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Dan Black / April and May 2009 UK Tour

 
By on Friday, 27th February 2009 at 12:00 pm
 

Dan BlackWe’ve documented our (entirely plutonic) love for Dan Black before.

Now the electro genius has announced details of a 2 week UK tour, stopping off at some murky (and some amazing) places.

Some tickets are on sale now, others aren’t, and honestly, I don’t know when they will be! Sorry for the hopelessness!

Friday 24th April 2009 – London Camden Crawl
Saturday 25th April 2009 – London Camden Crawl
Monday 27th April 2009 – Nottingham Bodega
Tuesday 28th April 2009 – Bristol Fleece
Thursday 30th April 2009 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Friday 1st May 2009 – Glasgow Sub Club / Hinterland
Saturday 2nd May 2009 – Ayrshire Homecoming Festival
Saturday 2nd May 2009 – Leeds Faversham
Monday 4th May 2009 – Birmingham Bar Academy
Tuesday 5th May 2009 – Southampton Joiners
Thursday 7th May 2009 – Belfast Spring and Airbrake
Friday 8th May 2009 – Dublin Trinity Ball
Friday 15th May 2009 – Brighton The Great Escape

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Daily Roundup: Saturday 31st January

 
By on Saturday, 31st January 2009 at 9:20 pm
 

It’s scary to think that just a month ago I was on the banks of the Thames watching 2009 roll in with some great fireworks and friends.

Dan BlackOne of the songs that I loved the most was Passion Pit‘s “Sleepyhead” (pictured top). Since then I’ve been slowly falling in love with their US electro jams. Think Hot Chip, but not as repetitive. Ohhh yes. They’re currently recording an album, and Fader had a great piece recently about their new album, and footage of them recording with a kids choir. Quite something. Watch if you have a spare 20 minutes or so!

As many of you probably have worked out, I get easily hooked on the simplest things. Alongside by growing Google Reader addiction, and my stead-fast cocktail of Facebook, last.fm and Ask Metafilter, Twitter has joined the ranks of things I’m inappropriately excited about. It’s micro-blogging, 140 characters of what I’m up to, and gets quite addictive watching people around the world and what they’re doing.

Along with Stephen Fry, Philip Schofield, Danny Wallace and Jonathon Ross, many musicians are getting in on the act. My personal favourite at the moment is the amazing Dan Black (who we’ve covered before, and is pictured right), who gives rarer updates than some, but packed with nuggets about his new album.

MP3: Dan Black – HYPNTZ

We’ve held off on our uber-fan boy rantings about Bloc Party for a while now, however I can hold it in no more – tomorrow night / early Monday morning we’ll be bringing you our second live review of 2009 when we catch Kele and co in Wolverhampton. It’ll be the fourth time we’ve caught them (having seen them in Southampton, Scotland, and London), and tomorrow night looks to be a good one, going by their Radio 1 session yesterday. Their new single, One Month Off, is out now (well, it came out on Monday) and has a rather surreal video with it (below). So, expect much fevered talk of Bloc Party over the next few days from me. Apologies.

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Dan Black and Boy Crisis on Wonky Pop Tour/ February and March 2009 UK Tour

 
By on Sunday, 14th December 2008 at 12:33 pm
 

Boy CrisisNews of the first Wonky Pop tour of 2009 has been announced. The successful series of tours, which this year featured the likes of Alphabeat, Sam Sparro and Frankmusic, will feature two of the most hotly tipped names for 2009 – the amazing Dan Black (pictured top) and New Yorkers Boy Crisis (pictured right).

The tour whih goes the length and breadth of the UK, will see the two BBC Sound of 2009 nominated artists embark on their first major tour.

Tickets are on sale now for some dates, and go on sale tomorrow (Monday 15th) for the rest of the dates.

Catch them at:

Thursday 26th February 2009 – Manchester Ruby Lounge (on sale 15th Dec @ 9am)
Friday 27th February 2009 – Sheffield Plug (See Tickets)
Monday 2nd March 2009 – Newcastle Academy 2 (on sale 15th Dec @ 9am)
Tuesday 3rd March 2009 – Edinburgh Cabaret Voltaire (Ticketweb)
Friday 6th March 2009 – Leeds Cockpit (See Tickets)
Sunday 8th March 2009 – Birmingham Academy 3 (on sale 15th Dec @ 9am)
Tuesday 10th March 2009 – Stoke-on-Trent Sugarmill (See Tickets)
Thursday 12th March 2009 – London KCLSU (on sale 15th Dec @ 9am)
Friday 13th March 2009 – Brighton Audio (See Tickets)
Monday 16th March 2009 – Bristol Fleece (on sale 15th Dec @ 9am)
Tuesday 17th March 2009 – Oxford Academy 2 (on sale 15th Dec @ 9am)
Wednesday 18th March 2009 – Cardiff Barfly (on sale 15th Dec @ 9am)

 

Daily Roundup: 5th December

 
By on Friday, 5th December 2008 at 10:32 pm
 

I know, it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts.

First up, following on from Mike‘s posts about his tips for BBC’s Sound of 2009 competition (part 1 here, part 2 here), they’ve announced the longlist, which features no less than FIVEartists we have already featured on TGTF. The longlist sees Dan Black (who we featured here and here, and is pictured, right), Florence and the Machine (who we introduced here), La Roux (who we introduced here), White Lies (who we gave details of their tour here).  VV Brown has also been tipped in comments around the site too. On the longlist, they’re joined by:The Big Pink, Empire of the Sun, Frankmusik, Kid Cudi, Lady GaGa, Little Boots, Master Shortie, Mumford & Sons, Passion Pit and The Temper Trap.

