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MP3 of the Moment #189: Marina and the Diamonds

 
By on Thursday, 27th May 2010 at 10:00 am
 

Possibly the artist we have the most possible number of MP3s for, we’ve just been given a new Marina and the Diamonds track to share with you – this time a cover she did in Norwich of 3Oh!3’s “Starstrukk”.

Download and enjoy below. Let us know what you think of this cover in the comments – love it? Hate it? Let us know.

MP3: Marina and the Diamonds – Starstrukk (live in Norwich)
[audio:http://theregoesthefear.com/media/201005/matd-starstrukk.mp3]

MP3: Marina and the Diamonds – I Am Not A Robot (Clock Opera remix)
MP3: Marina and the Diamonds – I Am Not A Robot
MP3: Marina & The Diamonds – Mowgli’s Road
MP3: Marina & The Diamonds – Obsessions
MP3: Marina and the Diamonds – I Am Not A Robot (Starsmith remix)

 

Marina and the Diamonds / October and November 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 5th May 2010 at 9:00 am
 

TGTF Favourites Marina and the Diamonds has announced a string of UK shows for the end of October and early November to round off what has been quite a rise to stardom for the Welsh singer.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday morning (7th May) from the usual ticketing outlets.

Wednesday 20th October 2010 – Norwich UEA
Thursday 21st October 2010 – Eastbourne Winter Garden
Saturday 23rd October 2010 – Birmingham Town Hall
Sunday 24th October 2010 – Oxford Regal
Monday 25th October 2010 – Bristol Anson Rooms
Sunday 31st October 2010 – Manchester Ritz
Monday 1st November 2010 – Glasgow Old Fruitmarket
Tuesday 2nd November 2010 – Edinburgh Picture House
Thursday 4th November 2010 – Newcastle Northumbria University
Friday 5th November 2010 – Leeds University
Monday 8th November 2010 – London Roundhouse
Friday 12th November 2010 – Cardiff Coal Exchange
Sunday 14th November 2010 – Bath Pavilion
Monday 15th November 2010 – Brighton Corn Exchange

 

MP3 of the Day #171: Marina and the Diamonds

 
By on Thursday, 29th April 2010 at 10:00 am
 

It’s been a while since we’ve had a Marina and the Diamonds love-in here at TGTF, so we thought it was about time we posted this amazing remix of ‘I Am Not A Robot’ that transforms it into a huge anthem that wouldn’t sound out of place at this year’s Eurovision (and I mean that in an oh-so-good way, as in pop, not as in crap).

Download it below, or remind yourself just why we love Marina and her Diamonds with the four previous tracks we’ve offered for download below.

MP3: Marina and the Diamonds – I Am Not A Robot (Clock Opera remix)

MP3: Marina and the Diamonds – I Am Not A Robot
MP3: Marina & The Diamonds – Mowgli’s Road
MP3: Marina & The Diamonds – Obsessions
MP3: Marina and the Diamonds – I Am Not A Robot (Starsmith remix)

 

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.

 

MP3 of the Day #162: Penguin Prison

 
By on Wednesday, 24th March 2010 at 10:00 am
 

We’re a bit late on the ol’ Penguin Prison train it seems. The NYC singer/songwriter/artist has been burning up the web for a few months now it seems, and his new single “The Worse It Gets”, was released yesterday. Ignoring the slightly dodgy lyrics (about his car “Jenny” that “takes him anywhere”), it’s a funk-tastic stroll through 70’s disco, 80’s synths, 90’s guilty pleasures and 00’s coolness. The track was co-written by the gang of Holy Ghost!, so naturally, it’s a pretty amazing creation.

Whilst you’re enjoying the track below, also enjoy two remixes of two of our favourite songs from last year – Marina and the Diamonds’ I Am Not A Robot and Golden Silvers’ True Romance. What do you think? Leave a comment below and let us know.

MP3: Penguin Prison – The Worse It Gets
[audio:http://theregoesthefear.com/media/worseitgets.mp3]

MP3: Marina and the Diamonds – I Am Not A Robot (Penguin Prison remix)
[audio:http://theregoesthefear.com/media/i-am-not-a-robot-pp-remix.mp3]

MP3: Golden Silvers – True Romance (Penguin Prison remix)
[audio:http://theregoesthefear.com/media/201003/trueromanceppr.mp3]

 

Album Review: Marina and the Diamonds – The Family Jewels

 
By on Thursday, 18th February 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

There Goes The Fear have been avid supporters of Marina and the Diamonds ever since we first introduced her last February. Back then, Marina was pitched pretty low on musical radars. One year on, however, and Miss. Diamandis has signed to the big-wigs at Warner, and is releasing her debut album, ‘The Family Jewels‘, upon the country on Monday (22nd February). Not bad progress for 12 months, huh?

