Thursday, April 28, 2011

Watch Beastie Boys Full Short Film Online

Beastie Boys have posted the entire 30 minute version of their film 'Fight For Your Right - Revisited' online.

'(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)' began as a joke and ended up as a global hit, propelled by a video which showed Beastie Boys to be a trio of obnoxious brats.

They now decided to re-visit their classic hit earlier this year. Planning a 30 minute short film, the trio roped in virtually every comedian they could think of with plenty more coming out the woodwork. The short film tells a fictitious story of what happened to the Beastie Boys following the events of their 1987 music video of the same name.

Posting a clip earlier this month, the three minute preview contained appearances from (deep breath) Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Steve Buscemi, Shannyn Sossamon, Kirsten Dunst, Ted Danson and plenty more. The actual Beastie Boys appear as well fresh from completing their new album 'Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2'.

With the record set to drop on Monday (May 2nd) the trio have posted the entire 30 minute version of 'Fight For Your Right - Revisited'.

Check it out below...

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Kasabian To Release 'Epic' Album In October

Kasabian have promised fans an "epic" bout of new material on their forthcoming album.

Currently holed up in a studio in San Francisco, Kasabian are planning a number of festival slots this summer. Due to appear at RockNess, the Leicester group will also perform at Spain's Bilbao BBK.

Set to debut new material, it seems that the group's fourth album is almost complete.

Speaking to ThisIsLeicestershire, a rep from Sony / BMG explained that the group were at the mixing stage. Producer Dan The Automator has taken control, with sessions hidden away on the West Coast.

Continuing, guitarist Serge Pizzorno explained that the new album would be another "epic" instalment. "Well, it's epic," he claimed.

"It's big songs that make you feel like anything's possible. It's a really positive record. I suppose it's a combination of all three records but we've just taken it a bit further."
Continuing, the guitarist claimed that Kasabian aimed to improve with each record. "I'm really excited about it, because after the last record, people really liked it and wanted to know what was next, and I'm happy to say that it's got better. I'm excited about playing it live – there are tunes on there that are going to take people to a new place."

Kasabian are set to release their new album in October.

The View To Release New EP In June

Following the release of third album 'Bread & Circuses' in March, The View has announced details of a new EP called 'Cutting Corners', which is due out on June 13.

Fresh from releasing a cover of 'I Need That Record' the band are plotting an upcoming EP.

The  five track EP will feature the tracks 'Sunday' and 'Happy' as well as three exclusive, brand new tracks 'Sideways,' 'Alone' and a Tim Hutton mix of 'Sunday.'

The tracklisting for 'Cutting Corners' is:
  1. Sunday (album version)
  2. Happy
  3. Sideways
  4. Alone
  5. Sunday (Tim Hutton mix)
The View have just completed a huge sold out tour of the UK but will play the following shows:

Saturday 30th April – Camden Crawl (Kentish Town Forum)
Friday 13th May – The Great Escape (Concorde 2)
Thursday 19th May – Liverpool Sound City
Friday 8th July – T In The Park
Sunday 10th July – T4 On The Beach
Friday 26th August – Leeds Festival
Sunday 28th August – Reading Festival

The View are due to release 'Cutting Corners' on June 13th.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Sony Engineer Norio Ohga - Father Of The CD Format - Dies At 81

Former Sony president Norio Ohga, who helped transform the music industry with the development of the compact disc format, has died at the age of 81, the company said.

The invention of the CD arguably saved the music industry. Under threat from home taping, record labels struggled to find a way to reinvigorate their back catalogues and inject investment into new talent. Pioneered by Sony, the CD sent sales to record levels. Famously billed as being virtually indestructible - can you really smear jam on them? - the CD soon became the primary means of listening to music.

Sony engineer Norio Ohga led this change. President of the Japanese company from 1982 to 1995, Ohga actually began life as an ambitious young opera singer.

Drawn into the world of engineering, Norio Ogha soon focussed this ambition on new technology. When discussions about the possibility of the compact disc began, it was Ogha who insisted that the CD should be 12 cm in diameter - enough to safely carry Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

Later, Norio Ogha would preside over the purchase of the Columbia label and also launched Sony's games division - who would in turn produce the Playstation.

Commenting on the loss, Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman, CEO and President, Sony Corporation said, "When I first joined Sony in 1997, Ohga-san was serving on the frontlines of Sony management as Chairman and CEO. His numerous and successful endeavors were well-known both inside and outside of Sony. Witnessing Ohga-san's leadership firsthand was truly an honor, and one I continued to enjoy and benefit from in countless ways in the years that followed."

