Armitage + Radiohead = Tudor Romance

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After finding so many lovely Armitage + Keane videos, I was looking for Armitage + Radiohead videos and I discovered this cache of gorgeous videos by summersparkle2 featuring Guy of Gisborne + Anne Boleyn from The Tudors!

Richard III for Richard Armitage gold!

The editing and lighting manipulation is superb; her videos have exceptionally convincing portrayals of crossover romance and she showcases beautifully expressive moments by Guy and Anne.

And we shall see the two of them together! Natalie Dormer, who plays Anne, co-stars with Armitage in Captain America.

I also bloody love summersparkle2’s taste in music. “All I Need” is one of my favorite Radiohead  songs.

The dialogue at the end of this video ramps up the intensity.

Here’s a passionate one featuring Florence + the Machine.

A quieter take on the romance featuring a track by Safety Suit.

When Sight and Sound Collide: Armitage Meets Rihanna and Florence & the Machine

This Richard Armitage + Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” video is delicious. Love the cut to Ros, the glove moment, the intrigued look at 3:16, the kiss on the hand, and the John Thornton look at Sarah Caulfield at 3:28.

Several YouTube users have created North and South videos using Florence + The Machine songs. They tend to use very quick cuts due to the fast pace of the music and cut off the song early.

The “Cosmic Love” one is my favorite (and has the slowest pace). I love how Florence is singing from Thornton’s point of view. The timing of “you left me in the dark” (at 1:36) and “in the shadow of your heart” (at 1:49) is perfect.


“Drumming Song”



New Song: Florence + the Machine “What the Water Gave Me”

Still on a contact high after the Florence + the Machine concert at the Greek Theater in Berkeley. Whew.

Florence looked like a chartreuse moth-angel in her diaphanous Gucci wear.

Her harpist, Tom Monger is my choice for MVP (MAVS WIN! I missed the concert opener, but it was worth it).

She had a lovely time in the Bay area and went to the Haight Ashbury Street Fair.

Towards the end of her set, she debuted her new song “What the Water Gave Me.”

Driving backbeat. Sort of Enya-like. Frolicky keyboard notes.

“Lay me down/let the only song/be the overflow/pockets full of stone”

An ode to Virginia Woolf? Woolf committed suicide by walking into the river with stones in her pockets.

We had  a stunning sunset bay view set to “Cosmic Love”the stars, the moon, they have all been blown out. I love the video for this song.

The Hunter Arrives: Florence + the Machine Tours America

Glorious Florence + the Machine is gracing the Bay area with her presence this Sunday.

Last week, she kicked off her latest US tour at the Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee. She will play at the Greek Theater at UC Berkeley, my alma mater and site of my first ever concert (Third Eye Blind!).

Back in 2009, Florence was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize for her debut album Lungs, but she blew up stateside last year after her song “Dog Days Are Over” ran in the Eat Pray Love trailer. The film was directed by Glee’s creator Ryan Murphy and the song was later covered on Glee.

Since then, she’s been on a media blitz, doing the did the grand rounds of awards shows: she was a highlight at the MTV Video Music Awards, the Grammys, and the Oscars (where she replaced Dido in performing the song from 127 Hours). As mentioned previously on dd blog, she also contributed a track on the Twilight Saga: Eclipse film soundtrack.

Known for her flaming red hair and gypsy bohemian glamour, she has been featured in Vogue twice and this month she is on the cover of Bust and Nylon. Her tour costumes are currently designed by Gucci, as she is the new face of the brand.

Florence has lungs that stretch over any type of song, from the early Sarah McLachlan-esque “Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)” to the soul cover “You’ve Got The Love” to the scorching call of “Howl” which is a genre all its own.

Her range and passion astonishes me and I am thrilled to see her in concert! Now I just need to find some jewels and feathers. . .

“Rabbit Heart” on KEXP acoustic


“Howl” at Glastonbury Festival 2009


A BBC Radio 4 “Rhyme and Reason” interview with Florence on how poetry inspires her.

“Eclipse” Soundtrack Revealed: I’m Always In This TWILIGHT

Kristen and Rob show off their moves. Shot by Peggy Sirota.

Despite the cheesiness of it all, the “Twilight” saga continues to attract top-shelf indie rock artists for its soundtracks. What’s more, these artists contribute new songs to be background noise to a vampire/human/werewolf love triangle soap opera, in order to gain the notice (and dollars) of millions of breathless females worldwide — while enraging loyalists who cry “Sell out!”

For the third film of the five-part series (“Breaking Dawn” will be two films), the soundtrack lineup includes two of my favorite Brits — Bat for Lashes and Florence + the Machine. These ladies definitely know what’s up when it comes to fantasy (see BFL “Horse and I”) and overwhelming passion (see BFL “Daniel”).

Florence always struck me as a “Twilight” fan given the bombastic chorus of “Cosmic Love” (“I’m always in this TWILIGHT”) and the lovesick wolf-hunter narrative of “Howl.”

I am pleasantly surprised to see a contribution from Australian singer Sia. This YouTube fan video of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart’s “Vanity Fair” shoot featuring Sia’s song “Breathe Me” was sexier than the entire “Twilight” movie. It’s no coincidence, I’m sure, that “Breathe Me” was featured as the trailer for Rob’s recent movie “Remember Me” or that Sia is now on the “Eclipse” soundtrack.

It’s quite an international indie lineup, actually. Canadians (Metric), a Scientologist (Beck), and some Ivy League Americans (Vampire Weekend):

1. Metric – “Eclipse (All Yours)”

2. Muse – “Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)”

3. The Bravery – “Ours”

4. Florence + The Machine – “Heavy In Your Arms”

5. Sia – “My Love”

6. Fanfarlo – “Atlas”

7. The Black Keys – “Chop And Change”

8. The Dead Weather – “Rolling In On A Burning Tire”

9. Beck and Bat For Lashes – “Let’s Get Lost”

10. Vampire Weekend – “Jonathan Low”

11. UNKLE – “With You In My Head (featuring The Black Angels)”

12. Eastern Conference Champions – “A Million Miles An Hour”

13. Band Of Horses – “Life On Earth”

14. Cee-Lo Green – “What Part Of Forever”

15. Howard Shore – “Jacob’s Theme”