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(Charity!) Live Gig Video: Gang of Youths’ David Le’aupepe plays acoustic version of Ryan Adams’ ‘My Winding Wheel’ for Bedstock 2018

 
By on Wednesday, 12th December 2018 at 4:00 pm
 

Bedstock touts itself as “the first and only online music festival”. You may be wondering, what’s the fun in that? It’s got a specific purpose: it’s designed for kids who are too poorly to leave their beds and in solidarity with them, musicians have performed on a bed with limited equipment to help raise money for Children’s Cancer Association and their MyMusicRx program. Many artists you’ll know by name have already shown their support, including UK acts The 1975, Aquilo and Jacob Banks. In the below video filmed during his offstage time at Austin City Limits in October, frontman David Le’aupepe of Aussie band Gang of Youths decided to cover a Ryan Adams’ song, ‘My Winding Wheel’ while sat on a bed with his acoustic guitar. Check it out below. You can donate to Bedstock’s efforts through this link; more on Gang of Youths (a band I knew would blow up big) on TGTF is through here.

 

(Charity!) Teenage Cancer Trust Shows / March 2019

 
By on Tuesday, 11th December 2018 at 9:00 am
 

Last week while I was away, the Teenage Cancer Trust announced a slate of amazing benefit shows to take place in March 2019 at London Royal Albert Hall. Tickets went on sale last Friday, the 7th of December, so a good chunk of tickets are already gone, but don’t fret. There’s still time to pick up a ticket or two (maximum of four, please). On Monday, the 25th of March, Rudimental will be performing with main support Ghetts. Thursday the 28th of March sees perennial popsters Take That take to the RAH stage with special guests. Naturally (we are There Goes the Fear, after all), we’re most keen on the live re-emergence of Doves, who will be performing on Friday, the 29th of March, after being on indefinite hiatus since 2010. Irish (and my) favourites The Script (pictured at top) will follow on Saturday the 30th of March. To cap things off in style, Levellers will perform alongside the bands on their own curated bill on Sunday, the 31st of March. It’ll be an unforgettable week of music in London, and all for a very worthy cause. Check out Gigs and Tours’ available tickets for any or all of these shows through here.

 

(Charity!) Single Review: Frightened Rabbit – No Real Life

 
By on Wednesday, 10th January 2018 at 12:00 pm
 

Over their five studio albums to date, Scottish indie band Frightened Rabbit and their emotionally-charged music, described by Ryan Leas of Stereogum as “the kind of music that demands a fair amount of emotional investment from the listener,” have wowed fans all over the world. In his impassioned vocals, Scott Hutchison lays out raw, painful emotions for all to hear. It isn’t surprising, and sadly so, to learn that someone who can pour that much feeling and sorrow himself suffers from mental illness, something that has spilled out of Hutchison on social media. He admitted in this illuminating interview with Luke Ottenhof of On the A Side last spring, “Sometimes I wish I had a better mode of communication for when I’m feeling depressed, anxious, any of those things, but it tends to just work itself out into a song. That’s the way it’s always been for me.”

Knowing his personal history, it is wonderfully inspiring that Hutchison is willing to speak publicly about his struggles and has gotten involved with raising awareness and money for mental health causes. In 2011, along with James Graham of The Twilight Sad, Emma Pollock of The Delgados and other local musicians, Hutchison was part of The Fruit Tree Foundation, a Scottish music project that released the album ‘First Edition’, written and recorded during an intensive collaborative workshop in Perthshire. Fifty percent of the album’s proceeds go towards Scottish charity The Mental Health Foundation.

This past holiday season, Frightened Rabbit revealed a new single, also to raise money for a mental illness charity. ‘No Real Life’ premiered on Christmas Day, its words chronicling the thoughts that can go on inside the confused mind of a patient with dementia, often caused by the chronic, progressive neurodegenerative Alzheimer’s disease. Hutchison’s vocals of “I see light in the crack of the doorway / that extra-terrestrial glow / so cocoon my body, transport me / I don’t care to live in this world anymore” document the quiet desperation of a sufferer for the pain and confusion to end.

The gentle instrumental folk rock feel throughout the song marries well with the sombre subject matter. When Hutchison’s voice is joined by those of his bandmates in an ethereal harmony, a sense of peace and calm is achieved. ‘No Real Life’ is a moving, respectful acknowledgement to those in the grip of dementia, a disease we must keep fighting to cure.

8/10

Frightened Rabbit have encouraged their fans to donate to Alzheimer Scotland, who offer services to assist people with dementia, their carers and their families. Like cancer, dementia is an illness that has touched virtually everyone and their loved ones. Particularly around the holidays, it can be a difficult time when someone you love is suffering from a condition for which there is yet no cure. We encourage all to consider this worthy charity and to donate what you can to ensuring in the band’s words, “With your help, their aim is to make sure that nobody in this country faces dementia alone.” To read more of TGTF’s past coverage on Frightened Rabbit, go here.

