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Zentrifuge – London gig night

 
By on Monday, 22nd June 2009 at 1:00 pm
 

Zentrifuge Poster (side)I don’t normally like to do a whole post on just one gig, thinking it’s a bit unfair to the thousands of other promoters out there trying to make some money and bring people in during these tough times. However, this one’s a bit different. Winston’s Zen, who I’ve been a big fan of since the very start of TGTF, are organising their very first gig night, Zentrifuge, on Thursday 9th July at the North London Tavern on Kilburn High Road.

Tickets are £5 on the door, or £3.5 with a flyer (just click the flyer to the right). DJs will be playing laidback grooves inbetween slots, and it sounds like a great venue – Winston claims it’s the best pub in town, feeling like a reading room in an old stately home.

So, just who have they got playing? Well, for a debut gig night it looks pretty ace – three bands that going by their myspace pages are destined for good things. Check them out:

Damien Renouf (pictured top) – a pretty voiced solo acoustic chap Winston found on a trawl through myspace. He claims to not really have a set, just a growing list of songs he picks from depending on how he’s feeling. Sounding a bit like JJ72 mixed with Belle and Sebastian, he has a strong yearning feel to his tunes.

Turrentine Jones will be playing their first gig outside of Manchester, with their great mix of bluesey rock.

The Shades are the headliners, and is an assumed name for a band we’re not supposed to mention. They’re trying to dodge industry attention by sticking clear of London for a while. They’re coming out of hiding for the night, but asked that their real name isn’t used. They’ve got a great blend of summery rock/pop that is a sort of mixture between the Beach Boys and the Strokes.

So, if you have no plans for your Thursday night on 9th July, pop on down to the North London Tavern for Zentrifuge. Download flyer here.

 

Daily Roundup: Sunday 15th February 2009

 
By on Sunday, 15th February 2009 at 5:58 pm
 

Busy times at the moment, lots of irons in the fire, lots of stuff coming up.

First up, you’ve probably heard about The Maccabees (pictured top) return, thanks to all the exposure they’ve been having on the likes of Radio 1 and XFM recently. I quite liked their debut, Colour It In, with its interesting tales – a sort of poor man’s Wombats. They’ve made a free download available, No Kind Words, however I must admit that I really really dislike it from what I hear. It’s boring, it’s repetitive and most of all, it’s just plain dreary.

MP3: The Maccabees – No Kind Words

Jamie T (side)Following on from the Maccabees, Jamie T (pictured right) has made a new track available on his Myspace page. It’s only a demo, called “Fire Fire”, however after the aceness of “Sheila” and “Calm Down Dearest” it’s a bit of a let down – overly distorted, and, well, just not that great. Still, it is only a demo, so it might get better.

On the happier end of things, Winston over at Winston’s Zen interviewed The Rifles’ Joel Stoker the other day, and is giving his readers the chance to win one of three copies of The Rifles’ amazing new album. Pop over there before Tuesday to enter and hopefully win!

We’ve mentioned Esser before here at TGTF, however we’ve never really listened to his tunes before. Just been sent a remix of his new single, Work It Out (video below), and it sounds amazing. Download and enjoy.

MP3: Esser – Work it Out (A1 Bassline Remix)

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76bJTsuZv48]

 

Daily Roundup: Tuesday 28th October

 
By on Tuesday, 28th October 2008 at 7:58 pm
 

Okay, so it’s a while since I’ve done one of these roundup posts (almost a whole month), and I probably should find another name than “daily roundup” if I can’t do one a day!

Recently I’ve been quite busy working my way through university stuff, so new music finding has gone by the wayside pretty much unfortunately, though I did find School of Seven Bells the other day (pictured at top), with their lovely shoegazy dancy sounds… Dancegaze if you will. Smooth, impressive sounds from the ex-Secret Machines Benjamin Curtis and twins Alejandra and Claudia Deheza formerly of On! Air! Library!. I only wish I could have got to London to catch them tonight or tomorrow night – seem impressive, and ones to watch.

I’ve mentioned my love of Dan Black (pictured right) before, but his first “official” single “Yours” is out on 1st December, and I must say the video is looking pretty good. It’s no HYPNTZ, but it’s pretty darned good. And it features dancing on space hoppers, which is always a winner in my books!

I’m trying to resist the urge to proclaim bands as “amazing” too much at the moment – reading back a few old posts I’ve realised I have a tendency to proclaim undying love for bands that ultimately are pretty average. So feel free to yell at me if I proclaim a pretty average band as amazing!

One of my favourite music blogs, Winston’s Zen has been going from strength to strength recently, with a redesign, coverage from the new Freeze Festival in London’s Battersea Power Station, and a new “classic albums” section which started off with my review of The National’s Boxer which is still possibly one of my top 5 albums.

I haven’t really mentioned Lykke Li much recently, but I’ve realised that her album has become one of my favourites of the year. Slow, haunting, its slowly crept its way under my skin and has me craving it on the morning drive to uni. Her new single, Little Bit, came out yesterday, so be sure to download it pronto! The rather good and fitting video is available here.

Finally, I got my new Bloc Party album on Saturday in the post. it seems so long since they first announced Intimacy and made it available for download on MP3, and I fell in love with it for the first time. The CD is amazingly packaged (and somehow reminds me of Placebo’s “Sleeping with Ghosts” in looks) though would have preferred it if the last two “new” tracks had been left out – we just haven’t “clicked” yet.

Coming up, we’ve got more album and EP reviews, along with news of our new end-of-year survey with some great prizes for those of you who help us.

 
 
 

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