Entries tagged with: Mercury Prize
East India Youth's William Doyle is an artist of two halves. On the one hand he's an emotional electronic songsmith: think a James Blake you don't want to grab by the scruff of the neck and pack off to national service. On the other, he's an inventive composer who can turn his hand to Harold Buddesque soundscapes one minute (Total Strife Forever I-IV) and surprisingly banging techno such as Hinterland the next. His debut album - probably the first, and last, to feature a title constructed from a Foals pun - oscillates between these styles... - [The Guardian]East India Youth's album Total Strife Forever is one of 12 records up for this year's Mercury Music Prize. If you haven't heard it yet, you can stream it via Rdio and check out a few videos below.
In November, East India Youth will be coming over for his first US tour dates, including two in NYC: Mercury Lounge on 11/17 and Glasslands on 11/22. Tickets for Glasslands go on sale Friday (9/19) at 10 AM; tickets for Mercury Lounge go on sale Friday at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/17) at noon.
Between the two NYC shows, East India Youth will be on the West Coast opening for Gruff Rhys. All dates are listed, along with videos and streams, below...
GoGo Penguin's 'V2.0' album art
The 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize shortlist has been announced and here are the 12 albums up for it:
FKA twigs - LP1The winner will be announced October 29. Last year's winning album was James Blake's Overgrown. Who do you think will win this year?
Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots
Young Fathers - Dead
East India Youth - Total Strife Forever
Bombay Bicycle Club - So Long, See You Tomorrow
Anna Calvi - One Breath
GoGo Penguin - v2.0
Nick Mulvey - First Mind
Polar Bear - In Each and Every One
Kate Tempest - Everybody Down
Royal Blood - Royal Blood
Jungle - Jungle
James Blake at Treasure Island 2013 (more by Autumn Andel)
James Blake recently resumed his North American tour, which began on the west coast in October, hitting Treasure Island and other places, but was postponed for five dates so James could perform at the Mercury Prize ceremony back in his homeland of the UK. In case you didn't hear, James' album Overgrown won the prize. That win has seen an increase in sales for Overgrown -- yesterday (11/4) FACT reported that his Amazon sales have gone up over 2500%. Check out a video of James being interviewed after his win, below.
The tour hit Philly last night (11/4), comes to Boston tonight (11/5), and then James will return to NYC for two nights at Terminal 5 on Wednesday (11/6) and Thursday (11/7). Tickets for both T5 shows are still available, and we're giving away a pair to each night. Updated dates are listed, along with contest details below.
Since we last spoke, LA producer Nosaj Thing was added to the tour, including both NYC shows. Nosaj Thing released his newest album, Home earlier this year, and like James Blake, he collaborated with Chance the Rapper.
Speaking of James Blake collaborating with rappers, after being rumored to appear on Drake's Nothing Was the Same (which he didn't), he recently offered a remix of "Come Thru" from that album. You can stream that, along with the list of tour dates, contest details, and a couple videos, below...
In an upset victory over oddsmakers favorites by Laura Mvula and Arctic Monkeys (and other nominees), James Blake's Overgrown has won the 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize. Blake's debut LP was nominated in 2011 but lost to PJ Harvey's Let England Shake. Congratulations, James.
My Bloody Valentine @ last weekend's Berlin Fest (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
As you may have seen, the "shortlist" nominees for the UK's prestigious Mercury Prize were announced earlier this week. Perhaps the most conspicuous omission was My Bloody Valentine's much-lauded MBV. Whether you think it was an awesome comeback or not, it is the kind of record that normally at least gets nominated (see Bowie's The Next Day). The reason it's not, claims glide guitar maestro Kevin Shields tells The Guardian, is that the album is too independent:
"We're banned by them, and do you know why? Because we're not on Amazon or iTunes. That's one of the qualifying criteria. You have to have major distribution or be on iTunes or Amazon."Shields goes on to say he has no regrets about self-releasing the album. The CD of MBV is currently available to buy on Amazon (who allow third-party sellers), but not digitally. The Mercury Prize, which looks to be a race between Bowie and Arctic Monkeys, will be announced October 30 in London.
