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I’ve been keeping an eye on video footage of my personal Lowlands favourites popping up on the net over the last few days. Here’s a selection, but be sure to check out 3voor12’s Lowlands page for more footage and obviously anything tagged “lowands 2008” on youtube.

Hot Chip – Ready For The Floor (audiostream)

Blood Red Shoes – Doesn’t Matter Much/ interview segment/ I Wish I Was Someone Better (video)

Does It Offend You, Yeah? – We Are Rockstars (short clip to show the mayhem)

Santogold – L.E.S. Artistes (video)
Clik here for an audiostream of the full concert 

Roisin Murphy – Overpowered (video)

Franz Ferdinand – Come On Home (video)
And another short clip to demonstrate the insanity during This Fire

Los Campesinos! – Death To Los Campesinos! & Knee Deep At ATP (3voor12 session at Lowlands)

Laura Marling – Blackberry Stone, Ghosts That Broke My Heart, Cross Your Fingers, Rambling Man (3voor12 sessie at Lowlands)

Sadly I couldn’t find any footage of Get Well Soon or anything halfway decent on other favourites Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Lykke Li and Black Kids.

And here’s some of the stuff I wish I could have seen (sadly no good clips of The Roots and Late Of The Pier):

Underworld – Born Slippy (looks/ sounds amazing! hang on for the massive balloons at around 4:25)
(check the higher quality tv-registration here, but the ones filmed by visitors better capture the atmosphere I think)

N*E*R*D – Rockstar

Elbow – One Day like This

The Hives – Tick Tick Boom

We Are Scientists – The Great Escape

Editors – Smokers Outside Hospital Doors

And Finally, The Ting Tings – That’s Not My Name (because it was sort of our annoying yet amusing festival anthem, thanks to friend MB…)

If there’s anyone out there who’s been reading this little brokenbranches blog since it’s conception, they’ll know what keeps me going during the (yet again pathetic excuse for a) summer, is that sparkly promise beckoning a mere month away: Lowlands!!! Indeed, due to an overwhelmingly positive response from all hangers on in the last two years, Lowlands is yet again the summer festival of choice this year. It more than delivers a long list of “up-and-comers” that satisfy the early adopters like myself, but it also has a fine set of dj’s for the groovelovers, and film, dance and comedy for culturelovers who aren’t quite so obsessed by music.

So as flatlinetime at the office commences and I deal with the fact that all my free days have already been spent in New Zealand, and that summer in Holland so far consists of an exciting mix of greyness, clouds and rain… What better way to lift the spirits than by creating the annual pre-festival-anticipation-cd!

Last year I crumbled under the pressure of indecision and finally created a double cd, including my personal favourites as well as artists I felt should be represented because they are in some way relevant to the music scene even if I personally couldn’t care less (case in point: the appearance of Nine Inch Nails and Motorhead on the 2007 edition). This year my friends made a special request: “Go back to your core business! We want to be educated under brokenbranches doctrine, impose your taste upon us!”. Right then, none of this politically correct nonsense, all brokenbranches all the way!

Based on the artists that had been confirmed by last week, I created the following 21 track compilation after a painstaking editing process (all songs are clickable for youtube clips).

LOWHOMEWORK 2008 tracklist
01 Blood Red Shoes – Say Something, Say Anything  [most looking forward to]
02 The Kooks – Always Where I Need To Be  [just to catchy not to include]
03 Amy Macdonald – Mr Rock & Roll  [risky, could be a big let down live?]
04 Hot Chip – Ready For The Floor  [can’t wait to get dancing at their gig]
05 Foals – Red Socks Pugie  [most interested to see how they pan out live]
06 Iron & Wine – Boy With A Coin  [beautiful song, amazing video too!]
07 Los Campesinos! – You! Me! Dancing!  [all out dancing frenzy expected]
08 We Are Scientists – Chick Lit  [could go either way, but like this track]|
09 Le Le – Hard  [brilliant lyrics, mean beats, must see]
10 Black Kids – I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You
11 Sigur Rós – Gobbledigook  [Sigur Rós never won me over, but this I like]
12 Laura Marling – My Manic And I  [possibly hit and miss?]
13 dEUS – The Architect  [dEUS back in full force!]
14 Gogol Bordello – Supertheory Of Supereverything  [see 7 + pogo]
15 The Hives – Tick Tick Boom  [what’s not to like? ROCK at its finest]
16 Santogold – L.E.S Artistes  [more getting on of ones groove]
17 Does It Offend You, Yeah? – Dawn Of The Dead  [favourite cd now, no video]
18 Roisin Murphy – You Know Me Better  [the diva that always delivers]
19 MGMT – Time to Pretend  [most likely to become Lowlands anthem of 2008]
20 Presidents of the USA – Boll Weevil  [sheer nostalgia, ahh the nineties…]
21 N.E.R.D. – Everyone Nose  [all the girls standing in the line for the bathroom!!]

