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Video of the Moment #1348: Cut Copy

By on Saturday, 12th October 2013 at 6:00 pm

A modern day Jesus Christ (played by Alexander Skarsgard, so less) in Cut Copy‘s new ‘Free Your Mind’ video? You decide by watching the new promo below.

‘Free Your Mind’ is also the title of the Aussies’ next album, out on the 4th of November on Modular.



Video of the Moment #578: Cut Copy

By on Friday, 16th September 2011 at 6:00 pm

‘Blink and You’ll Miss a Revolution’ is a track from Cut Copy‘s album ‘Zonoscope’ released in February. The video? Directed by Emile Sornin and produced by Jules de Chateleux at Division, and probably best described as ‘Planet of the Apes meets the Addams Family meets dance’. Yeah, I was scratching my head too. Good song though. Warning, there is unnecessary instrument death at the end of the video.



Manchester Warehouse Project Announces Final Season of Line-ups

By on Thursday, 21st July 2011 at 2:30 pm

Today, Manchester Warehouse Project announced the line-ups so far for their last season of gigs under Piccadilly railway station. As reported last week, they’ve decided to call it a day and will close out their final season at Store Street with a marathon, 17-hour dance night. This penultimate Manchester WHP event to ring in New Year’s 2012 has already sold out, but a “very special guest” has yet to be announced. We wait with baited breath…

As should be expected, the line-ups for autumn and winter 2011 released earlier today include many noteworthy acts, including DJ Shadow (a headliner at this year’s Great Escape who will also be doing a London residency in early September – details here), Radio1’s Annie Mac, Dutch trance producer/DJ Armin Van Buuren, Calvin Harris, Carl Cox, Cut Copy, Nero, Foals and many more. (Gasp!)

Special themed nights include an evening curated by the Horrors on Saturday 15 October, an R&S Records event featuring James Blake on Saturday 26 November (err…on my birthday…hmmm…) and a celebration of 20 Years of Pete Tong on Saturday 17 December. As if these weren’t enough, there will also be rare live appearances by Chic (Saturday the 12th of November) and Aphex Twin (Friday the 18th of November).

Fill your boots with these tickets, ladies and gentlemen, because being the final times you’ll be able to see Manchester WHP as we know it, you know these tickets will go fast. Visit their official site for more details on how and where to buy yours. I’ve noted that even the site design is much more sombre than in past years, favouring a black and grey scheme to no doubt reflect that the end of WHP is nigh.

After the cut: the full details of this final season of WHP line-ups (current as of today).

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Live Review: Cut Copy with Holy Ghost! at 9:30 Club, Washington, DC – 30th March 2011

By on Friday, 1st April 2011 at 2:00 pm

“You must be a Cut Copy fan.” This is what someone greeted me with 2 years ago this month as I stood outside the Black Cat waiting to get into a show starring Friendly Fires. (It was the first date on a North American tour they were co-headlining with White Lies, sponsored by NME.) Even today, I don’t really see the similarities between the two bands – except maybe the fact that both sound kind of tropical and they both make enjoyable dance music? – But to be sure, Washington is a major hub for Cut Copy fans, as for 2 nights straight the Australian dance band sold out the 9:30. Your faithful editor at TGTF managed to get herself into the second night’s show.

Holy Ghost! was a fitting opening band for Cut Copy in that they warmed up the crowd slowly but surely with tracks from their self-titled debut album, to be released in mid-April on DFA Records. Any self-respecting dance fan knows Holy Ghost!’s ‘Hold On’, and the new material is as punchy and the beats are just as sweet as that now-dance floor classic. ‘It’s Not Over’ and ‘I Will Come Back’ were definite highlights. It also happened to be drummer Nick Millhiser’s birthday, something frontman Alex Frankel just had to reveal in order to embarrass his best buddy. Too funny. ‘Do It Again’ featured Frankel playing with an iPad on what I believe to be a TouchOSC program (?) and it was very neat to see him just press buttons effortlessly on this small, flat piece of technology and make it produce the sounds he wanted. Their set concluded with ‘Jam for Jerry’, which I imagine is in honour of the late great Jerry Fuchs, who notably played with LCD Soundsystem and !!! before his tragic death in 2009.

I’m quite faint-hearted when it comes to strobes. I saw Phoenix last year at Constitution Hall and ended up turning away from the stage because I was getting blinded. I had a similar reaction to seeing Chromeo, who incidentally also took Holy Ghost! with them on the road summer 2010 (only difference was I could feel my face vibrating at that 9:30 show). Cut Copy’s music lends itself to a summery, tropical feel, so it should come as no surprise that blinding multi-coloured lights figured prominently in their stage set-up. Wednesday night I made the mistake of standing in front of a light that looked innocuous enough but then when it was switched on – yep, blinded!

Oh well. It’s not like anyone around me cared at all. They were all mesmerised by the action on the stage, and really, who wouldn’t be? Lead singer Dan Whitford of Cut Copy, a human dynamo, spent the whole evening waving his arms about enthusiastically, when he wasn’t playing his synth or running to around with his guitar or over to a synth-patch thingy with a multitude of wires poking out of it, sitting on the side of the stage (I know, I’m being so technical – all of this goes over my head – ask Pendulum or Delphic how this stuff works, they’ll sort you out). It was kind of funny, because Whitford and all of them really were almost too overly enthuasiastic. Guitarist Tim Hoey made me laugh when he started molesting his guitar, banging it against the stage, their drum kit, balancing it standing up on his open palm and then banging it just so to get a crash of guitar, etc. Um, who does that? But the crowd ate it up!

I think everyone present must have owned ‘Zonoscope’ because the new songs got as rapturous receptions as the old material: ‘Need You Now’ and ‘Take Me Over’ stood solid alongside ‘Lights and Music’ and ‘Hearts on Fire’. Dance music usually – and often understandably – gets a bad rap for lack of quality lyrics and with me not knowing much of Cut Copy’s earlier work, I giggled to myself to words like “please please please give your love to me” and “take my heart away / save it for another day”. Not knocking it, as I know lots of people love them, but a little bland for me. The actual live experience though was very good and I can imagine thousands of times better than their recordings. The energy was up, and that was no doubt thanks to the crowd who bopped along and jumped whenever Whitford organized the masses to do just that.

More photos and setlists behind the cut.
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MP3(s) of the Day #319: Cut Copy

By on Thursday, 31st March 2011 at 10:00 am

Cut Copy‘s Australian contemporaries Architecture in Helsinki have remixed ‘Need You Now’, the second single to be released from Cut Copy’s album released this year, ‘Zonoscope’, and you can listen to and download it below. Also below is a Midnight Magic remix of the first single from ‘Zonoscope’: it’s a jazzy interpretation of ‘Take Me Over’.

Cut Copy just appeared at Ultra Music Festival last weekend and are now on a tour of North America.

MP3: Cut Copy – Need You Now (Architecture in Helsinki Version)



Video of the Moment #417: Cut Copy

By on Monday, 28th February 2011 at 6:00 pm

Okay, I admit it. I laughed the first time I watched the video for Cut Copy‘s ‘Need Me Now’, taken from their latest album ‘Zonoscope’. Athletes milling about a band performing a song? What’s that about?

Then I thought about it in a different context: as ticket to the London Olympics next year go on sale in 2 weeks, maybe they want some advertising placement?



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