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NME Awards Shows / February 2011

By on Tuesday, 23rd November 2010 at 9:30 am

This year, the NME Awards will take place 23 February 2011 at 02 Academy Brixton. In the lead up to the awards show, NME puts on live performances in London’s best gigging venues during the month of February. And yesterday, the music magazine announced the line-ups for the February 2011 shows. Tickets for these shows go on sale tomorrow, Wednesday, 24 November, at 9 AM.

Tuesday 1st February 2011 – Metronomy at London Heaven
Wednesday 2nd February 2011 – Los Campesinos! and Summer Camp at London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Thursday 3rd February 2011 – The Duke Spirit at London Heaven
Wednesday 9th February 2011 – Mystery Jets (pictured above) at London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Friday 11th February 2011 – White Lies and Crocodiles at London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Tuesday 15th February 2011 – The Naked and Famous at London Heaven
Tuesday 15th February 2011 – Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan and Cherry Ghost at London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Wednesday 16th February 2011 – Edwyn Collins at London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Thursday 17th February 2011 – Miles Kane at London Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
Thursday 17th February 2011 – Noah and the Whale at London Koko
Friday 18th February 2011 – Yuck and Cults at London Bush Hall
Sunday 20th February 2011 – Carl Barat, the Heartbreaks and Foreign Office at London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Monday 21st February 2011 – Alex Winston at London New Players Theatre
Monday 21st February 2011 – Mona and Neon Trees at London Garage
Monday 21st February 2011 – Warpaint and Twin Shadow at London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Monday 21st February 2011 – Frankie and the Heartstrings and Veronica Falls at London Heaven
Tuesday 22nd February 2011 – Caribou, Factory Floor and Walls at London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Tuesday 22nd February 2011 – Les Savy Fav at London Heaven


New to Q Sessions / January 2011

By on Thursday, 11th November 2010 at 9:00 am

The line-ups for the second annual New to Q Sessions, to take place at London’s Bush Hall in early 2011, have been announced. Five special shows have been scheduled for the week of the 24th to the 28th of January 2011. Though the presale already started on Tuesday, general tickets go on sale at 9 AM tomorrow (12th November). The bands playing are listed below; you’ll definitely recognise some TGTF favourites in there.

Monday 24th January 2011 – Funeral Party, Kid Adrift, Liz Lawrence
Tuesday 25th January 2011 – Clare Maguire, Primary 1, Liam Bailey
Wednesday 26th January 2011 – Noah and the Whale, Ben Howard, Alice Gold
Thursday 27th January 2011 – Egyptian Hip Hop, Dutch Uncles
Friday 28th January 2011 – The Pierces, Murray James, David Lyre


In the Post #22: Noah and the Whale – The First Days of Spring

By on Monday, 7th September 2009 at 12:00 pm

Noah and the Whale - First Days of Spring (side cover)You may best remember London quartet, Noah and the Whale, for their annoyingly over-played, but alas, incredibly popular ‘5 Years Time’. The happy vibes of this track generally encapsulated Noah and the Whale’s music well. Their golden indie-folk brimmed with with sunny sunshine. They were cheery, they were fun.

If you were expecting this from record number 2, I’m the bearer of bad news. Sadly, frontman Charlie Fink, has since split with his girlfriend – the singer, Laura Marling. Alas, Noah and the Whale’s second album, ‘The First Days of Spring’, has been stripped of all glowing happiness. Quite contrastingly, the new records jumps deep inside the moping brain of a broken hearted man, detailing from start to finish the stabbing pain of losing a love. Noah and the Whale have successfully managed in grabbing hold of the range of emotions experienced throughout a devastating break-up, and have turned them into an art-form – a beautiful art-form which is as heartbreaking musically as the story behind the album.

There’s no need to read deeply into the lyrics. Fink’s words are completely and utterly face-value. Cliché broken heart narrative is spread all over ‘The First Days of Spring’. But it doesn’t matter. As it’s honest and it’s true, and importantly, so many of us will be able to relate to them. “And I’m still here hoping, that one day you may come back”, Fink gently sings during the opening title track. Complimentary guitars and strings gently weep in the distance, before exploding into a crescendo of emotion come the end.

Track two, ‘Our Window’, is stripped back and lays the frontman’s emotions bare to all. Fink sings rather timidly, as if it is almost painful for him to let out such intense feelings vocally. The story concept running through the record evidently flows into the musical content here, as ‘Our Window’ cleverly previews the coming optimism of forthcoming track ‘Blue Skies’.

