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(SXSW 2012 flavoured!) MP3 of the Day (and more!) #500: General Fiasco

 
By on Thursday, 1st March 2012 at 10:00 am
 

General Fiasco just released an EP, ‘Don’t You Ever’, on Monday on Dirty Hit. Always on the move, they’ve announced this song, ‘Hollows’, will be on their forthcoming album, which is expected to be released in early summer. (Do these boys ever sleep?) A special acoustic version of ‘Hollows’ performed by lead singer Owen Starthern is below, along with what you’re here for from the title of this post, a free download of ‘Hollows’. Enjoy.

The band are headed to SXSW this year and one of their most high-profile appearances will be at the Northern Ireland sponsored showcase at the Tap Room at Six on Wednesday the 14th of March. Unless it is physically impossible to get into the venue, I will be there with bells on!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzXgULOB10s[/youtube]

 

Preview: SXSW 2012 – 10 Bands New to You

 
By on Thursday, 1st March 2012 at 9:00 am
 

Since the various laundry lists of bands that had been accepted for this year’s SXSW had been announced, I bided my time. I wanted to wait for the official venue announcements, carefully poring over what had been released through the 2012 SXSW Web site while also considering smaller, nonofficial events that bands have been posting on their Facebooks or official Web sites. The headliners have been briefly profiled in part 1 of my SXSW 2012 preview.

As you can imagine, there are so many bands playing at SXSW this year than we have written about here at TGTF, so for the sake of brevity, I had to cut down my “I’d love to see them at SXSW” list. This group of 10 bands, listed below in alphabetical order, are bands you likely have not heard of, or if you have, I imagine you don’t know much about them, since they’ve only just gotten tipped recently.

Django Django – They’ve written quite possibly *the* earworm of 2012, ‘Default’. Performing at the Scottish Music Industry Association showcase at Easy Tiger Bar at 12:00 AM on Wednesday 14 March and Huw Stephens / UK Trade Investment showcase at Latitude 30 at 10:00 PM on Saturday 17 March.

Drop the Lime – Luca Venezia is better known by his stage name and all the high-profile remixes he’s done. But he’s an artist in his own right, ready to drop some huge beats in parties across Austin. His ‘Shake Baby Shake’ track is streaming below. Performing at Club Create’s showcase at the Madison on Wednesday 14 March (time TBA) and at the Filter Magazine / Dickie’s party at the Lustre Pearl at 10:00 PM on Thursday 16 March.

Fiction – they opened for Dutch Uncles at their Christmas show in Manchester last December (review here) was impressive but this will be the first taste Americans get of the London band. Watch the video for the infectious as all hell ‘Big Things’ below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbU-_sYA4X4[/youtube]

Grimes – Canadian Claire Boucher is making waves on the back of her third album ‘Visions’ released on 4AD. Lovers of electronic and eclectism need look no further for an spellbinding performance. Listen to ‘Genesis’, a free download we offered up previously in this MP3 of the Day post, below. Our previous coverage on her is here, including her support slot of Lykke Li last spring. Performing at Central Presbyterian Church at 11:30 PM on Thursday 15 March and Clive Bar at 11:30 PM on Friday 16 March.

Marit Larsen – I was impressed listening to her set supporting Teitur last Friday (review here), what an incredible voice. Listen to ‘Coming Home’ below. Performing at Beale Street Tavern at 10:00 PM on Wednesday 14 March.

Polarsets – I already knew last year with Little Comets‘ debut that Newcastle was the latest hotbed of activity in the North East, and this Geordie band further cements that region’s place in fantastic new music coming out of Britain. Listen to their appropriately sunny track ‘Morning’ below. Performing at the Karma Lounge at 1:00 AM on Friday 16 March as part of Neon Gold’s showcase.

Reptar – Not to be confused with a green dinosaur in the American children’s animated programme Rugrats, this Athens band mix bits of electronic and bits of tropical into a frenzy, which adds up to a lot of fun. Sound like Friendly Fires? ‘Sebastian’, the opening track to their debut album ‘Body Faucet’ out in May can be streamed below. Performing at the IFC Crossroads House at Vice presented by Paradigm at 8:00 PM on Thursday 15 March and at Buffalo Billiards at 11:00 PM on Friday 16 March.

The Wonder Villains – They sound a bit like General Fiasco (have a listen to ‘Ferrari’ below) so I was taken a bit aback by the fact the two bands share the same management. (Birds of a feather?) Tipped recently as a New Favourite Band of Steve Lamacq’s, the Derry quartet featuring a female lead singer sound Performing at the Tap Room at Six at 8:00 PM on Wednesday 14 March to kick off the Northern Ireland showcase that also features General Fiasco and Cashier No. 9.

Wonfu – The West might be cynical about it, but bubblegum pop is still alive and well in Asia. Enter this Taipei, Taiwan band that may end up being my guilty pleasure from this year’s festival, with cheeky lyrics (admittedly, in Taiwanese) sung in cutesy voices and incredibly catchy melodies. Have a listen to ‘Do-Re-Mi’ below. Performing at the Loft at 8:00 PM on Wednesday 14 March.

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Zulu Winter – Despite my famous friends stumping for these chaps, I wasn’t sold until I heard ‘We Should Be Swimming’ (previous Video of the Moment post here, video below). Our previous coverage on Zulu Winter is here. Performing at Antone’s at 9:40 PM on Friday 16 March as part of the Billions Corporation showcase.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCVGxH5fEo0[/youtube]

 

Preview: SXSW 2012 – General Ticket Information and the Headliners

 
By on Wednesday, 29th February 2012 at 9:00 am
 

So you’re probably wondering why it’s taken me so long to write a preview of this year’s South by Southwest festival (now to be described as SXSW from this point forward), held annually in Austin, Texas. And yes, your faithful editor will be there to catch as much of the action as humanly possible (read: I’m putting my body to the test on this).

For your information, tickets to the music portion of SXSW from Tuesday the 13th all the way to Sunday the 18th of March are still available; music badges are now US$750 (approximately £472 at the time of this writing) and hotel rooms are going fast, so if you are still interested, I recommend you act quickly. Please note TGTF as a music Web site does not support ticket touting of any kind and I have been advised by the SXSW folks that wristbands for the gig portion only, which can only be bought by those with an Austin credit card billing address, are not transferable. So be prudent with your purchases to avoid getting ripped off.

I make it a point for our festival previews to include headlining acts, since these are the big names you will have heard of. It’s not a surprise that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will be performing, since the Boss was announced previously as the keynote speaker to the music portion of the SXSW convention. Rather disappointingly if you’re a Boss fan, Bruce and co. are only performing a small show on Thursday 15 March and the only way in is through a ticket drawing open to those with badges and certain wristbands. If you are keen, the details on entering are here.

Far more interesting to me is the return of Keane – as a four-piece including former touring musician Jesse Quin – making their first appearances here in America in over 2 years, albeit in club-sized spaces. (I’m actually sick with worry that I won’t get in to see them.) Fiona Apple, who surely you remember her ‘Criminal’ and for having an the album title so long, everyone was mocking it and she got into the Guinness Book of World Records for it, is making her first live appearance in years at SXSW, at the intimate Central Presbyterian Church on Thursday 15 March (good luck getting into that one). The list of headliners for the massive outdoor Auditorium Shores Stage is a surprise: the Shins perform on Thursday night, ’90s hitmakers Counting Crows are on Friday and the Cult are on Saturday.

Keep it here on TGTF, as I’ll be posting more in-depth previews to SXSW 2012 in the coming days. Ooh, the excitement!

 
 
 

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