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Live Gig Video: Julien Baker plays ‘Turn Out the Lights’ on Stephen Colbert

 
By on Monday, 8th January 2018 at 4:00 pm
 

Julien Baker released a new album in 2017, ‘Turn Out the Lights’. It was the follow-up to 2015’s ‘Sprained Ankle’, which proved to be Baker’s critical breakthrough. Both albums are available now from Matador Records. Since then, she’s been selling out venues in America, the UK and Ireland. No shrinking violet, she’s definitely one to watch among the young American singer/songwriters active today.

Last week, she reached another important milestone: making her American late night tv debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, performing the title track alone with his guitar and with incredible aplomb, I might add. Watch her spellbinding performance of the title track of her 2017 LP below. In terms of her next live appearances, she’ll be the main support for Scots Belle and Sebastian on their UK tour in March; those dates are posted here on Facebook. For more of our coverage here on TGTF on Julien Baker, use this link.

 

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.

 

(Holiday!) Video of the Moment #2762: Paul Thomas Saunders

 
By on Friday, 22nd December 2017 at 6:00 pm
 

I thought we could all use a bit of levity this holiday season, especially for us Americans who have had to gape in horror at what our government is doing. Singer/songwriter Paul Thomas Saunders now has a new single out that’s perfect for this time of year, ‘Christmas, the Sequel’. I like a musician who has goals, and Saunders’ goal with this latest tune is to lay the ground work for what he’d like to do, if someone just gives him enough money: to make a true Christmas apocalypse film. (For some reason, I thought Shaun of the Dead was a Christmas film, but I had to check in Wikipedia to confirm that wasn’t the case. Too bad.) Here’s the man in his own words:

I’m a big Christmas movie fan, but every time the festive season comes around I feel that there’s a giant black-hole of a gap in the market. The Christmas apocalypse movie. No-one would give me the desired budget to make said Christmas apocalypse movie, so this year, the world will have to make do with just the theme tune. I was going for one-part ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, one-part ‘The Road’ – however, it may just be somewhere in the middle of ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’ and ‘Armageddon’. Oh Well.

While the song might not be as light as we could use, the video directed by Elliot Tatler is amusing, and the lyrics “help the new year to its feet” couldn’t be better timed. If you’ve had a bad 2018 – or indeed, your country has as a whole – remember, we can come back from the sleepy holidays with intention and purpose on the 1st of January. I know I will.

 

Video of the Moment #2761: New Portals

 
By on Thursday, 21st December 2017 at 6:00 pm
 

Northern Irish husband and wife team New Portals have a new video out for their single ‘Sober’. It’s taken from their most recent EP, the four-track ‘Golden Hour’, this time presented in an acoustic format. The song itself and its message both seem quite appropriate for this time of year. We all have seen how things can get out of hand when people have too much to drink, words are said that would have never been said without Dutch courage and more people get behind the wheel under the influence during ‘festive’ times. Ruth Aicken sings, “I like to party when we’re sober / don’t need no buzz when you come over, because you are the reason / I like to party when we’re sober”. ‘Sober’ is a good reminder to stay safe this holiday season and how we must look out for one another. For more of our past coverage of New Portals right here on TGTF, follow us this way.

 

(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.

 

Video of the Moment #2760: Roo Panes

 
By on Tuesday, 19th December 2017 at 6:00 pm
 

Dorset’s Roo Panes has a new video for us for our visual enjoyment, for recent single ‘A Message to Myself’. Carrie reviewed the song, out now on CRC Music, and you can read her thoughts on the single through here. The promo shows Panes in one of those moving-backwards-so-slowly-it’s-slick visuals. You know what I’m talking about, Coldplay‘s ‘The Scientist’ is probably the prime example of this.

This treatment works for ‘A Message to Myself’ because, as Carrie describes in her review of the single, Panes has decided to go in a barer direction instrumentally than ever before, creating what I’d call a quietly powerful anthemic moment that works perfectly with the relative stillness of the night in this video. Watch the video for ‘A Message to Myself’ below. You can catch up on all of our past coverage of Roo Panes here on TGTF if you follow us here.

 
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