Perfume live review for MTV Japan

J-pop group Perfume played their first ever UK show in London last month, and I reviewed it for MTV 81. Have a read here, and watch the amazing projection mapping section of the show (as performed a few days earlier in Cannes) above.

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Tumblr

Hey, so here’s a post I’ve been meaning to write for ages. I thought I might never get around to it, but given that Tumblr is about to be driven into the ground by Yahoo!*, now seems like as good a time as any to point out that I have another blog on there too.

You might remember back at the beginning of last year I vowed to start posting semi-regular updates to this blog looking at some of the music I’d been listening to but hadn’t had time to write about. You probably don’t, but whatever, I only ever wrote three of them. I do still listen to more music than I can write about though, which the Tumblr blog sort of addresses.

I mainly set it up to be somewhere to collate music I was listening to online and wanted to refer back to. So, it’s just an ongoing series of auto-posted tracks which I’ve bookmarked on SoundCloud, YouTube and Vimeo. Yes, that is the sort of low quality posting that people who complain about Tumblr complain about, but it proves useful for me, alright?

Anyway, if you happen to be interested in seeing some of the stuff I’m listening to without any context, head over to Tumblr, or stare at the box at the bottom right of this page until your eyes dry out.

*Just joking, I’m sure it’ll be fine *bites fist*

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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu live report for MTV Japan

Last week I was very exciting to have the opportunity to see Japanese popstar Kyary Pamyu Pamyu perform live in London. I wrote an article about it for MTV Japan’s English-language website, MTV 81, which you can read here.

And if you’ve not yet acquainted yourself with her 2011 single ‘PonPonPon’, get on and do that now:

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Tracks of 2012 playlist

2012

It’s the end of the year. A time of reflection. A time of lists. Who hasn’t made a list of something or other, eh? Not me, that’s who. In that I have made a list. A playlist of my favourite tracks of 2012 (or at least some of them).

It’s quite long, but there are a few stand out tracks, of course. The track that I’ve listened to most this year is White Foxes by Susanne Sundfør, a mini epic that was the first single from her latest album, The Silicone Veil – also one of my favourites of the year. Sundfør is joined by a few fellow Scandinavians on the playlist, with brilliant singles from Frida Hyvönen, Faye and Sleep Party People, amongst others.

More of my favourite albums of the year are represented by artists such as Julia Holter, Dan Le Sac, Busdriver, Killer Mike, and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – the later of whom isn’t actually on Spotify, which gives me the perfect opportunity to direct you towards the video for PonPonPon. And, of course, what 2012 playlist would be complete without Taylor Swift and Carly Rae Jepsen?

But that’s the scraping the surface, there’s loads of amazing stuff on this playlist – anyone who says 2012 has been a bit of a lean year just hasn’t been looking hard enough. I’ve stuck it below on Spotify and YouTube, neither of which is complete, sadly (seriously, why is Roman Holiday by Nicki Minaj so militantly kept off YouTube?) but whichever you choose, I’d recommend sticking it on shuffle and seeing what comes up.

 

 

Full playlist (tracks appear in no particular order):

Susanne Sundfør – White Foxes
ScHoolboy Q – There He Go
Bernholz – Austerity Boy
Grimes – Genesis
John Talabot – Oro y Sangre
Dan Le Sac – Play Along (feat. Sarah Williams White)
Frida Hyvönen – Terribly Dark
Churches – Lies
Rustie – After Light (feat. AlunaGeorge)
Débruit – Ata
MyPet – Pays To Know
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – PonPonPon
Killer Mike – Reagan
Asbjørn – The Criminal
Busdriver – Kiss Me Back To Life
Chairlift – I Belong In Your Arms
Django Django – Default
Sleep Party People – A Dark God Heart
Taylor Swift – We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
Faye – Breathe Out
Efterklang – Black Summer
Little Mix – DNA
Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
Julia Holter – Marienbad
Gallows – Odessa
Rolo Tomassi – Ex Luna Scientia
Converge – A Glacial Pace
Nicki Minaj – Roman Holiday
Die Hard – Here Goes The Rage
COOLRUNNINGS – Megalomania
2562 – Jerash Hekwerken
Sakaris – I Have Beautiful Eyes (feat. Greta Svabo Bech)
Halls – White Chalk
Chad Valley – Up & Down
Anna Meredith – Nautilus
Scarlet Soho – Solo KO
Albert – Lucky
Gallops – Jeff Leopard
Vessels – The Sky Was Pink
Roses Gabor – Stars
Frankie Rose – Know Me
Perfume – Nee

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Digital Music Trends 112

I was on the Digital Music Trends podcast again last week, this time with music industry analyst Mark Mulligan and Ben Sisario from The New York Times. In the show we discussed Soundcloud’s new look, music discovery, Turntable.fm’s revamp and the launch of its new Piki radio app, and iTunes 11. You can find more information on the show here and watch it here:

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Anna Meredith – Nautilus

While there has been some excellent music out this year, it’s been a while since a piece of music stopped me in my tracks quite as firmly as Nautilus by Anna Meredith. An intense blast of brass and beats, it’s taken from her debut EP, Black Prince Fury, which was released by Moshi Moshi back in October. It only just made its way to my ears, however, thanks to the ever brilliant All back No Front podcast.

 

If you’re one of those Spotify-using types then you can check out the full EP here:

 

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Radio 1′s Disasterpieces

Last night Radio 1 aired a documentary entitled Disasterpieces. A counterpart to Zane Lowe’s Masterpieces series, which looks back at classic albums, Disasterpieces looked at some follow-ups to great albums which were less so. It’s a fun way to spend an hour, which is partly why I mention it, but also because I feature on it talking about albums such as Oasis’ Be Here Now and MGMT’s Congratulations, as well as the role of critics in the internet age. You can listen to it online until Monday evening here.

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