Entries tagged with: BBC
Rooted in 90s R&B - Years & Years cite TLC and and Aaliyah as influences, and play a cover of Blu Cantrell's Breathe in concert.The votes have been tallied in the BBC's "Sound of 2015" poll and UK trio Years & Years are the winners, as voted on by a bunch of music industry professionals and influencers. You can stream a few songs below. Whether you like what the 'Beeb says 2015 is supposed to sound like or not (us, notsomuch), the poll lately has a good track record with predicting commercial success: Sam Smith was their "Sound of 2014," Haim was their "Sound of 2013." You can stream a few tracks below.
Formed in London, the trio consist of bassist Mikey Goldsworthy, keyboard player Emre Turkmen and vocalist Alexander, who joined the band when Mikey heard him singing in the shower after a party at his house.
The group have enjoyed a run of successful performances at UK festivals in 2014 including Bestival, Latitude, and The Great Escape before playing coveted support slots with Clean Bandit and Sound of 2014 winner Sam Smith. - [BBC]
Years & Years will be making their North American debut this month with two NYC shows: Le Poisson Rouge on January 26 and Rough Trade on January 27. Tickets to LPR are still available (Rough Trade is sold-out).
As for the runners-up in the BBC Sound of 2015 Poll, it was James Bay at #2, Stormzy at #3, Raury at #4 and George the Poet at #5.
Years & Years streams below...
The BBC have released the list of artists they and their panel think "highlights 15 of the best and brightest new acts for the coming year." (2014's recipient was Sam Smith.) In addition to including Brooklynite Shamir (who also made NME's end-of-2014 list), it looks like this:
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"Everyone is in a sexualized trance at this FKA Twigs show @ Webster Hall" - @AngelaSouMaithy
"FKA Twigs conjured up some Kendra the Vampire Slayer vibes at Webster." - Bruce
"New unattainable life goal is to be able to dance like FKA twigs" - @simonwilliam
"Twigs talking about her friend who taught her to vogue: "he said if all else fails, just be soft and cunt." Yass" - J. Escobedo Shepherd
UK electronic pop singer FKA twigs is less than a week away from releasing her debut LP (out 8/12 via Young Turks), and last night (8/6) she kicked off a short North American tour surrounding its release at NYC's Webster Hall. Even without her album officially out, the large venue was sold out, very packed, and the crowd was loving it (lots of girls even came to the show dressed like her). Like when she made her NYC debut this past April in two much smaller rooms, her dance moves were a highlight and she went all out this time. She even vogued. Pictures of the whole thing, including opener P. Morris, are in this post.
Earlier that day, twigs performed live on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show, playing three songs from the new album, "Two Weeks," "Give Up" and "Pendulum." Listen to that show, with more pictures and a video from Webster, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Congratulations on being the Sound of 2014! How does it feel?Congratulations to Sam Smith for topping the BBC's Sound of 2014 list! The 2-5 spots went to Ella Eyre, Banks, Sampha, and George Ezra, respectively, and Sam also beat out Chance the Rapper, FKA twigs, Chloe Howl and others. Sam first gained widespread attention when he contributed his vocals to Disclosure's "Latch" and he's since begun releasing some impressive solo material which will culminate in his debut album, In the Lonely Hour, due out on May 26 via Capitol Records.
It feels incredible. I'm so involved in the charts, I love pop music and I love female pop artists. With this award, Florence and the Machine, Ellie Goulding and Adele have all been on it, which is incredible. Even to be a part of it is amazing.
What was the first song you learned the words to?
It was Aretha Franklin's Say A Little Prayer. Cameron Diaz sings it, really badly, in My Best Friend's Wedding. Great film. I love Julia Roberts.
There's a diva quality to your voice - is that sort of music the inspiration?
It's all I listened to. I actually didn't listen to male vocalists until about two years ago. I just listened to Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan. Massive voices. [BBC]
In related news, another group of Disclosure collaborators, London Grammar, will be in NYC much sooner for two sold-out shows next week at Baby's All Right (1/15) and The Box (1/16). They've also since announced that they'll perform on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on January 13.
London Grammar's shows wrap up the day before Disclosure begin their sold-out three-night Terminal 5 (1/17-1/19) run (DJ afterparties at various venues included). Considering Sam Smith and Jessie Ware made unannounced appearances at Disclosure's last NYC show, it doesn't seem like a coincidence that London Grammar are here the same week.
All Sam Smith dates are listed, along with some streams, below...
Converge have announced the release of a "Live at the BBC" 7" EP due out soon on Deathwish from their session at Studio MV4 at Maida Vaile Studios at the BBC in London, August 2010. Release date TBA, but you can watch the trippy teaser video, along with more details, below...