‘The First Days of Spring’ certainly continues in taking the listener on a roller-coaster of emotions. ‘I Have Nothing’ showcases desperation and longing (“Come back to me my darling”). Meanwhile, ‘Stranger’ brings the mood down a little further, as Fink melancholy recalls sleeping “with a stranger for the first time since you’ve gone”. However, the latter end of the album joyously swings towards a renewed sense of positivity. The upbeat and optimistic ‘Love of an Orchestra’ (“So now in my deepest sorrow, there’s no need for despair”) is kicked off by a choir as if it were a West End musical, while the gorgeous Blue Skies offers a beautiful flash of hope.”This is the last song that I’ll write, while still in love with you” Charlie sings, as rousing choirs and tinkling pianos enhance the new found hope of actually being able to move forward. The album comes to a close, however, with ‘My Door is Always Open’. A gentle number, Fink closes the record positively proclaiming “but now I’m free from all your pain”. Sung over a mere acoustic, the song ultimately builds up into a joyous harmony which radiates warmth and, most importantly of all, recovery.

To conclude, Noah and the Whale are back with a touching masterpiece, which is intriguing as the music itself is quite stripped back and mellow. Charlie Fink’s lyricism is perhaps the key instrument throughout the album, truly driving ‘The First Days of Spring’ into a black hole of epic emotions.”This is a song for anyone with a broken heart”, Charlie mopes during ‘Blue Skies’. I take that statement further. This is an album for anyone with, or who has had a broken heart.

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Noah and the Whale‘s First Days of Spring is out now. Order it from Amazon.


MP3 of the Day (and More!) #95: Noah and the Whale

By on Friday, 28th August 2009 at 10:00 am

I come bearing three tasty gifts of the aquatic music variety. Confused? Noah and the Whale, the London four-piece folk band that got everyone whistling last year with ‘Five Years Time’ is back this summer with a new album, ‘The First Days of Spring’. Recorded at Rak Studios in London and then mixed in Hoboken, New Jersey in America, Noah and the Whale’s album #2 sports some really gorgeous tunes.

As an appetizer, have a nibble on the new version of the album’s first single that you’ve probably heard on the radio airwaves, ‘Blue Skies’, remixed by Young Americans Challenging High Technology (Yacht) from Portland, Oregon. This version has more dance sensibility than singer/songwriter Charlie Fink of the Whale intended for the original, but it’s certainly a valid viewpoint and one that the band themselves welcomes, stating on their official Web site, “Noah and the Whale have long held the musical philosophy that a song is never settled”. Judge for yourself.

MP3: Noah and the Whale – Blue Skies (Yacht remix)

Now we’re moving on to the main course, and it’s a doozy. At the end of April of this year, Noah and the Whale worked with famed director Vincent Moon to record four songs from the new album in an impromptu style in a Brooklyn, New York loft. Take a bite out of this…


And for dessert, here’s truly a treat. If you haven’t checked out the Black Cab Sessions yet and you’re a serious musicaholic, you really should. The (usual) set-up: a musical act is put in the backseat of a London black cab and have one chance to play a song of theirs, unplugged, and commit it to video to be posted and saved for posterity on the Black Cabs Sessions Web site. Stripped bare of electronic studio wizardry, this is where real singers and musicians shine. In the video below, it’s Noah and the Whale’s turn, with vocalist/guitarist Charlie Fink and fiddler Tom ‘T-Bone’ Hobden of the band ensconced in the back of the black cab du jour at this year’s Big Chill festival.


‘The First Days of Spring’ will be released on 31 August in the UK by Mercury Records.


MP3 of the Day #89: Noah and the Whale

By on Wednesday, 12th August 2009 at 10:00 am

Not quite a free MP3 in our usual way today, but Noah and the Whale are giving away an ace new track over on Amazon. Hop on over there, download it and take a listen – it really is quite amazing.


Noah and the Whale / September and October 2009 UK Tour

By on Friday, 31st July 2009 at 8:53 pm

Noah and the Whale have announced a string of tour dates for September and October up and down the UK.

Tickets are on sale now, priced at £12 each, £14 for London Koko.

Thursday 3rd September 2009 – London ICA
Friday 4th September 2009 – London ICA
Sunday 27th September 2009 – Gateshead The Sage
Monday 28th September 2009 – Leeds The Cockpit
Tuesday 29th September 2009 – Manchester Club Academy
Thursday 1st October 2009 – Oxford O2 Academy
Friday 2nd October 2009 – London KOKO
Sunday 4th October 2009 – Norwich Waterfront
Monday 5th October 2009 – Cambridge Junction
Wednesday 7th October 2009 – Brighton Concorde
Thursday 8th October 2009 – Derby Rockhouse
Saturday 10th October 2009 – Exeter Phoenix
Sunday 11th October 2009 – Bath Komedia
Monday 12th October 2009 – Falmouth Princess Pavilion
Wednesday 14th October 2009 – Sheffield Leadmill
Thursday 15th October 2009 – Glasgow Oran Mor Auditorium


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