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Live Gig Video: Elena Tonra of Daughter performs ‘Tomorrow’ at Bushstock 2012

 
By on Friday, 27th July 2012 at 4:00 pm
 

Last month during Jubilee weekend, Communion Records put on Bushstock 2012, the folk label’s very own 1-day festival. This year we sent Braden to cover the event, and you can read his review of the day’s performances here. But for you on this Friday afternoon, we have a unique performance by Elena Tonra Daughter at TOMS Secret Garden Stage, performing ‘Tomorrow’. Watch it in all its sun-dappled beauty below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D70Ql3IpdrQ[/youtube]

 

Bushstock Festival 2012 Roundup

 
By on Thursday, 14th June 2012 at 2:00 pm
 

If you’re a music fan, there was a good chance you hit a festival on this past Jubilee weekend. There’s options ranging from Dot to Dot to Field Day and in one corner of west London, there’s Communion’s very own Bushstock. Shepherds Bush lays host to a diverse selection of acts in an even more varied selection of venues. Running is borderline mandatory.

Rae Morris opens the day’s music in an incredibly crowded Defector’s Weld pub. Coming out of an increasingly vibrant singer-songwriter scene in Blackpool (of all places!) her endearing and soulful piano music has seen her tour with Bombay Bicycle Club and even be featured on the most recent series of Skins and this afternoon she wins over any doubters. Her powerful voice over slow piano lines on tracks such as ‘Day One’ prove to be a stunning way to start the day.

Not too long after it’s over to the Shepherds Bar, where the lovely folk at Communion are handing out cupcakes to go with the day’s festivities. All this and Juan Zelada is about to take to the stage. A recent favourite of TGTF, Zelada’s friendly, sun-drenched sounds all the way from Spain make those present forget about the ominous looking clouds approaching London. Complete with live band, Juan brightens up everyone’s spirits with his energetic Nutini-esque tunes.

Following him on stage with a similar band set up, but a different way of using it is Ellen and the Escapades. It’s 21st century folk in its most summery form. Happier and fuller sounding than Marling but (thankfully) more reserved than Mumford, it dances delicately on the line of purist and folk-pop to the point that you’d enjoy it at Wimbledon. It’s not hugely exciting or day changing, but for early evening, it’s enough to keep everyone satisfied.

After a quick dash about Shepherds Bush, it’s underground into the converted public toilets of Ginglik. The room smells of incense and is lit by fairy lights. The stage is relatively bright though, as many would if they were covered in this amount of smoke and as Gabriel and the Hounds take to it, the mood changes greatly. The New Yorker’s sound is dark yet uplifting. Think the xx meeting We Are Augustines and you’ve probably not got anything like this band, but the similarities are there for the taking. Nevertheless, its’ dark down here so it’s off to church!

Tonight’s closing trio all come back to back at St. Stephen’s Church. Starting off are Newcastle’s finest in the form of Lanterns on the Lake. The setting is perfect and they do not disappoint. Playing from last year’s debut record ‘Gracious Tide, Take me Home’, they fill the room with a huge sound creating a thick atmosphere of beautiful music. It’s a standout performance of tracks with slow builds and epic climaxes that left many in the crowded church in a borderline state of comatose for the duration of the half hour set.

To follow this was difficult but the Irish spirit of Fionn Regan surely won him admiration from those present as the church descended further into a state of lucid dreams. Whilst Regan never lived up to Lanterns’ incredible sound, his three record back catalogue is enough to keep his strong and yet somehow intricate sounding tracks in check. It’s another performance that lacks the sucker punch, but given the setting, it more than fits the tone.

Closing the night are Communion and Bushstock favourites Daughter. Elena Tonra’s group is one of calm music performed in both a shy and masterful way as from the off there’s attention to detail in every chord. Whilst the equipment may decide to break at will, Daughter pull through with stories of rum nights and friendly conversation. Crowd favourites ‘Run’ and ‘Landfill’ feature early on and suit their placing as they draw a crowd who’ve opted against other choices around the festival in from the rain. The songs of heartbreak and lost days fill the old building as both crowd and band get into the flow of things and the hour long set seems to go far too quickly. As the last few powerful chords of ‘Home’ break through it’s all over and it’s been beautiful. Managing to catch a few minutes of Bastille en route to the train home; TGTF awakens from sleep and dances to ‘Flaws’ before reflecting on a day that seemed a bit like a strange dream. It wasn’t perfect, but it’ll more than do. Take that, Field Day.

