Girl With A Coin

New Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Video
June 27, 2008, 8:06 pm
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“Midnight Man” from “Dig Lazarus Dig”. Enjoy!


Taken By Trees

I’ve recently come across Taken By Trees, solo project of Victoria Bergsman.

You may recognise her unique voice as the former leadsinger of The Concretes. Victoria, as well as being one of the three founding members, was singer and songwriter for The Concretes for 11 years until deciding to leave the band in 2006.

You will probably also recognise Victoria’s voice from one of the biggest and most popular songs of last year, Peter Bjorn & John’s “Young Folks” (yes, the one with the whistling). Bjorn Yttling helped Victoria to produce the album “Open Field”.

Her album “Open Field”, released 2007 on Rough Trade, her voice is delicate and beautiful and overall it’s a stunning record. She recently released the single “Sweet Child O’ Mine”, a Guns & Roses cover.

I’m kicking myself for missing her at Le Weekend Festival in Sitrling last month.

Official site.



Lykke Li covers A Tribe Called Quest
June 25, 2008, 1:01 pm
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Lykke Li covers A Tribe Called Quest’s “Can I Kick It?” at ICU, London. And does it well.


Josh Homme Goes A Crazy on A Fan
June 19, 2008, 1:34 pm
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Josh Homme HATES having things thrown at him. I think we all know that he’s a bit of a loose cannon. Basically, we’ve learned not to throw things at Josh Homme or we shall feel his wrath.

One poor fan at Norwegian Wood Festival in Oslo last Thursday (12th June) obviously didn’t pick up on this and after throwing something on stage, Homme singled the fan out and then gave him a barrage of abuse along the lines of “I may have a 102 temperature, been puking for 3 days, but I’ll still butt-fuck you infront of your friends”. Nice.


Iron & Wine

This is basically a blog I’ve written because I have a huge (and some say quite unhealthy) obsession with Sam Beam of Iron & Wine, so much so that as a 23 year old woman, I cried when I couldn’t make it to an Iron & Wine gig recently. Should I have admitted that? I don’t know. I was going to blog about other stuff, but I’ll stick to the whole ‘I love Sam Beam’ thing, and make this about all things Sam.

Iron & Wine is the stage and recording name of singer-songwriter Sam Beam. Born 26th July 1974. He has released three studio albums and several EP’s and singles. Apparently, he took the name Iron & Wine from a dietary supplement called “Beef Iron & Wine” that he saw in a store one day whilst shooting a film. His friend Ben Bridwell, of Band of Horses (but at the time part of the band Carissa’s Weird) sent out copies of demos that he’d made, and the owner of Sub Pop Records contacted him personally to propose a recording deal. However, due to his wife being in education and having small children to look after, this was a bit of a lengthy affair. Eventually, he was signed to Sub Pop and has been releasing nothing short of amazing records on the label since.

Watch Sam Beam and swoon over his amazing smile, marvel at the awesomeness of his beard, and wish you could eat Ben & Jerrys chocolate ice-cream with him when you’re feeling down when he’s interviewed on Cooking With Rockstars here.

Iron & Wine on Myspace.

MP3 – Iron & Wine – Woman King.

Watch a video on Fabchannel of the entire live Iron & Wine concert at Paradiso in Amsterdam, January ’08! You can’t possibly leave this blog without clicking this link and seeing how amazing Sam is live! Every single track is amazing. This is also an awesome website to check out some other bands, it’s really simple to use and doesn’t take forever for the videos to load, etc. And for all you people (and I’ve come across a few of you, grrr) who only seem to love Boy With A Coin, there’s an excellent live version of that on there too which has more of a reggae beat behind it! Resurrection Fern made me shiver, it’s so beautiful, and Sam does one of those little nervous ‘Oops, I made a mistake’ laughs that we all love him for. And Sam Beam looks sooooooooo good! Win! WATCH!

Another video containing one of Sam’s amazingly adorable ‘Oops, I made a mistake’ laughs was recorded for the Behind Closed Doors sessions, in which artists play one or two acoustic songs in an elevator (which Sam calls retarded). He sings Die, which although being one of the shortest songs I’ve heard him sing, is probably the most beautiful thing I’ve heard him sing. He also sings Boy With A Coin. It’s great to see Sam intimately like this, and I wish there were more videos like this! He has the most beautiful voice, and his smile makes me swoon. He altogether makes me swoon.


You should check out Behind Closed Doors if you haven’t already, there are a host of other amazing artists on there such as The Shins, Apples in Stereo, etc.

This is the video for Naked As We Came, which Sam Directed himself. He really is unbelievably talented and as well as being an excellent musician and painter, he makes excellent videos. Sam was once a professor of film and conematography at the University of Miami and the Miami International University of Art and Design, after graduating from the Florida State University Film School with an MFA degree. 


If you’ve been lucky enough to catch Iron & Wine live, it may be worth checking out Played Last, where you can buy recordings of the live shows. Played Last Night.   

MP3 – Iron & Wine – Southern Anthem

Ok, although I don’t think you can EVER get enough of Iron & Wine/Sam Beam, I think I better leave this post alone now, or I’ll continue to add more and more and add even more and …are you seeing the pattern?

 One more image for the road though, eh! And why not make it my picture ever!


Coldplay accused of song theft!
June 17, 2008, 12:33 am
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According to a guy named Andrew, Chris Martin didn’t think up a certain tune all by himself, he stole it, omfg, from Creaky Boards!

I know what I think… *does laughing face* 

Decide for yourselves.


Just incase you feel the need to investigate more:

Listen to Coldplay – Viva La Vida.

Listen to Creaky Boards – The Songs I Didn’t Write.

MGMT – Electric Feel
June 13, 2008, 2:11 pm
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I know this song isn’t new, but it is amazing. Before now I’d only seen a fan vid, made using the interactive game on the bands website in which you can pick your own backgrounds, etc. You can imagine my joy then, in discovering that this gem of a song has it’s very own video!

Think The Never Ending Story, think Peter Pan’s Neverland, think Jim Henson’s Creature Workshop, think psychedelic Prince-influenced falsetto, think spliffs. Think all of this and you’ll get the feel of this MGMT video.  

Motorbikes bursting through the moon in flames, Andrew playing some kind of weird horn, strange woodland animals playing instruments, a forest full of elf/pixie revellers, you’ll love it. 

I’d have the video here, but alas, embedding is not allowed by MGMT. It’s naughty. Oh yes. 

From “Oracular Spectacular”, MGMT’s “Electric Feel”.