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MP3 of the Day #241: Field Music

By on Friday, 24th September 2010 at 10:00 am

In case you’ve not heard Field Music‘s double album ‘Measure’ released in February (reviewed exhaustively by Mary Beth way back in the winter), here is a free download of ‘All You’d Ever Need to Say’. Happy Friday!

MP3: Field Music – All You’d Ever Need to Say

Field Music just began a tour of America last night in Brooklyn.


Video of the Moment #254: Field Music

By on Thursday, 27th May 2010 at 6:00 pm

Here’s the promo video for Field Music‘s ‘Let’s Write a Book’, from their 2-CD opus ‘Measure’. David (the younger Brewis) takes lead vocals on this track. The video has a decidedly ‘Sledgehammer’ (Peter Gabriel) feel. Fun stuff.


Field Music’s double album ‘Measure’ was released in February, and you can read Mary Beth’s fantastic review of it here.


Preview: Electric Picnic 2010

By on Friday, 7th May 2010 at 4:00 pm

Electric Picnic has been regarded by some as Ireland’s answer to Glastonbury. Judging by the line-up released on Wednesday, I’d argue it might have a more interesting bill than Glasto this year. ’70s glam rockers Roxy Music will play their first Irish festival performance ever at Electric Picnic, after having reformed long after we diehards had assumed they’d never play together ever again. I think seeing Bryan Ferry croon his way through ‘Love is the Drug’ and ‘Avalon’ is worth the price of admission alone.

However, if Roxy isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other wonderful acts to ring your bell. London electronica act Leftfield have decided to come out of hibernation to play selected festivals this year, including a headlining set at Electric Picnic; Bristol’s Massive Attack (pictured above) will also headline. Expect an epic dance party with these two along with sets by Booka Shade, Hot Chip, the Bloody Beetroots, LCD Soundsystem, Liquid Liquid, Friendly Fires and the Big Pink. Indie rock will also be well represented by appearances by the Fall, the National, the Horrors, Eels and Modest Mouse.

This year’s festival will take place at Stradbally Hall, County Laois, Ireland, on 3-5 September 2010. Weekend camping tickets are €240 (approximately £206) per adult (up to two children under the age of 14 are allowed to attend per paying adult, and all children must be pre-registered through the festival Web site). Please note that except for children who are pre-registered this way, the festival is 18+ and photo ID may need to be presented on-site. Camper van tickets are €60 (approximately £52). Tickets for the festival can be purchased from Ticketmaster.

Catch the full lineup (so far as of Wednesday 05 May) after the cut…

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Preview: Glastonbury 2010

By on Friday, 23rd April 2010 at 12:00 pm

Surely I don’t need to explain to you what Glastonbury is – it’s simply LEGENDARY. Even as an American (though, admittedly, an Anglophile), every year I drool over the lineup, despair at not being able to attend and then scour the internet for pictures and videos when it’s over. Each summer, the enormous site at Worthy Farm (about a mile and a half in diameter) turns into a mini-city for the  largest greenfield festival in the world. Since the first Glasto was held 40 years ago in 1970, the festival has come to be known for its truly amazing lineup, and this year is no different.

One of the perks of being the biggest festival around is that you can get the biggest artists around. This year, the Pyramid Stage will be graced by some of the most recognizable names in music. On Friday night, Irish rockers U2 are headlining, with support from Dizzee Rascal, Vampire Weekend, Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, and Corinne Bailey Rae. Saturday night sees headliner MUSE share the stage with the likes of Scissor Sisters, Shakira and Jackson Browne. And on the final night, legend Stevie Wonder tops the bill, closing out the festival after performances from Paloma Faith, Norah Jones, Jack Johnson and guitar legend Slash.

But it’s not only the main stage that’s worth visiting. Punters will get quite a workout running between that and the other 12 stages, of which the Other Stage, the John Peel Stage and the Park Stage look the most promising. Over the course of the weekend, the Other Stage lineup reads like the index page of NME: The Flaming Lips, Florence and the Machine, La Roux, Hot Chip, Phoenix, the Courteeners, the Cribs, Kate Nash, Editors, Two Door Cinema Club, LCD Soundsystem, MGMT, We Are Scientists, Temper Trap, the Hold Steady and more.

Originally called the “New Bands Tent,” the John Peel Stage features a mix of old and new favourites. Friday night sees Groove Armada share the stage with the likes of Mumford & Sons, Ellie Goulding and Bombay Bicycle Club. Saturday night is jam-packed with bands we’ve featured here on TGTF, like the xx, Foals, Marina and the Diamonds, Delphic, Wild Beasts and Field Music. And Sunday night remains epic with sets by Ash, Julian Casablancas and the Drums.

All the way across the site, the Park Stage will play host to buzz bands like the xx, Broken Bells, the Big Pink, Midlake, Laura Marling, Stornoway, Beach House, Frankie & the Heartstrings and Dirty Projectors, ending with a headlining set by Australian electronic duo Empire of the Sun on Sunday night. And at the risk of making your heads explode by listing even more bands, at the other stages festival-goers will be treated to performances by Mos Def, Phenomenal Handclap Band, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Turin Brakes, Imelda May, DJ Fatboy Slim, Crystal Castles, Good Shoes, Fanfarlo and Dan le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip.

