people never thought they would see. I saw them back in 1995 in December when they played the Brighton centre, and even though John Squire was still there, Reni had left the band. The idea of seeing all four members of the band perform songs that are amongst my absolute favourites is magical. These are my heroes and I can’t wait.

Grab the Pet Sounds playlist HERE and check the past playlists HERE.

Les Nuits de Fourvière Festival, Lyon, France 25th June 2012

01. I Wanna Be Adored

02. Mersey Paradise
03. (Song for My) Sugar Spun Sister
04. Sally Cinnamon
05. Where Angels Play
06. Shoot You Down
07. Bye Bye Badman
08. Ten Storey Love Song
09. Standing Here
10. Fools Gold
11. Something’s Burning
12. Waterfall
13. Don’t Stop
14. Love Spreads
15. Made Of Stone
16. This Is the One
17. She Bangs The Drums
18. Elizabeth My Dear
19. I Am The Resurrection




Features

Southsea Comedy Festival Competition Winner

The first ever Southsea Comedy Festival opens with Eddie Izzard performing his most recent show ‘Force Majeure’ on 31st July and 1st August. Last week we gave you the chance to win two tickets to see Eddie Izzard on Thursday 31st July. The lucky winner is Si Bunting, he correctly answered the three following questions…

1) What is the name of the character voiced by Eddie in Cars 2?
Sir Miles Axlerod
2) In which American city did Eddie begin his 2014 tour Force Majeure?
Washington DC, America
3) For which charity did Eddie run an incredible 43 marathons in 51 days?!
Sports Relief

If you aren’t lucky enough to be Si’s plus one, then you can still get your Southsea Comedy Festival tickets by calling 0844 847 2362 and online at www.southseacomedyfestival.co.uk. You can follow the Southsea Comedy Festival on Twitter @SouthseaComedy.

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Photos from Head Jam 2014

For the second year running Head Mens Hairdressing, Strong Island and My Dog Sighs (this year with Lex Luthor) put on the Head Jam street art event on Albert Road in Southsea. The yard out the back of Head and the Strong Island HQ had last year’s artwork covered during last week and Saturday saw local artists My Dog Sighs, Los Dave, M-One, Lex Luthor, Mimic, Stu Linfield, I am Posy, freakSTATIC, Midge and Samo get involved with new artwork on all of the walls plus the new sculpture too. Extra artwork is also being added today by My Name is Leila. A huge thank you to all the artists and to everyone who popped by throughout the day.

Check some of the photos from the day below, you can see a load more on our Flickr (which is a growing archive of our photography over the last 6 years) or on our Facebook page and if you want to pop in and have a look visit Head at 53 Albert Road.


































Southsea Comedy Festival Competition | Win Two Tickets

The first ever Southsea Comedy Festival opens with Eddie Izzard performing his most recent show ‘Force Majeure’ on 31st July and 1st August. We have a pair of tickets to give away for the Thursday 31st July performance. All you have to do to win this prize is email stuart@strong-island.co.uk with your answer to the following three questions.

1) What is the name of the character voiced by Eddie in Cars 2?
2) In which American city did Eddie begin his 2014 tour Force Majeure?
3) For which charity did Eddie run an incredible 43 marathons in 51 days?!

The deadline for entries will be midnight Monday 21st July with the winner being announced Tuesday 22nd in the evening.

If you don’t want to risk missing out then Southsea Comedy Festival tickets are available by calling 0844 847 2362 and online at www.southseacomedyfestival.co.uk. You can follow the Southsea Comedy Festival on Twitter @SouthseaComedy.

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Lookbook for Strong Island Clothing Co Summer 2014 Collection

We’ve been exceptionally busy over at Strong Island HQ for the best part of 2014 so far and the latest Strong Island Clothing Co range has been in development for some time. We are now proud to announce the launch of our latest line of tee and crew designs for the Summer. This is the biggest run we have done to date and we wanted to ensure it was a really strong range so didn’t want to rush it.

We have a wide range of new colours and designs including our first 2 colour print on the popular Refuse to Sink and a return to our second tee style back in 2010 with a backprint (this time in navy) in the classic Strong Island logo. We also have a seriously strong collaboration with University of Portsmouth graduate and award winning letterform designer Andy Lethbridge AKA Hand Type. These are something truly special and we’re really stoked how they came out, the detail in the print really reflects the brush strokes of Andy’s work. We will have more on Hand Type and the development of these designs on Strong Island soon in a full interview. We also have pocket tees with the new Down the Hatch design which form part of something we are keeping under our hats for bit…some old favourites have been revisited too with new colourways and 2 new graphic tees as well. Our latest crew retains the same quality as before featuring ribbed side panels, a back neck loop, deep cuffs, a double v-insert on the neckline and raglan sleeves but with new striped cuffs. With a more contemporary and slimmer fit than most sweatshirts it’s certainly a more premium line. As always all our tees and crews are hand screenprinted in East London by the mighty Lovenskate, including the anchor signoff on the back and detail on the inside neck.

We have a few more mini launches coming up over the next few weeks including more tees, something for the cyclists out there, some very special hand produced items from Poland using original 1940′s techniques and also something to lounge on in summer and keep you warm in the winter. Not to mention another very special artist collaboration too.

