Entries tagged with: Brit Awards
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It was the bitter Britpop feud of the nineties - Oasis and Blur at each other's throats in the charts and out on the tiles.Good to see they've made up. Maybe Liam still holds a grudge? You can relive the legendary Britpop beef via video clips below.
Both rugged bands would threaten each other and the rivalry dominated both bands chart success, with record companies pandering to the division of teenage fans.
But despite Albarn, 44, saying in 2007 making up with Noel, 45, would be the end of Britpop the pair were happy to give each other a mellow squeeze at the BRIT Awards last night (2/20).
It seems Albarn had forgotten Noel Gallagher's famous wish he 'would 'get AIDS and die' and his own 2007 pledge: 'I can't make it up with Noel. Britpop would be over and heaven forbid that we'd ever admit we'd all grown up!' -[Daily Mail]
As for the BRIT Awards themselves, Mumford & Sons were named best British group; Coldplay was named best British live act; and Adele went home with Best British Single for "Skyfall." Full list of BRIT winners is here.
Blur will play their first North American shows in ages at Coachella 2013.
Chichester-born musician Tom Odell caught the songwriting bug early - he's been penning original material since the age of 13. Now 22, Odell has built up a sizeable fanbase, making his TV debut in 2012 on Later... with Jools Holland.Tom Odell was on the "longlist" for the BBC's Sound of 2013 Poll (which was won by HAIM). He didn't make the shortlist, but he did just win the Critics' Choice Award from the Brit Awards. He's the first male artist to win this award, which has been previously given to Adele, Emeli Sandé and Jessie J. Writing songs since age 13, Odell released his debut EP, Another Love, last year and you can stream some of it below. Fans of anthemic piano pop (Coldplay, Keane, Ed Harcourt) will want to check this out.
As one of the three artists contending for the Brit Awards' Critics' Choice Category for 2013, it's clear that Odell is already making the right moves in front of the tastemakers that matter. Signed to Columbia, he's drawn attractive comparisons to the late Jeff Buckley; but his man-at-piano posture is also evocative of Chris Martin shorn of Coldplay's rousing roar.
Odell's material to date has veered from strikingly stripped-back troubadour tales to songs that are more work-in-progress than finished product. But given this is a man who signed a deal after just four gigs, a little room for growth is to be expected - as is a considerable blossoming of his popularity. - [BBC]
You can check Odell out live too, as he's heading to North America for a few shows next week, including on in NYC at Pianos on January 24 with opener St Claire. Tickets are on sale now. All tour dates, plus a few videos, are listed below.
Alt-J at Mercury Lounge in May (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Big day for award nominations. The Oscars announced theirs this morning and the Brit Awards just wrapped up their ceremony for 2013 nominations, with Emeli Sandé grabbing four and Mumford & Sons and Alt-J each getting three. All three of those artists were nominated for British Album of the Year, a list that also included Paloma Faith and Plan B. If you don't know, The Brits are basically the UK's equivalent of the Grammys, though nominees are all British apart from a few "International" awards.
Jessie Ware, Muse, and Adele each got two nominations, and single-digit noms went to Bat for Lashes, The xx, Richard Hawley and The Vaccines.
The entire 2013 Brit Awards nominees list is below.
Blur are set to appear in an exclusive NME feature piece to talk about their future. Speculations are that they're going to make a new album with producer William Orbit.Blur are also playing Hyde Park, Way Out West, Smukkeste, and probably other European festivals this year. Stay tuned for more dates (thanks Hiro).
The news about Blur headlining the London Olympics 2012 Closing ceremony concert came on midnight yesterday, just a day before the Brit Awards at 8:00pm tonight at the O2 Arena....
...Speculations for the NME announcement tomorrow is best summed up by dannn, a forum member, who said:
My take on recent developments:
• Blur are active again and that's what we have been craving for years.
• The new song sounds really good and a studio version may not be a piano based ballad and could well be in the same vein as For Tomorrow.
• The gig is a unique opportunity for the band to be part of history. I am sure if it wasn't for the Olympics they wouldn't be going anywhere near Hyde Park.
• Expect some intimate warm up gigs.
• The intention at the Brits (and the Olympics gig) could be to put a line in the sand and celebrate the band's past, whilst looking towards the future as Blur Mark II. I think the band have the desire to continue and produce new music, but I guess we'll find out tonight / tomorrow.
We couldn't agree more - with William Orbit on board, what else can happen? Here's our best guess -
- Under the Westway is the Record Day promo
- They're back "in full" as the article says
- Playing Olympics with some intimate warm up gigs
- Then possibly an album towards December with Orbit
Last night was the Brits (the UK version of the Grammys), and though the winners weren't that exciting (Adele, Lana Del Rey, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars), Blur did perform. Videos of their performance, video of Graham & Damon Albart playing a new song two nights earlier, with the full list of Brits winners and some Graham Coxon dates, below...
