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Field Day 2011: Coco’s Roundup (Part 1)

 
By on Thursday, 18th August 2011 at 2:00 pm
 

Coming the day right after Underage Festival, Field Day is a similar festival, but for adults. I experienced far too many clashes at Field Day; as a result, I missed nearly 70% of the acts that I intended to see. Funnily enough, I also bumped into some sets by bands I’ve never heard of before.

The first act I saw were S.C.U.M. I really dig what I’ve heard from them so far, and so I was anticipating their performance. Since they were playing one of the earliest slots, I had time to stay around while they were setting up. The whole performance was really good, and they’ve attracted a whole full tent of audience, even being one of the earliest acts to go on stage. That’s how good they were. I believe they played some songs from their forthcoming debut album ‘Again Into Eyes’, and I do like the sound of them. After seeing S.C.U.M, I met up with my friends and had some food, getting ready for the busy afternoon/ night that followed. It started raining at about midday, and everyone was really worried. Turns out it was only a shower; no big deal, eh? My friends and I then went to the Village Mentality stage, wanting to see Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti. Unfortunately, by the time we arrived, the stage was already too packed (actually rammed) to be able to see anything. We stayed for a while and left cause we could barely hear anything from where we were stood. It was that packed.

We then moved to the Lock Tavern stage. Spector were playing, and I didn’t know them at all. All I saw were a few men in suits playing some music with a retro touch. A little bonus was that they kept telling jokes between songs. Some of them were quite awkward, but I appreciated the effort as it made the atmosphere in the tent really good. People kept cheering and despite I didn’t know the band, I still had fun. Later on, I saw About Group (pictured at the top of this post) at the same stage, but bit later. I arrived late and only caught the last few songs. It was more like an Alexis Taylor DJ set than an About Group set as I imagined. Although it wasn’t really like what I expected, the remaining set was still fun. It was chilled and everyone seemed to have a good time, great!

I wandered a bit and bumped into Electrelane’s performance. I have never heard of them prior to the performance, so it was fresh. I was attracted by their electronic sound and I quite liked it. Out of curiosity, I went to a stage where I saw people dancing like crazy. After having checked my timetable, I confirmed it was Benga and Youngman playing. Something really funny happened: Benga and Youngman asked the audience to “get up”, and then all the ladies went on their male friends’ shoulders. That caused the security to panic, and the security signalled people to get off from their friends’ shoulders, because they were worried someone would get hurt. Of course, the crowd didn’t listen. So guess what happened next? Benga and Youngman actually asked the crowd to “get down”; miraculously, the crowd followed. I found that kind of funny, but probably the security wouldn’t agree with me.

I kept wandering around, yes, I did. Then somehow I met up with my friends again at Zola Jesus’ set. With much attention from the media lately, I was pretty curious about their performance. Nika put a lot of effort in her part and I could sense that. But to be fair, I am not really a fan of their music. As a result, I didn’t stay there for long and went to the Laneway Festival stage for Jamie Woon instead. I’ve always found Jamie Woon’s style quite similar to James Blake’s. So I suppose it’s fair to say that Jamie Woon prepared the crowd for the upcoming set from James Blake. I found it peculiar that Jamie got a bigger cheer from the crowd when he played ‘Night Air’ than when he played ‘Lady Luck’. I genuinely thought the latter would get a bigger response. The crowd sang along to ‘Lady Luck’, and the song also put dancing boots on everyone’s feet.

Stay tuned for part 2 of Coco’s experience at Field Day 2011, including coverage of James Blake and Wild Beasts.

 

Domino Celebrates Record Store Day

 
By on Wednesday, 13th April 2011 at 11:00 am
 

In case you have been living under a rock, here’s an important reminder: this Saturday, the 16th of April, is Record Store Day, which means get out there and support your local independent record retailers! It’s now more important more than ever, as high street shops shutter up as more people download music online (legally or illegally)…

One label that is celebrating this event in a big way is Domino Records, whose most famous recent acquisition is probably Ireland’s Villagers (pictured above). The Domino “menu”, if you will, on offer will be as follows:

Rekords Rekords Record picture disc 10″ (featuring Queens of the Stone Age and others)

Arctic Monkeys – ‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’ white label 7”

Clinic – ‘Ladies Night’ 10”

Franz Ferdinand – ‘Covers’ EP coloured vinyl 12″

Villagers – ‘Villagers live at the Workman’s Club – Dublin, 16th September 2010’ LP

James Yorkston – ‘It’s Lovely To Be Heard’ 10”

Wild Beasts – ‘Albatross’ 7″

Lone Pigeon LP – ’28 Secret Tracks’ (limited vinyl pressing)

About Group special LP with limited bonus 7”

The Kills – ‘Satellite’ 10”

Villagers/Charlotte Gainsbourg – split 7” – Because Records/Domino US (limited quantity available in the UK)

Listen to several of the tracks on these special issues below. As usual for Record Store Day, these will only be available as supplies last. For more information on these special releases, go to the Domino Web site.

 
 
 

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