Wednesday, 28 April 2010

BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend, Bangor North Wales

BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend is the first major British music festival of the year and always attracts big UK and worldwide artists. This year BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend will take place at the Vaynol estate on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 May. There will be live music across four stages with performances from Dizzee Rascal, Stornaway, Vampire Weekend, Crystal Castles and many more acts.

Across the Main and In New Music We Trust stages there is a varied mix of UK and international artists - from household names, to brand new artists championed by Radio 1's specialist DJs.
A new addition for 2007 was a third stage where Radio 1 dance and specialist DJs played with special guests. While in 2008 the BBC Introducing stage appeared, showcasing unsigned talent.
Acts that have played previously at Big Weekend include:

The Prodigy, Dizzee Rascal, The Raconteurs, Franz Ferdinand, Basement Jaxx, White Stripes, Maximo Park and more.

Record Store Day 2010: David's Music

Record Store Day at David's was off the chain. We had a queue out the front from around 6:30 on the morning and it had grown to around a hundred odd people by the time we opened at 9:00. It was more of a rush than we'd expected, but we had a pretty solid system in place to make sure that folks got as much of what they were after as was possible and fair.

The initial rush lasted until around 11:00, and we managed to get through it with only one person being threatened with physical violence (for pushing in front a nabbing the last Beatles single) and only one person trying to immediately sell something on to someone else after buying it. Needless to say, both incidents were dealt with and no blood was spilt or illegitimate money changed hands...

The whole day was brilliant - loads of homemade cakes and live music kept the early crowds in the shop until the afternoon and the releases of course were stella. Overall it was a really reaffirming day - proof positive that when the record companies get on board and release the product, people will come to indies and buy it. Sales were through the roof, regulars left happy and loads of new faces promised they'd be back. Unbelievable - bring on next year.

Sub Pop bands in London

Sub Pop bands will be out on the road and playing in our capital during May.

May 13th Dum Dum Girls @ The Luminaire

May 17th Blitzen Trapper @ The Borderline

May 18th Wolf Parade @ The Borderline

May 24th Avi Buffalo @ The Old Blue Last

May 27th Male Bonding @ Camp Basement

[PIAS]UK win at Music Week Awards!

Friday, 23 April 2010

The Vinyl Factory presents Grace Jones by Chris Levine

The Vinyl Factory will present a unique collaboration between Grace Jones and groundbreaking light artist Chris Levine at their Soho gallery space in London from April 30 – May 14.

Levine, renowned for his 3D and still images of HRH Queen Elizabeth II, has created a series of 3D holographic portraits of the legendary pop icon. An immersive multimedia affair featuring lightboxes, lazers, video and a specially-commissioned ’soundscape’, The Vinyl Factory show 'Stillness at the Speed of Light' showcases the “extraordinary alchemy” between the two artists.

This show, to which entry is free, will also be used to launch Grace’s new video for the single ‘Love You To Life’, which Chris Levine directed, which is taken from her album 'Hurricane'.

Fore more info about the show and to get an exclusive preview of the artworks on display and limited edition prints for sale, click here!

Grace Jones weblinks:

The Ruby Suns in-store at Rise Bristol



The Ruby Suns will be playing upstairs at Rise Bristol alongside their show at the Dot to Dot Festival. The Ruby Suns latest album, ‘Fight Softly ‘ has been met with widespread acclaim, with AllMusic saying, ‘Fight Softly is…filled with gorgeous pop melodies‘. The latest effort, essentially a solo effort by band leader Ryan McPhun has seen the band draw comparisons to Animal Collective & Yeasayer. For more information go here:

The Ruby Suns weblinks:

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Ivor Novello nominations!

The Duckworth Lewis Method's Ivor Novello Award nomination

The Duckworth Lewis Method, has received a prestigious Ivor Novello nomination for the Best Album Award!

Recorded both in Dublin and a stump’s throw down the road from Lord’s in Abbey Road Studios, the album - featuring the singles The Age of Revolution’ and ‘Meeting Mr Miandad’ - was released in July 2009, just a few days before the start of the 2009 Ashes series.
On receiving news of their nomination Duckworth and Lewis commented:
“We, the Duckworth Lewis Method, are politely jubilant to be nominated in the best album category of this year’s Ivor Novello Awards. What joy! What honour! Our hippopotomously titled debut album really was as fun to make as it sounds. And it is to the eternal credit of this august, nay, July institution that ‘a record about cricket’ should be afforded the same opportunities as its less niche compatriots.”
The DLM play at Richard Thompson’s Meltdown Festival on the 17th June

The Duckworth Lewis Method weblinks:

Dizzee Rascal receives two Ivor Novello Award nominations

Dizzee Rascal has received not one but TWO Ivor Novello nominations this years awards.
One is for Best Contemporary Song with his number smash hit 'Bonkers' and also a nomination for the Album Award for the 'Tongue N' Cheek' album.
Dizzee also performs at numerous concerts and festivals this year across Europe and the UK.

