The Fast Forward Revue


One Girl Against The Bowl by akaneshiro
Feist, Pacifika, and Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings at the Hollywood Bowl!

Feist, Pacifika, and Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings at the Hollywood Bowl (20/07/08)

Fast Forward Revue Rating: FFFF (4 out of 5)

 

The evening started off with Pacifika, a band deeply rooted in soft jazz and Latin beats. Wasn’t all that pleased with them, actually; it was quite underwhelming. Their sound reminded me of an asthmatic, fairy tale-worshiping Tori Amos with a hint of Shakira in “Underneath Your Clothes.” In a nutshell, I prayed that Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings would not disappoint.

The lovely Sharon Jones

The lovely Sharon Jones

As soon as Jones sauntered onstage in a glittery, silver polka dot ensemble, I knew we were in for a good time. Pulling a complete 180, this fiery little lady backed by an equally spunky band immediately revived The Bowl with an upbeat attitude and a whole lot of soul. If James Brown and Tina Turner ever made sweet, weekly love, Sharon Jones–wrapped up in funk and R&B goodness–would pop out nine months later for sure. She connects with the 18,000 concert goers in between songs with the occasional “Ow! Watch me!” as she struts her stuff like Tina and simulates dancing on coals. The woman belts as if she were passing a freakin’ kidney stone! And note that their MySpace headline reads that they are “soul excitement.” Take their word for it.

At first, we see only darkness. Then a striking silhouette against an illuminated rectangle. Leslie Feist, clad in a heavily-tasseled white dress fit for a cowgirl, commands the stage with silence. She starts off her 70-minute set with two classics borrowed from the likes of Joan Baez and Nina Simone (“Wagoner’s Lad” and “When I Was a Young Girl,” respectively). Feist has a way of making things feel incredibly intimate when you consider that there are 17,999 other fans gathered underneath the blanket of sapphire. She sings a few notes with her ethereal voice, the nostalgia kicks in, and we cling to every word.

Feist, during "Wagoner's Lad"

Feist, during "Wagoner's Lad"

 

 

Oh, hard is the fortune of all womankind 
She’s always controlled
She’s always confined 
Controlled by her parents 
until she’s a wife 
A slave to her husband 
the rest of her life

 

 

 

Feist daydreams of the ideal living situation in “Mushaboom,” leads us through groundbreaking epiphanies in “I Feel It All” with a rock ‘n’ roll twist, stirs up a harmonious frenzy complete with clapping during “Sea Lion,” and manages to make “1234” sound as charming as it did the first time. That Sunday night was completely magical, shadow puppets and all.

                                                 alexiskaye

 



The Rogers Picnic: Rain, rain… stay here? by kswitz

The Rogers Picnic (July 20, Historic Fort York)

Official Promotional Poster

Official Promotional Poster

So it’s 4:54 am… and I can’t sleep.

But that’s unimportant, since there is blog-fun to be had!

So this isn’t really going to be a concert review, so much as a hodge-podge of random things I noticed about concerts while attending the Rogers Picnic yesterday. And here goes:

a) RAIN AS A BONDING EXPERIENCE: Seriously, once it started pouring, everyone got in closer, got more into dancing, and cheered louder than ever as the bands expressed their sympathies for our soggy bottoms. It even bonded audience members individually, as umbrellas were shared between neighbours, and tarps were put up by those who brought them and stretched to fit as many concert-goers as possible. Rain is the great equalizer.

b) ENERGY IS KEY: I found that the bands onstage who had tonnes of energy (Chromeo and Dizzee Rascal, to name two) ended up being the bands I liked the most out of all the performers. This surprised me ’cause I’m something of a huge Animal Collective fan, but I still liked Chromeo‘s set way, way more, because of their connection with the crowd, and the cool factor of their high energy level. Their late-night DJ set in the back of the Nokia DJ Tent (or whatever it was called) was also a great picker-upper for all those who’d been there all day and noticed their energy flagging. We danced like crazy-people.

c) ENVIRONMENTAL CONSCIOUSNESS: Is the new cool. And rightfully so! I love how it’s gotten to the level where there are “Zero Foot Print” tents at concerts! The concert was also co-ordinated to be as close to a zero-waste event as possible: there were sorting-style recycling bins, separated into Aluminum/Plastic, Paper, and Compost. Serious snaps for that!

d) TEXTING SCREENS: Amusing but annoying, as they are just so damn distracting! Everyone ends up staring at the boards instead of the bands! But they are hilarious, like when people write “I am the hiphoppopotamus, my lyrics are bottomless”, or comment on the large number of Urban Outfitters wearers in the crowd (read: hipster-bashing is the new cool)It’s also a bit sketchy, though… I was trying to get in contact with my brother throughout the show using the service but who knows if our Katie/Graeme texts were actually between me-Katie and him-Graeme? (Skeeettcchhhyyy. I clearly need to just get his number…).

e) FREE REDBULL: Is bomb. Just saying… (PS If anyone from Redbull reads this (not likely), feel free to do it at more concerts! I will love you! So will everyone else!).

f) CITY AND COLOUR: Actually isn’t too bad. They’re a touch emo but they have a good amount of energy, and I like Dallas Green‘s jokes.

