Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Talk Talk Celebrated by Members of Pink Floyd, Arcade Fire, Underworld, Weezer Through Book and Tribute Album

Talk Talk are celebrating their 30th anniversary, illustrator and Talk Talk cover art creator James Marsh has collected all of the artwork he's made for the band in the limited edition book 'Spirit of Talk Talk'. 

The book will include hand-written lyrics from Talk Talk's, along with 80 written contributions from people who've been influenced by the band over the years. A release date for the book has yet to be unveiled.

On May 28, UK label Fierce Panda will release a Talk Talk tribute album, also titled Spirit of Talk Talk. 

Some of the contributors for the book and the album, include Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry, late Pink Floyd member Richard Wright, Weezer's Patrick Wilson, Jonathan Meiburg of Shearwater, Wild Beasts' Tom Fleming, Orbital's Paul Hartnoll, Karl Hyde of Underworld, former Depeche Mode member Alan Wilder, Elbow's Guy Garvey, James Lavelle of UNKLE, and former Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle. If you're interested, register here.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Ladyhawke Unveils Tracklisting For 'Anxiety'


Ladyhawke has unveiled the tracklisting for her new album 'Anxiety', which gets released on the 19th March through Modular, via Island Records and the tracklisting is as follows.

1. Girl Like Me
2. Sunday Drive
3. Black, White & Blue
4. Vaccine
5. Blue Eyes
6. Vanity
7. The Quick & The Dead
8. Anxiety
9. Cellophane
10. Gone Gone Gone

Friday, January 13, 2012

The Stranglers Announce New Album Details, UK Tour

The Stranglers have confirmed the details of their first studio album in six years, and have also outlined their plans for an extensive UK tour. 

Entitled 'Giants', the new album will be released on March 5th, with the UK tour kicking off on the 1st of that month at the Leeds O2 Academy. The band will then immediately move north of the border for two dates in Scotland at the Dunfermline Alhambra and Glasgow Academy, with dates then due for the remainder of the month, the last of which is scheduled for the Manchester Academy on March 24th.

'Giants' tracklist:

1) Another Camden Afternoon
2) Freedom Is Insane
3) Giants
4) Lowlands
5) Boom Boom
6) My Fickle Resolve
7) Time Was Once On My Side
8) Mercury Rising
9) Adios
10) 15 Steps.

The Vaccines Defend Rock N' Roll Music: Great Guitar Records Are Being Made


The Vaccines, who released their debut album last year, have said guitar shouldn't be based on their ranking in the charts. 

The band's frontman Justin Young has said talk of the death of rock n roll is getting ‘boring’, and added that many important rock records of the past have also failed to have any significant impact on the charts. There's been so much about the death of the guitar band, but so many great guitar records are being made at the moment."

"It really annoyed me. What is a guitar record? So many of the important guitar bands of the 80s had no impact on the charts but their legacy has been so important.

"I think we just need to shut up now. It's boring." He added.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Fiction Boss: Record Labels 'Scared' Of Signing Rock Bands


In an interview with Newsbeat, Managing Director of Fiction Records Jim Chancellor, has said record labels are ‘scared’ of signing new guitar-based bands due to the lack of mainstream success being experienced by many of today’s emerging rock acts.

“The problem is everyone is looking for instant results from a new signing," says Chancellor. "What we’ve tried to do at Fiction is help bands through those phases. We try and nurture talent. Television is very limited. For guitar bands it’s Channel 4 and Later…With Jools Holland. There are very few other outlets. As much as it is difficult to get heard the White Lies record sold really well and so has the Snow Patrol record in a climate where it's been tricky."

In recent weeks a number of musicians including Kasabian, Primal Scream, Kaiser Chiefs and Noel Gallagher have spoken about the lack of rock n' roll bands in today's charts.