All of the tees and crews from the main, initial drop will be available this weekend during Head Jam at Head Hairdressing, 53 Albert Road, Southsea (weather permitting). They will then go online in Shop Ahoy next week.

For now please enjoy our latest Lookbook shot by Strong Island Media over at Dell Quay, Chichester. The perfect day to go for a wander around the marina, fields and woodlands with a few cheeky beers at the Crown & Anchor.

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Strong Island, Lex Luthor & My Dog Sighs present Head Jam 2014 – Saturday 19th July

Last years Head Jam was such a resounding success with some of the nations best street artists that we eagerly began talking about the following year before the paint had even dried. We discussed how we could run the event again and where to do it, but the answer was simple and literally looking right at us. We hold it in the same place again. Make the courtyard at Head Hairdressing the centre of an annual event where the outcome is available to view for the year, then return, white wash the previous artwork away, and do it all again. After all, street art is an ever changing and developing media in it’s own right and in it’s usual environment where it gets ripped down, tagged, covered in fly posters, lost to demolition and built on, the artists have no fear of their art being lost. It’s part of the job so to speak…

Rick from Head Hairdressing at 53 Albert Road (just along from the Wine Vaults and next to Southsea Gallery) conceived the idea of having the courtyard to the rear of the local barbers transformed in to a permanent giant art piece. From precision multilayered stencils, through bubble gum cutsie to surreal illustrative mayhem, Lex Luthor and My Dog Sighs have hand picked some of their favourite artists to produce the ultimate street art dreamscape courtyard…again!

Head Jam will run all day so feel free to pop along, take a look, have a chat, hang out, meet the artists and enjoy the atmosphere. There will be music on all day, a BBQ turning over in the background if you want to stick a burger on (not supplied), and please feel free to bring along a beer too. Everyone is welcome, so bring the kids so they can see some of the finest street artists working together in this unique environment.

Attending artists include: MyDogSighs, Lex Luthor, Mimic, Fark, Nova, M-one Art, Los Dave, Stu Linfield, Morf, Freakstatic and Ooberla. Wow, this is going to be amazing! If you pop along please be sure to tag the event on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #HeadJam and we will put up a series of your photos from the day.

Strong Island Clothing Co will also be launching their latest range of tees and crews before they go online the following week. So if you want to get in there for an exclusive purchase before anyone else head on down and check it all out. Everything will be out to view, and there is a sneak peak at the end of this post (the full look book will go up this week). Also all of our PFC tees and crews are on offer, bargain. We look forward to seeing you all.

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Strong Island Blissfields 2014 Review By Sophie Perryer and Grace Aquilina – Day Three

Despite the effects of the night before, those who have arisen from their partially soggy tents and dared to walk through alcohol and rain sodden hay look forward to listen to live music at The Wild Stage and in The Hustle Den at midday. In keeping with the wildlife theme the crowd was littered with all sorts of animal themed costumes, and what I can only expect was a stag party of monkey’s.

Burning Beaches took to the stage at 12:00pm in The Hustle Den, where sleepy eyes were literally opened in awe of the band’s soft rock sound. Heavy bass woke even the most sluggish and grungy vocals perfectly complimented a latte. The vocals echoed around the tent, emphasising the roughness and fervency.

Blissfields is without a doubt well-deserved of it’s reputation for finding and nurturing local artists and upcoming talent, and this year was no exception; Saturday brought with it the chance for discovering yet more new artists, one of which being Australian singer-songwriter Ry X. His hazy almost whispered vocals drew comparisons to The xx and Blissfields favourites London Grammar, and Ry X transfixed the audience throughout his set with his soft tenor tones. His track ‘Berlin’ is well worth a listen.

Later on in the afternoon, Floella Grace wowed her audience in The Larch to complete silence and a dream-like-state. Her dreamy, sobering vocals accompanied by fellow string player Gareth and two silvery-voiced backing singers made for an awesome and enlightening performance. The ukulele was played sweetly and harmoniously with the slightly more robust guitar; the entire performance being one of sincerity courtesy of her unvarnished, honest lyrics.

After Floella Grace’s soothing and lulling performance, the audience was re-awakened with the The Boy I Used To Be’s garage pop sound. With breathy, low vocals and slightly metallic guitar riffs, the band’s ‘sun-drenched’ sound ironically complimented the gloomy Great British Weather.

A personal highlight of Saturday was the chance to catch Laurel in the Hustle Den; she has truly developed her own distinctive style, although it is easy to see why over the last year she has been compared to Lana Del Ray, Lorde, and Laura Marling. On stage, she mesmerises the crowd with her sultry and coquettish presence, and switches effortlessly between softer and louder tracks, such as the lead song from her Blue Blood EP, which showcases the depth and richness of her voice.

By now sky was taken over with cloud but with temperatures still high anticipation grew for the headliner, 2ManyDJs, the semi-incognito side project of prolific 90s DJs Soulwax. The Dewaele brothers’ experience was evident throughout their set, with their ability to bring the crowd effortlessly through highs and lows, and build the sweat and alcohol fuelled festival-goers into a frenzy. However, while there were certainly some sore heads as Sunday morning dawned, there were plenty of wide grins too.

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Cosmo Sheldrake @ The Hustle Den
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Laurel @ The Hustle Den