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Live Review: Lovebox 2009 – Saturday 18th July

By on Sunday, 19th July 2009 at 2:41 am

Dan Black (side live)Now in its 7th year, Lovebox has firmly established itself as a key fixture of the London summer festivals. I was fortunate enough to be invited along to check out the first day of this year’s two day event, catching the likes of Dan Black, Frankmusik, Florence and the Machine and Friendly Fires.

After a hideously long journey, I only just made it in time to pick up my tickets, which meant that I’d missed such great bands as The Temper Trap, VV Brown, Rumble Strips and tommy Reilly, all of which I was quite keen to catch. Diving straight in with a trip to the Gaymers stage (or the “other” stage to you and I), I caught Dan Black.

I’ve been raving about Dan for a while now, really loving his unique, accessible electro-pop, so I was keen to finally catch him in the flesh. Ploughing through a tonne of material from his new album, ((un)), both him and the crowd really enjoyed his set, with most people knowing the words to the bigger tunes. After “Symphonies”, Dan joked “right, I’ve done something intellectual – now time for something for your inner thug!” before launching into “I Love Life”. Playfully batting a giant inflatable apple around the crowd, Dan finished his set with “Alone”, commenting that “normally people can’t clap in time to that – I guess you’ve all done music GCSE!”. Well received,

Next I took a trek over to the main stage to catch Florence and her Machine. In fine form, she was doing her usual trick of keeping the security on their toes, running down front of the crowd, and giving it her all. When the heavens opened, she was anything but dampened, if anything it just gave her more energy as the umbrellas came out.

Flitting back to the Gaymers stage, I caught Frankmusik who I last saw supporting Keane at the O2 in London back in February. He’s moved on a fair bit, more comfortable with his songs, more banter – even offering to re-create the video to “In Step” if anyone had a hula hoop he could borrow. Short and sweet, his tunes are perfect pop bliss – danceable yet still fairly intelligent, just how I like my music.

Gang of Four were up next, and frankly I wish I hadn’t stayed for them. A bunch of past-it oldies who think they are still cool led to 50 minutes of shambolic dad-rock. Definately the odd ones out of the festival.

Finally, Friendly Fires headlined the Gaymers stage. My plan was to catch Friendly Fires and then wander over to check out Duran Duran for their last hour. However, yet again Friendly Fires blew me away, with an amazing light show to boot. The crowd was much nicer than the Roundhouse one of a few days ago, lots of dancing and no moshing, which was appreciated by this ageing 21 year old! “Kiss of Life” sounds bigger each time I hear it live, however the highlights are undoubtably Paris and Jump in the Pool, and I think they will be for some time to come.

After closing with Ex-Lover, I dashed over to see Duran Duran. After a so-so rendition of “Ordinary World” that seemed to appeal to the fans of reminiscing, and a front-man that tries a bit too hard to be cool in the shape of Simon Le Bon, I called it a night and headed back to the tube.

After the jump: some setlists, some photos.

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Interview: Dan Black

By on Tuesday, 2nd June 2009 at 2:00 pm

Dan BlackDan Black, master of all things electro pop in 2009, is gearing up for the release of perhaps his biggest single to date, Symphonies (our video of the day yesterday) on June 29th and then his debut album, ((un)) on 6th July. Ahead of the release of what could possibly be one of the highlights of our summer, we were fortunate enough to grab a few quick words with Dan last week…

Hello Dan. What are you up to today?
Answering lots of questions. It’s supposed to be a day off but the inbox keeps on piling up!

Apparently you spend much of your time in Paris. Do you regard Paris as home now? What does Paris have that England doesn’t?
Yes, Paris is home for me now. I didn’t leave the UK because it lacked something that Paris has. It was more just a “life is short, don’t want to experience living in just one country before I die” kind of thing.

You were on a lot of people’s “ones to watch” list for 2009. Who else do you tip for big things in coming months / years?
My tip is for Discovery. It’s a guy out of Vampire Weekend and another out of Ra Ra Riot and it sounds kind like T-Pain meets Daft Punk – but good!