You only have to glaze your eyes over the numerous song titles on the back of the upcoming CD (‘Shampain’, ‘Hermit the Frog’, ‘Mowgli’s Road’, ‘Oh No!’), to realise that this is going to be a, well, quirky, journey of an album. So, cup of tea in hand, we all gathered around the record player to have a listen to this glittery serving from one of 2010’s biggest tipped artists.

One thing we love about Marina here at TGTF is her absolute brilliance when it comes to making quirky electro pop. This is reflected in a number of tracks on the album which you may have already heard floating around cyberspace. ‘Mowgli’s Road’ is a particularly colourful number, filled with animalistic “Coo coos!”, tribal percussion and cutlery-based lyrics (“Ten silver spoons coming after me!”). Yes, this terrifically catchy tune is exactly what Alice in Wonderland and Jungle Book would sound like if they were mixed into some amazing musical recipe. Similarly, ‘Hollywood’ – the song which has perhaps gained Marina the most radio-play – is destined for dancefloors. The sparkling synths and cliché American images provoked by the candy lyrics add to the pop monster that is the chorus of the track (believe me, you won’t be able to dislodge the hook that is “I’m obsessed with the mess that’s America!” once it’s in your brain).

Marina is also pretty great at taking the speed down a little. ‘Obsessions’, for example, is a truly heartfelt number, the passion particularly reflected in Diamandis’ emotive voice. The delightful “ba ba ba” breakdown midway adds a further hint of glitter and the final harmonies awash over one another perfectly come the end. Likewise, ‘I Am Not a Robot’ tugs at the heartstrings with it’s hopscotch piano and wispy strings, and showcases some of the best lyrics on the album while it’s at it (“You’re vulnerable, you’re vulnerable. You are not a robot! You’re loveable, so loveable, but you’re just troubled”). ‘Rootless’, meanwhile, is another slower paced track amid the album. Despite the carousel synths tinkling away in the distance, this tune protrudes with a noticeably sinister sound, which is really rather enjoyable amid the sugary pop of the rest of the album. Certainly a highlight.

As you may have noticed, four out of five of those tracks I have just discussed have already been put out by Marina’s lot as singles. Sadly, they do turn out to be the highlights of the record – the rest of ‘The Family Jewels’ ultimately drags quite a bit, and is admittedly not up to scratch like I would have hoped.

‘The Outsider’ sticks out as being one of the worst tracks on the album. There’s nothing captivating about this track. It’s too cutty and ‘all over the place’ – the chorus proving particularly annoying with it’s repeating of “Inside the outsider (on my own again)”. Meanwhile, the unrelenting ‘Oh No!’ is a poppy mash of playground vocals – over-acted and too sickly to bear at points.

‘Hermit the Frog’ is evidence of how Marina’s voice can begin to grate. It’s around this point in the album you begin to realise that Diamandis uses the same vocal tricks (powerful and operatic, to comedic and characteristic, to light and fluffy) throughout the record. If you like your Mika, you’ll probably enjoy the magical instrumentals and “dum dum dums” of this track, but if you don’t, you might consider the song a little, well, childish. Meanwhile, despite it’s pleasantness, the string concoction of a ballad that is ‘Numb’ basically sounds like ‘I Am Not a Robot’ ripped up and stuck back together a little different.

And that is certainly one of the major criticisms I’d point out about this album. Marina doesn’t innovate much when it comes to her sound, which is why ‘The Family Jewels’ may prove a little hard going. Which is a shame, as when it comes to the sole singles, Marina is clearly a brilliant electro pop artist who’ll no doubt gain a huge following with her inescapable hooks. But to me, this Diamond is better listened to in short bursts, as a whole album risks ruining her quirky sound. Stretched over 13 tracks, the same techniques start to resonate throughout, and it can all begin to tire by the end, particularly her voice. But don’t get me wrong, I am quite bummed about this, as prior to hearing the album, I was really all out for Marina. And I still am, as I know she has the ability to be awesome. She already is! There are many great tracks among this album. There’s just another fair amount which let it down. But hey, I still think she’s a million times cooler than Florence (so pow!).

 
 
 

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