Category Archives: Frightened Rabbit

All I Want for Christmas Is…

…to hear something other than Mariah Carey’s version of “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” Is that too much to ask? (It might be.)

I hooked you guys up with some holiday party alternatives over at The Owl Mag, but I’ve just discovered a few more. The first is brought to you by everyone’s favorite Scotsmen, Frightened Rabbit: “Cheap Gold” is available for free over at Listen Before You Buy. You can probably tell by the title that it’s not exactly cheery, but more musicians should pull a Joni Mitchell and acknowledge Christmas’s depressing, eggnog-filled underbelly.

The second is a lovely mash-up from the king and queen of knitwear (as they said at the 405, these guys rock Christmas sweaters all year long), Summer Camp. They’ve combined the aforementioned “All I Want for Christmas Is You” with Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmas Time.” The real Christmas miracle is that the combination actually works–without making my ears bleed. See for yourself below.

Want more Christmas goodies? Don’t forget to download the free Folkroom compilation, and also check out Subpop’s magnificent selection of singles from their artists. It’s also free, and below.

And don’t forget Marques Toliver‘s mixtape. If you think you’ve heard anything like it–think again. His album is out on Bella Union next year.

Summer Camp Release ‘Welcome to Condale’ Zine, Free Download from the Moth & the Mirror

Summer Camp is gearing up for the release of their first LP, Welcome to Condale, and have released a zine of the same name. The album is somewhat of a tribute to 1980s teens growing up in the LA suburb, and the zine is a pretty impressive encapsulation of that vibe. Read it at The 405.

The band also has a new website with lots of background info on the album. It was designed by Kissinger Twins, who directed their wonderful “Better Off Without You” video.

Welcome to Condale will be released November 7th in the US (and October 31st everywhere else), and I’m already expecting to be wowed. And I was sure wowed by Elizabeth’s brownies! Damn.

The Moth & the Mirror are a new Scottish supergroup, comprised of: Stacey Sievwright from The Reindeer Section and Arab Strap (vocals/guitar), Gordon Skene from Frightened Rabbit (guitar/vocals), Louis Abbott from Admiral Fallow and Song of Return (guitar/vocals) Kevin McCarvel (bass), Iain Sandilands (percussion) and Peter Murch (drums). They’ve got debut album Honestly, This World also coming out November 7th via Olive Grove Records–or you can buy it on their Bandcamp now.

Check out a remix of single “Germany” below.

Frightened Rabbit Releases Tour EP, Covers Death Cab for Cutie

Covering Death Cab for Cutie’s “Different Names for the Same Thing” for Invisible Children.

Scottish band Frightened Rabbit (remember when I met them at Bear’s Lair pub before their show?) has been touring like mad (really–check their Twitter). They’ve released a tour EP in honor of their efforts, and it features two new songs, as well as a studio version of “Scottish Wind”. You can buy the EP at their merch table, at least in at US shows.

Listen Before You Buy has the tracks (thanks guys!):

“Scottish Wind”

“Fuck This Place” feat. Tracyanne Campbell from Camera Obscura

“The Work” feat. Archie Fisher

Killer Rabbit

Yeah, I’m chilling with (part of) Frightened Rabbit. No big deal.

It’s midterm season. You may have realized this because of my lack of blog posts; if you follow my Twitter, you’ll have likely discovered the positive correlation between tweets about coffee and tweets about Plato, racial politics, and/or social democratic welfare states. This is a scary part of the semester for students, as all the reading left undone in previous weeks comes back to haunt us like so many scholarly ghosts.

Thankfully, ASUC Superb, UC Berkeley’s campus entertainment organization, gave me something to look forward to. A throng of caffeine-addled students–self very much included–came out to support Scottish rockers Frightened Rabbit this past Monday, as they performed a free(!) show on Berkeley’s outdoor Lower Sproul Plaza.

Frightened Rabbit has been on a steady rise over the months, promoting their critically acclaimed third studio album The Winter of Mixed Drinks. I was fortunate enough to see them in San Luis Obispo, CA at a tiny brewing company in May, five days before their US television debut performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Since then, the band has more than made up for their canceled Coachella gig with extensive touring–from festivals (Glastonbury, Lollapalooza, and more), to larger venues, including the legendary Fillmore in San Francisco (and a secret show at Rickshaw Stop, filmed by Revision3).

Judging by the crowd of extremely enthusiastic students, the band’s work is paying off. They opened their set with second album Midnight Organ Fight‘s “Modern Leper”, and then launched into the first Winter of Mixed Drinks single, “Nothing Like You” (check out the adorable music video). From foot-stomping anthems like “Living In Colour” to heartfelt offerings like “Backwards Walk”, the hour-long gig showcased the band’s unique blend of unbridled energy and frank sincerity. Their ability to affect an audience was nowhere more noticeable than during “Poke”, a simple acoustic account of a relationship’s demise. Lead singer Scott Hutchison’s stirring rendition silenced the crowd–a tricky feat, particularly in the midst of the outdoor campus thoroughfare. Equally chill-inducing was the closer, “The Loneliness and the Scream”, which is the band’s latest single. The song’s video was also released on Monday, exclusively at “Loneliness” embodies everything Frightened Rabbit does best: lyrics simultaneously straightforward and poetic, melodies anthemic and gripping. Despite a ‘big’ sound, the band tells beautifully honest and personal stories. Monday’s gig was anything but intimate, but they still managed to draw us in, create a world in which we couldn’t help but move and be moved. As “The Loneliness and the Scream” ended with the crowd’s exuberant rhythmic clapping, it became clear that Frightened Rabbit’s journey upward is just beginning.

Photo courtesy of Superb.