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Video of the Moment #388: Edwyn Collins (feat. Alex Kapranos and Nick McCarthy)

 
By on Thursday, 20th January 2011 at 6:00 pm
 

Edwyn Collins released his 7th solo album, ‘Losing Sleep’, last September. It features some notable guest appearances including Johnny Marr (‘Come Tomorrow, Come Today’), the Drums (‘In Your Eyes’) and the track in this video, ‘Do It Again’, starring Alex Kapranos and Nick McCarthy of Franz Ferdinand. I’m glad Collins is back “doing it again”, because he’s showing the youngsters exactly how it’s done. What a toe-tapping, ace tune. Not a fan of Kapranos’s ’70s moustache, though.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgIjWq-Qhzs[/youtube]

‘Losing Sleep’ is available now from Heavenly Records.

 

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.

 

Preview : BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend

 
By on Wednesday, 22nd April 2009 at 2:00 pm
 

Looking for a review of the Saturday of the Big Weekend? Click Here.

KasabianBBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend is an annual musical festival with bit of a twist. Every year, the 2 day event takes place in a different town, with past locations including Dundee, Preston and Maidstone. This 2009, Radio 1 will be bringing their Big Weekend to Lydiard Park, Swindon, on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th of May. Tickets to the event are free, and are obtained through a random lottery on Radio 1’s website (registration has now closed). Lucky winners will blag a pair of tickets to their selected day (Saturday or Sunday), with Swindon residents receiving allocation priority in order to make the event more accessible to locals.

Every year the event has boasted an impressive line-up (past artists include Madonna, Muse and Foo Fighters), and this 2009 is absolutely no exception. Snow Patrol (pictured top), Kasabian (pictured right)and Dizzee Rascal will be headlining the ‘Main Stage’ on Saturday, while Lily Allen, Akon and Franz Ferdinand will be taking over the top slots on Sunday. Other artists who will be featuring within the main arena over the weekend include The Script, Calvin Harris, The Wombats, The Saturdays, Scouting for Girls, Ne-Yo, Alesha Dixon and N-Dubz.

Meanwhile, headline acts hitting the smaller ‘In New Music We Trust Stage’ on Saturday include Basement Jaxx, Doves and Jack Penate, while Sunday will be tastily offering up The Enemy, Maximo Park and Gossip. Further impressive artists appearing on this stage across the May weekend include Friendly Fires, Florence and the Machine, Fightstar, Enter Shikari, Ladyhawke and White Lies.

Should you fancy checking out some new music while at the event, why not head over to the ‘Introducing Stage’, where you can get up and close with a range of upcoming talent including Stornoway, The Temper Trap, Bombay Bicycle Club, Thee Vicars, Gallop and Marina and the Diamonds. And if that’s still not enough, you can catch a wide-range of top DJs spinning the decks over at the ‘Outdoor Stage’, with Radio 1 favourites including Chris Moyles, Annie Mac, Tim Westwood, Zane Lowe and Rob da Bank all making an appearance.

Registration for tickets to the event has now closed, but never fear, as the BBC will be broadcasting highlights of the festival on Radio 1 and BBC Three across the weekend. You’ll also be able to catch footage online, as well as on your trusty red button. If you’d like more information on the event, along with a full line-up, head over to the Big Weekend’s website now.

Top photo comes from Radio 1’s Flickr Stream.

 

Franz Ferdinand / October 2009 UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 20th April 2009 at 4:17 pm
 

Scottish guitar pop quartet Franz Ferdinand have announced a tour for October around the UK. Not quite at Bloc Party’s Bloctober proportions, it’s still pretty amazing.

Tickets go on sale on Friday (24th April) at 9am, and are sure to sell out quickly.

Sunday 11th October 2009 – Aberdeen Music Hall
Monday 12th October 2009 – Dundee Caird Hall
Tuesday 13th October 2009 – Inverness Ironworks
Thursday 15th October 2009 – Newcastle Academy
Friday 16th October 2009 – Sheffield Academy
Saturday 17th October 2009 – Manchester Apollo
Monday 19th October 2009 – Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Tuesday 20th October 2009 – Leeds Academy
Friday 23rd October 2009 – London Brixton Academy

 

Daily Roundup – 14th January 2009

 
By on Wednesday, 14th January 2009 at 10:08 am
 

Having a few issues at the moment keeping up with so much good new music I’ve been stumbling across. So settle in as we give you the run down on some ace new acts.

