By Mary Chang on Saturday, 30th November 2013 at 6:00 pm
All hail the return of Broken Bells, the side project but worthy enough on its own project of the Shins’ James Mercer and Dangermouse. A couple weeks ago, the duo unleashed the taster single ‘Holding on to Life’, from their next release. You can read Ben’s thoughts on the single here.
On this last Saturday of November, we bring to you a promo video double feature: parts 1 and 2 their mini-film saga, ‘After the Disco’, conveniently having the same name as the duo’s album to be released on the 14th of January 2014. We’re not sure if there will be further parts after this, but there’s plenty to think about after you watch the two videos below.
By Mary Chang on Saturday, 30th November 2013 at 10:00 am
Admit it. You miss that crazy feather shirt of Brandon Flowers he wore on Jonathan Ross. The Killers have brought it out for another appearance, for the promo of ‘Just Another Girl’. Unfortunately, it’s not Flowers wearing it. (Fangirl sigh.) Fortunately, it sounds great, even if it’s another one of those “there are more fish in the sea” cliched songs. (There can never be too many of these, can there? If this is the Killers’ swan song, I’ll be very sad.) Watch it below.
By Mary Chang on Friday, 29th November 2013 at 6:00 pm
Bastille have a new video for ‘The Draw’, featured on disc 2, ‘Part II: Other People’s Heartache’, of the band’s deluxe re-release of their debut album, ‘All This Bad Blood’. Watch the contemplative black and white video below.
By Mary Chang on Friday, 29th November 2013 at 4:00 pm
Oxford group Wild Swim have revealed a video from an intimate secret performance in London they did for Sofar Sounds in October. In this video, they play new song ‘Too Late’ in a stripped back way while being surrounded by their adoring fans. Watch it below.
By Mary Chang on Friday, 29th November 2013 at 11:00 am
The music business is a hard one. In recent years, we’ve seen the decline of record sales and record shops closing as an unfortunate consequence of music piracy. This has hurt bands and the industry as a whole. So it’s all the more important that we support some of the most important unsung heroes of music: independent music venues.
These places where we go to worship our musical heroes might not physically be as massive as those larger, sponsor-backed venues (you know which ones I’m talking about) but independently-owned, small- and medium-sized venues far exceed those behemoths in heart. They act as meeting places for culture, where the local community can come together and watch up and coming artists just starting out, and gigs there often serve as significant milestones for musicians and fans alike. But just like other sectors of the music industry, these smaller places to see music are struggling in this economy, and we are losing some of the most historic, important places of our musical heritage. So it’s high time we gave independent music venues the credit they deserve.
The inaugural 6-day event Independent Venue Week 2014, already receiving support from PRS and BBC Introducing, will boast a blinding assortment of amazing shows at 18 independent venues across Britain. Drowned in Sound, Moshi Moshi Records, Domino Records, The Musicians Union and UK Music have already pledged their involvement in the event as well. Jo Dipple of UK Music said of Independent Music Week:
Our great musical heritage is what defines us as a country and UK Music is fully committed to supporting venues large and small. Live music is the backbone of this country; from the Cavern Club to the Leadmill we have some of the most interesting venues in the world and it’s great to see them among those being celebrated as part of Independent Venue Week.
Venues confirmed for the 6-day event include Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach in Wales (celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2013), Belfast Oh Yeah Centre in Northern Ireland, Glasgow King Tut’s in Scotland, Bristol Louisiana, Guildford Boileroom, Leeds Library, Liverpool Zanzibar, London Putney Half Moon pub, Manchester Soup Kitchen, Newcastle Cluny, Norwich Art Centre, Oxford Jericho, Plymouth Tiki Bar, Stoke Sugarmill (celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2013), Southampton Joiners (celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2013), Sheffield Leadmill, Tunbridge Wells Forum (celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013) and York Fibbers. Drummer Philip Selway of Radiohead fondly recalls The Jericho’s importance in their band’s history:
Small venues are the lifeblood of British music. When you start out as a band, you aspire to playing in your local venue and feel a sense of achievement when you get a gig there. In Oxford, we grew up wanting to play at The Jericho Tavern, and were lucky enough to be signed after one of our shows there.
We’ve been lucky enough to have covered shows at many of these places, and we’re chuffed they’ll be participating in Independent Venue Week in 2014. Specific dates, locations and line-ups will be announced in the coming weeks, so stay tuned. But we’re already excited about this new event to celebrate our favourite places to see live bands.
By Mary Chang on Friday, 29th November 2013 at 10:00 am
Eclectic singer and electronic and guitar artist Sivu is currently on tour supporting TGTF friends Stornoway. No rest for the weary though; straight after the Stornoway tour, he will on a co-headlining tour with Marika Hackman that begins on the 10th of December in Brighton.
Ahead of that tour, here is a free download of a track he and Marika collaborated on, called ‘I Hold’. It all adds up to a Sivu lends electro eeriness to the track, while Miss Hackman provides her usual style of dreamy vocals. Haunting. Listen to and grab it for free below.