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Video of the Moment #125: La Roux

 
By on Tuesday, 8th September 2009 at 6:00 pm
 

La Roux, aka London electro singer Elly Jackson, has just released a video for ‘I’m Not Your Toy’, the third single from her Mercury Prize-nominated, eponymous debut album.

This time, she’s ditched the ’80s atmosphere and gone even further back, to a Victorian-era conservatory filled with the uptight, martini-drinking set. In quick order, La Roux, with her sweet, sweet voice and and animated backup dancers, gets everyone grooving to the music. Enjoy.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhDZi4IJpbw[/youtube]

La Roux’s single for ‘I’m Not Your Toy’ will be released in the UK on 28 September by Polydor Records.

 

MP3 of the Day #99: Frankie Negrón

 
By on Tuesday, 8th September 2009 at 10:00 am
 

Since 1997, New Jersey salsa singer Frankie Negrón has made a name for himself in the Latino music world with several Spanish-language albums. Last month he released ‘Torn’, the first single from his first English-language album, ‘Independence Day’, due out in America in late September.

Have a listen to the soulful ‘Holding on to Love’ (‘Adicto A Tu Piel’ en español), another track from the album. Memo to Marc Anthony: I think you have some competition!

MP3: Frankie Negrón – Holding on to Love

‘Independence Day’ will be released in America on 22 September.

 

MP3 of the Day #98: The Raveonettes

 
By on Monday, 7th September 2009 at 10:00 am
 

Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo make up the Raveonettes, a Danish indie rock duo. The two are self-professed ’50s vocal group / ’60s guitar rock fans, so you shouldn’t be surprised in hearing sweetness of vocals reminiscent of the Chiffons and the Ronettes in their vocals and their simplistic guitar/drum backing.

The band will play a special gig at London’s Hoxton Bar and Kitchen on Monday 7th September. Gig-goers will receive a special signed copy of their forthcoming album, ‘In and Out of Control’, included as part of the 20-quid ticket price. Before then, have a listen to the track ‘Suicide’ from the new album.

MP3: The Raveonettes – Suicide

The Raveonettes‘ new album, ‘In and Out of Control’ will be released in the UK on 5 October on Fierce Panda Records. Pre-order it now from Amazon.

 

Video of the Moment #119: General Fiasco

 
By on Thursday, 3rd September 2009 at 6:00 pm
 

This is the brand-spanking new video for ‘We Are the Foolish’ from my favourite Northern Ireland indie rock band General Fiasco. You probably know them from their previous brilliant single ‘Rebel Get By’ from last autumn. Frontman Owen Strathern‘s trademark yelp-style of singing, yummy guitars, and a party atmosphere all come together for an enjoyable listening/viewing experience. I hope they release a full album soon.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcQBB6ntDgM[/youtube]

The single for ‘We Are the Foolish’ is out 12 October through Infectious Records.

 

Live Review: The Hold Steady and Iran at 9:30 Club, Washington DC – 29 August 2009

 
By on Thursday, 3rd September 2009 at 3:00 pm
 

My relationship – if it can be called that – with England’s fans of Brooklyn-based band the Hold Steady is a tenuous one. Back in May, I nearly missed getting stoned on the Dot to Dot Festival Facebook page for relaying a report from BBC 6music News that the band would be appearing at the Nottingham half of the festival, on 24 May. (Turned out this was later proved false. Yikes.)

Well you know, I missed them there too, so like some of you, I had not seen this band up close and personal yet either until they were scheduled to be in town for the last weekend of August. Saturday night was a warm-up gig for the band if you will for the next day, when the band would be playing the Virgin Mobile Free Fest (yes, sponsored by that Virgin behemoth company owned by ‘your’ Richard Branson) at Merriweather Post Pavilion (yes, where the name of the latest Animal Collective album came from).

The opening act for the night was Iran, a side project of TV on the Radio‘s Kyp Malone (who, by the way, was not present for his band’s gig because that other band of his was performing clear on the other side of the country, at San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival this weekend). Iran play growly, experimental rock, and I’d venture that if you like the Hold Steady, you’d probably think they’re cool too. A set highlight was “Evil Summer”, a drum-driven song Iran singer Aaron Aites introduced as a song they did not play very often but had been requested the last time they played the 9:30.

p-holdsteady12You read about bands in the media but you’re never really prepared until you are face to face with them for the first time. (Everyone’s heard about wicked cool Franz Nicolay and his crazy moustache, right?) So that said, the Hold Steady looked nothing like I imagined they would. Frontman/guitarist Craig Finn looks like a computer geek – and I say that with the utmost respect, because my own brother is an actual computer geek. Finn looks so ‘guy-next-door’ that you would never imagine that he is a rock star. And yet he is…

n-holdsteady10Sporting a baby blue electric with a Grateful Dead teddy bear sticker on it, Finn could have channeled his inner Jerry Garcia – but didn’t. Instead, he led the Hold Steady tirelessly through a strong, 22-song set that spanned the band’s catalogue, smiling broadly and bouncing up and down like a Mexican jumping bean throughout as adoring fans turned the night into a massive singalong, their fists raised high in the air in excitement. At times I felt like he was smiling right at me, which was a little unnerving – perhaps the notepad I’d furiously scribble on between songs and the camera I trained on him and his posse were a dead giveaway that I was one of those ‘music journos’. I hope he agrees with what I’ve written.

‘Stay Positive’ was an obvious favourite, the crowd happily pogo-ing whilst singing along with Finn on the infectious “we gotta stay positive / oh oh oh” chorus. The adrenaline rush of hearing this performed live from the first time, compared to only previously hearing it on 6music through computer speakers, was pure pleasure.

So to anyone out there who has a ticket to the Hold Steady’s sold-out show at the 02 Islington Academy gig on 10th September – you’re in for a treat! The band will also make appearances at County Clare, Ireland’s Cois Fharraige Festival (12 September) and Salisbury’s End of the Road Festival (13 September) before returning to America later this month.

After the jump: setlist and photos.

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Video of the Moment #118: Plastiscines

 
By on Wednesday, 2nd September 2009 at 6:00 pm
 

Plastiscines are four girls from Paris who were signed this year to the NYLON Records label. I caught the band as part of the line-up for the 2nd annual NYLON Summer Music Tour this past June, and they’re compelling live. Don’t be fooled by their ‘cute as a button’ looks, these girls know how to rock out.

This video is for their song ‘Barcelona’, which the girls say is about going out partying and having fun – “let’s get down in Barcelona!” And let’s face it, we all need an excuse to party sometimes, right?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMy7DRLlDaE[/youtube]

 
 
 

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