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28
Sep
09

THE GIG LIST – NUMBER 33

We are about to get not one but two white-hot record labels represented in town, as both Paris’ Kitsune and Frankie Chan‘s IHEARTCOMIX arrive to showcase bands at Concorde 2. You simply cannot afford to miss this!

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CHEW LIPS

On this particular section on The Recommender we scavenge our local city’s horizons to locate the best nights out that Brighton can offer. Within our vibrant music scene there are many good promoters, but none reappear on this blog more than the events that have one particular man involved. We always serve up two great nights out on this Gig List and this fella has somewhow managed to get a mention for both of his upcoming events. He goes by the name Henron and has a particularly impressive ability to book cutting edge acts. His latest adventure carries his new regular event, named Horsepower, to one of Brighton’s most successful mid-sized venues, Concorde 2. To kick this new night off he brings to town some truly amazing talent. First on, Recommender favourites, The Golden Filter, who have recently completed a Q&A with us here. Second on stage will be the mind-blowing showmanship of Chew Lips, Camden’s hottest talents, with the beautiful singer Tiggs and her signature energetic display and their adorable, synth-heavy, 8-bit tunes. Finishing the night off will be a DJ set by none other than the IHEARTCOMIX label’s Designer Drugs. In an unusual but fantastic twist, there will also be a discount rummage sale from the trendy fashion label, American Apparel, as well as other well known Brighton brands, set up in the corner. It doesn’t get much more hipster than this.


ACT
:                     CHEW LIPS, THE GOLDEN FILTER, DESIGNER DRUGS
VENUE:                Concorde 2, Madeira Drive, Brighton
COST:                   £3.00
DATE:                   Thursday 1st October 2009
WEBSITES:          Chew Lips Myspace, The Golden Filter Website, Designer Drugs Myspace
TRACK:                 CHEW LIPS – SOLO ysi
REMIX:                 CHEW LIPS – SALT AIR (PLASTICIAN REMIX) ysi

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CASIOKIDS

Henron’s second event will be located at his normal underground scenester venue, New Hero. Here he showcases the Norwegian pop sensations that are Casiokids. A five piece that always get out of bed the right side it seems, so positively contagious is their energy. They have to be witnessed to be believed, as they bounce around the stage like a bunch of children, (were they supplied with nothing but McDonalds and Smarties for the previous month!). Constantly swapping instruments, blink and you will find the guy that was playing the piano is now playing the drums, whilst the drummer’s picked up a guitar! It’s their amazing ability to always give an outstanding performance, playing with such broad smiles, that always gets the crowd bouncing. For this they are worth their weight in gold, let alone the required £5. This will be their first return to Brighton since they played the Loop Festival a couple of months ago, so if you missed them on that occasion do not repeat the mistake! Henron has done it again and the place will be packed, so book your tickets as soon as you can. He always encourages a sense of abandonment in his home venue, with his nights always feeling like more of a college party than a club night. Prepare to be doing Casiokid congas around the dancefloor.


ACT
:                     CASIOKIDS
VENUE:                New Hero – Dyke Road, Brighton
COST:                  £5.00 adv / £6.00 on door
DATE:                  Friday 2nd October 2009
WEBSITE:            Myspace
TRACK:                CASIOKIDS – FINN BIKKJEN ysi
REMIX:                CASIOKIDS – FOT I HOSE (AXEMAX REMIX) ysi

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On a separate note, The Recommender is about to embark on a photo shoot with both Wave Machines and Lovelikefire this week, so look out for the results on our Flickr page real soon. Nice.
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09
Jun
09

THE GIG LIST – NUMBER 28

Welcome back to The Recommender. Here’s another quick Gig List for those looking to fill a couple of summer nights in the next few weeks. We predict that both nights out will be sure-fire hits. We wouldn’t recommend anything else now would we?!

