Tuesday, 30 September 2008

IKTOMS Wired Festival 2008

I don't find too many reasons to go to the Kings Cross area of London and when I do, it's usually to just to catch a train. Last weekend though, I finally found a reason to make a trek to the neighbourhood: The IKTOMS Wired Festival 2008, and boy was I glad I went.

Crammed with over 70 acts performing on two stages at The Cross Kings from noon till well past everyone’s bedtime on Saturday and Sunday, the Wired festival 2008 provided a fantastic opportunity to catch some very talented artists and bands. This was no Glastonbury, taking place in a pub, there wasn't a bit of mud in sight and the toilets were lovely and clean (anyone who reads this blog regularly will know this is very important to me.) Another positive was the fact that the goal of the concert was to raise money for a wonderful charity: Educate for Life.

Now, I'm not going to review all 70 acts for a few reasons: one - I didn't watch them all and that would have been pretty impossible unless I was able to be in two places at one time (haven't figured out a way to do that yet!) and two I don't think you'll read it! Now I'm not calling you lazy, but I know I wouldn't read it all and I'd hope we're not THAT different. So I've handpicked some of my favorite acts from the two days and am going to write a couple of lines on each with loads of links for you to find out more if you like what you read.

Lail Arad

Her songs are like short stories with a hugely entertaining dollop of theatrical wit. Think Martha Wainwright with a little Mel Blanc thrown into the mix. Lail was randomly picked form the crowd by Devendra Banhart during his concert at The Forum in London at the end of last year to sing one song in the middle of his set. He described her as "Leonard Cohen meets...Velvet Underground". In fact Devendra went so far as to say her impromptu performance was "the best of the tour".

This girl is an immense talent and I can't wait to see her perform again. I'm sold!

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/lailarad

Gideon Conn

Taking to the stage with buckets of energy, this five piece band stole the audience and made a party of it. Their sound has been described as geek-hop. Trombones, up beat pop sounds, a slow rap style lyrical delivery and overall tight sound. It was fun to watch the audience enjoy this band and lead man Gideon (who reminded me a little of Alexis Taylor from Hot Chip) knew exactly how to work a room. Full of vitality and eccentric banter he would jump into the crowd to sing in their midst or pester everyone to sing and dance crazy little nursery style songs with him. It was fun and I feel we're going to be hearing a lot more from Gideon Conn.

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/gideonconn

Nick Mulvey

Nick Mulvey is a very talented man. He's played his guitar with such skill I finally felt I could put to rest any notions I ever had of picking mine up again. This guy blew me away. Not only can he play, he can sing. His sound is reminiscent of Jose Gonzalez and Paul Simon's Graceland. When he's not impressing the pants off audiences with his solo performances, you'll find him playing amongst other instruments, the hang with 2008 Mercury Prize Nominated Portico Quartet, a jazz /instrumental London based band. I hope to be interviewing Nick shortly, watch this space and this video:

Nick Mulvey @ The Big Chill 2008

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/nickmulveymusic
Portico Quartet MySpace:

Ali Whitton

He said he had a bad cold and was considering dropping out up until the last minute, so I'm glad he made it. Supported by whisky and shear motivation Ali gave a blinding performance. If you are partial to a little Jacob Golden or Elliot Smith, I reckon Ali Whitton might be your man.

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/aliwhitton

Kal Lavelle

TLS is not a stranger to the charms of Kal Lavelle. Check out the last review here. Once again, Kal delivered an outstandingly heartfelt performance, this girl captivates me every time. Fresh from a performance at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival and a tour with the IKTOMS crew, I'm happy to see Kal go from strength to strength, there's no stopping this Irish gem (yes, I do love a cliché from time to time).


Music is the main focus of this blog but I feel I should also mention two excellent spoken word artists who also performed at Wired. E. Amato and excentral tempest. Check out their MySpace sites.

With two hugely successful festivals under their belt, I hope the IKTOMS team will be back with more next year. Kevin?

(Sorry for the poor quality of these photos, I need a better camera or at least to get to know someone with a better camera- anyone?)

More Story Fours

Ali Whitton

What do Joy Division and The Sopranos have in common?

Last night I watched episode 2 of the last series of The Sopranos (If you haven't seen it and plan to watch it, I'm not going to write any spoilers.) As the episode came to an end I heard a strange but very familiar sound, sort of like a 'plucked chicken didgeridoo sound' getting louder and louder. I said to myself, nah, it couldn't possibly be... and then there it was, my ears weren't deceiving me. It was the impossibly thin John Cooper Clarkes' 'Evidently Chickentown'.

How did a JCC song make its way onto The Sopranos? What a great choice!

So what do Joy Division and The Sopranos have in common?
The answer as you might have guessed by now is John Cooper Clarke.

John Cooper Clarke reads a version of 'Evidently Chickentown' at the beginning and end of the video for Joy Divisions' 1979 single 'Transmission' whilst coming down the escalators and then walking in the Manchester Arndale Centre.

Joy Division - Transmission

A long time ago, I used to live in a 'chicken town' but I'll save that story for another time.

