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Live Gig Video: LCD Soundsystem perform ‘Dance Yrself Clean’ at their final live show at Madison Square Garden in April 2012

 
By on Monday, 11th June 2012 at 4:00 pm
 

Influential DFA dance band LCD Soundsystem played their final show ever at New York City’s Madison Square in April 2011, and how convenient: it was all filmed not just for posterity but so it could be turned into a motion picture called ‘Shut Up and Play the Hits’. The film will be premiered at a select group of American movie theatres for one night only on the 18th of July but a worldwide release is expected in late summer. To get people excited about the film, they’ve released this performance of ‘Dance Yrself Clean’. Enjoy it below.

I feel pretty lucky I got to see them once at Roskilde 2 years ago; you can read about that experience here.

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

 

Live Review: Frank Turner with Justin Jones at Red Palace, Washington, DC – 29th April 2011

 
By on Wednesday, 4th May 2011 at 2:00 pm
 

Frank Turner had never had his own headlining tour in America. Until last week. Starting off in Toronto and making his way across America in 2 short weeks. In the coming days the man will be busy playing a couple more dates on the western half of our country before he heads back to the Continent. Before that though, he made a stop at DC’s Red Palace. The gig had sold out over a month in advance, which is unheard of for gigs at the teeny tiny venue. So as expected, the place was rammed halfway through the opener’s set.

The opening act was local – a singer/songwriter named Justin Jones who swears just as much as Frank and has a similar sound, except you can tell in his lyrics and the pain in his voice that he’s been around. (His official Web site says he overcame a heroin addiction and when he found the light, he became a songwriter. Nice story.) Interestingly, he bartended at 9:30 Club, the venue that just started their own record label, and Jones is their first signing. Nice one. As for his performance, I liked his singing, except when he reached that screaming/screeching level in his voice. He was joined on stage by upright bassist Tracy Epperson.

In between songs, he engaged the audience really well with personal stories and jokes. I like stage banter but I felt he was more a comedian and was being a little annoying in his attempts at silliness. Be serious, man. His material’s good: he had a song about his grandmother called ‘Fading Light’ that Frank Turner himself later that night said was amazing songs about his daughter (‘The Little Fox’ and ‘Keep a Shelter’) that were genuine, and even sinister ones like ‘The Gutter’ (based on the seedier side of DC life) and ’55 Days’. All in all, not bad for an opener to me, but the audience adored him.

Watching Frank Turner while stuck in a sea of his rabidly devoted followers is almost like being a pretender at a gang gathering. I like Frank’s music. A lot. He started with ‘I Knew Prufrock Before He Became Famous’ (::faint::) and ‘I Still Believe’ really got the punters going with amazing gusto. But it’s really intimidating to be shoulder to shoulder with people you don’t know who are thundering back every word to their hero. At one point I could feel the breath of the bloke behind me on my head because he was shouting so loudly, which was kind of creepy. (I guess this isn’t really my kind of crowd.)

When Frank Turner sings, you listen. He is singing with such conviction and balls, you’re left breathless. He admitted at one point in the show that he thinks he’s the leader of a big congregation when he’s playing to his fans. You definitely get that feeling when you see him play: he wants to mean something to someone. And there are many someones it seems on this side of the pond that are spellbound by his words and music just as there are back home in Britain.

Speaking of Britain: I know I have been banging on about our stage at the Great Escape on 14 May. Well, I managed a quick chat with Frank before this show and he wanted me to get the word about his several appearances at the festival on Thursday 12 May. If you are attending the convention, don’t miss his talk with 6music’ Matt Everitt at the Pavilion Theatre at 2 PM. If you’re more into in-stores, then catch him play a free acoustic set at HMV Brighton at 4 PM. This all leads up to his big show that night at Brighton Coalition at 9:45 PM.

More photos from this gig after the cut.
Continue reading Live Review: Frank Turner with Justin Jones at Red Palace, Washington, DC – 29th April 2011

 

Live Review: The Wombats’ Album Launch at London Supper Club – 14th April 2011

 
By on Tuesday, 3rd May 2011 at 2:00 pm
 

If you search deep within the winding lanes of Westbourne Park, you’ll stumble across London’s elusive and prestigious Supper Club. Tonight’s main event belongs to that of the Wombats; it is the album launch of the band’s second record, ‘This Modern Glitch.’ (Read John’s review of the album here.)

