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Glastonbury Festival – Review

As you may have noticed from the media frenzy around the event, it was indeed Glastonbury Festival for Contemporary and Performing Arts last weekend. Not surprisingly then that crumble, like the rest of the world’s media, were there to capture the best of the action. Rather than writing a long winded review of everything that happened, right down to when Michael Eavis took his first shit of each morning (you can go to the BBC for that kind of high end journalism) we have instead distilled the essence of this years festival into an easily consumable 11 best bits.

11. Mud – Many predicted a quagmire of First World War proportions. They were correct. One of my friends paid £400 for her and her boyfriends tickets, took one look at the mud and went back to London. That said most of us British are stoic bastards if nothing else, and just as in Flanders, most of us battled on.

10. King Blues – Not massively keen on their ska punk stylings or their ”we hate the Daily Mail for some reason” half baked left wing political views, but boy do they have energy. Oh, and the bassist is really hot. It’s a girl, for those questioning my sexual preference.

9. Tame Impala – The Ozzie boys were superb. A far better band to have on before the special guest than B.A.D. (Big Audio Dynamite), who were… well you can see where this is going. Just a shame they didn’t do their Midnight Juggernauts cover.

8. Cider – It’s Somerset, you have to drink cider. It’s like a bylaw or something.

7. Crystal Castles – First time I’ve seen them live and they were great. Alice surely setting a record for most drunken stage dives within thirty minutes, and with a broken foot! They would be higher but considering they only did half an hour because Alice was off her tits, they lost points.

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6. Food Options – It’s been a while since I’ve been to a festival, but fuck me the food has improved. My overpriced, overcooked burger came with lettuce on it. Needless to say I threw said lettuce straight on the floor. And only twelve more payments on the personal loan I had to take out to afford it, cash back!

5. Caribou – They were fantastic. Shame my bastard friends made me miss most of their set. Cunts.

4. TV on the Radio – Very impressive, especially considering they were on the Other stage and most people didn’t have a fucking clue who they were. To quote one of my Essex friends, after they finished on the Ghostbusters theme tune: ”did they do the original?”. ”No. They didn’t”.

3. Chemical Brothers – Finally got to see them. They were awesome.

2. East Venues – Absolutely fucking amazing. A live interactive film set where you’re the extras with a cast of over 1,500 actors to interact with. Fucking crazy. Plus loads of quality DJs playing the best dance music around, a metal spider that shoots fire and Thom Yorke DJing dubstep in the fuselage of a crashed plane come tequila bar. A festival all on it’s own.

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1. Special Guests on the Park Stage – After laying out the cash to go this year, I was particularly disappointed to find that the headliners were shit. (Seriously, Coldplay?) So having the opportunity to see two of the bands I actually wanted to see headline was a touch of luck. If only the Stone Roses had reformed and played on the Sunday I probably could have shot myself in the face and died a happy man. Oh how we’ve all missed out!

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Posted by on July 2, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

1-2-3-4 Festival Preview, Shoreditch, London, Saturday 9th July

While one distinguished member of the Crumble Mega Squad is fishing his tent out of a quagmire in a field somewhere in the South West of God’s Glorious Country (not USA), we are going to look at an altogether different festival that’s coming up in just two weeks’ time. On 9th July, Shoreditch Park (which is situated behind Hoxton Street) will dehisce and let in fuck loads of crusty hipsters. Yes, this is very much Shoreditch’s festival, it belongs to East London. That’s not to its detriment, in fact, it means that what you’ll be getting at this festival are bands at the absolute cutting edge of music, the newest and coolest bands that you will be listening to in a year’s time thinking: “Fuck, why didn’t I see these guys at 1234 rather than trying to finger that 18-year-old arts student?”

