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Bands to Watch #73: Lilofee

By on Thursday, 22nd January 2009 at 4:05 pm

Lilofee (side)Most of the time here at TGTF we try to mainly feature UK artists. However every so often there’s a band or artist who just HAS to be featured. Lilofee is one of these bands. They’re from LA, but combine everything I love in bands – synths, a bit of darkness, a dash of memorable choruses and a sound that is different to everyone of their influences.

Imagine Ladytron meets the Knife, with a hint of Interpol, She Wants Revenge and New Order and you’re part way there. Add to this some mystery (the band are named after a German fairytale, and front woman Kimi Recor is renowned for her crazy stage prescense), and you have Lilofee. Interestingly, Kimi commented recently that she has “a hard time writing anything that isn’t fairy tales or poetry”, which does add another layer of depth to the already dark tunes.

The four piece hail from San Francisco and their debut album, The Only Years, has a great collection of sounds and variety of material on it – Lock and Key (available below for download) features about 3 memorable hooks – it could be one of the underground festival hits of the summer. Who could not love a chorus of: “Hey Mister, Hey Mister, I kissed your kid sister, what’chu gonna do?” and the opening verse of: “I’m part of generation sexually ambigious / all the girls kiss / all the girls and the boys don’t know what to do so they borrow our pants / and our shoes and our eyeliner too”. MIA eat your heart out – it’s 2009’s Paper Planes.

Download the track below and then keep an eye out for Lilofee coming to a town near you shortly hopefully.

MP3: Lilofee – Lock and Key


Daily Roundup: Thursday 22nd January 2009

By on Thursday, 22nd January 2009 at 1:49 pm

Favours for SailorsThings are a bit crazy here at TGTF at the moment – for some reason this week our hits have gone through the roof (so hello if you’re new around these parts!), and we’ve been a tiny bit swamped with emails, so apologies if we’re slow to get back to you / write shiny new posts!

Now, onto the good stuff.

You’ve probably heard that the Isle of Wight festival’s announced its Friday lineup of big bands, with The Prodigy headlining, Basement Jaxx, Pendulum and the Ting Tings all playing the first day of the festival.

Crazy Germans Whitest Boy Alive (pictured top) have a new album, “Rules”, out on 30th March and have given us a preview of it (below). Think a slower Hot Chip, or a more German Royksopp, with some funky late night beats, quite chilled out but at the same time quite groovy… have a listen:

MP3: Whitest Boy Alive – Island

Now for a quick step back in time – Paul Carrack (yeah, the name range a bell for me too…), one time member of Roxy Music, Squeeze, Mike and The Mechanics (ooh, so that’s where we know him from) has a new album out, one of the 60 (yes, sixty!) that he’s featured on. Taken from ‘I Know That Name‘, enjoy a free album track as a download below, or go out and buy current single, ‘I Don’t Want Your Love (I Need Your Love)’.

MP3: Paul Carrack – It Ain’t Easy (To Love Someone)

Favours for Sailors (pictured top right) sound like a crazy mix of the View and the Beachboys – chaotic yet melodic. Woo. There’s a great intro piece over on Drowned in Sound here, and a free MP3 below:

MP3: Favours for Sailors – I Dreamt That I Dreamt that I loved you

I’ve been reading a lot about Animal Collective of late – their new album seems to have the pro bloggers all in a tiz, so I thought I’d see what all the fuss about. Below is a video of “My Girls”, which sounds pretty darned amazing I think.



Daily Roundup – 20th January 2009

By on Tuesday, 20th January 2009 at 12:05 pm

I meant to pop this up last night, but somehow didn’t quite manage it, so here are some things that are tickling our fancy here at TGTF at the moment.

Red Light Company (new side)We were sent two very special MP3s yesterday from Red Light Company (who we introduced here, and are off on tour shortly). Their debut album is out shortly, so expect more coverage as that comes out – they’re really rather great. Download and enjoy, as ever.

MP3: Red Light Company – Arts And Crafts (School of Seven Bells Remix)
MP3: Red Light Company – Be the One (Ting Tings cover)

You may remember that we’ve proclaimed our love for Fabchannel before, the video service which lets viewers catch gigs filmed live. They’ve announced that tomorrow night (Wednesday 21st January) they’ll have of Montreal (pictured top) live on their website – just go here from 6:30pm (GMT) and catch the action as it happens from Amsterdam. Expect colour, chaos and anything else that begins with C when the US experimental popsters take to the stage.

Like a bit of down and dirty indie-rock? The 51/50’s have announced that they have a new single out next Monday (26th January). The rising foursome count The Rolling Stones, Guns N’ Roses, Thin Lizzy and Oasis all amongst their influences, and have an incredibly sing-it-loud style that would keep most Kooks or Pigeon Detectives fans of today happy, along with the older school who love the Stones or Guns and Roses. “Lies” is that great sort of song that everyone will love, so make sure you pop on down to your local independent record store or iTunes come Monday to get hold of a copy to say you were one of the first to discover them.

Finally, you know I love Friendly Fires. I’ve caught them live twice, now they’ve gone and released what must be the last single from their debut album, Skeleton Boy. As with all great songs, there’s a great video… featuring Skeletons. See the great pun they did there? Oh, okay. Watch it below. Apologies about the quality – couldn’t find a better one around.



