14 October, 2016 - NME.com
Two Door Cinema Club's new album 'Gameshow' is out now. Stream it online. 'Gameshow' is the band’s first album since ‘Beacon’ in 2012. It was made with REM/Bloc Party producer Jacknife Lee. Singer Alex Trimble recently said of the new album's sound: "We’re not embracing the pop that’s going on now in a melodic or structural sense. The two biggest influences for me were Prince and Bowie - both total pioneers who straddled that line between out-there pop and avant garde craziness". Listen to 'Gameshow' below via Apple Music and Spotify. Read the NME review. Two Door Cinema Club tour the UK next year. They will play the following live dates: Birmingham Academy (January 24) Cambridge Corn Exchange (25) Manchester Apollo (27, 28) Leeds Academy (30) Newcastle Academy (31) Liverpool Guild Of Students (February 2) Glasgow Barrowlands (3-4) Southampton Guildhall (6) Bristol Academy (7) London Alexandra Palace (9, 10)
14 October, 2016 - NME.com
Radiohead have made their 'In Rainbows' bonus disc available online via streaming services. 'In Rainbows' was famously self-released by the band as a pay-what-you-want download in October 2007 and the album proper didn't make it to streaming platforms until June 2015. But now 'In Rainbows Disk 2', which originally came with the 'In Rainbows' box set that followed the album's initial unorthodox release, is available via various streaming platforms. Stream the eight-track offering below. See the 'In Rainbows Disk 2' tracklist beneath. 'MK 1' 'Down Is the New Up' 'Go Slowly' 'MK 2' 'Last Flowers' 'Up on the Ladder' 'Bangers + Mash' '4 Minute Warning' Watch a Radiohead fan discover an original 'In Rainbows' recording on a master tape that came with the 'A Moon Shaped Pool' special deluxe edition. Meanwhile, Radiohead have responded to rumours that they could headline next year's Glastonbury Festival.
14 October, 2016 - NME.com
Kings Of Leon have released their new album 'WALLS'. Stream it online now. The band's seventh record is out now through Columbia Records. The follow-up to 2013’s 'Mechanical Bull', the LP was recorded in Los Angeles with Coldplay and Arcade Fire producer Markus Dravs. The album's title is short for 'We Are Like Love Songs'. Kings Of Leon tour the UK in February 2017. Scroll below to see the full dates. Stream 'WALLS' now via Apple Music and Spotify. Read NME's review of 'WALLS'. When asked by NME if the band had 'lost their edge', frontman Caleb Followill replied: "If there was a movie made of our lives, in the last few years we had a lot of edge. Those are the moments in the movie that you’d wanna watch! "What we were doing early on was storybook, classic, what a band should be; the drugs and the booze and the girls. Now we consider what we’re doing a little more and if that’s losing your edge… maybe, I dunno. When you look at the bands that still had their edge, most of them, their music is shit so it doesn’t fucking matter about the edge.” Read more: NME's exclusive comeback interview with Kings Of Leon You can see the full tracklisting for 'Walls' below. 'Waste A Moment' 'Reverend' 'Around The World' 'Find Me' 'Over' 'Muchacho' 'Conversation Piece' 'Eyes On You' 'Wild' 'WALLS' Kings Of Leon play the following UK live dates: Sun February 19 2017 - Leeds First Direct Arena Mon February 20 2017 - Birmingham Genting Arena Fri February 24 2017 - Newcastle Upon Tyne Metro Radio Arena Sat February 25 2017 - Liverpool Echo Arena Mon February 27 2017 - Glasgow SSE Hydro
13 October, 2016 - NME.com
Jack White's label Third Man Records have announced their latest product - a colouring book. The book features the fictional record company 'Mann's Top Tunes' and explores 'how a vinyl record is made'. Check out a brief flip-through of the book below. It’s available at Third Man’s Nashville storefront this coming Saturday (October 15), where the company is holding a family-friendly event. Earlier today (October 13), Third Man also announced their latest signing: Lillie Mae Rische. A member of White’s touring band, she is working on her forthcoming solo album for the label, which is also being produced by White. Bring this kids this Saturday! Face painting, pumpkin decorating, screen printing, vintage & vinyl shopping, and fall treats (... and drinks for the parents!) Oh! And this wonderful new #coloringbook! 