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Preview: Liverpool Sound City 2015

 
By on Monday, 15th December 2014 at 9:00 am
 

Uproar. There’d be upper-middle class uproar in the streets of Soho if Worthy Farm were to be ditched in favour of a new location for the yearly Glasto bash. People would be throwing down their bowls in cereal bars and tossing their £4.50 mini-paninis in the air in Starbucks. Imagine Reading shifting itself from Richfield Avenue, or Download departing from Donington: it just wouldn’t be on.

These are just a few examples of why Liverpool Sound City 2015 will undeniably the most important year in the festival’s history. The festival is moving from the established inner city in and around Wolstenholme Square, where it has grown and evolved, to the Bramley Moore Dock. It’s a move that Sound City CEO Dave Pichilingi says aids in “our goal year on year being to evolve, grow, challenge, inspire, surprise and delight.”

It did surprise me, there’s no doubting that. As in its 2014 guise, the festival seemed to work a charm, with the tightly knotted interlocking streets of Liverpool city centre providing a maze for punters to stumble through on the way to the next new band they wanted to watch. The decision to ditch the old locations may have been assisted by the old area to soon lose one of its most charming venues, The Kazimier, and alongside this, TGTF favourite The Kazimier Gardens, two of the most atmospheric and chilled venues that the festival had to offer in its old guise.

So barring a location change, what else are the Sound City crew throwing our way to entice us to Liverpool? Well, the most recent headliner announced is bound to draw fans of all demographics to Liverpool. Even if they haven’t released a solid record since ‘At War with the Mystics’, The Flaming Lips (pictured at top) will arrive in Liverpool with one of the most notoriously fun live shows in tow for Saturday night. Frontman Wayne Coyne, who’s known to ride the crowd at the start of gigs in a zorb, is the kind of focal point who will sell tickets on the site of their name on the bill.

The festivals Web site also says, “the site change also opens Sound City up to bigger artists, the first being the legendary Belle and Sebastian, who will play on the historic Liverpool waterfront backed by a full orchestra.” Now after bearing witness to the power of some of Liverpool Sound City’s special sets – including a rousing performance by Noah and the Whale playing inside the Anglican cathedral with the rest of the TGTF crew in 2013, the prospect of the legendary group backed by an entire symphonic orchestra, to close out the event even, is enough to have me chomping at the bit.

So with only two announcements so far to sink ones teeth into, even in its new location the festival looks almost certain to be another success. The only question is, with two bonafide indie legends topping the bill, who have they got up their sleeves for the opening Friday? Most of the announcements have been a huge, welcome surprise. Who Friday’s headliner are is anyone’s guess, but I for one can’t wait to find out.

 

MP3 of the Day #790: Fossil Collective

 
By on Friday, 8th November 2013 at 10:00 am
 

Leeds duo Fossil Collective have covered the Flaming Lips‘ hit ‘Do You Realize?’. And now they want to offer it up to you for absolutely nothing. Have a listen below and if you like its dreaminess compared to the original, you can download it for free. Happy Friday!

 

Live Gig Video: The Flaming Lips cover Tame Impala’s ‘Elephant’

 
By on Friday, 1st November 2013 at 4:00 pm
 

The Flaming Lips recently released their cover version of Tame Impala‘s ‘Elephant’. It wouldn’t be the Flaming Lips without something a little off-kilter about the performance, and Wayne Coyne delivers in that respect by flapping the edges of a giant silver disc around his ears like a fly’s wings. It has to be seen to be believed. Watch it below.

If you’d like to compare this version with the original, head this way to watch Tame Impala’s promo as this previous Video of the Moment.

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Video of the Moment #1259: The Flaming Lips

 
By on Tuesday, 16th July 2013 at 6:00 pm
 

Here is The Flaming Lips‘ new video for ‘Turning Violent’, filled with blurry close-ups and other things to make you uncomfortable. But hey, at least things aren’t coming out of unmentionable body locations.

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Preview: SXSW 2013 – General Ticket Information and the Headliners

 
By on Monday, 4th March 2013 at 9:00 am
 

South by Southwest 2013 is almost upon us (like next week!), and at TGTF towers we are honing our scoop sniffing skills, polishing our camera lenses and preparing ourselves for a glut of musical goodness. So who can you catch in Austin that you haven’t seen paraded in front of you on MTV and the BBC? Well, probably no-one, but I’m going to point you in the direction of one of the shows I for one, would not be missing. (And best of all, it’s absolutely free – along 2 other nights of outdoor music goodness.)

That is of course, The Flaming Lips‘ Auditorium Shores show on Friday, the 15th of March. Drawing from a back catalogue of (deep breath please):

  • ‘Hear It Is’ (1986)
  • ‘Oh My Gawd!!!…The Flaming Lips’ (1987)
  • ‘Telepathic Surgery’ (1989)
  • ‘In a Priest Driven Ambulance (with Silver Sunshine Stares)’ (1990)
  • ‘Hit to Death in the Future Head’ (1992)
  • ‘Transmissions from the Satellite Heart’ (1993)
  • ‘Clouds Taste Metallic’ (1995)
  • ‘Zaireeka’ (1997)
  • ‘The Soft Bulletin’ (1999)
  • ‘Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots’ (2002)
  • ‘At War with the Mystics’ (2006)
  • ‘Embryonic’ (2009)
  • ‘The Terror’ (2013)

Yes, they have that many albums in their backpocket,s ready to unleash a cornucopia of funkadelic sounds at you. So the question before you go and see this show is, could you bear a medley of Wayne Coyne’s latest album, or will you hit and hope for a collection of Flaming Lips singles, from ‘Do You Realise?’ to the mind bending ‘Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots’?

The audience may not be big enough for Coyne’s signature zorbing trick, but hey, would you put it past him pulling the trick out in Austin, Texas?

Get ready to carry the man, that’s all I would say! He is getting on.

But while the band are growing senior (at least compared to the majority of acts showcasing this year at SXSW), their live performances have not suffered in the slightest, and they remain a festival of the weird, the bizarre and the downright whimsical. So take a night off from the un-established and just rock out to one of the most challenging/rewarding bands of the last two decades. Read more about the 3 nights of free shows at Auditorium Shores here.

For your information, tickets to the music portion of SXSW from Tuesday the 12th of March all the way to Sunday the 17th of March are still available; music badges are now US$750 (approximately £499 at the time of this writing) but the walk-up rate increases to US$795 the week of the festival (approximately £529) and hotel rooms are going fast, so if you are still interested, we recommend you act quickly. Please note TGTF as a music Web site does not support ticket touting of any kind and we have been advised by the SXSW folks that wristbands for the gig portion only, which can only be bought by those with an Austin credit card billing address, are not transferable. So be prudent with your purchases to avoid getting ripped off.

 

Video of the Moment #1104: The Flaming Lips

 
By on Sunday, 27th January 2013 at 10:00 am
 

Ahead of their new album ‘The Terror’ out in early April on Bella Union / Warner Brothers, the Flaming Lips are offering up this unusual lyric video for ‘Sun Blows Up Today’, a happier than should be allowed little ditty about the benevolent star that allows us to be alive. Watch the lyric video below.

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