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WIN / Tickets to see Reel Big Fish in Birmingham or Cambridge

 
By on Monday, 7th February 2011 at 11:00 am
 

We have two pairs of tickets for California ska kings Reel Big Fish‘s tour starting on 19 February in Newcastle to give away to two lucky winners. Fancy your chances?

The tickets will be for their show at Birmingham O2 Academy (Sunday 27th February) -OR- Cambridge Junction 1 (Friday 4th March 2011) – winner’s choice.

This contest is now closed. The winners will be contacted by email soon.

 

Video of the Moment #399: Joan as Policewoman

 
By on Friday, 4th February 2011 at 6:00 pm
 

I am very confused by this video for ‘The Magic’ by Joan as Policewoman. Burly men are pumping iron…er…small fish. And her house gets turned into a smoker for the said fish, requiring clocks, cacti and crucifixes to be wrapped in plastic bags. Huh?

The groove, however, is amazing. It reminds me of Nelly Furtado‘s ‘On the Radio’ (before she went completely Christina Aguilera on us).

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Album Review: Tahiti 80 – The Past, The Present and The Possible

 
By on Friday, 4th February 2011 at 2:30 pm
 

Winter blues got you down? Let the fun beats from the now six-piece French pop band Tahiti 80 brighten your day. For a band that’s been around in some kind of form since 1993, I’m shocked I’ve never heard of them before or their previous 5 albums and 10 EPs. But their album made its way to my postbox and I heard something special in their latest long-playing effort, the optimistically titled ‘The Past, the Present and the Possible’.

Their sun-dappled sound achieved on this album is deceptively simple: guitars, drums, keyboards, and various synth programming, though one wonders how much is programmed, because it all sounds so flawless, like a well polished diamond. Actually, at times you may feel like you’re inside a video game, because there are various blips and beeps scattered around (the instrumental ‘Rain Steam and Speed’ could have been in a Super Mario Brothers game). The songs just keep bobbing along and therefore they must be amazing to dance to live. Take the opening track ‘Defender’ for instance; it’s got a good beat with Xavier Boyer’s boyish vocals, but then there’s attention-grabbing harmonies at well positioned stops in the music. ‘Easy’ is exactly as it’s titled, it’s a footloose and fancy free, bouncy number.

‘Want Some’ is the most ingenious booty call dressed up as a love song I’ve ever heard: “if you want some / I know you’ve got some / if I want some / it’s gotta be with you”. They’re Frenchmen. I’ll cut them a bit of slack. And you should, if they can write songs like ‘Crack Up’, which is the sonic equivalent of crack. ‘Darlin (Adam and Eve)’ and ‘Nightmares’ seem to be a little darker in vibe but then becomes pure pop; ‘Solitary Bizness’ is of a similar vibe, but like all the songs on here, has mad beats. The oddball, rather surprisingly, is the title track, orchestrated to be less of a dancefloor number and more of an expansive, outward looking track (which I guess makes sense, given the title), with a chill vibe reminiscent of Broken Bells.

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I really like this album. It’s like going into a sweet shop and sampling all different kinds of goodies. There’s a lot of variety, but there’s an awful lot of goodness to enjoy. February can be dark, dreary, rainy, snowy…and ‘The Past, the Present and the Possible’ is the perfect antidote.

8.5/10

‘The Past, the Present and the Possible’ will be released in the UK on 21 February.

 

Single Review: Avril Lavigne – What the Hell

 
By on Friday, 4th February 2011 at 12:00 pm
 

At age 26, you could say Canadian singer/songwriter Avril Lavigne has grown up – not sure if she’s gotten any wiser though. It’s hard to believe that her fame began almost 10 years ago, by singing about ‘Sk8ter Boi’ and how ‘Complicated’ life was, messing up malls with her motley crew of mates. Now we’re at 2011, she’s a divorcee, and judging from her latest single, it appears she’s ditched the pop/punk genre that initially made her famous for a more straightforward pop sound. Bring in ‘What the Hell’, released in North America on 11 January. Her fourth album, ‘Goodbye Lullaby’, is scheduled to be released in the UK on 7 March.

Lavigne is not the type of artist normally featured on TGTF, but this song is so damn catchy, I felt it was worth talking about on a Friday when you’re ready for the weekend and want something light, not brooding. If she’s singing without any vocal crutches, her voice box is definitely getting a workout: just have a listen to the chorus. Surprisingly, the lyrics aren’t as inane as you might think: “all my life I’ve been good but now / I’m thinking what the hell / all I want to do is mess around / and I don’t really care about / if you love me / or you hate me / you can’t save me…” It’s highly possible I’m looking into these words far too deeply, but the whole song says to me what women have been wanting to say to their boyfriends for years.

It’s empowering, just in a weird way. It’s a ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ anthem for 2011. If blokes can flirt and play around without any consequences, why can’t women insist on the same, if it’s all in ‘good fun’? It may be irresponsible, but hey, at least it’s not Ke$ha irresponsible. The only unfortunate part is that Lavigne is dressed in lacy undergarments at the start of the video, and it looks like she’s dressing the part of Britney Spears; not very feminist, eh?

‘What the Hell’ won’t change the world or win any awards (we hope), but it’s bright, it’s poppy, it’s peppy…and you better get used to it, because it’ll probably be coming soon to a radio near you.

8/10

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Carl Barat / March and April 2011 UK Tour

 
By on Friday, 4th February 2011 at 9:00 am
 

Carl Barat has announced details of a March and April UK tour. He also makes an appearance on the NME Awards show circuit, at London’s 100 Club on the 20th of February.

Sunday 20th February 2011 – London 100 Club (NME Awards show)
Tuesday 29th March 2011 – Brighton Concorde 2
Wednesday 30th March 2011 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Thursday 31st March 2011 – Cambridge Junction
Sunday 3rd April 2011 – Oxford Academy
Wednesday 6th April 2011 – Manchester Academy 2
Thursday 7th April 2011 – Edinburgh Liquid Rooms
Friday 8th April 2011 – Sheffield Leadmill

 

Video of the Moment #398: The Chapman Family

 
By on Thursday, 3rd February 2011 at 6:00 pm
 

Here’s the video for the Chapman Family‘s single ‘Anxiety’, ready to drop on 28 February via Electric Toaster Entertainment. It’s the second single to be released off their debut album, ‘Burn Your Town’, scheduled to be released in March. I’m a big fan of the driving guitars.

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