12-5 at #thirdmanrecords in #Nashville! A video posted by Third Man Records (@thirdmanrecords) on Oct 13, 2016 at 7:37am PDT Earlier this summer, White played his first vinyl record in space. Last week, White released a series of White Stripes t-shirts entitled 'Icky Trump' after the band's 2007 album through his store, in protest at Donald Trump using their song 'Seven Nation Army' in a promotional video. Speaking in a statement issued through Third Man Records, the band said: "Regarding the use of ‘Seven Nation Army’ in a Donald Trump campaign video, The White Stripes would like to unequivocally state that they have nothing whatsoever to do with this video. They are disgusted by this association, and by the illegal use of their song." The back of the t-shirt also featured the following scathing lyrics from the song: White Americans? What? Nothing better to do? Why don't you kick yourself out? You're an immigrant, too? Who's using who? What should we do? Well, you can't be a pimp And a prostitute, too
13 October, 2016 - NME.com
JK Rowling has revealed that her forthcoming Harry Potter spin off Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them will be made up of five films. The franchise is set around 70 years before the Harry Potter saga begins. It focuses on Newt Scamander, the author of one of Harry's Hogwarts text books, and his adventures in New York City. Eddie Redmayne stars as Newt Scamander, heading up a cast that includes Colin Farrell, Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller and Samantha Morton.   Rowling - who initially wrote Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them as a supplementary manual to accompany her Harry Potter franchise - was a surprise guest during a Facebook fan event streamed globally tonight (October 13), which you can watch below. The host of the London event asked Rowling what would come next for Redmayne's Newt Scamander, the Magizoologist at the centre of the story.  "We were doing some script sessions the other day, and I can tell you that we always knew it was going to be more than one movie," she teased. "We said a trilogy as a kind of placeholder, but I've now done the plotting properly and we're pretty sure it's going to be five movies." Originally, Rowling revealed in March that Fantastic Beasts will actually be the first in a trilogy of films. READ: 'Harry Potter' Spin-off Film 'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them': Everything We Know So Far David Yates, who directed the final four Harry Potter films, has returned to direct Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. The film hits cinemas on November 18.
13 October, 2016 - NME.com
Roger Waters has confirmed he is working on a new album with Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich. The former Pink Floyd frontman said he has spent the last year working on a new record, his first since his 1992 LP 'Amused To Death'. "We've got some really good work in the can,” he said. “Nigel's really good. He said to me, 'People always want to do these long records. How long was 'The Dark Side Of The Moon?' I said 38 minutes. "But there are no constraints on records now because nobody pays you anything for them. So everything's off the table. I so feel for young musicians, knowing that all of your work will be stolen, and nobody wants to pay you. It also means you can say anything you want. Well, I've always said anything I've wanted anyway.” He continued: I wrote this whole thing – part magic carpet ride, part political rant, part anguish. I played this to Nigel, and he goes, 'Oh, I like that little bit' – about two minutes long – 'and that bit'." And so we've been working. "I've also been falling in love, deeply in love. So the record is really about love – which is what all of my records have been about, in fact. It's pondering not just why we are killing the children. It's also the question of how do we take these moments of love – if we are granted any in our lives – and allow that love to shine on the rest of existence, on others.” He also spoke about how Pink Floyd recently "reunited" to release a joint statement, condemning Israeli forces over the detention of female activists sailing to Gaza. "It is an issue I care about deeply," Waters told Rolling Stone. "I knew the women – one of whom I know [Mairead Maguire, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate from Northern Ireland], all of whom I admire – were going to try and get through the blockade. And we knew they would be arrested. "I was really happy that Dave [Gilmour] and Nick [Mason] joined me on this, to be finally united with them, taking this stance."
