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Live Gig Video: The Dead Weather perform ‘I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)’ at Third Man Records

 
By on Thursday, 10th September 2015 at 4:00 pm
 

In case you missed the memo, The Dead Weather are back. Jack White, Alison Mossheart and co. have returned to lay more down and dirty hard rock tracks on you, including this one called ‘I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)’, performed and filmed at White’s own Third Man Records studio. I can’t help but feel like you’ve stepped back in time to watch early ’70s Led Zeppelin, as Mossheart is channeling young Robert Plant on the song and the guitar lines sounding similarly taken from Jimmy Page.

The Dead Weather’s new album ‘Dodge and Burn’ is expected on the 25th of September on Third Man Records. For our admittedly old coverage on the band back when they were still active in 2010 and earlier, go here.

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

 

Album Review: Various Artists – The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Soundtrack

 
By on Tuesday, 15th June 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

Against my better judgement and as hard as I tried to resist, I have to admit that I am a Twilight fan. What drew me in to the books was the first movie, and one of the reasons I liked it so much was the fantastic soundtrack. The Twilight series always manages to get some amazing bands on their soundtracks, many of whom write original songs, and they integrate them seamlessly into the films. And while I can’t speak for how well it will fit with the tone of the film (it isn’t released in America until 30th June and in England until 9th July), the soundtrack for ‘Eclipse’ is certainly as good as the last two.

You can’t review a Twilight soundtrack without mentioning Muse. They have contributed a song to each of the three Twilight soundtracks, which is not surprising, as they’re author Stephenie Meyer’s favorite band, but of the three, this is probably my least favorite. In general, I agree with US Editor Mary’s review of it: that it’s good, but it’s a bit cheesy – it’s definitely a grower.

TGTF favorites Metric open the album with their track ‘Eclipse (All Yours),’ and it’s a great way to begin. Vocalist Emily Haines hits gorgeous high notes in the chorus — “Now I’m all yours / I’m not afraid, I’m yours” — channeling the voice of protagonist Bella Swan. Working with film composer Howard Shore, they created a great song, but it’s missing a bit of the intensity and attitude that I’m used to from the Canadian indie-rockers. Another standout track comes from Florence and the Machine, with the track ‘Heavy in Your Arms’. As usual, it’s the stunning vocals that really make this dark, intense song, with Flo going from more reserved singing in the verses to really belting it out in the chorus: “I’m so heavy, heavy, heavy in your arms.” Florence and her machine may be better-known, but soulful Australian popstress Sia gives her a run for her money with her gorgeous, haunting vocals on ‘My Love.’

One band set to gain a lot of popularity from their inclusion on the soundtrack is Fanfarlo, who TGTF interviewed back in December. They contributed the folksy ‘Atlas,’ which you can see a stripped-down acoustic version of below. The song has a much lighter, more carefree feel than the majority of the album and the vocals are flawless. Adding to the slew of great female vocalists is Bat for Lashes‘s Natasha Khan, who collaborated with Beck on the hypnotic and haunting ‘Let’s Get Lost,’ with Khan taking the lead vocals and Beck providing the backing vocals and synth.

Not to be outdone, the male-led bands also contribute a dizzying array of fantastic music. While Muse held the rock mantle on the first soundtrack with ‘Supermassive Black Hole’ and shared it with Band of Horses on the ‘New Moon’ soundtrack, this time the honor goes to blues-rock duo The Black Keys with their song ‘Chop and Change.’ It’s raw and gritty with a great guitar riff, and everything you’d expect from the Akron, Ohio band. Indie darlings Vampire Weekend are perhaps the most appropriately named of all the bands on the soundtrack, and their song, ‘Jonathan Low,’ is unsurprisingly one of the most upbeat. Recorded towards the end of last year, it’s a bit different from what you might expect from Vampire Weekend’s recent material and is richly orchestrated, with a 12-string guitar part played by Rostam Batmanglij.

A somewhat surprising inclusion is British electro duo UNKLE, whose song ‘With You in My Head’ featuring The Black Angels is at once catchy and mysterious, dance-able and ethereal. Providing a bit of Americana is Band of Horses, who admittedly “don’t know crap about [Twilight]” but think “they put really really cool soundtracks together”. An outtake from the band’s most recent album, ‘Infinite Arms,’  ‘Life on Earth’ is slow and relaxing and has absolutely gorgeous vocal harmonies. And rounding out the album in spectacular fashion is Cee Lo Green of Gnarls Barkley with the upbeat and soulful ‘What Part of Forever.’

Even if you can’t stand the Twilight Saga, do me a favour and go buy this album. If you like the bands we cover on TGTF, chances are you’ll love it – hell, half of them are on the soundtrack!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pb2c-eBuKOI[/youtube]

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Video of the Moment #262: The Dead Weather

 
By on Thursday, 29th April 2010 at 6:00 pm
 

The new king and queen of darkness – that would be Jack White and Alison Mosshart fronting the Dead Weather – are back with a dark, gothy, almost tribal video for ‘Die by the Drop’, a track off the band’s forthcoming second album, ‘Sea of Cowards’. Mosshart was recently quoted in an interview with the BBC that she feels blessed to have been involved with not just one (the band that first made her famous, the Kills) fabulous band but two with the Dead Weather. With ‘Sea of Cowards’ on the horizon, you can be sure that the Dead Weather isn’t just a side project of passing interest.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0YI0UUazkU[/youtube]

 

9 Great Albums of 2009

 
By on Tuesday, 22nd December 2009 at 4:00 pm
 

So, the curtain has near closed on 2009. It’s snowing, Rage Against the Machine are number one and Simon Cowell is left weeping in a corner – alas, all is generally well this December. Now time to look back over the past year and pick out some of our favourite albums of 2009.

