The Horrors and Florence and The Machine at NME Awards
It has just been announced that Florence and the Machine and The Horrors, will perform a special onstage collaboration together, at the forthcoming NME Awards 2012. The event will take place at O2 Brixton Academy in London on 29th February.
The Horrors will be on a UK arena tour with Florence and the Machine, throughout March.
- Steve Backman
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds: New Single 'Dream On'
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds will release new single 'Dream On' on March 12th through Sour Mash Records. The B-side will be 'Shoot A Hole Into The Sun', the first track to be released from the sessions Noel has recorded with the Amorphous Androgynous.
The single will be available to buy on 7", CD and download. The digital download will also be available as a bundle including the video, which both Noel and director Mike Bruce consider the best and most fun yet they have ever worked on filming together.
'Dream On' is taken from the eponymous debut album released last Autumn which has already sold over 550,000 copies to date, earning the singer-songwriter a BRIT Award nomination for Best British Male this year. Noel has also been announced as the winner of NME's prestigious Godlike Genius Award for 2012. Also Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds are in the running for XFM's New Music Award to find the best new British artists of 2011. For more details, head on over to XFM's website, CLICK HERE.
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds will embark on an extensive UK arena tour this year augmented by a three-piece brass section and the choirs Crouch End Festival Chorus and Hertfordshire Chorus. The tour starts at the Manchester MEN on February 13th, taking in 14 cities throughout UK & Ireland.
Lana Del Rey: NME Front Cover
Lana Del Rey is the cover star of this week's NME (25th January), with a double page interview inside.
Unfortunately she was forced to cancel her performance at last night's MTV UK Brand New for 2012 event at Koko in London, due to illness.
Django Django: 'Default'
Inventive pop adventurers Django Django unveil their hand-painted, stop-motion animation for infectious upcoming single 'Default.'
Embracing a haphazard aesthetic paying homage to the band's roots at art school in Edinburgh, director Dan Brereton printed out each of the 4,000-plus frames of footage of the group performing, giving drummer, producer and de facto leader David Maclean the task of quickly painting across them as they were re-shot for the animation. "I always wanted to make a music video using colors, collage and my background in painting," explains Maclean. "The song just seemed to be the right one for that."
Since surfacing three years ago, the band, completed by singer and guitarist Vincent Neff, bassist Jimmy Dixon and synth operator Tommy Grace, have perfected their polyrhythmic and psychedelically tinged sound, recording their self-titled debut LP, released at the end of the month, entirely in Maclean's bedroom with a mic, a broken snare drum and antiquated synth.
Channeling a madcap aesthetic that recalls the quintessentially English daftness of comic troupes The Mighty Boosh and Monty Python, the quartet perform live in tunics, safari gear, or homemade masking tape jumpsuits amid stage sets created by London artist Kim Coleman. Says Maclean: "Whether it's album sleeves, record covers or our costumes, it adds another layer to the music."
Noel Gallagher to Receive NME's Godlike Genius Award
Noel Gallagher is to be awarded the 'Godlike Genius Award', at the forthcoming NME Awards, which takes place at the O2 Brixton Academy in London, on 29th February.
"I would like to thank NME for bestowing upon me such a great accolade. I have dreamt of this moment since I was 43 years old. I accept that I am now a genius, just like God."... Noel Gallagher
NME's sister magazine Uncut is producing a Noel Gallagher collectors special, featuring his greatest interviews, unseen photos and the opportunity to win albums. Available on the news stands and digitally from 2nd February.
Santigold: 'Big Mouth'
Santigold has just released a brand new track and video, entitled 'Big Mouth', produced by Switch and Buraka Som Sistema. Head over to her website for a free download.
18 Jan, 2012
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Return to Japan
Following the great success of Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' debut album and massive demand for tickets we are pleased to announce three more concerts in Japan to take place in May 2012, including a show at Tokyo's legendary Budokan.
23/05/12: TOKYO, Budokan
24/05/12: NAGOYA, Aichi Prefectural Art Theater
26/05/12: OSAKA, Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium
Lana Del Rey: Billboard Cover
Lana Del Rey is the cover star of the current issue of Billboard magazine, and there is an in-depth interview inside. She will be appearing on 24th January at London's KoKo.
Noel Gallagher: Brit Awards Nomination
Noel Gallagher has been nominated for Best British Male Solo Artist, at the forthcoming Brit Awards, for his album 'Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds'. He will be performing live at the event, which takes place at the O2 Arena in London on 21st February.
Noel has recieved six Brit Awards in the past, from his time in Oasis:
1995 : Best British Newcomer
1996 : Best British Group
1996 : Best British Album
1996 : Best British Video
2007 : Outstanding Contribution Award
2010 : BRIT Album of 30 Years "(What's The Story) Morning Glory"
Dub Pistols Win DJ Mag Award
Dub Pistols incendiary live shows have won them DJ Mag's Best British Live Act award for 2011.
Rizzle Kicks on the Charts
Rizzle Kicks have reached their highest chart position so far, with the current single at #5 on the BBC Singles Chart. Meanwhile their debut album 'Stereo Typical', has just gone Gold, and is at #24 on the chart.
Rizzle Kicks begin touring the UK, from mid-February, CLICK HERE for details...
Shabazz Palaces: Press for 'Black Up'
"Led by Ishmael Butler of Digable Planets, Shabazz Palaces were one of the first hip-hop acts signed to Sub Pop Records. In June of 2011, they released an extremely experimental album that pushed the sonic boundaries while somehow managing to stay in line with a grounded hip-hop mentality. This video features a collection of songs from the group's debut album paired with visuals directed by Kahil Joseph. Check out this premiere of the unique video and get a taste for what Black Up is all about."
GORILLA VS BEAR - 'Black Up' - NUMBER ONE album of 2011 "An instant classic and our unequivocal favorite record of 2011"
MOJO - January 2012 - 50 Best album of 2011. Black Up - no.36 "after all the huff and bluster about Odd Future, hip hops most inventive album of 2011 spewed forth unbidden from Seattle"
CLASH MAG - January 2012 - "our 10 favourite albums that delivered and hold more promise"
LOUD AND QUIET - no 7 album of the year - "the antithesis of commercial hip hop, with Black Up they crafted a record that alternative hip hop connoisseurs fell heavily for. One of the hip hop albums of the year"
THE GUARDIAN - no 41 best albums of 2011
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds: 'If I Had A Gun'
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds new single 'If I Had A Gun' is released this week, taken from the self-titled debut album. The band are just about to embark on a major tour of Japan, New Zealand and Australia... including all the Big Day Out events.
Lana Del Rey: Q Magazine Cover
Lana Del Rey is the cover star of this month's Q Magazine, with an extensive interview inside.
Dizzee Rascal: New Free Mixtape 'Dirtee TV'
Dizzee Rascal kicks off his 2012 return, with a brand new free download mixtape. 'Dirtee TV' is named after his new online video channel, and features guest appearances by Kano, Example and others.
CLICK HERE to download.