As most of you know, the Astoria will be demolished soon to make way for the crossrail project. News story here. The final gig is tonight.
Here is a sketchy and pointless list of bands I saw there, in both the main venue and the downstairs venue (the LA2 or the Mean Fiddler depending on the time period)
The Fall, Urusei Yatsura, Sebadoh, Elliott Smith, Hefner, Quasi, Underworld, ...And you will know us by the Trail of Dead, Rocket from the Crypt, the Strokes (first UK show!), Peaches, Big Star, Posies, Boss Hogg, Guided By Voices, Animal Collective, Fuck Buttons, Dirty Projectors, Battles.
Some great shows, although I much prefered the larger main venue even though it could get far too warm. You could see nothing downstairs! Always sad to see a venue closing. The train work won't be finished for eight years.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009