Alright, so it’s bedtime.

Hope y’all enjoyed this.



Sims, Sam Roberts and HellBoy II by jaxba
July 12, 2008, 4:40 am
Filed under: Author: jaxba, Cinema, Music | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Maybe I find this music video cool because I’ve had my Sims phases throughout the years. Especially in the beginnings of summer and winter breaks where I spend 3 days straight without sleeping playing in this fantasy world, not realizing it’s morning until the birds are singing. This year, I trekked to the Apple store just to get the Sims 2 Mac version… fully aware the next one is coming out 2009. But of course, the phase passed very quickly and my sleep schedule is back to normal. Somewhat. (Disregarding this post’s time of publication.)
So today, I saw this Sam Roberts video playing on a small TV screen hanging from the ceiling of a movie theatre while waiting to purchase HellBoy II tickets. To be honest, that was the first time I’ve heard of him. Later, I found out he’s Canadian! Sorry, I am probably out of the loop.
Anyway, here is Sam Roberts’ Them Kids from his latest album Love at the End of the World.

Oh and all you folk wondering if HellBoy II: The Golden Army was any good – it was hilariously enjoyable. Although there were many logistic flaws that left me questioning “Why didn’t _____ do _____ and just ____ that guy?” I guess without thinking too much about those, I really liked it. The mythical creatures had awesome designs reminding me of the brilliance that was Pan’s Labyrinth. The action was just the right amount and the cheesiness of the love story was… yea, quite cheesy. But if it makes a difference, it was consciously cheesy. While Guillermo del Toro encapsulates you into this fantastic world, he also allows for so much great humour between the characters. That and the lovable characters themselves (Hellboy, Abe, Liz, Krauss) were the best part of the film and why I’d recommend it. Heck, I didn’t even watch the first HellBoy and I liked it. So there it is, my quarter-assed review on HellBoy II.

    FFR Rating: FFF½ (3.5 out of 5)

-jax



Help Me Doctor! No, not you Dr. Dre. by amillionthings
July 10, 2008, 9:22 am
Filed under: Author : aitkin, Music | Tags: , , , , , , ,

The fact that Dr. Dog comes on my iPod right before Dr. Dre is an unfortunate circumstance. First off, the Dr. Dre was never supposed to be there in the first place. As if knowing that an extra whirl of my thumb will bring up “The Chronic (Intro)” isn’t frightening enough, I also have to deal with my consciousness for having a song called “Pause 4 Porno” (what a BANGER!!!) on there as well.

But, this isn’t about you, Dr. Dre. No, this is about your retro-styled indie-pop counter part, Dr. Dog.

I received a promo for Dr. Dog‘s upcoming album Fate (hear that, I didn’t STEAL it) from the radio station I work at on Monday, and haven’t stopped listening since. Get this, I even liked it enough to show to my mom–to put it in perspective, I think the last record I showed her was Weird Al Yankovic’s The Food Album back in 5th grade.

I’m not going to write out a full length review of this piece, because I’m sure that you’ll be able to read one in Pitchfork shortly after Fate‘s July 22 release. But, let me just say this. This is fucking MUSIC. I don’t know if these guys kidnapped Paul McCartney and Jeff Tweedy and somehow made them procreate, but this is the most melodic shit ever. Rustic production, bubbly basslines, and sweet sweet harmonies for days.

Dr. Dog – The Breeze

Dr. Dog – The Rabbit, The Bat & the Reindeer

Check out these tracks, and be sure to show them to your mother.



Interview: Søren Bonke of Klak Tik by E. Sempé
July 10, 2008, 9:19 am
Filed under: Author: E. Sempé, Interview, Music | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

 

Klak Tik is the solo project of Søren Bonke, a Danish musician currently residing in London, United Kingdom. With tags and descriptions ranging from indie, alternative, and acoustic to folk and gypsy, the music of Klak Tik is layered, multi-instrumental and hypnotic – reminiscent of Beirut, DeVotchKa and Arcade Fire. Bonke describes his own sound as “Thom Yorke and Sufjan Stevens, in bed, quarrelling, only you can’t quite make out the muffled words through the wall, so you try to go back to sleep.” Insightful and with a great sense of humour, the Fast Forward Revue got the chance to catch up with this fast-rising musician for an interview. You can check out Klak Tik on Myspace and Last.fm, where his latest album Padangle Studio Sessions is available for download.

 

Let’s start with something simple – though not necessarily easy to answer: who is Søren Bonke?

Søren Bonke is a Danish musician, only days off celebrating his 10th annual 19th birthday, but no less consumed by middle-child-syndrome than he was ten years ago.