"By redefining Sony as a company encompassing both hardware and software, Ohga-san succeeded where other Japanese companies failed. It is no exaggeration to attribute Sony's evolution beyond audio and video products into music, movies and game, and subsequent transformation into a global entertainment leader to Ohga-san's foresight and vision."

"I offer my deepest condolences on his passing and pray that he may rest in peace."

Friday, April 15, 2011

Liam Gallagher Changes Hotel To Avoid Brother Noel

Liam Gallagher moved hotels this week to avoid his brother and former Oasis bandmate Noel, according to reports.

According to the Daily Star, Liam had been scheduled to stay at the Hope Street Hotel when current band Beady Eye played the O2 Liverpool Academy. However, the singer discovered that Noel was also booked into the luxury accommodation, as he travelled to watch Manchester City play Liverpool.

A source said: “Liam wasn’t having any of it, he refused to check in and demanded to be moved to another hotel.”

The feuding brothers are not thought to have spoken since an argument in August 2009 led to the demise of the iconic Britpop band, when guitarist Noel announced his departure.

Since then, Liam has established Beady Eye and they are currently on their first full UK tour.

Listen: Radiohead Single Leaks

New tracks from Radiohead have emerged online ahead of Record Store Day.

Set to be released tomorrow (April 16th) the new 12 inch from Radiohead is highly unusual. The vinyl release is being kept to a strictly limited edition.

The first physical pressing of two new tracks, 'Supercollider' and 'The Butcher' have been kept under wraps. Referring to the new 12 inch, the drummer claimed that the material is offcuts from recent sessions. "The Butcher is from the King Of Limbs sessions," he revealed.  "Supercollider was recorded during that period and finished off after the album came out."

The tracks were not jettisoned from the album because of quality, but more due to neither fitting into the LP's overarching structure. As a result, the quality of the new release is high. Leaking online, fans have been able to hear exactly what they will be queuing for tomorrow...

Meanwhile 'The Butcher' is a far more focussed track - beat heavy, but not at the expense of songwriting.

As part of the Record Store Day celebrations, Ed O'Brien praised the role of independent record shops. "Record stores are some of the most important places for people coming together [and] choosing music that they love," O'Brien said, "so anything we could to help out in these very hard times, we wanted to do."

Listen to both below...

Radiohead - Supercollider



Radiohead - The Butcher


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Pulp Launch Cover Competition

Pulp have launched their new competition to find unusual cover versions of their material.

It's been a decade since the classic line up of Pulp last took to the stage, which is more than enough time to forget how to play some of the more obscure elements of their back catalogue.

Using YouTube to refresh their memory, Pulp discovered a few bizarre yet wonderful cover versions. Deciding that these were worth hearing, the band confirmed plans to launch a new contest.

Gathering their favourites, the band invited fans to submit their own versions. PulpTube will whittle down these renditions until a winner is found, with the voting stage of the competition now open:

"Friends – during the process of learning to play the old songs again we have been consulting the versions posted by various persons on the internet. Very educational! So we thought we’d share some of our favourites with you."

"View them online at http://www.pulppeople.com/ and vote for YOUR favourites – or upload your own renditions if you think you could do better. Please get involved. It will be fun. We’re offering a musical prize to the winner (if we can find them out in cyberspace)."

"Less than two months to go before the first show. Hmmm – can’t wait to meet you face to face. In the meantime... Keep the faith."

For more information click HERE.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Johnny Marr Leaves The Cribs

Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, has left The Cribs in order to focus on his own solo career, it's been announced.

Marr joined the group in 2008 and featured on their latest album 'Ignore The Ignorant'. In a statement, he said: "Touring and recording with Ryan, Gary and Ross has been fantastic and 'Ignore The Ignorant' is something I'm really proud of.

“We ended up doing much more than we originally set out to, and I've made three good friends."
Marr told Billboard that he is currently working on new solo songs and planned to put out two new albums over the next year.

He also said he hoped to continue his film soundtrack work after scoring the movie Inception alongside Hans Zimmer.

Two Door Cinema Club To Record New Material After Festival Season

Irish band Two Door Cinema Club have revealed that they will be begin work on their second album later this year.

Singer Alex Trimble said: "We've just moved in to a house - we're setting up a studio in there, so I guess after festival season we'll have a little more time off and just keep recording and hopefully make another record, or maybe two, and just see what happens."

The indie trio – also including guitarist Sam Halliday and bassist Kevin Baird – are set to play at festivals on both sides of the Atlantic this year including Coachella in California, but they claim appearing at Glastonbury in the UK has been their favourite experience so far as they have fond memories of meeting their musical heroes there.
Alex added to Spinner.com: "It is absolutely crazy. I mean, last year we played the 'other stage' at Glastonbury which is sort of like the second stage dine-in.
"I mean, you're playing with artists that you grew up with and you're playing with the bands that inspired you and the people that made you want to write music and stuff.
"It's weird when you're hanging backstage and one of those people walks past you. You’re in such close proximity with all these people you've known but not met all your life.”

