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(Great Escape 2011!) Video of the Moment #454: Foster the People

 
By on Friday, 15th April 2011 at 6:00 pm
 

We here at TGTF do like synth bands. Beyond that, I’m not really sure how to describe Foster the People from Los Angeles. A little MGMT, a little Passion Pit, a little Yes Giantess, perhaps?

One thing we do know for sure: they’re going to tear it up at the TGTF Great Escape stage at Brighton Coalition. Stop by our stage on the evening of Saturday the 14th of May and catch the band play tunes just like the one below, ‘Houdini’, filmed live at Solana Beach.

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The Man Behind TGTF’s Many MTV Exclusives…

 
By on Friday, 15th April 2011 at 5:00 pm
 

TGTF has a great relationship with the folks over at MTV. For my entire tenure as Editor at TGTF (and indeed, even before I became Editor), one particular individual at MTV has been responsible for providing us exclusive videos and details on MTV’s music programming. With the massive barrage of emails we at TGTF receive every day, it’s always a pleasure to work with someone who not only has an excellent knowledge of the current music scene, but someone who’s always on the ball, reliable and pleasant. Not to mention someone who has quickly become a good friend.

So imagine my surprise and utter disappointment when I heard this person was no longer going to be brightening my email inbox on a regular basis. You can’t imagine the heartbreak!

Well my dear readers, it is time to unmask this mystery man. And unfortunately, it is to say goodbye to him and wish him well as he goes off to greener pastures.

Best wishes, Adam, from me and all of us at TGTF.

Mary x

 

Single Review: Wild Beasts – Albatross

 
By on Friday, 15th April 2011 at 2:00 pm
 

Wild Beasts were one of my great surprises at Roskilde. Blokes singing in registers higher than normal for men? A little weird to me. Still, this band from Kendal managed to win me over by their engaging live performance, getting me past those notes I thought were sonically impossible for men to achieve.

‘Albatross’ is the first single released from their forthcoming album, ‘Smother’. While it isn’t as immediately catchy as ‘We Still Got the Taste Dancin’ On Our Tongues’ from their 2009 album ‘Two Dancers’, it has a cleanness and expansiveness that I find charming as well as fresh. It hasn’t been overthought; in its spareness, it has a wild, unconventional beauty. It’s too bad that Black Swan film came out last year, because I can so see this as background music to such an artistic work.

Hayden Thorpe’s voice may be an acquired taste, but I think even people who aren’t fans of Wild Beasts will find themselves drawn to this track.

8.5/10

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A special Record Store Day version of the ‘Albatross’ single will be released on 16 April (yes, tomorrow, this Saturday); it’ll be a 7″ and only available in selected record shops. ‘Smother’, Wild Beasts’ third studio album, is due for release on the 9th of May in the UK.

 

This week’s Gonzo – Arctic Monkeys chat with Alexa about their new album, and Miles Kane talks about the solo life

 
By on Friday, 15th April 2011 at 12:30 pm
 

Like Arctic Monkeys? Then I dare say you will enjoy tonight’s MTV Gonzo – the last show in the current series, in fact. By now you have heard their new tracks ‘Brick by Brick’ and ‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair‘, surely? Well, Alexa has a super exclusive chat with the band to discuss their forthcoming album ‘Suck It and See’, coming out this summer. Alex Turner’s former Last of the Shadow Puppets bandmate Miles Kane also makes a return appearance on tonight’s episode to talk about the solo life (we mean professionally, folks!)

Who else is on? Example and Wretch 32 come by the brown couch to talk about their recent collaboration and offer an exclusive performance of ‘Unorthodox’. Acoustically! One of Alexa’s hot new band tips (and for sure, a hot tip in the UK these days, judging from the manic reactions to their shows in the UK this month with the Vaccines), Chicago’s Smith Westerns, take the time to introduce themselves. [Editor’s note: We’ll be bringing you an exclusive Smiths Westerns interview of our own very soon on TGTF.] For Director’s Cut, Wild Beasts talk us through the making of their wonderfully weird new video for ‘Albatross’. Does this all sound amazingly good? Then tune in tonight.

