Chug-Chug-Chunk-Chuga-Chuga-Chunk-Chug-Chug-Chug-Chunk! Repeat etc. It's Slayer, of course!
Almost legendary Sup Pop band Sleater Kinney have decided to split according to the <a href=http://www.portlandmercury.com/blogtown/2006/06/sleeterkinney_breaks_up.php>Portland Mercury</a>“After eleven years as a band, Sleater-Kinney have decided to go on indefinite hiatus.The upcoming summer shows will be our last. As of now, there are no plans for future tours or recordings. We feel lucky to have had the support of many wonderful people over the years. We want to thank everyone who has worked with us, written kind words about us, performed with us, and inspired us.But mostly we want to extend our gratitude to our amazing fans. You have been a part of our story from the beginning. We could not have made our music without your enthusiasm, passion, and loyalty. It is you who have made the entire journey worthwhile.”<b>Sleater-Kinney’s final dates</b> Jul 29 Mellwood Arts Center, Louisville,KY Jul 31 Starlight Ballroom, Philadelphia,PA Aug 01 930 Club, Washington,DC Aug 02 Webster Hall, New York City,NY Aug 04 Lollapalooza (Grant Park), Chicago,IL
Rumours are flying that US band Pearl Jam are to play 2 dates at London’s Astoria on April 20th and April 21st. The rumours seem to have come from a French radio station that has allegedly ran a competition to win tickets. Official confirmation has not been given.The gigs, if they happen, will promote Pearl Jam’s new album, dubbed the Avocado album, which is due for release on May 1st on Sony/BMG.
After three successful series, Australia's most 'effluent' comedy pairing branch out into a full-length TV Movie broadcast last year in Oz and released on DVD by ABC video. Can the format stretch to 90 minutes? Karl Wareham has a look...
It's another new Fall album! I wonder what it sounds like....?
Nick Cave has announced a rare UK solo band tour for 2006.Nick Cave's solo band is made up of Bad Seeds Warren Ellis (violin), Martyn Casey (bass) and Jim Sclavunos (drums).These shows give the audience a chance to see Nick Cave play in small venues not possible with Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds.NICK CAVE SOLO UK DATES:30th January Birmingham Symphony Hall 08709094133 £30/£40 31st January Cambridge Corn Exchange 01223 357851 £35 1st February Nottingham Royal Centre 0115 989 5555 £30/£40 2nd February London Apollo Victoria 0870 161 1977 £40 4th February Edinburgh Playhouse 0870 606 3424 £25/£32.50 5th February Glasgow Concert Hall 0141 353 8000 £27.50/£32.50 6th February Manchester Bridgewater Hall 0161 907 9000 £32.50/£40Tickets are available on line from www.gigsandtour.com or direct from the venues. Tickets are priced between £25 and £40 depending on seating and venue.*need to confirm before posting*
New Single - 'Love's A Game'24th Oct 2005 & Tour DatesThe Magic Numbers are set to release their third single, 'Love's A Game' from their platinum selling debut album, on 24th October 2005.Which can be seen here<a href="http://exodus.interoutemediaservices.com/?id=b447732f-eae0-4a2f-937b-2ea807dee0f4&delivery=stream ">Love's A Game - Realplayer</a> <a href="http://exodus.interoutemediaservices.com/?id=a8d0c1b2-a1a8-49fb-8a14-c3bfd660d01c&delivery=stream ">Love's A Game - Windows Media</a>The Magic Numbers are fast becoming everyone's favourite band. Since they released their eponymous album in June, which stormed the UK album charts at Number 7 they've been performing at many of the UK's Summer Festivals, notched up two Top 15 singles with 'Forever Lost' and 'Love Me Like You', picked up an award at this year's prestigious Mojo Magazine Awards and a Nationwide Mercury Prize Album Of The Year nomination.The band are currently on their biggest (sold out!) UK tour:Tues 4th Leeds Met UniWed 5th Glasgow QMUFri 7th Sheffield UniversitySat 8th Wolverhampton WulfranSun 9th Cardiff UniversityTues 11th Oxford Brooks UniWed 12th Cambridge JunctionThurs 13th Portsmouth Pyramid RoomsSat 15th Nottingham Rock CitySun 16th Norwich WaterfrontTues 18th London Shepherds Bush EmpireWed 19th London Shepherds Bush EmpireFri 21st Reading UniversitySat 22nd Bristol Anson Rooms @ UniversitySun 23rd Manchester Academy 2
The legend that is John Cale Returns once more...