Evidently Chickentown - John Cooper Clarke

Monday, 29 September 2008

'Music Lives On The Internet' - Interview #8

If you're a frequent reader of Terrible Love Songs (thanks!) you'll recognize this blog post is part of a series called 'Music Lives On The Internet' where I ask other music bloggers a set of questions about their blog and music in general.

This week we're talking to Consequence of Sound which is a New York based, Chicago influenced music blog whose mission is to cover the music world as it has never been covered before. I read they have over 6,000+ daily users, so lets find out what it's all about.

Name (or pseudonym for the shy):
Alex Young

Blog Name: http://consequenceofsound.net/

What is your blog is about?
CoS is a music focused blog offering news, reviews, interviews, and other features that seek to inform and educate anyone who has even the remotest interest in music.

What started you blogging?
I officially launched CoS in September of 2007. We just celebrated our one year anniversary last week by giving away an exclusive mixtape: http://consequenceofsound.net/2008/09/15/consequence-of-sound-celebrates-one-year/

First record you bought?
Jeez, that's a touch. I believe it was R.E.M.'s Monster. The album cover looked cool.

Last piece of music that got your heart racing?
Recorded? I'm a big National fan so anything that sounds even somewhat similar to "Mr. November" got my heart going. So lets just say I'm a fan of Cold War Kid's "Something Is Not Right With Me".

Live? Yeah, I'm obsessed but "Mr. November" closing out The National's set at Lollapalooza last month was pretty awesome.

Last gig that made you say "Wow"?
Hmm. Really "wow"? Probably the Springsteen show I went to in Richmond, VA back in August. That was my seventh or eighth time seeing the Boss live and he still leaves me jaw-dropped.

Where do you find out about new music?
I wade through countless press release and blogs like yours and mine every hour of every day.

What would you like to see more of in the music world?
Good question. Probably more artists telling the major labels to go "F themselves" and doing the Radiohead/NIN approach. It's all about concert ticket sales anyway, right?

Favourite music venue?
Bowery Ballroom in NYC

Favourite music store?
There's this used back store back home (Manassas, VA) where you can get 10 cds for about $20.00. That's pretty stellar.

Which blogs do you read?
Too many to even list, but some of my favorites include Brooklyn Vegan, Drowned in Sound, Hidden Track, and Ear Farm.

What songs would you include on the soundtrack to your life?
Put all the material ever produced by The Clash - minus Cut The Crap - and draw it out of a hat. I'd probably be content with whatever is chosen.

In 10 years time music will be....
The same as today, but with even less labels. Everyone will be doing it themselves. Hopefully, ticketmaster will also cease to exist.

If you could have 3 musicians over to your place, they would be...
Joe Strummer, Tim Armstrong, and Ben Kweller. Imagine that party!

Alex, thanks for taking part. This video is for you:

The National - Mr November

If you're interested in reading some or all (that's a lot of reading so good luck!) of the interviews carried out so far, here are the links:

Interview #7 - Nine Bullets
Interview #6 - The OCMD
Interview #5 - Lonesome Music
Interview #4 - Count Me Out
Interview #3 - The Middle Distance Runner
Interview #2 - Blend Apparel
Interview #1 - Stress Management

Right, who's next?

If you are interested in taking part in a 'Music Lives On The Internet' interview, drop me an email at tlsreview@ gmail dot com.

Friday, 26 September 2008

'Music Lives On The Internet' - Interview #7

It's Friday, that day when you either sit back in your office chair and surf the net while your boss isn't looking or go to the pub at lunch and stay there till closing time. Whatever you're doing, you've almost made it to the weekend so well done.

Here in London, the sun is shining for once and I have a very entertaining 'Music Lives On The Internet' interview for you care of Autopsy IV at ninebullets.net.

(Bryan and his wife)

Name (or pseudonym for the shy):
Bryan J. Childs (Autopsy IV)

Blog Name: ninebullets.net

What is your blog is about?
ninebullets.net is mostly about music; recorded music, live shows, music documentaries and musical news. There are the occasional reality television show or updates or rants about my favorite sports teams but music is usually the focus. We don't really try to cover the most up to the moment releases. Instead of constantly trying to be the first to write about it I prefer to get to know an album prior to penning anything about it. In the end, ninebullets.net is about music and the things I find interesting.

What started you blogging?
Hookers and Blow plus free tickets to shows...and lemme tell you, I've been seriously disappointed.

What started me blogging....hmmmm.

I'd registered ninebullets.net so that the wife and I could have constant email address' despite constantly moving.

Back then I posted pieces about bands I was digging on numerous message boards and what not but they were largely ignored by the readership. One night I flippantly made the comment that I should just start a music blog so all my posts could be ignored in one collective space. A friend of mine grabbed a hold of the idea much tighter than I and started to egg me on....a couple of weeks later there's a wordpress install up on ninebullets and I was off and running.

So I guess you could say ninebullets was born of drunken ramblings which is fitting since 80% of the site is still drunken ramblings.