 

Pay It Forward: A New Phase of TGTF in 2018

 
By on Monday, 8th January 2018 at 11:00 am
 

When I first started blogging in 2009, joining up at the Philadelphia-based PopWreckoning (this one, not the one currently at popwreckoning.com), I couldn’t have predicted what was to come. I was their first contributor in Washington, DC, and I also quickly identified as their British music expert, tasked to juggle all the British releases sent my way. Music blogging on the internet was alive and well, and advertising revenue was fantastic. Positions as the USA Editor of TGTF and contributor at ClickMusic, This is Fake DIY and The CALMzine followed. In the beginning, I considered the quality and quantity of my posts of equal importance. The number of reviews I wrote across 4 music reviewing Web sites over a period of 2 years, in 2010 to the start of 2012, still blows my mind.

And then the landscape of the music blogosphere changed. In case you haven’t noticed, many music blogs have come and gone. It’s been sad to see blogs owned by friends close, and for a variety of reasons, personal and professional. Music listeners, eager for instant gratification and sometimes desiring direction from their favourite artists, turn to Spotify and other streaming services now more than ever more to find new music rather than music blogs.

So then it falls on the shoulders of smaller blogs like TGTF to provide a boutique experience for those who want more than playlists. What we do here is a labour of love. It has never been my desire to follow the big boys and play their game. We take a deeper dive into releases that might only get a brief look in the culture section of the broadsheets, if they even get a look at all. It can take us longer to deliver a review of a release because my motto has always been to do what you do well, or don’t bother to do it at all. Our interviews with artists we see the potential for greatness in are longer than those of other outlets because we want to give you more insight into their art and who they are as people. We share tour dates and videos by artists whose music we support and while we will never comprehensive, what do we post is always of quality. Taken together, these are the things that are important to me, the things that have always been in important to me in running TGTF. I sincerely hope we’ve helped you find new artists to love and support. If we have, we’ve succeeded.

If you’ve followed us over the years, you will have noticed that we have helped promote charity concerts and reviewed charity releases over the years, including the Killers’ annual charity singles to raise money for RED, benefitting The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; Maximo Park’s support of Migrant Offshore Aid Station; and Tristen’s recent Christmas single benefitting Doctors Without Borders. Into this year and beyond, we’ll be increasing our focus to raise awareness on such charitable efforts and hope you will donate what you can to those less fortunate. Are you a musician or a band currently working with a charity? Contact us through the TGTF Twitter and we’ll talk further on how we might be able to help you and your charity.

We are now living in a world where darkness has seeped into most every part of life. Music, for so many of us, has provided joy, hope, solace and comfort when we needed it most. The best way for us to pay this forward is to give our support to others in need. I hope you’ll embrace this new phase of TGTF with us.

 

(Charity / Holiday!) Single Review: Tristen – Crying on Christmas Day

 
By on Thursday, 21st December 2017 at 10:00 am
 

Nashville singer/songwriter Tristen has followed the July release of her third studio album ‘Sneaker Waves’ with a new Christmas single, to benefit charity organisation Doctors Without Borders. In sharp contrast to the contrived warmth and commercialised cheer of many Christmas singles, ‘Crying on Christmas Day’ is a rather disconsolate affair, delicately introspective and forlornly disillusioned by the disconnect between human actions and our professed desire for peace on earth.

The wistfully repeating verse/chorus refrains of ‘Crying on Christmas Day’ are framed by a pair of austere and distant poetic couplets. Tristen’s vocal delivery is softspoken and sweetly sad as she delivers her ethereal opening lines “from the dawn the angels cried a sacred song / passing on the sounds of love through ancient tears”. From there, the narrative tumbles forth over a gently insistent acoustic guitar figure, even as its central lyrical question, “does it feel all right crying on Christmas day?”, is obscured in a mysteriously evasive harmonic progression. The singer makes no attempt to provide musical resolution to her sobering existential observation, but she does provide her listeners with a practical way to resolve their own holiday angst.

Visit Tristen’s Bandcamp page to download ‘Crying on Christmas Day’, either for yourself or as a gift to someone else. All proceeds from sales of the single will be donated to Doctors Without Borders. Her latest LP ‘Sneaker Waves’ is out now on American indie label Modern Outsider. We at TGTF have covered Tristen in live performance, supporting Irish band Bell X1.

 

(Charity!) Live Gig Video: CHVRCHES unveil new version of ‘Down Side of Me’ for Planned Parenthood box set

 
By on Wednesday, 3rd May 2017 at 4:00 pm
 

When smart artists get mad, they channel that energy and turn it towards creative pursuits. Under our current president, it’s unclear if nonprofit organisation supporting women’s health and reproductive rights Planned Parenthood will lose all government funding. No matter what happens, many artists in America and beyond have decided to chip in artistically to help fund the organisation and their life-saving and life-changing work.

CHVRCHES is just one of the acts helping out with a contribution to the ‘7-inches for Planned Parenthood’, a curated series of 7-inch vinyl records and digital downloads to benefit the nonprofit. The Scottish electrop trio are offering up a new live version of ‘Down Side of Me’, which appears on the group’s 2015 second album ‘Every Open Eye’. You can read Carrie’s review of the LP through this link. The new live version also has a music video filmed by Twilight actress Kristen Stewart, which you can watch below. You can catch up on TGTF’s past coverage on CHVRCHES by following this link.

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