We don’t know her, but she’s sleeping and she might not notice…

Black Lips – Starting Over

Anyway, I want to alert you to the fact that, in collaboration with Noisey.com, you can get 1234 tickets for about a fiver less than the normal price! Additionally, this gets you in to a number of after parties which you will be wanting to go to. XOYO has Zombie Nation, Autokratz, stopmakingme, and more (which is a line up in itself!) for £6 (or free with the Noisey ticket!), Dalston Superstore has Hannah Holland, and other places such as Old Blue Last and our favourite gash-trap Catch-22 open their doors. XOYO might be the latest but Catch is pretty close and we do love Catch. FUUUUUURRRTHERMOOORE, there are some motherflippin’ PRE-PARTIES to go to too. Man, it’s a hard life. At The Shacklewell Arms (in new management and now super-cool) there will be a pre-party this very Saturday. Advert, Peepholes and French Kissing will play live and there are DJs til 3am. Not bad.

Black Lips

Black Lips are headlinging the festival, and are obviously going to be quality; be sure to wear leather or denim and grow your hair especially for the event. However, there are some other bands we want to highlight for your delight.

Damo Suzuki is a crazy Japanese guy from Can (an old krautrock band) and could well be worth catching just for some experimental, messy, insane, hard rock n roll. Lydia Lunch is some mentalist 20th century version of Laurie Anderson or something, not the most accessible music but interesting nonetheless.

Rainbow Arabia

Rainbow Arabia – Without You (Nguzunguzu remix)

Rainbow Arabia are a nice and lovely electronic singy band from “fucking L.A.” and they play quite nice electronic singy music with good drums. Worth catching. Look a bit old though; hope they aren’t trying a Ting Tings.

Nguzunguzu

Nguzuznguzu are bloody excellent though!

Munch Feat. Lexx – Shottas (Nguzunguzu remix)

And check this badman out.

Nguzunguzu – Strut (Dubbel Dutch remix)

Stay+

Purity Ring – Ungirthed (Christian AIDS remix)

Rave is back. More proof of which comes in the form of one of our very favourites Christian AIDS Stay+, who have had to change their name because of threatened legal action from the Good Samaritans at Christian Aid. It is a pretty offensive name, I did wonder how long it would be before it happened. However, you are going to be cutting off your foreskin to get tickets to see this band next year, mark my words. We are actually seeing them at The Victoria in Dalston next Thursday 30th June, it’s a free gig but you have to go on Ticketweb to get the tickets. They are a pretty mysterious outfit so you better get them while they’re hot. Pretty much everything Stay+ have done so far is amazing, and its got a distinct and fresh sound. Rave for the post-2 girls 1 cup world.

TWR72

Nelson Grover – Awake (TWR72 remix)

TWR72 are another act reviving rave, or ‘Future Techno’ as NME dubbed it. Either way, if you come down to 1234, and like electronic dance music, the trio of Stay+, Nguzunguzu and TWR72 will keep your ear drums ringing with the sounds of 1993 for days. They are another band that Crumble hope to catch while we are there.

If it’s dirty, and messy, and raucous, then we can do business.1234 is all about finding out what’s going on in the future. Get your cheap ticket from Noisey.com through seetickets here, and come say hi to the guys giving flyers to any and all hot girls; the flyers will look like this:

Further mentions go to:

Babeshadow, who sound like an English version of Fool’s Gold, and are actually very nice. I’m a sucker for summer.

Two Wounded Birds, from Margate of all places. Sound like an English The Drums maybe. British Surf rock, if such a thing exists. On Moshi Moshi so you know they are legit.

Another surf rock band, that apparently started out as a joke, are Sex Beet. English version of Wavves?? Pretty good! Nice and noisy.

Peepholes – Lair (E Rock remix)

Peepholes are pretty interesting, and they are playing the warm up show this Saturday at The Victoria (see above). Check out this remix, it’s pretty great.

Their own stuff is pretty good too.

Phew! That should sort you out. So, you know where to get the tickets, where to go before, where to go after, and all the bands to see. C’est magnifique, non? Have a great time, we will.

YOWICS xoxo

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2011 in News, Opinions

 

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Bon Iver – Bon Iver Listen

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Obviously, WordPress doesn’t want us to have a lovely embeded lovely album for you, but if you follow that link you can listen to Bon Iver’s new album in its entirety for free. Pitchfork gave it 9.5. It’s Bon Iver. It’s obviously special.

