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NEW VIDEO: BEAR’S DEN ‘DEW ON THE VINE’

Check out Bear’s Den ‘Dew On The Vine’ video above! Their sold out UK tour starts NEXT WEEK! It’s the new single to be taken from their Top 10 album – ‘Red Earth & Pouring Rain’. The group are shortly to embark on their biggest UK tour to date, with sold out shows including Brixton Academy on 8th November

The video for ‘Dew On The Vine’ was directed by Louis Bhose.

DATES ANNOUNCED FOR 2017
Mon 13 Mar MILAN, Magnolia
Wed 15 Mar BARCELONA, Bikini
Thu 16 Mar MADRID, Sal El Sol
Sun 19 Mar DUBLIN, Whelan’s
Mon 20 Mar BELFAST, Limelight 2
Wed 22 Mar EXETER, Lemon Grove
Thu 23 Mar OXFORD, O2 Academy
Fri 24 Mar CARDIFF, Tramshed
Sun 26 Mar SHEFFIELD, Leadmill
Mon 27 Mar NEWCASTLE, Riverside
Wed 29 Mar GLASGOW, O2 Academy
Thu 30 Mar MANCHESTER, O2 Apollo
Fri 31 Mar NOTTINGHAM, Rock City
Sun 2 Apr LEEDS, O2 Academy
Mon 3 Apr SOUTHAMPTON, O2 Guildhall
Wed 5 Apr LONDON, HAMMERSMITH, EVENTIM APOLLO

‘Red Earth & Pouring Rain’ is the follow up to Bear’s Den’s Ivor Novello-nominated 2014 debut, ‘Islands’, and sees a group taking huge leaps forward to become another great British breakthrough success story. Their 2014 debut, ‘Islands’, had been a true slow burning success over an 18 month period, with the band building a huge fanbase through consistently stellar live shows and with wide radio support for the singles, ‘Agape’, and the Ivor Novello-nominated ‘Above The Clouds of Pompeii’.

As well as its UK success – the album charted at #6 upon release – ‘Red Earth & Pouring Rain’ is off to a flying start internationally, with Top 10 chartings in Holland (#5) and Belgium (#9) as well as becoming the second highest new entry in Germany (#26).

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NEW! VIDEO: FOXYGEN “FOLLOW THE LEADER”

Foxygen, the duo of Sam France and Jonathan Rado, announce their new album Hang, out January 20th on Jagjaguwar, its lead single, Follow The Leader and accompanying video (above!!!), and sell out their recently announced London show at Oslo in minutes.

Every song on Hang features a 40-plus-piece symphony orchestra arranged and conducted by Trey Pollard with additional arranging from Matthew E. White. Additionally, Hang was recorded with the brother rhythm section duo of Brian and Michael D’Addario, also known as the Lemon Twigs, and features Steven Drozd of the Flaming Lips on select tracks. Written and produced entirely by Foxygen, Hang was recorded on 2” tape at Electro Vox Studios in Los Angeles.

Lead single, Follow The Leader, is one of the album’s most upbeat songs. As described by the band, “it was a blast to make! It’s a positive anthem, with some lyrical scenarios we don’t quite understand.” The song’s video was directed Cameron Dutra (who directed Foxygen’s San Francisco video).

The Jagjaguwar album bundle will include Hang Demos flexi disc with Follow The Leader (demo) and On Lankershim (demo). The first 50 preorders will also receive an autographed piece of sheet music from the Hang recording sessions.

Foxygen Tour Dates:
Wed. Nov. 9 – London, UK @ Oslo – SOLD OUT
Thu. Dec. 1 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade – SOLD OUT
Tue. Mar. 21 – Richmond, VA @ The National
Wed. Mar. 22 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Fri. Mar. 24 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
Sat. Mar. 25 – Boston, MA @ The Paradise
Sun. Mar. 26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Tue. Mar. 28 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Thu. Mar. 30 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
Fri. Mar. 31 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
Sat. Apr. 1 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
Sun. Apr. 2 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave
Tue. Apr. 4 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
Wed. Apr. 5 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room
Fri. Apr. 7 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Sat. Apr. 8 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda
Sun. Apr. 9 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
Tue. Apr. 11 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
Thu. Apr. 13 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
Fri. Apr. 14 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
Sat. Apr. 15 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
Mon. Apr. 17 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
Tue. Apr. 18 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
Wed. Apr. 19 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
Thu. Apr. 20 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle

‘Hang’ Tracklisting:
1. Follow The Leader
2. Avalon
3. Mrs. Adams
4. America
5. On Lankershim
6. Upon A Hill
7. Trauma
8. Rise Up

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NEW ALBUM: LEIF VOLLEBEKK “TWIN SOLITUDE”

“By the time the last notes die away, all that’s left should be you,” Leif says. “And I’ll be somewhere else. And that’s ‘Twin Solitude’.”

