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Aug 26, 2012

London gigs diary: 27 August – 2 September


At The Drive-In’s reformation tour passes through O2 Academy in Brixton on Tuesday night.

There’s some notable stuff happening this week, if you’ve the energy to go out after Reading / Leeds, Festibelly and Notting Hill Carnival. Monday night sees Jade Hopcroft do her studied, haunting folk pop thing at The Bedford, which is worth checking out if you’re yet to see her. At The Drive-In and The Whitest Boy Alive both headline their own big shows on Tuesday, at Brixton Academy and The Coronet respectively. Hoxton Bar Kitchen seems the place to be on Wednesday, with the buzzy F.U.R.S and Wild Swim opening up for Canadians Memoryhouse, and there’s also an opportunity to catch the promising Sian King over at The Slaughtered Lamb. Recent RCA signings Swim Deep top the bill at the Vice issue launch at Old Blue Last on Thursday, with fellow Brummies Jaws also on the bill, and Australia’s Lucy Mason is sure to draw a crowd down the road at Queen Of Hoxton. We’ve been fans of Strangers’ romantic, synth infused 80s pop for a while now, so their single launch show for “Safe/Pain” at Koko on Friday comes recommended.

Monday 27 August

Jade Hopcroft @ The Bedford FREE

Tuesday 28 August

At The Drive-In (US) @ O2 Academy Brixton
The Whitest Boy Alive (NO) @ Coronet
Au Palais + Bat and Ball @ Madame JoJo’s (White Heat)
The Pre New + Chips For The Poor + All We Are @ The Social

Wednesday 29 August

Memoryhouse (CA) + Wild Swim + F.U.R.S @ Hoxton Bar Kitchen
Torches + China Rats @ Old Blue Last FREE
Sian King @ The Slaughtered Lamb
Holy Other @ Village Underground
The Low Anthem @ Bush Hall
Eugene McGuinness @ Notting Hill Arts Club (Death2Disco) FREE before 23:00

Thursday 30 August

Swim Deep + Wolf Alice + Jaws @ Old Blue Last FREE
Bush + Bluebell @ Koko
Lucy Mason (AU) @ Queen Of Hoxton
I Am Harlequin @ The Black Heart
Luke Sital-Singh @ The Islington
Nimmo The Gauntletts + The Promenade @ Barfly
The Glendale Family + Jennifer Left @ AAA (Discovery 2)
Rita Ora @ Scala
Loverproof @ The Wheelbarrow FREE

Friday 31 August

Binary + Strangers @ Koko (Club NME)
Mt. Wolf @ Tooting Tram Social (Wolf Club) FREE
Sissy The Blisters @ Old Blue Last (Club. The. Mammoth.) FREE
Foreign Slippers + Luke Sital-Singh @ St. Luke’s Church

Saturday 1 September

N/A

Sunday 2 September

Torches + The Intermission Project + Alexander Wolfe @ Notting Hill Arts Club (Communion)

Article source: http://laissezfaireclub.com/2012/08/london-gigs-diary-27-august-2-september/

Aug 24, 2012

Menomena releases new sing while The Yes Way receive some hype

This week two of our favorite bands have released new singles and we couldn’t be happier with the direction either of them are going… despite completely different.

Menomena, known for their eclectic and experimental instrumentation have released their newest single “Capsule” which is a guitar heavy aural assault. There is no doubt that this is ALL Menomena and there is zero “trend chasing” going on, but its a definite departure from the softer layered harmony filled tracks of the past. In all honesty we LOVE “Capsule” and feel the lyrics are almost autobiographical: “You’re maturing from a memory to a legacy.”

The Yes Way, an obvious RethinkPopMusic favorite, have taken a slightly different course. Known for their guitar heavy and complex soundscapes, the addition of rhythm in the form of keys have somewhat “quieted” the group. Still as complex as ever, the guitar doesn’t necessarily dominate anymore, leaving each element of the music to take its turn in the spotlight. The first single off their debut album “Barcelona” showcases The Yes Way in a new seemingly toned-down manner (direct opposite of Menomena). “Barcelona” is soothing and melodic, however if you stick around to the end its undoubtedly a Yes Way track. Check it out on Hype Machine and give it a heart if it so fancies you.