Shields may be correct. According to the terms and conditions on the Mercury website, qualifying albums will have "a digital and physical distribution deal in place in the UK". My Bloody Valentine, who self-released their album, only sold the digital version of mbv through their own website. This may not be considered a "digital distribution deal".
"We released our record, mbv, independently," Shields said. My Bloody Valentine didn't even rely on an indie label such as Domino or Alcopop! Records. "It's interesting to learn that to be as independent as we are is ... virtually illegal," he said. "It's not a real record. Our album's not a real album because it's independent. The corporate-ness has got to such a point where we've essentially been told that we don't exist. So, technically, that album doesn't exist. OK? It's not allowed to exist according to the Mercury prize." - [The Guardian]
One of this year's nominees...
The 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize Shortlist was just announced with the following 12 albums up for this year's prize:
Arctic Monkeys - AMDavid Bowie's very Bowie-esque The Next Day seems like the one to beat. Who do you think should win and what albums shoulda been on the list?
David Bowie - The Next Day
Disclosure - Settle
Foals - Holy Fire
Jake Bugg - Jake Bugg
James Blake - Overgrown
Jon Hopkins - Immunity
Laura Marling - Once I Was an Eagle
Laura Mvula - Sing to the Moon
Rudimental - Home
Savages - Silence Yourself
Villagers - Awayland
Jon Hopkins was in NYC a couple weeks ago; so was Laura Mvula who just played two shows last week in NYC; Laura Marling just played two nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg and plays tonight (9/11) at St. Ann's Church.; Arctic Monkeys play a sold-out Webster Hall on Monday (9/16); Savages will be in NYC during CMJ for a show at Terminal 5; and Rudimental play MHOW and Bowery Ballroom in November.
Last year's winner was Alt-J's An Awesome Wave. This year's winner will be announced on October 30 in London.
It's that time of year already I guess. NME quizzed a whole bunch of artists about their favorite album of the year. Bat For Lashes chose Alt-J who recently won the Mercury Prize and who chose Polica as their favorite. That and more, if you can understand what they're saying, in the video, below....
You can stream An Awesome Wave in its entirety, along with some tour dates, below.
by Bill Pearis
Django Django at Glasslands, March 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The shortlist for the 2012 Mercury Prize, an award voted on by a panel of music industry professionals and journalists honoring UK albums of the year, was just announced:
The Maccabees - Given to the WildOdds seem pretty good for Alt-J (who play Bowery Ballroom tonight), who have not only made a great album with An Awesome Wave, but also the kind of album the Mercury Prize voters like. Though, though we shouldn't count out Micheal Kiwanuka's Home Again or Jessie Ware's Devotion. Now in its 20th year, this year's Mercury Prize will be given out November 1. (I am rooting for Django Django.) Last year's winner was Let England Shake by PJ Harvey.
Jessie Ware - Devotion
Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
Richard Hawley - Standing at the Sky's Edge
Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again
Lianne La Havas - Is Your Love Big Enough
Ben Howard - Every Kingdom
Sam Lee - Ground of its Own
Field Music - Plumb
Django Django - S/T
Roller Trio - S/T
Plan B - Ill Manors
The bookies were right. Guardian posted the following this morning:
The favourite for tonight's Mercury prize among bookmakers remains PJ Harvey, with Ladbrokes and Paddy Power offering odds of 5/4, William Hill 6/5 and Bet 365 an impressive 9/5 that the Dorset-born singer will take home the award for her album Let England Shake. According to the bookies, Harvey's main competition comes from self-titled albums by Anna Calvi and James Blake, with some shops also backing Adele's 21.Congrats to PJ Harvey. Maybe next time James.
Ladbrokes gives Calvi, Adele and Blake 4/1, 5/1 and 7/1 odds, respectively; William Hill offers 7/1, 6/1 and 5/1; and Paddy Power puts them at 6/1, 6/1 and 13/2. Although a couple of outfits are giving similar odds to Metronomy's The English Riviera, others have relegated them to the second tier of nominees, which includes Ghostpoet, King Creosote and Katy B.
