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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Video: Red Light Company Live in Japan ’09

So, in keeping with the spirit of keeping things current, I think its only fair that I post a video that surfaced online earlier this week. Its of a band that I’m rather fond of called Red Light Company. They broke up almost two years ago and each member has since done their own thing (most of which have failed), but this video is to the best of my knowledge, the only full set of theirs online.
It makes me happy because of two reasons. One; I never saw RLC and this does that to an extent for me. Secondly; Red Light Company  in my opinion, had the potential to be one of the biggest bands on the planet and this is complete testament to that.
Anyway, enjoy.

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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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TodayInFireworks: Blur – Live at Hyde Park (July ’09)

Blur at T in the Park 2009: Image by Danny North

With the Olympics coming to an end at the end of this week; Blur, New Order, Bombay Bicycle Club and The Specials are all taking to the BT London Live stage in Hyde Park for one last fling in London. The last time Blur did a show like this was just over three years ago at their huge Hyde Park reformation gigs. It was one reformation that seemed to spark a lot more down the line and for The Stone Roses regrouping, I guess they can only apologise.
Anyway, here’s the full video of that show, let’s hope it’s as good this time round.

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TodayInFireworks: Tycho – A Walk (Live in London)

You may have heard me ranting and raving about the beauty of Tycho‘s music in the early hours of sober mornings if you’re unfortunate enough to follow me on Tumblr. Otherwise you may have heard of b through his ISO50 Blog (listed in the Friends of Fireworks section below). If not, you’re in for a real treat.

Last year, Detour Dates and Songkick brought Tycho to the UK for the first time and the solo project’s band played XOYO. Unfortunately I was not there, but this video and introductory interview (that cuts in between the music) is lovely enough to demonstrate Tycho’s sheer blissful qualities. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon. 

I highly recommend checking out Tycho’s album released last year entitled Dive. It’s on Spotify HERE but you can hear versions of the album tracks across YouTube. Highlights come in the form of A Walk and Daydream.

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