Not long until Clock Opera reveal their first full length and as we approach that date they guide us through the making of what promises to be a very special record with a series of nicely shot, slightly obscure videos. Lovely.
This week sees a continuation of last week’s residencies - with Chilly in Soho and Toy occupying the Shacklewell Arms. For more on those two check out last weeks preview HERE.
Elsewhere we have…
King Creosote + Jon Hopkins (pictured, above) - Thurs - Shepherd’s Bush Empire
These two brought us a couple of our favourite shows last year at Union Chapel and Queen Elizabeth Hall. They step up to bigger surroundings this time and we can’t wait to share the quiet power of their music with a lot more people. A few tickets left for this unmissable event.
Spin kindly has a stream of the new Of Montreal record up on their website alongside some lengthy explanations of the songs, making for a pretty perfect (if slightly nerdy) first listen. We can’t wait to see the evolution of their live show again at KOKO - last time around was crazy.
The ever-excellent Matthew Bourne (playing for us at the end of the month at Cafe OTO) has kindly made us a playlist via the magic of YouTube to shed some light on his influences, likes and more. Take a look below and read comments from Matthew to unravel this fascinating glimpse.
1. Gotye: Somebody That I Used to Know
This was introduced to me by friend and fellow motorcycling companion Paul Bolderson just the other day. I was drawn in: it’s catchy, they have good voices, I like the lyrics…
2. Etta James & Dr. John: I’d Rather go Blind
Etta James’s voice always sends shivers down my spine and this particular performance is no exception to that. The onstage chemistry between James and Dr. John is beautiful…
3. Luther VanDross: A House is Not a Home
An appreciation for VanDross (and also The Commodores, Johnny Mathis, Phil Spector and the 80’s records of Quincy Jones) is something I attribute to having absorbed them through my mother’s hifi from a young age. This gratuitously, over-the-top rendition of a Bacharach’s classic song is one of my guilty pleasures…
4. Meshuggah: New Millennium Cyanide Christ
From one of the best bands I have ever seen live (and indeed the best gig I have ever seen) is amongst my favourite Meshuggah songs (from Chaosphere), although I find it very difficult to chose a single favourite from their work in general (although the track Bleed from obZen is tempting…). obZen, Catch 33, I, Nothing and Chaosphere are all excellent. Note that no expense was spared in the making of this video.
5. Chris Morris: Brass Eye (unseen interview with David Sullivan)
Being a huge Chris Morris fan, I was delighted to see this unused Brass Eye scene with David Sullivan. I don’t know how Morris managed to keep a straight face. Genius…
6. Trio VD: Tulisa (ORIGINAL X FACTOR INSPIRED MUSIC)
Some of my mates making music together.
7. Scott Walker: Jolson and Jones
Without equal. Visually not the most engaging YouTube video in the world but given the music, visual stimulation is irrelevant.
8. Bat For Lashes: Sad Eyes
A song that saved me from throwing away the love of my life once upon a time. I am a hopeless sentimentalist and I don’t give a fuck who knows it.
9. John Zorn: Interview 2007 - ROVA Arts - Internet Archive
(NOTE: Sadly, Matthew Bourne’s original idea for John Zorn was taken down before we could post, so the video above is a substitute for the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXKC_t1vAjo)
It’s difficult not to underestimate the influence that John Zorn’s music, thoughts and aesthetic has had on my own approach to music over the last 10 years or so; and was lucky enough to perform with him at The Stone (NYC) in 2010 - a lifelong dream realised. This interview is an important document and should be watched by anyone interested in the creative process/music making/living life as a human being.
10. Igor Stravinsky: Lullaby and Final Hymn from The Firebird
I find it almost impossible not to shed a tear during the Final Hymn. This is some fantastic footage of Stravinsky himself conducting one of his most well-known works.
Lovely video to catch up on this morning, as King Creosote and Jon Hopkins go over the processes that brought us their debut album together last year. Following on from their two amazing shows for us last year they also play Shepherd’s Bush Empire for us at the start of next month, a show that is selling quickly.
Last week’s Toy show at the Shacklewell Arms was superb. Packed to bursting already the place exploded when Toy began their set. We’re looking forward to much of the same tonight and again for the next couple of weeks in what is already shaping up to be one of those things you tell people about years down the line. In the words of James Murphy, “I was there”.
Kitty Empire at The Guardian seems to agree in this great piece on last weeks tangle.
Here’s a brand new video from Spector who leave behind the cool air of East London for the warmer climes of Mexico.
(via Field Day Blog)
We’re excited today to present a new raft of names for Field Day 2012. Joining the names you already know about as well as recent additions such as Grimes, Mazzy Star, Death Grips and Zomby will be…
Daniel Avery (Stopmakingme)
Huw Stephens DJ
Justin Spear DJ
Look out for much more on the blog from these acts over the coming weeks as well as some exclusive content.
