Sep 3 2014

Bonnaroo 2014: Day 2 (Feat. Sam Smith, Janelle Monae, Kanye West, Disclosure)

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Together with approximately 80,000 other people we headed to Manchester, TN to witness this year’s edition of Bonnaroo. With great vibes and amazing music on display throughout the 4 days it is clear that Bonnaroo isn’t outdone by any of the other global festivals.

 Sam Smith

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With a 2pm set, UK’s Sam Smith kicked off Day 2 of ‘Roo properly. In the last year, this contralto has exploded onto the music scene – specifically across the pond and into the States. His absolutely gorgeous vocals have taken him very far in the last year, and hearing them live is truly hypnotizing. Smith played mostly slower tunes as the crowd slowly but surely gravitated to the power of his sound. He waited until the middle of his set to perform the upbeat “Money On My Mind” and let the true magnetism draw the thousands nearer. Despite everyone wanting Disclosure to come on stage for a few of the collaborations the duo has with him, Smith performed a solo acoustic version of “Latch,” instead.

Janelle Monae

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Taking over the What Stage on Friday afternoon Janelle Monae, accompanied by her fantastic band and dancers, put on one of the more elaborate performances at Bonnaroo. It is a truly rare sight to see full blown choreography on the farm – it’s just not that kind of festival – and yet, Monae owned her audience, captivating the crowd with not only her high energy, but with her soaring vocals. The best moments were crowd-pleasers “Dance Apocalyptic” and “Tightrope” which had everyone dancing in the grass, and wishing she had a few more uptempo tracks.

Kanye West

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For those that don’t know the story behind this controversial show, allow me to briefly enlighten you, as I learned the real story from Kanye West himself while he ranted on stage in between long stretches of silence and hit songs. Back in 2008 Kanye was slotted to play a 2am set at Bonnaroo, and didn’t go on until about 5am – apparently this was because Phish ran over their set by about 2 hours, and there wasn’t enough time to set up all of Kanye‘s pyrotechnics that he refused to perform without. According to him festival-goers even vandalized his equipment in the interim before he took the stage.

Needless to say Bonnaroovians were outraged, and despite our main slogan being “Radiate Positivity,” most have additionally adopted the slogan “Fuck Kanye” – and the whole community is aware of how hard it has stuck.

Joining the stage at exactly 10pm on the nose, Kanye began his set by angrily growling a few choice Yeezus tracks into the microphone while wearing a gold mesh chain face mask. After his first of many pontifications, he went directly into “Power” with the all-too-appropriate lyrics “screams from the haters, got a nice ring to it, I guess every superhero need his theme music.” The show was a bizarre roller coaster of emotions – some boo-ing, some cheering, some chants of the aforementioned abhorrent phrase, and some people like me who were singing along loudly. You can’t deny West‘s ability to turn a crowd around that quickly. Highlights included “Jesus Walks,” “Blood On The Leaves,” “All Falls Down,” “Heartless,” and his verse on Jay-Z‘s “Run This Town.”

As I have been saying for years, in the simplest words, Kanye is brilliantly out of his mind.

Disclosure

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We’re all here for the music, and it was nice to take a break from the talking and get back to the dancing with Disclosure. The electronic duo gave us the epic dance night that Friday nights at ‘Roo are supposed to be. Playing out “When A Fire Starts To Burn” along with the incessant teasing of “Stimulation” the audience was overwhelmed by endless clever beats to move to. The day came full circle, as the boys introduced Sam Smith to join them for their final song of the night, “Latch.” It was expected, extremely worth the wait, and naturally the perfect way to close out their set.

Note: I did catch South Africans Die Antwoord, which was genuinely scary. The dude was essentially yelling obscenities into the microphones while the chick squeaked out a very high-pitched echoing of obscenities. I rarely leave shows because of the actual music… sad to say, this was one of those moments.

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Sep 3 2014

Bonnaroo 2014: Day 1 (Feat. Robert DeLong, ZZ Ward, Banks)

Bonnaroo 2014 Bonnaroo 2014: Day 1 (Feat. Robert DeLong, ZZ Ward, Banks) Together with approximately 80,000 other people we headed to Manchester, TN to witness this year’s edition of Bonnaroo. With great vibes and amazing music on display throughout the 4 days it is clear that Bonnaroo isn’t outdone by any of the other global festivals.

