Posts Tagged ‘Radiohead

12
Aug
10

THE RECOMMENDER – TROPHY WIFE

TROPHY WIFE

Before we moved to Brighton and gave birth to The Recommender we lived in the city of Oxford.  Any tourist would expect a collection of Olde English charm upon arrival in ‘The City of Dreaming Spires’, yet Oxford consistently drops the jaws of even the best-researched visitor, with not only its history and architecture but also its amazing atmosphere.  Stroll through the cobbled streets between the universities at night and you feel the city breathing its story at you through it’s 1000 year old walls.  However, there’s another Oxford and it continues to be an important part of its culture – the music.  We all know of Ride, Radiohead, Supergrass et al, but the evolution continues with Foals and more recently with Trophy Wife.  The cities connotations and unique atmosphere seem to bleed into the music, for even though all the aforementioned bands created different sounds, they all seem to have an intellectuality, alongside a middle class feel within them.  However, any link of a musical caste is a little presumptive, for Oxford also has it’s mix of cultures, classes and deprivation.  Is the link found in the accent (or lack of one)?  Is it missing an edge more easily obtained from the likes of Manchester, Glasgow or London?  Either way, the unifying thing is an intangible element, but clearly the commonality is something very ‘Oxford’.  Trophy Wife have all the potential to rise to the heights of their forebears and a slot supporting Foals on their Autumn tour will aid them, as well as unify their geographical ties.  Two original tracks are floating around, being light and bubble-like in their nature as they are.  The excellent Take This Night begins with a twinkle and a tap, before a guitar riff dances into view.  The layered, angelic vocals complete the picture and the dreamy ride is off, as they speak directly to you about “secret places” and requesting that you “take me there“.  It’s the musical equivalent of dancing with your eyes closed – all encompassing, but peaceful.  Before you realise it you’ve been transported to a disco pace and a thick set of musical stratum.  The sound is perfected on the track Microlite, with the charm switched on from the start, pushing a metronomic four beat behind vocals that remind us of The Stone Roses at their haziest and most yearning.  It’s rare to find music this delicate and fragile, that still affects your feet as much as your mind.  Like the city the trio call home, theirs is a sound throbbing with atmosphere and energy, whilst maintaining a classy brume throughout.  (MB)

Find them here:        Myspace

Hear them here:       TROPHY WIFE –MICROLIGHT

Hear them here:        TROPHY WIFE – TAKE THIS NIGHT

01
Jul
10

THE RECOMMENDER – VERSUS THE CIRCUS

VERSUS THE CIRCUS

Here’s a band that apparently have the A&R sniffer dogs surrounding them. There’s a couple of tracks floating around – both of which can be heard on their Myspace – and the standout track, (and likely first single), Teardrops, is the perfect food for a label’s thoughts. They informed us that they’ve only been together since October of 2009, but if this new project’s starter is anything to go by then our appetite may just begin convulsing by the time the main course is served up.  Out of the two available songs, we selected to give a first listen to the track Threads.  It sounds like a band trying to punch above their weight, which is mighty respectable as we always encourage bands to aim for the stars, but at the same time it feels like the punch missed.  This was a wild swing that seems very similar to music you normally enjoy, but not quite, although we enjoyed James’ vocals that strained, in a good way, like Richard Ashcroft at his most dejected.  However, there’s also a lot of generic, cliché indie rock moments, where James seems to take himself too seriously, with emotive lines about girls and regret.  This is all on top of big chords and an incessant bassline that longs for something sharper.  In trying to create a wonderful soundscape, they’ve seemingly aimed too high and ended up with a rather dull watercolour of an indie rock tune.  The trick is to be influenced by Radiohead, but not to try and actually be Radiohead with the first song.  There’s thankfully some balance found when you investigate further, as your patience is rewarded with a build up, (after two and half minutes into the song), that shows the band finding their groove and pounding out all the instruments into a shuddering climax.  It encouraged us enough, so we checked out the next available song, Teardrops, and thankfully the Sunbury five piece seemed to have located what they were looking for.  Here was a tune of skyscraper proportions that towered over the previous song so much it was clearly the work of a band that are finding their feet very quickly.  It has an instant appeal, of a kind that’s found within all good indie rock anthems.  It will be terrible in pub gigs, but it will look awesome on a Glastonbury stage with the full light show.  If you get past the Phil Collins drum beats and embrace the anxieties of your inner teenager, whilst air-grabbing and singing-along until somebody catches you, then you will feel the power, the charm and the weight of a new band in rapid ascendancy.  Let’s hope that they continue to aim for the stars and cool down anything that lacks integrity, for only then will they manage to avoid the minefield of indie pitfalls that await. (MB)

