This clip of Jean-Luc Godard’s One Plus One documents the making of The Rolling Stones’ Beggars Banquet album. Situationism aimed to fuse art with culture, to bring cultural and political change to the masses. Creativity is powerful as its the purest form of self-expression. However, as it’s a scripted film, it can come across as pretentious - making critiques without offering any solutions and swapping one established elite for another. The best bits are when the French New Wave director simply captures The Stones’ recording of “Sympathy For The Devil” in all its brilliance. The film is well preserved so the fashions and hair styles almost leap from the screen. Almost fifty years later and it is still magic. (I had no idea Keith Richards played bass on the track!)
Meet Boxed In - the latest signing to Moshi Moshi who’s moved from behind the mixing desk (as sound engineer) to release his debut single next month. I love the New Order demo vibe of “Legacy” as it wouldn’t be out of place on a lineup opening for Holy Ghost! and Hot Chip. I’m expecting numerous dancefloor repeats and remixes.
Excited to attend Creative Time’s Fall Ball tonight. Many thanks to Andy Shaw and Shaw Promotion for the invite.
Kate Bosworth’s second collection for Topshop is here and features sleek and minimal separates along with sexy ankle boots. The promo video has the lady rocking out with wet hair to Traams’ “Low” and was shot by her husband Michael Polish. (Aww!)
After a week of nonstop music madness I can finally perform a recap of some of my favorite live acts.
Crocodiles have been kicking it live for some time and this year’s Crimes Of Passion is their fourth LP. Their fuzzed-up sound is raw yet melodic and references some of the greatest acts in music such as The Jesus And Mary Chain and Iggy Pop. Their sound is modern with an identity of its own - a breath of fresh air in a sea of auto-tuned monstrosities.
Hunters onstage set is sweaty and alive with frenetic energy - everything you would want from a punk band. Lead vocal duties are shared between Isabel Almeida and Derek Watson. They’re going back on tour this Fall to rip up a stage near you.
3) JUNIOR PROM
Junior Prom are Mark Solomich and Erik Ratensperger, on vocals/guitar and drums, respectively. Their hook-laden funk pop tracks are infectious (I dare you not to dance) and the live shows capture their talents as musicians. Junior Prom is a party on the stereo and in your ears. Download their EP on itunes now and believe the hype.
Coming of age during the glory days of Brit Pop meant I happily spent my days seeing endless number of live shows from acts like Blur, Pulp, Oasis, The Verve, Elastica, and Suede. Coincidentally, Suede’s debut single is the name of the next band on my list.
Drowners sound bring to mind Johnny Marr’s jingly guitar riffs with sweet melody odes to love. Their live shows bring a dimension of garage rock energy to the songs. Signed to Frenchkiss Records, their debut record has an official release date of January 28th. I predict 2014 being a big year for these boys.