"Filmmaker Tim Burton and composer Danny Elfman have worked together on a number of films. But the pair will collaborate on a live performance for the first time in October.The show goes down at Royal Albert Hall in London on October 7.
Elfman, who wrote the soundtrack to The Simpsons, has worked with Burton for more than 25 years on films such as Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas and the recent 3D film version of Alice in Wonderland. On October 7, Elfman will sing in public for the first time in 18 years, accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra, to perform some of the songs from the films." [Telegraph]
Haim (with Palma Violets) on the cover of this week's NME
Los Angeles sisterly trio Haim have topped the BBC's Sound of 2013 poll, beating out competition like AlunaGeorge (#2), Angel Haze (#3), Laura Mvula (#4) and CHVRCHES (#5), not to mention The Weeknd, Savages, Palma Violets and others. Previous BBC Sound Of poll winners include Michael Kiwanuka (2012), Little Boots (2009), Mika (2007), The Bravery (2005) and 50 Cent (2003). You can watch a half-hour BBC special that features the top 5 acts from the poll below.
Meanwhile, Haim, who played a headlining Brooklyn show in December, have a few tour dates opening for Mumford & Sons, including two shows at Camden, NJ's Susquehanna Bank Center on February 16 and 17 (both are sold-out), and their second of two Barclays Center shows (2/12) (also sold out). Dates are listed below, along with that video.
Savages @ BVCMJ 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The 15-name nominee "longlist" is up for the BBC's "Sound of 2013" poll that includes The Weeknd, Savages, HAIM, King Krule, Palma Violets, AlunaGeorge and Angel Haze. Full list is below. If you're wondering how The Weeknd, who have sold out Terminal 5 here in NYC, can be up for something like this, here's some of the criteria:
They must not have had a UK top 20 single or album by 11 November 2012.The nomination/voting panel is made up of " newspaper and magazine editors and critics, producers and presenters from music radio and televison, website editors and bloggers" if you were wondering. Last year's winner was Michael Kiwanuka.
They can be from any musical genre and any country.
They must not already be famous i.e. generally known by the UK public, (e.g. member of a hit band going solo, or soap star). They must not have got through to the quarter, semi or final rounds of UK reality shows such as X Factor in the last 3 years (i.e. 2010 onwards).
They must not have featured in the BBC Sound of list previously (See an alphabetical list of previous nominees here)
"New" means new to the general public. They may have been around for a while if you believe they are ready to step up to the next level of quality & recognition.
British soul singer Michael Kiwanuka, who won the BBC 'Sound of 2012' poll (beating out Azealia Banks, Frank Ocean, A$AP Rocky, Skrillex, and others), is in the US for some shows this month (he just played Bonnaroo) including two in NYC this week. He plays Highline Ballroom tonight (6/13). That show is sold out, but you can catch him for free on Thursday (6/14) at Prospect Park opening for Laura Marling, along with Willy Mason (the Celebrate Brooklyn show starts at 7pm). He's also got a bunch of other North American festival appearances on the way including ACL, Osheaga, Outside Lands, and Lollapalooza.
Michael put out his debut LP, Home Again, this past March via Polydor. It's got a real classic soul feel -- even down to the cover art (pictured above) -- with a bit of Sly Stone-ish rock crossover, perhaps due in part to the album's production by Paul Butler of indie rockers The Bees. You can check out three videos from Home Again, along with a spotify stream of the whole thing, and a list of all dates, below.
John Peel's record collection to be made into online museum Legendary DJ's collection to be part of Arts Council and BBC-backed interactive projectJohn Peel passed away of a heart attack in 2004, and left a legacy of excellent music behind.
Peel's collection, which contains 25,000 LPs, 40,000 singles and many thousands of CDs, will become part of The Space, a new experimental digital service organised and funded by the Arts Council and the BBC.
The Arts Council will provide initial funding while the BBC will provide support and development advice. Further funding will be sought in the future to complete the project and make every record available online.
Tom Barker, Director, John Peel Centre for Creative Arts, said: "It is the first step in creating an interactive online museum with access to the entire collection, one of the most important archives in modern music history."-[NME]
His "Peel Sessions" have featured everyone from Cocteau Twins to Belle & Sebastian to Napalm Death to Joy Division to ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead to Bolt Thrower, and pretty much serves as a who's who of some of the great bands of the 20th century and beyond. Watch Joy Division below...
Friends (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The BBC's list of 15 bands who will make up the "Sound of 2012" is below...
If you're wondering what James Blake meant when he tweeted "24th August 2011 - James Blake & Bon Iver "Fall Creek Boys Choir,"" it looks like we'll find out now. He just took to twitter again, saying, "James Blake & Bon Iver "Fall Creek Boys Choir" tonight BBC Radio 1. 7:30pm (ish)." If he means UK time (which he does), that's in less than 20 minutes (2:30pm EST). Listen HERE.