First record you bought?
First record I ever asked for and was given by my parents was Micheal Jackson - Thriller and it was actually vinyl.

The first record I ever purchased was David Lee Roth's 'Eat 'Em and Smile' on cassette. I just loved the f**k outta the song Yankee Rose on that album.

Last piece of music that got your heart racing?
That's a hard one. Different music gets me going in different ways.

Take the new O'Death...it's got my heart racing because it lived up to (and surpassed) every expectation I had for it.

Then there's the new Possessed By Paul James....it's just so, organic...so personal...so, inaccessible...a lot of people are not gonna get that album but those that do know they've got an album they are gonna listen to for the rest of their lives and there is very little more exciting than that.

The new Left Lane Cruiser gets me going cause when it's on and the volume is on 12 I just wanna drink whiskey straight from the bottle and stomp around screaming along to the music.

In 2007 Kenny Wayne Shepherd released an album called "10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroad"...he and a recording crew set out to visit, play with and record these little known blues legends...by the time the album had come out something like 5 of the people appearing on the cd had already died and a few more have passed since...that album still gets my heart racing because it's as much a documentary as it is a cd and the accompanying DVD is even better than the cd itself.

Last gig that made you say "Wow"?
While it may have been a truncated set I would have to say Possessed By Paul James' set at this years Deep Blues Festival. At the end of that I had to go all cartoon and insert wench into my jaw and ratchet it up off the ground and back into my face. It was amazing....It was like watching a man give birth to song.

A close second would have to be A Night In The Box from the same festival. They are this little unassuming band out of Minneapolis that just explodes once the music starts. I was collecting their cds the moment my plane landed after the festival.

Where do you find out about new music?
Anywhere I can really. Internet, magazines, satellite radio, eves dropping on peoples conversations while trying to get an upskirt of their girlfriend (kidding...), suggestions that come through the blog, Last.fm suggestions, PR emails...I'm pretty much a sonic slut...you say I should listen to it and I probably will.

What would you like to see more of in the music world?
Payola. seriously, I want labels sending me drugs and call girls at all hours of the night in exchange for kind words about the new Ashley Simpson...want me to say the new Toby Keith album is great...that'll be 2 speedballs and a frisky Russian with a penchant for A2M (look it up, but only if you're over the age of 16).

But for reals, I'd like to see more public shaming for the use of pro-tools autotuners and I'd like to see more bands abandon the traditional label structure in pursuit of a more DIY or artist collectives form of music distro.

Favourite music venue?
My favorite I've ever been to has to be The Tabernacle up in Atlanta. The wife and I drove up there one year to see The North Mississippi Allstars and The Drive-By Truckers. It was one of the best shows I've ever been to.

Locally my favorite venue would have to be this little bar called New World Brewery. It's small, they book most of the bands I wanna see and since it's outside the sound is almost always great.

Favourite music store?
I used to take great pride in the fact that I'd never bought anything from iTunes but last month I bought a Flo-Rida track off of it (true story). I guess 90% of my music purchases are made through CD Baby or Miles of Music. I'll use CD Baby before M.O.M. if I can due to M.O.M.'s pathetically slow shipping. If there is a way to buy it directly from the artist I'll skip 'em all and buy it that way though.

Which blogs do you read?
I read the following blogs numerous times a day: PerezHilton, I Don't Like you In That Way, Stereogum, Muzzle of Bees, Gizmodo, The Consumerist, songs:illinois, My Old Kentucky Blog, Aquarium Drunkard, The 9513, Oh No They Didn't, The Superficial, Twang Nation, Pop Candy, Goldenfiddle and a myriad of others that i visit on a semi-regularly basis.

What songs would you include on the soundtrack to your life?

Childhood would be the stuff my parents were into: Jimmy Buffett, Marshall Tucker, Amazing Rhythm Aces, Hank Jr. etc.

High School Years would have been stuff like: Metallica, Slayer, Janes Addiction, Black Flag, DRI, Violent Femmes, Dead Milkmen, Butthole Surfers, etc.

Right out of high school/yound adult years was stuff like: Hate Dept., Pantera, Chemlab, KMFDM, Skinny Puppy, Non-Aggression Pact, SMP, Swamp Terrorists

Adult years has been more like: Scott H. Biram, Lucero, Drive-By Truckers, Black Diamond Heavies, all 3 Hanks, a return to classic country and traditional delta blues.

From High School onward there has been a hiphop backbeat to it all as well.

In 10 years time music will be....
Who knows...Something I bitch about?

I read somewhere that around the age of 35 most people stop seeking out new music and just settle into what they know. Well, I'm 35 now so I may have reached the end of my musical rope.

Probably, in 10 years I'll be wondering what the hell happened to good music and how in the hell can the kids listen to this garbage they're listening to now...it all sounds the same and what's with the way they dress?

Eh. you get the point. In 10 years I'll probably be pot-bellied, balding and getting all stoked about the Drive-By Trucker's reunion tour coming to town...

