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New Music: Hester – Thunder Love

February 27, 2014

Hester

My mum always tells me about the time when I was still going to my local Kindergarten in the small village I grew up in and how whenever I’d bring crafty projects home, I would just lob them in her general direction without any sense of pride or achievement in what I had supposedly made. This is because my Kindergarten teachers and assistants at the time would practically make your craft projects for you – probably because they thought that your parents didn’t really want whatever crap you could actually cobble together with your unskilled four-year old fingers.

So apparently on the first day I came home from a new Kindergarten class with an artwork I’d actually made myself, my mum said I handed it to her like I was presenting her with a lost Vermeer masterpiece. It didn’t matter, that in reality, it was just a bit of paper with a few very sad pieces of macaroni glued to it.

Oh dear,  I had a point when I began writing this but I think I might of lost it somewhere…

I think what I’m trying to say is that while you’re still a chubby-cheeked little four-year old, you should probably milk the fact that you can present your family with your slightly shit creative endeavours and they’ll respond to you like you’re a mini Mozart in the making. Because at some point, you’re gonna get to an age when even you’re ever loyal family will give up pretending.

Which is why the first time I went to check out  Hester, who were playing one of their earliest gigs in the glittery cellar of a deli  just outside Tulse Hill Station I floated back home, red in the face and elated. They may be family, but that has nothing to do with why they’re one of my new favourite bands and why I was very excited to have them headline at out most recent PUB.lication Presents night back in January.

They’ve just released ‘Thunder Love’ as one of their first full band recordings and it perfectly showcases this very talented, six-piece fresh out of the Brit.  They’ve got lyrics and lovely voices and they’ve got a trumpet. I do love a trumpet. Check out their track below and then go stalk them on t’internet

[Drawing courtesy of Alice Bloomfield]

Video: Jenny Wilson – Pyramids [Rose Out Of Our Pain]

February 27, 2014

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Grrrrr…growl…hiss…head nod…..yeah Tutankhamen, Beirut, gimme me holes in my hands…panpipes…oomph…yeah. Good lord, this is such a tune!

I don’t know much about Swedish songwriter Jenny Wilson. At some point in my life I must’ve decided that I ‘liked’ her and promptly made it official on Facebook. I have no recollection of when or why this happened but when this video showed up in my Facebook feed, I hopped into my little  time machine [drop-top, you know how I roll…] and went back a few years to give myself a high five.

Video: Rosie Lowe – Games

February 26, 2014

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Pink Is My Favourite Colour

February 20, 2014

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This isn’t going to plan. I was really just looking for an excuse to post the Aerosmith ‘Pink’ video. This plan I had in mind was:

1. Google ‘pink everything’

2. Find a suitable, beautiful but essentially banal image

3. Write about how happy Steven Tyler and his extreme vocal acrobatics make me.

It could’ve been so simple.

But then I googled ‘pink everything’ and the first thing I see are these intriguing images above. And now I have to explain why I have photographs of young girls surrounded by their ‘pink phase’ possessions juxtaposed with a song about only mildly disguised to be about female genitalia [a Grammy-award winning song about female genitalia nonetheless…]. Awkward.

Saving my obsessive Aerosmith  monologue for another day, let’s talk about these stunning photographs. Taken from a series called The Pink & Blue Project, the artist responsible is South Korean [via New York] JeongMee Yoon. A project that initially began with Yoon’s own daughter, it eventually grew to include not only other young girls obsessed with all things pink but also boys and their blue possessions.

For one, Yoon’s series is a fascinating study of the relationship between gender and consumerism. It’s hard to say where I stand on this for I still remember my pink phase – the deep emotional tie that I shared with my kindergarten boyfriend was that our favourite colour was pink. I also had loads of Barbies and My Little Ponies, my favourite outfit was a pink Minnie Mouse matching skirt and jumper set, I wanted to be a Princess Ballerina when I grew up, y’know the usual… But then I also had quite a bit of Lego and a train set and one of those Fisher Price garages for cars [with the lift!]. It’s quite hard to say how much of all that affected my current lifestyle and the relationship I have with my gender and its social position.

I did get really peeved though the other day when I noticed that Kinder Surprise Eggs [another childhood obsession of mine] had joined in with the ridiculous notion of colour coding. It’s supposed to be a SURPRISE…and if it’s another shitty race car with tiny racing stripe stickers that your fat, clumsy fingers can’t put in the right place and then they end up stuck to one another and finally crumpled in a tiny, sticky ball and you’re in tears because you didn’t get the Hippo figure with the swim ring that you’re missing from your almost complete collection… then as a young person you’ll learn [very early on] how to deal with disappointment.

Of course, one day, when you just want to confess your love of Aerosmith on your unsuspecting music blog, the pent-up emotions will ALL BOIL OVER AND LOOK WHERE WE ARE NOW! DAMN YOU KINDER UBERRASCHUNGSEI, WHERE’S MY HIPPO!!!

Video: Tiombe Lockhart – Can’t Get Enough

February 19, 2014

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Once upon a time I did an entire Grrrl Crush piece on Tiombe Lockhart – heavy on pictures and very, very light on words. There is nothing that I can say about Tiombe that won’t just be the written equivalent of perverted drooling. But what I can say is that whether as the Cubic Zirconia frontwoman or solo – as demonstrated by the Hudson Mohawke produced ‘Can’t Get Enough’ track above – Lockhart seems to ooze perfect dance tracks from her pores. Oh, and ridiculously fabulous videos, just completely surreal and fucking fantastical.

Lockhart is due to debut her latest video for ‘Gone’ today which I know because I started following her on Instagram [all in the name of ‘music journalism’ though, not because I’m a fascinated degenerate…]. So stay tuned.

Video: The Trp & Michael Tousana – Catching Fire

February 19, 2014

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Blogs. They’re a bit like scrapbooks aren’t…oh damn, it’s not gonna fly a second time is it?

Great, so here’s a semi-anonymous group of musicians that are keeping it fairly mysterious. All I know is a. I like it b. their names and that c. apparently an album called Yahuda is on the way. This means despite not really being able to write much about them I can’t talk about futuristic internet brain implants or blogging about music when I’m a dead cool septuagenarian with an original vintage tUnE-yArDs t-shirt or the one that says ‘Sampha sung his way into my knickers’ [I printed that one myself…]. Damn.

Wait…

Keep waiting…

I think I got away with it.

Video: Charlotte OC – Colour My Heart

February 19, 2014

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Blogs. They’re a bit like scrapbooks aren’t they? I mean, one day this will all be forgotten and no one will care what I have to say about Charlotte OC’s ‘Colour My Heart’. That’s if anyone cares in the first place [they probably don’t]. I mean if I do keep going until I’m 70, then perhaps I’ll be able reinvent myself as an advanced style blogger; a hip granny who still has too many YouTube subscriptions.,.

…I’m going to stop there. Contemplating what the internet will be like in 40-50 years is too much. It’ll probably be implanted into infant’s brains so that they grow up seeing the world like The Terminator with some sort of dashboard and quick access to Wikipedia. Shudder.

But what would be nice though, is if WordPress survives and I could scroll through endless pages of the music I was into over the years. Perhaps Charlotte OC will be a mega star with a bombastic residency in Vegas [always aim for Vegas!] or perhaps she’ll be forgotten entirely – whatever the outcome of her fledgling music career, I have committed it to memory by embedding here because I’m diggin’ now and then perhaps I could still dig it when I’m a hip granny.