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Live at Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK (descarga directa video)

Posted in the vines on noviembre 27, 2008 by Erick Arenas

Live at Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK (descarga directa video)
Details: DTI Exclusive video. August 2006

The Vines / The View @ Rescue Rooms 24/08/06
Abigail Outhwaite

A return to form and the birth of the “next big thing?” Abigail gives the low down on two bands in the spotlight.

An enthusiastic crowd seems to have taken over the Rescue Rooms’ infamously non-plussed clientele. It could be because the students have gone home, but it’s probably more to do with tonight’s line-up.

Post-grunge, garage rock heroes The Vines have recovered and returned from a recovery-led hiatus, while self-proclaimed teenage upstarts The View are sprawling through the charts amidst a swarm of hype.

Before they emerged from beneath their tousled, bushy mops, fresh faced and spurting tongue-in-cheek gibberish; before they took to the stage and effortlessly shrugged off any age-inspired preconceptions; and long before they lazily drawled and dittied their way into my esteem, I didn’t much care for The View.

The myths and mutterings buzzing around their homegrown roots seemed to be like that of yet another Libertines fan band.

While at least partially so inspired, and although their blend of Buzzcocks-inspired punk and 60s harmony is not desperately revolutionary, I’d say your Nan will probably know them in six months.

The Vines have ran head-first into hell, set it on fire and managed to achieve iconic world status on their way out.

Before us tonight stands Craig Nicholls, The Vines’ Asperger’s-suffering front man; his iconic, tousled, post-grunge bob has been replaced with sleek, shoulder-length locks. His smile is humble. The songs are more balanced: thoughtful, soul-searching jingles water down the frantic, jittering paranoia of Don’t Listen to the Radio. And there’s even a Radiohead-esq. Soliloquy- a far cry from the manic grit of ‘Outtathaway!’ and ‘Get Free’.

Reassuringly, although Craig’s performance is less distracted by sprawling, sugar-rushing stage destruction, it doesn’t detract from the energy of even their most frantic numbers.

Beneath this newfound sanity their talent is audible- as is the reasoning behind Craig’s frontmanship. As he dawdles and bounces boyishly about the stage, his enthralled, slightly dreamy expression gives way to the distorted radio in his head.

Craig Nicholls once described coming offstage as like stepping out of a spaceship, but if tonight’s performance is anything to go by, they won’t be touching down for long.

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Live at The Forum, London, UK (descarga directa video)

Posted in the vines on noviembre 27, 2008 by Erick Arenas

Live at The Forum, London, UK (descarga directa video)Details: DTI Exclusive video. August 2006
Winds Of Change – The Vines at The Forum By John Aizlewood, Evening Standard 30.08.06
Few people have adapted less well to success then Craig Nicholls, The Vines’ singer and (almost) sole songwriter. In 2004, after a period of extremely erratic behaviour climaxed with the trashing the studios of the David Letterman Show (America’s second most prestigious chat show) on air and assaulting a photographer at a Sydney hometown show, it was announced that Nicholls was suffering from that especially modern disease, Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of mild autism exacerbated by his ferocious marijuana habit.
The diagnosis was disputed, for another tranche of medical opinion mused that Nicholls was waylaid with that most debilitating of conditions: popstaritis.
Still a fragile soul, despite the clattering nature of his band, Nicholls has quit the joints and embarked upon a more gentle media and touring schedule to promote the third Vines album, Vision Valley.
Last night, those expecting another meltdown would have left disappointed, despite Nicholls’s half-hearted attempt to wreck Hamish Rosser’s drum-kit after the closing FTW. Indeed, as Autumn Shade faded, Nicholls moved to play his guitar above his head. Then, he thought better of it. This was no freakshow, although almost every song offered the opportunity for Nicholls to unleash a cathartic howl.
Instead, the erstwhile grumpy tempest was the mildest, most polite of breezes, even inviting the audience to “give yourselves a hand” whenever they sang along. It was as if Jim Bowen had joined a tortured pop-punk band.
Yet, Nicholls’s rebirth means that these remain difficult days for a group whose appeal is becoming increasingly selective. With a frontman no longer on the brink of disaster every time he steps on to a stage, the focus more than ever is on the music. And there The Vines stumble and there lies the key to an oddly flat evening.
Trapped behind his guitar and sounding uncannily like Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan, Nicholls has two strings to his bow. Firstly, the Nirvanaesque shoutalongs such as TV Pro or Fuk Yeh. For the most part he lacked the melodic gifts to evolve from bluster to anthemic.
Then, there were the longer, slower epics like 1969 or Winning Days. They were better, but the more they sweated, they more they lacked the touch of genius Nicholls so commendably aspires to. The memorable, chorus-heavy, midtempo new single, Don’t Listen to the Radio suggested a possible future third way, but right now The Vines are in the quicksands of transition.

