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Video of the Moment #1266: Johnny Marr

By on Sunday, 21st July 2013 at 6:00 pm

Guitarist living legend Johnny Marr takes a walk – backwards and forwards – in this new video for ‘New Town Velocity’. It’s an interesting video in that Marr retraces his roots, back to the Wythenshawe council estate from where he grew up. Not sure what all the mime gestures throughout the video are for though. Watch the new video below.



Live Gig Video: Electronic briefly reunite to perform ‘Getting Away With It’ at Live at Jodrell Bank 2013

By on Thursday, 11th July 2013 at 4:00 pm

While us New Order and Smiths fans will be waiting forever for original line-up reunions that will never happen, over the weekend Bernard Sumner made a guest appearance at the Live at Jodrell Bank festival just outside Manchester (naturally) during his former Electronic collaborator Johnny Marr‘s set. Humorously, at the start of the video, Marr looks down at his watch, as if wondering, “where the hell is Bernie?” Watch it below.



Preview: Kendal Calling 2013

By on Tuesday, 9th July 2013 at 3:00 pm

What do you need to know about Kendal Calling? It’s taking place this year 26 to 28 July and it’s situated in a beautiful part of the Lake District, easily accessible from Scotland, northern England, and even somewhere like Coventry is less than 3 hours away. The entertainment lineup is superb this year, possibly one of the best ever, and the festival has already been dubbed “The Glastonbury of the North”. This may be so, but its sensible size means there’s still a pleasant local feel to the event. The great news for TGTF readers is that at the time of writing there’s still a handful of tickets left for Kendal Calling this year, so let me tempt you with some tasty morsels of what’s in store…

There’s two excellent places to watch bands – the Main Stage with its big names, and the equally promising Calling Stage with up-and-coming and alternative acts. The big headliners appear to come in pairs each night, and Friday sees Chuck D, Flava Flav and DJ Lord taking a brief holiday in rural Cumbria – yes, it’s Public Enemy, fresh from a triumphant Somerset set, looking just as angry as ever, and ready to rip your ears off with their politically-charged flow. And who better to get the first evening’s party started than Basement Jaxx, the perennial pop-dance outfit with a string of hits longer than a wet weekend in Barrow-in-Furness.

For those of a less party persuasion, the Calling Stage has some real gems on the first day. Concrete Knives were twice superb at Liverpool Sound City, and they’re back across the channel for a rare UK apperance with their funk-laden musique raffinée. Foy Vance and his incredible voice will surely deliver a soulful, acoustic interlude, Waylayers add an early afternoon dance vibe with their summery, Balearic-influenced tracks, and TGTF favourites The Heartbreaks (who editor Mary just interviewed in London a couple weeks ago at the Scala) will supply their stylish, upbeat, typically British guitar-pop sound as the sun goes down.

And for night owls, there’s any number of DJ sets, the biggest of which take place in the Glow Dance Tent, where your late-night shenanigans are enhanced by the no doubt head-scrambling presence of LEDs, lasers and enough UV light to bring on cataracts ten years early. Friday will see Oneman, remixer of The xx and TLC and purveyor of minimalist yet grimily atmospheric techno, young Brightonian Dismantle who specialises in “sort of dubstep”, young Lancastrian duo Bondax and their intimate, blissed-out electronica, before climaxing with Artwork, who, as one-third of Magnetic Man, released one of dance music’s biggest albums in 2010.

And then it all happens again on the Saturday! Highlights from the Calling Stage include Welsh art-pop from Sweet Baboo, delicate folk stylings from Fossil Collective, and an opportunity to see what all the fuss is about London Grammar – are they just an xx rip-off or is there something more there? Unmissable on the Main Stage are Mike Skinner and Rob Harvey’s intriguing project The D.O.T.; there’s an opportunity for people of a certain age to rock out like it’s 1996 with Ash, and I Am Kloot bring their delicate songwriting and ensemble melodiousness to life just before Saturday’s headliners The Charlatans (pictured at top) reveal whether or not they’re any good any more.

Sunday is surely the strongest Main Stage lineup – having had to suffer the ignominy of being Tom Watson’s favourite band, hopefully Drenge will play with even more venom and spirit today; and I don’t really need to explain anything about what is effectively a triple-headline bill: Johnny Marr, Seasick Steve and Primal Scream bring the whole affair to a resounding climax. As if that’s not enough, there’s a distinct drum ‘n’ bass flavour to the Glow Tent on Sunday, with Grooverider warming up for none other than Sir Roni of Size. World-class stuff.

