There’s been some amazing videos popping up on the interweb in the last few weeks. So many in fact we thought the best thing to do was to handily collate them all in one place for you to save your tired fingers from googling them yourselves. DON’T LET THE FINGERS TIRE!
JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW – SPARROW AND THE WOLF
Having stunned us all when James played O!IW last year, we’re unsurprised to see him doing so well. This video is pretty eerie, but we like it.
IS TROPICAL – THE GREEKS
Incredible video from the Is Tropical boys. Whodda thought violent gangster kids could be so entertaining??
CLOCK OPERA – BELONGINGS
Another O!IW alumni here and another brilliant video. Nice one Guy!
My oh my OH MY do we love Clock Opera. Carving their name as not only one of the most exciting new bands in London, but also as the remixers du jour having recently come out with some spectacular remixes of tunes by the Phenomenal Handclap Band, The Golden Filter and now the lady of the hour Marina and The Diamonds. We got a bit over excited about this particular remix of Marina’s new single ‘I Am Not A Robot‘ a few months ago when we first heard it on an illegal youtube stream (we didn’t realise it was an illegal stream at the time y’see, we’re very musically responsible). The fact alone that geeks (yes, people like me) have been desperately salivating about getting hold of this remix that illegal streams of the track have been popping up for months just goes to show what a name Clock Opera is becoming for the hype-machine generation. This is a stunning remix making a quite pretty song insanely powerful and affecting. And yes, we know that we might sound a bit like Clock Opera’s groupies on these pages sometimes, but really, it’s because they’re just pretty damn spesh.
So here it is, we think you’re going to find it pretty gorgeous…
I Am Not A Robot (Clock Opera remix) – Via Neon Gold
You can also (and you should) go buy a high quality version of the remix through iTunes.
They’re playing a few dates next few months, including the Camden Crawl next weekend, so make sure you go check them out:
01st May - Live at Leeds, Leeds, UK
02nd May - Camden Crawl, London, UK
04th May - Standon Calling pre-festival party, London. UK
21st May - Stag & Dagger, London. UK
05th Jun - Pop Dakar Festival, Stockholm, Sweden
07th Aug - Standon Calling Festival, Hertfordshire, UK
Clock Opera’s new single ‘A Piece of String‘ is out on June 7th through Maman Records and to celebrate they’ve made a cool little stop-start viral which we have RIGHT HERE
We’ve featured both The Phenomenal Handclap Band and Clock Opera on the blog before because we love them, especially Clock Opera who were awesome enough to play Oh! Inverted World back in October. And now two bands we love and admire have combined with a Clock Opera remix of Phenomenal Handclap’s ‘Baby‘ and it is amazing.
You can download it here:
Phenomenal Handclap Band – Baby (Clock Opera Remix)
Ah, so you know Wolf Gang right? Well… “who?”
It was a rhetorical question, don’t you even read the blog? “no, it’s a bit pants to be honest”
Humph. Ok, well Wolf Gang is like… “Wolf Gang as in Mozart!?”
No! Be quiet for christsakes! So Wolf Gang is a one man musical genius making machine. “A bit like Mozart then?”
Sigh, Wolf Gang is a one man POP MUSIC genius machine. The last singles Night Flying and Pieces Of Me (both out through the S.U.P.E.R. cool Neon Gold label) were more than brilliant and Max (McElligott, that’s his real name see) has just released another top tune, The King And All Of His Men (check the official vid below)
Wolf Gang – The King And All Of His Men
And if you liked that, then Wolfie will be at Hoxton Bar & Grill on Nov 18th with another of our favourites Clock Opera and Marina And The Diamonds for a Levi’s Ones To Watch show. Gonna be a very sweet night that one, there’s also a Neon Gold party on December 1st to try to blag your way into too!
In the meantime here’s a couple of tasty mixes, first up last month’s OIW headliners, the 22-piece all girl alt-choir Gaggle, and not to be outdone, those cool cats Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs have also waded in with a mix.
Wolf Gang – The King And All Of His Men (Gaggle remix)
The past week for me has been relatively shite. From managing to get an infected toe at the start of the week and disgusting everyone within my vicinity at work with my grim foot tales; to getting the worst food poisoning I’ve ever had after eating the tuna sandwich sent direct from hell; to missing a trip to Scotland with Biffy Clyro due to the persistent vomiting; and finally missing out on Oh, Inverted World’s awesome night at Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen with Gaggle, Clock Opera, So Say So and La Shark because I was still illing. It was crap and I felt defeated, so I packed my bags and headed down to see my Mum so I could revert back to being a 6 year old getting looked after at home.
On the train back to the familial home, feeling crap and angry with anyone and everyone not poisoned by tuna, I decided to listen to the new debut album by the rather wonderful Freelance Whales entitled ‘Weathervanes’. They’re a five piece from Queens, New York who got together late last year and decided to make some tunes together. It reminds me of a sunnier Sufjan Stevens, creating their sound from an assortment of banjos, glockenspiels, synthesizers, guitars, and err… waterphones. The result is dreamy, bleepy, folky, understated loveliness in 12 tracks.