Karl Wareham listens to the debut album from melodic popsters from Sweden, released here on the 19th September…
25 Years of 4AD - Gig and CD celebrations - Full Details Here - 25 Years of 4AD - Gig and CD celebrations - Full Details
his November, 4AD celebrates its 25th anniversary.Starting on 17th of November, there will be a series of live performances spread over 10 nights. Highlights include : TV On The Radio playing their only UK show of the year at London's Scala; The Breeders, performing in the beautiful surroundings of Blackheath Halls; Kristin Hersh playing two contrasting shows; and appearances by artists new to the label which are yet to be announced. Tickets for all shows are on sale now.The full list of shows is :1980 Forward • November 2005 • LondonThursday 17th November TV On The Radio plus special guestsThe Scala Friday 18th November Minotaur Shock & Magnétophone plus special guestsThe Luminaire Saturday 19th November The Breeders plus special guestsBlackheath Halls (also : an exhibition of the artwork of Vaughan Oliver / v23) Sunday 20th November The Breeders plus special guestsBlackheath Halls (also : an exhibition of the artwork of Vaughan Oliver / v23) Monday 21st November Kristin Hersh performing the songs of Throwing MusesThe Scala Tuesday 22nd November Kristin Hersh performing songs from Hips And Makers onwardsThe Scala Wednesday 23rd November The Mountain Goats plus special guestsBush Hall Thursday 24th November Celebration plus special guestsThe Water Rats Friday 25th November Mojave 3 & Mark Kozelek performing the songs of Red House PaintersConway Hall Sunday 27th November Blonde Redhead & Johann Johannsson The ScalaTo coincide with the shows, 4AD will release a compilation that explores the highways and byways of the label's 25 year history. There will also be a very limited edition "bespoke" version of the compilation, available only from the brand new website at 4ad.com. The site, designed by Vaughan Oliver, is being launched next month; the limited edition compilation will allow fans to choose any selection of tracks from 4AD's catalogue - it will be hand-made for them, and delivered in an exclusive v23 designed sleeve.Other celebratory projects include a deluxe Cocteau Twins 4 CD box set, and an intriguing release from the label's founder Ivo Watts-Russell, operating under his Hope Blister guise. More details on these soon._________________________A Brief History of 4AD"Iconic" is one of those words which is used more often than it ought to be, but if it applies to any record label, surely it applies to 4AD. Like other labels born during the post-punk diaspora (Factory, Postcard, Fast Product), 4AD quickly developed a unique visual identity and a unique position in the musical landscape of the time; unlike them, 4AD is still here, still releasing interesting music in wonderful packaging, and still inspiring devotion in listeners all over the world.The label was founded in 1980. At the time, Ivo Watts-Russell was overseeing the management of the Beggars Banquet chain of record shops, and constant stream of demos from aspiring bands came with the job. Ivo had been toying with the idea of setting up a label for some time, and the plan came into focus after a conversation with Martin Mills (owner of Beggars Banquet); initially the new label would concentrate on brand new acts and those that were successful would "graduate" to Beggars Banquet - a plan that was quickly abandoned.The label was christened Axis, but as soon as its first four singles had been pressed Ivo and his partner Peter Kent ran into their first problem - in the shape of a stern letter from another company with the same name. The solution to the problem came from a promotional flyer that Ivo and Peter had printed up to call attention to the new releases. The flyer's designer had added a bit of typography which played on both the new year and the idea of progress:Early releases from artists like Bauhaus, The Birthday Party and Modern English quickly established 4AD as a vibrant home for atmospheric, intense and artful new music, and the impression that the label was making was reinforced by Modern English's second single for 4AD, "Gathering Dust" which was the first to feature sleeve art by a young graphic designer named Vaughan Oliver. Vaughan, together with the photographer Nigel Grierson, became 23 Envelope - later v23 - and his wonderful designs continue to adorn 4AD releases to this day.4AD's potent visual identity tends to obscure the sheer range of music that it has released over the years; while the label will remain forever associated with the ambient swirls and fairy-tale vocals of the Cocteau Twins and This Mortal Coil, in its first decade it also introduced the world to Bulgarian choral music (courtesy of the Mysteres Des Voix Bulgares compilations), worked at the cutting edge of American underground rock music with Throwing Muses, The Pixies and Red House Painters, and even tasted unlikely pop success when Colourbox and A R Kane collaborated (as M/A/R/R/S) on the groundbreaking house collage "Pump Up The Volume", a UK number one single. Later, after the Breeders had taken the world by storm with "Cannonball" and "The Last Splash", the label could be found releasing rootsy Americana by Tarnation and Mojave 3 and exploring quirky electronica from Iceland's Gus Gus and Birmingham's Magnétophone, as well as enjoying fruitful long-term relationships with artists like Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry (of Dead Can Dance), Kim Deal, Kristin Hersh and Tanya Donelly, all of whom continue to record for 4AD.The current 4AD roster now includes the likes of Blonde Redhead, TV On The Radio and the legendary Scott Walker. In November 2005, the label celebrates its 25th anniversary with a series of live shows and other special events. 4AD are still going strong and are still looking forward.