Love this song – check out ‘Elegy’ the catchy heart thumping, soulful third track from the new album “Twin Solitude” to be released in 2017 from Leif Vollebekk..

Leif Vollebekk, the Montreal singer songwriter and multi instrumentalist, had hit a wall. In the midst of endless touring, Leif found himself retreating to his lonely hotel rooms after shows and listening to Nick Drake’s ‘Pink Moon’ alone in the dark. His own songs didn’t sound right and he felt the bright spots in his sets were the covers he’d end with: songs by Ray Charles or Townes Van Zandt. In this deep blue mood he booked a secret show at a Montreal dive bar, only playing covers with a band that rehearsed once. The experience led Leif to change his approach to songwriting: explore the ideas that came spontaneously to him, and let the songs shape themselves.  Soon the songs came pouring out of him. This approach is what created the lush, freewheeling and often devastating ‘Twin Solitude,’ out Feb 24 on Secret City Records.


“By the time the last notes die away, all that’s left should be you,” Leif says. “And I’ll be somewhere else. And that’s ‘Twin Solitude’. Leif’s third album features 10 delicate and expansive original songs, with lyrics that pour out of this singer songwriter that’s often compared to Jeff Buckley. Leif’s words lay on a bed of elastic instrumentation full of piano, synthesizer, guitar, rich electric bass and strings.


Several songs on the album came to Leif and were written in one sitting. ‘Into the Ether’, came to be while he was exploring a Moog synthesizer. ‘Elegy’ is a bedside soliloquy, of love slipping through fingers and came to Leif while he was riding his bike through Montreal. The meditative ‘Michigan’ was written on a half-tuned guitar and fully written as he was about to go to sleep. Other songs on the album capture the countless hours Leif has spent on the road, crisscrossing North America. ‘Big Sky Country’ recalls a trip to Vancouver with his family when he was young, never forgetting the expanse of Montana and listening to Ian Tyson’s song ‘The Gift’ in the car over and over again.


‘TWIN SOLITUDE’ TRACKLISTING:
1. Vancouver Time
2. All Night Sedans
3. Elegy
4. Into the Ether
5. Big Sky Country
6. Michigan
7. Road to Venus
8. East of Eden
9. Telluride
10. Rest
Pre-order Twin Solitude here: http://goo.gl/tzMJTH
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FITNESS: THE FEAR

Three months and two weeks (and two days actually but hey who’s counting) I took myself to the doors of what I hoped would be… redemption. The desire to skip over this part is strong. And I might just indeed do that. A culmination of fear of judgement, other people’s opinions , advice and psychiatric diagnoses headed my way… “all you need to do Becki is..” … “if I was you I would…”… “why don’t you just…” … resulting in… “I think sometimes its easier to just say nothing at all”. But here I am writing about it and wondering where shaming and fear starts. The playground perhaps… where whispers, gossip and damaging ideas are vocalised… “did you hear about so and so” for example.. “he’s damaged goods…”.

 

I’m trying to type this on an tablet. God it’s hard work.

 

Anyway, with the utterances of “honesty is always the best policy” I tend to find myself thinking… “are you sure about that”. I am usually on a get fit and quit everything mission but generally have been on the first rung of the ladder or in a two steps forward and three steps back position. Stuck in that place where one can’t see any growth or progress but are learning some lessons at least.
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom” Aristotle
But right this minute as I’m typing this… I’m two steps forward rather than several back. But I’m aware of how that can change. And thus I’ve learnt in my short yet occasional seemingly long life on planet earth that sometimes some things that ‘should’ be pretty simplistic can be harder than one thought to put into actual practice. I might tell myself I’m giving up coffee for example but by 7am the next morning when I’m reaching for the kettle my mind has already decided that that goal is going to be delayed til tomorrow. So three and a half months back I started training and working out with no specific goal in mind or outcome other than I wanted to feel better than I felt. Which was like crap. And something that was significantly holding me back in any of my fitness goals or getting to my desired weight was alcohol.

 

It was not a lack of working out that was the problem…I tried it all…bootcamps, yoga retreats but.. it wasn’t until I broke the spell with what I now see as a toxic substance (in my life) that anything else was going to work.

 

My first get fit goal was a 5k race… and to build up to this I started off small and regular. I was actually in rehab whilst I started this part and although one wasn’t/isn’t allowed off site alone… I knew I could get away with not being missed for an hour. I guess I was one of the less troublesome ‘inmates’ and didn’t need keeping an eye on. So off I started..  down the winding paths of the glorious British countryside on a blazing hot summers day with nothing but my music and a water bottle.

 

Which was totally fine until on my way back I found myself at a Wizard of Oz crossroad and had forgotten which way it was back to safety.

 

Left. Or was it right. Sh*t.