Arctic MonkeysHumbug

Arctic Monkeys returned this 2009 with a whole new sound to their name. Produced by the demigod that is Josh Homme, Humbug showcased a darker, more sinister side to the previously happy-chappy Sheffield quartet. Still brimming with Turner’s brilliant lyricism, the music is a whole lot more creepy, a lot more obscure in nature, and alas a lot more challenging to listeners.

Graham Coxon (pictured top)The Spinning Top

Not content with merely reuniting with fellow Blur band mates this 2009, lo fi punk Graham Coxon also released his seventh solo album titled The Spinning Top this year. The 15-tracked record narrates the life and death of a man, all via a dreamy acoustic soundscape. Switching his typical power chords to finger picking folk pleased and amazed certain fans, but undoubtedly scared many others off.

La RouxLa Roux

The Jedward-haired electro pop starlet, complete without a smile, had a fantastic success of a year with her digital 80s beats tainted with heartbreak and pain. She put synths and oversized cameos back on the map, gaining hoards of fans with her gameboy hits such as ‘Bulletproof’ and ‘In for the Kill’. Undoubtedly one of the girls of the year.

The Boxer RebellionUnion

The Boxer Rebellion scored themselves a number one hit over the pond on America’s iTunes alternative chart with second album Union, beating the likes of Kings of Leon and Coldplay while they were at it. Not bad for a band whos drummer used to give me music lessons. The album is truly immense, exploding with beautifully crafted, hypnotically gracious indie tunes.

KasabianWest Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum

An exotic dalliance with 60s inspired psychedelia rightfully earned Kasabian a Mercury Music Prize nomination this 2009. From the stomping hit of ‘Fire’ to the trance-esque ‘Where Did All the Love Go?’, Kasabian at last confirmed themselves to be one of Britain’s biggest guitar bands this year.

The HorrorsPrimary Colours

The Horrors lost the Elnett and gained immense critical acclaim in replace of it this 2009 with their brilliant second album Primary Colours. The Southend goth-punks drove their new record in a whole lot more serious of a direction, dropping the Dracula garage rock and instead reaching out for moody yet mature post-punk come new wave sound.

Mumford and SonsSigh No More

Mumford and Sons recently showed wannabe folk artists how it’s really done this October with their rich, homely bluegrass. Warming banjos, dobros and double basses have thrown this hearty thud of a folk album into best of lists across the board.

The Dead WeatherHorehound

The greatest super group to spawn from 2009 (prior to Them Crooked Vultures), The Dead Weather, as led by Jack White and Alison Mosshart, caused a stomping furore this year. Their debut album, Horehound, is a sticky 45 minutes of dirty fingernail rock and roll at it’s absolute attitude-filled best.

White LiesTo Lose My Life

White Lies are a thrilling little trio who take tips from the throbbing darkness of Echo and the Bunneymen and Talking Heads to name but a few. The epic debut from the London-based band featured immense, stadium-worthy hits ala ‘Death’ and ‘Farewell to the Fareground’ and was certainly one of my personal highlights of 2009.

 

Video of the Moment #155: The Dead Weather

 
By on Friday, 9th October 2009 at 6:00 pm
 

American supergroup the Dead Weather is a little harder sounding than I normally like my music to be. I did however really like the edginess to their previous single, ‘Treat Me Like Your Mother’, with Alison Mosshart and Jack White‘s growly vocals. In contrast to that song’s sparse, black and white promo video, the video for their forthcoming single ‘I Cut Like a Buffalo’ is colourful, featuring White posturing like a goth Willy Wonka, ginger-headed belly dancers, and other attempts at video artsiness. The guitar groove is killer too. Check it out. Go on. I dare you.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImbW-p4c4gQ[/youtube]

The Dead Weather’s single for ‘I Cut Like a Buffalo’ will drop on 26 October.

 

The Dead Weather / October 2009 UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 10th August 2009 at 11:11 pm
 

The Dead Weather are gonna be pleasing a LOT of people with the announcement of their UK tour for later this year throughout October.

Tickets for all dates go on sale on Friday (14th August) at 9am. Catch Jack White’s chums at:

Monday 19th October 2009 – Manchester Academy
Wednesday 21st October 2009 – Newcastle O2 Academy
Thursday 22nd October 2009 – Edinburgh Picture House
Friday 23rd October 2009 – Leeds O2 Academy
Sunday 25th October 2009 – Bristol O2 Academy
Monday 26th October 2009 – Birmingham O2 Academy
Thursday 29th October 2009 – London O2 Academy Brixton

 
 
 

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