Metronomy – Old Skool Skepta – Lyrics (feat. Novelist) James Blake – Timeless Radiohead – Daydreaming Jens Kuross – Steadier Anohni – Execution Christine and the Queens – Tilted KAYTRANADA – Lite Spots Marcus Marr – Rocketship Jungle – Julia (Soulwax Remix) Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band – P.I.M.P. Anderson Paak – Put Me Thru
James Blake – I Need A Forest Fire Mura Masa – What If I Go? Radiohead – Glass Eyes Bibio – Light Up the Sky Skepta – Man Skepta – Shutdown De La Soul – Trainwreck Junior Boys – M&P (Radio Edit) Adultrock – Push And Pull Jamie xx & Kosi Kos – Come We Go Pleasure Model – Mounnroc Charles Bradley – Ain’t It A Sin A$AP Ferg – Beautiful People feat. Chuck D Radiohead – Decks Dark You can listen live on Thursdays to the show on 105.2FM, online, the iOs app, Android app or if you missed it, along with all the other shows, via the listen back section
SXSW is like a suspension of normal reality when it comes to gigs, events and festivals. That goes some way to explaining how I ended up curating the lineup for a St. Patrick’s Day gig at The Hype Machine’s Hype Hotel. We had six great live sets from six of the best new bands around, free drink, free tacos, massages and photobooths. The whole thing was captured and broadcast by Livestream and the warehouse venue had lighting that came from Cirque De Soleil. It was insane.
Thanks to all involved for making it happen and for those who turned up – the venue was near capacity for much of the day so I was delighted. In case you missed it all, you can watch five of the six sets from the day below (Tennis’ approval is pending). More non Hype hotel SXSW posts to follow and look out for a piece in this week’s Indo on Friday about how the party came about.
A special Patrick’s Day event, live from Austin – Nialler9 SXSW day party kicks off TODAY at 1pm local Austin time (6pm Irish time) in conjunction with guys and gals of The Hype Machine in their amazing Hype Hotel venue (which also includes free drink, free tacos & massages – what is up you guys?). Lineup below, livestream it all as it happens right here.
I’m ecstatic to announce that I will be hosting my first international party in Austin during SXSW in conjunction with guys and gals of The Hype Machine. From March 13-17th, some of the best music bloggers will be curating the lineups at The Hype Hotel on 504 Trinity Street at 5th Street in downtown Austin, Texas.
Having never visited Eurosonic before, I assumed it was your usual music industry festival type-deal. Hundreds of bands and loads of industry looking for the next big thing. While the festival can fill that remit, the important part for me is the European focus. Over 250 bands from around Europe congregate in the city of Groningen, north of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and live music is the main attraction. Festival bookers and promoters are here to book acts for their festivals and the EU offer subsidies to those who book Eurosonic-featured acts.
Add in the work of the European Talent Exchange Program (ETEP) which encourages festivals to make a commitment to book the same act across a number of festivals in Europe (1359 shows and counting since 2003), the presence of 30 radio stations from across the continent broadcasting live from Groningen (including RTE 2FM’s Ian Wilson has been a long-serving member of the Eurosonic core group) and it makes the showcase event a must-do for bands, promoters and agents particularly.
This year, the spotlight country was Ireland and we were represented by 21 acts: Bitches with Wolves, Cashier no. 9, Emmet Tinley, Fionn Regan, Foy Vance, Funeral Suits, God Is an Astronaut, Hello Moon, James Vincent McMorrow, Jape, LaFaro, Lisa Hannigan, Mojo Fury, Rams Pocket Radio, Squarehead, The Cast of Cheers, The Minutes, Thread Pulls, Toby Karr, Wallis Bird and We Cut Corners. You can check out all the bands at Music From Ireland’s site who help organise the contingency with help from Culture Ireland. For a full report on how they got on at the festival, read my feature in this Friday’s Day and Night in the Irish Independent (/plug).
The Irish focus was the main reason I was there, as well as to participate in a media panel, but of course, I saw about 30 bands from Wednesday to Saturday, and here were my 10 favourite live shows of the week. (more…)
As 2012 approaches, Sweden’s Niki & The Dove look increasingly likely to be a going concern for many. I’m pretty excited about finally seeing them live at Eurosonic in January. While ‘DJ, Ease My Mind’, the song, has been knocking about for a while, its tribal dance sound has just received the video treatment. The single is out in February.
You’ll find another new homemade video for ‘Mother Protect’ after the jump. (more…)
One of the acts I’m personally most looking forward to checking at Electric Picnic, Niki & The Dove (actually a duo) have released a couple of new tracks. First up, is ‘Last Night’, a song which reminds me of Bjork with more dark disco pop undertones and which features on the band’s forthcoming The Drummer EP. Meanwhile, Alex Metric has remixed the Swedes’ ‘Mother Protect’ for his new remix album Open Your Eyes.
Electric Picnic takes place on 2nd, 3rd, 4th September 2011 in Stradbally, Co. Laois, Ireland. Tickets are €240 plus fees for the weekend. Other notable bands include Flying Lotus, Lykke Li, James Blake, Best Coast, Beirut, Arcade Fire, Zola Jesus, Santigold, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, PJ Harvey, Pulp, Mogwai, Interpol, The Go! Team, Warpaint, Twin Shadow, HEALTH, Solar Bears, James Vincent McMorrow, Adebisi Shank and more.
This live set from Sweden’s Niki & The Dove (aka Malin and Gustaf) is hugely impressive. Insert inevitable comparison to The Knife here. Over nine tracks the band display a considerable knack for alluring oblique pop and electronica with a whopping big dramatic voice. Like Shabazz Palaces earlier, I’d heard some of Niki’s stuff but this set suggests there is great ambition lurking around the corner. It was recorded at Lejonkulan/Dramaten by gimmeindie.se. Thanks to ABeano and Bitzlr for the tips.