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(Charity / Holiday!) Live Gig Video: Irish artists record ‘Christmas is in Your Heart’ single to benefit Peter McVerry Trust Dublin homelessness charity

By on Friday, 5th December 2014 at 4:00 pm

Niall Jackson, guitarist and vocalist with Irish bands Bouts and Swimmers, is the mastermind behind the charity single project Christmas Hearts. It was inspired by his and two fellow Dublin City University students’ project What is Home, which brings attention to the plight of the homeless and raises money for the Peter McVerry Trust, “established in 1983 by Father Peter McVerry to tackle homelessness, drug misuse and social disadvantage. Since then it has supported thousands of young people on the margins of Irish society.”

To benefit the trust this holiday season, Jackson and mates including Conor J. O’Brien of Villagers (pictured at top performing in DC last year), MayKay of Fight Like Apes, Jim McNulty of Spring Break, Shane Murphy of Land Lovers, Enda Canavan of Paddy Hanna and Brian Kelly from So Cow recorded a new single, ‘Christmas is in Your Heart’.

The song is out on iTunes, Rdio, CD and Bandcamp today, so if you like what you hear in the live video below, please buy it to support this charity. There will be an official launch party for the single at Dublin Whelan’s on the 11th of December. Tickets are just €10 and all proceeds go to Peter McVerry too. Either way you want to spend your money, dig deep for this very worthy charity!



(Charity / Holiday!) Video of the Moment #1697: The Killers and Jimmy Kimmel

By on Thursday, 4th December 2014 at 6:00 pm

You either love or hate American late night talk show host and all around big mouth Jimmy Kimmel. There is, however, no denying he’s invited some amazing bands to perform on his show. This might have been a questionable collaboration between the comedian and fellow Sin City babies The Killers, but hey, it’s December and it’s the holidays, right? Chuckle along as Brandon Flowers and co. write their new holiday tune ‘Joel, the Lump of Coal’. Santa Claus as a villain? Yeah, this one is a little bit strange.

For previous coverage on the Killers on TGTF, including their holiday video in 2011 on World AIDS Day, right this way.



Smoke Fairies / December 2014 English Tour

By on Friday, 14th November 2014 at 8:00 am

Header photo by Kamil Kustosz

London-based alt-folk duo Smoke Fairies have just announced a brief Christmas tour of independent record stores in England, supporting their seasonal album ‘Wild Winter’, which will be sold exclusively on CD and LP in Rough Trade record stores. The pair says of their take on the traditional Christmas album:

We have a love/hate relationship with winter and the Christmas holiday. When it was suggested Smoke Fairies make a Christmas album the last thing we wanted to do was make a classic, jolly, celebratory album that can only be played once a year. Sometimes winter provides us with a sense of togetherness and love and sometimes it leaves us feeling alienated, cold and playing a glockenspiel alone in a darkened room. It’s part of the year that will always be bittersweet and wild. We got together with our band, played around with the songs a few times then headed off to the studio to record them all live. It’s buzzy and raw and not one tinkling of sleigh bells can be heard.

You can stream the album’s first track, ‘Christmas Without a Kiss’, below the tour date listing. Pre-orders for the album and tickets for the following shows are available from Rough Trade here.

Tuesday 9th December 2014 – Bristol Rise
Wednesday 10th December 2014 – Nottingham Rough Trade
Friday 12th December 2014 – London Rough Trade East (with DJ Bob Stanley)



Happy holidays from TGTF!

By on Friday, 20th December 2013 at 5:00 pm

As we say goodbye to another year and I get ready to close up shop here at TGTF for the festive season, I want to personally thank each and every one of you for stopping by TGTF and reading what we’ve had to say. Since I took over as Editor in 2010, it’s come to my attention that as time has gone by, the sheer number of new music blogs that have popped up, sprouting quite often from someone’s bedroom or basement, has increased exponentially. Increased competition is good and bad. It’s the holidays, so I’m going to be positive and only point out the good: it’s good when it makes all of us up our game to compete with other sites on who will post the better article on Band X and we all become better journalists, right?