Thom Morgan meets exlovers

By on Saturday, 17th January 2009 at 12:58 am

“To be honest I hate everyone in the band and yet I still talk to them”

Having done their part in terms of live shows and EPs exlovers have released their debut single and are looking to drop a bit more though 2009. Their tour with Pete and The Pirates wet the beds of indie fans throughout the UK and 2009 sees the band on their first headlining tour. I spoke to one fifth of the indie-poppers, covering tours to albums..

Describe your sound quickly to those who’ve never heard of you..

Exlovers (side)

Somewhere between shoe-gaze and drunken haze.

Tell us more about your new single..

It’s our first single! Just a Silhouette is one of out more poppy songs I think. Clouds is a bit different, there are songs that seem to work when when I record them badly and that was one of them.

You recently went on your with Pete and The Pirates, how was it?

Pete and the pirates are a great band and lovely people. I think their music is quite different to ours but I really like it and that’s quite a rare thing for me, unfortunately the music I listen to is quite limited. I hope we can tour with them again because it was really good hanging out with them.

What is your biggest inspiration?

I guess The Beatles are, though I listen to them a ridiculous amount of Built to Spill and My Bloody Valentine. I don’t really know, it’s hard to say.

What would you consider your biggest achievement as a band to date?

Still being a band after spending about three months on tour together. To be honest I hate everyone in the band and yet I still talk to them,  I guess that’s an achievement. That’s my favourite joke.

What are your plans for 2009?

Well maybe I need to stop living like this. I could move into a house and grow some interesting plants, learn some sort of martial are, stop biting my nails and feeling so fucking bad. I think we’ll write and album.

Free Download : S.O.F.

ExLovers (bottom)


Daily Roundup – 14th January 2009

By on Wednesday, 14th January 2009 at 10:08 am

Having a few issues at the moment keeping up with so much good new music I’ve been stumbling across. So settle in as we give you the run down on some ace new acts.

Official Secrets Act (side)Steve introduced you to Alessi’s Ark‘s (pictured top) lush colourful musical soundscapes almost a month ago, and since then we’ve been hooked – great music to listen to in the evening, really relaxing and so beautiful. She may not be destined for huge things, but it’s beautiful and may well be soundtracking the next episode of Grey’s Anatomy or Scrubs, going by their music policy these days.

MP3: Alessi’s Ark – Magic Weather

Crazy (but sweet) Marina & The Diamonds segues us easily between Alessi’s Ark and the rest of our colourful line up, sounding like a crazy hotpot of Imogen Heap, Regina Spektor, Goldfrapp and Bjork. Yes, it’s artistic, yes it’s great.

MP3: Marina & The Diamonds – Obsessions

One of the new blogs I’ve found recently, The Recommender, managed to suggest The Sound of Arrows, and reminded me to check out The Official Secrets Act (pictured on the right)who I saw featured in an NME “radar” feature just the other month, but never got round to checking out. Needless to say, The Recommender has links to tonnes more great bands and artists, so be sure to check it out (when you’ve run out of things to read from us, of course!

MP3: The Sound of Arrows – Danger!
MP3: The Official Secrets Act – So Tomorrow

Some of you might be trying frantically to find some sort of connection between this artists, whether they’re all pop or all dark and meaningful. I don’t think there’s much connection between them all – they’ve all got quite different sounds, though are all pretty mainstream I guess. To finish it off on the free MP3 stakes, Bangor based Two Door Cinema are so unashamedly synth-happy I may have just fallen in love again. They’ve got “that” sound that will probably appeal to the same people who love the Wombats (who incidentally they’ll be supporting at the NME awards shows – nice linking I think you’ll agree!), Team Waterpolo, Death Cab For Cutie or Los Campesinos! etc – slightly pop, slightly indie, slightly great. The only downside? They don’t have a drummer – I think every band should have a drummer, it offers that little bit more flexability, you don’t have to restart the drum loops to fit in with your mistakes.

Listen and love:

MP3: Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work

Oh, and we’ve also been majorly loving Franz Ferdinand‘s new album. For obvious reasons you don’t get an MP3 out of it (as we don’t want another Cease and Desist letter!), but feel free to see what Jess thought of the first single, Ulysses, here. Also got the White Lies new album, though its taking a bit longer to get into – at the moment it’s feeling a bit of a paint-by-numbers affair. Shame.


Bands to Watch #65: Zemmy

By on Wednesday, 7th January 2009 at 8:07 pm

Zemmy (side)You may have spotted that recently here on TGTF we have quite a penchant for female singers with great voices. Well, we’ve found another one to add to our list of names we really admire.

It’s Zemmy Momoh, a 22 year old from London who’s managed to already prove just what a strong voice she has. Below are some free MP3s, but to give a picture of her sound, take one English / Nigerian lady, add in a hint of Anastacia and Gabrielle and make it a bit better, and you’ve got her sound. At times haunting and other times danceable, her songs always tell a great tale, and one that you should check out.

Below are two free MP3s from Zemmy. She’s currently unsigned, but I’m sure it’s not going to stay that way for long…

MP3: Zemmy – Secretly
MP3: Zemmy – Everything’s Okay


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