TOMMY SPARKS

What a summer Tommy is about to embark on! Doing a DJ set in sunny Brighton, prior to hitting both (even sunnier) Ibiza and then (not so sunny at all) Glastonbury! It doesn’t get more hedonistic than that now does it! Having first caught our eye in a remix by Yuksek of his tune, I’m A Rope, we were pleased to have been pointed towards this Swedish, Electro-Pop maestro. Like his namesake, his music is often enjoyed in short bursts, burning brightly before a sense of discomfort blows out his tunes. However, away from his tendency towards monotony, you will find his pumping blasts of fuzzy riffs pulling you onto the dancefloor. Surely due for a popular 2009 on the back of this genre’s current high-riding wave, he plays at our appropriately named Micro nightclub on the Brighton seafront. It’s only a DJ set, as opposed to his full stage performance, but it’s his first ever so it’s bound to be a grand effort. It’s part of the first night brought to us by Brighton’s newest promotions team, Battery Powered, so amongst all these debuts you should find plenty of sparks with bright futures.

ACT:                      TOMMY SPARKS
VENUE:                  This Rhythm @ Micro, Brighton Seafront
COST:                    £5 / £3 (with concessions – see website)
DATE:                    Saturday 20th June 2009
WEBSITE:             Tommy Sparks Myspace / Battery Powered Myspace
TRACK:                  SHE’S GOT ME DANCINGTOMMY SPARKS (ysi)

KITSUNE MAISON

This Parisian record label, fashion house and connoisseurs of all things new and goddamn fucking cool are returning to our shores following last years brilliant show. Well it’s more of a touring party in all honesty, with plenty of the scenester crowd in tow. For those who aren’t yet aware, they produce a compilation album each year of taste-making recommendations, now on number seven which they released earlier this month, followed by a tour of showcasing said bands. This years roundabout produced some of The Recommender’s current favourites, including We Have Band, Chew Lips and Autokratz, amongst others. Two of these will hit our Audio club alongside Beni and Crystal Fighters, (who are also due their own Recommender posting soon), so head  to the legendary Brighton night spot for a lesson in modern tastes. We will attach below a couple of selected tracks from the artists performing.

ACT:                       KITSUNE MAISON presents AUTOKRATZ, CHEW LIPS, BENI, CRYSTAL FIGHTERS
VENUE
:                   Audio, Marine Parade, Brighton
COST
:                     £7 (advance)
DATE
:                     Friday 19th June 2009
WEBSITE:              Kitsune Myspace / Autokratz / Chew Lips / Beni / Crystal Fighters
TRACKS:                 ALWAYS MOREAUTOKRATZ (ysi) / SOLOCHEW LIPS (ysi) / FRINGE ELEMENTBENI (ysi) / XTATIC TRUTH – Xtra Loud Mix  – CRYSTAL FIGHTERS (ysi)

Please return to comment on this post if you are a) heading to either of these hedonistic evenings, or b) have been to them and witnessed their magic. It would be great to hear any thoughts as always…

16
May
09

HOW GOOD IS THIS!!!??? – NUMBER 27

THE GREAT ESCAPE – REVIEW – DAY TWO

It’s just impossible to catch each and every band that’s on the lengthy schedule. Sadly, there are plenty of great acts that have times that clash and even working out the logistics of getting between all the venues is a task in itself. Still, yet another mind-numbingly exciting day was had by us all for day two…

1.) WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKS

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Experience– And so we begin again at The Honey Club for today and immediately the phrase “start as you mean to go on” comes to mind, but frankly it would be nigh on impossible for us to maintain the standards we witnessed with this band’s performance! This Scottish 4-piece blew away any cobwebs gathered by the previous nights partying. My expectations were high having heard the handful of tracks available from them, but they surpassed them with ease. The raw energy that chimes out from their outstanding power-Indie is exceptional. Particularly impressive was the voice of frontman, Adam Thompson , especially on Ships With Holes Will Sink. Stunning.

BEST TRACKSHIPS WITH HOLES WILL SINK (ysi)

2.) TEMPER TRAP

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Experience– Possibly having travelled the farthest of all the acts on show this weekend, the Melbourne 4-piece were deserving of our attention. Playing straight after the energetic We Were Promised Jetpacks at the same venue, they had a task on their hands, but they burst straight into it. Playing live they had a thunderous beat and a louder sound than expected, particularly from what we’ve previously heard on their Myspace. The trademark sailing, whirlwind of echoing guitars soared high and the confident vocals from frontman Dougy tied up an entertaining set. The clear highlight was their best track to date, Sweet Disposition, as it’s U2-like riffs had us all hypnotized.