If you could have 3 musicians over to your place, they would be...
Leonard Cohen for conversation, Scott H. Biram for drink, and Rihanna for various crimes against nature.

As a way of saying thanks to Bryan for taking part, here's Possessed by Paul James singing 'Men Men Men' from the Cold and Blind album. This is truly brilliant, thanks for the tip off.

Possessed by Paul James - Men Men Men

Be sure to check out ninebullets.net

Right, who's next?

If you are interested in taking part in a 'Music Lives On The Internet' interview, drop me an email at tlsreview@ gmail dot com.

Thursday, 25 September 2008

The Walking Man - Dancing

Fabba Macca (Sir Paul McCartney) is preparing to bring "a message of peace and love" to the Middle East during his first concert ever in Israel today. This got me thinking, how many bands do I know from the Middle East? I was struggling to think of any and then I found this guy, The Walking Man.

According to his MySpace profile, he was born in Mexico, raised in a British school and lives in Tel Aviv.

This guy loves his booze and celebrates it in a song I could imagine being played in drink fueled student union bars late at night called 'Dancing'.

He describes his music "as someone crying for help".

His voice reminds me of a mix somewhere between the Crash Test Dummies, Talking Heads and Baz Lurhmann.

The colourful and excellently animated video (although the beer at 2mins 17 in does look like sewage) for 'Dancing' just won ASIFA Festival Tel Aviv 2008 Music Video Category. Here it is:

The Walking Man -Dancing

The Walking Man is yet to be signed.

Lets raise a glass to The Walking Man.

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

'Music Lives On The Internet' - Interview #6

Fast on the heels on Interview #5 of the Terrible Love Songs 'Music Lives On The Internet' series, I'm pleased to introduce our next interviewee, Julie from theOCMD.com.

For those of you who haven't read one of these before, this is a regular slot where I interview fellow music bloggers/lovers to give you the reader a chance to hear about new bands, good music blogs, great venues and their views on the music business.

Name (or pseudonym for the shy):

Blog Name: Obsessive Compulsive Music Disorder (theOCMD.com)

What is your blog about?
The discovery of quality indie music and music-related technology. I love finding new devices and technology that helps me both automate and fuel my OCMD state of mind. I'm also fascinated by how technology is transforming the music industry. Everything is changing and there's never been a better time to be a music fan.

What started you blogging?
I love music. I'm a self-confessed addict. But my initial reason for starting this blog was to get my husband off my back and keep me out of trouble, quite frankly. I mean, how much live music in a week is reasonable when you're a 'Mom'? It's a question we still debate to this day and is under constant negotiation. So starting this blog legitimized my obsession in a way that allowed me to dive headlong (and guilt-free) into all facets of it.

Having blogged for a while now, I truly love the camaraderie and new relationships I've built with artists, bloggers and music lovers from around the world. So fun!

First record you bought?
Jackson Browne, Running On Empty. (Yes, I am a child of the 80s.)

Last piece of music that got your heart racing?
Lackthereof, 'The Columbia'
Sam Champion, 'Jealous Shakes'

Last gig that made you say "Wow"?
I saw Radiohead a couple of times this summer and that is always 'Wow'.
Also, The Helio Sequence at The Independent and Bon Iver at The Independent.

Where do you find out about new music?
See my blog roll below.

What would you like to see more of in the music world?
More support for independent radio stations. Unfortunately organizations like the RIAA are making it impossible for independent internet radio stations to exist. It's ridiculous.

Favourite music venue?
The Independent in San Francisco. Hands down the best venue in town right now.

Favourite music store?
Physical Music Store: Amoeba in San Francisco. It's an institution now.
Virtual Music Stores: eMusic and Rhapsody

Which blogs do you read?
I find I'm most musically aligned with Dodge of My Old Kentucky Blog. Other daily reads for me include:

See What You Hear
The Bay Bridged

I also live an breathe by Internet Radio including:

Sirius Satellite's Left of Center (Channel 26) - their Blog Radio spots are fabulous.

What songs would you include on the soundtrack to your life?
Funny you should ask that because I recently started a category on my blog called, Soundtrack of My Life. I often fantasize that if my life were a movie it would have the best soundtrack ever. I guess I'm a bit Mary Katherine Gallagher in the sense that I think my feelings would often be best expressed by some melodramatic song.

So, in no particular order, here are the last few songs I blogged about as the Soundtrack of My Life. You can see the stories behind them here: http://theocmd.wordpress.com/category/soundtrack-of-my-life/

1. Jim Noir - 'Don't You Worry'
2. Koushik - 'Lying in the Sun'
3. Beck - 'Gamma Ray'
4. Rodriguez - 'Sugar Man'
5. Heartless Bastards - 'Blue Day'
6. Lackthereof - 'The Columbia'
7. Vampire Weekend - 'A Punk'

In 10 years time music will be....
marketed directly to fans. Labels will fall by the wayside and artists will cultivate relationships and value-added subscription models directly with their fan base. I'm excited by the emergence of technology like Topspin that's already making that happen.
If you could have 3 musicians over to your place, they would be...

