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Video of the Moment #2827: Let’s Eat Grandma

 
By on Friday, 20th April 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Norwich teen duo Let’s Eat Grandma turned quite a few heads 2 years ago with their debut album. ‘I, Gemini’ was released in summer 2016 on Transgressive Records. In February, we shared ‘Hot Pink’, produced by SOPHIE and Faris Badwan of The Horrors. This week, we’ve got another single from the girls, produced by the same folks, ‘It’s Not Just Me’, and its accompanying promo, which you can enjoy below. Both songs will appear on ‘I’m All Ears’, the best friends’ sophomore album that will drop the 29th of June on Transgressive. To catch up on all of our past coverage on Let’s Eat Grandma, follow this link.

 

SXSW 2018: Thursday at Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion (Part 1) – 15th March 2018

 
By on Friday, 20th April 2018 at 2:00 pm
 

On the Thursday of SXSW, I had the unique opportunity to attend the celebrated Luck Reunion, hosted at the Luck, Texas ranch of legendary country songwriter Willie Nelson. The Luck Reunion’s stated mission is “to cultivate the new while showing honor to influence”, among “musicians, artisans, and chefs, who like the outlaws and outliers before them, follow their dreams without compromise.” The event is staged at Nelson’s home and working ranch, which is about a 45-minute drive from downtown Austin, and which presents a very different atmosphere from the hectic SXSW schedule of conferences and showcases.

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Once arrived at the Luck Ranch, I didn’t have much time to get acquainted with the surroundings before the full day of music was set to begin. I took a quick peek into the tiny Luck Chapel to catch a couple of songs from Nashville songwriter Lilly Hiatt, whose quirky combination of folky Americana and grungy rock sounds can be heard on her recent third album ‘Trinity Lane’.

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Next, I headed outside to the Revival Stage, which was hosting a “song swap”, including a pair of songwriters I was keen to hear, Arizona native singer Courtney Marie Andrews and soulful Nashville songwriter Sam Lewis, who were joined onstage by fellow songwriters Caleb Caudle and Kevin Kinney (of Drivin’ N Cryin’). I’m not sure if the song swap was intended to be more interactive among the performers, but in practice, the four artists simply took turns singing their own songs, rather than actually swapping. That said, I was especially excited to hear songs from Andrews’ excellent recent album ‘May Your Kindness Remain’, and Lewis’ upcoming LP ‘Loversity’. All four singers made a strong impression of the quality of songwriting on display at Luck.

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Immediately following on the same stage, Buck Meek (also known to TGTF readers as part of Big Thief) played a set of his solo tunes, including one, ‘Sam Bridges’, that I vaguely recognized from a Big Thief show back in 2015. I was able to catch Meek after his set for a quick chat about that song as well as the new ones on his forthcoming self-titled solo LP. Stay tuned to TGTF for that interview, which will post in the coming days.

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After chatting with Meek, I had an appointment for another interview, this one with the aforementioned Sam Lewis. Outside the Luck Chapel, he and I took seats on an old wooden swingset, which was both novel and remarkably sturdy. (Thanks to Sarah for the photo above.) Lewis was outgoing and easy to talk to, and we chatted extensively about his upcoming LP ‘Loversity’, which is due out on the 4th of May. Be sure to check back with us for the forthcoming full interview, where he expands on the album’s unusual title as a theme for the songs it contains.

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My next stop was at the Back to the Source Stage for Austin native songwriter David Ramirez. I’d spied Ramirez and his bandmates earlier, walking around the Luck Ranch and enjoying the beautiful day ahead of their set. The informal atmosphere seemed very much to Ramirez’ liking, and he played a gorgeous show for the occasion, finding a pitch-perfect blend of old songs and new ones alike. He and his band were in top form here, showcasing themselves collectively under the newly minted moniker David Ramirez and the Hard Luck.

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I had noticed in passing that the Luck Chapel had a constant queue outside it throughout the afternoon. With a capacity of only 50 people, the intimate stage was in high demand all day long, but never more so than for British singer/songwriter Jade Bird. Disappointed that I wasn’t able to get inside to see her performance, I went around to the side of the building and spectated through an open window. The collection of punters standing outside with me were as delighted with Bird’s performance as the lucky ones who’d gotten in, and she quickly gained a reputation as “one to watch” for the remainder of SXSW. I was fortunate to hear Jade Bird sing again the following morning; keep an eye on TGTF for my Friday recap.