BEST TRACKSWEET DISPOSITION (ysi)


3.) CHEW LIPS

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Experience
– Having missed them at The Hope the previous evening our appetite for this Camden 3-piece was even greater. We braved the pouring rain and driving coastal winds to race over to the Audio venue to catch them. We were to witness two examples of true star quality in the bands tonight and frontwoman, Tiggs, was the first of these. Climbing the amps, posing for the cameras and bouncing around the stage, in way not seen since Lovefoxxx, she stole the show. Closing on the excellent tune, Solo, this was a performance that left everyone in the venue with a positive, broad smile on their faces. Contagiously brilliant.

BEST TRACKSOLO (ysi)

4.) MASTER SHORTIE

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Experience– Lesson number two in star quality was immediately upon us around the corner as this South London MC launched himself onstage. What a talent this fella proved to be. He’s got the image, the energy, bags of confidence and perhaps most importantly true crossover appeal. Indie kids will love the guitars and hooks and singalong chorus’ and fans of Hip Hop will enjoy the rapid-fire lyrical assault that he spits out so well. His energy and enthusiasm was infectious. There was plenty of engaging the audience between songs, showing us a young man truly at ease on stage. He even got warm up act, RIZ MC, back on stage to improvise some lyrics, providing us with a genuinely special touch. Electric.

BEST TRACKDEAD END (ysi)

5.) METRONOMY

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Experience– We’ve never caught the Brighton adoptees live before. There’s always been something that’s got in the way, so it was with relief and marked delight that we finally had a chance to see their famous show tonight. In the weekend’s biggest venue so far, at the Corn Exchange, we witnessed them blast out their inventive pop to a packed house. Following the recent departure of bassist Gabriel Stebbing to the band Your Twenties, we met with with the new bassist and female drummer. The dance moves they’re famous for were absent, so perhaps they need to rehearse some more before they work new ones out. Otherwise, the songs still stood tall and the crowd’s love affair was still very much in evidence.

BEST TRACKA THING FOR ME (ysi)

We watched the second half of Metronomy, alongside Neil from the band Club Smith, who explained how he once supported them way back when they were brand new. It brought into perspective how bands can grow from the tiny beginnings we are witnessing all over town this weekend to the heavy hitters that we saw in Metronomy tonight. On our way home we bumped into Tim, lead singer for the Brighton band Maths Class, who informed us that they’re playing a secret gig at The Hope pub at 1pm Saturday and so we depart from tonight in the knowledge that the next day already guarantees more exciting entertainment.
Mike

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29
Apr
09

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 33

Thanks to all those readers/subscribers from the USA for responding to our requests for a new contributor to this blog. The gates are still open as we review the efforts. No decisions will be made for a few weeks yet, so if you haven’t yet let us know your interest then email us at – therecommenderblog@gmail.com. Good luck…

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WAVE MACHINES

Making waves are precisely what this Liverpool 4-piece are currently doing. The vertiable tsunami they travel with swiftly crashed into Brighton’s shoreline recently as they were playing a support slot for the excellent We Have Band. We went along to catch the show and what a shockingly fantastic set it turned out to be! So often the support acts are found playing to an empty room with little atmosphere and are uncomfortably positioned as fluffers to the main act. Well not in this case. They stood tall and had us mesmerised from the very start. Having met up with them afterwards, mainly to thank them and to extol just what an impression they had made on us, we can confirm they are friendly, enjoyable fellas in person too. Their sound is totally addictive. On track ‘Keep The Lights On‘ you will find them switching from verses sung with the hope removed “Leave and lead yourself astray, tell yourself that everythings OK“, to choruses that are sung with a beautiful higher pitch and a shift in optimism “If I get up I’ll hold your hand“. It has the chopping changes that you would locate in a Beck tune, the breezy, under-your-skin cinematic quality of Roxy Music, and a little Lo-Fi Funk that Prince would embrace! This is one wave you definitely have to catch…

