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Video of the Moment #1866: The Prodigy

 
By on Saturday, 25th July 2015 at 6:00 pm
 

I feel for bands who have had a massive hit somewhere in their back catalogue that most everyone remember and therefore associates with them. Such is the case with The Prodigy, who at least for here in America, are best known for their monster hit in 1996, ‘Firestarter’ (or as I knew it watching it on MTV back then, ‘the dance music video with the singing guy with horns’. Can you hope to match or really, go beyond the success of something so huge?

Recent summer festival appearances by the trio prove without a doubt that there’s still a market for their loud, unrelenting style of big beat, rave-type music, and ‘Get Your Fight On’ from their newest album ‘The Day is My Enemy’ is just the kind of anthem to get folks riled up. Time to rave!

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3R_Gc0ClfQ[/youtube]

 

Preview: Roskilde Festival 2010

 
By on Friday, 16th April 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

For sure, Roskilde Festival in Denmark is special not only as being the biggest summer rock music festival in Northern Europe. You might think that they could get really lazy and bring in a bunch of Scandinavian acts. But no – you can count on them offering the most eclectic line-up around, choosing artists from all over the globe. The festival also has a conscience: the Roskilde Festival Charity Society makes sure every year the profits from the festival are donated directly to humanitarian and cultural purposes, and the event strives to be as green as possible as well, with volunteers on site helping to raise awareness of how we can help the environment.

The line-up for this year’s festival was announced yesterday with the headliners for this year’s Roskilde Orange Stage being Gorillaz, Jack Johnson, Muse, Nephew, the Prodigy, Patti Smith and her band and Them Crooked Vultures (pictured above). A surprise: Vampire Weekend has been relegated to the middle tier of bands and will not headline this event: I thought they might, since the quartet from New York City will be headlining both Rockness and T in the Park. Our picks for the must-sees at this festival? LCD Soundsystem (with James Murphy’s announcement that ‘This is Happening’ will be his last album), Kasabian, the Temper Trap and ex-Joy Division/ex-New Order Bernard Sumner’s new band Bad Lieutenant.

You might be wondering why I, as an American blog editor, am suddenly so keen on a festival that will take place over 4,000 miles away. Well, I’ll tell you. I’m going this year as one of seven bloggers chosen by the festival organisers themselves. To be honest, I’m very excited (I nearly fainted when I heard the news I’d been picked from scores of applicants) but also a bit anxious as I imagine I will be one of the few American punters (or possibly the only one who’s not in an American band or associated with one?) at the event. I’ve been trying desperately to learn basic Danish from a Berlitz CD but I’m expecting to embarrassed multiple times with my strange sounding accent. If you are attending this year, come and say ‘hej!’ (And that would mean ‘hello’ in Danish.)

The festival will take place Thursday 01 July to Sunday 04 July, plus what they are calling a ‘warm-up period’ starting Saturday 26 June. Tickets are on sale now at the official festival Web site or through Seetickets. A ticket for the warm-up plus all 4 days of the festival runs 1675 DKK (approximately £198) + booking fee, and single day tickets are 850 DKK (approximately £100) + booking fee. Parking, tent and caravan fees are extra.

After the cut: the current line-up as of 15 April 2010. Because the dates of performance haven’t been announced yet, I’ve arranged the list of acts scheduled to appear by billing from top down (by size of the fonts on the poster), then alphabetically. This listing in no way indicates Roskilde’s or even my personal feelings about each band and their merits – I didn’t think it would be useful to throw all the acts together alphabetically!

Continue reading Preview: Roskilde Festival 2010

 

The Prodigy / January 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 10th August 2009 at 11:36 pm
 

So, The Prodigy have announced a string of UK tour dates for January next year.

“We wanted to kick off 2010 in the UK so we are coming to some of the towns that we missed last year – sometimes these places can get forgotten so we wanted to bring the show to fans who don’t often get a chance to see us.”

Tickets go on sale at 9:30am on Friday morning (14th August 2009) Catch the guys at:

Thursday 21st January 2010 – Doncaster Dome
Friday 22nd January 2010 – Bridlington Spa Royal Hall
Saturday 23rd January 2010 – Blackpool Empress Ballroom
Monday 25th January 2010 – Plymouth Pavilions
Tuesday 26th January 2010 – Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Wednesday 27th January 2010 – Bournemouth International Centre

 

Bands To Watch #91: The Good Natured

 
By on Thursday, 5th March 2009 at 1:30 pm
 

A quick note from Phil: We first introduced you to The Good Natured last summer, but times have changed and this is a much better write-up than the original one!

m_4a5cfe7663dc704a271ce04302d1f873Sarah McIntosh is the lone member of The Good Natured and you can expect her to be a radio regular in a the not too distant future. A combination of electronic rhythms that would make MGMT proud and sublime vocals that sound like a mellow lily Allen or Kate Nash are the recipe to her success. The Berkshire bouncer certainly has a fresh sound that can be best described as electroacoustic with, of course, a little extra spice.

At times the keyboard playing sounds like The Prodigy playing on a church organ but it works and ear perplexing melodies add to the vibrant atmosphere that each track possesses. Although she’s not selling out stadiums, Sarah has a powerful voice which would sound great if she did a duet with Bloc Party.

Three always seems to be the magic number and their are three belters of tunes that stand out from The Good Natured back catalogue. “Rose” has to be the highlight. At first you’re certain that you’re listening to Kate Nash and then some inventive melodies and catchy beats begin and you know you’re dealing with a different kettle of fish. “Heart Of Stone” is my personal favourite. The track has a great injection of aggression and attitude and some of the the electronic bellows would not be out of place on a Daft Punk record. The last track that is in a different league is “How Can I Believe In You” which mixes organ and sonic drum beats but even better, it sounds good too and is more than just a musical experiment.

If you want a bargain, I’d go see a Good Natured gig right now as in a couple of years, you can expect tickets to sell out in minutes and prices to rocket due to all the hype that Sarah is sure to receive.

MP3: The Good Natured – Warriors

 

Preview: Isle of Wight Festival 2009

 
By on Thursday, 5th March 2009 at 11:44 am
 

Festival FansEarlier in the week we gave you a preview of Lovebox, a two day festival in London. However, whilst that’s all well and good for those of us who like our beds and a nice warm shower at the end of the day, some people like to get “back to nature”, and one of the best to do this at is the Isle of Wight Festival, which takes place on the 12th – 14th June in Seaclose Park, Isle of Wight.

Having just announced Neil Young as the last of their headliners for the main stage, this year’s festival looks set to continue to mix new rising talent with old-hands, with Neil heading up the rest of the as yet unannounced Sunday lineup. The Prodigy, Basement Jaxx, The Ting Tings and Pendulum all open up the festival on Friday night, whilst Saturday is just as impressive with Stereophonics and Razorlight topping the bill.

The festival was only re-introduced in 2002 after a 32 year absence, after over 600,000 people attended the third festival in 1970, ending in chaos. Since coming back, the likes of David Bowie The Who, The Police and The Sex Pistols have all graced its stage, becoming one of the most successful festivals at combining young and old talent together.

In 2007 it was named “Best Major Festival” at the UK Festival awards, and looks set to go strength to strength over the coming years.

Tickets are on sale now, priced at £140 for a camping ticket and £120 for a non-camping ticket for the weekend.

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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.

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zol2MJf6XNE]

 
 
 

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