Tuesday, 23 December 2014

WATCH: King Charles 'Carry Me Away' for Sticky Sessions

The magnificent King Charles performing his new track Carry Me Away, taken from his second album which we can expect in early 2015 (I hope!) for Sticky Sessions.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

TOUR NEWS: Sivu (Feb/March 2015)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/sivusignals
The absolutely brilliant Sivu has just announced a mammoth UK tour for Feb/March 2015, starting with a home town Cambridge show on 25th Feb and ending at Brighton on 28th March. He'll also play a London show on 24th March.

I massively recommend getting to one of these shows if he's playing near you, he puts on a fantastic live show - recently to the enormous Earls Court, finishing up his support tour with Bombay Bicycle Club. Most importantly he makes and plays superb music, and his debut album, Something On High, is probably my favourite of 2014.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

WATCH: Everything Everything 'MY KZ, UR BF' for Mahogany

Just stumbled across this video that I thought was worth sharing - Everything Everything playing My Kz, Ur Bf for Mahogany Sessions. Love these guys but aside from this track I've only checked out their latest record, Arc (which is superb, if you were wondering.) Consider their first album added to my wish list!

Sunday, 7 December 2014

LIVE: The Sea & I (3/12/14) and Adam Barnes (6/12/14)

I've been to two wonderful gigs this week, a welcome break from my rather large list of deadlines. I think the gigs I've been able to go to have probably been my highlight of this first semester at uni, as there aren't many gigs in my hometown so I usually have to travel to things!

The first of these was The Sea & I on Wednesday, headlining The Islington in London, where they were joined on stage by London Chamber Brass and London Contemporary Voices, and supported by Stephanie O'Brien. I've been waiting to see the band for a long time but have never had the chance as shows have been too far away, or 18+, so as I'm living closer to London and I'm 18 I had to snap this one up! They played a superb set, really immersive, quite an experience! They played most tracks from their two EPs, and a couple of new ones, which worked really well. I got this video of their track Improve, my favourite from the first EP (official video here.) Overall a really fun night, and nice to see so many friendly faces, most notably one of my lecturers from uni.. who happens to be housemates with the band's manager. Small world!

The second gig was Adam Barnes last night at The Cellar in Oxford. He's just finished up a tour of venues around Europe and the UK, playing over 30 shows in total, and this was the final night of the tour, quite fitting as a full-band hometown show, surrounded by his friends and family. Adam and his band put on a fantastic show, a highlight of which was a beautiful unplugged encore of his track Come Undone played in the crowd. Also worth a note is the support Willie J Healey, who played a really fun and energetic set, and is currently working on an EP. The video I got, below, is of the track Kurushio Sea, taken from Adam's debut album The Land, The Sea & Everything Lost Beneath.

Now to try and complete a lot of uni work this week before Bombay Bicycle ClubPeace, and Sivu at Earls Court on Saturday!

Friday, 5 December 2014

WATCH: Sam Beeton 'Jeckyll and the Man' for The Old Vinyl Factory

Absolutely love this video, of Sam Beeton performing his track Jeckyll and the Man. The big and fantastic news of this week is that Sam has finished work on his record, which is set to be released at some point in January 2015. It is called In The Yard and gigs should follow soon! As well as this Season 2 of Sam's unique Record Club (a subscription style music release service) will recommence soon.

Fun fact: this track was first performed on my sofa. Video here.