Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Late Of The Pier Tour Blog: Sheffield to Glasgow, Sunday 8th Feb

I’m on the train to Glasgow now, well, Glasgow via York. Although this is the furthest gig away from home that I’ll have to shoot, I’m less phased as I was when leaving Roehampton yesterday.

I realized just how much I had under-planned when I reached the Leadmill in Sheffield. Prior to the trip, I’d arranged all details, schedules and project logistics with Alun from supervision management, however Rob Howard’s responsible for everything on this tour.

He knew bits and bops about the project but didn’t know the full story, call it miscommunication, eh? It was all sorted out within those five minutes however. Rob and I agreed that the main concern was to maintain the bands privacy. I insisted that I wasn’t a pervasive photographer and handed Rob my Polaroid 635 Supercolor and some instant films to pass onto the band, so they could begin to document life on the road with whatever subject matter they chose. Rob gave me my AAA for the night along with a pocket sized tour guide which detailed traveling times, stage times and sound checks for each part of the tour so I know what’s happening and when during the tour.


I stayed in the photo-pit for the majority of the night, even between bands. It was really surreal being alone at a gig for the first time ever, even when shooting in the past Ive always had my brother there with me, failing that, a really close friend. It’s kind of a sign of how new and fresh this is to me. I had fun in the pit though, there’s that tension between the artist and his audience, who in this case idolized those four boys onstage. Being sandwiched so much made me feel so close to the music. I actually shot alongside a past Yorkshire photographer of the year, although I cant quite place his name now. I felt for him when he was pushed out after 3 songs, but I realized just how many strings were pulled for me tonight alone! Here’s to Glasgow and the rest!

Sunday, 11 January 2009

My Year In Lists

Twelve days overdue, I know, But better late then never. Here was my favourite music of 2008...

>ALBUMS

1. LATE OF THE PIER - FANTASY BLACK CHANNEL
By far my favourite album of the year was and still is Fantasy Black Channel. Its leaks energy, talent and not giving fuck effortlessly in every beat. Inspired by a depthy cross section of bands from Joy Division to Devo (say’s it all really) it’s a really open album. I first caught Late Of The Pier in a pantry-sized room at the top floor of the now deceased Hammersmith Palais during my first year at Uni, even then they were raucous, and now they're tenfold that standard!



2. LAURA MARLING - ALAS, I CANNOT SWIM
On a completely different end of the spectrum, 2008 opened me up to folk a lot more, I'd been waiting for this album for a long time after seeing Laura play some of her earliest material at a tiny bar in Brentford in February, 2006. Two years of myspace clicking paid off and when it was finally released she played an absolutely amazing showcase gig at Union Chapel, for nada! Although the album was propelled by Mercury fame, I love how Alas, I Cannot Swim hasn’t been pulped by the masses, its remained the same, and still raises hairs the same way, its just been given the nod its rightfully owed.



3. FOALS - ANTIDOTES
Yannis promised an album full of "solid drones" and Foals delivered, along with driving studio versions of 'Cassius', 'Baloons', 'Red Socks Pugie', and 'Olympic Airwaves' to demonstrate their danceability and chart credentials. Meanwhile tracks such as 'Electric Bloom’ and 'Two Steps Twice' confirm that Antidotes boasts the bands ability to make an album full of staying power at the same time.



4. BLOC PARTY - INTIMACY

5. LOS CAMPESINOS! – HOLD ON NOW, YOUNGSTER.../WE ARE BEAUTIFUL, WE ARE DOOMED


6. MGMT – ORACULAR SPECTACULAR


7. LIGHTSPEED CHAMPION – FALLING OFF THE LAVENDER BRIDGE


8. VAMPIRE WEEKEND - VAMPIRE WEEKEND


9. METRONOMY - NIGHTS OUT


10.FRIENDLY FIRES - FRIENDLY FIRES


11. THESE NEW PURITANS - BEAT PYRAMID


>GIGS:

*BLACK LIPS/KING KHAN AND BBQ SHOW - HEAVEN - SEPTEMBER 16TH
Hazy rock and roll, a crowd surfer every 8 or 9 seconds (no, really!), pissy security guards, on stage nudity, red stripe. For about an hour it felt like we were in the 60's!