 

(Jubilee Guilty Pleasure!) Video of the Moment #833: James

 
By on Tuesday, 5th June 2012 at 6:00 pm
 

Editor’s note: do not adjust your screen. Yes, we’re airing some of our (and some of your!) favourite song guilty pleasures in video form this Jubilee weekend. The bands were featuring are largely not the kind we write about here on TGTF, but we wanted to do something new and cool over this 4-day weekend. Come along for the crazy ride and enjoy.

Last year James were busy touring with a full orchestra and choir, but lest us not forget this little song released on Rough Trade in 1989 (yes, 1989…my eyes were agog when I saw the date). Is it about drugs? Depression? Finding God? For sure, it’s the kind of song you’d probably feel most at home singing along whilst drunk, swaying to the beat surrounded by your similarly inebriated mates in the pub. Props to Tim Booth et al.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ew7Zkkucos8[/youtube]

 

(Jubilee Guilty Pleasure!) Video of the Moment #832: Starship

 
By on Tuesday, 5th June 2012 at 4:00 pm
 

Editor’s note: do not adjust your screen. Yes, we’re airing some of our (and some of your!) favourite song guilty pleasures in video form this Jubilee weekend. The bands were featuring are largely not the kind we write about here on TGTF, but we wanted to do something new and cool over this 4-day weekend. Come along for the crazy ride and enjoy.

Ever wondered how a city gets built on rock ‘n’ roll? I’m not being facetious, this was actually the subject of a song in 1985 by Starship, a relatively short-lived offshoot of the ’60s’ Jefferson Airplane and ensuing ’70s band Jefferson Starship. Thanks to Ben for the suggestion. Evidently, not at all influential music magazine Blender put this on their Top ’50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs Ever’ but the link to Blender’s Web site is broken. That’s suspect…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxGGckAc1rs[/youtube]

 

(Jubilee Guilty Pleasure!) Video of the Moment #831: Phil Collins

 
By on Tuesday, 5th June 2012 at 2:00 pm
 

Editor’s note: do not adjust your screen. Yes, we’re airing some of our (and some of your!) favourite song guilty pleasures in video form this Jubilee weekend. The bands were featuring are largely not the kind we write about here on TGTF, but we wanted to do something new and cool over this 4-day weekend. Come along for the crazy ride and enjoy.

I’m refraining from using the obvious source location of this band and their biggest hit that Ben suggested and just let it speak for itself. Surely the only song to include the foods “mussels” and “vegemite” in its lyrics, take it away, Men at Work and one of the kookiest videos ever made.

There seems to be a lot of misplaced hate for Phil Collins out there. Why all the hate, people? Except maybe some people can’t stand that a man shorter and balder than you is infinitely more talented and richer than you will ever be? Beyond Genesis and his own mega career over the years, once Phil got into the Disney tunes, he assured his cheese status forever. I’m glad Ben suggested this one because it got me to thinking to those days when I tried to commit these lyrics to memory and until a cousin pointed it out was incorrectly singing,”Stu-Stu-Studio!” Ah yes, those were the days.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0qBaBb1Y-U[/youtube]

 

(Jubilee Guilty Pleasure!) Video of the Moment #830: Men at Work

 
By on Tuesday, 5th June 2012 at 12:00 pm
 

Editor’s note: do not adjust your screen. Yes, we’re airing some of our (and some of your!) favourite song guilty pleasures in video form this Jubilee weekend. The bands were featuring are largely not the kind we write about here on TGTF, but we wanted to do something new and cool over this 4-day weekend. Come along for the crazy ride and enjoy.

I’m refraining from using the obvious source location of this band and their biggest hit that Ben suggested and just let it speak for itself. Surely the only song to include the foods “mussels” and “vegemite” in its lyrics, take it away, Men at Work and one of the kookiest videos ever made. Don’t pretend that you don’t sing along to this song when it comes up on the lite rock station: we know you do.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McsWKczU6wc[/youtube]

 
 
 

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