Phew, there’s a lot of new music there! To conteract the newness of those, we bring you an oldie but a goldie: Tom Jones, but as you’ve never seen him before….

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If that’s not some clever CGI, I don’t know what is…

Our friends over at Gig Junkie have pointed out that they have a lot of pretty amazing competitions going at the moment – if times are tight for you, pop on over and enter a competition or two – they have the chance to win tickets to see Kings of Leon, VIP style.

It seems rather a lot of you love Nickelback (pictured, right, and who incidentally are on tour next year… see my seamless link there?), so you might want to check out some exclusive tracks they played in the USA recently. I’ve had “Gotta Be Somebody” stuck in my head recently, and got to admit that slowly they’re getting under my skin!

Our friends over at Winston’s Zen have just posted their new monthy Zen list of all things great and free in MP3 land – check it out and have a listen.

Right, I think that’s it for tonight… I’m off to have a listen to those of the BBC Sound of 2009 longlist nominees that I don’t know much about, and Winston’s Zen’s new MP3s….

 

Daily Roundup: Tuesday 28th October

 
By on Tuesday, 28th October 2008 at 7:58 pm
 

Okay, so it’s a while since I’ve done one of these roundup posts (almost a whole month), and I probably should find another name than “daily roundup” if I can’t do one a day!

Recently I’ve been quite busy working my way through university stuff, so new music finding has gone by the wayside pretty much unfortunately, though I did find School of Seven Bells the other day (pictured at top), with their lovely shoegazy dancy sounds… Dancegaze if you will. Smooth, impressive sounds from the ex-Secret Machines Benjamin Curtis and twins Alejandra and Claudia Deheza formerly of On! Air! Library!. I only wish I could have got to London to catch them tonight or tomorrow night – seem impressive, and ones to watch.

I’ve mentioned my love of Dan Black (pictured right) before, but his first “official” single “Yours” is out on 1st December, and I must say the video is looking pretty good. It’s no HYPNTZ, but it’s pretty darned good. And it features dancing on space hoppers, which is always a winner in my books!

I’m trying to resist the urge to proclaim bands as “amazing” too much at the moment – reading back a few old posts I’ve realised I have a tendency to proclaim undying love for bands that ultimately are pretty average. So feel free to yell at me if I proclaim a pretty average band as amazing!

One of my favourite music blogs, Winston’s Zen has been going from strength to strength recently, with a redesign, coverage from the new Freeze Festival in London’s Battersea Power Station, and a new “classic albums” section which started off with my review of The National’s Boxer which is still possibly one of my top 5 albums.

I haven’t really mentioned Lykke Li much recently, but I’ve realised that her album has become one of my favourites of the year. Slow, haunting, its slowly crept its way under my skin and has me craving it on the morning drive to uni. Her new single, Little Bit, came out yesterday, so be sure to download it pronto! The rather good and fitting video is available here.

Finally, I got my new Bloc Party album on Saturday in the post. it seems so long since they first announced Intimacy and made it available for download on MP3, and I fell in love with it for the first time. The CD is amazingly packaged (and somehow reminds me of Placebo’s “Sleeping with Ghosts” in looks) though would have preferred it if the last two “new” tracks had been left out – we just haven’t “clicked” yet.

Coming up, we’ve got more album and EP reviews, along with news of our new end-of-year survey with some great prizes for those of you who help us.

 

Daily Roundup: Friday 22nd August

 
By on Friday, 22nd August 2008 at 8:56 pm
 

So, I’m trying a new thing this week: A “daily roundup” of everything that doesn’t merit a complete post of its own. It won’t be literally every day (I do go out sometimes you know), but will be a collection of new MP3s, Videos, music etc.

I first got sent Dan Black‘s HYPNTZ back at the end of July, and fell in love with it, however couldn’t help but feel it was a tiny weeny bit too cheesy – sounded like some schoolboy rapper from North London trying to be ghetto. Then I heard it on Zane Lowe the other night and then heard the new one, “These Things Take Time”, which sounds like it has a sample of Nelly Furtado‘s Maneater in it.

Dan says:

“I knew what kind of music I wanted make, but at first I found it hard to get these conflicting desires to blend well outside of my head. I’d been making these weird remix/mashups for my occasional Djing, so I thought, I’ll take the method I’ve been using for that but use it for song writing instead. The very first thing I tried was HYPNTZ.”

Download and enjoy.

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

We found out earlier this week that we’re off to Hydro Connect festival in Scotland next weekend, so you can expect a lot of coverage next week from the festival. However, this weekend of course is the mighty Reading and Leeds festivals, where many of the bands I’ll be catching next weekend are playing. Friendly Fires went down a storm, and I can’t wait to see their show after only getting into their album the other week. Meanwhile Crystal Castles caused chaos – I’m not a big fan of them musically, but might have to catch them just for the entertainment factor.

The two bands however that I’m looking forward to most at Hydro Connect are Sigur Ros and Bloc Party. Sigur Ros’ new video for ‘Inní mér syngur vitleysingur’ (‘Within me a lunatic sings’)is pretty bland, but my God I love that song! Next Sunday, as the sun sets around Inveraray I can see them completely capping my weekend, and providing an amazing atmposphere. Bloc Party’s album has been on repeat since I downloaded it yesterday morning at 9am – I’m yet to be as hooked as I was by “A Weekend in the City”, but it’s definately a grower (in a good way).

On a slightly different musical side of things, Dido has released a new song ahead of releasing a whole new album in early November. Needless to say, it sounds pretty much the same as her previous two albums of stuff, with a bit more musical accompaniment (is that an orchestra we hear?) Yes, some might say it’s bland and boring, but I love it.

MP3: Dido – Look No Further

 
 
 

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