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By Mary Chang
on Sunday, 30th March 2014 at 10:00 am
I’m not a huge fan of Best Coast, but even I can appreciate the great care taken to filming the video for ‘Baby I’m Crying’, from the band’s ‘Fade Away’ EP. Directed by Ryan Reichenfeld, it uses binaural technology, a process utilising microphones placed within a human dummy head for an immersive, 360 degree field of sound so while you’re listening to it, it feels like you’re in the room. Try putting your headphones on for this one.
By Mary Chang
on Saturday, 29th March 2014 at 10:00 am
Pixies have announced they’ll be releasing a new album in late April called ‘Indie Cindy’, their first since 1991 and without Kim Deal. Ahead of that, the band have released this odd video for ‘Snakes’, off most recent release ‘EP2′. Follow the antics of a couple of papier-mache heads around town and the desert and um…the ending’s not so sweet. Watch the video below.
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 28th March 2014 at 6:00 pm
Canucks Tokyo Police Club have finally released an official video for the poptastic ‘Hot Tonight’. Do you remember going to the arcade to play Ms. Pacman and getting hand cramps from using that blasted Atari joystick? Or did that just go whoosh over your head? Either way, this is a nice throwback to the ’80s (and before) video. Watch it below.
Irish alt-folk quartet The Young Folk are one of the most captivating acts I heard at SXSW 2014, and I had to wait almost to the end of the week to finally see them play at the Full Irish Breakfast hosted by Music from Ireland. I wasn’t familiar with them before we did our preview of Irish and Northern Irish acts showcasing at SXSW, but I fell in love with two of their songs, ‘Way Down South’ and new single ‘Way Home’ as I was doing my research for that piece. Their subtle yet tender lyrics match perfectly with their fresh musical spin on the folk rock trend (think Mumford and Sons but more nimble, less ponderous). Watch the video for ‘Way Home’ below, and if you’re as enchanted as I was, pre-order it on the band’s Web site.
As you’ll hear in the interview below, The Young Folk are as genuinely friendly as they are talented. (I was even persuaded to have the above photo taken with them, despite my general aversion to posing for pictures.) They spoke readily and easily about some of their musical influences, their spring tour dates, and how they spent their time in Austin. More importantly, we discussed their exquisite new album, ‘The Little Battle’, which is due for release later this year on UK folk and world music specialty record label ARC Music..
Special thanks to Jim for his assistance with arranging this interview and for taking the photo at the top of the page.
On the Friday of SXSW 2014, I had the opportunity to see many of the Irish bands I had missed at the Music from Ireland showcase on Wednesday night at Maggie Mae’s Gibson Room. One of the bands I did see on Wednesday was Dublin twin sister duo Heathers, and I was excited to see them again at the Full Irish Breakfast at B.D. Riley’s, also hosted by Music from Ireland.
They were in the midst of a flurry of interviews when I caught up with them outside the venue, but they graciously took the time to give me some background information on their seamless vocal harmonies, their edgy rock musical style and their new album ‘Kingdom’, which is due for release at the beginning of April.
Heathers’ set at the Irish Breakfast was made up exclusively of songs from the hard-hitting ‘Kingdom’, most notably their YouTube hit ‘Forget Me Knots’. We’ll have more coverage of the Irish Breakfast here on TGTF, but in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at Heathers’ set list from the day.
Thanks to Ciaran and Brian for setting up this interview.
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 28th March 2014 at 10:00 am
Ahead of the release of their third album ‘Soapbox’ on the 14th of April on Fierce Panda, The Crookes are giving away an album track via Noisetrade. You can grab ‘Marcy’, track #8 of the new LP, in exchange for your email address via this link.
We saw a fair bit of the Sheffield band when we were in Austin for SXSW 2014, including their appearances at Empire Control Room on Wednesday afternoon, their star turn headlining their American label Modern Outsider’s showcase at Parish Underground Wednesday night, a secret Sofar Sounds show Thursday evening, and at the British Music Embassy on Saturday afternoon.
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