The Manic Street Preachers returned to the live music scene with a private intimate gig at the Working Men’s Club in west London.
The band showcased material from their new album ‘Postcards From a Young Man’, which is due for release on 20 September, and played all of their greatest hits including ‘Everything Must Go’, ‘Design For Life’ and ‘Motorcycle Emptiness’.
Manic Street Preachers will kick off their UK tour in Glasgow on 29 September, playing shows all over the country.
Wyclef Jean has registered as a presidential contender in Haiti. He filed papers at the electoral council to run as a candidate for the Viv Ansanm (Live Together) political party, as excited young supporters clad in white and red T-shirts emblazoned with the words “Fas a Fas,” the party’s youth movement, packed the surrounding streets.
“I would like to tell President Barack Obama that the United States has Obama and Haiti has Wyclef Jean,” the three-time Grammy award-winner told cheering supporters in a downtown area of Port-au-Prince.
“If his candidacy is approved, I think he’s going to be the next president,” said Saurel Magloire, who was among those gathered outside the electoral council.
Arcade Fire have to be one of the biggest bands in the world at this very minute. Arcade Fire recently performed at Madison Square Garden and here is the “behind the scenes” video with director Terry Gilliam goofing with the band before the show.
Monday morning eh? A whole week until you can have any kind of fun again. Well, why not wash those Monday-Moody-Blues away by checking out some (if not all) of the links below?
First up a really cool band who I’m sure will get your feet tapping, and get you through at least an hour of your otherwise dreadful morning. C.M Arnold & The Delta Breaks are a Southampton based ‘nu-blues’ band, which I’ll admit sounds like a good enough reason to ignore everything I’m about to say, but please, give them a chance. Their E.P All Hail The Songbird genuinely manages to drag the rather tired sound of delta blues into the 21st century with energy, imagination, charisma and extremely competent songwriting. The E.P can be listened to in full for free below.
Next, a punk band that might not be exactly to everyone’s taste, but still worth a listen if you’ve nothing better to do (and let’s face it, if you’re reading my drivel that’s likely to be the case!) Electricity in our Homes (pictured above) are a band I came across via the splendid music blog Super Ace Blog. The are about as close to an organised shambles as I’ll allow a band to get before I completely discredit them. I have no doubt that they’re going to be a massive success and already have a pretty dedicated following. Jump on the bandwagon before everyone else does, and feel superior to them in 12 months time by listening to the track below.
And finally a bit of a metaphorical curve ball of a song. If you’re anything like me you’ll hate children but have the mentality of one, which makes this positively charming little ditty one of the most beautiful things I’ve heard in some time.
With that, I’m off to try and write some songs for children and make my millions.
Happy Friday to you, I hope you’re all extremely excited about the inevitable weekend ahead.
To make this morning go as smoothly and quickly as possible until lunchtime – when it becomes officially acceptable to show symptoms of “that Friday feeling”, may I suggest you watch this video? I’m not usually one to champion such showy virtuoso types, but Antonio Forcione manages to find a perfect balance between showmanship and genuine musicality – very difficult and very impressive.
Those of you into guitar music will be blown away and those of you who are not into guitar music will probably enjoy it anyway.
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Yesterday Dr. Dre confused the world’s music press by announcing that he was working on an instrumental concept album. He told a reporter “I want to call it ‘The Planets’. I don’t even know if I should be saying this, but fuck it. It’s just my interpretation of what each planet sounds like, I’ve been studying the planets and learning the personalities of each planet. I’ve been doing this for about two years now just in my spare time so to speak. I wanna do it in surround sound. It’ll have to be in surround sound for Saturn to work.”
Sorry, Dr. Dre releasing an instrumental concept album on what he thinks the planets sound like? What the hell, is this some kind of joke? Who does he think he is – some kind of street Gustav Holst? What happened to you Dre? You used to be so cool, this has to be the most tenuous concept for an album I’ve ever heard.
Having said that, Dre is a genius and I am a poxy blogger who wishes I could make music like Dre. The album will probably be brilliant and I’ll be exposed as the moron I certainly am.
In case this album does turn out to be the bowl of toss I’m expecting it to, let us all remember that Dre is beyond real criticism and be thankful that one so great chose to walk amongst us. Here he is at his absolute best in 1993, laying down some G-Funk for a certain Mr. Dogg, who I expect one or two of you will be familiar with.
I used to like BeatBoxers. I used to like them a lot.
In my final year of university I would waste at least an hour a day watching videos of BeatBoxers before sharing them with fellow enthusiasts, my housemates, anyone who might care, anyone that didn’t care… I should probably have been doing coursework or something, now I think about it.
I then inexplicably stopped watching BeatBox videos for a reason I couldn’t remember, and left them well alone for over a year. I remembered that reason this morning when a friend of mine sent me a video, a video of a song I had obviously quite deliberately erased from my memory.
By their nature BeatBoxers are all (and without exception), show-off, attention seeking, flamboyant, assholes. They must be; they get up on a stage and go out of their way to “wow” people. It’s a circus act more than it is music.
When I first heard this song all that time ago, it opened my eyes to this side of an art form I once thought noble and envied those capable of it. I even had a crack learning to BeatBox myself.
This isn’t a song, it’s a back beat with a moron showing off over the top of it. Rahzel became famous for winning a BeatBoxing competition with a genuinely brilliant and impressive act. What did he do with this fame? Accept the first record deal some tosser threw his way and ignored any sense of taste he might once have had. The reality is that any BeatBoxer would do this too, they couldn’t resist the attention.
Happily this has less than 20,000 views on youtube. Sadly, I’ll never be able to forget it, ever again.
Next, my favourite folk band; Mawkin:Causley Last I heard this band was soon to no longer exist, however don’t let this stop you from getting into them in an obsessive way right now, and listening to the E.P and album they made together, both of which can be purchased by clicking here.
Below is the title track from last year’s album The Awkward Recruit.
I’ve suddenly become a really big fan of Ulrich Schnauss. Ulrich Schnauss is an electronica genius. Sometimes it really does seem like the music is painting pictures in my mind. Anyways, this is one of his best tracks. Hope you enjoy it!