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Live Gig Video: Rick Astley shares live video for new single ‘Pray With Me’

 
By on Tuesday, 15th November 2016 at 4:00 pm
 

North West singer/songwriter Rick Astley seemed destined to be relegated to the late ’80s and early ’90s, when he made his name as a pop star. Following his ‘return’ thanks to the rickrolling meme, this past summer his massive hit ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ gained attention again when Melania Trump’s speech at the Republican National Convention in July when it appeared her speech stole from Astley’s (in)famous song.

We’re going to leave all that behind now and focus on Astley’s current activities, which include promoting his newest album ’50’, the age he is this year. Last month as part of a series of American dates, Astley and his band performed at the Ace Theatre at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. Sadly, his spring 2017 UK tour in March and April is all but sold out. However, luckily for us, this performance of single ‘Pray With Me’ was filmed at the show for posterity, and it’s clear Astley’s voice is in fine form, even after all these years. Watch it below.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SS0eA0PKDb4[/youtube]

 

Live Gig Video: Jamie T shares behind-the-scenes tour footage in ‘Tescoland’

 
By on Monday, 14th November 2016 at 4:00 pm
 

Jamie T has been on tour to support ‘Trick’, his newest album that was released in September. Read Steven’s thoughts on the effort through this link. The socially conscious singer/songwriter has decided to give us a sneak peek into the going-on of him and his crew while out on the road, soundtracking it with album track ‘Tescoland’. Watch it below. For more of TGTF’s coverage on Jamie T, go here.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAOORzCqRa4[/youtube]

 

Live Review: Syd Barrett: A Celebration at Cambridge Corn Exchange – 27th October 2016

 
By on Tuesday, 8th November 2016 at 2:00 pm
 

Cambridge is a town that is renowned for its academia and tradition. What is not often celebrated is its mark on popular music history, in particular, its troubled son Syd Barrett, original frontman for Pink Floyd. Ten years since his unfortunate death due to pancreatic cancer, Cambridge Live, a non-profit organisation who run the Cambridge Corn Exchange, amongst other endeavours. They have teamed up with Barrett’s family and Cambridge City Council to finally create a lasting memorial to one of the town’s favourite sons. For this writer, it was an event that was long overdue. Having been weaned and raised on a mixture of ‘60s rock, particularly Pink Floyd, being able to honour the founding component and one of the more mysterious figures of British rock was a once in a lifetime opportunity.

The evening at said Corn Exchange, also the site of Barrett’s final ever public performance in 1972, featured an unveiling of a memorial in the form of a metal box, adorned with an etching of Barrett’s favourite guitar – a mirrored Fender Esquire, in case you were wondering – and a spinning LED bicycle wheel that generates images of Barrett in psychedelic colours. Not quite a standard painting or plaque, but this memorial captures the essence of Barrett and his town. There is also currently a bench in the Cambridge University Botanical Gardens elsewhere in the town but this monument serves as the focal part of Barrett’s remembrance in his hometown.

The event itself, attended by Barrett’s family, was an affair deserved of such a talented mind. The main performance, and the entertainment all round, came courtesy of Sweden. More specifically, one of the only bands in the world to cover Barrett’s solo material, Men on the Border, backed by the Sandviken Symphony Orchestra. They were helped on occasion by prominent Pink Floyd covers band P-Floyd. If that wasn’t enough, in the Corn Exchange foyer, Pünk Floyd played, you guess it, Pink Floyd covers during the intermission and doors opening. Sweden loves ‘60s psychedelia too, apparently.

All of the performances were perfect renditions of Barrett’s back catalogue, cleverly constructed around the theme of seasons, starting in autumn and culminating in summer. Narrated by Barrett’s old classmate and playwright David Gale, it perfectly captured Barrett’s life. The personal touch of Gale’s storytelling allowed complete immersion into his life, aided by the ever present lighting of Pink Floyd’s former lighting man Peter Wynne Wilson, it was impossible to break free from those biographical moments. Taking us through the entire of Barrett’s life, including the separation from Pink Floyd and his more questionable moments, every part was produced to be true to his memory without painting a false picture.

Along the lines of imagery; the projections, twinned with the light show, were a powerful accompaniment. Ranging from family photographs of young Barrett, photographs of early Pink Floyd, and even purposefully created animations a la comic books and video footage.

