I’m ecstatically in love. Are you the answer to the question in my heart? If you haven’t heard any White Hinterland or listened to the new album Baby then you will never know.
I know someone who’s gonna have a little chuckle when they read this because they often like to tease me about my longstanding Micachu crush [it’s not a secret, I even told her record label PR once] and perhaps this is just a crush-by-association. All I know is that it’s a criminal offence if I don’t get Tirzah‘s music up on this blog sharpish. So let’s start with this video:
It will come as no surprise that I’m a little bit obsessed. Lyrically, it’s dope. Musically, it’s dope. Aesthetically, it’s dope. But, this is not a one-song crush. With two EPs under her belt, Tirzah is currently on heavy rotation at the PUB.lication HQ. Check out the title track from the No Romance EP dropped at the end of April on Greco-Roman and ‘Slow Jam’ taken from last year’s I’m Not Dancing EP:
And there’s this video of ‘Malfunction’:
Oh and let’s just have a look at this again:
On Wednesday June 4th, PUB.lication Presents returns for it’s fifth date! If this were a relationship we’d be leading up to the ever-awkward ‘so…where is this all going?” conversation. And I’d be like, who knows? Let’s live in the moment, take each day at a time, let’s not overthink things, it will ruin the magic! But I’d just be playing it cool because with every new event, I get more excited and it looks like things could be getting serious. *Blushes* But just look at this line up!
stalking following one-woman band Tanya Auclair for a healthy period of time. Back in 2010, I first remember seeing her blue-bearded and shaven-headed in the YULT video for Inland Empire and I followed the trail until I happened upon the Thrum EP that she’d released a month earlier. Not long after there was a second EP and one of my all time favourite Run For Covers but for a while it was all quiet on the Auclair front.
But now with a full band in tow and new EP Semaphore due out in the summer, Tanya is back as Auclair. Co-produced by Marc Pell [of Micachu & The Shapes], ‘Jupiter & Venus’ is the a taster of what’s in store:
First of all, I would just like to point out that I did not realise I’d booked two Tanyas for quite a while. Second of all, I would like to start this little chat off with this track:
See! At first, you’re like ‘Oh, a cover of ‘No Diggity’, how nice…’ and then just as you were settling in, 1.27 minutes later, you’re thinking ‘wow, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s ‘Dam Mast Qalander Mast Mast’, I was not expecting that…!’
Ok, I lied, I had no idea what Indian song Tanya Wells had so seamlessly merged into Blackstreet’s seminal 90s single but please don’t hold my ignorance against me. I was still fully blown away. I love the way Wells so comfortably mixes folk with soul and elements of classical Indian music. Just have a listen to this:
They do say that pop will eat itself.
So here is an[bare with me, I’ve just come back from New York and seem to have contaminated myself with post-neurotic food syndrome] organic, wheat-free, dairy-free, gluten-free [gluten – evil of all evils!] gourmet re-hashing of such brilliant girl-groupisms a la TLC, Eternal, All Saints and the Spice Girls. East London’s trio JUCE make a full salute to the 90s with their silky pyjamas, personalised boxer shorts and even a straight-out-of-Sugar-magazine logo that wouldn’t look out of place on the cover of our Eurodance edition zine.
We had another lovely PUB.lication Presents night at Hootananny at the beginning of April where we were lucky enough to have Niomí Eve play one of her first gigs. It got me thinking that there really isn’t enough love for her up on the world wide web and this definitely needs to be rectified! So here you go, check out her dreamy video for ‘Love Is’ and brilliant live session performance of ‘Simplicity’ for Poejazzi.
This video for a live session of a track called ‘Our Dreams’ by Amy Fitz Doyley landed in my inbox at work today and I had to rush back home to share it. I’ve just made myself a cup of tea and indulged in a bit of investigative journalism [google] and so far I’ve found out that Amy is a Brit School graduate from a musical family who’s working on her first EP. Check out more of her music including a cover version of Tweet’s ‘Beautiful’ on her SoundCloud.
PUB.lication Presents is back on Wednesday April 2nd and I am – as usual – madly excited about our line-up! I am slowly picking up tips on how to host a night successfully but of course I am doing it all the hard way. In July, I learnt that my forehead is bigger than I expect it to be and I must steer clear of switched on microphones on stage. In October I learnt that I can not drink to calm my nerves until the point that I lose my phone. And in January, I learnt that I can not drink so much the night before that I’m so hungover I have to make all the announcements [badly] whilst hiding in the sound booth. Anyway, it’s not about me [THANKFULLY!] it’s about this space jam of a line-up:
I’ve already had a little freak out about Myriad Forest and I can’t wait to see them mash it up on the Hootananny stage. One of things that I love about the Hoot is that they don’t scrimp on their sound equipment and Myriad’s blend of afrobeat and trippy jazz and electronics and battling saxophones is going to sound so delicious! And here is just a little taste:
Niomí Eve first showed up on my radar when I heard about an NX Records event at the Southbank Centre and listened to a track called ‘Games’ by Scopic Frames [which you can hear at 17:32 minutes in on this Soundcloud] that she had featured on. I am in love with how delicate Niomí’s voice is – it’s as if she ‘s lightly dusting all her songs for fingerprints and in my head, the stark contrast between her minimal and subtle song-writing is going to be in beautiful juxtaposition with Myriad Forest’s roar.
[Also if anyone can tell me out to get that little accent over the i on a keyboard please let me know in the comments section. Copying and pasting is not efficient… ]