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First-ever Gonzo with Alexa Chung – Carl Barat, Kings of Leon, Professor Green and the Ting Tings stop in

 
By on Friday, 15th October 2010 at 11:00 am
 

If you were worried that things had gone south when Zane Lowe presented his final episode of MTV Gonzo in April, have no fear, the series is back and it’s Friday night, all right! And with a new host, Alexa Chung.

Alexa will be welcoming some pretty big names to the famous couch tonight. Carl Barat will no doubt be coming along to talk about his new debut album just released on 04 October. From the goss we’ve heard, Carl said he likes the show so much that he’d love to work on it if he wasn’t making music.

Kings of Leon will also make an appearance just prior to their fifth studio album, ‘Come Around Sundown’, being released on Monday (18 October). Additional guests include Professor Green, who touched off a wee flame war with Kate Nash and Cribs fans on Twitter yesterday, and Manchester’s Ting Tings, who have returned to the music scene with a catchy new single, ‘Hands’.

Watch the new MTV Gonzo featuring Alexa Chung as presenter tonight at 7 pm on MTV Rocks, with a repeat at 9 pm on MTV.

 

Single Review: Carl Barat – Run with the Boys

 
By on Wednesday, 25th August 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

The elephant in the room for this year’s Reading/Leeds? The return of the Libertines in their original line-up.

What should be receiving much more fanfare than it is currently: Carl Barat‘s upcoming solo release. ‘Run with the Boys’, our first taster of the new material, got its debut as Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record in the World Monday night on Radio1.

During the DPT days I used to moan – a lot – about the people who were stuck in the Libertines days, because Carl had moved on and was making different music. I dearly loved the Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things and I appreciate Carl as an excellent musician and a great singer/songwriter, but I’m really not sure where he was trying to go with this song.

My impression? He’s making different music all right. But the horns seem superfluous. Judging from his previous work in his other bands, they’re unnecessary. He knows how to construct a good rock ‘n’ roll song. But here, there’s no obvious hook, it sounds phoned in. Disappointed. I’m hoping this is the weakest link on the debut album.

You can listen to the song and Zane Lowe chatting with Barat on iPlayer here until next Monday (30 August). I would be curious to see what other people think.

‘Run with the Boys’, the debut solo single from Carl Barat, and his full self-titled debut album will both be released on 4 October. He goes on tour in the UK in October.

 

Carl Barat / October 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Friday, 18th June 2010 at 8:00 am
 

Libertines man Carl Barat has announced the first details of his as-yet-untitled solo album, and with it a tour to boot.

Tickets go on sale at 9am today (June 18th). Catch him at:

Friday 15th October 2010 – Brighton Coalition
Saturday 16th October 2010 – Cambridge The Haymakers
Sunday 17th October 2010 – Stoke On Trent The Sugarmill
Monday 18th October 2010 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Wednesday 20th October 2010 – Newcastle Digital
Thursday 21st October 2010 – Glasgow Oran Mor
Friday 22nd October 2010 – Leeds The Cockpit
Saturday 23rd October 2010 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Monday 25th October 2010 – Wolverhampton Slade Room
Tuesday 26th October 2010 – Bristol Thekla
Wednesday 27th October 2010 – London Scala

 
 
 

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