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Live Gig Video: Cymbals Eat Guitars work with producer John Agnello to record new song ‘Hawk Highway’

 
By on Thursday, 13th September 2012 at 4:00 pm
 

Ever wondered what goes on when a song is recorded in a studio? Well, now you can find out. Cymbals Eat Guitars went into the studio with famed producer John Agnello (Sonic Youth), who also produced their album ‘Lenses Alien’, and the fly on the wall-type video is below. You can download the song here.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdpAK5ytH9c[/youtube]

 

MP3 of the Day (and more!) #613: Fink

 
By on Thursday, 30th August 2012 at 10:00 am
 

Fink, the band name for Brighton based singer-songwriter Fin Greenall, have a live treat for us. The track ‘Fear is Like Fire’, from the upcoming live release ‘Wheels Turn Beneath My Feet’, is a deep and delicious sampling of what is in store from the album. Download it from the widget below.

Due out the 8th of October on Ninja Tune Records, this live album chronicles Fink’s Perfect Darkness Tour across Europe and the UK earlier this year. Whatever you do, don’t miss him play his biggest UK show to date at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire on the 27th of November.

For a feeling for Fink’s live performance too, check out this classically shot performance of ‘Fear is Like Fire’ from Fink’s sold out Koko show back in February. Taking advantage of home turf, Fink blows away all expectations to deliver a room-silencing performance of one of his stellar tracks from 2011’s ‘Perfect Darkness’. The video gives you just a hint of the magnificent stage production that was developed by 59 Productions, from Jonsi and War Horse fame.

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

 

Live Gig Video: Two Door Cinema Club play ‘Undercover Martyn’ at Brixton Academy during 2012 NME Awards tour stint

 
By on Wednesday, 11th July 2012 at 4:00 pm
 

Here’s a little Tuesday afternoon gift from Two Door Cinema Club, who graced the pages of TGTF in 2009 as then a largely unknown trio from Northern Ireland. Oh, how times have changed. This live performance of ‘Undercover Martyn’ was captured on 26 February 2012 at London’s Brixton Academy, during the winter NME Awards tour they headlined. Watch the performance below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUQs59dQ9jo[/youtube]

 

Live Gig Videos: Band of Skulls perform at London XOYO in February 2012

 
By on Monday, 30th April 2012 at 4:00 pm
 

Band of Skulls performed at London XOYO in February and Moshcam was there to videotape the whole event. Watch ‘I Know What I Am’, ‘Sweet Sour’ and ‘Patterns’ below and follow the links at the bottom to watch more.


Watch Band of Skulls and other great gigs on Moshcam.

 

Live Review: Scroobius Pip with B. Dolan at London Koko – 27th February 2012

 
By on Tuesday, 20th March 2012 at 2:00 pm
 

There’s fake blood on the headline act’s hands, real blood on audience members’ faces, champagne being sprayed and the artists on stage are playing a cover of Prince. It’s a Scroobius Pip show of course.

Joined by support act B. Dolan across the tour, the evening started off in equally as boisterous fashion, if not quite as glamorously. B. Dolan brought his incredible show to the stage, complete with noose around his neck and oversized beard. Playing from his catalogue of assorted mixtapes and albums as well as premiering a few new tracks, ‘Film the Police’ slot in with ‘Who Killed Russel Jones’ as the crowd got on board for the Strange Famous rapper. Dolan could easily sell a smaller show to himself on those who love him by the end of this set and an on stage dance battle (yes, you read that right) with a Scroobius Pip lookalike from the crowd (aptly named Noobius Pip) only furthers the adoration of those present.

Without his partner in crime Dan le Sac, Scroobius Pip’s been doing pretty well. Whilst the dance vibe that saw the duo steal the show across festivals in the last few years has been lost, the energy and intelligence that Pip brings is still as apparent as ever. Coming on stage with two electric razors and giving himself a mid-tour trim during ‘Introdiction’ reminds the crowd that whilst the dance battles may be over for now, the originality on display is ever present.  Playing almost entirely and nearly in its entirety, Scroobius Pip’s debut album proper fills Koko with an incredible atmosphere from start to finish. With appearances from B. Dolan, Natasha Fox (for ‘Feel It’, by far the worst track on the record yet still well performed).

Tracks not featured on Pip’s recent solo effort also feature as the spoken word artist come rapper progresses through a lot of dark topic matters whilst still keeping a positive tone on the night. The crowd favourites tonight are ‘Astronaut’, a track about ambition “when I grow up, I want to be an astronaut, anything other than that is an afterthought” and ‘1000 Words’, performed from a comfy looking chair on stage and accompanied by a bottle of rose.

The last track for the night is a pandemonious Prince cover. By the end of it, regardless of your interest in the artist formerly known as… everyone’s moving, sweating and some are even bleeding. It’s been a night to remember for both crowd and musicians and it continues onto the next town. You have to wonder how much Pip can achieve when he teams back up with Le Sac.

 

Live Review: Ben Howard at London Shepherds Bush Empire – 23rd February 2012

 
By on Tuesday, 6th March 2012 at 2:00 pm
 

It’s 10:45 on a Thursday night in West London, and one man stands triumphantly with his band on stage in front of the first of two 2,000 sellout crowds. His 11-track set stands up amongst the very best, and he’s only one album in. The man in question? Mr. Ben Howard.

Before him came the endearing Daughter. With an EP and selection of tracks to date, they’re enjoyable and bring a lovely atmosphere to Shepherds Bush, but everyone’s waiting for tonight’s main event.

With his debut album ‘Every Kingdom’ fast approaching its 6 month anniversary of release, Ben Howard starts the night with something new. You could say he’s keeping it fresh, I think it’s more a gentle warm-up. Resting his guitar horizontally on his lap, opener ‘Depth’ doesn’t stray far from current material, but it’s warm and enjoyable, drawing tonight’s audience in. ‘Oats in the Water’ adds electricity to the mix, but only a little. The slow build adds more anticipation before the routine kicks in with ‘Only Love’. Tonight, in mid-February, it becomes late spring as track after track ushers out the cold and beckons in a non-existent heat wave.

As strong as ‘Every Kingdom’ is, you can’t help but notice one or two lulls in the night. ‘Everything’ isn’t as strong as it could be and even ‘Black Flies’, which features Daughter’s Elena Tonra seems to last longer than required. It’s a great song and performed beautifully by both artists, but extending it seems a slight waste of talent and time. Just as you feel yourself tiring however, comes a barrage of bona fide new summer classics. ‘The Wolves’ brings sing-alongs and borderline shout-alongs as Ben engages in a bit of crowd participation. He’s been relatively polite and those assembled have been more than willing to sing through the night, but nothing’s been as loud as “Love love love!” has, aside from one or two declarations of love between tracks, each met by Howard’s humble gratitude and approachable chipper.

‘Keep Your Head Up’ closes the main set to huge cheers, only for Howard to rejoin the stage on his own and play an even more stripped down version of ‘Promise’, bringing near silence from a crowd in reciprocated awe at tonight’s spectacle. At times, Howard’s looked genuinely surprised at how well everything’s going and standing ovations further this as he closes the evening with ‘The Fear’.

It’s been a sudden and exponential rise to these heights for Howard. And at this rate, it doesn’t look like there’s any stopping him. With a few new tracks, he’ll be toppling the highest in his genre (please move over Mumford) in no time, and rightly so.

 
 
 

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