Tuesday, 27 April 2010

The Return of Romain Gavras - but where's M.I.A?

From the man that directed Justice's ASBO-ragious 'Stress (Auto Mix)' video and The Last Shadow Puppets' communist chic 'Age of the Understatement' comes the video for M.I.A's amazing comeback, 'Born Free'.

The video is incredible, but it's quite hard to tell where M.I.A's song actually happens. Nevertheless, it's an established fact that when she does her comeback properly, with a proper song and a proper dance routine, it'll be mindblowingly amazing.

M.I.A, Born Free from ROMAIN-GAVRAS on Vimeo.

If waiting for M.I.A's return is too much for you, CONglamourART advises you go to The Good Ship in Kilburn and wait for a bunch of middle class, middle aged women who've drunk just enough Blossom Hill to mime the shooting noises with every bit of their bingo wings - It passes the time.

Friday, 23 April 2010

Music Video: Frankie & The Heartstrings - Fragile

Frankie and the Heartstrings - Fragile from Carol Lynn on Vimeo.

Got chatting to these guys last night - when I say 'got chatting to', I mean 'got really twatted with and struggled to decipher their thick thick geordie accents while we swapped inappropriate photos of spouses'.

They're lovely guys. CONglamourART has sung their praises before, but since we spent a night stealing their beers and marvelling at their hair, we thought we'd fuel the fire a little more.

This is the video to their song, Fragile. It's pretty simple. The band plays the song. The camera pans round. Standard. There's no Alex Turner style drawled, "Don't believe the hype". Just a really good face that Frankie pulls at the end.

Interestingly, Frankie & The Heartstrings are unique in that their drummer is actually a genius. He's charming, recently married and a former volunteer worker. Pretty good writer too.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Chapel Club

So, we went to a Chapel Club gig organised by NME radio. Bumped into an old friend. That was nice.

Chapel Club
are pretty cool. They're one of those band names that you keep on bumping into, but can't imagine anything about their music based on their name alone so eventually you have to go see it.

  • The frontman isn't the most attractive member. That's very 2010; very zeitgeist.
  • They recently played a show in Wolverhampton with a faulty guitar. To apologise, they gave free CDs to the audience. Isn't that sweet?
  • Their music is really good. Definitely worth seeing live before you hear them on CD. I'm tempted to compare them to Joy Division, but that comparison has been used for so many bands (Delphic? Really?) that it just builds you up for a fall. Make your own mind up. I linked to their Myspace at the top.

Mini Super Promotions Presents...

So, we trotted off to review a PR showcase at The Good Ship in Kilburn. Unfortunately, it was a folk showcase and I'd recently bitten all my fingernails, so I had nothing to do to entertain myself.

So, I flirted with the drummer of the headline band a bit*. He was really fit and boyish and properly camp - AND a good drummer(?)...I was baffled after the gig when he had his arm around a girl.

Here's the review. There were no pictures of the drummer boy, so I decided instead to leave you with a Georgia O'Keefe painting. She's an artist who is supposedly famed for her paintings of flowers, but I think we all realise that that's actually a vagina.

* At CONglamourART we're well aware that getting sued for defamation after attempting to out someone is incredibly chic right now, but not something that we are quite ready to get involved with.

Frames - Mosaik

I wrote a really short review about one of the best debut albums I've ever heard. I wish I'd given it the time and attention it deserves but....

Dakota - Heart and Soul

So, Dakota are a pretty average band that have released a pretty above average album.

I sat down to review it having just watched a documentary about the effect of the invention of synths on British music. I was craving Soft Cell, desperate for Duran Duran and yearning for Yazoo.

So, I got really excited about the album and threaded some convoluted yarn about them putting Kuble-Ross to music. Pleasant.

Savatage - Still The Orchestra Plays - Greatest Hits Volume 1 & 2

I reviewed a 'best of...' album for the band Savatage.

Savatage are a thrash metal band from the 80's. They were described to me as pioneers of a prog-thrash sound that changed the face of the metal world. Sounds terrible, doesn't it?

I hadn't even heard of them. I only opted to do it because I saw the word 'orchestra'. I thought it might be a modern harsh take on classical music. When the press release and the cd turned up, I was fucking gutted. I listened to it. Cringed. Why on earth were a completely no name, theatre metal band getting a greatest hits CD?

But the band do have fans. I may not have anything in common with any of those fans, but it is for them that I am writing. So, after some intellectual tussle with my editor about audience and integrity etc, I decided to sit down an put some effort into it.

Hours of research later (I grew a beard, watched Star Trek, wanked over Seven of Nine and played one of those jaggedy guitars), this is what I produced.