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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.
In a bid to out-puke Justin Bieberand his projectile antics, Lady Gaga hurls perhaps half a dozen times over a barrier at her live show. The Barcelona crowd witnessed the regurgitation as the singer’s performance went way over ‘The Edge’ and showed a whole new side to the singer, which is quite tough to find given her exhibitionism in the past.
In other Gaga news, the Little Monsters boss visited the home of Julian Assange, the Ecuadorian embassy. The WikiLeaks founder seemed pleased to have a visitor, especially as he hadn’t been in the news recently and has lacked attention. WikiLeaks of course covered the event, which Assange hopes will “educate her support base”. The two looked like rather an odd couple with Gaga dressed as a witch and Assange looking a bit like a sex offender with his plain white T-shirt and freaky eyes. Funny that.
John, peeled from schedule
After the success of the Kenny Everett television movie, you’d think the Beeb would have pushed the idea of wheel out past Radio 1 DJ-based paraphernalia. On the contrary, since the revelation of Jimmy Savile’s potentially paedophilic happenings. the British Broadcasting Corporation is instead being very cautious, especially after news that he once impregnated a 15-year old. Here’s hoping the whole situation is a misunderstanding, but the most important thing to come out of all of this is sex offenders are brought to the limelight and future victims feel more at ease in coming forward.
Fulfilling every stereotype in the book, Nelly was detained after one of his entourage said drugs and guns found on the tour bus belonged to the rapper. Another one of Nelly’s homeboys fell on his sword; Brian Keith Jones took responsibility and isn’t sure what charges he will face yet.
The Ghost of old Zack Rocha
It seems to world’s greatest angry band, Rage Against The Machine are re-releasing their self-titled debut. The reason? The 20-year anniversary since we first heard ‘Killing in the Name’, ‘Bullet in the Head’ and ‘Know Your Enemy’. The re-issue will be available on three different formats; the remastered LP featuring three B-sides; a version that includes a DVD; and a deluxe box-set of the album, DVD, vinyl and 40-page booklet. Ugh!
The long anticipated album, released on October 1st (2012), takes a mixture of classic Papa Roach intertwined with bursts of dub step and electro, creating a fusion that your ears simply cannot deny. I managed to catch Jerry and Tobin before they left Berlin to discuss the new album, their new sound and how it feels to be still swinging...
I was excited to be able to talk to lead singer Jenna McDougall and guitarist Whakaio Taahi backstage before Camden's Barfly venue was given a bright and colourful makeover with their sunshine-infused tunes. As I'd hoped, the radiant pair were friendly, upbeat and passionate; particularly when talking about the amazing response from the British, their current tour buddies and the positivity they're spreading through their music. Next on the agenda: world peace and then maybe a break to record a new album...
In today’s music industry, breaking onto the scene and establishing a solid ground to work on as an artist is tricky business; only a rare few make it, and only the very best of these few stand the test of time. What’s required, of course, is at least a little dose of talent, a generous helping of common sense, a dash of sheer luck and one clear metric - a shit-ton of hard work and consistent determination. I always considered this a given - and one accepted by any touring musician as an irrefutable fact. Surely?
The Communion crowd account for much of the folk music in the UK. Pale Seas are one the newest bands to join the crew. The dreamy folk-pop quartet create music laced with jangly guitar lines and ethereal melodies. AltSounds had a chat with one half of the band a little while ago, when they blissed End of the Road festival with a magical half hour set, despite their numerous technical faults.
After 3 years since the release of IF,Mindless Self Indulgence are back on tour and dropping off at our little UK island. I caught up with vocalist Jimmy Urine (at half 1 in the morning his time - hard core, I know) to discuss their live shows, video games and how he almost, almost nearly died on stage.
Then Courrier delved into a set full of never heard before songs. Right now, Courrier is keeping the title of the album a secret to the public, referring to it as “#CofC” on Twitter. Even though the room was small and the performance was very imitate, I could clearly feel that they put just as much into playing for fifteen people as they would a few thousand.
