Archive for April, 2008
Wednesday, April 30th, 2008
There’s good posh (Stephen Fry) and there’s bad posh (Paris Hilton), but thankfullyJOHNNY FLYNN seems to be something of a lovable rogue.
Born in South Africa and brought up in Britain, the 24-year-old has already made a remarkable number of career moves for a man so young: Shakespearian thespian, check… Holby City bit-part actor, check… voice-overs for IKEA, check.
More recently, though, he has reinvented himself as a thoroughly talented and accessible folk-pop musician with his four-strong backing band The Sussex Wit, which includes the sweet harmonies of his younger sister Lillie.
Together they have already created their fair share of toe-tapping songs to savour and that would strongly suggest Johnny’s forthcoming debut album A Larum (released on May 26) might well turn out to be one of the year’s best. Good job, young chap.
Monday, April 28th, 2008
Music should be listened to and enjoyed at leisure on a stereo, mp3 player or your computer’s audio player – not while being force-fed advertising on Rupert Murdoch’s MySpace.
So when we came across this rather fiendish piece of technology today, we thought it only polite to share it with you. It instantly lets you download any song on a band’s MySpace page for free – and at its original quality. Go here http://file2hd.com/ before the site inevitably gets shut down.
It really comes into its own if you’re desperate to get hold of a song that is otherwise unobtainable, as was the case when we wanted to hear the first new material in two years from Glasgow legends MOGWAI, two corking unreleased live tunes by local rising stars WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKS and our latest tip for the top, English newcomers MUMFORD AND SONS.
4 We Were Promised Jetpacks – Roll Up Your Sleeves (live)
4 We Were Promised Jetpacks – Ships With Holes Will Sink (live)
b May 8, Oran Mor, Glasgow (acoustic gig)
b June 1, Polar Bar @ ABC, Glasgow (Sauchiehall Crawl acoustic gig) (tickets)
4 Mumford And Sons – White Blank Page
Friday, April 25th, 2008
In the 90s, Rezerection was the place to be for those in the know in Scotland. The legendary rave night attracted clubbers the length and breadth of the country and further afield to the The Royal Highland Centre in Ingleston. Although different in style, it was our Hacienda as far as underground kudos was concerned.
Universally referred to as Rez, it was where the likes of QFX, Ultra-Sonic, Q-Tex and The Prodigy (in their rave days) cut their teeth before the venue closed its doors in 1997. But undoubtedly the most treasured – and least dated – act to establish themselves there was TTF.
When you consider that The Time Frequency have sold a jaw-dropping 2.5 million singles, it effectively makes them one of most successful groups in Scottish music history, despite their relative obscurity outwith the dance community.
A few years ago TTF main man Jon Campbell headed up a consortium which bought Rezerection, and he has since set about reinvigorating a brand that still gives 30-somethings a giddy but hazy memory of their youth.
Nostalgia can only go so far, though, and the hard part will be tapping into new markets. But with TTF set to unleash their Dominator 2 album and going on the road with live performances of their hits, perhaps a whole new generation of Rez heads will soon be converted.