New artists confirmed for Field Day 2012:
Daniel Avery (Stopmakingme)
Huw Stephens DJ
Justin Spear DJ
Afrocubism / Andrew Bird / Baxter Dury / Beirut / Com Truise
Death Grips / Errors / Fennesz / Franz Ferdinand / Gold Panda / Grimes
Here We Go Magic / Hudson Mohawke – Live / Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard
Julio Bashmore / Metronomy / Outfit / Maya Jane Coles / Mazzy Star
Papa M / Peaking Lights / R. Stevie Moore / Revere / Rocketnumbernine
Rustie / SBTRKT / Spector / THE MEN / Theme Park / Tortoise
To Kill a King / The Vaccines / Zomby / Zulu Winter
plus more artists to be announced…
Field Day is delighted to announce the next set of acts on the 2012 bill. Joining recent additions, Mazzy Star, Grimes, Death Grips and Zomby are the legendary electronic duo Modeselektor.
Adopting a production ethos of, ‘create, distort, recycle’, the sonic boundary pushing producers are by their own admission, more of a live act than studio musicians so expect an exuberant performance from the Bugged Out! stage headliners.
Straight from the UK underground is Blawan, who is sure to set the Bugged Out! stage alight with his lucid electronic and heavily percussive productions; while Sweden’s finest new exponents of woozy, electro-pop, Korallreven, will in contrast be providing a heady mix of what Pitchfork termed, “space-disco-via-pastoral-ambient beauty”. Also confirmed are psychedelic art-pop four-piece Django Django who are set to release their debut self-titled album this month and classically-trained keytarist from Echo Park Julia Holter, who will be performing her witty, surreal and at times off-kilter songs with the minimal instrumentation and crystalline vocals style for which she’s fast becoming known.
DJ sets are being left in the safe hands of BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and ATP/Sterolab regular Justin Spear who is best known for his taking listeners on a journey through film soundtracks, cult, French pop and other obscure sounds on his slot University of Strange on BBC 6Music’s Freak Zone. Recently chosen by Andy Weatherall in Time Out’s Top DJ tips for 2012, Fabric resident and Bugged Out! and Durrr regular Daniel Avery (AKA stopmakingme) joins the burgeoning list of top DJs at Field Day this year with his mixture of mutant new wave, unwashed electro and pulsing techno.
Also confirmed to be taking part in Field Day 2012 are independent record label Double Denim, who will be presenting various acts across the day. Formed by Jack Thomas and Hari Ashurst at the end of summer 2010, Double Denim originally started as a blog whose aim was to unearth only the newest, undiscovered talent – an online pursuit that morphed into a much more rewarding physical one, with their first releases including tracks from an exciting and mysterious trio of Stay +, Outfit and Zulu Winter, three artists that are attracting praise from the likes of The Guardian, Pitchfork, Zane Lowe, NME, Huw Stephens, and many more. With the announcement of solo artist and comic Amateur Best for their tenth release, Double Denim looks set to continue their chameleon-like journey through the echo chamber of new music.
Entering into its sixth year, Field Day will be returning to Victoria Park with its unique formula of pioneering line up coupled with village fete mentality, all in the heart of east London. Due to the London 2012 Olympics, Field Day will now take place over the Diamond Jubilee June Bank Holiday weekend on Saturday 2nd June.
Ever the musical chameleon, Devonté Hynes – formerly of Testicicles and Lightspeed Champion fame – will be appearing at Field Day as his latest incarnation, Blood Orange – a sexed up, groove infused chapter; Elsewhere, Glasgow-based artist, Koreless will be following in the footsteps of fellow progressive dubstep artists and Field Day alumni James Blake and Mount Kimbie, with his unique combination of two-step and take on 80s ambient in the vein of Talk Talk; while newcomer Kindness will be taking the sound of the 80s NYC disco scene and creating minimalist dance grooves like Ariel Pink or Washed Out before him.
After a decade of making music together, Brooklyn based experimental post-punk group Liars are still pushing boundaries exploring new sounds. Reminiscent of the late 70s/early 80s bands that added danceable rhythms to punk music, expect plenty of synthetic keypads and interspersed prearranged compositions along with angular yet melodic vocals. Also coming from Brooklyn are girl-fronted outfit Friends. The quintet’s self-described “weird pop” and mid set instrument swapping have caused a stir in their native NYC, and with a place on the long-list of the BBC’s Sound of 2012 poll, they are certainly making ripples over in the UK too.
Hosted by forward-thinking promoters Eat Your Own Ears, Bugged Out!, Bleed and Lanzarote, Field Day is a festival that has become synonymous with imaginative and progressive bills and 2012 is certainly shaping up to be no exception to this rule.
Promoter Tom Baker of Eat Your Own Ears says: “I’m really excited about the line-up for Field Day 2012. It’s been something of a challenge after last year’s was so strong but with Franz Ferdinand closing the Eat Your Own Ears stage and with acts like Tortoise playing I’m hoping it will be just as good! As ever it’s hugely exciting to welcome acts from further afield; I’m particularly delighted to announce Afrocubism featuring Toumani and some incredible Cuban musicians – they’re going to blow people’s minds!”
As with years gone by, Field Day will be providing ample entertainment for those looking for respite from the music in the Village Mentality area on The Village Green. Expect traditional side stalls inspired by country pastimes and weird and wonderful fete games such as Blindfold Sweetcorn Husking Championship, Scone Throwing, Vegetable Discus and Human Wheelbarrow.
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