Perhaps even more personal, in between performances from Men on the Border, frontman Goeran Nystroem added his own tales of how Barrett influenced his life. It was clear this was a moment he’d been waiting and preparing for, for a long time. The orchestral accompaniment to the tracks performed gave them a reinvigorated sound. Listening to the original Barrett recordings, there is an atmosphere of wonder and personality. But with such grand dynamics, a whole new aspect was born. It’s bittersweet Barrett never heard his arrangements with such grandiosity. However, once you hear tracks such as ‘Baby Lemonade’ and ‘Gigolo Aunt’ with string accompaniment, it’s hard to go back.

A wonderful celebration of an eclectic mind, it carried itself with complete grace and no self-indulgence, unlike much of the post-Barrett Pink Floyd material. The city of Cambridge finally honoured Barrett properly, with family, friends and guests all united under one roof to pay homage to one of music’s greatest lost minds.

 

TGTF’s Spotify Playlist: October 2016

 
By on Friday, 4th November 2016 at 11:00 am
 

October got off to a bit of a slow start here at TGTF, with editor Mary running off to Ireland for the first week of the month to cover Hard Working Class Heroes 2016. But her absence proved to be productive, as Mary brought back with her a veritable treasure trove of new music, from artists like Tiz McNamara, Saramai and Callum Stewart among many, many others.

In other October news, we featured final goodbyes from two bands on the verge of calling it a day—New York alt-rock trio Augustines and Oxford folk pop quartet Stornoway. We debuted excellent independent music from Sheffield’s Tom Baxendale and showcased new tunes from established artists like KT Tunstall and Pete Doherty. And we continued our ongoing coverage of several artists from SXSW 2016, including Holly Macve and Barns Courtney.

If you like our monthly playlists and want to subscribe to the TGTF Spotify account, you can plug “spotify:user:tgtftunes” (no quotes) into the search bar and hit the Follow button. Enjoy!

 

Live Gig Video: DMA’s cover Cher’s ‘Believe’ for triple j

 
By on Tuesday, 1st November 2016 at 4:00 pm
 

In case you somehow missed this in their history, hip Australian radio station triple j has an amazing feature bands take part when they come into the studio. It’s similar to what Clara Amfo does in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge – asking bands to cover a song – except that on triple j, the act can pretty much choose any song you want. (I have on good authority by a band who’s been in the Live Lounge that visitors to Radio 1 must choose their cover off a preapproved list of tunes, all of which have appeared recently on the UK singles chart.)

Taking that into account, triple j’s Like a Version is far, far superior, if only to offer a more accurate glimpse into what makes bands tick and what bands they love. Last week, Aussie alt-rockers DMA’s stopped in for their turn. Their year so far has been punctuated with high-profile appearances at SXSW 2016 and music festivals. But what might go down as their most memorable performance all year is this acoustic performance of Cher’s ‘Believe’. Taking a dance floor banger and turning into a softer, more introspective number wasn’t easy, and yet for a rock group of their calibre – and a versatile singer in Tommy O’Dell, who basically sounds like a choirboy in this piece – their cover was a complete success. Watch the performance below. For more on DMA’s on TGTF, go here.

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

 

(Halloween!) Live Gig Video: Blossoms’ spooky #VevoHalloween show in Liverpool

 
By on Monday, 31st October 2016 at 5:00 pm
 

I don’t usually get presents dropped in my lap like this on a weekend (keep it clean, folks), so I’m going to roll with it. in conjunction with VEVO, Stockport, Greater Manchester psych pop band Blossoms played a Halloween-themed gig Saturday at Liverpool’s Bramley-Moore Dock, aka the home for Liverpool Sound City the last 2 years. And for those of us who weren’t lucky enough to be there for the show, they’ve now shared the entire set. Naturally, being the agreeable lads they are, they dressed up for the occasion. And boy, did they! Even the audience got into the theme of the show. Enjoy the entire spectacle below.

Set List:
At Most a Kiss
Getaway
Blown Rose
Honey Sweet
Blow 15:37
Across the Moor
Deep Grass
Charlemagne

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMFd6l80b7s[/youtube]

 
 
 

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