Robert DeLong

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Having heard only a few Robert DeLong songs, I assumed that he was primarily a DJ and that I was headed dance to some good electronica from a guy bouncing around behind a laptop. Much to my surprise, once I could see the stage under The Other Tent, DeLong had half a drum set in front of him, as well as a microphone, a keyboard, and a synth – to say I was impressed would be an understatement. DeLong is a true one-man-band, and watching him prove it on stage is truly a sight to see. His vocals are reminiscent the soft understated Ben Gibbard, but his beats tend to drop and glitch out similarly to Diplo. As if the music hadn’t already caused the first official dance party of ‘Roo - once the 28-year-old Washington native started to play his track “Global Concepts” the crowd exploded with its perfect hook of “Did I make you fucking dance?

ZZ Ward

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ZZ Ward (née Zsuzsanna Eva Ward) and her band rocked out the late afternoon from That Tent. She sat down at the piano to solo for the sweet sadness of “Last Love Song” and her band gradually joined her one by one to beautifully add to the drama of the song as it builds. The crowd went wild during the catchy upbeat “Put The Gun Down,” so she took advantage of the energy and allowed her drummer to take off on a solo that was nothing short of awesome. She finished off the song milking it for all it was worth, displaying the breadth of her range by riffing like her voice was an electrical guitar for a solid 30 seconds.

Banks

banks bonnaroo 2014 Bonnaroo 2014: Day 1 (Feat. Robert DeLong, ZZ Ward, Banks) Announcing that this was her first time playing a festival after dark, Banks took control of the night with the ominous heavy bass of her tracks. She was at piano for majority of the show, though it was hard to see if anyone else was on stage with her through the thousands of fans gathered to see her perform. With her full album set to drop at the end of the summer, it was impressive to see the numbers she drew. In the midst of the melancholy theme looming through the show, Banks took a sharp (but welcomed) turn into a cover of Aliyah‘s “Are You The Somebody” at the piano, complete with Timbaland‘s verse. She mellowed her crowd back down, closing out her set with her most popular “Waiting Game.” —– Words by Jabes —– doublecougar Bonnaroo 2014: Day 1 (Feat. Robert DeLong, ZZ Ward, Banks)


Aug 17 2014

Weekend Videos: The Flight – The Idol And The Idle


The musical partnership between Joe Henson and Alexis Smith aka The Flight have produced something impressive dating back to their coming together in 2005. Since then, their creative production hub in East London has worked with some of the biggest names in music such as Lana Del Rey, Bjork and Elbow.

Their latest EP ‘The Sinner Inside‘ sees talented American singer/songwriter Alana Stewart, an artist we have been following for some time, taking on vocal duties may just be their most wondrous and exciting project to date.

The Idol and the Idle‘, the 2nd track from the EP is everything British music should be proud of. Understated is a word that is thrown around in this post-XX time, but moody, patient production cooks at the bottom of a pot of brooding vocal sass and beautiful analogue synths. The fact that the song is immediately so iconic without an obvious chorus only strengthens their case.

The lyric “God gets muddy in the glass” is the stuff of Twain, and conjures up a revelation of a world stuck between false promises, filling our voids with frivolous and carnal passions. This is combined with a stark and gritty video accompaniment that asks whether it is better to drink, dance and lay my way into middle age, or to actually think outside the box. Or look up from the box. Or remove my face from someone’s box. Either way I couldn’t have enjoyed it more.

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Jun 19 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Potatohead People

Potatohead People EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Potatohead People

There’s always a surrealism to meeting people after your perception of them has been pre-informed by a body of work. Even more so after you find yourself shadowing them for a haze filled weekend, connecting the dots to between that and their true selves.

Yo, I have all this Israeli prog stuff from the late 70’s I have to show you. Incredible stuff”, says Nate, or AstroLogical as he appears in my iTunes library. “There’s something about that time in music, all over the world, like 73-79, there’s great fusion & prog, like this one band Sheshet, so good, what does that mean in Hebrew?” “Six, or Sixth, I think.” I responded. I imagine myself out of body, being tripped out by the scene where I sit, having one of my favorite producers show me gems from my parent’s native land. “Have you heard of Buttering Trio?” I ask, equally tripped in hipping him to my favorite active Israelis going. I pull something up. “Woah, I’m so into this, I can really hear their soul, this is fantastic”. We peruse their YouTube together on Nick Wisdom’s living room couch oriented near a window in such a way as to mimic your typical diner booth, verifying what I previously knew about his fetish with breakfast.

