Below we have the latest music news headlines, features and some of our favourite reviews from the past 7 days that have been featured on the AltSounds pages. This is also the AltSounds Weekly Newsletter that hits your inbox during the week.
Week ending July 29th 2012 | Bored of reading already?
Arctic Monkeys, Snoop Lion, Pussy Riot and the Jackson 3
An Olympic performance...
In case you haven’t heard, London 2012 kicked off this week, and the opening ceremony proved to be one of the most unique of all time. The choice of music came under fire from some, who suggested Danny Boyle wheels out members of The Beatles on their zimoframes, but with the theme Inspire a Generation in mind, it was a great opportunity to display some of Britain’s greatest talent. Groups like Muse and Colplay were surprisingly left off, despite brief inclusions in the playlist, but Arctic Monkeys did the country proud with one of their own and a cover, and hometown hero Dizzee Rascal representing.
LISTEN // Arctic Monkeys - 'Come Together'
As Red Hot Chili Peppers, Franz Ferdinand and Faith No More have pledged their support for jailed Russian punk ladies Pussy Riot this past week, as their trial begins. The three band members, Yekaterina Samutsevich, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina were arrested after playing a protest gig at the altar in the Christ the Saviour cathedral in Moscow, Russia in March.Vladmir Putin and the Kremlin have been accused of being too close to the Russian Orthodox church and the artists face up to 7 years in prison if found guilty.
Word on the street is Snoop Dogg is going for a name change to celebrate the new direction in to reggae. The soon to be Snoop Lion has been heard on ‘La La La’ which is expected to be released from the album Reincarnated, a reggae album due to be released this year on Vice Reocrds. Interestingly enough the SoundCloud page cites Snoop Lion as living in Kingston, Jamaica. Listen to the file below.
LISTEN // Snoop Lion - 'La La La'
Official report: pop music sucks...
Have you ever thought ‘La Isla Bonita’ by Madonna sounds like Lady Gaga’s ‘Alejandro’? Or Justin Bieber’s songs sounds like anything Justin Timberlake? Well, it seems you were right. Scientists at the Spanish National Research Council have studied songs from the past 50 years and discovered that music is louder and less original. Joan Serrà spoke to Reuters and said, “We obtained numerical indicators that the diversity of transitions between note combinations – roughly speaking chords plus melodies – has consistently diminished in the last 50 years.”
The world’s most famous children, Blanket, Prince and Paris have been speaking out after the return of their missing grandmother and legal guardian. Prince sent a text to his aunties and uncles who have apparently refused to allow the children to see Katherine Jackson since she weirdly disappeared then reappeared in Arizona earlier this week.
The 3 Round Roundup: Batman, The Joker, The Saurus, Cruger, Illmaculate // Issue #01
This weeks 3 best battle rap vids from the sickest spitters across the globe
Abstrakt: If Olympians made music
Top 5 music videos of London Olympics 2012 teams having fun between training
Giveaway: Ministry of Sound 004 headphones
We have 3 pairs of MOS 004 headphones to give away to you lucky readers
Giveaway: Win 1 of 3 Prime Loops 'Minimal D&B' sample packs
Closing date is Wednesday 1st of August, so get your entries in QUICK!
Maximo Park announce US tour & release, ticket bundles, a video & free remix!
Their first US tour in 5 years
Jermaine Jackson confirmed for Online Music Awards 2012
Online Music Awards 2012 are in aid of UK based charity War Child and winners will be announced in October
Animal Collective announce 'Today's Supernatural' single
New Album Centipede Hz out Sept 3rd
Listen: Bloc Party - 'Day Four'
'Octopus' Single out August 13th // New album 'FOUR' out August 20th
Beardyman headlines Soundcrash at KOKO
Saturday September 22nd 2012
Review: Zeus - Busting Visions [Album]
Arts and Crafts // "This album will give you flashes of The Who, The Beatles and Queen whilst sounding current and hugely uplifting"
Review: Bury Tomorrow – The Union Of Crowns [Album]
Nuclear Blast // "British metal has never sounded so strong; With equal amounts of intensity and melody it puts them on top of the podium"
Review: Crystal Castles - Plague [Single]
Fiction Records // "If this is the plague, I want to be infected"
Review: Hans Zimmer - The Dark Knight Rises OST [Album]
WaterTour Music // "If a picture's worth a thousand words then a Hans Zimmer score is worth just as many."
Blur 21: The Exhibition
Londonewcastle Project Space, Shoreditch 27th July - 14th August
So until next week...