Entries tagged with: UK
"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]
"sigur rós would like to apologise to anyone disappointed not to see the band's bestival performance live online last night. early in the day a decision had been made to delay broadcast till after the show to give the band a chance to review the footage ahead of webcast, since they were dismayed that their guaranteed "darkness" slot had been pushed into daylight by the expansive demands of the headliner. the band's only uk show of the year, this would-be highlight of the 2012 calendar, would have to be conducted without proper lights or visuals. sadly then, a perfect storm of production issues and technical problems conspired to mean that the band went on to have a thoroughly miserable experience on stage too. and to spare everyone's blushes a decision was made to draw a discrete veil over proceedings. sorry, but we can be so much better than what you missed. another time, for sure." - Sigur RosBestival took place over the weekend at Isle of Wight in the UK. Sigur Ros have since announced even more UK and other European shows. The full list is below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Blur/The Specials/New Order, Hyde Park 8/12/2012
Blur's frontman and driving force, Damon Albarn, had said this might be the band's final performance. But then Albarn has always been a competitive soul, and you wonder if he's just trying to outdo the culmination of the Olympics for significance.Blur headlined the official post-Closing-Ceremony concert in London's Hyde Park, a capper to the last two weeks of Olympics mania. The two-hour set had all the big singles (except "There's No Other Way"), their new song "Under the Westway," and a nice selection of deep cuts (what, no "Blue Jeans"?) that few could really grumble with. Grumbling about the sound was prevalent, however, as Hyde Park noise ordinances kept the volume a little too low for some in the back.
For a while tonight, that appears to be a losing battle. Blur are preceded by the BBC's closing ceremony coverage, shown on a giant screen. As union flags flutter, the 80,000-strong crowd bellows along to the national anthem and cheers as Prince Harry takes his seat. When Madness kick off the entertainment in the stadium, Hyde Park dances along, and you wonder whether everyone's forgotten they've paid £55 to see Blur.
Then, abruptly, Madness are cut mid-song and the screens withdraw to reveal our headliners, under a replica of Albarn's beloved Westway. The band launch into an incendiary Girls and Boys, and, for the next two hours, Hyde Park is theirs. - [The Guardian]
Of course, it wasn't just Blur, as the concert also featured sets by The Specials, New Order (who have North American shows coming up) and youngsters Bombay Bicycle Club. Photos and setlists of all the band's from Sunday night's Hyde Park concert are below.
I forgot to mention, in the post with the new Grimes video today, that BrooklynVegan & M For Montreal are proud to present a show with the Montreal artist THIS FRIDAY NIGHT (5/11) in Brighton, UK as part of the three-day Great Escape Festival that begins today (5/10). Taking place at Digital, our full show lineup is Grimes, YACHT, Brooklyn band My Best Fiend and Montreal trio Half Moon Run who we also hosted on the M For Montreal co-presented day of Hotel Vegan at SXSW this year. If you're over in that part of the world right now, we hope to see you there.
Other acts playing the Great Escape this weekend include Friends, The Twilight Sad, EMA, The Temper Trap, The Black Belles, Gaz Coombes, We Are Augustines, Kwes, St Lucia, Body Language, Devin, The Front Bottoms, Cloud Nothings, Haim, Pond, Wild Belles, S.C.U.M, We Are Scientists, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Kids in Glass Houses. Booka Shade, Mystery Jets, Dry The River, Alabama Shakes, Django Django, Doldroms, and many more.
As you can see in the flyer above, M For Montreal is also throwing an event at the festival's "Canada House" on Saturday as well. M For Montreal's own festival goes down in Montreal in November. Tickets are on sale now. (also: Mikey from M For Montreal is up for an award at the Great Escape. Vote and find more info HERE).
Grimes also has a big NYC show scheduled this summer.
by Bill Pearis
When I attended M for Montreal a couple weeks ago the British journalists in tow (NME, The Fly, Gigwise) all were wondering if I'd heard The Vaccines and what I thought about them. "They're the most exciting guitar band I've heard in ages," gushed one of them. The band only played their first-ever show two months ago and just released their debut single, but will make their American debut headling Bowery Ballroom on January 20 (moved from Mercury Lounge) and then play Glasslands on Jan. 22. Clearly, the UK music press has premature hype skills bloggers can only imitate. Add to this a much-downloaded demo... and it smells a little of Arctic Monkeys doesn't it?