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Jun 10 2014

Weekend Videos: Kosha Dillz – “What’s Going On Upstairs”

Last time we featured Kosha Dillz we said he was the hardest working man in hip hop and that claim still stands. . When he isn’t freestyling with the likes of A$AP Rocky and Macklemore (the awesome results of which you can see at the bottom of this post)the New Jersey emcee drops some awesome and slightly bonkers videos.

His latest offering “What’s Going On Upstairs” sees Kosha getting himself in all sorts of awkward situations to show some of the crazy shit your neighbours may or may not be getting up to behind closed doors.

This is the 4th single from his excellent 2013 ‘Awkward In A Good Way‘ album, make sure you check it out!

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Jun 2 2014

SXSW- Day 4 (Feat. Creepoid, Lion Babe, Kishi Bashi, Terry Poison, Holy Ghost! & Cut Copy)

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Cougar Microbes headed to Austin, TX to experience SXSW 2014 in all it’s glory. Over the course of 4 days we witnessed some phenomenal performances in venues all around town covering every genre and sub-genre imaginable. As we had anticipated in our festival preview piece some of the biggest highlights came from those artists we weren’t expecting.

This is how it went…

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We set off with a hint of preemptive nostalgia knowing that this would be the last day but thanks to Creepoid’s alternative rock we were soon re energised. Taking inspiration from early 90’s hero such as the Pixies, Sonic Youth as well as the timeless My Bloody Valentine saw this Philadelphia four piece knock us off our feet with how loud they were playing . The individual members each appeared to be entranced by the sounds they were producing providing an electric live performance that bordered on an exorcism.

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Lion Babe- Butler Park

With the weather having been wet and cold over the previous couple of days it was a welcome relief that our walk over to Butler Park was bathed in sunshine. This was ideal to sit in the grass and catch Lion Babe, whom we have been biggin up for a while, going about seducing a huge crowd. Jillian Hervey, flanked by by trusted producer Lucas Goodman, starts her performance offering complex yoga poses before beginning Indie Beyonce performance. The duo grow in confidence with every track with “Treat Me Like Fire” proving to be a sure fire hit. If the audience were possibly unaware of Lion Babe before they hit the stage they were definitely well aware after.

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Kishi Bashi – Cheer Up Charlie’s

Cheer Up Charlie’s was full to the brim when Kishi Bashi hit the stage and it wasn’t just because of the venues fabled Golden Ticket drink. On paper elements of electronica, a banjo, rock n roll drums and a violin should not mix… but Kishi Bashi, formerly a member of Of Montreal, not only makes it work but creates some wonderful musical moments sounding like a euphoric Beirut. While it is clear the man is a violin virtuoso it’s Kishi Bashi’s warm vocals that won us and the packed crowd over leaving everyone hugely thankful to have witnessed this euphoric show

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Terry Poison – Speakeasy

For Tel Aviv based Terry Poison this is a return to Austin and they seemed hungrier than ever. Their music has gone through a few variations over the years but this updated lean lineup seems meaner than ever. With their apocalyptic electro-pop finely paced for this kind of performance frontwoman Louise oozed confidence as she danced around in a floral one piece without missing a note. At one point she climbed up on to one of the dinner tables which seems like the signal for several phones to pop out to immortalise the act. Guitarist/Keyboardist Anna seemed entranced by the show dropping calculated notes and provided a perfect vocal foil to Louise while bassist Bruno was coolness personified keeping the band fine tuned throughout. A superb cover of Lana Del Rey’s ”Blue Jeans” was possibly only surpassed by their own brilliant single “Gorgeous” which saw the room explode in unison.