13 October, 2016 - NME.com
Former child star Corey Feldman has returned to perform another song on the Today Show, after his previous performance went viral. Feldman - famous for his roles in '80s films The Goonies, Stand by Me and The Lost Boys - previously played his song 'Go 4 It' with his band Corey's Angels, a performance that some deemed bizarre. The singer performed 'Take A Stand' today (October 13) in a clip you can watch below. Prior to the performance, Feldman said: "This song is for America! We're at a time right now when the world needs to focus really on peace and love and tolerance, especially with all the bullying. So this is about the government, the race, the United States." Feldman also talked about his previous viral performance and spoke about his outpouring of support from Pink, Kesha, Miley Cyrus and Michael Jackson's daughter, Paris.  He went on to address the reactions to his performance in an open letter. It said: "I, artist! As an artist, I bare my heart and soul for my love of creating art. Art is, after all, a form of personal self-expression. Through my art, I express my tears, my joy, my pain, my sorrows. I spread love with my messages of hope for tomorrow." Feldman also discussed his desire to take risks and the difficulties of doing everything right in his mind, but still reading "comments that would tear a hole through any commoners' hearts." He added, "As an artist, I simply do all that I can to bring a bit of joy and entertainment for my fellow man. I'm no better than you; I'm no less of a man. But I'm a flawed, fearless artist, presenting a band. My hope is you will see me, hear and feel me, and one day understand, that underneath the art, I'm simply a man." In a previously now-deleted Facebook Live video, Feldman broke down in tears while addressing the backlash to the performance. "We just wanted to tell everybody that, like, it's been really painful," Feldman reportedly said. "We put ourselves out there and we did the best that we could. And, like, I've never had such mean things said about me. Like constantly." "All we can say is that we tried really hard. Because we love our fans and we just wanted to give them the best show that we could. But we don't deserve... these things that are said about us are awful." Feldman went on to add: "It was a song, okay? It wasn't that weird. I'm sorry if it's not good enough for you, but you don't have to beat us up. I just want to say that, like, why is it okay to, like, publicly shame us?... I don't understand... It's, like, not PC to, like, say somebody is fat or somebody is white or somebody is black or somebody is yellow or green or if they have a short leg or if they have a missing finger. Like we can't talk about these things. But it's okay to bash Corey Feldman and the Angels." "We can't get out of bed right now," he revealed. "We're petrified to even go out... And I'm sorry, but we just wanted the world to know, like, we're really freaked out over this and it's really not fair." "Public shaming should not be accepted, no matter who you are. It doesn't matter if they're a celebrity or not. We deserve love and we deserve, like, normal life... It's not okay, it's not acceptable to call us freaks, weirdos, losers, whatever."
13 October, 2016 - NME.com
Justin Bieber is being sued for allegedly spitting at the neighbour whose house he egged in 2014. The singer previously pleaded no contest to vandalism charges after throwing eggs at Jeffrey Schwarz's home. But Schwarz is now pressing ahead with a bid for compensation over another alleged row. According to documents obtained by TMZ, Schwarz claims the singer assaulted him and caused emotional distress after spitting at him during an argument. He also wants to grill Bieber's bodyguard Michael Arana about the row. In July, the singer demanded Schwarz and his wife Suzanne undergo a mental evaluation to prove they're still battling psychological issues as a result of the incident two years ago. The couple - who claimed in their previous lawsuit the singer had subjected them to the consequences of loud parties and drug use - have claimed they are still battling with headaches and insomnia following the incident, despite the pop star moving out of the area. After pleading no contest to misdemanour vandalism in the original incident, Bieber was placed on probation and told to carry out five days of community service at a homeless shelter. He also had to pay an estimated $80,000 (£47,227) in damages to his neighbours and undergo anger management counselling.
13 October, 2016 - NME.com
Chris Rock will make his return to stand-up with two new comedy specials for Netflix. The two specials will be the comedian’s first in eight years and were reportedly secured by the streaming service for $40m after a bidding war with television networks including HBO and rival platforms Amazon and Hulu, Deadline reports. Rock has previously recorded five stand-up specials for HBO including 1994’s Big Ass Jokes to the 2008’s Kill the Messenger. Press “Chris Rock is a beloved actor and director, and his remarkable stand-up makes him comic royalty. There is no one like him, and Netflix offers the global platform and creative freedom that will serve as a perfect home for someone with his incredible talent,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer. “I’m very excited to be working with Ted and Lisa and all the good people at Netflix. I can’t wait to get back on stage” said Rock. In the past year, Rock has hosted the 88th Annual Academy Awards, directed HBO’s comedy special Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo, guest-starred on the hit Fox series Empire and made an appearance in the Netflix holiday special A Very Murray Christmas, starring Bill Murray. The first of Rock’s specials will debut in 2017.
