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Video of the Moment #2065: Foals

 
By on Tuesday, 19th April 2016 at 6:00 pm
 

To follow the reveal of new song ‘Rain’ last month to preview their Record Store Day single release, Oxford festival favourites Foals now have a promo video to go with it.

It’s actually lower-fi in presentation than their most arresting video in the last year, ‘Mountain at My Gates’ from their 2015 album ‘What Went Down’, but follows the DIY flavour of the video for ‘Birch Tree’ unveiled in January. One better, it was filmed live at La Fabrique in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France, and by ex-Trophy Wife drummer Kit Monteith. What I find funny about this video is that if I didn’t know it was Foals, I would have imagined this could have been any random dude filmed performing at Black Cat Backstage with a low-budget projection slide reel. Watch it below. TGTF content on Foals is this way.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_01VAzCZIY[/youtube]

 

Live Gig Video: Oh Land performs ‘No Particular Order’ at Paris La Flèche d’Or

 
By on Monday, 14th September 2015 at 4:00 pm
 

Danish singer/songwriter Nanna Øland Fabricius, better known by her stage name Oh Land, has come a long way since I saw her open for OMD back in 2011. Have a watch below of this live video filmed at the La Flèche d’Or in Paris back in June, which captures the live energy and fun of a Oh Land gig. The video also serves as the promo for ‘No Particular Order’, a track off Fabricius’ fourth album ‘Earth Sick’, which was released in November 2014 on her own independent label Tusk or Tooth.

For more Oh Land on TGTF, go here.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zITOUIpxIeA[/youtube]

 

SXSW 2015: visiting bands around the world before returning to Britannia (Thursday night part 1) – 19th March 2015

 
By on Tuesday, 31st March 2015 at 2:00 pm
 

The first must-see act on Thursday night of my dogeared and beaten up paper schedule for SXSW 2015 didn’t go on until 9:30 PM, which let Carrie and me have an actual sit-down dinner at one of our favourites, Crave, before going back out to see bands again. In a span of an hour, I had tasters (some good, some so-so) from Canada, Brazil, America and France before going forward with my previous plan. Something else funny: on my way to my first band of the night, I spied a famous quiff-cum-mohawk that couldn’t belong to anyone but Daniel Heptinstall of Skinny Lister. “Skinny Lister!”, I shouted. That’s the sort of thing that happens at SXSW: you’ll be walking down the street, minding your own business, and then you’ll run smack dab into someone (or several someones) famous. But I had to run. I’ll have to drink from their flagon of rum another time.

Canada: friends during our time in Austin and on Facebook had recommended a Montreal girl duo named Milk & Bone, which I decided to give a shot at the M for Montreal show at Sledge Hammer. They were running terribly behind schedule and it was unclear if it was an issue with the sound system, the duo’s own equipment or even a delay from the first band having trouble getting started, but a famous friend with me that night said this sort of thing never happens at Reading and Leeds because the stage manager makes sure bands start on time.

Milk & Bone at SXSW 2015

Finally, the ladies were ready to roll. I think when you’re doing pop, especially with the ever ubiquitious synth, you need to set yourself apart from everyone else, and that’s especially true in female vocal-led dream pop, an already crowded field with fellow Canadians Purity Ring, The Hundred and the Hands, Beach House and acts of similar ilk. My impression? Milk & Bone are a downbeat CHVRCHES in monochrome. Not my thing, thank you. Next!

Brazil: The Autoramas from Rio de Janeiro have been going since 1997, so we’re talking nearly 2 decades in the business with no signs of slowing down. The way they were working the crowd at B.D. Riley’s, punters stood up and cheering, I’d say they make a good living from their keep. They blend no nonsense punk and garage rock into a winning formula. In the moment, I kind of wished I knew Portuguese. One wonders though how much bigger they might be if they had a couple of songs in English?

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gr0_QsgR1Nc[/youtube]

America: When in doubt in Austin (well, if you like electronic music like me), follow the big beats into a grimy basement, and you can’t go wrong. If I didn’t have a full evening lined up already, I might have been quite happy staying at Barcelona all night, giving myself to the beats and scratches of the DJs for the evening. I only stayed long enough to hear San Francisco DJ Landau do his thing. (I can’t find anything on this guy, and at the moment I’m assuming he’s one of the head honchos of Surefire Agency, who put on this night. ) I noticed nothing exemplary about his style but there were plenty of punters cutting a rug, drink in hand, having a good time and being good to one another, and we need more of that in Austin. Good stuff.

