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.
NME Awards 2012 - The Nominations
The nominations for this year's NME Awards were revealed exclusively tonight, on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio One show. To cast your vote head to www.nme.com/awardsvote. The winners will be announced at the 02 Academy Brixton, London on 29th February. A whole host of Primary Talent and Decked Out artists, have been nominated in many categories, see below for full details:
Best British Band
Best International Band
Best Solo Artist
...NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS
Best New Band
...LANA DEL REY
Best Live Band
...TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB
...THE HORRORS: 'Skying'
...NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS: 'Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds'
...LANA DEL REY: 'Video Games'
...AZEALIA BANKS: '212'
...METRONOMY: 'The Bay'
...LANA DEL REY: 'Video Games'
Greatest Music Moment of the Year
...NOEL GALLAGHER launches solo career with press conference.
Hero of the Year
Villain of the Year
The Cast of Cheers; New Single 'Family'
The Cast of Cheers release a new single entitled 'Family' on 20th February 2012, on School Boy Error / Cooperative Music.
- Matt Bates
CITIZENS! New Single 'Reptile'
CITIZENS!'s new single 'The Reptile' is released on 12th March on Kitsune
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.
Glasvegas Announce Brand New UK Dates
Glasvegas have announced their first UK Dates of 2012 with three shows scheduled for London, Liverpool and home town Glasgow for early April.
The shows come almost exactly a year from the release of their second album 'Euphoric /// Heartbreak \\\' and the band will be playing tracks from the release as well as their eponymous debut and forthcoming third record.
After touring the world in 2011 they (James Allan - vocals / Rab Allan - guitar / Paul Donoghue - bass and Jonna Lofgren - drums) started writing and demoing for the next album at the end of the year and are currently working on new songs. More dates will be announced soon.
3rd April: LONDON, Garage (Last FM presents Glasvegas)
4th April: LIVERPOOL, Academy 2
5th April: GLASGOW, Classic Grand
Tickets on sale from Friday 27th January at 9am, CLICK HERE.
"...Glasvegas are a band their audience can believe in, and that is exactly what rock music needs right now" Daily Telegraph
FOE: Debut Album 'Bad Dream Hotline'
FOE's debut album is entitled 'Bad Dream Hotline' and was released on 16th January, on Vertigo Records. It features last years single 'Deep Water Heartbreaker'.
- Matt Bates
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."
Best Selling Vinyl Records of 2011
The Official Chart Company have issued their charts for the best selling vinyl records of 2011, in the United Kingdom. The singles chart especially is dominated by both Beady Eye and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, as follows.
Best Selling Vinyl Singles of 2011 (UK)
#1 : Beady Eye 'The Roller'
#2 : Beady Eye 'Millionaire'
#4 : Beady Eye 'The Beat Goes On'
#5 : Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds 'The Death Of You And Me'
#7 : Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds '...AKA What A Life'
#8 : Beady Eye 'Four Letter Word'
Best Selling Vinyl Albums of 2011 (UK)
#2 : Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds 'Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds'
#7 : Beady Eye 'Different Gear, Still Speeding'
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.
The Cure To Headline Major European Festivals Summer 2012
The Cure will be headlining a series of major European music festivals this Summer.
Following the rapturous acclaim that greeted their 2011 Bestival appearance and Royal Albert Hall - 'Reflections' show, The Cure - Robert Smith (Voice & Guitar), Simon Gallup (Bass), Jason Cooper (Drums) and Roger O'Donnell (Keyboards) - will play a 2 hours plus set of songs drawn from all 14 of their studio albums - including tracks from their epic 'Wish' album, celebrating it's 20th anniversary in 2012.
"While punk was still reverberating through popular culture, The Cure's unique blend of moody, atmospheric and unforgettable songs pioneered a new era in popular music and marked them for greatness from the start.
Their strong sense of theatricality and unique styling gave birth to entirely new subcultures, and new generations continue to discover their signature sound and make it the soundtrack to their lives."
The Cure live Summer 2012 - these shows are definitely not to be missed!
26th May: Pinkpop
14th - 16th June: Hultsfred Festival
22nd - 24th June: Hurricane Festival
22nd - 24th June: Southside Festival
29th June - 1st July: Les Eurockeennes
7th July: Heineken Jammin'
9th July: Rock In Roma
5th -8th July: Roskilde Festival
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
Noah and the Whale for Apple Cart Festival, London
Noah and the Whale will be featured at this year's The Apple Cart Festival, to be held in Victoria Park, London on Sunday 3rd June.
17 Jan, 2012
UK's Best Selling Rock Records of 2011
The Official Charts Company has revealed the best selling U.K. rock records of 2011, which include:
Best Selling Rock Singles 2011
...#5 Noah and the Whale: 'L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.' (242,000)
Best Selling Rock Albums 2011
...#2 Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds: 'Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' (492,000)
...#9 Noah and the Whale: 'Last Night On Earth' (261,000)
Straight Lines: New Single 'Half Gone'
Straight Lines release their new single 'Half Gone' on 13th February, see them on tour with The Presidents of the United States of America across Europe in March.
