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Thursday 5 November – Maps in Newcastle

I am quite into Maps (and maps for that matter). The Maps in question is a music outfit, though in reality it’s the work on one man, James Chapman. He came close to winning the Mercury Prize for his first album, We Can Create, and that was just about my best album of 2007. We Can Create was one of those records that half way through the first track you think “this is amazing”. Mr. Chapman has now produced his second album, Turning The Mind, which is not quite as mindblowing, but still very good.

Maps: Turning The MindToday Maps performed in Newcastle, at The Other Rooms under the Life Centre. I’ve seen him / them before in Copenhagen and then Paris, and what is worrying is that everytime he has fewer band members and smaller audiences. In Newcastle’s case we were down to about 40 or so enthusiasts and one backup on keyboards. Still a good time was had by all. The venue was a bit strange – very low ceilings. If you were peforming there was literally no headroom for jumping around on stage.