Devendra Banhart because he's so sexy.
Beck because there seems to be a fine line between brilliance and asshole I need to figure out.
Juana Molina because I love the way she interprets sounds and creates music. She's very cerebral about it.

Well I'm all linked out now! Those great blog suggestions should keep you busy for a while but please remember to come back here sometimes!

A big THANK YOU to Julie for taking part. Be sure to check out her blog theOCMD.com

Right, who's next?

If you are interested in taking part in a 'Music Lives On The Internet' interview, drop me an email at tlsreview@ gmail dot com.

Ed Laurie - Interview and New Album 'Meanwhile In The Park'

British singer/songwriter Ed Laurie released his digital debut album ‘Meanwhile In The Park’ on Dangerbird Records on the 23rd of September.

Ed’s soothing warm voice and poetic lyrics are without doubt the central focus of this album with accompanying cellos, clarinets and Spanish guitars providing a sweet mellow sound. The songs have an almost folk story telling appeal taking you on an emotional journey, albeit haunting at times.

If you like Leonard Cohen, Damien Rice and Jose Gonzalez, there’s a good chance you’ll like this album. Ed has crafted his own unique sound and it arrived in my inbox like a breath of fresh air. I haven’t heard anything as pure as this in a while.

I managed to catch up with Ed and asked him a few questions:

When did you begin singing?
Late teens

How would you describe your music?
A walk in the park, to the bridge then home

Can you describe your creative process?
Over time, thought and persistence

Where can we see you perform live over the next couple of months?
In the US - oct 14th soho revue bar - some more shows to come (more dates further down this page)

Which song do enjoy performing the most?
All of them at different times

What was the first record you ever bought?
I don't remember but i know i still don't have it and whatever it was it no longer resonates

Where is your favourite music venue?
At my children's bedside singing them to sleep

If you could have 3 musicians over to your place, they would be...
Camaron de la Isla, Tomatito and Cesaria Evora

If you enjoy 'Meanwhile in the Park' and want to hear more music from Ed you won't have to wait much longer. He recently announced plans to record a full-length record, 'Small Boat, Big Sea', later this year.

Here are the some tour dates with more to be announced:

1 Oct 2008 Re-Hab New York
2 Oct 2008 Union Hall New York Brooklyn, New York
6 Oct 2008 SCHUBAS Chicago,Illinois
7 Oct 2008 Hotel Cafe Los Angeles, California
10 Oct 2008 Largo Los Angeles, California

Free Ed Laurie download
(You will need to provide an email address)

Meanwhile In The Park Tracklisting:

1. Meanwhile In The Park
2. I See No End
3. Albert
4. Julia
5. Better Days
6. Down To The Sea
7. By The Coconut Tree

Ed Laurie Links:

Website: http://www.edlaurie.com/
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/edlaurie
Dangerbird Records: http://dangerbirdrecords.com/artists/ed-laurie

Meanwhile In The Park on NPR

[Photo by Richard Neuberg]

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

'Music Lives On The Internet' - Interview #5

Today I'm happy to introduce interview #5 of the 'Music Lives On The Internet' series.

For those of you who haven't read one of these before, this is a regular slot where I interview fellow music bloggers/lovers to give you the reader a chance to hear about new bands, good music blogs, great venues and their views on the music business.

Name (or pseudonym for the shy)
: beth & howard

Blog Name: lonesomemusic (http://lonesomemusic.blogspot.com/)

What is your blog is about?
lonesome music. If you want a bit more detail lonesomemusic is the continuation of a lifetime's conversation between a brother and sister that costs a lot less that the phone calls and postage ever used to. We look for emotional impact in songs that we think each other will like. These tend to be by either Americana or Folk bands/singers. Although we listen to everything that comes our way as we're both ex-indie kids we do stray from this occasionally.

What started you blogging?
lonesomemusic started August 2004

First record you bought?
beth - can't remember although I recall having All About Eve shoplifted to order by a friend.
howard - I bought Blood & Chocolate by Elvis Costello & the Attractions for £1.99 in Ramsgate Woolworths, a few weeks later I doubled the size of my collection and got A Hatful of Hollow (or The Smiths Greatest Hits as it's known in my house) from the same shop for a whopping £4.99.

Last piece of music that got your heart racing?
beth -'the cutter' by echo and the bunnymen
howard - 'tallis fantasia' by Vaughn Williams

Last gig that made you say "Wow"?
beth - fleet foxes
howard - I don't get to many gigs these days

Where do you find out about new music?
beth - howard, friends, emails
howard - beth, friends, the Guardian, amazon, emails

What would you like to see more of in the music world?
beth - yodelling, handclaps, flutes, skiffle
howard - beards, recorders and children's choirs joining in on the last chorus

Favourite music venue?
beth - city varieties in Leeds - you can get your pint in and sit down
howard - Union Chapel Islington, anywhere with memories of Mazzy Star, Mojave 3, Spiritualized an Mark Eitzel just can't be beaten.

