Four Tet – There Is Love In You

Four Tet - There  Is Love In YouKieran Hebden from London, England first came to prominence as a member of the band Fridge, before establishing himself as an electronic artist in his own right under the name of of Four Tet.

His first single was 36 minutes, 25 seconds long – and entitled Thirtysixtwentyfive. In those early days the releases were on Trevor Jackson’s Output label. These days though he’s on the well respected Domino label – one that houses The Arctic Monkeys and a long list of uber cool artists.

Warp Records officianados and Aphex Twin fans will know of his remix work, including the opening track on Selected Ambient Works II.

Four Tet is currently on tour across the US and Canada promoting this new album. If my early plays are anything to go by this should be a cool gig if you’re able to bag tickets.

The new album is a must for any fan of electronica and sits somewhere between the sweeter Aphex stylings and the more accessible Bonobo.  Most of the tracks are on YouTube; including the wonderful Circling and Plastic People.

Best consumed in a boutique Whistler hotel with a little British Columbia Ice Wine – while watching the Olympic downhill racing from your bed.

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Aphex Twin + Squarepusher + Thom Yorke + Bonobo

Sub Pop – Zune Special Releases

Sub Pop Records, one of the most influential and prominent indie labels in history with releases from influential artists such as Nirvana, the Afghan Whigs, the Shins, and Band of Horses, is currently being featured on Zune Marketplace in conjunction with their 20th Anniversary. This focus on Sub Pop includes exclusive video podcasts, special Guestlist picks by Sub Pop staff, and a collection of Sub Pop tunes that stretch over the past two decades.

To start things off, check out the “Sub Pop Collection: A to Z” a definitive collection featuring 220 standout tracks from Sub Pop’s first 20 years and amounting to over 13 hours of music. From the first Green River album to the umpteenth Mudhoney full-length, the playlist covers the entire Sub Pop catalog and is a great introduction to the label’s wide spectrum.

Next up is the Sub Pop 20 Podcasts, which include exclusive video footage found only on Zune Marketplace. The episodes include a personal tour of the Sub Pop offices by warehouse manager and Mudhoney frontman Mark Arm as well as video interviews and live performance clips from Sub Pop artists No Age, The Heilo Sequence, Kinski, Fleet Foxes, Eugene Mirman, Pissed Jeans and Fastbacks’ Kim Warnick, filmed backstage and onstage during the Sup Pop 20 anniversary festival at Marymoor Park in Redmond, Washington last month.

Top off the experience by checking out two Guestlists of handpicked music from Sub Pop staffers. Mark Arm put together 30 of his favorite songs, promising that “this should take up the better part of an evening.” Sub Pop label founder Jonathan Poneman, who has been instrumental in bringing talented artists to Sub Pop for the past 20 years, also offers up 19 of his personal favorite Sub Pop tracks.

Zune Marketplace is also featuring numerous full-length albums from Sub Pop artists, including releases from Fleet Foxes, Wolf Parade, Foals, The Gutter Twins and much more.

 

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The Lemonheads: The Leadmill, Sheffield

You just don’t know where you are with Evan Dando. One minute you’re bouncing along to Alison’s Starting to Happen, wondering how he came up with the ‘she’s the puzzle-piece behind the couch that made the sky complete’ line, the next you’re shaking your head and waving an angry fist at the man for bailing after 55 minutes because he ‘had to drive to Manchester.’

Initially billed as a solo gig, then changed to a Lemonheads gig, it was fair to say nobody really knew what they were in for; especially since Dando alienated all his new fans by not playing a single song from the last album. After crashing through the It’s a Shame About Ray album in its entirety, ED treated us to a rendition of Danzig’s Skulls (the uninitiated thinking that Evan really did want to put their head on a wall), and, I believe, a Lucinda Williams cover, during which Dando appeared to tire of our presence. A wimpy Hospital convinced me. Evan wanted to crash through his setlist and leave. And he did just that. But not before a blistering Tenderfoot.

This was my sixth Dando concert. It was never going to reach the dizzy heights of the Manchester 2001 comeback gig (Ben Lee and Ben Kweller supporting), but, after the first half hour, I thought we were in for something special. Instead, Dame Loose Cannon scurried off the stage without so much as an encore or a ‘Gimme your hands, cos you’re wonderful!’ Okay, he did give somebody a pick, but that wasn’t helping me standing at the back where real heroes are made. Odd behaviour from a man who in the same venue last year wouldn’t even let a curfew or the constant threat of the dreaded houselights stop him from playing one more tune.

Evan, we paid to see you, captain. It’s about time you started showing us some respect. I’m getting down about it. You get paid to smile. If you carry on like this, I’m going to get a ceiling fan in my spoon.

Okay. That last one didn’t work.

(Reviewer: Drew Biggin)