The 'Better Than Tuna' Freelance Whales
I’m off to New York on Sunday so hoping to check them out at CMJ and convince them to come over to London and play an Oh, Inverted World show as their top priority.
Until I coax (kidnap) them over to the UK, here are two nice tracks to listen to. They admittedly didn’t make the nausea go away, but I definitely felt more ‘okay’ about it after then. Thanks Freelance Whales!
Woo Hoo! Yes, this Thursday OIW crashlands at Hoxton Bar & Grill with a hotbed of great new bands that we’ve curated just for you guys. To get you scenesters in the mood here’s a taster of the FOUR top acts we’ve got lined up for you, AND we should also mention that Mr Josh Weller will also be coming down to throw some tunes and keep you dancing all night with our now legendary DJ Dave Depares… Yep, it’s gonna be a hell of a party!
So Say So supported The Veils at a packed out show at London’s Scala just over a week ago, hopefully we can give them as good an atmosphere for the Hoxton show on the 8th! They’re a great live act and we’re really excited to be hosting them for the night. Here’s a taster of what to expect with an exclusive track “Tides And Tales” for you Inverted Worlders…
October 8th sees the return of OIW’s favourite band, La Shark! The best ever reason we can think of to get to a gig unfashionably early. Expect unmissable theatrics and crafted mayhem, seriously, you need to see these guys to believe! And then you get to see So Say So, followed by Clock Opera, the amazing 22-piece, all female, alternative choir known as Gaggle AND a special guest Josh Weller DJ set too, woo!
Here’s a brilliant madcap track (aren’t they all!) as a taster, but it’s live that make these guys unmissable. October 8th folks, be there ; )
If you can’t make the show on the 8th (it had better be a damn good excuse with the line-up we’ve put together for you!) then La Shark have a few other shows before they head out on tour with Good Shoes in November. Check their myspace for details.
Holy moly! The next OIW on October 8th is going to feature one of the most amazing spectacles we’ve ever had.
There’s brilliant support from Clock Opera, So Say So, La Shark and a special guest Josh Weller DJ set, but most notably, in the headline slot is a 22-piece, all female, alternative choir called GAGGLE! Yep, it sounds pretty crazy but it’s much more amazing than you can imagine.
Here’s a great remix of the track “Crows” by the girls, and some of the nice words written about this phenomenal, er, gaggle, right here…
“Gaggle – the most exciting, innovative and genuinely imaginative force at large in music right now. More infectious than a mnemonic plague (ahem) and going off with the full force of Blondie’s ‘Atomic’, they sound like 10,000 MIAs – and we bet they don’t kiss nice.” REBECCA ROBINSON (NME)
“The most extraordinary band I’ve heard in a long time, called Gaggle… With a name like Gaggle they’re going to be good, right? They are. They’re brilliant.” “YOU HAVE BEEN GAGGLED.” HUW STEPHENS (BBC – Radio 1)
“They look like a bunch on nu rave pre raphelites if you can imagine that and they’ve all got these amazing technicolour cloaks on.” “They sound absoloutely wonderful on air but are something you want to experience live” “Brilliant” LAUREN LAVERNE (BBC Radio 6)
“A 20-odd-piece alt.grrrl choir, what can you say?…..it’s exciting to stumble upon something like Gaggle….unless you mainline LSD and read The Female Eunuch from morning until night – unlike anything you’ve ever seen.” JAMES MCMAHON
Advance tickets for this show are just £4! (£6 normally folks) Get them here…
The super-cool folk at Trash Aesthetics recently asked us to do a mixtape for them, so OIW scratched our heads, picked some tracks each, and came up with our “The Geek Chic Mafia vs. Pirates In Love” megamix of all things cool!
You can now download our awesome compilation from the Trash Aesthetics site from HERE, or by clicking the pic below. You can also stream the mixtape on this here blog too, just hit play…
The Geek Chic Mafia vs. Pirates In Love (An OIW Mixtape)
Clock Opera – Once And For All
Forest Fire – Fortune Teller
Amanda Blank – Make It Take It
The xx – Crystalised
Papercuts – You Can Have What You Want
Generationals – When They Fight They Fight
Wolf Gang – Pieces Of You
Cherbourg – Man
Telepathe – Chromes On It (The Shoes Remix)
Other Lives – Black Tables
Theophilus London – Grey X Sage (Misty night)
exlovers – SOF
Our regular OIW compere extraordinaire, Christopher George, knocked up the artwork for the cover. Chris is cool and as well as running the blog “Christophers Guide To Being Cool” (essential reading for all you wannabe hipsters), he also makes great T-shirts and can be found on Camden market every weekend. Here’s his site and all that, Sally Can’t Dance.