Stockport-born lead vocalist, guitarist and keyboard player Paul Eastham is a classically trained pianist (and a former keen figure skater!) and produced and recorded on Duffy’s first commercial recording. His influences range from Springsteen, Knopfler, Runrig and Big Country to classical music. He is joined by his brother Chris Barnes (percussion / vocals), Steve Picken (guitar / vocals), Moscow-born Andrej Chernjavskij (drums) and Yorkshireman Hamish Ferguson (bass). Here at AltSounds, we're excited to offer you an exclusive view of Coast' brand new video for their latest single 'Believe'.
California’s Why? have always been the kind of cult band whose records are beloved by their small yet loyal fan base and often by the critics. Alopecia and 2009’s Eskimo Snow are the epitome of this spirit, but the groups fifth Mumps, Etc doesn’t quite live up to this cult-ish idyll.
The Chevin (pronounced Shev-in) are a four-piece indie rock band of old school-friends who named themselves after a ridge that overlooks their hometown of Otley, Leeds. I came across the band last year when I photographed them supporting The Airborne Toxic Event and The Pigeon Detectives on their UK tours. Since then the band have played T In The Park, Late Night With David Letterman, The Conan O'Brien Show and received strong radio play as buzz around their debut release has grown gradually.
After already having had their fifth studio album in the works, All Time Low made the bold choice to ask their major label, Interscope, to release them from their contract as a result of their own dissatisfaction, just last May. They were welcomed back with open arms to their previous label, Hopeless Records, in what was viewed by band, fans, and label as a homecoming.
“Aussie Aussie Aussie!” Jenna McDougall bellowed in the midst of her band Tonight Alive’s sold-out London show. “Oi oi oi!” the crowd roared back at the singer in what was definitely a party atmosphere (or should that be at-mosh-phere?) in Camden’s Barfly a few nights back. The rising Sydney five-piece were finishing their first UK headline tour at the teeny venue with support from exciting Derby trio LostAlone and South Cheshire alt-rockers Blitz Kids. It was the finale to an amazing set of shows in support of the long-awaited UK re-release of their debut album, What Are You So Scared Of? After meeting and talking with the lovely Jenna and guitarist Whakaio before the show, I was excited to hear how they had progressed since my first encounter with them in February supporting Young Guns (their only other live show in the UK this year). They were hugely humbled by the response they had received during the tour and were sad to see it come to an end.
Apparently it's cool these days to spell your band name in an unusual way. So when I got sent Amy Can Flyy's new EP The Start, I scoured the internet wondering why on earth the PR company had made a mistake and put two Y's on 'Fly'. And then I realised that's how the band legitimately spelt it. This was the first thing that annoyed me about Amy Can Flyy, a quartet based in Bournemouth and are, simply put, one of those unoriginal, wannabe American powerpop bands - with full on pretend accents, awful synths and even worse lyrics. But the chances are that if you are between the ages of 10 and 15 and already like One Direction and All Time Low, Amy Can Flyy are your perfect band.
Hundred Reasons and Reuben ruled the early noughties British rock roost. And so hearing of a supergroup containing key members of both got me in a tizzy, to put it succinctly. In 2008 Andy Gilmour swapped his bass for a guitar, Jon Pearce dug out his bass and Guy Davis emerged with drumsticks in hand ready to battle once again. The trio then found a second guitarist in friend, Tom Stevens from Archie and the Instincts and later recruited Twelve Titan’s singer Chris Knott to complete the line-up. After touring across the UK with the likes of Welsh rockers Attack! Attack! and self-producing a debut EP, they have steadily gained popularity and kudos from their DIY gritty Brit-rock recipe. 2012 saw Jon Pearce’s departure and being replaced with Sean Shreeve of Talking Endlessly. And more importantly, the anticipated release of their self-financed full-length debut, Speakeasy through independent label Alcopop!
