Anchorsong makes clever and interesting electronic music, I’ve seen him a few times and it’s amazing the sounds he can make by pressing a few buttons. He is playing Cargo next week on March 22nd, see more info on the show here. Anchorsong will also be returning to Soundwave Croatia this July. He kindly filled out a Musical Profile for me.
My Favorite band/artist:
Bjork, J Dilla, Jimi Hendrix, DJ Shadow, Radiohead, Doom and so on…
My Favorite album:
Histoire de Melody Nelson by Serge Gainsbourg
Ege Bamyasi by CAN
Madvillainy by Madvillain
Fan-Tas-Tic vol.1 by Slum Village
Metals by Feist
My Favorite song:
Underwater by Ghostface Killah
4 by Aphex Twin
Guns Blazing by U.N.K.L.E
Killing in the name by Rage Against The Machine
All Apologies by Nirvana
My Favorite gig:
Bjork at Tokyo International Forum in 2001. It was a part of Vespertine tour, and she was backed up by Matmos, Zeena Parkins and an Icelantic choir.
My Favorite lyric:
My culture, glides and attacks just like a vulture
(from Winter Warz by Ghostface Killah)
My Favorite new band/artist:
My Dream festival line-up:
Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, At The Drive-In, Rage Against The Machine, The Roots, ATCQ, The Pharcyde, D’Angelo etc..
The wonderful Belleruche will be releasing a new single on 26th March, it’s called ‘Stormbird’ and it’s a lovely listen. The band also play a show at London’s Scala on May 22nd and play as part of the Soundwave Croatia line-up in July. I look forward to catching them at the festival. DJ Modest from the band was kind enough to answer a musical profile for me.
Listen to Stormbird:
My Favorite band/artist:
Damn that’s hard… if I had to pick one set of albums from my collection and consign the rest to the wilds I’d probably go for Lightning Hopkins… or Buck 65, can I have 2 please…
My Favorite album:
Beastie Boys – Pauls Boutique. That album invented music production for me. Full stop.
My Favorite song:
F**k me this is difficult, I’ve just spent about 40mins on the last two questions. So I’ve just walked over the records and picked one – Mos Def & Talib Kweli – ‘Definition’
My Favorite gig:
Sons & Daughters, ICA, 2005. I had no idea who they were, or what they did, and was only there because I knew the support band. Then they absolutely floored me, I think it was their first show in London too.
My Favorite lyric:
Has to be Buck 65:
I once knew a women who was clever and tough
Who said too much make up was never enough
Her eyelids were heavy with words and desire
She lives underwater with the birds and the fire
It just so happens I’m selling my psyche
If you like love you’ll love this, most likely
My Favorite new band/artist:
I like what Breton are doing, and a lot of the weirder stuff on Static Caravan records like The Dark Sky Singers, and Lux Harmonium… also like Pulled Apart By Horses new single… we’re pretty varied in our tastes in the band…
My Dream festival line-up:
Sons & Daughters, Public Enemy, Buck 65, Lightning Hopkins, The White Stripes, Johnny Cash and Marc Bolan, but it would have to be in somewhere like Plastic People in London. Small and underground with a great soundsystem.
Right now I love:
Peanut butter toast and a Box of Dub compilation from Soul Jazz Records.
I first wrote about BOY back in November of last year. I feel in love with their song ‘Little Numbers’, which is catchy, summery and all round great. It’s also got a beautifully shot video. The album ‘Mutual Friends’ is being released in the UK on April 12th and they are releasing an EP of acoustic sessions at the end of this month. For now though, you can grab a free download of ‘This is the Beginning’ below. The band kindly filled out a musical profile for me, and we have incredibly similar taste in music!
My Favorite band/artist: It’s so hard to choose just one!! You’ll find many of them in my dream festival line up.
My Favorite album: Bon Iver by Bon Iver is the one I´ve been listening to the most lately
My Favorite song: at the moment: Rebellion (Lies) by Arcade Fire
My Favorite gig: I once saw Feist at a pretty small festival in Germany, about six years ago. Her band somehow didn’t make it so she went on stage all by herself and played the most amazing and impressive show.
