The long-awaited <B>Múm</B> tour dates are finally in. The band begins their tour in <I>Germany</I> on April 14th, then moving throughout <I>Europe</I> until early June. Different stages of this tour will see support come from <B>Animal Collective</B>, <B>Mugison</B>, and <B>Mice Parade</B>.Following this long <I>European</I> leg, the band will tour the <I>US</I> and <I>Japan</I>.22 UK - BRIGHTON, Old Market 23 UK - LIVERPOOL, Academy 2 24 UK - OXFORD, Zodiac 25 UK - LONDON, Old Vic 27 UK - LEEDS, City Varieties 28 UK - GLASGOW, Tramway-Trypt29 IRELAND - DUBLIN, Vicar StreetFOR FULL TOUR DATES INCLUDING EUROPE CHECK <a href="http://www.fat-cat.co.uk">fat-cat.co.uk</A><a href="http://www.randomsummer.com">randomsummer.com</A>
Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed one of the must-have compilations...John Lennon's Jukebox is a collection of songs found to be contained within Lennon's personal jukebox in the 1960's, and provides dazzling insight into his creative genius.
Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the crooning compilation Memories Are Made Of This, designed to appeal to parents / grandparents who were just as likely to buy the lastest Ken Dodd record as they were latest Dean Martin. Released today.
Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the woeful second album from Aussie rockers The Vines. Winning Days is a non-fitting title for an album that has one good song and ten fillers, all trying to be Beatles meet Nirvana and failing miserably.
Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the ambient-techno romp Visceral Vendor from Ascoltare, AKA Dave Henson. Visceral Vendor is released to launch new label Tripel Records.
Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed NovaMute's remix project of Mutant Throbbing Gristle, featuring new techno wizards reimagining old Throbbing Gristle classic cuts. Released today.
<p> <img src="http://www.cdtimes.co.uk/images/covers/toxic.jpg" align=left width=200><B>Britney Spears</B> has scored her first number one single since 2000 with <U>Toxic</U>. The recently-'married' singer managed to head off competition from <B>Kylie Minogue</B> (whose <U>Red Blooded Woman</U> hit number five</U> and <B>George Michael</B> (whose <U>Amazing</U> reached number four). <B>Beenie Man</B> and <B>Blink 182</B> also had new-entries in the top ten.
In which Raphael Pour-Hashemi continues his monthly roundup with the look at the most interesting releases of February 2004.
Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the blitering sixties psychedelia revisionist assault that is Field Recordings From The Sun, released by Santa Cruz sonic guitar band Comets On Fire. Released on March 15th.
Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the soulful, sunny double album concoction from alt/country pioneers <B>Lambchop</B>. Aw C'mon / No You C'mon are two albums that further increase the share price of the Nashville band.
Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the brilliant album The Flame from Spanish punkpop band Dover, who could teach most London/NYC bands a thing about punk!
Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the storming debut release from Melissa Auf Der Maur, in which the former Hole and Smashing Pumpkins bassist enlists the help of many old friends and colleagues and demonstrates that the headline grabbing antics of Courtney Love don't necessarily win the day.
Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the second album from chill-out British masters Zero 7. When It Falls is a good retread of the Simple Things' winning ingredients, and features the same vocalists and an expanded lineup. It's a cold, cold day in early 2004, and we already have one of the warmest albums of the year.
<B>MADRUGADA</B> CONFIRM UK HEADLINE DATESFollowing the band's one-off <I>London</I> show in December, <B>Madrugada</B> are set to play three headline UK shows in support of their eagerly awaited new album, <I>Grit</I> (reviewed <a href="http://www.cdtimes.co.uk/content.php?contentid=416">here</A> at <B>CD Times</B>). The tour kicks off in <I>Birmingham</I> at the <I>Bar Academy</I> on 5 April, then they head to the <I>100 Club</I> in London on 6 April followed by the <I>Manchester Academy 3</I> on 7 April.<a href="http://www.cdtimes.co.uk/content.php?contentid=416">Grit</A> is released on 1 March through <I>Music For Nations</I> and has been receiving rave reviews from the UK press.<a href="http://www.cdtimes.co.uk/content.php?contentid=416">Grit</A> features the band's debut UK single, <U>Majesty</U>, which is available through the band¹s website <a href="http://www.madrugada.net">madrugada.net</A> as a download.Tickets for the UK tour are available through <a href="http://www.wayahead.com">Wayahead</A> or on 0870 1 663 663. Tickets are priced £7.00 for <I>Birmingham</I> and <I>Manchester</I> and £8.00 for <I>London</I> (all tickets are subject to booking fees).<B>Birmingham</B> Bar Academy - 5 April<B>London</B> 100 Club - 6 April<B>Manchester</B> Manchester Academy 3 - 7 AprilCheck back soon for a competition in which <B>CD Times</B> will be giving one lucky person a copy of <B>Madrugada's</B> new album <a href="http://www.cdtimes.co.uk/content.php?contentid=416">Grit</A>.
Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the Best of compilation of Cult Fiction, a series collecting the very best in cult movie and TV themes. With 55 themes spread over two cds, there's no denying this is a kitsch collector's dream. Released 23rd February 2004.
CD Times' Raphael Pour-Hashemi was [un]lucky enough to get a wristband for The Brits 2004 awards tonight. Read his report and find out why he envies most of the people sitting in their armchairs watching from home...
The full list of winners at the 2004 Brit Awards, held at Earl's Court, London, on 17 February. Read <B>Raphael Pour-Hashemi's</B> onsight report <A href="http://www.cdtimes.co.uk/content.php?contentid=421">here</A>.<center><img src="http://www.cdtimes.co.uk/images/covers/Justin Brits.jpg" width=200><center> <I>Above: <B>Justin Hawkins</B>, of <B>The Darkness</B> performing tonight</B> </center><B>British male solo artist</B>: Daniel Bedingfield Also nominated: Badly Drawn Boy, David Bowie, Dizzee Rascal, Will Young.<B>British female solo artist</B>: Dido Also nominated: Annie Lennox, Amy Winehouse, Jamelia, Sophie Ellis-Bextor.<B>British album</B>: The Darkness - Permission to Land Also nominated: Daniel Bedingfield - Gotta Get Thru This, Blur - Think Tank, The Coral - Magic and Medicine, Dido - Life for Rent.<B>British group</B>: The Darkness Also nominated: Busted, The Coral, Sugababes, Radiohead.<B>British single</B>: Dido - White Flag Also nominated: Jamelia - Superstar, Mis-Teeq - Scandalous, Rachel Stevens - Sweet Dreams My LA Ex, Gareth Gates featuring The Kumars - Spirit in the Sky (Voted for by commercial radio listeners)<B>British rock act</B>: The Darkness Also nominated: Feeder, Muse, Primal Scream, Stereophonics. (Chosen by Kerrang! TV viewers)<B>British urban act</B>: Lemar Also nominated: Amy Winehouse, Big Brovaz, Dizzee Rascal, Mis-Teeq (Voted for by MTV Base viewers)<B>British dance act</B>: Basement Jaxx Also nominated: Goldfrapp, Groove Armada, Kosheen, Lemon Jelly.<B>British breakthrough artist</B>: Busted Also nominated: Dizzee Rascal, Jamie Cullum, Lemar, The Darkness. (Chosen by BBC Radio 1 listeners)<B>Pop act</B>: Busted Also nominated: Black Eyed Peas, Christina Aguilera, Daniel Bedingfield, Justin Timberlake. (Voted for by viewers of ITV1's CD:UK, readers of The Sun and Samsung Fun Club members)<B>International male solo artist</B>: Justin Timberlake Also nominated: 50 Cent, Beck, Damien Rice, Sean Paul.<B>International female solo artist</B>: Beyonce Knowles Also nominated: Christina Aguilera, Kylie Minogue, Missy Elliott.<B>International album</B>: Justin Timberlake - Justified Also nominated: Beyonce Knowles - Dangerously in Love, Christina Aguilera - Stripped, OutKast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, The White Stripes - Elephant.<B>International group</B>: The White Stripes Also nominated: Black Eyed Peas, Kings of Leon, OutKast, The Strokes.<B>International breakthrough artist</B>: 50 Cent Also nominated: Evanesence, Kings of Leon, Sean Paul, The Thrills.<B>Outstanding contribution to music</B>: Duran Duran
Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the UK exclusive release of Grit by bluesy noir rockers from Norway - Madrugada. It's a collection of the best material from their three albums and is a must for anyone branching towards more mature rock that still packs a punch.