Find them here:         Myspace

Hear them here :       WAVE MACHINES – KEEP THE LIGHTS ON (ysi)

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THE BRUTE CHORUS

This London 4-piece come packaged with an awesome energy, but be warned it’s like being lured into a dark alley by Fagan, but should you fall for the spell you will find that you are well rewarded. Described as Alternative-Garage-Folk goes part of the way when explaining their sound, but they really aren’t quite like anything you already know. If you ever wondered what Jack White from The White Stripes would be like if he joined The Pogues then check them out. The real star of the show here is frontman James, who bounces about their live shows like a coiled spring that’s waited one hundred years to be released. He is a talented guitarist and stylish wordsmith, story telling each song in a gypsy dance. It’s a little Gogol Bordello to watch, without the unnecessary madness and terrible clothing. There’s harmonicas, rumbling drums, a chanting rhythmic bass and even a Kazzoo on tracks like ‘The Ransom’. Now that’s brave. It all works though and is a loose and refreshingly wild construction, which perhaps becomes more loveable when seen live. We also list a video of frontman James playing a fun, impromptu song of theirs in a room in their rehearsal flat, with additional vocals from the excellent frontwoman, Tigs, from the band Chew Lips (who we blogged about previously here). Enjoy.

Find them here:       Myspace

Here them here:      THE BRUTE CHORUS – THE CUCKOO AND THE STOLEN HEART (ft TIGS)       (ysi)

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MATT & KIM

If you find this Brooklyn pair not to your liking then you simply aren’t in touch with your inner-child anymore. They’re now two albums in, following their second release, ‘Grand‘, back in January 2009. They manage to produce a simple, foot-tapping sound that teens across the globe have subsequently embraced en masse. It’s lively and packed full of fun. Kim Schifino rattles the drums, whilst Matt Johnson leads the vocals and bouncing keyboards. It’s a little wild and untamed, but all the more amicable for it’s loose, catchy goodness that never takes itself too seriously.  Originally releasing their debut material through the super-cool Iheartcomix label, owned by none other than Franki Chan, they are now located on the Fader label. Their DIY approach to their music and the wide use of social networking sites, makes them a true band for the Noughties and all the more approachable for it. We are also linking their amazing, but totally shocking video (in more ways than one – you have to watch it right to the very end!) to the tune ‘Lessons Learned‘.

Find them here:        Myspace

Hear them here:       MATT & KIM – LESSONS LEARNED (ysi)

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So that’s it for another edition. A right mix of sounds and tastes as always. Let us know any thoughts, reactions, messages or useful links in the comments section.
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13
Apr
09

THE GIG LIST – NUMBER 25

As we excitedly lead up to the UK’s closest cousin of America’s famous SxSW Festival, Brighton’s GREAT ESCAPE FESTIVAL, with it’s own mammoth jaunt in showcasing new music, we thought we would return to it here on The Recommender.

THE GREAT ESCAPE FESTIVAL – PART TWO

We first visited the line up at this years festival when we put together Part One (find it here).  As we roll closer to the event the listings have swelled up and now there are so many great additions that we simply must usher your attention towards this fresh batch.

Allow The Recommender to kindly be your best previewer of this amazing festival…



CHEW LIPS (*) –       SOLO (ysi)

DATAROCK –       FA FA FA (ysi)

FANFARLO –       LUNA (ysi)

THE HUNDRED IN THE HANDS (*) –        DRESSED IN DRESDEN (ysi)

MARINA & THE DIAMONDS (*)-       THE SHAMPAIN SLEEPER (ysi)

NOAH & THE WHALE –       5 YEARS TIME (ysi)

PATRICK WOLF –        THE MAGIC POSITION (ysi)

WE HAVE BAND (*) –       OH! (ysi)

THE XX –       VCR (ysi)

You can locate any previous posts that we might have done on these bands in the starred links (*) alongside each act, so click them to find more information, interviews and free mp3’s etc.  Fanfarlo are yet to be posted about, so we will be returning to their brilliance in a later post.

