Viewing Gum Listening Post #28

And so on to VGLP28. Some show notes – I really really dig this Beck song. I finally got a chance to see him live, sandwiched between Future Islands and The Strokes in Hyde Park last month, and it was a real humdinger, though a tad disappointing this track was not in the setlist. No matter, it kicks ‘tush’ here. Of my Glastonbury ‘discoveries’ (i.e. bands I was ignorant of until I stumbled upon them, but I’m guessing everyone else has known them for aeons comparatively), I have added a track by Weaves from Canada, who were really fun. I don’t think the recorded versions of any of the songs I heard them play quite captures the spirited performance they put in at Glasto, but I look forward to hearing more from them. I’ve stuck one of the songs from Makeup and Vanity Set’s latest, even if it has been out for a ‘little’ bit, but I tend to get my synthwave music via Bandcamp, Soundcloud, etc. so never really think to listen to it on Spotify. And to close, a track from Susumu Yokota, who sadly passed away a few months ago, aged only 54. A master craftsman at creating all kinds of wondrous ambient sample-heavy soundscapes, he also dabbled in some interesting classical collages, and the final song here today is a fine example. Lots of his music is on Spotify, so I recommend taking some time to check out his back catalogue if you are so inclined.

Stream below or click here to open on its ownsome.

 

  1. Beck – Dreams
  2. Everything Everything – Regret
  3. Ezra Furman – Restless Year
  4. N.A.S.A. – Iko (feat. Lizzo)
  5. Weaves – Tick
  6. Thundercat, Flying Lotus, Kamasi Washington – Them Changes
  7. Adrian Younge – Resurrection Morning – Instrumental
  8. Ratatat – Drift
  9. Makeup and Vanity Set – Remember
  10. Björk – Stonemilker
  11. Susumu Yokota – Traveller in the Wonderland
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Viewing Gum Listening Post #25

Viewing Gum Listening Post 25, indeed. A quarter of a century’s worth of VGLP playlists is cause for some sort of celebration, and maybe if I had planned ahead a little better, maybe a best of the 25 playlists would have been a sensible way to do so. Ah well, not this time. Why not just go back through my playlists and make your own (he says as he realises he has forgotten to tag them all)? Instead, this one is a bit of a bumper selection, over an hour’s worth, including new tracks from returning champions such as Hot Chip, Blur, Tame Impala, Drenge, Everything Everything and more. Plus some slightly older but still worthy of attention songs that I only recently picked up on. It’s the perfect antidote to whatever ails you! Click here to listen, or stream it below direct. I love you all!

  1. Hot Chip – Huarache Lights
  2. Young Fathers – Rain or Shine
  3. The Dø – Opposite Ways
  4. Susanne Sundfør – Accelerate
  5. Blur – Go Out
  6. Everything Everything – Distant Past
  7. Drenge – We Can Do What We Want
  8. Saint Motel – Midnight Movies
  9. Breakfast In Fur – Portrait
  10. Sufjan Stevens – Should Have Known Better
  11. Dan Deacon – When I Was Done Dying
  12. Tame Impala – Let It Happen
  13. Danger Beach – Apache
  14. Emmy The Great – Swimming Pool

Glastonbury 2013: Picks You Might Have Missed

In just a week or so, the 2013 Glastonbury Festival will be opening its doors. With the full line-up announced and stage times revealed, it’s off to the clash calculators, but away from the headline acts, Glasto has a habit of throwing up some interesting nuggets you might not notice at first glance, and has its own quirks totally worth highlighting. Here’s just a bunch that popped out when I trawled through the line-up, as well as some light guesswork…

 

ASAKUSA JINTA

Hell Stage (Shangri-La) Thursday 20:00 – 21:00 / The Rocket Lounge (Shangri-La) Thursday 21:30 – TBA / Salon Carousel (The Unfairground) Friday 23:30 – 00:30 / Snake Pit (Shangri-La) Friday 02:00 – 03:00

Asakusa Jinta

Big, loud, brassy, punk ska always goes down well at a festival as it’s perfect live party music, and self-styled Asianican Hard Marching Band Asakusa Jinta (named after the Tokyo district where street bands used to roam and play)  look set to deliver the goods. I unfortunately missed them last time they were in the UK (with a short tour in 2009), but they’re playing almost as many times over two days as they did over a longer period then, so there’s little excuse to not try and catch them peddling their glorious rambunctious noise at least once.

