Thursday, May 31, 2012

Watch: O Children Unveil 'Chimera' Video

O Children have unveiled the video for their new single "Chimera".

Set for release on 11th June, is the first single to be taken from the bands second album 'Apnea' which is due out on 4th June.

Watch it below.

Watch: The Chain Gang Of 1974 Unveil New Video For ‘Teenagers'

The Chain Gang of 1974 have released a brand new music video for 'Teenagers'

The song is taken from the band's debut album 'Wayward Fire', released in June 2011. The video is directed by O'Shea Reid.

Watch now!

Bloc Party Announce New Album 'Four' - Watch album trailer

Bloc Party have announced the release of their new album 'Four' and premiered their first new music from the upcoming album.

The album will be release on 20th through Frenchkiss Records and has been produced by Alex Newport, who previously worked with Death Cab For Cuite, The Mars Volta and At The Drive-In. It is their first since 2008's 'Intimacy'.


"We have just finished mixing our new record. i am very proud of it. it is the best thing that we have ever done and finishing this record has taken us on quite a journey." Lead singer Kele Okereke posted on his blog.

Watch a trailer for the album below.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Watch: The Walkmen Unveil 'Heaven' Video

The Walkmen have unveiled the video for the title track to their new album 'Heaven'.

The video was directed by Alex Southam and features a collection of archival Walkmen footage and photographs.

The band's seventh album will be released through Fat Possum and Bella Union on the 5th June.

Watch it below.

Watch: M83 Unveil New Video For ‘Reunion’

M83 has unveiled the new video for his single 'Reunion' follow up to 'Midnight City'. The video, directed by Fleur & Manu, sees the previously premiered group of feral children take their supernatural powers into battle.

'Reunion' is the second single to be taken from M83's fourth album "Hurry Up We're Dreaming", released last year.

Watch the video below.

Monday, May 21, 2012

WATCH: Hot Chip New Video For 'Night & Day'

Indie-dance collective Hot Chip have unveiled the video for their new single 'Night & Day'.

The video was directed by Peter Serafinowicz and features dancing monks, spaceships, a giant egg-creature and plenty more weirdness besides. David Walliam's model wife Lara Stone also appears in the video alongside Terrance Stamp and Reggie Watts.

'Night & Day' is set to be released on June 11th. The track appears on Hot Chip's upcoming album 'In Our Heads' which will find its way into shops on the same day.

Watch 'Night & Day' below.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Bee Gees' Robin Gibb Passes Away At Age 62

Terribly sad. Another legend has left us...

Bee Gees co-founder Robin Gibb has passed away today (May 20) following his long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery. He was 62 years old.

A statement released by relatives said: "The family of Robin Gibb, of the Bee Gees, announce with great sadness that Robin passed away following his long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery. The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time."

Along with Maurice and older brother Barry, Robin sang and co-wrote the biggest hits of the disco era such as 'Night Fever', 'Tragedy' and 'Stayin' Alive', The Bee Gees have sold over 200 million records.


RIP Robin Gibb.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Passion Pit Unveil Album Art and Tracklist

Passion Pit have unveiled the artwork/tracklisting for their forthcoming album Gossamer which is set for release on July 24 through Columbia.

The album artwork was created by Mark Borthwick and Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos. The tracklist includes previously heard lead single "Take a Walk".

Speaking about the album, lead singer Michael Angelakos says: "On Gossamer there is more of a dichotomy between the lyrics and the music. You hear my lyrics more precisely which is something I was ready for. The lyrics on this album have a lot to say about what the last two years of my life have been troubled with."

Gossamer tracklisting:

1. Take a Walk
2. I’ll Be Alright
3. Carried Away
4. Constant Conversations
5. Mirrored Sea
6. Cry Like a Ghost
7. On My Way
8. Hideaway
9. Two Veils to Hide My Face
10. Love Is Greed
11. Its Not My Fault I’m Happy
12. Where We Belong

Watch: The Maccabees New Video For 'Went Away'

The Maccabees have unveiled the video for "Went Away", taken from their new album Given To The Wild, out now.
Watch it below.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Suede Working on New Album With Producer Ed Buller

Suede
According to the band's frontman Brett Anderson, Suede have discarded a large portion of new songs they played during their 2011 comeback shows, and have instead begun work on a fresh batch of material with their former producer Ed Buller.

Posting on the band's Facebook page Anderson said:

"For those of you wondering just what is happening with the new Suede material, please allow Brett to bring you up to speed...

"Ever the prancing panderer, willing to please and dance to the popular tune i thought someone should show their face and pipe up now the cat's ears are kind of poking out of the top of the bag. And that someone is me. 

Yes, we are currently deep in the studio swamp with former Psychedelic Fur and erstwhile ballerina Ed Buller. As well as perfecting our Brian Butterfield impersonations we have all been merrily chipping away at the huge block of raw stone that is, whisper it, the new Suede album. What does it sound like ? Oh! I don't know, probably like some artist on some drug, engaged in a game of quoits with some other artist on another drug, you can adopt your own journalistic cliche if you haven't grown up yet. 

There are guitars, there are drums, there is bass, there are more guitars and there is a bit of out of tune warbling but most importantly there are songs. Some of the best for a while actually, i would boldly, and probably stupidly venture. 

Titles? Hmmmm... 'Sometimes I Feel I'll Float Away', 'For The Strangers', 'It Starts and Ends With You' amongst others. The proto-proto-proto type version that we were fumbling around with towards the end of last year is very dead so apart from 'Sabotage', don't get attached to any of those songs from Russia cos it's very unlikely anyone will ever hear them again. They were canon-fodder i'm afraid, part of the endlessly shifting and self-questioning process. Every album I've ever made has been brutally hard (that's kind of the point) and this is no exception but you will be intrigued to hear, we have just banked the final curve and are into the home straight. Maybe you'll even hear something new at Hop Farm...and maybe not. 