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Holy Ghost – Samsung Presents @ Milk Music Box

Holy Ghost! stage set up was awe inspiring and that was before a single note was played. With a backdrop of electronics and instruments the normally spacious stage at Milk Music Box seemed absolutely crowded. The 6 people on stage where each kitted out with their own synth keyboard and each ready to deliver their excellent post-dance racket. Credit has to go out to key members Nick Millhiser and Alex Frankel who like the instruments around them were positively electric. Frankel was especially lively alternating between crooning, drumming enthusiastically and hitting keys multiple times delivering the ultimate performance. . With so much energy on display the venues floor was rightfully shaking.

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Cut Copy -Samsung Presents @ Milk Music Box

As endings go few could have been more spectacular than catching Australian dance outfit Cut Copy at their euphoric best. This show was an authentic revelation with new and old gems peppering the set to scintillating results. The bands jaw dropping performance was as powerful as anything I’d ever seen. Guitarist Tim Hoey deserved particular praise bringing to mind a certain Jonny Greenwood with his introvert/extrovert delivery regardless of whether he was assaulting his guitar, accurately beating a synth or simply offering a solo from deep within the crowd.

Frontman Dan Whitford could be justified for feeling euphoric while overseeing the thing that he had started as a bedroom project soaring through the speakers. As the band’s mantra and recent album title ‘Free Your Mind’ flashed on the neon screens behind the 4 piece the audience took this to heart and participated in the best rave to happen in the entire country tonight.

This concludes our SXSW coverage for 2014 but we can’t wait to be back in 2015. Austin has once again offered the most fun and fulfilling festival experience we have been exposed to and we were delighted to be a part of it. Keep Austin weird!

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Jun 2 2014

SXSW- Day 3 (Feat. Spazzkid, Tourist, Jungle, Gorgon City, Tomas Barfod & Classixx)

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Cougar Microbes headed to Austin, TX to experience SXSW 2014 in all it’s glory. Over the course of 4 days we witnessed some phenomenal performances in venues all around town covering every genre and sub-genre imaginable. As we had anticipated in our festival preview piece some of the biggest highlights came from those artists we weren’t expecting.

This is how it went…

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Spazzkid – Lustre Pearl
We started our day with a frankly brilliant performance by Spazzkid at Lustre Pearl. The fact that we were able to count the people in attendance on two hands doesn’t seem to phase the Los Angeles based producer who launched into every song with gusto and a huge smile imprinted on his face. Musically he vaguely resembles Toro Y Moi with a little more glitch in his sound and while there were just a handful of people in attendance it’s almost certain everyone left as a fan.

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Tourist – Hype Hotel Presented by Cruel Rhythm

There could hardly be a better setting to catch Tourist than Hype Hotel as both performer and audience cherished every moment. The British producer sat behind a sparse set up manning his keyboard while his polished electronica produced gleeful smiles across the room. Tracks like “Patterns” were so majestically delivered that the show seemed to pass rapidly in front of our eyes. We would have happily had this last forever.

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Jungle – Hype Hotel Presented by Cruel Rhythm

We did not have to move far to see our next performance as Jungle graced the same stage shortly. Of all the acts playing SXSW this year this was the one we were most eager to see. With so much hype surrounding the London outfit, partly due to a succession of excellent music videos that intentionally concealed the group’s true identities, the cynics were half expecting them to mess up somehow. Instead we were completely won over as the 5 piece took their performance in their stride and, in spite of some questionable on stage banter, played their too cool for school repertoire to perfection. An especially sensual performance of “The Heat” was possibly the highlight of the week.

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Gorgon City – The Main Presented by AM Only

2014 is going to be huge for Gorgon City. The British duo have been steadily building up to the release of their debut album with a series of scintillating performances and tonight was no different. Building upon last year’s breakout single “Real” the duo got the crowd pumping from the get go. Clearly they picked up a trick or two during their not so distant Ibiza Residency and the crowd love them for it.

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Tomas Barfod – Red Eyed Fly Presented by Secretly Label Group

Danish club scene veteran Tomas Barfod was joined by ethereal vocalist Nina K. to create his own blend of impeccably smooth borderline ambient sounds. Crammed into the Dj Booth at Barcelona on 6th the room was pulsing by the time they finished the title track from his latest EP. There is a rare cinematic quality to the performance that is both very modern and timeless and tonight it all came together to perfection.