Find them here:         Myspace

Hear them here:        VERSUS THE CIRCUS – TEARDROPS

02
Aug
09

HOW GOOD IS THIS!!!??? – NUMBER 33

Photo by Kid Paparazi

THE REMIXES – PART 5 – THE TWELVES

It’s been a little while since we did a ‘remix special’ here on The Recommender. Previous editions, including the likes of Soulwax, DiscoTech, Bloc Party and The Golden Filter, proved to be amongst some of the most popular posts we’ve ever had on this blog. This only goes to prove the popularity and power of a good remix.

These days, checking the Hype Machine backs this up, as it’s famous ‘Top 100’ blogged tracks usually has tons of them. It’s something that we think is a little over-cooked here on The Recommender, so we make sure we reserve our ‘remix posts’ for only the finest, most outstanding efforts. This is a category that THE TWELVES slot into very neatly.

A very busy duo from the Brazillian shores of Rio De Janeiro, they bring an excellent sunny side to everything they remix. Often adding more Pop to an already Popped tune, their blends are undoubtedly still for the club floor. They have a positive bassline to all their selections, whilst allowing the magic of the original track to still remain, (often keeping most of the vocals), whilst they stir in some Funked tweaks for good measure.

Selected highlights are attached below for you to judge for yourselves. They regularly tour the world’s club scenes so you will undoubtedly be able to catch them live soon. The question is, are they true pretenders to Soulwax and DiscoTech‘s mighty remix authority?

LA ROUXIN FOR THE KILL (The Twelves Remix)        (ysi)
NOAH AND THE WHALEBLUE SKIES (The Twelves Remix)       (ysi)
ASOBI SEKSUTHURSDAY (The Twelves Remix)        (ysi)
A-HATAKE ON ME (The Twelves Remix)        (ysi)
THE FLAMING LIPSTHE YEAH YEAH YEAH SONG (The Twelves Remix)       (ysi)
FLEET FOXESWHITE WINTER HYMNAL (The Twelves Remix)        (ysi)
THE VIRGINSRICH GIRLS (The Twelves Remix)      (ysi)
RADIOHEADTHERE THERE (The Twelves Remix)       (ysi)
ZEIGEISTHUMANITARIANISM (The Twelves Remix)       (ysi)
DATABASE vs FRENCH HORN REBELLIONBEACHES & FRIENDS (The Twelves Remix) (ysi)

Please take a second to leave a comment, either letting us know which track is your favourite, or if you know of any other decent Twelves remixes that we’ve perhaps missed, as this sort of information lets us know what people are enjoying currently. Thanks, as always…

17
Apr
09

HOW GOOD IS THIS!!!??? – NUMBER 24

Photo by Rony Alwin

This section of our blog is for those individual surprises that don’t warrant or qualify for their own ‘Gig List’ or fully fledged ‘Recommender’ sections, but they are still such magical gems that we really can’t help but share them with you…

And so to a very special moment, (although admittedly a slightly self-indulgent one). This is precisely just that – a moment.

Yeah on this blog we are all about new music and recommending new things, but we have a respect for those things that give us the rockbed of the world’s music. One of the key pieces of that column in which all other bands stand is RADIOHEAD.

Moody, shoe-gazing, paranoid, off kilter, depressing bastards that they are. It is undeniable that they create magical, emotional, move-you-to-within-an-inch-of-your-soul music.