Favourite music store?

beth - miles of music (online)
howard - I try to buy from the artists direct if I can, but amazon if not, a long time ago it would have been Selectadisc, although now I'm going to be checking out miles of music.

Which blogs do you read?
beth - songs:illinois, keep the coffee coming, the ghost of electricity, nine bullets
howard - too many to list here, songs: illinois is always a pleasure though and Because Midway Still Aren't Coming Back

What songs would you include on the soundtrack to your life? beth - Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballe - 'barcelona'
howard - talking heads - 'once in a lifetime'
In 10 years time music will be....
beth - still be music, or possibly beyond my ken
howard - enjoying an early noughties revival

If you could have 3 musicians over to your place, they would be...
beth - merle haggard, harry nilsson & gram parsons howard - Dolly Parton, Mark Eitzel & Sufjan Stevens, I'd have chosen Mark E Smith but you asked for musicians.

Thanks to Beth and Howard, that's a very sweet photo.

Their blog, lonesomemusic (http://lonesomemusic.blogspot.com/) has now been added to my blog roll.

Right, who's next?

If you are interested in taking part in a 'Music Lives On The Internet' interview, drop me an email at tlsreview@ gmail dot com.

Monday, 22 September 2008

Brian Wilson gets the Black Cab Treatment

Brian Wilson has done a Black Cab Session. This is very exciting news!

Fresh from the surf last weekend, tan now washed off thanks to the chlorine in the local swimming pool I'm about ready to hear some soothing Californian harmonies and cast my mind back to Woolacombe bay (kinda the British equivalent of California). Music, thoughts and a smile can take you anywhere! I digress...

Here's Brian Wilson and his mates singing 'That Lucky Old Sun' and then to top it off, a quick rendition of 'California Girls'.

I love this Black Cab session, thanks Black Cabbies, this is your best session yet.

Brian Wilson

Music Bloggers Need Holidays As Well

Terrible Love Songs has been experiencing the great outdoors breathing in fresh air, eating beans out of a tin and sleeping on a very hard floor. In one word, camping.

Mr TLS and I decided on a short holiday in North Devon. If you're British, you might think we are mad in even considering camping in the UK given the Summer we've just had, but somehow Mr and Mrs TLS became the luckiest sun chasers the UK has ever known and had the only 4 days of clear skies North Devon has seen the WHOLE Summer long. Nice.

Despite an ebay con of a tent (doors missings, material sown together where it shouldn't have been), we dined like kings on fresh bbq'd fish, hiked for miles along costal paths and very steep hills, surfed, drank cider (der), ran into a scooter convention full of skinheads with standard issue short jeans, bomber jackets (even though it was a very hot day) and we burnt our noses (something we're now showing off like it looks good). We got back in time to beat the weekend traffic and saw a lot of over heated scooters at the side of the motorway making their way back to London (those bikes aren't built for that kind of travel are they?!). Once back, we speedily settled back into our home comforts enjoying an episode of The Sopranos and central heating.

Now that I have had a Summer holiday I can finally admit that I can smell Autumn in the air. The leaves have begun to fall and the nights are closing in. No more camping until next year but this music blogger has finally had a holiday and feels relaxed and ready to accept the season change with a smile and fond memories.

Chalky xo

P.S. Here are a few photos from our holiday and some music that comes a little bit close in summing up a moment sitting on a grassy slope watching the most amazing sunset over the glistening silver sea.

PINK FLOYD ~ Eclipse - Pink Floyd

View of the sunset from our campsite

Mortehoe Shellfish- These guys have been running their fish shop and restaurant since the early 70's -very good fish for the bbq :-P

Wedding rings taped up ready for a surf-we're not losing them this time!

Autumn is in the air

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

'Music Lives On The Internet' - Interview #4

Here we are at interview #4 of the 'Music Lives On The Internet' interview series.

For those of you who haven't read one of these before, this is a regular slot where I interview fellow music bloggers/lovers to give you the reader a chance to hear about new bands, good music blogs, great venues and their views on the music business.

Name: Brendan Losch

Blog/Website Name: Count Me Out (http://countmeoutblog.blogspot.com)

What is your blog/website about?
Basically I just share news, be it mp3s, videos, streams, tour dates, album reviews, etc., on bands that I dig, with the hope that others may check it out. I'm also a singer/songwriter and have made a goal for myself to write/record/post one brand new song a week on my blog.

What started you blogging?
Well I had been writing things here and there on a personal blog for a few years and have always been searching out news on music blogs, so I decided it was time to start my own music blog.

First record you bought?
Hmm, not totally for sure, but I do recall buying, on cassette, Blood Sugar Sex Magik by The Red Hot Chili Peppers at a very young age.

Last piece of music that got your heart racing?
Hmm, let's go with Nina Kinert's new album, Pets & Friends. It's a very solid record and one of my favorites from 2008 so far.

Last gig that made you say "Wow"?
Dr. Dog's live set is pretty fantastic. Saw them at Schubas with Rogue Wave on August 1st.

Where do you find out about new music?
Mostly music blogs, but then occasionally through emails, myspace, shows, friends, etc.