Official Secrets Act (side)Steve introduced you to Alessi’s Ark‘s (pictured top) lush colourful musical soundscapes almost a month ago, and since then we’ve been hooked – great music to listen to in the evening, really relaxing and so beautiful. She may not be destined for huge things, but it’s beautiful and may well be soundtracking the next episode of Grey’s Anatomy or Scrubs, going by their music policy these days.

MP3: Alessi’s Ark – Magic Weather

Crazy (but sweet) Marina & The Diamonds segues us easily between Alessi’s Ark and the rest of our colourful line up, sounding like a crazy hotpot of Imogen Heap, Regina Spektor, Goldfrapp and Bjork. Yes, it’s artistic, yes it’s great.

MP3: Marina & The Diamonds – Obsessions

One of the new blogs I’ve found recently, The Recommender, managed to suggest The Sound of Arrows, and reminded me to check out The Official Secrets Act (pictured on the right)who I saw featured in an NME “radar” feature just the other month, but never got round to checking out. Needless to say, The Recommender has links to tonnes more great bands and artists, so be sure to check it out (when you’ve run out of things to read from us, of course!

MP3: The Sound of Arrows – Danger!
MP3: The Official Secrets Act – So Tomorrow

Some of you might be trying frantically to find some sort of connection between this artists, whether they’re all pop or all dark and meaningful. I don’t think there’s much connection between them all – they’ve all got quite different sounds, though are all pretty mainstream I guess. To finish it off on the free MP3 stakes, Bangor based Two Door Cinema are so unashamedly synth-happy I may have just fallen in love again. They’ve got “that” sound that will probably appeal to the same people who love the Wombats (who incidentally they’ll be supporting at the NME awards shows – nice linking I think you’ll agree!), Team Waterpolo, Death Cab For Cutie or Los Campesinos! etc – slightly pop, slightly indie, slightly great. The only downside? They don’t have a drummer – I think every band should have a drummer, it offers that little bit more flexability, you don’t have to restart the drum loops to fit in with your mistakes.

Listen and love:

MP3: Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work

Oh, and we’ve also been majorly loving Franz Ferdinand‘s new album. For obvious reasons you don’t get an MP3 out of it (as we don’t want another Cease and Desist letter!), but feel free to see what Jess thought of the first single, Ulysses, here. Also got the White Lies new album, though its taking a bit longer to get into – at the moment it’s feeling a bit of a paint-by-numbers affair. Shame.

 

Single Review: Franz Ferdinand – Ulysses

 
By on Tuesday, 13th January 2009 at 4:34 pm
 

Franz FerdinandAfter a near-3 year break, Franz Ferdinand are back this month with a brand new album, fittingly titled ‘Tonight:Franz Ferdinand’. ‘Ulysses’ is the debut track off the album and is set to be released next Monday (January 19th) via CD single. The track initially get’s off to a unusually slow start, with frontman Alex Kapranos subtly singing over a simplistic synth-based drum beat.

Seemingly picking up on the listeners’ brewing boredom, Kapranos cries, “I’m bored! I’m bored!”…appropriately leading the song into the full-blown explosion we were all waiting for. In comes the awesome sing-a-long chorus consisting of enthusiastic cries of “La! Lalalala!”- backed up with dark electronica beats and intense, heavy guitars.

The loud and gritty chorus contrasts nicely with the delicately whispered verses scattered about the song. The experimental track certainly possesses an air of dark mystery about it, sparking intrigue and excitment in the listener. While the track manages to hold down the cliché Franz Ferdinand vibe thanks to it’s additivity catchy rhythm, Ulysses also sounds awesomely fresh sounding.

Check out the video to the track here:

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

Pre-order Franz Ferdinand’s CD single, Ulysses, over at Amazon right now.

 
 
 

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