Not that I watch these sorts of things, but; what do you think the best televised audition of all time is? Subo reminding Simon and Piers that not all ugly people are useless (I mean look at Stephen Hawking), Jed-ward upsetting a nation or maybe that old woman feeling the onset of dementia during last year’s BGT finals?
Well, I think that the title actually belongs to this little genius – Leroy Wells, pictured above after being arrested for the umpteenth time. One can’t help but wonder what might have been for Leroy, were he not shunned so publicly.
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This week I will be reviewing an album that can only be described as “Nu Gaze.” If you go to the wikipedia entry on “Nu Gaze”, you will find this sentence at the end of the first paragraph; “Some people consider the term “Nu Gaze” derogatory and dismissive.” I am such a person.
When I say the words “Nu” and “Gaze” together, the image that appears in my head is a group of moody idiots in their late twenties who probably think of themselves as being deep, introspective types that no one really understands. They probably think that everyone else thinks the same of them too, “who is that troubled soul? I wonder what he’s thinking. God I’d love to hear about his emotions/views on politics/stories of a troubled childhood”, whilst in reality everyone knows they are little more than a moron who needs to GET A SODDING GRIP AND HAVE SOME SEX FOR ONCE. OK, that’s out of my system now.
This is where my bitterness stops. Bottle Of Evil are an utterly superb electronic “Nu Gaze” outfit, who don’t seem to be capable of doing anything wrong on their debut, self titled album.
Everywhere I have looked the track listening is different, which has annoyed me slightly. For this reason I can’t give a proper album review, but I can pull out some highlights, of which there are happily plenty.
I strongly suggest tracking down the songs “Station” – a song with an unspeakably wonderful riff that no matter how many times you hear it never gets boring, “Same Old Story” – a brilliantly subtle number that has one of the most catchy and uplifting acoustic guitar riffs you’re ever likely to hear , “Holding Up The Bar” – which is by some distance the best song on the album and manages to balance some seriously dense textures with the utmost taste and “Seize The Day”, which you can hear at the bottom of this post.
My only minor criticism of the album is the rather excessive use of reverb on the voice and to be honest, most of the instruments. This is however, more than made up for by actually being musically solid – unlike a lot of music in this style. Clever chord progressions, tunes and phrasing; musically speaking they really have got the balance spot on.
You can hear a fairly substantial portion of the album by visiting their MySpace page and can buy the album by clicking here.
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Hello, happy Monday. Did you have a nice weekend? I do hope so…
Here’s a look at a (very) new video from Chromeo, which may perk up your Monday or terrify you into a fetal position and ruin your entire week.
The song isn’t massively up my street, but the video is kinda cool and quirky, and I strongly suggest that you take a look. If you like the song you may want to consider pre-ordering the new album by clicking here.
Kid Cudi performed some of his new tracks which will be featured on his upcoming album Man Of The Moon II: The Legend Of Mr. Rager at New York’s BAPE. Bape does seem like an odd venue, but Bape gave Kid Cudi a job back when he was struggling in New York. This has to be the sign of an artist with a very strong fan base! Kid Cudi only used Twitter and Facebook to promote the show and as you can see from the video below there was a great response.
Before the end of July its rumoured that HMV will be launching their own digital download store. HMV has been a main player in the world of CD sales, now they have noticed the rise of digital and want part of that market.
HMV have been running hmvdigital.com for serveral months now, but on in a beta sense. Prices are currently £0.99 per single and around £7.99 for an album. These prices seems very similar to iTunes, so why would anyone think of purchasing on HMV instead of iTunes?
HMV will only be launching their download store in the UK, but Im sure over time they will hit all the other major music markets.
Although just over a week old, this colossal 80 minute mix from the NY-based Dance Music whirlwind is already infamous. In his own words: ‘With Dance Music exploding the way it is, I wanted to digest it and make one giant mix of all the monster hits that will become the anthems of the Summer.’
Tommie has stitched together a fine range of current dance-ified pop and updated 90’s classics, creating a mix to delight Dance Music fans around the world.
Here are RouteNote we wanted to run a crazy promotion for the summer and here it is!
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This promotion will only run until 31st August, so spread the word!
Radiohead is one of the worlds most influencial bands and they are set to release a new album. Pitchfork reports that in an interview with the BBC 6 yesterday, Radiohead drummer Phil Selway mentioned that they are hoping to release their new album this year.
“’It’s genuinely exciting. It’s very different from what we did last time. It’s really nice to be doing this,’ he said, contrasting the sessions with the recording of In Rainbows, which he referred to as “a slog.”
“’Ideally, it would be great if it came out sometime this year. It has got to; I hope so. We’re at the finishing line. When you’re making a record, a film, write a book for ages and ages you think the finishing line is miles away. Now it feels it’s in touching distance. But of course, it being a creative process, at the last bit also, you have bursts of energy, you achieve a lot of things in a small period of time and then you’re nearly there. It might slow down. But yeah, hopefully it will be a matter of weeks.’”
In other Radiohead news, Selway’s first solo record, Familial, will be released on August 30, 2010.