Aug 20, 2012

London gigs diary: 20 August – 26 August


Eye Emma Jedi headline Barfly on Wednesday in celebration of their debut UK single “Sin”.

With Reading and Leeds happening this weekend, there’s not an abundance of shows in London right now – but what we do have is a handful festival ‘warm up’ shows, where big bands play small venues in preparation for their sets to thousands of people in a field later on in the week: The Joy Formidable (The Lexington, Tuesday) and Australia’s DZ Deathrays (The Hippodrome, Kingston, Thursday) are amongst these. London via Norway (and Liverpool) five piece Eye Emma Jedi headline Barfly on Wednesday to launch their single “Sin”, out recently on Killing Moon Records, and that same night the much hyped female duo from LA, Deap Vally, play a sold out show for Communion at Tamesis Dock in Vauxhall. You may have heard The Other Tribes’ excellent, summer capturing debut single “Skirts” recently – and there are two chances to catch them in a live setting on Friday and Saturday.

Monday 20 August

Aiden Grimshaw @ Cargo
Fidlar (US) + Virals @ The Lexington
Junior Boys (CA) @ Birthdays
Kasabian + Band Of Skulls @ O2 Academy Brixton

Tuesday 21 August

Cloud Nothings (US) + Eagulls @ Corsica Studios
The Joy Formidable @ The Lexington
Youth Imperial + Piers @ Ronnie Scott’s (TV Nights)
Stealing Sheep @ Madame JoJo’s (White Heat)
Oli Wennink @ Notting Hill Arts Club (No Quarter)

Wednesday 22 August

Eye Emma Jedi + The Divers + Volunteers @ Barfly
Deap Vally (US) @ Tamesis Dock (Communion)
Alice Jemima + Low Moon Low @ The Gallery Cafe
Goldheart Assembly @ The Sebright Arms
Hudson Taylor (IE) @ The Borderline
Younghearts @ Notting Hill Arts Club (Death2Disco) FREE before 23:00

Thursday 23 August

DZ Deathrays (AU) @ The Hippodrome, Kingston (New Slang)
Mr Fogg + My Tiger My Timing @ Hoxton Bar Kitchen
Eugene McGuinness @ Birthdays
Green Day (US) @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Friday 24 August

The Other Tribe @ Koko (Club NME)
Andy Burrows + Alex Vargas @ The Wilmington Arms (Communion)

Saturday 25 August

The Other Tribe @ Trinity Bar, Harrow

Sunday 26 August

Turbogeist @ Barfly

Article source: http://laissezfaireclub.com/2012/08/london-gigs-diary-20-august-2-august/

Aug 20, 2012

London gigs diary: 20 August – 26 August


Eye Emma Jedi headline Barfly on Wednesday in celebration of their debut UK single “Sin”.

With Reading and Leeds happening this weekend, there’s not an abundance of shows in London right now – but what we do have is a handful festival ‘warm up’ shows, where big bands play small venues in preparation for their sets to thousands of people in a field later on in the week: The Joy Formidable (The Lexington, Tuesday) and Australia’s DZ Deathrays (The Hippodrome, Kingston, Thursday) are amongst these. London via Norway (and Liverpool) five piece Eye Emma Jedi headline Barfly on Wednesday to launch their single “Sin”, out recently on Killing Moon Records, and that same night the much hyped female duo from LA, Deap Vally, play a sold out show for Communion at Tamesis Dock in Vauxhall. You may have heard The Other Tribes’ excellent, summer capturing debut single “Skirts” recently – and there are two chances to catch them in a live setting on Friday and Saturday.

