At 17, Glen Hansard borrowed money from his parents to make a record, and as fate would have it, one of his 50 pressed copies found its way to an executive at Island Records. The newly signed Hansard assembled the Frames, and they made their live debut at a festival in Dublin, after which they promptly took a break so that Hansard could film The Commitments. Once that project was finished, they recorded their debut album, Another Love Song, with producer Gil Norton (the Pixies, Del Amitri, James); the single "The Dancer" did very well in Ireland. Island Records was having equal success stateside on alternative radio, and all looked rosy for the Frames until one of their members fell ill, leading them to cancel their first-ever American tour. A series of resignations and record label derailments plagued the Frames for the better part of the 1990s, although they managed to release a handful of well-received albums throughout. They ushered in the new millennium with a flurry of recordings, starting with the critically acclaimed For the Birds, which Steve Albini (Nirvana, PJ Harvey) produced. In 2003, the Frames released an outtakes album, Breadcrumb Trail, followed by the live Set Lis... See More
The Frames Concert Films
In the Deep Shade
Runtime: 1 hr 28 minConor Masterson's film In the Deep Shade is not a definitive career-spanning documentary of The Frames. Nor is it a fly-on-the-wall expose or an us-against-the-world hero saga. It is, simply put, a stark portrait of an extraordinary band, filmed during their 20th anniversary tour. In the Deep Shade examines the ever-evolving relationship between five musicians who've known each other for many years. That's the story, and in its understated way, it's an uncommon one.
The Frames Top Tracks
Live at The Metro Theatre
Runtime: 1 hr 41 minHailing from Portland, Oregon The Decemberists made their first Australian pilgrimage on the back of their 2009 release - The Hazards Of Love - the follow-up to their 2006 breakthrough, The Crane Wife. Here they are performing at The Metro Theatre, in Sydney, Australia, on January 19, 2010.
Love is Here: Live
Runtime: 1 hr 17 minSome would say that Starsailor are Chorley's biggest contribution to modern culture since the opening of the nearby Charnock Richard M6 motorway services in the 1960s. Like the aforementioned favourite resting point for Blackpool day-trippers Love Is Here (Live), will become a solid, long-stay favourite for fans. Recorded in November 2001, one month after the release of their debut album and while they were still being lauded as "the next big thing", the main feature is a live run through of the album. New composition "Some of Us" and the B-side "From a Whisper to a Scream" are also performed, along with versions of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and Elton John's "Rocket Man". The concert footage and the audio (Dolby 5.1) are of a high quality, and breakthrough tracks "Poor Misguided Fool" and "Alcoholic" sound stunning. The show is hampered, though, by the limited material the guys can draw upon, and Walsh's repetitive melancholic delivery of existing songs. What does become apparent is that after a couple more albums and a little more musical experimentation Starsailor are on course to be live giants.
Front Row Center
Death Cab For Cutie
Runtime: 54 minIndie rock favorite turned major label sensation Death Cab for Cutie presents an impeccable set on this episode of Soundstage. Lead vocalist Ben Gibbard’s cozy voice has an engaging quality that ropes you in on songs from their new EP The Open Door, 2008 studio album Narrow Stairs and highlights from their prolific catalog.
Live at Hype Machine's Hype Hotel
Little Green Cars
Runtime: 32 minWe're not going out on a limb by saying Glassnote Records has an eye for selecting acts that quench our insatiable cravings for folk rock (just ask Marcus Mumford). A recent addition to their roster comes in the form of a group of five kids from Dublin who are collectively known as Little Green Cars. The band is fronted by the unsettled stare of Stevie Appleby and the stoic gaze of Faye O'Leary, who together guide each of the group's intimate harmonizations into their own boistrous sing-a-long ballads.
With the release of their debut LP, Absolute Zero, coming in April, these young folks took a trip down to Austin, Texas to perform at Conflict of Interest's night at Hype Machine's Hype Hotel, where we were armed and ready with a production crew to capture one of our favorite new bands for you to enjoy.
Live at Hype Machine's Hype Hotel
Runtime: 23 minThe music created by Dublin alternative four-piece Kodaline will hijack a diverse assortment of souls. Their debut EP, released last year, featured four songs, all of which offered their own marque of sincerity stretching from the indie rock simplicity of "Perfect World" to the highest reaches of the arena-suited "All I Want", where frontman Steve Garrigan squeezes hearts with a voice comparable only to that of Coldplay's Chris Martin. Kodaline is a perfect emblem of a band that will undoubtedly explode in the U.S. as their genre melding music is accessible to fans of any palate.
Baeble captured the Irishmen during their recent trip to the States when they made a profound pit stop at Hype Machine's Hype Hotel down in Austin this March. Their debut full-length studio album, In A Perfect World is due out next month, June 10th, and we're confident this concert capture will be the perfect icebreaker with your new favorite band: Kodaline.
In Session: 2008
Runtime: 12 minSnow Patrol performs live at the intimate In Session in 2008. The Session, features performances of Take Back The City,” The Shutters, Chasing Cars.” The Session concludes with an interview with Snow Patrol.