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A short film about White Lies by Will
May 4, 2010, 8:58 am
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WHITE LIES on tour. On Film. Looks mighty good.


we do the links so you don’t have to by Will
September 23, 2009, 2:17 pm
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…as it says on the tin.

ANDREW BIRD and ST VINCENT collaborate for les soirees de poche (french innit – ‘evenings of the pocket’). Intimate setting, hand held HD camera – beautiful. Click here // DEVENDRA BANHART streaming his forthcoming single, ‘Baby’  and discusses his video past with the NME  // THE CRIBS take over the guardian comments section and release the very limited edition Roses Edition  // WHITE LIES make rare track, ‘taxidermy’, available to download here and perform ‘Death’ on Jimmy Kimmel // ST VINCENT discusses her ‘Vampirey Song’ duet with BON IVER (!!) for Twilight ‘New Moon’!! This is exciting. Officially. // And last but not least – we are very happy to see that LEONARD COHEN  has recovered quickly and is back on tour. Very good news indeed.

Sophie’s Latitude by Sophie
July 22, 2009, 9:24 am
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It’s not easy to do a review of Latitude festival without sounding like a snob down to its bad reputation as being the most middle class festival. This is perhaps because it integrates literature, poetry, theatre and music. However… 4 days and 20 000 people later it had 2 fights and 1 robbery, a constant supply of loo roll and sanitizer, a lot of security and bar staff and, for me, this is what I want from a festival. Dharling.

Highlight no.1: 12 noon Sunday 19th July my snooze is interrupted by the loudest cheer from the main stage mic ‘Shhhh people are sleeping’, it’s Thom Yorke (AKA best hangover cure in the world). His set is mesmerising, inspiring and genius (just like him). Luckily for me the big screens weren’t on so I could lie down in the sun, close my eyes, and take in the music without getting distracted by people watching or lazy eyes. Between debuting ‘The Present Tense’ (it’s a new song so you  know, go for a piss.’), playing some acoustic Radiohead and some tracks from The Eraser, Yorke bantered with the crowd and was (perhaps unusually) pretty damn hilarious.

I always find that the choice for the Uncut Arena (which is in a large tent) unusual. Last year Blondie, this year Bat For Lashes / Spiritualized / Gossip (purely coincidence as they are all Chrysalis artists ;)) I feel they could all take on a bigger crowd on the main stage. Also being a short-ass like myself and having no big screens in there I didn’t manage to actually ‘see’ any of these artists – only hear them. However, the sound is good, the arena has a fun atmosphere and, of course, it’s dry.

White Lies played to an enormous crowd which was a joy to see since I think I was the only one singing along last year. They played an epic set and looked like true professionals throwing in an effotless Portishead cover for good measure. Sadly Spiritualized and Grace Jones were on at the same time though both did bring in impressive sized crowds. I opted for two tracks of Jones (fabulous outfits as expected) and watched most of Pierce, whose live voice is sensational.

It was a great disappointment that I missed out on many bands that I would have loved to have seen – not due to being stuck behind a stag do in fancy dress at the bar or psyching myself up for the long drop.. but because the programmes were an incredible £8! To be fair it is a thick book with details about every performer but who wants to carry that round with them..?

Other highlights:

– The Irrepressibles (Lake Stage). Stunning strings accompanied by a Baroque styled Anthony Hegarty sound-a-like singer.

– !!!Chk Chk Chk (Sunrise Arena). One of the best festival bands because of their insane energy and likeability of front man Nic Offer.

– Cool (for) cats Squeeze

– Human Sheep

I could go on, but I won’t.

Glastonbury. by Will

Pyramid Stage

Glastonbury, glastonbury, glastonbury… they say if you remember Glastonbury then you weren’t really there (man). Well I could tell you that I spent my weekend expanding my mind, strolling naked through the Shangri-La compound (yes, that was ME) smoking nettles and discussing the positioning of ley lines behind a king size beard.. BUT! that would all be far too untruthful, because there was more music than you could shake a druid’s staff at to check out. For those uninitiated in the ways of Glastonbury it must be said that the sheer enormity of the festival means that attempting to catch even half of what is going on is impossible. The result is a weekend of very well thought out compromises. Here were a few of mine (click on artist names to see video highlights):

The Horrors // Park Stage // Friday 9.25pm – Perhaps I am biased since I think that the bass line on mirror’s image is the greatest thing under the sun.. but! – the Horrors show did not fail to deliver. As desperate fans ran uphill to the stage, the Horrors tore through their set (drawn exclusively from ‘Primary Colours’). Epic, dark, melodic, squealing deliciousness.  First memorable moment of the weekend. 

White Lies // The Other Stage // Friday 5pm – Dancing in the dark!! Dancing in the dark!!  It seems whatever WL turn their hands to they pull off with finesse. HUGE crowd gathered to watch them kick off their two glasto performances and they were great.