My Favorite lyric: “People are just people. (…) People are just people like you.” (Regina Spektor)
My Favorite new band/artist: Jack Beauregard, especially this song:
My Dream festival line-up: Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Phoenix, Jeff Buckley, Nick Drake, Suzanne Vega, Tom Waits, Radiohead, Sigur Ros, Cat Power, Feist, Rickie Lee Jones, The Broken Social Scene, Camille
My Right now I love: The flowers I bought for my apartment because I’ll be at home for longer than a week!
London based band Straylings have an really great sound. It’s raw, organic and very vintage. They would have fitted in nicely back in 1969. The songs are wonderfully catchy with twang’s of American country music and psychedelic rock. I thought it would be great to see what sort of music they were inspired by, having such a unique sound and so they kindly filled in a Musical Profile for me. First, listen to this song ‘Carver’s Kicks’.
My Favorite band/artist: A few big ones for us would be… Kate Bush, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Sixto Rodriguez
My Favorite album: Some that we keep coming back to are…Forever Changes – Love, Lust For Life – Iggy Pop, Bryter Layter – Nick Drake, Townes Van Zandt – Townes Van Zandt My Favorite song: Some random faves…Free Money – Patti Smith, Wild Is The Wind – David Bowie, Psycho Killer – Talking Heads, Who Knows Where The Time Goes – Fairport Convention
My Favorite gig: Neil Young at Hyde Park My Favorite lyric: Arthur Lee’s opening line on ‘Live & Let Live’ is quite genius – “Oh the snot has caked against my pants – it has turned into crystal” My Favorite new band/artist: Mishal Zeera
My Dream festival line-up: Nirvana, Joni Mitchell, The Doors, Karen Dalton, R.E.M….that wouldn’t be too bad! My Right now I love: In Dreams – Roy Orbison
The band have already recorded a debut album, due for March 2012 release. You can preorder it from their Bandcamp page. Grab a free download of ‘Wallpin’ below.
Canadian band The Wilderness of Manitoba create beautifully polished folk songs, and have been receiving a lot of praise for the UK shows they have just played. Their EP ‘Orono Park’ was released in the UK last week and you can listen to the title track below. Stefan Banjevic from the band was kind enough to fill in a musical profile for me.
My Favorite band/artist: Bob Dylan
My Favorite album: Nashville Skyline – Bob Dylan
My Favorite song: right now: Feist – Graveyard, all time: Bob Dylan – Don’t Think Twice
My Favorite gig: Playing the End of the Road Festival
My Favorite lyric:
I’m not asking you to say words like “yes” or “no” please understand me,
I have no place I’m calling you to go.
I’m just whispering to myself so I can pretend that I don’t know,
Mama, you are on my mind.
(Bob Dylan, Mama, you’ve been on my mind)
My Favorite new band/artist: Other Lives
My Dream festival line-up: Fleet Foxes, Panda Bear, Joanna Newsom, Jeff Mangum, Beach House.
My Right now I love: Laying in bed, under our new quilt, listening to the rain gently tap on the window pane.
A few weeks ago I mentioned a band called Colossal Gospel. I was really impressed with their debut album ‘Circles’ which you can listen to on Bandcamp. Chris from the band was very kind and agreed to fill in a Musical Profile for me, so have a read and a listen too!
My Favorite band/artist: Yikes! Its so hard to pick a favorite! I guess I would have to pick Joanna Newsom because I love all of her albums!
My Favorite album: Pet Sounds
My Favorite song: ”Ashes” – Rufus Wainwright
My Favorite gig: I saw this band mewithoutYou when I was like 15 or 16 in a mechanic’s car garage. During a vocal break, the singer walked up these stairs and when his part came he theatrically strolled down the stairs yelling his lines. It was awesome and captivating.
My Favorite lyric: ”and I could say ooooo ooooo ooooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo, as if everbody knows what I’m talking about” – Paul Simon
My Favorite new band/artist: The Weeknd
My Dream festival line-up: The Beach Boys (or Brian Wilson), Animal Collective, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Nirvana, The Clash, The Flaming Lips, Paul Simon, Lauryn Hill, Feist, Boys II Men, Neil Young, and Arcade Fire. All for free! Who’s with me? I wish this could happen for real! Oops, I’ve done made myself excited.