YOWICS xoxo

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Live Review – Tom Vek @ Heaven Thursday 16th June 2011

An interesting turn of fate yesterday landed me with the pleasure of going to see Tom Vek. This really shouldn’t have happened but international relationships with our nation’s government intervened and created a hyperplexus large enough to mean that our fellow blogger and crumbler, Joseph, couldn’t attend. This gig sold out within minutes of going on sale, and it’s one of only five around the country that our reclusive multi-instrumentalist musician is performing.

I only caught the end of the support act, so wouldn’t like to comment on their performance too much; but they were alright. The night was all about Tom anyway. In the indie community, he is something of a demi-god, at least a legend. His first album was hailed and then he disappeared, taking five years to create this. Some think five years might have produced better, but we like it, as is already well documented.

He opened well. Playing some of the new tracks before resorting to his first album, to which the crowd got a bit excited. One reveller commented that people didn’t appear to have heard much of the new album. Perhaps it’s not been long enough since it’s release but it did seem that only A Chore from Leisure Seizure got the crowd crazy. However, the older tracks, like below’s video of Nothing But Green Lights and I Ain’t Saying My Goodbyes, were pretty popular.

The gig was good: the performance solid and the light show quite good, albeit mostly red, except for the aforementioned song, when things turned green. Tom’s voice is incredibly iconic, and sounds much more impressive than his surprisingly small stature (now with short haircut). So overall, as not the biggest Tom Vek fan in the world, I was treated but not overawed. The really impressive moment had to wait until the end, when the overarchingly standout track of Leisure Seizure was played as an encore. The video below doesn’t really do justice to the sound quality, and I was dancing, and my friend did start shaking the camera around at one point, but you have the encore in it’s entirety, and it’s quite nice.

The girl who masquerades as Tom for the first verse is actually in the video for A Chore, and it was nice to see her give us a little performance that confused a lot of people. You can hear how pleased the crowd were, and I think a lot of people really completed an ambition by seeing a man that is notoriously hard to track down. The winners of the night were his hardcore fans, of which I do not consider myself one; however, I am now definitely a fan, and it was an excellent gig.

4 Crumbles

YOWICS xoxo

 
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Posted by on June 17, 2011 in Opinions, Uncategorized

 

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‘Hooray for Earth – True Loves’ Album Review

Hooray for Earth are the kind of band that could go unnoticed. I don’t know what it is about music that is synth driven into outer space that makes it indistinct, but it would not be wrong to compare Hooray for Earth to MGMT, Yeasayer, Klaxons, Late of the Pier etc who all seem to disappear until a new album comes out and everyone remembers them again. All these bands are loved dearly for a short period of time and passed over to the annals. I would like to hope, for Noel Heroux’s sake and our sakes too, that this won’t happen to Hooray for Earth. However, it’s a sad inditement of music today that it’s all too transient and short-lived.

Having said that, forget all about it, max-screen this video, turn the volume up and let it wash over you.

I knew I would write a postive review of this album within about the first two minutes of the first song. The euphoric opener (Realize it’s not the sun; above) is an impressive intro to a very good (and sometimes fantastic) album. It sets the tone of space dreams and nightmares of the distant future well, and it sticks to it. Songs like Hotel show lonely, depressed element of Heroux’s personality that has been documented before. However, other key tracks (the better ones on the album) have an overwhelmingly euphoric and dare-I-say-it ‘epic’ effect. It’s like listening to a great tragedy where the love story ends in massive heartbreak but it’s so beautiful that you are glad it ended, as it would never have been important if it hadn’t.

The title track of the album (True Loves; above video) is probably the best to date, and the video really works. Like 2001: A Space Odyssey meets Yearsayer’s Ambling Amp video.

The music is huge. Layers upon layers of synth. Two vocalists. Stacks of drums and beats. I want to see this happen live in a big way, and can’t wait for them to tour here in the UK, of which there are no current plans.  They are currently touring with Architecture in Helsinki in the US, but the album was just released on 7th June via Dove Cote Records, whom I assume you will be able to buy the album from if you are in the US?