What would you like to see more of in the music world?
I guess I would say that I wish people were a little more open minded with music. There is so much good music out there that goes unheard. I realize everyone is different and has their own interests, but I feel like too many people don't even give some styles/types of music a chance. It's just so discouraging that commercialized music becomes as popular as it does. Along the same lines, I also wish people would attend shows more often.

Favorite music venue?
Well this may be a little biased since I've haven't been to too many venues outside of Chicago. There are a bunch of quality venues here, but I would say my favorite is Schubas, both to play at and view a show.

Favourite music store?
Don't really go to too many music stores. Back in high school though, I would frequently visit the old Record Breakers in Hoffman Estates.

Which blogs do you read?
I read quite a few blogs daily, but I would say my favorites would be Stereogum , Pitchfork, Muzzle Of Bees, You Ain't No Picasso, and Brooklyn Vegan.

What songs would you include on the soundtrack to your life?
Hmm, too much time/thinking needs to go into this one, however a few that I can think of off the top of my head would be (in no specific order):

Sufjan Stevens
- Romulus
Fionn Regan - Be Good Or Be Gone
Pax 217 - Until The Sun
Panda Bear - I'm Not
Wilco & Billy Bragg - At My Window Sad And Lonely
Switchfoot - Let That Be Enough
Coldplay - Help Is Around The Corner
Ferraby Lionheart - Won't Be Long
Ryan Adams - Oh My Sweet Carolina
Spoon - The Way We Get By

In 10 years time music will be....

If you could have 3 musicians over to your place, they would be...
Another tough one. Not really sure how to take this question either. Would the person be living/dead? Would we be creating music together, or just hanging out? Hmm, there are so many to choose from. I'll just go with Daniel Rossen, Annie Clark, and Juana Molina.

A huge THANK YOU to Brendan for taking part.

Be sure to check out his blog: http://countmeoutblog.blogspot.com which has now been added to my Music Blog link list so no excuses!

Brendan, here's Dr. Dog especially for you!

Dr Dog - My Old Ways

Right, who's next?

If you are interested in taking part in a 'Music Lives On The Internet' interview, drop me an email at tlsreview@ gmail dot com.

Monday, 15 September 2008

Mr Scruff -New Single, New Video

Mr Scruff (aka Andy Carthy) has created yet another great new mellow jazzy track and it's released today on Ninja Tune Records.

The song is called 'Music Takes Me Up' and the video features Brightonian Alice Russell as a singing lemon and a motley assortment of fruit causing havoc on the streets of Stockport.

I'm not only a fan of Mr Scruff's music but I'm also a recent fruit salad convert and really wish I could shop in Mr Scruff's fruit and veg shop where melons seem to only cost 5p!

Supa Dupa!

Mr. Scruff 'Music Takes Me Up feat. Alice Russell'

More Mr Scruff Info:

PieSpace: http://www.myspace.com/mrscruffofficial
Website: http://mrscruff.com

Ninja Tune Records: http://www.ninjatune.net/home/

Tour Dates:

19 Sep 2008 22:00 Stiff Kitten Belfast, Northern Ireland
20 Sep 2008 21:30 The Nerve Centre Derry, Northern Ireland
3 Oct 2008 22:00 Concorde 2 Brighton, South
4 Oct 2008 22:00 Keep It Unreal Manchester, Northwest

Metronomy @ Rough Trade East...well nearly!

Last Friday, punk funk band Metronomy played a free gig at the record store Rough Trade East, London.

A friend had seen them play at the Amersham Arms and suggested this would be a good start to a Friday evening out on the town. I was quite excited because this trio is known for it’s lively performances that include choreographed dance moves, fist pumps, banging on chests, lights around the neck etc. Basically they have a sense of humour and put on a good show.

I walked, ran, trained, tubed and ran some more from West London all the way over to Brick Lane in the East only to find a huge queue, I guess this could only be expected since this band has picked up a pretty big live fan base.

Metronomy queue outside Rough Trade East

We queued and queued (something us Brits seem to like doing) and nothing moved. There were whispers that the band had put 350 people on their guest list and there were only 75 extra spaces for Rough Trade wristband holders. Well at this stage, I didn’t have a wrist band and my friend did. As a music blogger it pains me to say this but hunger and the need for a catch up with my friend overtook my reviewing duties and we skipped across the road to cafĂ© 1001 for a drink instead.

Still Queueing!

When we left an hour or so later, the queues had gone and from the comments on the bands MySpace site, I assume most people got in and had a good time. If you got in and want to leave any comments, would be great to hear how it went, any photos etc.

Off came the wristband at cafe 1001!

To give you a flavour for Metronomy's sound, here's the video for 'You Could Easily Have Me' where a pig in a baby blue suit gets chased by a minotaur in a leotard! Remember that sense of humour I mentioned earlier?

Metronomy - You Could Easily Have Me

Their latest album is called Nights Out and is certainly worth a purchase and if you ever want to see them play live, don't go over the road for a drink!