Upon entry, one realises that this is very intimate occasion. The majority of tonight’s audience consists of friends and family of the Scousers. The lighted stage at the front of the club indicates one thing: the Wombats intend on performing the highly-anticipated new tracks. Clad in white suits, the band, led by lead singer Matthew Murphy, leap onto the stage. Despite the familiar audience, they play as if to 500 strangers. The amount of dedicated concentration that the Wombats emit is uncanny. Even whilst regularly switching between guitar, bass and also synthesiser, the three-part-harmonies always remain consistent and note-perfect.

It is bizarre to recognise that the band have only released one long-play record in the past; their debut rocker, ‘A Guide to Love Loss and Desperation.’ If one wonders why the group has received so much fame for only one musical effort, it is due to the sheer fact that the album was a perfect execution of dance-based pop/rock. All the hits are played tonight, including a superb ‘Moving To New York.’ However, as Murphy states, tonight is not so much based on the past, but the present. Diving headfirst into a barrage of the group’s most exciting new tracks, it is mandatory to recall record-opener ‘Our Perfect Disease’ and ‘1996.’ The songs are catchy, and heavily keyboard-driven. The transition between the two records is noticeable, as the latter produces a far more matured Wombats. As ‘Tokyo’ and ‘Jump Into The Fog’ are performed, the two previous singles are more than enough to sustain singing from every person in the white-walled club.

Promising to play the album in its entirety through the speakers after the show, the band close with the unmistakably distorted notes of ‘Let’s Dance To Joy Division’ to a frenzy of mosh pits. From what we’ve heard tonight, ‘This Modern Glitch’ truly lives up to the ascending stature that the Wombats have created for themselves in 4 short years.

 

(Royal Wedding!) Live Review: Chapel Club at Point Ephemere, Paris – 21st April 2011

 
By on Friday, 29th April 2011 at 12:00 pm
 

Editor’s note: There are two reasons we’re posting this Chapel Club gig review on the day of the Royal Wedding: 1, many people get married in chapels, and 2, a lot of people go to Paris on their honeymoon (it is the City of Romance, after all).

Okay okay. Those reasons are tenuous. Still, this is a really great review. (I wish I’d been there. And I imagine there must be some of you who would have wished to be at today’s wedding.)

Words and in-text photo by Linn Branson

As the sun sets over Paris on a warm spring evening, along the banks of the Quai de Valmy drinkers are relaxing on the riverfront taking in the cool night air at the start of the long Easter break. It may not have been apparent to many that amongst them were various members of the night’s headlining act at the popular Point FMR arts venue that stands back off the cobbled walkway.

Chapel Club last played in the French capital in November, then as a little-known indie Brit band that despite being only second on the bill had already started to create faint ripples in their home country through singles such as ‘O Maybe I’ and ‘All The Eastern Girls’ and UK radio airplay. Their return comes on the last night of a (partially sell-out) 16-date European tour and in the wake of their debut album ‘Palace’ released at the end of January (TGTF review here, interview with frontman Lewis Bowman here). By the sparsity of the audience, they may still be largely unknown in this part of Europe, with French quintet Her Magic Wand drawing in the locals for their opening support set; a number of those present admitted they had only come across Chapel Club via radio airplay.

A small audience perhaps, but undoubtedly an appreciative – and attentive – one who, by the end of the night, had been roused a little from their laissez-faire to raise hands and dance a little. Maybe it is a French thing, but noticeable was the fact whilst in the UK it is a rarity to attend a gig without spending the entire evening with one ear attuned to the artist on stage and the other trying to drown out ongoing personal conversations, if any was taking place at Point FMR, it was done so unobtrusively that it did not detract one iota from the music.

They punctuated their set with later material such as ‘Roads’ and ‘Bodies’ segued in between the likes of ‘Surfacing’ and ‘All the Eastern Girls’. These new songs may have been lost on those unfamiliar with the change of direction, both musically and lyrically, that the band have already taken with the newer material but they don’t make the set any less vital.