You were one of the first of the musicians / bands to really take Twitter seriously, along with offering lots of tracks for free to bloggers and the like – do you think that the internet has played a big role in your success so far? How do you see the future of the music industry?
Surely its a done deal now, the internet is here and integral to all we do. It definitely was key in me finding a manager, deal and just getting people into my music. But it has meant our attention spans have shrunk and that the value of music – particularly recorded music, has changed. Gone are the days when you saved up all your pocket money to buy a new album. As to what the future holds, with my present schedule, right now I am trying not to think what lies beyond the next 2 weeks!

What would be a cool location you’d like to do a gig at?
Maybe the bottom of the atlantic ocean… or inside the mind of Ludwig Wittgenstein

What was the last gig you went to as a punter?
Friendly Fires last week.

Okay, we’re five years down the line, and you’ve got a huge sold out arena tour planned, taking in just about every possible major city. What’s the Dan Black live experience like?
Giant robot insects do battle, holographic figures from history do huge synchronized dance routines, while I sing, levitating, covered in purple flames!

And finally, what’s coming up for the rest of the year for you?
Hopefully many wonderful surprises…

Missed out on some of the free MP3s we’ve had from Dan Black recently? Download them here.
MP3: Dan Black – HYPNTZ
MP3: Dan Black – These Things Take Time
MP3: Dan Black – I Love Life
MP3: Dan Black – Karate Kid
MP3: Dan Black – Symphonies (Passion Pit remix)


Video of the Day #71: Dan Black

By on Monday, 1st June 2009 at 6:00 pm

I’ve been a huge supporter of Dan Black here at TGTF for the past 10 months, seeing him climb to stardom. Initially, his signature song was the amazing HYPNTZ, before he had to re-write the lyrics due to some boring copyright issue.

Thus, Symphonies is born – the same tune, different lyrics and a new and frankly brilliant video. Watch and enjoy below:


Previously featured MP3s from Dan Black include:
MP3: Dan Black – HYPNTZ
MP3: Dan Black – These Things Take Time
MP3: Dan Black – I Love Life
MP3: Dan Black – Karate Kid
MP3: Dan Black – Symphonies (Passion Pit remix)

Dan Black‘s new single, Symphonies, is out on 29th June. His album ‘((un))’ is released the following week on 6th July.


MP3 of the Day 50 1/2: Passion Pit and Dan Black

By on Thursday, 14th May 2009 at 8:43 pm

Okay, a late minute addition to our MP3s of the day series.

First up, we have a remix of Passion Pit‘s The Reeling. Think a sparser version, more club orientated and one that just has tongues waging ahead of the full release. It doesn’t retain that much of the original at first before plunging in towards the end of the track, making it a great stand alone addition to your collection.

MP3: Passion Pit – The Reeling (Shuttle’s Super Club Mega Mix ’99)

Next up, we have a glorious remix of Dan Black‘s (pictured top) Symphonies by Passion Pit. It’s funkier, faster and with more of a beat – you can imagine it being a huge hit in Ibiza or such like this summer. Listen and enjoy…

MP3: Dan Black – Symphonies (Passion Pit remix)


Video of the Day #55: Dan Black – Paris to London

By on Wednesday, 13th May 2009 at 6:00 pm

A double Video of the Day today. I’ve written about my love for Dan Black before. His track “Hypntz” was a huuuuge success around the blogosphere, and was set to be a full single. However, Notorious BIG’s people wouldn’t let him use the snippets from his songs, so thus it’s been reborn as “Symphonies”, which is out on June 29th, ahead of the album, ((Un)) on 6th July.

Watch him on a trip from Paris to London with a sneek peek of Symphonies. Below that enjoy an acoustic version of U+Me.




Video of the Day #15: Dan Black – Alone

By on Friday, 27th February 2009 at 6:00 pm

Dan Black‘s a bit of a genius in my eyes.

I tried to embed his new video, but his “people” won’t let me embed it in the page.

So instead, click here to view the video for his new single “Alone”, and enjoy the free MP3s below of some of his latest stuff.

MP3: Dan Black – HYPNTZ
MP3: Dan Black – These Things Take Time


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