 

FIRST AID KIT

Pyramid Stage Sunday 12:45 – 13:30

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First Aid Kit at Field Day 2009

One of the joys of returning to a festival year on year is seeing the rise (and some times fall) of acts based on their stages and placement on the bill. Last time First Aid Kit played in 2011 (or was it 2010?), they flew in for a brief appearance on the Greenpeace Stage to an audience of roughly 20 people. This year, their Somerset House headline gig was one of the first to sell out, and here they are on the Pyramid Stage – an early slot for sure, but still a neat indicator of their growing popularity. Guess there is a market for gorgeous Swedish country-folk after all.

 

FOKN BOIS FEAT. SISTER DEBORAH

Toad Hall Saturday 01:30 – 02:30

 

Need I say more?

 

WILLIAM’S GREEN

Tucked down at the bottom of the line-up list, you’d be forgiven for not even knowing what William’s Green was. Seemingly taken over a space recently occupied variously as the Queen’s Head Stage and the Leftfield Stage, it also plays host to some of the biggest names of the festival playing secondary slots. Sure they may be slightly truncated, but it gives you another chance to see the likes of Everything Everything, Martha and Rufus Wainwright, Savages, The Vaccines, and Palma Violets at a more reasonable, less clashy hour (similarly if you don’t fancy getting an Ulrich Schnauss fix at 3.30am on Sunday night/Monday morning), as well as your only opportunity for potential goodness from Public Service Broadcasting, New Build and more.

 

MONSTER’S UNIVERSITY

Pilton Palais Sunday 11:00 – 12:50

Monster's University

Sunday morning’s first film screening of the day has traditionally been a TBA slot filled with a preview of the latest Pixar offering, and all signs point to Monster’s University appearing in this slot in 2013 (especially as Monster’s Inc 3D is showing in the same slot the day before). Though you’re not getting quite the jump on the general public as in some years (it’s UK release is July 12th), it’s still worth it for bragging rights, as well as masking those bleary Sunday morning eyes with a pair of 3D glasses. That is if you are up in time – the queue is always massive for this one, so be prepared to get there at least an hour before show time to stand a chance of getting in as space is limited. Though the thought of depriving a toddler of their ‘new bestest film evah’ might be too much bear.

 

SPECIAL GUESTS

While we’re on the subject of TBAs, there seem to be less obvious indicators of special guest slots this year. More will no doubt become clearer once you’re on site, but The Park is usually where the big ‘surprises’ turn up. Unless The Park is closing early on Sunday night, there would appear to be a slot up for grabs after Cat Power is done at 21:45. Given that Thom Yorke has previously hinted at appearing in some shape or form this year (and Radiohead having played The Park as a special guest act in 2011), I would be pretty amazed if Atoms For Peace didn’t fill that gap (or at least one gap somewhere). They recently played a secret pre-tour gig in LA, so maybe this could also have counted as a Glasto warm-up too.

Viewing Gum Listening Post #7

A new Viewing Gum Listening Post? Already?! Yes, sorry to bunch them all up VGLP fan(s), but as I said before, I had sat on the last one for a silly amount of time, and before we get into December (i.e. the month of past year recaps and top 10 lists et al), thought it would be good to have on quick spurt of fresh musicality before we get all rose-tinted and misty-eyed over Twenty Twelve.

This time round its more about instrumental electro-quirk and similarly tinged asymmetrical guitar heroics, but there’s a couple of breaks from the abnorm, and we close on one of the bestest tracks I’ve heard all year. Hmmm, lots to look forward to then. See you soon for a full music of the year summary – but for now, lucky number seven’s in town!

  1. Jesse Ruins – Dream Analysis
  2. Sweet Valley – Where Will I Go
  3. Lindstrøm – Rà-àkõ-st
  4. Everything Everything – Cough Cough
  5. Of Montreal – Tender Fax
  6. Siinai – Finish Line
  7. Zombie Zombie – Watch the World from a Plane
  8. Crystal Castles – Wrath of God
  9. The Bryan Ferry Orchestra – Virginia Plain
  10. Dark Dark Dark – Patsy Cline
  11. Bat For Lashes – Laura