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Deadmau5 – 4×4=12

May 31, 2011

I’ve started and restarted this review on so many occasions now that I’m sick to the teeth of trying to basically insinuate that I think it is good. I’ve done this in a number of bizarre fashions, from random notepad updates whilst sober/drunk, smaller notes of both text and audio form on a phone app and scribblings on bits of paper. Sadly when bringing all of this together you get something like a few garbled words cut and pasted by a 5 year old who hasn’t quite grasped the idea of grammar, punctuation or in fact writing full stop, Read more…

My favourite Black Freedom Struggle Protest Songs

May 24, 2011

 Nina Simone – ‘Mississippi Goddam’

Nina Simone

In September 1963, a Ku Klux Klan group bombed a Civil Rights activist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four girls and injuring many others. This was the moment Nina Simone decided it was time for her to take part in black activism. This terrible event was an inspiration for Simone’s song ‘Mississippi Goddam’. She “suddenly realised what it was to be black in America in 1963” and it drove her to write her first Civil Rights song.[1] Nina Simone’s explicit lyrics showed the anger and frustration that she felt against the US government, which was trying to gradually move to equality between blacks and whites, but to her, “doing things gradually” was only going to “bring more tragedy”. Read more…

The Morning Benders – Excuses (RAC Remix)

May 17, 2011

This is a remix of “Excuses”, the opening track from Big Echo, the second album from Californian four-piece The Morning Benders. It was released as part of the Japan Echo EP, with all proceeds going to the Japan Society Earthquake Relief fund. It’s been going round and round my head all day. Listen to it! Check out the original!

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Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie XX – We’re New Here

May 7, 2011

It’s been a little quiet on here of late and I still can’t quite bring myself to go through my Deadmau5 review that has been months in the making writing to make it worthy of the blogs ever rising standards…<cough>…so instead I want to quickly present to you an album that I seem to have been playing on repeat for the last month.

Jamie XX is probably best known (or not as the case may be) as one member of The XX. A band that seems to manage to divide opinion here on TWLT with their inoffensive but charming electronic indy ditties. Having flitted around the internet and clubs with his various remixes, his first album proper is unsurprisingly a pure remix album. Entitled We’re New Here, the album is a remix of Gil Scott-Heron’s I’m New Here (his first album in 16 years).

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The French Misfits in Indie/Rock

April 25, 2011

I’ve recently come across ‘Hard to Cry’ by The Bewitched Hands (from Reims, France), a band who I first thought to be English, and one that you may well like as to me they sound like many other “indie” bands that are out and about in the UK at the moment. But after listening to their debut album – Birds and Drums – and especially after watching some interviews and live videos of them, I realised, for me, they didn’t quite have what it takes to compare with a good ol’ English band. But why is this? Maybe it’s their French accent (which I though should be a plus) and their lyrics that sometimes sound weird and inadequate. This must explain their lack of success here in England…

The Bewitched Hands – ‘Hard to Cry’
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Oregon Bike Trails

April 21, 2011

Get your summer hats on, here’s an artist to compliment the lovely sunshine us Londoners have been privy to over the last few weeks. And it’s another bandcamp artist, no less. Oregon Bike Trails is singer songwriter Zach Yudin, from Santa Monica, California. If Beach Boys/60s nostalgia is not your thing, don’t read on!

Oregon Bike Trials – Swimsuit

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Interpol / Matthew Dear – Notes On A Gig

April 20, 2011

After my somewhat magnus opus of a review on Oceansize a few weeks ago its seems apt that this time I try and keep it short and sweet.

Therefore I present to you my notes on a gig:

1. I apparently no longer have patience for bands with no stage presence

2. I don’t like said bands that then try way to hard to impress on stage whilst all the while looking somewhat like a group of lepers being gently electrocuted in time with the beat

3. People that use their cameras and phones to record a gig instead of watching the fucking band piss me off (although in hindsight I admit it is useful for this review – see above)

4. People that TEXT other people during a gig to say how awesome said gig also fucking piss me off

5. Matthew Dear has all the stage charisma of a veruca, hiding behind his giant keyboard and occasionally jumping around with a shaker does not make for audience interaction. The whole band started clapping and no-one joined in. The song was good as well. Bad sign.

6. The square light rubbing around his face just emphasises this trying too hard. Oh and singing about monkeys A LOT is weird. Even for a weird band.

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