Monthly Archives: March 2009

Larkspur Falls

Larkspur Falls (March 30, 2009)

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Sometimes the best shows are the ones you least expect.  There is no hype, no familiar songs, no buzz, no pre-conceived notions, nothing but pure surprise.

Thanks to a tip from our friend that signed White Lies to Fiction Records, we were off to see Larkspur Falls in Camden at Barfly; totally oblivious to her sound, songs or story. Upon arrival the room appeared rather bland and a bit sweaty, a testament to many of London’s more legendary venues.

Larkspur Falls, aka Claire Toomey, is a 22 year old singer/songwriter based in London.  She is currently being developed by David Kosten, the man behind the production of Bat For Lashes.  She is definitely on the right track for success and as soon as we get clearance from her manager, we will post a clip of the performance from tonight.

More info forthcoming after we get over this jetlag!


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Adrian Champion Presents: Stars & Stripes – The White Stripes Reimagined


Stars & Stripes


via Adrian Champion Presents: Stars & Stripes – The White Stripes Reimagined.

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Frank Turner


It was 574 days ago that we were randomly introduced to Frank Turner via Mike Davies of BBC Radio 1 He was filling in for on Indie 103.1‘s Passport Approved radio show in Los Angeles as the show’s host Sat Bisla was out of town.  One of the songs that Mike played was Frank Turner’s “The Real Damage” and ever since then we have been hooked.

Frank Turner, sometimes known as Franky Pants, is a modern day Bob Dylan with a Black Flag/Billy Bragg twist.  Born in Muharraq, Bahrain and raised in Winchester England, Frank is now setting his sites on taking over the planet, one gig at a time.  Being only 27 years old, he writes songs as if he were 60.  Unlike most singer songwriters who pretend to know what’s current and what happened in the past, Frank earned a degree in history from the London School of Economics after being educated at Eton College where he had earned a scholarship.  Over the past couple of years we have had a front row seat that confirms he is currently working on a master’s degree in rocking the f*ck out.

In previous lives Frank Turner was the frontman for  a hardcore punk band called Million Dead and prior to that the frontman for an emo band called Kneejerk.  This gave him the experience and stamina needed to gig day-in and day-out without fail.  It also gave us even more reason to appreciate Frank as a solo artist, anyone who can live through gigging that much and STILL be able to sing a ballad must have been put on this earth for a purpose far greater than banging heads and growing your hair long.

Posted above is a quick clip of what Frank Turner is up to now, this is a world premiere of his brand new song (insert name here) that we are absolutely in love with, too bad we only caught half on video!  This was recorded Thursday March 26, 2009 at the world famous Viper Room in Los Angeles.  We have watched Frank’s shows  grow in America from just a (small) handful of people to filling up the aforementioned venue with kids spastically singing the words to all of his songs, almost verbatim.

With all seriousness, we feel that Frank is one of the best solo artists of our generation.  His lyrics are poignant and will prove to stand the test of time.  The growth from his debut album Sleep Is For The Week, to his follow up Love, Ire & Song is absolutely astonishing.  While he started out writing songs like “Heartless Bastard Motherf*cker” and “Thatcher F*cked The Kids”, he now writes songs about death that will change your life.  While you watch that, we will patiently wait for the release of his 3rd album and of course let you know as soon as we get our grubby paws on it.

In the meantime, do yourself a favor and visit Frank’s website and buy all of his albums.  They come with a 30 day money-back guarantee  for the first 5 albums sold.  Restrictions apply, not available in all areas, offer not valid on days that end with “y”. Rock on.

Frank Turner
twitter: @fthc
respect: Frank gives back
sample of lyrics for live video: …because the only thing that punk rock should ever really mean is not sitting around and waiting for the lights to go green…there’s no such things as rock stars there’s just people who make music; some of them are just like us and some of them are dicks. // Cause we write love songs in C and we do politics in G and we sing songs about our friends in E Minor

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The Red Paintings

The Red Paintings

Every once in awhile a band will come along that is able to outsmart and quite honestly confuse the record industry. Everyone knows the talent is there, they know the songs are there, but they just don’t know what to do with them. One such band is The Red Paintings from Brisbane, Australia. Lead singer Trash McSweeney is not only on the same level of musical genius as Trent Reznor, Maynard and Perry Farrell; he’s knocking on their door as we speak. The band has toured with acts like Saul Williams, The Dresden Dolls, Mogwai and are gearing up to tour Australia with Mindless Self Indulgence. When you see the band live, it goes beyond a musical performance and finds its way into a true performance art. There are live painters on stage capturing the moment on canvas, wild and intricate costumes and through it all the music itself is absolutely amazing.

Due out sometime this year, the band’s debut album titled The Revolution Is Never Coming. Surprisingly the band is without publishing deal, management, booking agent or even a proper label deal… that won’t last for long.

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Bonnaroo 2009

We are VERY excited about this year’s Bonnaroo, lineup… if you haven’t heard of this festival yet you must be quite sheltered, Bonnaroo is perhaps the best festival in North America right now – yes, even surpassing Coachella in our eyes.  The first year for Bonnaroo was in 2002 and the small town of Manchester, TN has never been the same.  While many music festivals are focusing on the commerce rather than the art, Bonnaroo has always been about the music.  Having attended the event in its inaugural year as well as 2003-2008 – we can safely say you will have one of the best weekends of your life if you decide to attend.

Stay tuned for much more information, updates and random postings on Bonnaroo and the acts involved.  We will also be bringing you live coverage from the event including interviews with artists, fans and if all goes well even some of the locals in Manchester that welcome Bonnaroo to their hometown with open arms each summer.

Confirmed Bands Include: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street, Band, Phish (2 shows), Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, David Byrne, Wilco, Al Green, Snoop Dogg, Elvis Costello Solo, Erykah Badu, Paul Oakenfold, Ben Harper and Relentless7, The Mars Volta, TV on the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Gov’t Mule, Andrew Bird, Band of Horses, Merle Haggard, MGMT, moe., The Decemberists, Girl Talk, Bon Iver, Béla Fleck & Toumani Diabate, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Galactic, The Del McCoury band, of Montreal, Allen Toussaint, Coheed & Cambria, Booker T & the DBTs, David Grisman Quintet, Lucinda Williams, Animal Collective, Gomez, Neko Case, Down, Jenny Lewis, Santigold, Robert Earl Keen, Citizen Cope, Femi Kuti and the Positive Force, The Ting Tings, Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Kaki King, Grizzly Bear, King Sunny Adé & the African Beats, Okkervil River, St. Vincent, Zac Brown Band, Raphael Saadiq, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Crystal Castles, Tift Merritt, Brett Dennen, Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Revue, Toubab Krewe, People Under The Stairs, Alejandro Escovedo, Vieux Farka Touré, Elvis Perkins in Dearland, Cherryholmes, Yeasayer, Todd Snider, Chairlift, Portugal. The Man., The SteelDrivers, Midnite, The Knux, The Low Anthem, Delta Spirit, A.A. Bondy, The Lovell Sisters, Alberta Cross

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