13 October, 2016 - NME.com
Benicio Del Toro has reportedly pulled out of talks to star in the forthcoming The Predator reboot. The star was believed to have been in negotiations for the lead role in remake of the 1987 movie, but he has reportedly fallen out of discussions with 20th Century Fox over the part. Sources have told The Hollywood Reporter that Del Toro's scheduling was a "stumbling block" after his other films were rejigged. The studio are now thought to be eyeing Logan actor Boyd Holbrook as the new lead. Press Shane Black is directing the film after previously starring in the original as Rick Hawkins, who was the first to die at the hands of the Predator. The original motion picture was directed by John McTiernan and starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as soldier Major Alan 'Dutch' Schaefer, who was hunted by an alien monster in the jungle along with his squad of commandos. 50 Cent recently said that he will be involved in the forthcoming Predator reboot. Although there's been no confirmation from the studio, 20th Century Fox, or the director, the rapper said that he's in line for a role in the fourth film in the franchise. Little is known about the project, but insiders have suggested that it is not going to be a reboot, but will instead take the form of a direct sequel. Black is a screenwriter of some renown, having penned Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3. Schwarzenegger has also hinted that he could reprise his role as Major Schaefer in the new film. The Predator is currently slated to be released on March 2, 2018.
13 October, 2016 - NME.com
J Dilla’s mentor Amp Fiddler has shared unreleased demos made by the producer when he was a teenager. The tracks, which reportedly were stored on a MPC which Dilla used when he was 17-years-old, were debuted on a Boiler Room podcast. Titled ‘Welcome 2 Detroit’, the podcast is centred around Dilla’s 2001 album of the same name. As Pitchfork notes, the episode includes several demos and also features Detroit producer and keyboardist Amp Fiddler breaking down in detail one of Dilla’s beats. Listen to the full podcast below. Over the past fews months, a number of previously unheard J Dilla recordings have been unearth. In August, Boiler Room released a 17-year-old mixtape made by the late producer. It followed a posthumous album, ‘The Diary’, that features a number of unreleased instrumentals by the producer and rapper. A posthumous solo single by A Tribe Called Quest rapper Phife Dawg featuring a J Dilla beat was released in April. Yancey died in tragic circumstances in 2006: aged 32, after having being diagnosed with the auto-immune disease lupus and rare blood disease TTP.
13 October, 2016 - NME.com
Former Isle Of Wight Festival organiser Ray Foulk has hailed Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize for Literature. Dylan, 75, earlier became the 259th American to win the award. The prize is given to an individual who has produced "in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction". Foulk, the organiser of the 1969 Isle of Wight Festival, told NME: "As analysed and detailed in my book, Stealing Dylan From Woodstock, Bob Dylan’s 17 songs at the Isle of Wight in 1969 (his only concert in seven and a half years) was a good taster of his whole 60's output. His music is heavily laden with literary references and concepts and this alone is enough to justify a major award. This Nobel Prize is long overdue, recognising one of the greatest wordsmith’s of all time." READ MORE: Bob Dylan's Poetic Mastery: 10 Of His Finest Lyrics Getty Sara Danils, Secretary of the Swedish Academy, also described Dylan as "a great sampler… and for 54 years he has been at it, reinventing himself.” On his classic 'Blonde On Blonde', she said: "An extraordinary example of his brilliant way of rhyming. putting together refrains, and his brilliant way of thinking. "If you look far back, 5000 years, you discover Homer and Sappho. They wrote poetic texts which were meant to be performed, and it’s the same way for Bob Dylan. We still read Homer and Sappho, and we enjoy it." Previous winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature include Alice Munro, Harold Pinter, Doris Lessing, J M Coetzee, Toni Morrison and Seamus Heaney. Last year's award was given to Belarusian investigative journalist Svetlana Alexievich. Meanwhile, Martin Scorsese's documentary on Dylan, No Direction Home, is being reissued to mark its tenth anniversary. The film traces the early stages of Dylan's career as he rose to prominence, beginning in 1961 when the singer-songwriter first arrived in New York, and ending with his supposed "retirement" from music in 1966. To mark the tenth anniversary of the release of No Direction Home, the film is being re-released as a special edition. The deluxe edition of the film will be available to buy on Blu-ray and in high-definition format on streaming sites, while there will also be over two hours' worth of extended scenes and bonus footage included with the new package. The physical release of No Direction Home will be available to buy on October 28, with a digital version becoming available to buy on iTunes three days earlier (October 25).
