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Song of the day: Our very first interview

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Dear Song of the dayers,

Sorry I was M.I.A this week. But I have a present to make up for it.
Indie Nation’s first ever interview full of great tips and tricks for those of you who love music and Geneva. Or who would like to.

Then back to the chat of last week – Bloc Party has now released its second single from upcoming album Four called Day Four.
Now Bloc Party fans if you have had the rumour going around that Kele has hinted it would be their last album – don’t worry.
That’s just the press being dramatic.
I read around and it seems that Kele’s quote was if they hadn’t taken a break after Intimacy in 2008 to pursue other things, their fourth album would have been their last.
But now that they are back they are stronger than ever…and who knows what will happen.

So put down the tissues and wipe away the mascara trail.

And have a listen to Day Four.

I wish I could make a soundtrack to my life and breathe in the notes every day


Song of the day: Psycho killer teen dream action film

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Hello kids,

So yesterday I gave you the new tune in preview of the release of the XX’s highly exciting second album.
Today I do a similar thing for Bloc Party’s long anticipated 4th album called Four.

As I mentioned in my review, I heard a couple of snippets at Heineken Open’er in Poland earlier this month and I loved what I heard.

So I give you the first released single in wait for 20th of August when we get to hear the whole thing.

Here is Octopus

I wish I could make a soundtrack to my life and breathe in the notes every day

Festival Review: Heineken Open'er // Gdynia, Poland // 6 July 2012// Day 3: Bloc Party, Franz Ferdinand, M83

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On to day 3. Here you start thinking that beer is your normal diet and can hardly get water down (jokes aside).

What a packed day. We warmed up with a quick run to catch Toro Y Moi at the Tent Stage (slightly disappointed) and then ran back to Bloc Party.

AND IS BLOC PARTY BACK. I caught this iconic band about 3 years ago just before they took their break (read Kele selfishly tried to go solo and had a bit of a flop). That day in Greece, after popping 3 pain killers as my wisdom’s decided to create mountains in my mouth, and braving the concert alone they won a place in my heart. And it’s good that that place was warmed up again after a long silence.

They are back and better than ever.  And the foursome has not changed. There’s of course Kele –

– who by far has the most powerful voice of the festival and just like Bon Iver – has a range of a demon. High, low and everywhere in between but all with the strength and confidence of a move trailer voice over. He has such a big mouth big lips and his vocal chords just resonate with might as he beautiful blurts out the sounds. And an incredible iconic and unique tone of voice.

There is Matt Tong the drummer. Who hit his drums so hard in the sun that he took off his shirt after a serious sweat session. He created just as much sweat on all of us as we jumped to his beats. Hands down the best drummer of the concert. INCREDIBLE skills. And then the two guitarist. Who were obviously born to create music. Who skills are beyond question. But who look as bored as if they were playing at an old age home. No emotion, no movements And you know what that’s fine. Kele and Matt have enough energy for 10 people.

They played songs from all their albums. I was also happy to hear a couple of new singles off their much awaited new album – and the good news is that even after one performance they sound freaking awesome. So can’t wait for that to come out (or the torrent to be leaked). They still didn’t play Kreuzberg (my fav) but I will just need to keep going to watch them till they do.

And then what may have been THE performance of the festival Franz Ferdinand. This was a SHOW. Franz Ferdinand, which my friend Sarah rightfully said looks like a child molester with a bad haircut, has (surprisingly) the confidence of a King. And even with his unattractive face being sprawled in the back drop behind him you can’t do anything else than respect him cause he pulls it off. The band just rocked. The energy was as high as the Heineken Star at the top of the stage and we all jammed away. FF’s songs are just made for a festival. The songs are powerful, original yet easy to listen and sing to and can’t help but get you on your feet. This music was made for jumping. And jump we did.

The lighting was also excellent – with beams resembling power lasers lighting up the sky and blaring from the stage. But the highlight of the performance was in no doubt the 4 minutes 4 way drumming mania. All four members of the stage attacked the drum kit for a full fledge mania. This was just an amazing build up and the entire stage went wild.

And as they finished with burn this city, burn this city we were left with a high that would last.

In fact the right high for us to then run back to the other side of the world to catch some M83.

You may remember I saw M83 earlier this year in Lausanne. So you can read more there. But unlike Justice (and most bands) who came down a notch when they performed at a festival, M83 came up about 1000 notches. One of the reasons was probably that the entire crowd was going CRAZY and sending them so much love. The response from the crowd was incredible and they could not do anything but raise their energy to match.

And as they played Midnight city and the tent material nearly shook from the screams and jumps of the overflowing tent there is no doubt that is a performance they will remember. As they lifted their arms to create a heart shape with their hands the entire crowd copied it and it was clear that a French-Polish strong love bond was made. Check it out below to see it for yourself.

Song of the day: After sex the bitter taste, been fooled again, the search continues

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Dear Song of the dayers,

I hope you are all jamming to the 300 days of Song of the day Playlist.

In the meanwhile, back to our usual song of the day, and back to the Paleo lineup.
As mentioned one of the bands featured is Bloc Party. One of my favourite bands.
Just before they took a break I stayed an extra two days in Greece and went solo to one of their concerts to be able to see them in the flesh (and it was well worth it). So you can’t imagine how delighted I am to hear that after a 3 years they have reunited (hopefully Kele has realized he is nothing without his entourage). Us fans are all waiting excitingly for their new album this year and I’m sure it will be as fantastic as the last.

In the meantime there are way way too many great songs to keep you busy with.
Of course this is not their first feature on Song of the day. I have already tried to get you into them with the popular Flux, Helicopter and the Minotaur remix of Tulips.

But now it’s time to break away from the popular and give you (possibly) my favourite.

Kreuzberg – the song is inspired by the famous part of Berlin and its symbolism for division and  war and how this is a metaphor for how a person is reflecting on the difference between intimacy and love and the war between the two.  (or at least that’s what I think)

there is a wall that runs right through me, just like the city I will never be joined

Enjoy the rest of A weekend in the City – the album is full of gems (Sunday is another favourite). Not to mention the entire Intimacy Album (including the remixes). Oh wait and Silent Alarm. Just listen to it all.

I, I have decided, at 25, something must change.


Song of the day: I wanna make your smoke and kisses

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Hello everyone,

It is PALEO TICKETS DAY! I hope you are all prepared.

Unfortunately I have not been able to go through all the recommended artist from the line up yet – not enough time.
But my recommendations would be:

Tuesday: Franz Ferndinand + M83 (got my fingers crossed for a good “invité surprise”)
Wednesday: The Cure, Justice, Bon Iver, Miles Kane, Other Lives, BOY
Saturday: Bloc Party, The Kooks, The Kills

So let’s get onto our next featured artist: Miles Kane.

Miles Kane solo work only started at the very end of 2010 but he has been around for a while. Namely as part of The Rascales and The Last Shadow Puppets.
I have already featured him and his wonderful Come Closer  single a while back.

And today I give you Rearrange.