UPDATE: "Fall Creek Boys Choir" is the name of a song. They played it. Listen to it HERE.
Meanwhile also check out a new Bon Iver-approved unofficial video for "Holocene" to accompany the recently released official video, below...
by Andrew Sacher
London dubstep producer James Blake is a classically trained pianist who studied popular music at Goldsmiths University in London. He began his music career under the moniker Harmonimix, creating remixes of pop songs. The first and only release under the Harmonimix moniker was a single in January 2010 with a remix of Destiny's Child's "Bills Bills Bills" b/w a remix of Lil Wayne's "A Millie." He spent the rest of 2010 gaining attention with the release of three EPs under his own name, and performing as the third member of Mount Kimbie's live show, which cemented him as a strong force in the dubstep scene.
His self titled debut full length drops February 7 on ATLAS/A&M in the UK. A US release date has not been announced yet, but Blake just signed to American major label Universal Republic (UPDATE: Universal will release the album digitally on February 8). The album blends the dubstep elements he experimented with on his EPs with a range of indie rock and R&B influences, and also for the first time features James Blake on lead vocals. He often includes manipulated vocal samples, but only samples of his own voice. James Blake falls somewhere between a more minimalist version of Burial fronted by the vocal layerings of Bon Iver's "Woods," while not failing to showcase his talent as a pianist. And arguably as interesting as what you hear on this album, is what you don't hear. The album's sparse passages with little to no sound leave you listening as intently as the hypnotic vocal loops.
In addition to ten original songs, James Blake also includes a cover of Feist's "Limit To Your Love." Listen to that below. A music video was also recently released for the album's second track, "The Wilhelm Scream." You can watch that video below too. He recently performed a live session for BBC Radio (after placing second in BBC's Sound of 2011) and videos of three songs are available. Below is the video for "Wilhelm Scream." On BBC's site two other videos are available; "Lindisfarne" and his Feist cover.
Blake has been confirmed for this year's SXSW lineup, currently his only confirmed US appearance, but there are plenty of upcoming chances for those in the UK to catch him - both live and as a DJ. Mount Kimbie however is playing Le Poisson Rouge on March 24th (though I assume without James?).
We'll obviously let you know if any more US JB dates are announced. Meanwhile, all currently announced dates, videos, the album's tracklist and more stuff below...
by Bill Pearis
The BBC recently published its Sound of 2011 list, its annual picks of artists they think will be hot next year. A few of these you might have read about already: The Vaccines (playing here in January), Anna Calvi (playing here in March), Australia's The Naked and the Famous (maybe you saw them at Brooklyn Bowl in November), Esben and the Witch (been here a couple times), and Warpaint (already kinda big over here). There's also dubstep wizkid James Blake, hotshot producers Nero and more.
The list was determined via "160 influential UK tastemakers," and the artists selected must not have had a UK top 20 single or album by 14 November 2010, and must not already be famous (aka contender for TV talent competition, etc). You can see the whole list at the bottom of this post and the top five from the initial list of 15 will be revealed first week of the new year. Last year's list was topped by Ellie Goulding and also included The Drums, Marina & the Diamonds and, uh, Owl City.
Another of the band on the Beeb's list is Yuck who have scheduled and then cancelled U.S. shows twice this year already, but are now really coming -- they pinkie swear -- for two shows next month: January 25 at Mercury Lounge (on-sale 12/17 at noon) and Jan. 26 at Glasslands (tickets are on sale). Immediately after their NYC shows, Yuck heads out for a North American tour with their Fat Possum labelmates Smith Westerns. Yuck's debut album, loaded with warm and fuzzy indie rock a la early Teenage Fanclub or Yo La Tengo, will be out February 15. You can check out "Rubber" from the album above (and watch its NSFW video further down), as well as previously-released, super-catchy "Georgia."
Also on the Sound of 2011 list and also here in January are Nashville-via-Ohio band Mona, who play The Rock Shop on January 12, Mercury Lounge on January 13 and Union Pool on January 15. The BBC describes thusly:
The myth of the last gang in town is an enduring one in rock music. A small town, some big ideas and four kids who've grown up and grown so close that they finish each others sentences. Mona are those tender souls, hoping to outgrow the story that's been written for them. Says frontman/guitarist Nick Brown of their debut single Trouble On The Way. Nick: "It's pretty self-explanatory - there's a sound on the horizon and the volume's gonna grow."You can check out a couple Mona videos below. The band have already played Later with Jules Holland, which seems to make them one of these American bands that England likes first. (Other examples: The Killers.) Apart from their three NYC shows next month, most of their 2011 plans seem to be focused in the UK.
