SI: Swiss Lips and Bastille Live at The Union

One of my favourite up and coming acts; Swiss Lips have a residency at a place they’re calling The Union. It’s actually The Rag Factory, a converted space in East London just off Brick Lane. It’s a great little space in which they’re holding a series of parties featuring some great music. I went to see Bastille play with them and you can see the result by clicking the image below.

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SI Update: Tall Ships, Bloc Party, Keaton Henson and more.

Away from, I’ve been up to quite a bit in my role as Live Editor at Sound Influx. We’ve had a steady build so far and its looking good for the future. Here’s what I’ve been covering since I abandoned this blog…

Live Reviews
An evening in Camden
Eyes on Film with Carl Barat, Live at the Proud Galleries
Keaton Henson Live at the Cinema Museum.
Kyla La Grange Live at Scala, Kings Cross

Album Reviews
Bloc Party – Four 
Icona Pop – Iconic

Tall Ships
Everything Touching Album Review
XOYO Live Review
One of the most promising acts in the country have finally released their debut album and I took up the campaign for SI. Their live show goes from strength to strength as their new material filters into the set. Everything’s good in Tall Ships world.

Spring Offensive
In Camden
Not Drowning But Waving
Somewhere between Gareth from the Office and Jack Steadman, you’ve got the lead singer of Spring Offensive. The band’s slow rise is testament to their continued strong output and hopefully it will continue.

That basically brings everything up to date from TGTF and SI. I’m happy with how things are going and there’s a heck of a lot more on the way.

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TGTF Catchup: The1975, Lucy Rose, Dog is Dead and more.

In the last post, I mentioned I’d been writing quite a bit even though I hadn’t been posting it to this blog. Here’s a little catchup for the work I’ve done for

Facedown EP
Sex EP
With a series of two quick releases under their belts, the1975 have been building up their own hype. I’ve been keeping up with it all for TGTF and whilst some of it is disappointing, there’s real promise in the Mancunian band. Click the links above for my words and listen to “You” below.

The Killers
Battleborn Album Review
TGTF Podcast
Shortly after reviewing their new record, I was asked to partake in a small debate about The Killers in which I sound quite ridiculous and suggest that music no longer needs them. Its all a very strange experience for me. Either way, you can get to either of them from the above links. Don’t expect me to be anywhere near as nice as I was when I suggested that a Killers show was my favourite ever.

Lucy Rose
Like I Used To Album Review
Lucy Rose is the one constant of 2012 for me. She’s been the only artist to genuinely live up to the huge amount of hype around them and not allow it to change them. As you may be able to tell, this quite a nice review.

Dog is Dead
All Our Favourite Stories Album Review
Bands to Watch
Festifeel Coverage
The Nottingham band are a TGTF staple by now. Dog is Dead have been covered for a long, long time there and I was lucky enough to be allowed to take up their coverage for the end product. I’m not sure I gave the review TGTF readers were expecting, but oh well. See the links above and listen to Teenage Daughter below. 

Kyla La Grange
Album Review
Festifeel Coverage
If Lucy Rose is the bright side of Laura Marling from before she turned a bit naff, Kyla La Grange is what would have happened if Marling had done a Bob Dylan and picked up an electric guitar for her darker material. Whilst her music wraps itself in moodiness, it still has an uplifting and rather haunting sound at times. Sadly, the record doesn’t fully explain all of this. Read the review above. More on La Grange to come in the SI update.

That’s pretty much that for now. I also saw White Rabbits, said Tall Ships have more power than TeamGB’s cyclists and suggested that Deap Vally could make a debut record better than the White Stripes‘ Get Behind Me Satan, but that’s all passing comment really.

Tomorrow, the Sound Influx update and a fantastic video from a band that split up almost two years ago!
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TodayinFireworks: Bloc Party Live at Terminal 5 – HD Stream

EDIT: This video will only be online until tomorrow, at which point I will replace it with a different Bloc Party stream. Bowery Presents have only uploaded this for 24 hours

Until Four charts in a few weeks time, its going to be hard to say what the return of Bloc Party actually means to the indie-rock crossover world, but with the hype selling out their UK tour in October, only a lucky few will get to see the result. As such, the lovely folk at Bowery Presents have uploaded a full high definition stream of the London band’s show at New York’s Terminal 5 venue. Here it is in all its glory.

Personally, I think it’s the weakest setlist from the three shows they did (other two here and here) but its still shows that Bloc have a lot up their sleeves.

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TGTF Catchup: Festifeel and Blur

Whilst I’ve hardly been the most prolific poster on this blog of late, don’t think that’s meant media silence from me. Not at all. The more active and less professional blog over on Tumblr has been lit up with images and musings whilst I’ve also simply neglected to mention two posts on
Firstly all the way back to the Jubilee weekend, I went to Festifeel in the Queen of Hoxton. It’s the reason I’ve now got a wristband that says “CHECK YOUR BOOBS!”  on it (much to the displeasure of my mother) and its also happens to have coinsided with a time I had no camera to use so a nice man named Paul let me use two of his as well as me reverting to Instagram (I’m not proud) to nestle some photos in with my writing. Click HERE or on Newton Faulkner to see what I had to say about the day-festival.

Secondly, you might remember that last week Blur debuted two new tracks to the world-wide-web. I wrote about them for ThereGoesTheFear and Mary (the editor) very kindly said it’s a “thoughtful piece”. High praise which I’m grateful for. Click HERE or on Damon to see those words and hear those songs.

There’s two brand new reviews of two brand new albums coming in the next 24 hours so keep peeled for them. In the mean time, I’m going to locate my wellies because its back to the fields for 2000Trees this weekend. How I’ve missed the English summer and my stupid Ministry of Sound tent.