We are listing for you today an mp3 picked up from Chris Bradford, (a big music fan and very much an inspiration when it comes to selecting the coolest stuff life throws up), of a live performance by Radiohead that they performed in South Park, Oxford, back in July 2001. It was a homecoming gig in every sense from the most successful band ever to emerge from that city.

Both me and Chris were there in the moment at South Park. This mp3 joins us at the end of one of the most outstanding gigs you’re ever likely to view. A true ‘we were there‘ moment’.

Usually rain at an open air gig is sure to ruin it, but at a Radiohead homecoming the opening heavens never seemed a more appropriate thing. We were running for cover knowing that the rain would drench us, right as the set was coming to a close, but as we turned to hear this tune start up, cover seemed the last thing we required.

We stopped in our tracks and stood there in a torrential pour, fully open to the elements and arm in arm as the band played out a tune that had evaded their live sets for years. A fans favourite – the classic song – Creep.

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As they plucked those first few notes, it went on to be a true show-stopper. Totally unplanned by the band prior to the gig, (In fact, now on their 3rd encore, they were starting the track ‘Motion Picture Soundtrack’, but the rain had created such havoc on stage that they had to abandon it after a false start). Thankfully it was the song Creep that they then turned to for an end of show climax.

Any fan of Radiohead will enjoy this, particularly at 3 mins and 24 seconds in, when Thom Yorke holds that single note well beyond the music chords stop. A real lump in your throat moment.

You would have to be deaf not to appreciate this and now you too can get as close to that moment as is possible, 8 years after it’s passing.

RADIOHEADCREEP (ysi)

(Live @ South Park, Oxford, 2001)

That’s plenty enough wordy, self-centred waffling for one posting. Back to the usual magic, recommending new music in the next post. Promise…
Mike

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07
Dec
08

HOW GOOD IS THIS!!!??? – NUMBER 15

I know every other blog and music magazine does this, so I thought I’d obligingly contribute my ‘best-tracks-of-2008’  list too. I know what you’re thinking – “but every track you post is blindingly brilliant Mike, how can you choose?!” – I know, I know, but I’ve spent the last month trapped in a tower in a Buddhist monastery in Tibet thinking this through, so I’m sticking with it and you best enjoy it!

Before you ask, it’s in no particular order. None of us would agree, it’s really pointless and it would take at least another 6 months in the monastery. Feel free to comment listing which numbers should go in which priority, or if you have any additions you’d like to add >>>

And lastly, please note that not all the tracks listed here were released in 2008 – some are likely to be released in 2009 – it’s just that they floated past The Recommender’s ears this year, as tunes do when you write a blog. At least it’s making 2009 also looking fooking ace!!!

1) THECOCKANDBULLKIDON MY OWN
>> I’ve kept a keen eye on this young, new talent that’s emerged this year. She has that independent look and style all her own and her music is no different. Confident, yet beautifully sweet music, full of melody and tune. Her vocals lift the music off the page and are impossible not to love. Upbeat and catchy, her masterful ear for a good pop hook is right up there with the best of them. 2008 has seen a fantastic emergence of strong female solo-artists, including the likes of Little Boots, La Roux, Goldielocks, and Thecocknbullkid’s Anita Blay can definitely be firmly added to the list.

2) MGMTKIDS (Soulwax Edit)
>> 2008 was a particularly good year for remixes, covers and mash ups, as the world’s bedroom-producers got very busy with their new technology. This original tune already blew me away, nestled in the middle of the MGMT album, Oracular Spectacular, and to be fair this Soulwax remix only tweaks it a touch, but it’s pushed up just enough to become a true club floor filler. Hear this in a club packed with Indie-loving teenagers and watch the place erupt.