My Right now I love: My piano. I make sure to tell it how much I love it every day!
Doing lots of these at the moment which is really nice! This ones with the remarkable Shura who I have more than fallen a little bit in love with since seeing her play at Soundwave Festival in Croatia. She describes her sound as ‘Night Folk’ and the result sounds like it comes from a number of different influences so I thought it would be really interesting to see what her musical taste was like. Enjoy!
My Favorite band/artist: Way too tough a call… I suppose Portishead had the biggest effect on me. I don’t think I’ll ever react on first listen to an album the way I did to Dummy. Vocally Beth Gibbons is second to none. At the moment I have some mad love for Submotion Orchestra. I have been lucky enough to share a bill with them twice, which both times, involved me geeking out to those bass lines, which absolutely come alive in their live set. They are an incredible bunch of musicians and lovely people – it’s always nice when bands are lovely too, right?
My Favorite album: Donuts – J Dilla. I was pretty late on the J Dilla bandwagon and I’m not ashamed to admit him. I discovered him this year and that album is my default choice when I feel spoilt for choice with my ipod. If I’m whipping up something in the kitchen with my twin brother or waiting at a bus stop in the rain, I know it’ll make me feel good. Having said that, if I’m waiting at a bus stop in the rain, I’ll probably be listening to Burial’s Untrue. That album belongs in the rain. My Favorite song: Flip. So hard to pick. I’m going to pretend you said ‘song[s]‘. ‘Why Don’t You Do Right?’ made famous by Jessica Rabbit has to be up there. ‘Fever’ by Peggy Lee – the drums in that track should be a lesson to every percussionist – that less is most definitely more. But, If I had to pick one track that I’d be happy to have on repeat for the rest of my life, it’d have to be… ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’. Christmas wouldn’t be the same without Frank.
My Favorite gig: Camille [the French one] – KOKO. Hands down. No questions asked. What that woman does with her voice is insane. She is completely unashamed and that makes for an incredible performer. She made everyone in that audience laugh and cry. Pâle Septembre has to be one of my favourite tracks and I was reduced to tears. A woman behind me who had been dragged their unwillingly by her boyfriend who was clearly a fan, turned round and thanked him for forcing her to come on the strength of that one performance. She also came on for the encore in a dress with the bum cut out. BIG Respect.
My Favorite lyric: I think Laura Marling is one of the finest lyricists going. I think that’s why I’ll keep going back to listen. I haven’t managed to get round to her latest effort. But to be honest a part of me is holding back because once I’ve listened to it I know I’ll have to wait another big chunk for the next batch. So I’m saving A Creature I Don’t Know for a rainy day. Laura Marling aside no matter how many time’s I listen to Morrissey’s Alsation Cousin these lyrics never fail to uproot me:
‘Were you and he Lovers ?
And if you were, then say that you were!’My Favorite new band/artist: I’m getting lost in Soundcloud at the moment. Listening to a lot of really excellent Producers. Sorrow, Ghostek, Inofaith, Eleven8 – some of which are releasing on a new Label called Solace, which looks as if it’ll be bringing some pretty excellent (semi)undiscovered talent to the table. Labelmates SOLARSTATE are also ones to watch.
My Dream festival line-up:
Me. Headlining. With Tina Turner.
I’m kidding. In all seriousness I think Soundwave Croatia have pretty much ticked all the boxes for my Dream Festival Line Up. I’d love to see Fat Freddy’s Drop on the bill. Flying Lotus. I’d defs want to hire a time machine to magic up an authentic 80s Madge. Sorted.Right now I love: Aubergines. I’m not kidding. I think I’ve eaten them every day this week.
Check out this new track from Shura, which you can grab as a free download on Soundcloud. And get down to her single launch, this Saturday the 24th at Cargo in Shoreditch.
