Monday, June 25, 2007

It came from the UK

It's been a while since the last UK entry, mostly because I've been running short on ammunition with which to fill these posts. A fresh shipment of supplies was just air-dropped at headquarters along with a healthy ration of new local music, so this set of sounds from over there will shortly be followed by a set of sounds from over here. Here we go...

Hot Chip played a ~30 minute set just the other day at the Glastonbury Festival in the rural town of Pilton, England, which played host to over 700 acts on over 80 stages in 2007. Talk about a music festival. 700 acts on 80 stages? That is rediculous. I would chop Hot Chip's live set into individual tracks, but it's much more feng shui to just hit play and let the good times roll.

Info via NME: Hot Chip closed the John Peel Stage on June 22 at Glastonbury with an energy charged performance which saw the band cover New Order.

The dance five-piece thrilled the crowd with a series of tracks from their recent album 'The Warning' and their 2004 debut 'Coming On Strong'. Kicking off with 'Bendable Poseable' the band also played new track 'Shake A Fist' and mixed 'My Piano' with a rousing rendition of New Order's classic '80s hit single 'Temptation'. During the performance, singer Alexis Taylor also dedicated 'No Fit State' to his wife, before the dance outfit rounded off their show to huge cheers as the crowd sang along to every word of hit single 'Over And Over'. Although the band were keen to play another song, they were forced to cut their set short due to Glastonbury's curfew.

  1. Bendable Poseable
  2. Shake A Fist
  3. Boy From School
  4. Out At The Picture
  5. (Just Like We) Breakdown
  6. No Fit State
  7. My Piano/Temptation
  8. Over And Over
I also came across a very lounge-friendly remix of their track "Colours," dubbed the Fred Falke Remix. It's very chill. Also I've got a great version of "Careful" from their exclusive iTunes Live Session EP, get down on it.

I downloaded a track from this band's MySpace page at some point, but had completely forgotten about it until I heard the song again recently while I had the iTunes on shuffle. The band is called Ellis Island Sound, and they make great music to relax with. It's nothing that you'll rock out to or put on at a party, rather this stuff sets the perfect vibe for just hanging out late at night while doing nothing in particular. Entirely instrumental, Ellis Island Sound work mostly in downtempo with acoustic instruments and other miscellaneous noise making devices. Here's a bit of info on the band via Wiki:
After a limited edition, vinyl only mini album (Home Service released by Static Caravan in 2003) EIS regrouped to record a self styled 'agrarian' album, The Good Seed, in 2005. Slated for release on February 19th '07 on the Peacefrog label, it was recorded in a tiny, deconsecrated chapel in the Waveney Valley on the Suffolk/Norfolk border. The Good Seed features twenty rustic-yet-sophisticated new recordings concocted from acoustic instruments that range from parlour guitars and ukuleles to pump harmoniums, dulcimers, goat skin drums and washboards. Recorded on an arcane 8-track tape recorder, it presents a stripped down EIS, though still finds room for such instrumental exotica as stylophones, a mini-sampler, a Bentley Rhythm Ace drum machine and miscellaneous noise making devices. Josh Hillman (of the Willard Grant Conspiracy) contributes violin, viola and pedal steel.

Since the completing the record Astor and Sheppard have gathered around them a throng of gifted young musicians (ten at the last count) – sometimes referred to as ‘The Ellis Island Sound Orchestra’ - to tour throughout 2007 playing songs from The Good Seed.
These people make good music, get out there and try to get your hands on some of it. Visit Ellis Island Sound at MySpace and at their official site.

Another act whose name has been popping up over and over again is Los Campesinos!, who are a seven piece indie pop band out of Cardiff, Wales. The info below comes from Wiki:
The band performed their first gig on May 8th 2006, and went on to play a number of increasingly well-received gigs around Cardiff. An early demo was recorded featuring the songs "Death To Los Campesinos!", "It Started With A Mixx", "Sweet Dreams Sweet Cheeks", and live favourite "You! Me! Dancing!". The songs were posted on the internet, bolstering the popularity established by their energetic live shows and earning them airplay on Beth & Huw's evening show on BBC Radio 1 Wales. The band's reputation continued to grow, and in August 2006 landed them a slot supporting Canadian supergroup Broken Social Scene.

In November 2006, they were signed by Wichita Recordings, who put out their first single on 26 February 2007, a double A-side featuring new songs "We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives" and "Don't Tell Me To Do The Math(s)". In April the band signed to Canadian label Arts & Crafts for Canadian and North American releases.

In June 2007 the band released "You! Me! Dancing!" on limited edition 7" coloured vinyl, accompanied by a handful of dates playing Bath, Newport, Cardiff and London. The Sticking Fingers Into Sockets EP will be released on July 3rd via Arts & Crafts (Feist, Phoenix, BSS,) it was produced by Broken Social Scene collaborator Dave Newfeld and includes a cover of Pavement's "Frontwards."


tthorn said...

love the hot chip live set - great find.

Monkey Bastard said...

I fucking LOVE Hot Chip! Thanks for the Falke remix, almost as good as the original

cletus_buckley said...

cheers for the "Bomtempi Rain Effect"
their S/T album is great also.

Gay Holidays said...

Hey! We want Hot Chip back again for this year's Glastonbury Festival. please. We'll sack the other 699 acts that we were planning to book. Yup, just Hot Chip playing for 130,000 people in the UK, and We'll make the tea!

Anyone who wants tickets, we've put a useful guide together about how to get the remaining tickets left for this year's festival! Yes there are some.