And of course there’s stacks more going on around the site. There’s an entire jazz strand called Riot Jazz. Chai Wallahs have their own acoustic and chill out stage. The Houseparty is apparently someone’s front room transported to the middle of a field with loads of random stuff going on: world-class DJs, punk bands, and perhaps a bit of karaoke – and don’t forget Leeds’ Wind-Up Birds – the underground tip for set of the weekend. There’s the Woodlands stage (maybe that’s in, um, a wood?), where all the acts with the best names are playing; the Soap Box, a lighthearted variety show which has previously hosted Howard Marks and John Cooper Clarke; and a tea shack run by Tim Burgess himself! Not forgetting the little ones: there’s the Ladybird area with different fancy dress each day, and crafts and workshops galore.

With so much going on, and the festival capacity limited to just 13,000 people, Kendal Calling is surely every decent festival rolled into one – the music is top-class, but with just a fraction of the crowds which you could expect at a bigger event. As we go to press there’s just a handful of tickets left (go here for more information), so you’ll need to be quick if you want to be there!


Johnny Marr / October 2013 UK Tour

By on Thursday, 20th June 2013 at 11:00 am

A man that needs no introduction, the legend that is Johnny Marr (pictured above during his Cribs days) will be touring the UK in October. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Friday 21 June) at 9 AM.

Friday 4th October 2013 – Gloucester Guildhall
Saturday 5th October 2013 – Wrexham Central Station
Sunday 6th October 2013 – Newcastle Academy
Saturday 12th October 2013 – Manchester Academy
Sunday 13th October 2013 – Leeds Metropolitan University
Monday 14th October 2013 – Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
Wednesday 16th October 2013 – Nottingham Rock City
Thursday 17th October 2013 – Bristol Academy
Friday 18th October 2013 – London Roundhouse


Video of the Moment #1039: Johnny Marr

By on Wednesday, 14th November 2012 at 6:00 pm

Legendary ex-Smiths, ex-Modest Mouse, and ex-Cribs guitarist Johnny Marr (as pictured above back from second left, in his Jarman-filled days) will be releasing his debut solo album ‘The Messenger’ next year, on the 25th of February on Warner Brothers. Here’s the promo video for the title track. Always known as the less ostentatious of the Morrissey-Marr pair, the video is monochromatic and low key. Watch it below.



Live Review: the Cribs with Adam Green and the Dead Trees at 9:30 Club, Washington, DC – 19 January 2010

By on Friday, 22nd January 2010 at 2:00 pm

A lot has changed for the Cribs since their last visit to Washington, DC, on 19 March 2008. They’ve got a new album and a new band member, and the band are now playing a larger venue. That gig in March 2008 was my first time seeing the Cribs, and I was blown away, so I fully expected Tuesday night’s show to be something spectacular, and I’m happy to say that the boys from Wakefield (and now Manchester, Portland, and London) did not disappoint!

The night started off inauspiciously when the band that was supposed to play first, the Dead Trees, was unable to play in their scheduled 8 PM slot due to having car trouble on the way down from Boston. Rather than delay the entire show by hours, they decided to share the stage with the other support act, Adam Green, essentially acting as his backing band. While the Dead Trees sounded great, it was Adam Green who stole the stage. He was incredibly drunk throughout the performance and climbed off the stage to attempt to crowd surf during nearly every song. While his behavior caused some unpleasant moments like nearly getting kicked in the face and having my head used for support on Adam’s subsequent trips around the crowd, it also created some very funny moments, as when Green declared that he’d never gotten to order a veggie burger like he’d been promised, asking, “can we just place an order at the Food Food?” (The sign over the venue’s snack bar says “food” on it twice.) Adam’s on-stage antics may not have added much to the music, but they made his set seem to fly by rather than seeming to drag on for ages like support acts’ sets often do. Even the Jarmans were amused by his performance: Gary sat on the guest balcony and drummed on his legs while Ryan came out to watch from time to time.

Although you may have been fooled by the surprisingly large number of people, many of them English who were shouting repeatedly for Johnny Marr, the night was all about the Cribs.  Their set was long at 17 songs and spanned all of their albums, but it certainly didn’t feel long. They played with their trademark high level of energy, throwing themselves fully into the performance. I had thought they couldn’t top their last gig in DC, but with the addition of Johnny Marr on guitar, there was an added richness to all the songs that really took them up a level. A personal highlight for me was ‘Hari Kari,’ my favorite song from the new album, ‘Ignore the Ignorant.’ Seeing Johnny, Ryan and Gary lined up at the front of the stage singing “it’s your mind / it’s your voice / it’s your body / it’s your choice” in unison while Ross pounded away behind them on the drums was a truly powerful moment. Ending their set with ‘City of Bugs’ off the new album and not coming back for an encore was unexpected, but seeing as how they’d already played all the crowd favourites, I can’t see a better way for them to have ended the show than with this amazing rendition, culminating in dueling guitars, fog and flashing lights. All in all, a truly fantastic evening.

After the jump: set list and photos.

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