Monday 20 August

Aiden Grimshaw @ Cargo
Fidlar (US) + Virals @ The Lexington
Junior Boys (CA) @ Birthdays
Kasabian + Band Of Skulls @ O2 Academy Brixton

Tuesday 21 August

Cloud Nothings (US) + Eagulls @ Corsica Studios
The Joy Formidable @ The Lexington
Youth Imperial + Piers @ Ronnie Scott’s (TV Nights)
Stealing Sheep @ Madame JoJo’s (White Heat)
Oli Wennink @ Notting Hill Arts Club (No Quarter)

Wednesday 22 August

Eye Emma Jedi + The Divers + Volunteers @ Barfly
Deap Vally (US) @ Tamesis Dock (Communion)
Alice Jemima + Low Moon Low @ The Gallery Cafe
Goldheart Assembly @ The Sebright Arms
Hudson Taylor (IE) @ The Borderline
Younghearts @ Notting Hill Arts Club (Death2Disco) FREE before 23:00

Thursday 23 August

DZ Deathrays (AU) @ The Hippodrome, Kingston (New Slang)
Mr Fogg + My Tiger My Timing @ Hoxton Bar Kitchen
Eugene McGuinness @ Birthdays
Green Day (US) @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Friday 24 August

The Other Tribe @ Koko (Club NME)
Andy Burrows + Alex Vargas @ The Wilmington Arms (Communion)

Saturday 25 August

The Other Tribe @ Trinity Bar, Harrow

Sunday 26 August

Turbogeist @ Barfly

Article source: http://laissezfaireclub.com/2012/08/london-gigs-diary-20-august-2-august/

Aug 20, 2012

Label profile: Hit City USA (Los Angeles, US)

For this week’s installment of our new label profile feature, we’re heading across the pond to sunny Los Angeles to chat to a great new-ish independent label called Hit City USA.

Since 2008, they’ve been releasing some very exciting new indie music from local artists on vinyl (as well as digitally), including Superhumanoids, who toured the UK a couple of years back, and Princeton, a fantastic four piece whose latest album, “Remembrance Of Things To Come”, was produced by the talented Andrew Maury. They’ve also recently put out the debut 5-track EP from the rather promising duo PAPA. We’re sensing a recurring theme throughout all their releases to date – they all sound vital, fresh, have a great pop sensibility and ooze a laid back, California cool.

If you’re not yet familiar with these guys, we hope the following piece will change that. We caught up with one of the label’s founders, Cameron Parkins, to find out more:

LFC: When did Hit City U.S.A. start?

HCU: We put out our first release in 2008 – The Franks’ Un EP.

LFC: What were your inspirations and motivations for doing it?

HCU: Part of it was the appeal of running our own label – curating releases, being actively involved in the music scene around us – and part of it was necessity – we had our own project, The Franks, and wanted a platform to distribute music on. So we founded the label, loosely initially, to do so.

LFC: Are you genre specific, or is it a case of you sign something that excites you?

HCU: Not genre specific – we put out music that makes us feel alive and excited and passionate.

LFC: How do you find bands to work with?

HCU: All different ways – we hear about them, someone tells us about them, they are our friends, we go to a show etc. Up until now we’ve worked with LA artists only, something we are looking to branch out on.

LFC: Do you focus on US talent, or would you sign an international band and introduce them to the local market?

HCU: We would love to work with an international band – until recently, we haven’t been equipped to do so, but we have the infrastructure in place now that a release from an international group could be executed well. It’s all about timing and making sure that if we commit to something, we can commit to it fully.

LFC: Where can people buy Hit City USA releases?

HCU: They can buy our releases directly from us at the Hit City online store (hitcityusa.com), from all major digital download services (iTunes, Amazon, etc.), or from select neighborhood record stores. If your neighborhood record store does not carry Hit City U.S.A. releases, call and request that they do.

LFC: What have you found to be the biggest challenges in running a vinyl-centric label?

HCU: It’s twofold: The cost in manufacturing and promoting vinyl is high, so each release is a major investment. Beyond that, in making sure that we produce the best quality product we can there are a lot of moving pieces and often you won’t actually know how something will look until it’s already been manufactured.

LFC: What have been your most successful releases to date?

HCU: Each of our releases are sacred and successful for many reasons. We have various ways of measuring success, choosing one project above all others would not do justice to our work and that of our artists.

LFC: What can we expect from Hit City USA in the future?

HCU: A lot, we hope. We know better than to make any promises here and now but projects are in motion. Expect more good music and more of that California cool you know and love.

Like Hit City USA on Facebook here, and follow them on Twitter at @hitcityusa.

Article source: http://laissezfaireclub.com/2012/08/label-profile-hit-city-usa-los-angeles-us/

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