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(Olympics 2014 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #1447: Villagers

 
By on Monday, 10th February 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the 2014 Winter Olympics are now taking place in Sochi, Russia and you’ve already watched this amazing performance of the Russian police force performing Daft Punk‘s ‘Get Lucky’ here. Russian president Vladimir Putin has been getting a lot of flak (and rightly so, we think) for some of his administration’s policies, including the Pussy Riot debacle and more recently when it comes to the Olympics, anti-gay policies. We generally don’t get involved in politics here at TGTF but in this case, we didn’t have to, Conor J. O’Brien of Villagers did it for us.

This promo for new song ‘Occupy Your Mind’ is prefaced simply with this note from O’Brien: “In the advent of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, please find attached a song written for you, your mother, your father and your gay brothers and sisters in Russia”. The song will be released as a single on Domino on the 31st of March. Watch the video below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7Wot63VSGg[/youtube]

 

Live Gig Video: Blur open their Olympic closing ceremony-related Hyde Park show with ‘Girls and Boys’

 
By on Tuesday, 14th August 2012 at 4:00 pm
 

Though Blur have hinted this year’s appearances may be their last, they’ve wasted no time in having some of the most memorable live performances that we will remember of 2012. Case in point: their show Sunday night at Hyde Park taking place alongside the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony at Olympic Park, which included the below video of ‘Girls and Boys’, when the curtains opened, revealing a very excited quartet, raring to go. While some people described the sound as not being loud enough, this video does a good job of capturing both the sound and the energy. Watch it below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XB_lr1g98Q0[/youtube]

 

Live Gig Video: Arctic Monkeys cover the Beatles’ ‘Come Together’ at the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony

 
By on Tuesday, 31st July 2012 at 4:00 pm
 

In his quiff and tough guy leather garb, Alex Turner led his Arctic Monkeys through a performance of their ‘I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor’, followed by a cover of the Beatles‘ ‘Come Together’ at the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony in London last Friday night. Some nice Monkeys French fans posted the cover on Vimeo, so you can watch that below. A recorded version of ‘Come Together’ by the Arctic Monkeys is available as part of ‘Isles of Wonder: Music for the Opening Ceremony’, an Olympics 2012-themed compilation, now out on Decca.

Earlier today, we posted video of Two Door Cinema Club‘s Alex Trimble performing the song ‘Caliban’s Dream’ during the cauldron lighting.

Update 12 August 2012: since the IOC has gotten any video remotely related to the Olympics removed from the usual video channels, I’ve replaced it with the audio stream of the studio version and a cool looking photo of Alex Turner. Gotta make do with what you can, yeah?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkeshvf2Imw[/youtube]

 

Two Door Cinema Club / September 2012 English/Irish Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 31st July 2012 at 2:15 pm
 

Right on the heels of the release of their second album ‘Beacon’ on the 3rd of September on Kitsune, Two Door Cinema Club have announced English and Irish dates to directly follow the momentous occasion. The presale begins tomorrow, the 1st of August, at 9 AM here. The general sale will begin Friday the 3rd of August at 9 AM. The support for the three English dates will be their Kitsune labelmates Citizens! from London; fellow Irishmen the Cast of Cheers will support in Dublin.

In case you missed it, singer Alex Trimble was tapped by filmmaker Danny Boyle to sing the song ‘Caliban’s Dream’, written by Rick Smith of Underworld, as the cauldron was being lit at the opening ceremony of this summer’s Olympics in London last Friday night (27 July). You can watch/hear the performance about 17 minutes into the video below.

Tuesday 4th September 2012 – Birmingham HMV Library (14+ with under 16s accompanied by an adult)
Wednesday 5th September 2012 – Manchester Sound Control (14+)
Thursday 6th September 2012 – London Shepherds Bush Empire (under 14s accompanied by an adult)
Friday 7th September 2012 – Dublin Academy (18+)

 

(Olympics 2012 flavoured!) Single Review: Dizzee Rascal featuring Pepper – Scream

 
By on Friday, 27th July 2012 at 12:00 pm
 

Editor’s note: All of TGTF’s coverage of London 2012 Olympics is available through this link.

Whilst meaning no disrespect to the other five Olympic singles, out of all the performers invited to contribute, Dizzee Rascal surely has the most genuine claim to personal connection with the Games, as he was brought up in Bow, just a javelin’s throw from where the Olympic village now stands in Stratford. This fact surely didn’t escape the attention of organisers when choosing Rascal to provide a song; his personal narrative neatly encapsulates both the rags-to-riches tale of this particular part of east London, whilst reinforcing the best that its varied cultural mix can produce. ‘Scream’, whilst not specifically written with this event in mind (YouTube shows the tune doing the festival rounds this time last year), carries some particularly apposite lyrical content, with its talk of “Worldwide athletic champion”, even though such sentiment is inspired more by the Rocky films than any explicit affinity with the Olympic movement.

After that the lyrics get a bit hazy – yes, I am a white boy from Yorkshire, not a hood from the East side, so I can’t decipher every word of the rapid flow. But if I’m not mistaken, in the latter half of the song there’s a decent bit of social critique of the culture of his roots, of both male violence and female promiscuity, providing a much-needed voice of common sense where politicians dare not to tread, either because they are afraid of being opportunistically accused of racism by their opposition, or because they misguidedly turn a blind eye to social ills in minority communities, mistaking genuine poor behaviour for the perceived norms of a poorly-understood breakaway culture. The song wraps up with an inspiring evocation to be the “future flame” – very Olympian.

Musically, the piece continues Dizzee’s talent for taking very basic ingredients (a sampled harp riff, a few familiar synth tones, the most basic white-noise snare), and making a decent song out of it. Whilst there isn’t a proper chorus, there’s a lovely female vocal refrain sung by Dirtee Stank signing Pepper to break up the rapping. In fact the song never truly climaxes, but for the TV soundtrack purposes to which it will no doubt be put, that’s probably no bad thing. Overall, this is a decent song, particularly the lyrical sentiment, which covers a lot of ground in its sub-three minutes. A decent shock of individual inspiration to counterpoint to the bland, suffocating authoritarianism of the political and commercial concerns that have so dominated the run-up to the Games themselves. And in that sense, Rascal displays all the qualities of a successful Olympian athlete. Let the Games begin!

7/10

Dizzee Rascal’s ‘Scream’ featuring Pepper will be released on Monday the 5th of August.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZhS_l8c6n8#[/youtube]

 

(Olympics 2012 flavoured!) MP3(s) of the Day (and more!) #590: Casiokids

 
By on Friday, 27th July 2012 at 10:00 am
 

I kind of had a feeling that Casiokids would be reappearing at some point later in 2012 after their album ‘Aabenbaringen over aaskammen’ had been released in January. I mean, come now. They had a song called ‘Olympiske leker’, which translates literally to “Olympic Games” in Norwegian.

Today, in honour of the Olympic ceremonies to take place tonight, we’re offering up their two free downloads of ‘Olympiske leker’, the original and a special v.2 version just in time for the special event. And it wouldn’t be an mp3 of the day and more post without that something more. That something more today is a specially commissioned hand-drawn video for the song, done by Chad Blevins. It’s all below for you to look, listen to and enjoy. Happy Friday!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtBv-Q0LbkU[/youtube]

 
 
 

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