MTV Gonzo airs tonight (Friday) at 7 PM on MTV Music, with a repeat at 8 PM on MTV Rocks.

 

(Great Escape 2011!) Quickfire Questions #5: K.Flay

 
By on Friday, 15th April 2011 at 12:00 pm
 

K.Flay is the stage name of Kristine Flaherty. A girl who grew up outside Chicago, grew up on classic rock, and ended up on the West Coast of America (Stanford University to be exact) studying psychology and sociology, you wouldn’t guess what she’s doing now. She’s one of the freshest voices in the San Francisco Bay Area hip hop scene, offering her unique brand of acerbic wit with rapping and playing guitar. We’re pleased she will be appear on TGTF’s stage at the Great Escape this year. As a brief introduction to her, we’ve asked her to answer our Quickfire Questions. You might be surprised that she’s a Laura Marling fan! Read on for her answers…

1. What song is your earliest musical memory?
My dad had an old school microphone that we’d plug into a fender amp when i was little. I remember belting out ‘I Am a Rock’ by Paul Simon. Which is a freaking JAM.

2. What was your favourite song as a child?
As a kid, I loved a track called ‘Beach Boy Blood (In My Veins)’ by Dave Edmunds. It’s a super trippy homage to surfer vibes.

3. What song makes you laugh?
‘What’s Up Fatlip?’ by Fatlip. The track is so dark and sardonic and funny as hell. “I’m far from hard, emotionally scarred on Pico Boulevard” – that line gets me every time.

4. What song makes you cry?
‘Hope in the Air’ by Laura Marling. the first bit reminds me of a song from ‘a chorus line’ that ALSO makes me cry.

5. What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
This is a cheesy answer, but ‘Green Eyes’ by Coldplay.

6. What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
‘2 Far’ by Dizzee Rascal. I used to have a roommate who absolutely hated when I played that track on my speakers, which made me angry, because it’s so dope. Especially Wiley’s verse. “I’m a ninja turtle, you can’t step into my circle” – genius.

7. Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘A Day in the Life’ by the Beatles. [Editor’s note: How freakily coincidental that this is the same song Rhydian Dafydd of the Joy Formidable chose for his answer.]

8. Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Margaret Atwood. She’s not a songwriter, but she’s amazing. ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is one of my favorite books of all time. [Editor’s note: ‘Cat’s Eye’ is also superb.]

9. If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I’d probably be in graduate school, doing weird statistical tests on census data.

10. If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (I explained that she couldn’t pick a double album.)
First off, that’s kinda strict for heaven. Buuut, I guess I’d bring ‘Live It Out’ by Metric. ROCKING OUT IN HEAVEN.

Catch K.Flay perform at TGTF’s stage at Brighton Coalition at the Great Escape this year. She will be performing at 8 PM (20.00) on Saturday night, the 14th of May.

 

WIN / Trip to Paris to See Hugh Laurie at Le Trianon, 11th May 2011

 
By on Friday, 15th April 2011 at 11:00 am
 

Please note: you have to enter your email address in the widget or your information won’t be sent to Hugh Laurie’s webmaster. If you’ve entered your email address in our comments, you have not been entered in the contest.

So Hugh Laurie‘s latest project is completely outside of the acting arena: recording and putting out a blues cover album. Hugh is also playing some live dates in Europe starting in late April through May; his Union Chapel gig on the 4th of May is already sold out (no surprise there). But we’ve got something better for you. Just enter your email address in the widget below and you are automatically entered for a trip for two to see Hugh perform at Le Trianon in Paris on Wednesday the 11th of May.

This amazing prize includes Eurostar train tickets from London to Paris (so you need to be able to get yourself and your guest to London on the 11th), 1 night’s hotel accommodation in the City of Light, and of course, a pair of tickets to the gig. Contest closes on 6 May, at which time the online editor of Hugh’s Web site will choose the winner from all the entries received. Good luck!

To buy tickets to this show, visit Avosbillets.

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