France: Opening your SXSW 2015 band pocket guide and choosing a showcase to visit without any sort of idea of what you want to see is pretty much like throwing a dart on a map. So I went with the most ridiculous sounding venue on the list: the Vulcan Gas Company. According to Wikipedia, it was once the place to see psychedelic bands in Austin back in the ’60s, which is pretty cool to begin with. But as I walked through its doors, you could immediately tell the place had gotten a major facelift, as it’s now a handsome dance club, complete with a sign welcoming you in that’s literally in flames. What a different vibe than Barcelona. You’re beautiful, Vulcan Gas Company. Live long and prosper.

Dream Koala at SXSW 2015

I stopped in just in time for Dream Koala, French teenager Yndi Ferreira and his dreads, who was playing the Kitsune party there. Up to that point, despite my support of many Kitsune compilation albums and Kitsune-related artists (Delphic, Is Tropical, Juveniles, Owlle, Two Door Cinema Club) who have gone on to bigger things, I’d never been to an actual Maison Kitsune-sponsored show, so it was nice to have things come round full circle. As you might expect from his act name, Dream Koala’s music is sleepy, atmospheric pop, yet with some interesting things on guitar and dreamy falsetto vocals to give an overall feeling of cool. This isn’t normally the kind of thing I like, but even to a small crowd, it was evident Ferreira was killing it, consumed by the music and letting it take him where he needed to go. I’ve read he showcased at last year’s CMJ but I’m wondering why we hadn’t heard of him! You’d think this is exactly the kind of man fans of the xx would be eating up.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPf1jAgxTBo[/youtube]

 

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Live Gig Video: The Districts perform ‘Suburban Smell’ and ‘4th and Roebling’ for La Blogotheque

 
By on Thursday, 29th January 2015 at 4:00 pm
 

In this lovely Take Away show from those French masters La Blogotheque, Pennsylvania growly indies the Districts perform two cuts from their upcoming album for Fat Possum Records, ‘A Flourish and a Spoil’, which sees the light of day on the 9th of February. You’ll recognise ‘4th and Roebling’, the lead single from the upcoming LP, performed as the sun sets by a canal. ‘Suburban Smell’, performed acoustically alone by frontman Rob Grote, gets its first airing in this video as well. Watch the performances below.

Stay tuned for my review of ‘A Flourish and a Spoil’, which will post soon here on TGTF. For our past coverage on the Lititz band, go here. The Districts are scheduled to perform at this year’s SXSW.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzkkRAn7h2k[/youtube]

 

Live Gig Video: Sivu performs ‘Better Man Than He’ in Cap Blanc Nez for La Blogotheque

 
By on Friday, 10th October 2014 at 4:00 pm
 

French Web site La Blogotheque does atmospheric on location filming very, very well. Take for example their most recently revealed video featuring Sivu, who will be releasing his debut album ‘Something on High’ on Monday on Atlantic Records. The album’s stunning, I can assure you; I reviewed it earlier this week.

This live video takes us to Cap Blanc Nez, a cape in Northern France with stunning cliffs ala the White Cliffs of Dover, and Sivu’s accompanied by a brass band. While Sivu will be playing London Oslo Hackney next Tuesday, the 14th of October, as well as continuing as the primary support for Nick Mulvey on his UK tour which lands tonight in Falmouth, you’re unlikely to see a performance of ‘Better Man Than He’ like this at those shows. Watch the video with a gorgeous French sunset in the background below.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4I8bA08yWU[/youtube]

 

Live Gig Video: Broken Bells perform acoustic version of ‘The Changing Lights’ in a Paris piano shop for La Blogotheque

 
By on Tuesday, 21st January 2014 at 4:00 pm
 

French Web site La Blogotheque recently filmed this performance of Broken Bells – Dangermouse (Brian Burton) and James Mercer – performing acoustically with just piano, guitar and vocals in a piano shop in Paris. They play new song ‘The Changing Lights’ from their long-awaited second album ‘After the Disco’ to be released on Columbia, now pushed back to the 3rd of February. There’s something so elegant about the duo being filmed in black and white too. Watch the performance below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cX0cJTwxF9g[/youtube]

 
 
 

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