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Video of the Moment #187: ‘The Magic of Christmas’

 
By on Friday, 4th December 2009 at 6:00 pm
 

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

HUNKS + Friends – ‘The Magic of Christmas’ ft. Sky Larkin, Los Campesinos!, Slow Club + more

Normally, Christmas records are a load of crap. I’ve received several this year already, the vast majority are just depressing. However one has taken me by surprise – it’s mot pretending to be big budget, nor particuarly great, instead it’s just an exercise in fun. Featuring: (deep breath please…) Sky Larkin, Los Campesinos!, Sparky Deathcap, My First Tooth, The Airborne Toxic Event, Copy Haho, James Yuill, Sound of Arrows, and written by Bright Light, Bright Light‘s Rod Thomas, it’s fun, doesn’t pretend to be high quality and is just a good ol’ fashioned Christmas sing-along. The video isn’t half bad too – lots of fancy hat swapping.

It’s being released on Monday 14th December and all proceeds are donated to the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).

 

Los Campesinos / February and March 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Sunday, 1st November 2009 at 11:30 pm
 

The marvellous Los Campesinos! have announced a string of 2010 UK tour dates, playing some of their biggest shows yet, and also in some new places that they’ve yet to visit.

Tickets for some of these dates are on sale now, and some go on sale soon. Tickets are priced between £9 and £12 each.

Thursday 11th February 2010 – Wrexham, Central Station
Friday 12th February 2010 – Liverpool, [email protected]
Saturday 13th February 2010 – York, Fibbers
Monday 15th February 2010 – Aberdeen, Tunnels
Tuesday 16th February 2010 – Dundee, Dog House
Wednesday 17th February 2010 – Edinburgh, Bongo
Thursday 18th February 2010 – Derby, The Venue
Friday 19th February 2010 – Leicester, Queen’s Hall
Sunday 21st February 2010 – Cambridge, Junction
Monday 22nd February 2010 – Norwich, Arts Centre
Tuesday 23rd February 2010 – Brighton, Audio New Slang Night
Wednesday 24th February 2010 – Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
Thursday 25th February 2010 – London, KOKO
Friday 26th February 2010 – Falmouth, Princess Pavillion
Saturday 27th February 2010 – Bristol, Thekla
Monday 1st March 2010 – Birmingham, Rainbow Warehouse
Tuesday 2nd March 2010 – Northampton, Roadmender
Wednesday 3rd March 2010 – Reading, Plug & Play
Thursday 4th March 2010 – Kingston, Banquet New Slang

 

MP3 of the Day #101: Los Campesinos!

 
By on Friday, 11th September 2009 at 10:00 am
 

The finest band to come out of Wales since the Manic Street Preachers, Los Campesinos! have decided to give away a sneak peak of their forthcoming third album.

As one of the few bands of the 2007 crop of break out bands that have punctuation marks and are still using them, LC! took me a while to get into, but have some immense songs (c’mon, who doesn’t like “Sweet Dreams, Sweet Cheeks”?)

Listen and enjoy this one, and watch the home-made video below.

MP3: Los Campesinos! – The Sea Is A Good Place To Think Of The Future

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/6466859[/vimeo]

 

Los Campesinos! / October 2009 UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 6th July 2009 at 3:20 pm
 

One of the bands that I haven’t written much about, but greatly admire is Los Campesinos! who have announced an October UK tour.

Support for all dates (except Cardiff, which is a festival lineup) comes from Copy Haho and Sparky Deathcap .

All shows are 14+, and tickets are on sale. There’s more information from their great site. Catch the guys at:

Wednesday 21st October 2009 – Coventry Kasbah
Thursday 22nd October 2009 – Southampton Joiners
Friday 23rd October 2009 – Exeter Phoenix
Saturday 24th October 2009 – Cardiff Gate (As part of SWN festival)
Monday 26th October 2009 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Tuesday 27th October 2009 – Newcastle University
Wednesday 28th October 2009 – London Garage
Thursday 29th October 2009 – Oxford Academy 2 (Zodiac)
Friday 20th October 2009 – Leeds Cockpit
Saturday 31st October 2009 – Glasgow King Tut’s

 

Best Of 2008: Albums

 
By on Sunday, 28th December 2008 at 1:30 pm
 

It’s been a pretty amazing year for music around the UK, and following on from my top 10 of 2007, here is my top 10 of 2008.

