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Song of the day: She Said! She Said! Take me with you

Hello kids,

So this week is an exciting music week. First of all because on Thursday there is Citizens! playing at L’Usine here in GENEVA and second of all will come tomorrow. Yes that is right, for once you don’t have to go all the way to Lausanne for great live music.

SO YOU HAVE NO EXCUSE (apart from the fact that the tickets will sell out soon) to finally go and watch live music just like I have recommended so many times! So hurry up and buy tickets here and see what all the fuss is about.

So that name should ring a bell, as I gave you their first single Reptile in the past. That hot single was enough of a big deal for them to be called out as Top 20 most exciting band for 2012 by NME last year with Franz Ferdinand helping them out produce some songs.

So if that is not enough reasons to go, have a listen to my favourite on the album that for some reason has not got enough attention She Said, and I’m sure it will win you over

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

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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: No you girls never know, how you make the boys feel

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Dear Song of the Dayers,

People say, better late than never. So I give your afternoon song on crazy busy day.

So after the big hype around the Paleo line up – I thought I’d make a fun theme out of it.
I will be giving you a song from each of the great artists featured in the programme until tickets go out (25 April – next week wed) to lure you into attend most of the days. In case you haven’t heard already  – the tickets sell out in about 30 minutes so you very much need to be prepared!

There really are some great artists included and as always I will do my best to convince you to invest into experiencing music live, as this is truly when your appreciation for music and artists is really developed.

Although I must say that Paleo is not your typical, or far from my favourite, festival. The right atmosphere is very much missing and too calm and passionless for my liking. However if I was here (which I unfortunately am not) I would definitely attend most of the days. There is no doubt that it will be a great (although not optimal) concert experience nonetheless.

So without further ado let me start with the first featured great band: Franz Ferdinand.

I assume you will all know them after the many prizes (NME, MTV, BRIT etc) and recognitions they received. But let us not undermine their importance or greatness, and of course that you all have bobbed around to TAKE ME OUT.

Here is: No You Girls

That’s all for now

MasMusic

Song of the day: Don't let your blood run cold

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Dear Song of the Dayers,

Continuing from yesterday, here is another band which there was a lot of fuss about but I never quite got around to giving out.

They are London’s very own Citizens! and they were called out as Top 20 most exciting band for 2012 by NME with some Franz Ferdinand reference.

So in other words they are going to be big.

Here is my favourite: Reptile. Groovy moves in the music video.

Enjoy your jam jam,

MasMusic

First Liberation Night!! February 24th @ Petit Central – Lausanne

Glamorous Indie Rock’n’Roll is finally back in town!!!

Join us for a night of mighty Indie Rock @ Petit Central in Lausanne on Friday February 24th.

On the menu:

The Strokes, Franz Ferdinand, Oasis, The Libertines, Adam Green, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Clash, Sex Pistols, Razorlight, The View, The White Stripes, The Verve, The Black Keys, Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Kasabian, Kings of Leon, Nirvana, The Subways, Joy Division, Radiohead, The Who, Jamaica, Justice, and many more to discover…

If you like any of the above and you miss a place in town where to free your inner sleeping rocking soul join us @ Petit Central!

Stay Tuned, more info to come

“If it’s illegal to rock and roll, throw my ass in jail!” – Kurt Cobain