At this rate we will probably have to do a ‘Part 3’ about The Great Escape if they continue to add such outstanding acts. We hope this helps you decide who to pick out from the masses of bands on show. At least our previews allow you to actually listen to the bands first. Can’t see that happening with any printed media now can we? The Recommender wins we thinks.
Mike

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02
Apr
09

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 29

We are never short of new tracks here at The Recommender. Our noses are highly trained for those truffled tunes as we willingly rummage our faces through the world’s various music scenes.You will hopefully appreciate the spoils of our tune-farming and see this in evidence below.

It’s worth tipping our thanks to Austin too, as the SxSW blog-obsessed festival of new music came to it’s conclusion. We now find ourselves at the floodgates as they open and the hype hurriedly comes pouring through. Many rumours are bouncing around about who managed to shine and who disappointed. It is indeed a good time to be a blog.

WHITE BELT YELLOW TAG
There’s a strange juxtaposition with this lot. You will hear a kind of softer vocal sound paired up with a backing that’s so powerful you better have your socks welded on. Often building, like a good Doves song, into something massive, they play songs on a higher level to most bands out there. It’s mature and emotional with a crashing clash of sounds. There’s lots to enjoy with pounding drums, layers of cymbals slamming and we’ve no idea how they get their guitars to make some of the sounds they create. We can’t quite believe they’re only a 2-piece band, with the giant sound they produce. This Yorkshire duo will surely scale the heights soon as the Elbow/Doves PR machine has been in full swing over recent months with their respective albums, so catch these new pretenders to the throne now before they achieve the inevitable black belt status.

Find them here:       Myspace

Hear them here:       WHITE BELT YELLOW TAG – YOU’RE NOT INVINCIBLE (ysi)

JOHN & JEHN
Musical influences come in circles and it’s often only a matter of time before sleeping sounds from a previous generation come springing back to life once again. John & Jehn bring us a soundscape that’s clearly harking back to the days of The Velvet Underground and that Lo-Fi 1960’s collective production. With songs that wander aimlessly it would be to easy to think that this pair are self-indulgent, but there’s more to them than that. With their Parisian and London roots they are suitably stylish and melodically beautiful with it. They are a refreshing memory and they hold a brilliantly timeless quality. Andy Warhol would have adored them. They had a great 2008 with their debut album, but it’s a recent remix that’s been passed our way that’s made us decide to include them on The Recommender. Rather than offer you just the one mp3 below we have decided to generously attach two, as although we want to showcase this new remix we also need you to appreciate their original music. Aren’t you the lucky ones…

Find them here:       Myspace

Hear them here:      JOHN & JEHN – FEAR FEAR FEAR (ysi)
JOHN & JEHN – LOOKING FOR YOU (Mighty Mouse NYC Sensations Remix)      (ysi)

CHEW LIPS
You could almost fill up a music blog entirely from the bands that get backing from the French fashion/record label Kitsune. (In fact we can think of a couple of blogs that virtually already do!). We’re also equally aware that we list a fair amount of tunes that get their Parisian seal of approval too, so we better start a Kitsune filter before we end up indirectly being their PR machine! Not that they need one when they give us releases from bands as cool as Chew Lips. The music is strong enough to shout all on its own and boy will it be heard far and wide. This London 3-piece proclaim they make 8-bit Drone Disco. Indeed. It’s simple music, with the characterful frontwoman, Tigs, giving us the lyrical chants that, particularly on the song ‘Twin Galaxies’, tips its sound back to 90’s House, in a good way. It’s a delightful, contemporary, synth-led, four-beat concoction. They’ve rightly been heavily tipped for a big 2009 by the BBC, and in particular Steve Lamacq, so we lovingly join the pointy fingers and enthusiastically wave your attention in their direction.

Find them here:        Myspace

Hear them here:       CHEW LIPS – SOLO (ysi)

If you’ve never heard of these artists, then we hope you appreciate the heads up. If you have come across them before then we hope you at least enjoy the music we’ve listed. Don’t forget to check the artists Myspace links and look out for any upcoming gigs too, particularly as the summer festivals kick into life.

Anyway, keep popping back for more from us when you next get 5 minutes. As always, comment, subscribe and generally spread the love around a little bit…
Mike

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