Not musically, mind you, just the groundswell of interest. Just who are The Vaccines? Well, you might have seen singer Justin Hayward-Young at Pianos last year when he called himself Jay Jay Pistolet. He's ditched the neo-folkie in favor of revved-up, Pixies-influenced guitar pop. The Vaccines guitarist Freddie Cowan is brother of Tom Cowan of The Horrors. How are they taking the instant fame? The Guardian published a nice, considered article on the band last week:
[Young] says he's "a worrier" and fears there will be a backlash. "The downside of media attention is that people don't ask 'Are this band good?' but 'Are they as good as people say?'" he says as we discuss the example of the Drums, who began 2010 in a similar if lesser blaze of hyperbole. "But we didn't start the band to be great white hopes. We started the band to be in York tonight playing to 100 people. Y'know, we're in a room above a pub, and it's raining. It's not a 'pinch yourself' existence."As for the hype, American and UK audiences don't seem as in tune with one another as they did during the Arctic Monkeys mania of 2005. Anyway, there are two Vaccines tracks to download above. They are admittedly pretty catchy songs. Worthy of the hype? Decide for yourself. Tickets are still available for both the Bowery and Glasslands shows. Oberhoffer opens at both. The Vaccines will also be over for SXSW as well. You've been warned. All upcoming Vaccines live dates and the video for "Wreckin' Ball" and some live clips are after the jump.
So will the Vaccines survive the current wave of hysteria? They may be the hottest new band in Britain, but the next stop for the Vaccines is a pub in Derby.
"We really haven't done much," says Young, softly but firmly dismissing any more talk of hype. "Later was different, because it was an opportunity to play the songs. But we're playing everywhere we can, and the people getting behind us are doing it because they genuinely like the band. We can't really feel guilty for that. We're doing everything the right way."
by Bill Pearis
Two of UK label Stolen Recordings' best bands will be here next week for CMJ: Let's Wrestle and Pete & the Pirates. Both are playing The Bell House Wednesday night (10/21) as part of a pretty killer line-up that also includes New Zealand's great Surf City and Chicago's The Love Language. While the Bell House is far from the Lower East Side heart of the CMJ action, there's enough good bands on this bill that it would be hard to feel like you're missing out on anything better.
Maybe you saw Let's Wrestle back in March when they played NYC right before SXSW. Their debut album, In the Court of Wrestling Let's, came out earlier this year and is charmingly shambolic, full of catchy songs and self-deprecating humor. They were the last band I saw at SXSW which was a great way to close out the festival.
Pete and the Pirates
Easily the best band I saw at SxSW this year. Of course, as their album Little Death made my Best of 2008, I already had a predilection to like them but Pete and the Pirates so nailed their great songs live -- the harmonies, the guitar interplay, everything -- that I just had a big grin on my face the whole time. My only regret: not seeing them more than once.And what I wrote about their album, Little Death:
I can't quite put my finger on who Pete and the Pirates remind me of -- the Bats? Billy Bragg? Somewhere in between? -- but I can't get their songs out of my head. Spot-on harmonies, jaunty melodies, nice arrangements, funny-sad-literate lyrics, and great song after great song.Pete & the Pirates are putting the finishing touches on the follow-up to Little Death, but if you're a fan and are in the need of new songs, frontman Tom Sanders also has a solo project, Tap Tap, which just released its second album, On My Way, which is also very good. I'm not really sure what differentiates the two, but as long as there are enough songs to go around I don't care.
In addition to the Wednesday Bell House show, both Pete & the Pirates and Let's Wrestle will be playing unofficial shows during CMJ as well. Pete & the Pirates, along with Surf City, are playing the free BrooklynVegan/Bowery Presents party at Pianos on the afternoon of Saturday, October 24th (full details TBA). All dates for both, as they stand right now, plus some videos, are below.
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...
photos by Leia Jospe
Interview Magazine: Anything special planned for the U.S. tour?Reverend Billy marched in the Mermaid Parade in Coney Island on Saturday (6/20). Later that night, The Maccabees, along with Miike Snow, and Hatcham Social played their first of two NYC shows together. It took place in Williamsburg - at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Round two for the UK bands goes down tonight (6/22) at the much smaller Mercury Lounge. How was the show? And how were Hatcham Social at Don Hill's and Cake Shop? More pictures from MHOW below...
