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Jared Paul



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b. dolan wrote:
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You'll. Never. Sink. This. Ship.


AHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHAHAAAAA
Post Fri Sep 02, 2011 11:26 pm
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Do you have any idea of what time you'll be onstage at the London show? I screwed up and don't arrive back in London until 9 that night and wonder if I'll miss it all?
Post Wed Sep 07, 2011 7:45 am
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I definitely won't be onstage before 9. You should catch the set for sure.

It's coming together beautifully... couldn't be more excited to start showing off this set.
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Cheers B.
Post Fri Sep 09, 2011 6:06 am
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Bestival was a truly amazing experience, and the show was incredibly well received. There'll be blogs/pictures/video of the whole day soon...

London begins the UK / Ireland tour tomorrow night! I'm also expecting Scroobius Pip + Beth Mburu-Bowie to join us to premier the new tune. See you there!

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Aww. Sorry it's soft.
Post Tue Sep 13, 2011 4:05 am
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Aww. Sorry it's soft.


ahh... sorry you didn't introduce yourself! hope you enjoyed the show.
Post Tue Sep 13, 2011 10:18 am
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Any plans for this set to reach the states when Pip comes? Cuz that'd be awesome.
Post Tue Sep 13, 2011 10:38 am
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ahh... sorry you didn't introduce yourself! hope you enjoyed the show.


I said hello and shook you by the hand but as a 35 year old man thought introducing myself with my forum name a little ridiculous. I thoroughly enjoyed the show. The rapport between you, Buddy and Dan was great and special guest appearances just added to a really feel good show. Standouts for me were the remixes of old favourites and the Russell Jones piece was incredible. The new material is really exciting too, I was just gutted there weren't more people there to enjoy it. Best of luck with the rest of the tour, here's a few more pics from last night. Apologies for my lack of technical prowess:







Post Tue Sep 13, 2011 4:11 pm
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See you tomorrow in Bristol man. Can't wait.
Post Wed Sep 14, 2011 3:55 am
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the glasgow show was really great.
a real shame about Buddy Peace not being able to play a solo set though.
next time!

the gig was marred slightly by some idiot who was loud, drunk and obnoxious. i thought he took the huff and went home when Dolan spoke to him before the ODB poem. sadly, he came back.

oh and the brass band at the end were really great too!


Post Thu Sep 15, 2011 9:31 am
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Bristol let you down last night man. Sorry. Hard to believe it was the same venue and city that hosted that incredible night a year ago when you smashed it and Sage said goodbye to touring. Thanks for coming to see us. I thought it was another incredible set. I loved "Who killed Russell Jones" and the new song and Marvin was as powerful, intense and moving as ever. Hope this experience won't put you off coming to see us in Bristol again. Apathy is always a problem here, but there are people appreciative of your music and believers in SFR. Where they all were last night, I'm not sure. Hope the rest of the tour goes well man. I'll be writing a review on the gig later for a website and magazine here. I'll post it when I'm done.
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Post Fri Sep 16, 2011 2:19 am
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Bristol let you down last night man. Sorry. Hard to believe it was the same venue and city that hosted that incredible night a year ago when you smashed it and Sage said goodbye to touring. Thanks for coming to see us. I thought it was another incredible set. I loved "Who killed Russell Jones" and the new song and Marvin was as powerful, intense and moving as ever. Hope this experience won't put you off coming to see us in Bristol again. Apathy is always a problem here, but there are people appreciative of your music and believers in SFR. Where they all were last night, I'm not sure. Hope the rest of the tour goes well man. I'll be writing a review on the gig later for a website and magazine here. I'll post it when I'm done.
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Ah man, don't let Bristol get YOU down ;)

It was the weakest turnout of the tour, but it wasn't thaaat bad really. The room felt full enough to have a good show, which is all I really care about. Our expectations are humble on this tour, as it's my first headliner and a year and a half after my last album's release... this was just sort of a run following my getting booked at Bestival to try things out.

