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Daily Roundup: 5th December

By on Friday, 5th December 2008 at 10:32 pm

I know, it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts.

First up, following on from Mike‘s posts about his tips for BBC’s Sound of 2009 competition (part 1 here, part 2 here), they’ve announced the longlist, which features no less than FIVEartists we have already featured on TGTF. The longlist sees Dan Black (who we featured here and here, and is pictured, right), Florence and the Machine (who we introduced here), La Roux (who we introduced here), White Lies (who we gave details of their tour here).  VV Brown has also been tipped in comments around the site too. On the longlist, they’re joined by:The Big Pink, Empire of the Sun, Frankmusik, Kid Cudi, Lady GaGa, Little Boots, Master Shortie, Mumford & Sons, Passion Pit and The Temper Trap.

Phew, there’s a lot of new music there! To conteract the newness of those, we bring you an oldie but a goldie: Tom Jones, but as you’ve never seen him before….


If that’s not some clever CGI, I don’t know what is…

Our friends over at Gig Junkie have pointed out that they have a lot of pretty amazing competitions going at the moment – if times are tight for you, pop on over and enter a competition or two – they have the chance to win tickets to see Kings of Leon, VIP style.

It seems rather a lot of you love Nickelback (pictured, right, and who incidentally are on tour next year… see my seamless link there?), so you might want to check out some exclusive tracks they played in the USA recently. I’ve had “Gotta Be Somebody” stuck in my head recently, and got to admit that slowly they’re getting under my skin!

Our friends over at Winston’s Zen have just posted their new monthy Zen list of all things great and free in MP3 land – check it out and have a listen.

Right, I think that’s it for tonight… I’m off to have a listen to those of the BBC Sound of 2009 longlist nominees that I don’t know much about, and Winston’s Zen’s new MP3s….


BBC Sound of 2009 Part II

By on Friday, 28th November 2008 at 8:45 pm

Here’s the second part of my votes for BBC Sound of 2009. Part I is here.

2. Golden Silvers

Golden Silvers got kidnapped, had their straight up indie-pop sent to psychedelic boot camp where 60s radical drill sergeants beat big power into the rhythm sections. Whilst Mystery Jets assume a similar stance, they’ve left me bored on my feet. Golden Silvers and “Magic Touch” is a different beast: more smoke, more 80s keys where you need them.

Rarely is something British, extravagant, and glamorous without being held back by the retro chains strung around the neck. Let’s hope they can help hold of the power: big sounds are what we need. Subtlety is fine, just don’t end up being lacklustre. Please.

MP3: Golden Silvers – Magic Touch

3. Slow Club

I’ve been a big fan of the folk-pop crash band wallop of Slow Club for a long while, attending tons of shows. Here’s hoping that 2009 is their year. Tour-successes with Tilly and the Wall and Noah and The Whale continue to show that the Sheffield duo Charles and Rebecca offer fun, big songs, good feelings and tenderly strummed, feathered touched snare that in seconds become great blasts where you want to mouth along every song. You’ll want to take holidays, go ice-skating and have a massive huddle with these two-folksters: they inspire good times & tell good stories; combined with a fit of limb flailing, then delicate pauses optimism is what The Sound Of 2009 needs.

Golden Silvers may have more indie-cred to exchange, but for good sake, let’s hope that market crashes, quickly. Seeing so many surprised by Slow Club makes me confident in their continued ability to shine for audiences across the country next year. Catch them in London at Union Chapel, Monday night, £10.


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