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Video of the Moment #104: Jack Penate

 
By on Tuesday, 18th August 2009 at 6:00 pm
 

I might as well admit it to the world: I’m a sucker for a well-written pop ballad. (Maybe this has something to do with my two X chromosomes?) But it was quite a shock to me that Jack Penate, the London soul singer who earlier this year brought us the decidedly tropical-themed ‘Tonight’s Today’ and the dance-poppy ‘Be the One’, should come along with a tear-jerker of a tune to win my heart.

Filmed in the Jordanian desert solely on a Super 8 camera while Penate was on holiday, the bleakness of the surroundings suits the subject of the song and makes the point that you don’t need to fork over a massive amount of money to make a flashy video that’s memorable.

 

In the Post #18: Richard Hawley – For Your Lover Give Some Time

 
By on Monday, 17th August 2009 at 12:00 pm
 

Richard-Hawley-coverRichard Hawley is arguably Sheffield’s finest guitar-toting bandolero. If you haven’t followed his career since he was in the Long Pigs or collaborating with close mate Jarvis Cocker, he has released 5 solo albums since 2001, using his amazing songwriting talents to record songs sure to be timeless classics. He got my attention via 2005’s ‘Coles Corner’ and 2007’s ‘Lady’s Bridge’, both of which are sentimentally tied to Hawley’s affection for his hometown. They brought me back to a simpler era of songwriting when the focus was on a man and his guitar, where there was no electronic wizardry for a songwriter to fall back on. Hawley’s quiff even recalls back the days of Brylcreem adverts, Cliff Richard, and Elvis Presley. In his leather jacket, he epitomizes the word ‘hip’. And he is back this fall with a new album-length offering.

Hawley previously brought me to tears with ‘Valentine’, so it should come as no surprise that he has done it again, making me turn on the waterworks with his latest single, ‘For Your Lover Give Some Time’, now available digitally from iTunes. It’s the first single from his sixth album ‘Truelove’s Gutter’ (to be released on 21 September in the UK). The track has very un-rock ‘n’ roll cello and violin background instrumentation and is as tender as rose petals falling softly to the ground. It sure sounds different than everything else out there right now and I encourage you to give it a listen, especially if you’ve never heard any of Hawley’s solo stuff before. It just might make you a believer too.

‘Truelove’s Gutter’ will be released in the UK on Mute Records on 21 September in the UK.

 

Video of the moment#102: Golden Silvers

 
By on Saturday, 15th August 2009 at 6:00 pm
 

Hot on the heels of their headlining spot on the NME Radar Tour this September and October, Golden Silvers are back with a new single, ‘Please Venus’, and a video to go with it. It’s no ‘True Romance’: this one is black-and-white themed, but it’s not without its moments of colour and humour. And the “bah bah bah“s will get into your head.

The ‘Please Venus’ single drops in the UK on 31 August.

 

Video of the moment #101: The Airborne Toxic Event

 
By on Friday, 14th August 2009 at 6:00 pm
 

The Airborne Toxic Event – Sometime Around Midnight

Atmospheric SoCal pop rockers the Airborne Toxic Event are coming back to the UK in November. But you may not yet have seen the music video for the paean to lost love, “Sometime Around Midnight”, which involves singer/guitarist Mikel Jollett getting his angst on in what appears to be a Los Angeles flat while having flashbacks of his ex, and his bandmates are there too, incongrously playing their instruments in the same flat. A bit surrealistic, but we like it.

 

Video of the Day #99: Arctic Monkeys

 
By on Wednesday, 12th August 2009 at 6:00 pm
 

http://vimeo.com/5907719

Arctic Monkeys – Crying Lightning (read Jess’ review)

The lads from Sheffield are back with a dark new sound. The music makes you feel like lumbering back and forth with a mug of stout and drunk enough to sing a sea shanty, so how appropriate that the boys find themselves on…a rickety old boat.

 

Steve Lamacq’s In New Music We Trust Programme to End

 
By on Tuesday, 11th August 2009 at 6:52 pm
 

The end of an era. Steve Lamacq‘s “In New Music We Trust” Radio1 programme will be broadcasting its last-ever show at its usual Monday night 21.00-22.00 later this month. You have two chances left to hear the programme – on 17 August, there will be a session by Sheffield band Crookes (presumably named after the suburb), and on 24 August, Lammo will be hosting the Strange Boys from Austin, Texas.

Being on what I consider the wrong side of the pond, in a town where radio stations on the whole are terrible, I get most of my new music news and heads-ups on new bands from British radio. And specifically, I owe Lammo a lot – he turned me on to a lot of new bands that I never would have heard or learned about otherwise. Skint and Demoralised, borne of Wakefield pubs and new Northern soul, would have never hit my ears if Steve had not chosen their “The Thrill of Thirty Seconds” as one of his “Top 60 of 2008”. There’s a reason he’s often called “the indie rock oracle”. (Bloc Party took a chance and gave him a demo in the toilet during a Franz Ferdinand gig at the ICA. Smart move.) Not to mention he’s an all-around nice chap. He never hesitates to provide a nod on air to his global legion of fans, from Leicester to London, Stockholm to Seattle, from Warsaw to my own Washington D.C. Lammo, your Monday night programme will be missed.

But all is not lost. The Colchester United stalwart who still wears Doc Martens to this day will still be spinning records on his 6music programme Mondays through Fridays at 16.00 to 19.00 and on Radio2 on Wednesday nights at 23.00 to 0.00.

 
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