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From there, it was a quick few steps back to the Revival Stage, where I saw a pair of rather unusual acts, Hop Along and Ezra Furman. Hop Along were unfamiliar to me, but I took an instant liking to lead singer Frances Quinlan’s voice. Their new album ‘Bark Your Head Off, Dog’ is an odd but appealing collection of songs painted with a broad sonic palette, out now via Saddle Creek. I was slightly more familiar with Ezra Furman, and the Luck Reunion seemed at first glance an odd choice of venue for his brand of angsty rock. However, if the event’s focus was indeed on “outlaws” of songwriting, Furman was in the right place, despite the oddity of seeing him perform in typically-female attire against the backdrop of a functional stable and horse pen. His recent fourth solo album ‘Transangelic Exodus’ is a brilliant and bizarre display of lyrical storytelling, out now on Bella Union.

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By this point, I needed a break before hitting the World Headquarters Stage for evening sets by Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real, Kurt Vile, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, and of course, Willie Nelson and Family. Drinks at the Luck Reunion were complimentary and freely flowing at various locations throughout the day, but I took this time out to avail myself of the food choices provided by a selection of local vendors. There was no shortage of delicious options, and if you appreciate a deftly-designed culinary experience alongside your carefully-curated music, then the Luck Reunion would certainly be your cup of tea. Stay tuned to TGTF for my Thursday evening recap, which will include more from the Luck Reunion as well as two late night shows back in downtown Austin.

 

Video of the Moment #2826: Courtney Marie Andrews

 
By on Thursday, 19th April 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

American singer/songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews released her seventh studio album last month, just after she performed at SXSW 2018. You can read Carrie’s review of ‘May Your Kindness Remain’ through here. This week, she has a new video out for ‘Took You Up’, which Carrie described as a well-worn love song. You can watch the promo for it below, which takes the idea of first light as a metaphor for finally seeing things clearly. ‘May Your Kindness Remain’ is available now from Mama Bird Recording Co. (America) / Loose Music (UK). All of our past coverage on Courtney Marie Andrews here on TGTF is through this link.

 

Video of the Moment #2825: The Wombats

 
By on Wednesday, 18th April 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Back in February, The Wombats released ‘Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life’, their fourth album and follow-up to 2015’s ‘Glitterbug’. The latest video to be released from the album is for single ‘Turn’. I haven’t quite figured out the crux of it yet. Murph sings, “maybe it’s the crazy that I miss / it won’t get better than this”, so I thought this is a song about settling down and being okay with the fact that your crazy life before Adult Life reared its ugly head is gone for good. “I like the way your brain works” seems to agree with this idea: how about falling in love with a woman who might not necessarily be the hottest girl in the bar but the one with the solid head on her shoulders? But then Murph being Murph, he brings in some inanity: “I like the way you try / To run with the wolf pack when your legs are tied”. That doesn’t sound like much of a compliment. Hrm. Well, for now, I’ll choose to believe that ‘Turn’ is about enjoying being with the love of your life, warts, black lipstick and all. Watch the promo video for the song below and take care you don’t you get sick going round in circles. ‘Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life’ is available now from Kobalt Music Recordings. For all of our coverage on The Wombats on TGTF, go here.

 

Live Gig Video: Editors share promo for ‘Darkness at the Door’, taken from current album ‘Violence’ and filmed in Amsterdam

 
By on Wednesday, 18th April 2018 at 4:00 pm
 

Editors had a busy March. They released their sixth studio album ‘Violence’. Tom Smith and co. also played the Continent, including a massive show at the 17,000 capacity Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam. While at the Dutch behemoth of a venue, someone had the good idea of filming parts of the show, including their performance of ‘Darkness at the Door’, the newest single to be taken from the LP. The visuals were prepared by long-time collaborator Rahi Rezvani, and it gives you some idea of what it’s like to be at an Editors show like this, exit streamers and all. Watch the video below. Editors will be touring the UK in October, check out all the tour dates through here. For all of our past coverage on the group, go here.

 

Video of the Moment #2824: Superorganism

 
By on Tuesday, 17th April 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

International music collective now based on London Superorganism were a huge draw at SXSW 2018, performing in the enviable first spot in the BBC Radio 1 and Department of International Trade sponsored showcase Saturday night last month to help close out the event. While they weren’t my favourite in Austin, they had plenty of overzealous fans at Latitude 30 that night. You can read more about their appearance in my review here. I’m sure all those fans have bought their self-titled debut out now on Domino Records, which includes the promo video we have for you here tonight. As you would reasonably expect, the visuals in ‘Night Time’ are colourful and wigged out as the visuals I saw in Austin that last night of SXSW. You like that sort of thing? You’ll love this. You know where I stand. The band have announced an October 2018 UK tour and before that, they’ll be hitting Live at Leeds, Liverpool Sound City and The Great Escape next month. For all of our past coverage on Superorganism, go here.

 
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