13 October, 2016 - NME.com
Korn have shared a new track from their upcoming new album ‘The Serenity of Suffering’. ‘Take Me’ is the fourth track the band have released from their 12th studio album, due for release on 21 October. In September, the nu-mental group unveiled a collaboration with Skipknot’s Corey Taylor, titled ‘A Different World’, which also appears on their new album, their first since 2013’s ‘The Paradigm Shift’. Speaking about the new song - the third track to be shared from 'The Serenity of Suffering' - Korn frontman Jonathan Davis said that he encouraged Taylor "to do what you do" when recording his vocal part. Taylor described the new album is "a great throwback" to earlier Korn material. "This whole [new KORN] album, and I'm gonna brag now, because I've heard eleven songs of this, it is such a great throwback to the first three KORN albums and mixed with that maturity that they have now. Like, it's, really, really heavy. People are gonna lose their minds. It's that good."
13 October, 2016 - NME.com
Will Young has admitted that he suffers from post traumatic stress disorder. The singer pulled out of Strictly Come Dancing earlier this week for “personal reasons”. In a new interview, which was recorded months before he quit the show, Young said he developed the condition after he started performing in Cabaret in 2012. "PTSD is a thing I learned about because I got it, I had a breakdown, after my fifth album, 'Echoes'," he told London Live's London Real programme. "It was kind of the album I always wanted to do, and then I moved into this perfect house, and my life was perfect, and I was like, 'This could be pictured in Wallpaper magazine'." "I was just at a loss, I had a number one album, top five single, and I thought 'Oh, this is not good, this is not going to be easy', and then just slowly began to unravel.” Young continued: "Then I went into theatre, did Cabaret for the first time, and then I got PTSD and got depersonalisation and derealisation, which is when your body can't cope with the flooding of emotions from the past, so it shuts down. "I couldn't see my face in the mirror, I couldn't recognise places or family or friends." The singer said that being on stage eventually helped his recovery. "It's completely spiritual, and that is something that is beautiful, and I'd go as far as to say that probably saved my life. Knowing that authenticity. That has pulled me through having PTSD, definitely," he added.
13 October, 2016 - NME.com
Radiohead have topped the US vinyl album chart with their ninth studio album ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’. The band’s latest album narrowly missed out on the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 when it was released earlier this year, peaking at No. 3. However, sales of a newly released deluxe edition of ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ have bumped the album back to No. 11 on the charts. Of the 21,000 copies sold, the vast majority have been on vinyl (19,000), enough to propel the group to the top of Billboard’s Vinyl Albums chart. The deluxe edition of ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’, announced last month, comes on two heavyweight 12" vinyl records, two CDs including two extra tracks, a length of master tape from the actual recording sessions, 32 pages of Stanley Donwood artwork and much more. One Radiohead fan who purchased the album discovered a snippet from the original 'In Rainbows' recording sessions on a master tape that came with the package. After a lengthy world tour for the record, the band revealed that they plan to be playing live into next year - leading to speculation of more UK dates and the usual Glastonbury rumours. “We’ll do some more shows next year,” frontman Thom Yorke said on BBC Radio One, “but I don’t know exactly what yet.”
