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Video of the Moment #346: Bernard Sumner, Hot Chip and Hot City

 
By on Monday, 22nd November 2010 at 6:00 pm
 

Who doesn’t love Bernard Sumner of Joy Division, New Order and now Bad Lieutenant fame? And he just got 1000x hipper in this collaboration with London’s Hot Chip (pictured above) and Brooklyn’s Hot City. Called ‘Didn’t Know What Love Was’, it’s being used for a Converse (trainers) advert. The video is strange to say the least, you won’t soon forget it. (It was giving me motion sickness!)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lPmTQUggok[/youtube]

 

Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem / November 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 19th July 2010 at 9:00 am
 

Quite possibly one of the most hotly anticipated tours (in some quarters), Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem are hitting the road together in November for what is sure to be a pretty massive party.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, 23rd July at 9am. Catch the two bands at:

Wednesday 10th November 2010 – London Alexandra Palace
Friday 12th November 2010 – Cardiff Arena
Saturday 13th November 2010 – Sheffield Magna Arena
Monday 15th November 2010 – Manchester Apollo

 

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: T in the Park 2010

 
By on Tuesday, 4th May 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

Even with many acts still to be revealed, the lineup for Scottish festival T in the Park is looking pretty impressive.  From 9th to 11th July, 2010, thousands of punters will descend upon a disused airfield in Balado, Kinross-shire for a weekend of camping, shopping, carnival attractions and music across 7 stages.

Friday night see’s live favourite Muse headline the main stage, which will also be graced by Paloma Faith, Faithless and other artists yet to be announced. Rather disappointingly, the Radio 1/NME Stage will be headlined by American pop group Black Eyed Peas, who are, in this humble blogger’s opinion, an incredibly obnoxious band. They’ll be playing after TGTF favourites Florence and the Machine and The Temper Trap, as well as Jamie T. Another questionable choice is 3Oh!3 in King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent, though they’ll share the stage with great bands like Calvin Harris, Hot Chip, La Roux and Dirty Projectors. And finally, the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Futures Stage will see Echo and the Bunnymen and TGTF favourite Delphic on Friday.

It’s a toss-up between Saturday and Sunday for which day has the best lineup this year. Rapper Eminem will make his debut T in the Park appearance as Saturday’s Main Stage headliner, marking his first festival performance since 2001. The Main Stage will also see performances by Paolo Nutini, Stereophonics, Vampire Weekend and the Proclaimers. The Radio 1/NME Stage is pretty amazing on Saturday night, with a lineup including The Prodigy, The Courteeners and Wolfmother, and King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent is looking equally fantastic. It’ll see the likes of Mumford and Sons, Rodrigo y Gabriela, We Are Scientists and Kate Nash. Other notable artists like Julian Casablancas, Laura Marling and the Middle East will be gracing the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Futures Stage on Saturday.

Rockers Kasabian headline the Main Stage on Sunday, playing along with other massively popular artists like Jay-Z, Biffy Clyro, John Mayer and Dizzee Rascal. The Radio 1/NME Stage is looking good, too, with performances by Groove Armada, the Cribs, Babyshambles and Rise Against throughout the day. Some of the best up-and-coming bands of the festivals can be seen Sunday on the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Futures Stage, including Bombay Bicycle Club, the Drums, Yeasayer and Two Door Cinema Club.

The festival sold out within 90 minutes,  so if you don’t already have tickets, I’m afraid you’re out of luck. Let us know what you think of the lineup!

Full lineup after the jump…

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Live Review: Sweetlife Festival at Dupont Circle, Washington DC – 24 April 2010

 
By on Thursday, 29th April 2010 at 2:00 pm
 

Thanks to a stroke of uncharacteristic luck, I managed to win a pair of tickets for last Saturday’s sold out Sweetlife Festival in Washington, DC. Sponsored by local restaurant Sweetgreen, the 1st annual festival attracted a crowd of over 750 people, and it was a great way to spend an early spring day. Sweetgreen’s focus is not only on their food (mainly salads and frozen yoghurt) but also on using locally sourced ingredients and minimizing their environmental footprint. So it is for that reason that they purchased carbon offsets for the entire festival, had environmentally-minded sponsors and donated all of the proceeds to DC Farm to School Network, a local charity whose mission is to “to improve the health and well being of schoolchildren in the District of Columbia, and of our local environment and food economy, by increasing access to healthy, local, and sustainable foods in all Washington, DC schools.”

For a small, first-time festival, they actually managed to arrange a pretty great lineup. The main draw seemed to be electropop group Hot Chip, who swung by the festival for a DJ set before their headlining gig at nearby venue the 9:30 Club (read the TGTF review here), but they weren’t the best part by far.

Opening the festival was local musician Matthew Hemerlein. He took to the stage by himself, and switched back and forth between the guitar and the violin, with only a drum machine and a loop pedal to flesh out his sound. He had a nice voice, which reminded me somewhat of Chris Martin’s, but there was nothing particularly engaging about his set, other than the cringe-worthy moment when he sang “I’m horny / let’s do it / ride it, my pony / my saddle is waiting / jump on it.” That is a mental image that I do NOT need at 3 o’clock in the afternoon.

Next up was DJ Will Eastman, who is a staple of the Washington, D.C. club scene, hosting the successful BLISS dance parties, and is co-owner of the hot new venue U Street Music Hall, where the afterparty for the festival was held. He played some great music, including remixes of Passion Pit, Miike Snow and Calvin Harris’s ‘Alone,’ and even a mash-up of the Beatles and Vampire Weekend that, quite frankly, blew my mind a little bit.