There’s no arguing that Sarah Blasko has a gorgeous voice. She is soon to release an EP called ‘Cinema Songs’ and I think the beauty of it far succeeds anything she has done before. Made with only her voice and a piano in a room, its a simple yet stunning collection of covers from films which I honestly couldn’t recommend more. Featuring 5 tracks, it proves that Sarah is not only capable of making wonderful folk-pop music, to her usual style, but he voice is capable of carrying these almost jazzy tunes from the cinema to a perfect result. Undoubtedly one of the EP’s of this year.
Sarah was kind enough to answer a few questions for me about her musical tastes, the second in my new feature My Musical Profile. ‘Cinema Songs’ is released on the 3rd October and Sarah tours the UK acoustically shortly after. See tour dates at the bottom of the post.
My Favourite band/artist Bjork
My Favourite Album ‘Revolver’ The Beatles
My Favourite Song This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) by Talking Heads
My Favourite gig I went to Coachella a few years ago and saw The Flaming Lips, Radiohead, The Cure, Air, Beck, Kraftwerk & Belle & Sebastian on the one day and it was incredible!
My Favourite Lyric ”Out of all those kinds of people, you’ve got a face with a view. I’m just an animal looking for a home, share the same space for a minute or two”. ”This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)” Talking Heads
My favourite New Band/Artist Australian singer Brous. She used to do Jazz and now she’s branching out and doing some pop music. It sounds like dramatic 60s music but she’s put her own feel into it and it sounds fresh.
My Dream Festival line-up Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Kate Bush, Bjork, Talking Heads, Bob Marley, Bob Dylan.
Right Now I Love ASOS.. I’m addicted to internet clothes shopping! It’s dangerous..
8th Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
9th Louisiana, Bristol
10th The Duchess, York
11th Captain’s Rest, Glasgow
12th Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
13th Sacred Trinity Church, Manchester
14th Bush Hall, London
15th The Green Door Store, Brighton
Welcome to the first of a brand new feature on my blog, My Musical Profile. The idea is to get artists I like to answer a couple of questions about the music they love. I hope that from it you will find something new to love and listen to and hopefully I will too! I am delighted to say that the first of these posts comes from the stunning Laura Boyle.
When I first heard Laura Boyle I knew she was something very special. I have followed her now for several months and her development is wonderful to watch and it was a true delight to have her play the Mountain Bea show at the Gallery Cafe. I am sure we can expect much, much more from this young lady. Here is a demo of her latest song which you can grab as a free download!..
My favourite Bands/Artists (Also my dream line-up!);
Fleet Foxes/Laura Marling/Jackson C.Frank/Johnny Cash/ Mumford & Sons/ First Aid Kit/ Joni Mitchell/ Bon Iver/ Nick Drake/Lucy Rose/Peggy Sue/Slow Club/ Dry The River/ Alessi’s Ark.
My favourite Album; right now would probably be ‘A Creature I Don’t Know’, but I’ve been listening to ‘Acrobats’ (Peggy Sue) and ‘Paradise’ (Slow Club) and think both of those records are pretty amazing.
My favourite song;
‘Blue Spotted Tail’ is a song that I literally haven’t stopped listening to since I first heard it. It’s something about the lyrics, and Robin Pecknold’s voice… Everything about that song is captivating.
My favourite gig;
Ah, I have quite a few. I went to Mumford & Sons’ album launch in a barn in Hertfordshire; the atmosphere at that gig was just extraordinary… Oh, when I was about 13 or 14, I saw Laura Marling play in a church in Piccadilly. It was the first time I was able to see her live, and most of the church was lit by candles. So that would probably be my favourite gig.
My favourite lyric;
It’s probably between, ‘Why is life made only for to end? Why do I do all this waiting then? Why this frightened part of me that’s fated to pretend?’ (Blue Spotted Tail/Fleet Foxes) or ‘Someday someone will leave you, and I know you’ll feel the same. You’ll mark it down to memory and the dream that never came’ (You Never Wanted Me /Jackson C.Frank)
My favourite new band/artist;
Ellie Makes Music writes absolutely beautiful songs, I went on holiday recently and couldn’t stop listening to the songs on her soundcloud. I also really like Lucy Rose, and I’ve only recently heard Emily & The Woods, but I think she’s got a wonderful voice.
Right now I love;
Herbal tea, my new guitar, and open tunings. Oh, and the fact it’s quickly becoming winter!
