03

Jul

June on I Think You’ll Like This Song

27

Jun

Glastonbury 2011

One word. Beyonce. (and I didn’t even get to see her full set)

The week was a blast. Me and a few friends signed up to the charity Shelter and volunteered to work for a bar company and in turn for a free ticket, Shelter would get our wages which is a pretty good deal all round. However, because I had to work, I did have to miss some of the acts I really wanted to see such as Mumford & Sons, The Eels, James Vincent McMorrow, Paul Simon and most heart-breakingly, Beyonce (though in my break me and my friends absolutely pegged it over to the Pyramid stage from Glade to see 20 minutes and god was it worth it.) 

What I did get to see though was well worth the shifts and the mud (oh the mud, I fell over twice). Managed to catch The Naked + Famous, Wu Tang Clan, Dry The River, Elbow, Foster The People, The Noisettes, Pretty Lights, Stereo MCs, Coldplay and Beyonce. 

Highlights: Coldplay, Elbow, Naked + Famous, Dancing in a mud pit to ‘Gravel Pit’ by Wu Tang Clan, Catching the last 15 minutes of Dry The River and having a full on “Glastonbury Moment” throughout their last song, being at the front for Foster The People and seeing how far they’d come since I saw them last in a bar that maybe held 60 people to the John Peel Stage and finally seeing how touched Beyonce was to be playing Glastonbury.

I’ll probably try to post up a few reviews here and there over the next few days. Once I’ve slept though.

03

May

James Vincent McMorrow (@jamesvmcmorrow)

It’s only a matter of time before James Vincent McMorrow gets the kind of attention he fully deserves. He’s right under the surface at the moment, and those who know about him, including ITYLTS, are raving about this man. Comparisons to Bon Iver are no bad thing when you can live up to them like McMorrow can. The origins of his debut album, Early In The Morning,  haven’t helped the comparisons to Bon Iver as he recorded it in a remote cottage by the Irish Sea, however the content of the album speaks volumes for McMorrow in his own right. Perhaps a little more upbeat than Bon Iver in places, Early In The Morning displays a wide range of folk tinged songs from the beautifully poignant We Don’t Eat to the driving rhythms of Sparrow & the Wolf.

Early in the Morning by jamesvmcmorrow

For more info visit the office website here. Links to download and tour info can also be found. McMorrow will be playing at this year’s Glastonbury Festival.

Follow him on twitter @jamesvmcmorrow

Like him on facebook here

19

Apr

Jamie Woon // “Spirits” from Mirrorwriting (@jamiewoon)

Jamie Woon is someone who I’ve been aware of for a while (though I kept getting him confused with James Blake) but only just now started listening to him through a recommendation from a friend (sup ellie! :D), and I have to say thanks for the recommendation. Bringing elements of soul, R&B, trip hop, blues together, Woon has made something exciting.

Spirits is literally built from the ground up. Starting off with a beat boxing drum beat, he layers his vocals to create the rest of the track before coming in with a beautiful soulful voice for the melody. It truly is something special when you can see the progression of a song like this just from one man. Jamie Woon is definitely something special.

Other standout tracks: Night Air, Lady Luck.

Visit http://www.jamiewoon.com for more info and links to download Mirrorwriting. Follow him on twitter @jamiewoon.

18

Apr

Admiral Fallow// “Squealing Pigs” from Boots Met My Face

Admiral Fallow (@admiralfallow) are a Scottish group formed in 2007 that bring together clarinet, double bass, flute and some amazing vocals to make beautiful music. 

Squealing Pigs is a beautiful ‘folksy’ piece of music that starts off slow that rises into a brilliant sing along chorus and hectic instrumentation making you just want to get up and dust off your dancing shoes. 

I first got into Admiral Fallow when Squealing Pigs was used in an episode of NBC’s Chuck a while back and have been hooked from there. Touring the UK at the moment, they’ll be playing Glastonbury in June 2011. 

They are giving away a free download of A Sad Clown Cast at their website http://www.admiralfallow.com, so there is no excuse really not to have a sneaky peek at this Scottish fivesome. 

Find out more about Admiral Fallow at http://www.admiralfallow.com and follow them on Twitter @admiralfallow. 

17

Apr

Glastonbury.
So the Glastonbury line up was announced this past Thursday and I am very excited about the upcoming festival. Headliners U2, Coldplay and Beyonce were announced a few months ago but everybody knows its not the headliners that make the festival. 25+ venues this year will be showcasing some of the best music that is out there at the moment, the only problem is how the hell am I going to see all the acts I want to see??
Highlights of the line up for me are…
Wu Tang Clan, Two Door Cinema Club, Metronomy, Beyonce, Mumford & Sons, Bright Eyes, The Naked and Famous, The Eels, Cold War Kids, Cee Lo Green, Big Boi, The Go! Team, DJ Shadow, The Coral, Warpaint, Yuck, Foster The People, Crystal Castles, James Vincent McMorrow, Fatboy Slim, Mike Posner, Annie Mac, Admiral Fallow, Barenaked Ladies and yes Ke$ha. 
I am volunteering at this years Glastonbury, I just hope that my shifts allow me to see just some of the acts I’ve listed above. If I can hear Fresh Feeling by The Eels I will be able to die happy. 

Glastonbury.

So the Glastonbury line up was announced this past Thursday and I am very excited about the upcoming festival. Headliners U2, Coldplay and Beyonce were announced a few months ago but everybody knows its not the headliners that make the festival. 25+ venues this year will be showcasing some of the best music that is out there at the moment, the only problem is how the hell am I going to see all the acts I want to see??

Highlights of the line up for me are…

Wu Tang Clan, Two Door Cinema Club, Metronomy, Beyonce, Mumford & Sons, Bright Eyes, The Naked and Famous, The Eels, Cold War Kids, Cee Lo Green, Big Boi, The Go! Team, DJ Shadow, The Coral, Warpaint, Yuck, Foster The People, Crystal Castles, James Vincent McMorrow, Fatboy Slim, Mike Posner, Annie Mac, Admiral Fallow, Barenaked Ladies and yes Ke$ha. 

I am volunteering at this years Glastonbury, I just hope that my shifts allow me to see just some of the acts I’ve listed above. If I can hear Fresh Feeling by The Eels I will be able to die happy. 


Foster The People // “Pumped Up Kicks” from Foster The People EP. Debut albumTorches out May 24th. 

Foster The People are a group from LA that I am VERY excited about. A growing buzz on the music blogosphere has been following them since their release of their titular EP. I recently managed to catch them live in London and their set was fantastic, energetic and exceeded all expectations that I had from listening to their EP. 

The three tracks that make up the EP, Pumped Up KicksHoudini and Helena Beat make the perfect summer soundtrack and while the summer of 2010 may have let this amazing band slip by unnoticed, I think 2011 will be a different story. 

With shows behind them at this years SXSW, Coachella and upcoming dates at Glastonbury amongst numerous others, 2011 could well be the year that Foster The People get seriously on the radar. 

Houdini (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEVa3jAaweE)

Helena Beat (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SZGW-6AF3A)

Follow them on twitter @fosterthepeople

You can believe the hype on this one.