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By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 15th July 2014 at 6:00 pm
The Afghan Whigs‘ latest video for their funky as all hell track ‘Matamoros’ takes full advantage of one of the beauties of the New York City urban jungle: the young street dancer. Watch it below.
‘Matamoros’ appears on the band’s current album ‘Do to the Beast’, out now on Sub Pop.
‘Slider’ is the first single to be taken from Bo Ningen’s third album, the appropriately entitled ‘III’. The video is directed by London-based fashion film director Marie Schuller, who swathes the band within her obsessive monochrome geometry. The stylish, stylised video combines vintage techniques like video feedback with digital manipulation – a combination which echoes the band’s blend of 60s garage psychedelia and contemporary avant-garde rock. Guitars squall and squeal as if in protest of being distorted into shards of tremoloed treble.
In its four-to-the-floor groove and conventional vocal melody, ‘Slider’ is one of the more accessible tracks on ‘III’, lacking the atonal primal screams found on the rest of the album; one suspects a strong Yoko Ono influence. But as if to prove me wrong, with a rarity akin to the blooming of Amorphophallus titanum, the band drop briefly into 5/4 time halfway through the track to create a memorably audacious middle eight. Bo Ningen have been going for a while now, but if this video is anything to go by, their live performance will be crackling with garage-y, psychedelic energy. They play Sheffield’s Tramlines festival on 27th July, before returning to the UK in November to support Band of Skulls.
Bo Ningen’s single ‘Slider’ appears on their third album ‘III’ out now on Stolen Recordings.
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 15th July 2014 at 10:00 am
Multi-instrumentalists Jonny Gavin and Adam Rowley are Manchester via Leicester act Demons of Ruby Mae. Through Gavin’s soulful vocals and the duo’s well thought out, haunting instrumentation, you can clearly see in this track of theirs ‘Beneath the Surface’ that they’ve got heaps of potential. They’ve already been described as the love child of the xx and the National, and if that doesn’t pique your interest, have a listen below and see for yourself. If you like it, you can download it for free too.
By Mary Chang
on Monday, 14th July 2014 at 6:00 pm
The new video from London folk trio Bear’s Den is a unique one, though I wish it was for different reasons. Last month, shockwaves went through Seattle Pacific University community when a lone gunman fired on students at the school, killing one and injuring three others. This promo for the band’s upcoming single ‘Elysium’, out on the 21st of July on Communion Records / Caroline International, doesn’t feature actors but instead director Marcus Haney’s own brother and his friends at the end of their school term, and because of the timing of his visit, the filming happened to coincide with this tragedy and therefore was touched by the events that occurred.
I feel like every time a senseless shooting and senseless deaths happen in America, the American people become more and more desensitised to what has happened, as if it’s a part of life here and it’s okay. It’s not okay. I give both Haney and Bear’s Den much credit for releasing this video; the song itself provided some solace to some of the students and I hope this song and video will serve as a wake-up call to our country that THIS CANNOT GO ON. We need stricter gun control. Now.
By Mary Chang
on Monday, 14th July 2014 at 10:00 am
When you’re BBC radio presenter Rob Da Bank, you’re in a position to make demands. Case in point: the Bestival head honcho asked Tourist, aka London producer Will Phelps, to record him an alarm clock tune for his Radio 1, Will couldn’t say no. This was such an oddity, I couldn’t not post it.
For the handier of you folks, you can download it and loop it back on itself over and over again for your own personal alarm clock (because I’m guessing if you’re anything like me, you need more than a 30-second tune to help you wake up in the morning). Listen to the specially recorded piece below and it’s yours free from the Soundcloud widget if you’d like it.
More TGTF coverage on Tourist is this way.
By Mary Chang
on Monday, 14th July 2014 at 9:00 am
Sometimes living in Scotland pays off big time. This is true of an upcoming Highlands tour next month coheadlined by singer/songwriters Paul Thomas Saunders and Sivu (pictured at top), which will begin Inverness on the 13th of August. Tickets are on sale now.
Watch Saunders’ promo video for ‘Appointment in Samarra’ after the tour dates; it appears on his debut album ‘Beautiful Desolation’ released earlier this year on Atlantic Records. To watch the video for Sivu’s next single ‘Miracle (Human Error)’ and read my review of it, go here; he’ll be touring the UK himself in October.
Wednesday 13th August 2014 – Inverness Ironworks
Thursday 14th August 2014 – Ullapool Ceilidh Place
Friday 15th August 2014 – Stornoway Isle Of Lewis Woodlands Centre
Saturday 16th August 2014 – Aviemore Old Bridge Inn
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