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Live Gig Video: Hot Chip play ‘Now There is Nothing’ for Black Cab Sessions

By on Wednesday, 3rd October 2012 at 4:00 pm

What happens when you squeeze Hot Chip in the back of a black cab? You get this video for a unique version of ‘Now There is Nothing’ (including Alexis Taylor playing an acoustic guitar!), from the band’s current album ‘In Our Heads’. Watch it below.



Live Gig Video: Chairlift plays ‘Ghost Tonight’ for Black Cab Sessions

By on Thursday, 12th January 2012 at 2:00 pm

Last we heard from Chairlift, they were busy releasing a double A-sided 7″, ‘Amanaemonesia’ (previous Video of the Moment here) / ‘Peculiar Paradise’ (previous MP3 of the Day here). Last month, the band did a finger-snapping live performance of ‘Ghost Tonight’, a song off their forthcoming album, for Black Cab Sessions. Enjoy it below.

So far the only gig in the UK Chairlift have lined up on a supposed ‘world tour’ is the 6th of March at London Borderline. We’ll keep you posted with further gigs if/as they’re announced.



Video(s) of the Moment #287: Band of Horses

By on Thursday, 24th June 2010 at 6:00 pm

Editor Phil caught American band Band of Horses 2 weeks ago in Oxford. If you haven’t had a chance to see them live yet, check out this fragile, emotional performance of ‘Infinite Arms’ they did for Canadian telly recently. It’s gorgeous. Directly below that, I’ve included a Black Cab Sessions performance of ‘Ode to LRC’ filmed on 10th June that shows Band of Horses is equally good in the cramped confines of a taxi.




MP3 of the Day (and More!) #95: Noah and the Whale

By on Friday, 28th August 2009 at 10:00 am

I come bearing three tasty gifts of the aquatic music variety. Confused? Noah and the Whale, the London four-piece folk band that got everyone whistling last year with ‘Five Years Time’ is back this summer with a new album, ‘The First Days of Spring’. Recorded at Rak Studios in London and then mixed in Hoboken, New Jersey in America, Noah and the Whale’s album #2 sports some really gorgeous tunes.

As an appetizer, have a nibble on the new version of the album’s first single that you’ve probably heard on the radio airwaves, ‘Blue Skies’, remixed by Young Americans Challenging High Technology (Yacht) from Portland, Oregon. This version has more dance sensibility than singer/songwriter Charlie Fink of the Whale intended for the original, but it’s certainly a valid viewpoint and one that the band themselves welcomes, stating on their official Web site, “Noah and the Whale have long held the musical philosophy that a song is never settled”. Judge for yourself.

MP3: Noah and the Whale – Blue Skies (Yacht remix)

Now we’re moving on to the main course, and it’s a doozy. At the end of April of this year, Noah and the Whale worked with famed director Vincent Moon to record four songs from the new album in an impromptu style in a Brooklyn, New York loft. Take a bite out of this…


And for dessert, here’s truly a treat. If you haven’t checked out the Black Cab Sessions yet and you’re a serious musicaholic, you really should. The (usual) set-up: a musical act is put in the backseat of a London black cab and have one chance to play a song of theirs, unplugged, and commit it to video to be posted and saved for posterity on the Black Cabs Sessions Web site. Stripped bare of electronic studio wizardry, this is where real singers and musicians shine. In the video below, it’s Noah and the Whale’s turn, with vocalist/guitarist Charlie Fink and fiddler Tom ‘T-Bone’ Hobden of the band ensconced in the back of the black cab du jour at this year’s Big Chill festival.


‘The First Days of Spring’ will be released on 31 August in the UK by Mercury Records.


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