Anyway, I hope that has answered some questions for you and provoked yet more that you want to be answered. 

All the love and poison of Notting Hill 
BA
x"

Thursday, May 10, 2012

WATCH: Fractures New Video For 'Ride'

London 4-piece, Fractures, have unveiled the new video for their debut single 'Ride'.

The single gets released on the 28th May through Distiller Records, and it's already a classic tune on Kool Rock Radio. 

Watch the video below.

Watch: Modeselektor (Featuring Thom Yorke) New Video For 'This'

German electronic duo, Modeselektor, have released the video for their song 'This' featuring Radiohead's  Thom Yorke on vocals.

The track comes from Modeselektor’s 2011 album 'Monkeytown' which features two collaborations with Yorke.

The video has been directed by the FutureDeluxe creative agency, and features a hooded and black-clad girl dancing in a traumatised manner with a wooden string-puppet.

Watch the video below.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

WATCH: Cut Your Hair New Video For 'Utah In Pictures'

Catalan three-piece, Cut Your Hair, have unveiled a new music video for their track 'Utah In Pictures', taken from their eponymous debut single.
The song was Single of the Week on Kool Rock Radio for 3 weeks (.April 2 - April 16).

Watch it now!


Friday, May 04, 2012

Delphic: 'Today's bands are just trying to stay alive'

Delphic
Delphic's Rick Boardman commented on the lack of financial resources in today's music industry stopping great bands from reaching true potential.

"The lack of money in the music industry means that there's no room for bands to experiment and there's no room for bands not play it safe. I find it so difficult to hear great music coming out, because everyone's just trying to stay alive," said Rick Boardman in an recent interview.

The band feel that due to a lack of money in today’s climate there will never be legends such as Blur and The Smiths again, as record labels don’t have the funds and capabilities to allow their bands to grow.

"Will we ever hear another Smiths again? I don't know," Boardman continues. "Will a band like Blur, who had to wait for their third album to get a hit record, ever be allowed space to breath and grow? Probably not."

The Manchester trio are working on their new album and are in no hurry to release putting as much time and effort into it as possible. 

Beastie Boys' Adam 'MCA' Yauch Dead at 47

Adam 'MCA' Yauch
(August 5, 1964 – May 4, 2012)
Adam 'MCA' Yauch died at the age of 47, it has been reported.

Yauch revealed he had a cancerous tumour in his left parotid gland in July 2009, and stayed away from the limelight during the release of the band's most recent album 'Hot Sauce Committee, Part Two' last year.

He was a co-founder of the Beastie Boys alongside Mike 'Mike D' Diamond and Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horowitz in 1979, but didn't break through until 1986's 'Licensed to Ill'. Further albums including 'Paul's Boutique' and 'Ill Communication' followed, propelling the band to the very top of their field.

The band were inducted into America's Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame earlier this year, but Yauch was unable to attend due to his health.

Yauch, who is survived by his wife, Dechen Wengdu, and their daughter, Losel, wrote a letter to his bandmates and fans for last month's hall of fame induction: "I'd like to dedicate this to my brothers Adam and Mike," he wrote. "They walked the globe with me. It's also for anyone who has ever been touched by our band. This induction is as much ours as it is yours."

R.I.P 'MCA'.

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Depeche Mode Confirm New Album And Tour

Depeche Mode
Dave Gahan, Depeche Mode's frontman, talked with Spinner about the group's future plans once he and Martin Gore are done with their side projects and said that their upcoming album is "definitely on track".

"We've probably got 20 songs demoed. Some of the songs are in really good shape, some need some work, but we're definitely on track. We have a deadline of the end of November, and there's no reason we why we won't meet that at the rate we're going". He said.

Ben Hillier and Christoffer Berg are co-producing the new material. Berg has previously worked with The Knife and Fever Ray. "He's a great musician and has a lot of fantastic ideas," said Gahan. "He's not afraid to stand up and say, 'I got an idea.' I like that. It's quite intimidating working with a band like ours because you have certain expectations of how it is. A lot are true and some aren't. Martin and I are open to other people's ideas."

Gahan also says that "There are already plans in place to be touring next year."

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

BOTM May 2012 - ZULU WINTER

Zulu Winter are a five piece Indie rock band formed in London in 2011. The band consist of Will Daunt, Iain Lock, Dom Millard, Henry Walton and Guy Henderson. Having played together since they were 15, they've overcome all manner of music industry adversity to get to this point. "I've never even considered anything else," Henry admits. "Playing guitar with these guys is all there's been."

Eventually they went with Kaiser Chiefs, Cribs and Crystal Castles manager James Sandom. "The thing we love about James is that he takes a band at face value, and says 'you are what you are and I'm going to make you as successful as you can possibly be'."

They released their first single "Never Leave" on Double Denim Records on 7 November 2011. Their second single "We Should Be Swimming" was released in February 2012 on PIAS. The band have also received features in the UK press. In March 2012, the UK Band, Keane, announced Zulu Winter as the support act on their 2012 UK tour. The band released their third single "Silver Tongue" last month.

Zulu Winter are due to release their debut album "Language" packed with syncopated dance beats and punchy, melancholic pop on the 14 May 2012 on Play It Again Sam Recordings.

**Zulu Winter reached the TOP 20 on Kool Rock Radio's Best New Bands of 2011 list. Their single 'Never Leave' peaked at #26 on our Best Tracks 2011 chart.