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Cornershop at Dishoom

EXCLUSIVE SUNDAY LISTENING BOOTH 3-5PM, 13TH MARCH 2011.

Cornershop week 13th-20th March – try the ‘Judy Sucks a Lemon’ cocktail (sour, sweet, chilli, fresh) and enjoy lots of Cornershop music on the Dishoom soundtrack…

We love Cornershop. The great band, that is, rather than shops on corners. (We do also really like shops on corners, as it happens.)

And from Sunday it will be Cornershop week at Dishoom.

We loved bopping up and down to Brimful of Asha and then one day actually hearing the words and thinking they were pretty cool. Isn’t it great that Asha means hope and is also Asha Bhosle the great Indian singer (the one that our parents listen to) we thought. Everybody does need a bosom for a pillow. English friends asked for explanations – making us feel kind of smug that we knew. And wasn’t that video great?

We smiled when we heard the album title ‘When I was born for the 7th time’ and laughed when we heard ‘6am Jallander Sher!’ Jallander is the kind of place that just has humour in its name, even better when said loudly, for some reason. It is indeed Indian Tobacco my friend. It’s gently witty subversion. The knowing smile, which makes it hip to be desi (that means from the homeland, for those of you that aren’t).

So when the band contacted us and asked us whether the great Roger Sargent (yes, him, those photos!) could shoot Cornershop at Dishoom, we were delighted to help.

And then when Ben and Tjinder (first names, are you impressed?) asked if they could do an exclusive listening for the album launch here at Dishoom, we were pretty smiley.

So this Sunday, come along to Dishoom and we’ll be playing the new album, ‘Cornershop and the Double O Groove of’. It’s a mix of Punjabi folk and lo-fi hip-hop according to the Guardian, who also thought it was fab. And Bubbly Kaur’s vocals are brilliant. We’ll be playing the album, you can order from Dishoom’s delicious menu, and Ben and Tjinder will be around to say hello (gasp!)

And the week after that will be a kind of Cornershop week at Dishoom – lots of great Cornershop music will be playing, and you’ll be able to buy our crazy new cocktail called ‘Judy Sucks a Lemon’ named in honour of a Cornershop album. (The drink tastes like it should with a name like that – sour, sweet, chilli and fresh!)

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Kangan

Fantastic! Oh it will be such a great event, I would love to come along, have some chai and say hello to Ben and Tijinder, but I'm in Ludhiana this month! I have to mention how I loved Prashant's film, Patang which I had the pleasure of watching when I was in Ahmedabad, so I think this video is lovely too :)

Paolo

Isn't it great folks!?!?!?!? I'd love to have the money to just jump on a plane and be there tomorrow at Dishoom... Well, I suppose that receiving the new Cornershop album download here at home in Florence (Italy) on my birthday will have to be enough.....!! All the best for the day tomorrow; next time I'm in London I'll pop in to Dishoom for sure. Keep up the good work and say Hi to Tjinder and Ben for me... Paolo