3) ELBOWONE DAY LIKE THIS
>> 2008 saw this masterful band of truly exceptional musicians get their buttons in the form of the critically affirming Mercury Music Prize. True acclaim has never been so apt and I for one implore you all to grab a copy of their album, Seldom Seen Kid, as it has many peaks. This tune is a highlight for me and it replaced my previous ‘favourite track’ by them, ‘Forget Myself’. It has an advanced, superb production and boy what a sing-along climax! Never before has a band leapt into the stadium arena with such a triumphant stride. It’s all they deserve. And Guy Garvey is such a top, top fella to boot…

4) VAN SHECAT & THE EYE
> > A fresh effort from these Australian fellas from the monster label Modular Records. The Australian competition really stepped up a gear in 2008, with Midnight Juggernauts, The Bumblebeez and The Presets all shining strong with great releases of their own, but Van She definitely held their own. A sublime song, with it’s MGMT-style opening and it’s burst of fresh chords that break to the rumbling bass. A leaf taken from the band Sugar and an additional taste all of their own, it’s uplifting chorus leaves you feeling like the tune has existed forever. It’s great songwriting by a band well into their stride.

5) DANGER ft VYLE0h00
>> I am in love with the sound Danger produces in his tunes. It’s all cinematic, 80’s thriller film scores. They are a dark, scary back drop theme tune to any Carpenter movie, circa Halloween or Christine. A tidy Electro pounding pace with heavy synths, its like being hooked by the mouth into a nightclub. This tune follows the same theme, but adds a missing ingredient to previous tunes – namely vocals. Vyle’s lyrics make the tune lighter and infinitely more listenable. It therefore goes down as my favourite work by him to date. I look forward to a lot more from him in 2009.

6) LADYHAWKEBACK OF THE VAN
>> 2008 was the year that Pip Brown finally splashed onto the scene in proper 80’s synth-pop lovliness. She’s been all over the blogosphere this year, but this New Zealand songstress eventually trapped me with this tune. Retro-pop that sounds comfortably familiar, yet bursts with freshness too. Her earlier effort, Paris Is burning, also ranked highly, but it was this tune that finally stole my heart. Her Chrissie Hynde-sounding vocals and an ear for a strum-tastic melody-making chord change meant for a full song with plenty to love.

7) BUSY P ft MURSTO PROTECT AND ENTERTAIN (Crookers Remix) 
>> What more do you require in a tune? It’s comes from the Ed Banger Records god that is Busy P and the lyrics are sweetly married by rapper Murs. It brilliantly details an LA scene that’s had my eyes and ears glued to it all year long. This particular version has had the magical Crookers remix dust sprinkled all over it, giving it the perfect pace, electro rough edges and bounce that really adds to it. There was a dozen or so remixes released of this tune, including ones by Mehdi, So Me and Mr.Oizo, but for me, this is the best.

8 ) TV ON THE RADIOHALFWAY HOME
>> Although their left-field, alternative Indie so familiar in their previous albums was somehow smartened up on 2008’s album, Dear Science, the more polished finish that’s evident here actually turned them into a more listenable, less dark affair. I loved previous work by this New York 5-piece, but with this album the songs hit you instantly and with their talents that means they hit you real hard. The highlight for me was this opener, a sublime building track that reminds me of Bloc Party at their most peaceful, with the echoing lyrics and sweeping drums that crash as the guitars kick in. It’s one of the most beautiful openers to any album. The album maintains the fantastic setting throughout, so hunt it out and get swept up.

9) FOALSCASIUS
> > 
Released in Spring 2008, a couple of weeks before their fantastic debut album, Antidotes, this tune provided the confirmation, after the massive hype throughout 2007, that this band were the real deal. Their ‘Math Rock’ or ‘Geek Rock’, as the blogs named it, was fresh, different and exciting to hear. With their distinctive guitaring, played high up the neck of the guitar, flicking out brilliant riffs that caught the eye live, as well as the ear. The band are very tight on stage, sharing a bond that causes a magical chemistry with the crowd. The high tempo of the song bounces along like a robotic butterfly, as it’s all over the place, however, its never lost. With it’s crashing breaks and fantastic chorus, that first splits off at 25 seconds in, it bursts into a fantastic sing along. A proper teenage Indie anthem.        