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The Vines Live at The Annandale, Oz (descarga directa video)

Posted in the vines on noviembre 27, 2008 by Erick Arenas

The Vines Live at The Annandale, Oz (descarga directa video)

Annandale Hotel, 5 September 2006
Michael Hartt

The Vines have always been one of those bands that never seemed to quite live up to their potential. The hints of excellence were always there, especially on record, but their live shows were always plagued by inconsistency, mainly due to Craig Nicholls’ erratic behaviour. When things finally imploded for The Vines at this very venue in May 2004, it was a relief when it was announced that they would not continue touring, especially as it was obvious Nicholls was not in any fit state to hit the road for a prolonged period of time like they had done in support of their first album.

Fast-forward to 2006 and The Vines make their return with album number three, Vision Valley. Following their surprise “comeback” sets here at the Annandale and at Splendour in the Grass in July, this was the first time The Vines have played an official show in Australia since that fateful night in 2004. The air of anticipation was heavy by the time The Vines hit the stage, looking somewhat nervous but excited to be there. They immediately launched into Highly Evolved, the song that started it all for the band in 2002. Gone is the bad-singing, equipment-trashing Craig Nicholls – in his place is a Craig Nicholls who channels everything into putting on a great show, who is playful, who engages with the audience between songs and whose singing is as good as any of his recordings. Vision Valley’s songs feature heavily, with the rest of the set filled with fine moments from the first two albums, along with their cover of Outkast’s Ms Jackson. The slower, softer songs like Winning Days, Spaceship and Autumn Shade are the real standouts, along with the rarely played 1969. The good vibe of the show is reflected in the five-song encore; it’s almost as if they’re having such a great time they don’t want to stop. This show is, essentially, The Vines living up to what people expected of them as a live band from the start. It is a genuine surprise to see them back and a whole lot better than before. If things keep going as well as this show, The Vines could be one of the great comeback stories in Australian music.

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Posted in channel v the vines, craig nicholls 2008.melodia the vines live, the vines 2008, the vines live 2008, The Vines Live at the Channel V, the vines melodia channel v on noviembre 26, 2008 by Erick Arenas

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The Vines Live at The Metro (November 2007) video avi + rip mp3

Posted in the vines on noviembre 26, 2008 by Erick Arenas

Before I say anything about this night in specifics, I must get one thing out of the way from the get go: this gig rocked. And there are 1200 bruised, sweaty, hoarse punters (from all walks of life) to prove it. From the time the first support band stepped on stage to when Craig Nicholls smashed his guitar to bits (audience cheering him on) to end it all, the intensity never stopped.

I will get my only criticisms of Cabins out of the way quickly. Firstly, their stage set-up was greatly hindered by the kits of their succeeding acts, leaving one of their guitarist/vocalists practically a mile away from everyone else. Secondly, for a band that plays such a tight, authentic, raucous live show somewhere between garage and math rock, it proved a severe difficulty to find any information about them online. They have the chance to gain a genuine legion of fans with this tour. They aren’t taking it. That said, they are brilliant, and the crowd responded approvingly.

Wolf & Cub is the type of psychedelic band that’s made to dance to. Beyond their infamous “two-headed, eight-limbed drummer”, they are a band made of jammy improvisation and invincible walls of sound. Their experience as live performers shone throughout, with the stage presence of frontman Joel Byrne particularly noteworthy. Unfortunately, technical issues plagued bassist Thomas Mayhew – luck was not on his side tonight. Although it may have ruined their radio hit This Mess, not much else was affected and the performance was commendable.

After a 45-minute wait made pleasant by the constant looping of Pink Floyd’s The Wall over the PA system, the curtains of the Metro Theatre opened, revealing The Vines. Here was the band responsible for a line that crawled all the way to Pitt Street from 4pm – with the man at the centre of it all, Craig Nicholls, holding a cigarette in one hand and the microphone in another. The house exploded. Limbs flailing, bodies crushing, maniacs crowd-surfing, guitars being ripped to shreds as a virtual greatest hits collection is belted out. Sydney’s quartet finally came good on their promise to come back rock stars after years of bad press, fallouts and mediocre albums. To this crowd at least.

What was most admirable about the show was Craig himself. The self-destructive attitude that plagued his band’s early live shows has been harnessed by the frontman. What was once a liability to their live show is now an invaluable asset. As he swaggered abound the stage, breaking mic stands, ripping his t-shirt off, having roadies chase him at every turn and explaining songs in relation to real time happenings (such as playfully preceding Don’t Listen To The Radio with “Stop throwing things at me and listen to my music. This song is about that.”), he had the audience in his tight grasp. With his vocals clearer than ever and a true appreciation for his hometown evident, one can go as far as to say Craig may well be the best onstage male lead in Australian music.