Metronomy on MySpace

Friday, 12 September 2008

'Music Lives On The Internet' - Interview #3

Here's the third installment of 'Music Lives On The Internet'.

This is a regular slot where I interview fellow music bloggers/lovers to give you the reader a chance to hear about new bands, good music blogs, great venues and their views on the music business (and sometimes you even get to see what they look like!)

Name (or pseudonym for the shy):


Blog Name:

The Middle Distance Runner (www.themiddledistancerunner.wordpress.com)

What is your blog is about?
It is mostly about music, but sometimes there are things that I just need to say that have nothing to do with music. But 95% of the time it’s about music.

What started you blogging?
Well it was during the summer and I was trying to think of something fun to do. So I started a blog. It turned out to be a good idea that cured me of lots of boredom. I also like the fact that I can spread the word about music that I love to people who actually want to know (unlike my idiotic friends).

First record you bought?
This is a little embarrassing but all I can remember is buying this Madonna record when I was really young. After doing some research I have found that it was called Bedtime Stories and it was in 1994, which means I was 9. It turned out to be a piece of shit, so I didn’t really listen to it. I swear I didn’t!

Last piece of music that got your heart racing?
This is a tough question! Oh I know. Hexes & Ohs. The song is called 'Wildfire'. It is on their new album which was just released a couple of days ago called 'Bedroom Madness'. This song really gets me pumped. Here is a link to the song:

Last gig that made you say "Wow"?
Man Man at Le National in Montreal a few months ago. I don’t know if every show they play is this amazing, but seriously…WOW! These guys are absolutely ridiculous live. Probably one of the best shows I have ever seen. Two words…giant xylophone!
Where do you find out about new music?
Well my ears are always open, so even if I’m on the street or at a restaurant or something, if I hear something I like I will always ask what is playing. When I’m online I often check Pitchfork and Stereogum. I use Last.fm to find out about new music, and a new site that I just found is thesixtyone.com, which is also a site for discovering new music. I also listen to online radio stations like WOXY, KEXP and KCRW. They all play some pretty nice music most of the time. And finally, three more sites I visit regularly are La Blogotheque, Daytrotter and Black Cab Sessions. All three are great sites to find new music.

What would you like to see more of in the music world?
I would like to see more challenges to what you hear every day. I like music that keeps me on my toes. I like stuff that makes me say “wow I haven’t really heard anything like that before”. So basically just more innovation in music. Something that irks me that I would like to see less of is choruses in which the singer repeats the same sentence over and over again throughout. That drives me nuts most of the time.

Favourite music venue?
I don’t really have a favourite. I guess I have seen some good shows at La Sala Rossa in Montreal. Let’s call that my favourite in the city. Outside of Montreal, I loved Le Maroquinerie in Paris.

Favourite music store?
Cheap Thrills. It’s this indie record shop in downtown Montreal where not only do they sell great music by indie bands, but they also sell used books and movies as well. And the best part, they sell concert tickets to pretty much every good show in the city.

What blogs do you read?
I’m still pretty new to the blogging world, but along with yours there are a few blogs that I like to explore. They are:

http://extremelisteningmode.com/ (good music blog)

http://lightsareflashing.wordpress.com (nice blog for electro music)

http://habile-b.blogspot.com/ (Really great artistic blog)

http://www.yellowbirdproject.com/news/ (a blog that I sometimes write for, but also has 2 other writers who talk about good music)

What songs would you include on the soundtrack to your life?
This is the toughest question of them all. I managed to come up with a small list of the songs that would be in the soundtrack of my life. I actually went back to different periods of my life and tried to remember what I listened to the. This is my soundtrack:

1. Of Montreal – Lysergic Bliss
2. Laura Veirs – Magnitized
3. Stars – What the Snowman Learned About Love
4. My Bloody Valentine - Sometimes
5. Band of Horses – Islands on the Coast
6. Elliott Smith – I Didn’t Understand
7. Erik Satie - Gymnopedie No. 1
8. The Lovers - Perpetual Motion, Perpetual Sound
9. The Stills – Retour a Vega
10. The Pogues – Fairytale of New York City
11. The Softies – You and Only You

In 10 years time music will be....
Hopefully amazing. I would like to think that it will only get better but if we look back this isn’t always the case. The 90’s were an obvious step back for music. I think the 00’s have been absolutely incredible. I have to think that the 10’s will be equally as amazing if not more. I can’t imagine what the future musical trends will be. All I can say is that I can’t wait to find out.

If you could have 3 musicians over to your place, they would be...
What a question…I’ll assume you mean three living musicians because dead or alive would be too hard! Well I guess I would have to say firstly Devendra Banhart because I know hanging out with Devendra would be a weird and enlightening experience. Secondly, I guess Sufjan Stevens because I admire him so much and think he would be a great guest. Lastly, I would have to say Rose Melberg of the Softies, just so I could tell her how much her music has meant to me.

A massive thank you to Greg!
Check out his music blog and leave him some love, TLS thinks he's a top bloke! www.themiddledistancerunner.wordpress.com

Right, who's next?

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