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The Brit Awards 2009 – The Nominations

 
By on Monday, 26th January 2009 at 4:42 pm
 

Coldplay's new album cover

Ahh…The Brits. Perhaps more famous for Jarvis Cocker’s stage invasion, or Arctic Monkey‘s drunken speeches rather than for it’s showcasing of the best of British music. Either way, every year it certainly proves an interesting watch and this 2009, the controversial show will be presented by disco diva, Kylie Minogue and Gavin and Stacey stars, Mathew Horne and James Corden. There will be performances from Kings of Leon, U2 and Take That to name but a few. You can catch all the action live on ITV1 on February 18th, but if you can’t wait till then, There Goes The Fear is here to tell you about the successful nominees that were announced earlier this week.

The artists leading the way with the highest amount of nominations this year are Welsh songstress, Duffy and Coldplay – both tallying up a total of four nods. Both artists had number 1 albums last year – Duffy with ‘Rockferry‘ and Coldplay with ‘Viva la Vida‘ (pictured right) – so are unsurprisingly up for Mastercard’s Best British Album alongside Elbow, Radiohead and The Ting Tings. Duffy’s ‘Mercy’ and Coldplay’s ‘Viva la Vida’ will also be going head to head in Best British Single category alongside the likes of Estelle‘s ‘American Boy’, Adele with ‘Chasing Pavements’ and the X Factor Finalists’ ‘Hero’.

Duffy also features in the Best British Female Solo Artist category alongside Adele, Beth Rowley, Estelle and MIA, while the nominees in male counterpart include Ian Brown, James Morrison, Paul Weller, Streets and Will Young. Best British Group has seen the nomination of the ever-popular Coldplay, Elbow, Radiohead, Take That and Girls Aloud.

New music recieving nods in this year’s Best British Breakthrough Act include Last Shadow Puppets and Scouting For Girls, while 2009’s Best British Live Act showcases everyone from Iron Maiden and The Verve, to Elbow.

Singer-songwriter, Florence and the Machine (who we featured here), is tracing the footsteps of 2008 winner Adele through gaining the coveted Critics Choice Award which recognises upcoming music talent. Meanwhile, Pet Shop Boys have been intriguingly awarded the Outstanding Contribution Award, following on from Beatle Sir Paul McCartney’s win last year.

Band’s receiving nods in the international categories including Best International Group and Best International Album are Kings of Leon, The Killers, AC/DC, MGMT and Fleet Foxes. Solo artists featuring in the categories honouring oversea talent include Katy Perry, Gabriella Cilmi, Seasick Steve, Beck and Kanye West.

To see the nominations in full, check out the official Brits website.

 

Thom’s Top Albums of 2008

 
By on Wednesday, 31st December 2008 at 11:07 am
 

I did intend to do a full top ten, but seeing as I ran out of time I’m gonna list (in no particular order) the top albums of 2008.. I didn’t get time to cut down my shortlist either..

MGMT – Oracular Spectacular – This is the only album I ranked and I did so at Number One. A little cliched? Probably.. Predictable? Yes.. They’re topping loads of lists for this accolade (including the NME) and so perhaps this wasn’t the most shocking, but the truth is that I was praying for a 2008 release on this album (though strictly it was first released in 2007 the retail and UK versions fell in 2008). These physc-rockers have created the best album in a long while. It falls under no specific genre or style, yet is instantly listenable.

Highlights – Time To Pretend, Kids, The Youth

[youtube:http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=bIEOZCcaXzE]

MGMT – Kids

The Metros – More Money, Less Grief – The most under rated debut of the year. If you could bottle London, muggings, sexual riots, ASBOs, depression, topshop and all, then press it on to a CD, it would sound like this. The South London based garage indie rockers have produced one of the best albums of the year, every track is brilliant and the signles released have been on par with the quality of the album as a whole. This definately deserves a listen.

Highlights – Talk About It, Last Of The Lookers, Education Pt.2, Sexual Riot

[youtube:http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=zw55Dr324dY]

The Metros –  Education Pt. 2 (Live)

Bloc Party – Intimacy – The unexpected third album from Bloc Party was a pleasant surprise, and anyone lucky enough to see them live this year were lucky as they maintained top form through festivals and tours. The album was a digital adventure in to varying sounds, lead single ‘Mercury’ was a stark contrast to some of the other more mellow singles. It wasn’t low on energy either, ‘Trojan Horse’ amongst others going down a treat at live shows.

Highlights – Signs (whilst there are a load on this album, this track is a must listen

[youtube:http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=FWH3WAe6a_0]

Bloc Party – Talons

Continue reading Thom’s Top Albums of 2008

 

Best of 2008: Music Videos

 
By on Tuesday, 16th December 2008 at 2:43 pm
 

Kings of LeonAh, the music video. It’s a genius thing. Without it, we’d never have had the Thriller dance, Madonna’s pink leotard or Ok Go’s treadmill acrobatics! Shocking, I know!

Thankfully, in the recent age of sites such as YouTube and Yahoo! Music – the music video is once again reaching the peaks of it’s 80s MTV heyday.

So as the year draws to a close, I’ve decided to take a look back over 2008 and pick out a few of what I believe to be the greatest music videos of the year.

The Last Shadow Puppets – Standing Next To Me

First up, we have a video from The Last Shadow Puppets (pictured, top)– the dapper duo compromising of Arctic Monkey, Alex Turner and Rascal, Miles Kane.