The shortlist has been revealed for the 2011 Mercury Prize. The list includes some major albums like James Blake's incredibly striking self titled debut, PJ Harvey's massive comeback Let England Shake, and Adele's 21, in addition to some other interesting choices like Anna Calvi's self titled debut and King Creosote & Jon Hopkins collaborative album Diamond Mine.
Katy B, who paid a brief visit to the US in June, is also nominated.
King Creosote & Jon Hopkins were just in NYC for two shows, including Thursday (7/14) at Mercury Lounge and Sunday (7/17) at The Rock Shop. The shows were part of a short tour which ends this week. They also play some shows together in August and September.
It's also interesting to note the absence of Radiohead on this list. The King of Limbs is the first of the band's album not to be nominated since Amnesiac's nomination in 2001 (though they've never actually won).
Check out the full list below...
Congrats xx. Tour dates below...
Wild Beasts @ Union Pool in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
As previously mentioned, the band plays a series of North American shows starting in Chicago this weekend, where they perform at Lollapalooza. After which, they visit NYC for a gig at Highline Ballroom on August 11th with Lone Wolf and The Kissaway Trail. Tickets are still on sale.
Their label, Domino, writes:
In honor of these special shows and their recent Mercury Prize nomination, Domino is releasing a 10" featuring "We Still Got The Taste Dancin' On Our Tongues" from their acclaimed sophomore album, Two Dancers. The track is b/w a very rare B-side "Through The Iron Gate" (previously only released in Japan), as well as "Two Dancers ii" remixed by label mate Jon Hopkins, and a gorgeous melancholic acoustic version of "The Devil's Crayon."Get those songs, along with their video for the "Tongues" single, and all tour dates, below...
We're offering these tracks as a complimentary download from August 2-9. You can also grab a physical copy of the 10" at any of Wild Beasts' shows or from the Domino Mart.
DOWNLOAD: Speech Debelle - Better Days (Revox) ft. Micachu and Wiley (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Pete Lawrie - Black & Blue (featuring Speech Debelle) (MP3)
"Speech Debelle won this year's Barclays Mercury music prize last night, making her the first woman in seven years to scoop the coveted industry award.I just got excited when I found out Speech Debelle won this year's Mercury Prize. I wasn't necessarily rooting for her before.... Truth is I barely heard of her before, but after recently learning she was coming to NYC for CMJ this year, I started listening to the album over Labor Day Weekend, and I've been loving it.
The Park Lane Grovesnor hotel, in central London, erupted into cheers as the 26-year old rapper from south London rose to accept the prize for her debut album Speech Therapy.
Speech Debelle, real name Corynne Elliot, appeared overwhelmed by the occasion and looked close to tears as she accepted the prize, despite displaying a cocksure attitude in the run-up to the event telling interviewers she fully expected to win.
"It means a lot to me because it's an award judges give solely on the strength of the album," she said.
"Before they said my name I had a moment of doubt, I thought 'what if I don't win? What about all the people who supported me?' and then they announced my name and I didn't have time to react, I was being mobbed." [Guardian]
Speech Debelle told her producer Wayne "Lotek Hifi" Bennett to make her sound like a "hip-hop Tracy Chapman". For better and worse he succeeded. The 26-year-old south Londoner's debut Speech Therapy is a rap album rooted in the genre's respectable, conscious traditions - the lineage typified in the 1990s by A Tribe Called Quest, Mos Def, Common and Arrested Development.Debelle beat Florence & The Machine, Kasabian, Bat for Lashes, Glasvegas, Friendly Fires, The Horors, and others for this year's Mercury prize.
'Speech Therapy' (the album) was released here on August 18th by Big Dada and features a guest appearance by Micachu (bonus). A version of that song ("Better Days") is available for download above along with a song by Pete Lawrie that Debelle guests on. The video for "Better Days"), and some UK tour dates are below...
Mercury Prize 2009 shortlist
Florence and the Machine - LungsThe prize, which is voted on by UK critics and members of the music industry, comes with a £20,000 award. To be eligible an album must have been released between July 2008 and July 2009 by an act from the UK or Ireland. The winner will be announced on September 8th.