 

Originally from Denmark, you’ve now moved to London, UK. What prompted your decision to move? And how have you been finding London?

I lived in Germany for three years before I came to London. I originally didn’t want to go to London, but a combination of not being able to find work in Paris, where both my brothers were living at the time, and a job with Alexander McQueen in London, which my girlfriend at the time got her fashionable hands on, prompted the decision.

Despite being my second choice, or, my only choice, London has certainly proved to be an exciting place to live. Great place to be a musician, bad place to live as one. I miss the sea.

 

How did you begin writing music. What drew you to it and influenced you?

I began playing piano (mother forced us, the witch!) as a three-year-old and I guess I found the rebellious inclination to ditch Eric Satie and make my own little tunes well  before my 10th birthday. The baby grand was a dear friend when coming home from school to a large and sometimes very quiet house in the country. I remember how I would strike a ten finger chord, forte fortissimo, and putting my ear on the wood and then let myself be hypnotised by the endless ringing of the strings. I’d sometimes fall half asleep over the keys and have small dreamy visions in a particular key. The piano gave me my first encounters with the meditative element of playing music, which is something I still cherish.

I don’t remember being drawn into music or beginning to write music, it was just always there, in the center of my life.

I was/am influenced by everything around me, the same as anyone, writer or not writer. I think my songs have become increasingly personal as I’ve got older and less intimidated by my own feelings. I do remember, at 13 or so, beginning to write this symphony style epic piece about a dragon slayer or something fancy like that, and how I lost all motivation as soon as I realised how long it would actually take to complete it. Now that I’ve more or less accepted my pathetic concentration span I tend to stick to slightly more manageable formats of songwriting, i.e. something I can finish while I still feel that way.

 

How would you personally define your sound and your music?

Thom Yorke and Sufjan Stevens, in bed, quarrelling, only you can’t quite make out the muffled words through the wall, so you try to go back to sleep.

 

On the record, you play many different instruments, some conventional and others not as common in music today. How did you pick up each one – and do you have a favourite?

I’ve always had lots of guitars and I guess it was only when we started recorded the first album with my old band that I properly started getting into all the other instruments. It started with a ukulele that my producer bought. Then I got a banjo and a  mandolin, and accordion and a violin. My friend lend me his old trumpet from school before another friend lend me her old cornet from school. I’ve got a 100-year-old auto harp which sounds absolutely beautiful when it is in tune, which it never is. My favourite sound of any instrument would have to be trumpet. Not when I play it, mind you.

 

Favourite musical artist(s) right now?

I’m really into the Ruby Suns at the moment, but that certainly doesn’t mean that I’ve stopped listening to BSS, Elliott Smith, Sufjan Stevens and Neil Young. Some artists you just never tire of. Others come and go.

 

The first record you ever owned?

Technotronic, Pump up the jam.

Yes, I know… my older brother was a dj at the time and I was trying to copy his style. 

 

Best live show you’ve ever been to?

Ha, maybe that’s what they are arguing about in bed.

Sufjan Stevens at the Barbican in London was absolute beautiful, and is probably only matched by the free Radiohead show, which me and about 150 other jammy bastards enjoyed in the tiny venue 93 Feet East in East London in February.


If you could do a musical collaboration with absolutely anyone, who would you choose?

Russell Crowe. No, maybe Neil Young. Or Duke Ellington.

 

Outside of music, what do you generally do with your free time?

Ride my fixed gear bicycle around London. Watch old films. Grow plants. Sip fair trade lattes from organic farmer’s markets.

 

And finally, is there anything you’d like to add?

“Just add water”,

is the brilliant slogan for the scuba diving gear company Mares. A phrase which I will be putting into practise from tomorrow when I travel to Cambodia for a month.

 

Make sure to check out Klak Tik on Myspace and Last.fm, where his music is available for download. Fast Forward Review’s recommended tracks:

Playlist of Klak Tik favourites on imeem.com

Klak Tik – Culinary Skills of a Modern Man
Play / Download

Klak Tik – Heatwave
Play / Download



Wake up, everyone! by jaxba


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Jason Mraz’s new official UK music video for his next single ‘Make it Mine’ from his album We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things. Directed by Jennifer Sheridan and Gille Klabin. I couldn’t help posting it. Love the Canadian geese, his percussionist Toca Rivera’s deadpan, and the overall good vibes I get from it. I’d recommend watching it in high quality on the video’s YouTube page – Enjoy!
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-jax



A Dangerous Heatwave… by E. Sempé
July 7, 2008, 11:53 pm
Filed under: Author: E. Sempé, Music | Tags: , , , , ,

In honour of this unbearably hot summer’s day (now turned evening), I give you:

Heatwave – Klak Tik

Brilliant song, not-so-brilliant weather. – And stay tuned for an interview with Søren Bonke of Klak Tik coming very (very) soon!