Blur's Graham Coxon Announces New Album And Tour


Graham Coxon has confirmed that he had completed work on his new solo album. The guitarist, who is still reportedly taking part in low key recording sessions with Blur, will release 'A + E' on April 2nd.

Produced by Ben Hillier, the new material is apparently steeped in Krautrock and post-punk abstraction. Two quotes from Graham Coxon about the album: "Improvisations, experiments in beats, rhythms. A chance to uninhibitedly make some sort of perversely sad, danceable and funny and despondent songs."

"I didn’t want to get caught up in my usual struggle with trying to make things sound really posh. I didn’t want lovely 60s-sounding drums and valves."

The singer will play a total of 13 dates across the UK. The tour will kick off at Oxford's O2 Academy on April 13 and run until April 30 at Falmouth's Princess Pavilions venue. 

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Kasabian: There's A Rock N' Roll Drought In Music

In an interview with the Contact, the band said that they think the charts are 'overrun by pop' and that Kasabian are one of the only UK acts taking a risk with songs. 

Kasabian guitarist and chief songwriter Serge Pizzorno said: There's a rock 'n' roll drought at the moment, so I'm glad we're here. People are frightened of making records that sound good on the radio. We've been overrun by pop and I hate that indie attitude. Life's too short to give a ****.

"I'm not religious, I don't think there's anything after this, so I'm here to have a good time and this is the one chance I've got. So get me the ****ing fur coat and let's crack on. One knobhead might go, 'Oh, I don't like that.' But who cares?" He added.

Meanwhile, Kasabian recently said that they believe that the band are built to headline festivals. 

Bloc Party Are Recording New Album With Kele Okereke


Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke has confirmed that the band are working on a new album. Rumours last year suggested that the band could be set to part company, Okereke releasing a full length solo album.

Last September, the future of Bloc Party’s familiar line-up was thrown in to doubt when three members of the band were apparently caught by Okereke in the midst of recording sessions in his absence. However, the singer has recently revealed that he and the group now have two tracks fully recorded, with a further 17 demoed. 

Bloc Party are currently in the studio

John Lydon: Music Industry Has Been 'Taken Over' By X Factor

Expected to be released his ninth studio album with the band in the first half of 2012, Public Image Ltd. frontman John Lydon, has taken aim at TV talent shows such as the X Factor for creating an environment in which innovative acts struggle to find attention.

Describing talent shows as ‘unimportant’, Lydon told: “And it’s a shame that the music industry has been taken over and dominated by them. Particularly American Idol – you know, the way they love to awards themselves every year, those institutions.” It’s all artists from that ilk, isn’t it? If you want to call them artists. Unfortunately there’s some fantastic singers that come out of that, but they’re karaoke.”

In turning his attention to record companies, Lydon said: “If you ever want to know why I’m not on a record label, look at The X Factor. Honestly, of all the people that strive to break barriers in music and do good things and write great lyrics, not one of them would ever pass the first round on any of these competitions".

Sunday, January 01, 2012

BOTM January 2012 - SPECTOR

Spector is a five-piece indie rock band from London, comprising Frederick Macpherson, Christopher Burman, Thomas Shickle, Jed Cullen and Danny Blandy. Macpherson has previously been in Les Incompétents and Ox.Eagle.Lion.Man.

They have been described as "somewhere between Roxy Music and the Strokes, the Killers, Pulp, Frank Sinatra" and have also been described as "reminiscent of The Walkmen mainlined into The Killers’ chugga-train drive".

The band have announced a headline UK tour for February 2012 and have been confirmed as a support act for Florence and the Machine's March 2012 tour.

They've been recently added to the line-up Isle of Wight Festival 2012, playing in the Big Top Tent on Sunday 24th of June. They will also perform at Field Day festival on 2nd June 2012.

**Spector reached the TOP 10 on Kool Rock Radio's Best New Bands list last year (2011) and their singles 'What You Wanted' and 'Grey Shirt and Tie' have reached the TOP 100 of Best Tracks 2011 list.