Wonderful music taste would you not agree!? Laura Boyle also plays The Betsy Trotwood with Laura Hocking and Bella Spinks on October 19th. Lots more of these posts to come soon I hope.
William Fitzsimmons has recently released his new album ‘Gold in the Shadow’ its a beautifully gentle listen, I’d recommend to fans of Iron & Wine or Bon Iver. I got the chance to email him and asked him about his influences, working with Julia Stone, and his rather impressive beard.
1. Hi William, thanks for the interview, for those readers who don’t know your music, can you give us a quick description?
I think the closest descriptor would probably be folk music, but it’s got a lot of different things thrown in there here and there, electronic stuff, strings, etc. But to me it’s confessional, and that’s folk music at the core.
2. I know your busy touring at the moment, how is it going?
Touring has been great. I’m currently out on a couple month run with the band playing the new record. I do love the process of writing and recording very much, but once a record is complete and I’m very pleased with it, I feel compelled to see how it connects with other people in person. It always feels a little incomplete to me until I’ve shared the new songs live. Most of the rest of the year will be spent touring, both in the states and overseas, and I’m looking forward to it.
3. I love your new album ‘Gold in the Shadow’, how do you think it differs from your previous work?
Thanks very much. And I do definitely think it’s a different record, probably more so than any of the other ones are to each other. To me the primary difference is in the perspective and the field of focus. It’s not just about exposing or understanding a type of pain or struggle, it’s about the movement towards a cure or balance, and so forth. It’s not a happy record, honestly I think the idea of making a “happy” record for me is extremely foreign. But it’s an optimistic record, one that is forward looking.
4. You recorded the song ‘Let You Break’ with Julia Stone. How did that collaboration come about?
I’ve been a fan of Julia and her brother Angus for a while, I think they’re fantastic, and i think she has a beautiful and very unique voice. I had a very long, drawn out struggle with getting that song to the place I new it could get to, but there was something missing which I wasn’t able to rectify on my own. For a while I was sure I’d never be satisfied with it and was set on never releasing it. Julia and I are actually on the same record label, and when her name came up in a casual conversation I thought she might be perfect for the song. She was kind enough to do the duet and once I heard it, I knew it was done. She really is something very special.
5. What are some of the main influences for the record?
The record is about sickness and cure. It’s about what it would look like to assimilate both the conscious, light aspects of our selfhood with the shadow, subconscious parts we deny, run from, or bury. I wrote it as a sort of record keeping process while I was trying to get my life back together and fixing a lot of the very old psychological issues I’ve never really faced up to. There’s external perspective taking as well, however. I don’t want to be one of those writers who thinks their only framework should always be what’s inside one’s own head. That’s a faulty and dangerous road to be on. So I wrote several of the songs from an empathic external perspective as well, mostly from salient experiences I had with a few patients I worked with in the years I spent working as a therapist.
6. What are your favorite new artists at the moment?
They’re certainly far from new, but probably my favorite band at the moment is the National. I think their latest, “High Violet” is one of the best records anybody’s done in several years.
7. If you could play a gig in any location, real or imaginary, what would you choose?
Probably my backyard. It’s quiet, beautiful in the spring, and I wouldn’t have to travel that far to get there. I’d still charge $12 for beer, though
8. What would your dream festival line-up be?
Nick Drake and James Taylor playing duo style for about 10 hours. Probably Robyn would play during the intermissions, just to keep the mood up.
9. You have quite an impressive beard, how long did it take you to grow that?
I trim it back all the time, otherwise you end up scaring the hell out of little kids and getting crumbs in it after every meal. The current iteration has probably been over a year, but it’s not something I really keep track of.
I’ll get tired of it sometimes and shave it almost totally off. But then I get lazy and just let it go again.
10. Thanks for the interview! What else can we expect from you in 2011?
Thank you. My main focus for the rest of this year is to get out and share the new songs with people as much as I can. I enjoy seeing how they effect people and it’s also a great thing to watch the songs actually grow and develop when you play them live. I have a brilliant band, so playing shows is a wonderful experience.
Below you can here Williams song ‘Let You Break’ which features Julia Stone.