Check out the custom made artwork too:

As I said, editing was painstaking and there’s quite a few gems that didn’t make the cut… The Dresden Dolls spring to mind, as do Elbow, Late Of The Pier, Tunng and The Wombats. Also in the past week the Myspace pages of Lykke Li and Sam Sparro added Lowlands dates, both would definitely have made it to the shortlist.

Feel I blatantly missed out the stars of the festival or it was a sin to have excluded someone? Editors and Franz Ferdinand perhaps? I’m interested to hear who you think should have made it onto the cd, drop a comment!!

Lykke Li

Lykke Li

Great news: quirky Stockholm songstress Lykke Li has posted Lowlands as one of the dates in her MySpace tour schedual, she is set to perform at the festival on closing day Sunday 17th of August. Lowlands has not yet officially confirmed Lykke Li is performing, but the festival organisation is still releasing new names in dribs and drabs.

Check out Lykke Li’s excellent song I’m Good I’m Gone in a Black Cab Session:

Blood Red Shoes

Here it is, the official first post in the run up to Lowlands 2008! Coming week is the much anticipated time when the Lowlands organisation usually releases the bulk of the artists that have been confirmed for this year, so I will be hitting F5 on their website every ten minutes probably.

There has been a handful of official confirmations so far. Some very interesting (British Sea Power, The National, Roisin Murphy, Tunng, The Kooks) and some less so as far as I’m concerned (Korpiklaani, Killswitch Engage, Volbeat, Houdouken!). The of course there is the rampant rumour circuit, it’s highlight so far a very persistent yet totally fabricated story about Depeche Mode’s supposed appearance at the festival this year. But there are many rumours that are very likely to be true, because the artists/ bands in question have confirmed themselves in the media or on their myspace or websites.

One of the bands that are set to play Lowlands on Saturday the 16th of August according to the touring schedual on their myspace, is Blood Red Shoes. This makes me very happy indeed! This band from Brighton, Laura-Mary Carter on guitar and vocals and Steven Ansell on drums and vocals, kicks out some unbelievably powerful stuff for a mere two-piece setup! I can’t wait to see what they do live, but there’s no doubt in my mind it will be raw, fiery and have everyone shouting along and contorting on the dancefloor. Alternative Blog crowned them the highlight of the recent London Calling festival, describing them as an indiepunk steam-roller that had crowdsurfers reaching the bar all the way at the back of the room.

Check out their excellent single Say Something, Say Anything:

It would appear that dEUS frontman Tom Barman blurted out the news that his band is closing the Lowlands festival this year live on television this evening! The band was promoting their new album Vantage Point, due for official release on April 21st, in the tv show De Wereld Draait Door. Interviewer Matthijs van Nieuwkerk announced that they will be closing Rock Werchter this year and Tom added “and Lowlands too” just before they started to play a bit of their new song The Architect.

dEUS is one of the near-certain rumours for an appearance at Lowlands this year, but haven’t been confirmed by the festival organisers as of yet. Usually Lowlands announces the bulk of their lineup around the Pinkpop festival, which starts May 30th.

As far as I’m concerned I would be more than happy to go see dEUS as one of the closers. Vantage Point has had a few spins in my iTunes this last week and I really like the sound. Not too much slow or overly experimental material (which is generally what ticks me off about dEUS albums), plenty of good old fashioned rock songs. Here are two clips from Vantage Point.

The Architect

Slow (featuring guest vocals by Karin Dreijer Andersson from The Knife)

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