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Grand Optimist (Live) – City and Colour

11 Jul

Colour! But no city.

I stumbled on this while trawling through live YouTube videos (it’s no surprise that this is coming after yesterday’s post . . .) and was amazed. I’ve liked City and Colour for a long time but this live session confirms that. It’s heartfelt but not overwrought. A perfect mix of sentimentality and restraint. Take a listen and check out the live cover of Fragile Bird after the jumppedy jump:

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Tongue Tied (Live) – Grouplove

10 Jul

Love.

We have a serious love of Grouplove at the blog and it’s not surprising that they crop up so regularly in summer months. Their album is tailor made for scorching summer days with your mates, cruising across America or chilling on a beach. They speak to teendom (slumber parties, getting high) and the allure of summer (check out their video for ‘Spun’). Here’s a live session of my favourite of their songs, Tongue Tied. It’s perfect and amazing to see just how much fun they’re having:

Lana Del Rey’s Favourite Jeans (They’re Blue)

2 May

Patriotism is so in

I wasn’t able to watch this LDR performance (of a song I reviewed back in October!) as I was organizing my year book – the most tedious thing that happened on a particularly laid-back Sunday – but I caught up on YouTube. It’s really, really good! Watch below.

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Cold Shoulder – Adele

15 Dec

I hate to rain on Adele’s parade but I really do prefer her first album. I’ve said this before but there’s a raw quality that is missing from the finesse of 21. That’s not a negative remark on her sophomore effort- it’s just what floats my particular boat. It’s nowhere more evident than it is here on Cold Shoulder. So Bluesy:

There’s a live rendition after the jump (normally Adele’s live performances are worth jumping for):

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Pretty Lights @ CAMP (London)

11 Aug

For those of our readers the other side of the Atlantic, Pretty Lights is a reasonably well-known name on the electric music scene, inspired by a Pink Floyd concert poster that read “Come and watch the pretty lights!” A name able to command a festival crowd such as Coachella and Bonnaroo, and fill clubs. With his popularity soaring stateside he has turned his attention to the UK, something that got us all rather excited over here at Can You Hear This, as most of us are long term fans of Derek Vincent Smith, the man behind Pretty Lights. So you can imagine we had to seize the chance when invited to go to his gig at CAMP in London.

In a basement of the City Arts & Music Project, there is the throb of excitement and anticipation surrounding the arrival of Pretty Lights. I’m circled by a collection of people trickling in from the street outside. There is strong presence of young American fans, one rather loud and boisterous that assures me that “this is going to be awesome!” He’s a student from the states, who was a follower of Pretty Lights over there and like myself is seizing this chance to see him on the London music scene. He’s started telling me his life story almost relating it to the Colorado musician’s rise. By the time he’s explained how he’s currently living in Kensington, I’m watching a dance off between several other excited, avid followers. The atmosphere is far past buzzing and into some further state of anticipation.

Then the man himself walked up to the array of electronics on stage, hooded and ready to go. The room exploded. Derek Vincent Smith is a man who understands music. He seems to have a natural comprehension of how it works, and he doesn’t so much play the instrument but simply allows it to amplify the movements in his body. The sound is seamless, capturing the beat and the tune perfectly. Not a word has so far been sampled in his tracks and you are aware that you’ve been caught up in it all and swept along. There was no amazing light show that is often synonymous with Pretty Light shows, but there was no need.

As you can imagine and hear from much of Pretty Lights’ music, he takes inspiration from a very wide spectrum of sounds, sampling from all genres and doing so with flawless style. I would ask anyone to check out his tour dates and download his music (he notoriously gives it out for free on his website) because if the show here in London was anything to go by, the UK will be taken by storm by this young artist.

 

The Wilhelm Scream – James Blake

18 Jan

Come on and jump on the James Blake bandwagon. 2011 is sure to be a big breakthrough year for this man after placing on multiple ‘best-of’ lists at the end of 2010. Check out this video of Blake playing The Wilhelm Scream for the BBC. It’s from his forthcoming self-titled album James Blake which is set to be released on 7th February 2011, so look out for that. Check out more of his stuff at his MySpace.