In a bit of a departure from the other acts, local rapper Phil Ade was the next to take the stage. With most of the crowd there to see either Hot Chip or U.S. Royalty, the crowd was sometimes hesitant to get involved when he asked them to sing along or wave their arms, but he was in a great mood regardless, and was persistent enough that by the end of his set he definitely won the crowd over. At one point, he even jumped into the crowd and got random audience members to sing the chorus along with him. He started out playing songs off his mixtape, ‘Starting on JV’ like ‘Replay’ and finished with a string of songs from his forthcoming album ‘the Letterman’, including ‘Unusual’ and the incredibly catchy ‘Gimme That’.

Between sets, local DJ Grant Shapiro kept the crowd’s energy up with some great remixes, including Mika’s ‘We Are Golden’ and a fantastic mash-up of Michael Jackson and Empire of the Sun. So when the next band took to the stage, the audience was pumped up and ready to go.

North Carolina rockers the Love Language have a distinctly retro, 1960s/1970s vibe to their music, and their use of harmony was really fun. For an idea of what they sound like, I recommend checking out their single ‘Lalita’ off of their self-titled debut album. It’s on more upbeat songs like this that they shined – on slower songs they tended to end with an unoriginal jumble of guitar riffs and reverb before fading out. The highlight of their set, however, was the Fats Domino cover they played at the end of their set – brilliant.

At this point, the small car park where the festival was being held was packed, as it was time for the biggest draw of the night: Hot Chip’s DJ set. Unfortunately, it was incredibly underwhelming. Though I didn’t expect a full-blown Hot Chip gig (like the one they were heading to after their set) by any means, I did expect them to interact with the crowd. Instead, they talked amongst themselves behind the decks while they played a disappointing mix of nondescript dance tracks. They played 3 of their own songs from their new album, including ‘One Life Stand’ and ‘I Feel Better,’ but even though there were mics set up for the next band, they only deigned to sing along with ‘I Feel Better’ for about 2 lines. While it could have been a nice consolation for the people who couldn’t get tickets for their sold out headlining gig, they didn’t put enough effort in for it to be much more than a “celebrity appearance.”

The part of the crowd that left after Hot Chip’s set seriously missed out, because the crowning achievement of the festival by far was local rockers U.S. Royalty‘s high-energy set. It started out a bit rocky when a problem with some of the equipment caused them to jam for about 10 minutes before their actual set began. But once they resolved that, lead singer (and epic beardsmith) John Thornley launched into his characteristic impassioned performance, belting out the lyrics to crowd favorites like ‘Every Summer’ while jumping and prancing around the stage. It was very entertaining and a very welcome change after the snoozefest that was Hot Chip’s set. Even though most of the songs were from their as-yet unreleased debut album and the audience didn’t know the words, that didn’t stop them from dancing along. In a prefect end to a great day, they even got Matthew Hemerlein and some of the members of the Love Language to join them on the fantastic track ‘My Dearest Friend’, which you can get for free when you join their mailing list.

All-in-all, the Sweetlife Festival was great. It felt more like a block party than a full-blown festival, and that was perfect for an early spring day. Here’s hoping next year’s festival is just as fantastic!

After the cut: more photos!

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Live Review: Hot Chip with the xx at 9:30 Club, Washington DC – 24 April 2010

 
By on Monday, 26th April 2010 at 2:00 pm
 

Washington D.C. natives were “Ready for the Floor” (insert chuckle here) for Hot Chip‘s third ever appearance at the 9:30 Club Saturday night. The sold-out gig also featured support from the xx, who have steadily built a solid reputation here in America over the last 8 months through a near relentless touring schedule. Thankfully, both London acts were already in our country before the Icelandic volcano eruption, grounding the Coachella dreams of many acts including Bad Lieutenant, the Cribs, and Delphic.

Hordes of underage kids were raring to go for the xx’s set. Why? This was the third time the band was due to play in town, and the largest yet, and I had a feeling these were the kids that had missed out on the previous smaller headlining gigs at DC9 (November 2009) and Sixth and I Synagogue (March 2010). Little was said between songs (likely due to the band’s exhaustion from being in our country touring for 6 weeks) but based on the wild reaction of the audience, it didn’t matter. They were there for the music, and the tunes were spot on as the band forged through a set of most of the songs off their debut album ‘xx’. Their performance ended on an exciting note when the band finished ‘Infinity’ with an energetic instrumental outro featuring bassist Oliver Sim beating on a drum kit high-hat vigourously.

Despite two previous stops in D.C. in support of earlier albums, I’d never seen Hot Chip before. I like a good dance number and was eager to see if the clunkers on ‘One Life Stand’ would stand up to live performance (read my review here). While I’m still not wild about some tracks off the new album, the overall exhilaration generated by these relative elders of the electropop / dance scene was amazing. Perennial favourites ‘Over and Over’ and ‘Ready for the Floor’ didn’t disappoint, and the reception to ‘One Life Stand’ and other numbers from the new album like ‘We Have Love’ and set opener ‘Hand Me Down My Love” indicate that the band have new crowd pleasers to add to future shows. So if you ever get a chance to jump on this soul train, climb aboard to dance and enjoy the ride.

America’s National Public Radio (or NPR for short) were at the show broadcasting the gig live. Thanks to their benevolence, you can listen to the streams of both bands’ sets on their Web site now.

After the cut: setlists and more photos.


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