*AFRICA EXPREZ - KOKO - OCTOBER 22ND
7 hours of non-stop African inspired music, most of which improvised, curated heavily by Damon Albarn. I don’t need to say much more.

>DVD:

* JUSTICE - A CROSS THE UNIVERSE
Filmed by Romain Gavras, it follows Justice on tour around the US earlier this year. I wrote a whole fucking essay piece on this movie, I can't really describe it bluntly, maybe I’ll post it soon!

Anant x

Friday, 9 January 2009

Slumdog Millionaire: Rags to Raja

Being my last day at home for a while I ventured out to see Slumdog Millionaire tonight and can honestly say I loved every minute, second, still frame and cell of it. It really has been a day and age since I last felt so gripped by a mainstream cinema piece, let alone a partially Hindi one!

Yet, as I walked home tonight, through the wind and minus figures, although a new ply of frost accumulated on my Fred Perry's with every step, but I couldn't help but feel warm inside (cheesefest, i know). It's a film based on Q&A, a novel by Vikas Swarup, intelligently adapted by Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy.



I want to refrain from hurling out spoilers, so in short, It sees the central character, Jamal Malik (Dev Patel, Skins) treated with suspicion and interrogated by police after he wins the Hindi equivalent of the TV show 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire', and in turn he goes on to explain how he learnt the answers to the questions throughout his skewed and unjust upbringing in the shanty towns of Mumbai, India. Scored by Indian composer A.R. Rahman, who is lended the support of Sri Lankan born refugee M.I.A., Slumdog Millionaire journeys through a brutally compelling story of life in an impoverished India, with light reference to Indian cultural artifacts such as Amitabh Bachchan, Bel Puri, over-capacitated railway systems, and more jarring imagery of vast communities living under layers of corrugated sheet metal.



In honest truth, I walked in expecting a 'feel good epic' that would be rendered 'hyped' and 'passable' with age, but in actual fact I left feeling quite touched as it dealt out a saturated yet first handed and emotional account of life in the slums of India, reflective upon sociopolitical issues such as orphanage, poverty, access to knowledge, the Hindu Caste system, corruption, gang culture and human trafficking. To declare it 'eye opening' only touches on it's foundations, it is definitely worth giving up 120 minutes for.

Anant x



Monday, 2 April 2007

Happy Is An Understatement

The past week has been a great one indeed, first rewind back to last Thursday when I get a phone call from the RSU 'headquarters' letting me known that I've been voted 'RSU Newspaper Editor' for 2007/08 with no less than 605 votes(thats about 603 more than I imagined).

Then on Sunday morning, after what seemed to be an eternity(a.k.a 2 hours in real time) we finally got under the busy online server and bought 3 tickets for the Glastonbury Festival, as if my summer calendar wasn't already amazing enough(IOW and Muse at Wembley), I now get to trek back to the greatest festival on the planet with the company of my brother and Martin this June.

As if all of the above wasn't quite excessivly jammy enough, my brother managed to secure guestlist passes(free) for the two of us to see indie legends Travis(!) when they play the Hammersmith Apollo this May!

Anant


Tuesday, 6 March 2007

Simpsons Movie Trailer

I know I'm posting quite excessively today but I've just seen the new Simpsons Movie trailer on youtube, and, boyhood-simpsons-fan opinion aside, it looks like its going to be quite something. Don't be afraid to watch it, its not really a spoiler, also word has it that Green Day are in the trailer (25 seconds before the ending), apparently their the band on the boat capsizing.

Judging by my snazy Simpsons widget theres only 143 days till the movie hits cinema's(27th July 2007).

The trailer can be seen below...



Anant