10) THE WILD BEASTSTHE DEVILS CRAYON
>> “This truly is the devil’s answer…” – What more can I say!? Slotting neatly on the shelf alongside Yeasayer, this beautiful, wistful, swirl of a song is truly epic. It also has a fantastic video, found posted here on ‘How Good Is This 4’. A fantastic four-piece, with two very credible and differing singers (a unique rarity in itself!). Bursting out of Kendall in the North West in the summer of 2008, with their debut album, Limbo Panto, this band look to have a bright future indeed.

11) PRIMARY ONE –  HOLD ME DOWN (The Shoes Remix)
>> I’ve lost at least a couple of nights sleep having this goddamn tune going round and round in my head as I hit the pillow. I warn you not to listen to it prior to sleep, as it’s literally impossible to remove it once it’s in there. I caught them live in the summer and they were satisfyingly ace. If you don’t yet know them it will only be a matter of time. I believe 2009 could well belong to these guys if things go as planned.

12) FLEET FOXESWHITE WINTER HYMNAL
> > It’s frustrated the hell out me reading that many, many of the world’s largest music magazine’s voted Fleet Foxes self-titled album, released through the awesome American label Sub Pop, at the top of their ‘best albums of 2008’ lists! It’s good, but it’s not that good. It’s an album that looks backwards rather than forwards. It’s an accoustic mix of Beach Boys harmonies, were they fronted by Neil Young and backed by the band America. Not a lot that’s breaking moulds then, but it could be worse. After all, there’s still enough magic to warrant your attention.  Sitting by a winter’s fireplace with the snow at your door this song feels so right. It’s beautiful, it’s cinematic and somehow it feels like it has always existed.

13) THE ROLLING STONESYOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT (Soulwax Remix)
>> The second of the remixes by Soulwax on this list, as boy have they been working hard this year! Chopping other people’s tunes up is indeed what they do best. Keeping true to Mick Jagger’s words, (probably contractually, knowing The Stones’ tight ship), they added just enough frisson to build the pounding song up to a new level. The Electro and 60’s band’s sound shouldn’t go hand in hand, but with this work looking well polished it seems we are all going to have to re-raid our Beatles/Beach Boys/Bob Dylan/Byrds/Kinks, (- delete as appropriate), record collections for the next remixes.

14) MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTSSHADOWS
>> Australia went cra-zeeeee this year with an explosion of cooler than cool new Indie-Electro bands. They just about all slot neatly into The Recommender’s intended record box. Modular Records is very much at the front of this Aussie push, signing up most of them. The MJ’s though are my favourites. Disco-infused prog-rock-influenced 80’s casio brilliance. The album drifted a little, but the highlights, of which Shadows is my favourite, keep it well above most other albums released in 2008. I managed to see them live in Brighton earlier in the year and had a chance to thank Vince (lead singer) personally which was the least I could do for such an awesome effort.

15) BLOC PARTYTHE PRAYER (La Modes Sunday School Mix)
>> Bloc Party get a lot of cover on the blog world. They have that magic ability to cross dance and indie music quite like nobody else can. We love them and their sublime back catalogue. It also makes them ripe for a good remix, so you will find there’s a million available out there. This one drifted past my inbox this year and I believe it to be one of the best I’ve ever heard, so it gets onto this list simply by standing tall amongst a crowd of others. La Mode have had a fantastic year as most of what they touch turns out to be really strong.

16) RADIOHEADNUDE
>> Although this is from the album In Rainbows, initially released in 2007 through the inspired choice of a ‘pay-what-you-want’ scheme, this single was actually released in March 2008. The second single to come from that album, it was originally penned more than 10 years previously. Thom Yorke is a master of the haunting, climactic vocals and never before has it shot straight through you quite like it does in this song. Delicate, simple and truly beautiful. It’s a modern masterpiece that no other band could quite achieve. I don’t know how they manage to create songs of such strength that yet seem so fragile.

