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Smoke Fairies / December 2014 English Tour

By on Friday, 14th November 2014 at 8:00 am

Header photo by Kamil Kustosz

London-based alt-folk duo Smoke Fairies have just announced a brief Christmas tour of independent record stores in England, supporting their seasonal album ‘Wild Winter’, which will be sold exclusively on CD and LP in Rough Trade record stores. The pair says of their take on the traditional Christmas album:

We have a love/hate relationship with winter and the Christmas holiday. When it was suggested Smoke Fairies make a Christmas album the last thing we wanted to do was make a classic, jolly, celebratory album that can only be played once a year. Sometimes winter provides us with a sense of togetherness and love and sometimes it leaves us feeling alienated, cold and playing a glockenspiel alone in a darkened room. It’s part of the year that will always be bittersweet and wild. We got together with our band, played around with the songs a few times then headed off to the studio to record them all live. It’s buzzy and raw and not one tinkling of sleigh bells can be heard.

You can stream the album’s first track, ‘Christmas Without a Kiss’, below the tour date listing. Pre-orders for the album and tickets for the following shows are available from Rough Trade here.

Tuesday 9th December 2014 – Bristol Rise
Wednesday 10th December 2014 – Nottingham Rough Trade
Friday 12th December 2014 – London Rough Trade East (with DJ Bob Stanley)


Live Gig Video: Kodaline celebrate Christmas early in holiday video for Vodafone soundtracked by ‘All I Want’

By on Wednesday, 27th November 2013 at 4:00 pm

Christmas is less than a month away now, so I hope you’ve already started your gift shopping. So it’s high time to get in the holiday mood, shall we? Sporting their Movember moustaches, Kodaline, in collaboration with Vodafone, have released this holiday-themed video soundtracked by their mega hit ‘All I Want’. Watch it below.


WIN / CD + Tickets to Craig Charles Christmas Funk and Soul Club Party in Bloomsbury

By on Thursday, 6th December 2012 at 8:15 pm

Two weekends from now, legendary Red Dwarf actor and venerated 6music radio presenter and DJ Craig Charles will be bringing the hottest tunes to his Christmas Funk and Soul Club Party at Bloomsbury’s Bowling Lanes. Jack Tyson Charles, Craig’s son, will lead his full live band and also scheduled to appear are Sir Funk, Mary Go Round and Otis Waby. Even more special guest Santa will be making an appearance. (Come on now, I’ve got you hooked, right?)

This very special event will take place on Saturday the 15th of December and will also be the official album launch party of Craig’s latest, the first ever Funk and Soul Club Compilation from Freestyle Records featuring music from The Bamboos, The Excitements, T-Bird and The Breaks, Smoove and Turrell, Nostalgia 77, Prince Fatty, Lack of Afro, The Stiff Naked Fools, The Apples, Treva Whateva, Federation of the Disco Pimp and the Haggis Horns among many others.

If this all sounds amazing, have we got an early Crimma treat for you. We’ve got a pair of tickets to the party on the 15th as well as a copy of the album to give away to a lucky UK resident reader. Enter our contest below; contest will close on Saturday (the 8th of December) at noon, so get your entries in ASAP. We’ll pick a winner from all the correct entries. Tickets can also be purchased in advance from Bloomsbury Live at the fair price of £8 pounds each here.

The contest is now closed. The winner will be contacted soon by email.


Video of the Moment #187: ‘The Magic of Christmas’

By on Friday, 4th December 2009 at 6:00 pm


HUNKS + Friends – ‘The Magic of Christmas’ ft. Sky Larkin, Los Campesinos!, Slow Club + more

Normally, Christmas records are a load of crap. I’ve received several this year already, the vast majority are just depressing. However one has taken me by surprise – it’s mot pretending to be big budget, nor particuarly great, instead it’s just an exercise in fun. Featuring: (deep breath please…) Sky Larkin, Los Campesinos!, Sparky Deathcap, My First Tooth, The Airborne Toxic Event, Copy Haho, James Yuill, Sound of Arrows, and written by Bright Light, Bright Light‘s Rod Thomas, it’s fun, doesn’t pretend to be high quality and is just a good ol’ fashioned Christmas sing-along. The video isn’t half bad too – lots of fancy hat swapping.

It’s being released on Monday 14th December and all proceeds are donated to the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).


Inlight Advent Calendar

By on Monday, 30th November 2009 at 3:00 pm

Inlight (side)Inlight are an indie quartet hailing from Oxfordshire, whose music “pulls together a heritage that ranges from The Beatles through Pink Floyd to U2”. Well, the band certainly do take tips from such home-grown legends, their sound, a shiny mass of golden-riffed Brit-pop which would quite happily fit alongside the current likes of Boxer Rebellion and Doves.

The band have already supported The Holloways and Alphabeat to name but a few, and their song ‘Bridges’ was more recently featured in the independent film of Phillip Pulman’s novel, ‘The Butterfly Tattoo‘. Inlight initially caught our eye, however, after Charlie, Mike, Pete and Johnny decided to contact TGTF to tell us about their upcoming ‘Advent Calendar’. We always like something different here at There Goes The Fear, especially when combined with Christmas cheer.

Log on to the band’s official website from December 1st, and you will be treated to a daily selection of musical goodies throughout the coming month. It’s like a chocolate calendar without the calories (and um, chocolate). Inlight fans will be able to grab everything from videos to ringtones to keep them busy up to the big day on the 25th – but hey, don’t take my word for it. Why not watch the band introducing the Advent Calender themselves, below.


While you’re here, why not also watch the band performing the pretty darn epic ‘Icarus’, below.



Rocking Around The Christmas Tree

By on Tuesday, 23rd December 2008 at 10:46 am

I am in no doubt by now that you have all heard those Christmas songs that are on the radio every year about 20 times each such as Slade and Wizard. You are probably suffering from ST.DOCS disease (Sick to death of christmas songs). Need a remedy? Well I do and luckily for every musical illness there is a musical cure.

I been busy lately hunting down songs that are worthy of listening to. Let this be the end of all bad Christmas tracks and the beginning of something truly magical. Here is my official Christmas TGTF top 10 so feel free to take those ear defenders out and listen to music once again.

  1. The Darkness – Christmas Time
  2. The Wombats – Is this Christmas?
  3. Basshunter – Jingle Bells (bass)
  4. Reliant K – 12 Days of Christmas
  5. Run DMC – Christmas In Hollis
  6. The Beach Boys – Little Saint Nick
  7. My Chemical Romance – All I Want For Christmas
  8. The Killers – Don’t Shoot Me Santa
  9. Acceptance – Happy Christmas (war is over)
  10. Reliant K – We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Hopefull if you have checked these songs out then you’ll be well again to enjoy Christmas and from me personally, Have a good one!


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