The majority of this Nashville-based four-piece were raised in the church and learned their craft playing to the congregation: Nick and drummer Vince Gard as Pentecostalists and bass player Zach Lindsey in by Southern Baptist. Guitarist Jordan Young is the token heathen. For those within the faith, secular music was banned. Vince's mother would play him Creedence Clearwater Revival records and make him promise not to let on to his father - rock and roll as illicit, secret thrill.
Videos for Yuck and Mona, plus the entire BBC Sound of 2011, after the jump.
"If 2007's Neon Bible was supposed to be Arcade Fire's difficult second album, it didn't show. Top marks from a cavalcade of critical tomes saw the Montreal septet's sequel to their breakthrough debut long-player of 2004, Funeral, received with just as much reverence as its predecessor. So what of The Suburbs, arriving after another three-year period which saw its makers record in both their hometown and New York?...All eight cover variations for the new Arcade Fire album are pictured above, and below...
...The Suburbs is their most thrillingly engrossing chapter yet; a complex, captivating work that, several cycles down the line, retains the magic and mystery of that first tentative encounter. You could call it their OK Computer. But it's arguably better than that." [BBC] (thx Hiro)
Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett stated in an interview with CBC News on 17 September 2008 that they will be doing another Gorillaz album. Hewlett says that from their work on Monkey, "we just learned more about what we do, musically and artistically. That's a great place to come at when we come to another Gorillaz album. It doesn't have to be animation and music." Hewlett also expressed annoyance at having to draw the band members again, "I'm so fucking bored of drawing those characters. But then we had a moment where we had a new angle on it... I'm gonna adapt them." In a later interview Hewlett said, "they'll be the same characters, but a little bit older and told in a different way." An article by the Toronto Star stated that the duo hope to begin work on the album in January 2009. Albarn also said that he wants "to work with an incredibly eclectic, surprising cast of people." On January 14, 2009, Damon Albarn made an appearance as a guest DJ on BBC Radio 1, premiering demos of new Gorillaz songs.Thighs Wide Shut is streaming the three new tracks.
In related news, Damon's other band, Blur, is also keeping busy again.
DOWNLOAD: Belle & Sebastian - a short interview with Stevie and Chris (MP3)
To mark the release of the BBC Sessions album on Monday 17th November (in the UK) and Tuesday 18th (USA) we have a short interview with Stevie and Chris, with their recollections of the various trips to Manchester and London.Download the MP3 above. Check out the BBC Sessions tracklist below...
Speaking to the BBC's One Show about racial attitudes, Lydon said: "My grandchildren are Jamaican right."PREVIOUSLY: three Foals injured in Sex Pistols-Bloc Party fight
"This is an absolute offence to them and me when I read stories like that, that are allowed to go to print absolutely unfounded and have the liberty to take liberties with a man like me and call me a racist when my entire life has proved exactly the opposite." When asked if he was a racist, Lydon replied: "Absolutely not. And any bugger that dares say so is going to have their day in court with me - you understand this?"
"It's the most wonderful thing ever, playing to our multi-racial audiences, which they always have been," he said. "And not only that, multi-gender, multi-everything-you-like, we are open to all. Our whole message in life has been to eliminate the barriers that separate us."
He added that the Sex Pistols "only true enemy in life is governments". "And politicians, and, low and behold, the British press," he added. [GigWise]
Dizzee Rascal & Annie Mac (BBC Radio 1)
Dizzee Rascal & Annie Clark (St Vincent) are playing the Plug Awards at Terminal 5 on March 6th. Dizzee is also playing Southpaw on March 11th, SXSW not long after that, and Philly on MAY 9th. I assume more dates will be announced soon. In the meantime watch this video of Dizzee Rascal & Annie Mac (BBC Radio 1)....
There's a pre-sale going on now for four upcoming Les Savy Fav shows including the one on New Years Eve at Bowery Ballroom in NYC (2am doors). Head over to hearsay to get four MP3s from a live-session Les Savy did on BBC Radio 1 in October. Find out what albums Michael Patrick loved this year. Get Let's Stay Friends and the above poster for just $10.49. All tour dates below....
Annie is also a talented club DJ and is booked regularly to play the UKs most credible clubs. Her 'Annie Mac Presents' club night is well established all over the UK and she plays all over the world. You can often hear her across Radio 1, covering for Jo Whiley or Zane Lowe or JK and Joel and she is a regular contributor to BBC2's The Culture show. She has just brought out her first compilation, The A-Z Of Annie Mac. [BBC]Stream Annie's radio show @ The BBC.
See Annie DJ while she's here in NYC for the first time, for CMJ - tonight (Oct 16) @ Hiro Ballroom with LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, and then tomorrow (Oct 17) in the front bar of Pianos from 4-5pm (part of the free BrooklynVegan day party).