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The Battle of Britpop is NOT on

 
By on Saturday, 4th July 2009 at 8:07 pm
 

The 90s were an awkward time, a time when you could go about sounding like Coldplay and still manage to walk around with the swagger of The Rolling Stones. It wasn’t a time of musical genius or innovation in insturmentalism, it was (as the name suggests) a time of brilliant POP music – edgy enough to be passed as alternative.

As I ventured home last night on the underground I was met by a train of fierce middle-aged women fresh off a Take that concert. Amongst the excitement of these 40somethings which packed out the train there were a group of youths. As I walked off I heard them behind me, singing along to ‘Parklife’ with glittery shirts bearing the word ‘blur.’ It was obvious where they’d come from. Ironically it was in this instance that my iPod decided to switch to ‘(Whats the Story) Morning Glory’ and my mind trailed back to a review of Blur’s performance on their opening night in The London Paper. The journo suggested that with Blur’s magnificent comeback pressure was on Oasis for their Wembley Arena gigs next weekend, he rounded the article by saying the Britpop battle was on again – I shuddered.

If you’ve read any of my reviews or posts around these parts you’d know I was a fan of musical progression and experimentalism, the last thing we need in an age where these things are practically dead with mainstream bands sticking to the jangly guitar guidebook is to take fifteen years worth of steps back and reignite the Britpop battle.

It says something about the times I guess, that Oasis could hold a weekend residency at Wembley yet most bands formed post-2000 would struggle to fill the arena. The lasting legacy of these two bands is still widely apparent and the fact that kids are still picking up Blur records and singing along on tube stations shows just how influential BOTH of these bands are. However we must also accept that their music is rooted in another decade, and any suggestions of refueling the battle in the mainstream would do nothing other than damage the artists of today.

The last thing we need at the moment is another Blur vs. Oasis, so perhaps nostalgic journos should give it a rest eh??

 

Review: Joker’s Daughter – The Last Laugh

 
By on Thursday, 2nd July 2009 at 2:51 am
 

Modern folk music is tainted with a reputation for being tired and uninspired, and so Joker’s Daughter had that much harder a task with her debut album. Released on Domino Records this album is a pleasant delight and is the latest in a string of brilliant dream-pop releases this year (see Dakota Suite).

The gazed indie-folk reaches a seventh cloud peak on ‘Go Walking,’ a track as calm and laid back as they come. They lyrics are simple and the looped guitar riff maintains the simplicity of the track. Producer Danger Mouse is on top from (as always) and this ‘unique’ combination is both intriguing and oddly fantastic.

Perhaps it’s just that I’m a sucker for softer female vocals but the album encaptures the essence of hippy-esque folk which has been missing for so long. There are plenty more highlights through the record as Costas continues to reinvent the initial appeal track by track. Danger Mouse’s influence is apparent on many tracks (The Last Laugh) and the mix of gentle acoustic strumming and electronic beats works magically through the rest of the record (Under the influence of Jaffa Cakes,Chasing Tickling Crocodile).

The album maintains more of what we might expect (Jelly Belly) and juggles a step in a new direction with traditionally generic features without making an absolute mess of it all which must be comended (considering how many artists fall into the dreaded progression trap). Overall a sound effort and a solid album which is bound to go unnoticed by the mainstream (for now at least) though lets hope that by album number two Ms. Costas is given the bigger push in the limelight she deserves – especially when we consider the standards of some of mainstream pops leading ‘ladies’ (Lady BlahBlah).

 

Bombay Bicycle Club drop new album

 
By on Wednesday, 1st July 2009 at 4:29 pm
 

“A white sandwich and a Guinness Stout
But with the beer though I had a bout
So I exchanged it for some apple juice
I had the blues but I shook them loose”

– A Tribe Called Quest ‘After Hours’

And so is the inspiration for the title of North London indie quartet Bombay Bicycle Club’s debut album. We spoke to the band last year fresh off their Levi tour about gigging and recording as a young band from London.

Two brilliant EPs behind them there was always a question mark about when the band would get round to dropping an LP and whether it’d be any good. The break between EP and album was good, it allowed the band to graduate from scenester teens to more mature musicians and ‘I had the blues..’ marks the arrival of a fresh band. Still maintaining their laid back indie stance they’ve evolved and dropped a rather remarkable debut [review to come soon hopefully:P]

Can’t wait ’til July 6th?? Stream the entire album for free here!!

 

Michael Jackson – Legend

 
By on Friday, 26th June 2009 at 10:00 pm
 

Legend doesn’t do enough justice. Ambiguity and controversy fade and what remains is a legacy in music that can’t be knocked. The biggest superstar in musical history, the proclaimed King of Pop died yesterday of cardiac arrest.

Everyone from Justin Timberlake to Slash to Sir Paul McCartney have paid tribute to the superstar. News also hit Glastonbury as Lilly Allen, Gabriella Cilmi, N.E.R.D. and others paid tribute to the late genius, Michael Eavis expects more tributes to follow.

Already racking up eight of the ten top albums in the iTunes album chart Michael Jackson’s legacy remains. The artist who rose to fame with The Jacksons Five combined funk with rock with soul with R&B with more and truly changed the face of music forever. He was the first to acknowledge the video format, showcasing his artistic flair through his videos and concerts.

His place in musical history is cemented, RIP Micheal Jackson.

 

Saturdays at Be (Camden)

 
By on Wednesday, 17th June 2009 at 4:13 pm
 

This month sees a mouthwatering line up of live bands performing at Be (Camden). This Saturday sees New York based Chester French (best known for gangbanging Peaches Geldof) take the mainstage whilst next week theres guitar skanking fun courtesy of Ono Palindromes (amongst others).

[slight change from flyer.. The Sunbirds will grace the stage this Saturday instead of Wolf Gang]

 

Run Hide Survive Remixes

 
By on Wednesday, 17th June 2009 at 12:58 pm
 

It takes a master mixer to make the likes of Kaiser Chiefs or The Twang sound anything other than unadulterated bullsh*t, so it’s safe to say Run Hide Survive have a knack for what they’re doing.

Favoured by the likes of Grum, Streetlife DJs, Ounks Jump Up and Andy George & Jaymo, Run Hide Survive’s recent EP ‘Dyson/Pigeon’ ticked all the right boxes and has set the duo up for a barrage of quality remix action.

Being the good people we are over here at TGTF we’ve got you the boys most recent remixes to download for FREE (or if you’d rather have a listen you can stream them here)

The Twang “Barney Rubble” (Run Hide Survive Remix)

Boy Crisis “l’Homme” (Run Hide Survive Remix)

I Monster “Lusty For a Vampire” (Run Hide Survive Remix)

Team Water Polo “Room 44” (Run Hide Survive Remix)

 
 
 

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