The Big Pink // John Peel Stage // Sat 1pm  – The huge John Peel tent was near capacity as crowds gathered to see tastemaker Alex Petridis’s ‘hot tip’ for the festival. Turned up to 11, big choruses, brooding bad ass basslines, crowd hungover but lapping it up. Big screams for ‘Velvet’ and ‘Dominoes’. A very nice glasto debut.

Fleet Foxes // Pyramid Stage // Saturday 4.30pm – Robin Pecknold singing ‘Oliver James’ with the same poise you’d expect from a man facing a bedroom mirror, let alone a 50,000-strong crowd, was a bit of a moment.  Sunshine, Fleet Foxes in welly boots, harmonies harmonies harmonies, ‘blue ridge mountains’. I may have shed a tear.

Bon Iver // Park Stage // Sat headline slot – The Park stage is up on the hillside across from the stone circle and looks down over the whole festival. On Saturday night Bon Iver took to the stage and gave a truly magical set. ‘What might have been lost’ echoed through the crowd on ‘Wolves’, as Chinese lanterns floated idly into the night sky. You get the picture. Wouldn’t have missed it for the Boss.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs // Other Stage // Sunday 5.30pm – Head dress. Leather Jacket. Microphone Swallowing. Need I say any more? ‘Heads Will Roll’ made me want to abandon all my morals.

Bat For Lashes // The Other Stage // Sunday 6.30pm – I never quite get over how stunning Natasha Khan’s live performances are. Her voice is breathtaking. The band sounded louder and clearer than everyone else on the other stage on Sunday. This was definitely one of my highlights of the weekend. Spine tingling stuff.

And finally…

Blur // Pyramid Stage // Sunday Headline – Up there with Radiohead on the pyramid stage in 2003. Mind blowing. The Universal. The Universal. The Universal. Our very own Damon Albarn. Can’t wait to see them again on Friday. 

Other scores of the weekend:

Crosby Stills and Nash (David Crosby’s moustache is amazing) // Dizzee Rascal// The Futureheads (secret gig on the cabaret stage. So good) // Falafel // Regina Spektor (‘someone next door is f**king to one of my songs’. yes.) // Shangri-La madness // hot cider // ‘Anvil’ in the cinema tent // SPINAL TAP! // Dead Weather secret gig on Park Stage // Neil Young’s seventeen verses // losing friends on Friday and no mobile then bumping into them by chance among 170,000 people. Bit lucky. // Roots Manuva on Sunday // The Shortwave Set at the Queens Head. //

I am showered, de-suncreamed and de-bearded. Ready to do it all again next year.

Mojo Mojo Mojo by Will
June 12, 2009, 11:30 am
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Well last night saw the passing of the 2009 Mojo Music Awards and over this morning’s croissants and freshly squeezed um bongo we cheered with delight to learn that FLEET FOXES, WHITE LIES and JOHNNY MARR all picked up gongs last night.

In the words of one maligned Alvy Singer: ‘All they do in this town is give awards. Best Fascist Dictator: Adolph Hitler’. Hmm..we have been watching Annie Hall too much, clearly, however in this case, the awarding of awards certainly went to very worthy recipients (and no fascists):

Fleet Foxes picked up the ‘Best Live Act’ award –  Anyone privy to their Roundhouse shows in February (or elsewhere, for that matter) can attest to the fact that Fleet Foxes live is arguably better than christmas.

White Lies bagged the ‘Mojo Breakthrough Award’. Brilliant news.

Johnny Marr received the award for ‘Classic Songwriter’ from former Suede guitarist, Bernard Butler. Johnny said he was ‘very honoured’. No, Johnny, we with ears are honoured.

Well done to all. We’re thrilled.

We do the links so you don’t have to by Will
May 7, 2009, 2:24 pm
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Links. They can be golf orientated, cuff related, and the word sounds like a type of wild cat (and deoderant for pre teens). Today’s links are related to none of these. Rather, these:

** The lovely people at Drowned in Sound meet The Horrors  ** Fleet Foxes, Leonard Cohen and White Lies nominated for MOJO Honours 2009. Vote here! ** Exclusive photos of White Lies on tour in Berlin **

Wanted to post the excellent review of Patrick Wolf’s new LP, ‘The Bachelor’, from the CMU but couldn’t. Here’s a snippet: ‘A Solid and electric offering, and evidence that this man is truly more than just the Bowie of our generation – Patrick Wolf has honestly made one of the most courageous and heartbreaking albums of this year so far’. ** Click here to hear ‘Vulture’ from Patrick Wolf’s ‘The Bachelor’ **

Oh and you should definitely see this – New video from the Horrors for ‘Who Can Say’…

New News. That’s New. by Will
March 26, 2009, 6:41 pm
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David Letterman invited White Lies to play on his show last night and ‘didn’t they do well?’ (to be repeated in best Bruce Forsyth voice) (Did you realise Bruce Forsyth wasn’t just a terrific, sturdy-chinned Saturday night entertainer, but also played a crook in Bedknobs and Broomsticks? Well he did. And there wasn’t a cuddly toy in sight – just a Knob.) Anyway. This was a huge stage to step on to and we thought White Lies pulled off a massive performance. Well done, fellas.