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Classixx – Lustre Pearl Presented by: SoundCloud

It was quite fitting that we ended up at the same place that we had started it and what better way to conclude our night than with a euphoric performance from Classixx. The LA DJ duo effortlessly mixed disco, house and dance tracks from some of their biggest peers with tracks from their brilliant 2013 album ‘Hanging Gardens’ winning rabid cheers at every switch. We couldn’t think of many better way to send this euphoric, and partly inebriated, crowd home.

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Jun 2 2014

SXSW 2014 – Day 2 (Feat. Zella Day, The Strypes, Banks, London Grammar, Sohn & Cashmere Cat)

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Cougar Microbes headed to Austin, TX to experience SXSW 2014 in all it’s glory. Over the course of 4 days we witnessed some phenomenal performances in venues all around town covering every genre and sub-genre imaginable. As we had anticipated in our festival preview piece some of the biggest highlights came from those artists we weren’t expecting.

This is how it went…

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Zella Day – B3SCI Presents: SXSW Day Party w/ Wind-Up Records, My Old Kentucky Blog and Unrecorded @ La Barbecue

We began our adventure by necking a couple of crazy Bloody Marys that was garnished with bacon and queso because that’s what needed to be done. Satisfied that our thirst had been quenched we headed over to watch Zella Day perform at Le Barbecue‘s outdoor stage. Undoubtedly a star in the making Zella‘s raspy vocals were an absolute pleasure to witness on this sunny afternoon and the amassed crowd show their appreciation at every chance. Her cover of “Seven Nation Army” was especially well received turning a well known rock anthem into a sultry folksy affair that was running through our heads for the rest of the day.

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The Strypes – 1100 Warehouse Presented by: Live from LN Labs/mophie

A short walk over to the plus 1100 Warehouse saw us amongst the first in line to catch The Strypes. It is literally jaw dropping to think that these 4 kids from Cavan, Ireland are all between 16-18 years of age because their musicianship and stage craft puts many more established acts to shame. Playing their 60′s inspired high octane blues rock saw sparks fly every time they kickstarted one of their anthems. Frontman Ross Farrelly could be forgiven for wearing his shades throughout because his vocal delivery was always powerful and rough around the edges in just the right way. However, the real star for me is guitarist Josh McClorey who seemed like a man/boy possessed playing riffs after riff and solo after solos like he was born on a stage. He ended the show with a solo up above his head before throwing his guitar as high as it would go. Rock N Roll is not dead, long live The Strypes.

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Banks – Hype Hotel Presented by: Gorilla vs Bear + Yours Truly

Next up we rushed to see Banks at Hype Hotel. The electro pop starlet has built a decent following with a series of well received tracks but it is live that her songs seem to really flourish. She switched between jazz infused sounds to strong bass line one minute and immersive beats the next. Her cover of Aaliyah’s “Are You Somebody” was a particular stellar moment with her hushed vocals and quasi-screams seeming positively authentic.

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London Grammar – Hype Hotel Presented by: Gorilla vs Bear + Yours Truly @ Hype Hotel

We did not have to go far to see British trip-hop stars in the making London Grammar doing their thing. Frontwoman Hannah Reid was striking on stage giving off a cool aura and the interaction and subtle eye contact between the members on stage was worth watching alone. As this stand their sparse melodics where exactly what the doctor ordered and this was as intimate as a big show can get.

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Sohn -4AD Presented by Howl @ Cheer Up Charlie’s

Watch out James Blake, Sohn is after your crown and on the basis of this performance he’s not too far behind the Mercury Prize winner. His R&B vocals delivered over a progressive electro backbeat easily won over anyone with working ears in the audience. Sohn is someone we will be watching closely in the coming year and if his remix work for the likes of Rhye, Disclosure and Lana Del Rey is anything to go by it will not be long until he picks up an award or two for himself.

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Cashmere Cat – Empire Control Room Presented by: Mad Decent

Underground warehouse vibes seemed to be the word of the day for this ridiculous performance by Norwegian super DJ Cashmere Cat who manages to get every single body at the Mad Decent party moving. Crowd favorites like “Do You Like Drugs” mixes seamlessly with “Party Girls, his collaboration with Ludacris and Wiz Khalifa, but our personal highlight had to be a sick remix of Disclosure’s “Latch” that we had never heard before and could hardly imagine.

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