Kasabian - West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
Bat for Lashes - Two Suns
La Roux - La Roux
Glasvegas - Glasvegas
Speech Debelle - Speech Therapy
Friendly Fires - Friendly Fires
The Horrors - Primary Colours
Lisa Hannigan - Sea Sew
The Invisible - The Invisible
Led Bib - Sensible Shoes
Sweet Billy Pilgrim - Twice Born Men
Elbow were tonight named the winners of the Nationwide Mercury Prize 2008 for their album The Seldom Seen Kid.
They won the revered prize ahead of a shortlist of 11 other acts at a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in central London and their victory sees them follow in the footsteps of acts such as last year's winner Klaxons.
The band had been nominated for their first album Asleep In The Back in 2001, but they lost out to PJ Harvey for Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea. The Seldom Seen Kid is the band's fourth album.
Elbow received a standing ovation from guests at the event. Collecting the prize, which is worth £20,000, singer Guy Garvey said: "This is quite literally the best thing that's ever happened to us. I know I'm supposed to say something cool, but it's literally the best thing that has happened." [The Q Daily]
Laura Marling & Noah & The Whale @ SXSW 2008 (more)
...Just after Charlie [Fink] moved to London - when he changed the name of his group from Johnny Hatracket to Noah and the Whale - we went to see Emmy the Great play with Diane Cluck, Emmy announcing that Johnny Flynn was leaving her band and that she was looking for a new multi-instrumentalist. Soon after Charlie joined her band; soon after that Emmy left, to be replaced by the then relatively unknown Laura Marling, with whom Charlie had just toured with. He went on to produce her EP, My Manic and I, and then her full-length record, Alas I Cannot Swim. [Drowned in Sound]I'm confused. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Tuesday at noon. Laura Marling is on this year's Mercury Prize shortlist. All other known tour dates below...
Adele & XL labelmates
And this year's nominees are:
Adele - 19Which album "album from the United Kingdom or Ireland" did they miss this year? Last year the award went to Klaxons and the year before that it went to Arctic Monkeys who were also nominated last year which makes Alex Turner 3 for 3.
British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music?
Burial - Untrue
Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
Estelle - Shine
Laura Marling - Alas, I Cannot Swim
Neon Neon - Stainless Style
Portico Quartet - Knee Deep In The North Sea
Rachel Unthank - The Bairns
Radiohead - In Rainbows
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Raising Sand
The Last Shadow Puppets - The Age of the Understatement
Will Burial win it this year? Roni Size won in 1997. He beat Ok Computer that year. In fact, Radiohead has never won. This year is the fourth time they're nominated. Maybe they'll finally give it to them.
2007 Mercury Prize winners the Klaxons opened for Bjork at Madison Square Garden the other day. What were they wearing? I don't even recognize them. Is this Lovefoxxx's influence? Tickets are on sale for their Webster Hall show (which Shitdisco is no longer playing).
Speaking of funny outfits, Bat For Lashes - sometimes compared to Bjork (and I'll admit that Natasha Khan does do a mean Bjork) didn't win the Mercury Prize. They did play Bowery Ballroom this week though.
New Young Pony Club (also nominated) are playing Studio B on Thursday October 18th for CMJ. It's the Modular Records party. Muscles & The Cool Kids are also playing live, and Simian Mobile Disco are DJing. I saw NYPC at the Oya Festival in Norway this summer, and I didn't like them nearly as much as I did when they last played Brooklyn.
I didn't love Fionn Regan (also nominated) when I saw him at Austin City Limits. I was also saying he must have fans here though - because he's headlining the Gramercy Theatre. I knew that statement would come back to haunt me. The show was moved to Mercury Lounge. Tickets are on sale.
Tickets are on sale for a September 25th Bat For Lashes show at Bowery Ballroom in NYC. The UK band will then unfortunately not be back for CMJ. All tour dates below...
Amy Winehouse, Arctic Monkeys, Jamie T, Bat for Lashes, and Maps were among those nominated for this year's UK Mercury Prize. Amy Winehouse is playing Summerstage and touring. Arctic Monkeys are playing Summerstage and touring. Jamie T played a one-off show in Brooklyn last night, and Bat For Lashes and Maps both have upcoming tour dates that I've listed below along with all the nominees...