It’s no secret that we’re huge fans of the 4AD’s Video Sessions here at TheFrontloader.com. If you’re not familiar with these sessions, they’re exclusive live sessions from artists on the 4AD label where they perform new material, alternate versions and back-catalogue covers.
We’ve covered a few sessions over the last several months, and this week we’re featuring the session of Twin Shadow (George Lewis Jr.). Twin Shadow has been on our radar since last October when we first came across his song “Slow” on 4AD’s website.
When we featured the song here on the site, Twin Shadow was getting ready to release his debut album, Forget. While doing a little research, we came across this impressive review from Pop Matters where they gave the album a 9/10 rating and called it “a near-flawless album and certainly one of the most impressive debuts we’ve ever seen.” Read their full review here.
Twin Shadow is getting ready to head out on a European tour in support of Forget… and it seems the he is now more like a they.
More on that and on the exclusive session from 4AD:
Filmed at Teddington Studios at the back end of 2010, the session airs ahead of the band’s debut European tour and gives fans a real insight into the band’s live set up following the release of debut album, Forget, last year.
While Twin Shadow has long been seen as the work of lead singer George Lewis Jr., the four session tracks show a tightly wound and musically astute four piece, effortlessly playing off one another.
‘Slow’ and future single, ‘Castles In The Snow’, both highlight the urgency that drives their live performances, while the version of ‘Forget’ pushes George’s guitar playing to the fore, revealing an epic, almost stadium-like quality to the band not necessarily evident on record. More importantly, the session confirms that Twin Shadow are a formidable live proposition, leaning on classic rock and new wave signifiers, but able to channel their own unique charm and allure.
Take a look at the video for “Forget” from the session below.
In case you missed it the first time around, we’ve also included a download of the album version of “Slow” below in the Dig-It section. For a complete list of tour dates, including US stops beginning this spring, stop by Twin Shadow’s official site.
1. Castles In The Snow
2. At My Heels
It’s been awhile since we’ve shared some of the most important music links on the web EVER (for now) with you. There are so many wonderful music sites out there, and we try to touch on some new ones each time we put together one of these posts. Hopefully we’ll turn you on to a few sites and sounds you hadn’t heard about before.
If you’ve got some sites and sounds that YOU want to turn US onto, make sure to post some info and a link to the site down in the comments section. We may be busy with school (and crime fighting) these days, but we’re always interested in knowing what our readers are digging.
Here’s what we’re digging:
Popblerd – Check out Popblerd’s Popdose Guide to Raphael Saadiq plus a 20 track playlist he put together that represents the best Mr. Saadiq has to offer.
Concert Vault – Always great deals and downloads at the Concert Vault. This weekend you can download B.B. King Live at Fillmore East (New York, NY) Jun 19, 1971 – on sale for only $5. Check it out.
Blogness on the Edge of Town – Our buddy Pete writes about a woman who wants the chance to sing with Bruce Springsteen. So, she started a blog that she bills as “A Yearlong Campaign to Sing With the Boss.” Check out the post, interview, and free downloads of a couple of her Springsteen covers.
The 6149 – If you don’t visit TheSixOneFourNine.com on a regular basis, you are truly missing out on some great writing. Judd has an excellent post up this week titled Stronger Than a Cup of Coffee (afternoon edition): Coffee Schmoffee, these tunes pack a whollup, which features three songs stronger than a cup of coffee. Don’t miss it.
Popdose – Very cool post by the Popdose Staff: In Through the Out Door: Cover Songs We Heard Before the Classic Originals. Complete with commentary, video, and free mp3 downloads… another must-read.
Addicted to Vinyl – ATV always has the goods on upcoming shows, releases, re-releases, and more. In this post Matt takes a look at Joey’s Song: Volume One and Joey’s Song for Kids: Volume One, compilations with contributions from artists such as Del Amitri, Cowboy Junkies, Neko Case, Michael McDermott, Lowen & Navarro, the Crash Test Dummies, Matthew Ryan and tons more. Proceeds benefit the Joseph Gomoll Foundation. Great post. Great music. Great cause. Check it out.
Rolling Stone – Check out video of Justin Townes Earle at the Rolling Stone office playing some new songs inspired by his time as a homeless drug addict.
Listen Before You Buy – Listen Before You Buy is always sharing new music, videos, and news. Check out the new video for “Cameras” by Matt & Kim. While you’re there, check out their other posts… always new music to be discovered on the site.
Cover Me – Check out electro-rockers We Are Like the Spider covering both The Stooges and Ace of Base… yes, Ace of Base. Greg at Cover Me says, “The band takes a song that stalked many a grunge aficionado in 1993 and not only makes it listenable, but actually makes it enjoyable.” Do you agree? Stop by and see.
Captains Dead – Another one of our favorite sites to visit, Captains Dead features the duo Kort, which is a collaboration between Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner and Nashville’s Cortney Tidwell. Their new album, Invariable Heartache, is a collection of classic country-pop covers. Preview the album and grab a download of a track off the album, “Wild Mountain Berries”.
Consequence of Sound – For all (and we mean ALL) the news on upcoming festivals, check out CoS’s Festival Outlook section. While you’re there, check out the new Video Section of the site.
Tsururadio – Stop by Tsururadio to preview a few tracks off Starfucker’s latest album, Reptilians (out March 2011), and grab a couple free downloads off the album while you’re there.
Knox Road – Check out what the Chicago Tribune’s music critic Greg Kot has to say about the current state of music criticism in Knox Road’s latest post, [Hyper Hype Hooray] The War of the Critics: “May the best bloggers win”.
Indie Rock Cafe – A look at this week’s new releases, including highly anticipated albums from The Decemberists, R.E.M., and more. Plus, a bunch of free downloads from many of the week’s releases.
NPR – Speaking of The Decemberists’ new album, a couple days ago the full band performed the album for the first time in front of a live studio audience at Oregon Public Broadcasting. Swing on over to NPR to watch not only the performance, but also the band answering questions from the studio audience.
AntiDuckface – “Stop Making That Duckface!” This site never fails to make me laugh.
To close things out, we’re once again providing you with some fun remixes we’ve found along the way. Thank you always for reading and for being a part of TheFrontloader.com. Have a great weekend!
Each day we open our inbox to find a plethora of emails from PR firms, labels, bands, artists, fans of artists, and porn sites… needless to say, our tagline, So Much Music… So Little Time… is no exaggeration.
Yes, there is music in porn.
Anyway, this morning I opened an email from one of our favorite labels to work with, 4AD, and along with updates on 4AD artists Iron & Wine, Deerhunter, The National, Broken Redhead, and more, I was introduced to Twin Shadow.
Twin Shadow is George Lewis Jr. He grew up in suburban Florida and later moved to Brooklyn, New York, where over several months, his debut album, Forget was born.
Of the album, George Lewis Jr. says, “I can say without shyness, Forget was and is a product of the hardest work I’ve ever put into anything. Please listen closely to the last song [title track ‘Forget’] on the record, as I wrote it for you.”
Forget, was co-produced by Chris Taylor (Grizzly Bear) and will be out November 15th on 4AD. To get a taste for what’s to come on the album, check out “Slow” below in the Dig-It section, along with a bonus track from Twin Shadow and Hooray for Earth, “A Place We Like”.
For more about Twin Shadow, including tour dates and a stream of the album, stop by his official site. To check out the official video for another track off the album, “Castles in the Snow”, click here.
1. Tyrant Destroyed
2. When We’re Dancing
4. Shooting Holes
5. At My Heels
6. Yellow Balloon
7. Tether Beat
8. Castles In The Snow
9. For Now
10. I Can’t Wait