But more importantly, this increase in music blogs and sites has meant for you, dear reader, that you have many more choices on where to go for your music news, interviews with bands, single and album reviews, and gig and festival reviews. So it really means a lot that you have chosen to spend your time here at TGTF with us. I also want to thank the bands, management, press officers and label people who have helped me get the exclusives, review materials, press credentials, the whole lot so that we can continue to write and provide quality content to our readership. The folks that have stood by me and our site, and especially those who have given me much needed hugs and words of encouragement at crucial moments, you know who you are. You are all stars in my book. Happy Christmas to all. We’ll see you in the new year.


Live Gig Video: Kodaline perform for 2013 Absolute Radio Christmas Sessions

By on Tuesday, 17th December 2013 at 4:00 pm

Kodaline recorded this live session at the Garden Museum in London last month as part of Absolute Radio’s Christmas series. Sporting their Movember facial hair, they performed tracks ‘High Hopes’, ‘Love Like This’, a cover of Mud’s ‘Lonely This Christmas’, ‘Brand New Day’, ‘Way Back When’ and ‘All I Want’. Lead singer Steve Garrigan is even wearing a brilliant Christmas-themed jumper. Watch the session below.



TGTF Holiday Giveaway / WIN a four-album prize pack from Beatnik Geek Records

By on Monday, 9th December 2013 at 3:00 pm

Beatnik Geek Records is an independent record label located 15 miles from London. Formed in 2006, their aim is “to cultivate a self-sustainable business through which artists can release the best records they can possibly produce”. Focusing on bands and individuals who they can work with as a team, Beatnik Geek Records have been very lucky to be working with artists who buy into this methodology and are willing to help the label by working together with them to produce their music, to then give these acts the best possible chance of success.

We’ve featured some of Beatnik Geek’s bands on TGTF, and we were so pleased when they offered to give us the debut albums of four of their acts, Van Susans, Keston Cobblers’ Club, The Lightwings and Melic (pictured at top), so we could in turn give them to a lucky TGTF reader. Whoever wins this treasure trove of four albums will have plenty of music to entertain them and their loved ones during this holiday season and for days to come. To give you a bit more information on the bands and their releases:

Van Susans‘Paused in the Moment’
The Bromley band’s debut was released in 2012, but we recently gave away their latest single, which was a reworked version of the album track ‘Served Cold’. This year the band supported Little Comets at a charity gig in Manchester and played festivals such as Lounge on the Farm, Crystal Palace Garden Party, Victorious in Portsmouth and Galtres Parklands Festival.

Keston Cobblers’ Club‘One, for Words’
Their debut was released in 2012, but they haven’t stopped moving since, having graced Glasto, Green Man and Larmer Tree festivals and also made radio appearances with Bob Harris on Radio 2 and Steve Lamacq on 6music. In June 2013, they released the ‘A Scene of Plenty’ EP.

The Lightwings – ‘Sleeping is Not for Dreamers’
Their debut came out this year but songs from it have already been nicked for the Louise Brealey indie film already making the film festival rounds, Delicious.

Melic – ‘An Hour to Anywhere’
Our Ben caught the band at their launch party for their debut album back in the summer. Despite being a relatively new band in town, they’ve already played high-profile shows at London Koko and Islington Academy, as well as International Pop Overthrow Liverpool, Cornbury, and Southern Sounds festivals.

Want to win? Fill out the contest form below with your full name and your email address. Next, we want to be sure you’re not a robot, so correctly answer this question: what country do Melic originally hail from? Get your entries in by noon British time on Thursday the 12th of December. We’ll choose a winner from all the correct entries received then. Good luck! Please note: this contest is open to UK residents only, as the prize will be posted. To make this fair for everyone, all duplicate entries will be discarded.

This contest is now closed. The winner will be contacted by email.


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