17) FRIENDLY FIRESWHITE DIAMONDS
>> This St.Albans 3-piece burst onto the scene with mucho NME back up and plenty of blog cover through 2007 and 2008. Like most other people, I first came across this band through their amazing tune ‘Paris’, which turned into a subsequent hit, but it was with the tune ‘White Diamonds’, found on the self-titled album released back in September, that I finally fell in love. It’s like a smarter, better dressed version of a tune The Killers would love to have created, had the Las Vegas band not lost it and focused more on their silly facial hair than their music. Its all whirling drum claps, with a funky riffing guitar, that pairs up with the excellent, stylish vocals from Ed McFarlane. Just as it’s verse builds and breaks into the chorus it provides a satisfying knock out blow that smacks you for a home run. A ‘killer track’ in the true sense I guess.

18) MIAPAPER PLANES
>> This tune came out in February 2008. The third single from the critically acclaimed 2007 album, Kala, is the strongest in my opinion and proved to be the most commercially successful of any of MIA’s releases. Remixed by Diplo, Speak, Scottie B and Adrock amongst others, this tune is full of samples and sounds that hammer home it’s strong lyrical bite. An unlikely tuneful chorus that you could actually sing along to found me seeing a side to the inventive MIA that hadn’t reared it’s head before. It’s a totally stunning and original piece of work. More will be written about the wonderful MIA in an upcoming post I’m doing about the strong female solo artists, so find out more soon.

19) THE GOLDEN FILTERSOLID GOLD
A strange selection this, but due it’s entry all the same. The band did the ‘Fake Blood’ thing and deliberately held back from letting anyone know their names, faces, or quite frankly anything about them. I think it’s becoming a more and more popular thing to do. Perhaps it’s tantalising to the adoring teenagers to have that air of mystery surrounding them. Perhaps it’s a kick back against the blog world’s ability to spread any new music they locate wafer thin, even before the band are signed up. Either way, it doesn’t deflect from the fact that the songs this group write are strong enough on their own. I had the chance to meet up with them recently and watch them play live in my local town a few weeks ago and even though the mystery regarding their names and faces has now been lifted for me the excitement remains, as they play out a fantastic live show. 2009 may well belong to them.

20) GRINNY GRANDADMONTY
>> This lot are brand spanking new and yet to release any album etc, but I was in contact with them earlier in the year and they very kindly sent me a selection of their finest songs. All are potential future singles and all were truly fantastic. It’s a sample heavy blend of smooth guitars and beautiful vocals from the talented Claire and Kimberley, backed up by a powerful, slow beat. It’s a dreamy concoction and will remind you of the best bits out of a Zero 7 or Morcheeba album. The melodies seem like they nestle in your ears perfectly, creating a tune that you will instantly love. Perfect for a summer’s day outdoors. Perhaps summer 2009?

OK, I’d better stop there. I’d love to have added The Hair, or La Roux, or Little Boots or, or, or, or….

I hope you agree that this is a list of truly great songs, from great artists, in a productively great year. For more details on them please search through The Recommender’s bountiful archives.

Leave your comments, because I know you will have your opinions on all this.

Be sure to return throughout 2009 to see some of the above artists really blossom. We’ll be right there when they do…
Mike

07
Oct
08

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 12

Like a boxer with his opponent on the ropes, the RECOMMENDER just keeps getting stronger and stronger. With this edition I’m moving in with a couple of well-placed rabbit punches to your musical ribs. Can you take it? Of course you can…

HI-DEAF
I’ve been fervently getting right into my remixes lately. In fact, does anyone write new songs anymore? Soon we’ll be remixing remixes! Anyways, its not going to be a problem so long as the tunes are as kick-ass as these guys make them. Hi-Deaf are a couple of proper LA scenester DJ’s that give that magic touch to any tune they grace, from thier brilliant mash up of Daft Punks ‘Da Funk’ blended with Maddonna’s ‘4 Minutes’ , to plying their hands to Radiohead’s ‘Reckoner’. They chop it all up masterfully – like Gordon Ramsey with a new knife set. The two guys, Ryan Wilson and Ken Floyd, are DJ’ing sets that launch straight off of the fantastic LA Riots rocket pad. That’s definitely no bad thing at all…