13 October, 2016 - NME.com
Slaves have admitted that their first meeting with former Beastie Boy Mike D was a little frosty. The rapper produced this week's NME cover stars' new album 'Take Control' and he appears on recent single 'Consume Or Be Consumed'. “We’re sitting waiting in this restaurant, Mike is late and we’ve been there half an hour. He’s a busy man and when he arrives his phone is constantly going, loads of texts. So in my typical blunt fashion I was just like, ‘Shall we all put our phones down, then?’ From that moment on he fucking loved it,” said guitarist Laurie Vincent. “I feel sometimes with our brothers from across the pond you have to sort of warm them up a bit before they engage.” The duo eventually got so close to the producer that they even dissed him on the track 'The People That You Meet' which was recorded the day after an all-nighter with Wolf Alice, whose Joel Amey appears on drums. The verse in the track, contains the following lyrics: I know a man called Michael / He hails from NYC / Now he lives in Malibu / In a mansion by the sea / Production is his game now / He called my friend Laurie / He used to be a Beastie Boy / But now he works for me. “I went up to him when we were recording it and I was like, ‘What do you think about this then, eh, Mike?’” says Vincent. “He went, ‘If you’re gonna slam me, at least do it fucking good - this is a shit fucking vocal take.’” Vincent and Mike D now speak on the phone every day, and are already discussing future collaborations. “He’s become almost like a third band member,” added Vincent. “At the moment, we don’t want to record without him. It feels like he gets the best out of us.” Read Slaves' full interview in NME from Friday, October 14.
13 October, 2016 - NME.com
Sleaford Mods have unveiled new song ‘I Can Tell’. The song is the second to be shared from the duo’s forthcoming EP ‘TCR’, following the title track. Vocalist Jason Williamson said of ‘I Can Tell’: “It’s basic politics for the discerning skeptic. The streets are cold, and they’re squeezing us until we pop. Low earners first, then it’s onto the middle lot. We’re fucked.” Sleaford Mods signed to new label Rough Trade earlier this year, and will release their first album for the label in 2017. It will be Williamson and keyboardist Andrew Fearns’ first full album since their eighth record ‘Key Markets’ was released in 2015. ‘TCR’ is released tomorrow (October 14) and also features three other songs in addition to the title track and ‘I Can Tell’ – ‘Britain First’, ‘Dad’s Corner’ and ‘You’re A Nottshead’. It’s followed by a tour starting next week. Iggy Pop recently proclaimed Sleaford Mods: “Undoubtedly, absolutely, definitely the world’s greatest rock & roll band.” Sleaford Mods will play: Glasgow O2 ABC (October 19) Belfast Mandela Hall (21) Newcastle Academy (24) Leeds Beckett University (26) Manchester Academy (27) Liverpool Mountford Hall (28) Brighton Corn Exchange (31) Nottingham Rock City (November 3-4) Coventry Empire (7) Bristol Academy (8) London Roundhouse (10)
13 October, 2016 - NME.com
Leading independent record label Cooking Vinyl has announced a series of gigs to mark its 30th anniversary. As well as the concerts in December, the label is releasing a 70-track compilation of songs from throughout its history. These include recent songs by some of its current artists, who include The Prodigy, Marilyn Manson, Richard Ashcroft, James, Deap Vally and Billy Bragg. The gigs take place at London pub venue The Lexington. December 5 features Turin Brakes, Teddy Thompson and an acoustic piano/set by Alison Moyet. The day after stars Lewis Watson, Jon McClure of Reverend And The Makers and The Subways’ Billy Lunn. December 7 has Billy Bragg, Itch from The King Blues and Hayseed Dixies’ John Wheeler. Tickets go on sale at 10am tomorrow (October 14). Out on November 25, ‘Cooking Vinyl 1986-2016’ is