Archive for December, 2012

Afterparty with Django Django DJs & John Maclean - Limited wristbands available to Shepherds Bush Empire ticket holders. Mailafterparty@eatyourownears.com with your full name and the number of wristbands you need. First come, first served. Do not apply if you don’t have a ticket for the show, you won’t be able to get in to the venue. We will let you know if you are successful.

Here’s a nice treat to wile away those long Christmas hours next week, a three part mini-doc on the making of ‘Coexist’ and the superb live show that The xx have been touring since the record’s release. Don’t forget they hit Osterley Park for a very special festival curated by the band called Night+Day next year. Parts two and three of the documentry are below…

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There was a lot of varied and enthusiastic listening this year between everyone at the Eat Your Own Ears office and we’ve pulled together a few personal Top 5 lists to browse and listen to. There’s plenty of love for EYOE acts - OPOSSOM in particular and Lotus Plaza, while a few sneaky pop records make it in too, including Schoolboy Q, Kendrick and The Weeknd. So without further ado, here are our favourite records (or reissues) of 2012.

Tom:

Led Zeppelin
Celebration Day

Thomas Mapfumo
Rise Up

Kendrick Lamar
good kid, m.A.A.d city

Kate Bush
Live at the Hammersmith Odeon 1979

John Coltrane
The Atlantic Years

Laurie Spiegel
Expanding Universe

Jack:

1) School Boy Q - Habits & Contradictions
2) Kindness - kindness world you need a change of mind
3) Diiv - Oshin
4) Woods - Bend Beyond
5) G.O.O.D. Music - Cruel Summer

Mimi:

Julia Holter - Ekstasis
Wild Nothing - Nocturne
Grimes - Visions
John Talabot - fin
Mac Demarco - 2

Lucy P:

Diiv - Oshin
Opossom - Electric Hawaii
Tame Impala - Lonerism
Woods - Bend Beyond
Brian Jonestown Massacre - Aufheben

Beth:

Django Django - Django Django
Alt J - An Awesome Wave
Sharon Van Etten - Tramp
The Weeknd - Trilogy
Tame Impala - Lonerism

And One Direction!

Lucy W:

Lotus Plaza - Spooky Action at a Distance
Tame Impala - Lonerism
Sidi Toure - Koima
Opossum - Electric Hawaii
Daphni - Jiaolong

Egyptian Hip Hop have covered Django Django, who play our last show of the year at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Friday. The band take on Love’s Darts and do a mighty fine job too, have a listen below.



Tickets for The xx’s Night+Day at Osterley Park next summer went onsale over the weekend. Some of you might be working wondering what exactly Osterley Park House is, and we have stepped in with a (sometimes!) factual A-Z of the place so you can find out a bit more. Uncover a little history below…

If anyone can help us fill in the gaps hit us up on twitter @eatyourownears !

Airmen: Just after World War 2, Osterley house was converted into a refuse for injured airmen.

Batman: Osterley Park was used as a double for Wayne Manors in the latest Batman film, The Dark Night Rises.

Chucklevision: The Chuckle brothers, Barry and Paul, shot Chucklevision at Osterley Park.

Doctor Who: The park was the proposed location for the 1973 Doctor Who serial ‘Day of the Daleks’, the plot was said to be written around the Park, although was never used.

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Flowers: Osterley Park is one of London’s last surviving woods of native British bluebells.

Grass is Greener: The 1960’s film was set and filmed at Osterley House and featured Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr and Robert Mitchum.

Home Guards: The lawns at Osterley park were used as the first home guard training establishment, teaching street fighting techniques, guerilla warfare tactics and the mixing of home-made explosives.

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Jersey: George Child-Villiers, who gave the house to The National Trust in 1949 was the 5th Earl of Jersey.

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National Trust: Osterley Park is a proud member of The National Trust, protecting historic spaces and places for everyone, forever.

Owls: Long-Eared Owls, Ring-Necked Parakeets, Mandarin Ducks, Grey Heron and plenty more native english birds can be found in Osterley Parks beautiful gardens.

Persuaders: Roger Moore and Tony Curtis featured in an episode of The Persuaders at the park in the 1970’s.

Queen Elizabeth: It is known that during her reign Queen Elizabeth visited Osterley House.

Robert Adam: Osterley House was refurbished in the middle of the 18th Century by neoclassical scottish architect Robert Adam, it is considered his finest work within the UK.

Servants: Go ‘below stairs’ in the house, to see how servants would have lived working on a wealthy estate.

Thomas Gresham: The redbrick house was built in 1576 by Sir Thomas Gresham, making it 436 years old!

Untouchable: Osterley Park features in John Banville’s novel The Untouchables.

Vegetables: Osterley park boasts a hearty Farm Shop, selling fresh vegetables, flowers, fruit and eggs grown on site by the tenant farmers.

Wings: A wall in the park was used on the album sleeve on the bands 1973 album, Band On The Run.

X: The xx, obviously.

Young Victoria: The 2009 film The Young Victoria featring Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend used Osterley Park as a sitting-room replacement for Buckingham Palace.

Zebras: Really? no, its just very hard to come up with a ‘Z’.

Excitement is really in overdrive for Rachel Zeffira’s debut record. Rave reviews have started dropping in and Zeffira hit the Lauren Laverne show for a great session playing songs from The Deserters. Catch up on that one below, we have Rachel back for next April.

Rachel Zeffira on Lauren Laverne

We announced a very exciting show yesterday for Fucked Up and Titus Andronicus. The indie-rock titans hit Electric Ballroom on May 30th of next year and we’re already counting down the days. Fucked Up just dropped a new video for Inside A Frame too. Take a look at that above…

Great performance on WFUV from Here We Go Magic recently. They play a hypnotic version of Make Up Your Mind calling to mind memories of their two brilliant shows with us this year. Some of 2012’s best for sure.