Last night, while perusing YouTube, I came across an interview with Noel Gallagher (of whom I’m a fan – I like the juxtaposition of his boorish persona and actual wit and intelligence). He said that a musical movement becomes exciting…
Bradford’s Laura Groves has renamed herself under the moniker of the rarest of flowers. Possessing a haunting voice and flawless musicianship, she’s no shrinking violet, describing her music as “textured, emotive, eclectic, personal, delicate.”
Emmy the Great is to play a one-off show at the Southbank Centre in July.
Who? A talented young singer songwriter from Brooklyn with a voice worthy of your complete undivided attention. Has performed with many other artists, including Matteah Baim, Meg Baird, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Jana Hunter and Phosphorescent. She also lends her voice to The Antlers on their New York Hospitals EP and 2009 release Hospice.
Cambridge festival The Secret Garden Party has announced the first batch of acts for 2009 including Jarvis Cocker, Emmy the Great, Slow Club, Peggy Sue and Still Flyin’.
A portable record player sits atop a piano under a solitary spotlight, and from it emerges a dark and unholy voice, oom-pah-pahing whilst ‘the boy’, attired in boiler suit and gas mask, lurks in the shadows. Patti Plinko wouldn’t be out of place in an air raid shelter circa 1941, and the boy would be out of place anywhere. Together they put on a show that keeps the temporary inhabitants of this particular underground bunker in Leicester Square enthralled for the better part of an hour.
The news by Jeffrey Lewis: now won’t that be a sight for sore eyes? Jeff is recording a series of news videos for The Guardian online, which will include comic books, limericks, and collaborations with such folk-type sensations as Laura Marling, Johnny Flynn and Herman Dune.
Tim and Sam’s Tim and the Sam Band with Tim and Sam. Bit of a mouthful isn’t it? Just as well, then, that Tim McIver of said band is happy for it to be abbreviated. “To be honest it was a bit of a joke originally,” he says. “But it’s kind of stuck now. We mainly use the long version to catch people’s eyes.”
The lovely chaps at End of the Road, where FFS was launched last year, have announced the latest hatful of musicians to grace this year’s shenanigans.
What a palaver it has been to bring you this interview. FFS traversed the mean streets of London last month to see Still Flyin’ at Proud Galleries in Camden. After a delight of an interview with frontman and founder Sean Rawls, and a stonker of a set in which the 11-piece band brought some much needed California sunshine to a rain-soaked London, we went on to have our bag stolen, dictaphone and all. We weren’t pleased. But fear not, Rawls is such an obliging chap, that he agreed to do it all over again by email. And he’s thrown Still Flyin”s tips for a rip-roaring Easter too.
Bluesey folksters Mumford & Sons have revealed details of their new single as well as a five-date UK tour.
Noah and the Whale are to play a free instore at the newly opened Good Stuff store in Covent Garden.
FFS loves festival line-up announcement time, and today is the turn of the spectacular Green Man, who have confirmed folkies Bon Iver, Beach House and Peggy Sue for their August festivities.
Folk god Johnny Flynn has recorded three tracks for French website La Blogotheque.
Emmy the Great has almost come to the end of her First Love tour, with a couple of dates in Ireland left to play. Before that, she’ll be making an appearance at Rough Trade East, just off Brick Lane on Monday March 2nd.
Jeffrey Lewis has a lot planned for 2009, but by far the biggest news is that his new album, ‘Em Are I’ is recorded, the artwork is done, and it’ll be in the shops in April. Lewis announced the details of the album, which will be available in CD, vinyl, and digital download formats, on his website.
FFS met up with Jeremy Warmsley to talk ukeleles, rock operas and okonomiyakis. Intrigued? We certainly were.