available as a 4CD or 7LP set. It will be followed in early 2017 by a biography of the label, It’s A Business Doing Pleasure With You: 30 Lessons From The Cooking Vinyl Story by journalist Hanspeter Kuentzler, published by Unbound. Cooking Vinyl was started in 1986 by former live booking agent Martin Goldschmidt and distribution manager Pete Lawrence. It has released music by Underworld, Pixies singer Frank Black and Bombay Bicycle Club’s Jack Steadman and Jamie MacColl. The tracklisting for ‘Cooking Vinyl 1986-2016’ is: Oysterband – ‘Hail And Tow’ The Happy End – ‘The Ballad Of John And Henry’ Paul Kelly – ‘Birdman’ SE Rogie – ‘My Lovely Elizabeth’ Cowboy Junkies – ‘Sweet Jane’ Ewan MacColl – ‘Dirty Old Town’ The Barely Works – ‘Byker Hill’ Tom Robinson – ‘War Baby’ Goats Don’t Shave – ‘Viva Las Vegas’ Bhundu Boys – ‘Radio Africa’ Jackie Leven – ‘Call Mother A Lonely Field’ Poison Girls – ‘Old Tarts Song’ The Mekons – ‘(Sometimes I Feel Like) Fletcher Christian’ Ron Sexsmith – ‘Get In Line’ Billy Bragg – ‘The Space Race Is Over’ Carter USM – ‘And God Created Brixton’ The Wedding Present – ‘Montreal’ Ani DiFranco – ‘Both Hands’ Chuck Prophet – ‘New Year’s Day’ Bert Jansch – ‘Toy Balloon’ Madder Rose – ‘Overflow’ Prolapse – ‘FOB.com’ The Lilac Time – ‘Nursery Walls’ Luke Vibert And BJ Cole – ‘Swing Lite’ Frank Black – ‘Robert Onion’ Echo And The Bunnymen – ‘Make Me Shine’ The Church – ‘Seen It Coming’ Obi – ‘Somewhere Nicer’ Richard Thompson – ‘She Said It Was Destiny’ Hayseed Dixie – ‘Ace Of Spades’ Camper Van Beethoven – ‘Take The Skinheads Bowling’ American Music Club – ‘Ladies And Gentlemen’ Grant-Lee Phillips – ‘Mona Lisa’ Underworld – ‘Scribble’ Audio Bullys – ‘Only Man’ Get Cape Wear Cape Fly featuring Shy FX – ‘Collapsing Cities’ Groove Armada – ‘I Won’t Kneel’ The Dropkick Murphys – ‘Going Out In Style’ City And Colour – ‘Fragile Bird’ Reverend And The Makers – ‘Bassline’ Amanda Palmer – ‘Do It With A Rockstar’ Madness – ‘Never Knew Your Name’ The View – ‘The Clock’ The Orb – ‘Soulman’ The Enemy – ‘Gimme The Sign’ The Cranberries – ‘Tomorrow’ HiM – ‘All Lips Go Blue’ Gary Numan – ‘I Am Dust’ Alison Moyet – ‘When I Was Your Girl’ Suzanne Vega – ‘I Never Wear White’ Adam Cohen – ‘We Go Home’ Seth Lakeman – ‘The Courier’ The Rifles – ‘Minute Mile’ Embrace – ‘In The End’ James – ‘Gone Baby Gone’ Royksopp – ‘Monument’ The Prodigy – ‘The Day Is My Enemy’ Marilyn Manson – ‘Deep Six’ Carl Barat And The Jackals – ‘Glory Days’ The Fratellis – ‘Me And The Devil’ Kate Miller-Heidke – ‘Share Your Air’ Jack Steadman And Jamie MacColl – ‘The Young Birds’ Stornoway – ‘Get Low’ The Proclaimers – ‘What School?’ Teddy Thompson And Kelly Jones – ‘You Can’t Call Me Baby’ Turin Brakes – ‘Keep Me Around’ Lissie – ‘Daughters’ The Cult – ‘Hinterland’ Deap Vally – ‘Smile More’ Richard Ashcroft – ‘Hold On’
13 October, 2016 - NME.com
Elton John has announced a “no-holds-barred” autobiography that will chart his life and decades-long career. The book will be the musician’s first autobiography and will be written together with Guardian music critic Alexis Petridis. "I'm not prone to being a nostalgic person," John said in a statement. "I'm often accused of only looking forward to my next gig or creative project. It's come as quite a surprise how cathartic I am finding the process of writing my memoirs. As I look back, I realize what a crazy life I have had the extreme privilege of living." Press John gave a hint of what the book might contain, adding, "I have grown up in a period of extraordinary change in our world – and have had the joyful honor of rubbing shoulders and working with so many of the people at the heart of these changes." John’s life story will be published by Henry Holt in the U.S. and Pan Macmillan in the U.K. An exact release date and title have yet to be announced. In February, John released his 33rd studio album, ‘Wonderful Crazy Night’.
