Here's a funny story about my encounter with Still Corners last month. I spent two nights in London town before I headed over to China, just to say hi to my crew and break up the long flight. The last night, I knew Still Corners was throwing their record release show for their debut album on Sub Pop, Creatures of an Hour. Wasn't sure if I could get in or if my friend wanted to go blah, blah. In the end, we were alll systems go. The problem was that we had a vague idea where the venue was, a place called Cafe Oto. It's in Dalston off the overground line. Never been there. We were late getting off the tube because I got a slight concussion from a low-beam at Ye Olde Chesford Cheese off Fleet Street. We get off, we ask around for this Oto place, and we get various directions, all of which were vague and spotty. Mind you, are phones don't work in London and no wifi was to be had.
Fourty-five minutes later and walking through parts of Dalston which looked abandonded or a virus had spread and we we're the last known survivors a la 28 Days Later, we found Oto. We get to see the fabulous Still Corners ... packing up. Wackity smackity doo. The venue was hidden in a courtyard inside a walled enclosure, which was just a block from the tube station.
In any event, we got caught up with the band, who I want to adopt. Their debut album is brilliant. If you buy it at Rough Trade or at a gig, you get a bonus mix CD. Even better, they are coming back to open for The War of Drugs in December, stopping off at Bowery Ballroom on December 11.
December 3: The Abbey Bar -- Harrisburg, PA
December 4: Rock and Roll Hotel -- Washington, D.C.
December 6: Radio Radio -- Indianapolis
December 7: Lincoln Hall -- Chicago
December 8: Mickey Finns -- Toledo, OH
December 9: The Horseshoe Tavern -- Toronto
December 10: Castaways -- Ithaca, NY
December 11: Bowery Ballroom -- New York
- Papercuts / Still Corners @ Mercury Lounge