Clark – Fantasm Planes EP Launch, London’s KOKO, September 15 2012
By Steven A
KOKO always gets the juices flowing. Maybe it’s the excellent gothic layout of mezzanines, balconies and dance floor that lets you choose your perspective. More so, perhaps it’s that constant flirtation with the underground, just enough to ensure that large but respectable artists will fill out the venue.
Numerous artists will play audio/visual tonight, but it’s only at the point of entry to we appreciate the scale of the venue and the size of the projection screen. As we descend to the dance floor, the screen is raised, revealing oddly shaped shadows across the stage, in front of yet another cinema screen against the back wall.
The Rolling Stones celebrated reaching a milestone this week – fifty years of playing together as a band – and launched a biographical photo exhibit to mark the occasion.
Half a century ago, The Stones played their first ever live show at Oxford Street’s Marquee Club, earning the less-than-princely equivalent of £31.50 for the privilege. Fourty-three years later in 2005, they smashed the (then) record for a live tour haul, with their Bigger Bang Tour cumulating a gross of $558,000,000. Their historic rise to the elder statesmen of rock ‘n’ roll has been documented through what is now iconic photography, and the band launched a stark and insightful exhibit at Somerset House, London on July 12.
The accompanying photobook, ROLLING STONES:50, serves as a visual autobiography and features some words by the band members. In a press statement they said, “This is our story of fifty fantastic years. We started out as a blues band playing the clubs and more recently we’ve filled the largest stadiums in the world with the kind of show that none of us could have imagined all those years ago”. The hardback edition is now available.
Clark – KOKO, London, September 15th 2012
Groundbreaking electronica producer Clark returns to London, following his sold-out show at Village Underground earlier this year.
Presented by Soundcrash Music, Clark will perform live at KOKO on September 15, for the launch of his upcoming Fantasm Planes EP (Warp). Supporting Clark are dubstep pioneer Kuedo (still known to many as Jamie Vex’d), who will play an audio/visual set, as well as new wave hip-hop beatmakers Letherette.
Brighton songstress Bat For Lashes has revealed her schedule of upcoming live dates for the festival season.
Having been hard at work on her third album, the artist revealed her tour will feature brand new songs and a new band line-up. Her opening show takes place at the intimate Cambridge Junction. Other UK dates include Suffolk’s Latitude Festival and the ever-popular Bestival on the Isle Of Wight.
The influential UK garage label Nice ‘N’ Ripe, of the early-to-late 1990s, has released its entire back-catalogue for digital download.
Shoegaze legends My Bloody Valentine have announced the reissue of seminal albums Isn’t Anything and Loveless.
Digitally remastered by the band’s vocalist/guitarist Kevin Shields, a plethora of unreleased promos, demos, B-sides and EPs from 1988 to 1991 will also be released on general sale once again.
Watch the stark new video for ‘Black Stone’ by Clark.
Samiyam, Teebs, Om Unit & Lapalux Live – Village Underground, Shoreditch, 2 March 2012
By Steven A and Garth Bennett.
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Village Underground is a tardis. The acutely angled shape of the Shoreditch block hides any perception of the building’s dimensions. Even when inside, the lobby might have you believing it’s another gritty basement club. Following the Brainfeeder show at nearby Plastic People just a few months ago, that was exactly what it looked like. But that was before a sharp left through the huge archway into the main hall. The place is wide, long and has an incredibly high modernist ceiling; a welcome break from the sweaty, stuffy sardine tin-type venue.