The general concesus between the folks involves is that it's been solid enough to build on, so i'm happy. We'll be back around album time and I'm sure kids will show up unaware of how much fun they missed.
Post Fri Sep 16, 2011 3:13 am
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Here's my review. Hasn't been subbed yet, so feel free to put me right on anything I've got wrong...

B Dolan W/Dan Le Sac and Buddy Peace
The Fleece, Bristol
September 15

One year ago, almost to the night, to be inside The Fleece was to be part of a sweaty, emotional, almost reverential experience as a beyond-capacity crowd bid farewell to one of the legends of intelligent, anti-establishment hip-hop Sage Francis, as he hung up his touring cape.

Rhode Island’s B Dolan, Sage's best friend, Strange Famous label-mate and man most likely to take on the baton, provided support that night with a short, intense display of thought-provoking polemics delivered at machine-gun pace.

Tonight, Dolan's back on his first headline tour of the UK, backed by UK beat-makers Dan Le Sac and Buddy Peace, but you can almost hear the transatlantic tumbleweed blowing through the venue as our hero steps up to take up the mantle of SFR's touring standard bearer; a small core of devoted followers hug the stage and a sparse gathering of curious observers lurk in the shadows.

With Le Sac and Peace onboard, most of the material is re-worked and almost unrecognisable from the album versions ¬– perhaps disorientating, but indicative of an artist unafraid to challenge his work and unwilling to rest in a creative rut.

Dolan leans heavily on 2010 masterpiece Fallen House, Sunken City. ‘Earthmovers’, spitting bile at America's restless conflict and reconstruction cycle, is re-cut – low down and dubby, with new words book-ending its "Come to Jamaica, come to Dubai" chorus.

Turning his activist guns on the banks, ‘Economy Of Words’ is dedicated to "everyone who's skint", and is powered along by a deep, undulating groove before being directed through a brief take on Dire Straits' ‘Money For Nothing’ and into a stirring, breathless double-time mid-section.

The back half of the crowd only start to move once Dolan's mash-up of ‘50 Ways To Bleed Your Customer’ and M.I.A's ‘Paper Planes’ arrives, the bald-headed rapper removing his grubby cream suit jacket to reveal a noose fastened around his neck and quipping "Bristol, you showed up".

‘Leaving New York’ is given a dramatic re-working by Le Sac and Peace, embellished with a piano arpeggio and post-rock overtones, and ‘Joan Of Arcadia’ sounds even more spooky and ethereal thanks to their haunting, hymnal contributions.

The old Southern states union standard, ‘Which Side Are You On?’ is woven into a new song, which sees Dolan raging at homophobic and bigoted MCs and promoters before ‘House Of Bees’, with its incessant, pounding backbeat keeps up the attack on the music business. ‘Heart Failure’ is slowed down and imbued with post-apocalyptic gloom, a clearly-disappointed Dolan sighing "dying crowd" at its conclusion before resuming his assault on an industry with the blood of many departed artists on its hands via a stirring spoken-word piece about the ODB – ‘Who Killed Russell Jones?’ Late Fleece performers past Amy Winehouse and Jeff Buckley look down approvingly from their posters above the bar.

The production duo leave the stage for the dark and emotionally intensive ‘Marvin’, performed faithfully to the album version and the evening's high point, reaching a towering crescendo as the story of Marvin Gaye's murder by his own father comes to its tragic conclusion.

A needless heckler is dealt with in fairly brutal fashion before an encore including ‘Kitchen Sink’, ‘Heart Failure’ and ‘One Breath Left’. Tonight's evidence showcases a performance poet, lyricist, formidable rapper, tireless activist and fitting figure to build on the foundations laid by Francis and Strange Famous over the past 15 years. Bristol missed out. Dolan tells me afterwards: "Everywhere else on the tour has been dope." Go figure.
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Pretty spot-on review.
Post Fri Sep 16, 2011 3:59 am
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