The Maccabees: We met a New Yorker the other day called The Reverend Billy. He's an anti-consumerist guy who walks around to the Disney stores and bludgeons Mickey Mouse teddy bears or goes into Starbucks with a choir and sing free-trade songs. I met him at an interview the other day in London and I gave him my email because I wanted him to come emcee the gig. I figured I might say it to you and he might read it and come out so I quit bugging him.
by Black Bubblegum
Blur @ Rough Trade East
Frontman Bernard Sumner, drummer Stephen Morris and guitarist Phil Cunningham have joined with Blur's Alex James for Bad Lieutenant's debut album, due in October. "I'm very proud of it, it's a very good album," Sumner told the BBC. "It's pretty guitary too because we've got three guitarists in the band." There may yet be more guitarists added - Sumner has promised that other Manchester musicians are to join the "collective" on tour. -[The Guardian]Meanwhile Alex James's other gig, Blur, is officially BACK, and they played a pair of reunion gigs in the UK over the past few days including a "friends and family show" in Essex and last night (6/15) at Rough Trade East:
Around 10:42, Graham Coxon's Twitter page gave the game away, rallying the troops to Brixton Academy for eighteen minutes later. A mad dash over the river, through the market and into the unnervingly miniscule queue ensued and fifteen minutes later, wrists were endowed with shining green/ gold dust wristbands emblazoned with the band's now iconic freeform font. All that was left to do was wait.... Until eventually, ...phones and electronic inboxes alike were bombarded with conclusive info as to the wheres and then the whens; Rough Trade East, on stage at 7pm sharp, no arrivals before half six for fear of jeopardising the whole shebang.Blur's Midlife: a Beginner's Guide To Blur is out now in the UK and due on July 28th domestically. No word on if the band will play on US soil to promote the release.
...Rough Trade is transformed into the best garage gig never to entail smashed windscreens as involuntary feedback rasps through the murky humidity of an Amazonian rainforest. Invigorating, inspiring and utterly unmissable, the reunion never sounded so victorious. - [Virgin Blog]
The recent shows in the UK are only a handful of their upcoming festival-heavy schedule. Check that out, as well as setlists from both nights and video from last night, below...
"The genre that was once called "college rock" is currently drifting in a distinctly post-graduate direction. But for those who find 2009's US indie vanguard (the Grizzly Animal Projectors, the Dirty Bear Collective, those guys) a little too ethereal for their tastes, this down and dirty Austin, Texas power trio offer a marvellously rocking reality check." [Guardian]White Denim's new album Fits will be released in the UK on June 22nd. NME is even streaming it (though us in North America only get 30 second clips). Unfortunately though, at the moment at least, there is no info on a release in the band's own country.
To go along with that record, White Denim will be touring the UK/Europe from June 23rd until at least July 11th, and that will give them enough time to get back here for their only scheduled US show that I know about at the moment, which will be free in Brooklyn on July 19th at the Williamsburg Waterfront on a bill with Magnolia Electric Co. and Dirty Projectors. This NYC show is one of eight Jelly NYC Pool Parties that will happen this summer, all of which are currently still, sort of unannounced.
New White Denim video and all dates below...
alan turing shows off his jeff lewis band cd (big bozo)
[In the UK, Jeffrey Lewis] will sell out venues that hold up to 800 fans. Back in America, though, a headlining slot at Bowery Ballroom is the highest-profile gig he'll play behind his new Rough Trade album 'Em Are I, and even that seems a bit excessive to him. "If we were hitting, like, 150 or 200 people everywhere around the States, that would be totally fine," he says. "Once it starts getting above, like, 400, it just takes it into a different context." [Village Voice]That Jeffrey Lewis Bowery Ballroom show happened on Wednesday, May 20th. It was the CD release show for his latest record, 'Em Are I, out now on Rough Trade. Were you there?
Jeffrey's previous record, 2007's 12 Crass Songs, was exactly that - an LP of Crass covers. About.com asked him about that...
Lots of aging punks got mad at the Dirty Projectors with their Black Flag album [Rise Above]. Did you find similar resentment?From Lewis' popularity overseas, it's not suprising that the songwriter calls the UK's Rough Trade Records home. After his current tour of the Northeast, which includes some dates with Au Revoir Simone, Lewis will meet with the Brits in Art Brut to perform as the "special guest" on the last night of that band's 5-day Mercury Lounge run (no We Are Scientists this time around).