Viva Stereo (roar lion roar album cover)10 – Viva Stereo – Roar Lion Roar
You’ve probably not heard much about this Scottish collective. However, their third album was a surprise favourite for me – anthemic, accessible, slightly My Bloody Valentine and yet still so gorgeous.

Read more about Viva Stereo here.

Favourite: Knee High Boots.

9 – Sigur RósMeð suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
As ever, an amazing collection from the Icelandic group. More pop than previous albums, their songs sound all the more amazing. I caught them live at Hydro Connect Festival in Scotland, where they preceded Franz Ferdinand and blew them out of the water. As the sun went down, they soundtracked the festival for us, showing their sense of humour and making beautiful music that had more than a few grown men in tears.

Favourite: Inní mér syngur vitleysingur

8 – Ra Ra RiotThe Rhumb Line
Dark in places, Ra Ra Riot come from the same school of musical geekiness as Vampire Weekend, but with a bit more serious and a bit less money. Dark in places, the group are still recovering from the death of their drummer in summer 2007, which shows on tracks like “Winter ’05”.

Favourite: Dying is Fine

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Daily Roundup: Thursday 11th September

 
By on Thursday, 11th September 2008 at 8:16 pm
 

So yesterday I went to see Batman: The Dark Knight at London’s IMAX cinema, and we were blown away at the quality and sound of it on such a big screen. I’d already seen it before on a normal cinema screen, but yesterday was definitely worth the three hour journey each way. Of course, with so much time on a bus and tube, I got through some serious listening on my iPod.

Having received Bloc Party‘s Talons on Tuesday night, it’s been pretty much on repeat the whole time. Simply amazing, and is so far right up there with Ion Square as my favourite track of Intimacy. The video fits the song perfectly, and is suitably dark and brooding as Kele’s lyrics.

The press release comments:

Talking about Talons singer Kele said, “we wanted to keep things fresh and we thought the fans would be more excited to get a new song rather than something off the album. Talons is one of the last songs we recorded during the Intimacy sessions and I always had it in mind to be one of the extra tracks we promised for the CD if it turned out well. It turned out great so we decided to make it the next single. I’m enjoying this way of working, not over-thinking things, just make a decision and get on with it! It’s quite liberating in a way, I’m sure it’s going to be the way things happen more and more in the future”

Could this mean that they announce whole tours this way? I’d kinda like it if they just announced “oh, we’re playing London’s Astoria next Wednesday… and then Bristol’s Academy… and maybe some more venues too, we haven’t really decided yet!”. However I doubt they’d do that, for the logistical problems. But it’d be cool.

In my inbox this morning I found a link to a company that film live concerts in Europe, Fabchannel. I haven’t come across them before, but WOW. They have a great range of full gigs filmed on the continent, in amazing quality. I sound like I’ve been paid to gush this much, but I think it’ll be providing me with several evenings of entertainment. They sent me a link to Jack McManus who I haven’t come across before, and sounds pretty good at first listen, but I also came across full sets from Bloc Party, Delays, Los Campesinos (including the “most polite stage invasion ever”), The Courteeners, Pipettes… well, I could go on and on. You get the picture!

Finally, I found in my inbox an MP3 that I’d forgotten about. Sent to me about 4 weeks ago, Melbourne based Ancient Free Gardeners have a great sound – dreamy, a bit Shins-esque, with hints of The National and Radiohead shining through. Download the free MP3, and stop by their myspace to show some love – I’m sure they’d appreciate it.

MP3: Ancient Free Gardeners – Innards Out

 
 
 

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