Find them here:    Myspace   

Hear them here:    SNEAKY SOUND SYSTEMUFO IN HD (Hi Deaf Remix)

THE BEENS
Sometimes you hear a tune and it happens to slot very neatly into your brain. I heard a remix by these guys and simply had to share it. This German 4-piece have created a remix from the Aussie band Amy Meredith with the usual fuzzy electro hooks on repeat, which at first hearing I thought I was going to get bored of, but then approx 1min 45secs into the track, the lyrics kick in and the tune snares you. A proper club banger and dancefloor filler. Enjoy… 

Find them here:   Myspace  

Hear them here:   AMY MEREDITHRUNNING (Beens Remix)

PIN ME DOWN
Ever wandered what Bloc Party would sound like if fronted by kim Wilde? Well that’s enough said about Pin Me Down…OK, so I’ll elaborate a little…If you thought Kele and Matt were the designers of Bloc Party’s sound you could well be made to think again. Pin Me Down are a creation of Bloc Party’s Russel Lissack with sexy vocals provided by Milena Mepris. He provides the swinging, choppy guitaring over a dance back drop and Milena’s tidy songwriting. With this project getting releases through the Kitsune label, I cannot imagine a set up with a more fashionable backing. Whether it develops into something more or simply stays as a side project is yet to be determined, but the vital signs are very strong.

 

Find them here:    Myspace

Hear them here:    PIN ME DOWNCRYPTIC

So you’ve survived another Recommender ear bashing. Thanks for going the distance with me once again as I trawl the world of contemporary tunes. More rich pickings next time, so pop back soon…

Mike

23
Sep
08

THE GIG LIST – NUMBER 10

Welcome home. Got a couple of sweet gigs to warm your cockles in this edition of THE GIG LIST. The summer may be over, (did it ever start?!), but the live circuit continues to buzz loudly around your pint.

The two venues involved are continuing to push out the coolest bands for us. It’s been tough times for venues in this city with the Barfly closing and the new Hippodrome struggling to get a start date for its inception. Not sure why this is as the other venues seem busy and regularly getting in the top acts. Survival of the fittest I guess. At least I’m doing my bit anyways…

IDA MARIA
We all know Ida by now. We all love her to bits. With Radio One play galore and many a slot on the festival circuit all summer long, she’s breezing into Brighton. Sexy, lively, cute, exciteable and Scandanavian, she ticks most boxes for me. With her hat tipped firmly towards super-catchy singalong pop tracks like ‘Better When You’re Naked’ her gig is bound to swing. Just pop your clothes in the cloakroom on your way in. That’s better…

ACT:                IDA MARIA
VENUE
:                KOMEDIA, North Laines, Brighton
COST:                  £8
DATE:                  18th November 2008 @ 8pm 
WEBSITE:             Myspace    Last.fm

FRIENDLY FIRES
I saw these guys live at the NME tour earlier in the year. They totally kick it! When they’re lively they’ll have the room bouncing off the walls. When they slow it down its all wistful beauty. Either way I love it! Frontman Ed MacFarlane is all you want as a focal point on stage, but the real gem is the lead guitarist. The appropriately named Ed Gibson is truly outstanding. He’s very remeniscent of Johnny Greenwood, of Radiohead fame, and that’s not something to say lightly. Ed even played his guitar with a Dust-buster at one point. Original, interesting and tuneful, I cannot wait for them to return to us in what is a very personal and close-up venue.

ACT:                    FRIENDLY FIRES
VENUE:                AUDIO, 10 Marine Parade, Brighton
COST:                  £ tbc
DATE:                  6th October 2008
WEBSITES:           Myspace    Last.fm

I’ve already got another GIG LIST to post, but I’m just trying to stick to my two-listings-per-post rule. Who makes these bloody rules anyway! Whilst I grapple with myself in third-person, you just have to make sure you return real soon for more selected Brighton highlights. Woo hoo!

Mike




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LITTLE BOOTS

CLUB SMITH (Previously known as THE HAIR)

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Matt Allfrey (MA) - Contributor (UK)

Natasha Ryan - Photographer (New York, USA)