"Mine was a very different record to the Dirty Projectors'. Black Flag songs are not so big on the content removed from the context, so putting them into this modern, art-rock, hipster context takes away whatever it is that makes those songs meaningful. With the Crass stuff, it wasn't a case of obscuring the message, but focusing it, by giving their lyrics a straight-forward presentation. In that way, it was like the opposite to the Dirty Projectors' project, so there was total irony in the fact that those records came out around the same time, and were always compared to each other. I do get some flack from the most devoted of Crass fans, but Crass themselves were really nice about it. I was talking to Dave [Longstreth] of the Dirty Projectors and he was saying that they just never heard any word from Black Flag at all. They tried getting in contact and met with no response. So it was pretty cool that Crass were so welcoming and supportive of me."
Lewis recently said goodbye to his NY Times Measure for Measure blog with a final post. Coming up, look for the singer to update his 2008 Daytrotter session with a visit to the Rock Island studio in June.
Video from Lewis's May 20th Bowery show, and one of Jeff playing with Emmy the Great, plus all tour dates, below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: The Answering Machine - Another City, Another Sorry (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: James Yuill - No Surprise (Operators Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Answering Machine - Lightbulbs (James Yuill Remix) (MP3)
The Answering Machine
You've got two chances next week for a double bill of two up-and-coming UK artists: The Answering Machine and James Yuill.
Manchester's The Answering Machine have been playing together for around three years and get compared a lot to Los Campesinos! but owe more than a little to The Strokes and Maximo Park as well. Though if you're read their blog, frontman Martin Colcough is clearly into more obscure indie like The Radio Dept. and '80s cult act The Brilliant Corners. After a slow start -- only a few songs dripped out in their first two years -- the band will have two singles out by May and their debut album by year's end. I caught them at SXSW 2008 and were one of my favorites that year. Check out "Another City, Another Sorry" at the top of this post.
London laptop folkie James Yuill, meanwhile, released his debut album, Turning Down Water for Air, on Moshi Moshi in October 2008 and it will be released in the U.S. via Nettwerk sometime this Spring. Here's what the Guardian said:
If Eastbourne one-man-show James Yuill had had better luck with girls, he might now be a forensic scientist, and music would be the poorer. But years of unrequited love and a dabbler's interest in electronica led him to abandon his original ambition, and this album proves the wisdom of the decision. Turning Down Water for Air is constructed of gently-plinking guitar, cello, laptop and sensitive-busker vocals, and the result melts in the mouth.The Answering Machine and James Yuill play early show on Monday (4/6) at Mercury Lounge in Manhattan, and then a free show at Greenpoint's Coco 66 on Tuesday (4/7).
Videos and all tour dates below...
photos by Tim Griffin
DOWNLOAD: Peggy Sue - Spare Parts (MP3)
"Sure, there were fewer UK music press and record label people than usual at the industry jolly, but a swathe of British bands were still touting their wares [at SXSW] - proving that despite being less than half the size of Texas, we can more than hold our musical own. Aside from spots by Kanye West, Tori Amos, Metallica and a talk by Quincy Jones the biggest acts of the weekend were all British. There was a keynote speech from Jarvis Cocker, gigs from Echo and the Bunnymen, Primal Scream, Glasvegas, Graham Coxon and PJ Harvey, as well as shows from the hype-friendly likes of Little Boots, Late of the Pier, Gallows, Mumford and Sons (whose keyboard player was taken off a connecting flight in Atlanta due to a peanut allergy), Peggy Sue, and Laura Marling." [Guardian]When Tim, and at least one member of Los Campesinos! weren't at Sky Larkin's Mercury Lounge show, or Micachu's Cake Shop show, they were spending part of their portion of Monday night's British Invasion in NYC, at Pianos checking out Peggy Sue & the Pirates (who went on before Jay Jay Pistolet who also played Sidewalk Cafe last night). The Peggy pics in this post are from that Pianos show...