If you’re not already overwhelmed by the sheer massiveness of the festival, then you can click here to view the complete lineup. But if you don’t already have tickets for the sold out spectacular, then be warned, it will turn you green with envy.

Glastonbury 2010 is completely SOLD OUT. It will be held from Wednesday, 23rd June to Sunday, 27th June 2010 at Worthy Farm, Pilton.


Album Review: Field Music – Field Music (Measure)

By on Wednesday, 10th February 2010 at 12:00 pm

Almost immediately after their last album, ‘Tones of Town’ was released, Sunderland band Field Music put themselves on an indefinite hiatus, partly because they were skint, and partly because they wanted to get away from the pressure of trying to compete as an “indie” band. As they said in my interview with them, “The thing with the new record is we had an idea like, how can we redefine Field Music and still not feel like we’re in that competition. Because if we were in that competition we’d probably be sort of like in the 3rd division or something like that, 3rd rate. And we kinda thought, like, well, lets make a double album! An album that’s too long.”

At twenty songs, ‘Field Music (Measure)’ is certainly long, but it doesn’t feel too long and there are no “weak link” songs that could be taken from the album without depriving the listener of something really special. It often seems that the best music comes from a sense of freedom and experimentation, when bands really allow themselves to pursue their vision without worrying about anything else. Their press release for the album says “Unlike previous Field Music albums, characterised by their precision and conceptual and sonic coherence, this new record makes no attempt to present itself as a unified whole.” The songs don’t all go together, but they are unified by the fact that they are all distinctly Field Music songs. By not constraining themselves to as many self-imposed rules as in the past, the Brewis brothers have created an album of twenty individually genius songs.

Trying to condense all of these songs into one summarized review would do a disservice to the album, so instead I’m treating you to a track-by-track breakdown (below the cut).

Continue reading Album Review: Field Music – Field Music (Measure)


Interview: Field Music – Part 2

By on Monday, 8th February 2010 at 12:00 pm

As promised, here’s the second half of the interview with David and Peter Brewis of Field Music after their gig in Brooklyn on 30 January 2010. In this half, we discuss topics as diverse as their musical influences, music history, music piracy, “staycations” and the future of the band – aren’t you glad you came back?

Note: Descriptions of what is happening have been placed between asterisks, i.e. “*Peter enters the room*”

Well, to me at least, you seem to have a very unique sound. So are there bands that you listen to that influence you?

Peter: Thank you very much! Oh, yeah, yeah…

And what are some of those bands?

Peter: Contemporary bands?


Peter: Beatles, Roxy Musicthe BandFleetwood MacPeter GabrielKate Bush

David: Thelonious Monk hugely for me, in terms of what he does with melodies.

Peter: And Duke Ellington in terms of arrangement. Béla Bartók. Stravinsky. And really, Beethoven as well, but that goes without saying. Bach. Erm, Prince?

David: On the new album there’s loads of things where I’ve been “inspired” (in quotation marks) by David Bowie, i.e. I’ve stolen things from him or I’ve done a song and thought “I should do this in the style of David Bowie”.

Peter: Peter Green[of Fleetwood Mac], Eric Clapton

David: He’s gonna list all of the different guitarists…Deerhoof, for me, Fiery Furnaces. Not in, not so much that I would take ideas from them, just that I’m like jealous of some of the things that they do.

Peter: I mean, everything that’s good. The thing about music is, that, it’s really, what’s the word, it creates dichotomies.

David: But we’re in an era which should embrace the dichotomy.

Peter: Absolutely, absolutely.

David: [whispers] Sorry!

Peter: You hear something, and you take the things that you want from it, and you edit out the things that you don’t want.

Pick and choose.

Peter: So for us, any bit of music that you hear, it might be something that I don’t really like at all, however, it might just be that we edit ourselves so that whatever happens we don’t do that.

Peter: We used to do that when we were very young. Well, not very young, like 23 year-olds, we used to write manifestos, and things that we weren’t allowed to do. Like I don’t know if you know the Futureheads

Yeah, yeah.

Peter: They’re a Sunderland band. When we were very young, me, David and Baz and Ross and Jaff from the Futureheads, we used to write, basically, these art manifestos and things we weren’t allowed to do in the band. We weren’t allowed to cross our hands not matter what, so even if you were a drummer, you weren’t allowed to cross your hands, you had to like [mimes rotating in seat without moving his arms].

That’s a bit ridiculous.

Peter: Well it is ridiculous, it is ridiculous. BUT, it’s a process, it’s a boundary in which you can do anything that you want, within that little frame. I find that sort of thing really interesting. Really, really interesting. Giving yourself a basically ridiculous boundary…I mean, we did that with the first Field Music album, really. We said we were gonna have a really limited palette of sounds, and sonically it’s gonna be really boring, it’s gonna be pretty straightforward. It’s gonna be no sonic surprises: acoustic guitar, clean electric guitar, some distortion…just some guitar bits and drums and pinao, and how can we make that different? How can we arrange that to be a different thing?

Continue reading Interview: Field Music – Part 2


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