Brian’s Mixtape #15: The Rain and The Wind

Brian’s rather enjoys the rain when he’s wrapped up warm in his nest, but when he’s off foraging for food and records it’s quite another. The wind gets in his eyes and the rain makes his feathers stick together. It’s a sartorial nightmare.

This week his mixtape is all about his ambivalence towards this weather we’re having. Brian suggests you light a roaring fire, grab a cup of steaming tea and sit back and enjoy it.

Rediscovering Mumford and Sons

After months of bigging up one of FFS’s earliest interviewees, Mumford and Sons, I had my love for the West London foursome tested by a series of well-written but harsh reviews from the music press, some of which struck an…

An artist a day

Inspired by comedian Josie Long’s One Hundred Days project I will be listening to and reviewing one new band a day for 100 days from 1st December. It could be just from their myspace, or a single album or EP…

Album: Wye Oak – The Knot

Every so often an album comes out of nowhere and absolutely blows your mind in such a way that you wonder how you even survived without it. Instantly you get a connection with it and it rings so true that you wonder if this band was made entirely for you. And according to Wikipedia- as if to make them even more impressive- Andy Stack plays drums and the bass lines at the same time at gigs. Again, this is Wikipedia… but if true, wow.

Cocos Lovers in a pub

What could be better than a lovely bit of acoustic folk in a country pub on a winters evening? Nothing? We agree… feast your eyes: The band say: ?”We will be at the Enterprise, Camden headlining a Folking Good Night…

FFS recommends: Caitlin Rose

FFS had Caitlin Rose recommended to us by Matt over at Stay Loose, had a chat with Anika about her who’d just discovered her too — through the rather amazing Names Records — and before we knew it we were booking her for our next Allotment show.

Slow Club announce Christmas EP

Here at FFS we’re doing our best to space out the Christmassy news, what with it being November and all, but this frankly miserifying weather calls for a bit more cheer. We are therefore delighted to announce that Slow Club have announced a Christmas EP for 2009.

Live: Daniel Johnston, Laura Marling, The Wave Pictures @ Union Chapel, London

We arrived at Union Chapel to catch the end of The Wave Pictures’ earlier-than-advertised slot. The Leicestershire band delivered an assured performance, and have certainly come along way since FFS last saw them at End of the Road 2008. When they close with the brilliant Strange Fruit For David, we see why The Wave Pictures are so well-loved by established alt-folkers like Jeffrey Lewis and Darren Hayman, with whom they’ve appeared on stage.

Live: Willy Mason and Friends — St Giles in the Fields Church

From the importance of the local folk community inhabited by both he and his parents, to his preference for playing concerts in fans’ living rooms rather than ‘proper’ venues, Willy Mason is a man who understands the power music has to bring people together and share something special between them. Stood in front of the altar of St Giles church – a disconcertingly peaceful spot in the heart of bustling, grimy Soho – he allowed the congregation into his world as he stood alongside numerous fellow musicians for an inclusive night of shared sounds.