The iTunes Festival is back for 2010. After last year the feedback was so great the festival returned, this time at Camden’s Roundhouse in London. They invited more than 60 artists to perform 31 consecutive nights of brilliant live music in the UK’s best intimate venue. Every show was recorded and made available on iTunes.

The line-up included the years’ most exciting pop, metal, dance, jazz and opera stars including Scissor Sisters, Faithless, Ozzy Osbourne, Biffy Clyro, Paloma Faith and Rolando Villazon.

Below are some of the artists’ live ep’s that I prefer.

the drums

tracklist:
01. best friend
02. submarine
03. me and the moon
04. book of stories
05. let’s go surfing
06. don’t be a jerk, johnny
07. i need fun in my life
08. forever and ever amen

the drums – itunes festival 2010

foals

tracklist:
01. total life forever
02. miami
03. balloons
04. alabaster
05. electric bloom
06. two steps twice

foals – itunes festival 2010

wild beasts

tracklist:
01. all the king’s men
02. we still got the taste dancin’ on our tongues
03. two dancers
04. please, sir
05. the devil’s crayon
06. hooting & howling

wild beasts – itunes festival 2010

the xx

tracklist:
01. intro
02. crystalised
03. islands
04. shelter
05. do you mind?
06. night time

the xx – itunes festival 2010

…rowan

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hey all, sorry about the lack of posts recently but i went over my internet cap and it’s been running like shit. anyway since my last post i’ve been collecting recent eps that have been released and leaked. enjoy.

boys noize & erol alkan – avalanche / lemonade

tracklist:
01. avalanche
02. lemonade

download:
boys noize & erol alkan – avalanche / lemonade

late of the pier – best in the class ep

tracklist:
01. best in the class
02. blueberry

download:
late of the pier – best in the class ep

the xx – tour 7″

tracklist:
01. do you mind?
02. hot like fire
03. teardrops
04. blood red moon

download:
the xx – tour 7″

kavinsky – nightcall ep

tracklist:
01. pacific coast highway
02. nightcall (dustin n’guyen remix)
03. pacific coast highway (jackson remix)
04. nightcall (breakbot remix)

download:
kavinsky – nightcall ep

simian mobile disco – extra temporary ep

tracklist:
01. flea in your ear
02. are you in the picture?
03. babaghanoush
04. do not exceed stated dose
05. belvedere
06. flea in your ear (flange bliss remix)

download:
simian mobile disco – extra temporary ep

hot chip – i feel better

tracklist:
01. i feel better
02. i feel better (richard x remix)
03. i feel better (ill blu remix)
04. i feel better (ill blu dub)
05. i feel better (den haan remix)
06. i feel better (letter g and harky remix)
07. i feel better feat. bonnie ‘prince’ billy (club version) [remixed by hot chip, with vocals from bonnie ‘prince’ billy]

download:
hot chip – i feel better

empire of the sun – half mast (slight return) single

tracklist:
01. half mast (slight return)

download:
empire of the sun – half mast (slight return) single

…rowan

laneway

i was recently informed by a mate about a new festival coming to nz called laneway festival. with the first line-up already announced this looks like its going to be epic!

first line-up:
echo and the bunnymen
the 3ds
florence and the machine
the xx
n.a.s.a
black lips
dirty three
cut off your hamds
dear time’s waste
the family cactus

with this summer already jam packed full with amazing acts this is just the cherry on top.

the festival will be on the 1st of february at aucklands britomart square.

tickets are sadly $99.75 + charges, i will somehow hopefully find a way of attending

find out more here

the xx – basic space:

florence and the machine – youve got the love:

cut off your hands – still fond:

…rowan

The+xx+xx

the xx really are creating some great remixes, as well as great music, lately.

the duel vocal of the xx’s two leads play off each other with a quiet, subtly confident delivery that goes over incredibly.

this is a rework by jamie xx (from the xx)

the xx – you’ve got the love (jamie xx rework / florence and the machine cover)

…rowan

the xx live 2009

September 25, 2009

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the xx live at the music hall of williamsburg (brooklyn, ny). the sound is a bit dodgy at times and inst too consistent and it doesnt sound like an actual live feed but rather a bootleg but nether the less its still a live show of the xx. they also dont sound as polished as a band thats been round longer but thats not going to stop me listening.

tracklist:
01. intro and crystalised
02. islands
03. basic space
04. shelter
05. teardrops
06. stars
07. night time

the xx – music hall of williamsburg (live, brooklyn, ny) [2009]

…rowan

all of these albums are worthy of being in the best of 2009 list:

1. grizzly bear – veckatimest
grizzly bear - veckatimest

after listening to veckatimest casually as background music for the last couple of months i never thought i would end up with such a huge love for grizzly bear. to be honest i have a kinda band crush on them at the moment and have acquired all of their back catalogue. this album is by far one of the best of the year, its up there with animal collectives merriweather post pavilion and yeah yeah yeahs its blitz.

2. the xx – xx
the xx - xx

the xx are one of the fastest bands to climb my last.fm ladder, within a week of listening to them they had around 70 plays (which is pretty decent, i dont like to listen to albums too much or else i get sick of them fast). from what i gather they are four 20 year olds who didnt expect the hype that they have received.

3. yacht – see mystery lights
yacht - see mystery lights

see mystery lights is yachts first album produced under dfa records (fourth album in total) and by far their best. after having ‘i believe in you. your magic is real’ on my ipod for so long i decided to give it a listen and immediately liked what i heard which lead to the discovery of ‘see mystery lights’ which has now got me hooked, im a yacht fan.

4. the antlers – hospice
the antlers - hospice

hospice is the third studio album by the antlers and the only one ive heard, if the older releases are as good as this album i will be tracking them down. they sound like a grizzly bear, arcade fire, family cactus mash up with a lot of emotion. tracks such as ‘bear’ and ‘two’ are current favourites.

if you havent already listened to one or all of these albums do so, now.

…rowan

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