Press release in full....<b>No Wow released on Domino on October 31st</b>After a summer chock full of festival appearances and a whirlwind tour of the U.S, The Kills return to the UK for an autumn tour and the release of a new single in October.No Wow – the title track from their latest album – is released on October 31st with formats including some killer mixes of No Wow by MSTRKRFT (that’s Jesse from Death From Above 1979) and Chicken Lips, The Good Ones remixed by Tiga and two additional tracks – details tbc.Renowned for mashing the best bits of punk/funk/disco/electro/house into one side of vinyl, Chicken Lips add smacked out, creeping beauty to proceedings with their mix of No Wow. VV sounds like never before, all swagger, pout and a trail of devastation in her wake. The Lips’ mix catches your eye, struts about enticingly, then slaps you in the face and gets in a cab. It’s already rocking the terrace at Space - thanks to 2ManyDJ’s – and proving to be a fixture in sets from Erol Alkan, Justin Robertson and Radioslave.Jesse from Death From Above 1979 deconstructs the original of No Wow entirely, reproducing it in an outrageously addictive, put-it-straight-back-on-to-check-it-really-was-that-good MSTRKRFT remix. With the sheen of Richard X and the sex of, well, The Kills (who else), it will appeal to dirty disco heads, pop mavericks and pretty much anyone with any discernment whatsoever. Heavy, old school beats and a glammed-up VV vocal marry to perfection on what could just be one of the remixes of the year... Techno’s favourite Canadian wunderkind Tiga grabs hold of No Wow’s first single ‘Good Ones’ and takes it to new heights of steamy floor stomping and fringe tossing. The driving tempo is drenched in the fuzzy guitars and snarling duet of VV and Hotel’s original, shoehorning what was a loose-limbed shaker into a more streamlined but no less potent club version. Oh, and the breakdown is a dead cert for pandemoniumAhead of the single release The Kills hit the road for a 10-date UK tour that includes a show at LONDON’s Forum on October 20th. Support comes from the excellent Be Your Own Pet with full list of dates as follows:OCTOBER 19th, NOTTINGHAM, Rescue Rooms; 20th, LONDON, Forum; 22nd, NEWCASTLE, Academy 2; 23rd, GLASGOW, Oran Moor; 24th, 24th, ABERDEEN, Lemon Tree; 26th, LIVERPOOL, Academy; 27th, MANCHESTER, Academy 2; 28th, STOKE, Sugarmill; 29th, SHEFFIELD, Leadmill; 31st, OXFORD, Zodiac.
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"we ( tvotr ) were back in the studio thinking and feeling again and made this song for all our everybody... in the absence of a true leader we must not forget that we are still together.... hearts are sick ... minds must change ... it is our hope that this song inspires, comforts, fosters courage, and reminds us... this darkness cannot last if we work together. let us help each other... heal each other .... look after one another ... the human heart is our new capitol.... this song is for you.... us.....we....them... it is free. pass it on.<a href=http://www.4ad.com/artists/tvontheradio/index.html>Click here to visit site and download song</a>
Icelandic angels return with their fourth album...
Yee-haw....Karl Wareham reviews the latest single from one of the finest bands around at the moment. Please won't someone let them record a whole album?
Ooh, its the Mystery Jets!
Details are sketchy but here's the press release in full...EMI Records is proud to announce the release of the brand new studio album by Kate Bush.The double album entitled ‘Aerial’ will be released worldwide on November 7th (November 8th in USA).The first single ‘King Of The Mountain’ precedes the album on October 24th.Both the single and album are produced by Kate Bush.
The White Stripes' new single 'My Doorbell' is out now. It's available from all good record shops on CD and white vinyl 7", as well as being available in three digital single bundles. The single includes exclusive b sides recorded live at the Teatro Amazonas in Manaus, Brazil - 'Screwdriver' and 'Same Boy You've Always Known' - PLUS the massive drum and bass bootleg mix of 'Blue Orchid'.And to enter the competition to win that trip to Paris and see the first show on the Stripes' European tour at Le Zenith, all you need do is <a href="http://www.xlrecordings.com/mydoorbell/">click here</a> and follow the instructions. Good Luck!
It's Iron Maiden, showing 'tha kidz' how its done. And see the video in here as well.
Put Dogs out of their misery. Dogs should be put down. Every Dog has its day. Etc etc. Every cliche imaginable...