To quote Gothamist:
Following the Arcade Fire's win at the Grammys, it seemed like half the nation was asking: Who Is Arcade Fire? What started off as a post on BrooklynVegan, grew into its own Tumblr account, and by last night the band themselves caught wind of the meme. At the Brit Awards--while accepting one of their awards (they took home trophies for Best International Album and Best International Group)--Win Butler said, "We're called Arcade Fire--check it out on Google."Full Brit winner list (Bieber and Mumford & Sons included) and some videos below...
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Todd Barry in the Wrestler
Aziz Ansari was born today in 1983.
And a belated happy birthday to Yoko Ono who was born February 18, 1933.
If Pianos sticks to set times, you could potentially start the night with the free 8PM It is It comedy show . The lineup is Todd Barry (of The Wrestler), Chelsea Peretti, Kevin Williams, and Rob Cantrell. Then you could stick around for most of Ferraby Lionheart's set. It's his last residency show. Then you could jump in a cab and get to the UCB Theatre on 26th St. and see Leo Allen's free weekly Whiplash show. One of this week's guests is Patton Oswalt who just got done playing multiple nights at Caroline's.
As Todd told San Francisco Comedy Blog, he plays Mickey Rourke's boss at his day job. Mickey lost the Best Actor Oscar to Sean Penn at last night's Academy Awards which closed with a recorded cover of Bob Dylan by Beck. Mickey did win the Independent Spirit Award though.
Kate Winslet won best actress for The Reader. Nico Muhly composed the soundtrack to that movie.
M.I.A. did not win an Oscar.
Cheap Ballet tickets.
Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday.
Motel Motel were added to the upcoming Phosphorescent show.
Paul Weller and Adele @ the Brits
Success in the Brits - 18th Feb 2009That message was posted in the news section of Paul Weller's official website. Other 2009 Brit Award winners were Duffy, Kings of Leon, Katy Perry, Iron Maiden (for best live act), Elbow, Florence and the Machine, Kanye West, and Girls Aloud. Pet Shop Boys were also honored at the event.
As you probably know by now, PW was successful in tonight's Brit Awards winning Best Male Solo Artist. OK so he wasn't there to collect it in person but we did get a video with Adele passing the award over.
What can you say? Well deserved for a top year.
Well done feller.
As previously announced, PW will be visiting the United States to play Coachella on April 19th. Add to that trip a pre-Coachella San Francisco show, and an April 24th show at Nokia Theatre in NYC. Tickets for the latter go on sale Friday at noon. All known dates below...
Glasvegas @ Bowery Ballroom - Jan 6, 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
For all its profile and glamour, the Brits nomination list is never much of a surprise, given how closely it tends to mirror sales charts.The nominees for Best International Group are AC/DC, the Killers, Kings of Leon, MGMT and Fleet Foxes.
Coldplay and Duffy's four nominations are the music industry's way of acknowledging their contribution to the coffers with the bestselling British albums last year.
It is also the only way to explain the elevation of cheerful, cheesy populists Scouting for Girls.
Critically lauded bands such as Glasvegas, Hot Chip and Portishead have been overlooked, yet a comedy outfit with the boisterousness of a showband at a rugby club have gained three nominations.
Some may cast a suspicious eye on the role played by chairman of the Brits Committee, Ged Doherty, who is also head of Sony (Scouting for Girls' record company). But conspiracy theories about backroom deals are erroneous. [Telegraph]
Glasvegas have added a March 28th show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. That's two days before their previously-announced show at Webster Hall. Tickets for Brooklyn go on sale Friday. Webster is still currently on sale. All dates below...
Mika and not-Beth Ditto @ The Orpheum - Feb 15, 2008 (Consumable Audio)
Next another video from the Brits last night (with Beth).....
Mark Ronson & Amy Winehouse
The Arctic Monkeys took best British group and album - both for the second year in a row - while Foo Fighters won best international group and album.Mika & Beth Ditto
The ceremony saw performances from Amy Winehouse and Sir Paul McCartney, who received a lifetime achievement honour.
Kate Nash won best British female and Mark Ronson was named best British male.
Producer Ronson, who performed with Winehouse and Adele at the Earl's Court show, is the first non-singer to have scooped the solo artist prize....
...US star Kanye West, who was unable to attend the ceremony, was named winner of the best international male prize. "I'm sure there's someone who deserves this more than me, but I just don't know who they are," he said in his acceptance video....
Mark Ronson and blonde Amy Winehouse