That said it must take a lot of patience, and nerves, to be a part of The Vines. As thick as the scent of tobacco abound, so were the tensions mid-set. Drummer Hamish Rosser, in particular, looked set to walk out like Patrick Matthews did four years earlier during their cover of Outkast’s Hey Ya. Whilst they played through each song tightly and vigorously, you can’t help but feel for Ryan Griffiths and Brad Heald also, who could well become modern incarnations of Krist Novoselic.

Coming back for the encore and finishing with a two-minute endeavour to destroy his black guitar, Craig Nicholls and company left the audience with not a doubt in their mind. The Vines are back to play amongst rock’s best, just like they did back in 2002. Can they get back up there? Only time will tell.


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The Vines Live Ocean (London 2002) video avi + rip mp3

Posted in the vines, the vines melodia on noviembre 26, 2008 by Erick Arenas

No. 1: Craig Nicholls is a genius. Touched by the same melodic muse as McCartney and Wilson, bedevilled by the same angst and punk-rock fury as Cobain.No. 2: They start off slowly. Reviews constantly refer to the lacklustre nature of their opening few songs. No matter which songs they choose.No. 3: The world is in the midst of Vinesmania. This is an idea originating from the NME in a desperate attempt to convince its dwindling demograph that it actually matters.
This gig is an exploder of myths.
After strolling on to the stage, the band rip straight into ‘Outtathaway’. It’s genuinely exciting. Shorn of the Nirvana-esque noodley scratchings of its recorded version, Hamish Rosser’s motown beat pounds relentlessly. Everyone goes nuts. Including Nicholls, who begins to writhe and yelp just like the lazy-eyed manchild we’ve all seen on the ‘Get Free’ video. It’s a great beginning. But then it goes a bit wrong. Acoustic guitars are strummed, a few arms are raised. Craig gurns a little more serenely. It’s ‘Autumn Shade’, a highlight of the album, but here something of a letdown after the high octane thrills of ‘Outtathaway’. It’s country, beatific, boring. It’s terribly nice.
The pattern is set. Fast paced rockers such as ‘Get Free’, ‘In the Jungle’ and ‘Highly Evolved’ race by, full of passion and vigour. The crowd goes crazy, everyone is excited, and we all feel like the world will collapse in on itself under the weight of its own beauty. Then on walks Ryan Griffiths to strum a G chord and everyone gets bored. This is a good policy if you want to give your fans a breather, but the fact that Nicholls seems intent upon shifting down gear at every opportunity prevents any sense of continuity. The fact that these slower songs are dull and samey doesn’t really help either, for shorn of the lush harmonies allowed by studio production, songs such as ‘Country Yard’ and ‘Homesick’ seems to lack any real effervescence or grace. These are songs which should fly away, and they should take you somewhere with them. But how can they reach any sort of transcendence when only Craig’s admittedly wonderful guitar strives for something more. What’s more, the melodies are startlingly predictable; Craig Nicholls is not a song-writing genius, he just loves Nirvana’s version of ‘The Man Who Sold the World’.
And yet for all the mid-paced tedium, the harder songs really do rock. ‘1969’ is truly spectacular, full of explosions and caterwauling, propelled Rosser and Patrick Matthews’ hard and tight rhythm section, this is music full of twist and turns. You can get lost in this. And for once Nicholls’ slack jawed mad-professor stage look seems real. Why then the reliance on slower songs? Perhaps Craig Nicholls has come to believe his own hype. Or perhaps this is where his heart really lies. He’s already professed that he loves the studio, and these simpler songs allow for the kind of space over which any number of luscious harmonies could wash.
But at the end of the day, it’s the rock that kills. The crowd comes in hopeful, they want to be won over. They want to believe. But The Vines fail to convince. When Nicholls gives you what you want it’s incredible, but all too often he seems unwilling. It’s like having a partner who’s amazing in bed but only wants to hold your hand.

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Disc Perfect:The Breeders – Mountain Battle (2008)

Posted in breeders on noviembre 17, 2008 by Erick Arenas

The Breeders – Mountain Battle (2008)

Disco extremadamente recomendable
Banda formada por ex-pixies (que a mi parecer no son nada buenos) pero esta banda si es realmente buena ,al parecer no es tan fuerte por que usan muy poco las guitarras electricas pero el bajo superpotente que usan te hace saltar del gusto esta banda podria estar casi al nivel de the vines o babyshambles
Inclusive existe una balada muy curiosamente esta en español y es cantada extraordinariamente(el tema se parece a las baladas de los morunos ,si, los morunos), la mujer que canta (kim deal )tiene una voz espectacular,esta aca :

Sus temas tienen un hippie tremendo es increible aca un poco de la historia de estos señores: