Just like we did for Friendly Fires a couple of weeks back, we’ve managed to blag an exclusive preview of Basement Jaxx on this Sunday’s T4.
They’ll be playing their forthcoming single, Raindrops, and there will be an interview with the ever charming Miquita Oliver. Here’s a sneak preview of the performance and interview…
Miquita: “Have you ever been embarrassed by something you’ve done?”
Felix: “Well we did some shows with Robbie Williams the year before last….. we went round Germany with him because we’d never had any success in Germany. We got to play in front of about 4 million people – which was good… But it did feel like a big corporate machine and I definitely felt I don’t really want to be a part of this.”
Catch Basement Jaxx on this Sunday’s T4, Channel 4, throughout the day.
Californian rockers The Airborne Toxic Event have announced a series of 7 UK and Ireland tour dates for November 2009 around the UK.
Tickets are on sale now, priced between £8.50 and £11.50 each.
Catch the guys at:
Friday 6th November 2009 – London Shepherds Bush Empire
Saturday 7th November 2009 – Birmingham Academy
Sunday 8th November 2009 – Bristol Anson Rooms
Tuesday 10th November 2009 – Glasgow ABC
Wednesday 11th November 2009 – Dublin Olympia
Thursday 12th November 2009 – Manchester Ritz
Saturday 14th November 2009 – Oxford Academy
The Pet Shop Boys have announced a series of four shows around the UK in December…
Tickets for the below dates go on sale tomorrow (19th June) at 9am, and are sure to sell out quickly.
Thursday 17th December 2009 – Glasgow SECC
Friday 18th December 2009 – Birmingham NIA
Sunday 20th December 2009 – Manchester Evening News Arena
Monday 21st December 2009 – London O2 Arena
This month sees a mouthwatering line up of live bands performing at Be (Camden). This Saturday sees New York based Chester French (best known for gangbanging Peaches Geldof) take the mainstage whilst next week theres guitar skanking fun courtesy of Ono Palindromes (amongst others).
[slight change from flyer.. The Sunbirds will grace the stage this Saturday instead of Wolf Gang]
By Thom Morgan
on Wednesday, 17th June 2009 at 12:58 pm
It takes a master mixer to make the likes of Kaiser Chiefs or The Twang sound anything other than unadulterated bullsh*t, so it’s safe to say Run Hide Survive have a knack for what they’re doing.
Favoured by the likes of Grum, Streetlife DJs, Ounks Jump Up and Andy George & Jaymo, Run Hide Survive’s recent EP ‘Dyson/Pigeon’ ticked all the right boxes and has set the duo up for a barrage of quality remix action.
Being the good people we are over here at TGTF we’ve got you the boys most recent remixes to download for FREE (or if you’d rather have a listen you can stream them here)
The Twang “Barney Rubble” (Run Hide Survive Remix)
Boy Crisis “l’Homme” (Run Hide Survive Remix)
I Monster “Lusty For a Vampire” (Run Hide Survive Remix)
Team Water Polo “Room 44″ (Run Hide Survive Remix)
By Jess Grant
on Wednesday, 17th June 2009 at 12:00 pm
I admit. I’m a fan of Kasabian. I originally fell in love with the band way back in 2004 when they released their self-titled debut album, er, ‘Kasabian’. Bounding with trippy, epic numbers such as ‘L.S.F’, ‘Reason is Treason’ and ‘Club Foot’, I admired their swagger, and I liked their psychedelic tunes. Two years later, the band returned with a foot-stomping second album in the form of ‘Empire’. Fierce tracks such as ‘Shoot the Runner’ unsurprisingly took this more rock and roll lead album straight to the number one slot. In October of the same year, I caught the band live in Camden, where they also went on to prove to me they’re definitely one of the best live acts going at the moment.
But enough of me bigging up Kasabian. Let’s get back to the details. Sunday (14th June) saw the band score their second number one album with their third release, ‘West Ryder Lunatic Pauper Asylum’ (…and breath). The band have been calling it their best material yet and this week, I grabbed a copy to check out whether ‘West Ryder’ really does live up to all the hype.
Album opener, ‘Underdog’, begins slowly amid fuzzy, bubbling electronics. Fifteen seconds in and bam! in kicks an epic riff, loudly announcing that Kasabian are back with a vengeance. “Kill me if you dare!” frontman, Tom Meighan, spits out with a cocky furore to the backing of distorted guitars and a pulsating beat. ‘West Ryder’ then continues to nicely slip into ‘Where Did All the Love Go?’, a trippy disco number which undoubtedly harks back to the band’s earlier material.
The effortless swagger continues into tunes such as ‘Fast Fuse’, where Meighan’s speedy vocals contrast well with guitarist, Serge Pizzorno’s beautifully psychedelic chants of “Cool lightning in the skyline”. Pizzorno continues vocal duties in ‘Take Aim’, a slower, contemplative number which could be described as a little limp.
The music of the 60s has had a clear influence on ‘West Ryder’. The uber-jolly ‘Thick as Thieves’ is like a modern-day Kinks number, while ‘Secret Alphabets’ sounds as if it could have been freshly plucked from a psych album of said era. Indeed, the whole album is certainly pretty trippy. ‘West Ryder Silver Bullet’ is an stunningly exotic number, which features a duet between Meighan and Sin City actress Rosario Dawson. Sounding like something from a Tarantino film, the mystical instrumentation featured on the track is down-right epic.
The roaring, distorted guitars and in-your-face vocals of ‘Vlad the Imapler’ continue to inject real power into the record, while the slowly-galloping verses of debut single ‘Fire’ fantastically explode into a frantic chorus which sees the band cry-out “And I’m on fireeeeeee!!”. ‘West Ryder’, however, is ultimately brought down to a slower pace come the end of the album. ‘Happiness’ is another Serge-led tune. Sunny and uplifiting, the Primal Scream-esque song happily makes use of gospel choirs and hand claps throughout. Admittedly, this final track is a little distant musical-wise from the rest of the album, but it’s still a joyful number and end’s the album on a warming note.
To conclude, ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’ is a pretty much awesome album from start to finish. The band have really knuckled down and reduced the filler on the record to near zero. ‘West Ryder’ mixes the psych of debut ‘Kasabian’ with the boisterous rock of ‘Empire’, along with a whole new added layer of exotic intrigue, certainly making this album a deserving number one this week.
Kasabian‘s West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum is out now.