13 October, 2016 - NME.com
Placebo singer Brian Molko has placed all eight of the band’s albums in order of his personal preference. Molko gave his reasons to Noisey to mark Placebo’s new Best Of compilation ‘A Place For Us To Dream’ and nine-date arena tour in December. The band have also recently released new EP ‘Life’s What You Make It’. Speaking about Placbo’s 20 years since their self-titled debut album, Molko said: “I’ve been doing this my entire adult life, and I don’t really know how to do anything else.” 8: ‘Black Market Music’ (2000) Molko said: “It’s the record that suffers most from having a blanket sound. It’s a real sombre record, so it doesn’t really conjure up euphoria, which is what I look for in music. 7: ‘Placebo’ (1996) Molko: “It's an extremely under-produced record, but it's also the one that put us on the map. For me, it sounds quite naïve and definitely the work of a band whose first time it is in the studio. And when I say naïve, I don't mean the songwriting. The sound of an album and the songwriting are two very different things to me. The songs are pretty cool.” 6: ‘Without You I’m Nothing’ (1998) Molko: “It was a difficult record to make because we had a very dysfunctional relationship with our producer, Steve Osborne. By the end of it, we weren't even talking. And it wasn't as if we'd had any major arguments. We started off not talking much anyway, and then as the months went by, it became less until there was no talking. It was such a strange atmosphere.” 5: ‘Battle For The Sun’ (2009) Molko: “There had been a recent personnel change in the band, and we'd gone from making an album that had been very claustrophobic, and we now wanted to make a record that was quite cinemascope and anthemic. It ended up being very much an album about drums and guitars. I guess it's very much the sound of a band trying to find a new identity.” 4: ‘Sleeping With Ghosts’ (2003) Molko: “I actually like this record because it's one of most sonically daring and electronic sounding records. It's the perfect mixture of what we were trying to do, which was fuse our sound with vintage synthesizers and old school analog recording techniques.” 3: ‘Meds’ (2006) Molko: “I’m surprised we managed to make such an accomplished record, considering how shot up we were when we were making it.” 2: ‘Loud Like Love’ (2013) Molko: “This was a real turning point for us. ‘Battle For The Sun’ was the sound of a band trying to find a new identity, and ‘Loud Like Love’ was being very comfortable with who they are now.” 1: ‘MTV Unplugged’ (2015) Molko: “One of the most important moments of our career. Our past could be reinterpreted and stripped down, and to me that’s an indicator of a good song. I’m over the moon about this record.”
13 October, 2016 - NME.com
Kesha has appealed to US voters to protect LGBT rights in the forthcoming presidential election. She has urged the electorate to go against Donald Trump and vote for Hillary Clinton, in Vevo's 'Why I Vote' campaign in a video you can watch below. Previously, rapper T.I. spoke about how the war on drugs hurt his family growing up and rapper Vic Mensa reflected on his traumatising experiences with police brutality.  “In this election especially, I feel like you're choosing between someone who is promising to build walls and someone who is hopeful," Kesha said. "If those are my two options, I definitely wanna go with hope." "Using your voice and your truth and standing up and talking about what you believe in and voting is your power. You need to utilise that,” she adds. During a visit to the Los Angeles LGBT Centre, she also tells those present at the community centre that she is part of the fight in protecting the recently passed marriage equality act and protecting transgender rights. Showing clips from home videos, Kesha recalls her childhood in Nashville where she was repeatedly bullied by her classmates and peers for being "different." She says she struggled with her sexuality, fearing that she might be gay, which would make her ability to fit in even more difficult.  Kesha said her mother, Nashville songwriter Pebe Sebert, always told her "every single person is equal." Earlier this week, the singer took legal action to block Dr Luke from leaking her medical records. The singer has been embroiled in legal action against the producer and label boss Lukasz Gottwald since 2014. She accused him of rape and sexual abuse.