"Those two girls looked tired and it showed in their music. I truly adore their music, a strong gospel meets country roots folk. It's different from the other anti-folk music coming out of the U.K. "Lazarus" could have easily fit into O Brother, Where Art Thou? with it's terrific harmonies and heavy drum beat. I wanted to get that feeling from their live set, but it was decent, not great. I did have high expectations, but I think the circumstances of playing late and still having that SXSW hangover affected their performance. They get a pass. What we did get is a fun cover of Missy Elliot's "Up In My Grill"." [Music Snobbery]If you missed it (or their added-at-the-last-minute opening set for Ladyhawke at Bowery Ballroom last night), there are two more NYC chances to catch Peggy - tonight (3/25) at Sidewalk Cafe, and tomorrow (3/26) at Death By Audio. More pictures from Pianos below...
I guess some of this is technically old news, but I never realized it until this week. Morrissey, currently not actually on tour (he got to the US on March 6th after cancelling four shows, played one night, and then cancelled two more), was supposed to be touring with Massachusetts' neo-soul wonder-kid Eli Paperboy Reed. This was confirmed by Eli himself in a lemmingtrail posting. On December 5th Eli described the opportunity as "Totally nuts". Three posts later he wrote, "Yeah its insane. No animal products on our rider anymore!" (I like that part). BUT... Flash forward 8 dissapointing days later. Eli posted:
Eli - 12/13/08 - 2:30 amThat does suck. That also explains why Eli is available to play the Bell House (3/12, TONIGHT), SXSW, and a whole bunch of other shows this month including March 28th at Maxwell's.
This isn't happening....Morrisey came to our show in London and said that we weren't right for his tour. Apparently on his last tour he kicked off the opening band after the first show so at least that didn't happen. I'm pretty bummed
That also explains why Bill Pearis' partly-published list of UK bands playing NYC this month included a band (that I am now just first posting about) called the Courteeners, who in addition to playing Mercury Lounge on March 17th, are in North America because they're touring with Morrissey (as opposed to being here because they're playing SXSW like most of their countrymen). And yes, Morrissey is a fan:
"Every song was very strong and full of hooks and dynamics. So many groups in England, they're hyped and they're all over the press, but they don't actually have any songs, they don't really have anything to offer ... But it's different with The Courteeners."As much as I feel bad for Eli, at least the Moz is keeping it real. Eli is probably over it anyway. He's got better things to think about, like, eleven shows at SXSW, and...his major label record contract...
After releasing his debut album through Somerville's Q Division last year, Brookline native Eli "Paperboy" Reed this week signed a major-label deal with Virgin Records.All Eli Paperboy Reed dates HERE. All Courtneeners dates (including the three NYC shows with Morrissey that are hopefully still happening) (but not including any Morrissey dates before NYC - Red Cortez are the band opening, or not opening, the beginning of Morrissey's tour) and a video, below...
Reed spread the news earlier today via the Lemmingtrail music and arts message board.
"After what seemed like forever of contract negotiations on Tuesday I finally signed with EMI/Virgin Records," Reed wrote. "I am really psyched to start working on another record and to make the best damn record I've ever made. 2009 is going to be a good year, I think."
Reed wrote that his Virgin deal does not include his seven-piece backing band, the True Loves, due to their unstable lineup. But he added he will continue to work with them under some sort of "sharing agreement." Terms of the contract were not revealed. [Boston Herald]
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Micachu - Lips (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Micachu - Golden Phone (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Let's Wrestle - I won't Lie To You (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Post War Years - Black Morning (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Screaming Tea Party - I'd Rather Be Stuck on the Stair Rail (MP3)
Micachu & The Shapes
In the past few days I've highlighted a bunch of bands coming over from Europe to play shows at both SXSW and in NYC (Mumford & Sons, Peggy Sue & Jay Jay Pistolet and 18th Dye, Powersolo & Snake and Jet's Amazing Bullit Band). We also did a rundown of Australia's offers last week. This post has four more UK bands. Info on Micachu & The Shapes, Let's Wrestle, Post War Years and Screaming Tea Party, below...
MORE UK BANDS IN NYC BECAUSE OF SXSW
March 07 - The Indelicates @ Don Hill's
March 08 - School of Language @ Cake Shop
March 10 - South @ Pianos
March 11 - South @ Pianos
March 11 - The Pigeon Detectives & Emmy The Great @ Bowery Ballroom
March 11 - Dan Le Sac Vs. Scroobius Pip @ Mercury Lounge
Check out a post at Sound Bites for tons more info.