What The Hell Is Going On? #60: Lawrence Arabia, Concrete and Glass & Ja Ja Ja
25 Oct 2010
this week on rfb.tv is as eclectic as you’ll come to have expect, taking in everything from tongue-in-cheek kiwi indie to norwegian prog-pop, via turner prize-winning artists and a japanese metal band performing in front of a sculpture made entirely of amplifiers.
This week on Rockfeedback TV is as eclectic as you’ll come to have expect, taking in everything from tongue in cheek Kiwi indie to Norwegian prog-pop, via Turner Prize-winning artists and Japanese metal.
Today (Monday) sees the unveiling of our exclusive session with Lawrence Arabia, aka New Zealand’s James Milne (pictured). A firm favourite of the RFB team, Lawrence/James here performs solo renditions of three tracks from his sumptuous Chant Darling LP, released on Bella Union earlier this year. Despite the fact he doesn’t even own an acoustic guitar (he tells us he finds the very idea of the instrument “slightly demoralising”), here, just he and the instrument regale us with tales of hipster induced boredom and forbidden intergenerational classroom lust in a manner that’s nothing short of gorgeous. What’s more, he’s our artist of the week to boot.
Tomorrow (Tuesday) sees the final part in our trio of feature-length episodes on the 2010 Concrete and Glass Festival, an art and music event held in East London back in May. This instalment features live performances from the capital’s own Please, Japan’s Bo Ningen performing heavy, heavy rock in front of a sculpture made entirely from amplifiers, and words and work from artists such as Tuner Prize winner Martin Creed, cult favourite illustrator David Shrigley and video artist Suki Chan.
On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday respectively we hand the telly player over to Rokkurro, The Deer Tracks and The Low Frequency In Stereo, as part of our blossoming relationship with promoters Ja Ja Ja. Masterminds behind a monthly night of Nordic music held at The Lexington in north London (just beneath our very office), Ja Ja Ja have brought us lot on board to document their evenings, a relationship that started last week when the aforementioned trio offered us Sigur Ros-eqsue swathes of strings and distortion (Rokkurro), operatic hard rock not afraid of bombast (Deer Tracks) and infectiously driven rock music coming to terms with the fact that it loves huge tunes as much as experimental jams (The Low Frequency In Stereo). Expect news on the line ups for forthcoming nights imminently.
Next week, a Ghanaian nose flute quartet, the reanimated corpse of Buddy Holly, and a few rounds of gerbil boxing.