Right, don't get my wrong I know I'm nearing the big three-oh but I still know how to rave it up with the best of them, when I want to! The fact is, with the way "dance" music is right now, or what is deemed as dance music these days, I actually don't want to! This sweep of generic electronica that is being thrust at us is boring. It's soulless and it fails to move me, or take me away to another place where I can dance and be free! Instead it leaves me feeling cold and wanting to stay in and put on some classic rave tunes and dance around my flat like I used to, and this double offering from Two Fingers doesn't warm me up.
There's a certain something about musical duo's. They come in many guises ranging from the sublime (to some) see – Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine to the ridiculous (to many) Chas 'n' Dave (altogether now “Whoooo”). It is possibly the simplicity of the two instrument set up that excites listeners, the fact that just two people can produce tunes that sound like they should have been produced by a bank of artists... maybe.
So is it good? Fuck yes it is, in short The Parallax II: Future Sequence is the album that Between The Buried and Me should have release directly after Colors. In future I would suggest that Between The Buried and Me take a leaf out of Tool's book and not rush their next release. It took Tool 5 years to release 10,000 Days and, if Between The Buried and Me had followed suit this would be the fifth year for them and The Parallax II: Future Sequence would have been the VERY successful follow up to Colors.
The amount of bands and artists flying their psych flag is infectious. They are combining flecks of electronica, shoegaze, loops and even touches of mainstream rock with the trippy San Francisco origins to bring about the fresh Neo-Psychedelic movement. One such band who are spearheading this movement, pushing it above ground are (well, you must have guessed by the heading up there really...) Tame Impala. This Australian outfit are back to follow up 2010's immense weed smoke immersed debut Innerspeaker.
Obvious comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn don't do either artist justice, but there is an undeniably Jimi Hendrix like flair to Gary Clark Jr.'s guitar work; precise, intricate, but seemingly erratic and even blind reckless. It's difficult not to compare Blak & Blu to Are You Experienced? in terms of debut confidence. "Things Are Changin'" emanates the skilled confidence that Blak & Blu is all about, while "Please Come Home" gives the perfect platform to showcase Gary Clark Jr.'s exceptional voice, as smooth as the vintage doo-wop themed backing song .
Egyptian Hip Hop's hiatus was good. It was worth the wait, the time to allow them progress and grow both physically and musically. Back in 2009, Egyptian Hip Hop couldn’t even buy beers legally, yet they had the creativity and skill to release a debut EP (Some Reptiles Grew Wings) that was scruffy, but listenable. Now all grown-up, the four Mancunian youngsters are back with their first full-length album, and... it’s all a bit wonky.
“Smile, you can forget about your life,” are the first words uttered on Theatre Is Evil
and as with any album by the Dresden Doll aka Amanda Palmer, that’s exactly what you will be doing for the next hour, as you enter her camp world of sexual delight, violence, and frivolous casual misdemeanour.
When Kanye West presents Good Music Cruel Summer first dropped and with it being so weirdly labeled (Various Artists) and titled, I had assumed that it was merely a compilation album. I thought Kanye West had put together a selection of his favorite summer jams and released it. Well he has, kind of, BUT Kanye West has also recorded, produced and been involved with most of the tracks in some way or other. It's kind of like saying "hey, here is a compilation of stuff I have been involved with" instead of piecing one together from stuff that already exists and that Kanye West digs on, as usually happens. As such, I kind of missed this release when it first dropped, with me deciding to listen to it a few weeks later anyways. My thought process was, "I love Kanye West's work so in theory if his name is in the title it would be worth it right?" And yes it most definitely was worth listening to it.
For those of you not familiar with Dog Society, you may be forgiven as you are likely too young to remember them first time around. Back in 1993 Dog Society released their début album Test Your Own Eyes to critial acclaim. During that time Dog Society toured with the likes of Sheryl Crow and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. But then they vanished.
The eagerly anticipated Plan B directorial, iLL Manors has just been released and we have teamed up withNoble PR to bring you the opportunity to win a copy of the movie and the soundtrack. To celebrate the release on the 8th October, as well as the Mercury nomination, AltSounds are proud to be involved with this competition.
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