It’s been a high-profile weekend for Obama. Before the shock announcement of the death of Osama Bin Laden, Obama had a go at Donald Trump’s recent forays into politics at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Then, Saturday Night Live’s Seth Meyer had a go too. Trump did not look amused…
“Donald Trump said recently he has a great relationship with the blacks, though unless the Blacks are a family of white people, I bet he’s mistaken.” – Meyers
A new generation of Irish film-makers are proving that there is an audience beyond late-night television music programming. In the last month alone the internet tubes have enabled some first-class music video and live performance work to be showcased from this country’s finest and most creative film-makers.
Anyone who has been paying attention to blogs and music sites over the past year or so will be familiar with Myles O’Reilly’s work. Predominantly shot in black and white, his videos capture the soul and ambiance of live performances from mostly experimental and alternative acts to whom the word ‘artist’ also signifies the deep creativity of their music.
O’Reilly’s site Arbutus Yarns is the repository of all his work to date featuring performances from James Vincent McMorrow, Janelle Monae, Julie Feeney, Amiina, Jennifer Evans, Tegan And Sara amongst many others. O’Reilly has also been shooting the recording diaries of Lisa Hannigan in the studio in Wales as she records her second solo album.
His latest work, no-doubt inspired by a live video he shot for State.ie (declaration of interest – I’m an editor of the site) of Villagers is his first proper music video for Domino Records and Villagers for the band’s latest single The Pact (I’ll Be Your Fever) (see below)(more…)
It’s always worth paying attention to XL Recordings latest roster additions. Amongst recent successful signings like Adele, Friendly Fires and Tyler The Creator is Jai Paul, a 21 year-old North Londoner whose brilliant debut wonky electro pop single BTSTU finally got a single release last week.
Speaking of Tyler The Creator, his LA brat-rap pack Odd Future have redesigned their website and made it pretty easy to grab all 12 releases so far from members of the group including Frank Ocean, Mellowhype, Earl Sweatshirt, Hodgy Beats and Tyler himself. oddfuture.com/musics
With a soulful voice that belies his 23 years and recalls Bill Withers, Londoner Kiwanuka has been impressing as support to Adele on tour recently. His debut single Tell Me A Tale prompted blogger TwentyFourBit to compare it to “an unearthed gem ripped from a rare piece of vinyl in someone’s ’70s record collection”.
LA-based musician Erika M. Anderson has been compared to Emmylou Harris, Sonic Youth, Siouxsie Sioux, Neil Young, My Bloody Valentine and Julianna Hatfield. That’s probably reason enough to check out her debut album Past Life Martyred Saints, starting with the single California.