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Steve Lamacq’s In New Music We Trust Programme to End

 
By on Tuesday, 11th August 2009 at 6:52 pm
 

The end of an era. Steve Lamacq‘s “In New Music We Trust” Radio1 programme will be broadcasting its last-ever show at its usual Monday night 21.00-22.00 later this month. You have two chances left to hear the programme – on 17 August, there will be a session by Sheffield band Crookes (presumably named after the suburb), and on 24 August, Lammo will be hosting the Strange Boys from Austin, Texas.

Being on what I consider the wrong side of the pond, in a town where radio stations on the whole are terrible, I get most of my new music news and heads-ups on new bands from British radio. And specifically, I owe Lammo a lot – he turned me on to a lot of new bands that I never would have heard or learned about otherwise. Skint and Demoralised, borne of Wakefield pubs and new Northern soul, would have never hit my ears if Steve had not chosen their “The Thrill of Thirty Seconds” as one of his “Top 60 of 2008”. There’s a reason he’s often called “the indie rock oracle”. (Bloc Party took a chance and gave him a demo in the toilet during a Franz Ferdinand gig at the ICA. Smart move.) Not to mention he’s an all-around nice chap. He never hesitates to provide a nod on air to his global legion of fans, from Leicester to London, Stockholm to Seattle, from Warsaw to my own Washington D.C. Lammo, your Monday night programme will be missed.

But all is not lost. The Colchester United stalwart who still wears Doc Martens to this day will still be spinning records on his 6music programme Mondays through Fridays at 16.00 to 19.00 and on Radio2 on Wednesday nights at 23.00 to 0.00.

 

Video of the Day #86: Bloc Party

 
By on Friday, 3rd July 2009 at 6:00 pm
 

Yes, I love Bloc Party. We’ve already covered this fact. Here’s their new single, One More Chance.

I’m loving the fact that Bloc Party are simply releasing material whenever it suits them, not waiting for predictable industry schedules to release their music. If only the rest of the industry had their balls, I thikn it wouldn’t be struggling so much. Good music, good ideas. How the industry should be.

Enjoy the sun everyone, and have a great weekend.

[vimeo]http://www.vimeo.com/5231891[/vimeo]

 

Video of the Day #54: Bloc Party – Ares (Villains Remix)

 
By on Tuesday, 12th May 2009 at 6:00 pm
 

As we’ve mentioned before, Bloc Party‘s amazing new remix album, Intimacy:Remixed came out yesterday, and to go with it an amazing video to go with Ares has been made from their huuuuge Olympia gigs on Easter weekend.

Watch, enjoy and buy the album.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPe7tk58S8Y[/youtube]

 

Video of the Day #31: Bloc Party

 
By on Tuesday, 17th March 2009 at 6:00 pm
 

As we announced earlier today, Bloc Party have a shiny new remix album coming out in May, featuring full reworkings of their latest album, Intimacy. The full tracklisting is below, and features some pretty big names (and ones I don’t know), so catch the tracklist below and the (slightly unnerving, but very cool) video to “Signs” below that.

1 Ares – Villains remix
2 Mercury – Hervé Is In Disarray remix
3 Halo – We Have Band Dub
4 Biko – Mogwai remix
5 Trojan Horse – John B remix
6 Signs – Armand Van Helden remix
7 One Month Off – Filthy Dukes remix
8 Zephyrus – Phase One remix
9 Talons – Phones RIP remix
10 Better Than Heaven – No Age remix
11 Ion Square – Banjo or Freakout remix
12 Letter To My Son – Gold Panda remix
13 Your Visits are Getting Shorter – Double D Remix

[vimeo]http://www.vimeo.com/3685706[/vimeo]

 

MP3 of the Day #23: Bloc Party

 
By on Tuesday, 17th March 2009 at 10:00 am
 

Following on from the glorious “Silent Alarm Remixed“, Bloc Party have announced that they’ll be releasing “Intimacy: Remixed” on May 11th, featuring remixes of the whole album.

Normally these remix albums are pretty shite, however Bloc Party only pick the best, with the last album featuring M83, Ladytron and Mogwai who I went off and discovered after hearing them on Bloc’s album. Enjoy one of the new songs off the collection, Armand Van Helden’s remix of “Signs”.

MP3: Bloc Party – Signs – Armand Van Helden remix

 

Rock the Vote with the NME Awards: Part 1

 
By on Wednesday, 18th February 2009 at 7:38 pm
 

So it’s that time of year again, the NME awards are fast approaching, the tours almost over, this year Glasvegas and White Lies headlined to bring back post punk, supported by Friendly Fires and Florence. The tour seems to have gone down well, but now all eyes are on the awards, a short week away… I bring you who I think should win…

Best British Band -The Shadow Puppets were fun, but not exactly up to scratch for this award. Oasis are pretty strong contenders, the band put out a decent record and are set to go on an arena tour in the coming months, being NME favourites it’d be foolish to count them out. But if we’re looking at quality of music, then there’s only one band destined for this year award – Bloc Party (pictured top). Kele & co. have been in full force this year, touring and of course putting out the brilliant ‘Intimacy.’ Dancefloor-filling ‘Flux’ and ‘Mercury’ have also gone down a treat and the album itself has some epic tracks. In this category they clearly deserve success..

Vampire WeekendBest International Band – Main fight here no doubt is between Vampire Weekend (pictured right) and MGMT, though Kings of Leon put up a good fight too. Two brilliant new bands with sensational records and ace singles to match. The two seem inseparable, to choose one would be madness.. take our advice and go with the one your prefer, if you can’t choose (like I couldn’t), flip a coin and see where it takes you.. Oh and whatever you do – don’t vote Crystal Castles!!

Best Solo Artist -Chances are that this being the NME Pete has pretty much walked it. Aside from this though I don’t see the need to vote for anyone, Jay-Z puts in a good shout but the true winner – Kanye West – isn’t even up for nomination!! Something is seriously wrong with this category, it’s another flip, this time between Pete and Jay-Z..

GlasvegasBest New Band -Fucking hell.. this is impossible, every band is deserving and each one of them should be walking away with the title. Out of them all I may like Glavegas the least but they’re still awesome (though massively overhyped too). This ones a tie folks..

Best Live Band -I haven’t been to any of their shows so perhaps I’m not the best to talk you all through, but I have seen them all on BBC Three’s Reading highlights, (if that counts for anything). If I had to go with one band, based on just energy and explosiveness it’d have to be Kings of Leon. They deserve an award this year and their live show was (apparently) flawless.

Best Album -I notice I’ve been a little indecisive over the last couple of awards, but here I’m decided. Though the nominations aren’t great and are lacking some classics from last year (Clinic, Kanye (again!), The Metros, MGMT (if counted), Xiu Xiu etc. etc.)  Bloc Party are enticing us again as are Kings of Leon, and I know I said I’d decided, but I lied..

Find out the rest of my choices tomorrow morning at 11.

The NME awards are around the corner, if you want to have your say head on over to the nominations page and cast your votes now! Voting closes at 4pm tomorrow, 19th February.

 
 
 

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