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Live Gig Video: The xx perform ‘Angels’ in a hotel room in Tokyo

 
By on Thursday, 23rd August 2012 at 4:00 pm
 

While the xx were in Japan in July for a tour, they felt so inspired in the capital city of Tokyo that they got swept up in the moment and recorded this video of ‘Angels’ in Romy Madley-Croft’s 33rd floor hotel room. Inspiration stops for no-one and we’re glad the trio recorded this for posterity. Watch the video below. (Sure beats Prince Harry’s hotel room antics in Las Vegas.)

The xx’s highly anticipated second album ‘Coexist’ drops on the 10th of September on Young Turks.

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Single Review: Daughter – Smother

 
By on Thursday, 23rd August 2012 at 12:00 pm
 

London melancholic folkies Daughter is having an exemplary year. We will look back at 2012 as the year where the trio not only impressed the suits at 4AD to secure a UK record contract but did the same with New York City’s Glassnote Records, who have managed to catapult both Two Door Cinema Club and Mumford and Sons into the heights of super stardom. This year will surely be remembered by me, if only for the amazing performance at SXSW at St. David’s Historic Sanctuary that I was privileged to experience. On the 1st of October, the band will be releasing a new single, ‘Smother’ (whose title I dearly hope won’t be too confused with the Wild Beasts‘ album of the same name).

Early on in the song are the lines “I want all that is not mine / I want him but we’re not right”, sung by Elena Tonra with a gentle lilt at the end of each line. The words, as they go on, prove that Tonra is not through talking about the pain of lost love. As in previous radio hit ‘Landfill’, ‘Smother’ sounds about as bleak as a suicide note; beginning first with soft guitar, the song swells to the chorus, in which Tonra asserts about her death “what a mess I will leave / to follow…” and a repeat of the lines “In the darkness I will meet my creators / they will agree / that I’m a suffocator”, when all of a sudden, the title suddenly becomes clearer. So it is about suicide, isn’t it? It’s easy to think this way until you reach the end, when you get to the most telling moment of all: “sorry if I smothered you / sorry if I smothered you / sometimes wish I’d stayed inside my mother / never to come out”. Talk about getting socked in the gut.

Have you ever experienced so much pain, so much sorrow in a relationship that broke down, so much that you wish you’d never been born? ‘Smother’ distills all this pain, neatly and so gorgeously in 4 minutes and 3 seconds. It’s the kind of pain you’d never wish on anyone, but with Elena Tonra’s songwriting genius, it’s okay, because you’re left feeling, yes, I have felt such pain. And like her, I’ve come out of it. And survived to live another day. Sometimes we should stop to applaud such a victory.

8.5/10

‘Smother’, Daughter’s next single, will be released on 7″ vinyl on the 1st of October on 4AD; it’s their first single with the label. It will be backed by a re-recorded version of ‘Run’, which was previously available on the band’s free ‘Demos’ EP.

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MP3 of the Day #609: Young Guns

 
By on Thursday, 23rd August 2012 at 10:00 am
 

Young Guns have a stateside record deal with Wind-Up Records (well done!) and will be releasing their album ‘Bones’ in America next month. The album has been out in the UK since February, but in case you are still dragging your feet and don’t have it yet, here is a free download of album track ‘Brothers in Arms’ for you to enjoy.

 

Video of the Moment #934: Frightened Rabbit

 
By on Wednesday, 22nd August 2012 at 6:00 pm
 

The new promo vid from Frightened Rabbit is for the song ‘State Hospital’. It’s a bit bleak, it’s a bit dark, but what do you expect when you flash back through some traumatic experiences? Watch it below.

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Live Gig Video: Husky perform an acoustic version of ‘Tidal Wave’ at Mission to Seafarers in Melbourne

 
By on Wednesday, 22nd August 2012 at 4:00 pm
 

I met the lovely chaps of Husky at this year’s Great Escape and enjoyed their silky tones at their outdoor performance at the Hub. So I’m pleased to bring you this afternoon a live video of the band performing in their hometown of Melbourne, at a place called the Mission of Seafarers, an acoustic version of their third single from Sub Pop debut album ‘Forever So’, ‘Tidal Wave’. It’s beautiful and deserves a watching below.

You can grab the album version of the song from this previous MP3 of the Day post. Also, don’t forget, the band have a UK/Irish tour scheduled for mid-September.

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Tall Ships / October 2012 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 22nd August 2012 at 1:30 pm
 

Tall Ships, recently profiled by Braden as a Band to Watch, will be heading out on tour this October.

Their debut album, ‘Everything Touching’, will be out on the 8th of October on Big Scary Monsters and Blood And Biscuits; ‘Gallop’, a single ahead of the album release, will drop on the 24th of September. They’ll be playing Reading (Sunday) / Leeds (Friday) this weekend.

Wednesday 10th October 2012 – Cheltenham Frog and Fiddle
Thursday 11th October 2012 – Kingston New Slang
Friday 12th October 2012 – Brighton Haunt
Saturday 13th October 2012 – Norwich Sound and Vision
Sunday 14th October 2012 – Birmingham Rainbow
Monday 15th October 2012 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Tuesday 16th October 2012 – Middlesbrough Keys
Thursday 18th October 2012 – Glasgow Captain’s Rest
Friday 19th October 2012 – Sheffield Bowery
Saturday 21th October 2012 – Manchester Soup Kitchen Basement
Sunday 22th October 2012 – London XOYO
Tuesday 23th October 2012 – Nottingham Bodega
Thursday 25th October 2012 – Falmouth TBC

 
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