27 Dic 2012, 13:44 de thedealAfter the non-stop breathless ride that was 2011 and a promising kickoff by Foster the People, 2012 turned out to be a damp squib of a year. There were as many disappointments as there were highlights: the cancellation of the Java Rockin' Land festival due to a lack of major sponsors, the cancellation of Avenged Sevenfold's Jakarta show mere hours before start time due to promoter incompetence, the audience at Sigur Rós ruining what would otherwise have been a mystical experience - imagine a packed field of 9,000 people with half of them chatting among themselves - and, last but not least, the surprising meh-ness of Laneway 2012 (a face-melting headliner following a dozen lackluster bands does not a great festival make. I mean, I actually slept through one of the higher-billed acts' entire set - says it all, eh?). On the other hand, the show that made it to #1 was nothing short of a historical event: a three-hour 50th anniversary concert by one of the best pop/rock groups in history featuring all of the surviving original members…
1 May 2012, 14:26 de ChesterWhelksFri 27 Apr – The Magnetic Fields, The Tender Trap
Published HERE: http://www.manchesterscenewipe.co.uk/reviews/the-magnetic-fields/
My excuse for missing The Magnetic Fields at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2004 was attending the wedding reception of my first girlfriend. As apt an excuse as any for missing the Magnetic Fields…but considering I’d gone out with her for just a couple of months 10 years previously, and the wedding took place at The Brittania Hotel – it occurred to me as being just as good an excuse for skipping out on said wedding’s reception and going to the RNCM instead. An idea I posited at the time, only to be eventually swayed by threats of violence from the bride and other invitees. How could I not stay? I’d had my chap in the mouth that made those vows.
I owed her more than just popping-in before shooting-off.
It was with ‘69 Love Songs’ that I popped my Merritt-cherry, and it left such a mark as to likely trouble my current beau with its indelible…
27 Abr 2012, 22:56 de macasevFrankie Rose - Daylight Sky
The Magnetic Fields - Andrew In Drag
The Hundred in the Hands - Lead In The Light
Oren Ambarchi - Sagittarian Domain
Amanda Palmer - Want it Back
Moon Duo - I Can See
Peaches - Burst!
Lust for Youth - Behind Curtains
The Soft Moon - Zeros
Ringo Deathstarr - Rip
Black Marble - Pretender
Dead Gaze - This Big World
19 Mar 2012, 23:14 de AlanRantaSun 18 Mar – The Magnetic Fields
Read the Bastard!
The Magnetic Fields / Holcombe Waller
Vogue, Vancouver BC March 18
By Alan Ranta
The penetrating lyrics of Portland's Holcombe Waller were matched only by the ecstatic sonority of his voice. Performing his brand of contemplative baroque pop and indie folk with a violinist, cellist and multi-instrumentalist, who alternately provided piano, violin and guitar, Waller's pained and heartfelt voice blossomed like a mushroom cloud in slow motion. Among many stirring selections from his latest album Into the Dark Unknown, his cover of Buffy Sainte-Marie's "Qu'Appelle Valley, Saskatchewan" sent waves of chills throughout the docile crowd hypnotized by his formidable talent.
Yet, for as moving as his music was, Waller had a laid-back, lighthearted demeanour that provided some levity and release for his otherwise enveloping sentiment. …