Hooray for Earth first came to my attention from their work with Twin Shadow. Twin Shadow did an excellent remix of Surrounded By Your Friends (from the Momo EP) and then they collaborated to write A Place We Like. I leave you these gifts and will probably be playing them at our new night ‘Bon Bon’ on 16th July, to be held at Albert & Pearl on Upper Street. Click for the Facebook event page and the ‘Like‘ page. Hopefully see you there!

Hooray for Earth – Surrounded By Your Friends (Twin Shadow remix)

Hooray for Earth Vs Twin Shadow – A Place We Like

4.5 Crumbles

YOWICS xoxo

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2011 in Opinions, Uncategorized

 

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LED Festival – Review

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This weekend crumble had the enviable task of going along to Victoria Park to see what the supporting cast of ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ do on their annual day trip to the capital. Yes, the London Electronic Dance (LED) Festival opened it’s doors again to those of a perma-tan disposition. Thousands congregated in one of East London’s most scenic parks to hear the likes of Zane Lowe, Calvin Harris, Skrillex and Deadmau5 pump out thumping bass line after thumping bass line, bringing with them only the three essential things you need at such an event; a pair of brightly coloured sunglasses, a tightly fitted vest top, and a friendly, non-aggressive attitude that locals definitely wouldn’t confuse with behaving like a massive c**t.

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First on the agenda was Skrillex’s sets both on the main stage and in the ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ tent. To be fair to the tent, Skrillex’s set ‘indoors’ was a little bit crazier than his improvised set on the main stage. He played his pretty standard dub-step/electro/house set which the crowd appeared to really enjoy. Personally, I think he’s a very talented producer, but I wasn’t blown away by his live performance. Maybe he was just doing what any DJ would do and playing to his audience, which in this case meant playing the most main stream of sets.  I’d like to think had this gig been in an underground car park under Waterloo station, things would have been different.

Following Skrillex, the masses were treated to the crowd pleasing dub stylings of the annoyingly popular Nero. We don’t really have a lot to say about them seeing as soon as they came on we bolted for the nearest bar, but judging from Dub Step Boy’s mental dancing they were apparently quite good. Good enough it would appear to drive Dub Step Boy into a frenzy of literally acting out Lionel Richie lyrics.

The whole day was really just one big build up to the main event, Mr Rodent Head himself. To be honest, we were not too impressed. Like Skrillex before him, Deadmau5 played a set based on the lowest common denominator rather than pushing the boundaries of what people expected. Initially things looked promising with plenty of thumping beats, but sadly his set deteriorated into a rather subdued affair not helped with Victoria Park’s infamous sound restrictions. The one plus point was his absolutely amazing visuals which were on Japanese crazy anime cartoon proportions. What should have added to the music, actually ended up drawing more attention than the music itself, and probably would have given any partygoers on acid at the time the scariest fucking ride of their life. I mean a glowing mouse headed man with massive green tentacles. Fuck that!

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The surprise of the festival was definitely our visit to the Kopparberg cube. On entering two things quickly became apparent. Firstly, people fucking love drinking sweet cider in the sun. Secondly, the best music being played that day was probably in the Kopparberg cube. Seriously, we actually had a really good time. Who doesn’t love a bit of Roy Orbison, Blondie and Outkast on a sunny afternoon? Throw in a bottle of sugery cider pop and you have one sweet party.

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In conclusion:
– Deadmau5’s visuals are incredible, but not for epileptics
– Dubstep can propel people to achieve amazing feats, from inspirational dance moves to literally dancing on the ceiling
– Sugary cider pop and summer festivals, not suprisingly, go quite well together

Joe
xoxo

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Broken Social Scene – Sweetest Kill video

Broken Social Scene are just excellent. Every record they’ve made has been top quality, and if you haven’t heard the 2010 released Forgiveness Rock Record then go and get it now. The above song is very nice, lovely, nicey lovely music. The video is not. It’s dark and violent but also touching. Watch.

YOWICS xoxo

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2011 in News, Opinions

 

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