Archive for August, 2008

“Mechanical Bride – aka 22-year-old Lauren Doss – returns with the Black Skeleton EP on Transgressive, three songs of quite exquisite spookiness. Given time, care and attention, Black Skeleton Sea locks into the brain like a virulent disease as Doss’ lovely voice floats over the minimal backing like a jazz ghost.” – Music Week

“This multi-instrumentalist specialises in experimental, dreamy electro-folk. She has supported kindred spirit Bat for Lashes on tour, has an EP under her belt and a new one on the way.

Signed to Transgressive Records – home to Foals and the Young Knives – Doss sings ethereally on the gospel-esque “Chapel” (from her first EP) and shines in her delicate rendition of Rhianna’s “Umbrella”. Stripping it down to its bare minimum with a sprinkling of glockenspiels and theramin, she reveals new, melancholy layers to last year’s hottest R&B single.”  — Independent

If Laura Marling and Lykke Li were broken ballerinas turning in a dusty music box, they’d sound something like Brighton’s Laura Doss. ..As she sings on ‘Poor Boy’, it’s all ‘oh so sadly sweet’– Time Out

Lauren Doss – the lady behind Mechanical Bride – has been far from resting on her lo-fi folk laurels. Childhood mates with Patrick Wolf and Ed Larrikin, she inhabits a worlds which prides itself on being highly original, imaginative and just a little bit of a nut-job. … gossamer swirls of sound and tender pixie-pop moments both trickle into a stream of gorgeous feather-light harmonies … commendably simplistic and as bell-ringingly kooky as a night making special cookies with fellow Brighton-based siren Bat For Lashes – NME


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With 6 days to go, fences being hoiked up, tepee tents being erected, stages being built, tracks being laid, toilets being positioned, bunting being strung, haybales on the way, and cool, cold festival ales being hauled onsite, Victoria Park is already readying itself for the return of FIELD DAY. With remaining tickets flying out for the event on August 9th  (see below for outlet details), bands confirmed, and everything onsite coming together very nicely indeed, it promises to be a High Summer Jamboree of sizeable proportions.
Adding to the merriment promised for August 9th, the final addition to the festival’s already all-killer-no-filler lineup has just been confirmed – FD’s very own 25-member BRASS BAND will be on hand to entertain revellers with renditions of everything from Led Zepplin to Kylie, KLF to Stevie Wonder….Talking Heads to…OH YEAH – Beyonce. Plus the odd cult theme tune.  It’ll blow (guffaw!) you’re mind.
With the very best of all things alternative from the realms of dance, electro, indie and folk booked to play across the festival’s 5 individually programmed stages, plus their very own Village Fete readied to supply the masses with some countrified fun and games, organisers have gone all out to make FIELD DAY 2008 a one day festival experience like no other…
Foals, Simian Mobile Disco, Mystery Jets, Les Savy Fav, Richie Hawtin, Laura Marling, Lightspeed Champion and Noah & The Whale, along with DJ’s Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys), Huw Stephens and Rob Da Bank are just some of the artists set to play FIELD DAY August 9TH. Full lineup listed here:-

Converse Century Stage w/ Eat Your Own Ears:-
Eat Your Own Ears djs
Jon Hopkins (Fence)
The Field
Les Savy Fav
Mystery Jets
Of Montreal
Huw Stephens (DJ set)
Laura Marling
Wild Beasts
Howling Bells
Noah and The Whale
Adventures in The Beetroot Field / stage:-
Simian Mobile Disco
The Notwist
Dan Deacon
Matt Helders (DJ)
The Mae Shi
Crispin Dior (DJ)
The Emperor Machine
White Lies
Filthy Dukes
Edward J Hicks
Homefires stage:-
Fionn Regan
Rob Da Bank
Lightspeed Champion
King Creosote
Alasdair Roberts
Jeffrey Lewis
Emma Pollack
Pictish Trail
One Little Plane
Bugged Out stage:-
Richie Hawtin & Ali Demirel
James Holden
Hannah Holland and Mc Chickaboo
Matt Walsh
Disco Bloodbath DJ’s
Bloggers Delight stage:-
Benga (DJ)
Cormac, Peter Pixel & Jacob Hulsey (Wet Yourself)
Mikki Most & Ian Robinson (Trailer Trash)
Casper C (Bloggers Delight)
Skull Juice (Bloggers Delight)
Primary 1
Rory Phillips & The Lovely Jonjo (Durrr)
Matt and Olly (White Heat)
Tickets for Field Day are available from / 0870 264 3333 and / 08700 600 100, priced £26.50. See for further details.

Sun Kil Moon is the current project of singer-songwriter Mark Kozelek, best known for his previous band, Red House Painters. Sun Kil Moon sees Kozelek undertake all the writing, composing, singing and guitar playing accompanied by Tim Mooney and Anthony Koutsos (also an ex-member of RHP) on drums, and Geoff Stanfield on bass. The band is named after korean bantamweight boxer Moon Sung-Kil.

Kozelek’s music with Sun Kil Moon spans genres such as the simple acoustic country-folk to heavy, Crazy Horse-esque rock, from the light-hearted to epic psychedelia.
Kozelek is known for covering songs from bands not normally associated to his genre of slow, introspective music. They are more than traditional covers, as they are extensively re-worked and re-interpreted to the point that they are often not recognizable to the originals, and take on a different meaning despite the lyrics remaining intact word-for-word. Kozelek’s 2000 solo debut Rock ‘n’ Roll Singer featured covers of songs by AC/DC and John Denver.

His solo 2001 follow-up, What’s Next to the Moon was an entire album of AC/DC songs done in his typically languid, hypnotically melancholy acoustic style. Even further back, Songs for a Blue Guitar, the 1996 Red House Painters album, featured covers of Yes’s Long Distance Runaround, Paul McCartney & Wings’s Silly Love Songs and The Cars’ “All Mixed Up”. 2005’s Tiny Cities is very much in this tradition, taking the often frenetic, noisy songs of Modest Mouse and transforming them into haunting, acoustic guitar-dominated midtempo ballads filled with a deep-seated, haunting melancholy.

Reminiscent of music as disparate as the raw traditionalism of Woody Guthrie and the experimental alt-folk lyricism of Joanna Newsom, Louisville, Kentucky native DAWN LANDES has caught the attention of critics from New York to Europe, Rolling Stone, Venus, even before having a record label or hot shot publicist. On stage Dawn plays a variety of instruments, ranging from an 8-dollar guitar to a pink accordion. Whether she's performing by herself or with accomplices (members of the bands Hem and The King of France), her live show brings moving silence to the crowd.

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