By Mary Chang on Tuesday, 10th December 2013 at 6:00 pm
London band Fanfarlo have revealed their latest visual, the promo for ‘Landlocked’, featured on the band’s third album ‘Let’s Go Extinct’, to be released in the new year. The video was filmed by Inga Birgisdóttir, who has previously collaborated with fellow Icelandic countrymen Sigur Ros. (This isn’t the first time Fanfarlo has had a connection with the Icelandic greats; the cover of their 2009 debut ‘Reservoir’ included a photo of Jonsi‘s little sister.) Watch it below.
By Mary Chang on Tuesday, 10th December 2013 at 10:00 am
Just in case you haven’t bought Christopher Paul Stelling‘s wonderful sophomore album ‘False Cities’ released earlier this year yet, the Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter is offering up a track from the album for free download. Listen to and grab the powerful ‘Free to Go’ for your very own below.
And in case you’re stuck on getting a unique Christmas present for that someone special, look no further: Stelling is handy with leathercraft and is selling limited edition leather wallets handmade by him. They’re US$20 plus shipping and can be bought from his official Web site.
By Mary Chang on Monday, 9th December 2013 at 6:00 pm
Geordies Maximo Park have decidedly taken a turn towards dance – or at least industrial-y, beat-heavy / -driven music – with their forthcoming 2014 album ‘Too Much Information’, scheduled to be released on on the 3rd of February. First evidence was first taster from last month, ‘Brain Cells’, which you can get for free from this previous MP3 of the Day post. Now, we’ve got another taster, this one called ‘Leave This Island’, to be released as in 12″ and download forms on the 27th of January. While not as groovy as ‘Brain Cells’, it’s got an interesting, uplifting quality to it, reflected in its promo. Watch the video below.
By Mary Chang on Monday, 9th December 2013 at 3:00 pm
Beatnik Geek Records is an independent record label located 15 miles from London. Formed in 2006, their aim is “to cultivate a self-sustainable business through which artists can release the best records they can possibly produce”. Focusing on bands and individuals who they can work with as a team, Beatnik Geek Records have been very lucky to be working with artists who buy into this methodology and are willing to help the label by working together with them to produce their music, to then give these acts the best possible chance of success.
We’ve featured some of Beatnik Geek’s bands on TGTF, and we were so pleased when they offered to give us the debut albums of four of their acts, Van Susans, Keston Cobblers’ Club, The Lightwings and Melic (pictured at top), so we could in turn give them to a lucky TGTF reader. Whoever wins this treasure trove of four albums will have plenty of music to entertain them and their loved ones during this holiday season and for days to come. To give you a bit more information on the bands and their releases:
Van Susans – ‘Paused in the Moment’
The Bromley band’s debut was released in 2012, but we recently gave away their latest single, which was a reworked version of the album track ‘Served Cold’. This year the band supported Little Comets at a charity gig in Manchester and played festivals such as Lounge on the Farm, Crystal Palace Garden Party, Victorious in Portsmouth and Galtres Parklands Festival.
Keston Cobblers’ Club – ‘One, for Words’
Their debut was released in 2012, but they haven’t stopped moving since, having graced Glasto, Green Man and Larmer Tree festivals and also made radio appearances with Bob Harris on Radio 2 and Steve Lamacq on 6music. In June 2013, they released the ‘A Scene of Plenty’ EP.
The Lightwings - ‘Sleeping is Not for Dreamers’
Their debut came out this year but songs from it have already been nicked for the Louise Brealey indie film already making the film festival rounds, Delicious.
Melic – ‘An Hour to Anywhere’
Our Ben caught the band at their launch party for their debut album back in the summer. Despite being a relatively new band in town, they’ve already played high-profile shows at London Koko and Islington Academy, as well as International Pop Overthrow Liverpool, Cornbury, and Southern Sounds festivals.
Want to win? Fill out the contest form below with your full name and your email address. Next, we want to be sure you’re not a robot, so correctly answer this question: what country do Melic originally hail from? Get your entries in by noon British time on Thursday the 12th of December. We’ll choose a winner from all the correct entries received then. Good luck! Please note: this contest is open to UK residents only, as the prize will be posted. To make this fair for everyone, all duplicate entries will be discarded.
By Mary Chang on Sunday, 8th December 2013 at 6:00 pm
In the new promo video for their song ‘Lost Kitten’, Metric follow a gay cross-dresser around Mexico City. But that’s my far too simple explanation for going on here. Better for the band to describe it than me:
In Rawal’s reimagining of the archetypal heroic journey, Sheldon embarks on a mysterious pilgrimage through Mexico City and into the canal maze of Xochimilco on a flat-bottomed trajinera in search of his house mother, an “angel” in his memories. Upon reaching his destination, Sheldon delivers an epic vogueing performance (!) to celebrate his spiritual reunion with the maternal. His massive on-screen presence is only amplified by his bold attire: sequined jacket and kitten heels.
By Mary Chang on Sunday, 8th December 2013 at 10:00 am
You Me at Six‘s new video is for ‘Fresh Start Fever’, the second single from their forthcoming fourth album ‘Cavalier Youth’ out on the 27th of January 2014. Hot wheels, love, conflict – this video has it all. Watch it below.