 

I was walking through a field wondering if anyone was aware I’d disappeared yet.. when I came across a man and his dog. Most probably looking beetroot red… he asked me if I was ok.
“Erm yes er..“ … “are you lost?” he queried. I wanted to ask for directions but didn’t want to admit where I was staying. It just sounded… stupid.

 

“Erm yeah.. er do you know where the main road is?” I queried…. he peered at me.

 

“Ok I’m staying at a huge house.. in about – er that direction do you know where it is?” I blurted it out.

 

“The rehab?!” he asked.

 

“Yes…the [bloody] rehab” I quickly shot back resisting the temptation to roll my eyes.

 

“Oh sure..that way” he pointed off into the distance.. ”it’s awful hot to be running around in this weather…be careful” he said slowly peering at me. I thought I sensed him trying to figure out what I was there for but he was probably just being considerate. After all…it probably happened ALL the time…people running away to get to an off licence for instance.

 

“Thank you” I shouted putting my headphones on and running in the direction his hand  had waved at…  as fast as I could trying to hide my embarrassment by the speed of my feet…which admittedly wasn’t fast enough…

 

I completed my first 10k a few weeks ago.. and have so far lost 17 pounds.. I’m working towards my next goal of running a half marathon.. which to be honest.. sounds like hell. Exercise/fitness for me is.. a huge motivation for staying on the right track. It clears my mind and exerts unused energy. I’m doing a culmination of British Military Fitness and Park Run‘s when I can fit them in. Although I’ve developed a bunionette from ill fitting trainers.. I’m pushing through.. I’m running a half marathon for ActionAid and Children’s Society.. sooooo.. 

 

PLEASE CONSIDER SPONSOR ME FOR A HALF MARATHON HERE:

 

 

Your motivation and support is greatly received.

 

BeckiBx

 

I am currently reading and gaining a huge amount of strength and inspiration from James Rhodes’ ‘Instrumental’.. Buy it.
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REVIEW: CAUGHT BY THE RIVER THAMES FESTIVAL

“Be More Fucking Empathetic Kate Tempest

I headed down to the Caught by the River Thames Festival last weekend, which was a small, friendly, yet relaxing festival hidden down a quaintly decorated winding path down the back of Fulham Palace Park. My highlight of the experience… without a doubt – was Kate Tempest ‘in conversation’ about her new book  ‘The Bricks That Built The Houses’ with Miranda Sawyer. Not only did she come across as wise and talented.. the confidence Kate exuded in front of a room packed full of people – of all ages was inspirational. She came across as the sort of person I’d like to be friends with. Down to earth, real, creative and thoughtful. 

Kate Tempest

Kate Tempest Caught By The River – photography Becki Burrows

She had some good advice for the room… well. For me anyway… 1) “finish your ideas!”. And 2) “Be more fucking empathetic!”. She touched on various topics such as ‘female artists expected to be young, beautiful and engaged with broken hearts and shoes’. And whilst I love shoes.. I agree there is only a short amount of time one can spend admiring them before it can get boring. Very… boring. She also touched on that creative process. Well I am writing this as if you may know about it. That feeling that you aren’t quite where you want to be and it’s not quite going the way you want. But something she said that was quite interesting was ‘the minute you get it right. It’s the end… right?’.

Kate Tempest

Kate Tempest Caught By The River – Photography Becki Burrows

And how important it is to ‘get out of tunnel vision’. To remember that it’s not just you that is going through whatever it is you’re going through. I believe it’s so important… to try to enjoy life and the imperfect journey placed at our feet. And hearing Kate Tempest reminded me of that. Another inspirational talker at the festival was Chris Packham who spoke about ‘winning being about not giving up.. no matter what happens.. that it’s not always about the finish line… it’s about focusing that anger and doing something creative with it’. So yes. I wasn’t expecting to come away so thoughtful from a festival. And whilst I craved some electro dance music….something I’m not too good at… is relaxing and just being. And remembering the importance of just sitting. And listening.

Rhys Ifans

Rhys Ifans Super Furry Animals – photography Becki Burrows

 

 

The Caught by the River Festival exuded a different energy than the burning fast paced rush and the now now NOW culture of festivals that I’m probably more used to. I’m not sure if this festival is running next year.. but I found it a relaxing cultural experience. And worth heading to if you have free time. And here are some short one minute interviews: Oh Ryley Walker… 🙂

 

THE VERY CHARMING RYLEY WALKER:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BIxi_hAh6hr/?taken-by=ohdearymetv

A MAN CALLED DARYL OFFERS HIS THOUGHTS ON THE FESTIVAL:

Review of the #caughtbytheriver #festival #fulhampalace by a #random called #darrel

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BUNF SUPER FURRY ANIMALS – WELSH LESSON:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BI0ErvQB73X/?taken-by=ohdearymetv

GWENNO SAUNDERS:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BI0HuV9hK-m/?taken-by=ohdearymetv

 

I could probably write more. I could probably do more. I could probably BE more. But I need to do something else right now..

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