- Ed Sellers
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"
Future Music Festival 2012
The Future Music Festival takes place across Australia between 3rd and 12th March, the star-studded line up features from the Primary Talent roster: The Wombats, Professor Green, James Murphy & Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem) and Juan MacLean. Dates are as follows:
3rd March: Brisbane, QU
4th March: Perth, WA
10th March: Sydney, NSW
11th March: Melbourne, VIC
12th March: Adelaide, SA
Brit Awards 2012 The Nominees
This year's Brit Awards will take place at the O2 Arena in London on 21st February, and will feature a live performance by Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. Nominations for Primary Talent artists are as follows:
British Male Solo Artist:
...Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
British Breakthrough Artist:
International Breakthrough Act:
...Lana Del Rey
...JLS featuring Dev (Primary): 'She Makes Me Wanna'
The Magnetic Fields: New Single 'Andrew In Drag'
The Magnetic Fields release a single 'Andrew In Drag' from their forthcoming album 'Love at the Bottom of the Sea' out in the UK on Domino on 6th March...
The band will be on tour throughout Europe in April and May.
LCD Soundsystem: 'Shut Up & Play The Hits' Documentary
On April 2nd 2011, LCD Soundsystem played its final show at Madison Square Garden. LCD frontman James Murphy had made the conscious decision to disband one of the most celebrated and influential bands of its generation at the peak of its popularity, ensuring that the band would go out on top with the biggest and most ambitious concert of its career.
The instantly sold out, near four-hour extravaganza did just that, moving the thousands in attendance to tears of joy and grief, with NEW YORK magazine calling the event "a marvel of pure craft" and TIME magazine lamenting "we may never dance again." 'SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS' is both a narrative film documenting this once in a life time performance and an intimate portrait of James Murphy as he navigates the lead-up to the show, the day after, and the personal and professional ramifications of his decision.
Directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace
Pulse Films 2012
Polica: New Video 'Lay Your Cards Out'
Polica's new video for 'Lay Your Cards Out' has debuted on Jay-Z's blog 'Life and Times'.
The Minneapolis 4 piece are fronted by Canny Moon-Casselle who also plays in Bon Iver side project Gayngs.
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...
Coachella Festival 2012: Line Up
The line-up for the Coachella Festival has been announced, and it contains a whole host of Primary Talent and Decked Out artists. This year's event now takes place over two weekends, 13th-15th and 20th-22nd April, at it's usual home of Indio, California. The bill includes;
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
We Are Augustines
Housse de Racket
The Independent's 'Real Sound of 2012'
The Independent newspaper has named it's top ten tips as 'The Real Sound of 2012', which includes four Primary acts...
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
The Guardian 'First Album Award 2012'
The shortlist for The Guardian's 'First Album Awards 2012' has been announced, and it includes:
Anna Calvi: 'Anna Calvi'
WU LYF: 'Go Tell Fire to the Mountain'
The Charge of the Women MCs
Both Azealia Banks and Dominique Young Unique are featured in today's Guardian Music, in an article heralding 'The Charge of the Women MCs'.
WU LYF on the David Letterman Show
WU LYF gave a stunning performance of 'Heavy Pop', from their debut album 'Go Tell Fire to the Mountain' on America's flagship chat show 'The Late Show with David Letterman', on 4th January.
Bugged Out Weekender
The Bugged Out Weekender takes place at Butlins Resort, Bognor Regis on the south coast of the UK, between 20th-22nd January. There will be five indoor music arenas with state-of-the-art production, with a waterworld, cinema, fun fair and a health spa.
A host of Decked Out and Primary artists will be on the bill including:
XFM Radio's 12 For 2012
XFM Radio have selected their top 12 for 2012, new bands to look out for this year, it includes Primary Talent artists:
All The Young
We Are Augustines
All The Young will be appearing at XFM's New Music Award show at the Ritz in Manchester on 8th February.
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.
Noah and the Whale: 'Give It All Back'
Noah and the Whale's new single 'Give it All Back' is released this week on Mercury Records. The band are on tour extensively throughout March and April.
Lana Del Rey: Q Magazine Cover
Lana Del Rey is the cover star of this month's Q Magazine, with an extensive interview inside.
Azealia Banks: 3rd in BBC Sound of 2012
20 year old Harlem MC Azealia Banks has taken third place in the BBC Sound of 2012 countdown. Recently she was voted NME's 'Coolest Person of 2011' and is now based in London working on her debut album, with Florence and the Machine producer Paul Epworth.
Azealia will be touring the UK extensively throughout February, as part of the NME Awards Tour with Two Door Cinema Club and Metronomy. CLICK HERE for full schedule.
- Matt Bates
Eurosonic Noorderslag Music Conference and Festival
Eurosonic Noorderslag the music conference and festival, dedicated to new European talent, takes place in the Dutch city of Groningen, between 11th-14th January 2012. A whole host of Primary Talent artists are featured at the event including:
The Cast of Cheers
Housse de Racket
The History of Apple Pie
NME Readers 20 Best Albums of 2011
The NME readers have voted for their 20 Best Albums of 2011 and The Horrors are in top position.
#01: The Horrors 'Skying'
#09: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds 'Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds'
NME Readers 20 Best Tracks of 2011
The NME readers have also selected their 20 Best Tracks of 2011, they include Primary artists:
#04: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds 'AKA... What A Life'
#06: The Horrors 'Still Life'
#09: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds 'If I Had A Gun'
#10: Lana Del Rey 'Video Games'
#19: Metronomy 'The Bay'
The Guardian's Best Pop Videos of 2011
The Guardian have announced their 'Best Pop Videos of 2011' which include:
Duck Sauce: 'Big Bad Wolf'
Azealia Banks: '212'
Is Tropical: 'The Greeks'
Kylie: Most Played Song Of The Last 10 Years
In a PRS poll is has been revealed that Kylie Minogue's 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head' has been the "most played song" of the last ten years.
- Dave Chumbley
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.