Two Door Cinema Club have been confirmed to play at this year's Coachella festival, Isle of Wight festival and Radio One's Big Weekend.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

The Stone Roses Reunion Denied by Bassist

Reports in The Sun this morning (April 7th) suggested that the band could be set to reform after patching up their differences. Sadly for us, Mani has angrily denied any potential reformation from The Stone Roses, and blasted tabloid intrusion into his life!

"Two old friends meeting up after 15 years to pay their respects to my mother does not constitute the reformation of The Stone Roses. Please fuck off and leave it alone. It isn't true and isn't happening." Mani said.

A very much loved group, The Stone Roses have been dogged by rumours of reformation since the moment they split back in 1996. More than a decade on, the legendary Manchester group have refused to get back together.

Focussed on their own careers, Ian Brown and Mani have continued to work in the music industry. John Squire meanwhile, is now a full time artist and spent the bulk of 2010 hosting exhibitions around the globe.

So that's that. The statement is unequivocal, and with Mani set to resume bass duties in Primal Scream for their 'Screamadelica' tour there is no sign that The Stone Roses are set to reform any time soon.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Bryan Ferry Admitted To Hospital After Falling 'Seriously ill'

Bryan Ferry has been admitted to hospital after the Roxy Music singer was reported to have fallen "seriously ill". The 65-year-old was forced to cancel an appearance at an Olympic 2012 event on 5 April after complaining of suffering ill-health for some time. He is now understood to be undergoing hospital tests.

The Daily Mail reports that a spokesperson for Ferry denied that the singer had suffered a heart attack but confirmed that he was having a medical examination.

The spokesman said: "Bryan has been feeling rough for some time and he felt even worse today. So, he thought it was best for the doctors to look into it. We're all obviously very concerned for him."

The spokesperson then added that the tests had been taken as a "precautionary measure".

Ferry has been busy recently, embarking on a world tour with Roxy Music that finished in New Zealand last month. Set to last for a gruelling four and a half month period the 65 year old singer is hoping to re-schedule the shows at some point.

Get well soon Bryan!

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Leave It To Cleaver! with DJ Cleaver Setlist

Leave It To Cleaver! Setlist:

  1. Psychedelic Furs / Sister Europe
  2. Sport Of Kinas / Reminesce
  3. The Names / Revenge
  4. System 56 / Metro Metro
  5. Romeo Void / In The Dark
  6. White Door / Flame In My Heart (extended)
  7. OMD / Messages
  8. OMD / History Of Modern (part 1)
  9. Ministry / She´s Got A Cause
  10. Novemeber Five / Put Your Back To It (remix)
  11. Experimental Products / Maneequin
  12. X Mal Deutschland / Jahr Um Jahr II

Friday, April 01, 2011

BOTM April 2011 - L.U.V

L.U.V. is a London-based female Rock 'N' Roll band with a charismatic front man from Hollywood, California.

The band was the brainchild of singer/songwriter Jimmy Sweet, a former member of Hot Hot Heat. If Iggy Pop, Goldfrapp, The Cramps and Peaches spawned a love child, you would have L.U.V. Sweet has performed with many bands, but he states, "L.U.V. is my baby. This is the band that I'm pouring everything into."

Along with Sweet comes a quartet of gorgeous girls - Claire, Holly, Kasia and new addition, Chloe. The blonde, brunettes and redhead make up the rest of L.U.V. Bassist Claire has appeared internationally in live performances and music videos, and has written several film scores. On drums and percussion is Holly, who has performed in numerous live shows and was accepted into Paul McCartney’s Fame School where she met the lovely Guitarist Chloe. The synth-player Kasia, originally from Poland, went to music school at a very young age before abandoning classical music and discovering her talents in rock 'n' roll. The major accomplishments and talents of the rockers mixed in with their overall appeal establish a show that you won't easily forget.

L.U.V.'s debut gig was at the November launch of the latest book by the legendary Mick Rock where they were chosen by the sponsors, Zippo, to perform and have a photoshoot with the man himself. This was followed by a series of shows titled the "Dirty, Sexy, Rock 'N' Roll" tour at the Bull & Gate, Enterprise, Water Rats, Bullet Bar etc. The EP launch gig was a sell out show at Proud Gallery, Camden, London on January 13th. The lead track from the EP ‘She’s My Fix’ has already been played numerous times in London, Peru (Kool Rock Radio) and L.A.