japanese dance →
jacknife lee just sent me this. truly wonderful. in dublin today for press and an acoustic show. love dublin. beautiful day too. gL.x
So, last night at the Q Awards we won the award for classic song for Chasing Cars. Knowing that we had won before the event (there were no nominees just the winner, us) I had my speech all planned. Sitting listening to everyone else’s speeches though my one felt a little long. Most folk were just getting up and saying a quick thank you. So at the last minute I ditched my speech and just said a few...
brazil to argentina
our first time in rio was lots of fun. the show was good. big. very big. 90,000 people. yikes! as we had a tv show during the day on our day off and as it took 2 hours to get anywhere in traffic we didn’t really get to sight see very much of rio. the hotel was on ipanema beach so the girl from ipanema was in my head for the three days we were there on a constant loop. no bad thing. although...
SP on jools →
so excited about this version of fallen empires that i mentioned on this blog a few days ago. well here it is. easily the best we’ve ever played, sounded, looked, er, been on any tv show ever. so excited about playing this song live. get to do that in a few hours as we’re on stage soon at rock in rio. more on that soon….gL
yes one needs to be brave when hurtling in a mini bus through the unfamiliar rio streets at 80 miles an hour mere inches behind the car in front towards a destination which turned out to be not the place we were even staying. yes, brave one must be. as yoda might say. we landed a few hours back off a 12 hour flight to rio from london where we were met by the lovely folk of rock in rio at the...
the guard and other stories →
oops… pressed the wrong button. first batch of these comes without description. let me make up for that now…. ish… so, yeah it’s been a while since i last posted but to be honest we’ve been crazy busy and when i get home the last thing i want to is look at a computer screen. we have some touring coming up though and i’ll endeavour to post more regularly. south...
the story of film, an odyssey
hey there everyone, been hectic the last wee while so haven’t had much time to write. will post something bigger on our site very soon. am watching mark cousins’ the story of film on channel four. anyone that loves film should give it a whirl on 4oD on line. http://www.channel4.com/programmes/4od incredibly detailed and immaculately put together. mark cousins is a hero of mine. a...
COITD video actors
just to be clear. jack davenport from Pirates of the Caribbean plays the singer. and tara summers from Boston Legal, Damages and new show Ringers plays the assistant director that tries to corral me. some folks were saying that it was noemie lafrance some places. no. she choreographed it. she’s not in it. they are both awesome. gL.xx
called out in the dark video →
so here it is. read some comments below it already (why did i do that?!). yikes! lovely people, this is supposed to be funny. no need to be taken so seriously. having some fun with our videos from now on. unless the song doesn’t lend itself to joking around a bit then we’ll not go there of course. i had loads of fun doing this and will do similar again. peace, love and...
so yesterday i went to metropolis studios in london to hear the mastered record. it is done finally and (if you don’t mind me blowing my own trumpet for a second) it is great. fallen empires is finished and we move now into live mode. rehearsals have started and there will be details of some one-off live shows - one for sure in both belfast and london - very soon. i have never been more...
the video for COITD
we shoot tomorrow. the wonderful brett simon is directing an idea i had (although he has made it infinitely better and his own) and noemie lafrance is choreographing. she choreographed (amongst other things) the Feist videos 1234 and My Moon My Man. we did the dance rehearsals today (yes i’m dancing in it! be afraid, be very afraid!!!) and her routines with the proper dancers are stunning....
Another Earth →
i cannot wait to see this. a friend of mine saw it and said it blew her mind. so excited. am gonna post on the SP.com forum soon about the run up to the single release, tour and album status. much love. the shot at the end of this trailer with her on the rocks and earth 2 in front of her. wow, just wow!gL (PS, 76 people have ticked ‘dislike’ to this trailer! what the what?! have they...
buck and vitus →
so i went to see BUCK yesterday. it’s a doc about the cowboy the horse whisperer was based on. see it! run to see it! steal a jet pack to get there faster! it is one of the most incredibly moving and life-affirming movies i’ve ever seen. i’ll not lie i cried a lot but they were good tears. i felt reborn when i left the cinema. seriously, see it. and speaking of...
just saw this. it is extraordinary. if you see two movies this summer… see this twice. ewan mcgregor hasn’t been better since trainspotting and christopher plummer is always incredible. actually you could see Super 8 by JJ Abrams too. it’s like he took all my favourite movies when i was 12 years old (the goonies, ET, close encounters) and made them all at once with modern...