Kicking off with ‘Surfacing’ (previously declared the Hottest Record in the World by Radio1’s Zane Lowe), it has become one of Chapel Club’s best-loved live songs; dangling the “dream a little dream of me” line tantalisingly into a song preceded by the darker line of “bodies swinging in the sycamore tree”. As with most bands, attention is naturally drawn predominantly toward the frontman, and in this case without co-vocalists or harmonies Lewis Bowman carries this full weight of burden. But ultimately Chapel Club is a guitar band, and with the two guitarists and bassist, each are given moments in which to shine, notably with Alex Parry on ‘Paper Thin’ and the duelling guitars of Liam Arklie (on bass) and Michael Hibbert on ‘O Maybe I’. ‘Fine Light’, meanwhile, is determined by Rich Mitchell’s pulsing and commanding drum beat opening that carries you to a midway point where the pace moves up several notches with the sirenesque guitars that direct it along at the speed of light. Forthcoming new single ‘Blind’ provides yearning guitar riffs, crashing drum start and the baritone vocal of Bowman to bleed hearts and looks destined to build up the Club’s status further over the coming months.

It’s always a chancer when you choose to include an 8-minute long song in a live set, and ‘Widows’ has proved a tricky one for Bowman in the past, with it having been described at various times as both ‘over-indulgent’ and ‘epic’. Tonight he decided to take the risk – and it works. No doubt pleasing the Parisians present, he leads into it by commenting how he formed the lyric whilst on a previous visit to Paris, walking through Porte de Clignancourt. ‘Widows’ may possibly be Chapel Club’s best work to date: dramatic lifts of achingly mournful guitars sweeping behind a meltingly soulful vocal that never once loses its hold on the audience.

‘The Shore’, one of their earliest written songs, closes what has been a worthy set provided by a band that may still be un petit groupe in France, but with the makings of bigger things yet to come. Certainement, mais oui!

The set list is available after the cut.
Continue reading (Royal Wedding!) Live Review: Chapel Club at Point Ephemere, Paris – 21st April 2011

 

This week’s Gonzo – Arctic Monkeys chat with Alexa about their new album, and Miles Kane talks about the solo life

 
By on Friday, 15th April 2011 at 12:30 pm
 

Like Arctic Monkeys? Then I dare say you will enjoy tonight’s MTV Gonzo – the last show in the current series, in fact. By now you have heard their new tracks ‘Brick by Brick’ and ‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair‘, surely? Well, Alexa has a super exclusive chat with the band to discuss their forthcoming album ‘Suck It and See’, coming out this summer. Alex Turner’s former Last of the Shadow Puppets bandmate Miles Kane also makes a return appearance on tonight’s episode to talk about the solo life (we mean professionally, folks!)

Who else is on? Example and Wretch 32 come by the brown couch to talk about their recent collaboration and offer an exclusive performance of ‘Unorthodox’. Acoustically! One of Alexa’s hot new band tips (and for sure, a hot tip in the UK these days, judging from the manic reactions to their shows in the UK this month with the Vaccines), Chicago’s Smith Westerns, take the time to introduce themselves. [Editor’s note: We’ll be bringing you an exclusive Smiths Westerns interview of our own very soon on TGTF.] For Director’s Cut, Wild Beasts talk us through the making of their wonderfully weird new video for ‘Albatross’. Does this all sound amazingly good? Then tune in tonight.

MTV Gonzo airs tonight (Friday) at 7 PM on MTV Music, with a repeat at 8 PM on MTV Rocks.

 

Domino Celebrates Record Store Day

 
By on Wednesday, 13th April 2011 at 11:00 am
 

In case you have been living under a rock, here’s an important reminder: this Saturday, the 16th of April, is Record Store Day, which means get out there and support your local independent record retailers! It’s now more important more than ever, as high street shops shutter up as more people download music online (legally or illegally)…

One label that is celebrating this event in a big way is Domino Records, whose most famous recent acquisition is probably Ireland’s Villagers (pictured above). The Domino “menu”, if you will, on offer will be as follows:

Rekords Rekords Record picture disc 10″ (featuring Queens of the Stone Age and others)

Arctic Monkeys – ‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’ white label 7”

Clinic – ‘Ladies Night’ 10”

Franz Ferdinand – ‘Covers’ EP coloured vinyl 12″

Villagers – ‘Villagers live at the Workman’s Club – Dublin, 16th September 2010’ LP

James Yorkston – ‘It’s Lovely To Be Heard’ 10”

Wild Beasts – ‘Albatross’ 7″

Lone Pigeon LP – ’28 Secret Tracks’ (limited vinyl pressing)

About Group special LP with limited bonus 7”

The Kills – ‘Satellite’ 10”

Villagers/Charlotte Gainsbourg – split 7” – Because Records/Domino US (limited quantity available in the UK)

Listen to several of the tracks on these special issues below. As usual for Record Store Day, these will only be available as supplies last. For more information on these special releases, go to the Domino Web site.

 
 
 

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