The band’s album, ‘The Age of the Understatement’, was a particular favourite of mine this year. It would appear, however, that I was not the only fan of the album. Not only did ‘The Age of the Understatement’ reach number 1, it also blagged a prestigious Mercury Music Prize nomination. Turner and Kane pull their slick, retro-vibe off perfectly in the ‘Standing Next To Me’ video. Check it out, here:

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8YRx47oylM]

Weezer – Pork and Beans

It’s possibly one of the most discussed videos of the year (and the song, from the band’s self-titled 2008 album, is pretty good too). ‘Pork and Beans’ is a genius little video featuring the stars of YouTube, including Tay Zonday, Chris Crocker and Numa Numa guy, to name but a few. Who else can you spot? Check it out here:

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muP9eH2p2PI]

Kings of Leon – Sex on Fire

Kings of Leon (pictured top of post, right) returned triumphantly in September with hit album, ‘Only By The Night’. Since many critics are labelling the album the greatest of 2008, it seems fitting that one of the Kings’ videos should appear in my list.

The video for number 1 single, ‘Sex On Fire’, is noticeably a little cheesy for these once hardcore Southern rockers. Ignoring the shower scenes and muscles fitting of a Backstreet Boys video – the track is still undeniably awesome. And they are still undeniably pretty *blushes* .

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

The Ting Tings – Shut Up and Let Me Go

The Ting Tings were one of 2008’s biggest successes. ‘We Started Nothing’ reached number 1 in the album charts and their super catchy little ditties soon gained worldwide exposure thanks to hit track, ‘Shut Up and Let Me Go’, featuring on an Apple iPod ad.

Check out the awesome video to said song here featuring lots of clever, hypnotic hand movements. Ooooo..

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8r23cm7bL9E]

Lily Allen – The Fear

I’ll conclude my list with a video that’s only just been released. In a way, Lily Allen’s ‘The Fear’ helps us mark the transition from 2008 to 2009. Her album, ‘It’s Not Me, It’s You’, is set to be released in February – so via the following video, we’re able to get a taste of what next year is set to bring us.

Check out the video to The Fear here. It’s a lovely little track, with an equally lovely video –

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-wGMlSuX_c]

 

Single Review: The Last Shadow Puppets – My Mistakes Were Made for You

 
By on Wednesday, 12th November 2008 at 5:01 pm
 

And so the honeymoon continues for Alex Turner and Miles Kane’s orchestral side-project, The Last Shadow Puppets. Now blossoming into a fully-fledged super-group, the boys have recently released their third single ‘My Mistakes Were Made For You’ which keeps the bombastic bandwagon rolling along marvellously.

These boys clearly know their pop history, but if there wasn’t more to their sound than mere homage the gimmick would have worn thin by now. Turner’s lyrics are as sharp as any he’s penned for the Arctics, only here they are complemented by epic arrangements and lush orchestration.

Opening with a guitar chord twangy enough to grace a David Lynch film, My Mistakes Were Made for You is very much more restrained than ‘Age of the Understatement’ or ‘Standing Next To Me’ yet still it sounds good enough to be on a James Bond soundtrack.The mix is woozy and cavernous with Turner’s broad Northern tones sounding like they’re being sucked into a void. And the lyrics are similarly disquieting; all this talk of tumbling rocks and being “smashed into smithereens” is a world away from ‘Mardy Bum’.

I’ve enjoyed everything The Last Shadow Puppets have thrown our way and it’s hard to believe that this is a side project but what about the other bands that these chaps front? I’ve heard lots of people anxious about the attention Alex Turner and Miles Kane give to their own bands but from what I can see the future is bright for both. Arctic Monkeys are set to work with Queens of the stone ages’ Josh Homme and The Rascals seem to have really grown their sound since Miles started his “side project”.

Don’t take my word for it, visit their MySpace and see what you think.

 

Daily Roundup: Tuesday 9th September

 
By on Tuesday, 9th September 2008 at 9:35 pm
 

Just a quick one tonight, as I’m plain and simply cream crackered at the moment – working 30-40 hours a week and then going to a gig or so a week and the usual pub evenings is pretty hard work… (boy, it’s a hard life, no?)

Bloc Party did another one of their suprises last night, announcing the release of Talons, their second single, and one that wasn’t on Intimacy, but will be on the physical release in October. In short, it’s pretty darned amazing, as with all of their Intimacy era stuff. A bit 80’s rock, a bit dark and murky, but ultimately good. I’m not posting the MP3 as I think it’s just asking for me to get (another) cease and desist, but I’m sure those of you in the know can get a copy for free.

Of course tonight is also the Mercury music prize, with my money firmly on Laura Marling to win, though I doubt the judges will choose her, probably sticking to a safer bet like Radiohead, Elbow or Last Shadow Puppets. If Adele or Estelle wins I won’t be a happy bunny though – they’re good, but not Mercury material.

There are still some reviews of Hydro Connect coming in, almost 10 days after the event, and just make me yearn for Scotland again. Only about 50 weeks now until Hydro 2009, eh? Rock Sellout have put up a guest blog from the festival, along with a better (and more indepth) interview with Rab from Glasvegas than we did.

Meanwhile, Mike over at Chromewaves caught this weekend’s Virgin Festival in Toronto, with Bloc Party, Kooks, Fratellis and more. I’ll be checking out some of the smaller (and larger) bands I haven’t heard of when I actually have a day off.

 

Last Shadow Puppets / First UK dates

 
By on Monday, 30th June 2008 at 6:23 pm
 

Last Shadow PuppetsThe Last Shadow Puppets have announced a string of dates in August and October around the UK.

Tickets go on sale on Saturday (5th July) at 9am. Catch them at:

Tuesday 19th August – Portsmouth, Guildhall
Wednesday 20th August – Oxford, New Theatre
Wednesday 22nd October – Glasgow Academy
Thursday 23rd October – Sheffield City Hall
Sunday 26th October – London Hammersmith Apollo

 
 
 

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