16 Lovebox @ Victoria Park London

30 Global Gathering Stratford Upon Avon

31 Long Marston Airfield Stratford Upon Avon

10 Bestival Isle Of White

Dizzee Rascal weblinks:

The Leisure Society receive second Ivor Novello Nomination

Nick Hemming, one of the chief songwriters in The Leisure Society, has received a 2nd consecutive Ivor Novello nomination.
Nick has been nominated in theBest Song Musically & Lyrically’ category for the track 'Save It For Someone Who Cares', which is taken from the band’s debut album 'The Sleeper'. The award ceremony takes place on Thursday 20th May 2010 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
He was nominated in the same category at last year’s awards for 'The Last Of The Melting Snow'.

The band, now supplemented by Amy May on viola, are currently recording their second LP in a hired tudor house in rural Kent. Bigger, darker & spookier, it will be released through Full Time Hobby.
The band have also announced details of a number of festival dates during the summer. The full list of appearances are as follows:

May15 Great Escape Mojo / Full Time Hobby showcase The Komedia Brighton June6 Wychwood Festival Cheltenham 17 Richard Thompson’s Meltdown – QEH London26 Glastonbury Festival – Acoustic stage Pilton July25 Port Eliot Festival - Caught By The River tent St Germans August5 The Big Chill Festival Ledbury 13 The Vintage Festival Goodwood 14 Summer Sundae Festival Leicester.

The Leisure Society weblinks:

Monday, 19 April 2010

[PIAS] UK Albums Top Ten: 12th April 2010

  1. XX ‘XX’ [Young Turks] SILVER STATUS
  2. Cancer Bats ‘Bears Mayors Scraps & Bones’ [Hassle]
  3. Darwin Deez ‘Darwin Deez’ [Lucky Number]
  4. Vampire Weekend ‘Contra’ [XL Recordings] GOLD STATUS
  5. Dizzee Rascal ‘Tongue N'cheek’ [Dirtee Stank] PLATINUM STATUS
  6. Temper Trap ‘Conditions’ [Infectious Music] GOLD STATUS
  7. Vampire Weekend ‘Vampire Weekend’ [XL Recordings] PLATINUM STATUS
  8. Arctic Monkeys ‘Humbug’ [Domino Recordings]
  9. She & Him ‘Volume Two’ [Double Six]
  10. Bonobo ‘Black Sands’ [Ninja Tune]

Friday, 16 April 2010

Erland And The Carnival In-Store for Record Store Day

Cancer Bats In-Store for Record Store Day

Wave Machines: Keep The Lights On - New Video

Official video for the Wave Machines song ‘Keep The Lights On’

Wave Machine weblinks:

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Dan Sartain: New album and tour

Dan Sartain has announced details of his new album.

Recorded at London's Toe Rag Studios with Liam Watson, the album is called 'Dan Sartain Lives'.

A single, 'Atheist Funeral' is released on April 19, and Sartain also plays a UK gig at London's Relentless Garage on June 2. Full dates below:

18 @ Freebut Brighton
19 @ Brudenell Social Club Leeds
20 @ Sound City at Kazimir Liverpool
21 @ Crawdaddy Dublin
22 @ Myrtleville Pine Lodge Cork
23 @ Aunty Annies Belfast
25 @ The Cluny Newcastle
26 @ Captains Rest Glasgow
27 @ Hare & Hounds Birmingham
28 @ The Korova Liverpool
29 @ Dot to Dot Festival Bristol
30 @ Dot to Dot Festival Nottingham
31 @ Dot to Dot Festival Manchester
02 @ The Garage London

Dan Sartain weblinks:

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Nina Nastasia: Cry, Cry, Baby live video and tourdates

From singer/songwriter Nina Nastasia’s first album in three years, comes this great 2-track digital single. The opening track from the new album, ‘Cry, Cry, Baby’ serves as both a neat re-introduction to Nina’s work and in particular, to the sumptuous new sound of the album – a lush, orchestrated sophistication that, with no loss of distinction or economy, transcends the traditional reach of her famed spareness.

Recorded separately from the album sessions and exclusive to this single, the second track, ‘Our Gang’ is one of Nina’s newest songs, an intimate preview destined for broader arrangements in the future. As ever with Nina, there’s no such thing as a throwaway or a casual tossed-out song. have posted a video of Nina performing 'Cry Cry, Baby'.

Her UK tour will start on the 24th of May in London, full dates below:

24 @ Cafe OTO London
25 @ St Margaret’s Church Manchester
26 @ Cluny 2 Newcastle
27 @ Nice And Sleazy’s Glasgow
28 @ The Folk House Bristol
29 @ Secret Venue London
30 @ Talking Heads Southampton
31 @ The Freebutt Brighton

Nina Nastasia weblinks:

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Cargo Presents: Crystal Antlers

Crystal Antlers weblinks:

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Cargo Presents: Lucky Soul

Lucky Soul weblinks: