Linkin Park give fans free bootlegs. Linkin Park have worked out an innovative way to give their fans a digital encore. WENN reports that the ranty rockers will hook up with a group for ‘official’ bootlegs of their concerts so that fans can get a copy of the show they just saw. for free. There will reportedly be a short code displayed at their forthcoming shows, which fans can text to a numbers, and they will receive a link to a live recording of the concert after the show. Linkin Park’s bassist, Dave Farrell said to WENN, ‘The energy we get from our fans is what makes a great show. We wanted to show our appreciation by giving that experience back to them.’ The company that are handling the live recordings are called Basecamp Productions. Other bands that have worked with Basecamp include Pearl Jam, Jay Z, Bono, Kings of Leon, Chris Cornell, Tori Amos, Ben Harper, My Morning Jacket, Sonic Youth, Wolfmother and Disturbed.
Sonic Youth New Years Eve date. ATP Concerts are very pleased to present their first annual New Years Eve celebration this December 31st at London’s prestigious Hammersmith Apollo. Indie rock legends Sonic Youth will headline a stunning bill also featuring Chicago’s mighty Shellac, the Pop Group and much talked about Brit newcomers Factory Floor for this very special New Years event entitled STRANGE DAYS. They will be joined on the night by guest DJs. The show will run from 7pm – 3am and tickets cost £40. Sonic Youth will also appear the night before (Thursday 30th December) at Manchester Academy. Tickets for both events are available here: Meanwhile, Sonic Youth have done the soundtrack for the French film ‘Simon Werner a Disparu’ (‘Lights Out’), directed by Fabrice Gobert, which opened Sept 20 in France and will show later elsewhere. They are currently preparing the soundtrack for CD & vinyl release early in 2011.
Sonic Youth, The Kills to appear on Elijah Wood charity album. Sonic Youth, The Kills and Black Mountain are just some of the artists that have donated tracks to Elijah Wood’s charity compilation. The album will be called ‘Elysium: A Benefit For The Art of Elysium’ and will raise money for, you guessed it, The Art of Elysium, which is a charity that encourages working actors, artists and musicians to dedicate their time and talent to children battling serious medical conditions. Elijah Wood has musical cred, having signed Apples In Stereo to his Simian Records label. It looks like he was in fine musical form with the song selections here though. The full track listing is:
Black Mountain – Tyrants
The Kills – Tape Song
Sleigh Bells – Infinity Guitars
Grass Window – Rattled Call
Music Go Music – Reach Out
Jeremy Jay – Beautiful Dreamer
Sleepy Sun – New Age
Wolf People – October Fires
The Golden Dogs – Permanent Record
Oh No Ono – Internet Warrior
Sonic Youth – No Way
White Denim – Yo-Yo
Malachai – Hear It Comes
Cave – Made In Malaysia
Ty Segall – Caesar
Balaclavas – Up The Newel
Earthless – Jull
Sweet Apple – Do You Remember?
The Soft Pack – Answer To Yourself
Stardeath and White Dwarfs – New Heat
The Slits announce European dates. The Slits known for their infusion of punk and reggae sounds are one of the most significant female punk-rock bands in history. Both legendary and somewhat notorious there is a satiric, tongue-in-cheek quality to their songs instead of a strident peachiness. The Slits are loud, brash, bold and unrepentant. They never compromised their image or stance and their very presence threatened those that considered rock to be a male-only pursuit. In the late 1970’s an early 1980’s the band toured with legendary punks such as The Clash, The Buzzcocks and The Sex Pistols. They went on to influence many generations of bands including The Gossip and Sonic Youth whom they played with in 2007. The Slits continue to expand the boundaries of punk, combining it with various ethnic and experimental sounds and plan to continue doing so for years to come. Their latest album Trapped Animal was released October 2009. The current lineup features original members Ari Up and Tessa Pollitt along with Hollie Cook (daughter of Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook), Anna Schulte and Adele Wilson.
European Tour dates May, 2010:
6/5 Dublin Crawdaddy Ireland
7/5 Manchester Moho Live UK
8/5 Newcastle The Cluny UK
9/5 Glasgow ABC2 UK
10/5 Liverpool The Loft UK
11/5 London Islington Academy UK
12/5 Oxford Academy 2 UK
13/5 Brighton The Great Escape UK
14/5 Utrecht Ekko Holland
15/5 Groningen Vera Holland
16/5 Copenhagen Loppen Denmark
18/5 Stockholm Strand Sweeden
20/5 Berlin White Trash Germany
21/5 Koln MTC Germany
22/5 Turin Spazio Italy
23/5 Rome Roads to Ruins Festival Italy
25/5 Athens Venue TBC Greece
27/5 Paris Café Le Dance France
28/5 Barcelona Primavera Spain
Mudhoney and the Vaselines to Play Edinburgh . America Mudhoney and the Vaselines to Play Edinburgh n grunge band, Mudhoney, should need no introduction. Formed in Seattle in 1988, the release of ‘Touch Me I’m Sick’ and the ‘Superfuzz Bigmuff’ EP on Sub Pop inspired a generation. This dirty, high distortion sound would characterize grunge; the sound that dominated the early 90′s producing bands like Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, Sonic Youth and Soundgarden to a world wide audience. After a 20 year absence from Edinburgh, Mudhoney return on October 9th to take the HMV Picturehouse on Lothian Road by storm. Not only will this massive cult act play, but they will be accompanied by fellow grunge-rockers The Vaselines. Formed in 1986, The Vaselines are an Indie Pop band from Scotland. The band released 2 EP’s, ‘Son Of A Gun’ and ‘Dying For It’, and the album ‘Dum-Dum’ before splitting in 1989. In 1990 Kurt Cobain asked them to reform as support for Nirvana’s upcoming gig in Edinburgh. The Vaselines reformed in 2008 for Tigerfest, with members of Belle and Sebastian completing the line-up. Since then they have gone on to play their first concerts in America and their first visit of London in 20 years. Support for the two legendry acts comes in the form of St. Deluxe, another band who may be on the left of the mainstream, but with the new love of indie have every chance of breaking through. Mixing howling guitars and My Bloody Valentine-style vocals with the harmonies of Teenage Fanclub, the band, who are led by BMX Bandits regulars Jamie Cameron and Martin Kirwan, are already doing well in Germany. Tickets are £17.50 and available from www.ticketweb.co.uk Stay tuned into www.music-news.com for details on how to win tickets to the event
The rock video game war will heat up again in the fall: both of the industry’s flagship series are hitting consumers with tantalizing titles in 9/09. Harmonix’s The Beatles: Rock Band arrives September 9th, and now Activision has confirmed Guitar Hero 5 is due September 1st. The game will boast 85 brand-new master recordings, and this week Activision is announcing the band lineup in a series of scavenger hunt-like stories; fans who track down all the featured artists can enter a sweepstakes to win five tickets to concerts at a venue of their choice. Tracks from Queen & David Bowie (presumably “Under Pressure”), Kings of Leon, Santana, Sonic Youth and A Perfect Circle will appear in the game. The title will also come equipped with tunes by Weezer, Bon Jovi, Billy Idol, Elliott Smith and the Bronx. According to information posted on the game’s official Website, the entire set list will be available for play immediately, and for the first time home rockers will be able to select any combination of instruments — so multiple guitarists, bassists, drummers or vocalists will be able to play at the same time (the perfect use for that army of plastic instruments cluttering your living room). There’s also a new Play Party Mode, which allows instruments to join and drop out of a song without interrupting or ending the track; players need to just pick up an instrument and hit a button to join the action without navigating any menus. Gamespot reports that there’s a new series of competitive modes called RockFest, which include Momentum (difficulty level shifts mid-play) and Streakers (bonus for nailing 10-plus perfect notes). A new Revival Meter allows band members to save a weaker player who has failed out. CNET adds that Guitar Hero 5’s new features and downloadable content will be compatible with Guitar Hero World Tour. The Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil,” Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower,” Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire,” Tom Petty’s “Runnin’ Down a Dream” and the White Stripes’ “Blue Orchid” will also appear on the game’s set list, along with songs by Blur, Blink-182, Kiss, Band of Horses and Iron Maiden.
Like the Velvet Underground, Sonic Youth, and the Jesus & Mary Chain before them, My Bloody Valentine redefined what noise meant within the context of pop songwriting. Led by guitarist Kevin Shields, the group released several EPs in the mid-’80s before recording the era-defining Isn’t Anything in 1988, a record that merged lilting, ethereal melodies of the Cocteau Twins with crushingly loud, shimmering distortion. Though My Bloody Valentine rejected rock & roll conventions, it didn’t subscribe to the precious tendencies of anti-rock art-pop bands. Instead, it rode crashing waves of white noise to unpredictable conclusions, particularly since their noise wasn’t paralyzing like the typical avant-garde noise-rock band: It was translucent, glimmering, and beautiful. Shields was a perfectionist, especially when it came to recording, as much of My Bloody Valentine’s sound was conceived within the studio itself. Nevertheless, the band was known as a formidible live act, even though they rarely moved, or even looked at the audience, while they were on-stage. Their notorious lack of movement was branded “shoegazing” by the British music press, and soon there were legions of other shoegazers — Ride, Lush, the Boo Radleys, Chapterhouse, Slowdive — that, along with the rolling dance-influenced Madchester scene, dominated British indie-rock of the late ’80s and early ’90s. As shoegazing reached its peak in 1991, My Bloody Valentine released Loveless, which broke new sonic ground and was hailed as a masterpiece. Though the band was poised for a popular breakthrough, they disappeared into the studio and didn’t emerge over the next five years, leaving behind a legacy that proved profoundly influential in the direction of ’90s alternative rock. Born in Queens, New York, Kevin Shields’ family moved to Dubin, Ireland when he was six years old. In his teens, he became obsessed with pop music, eventually playing in Complex with his childhood friend Colm O’Ciosoig. In 1984, Shields and O’Ciosoig formed My Bloody Valentine with vocalist Dave Conway and keyboardist Tina, taking their name from a slasher horror film. The group relocated to Berlin, where they released the Birthday Party-influenced EP This Is Your Bloody Valentine on the Tycoon label in 1985 to little notice. The following year, the band moved to London, where they added bassist Debbie Googe. By the summer, they had signed to Fever and had released the EP Geek!, which again was ignored. Later that year, the group moved to Kaledoscope Sound, releasing The New Record By My Bloody Valentine EP, which illustrated a Jesus & Mary Chain influence. The following year, the band moved to the Primitives’ Lazy Records, releasing Sunny Sundae Smile early in the year. That EP was the first My Bloody Valentine record to mesh airy melodies with grinding guitars, but the two EPs that followed in 1987 — Strawberry Wine and Ecstasy — were more focused and acclaimed. Conway left the band by the end of the year and was replaced by vocalist/guitarist Bilinda Butcher, whose breathy vocals fit the group’s evolving sound more appropriately.
My Bloody Valentine’s new sound coalesced with the group’s first full-fledged album, 1988′s Isn’t Anything. Released on Creation Records, Isn’t Anything was greeted with enthusiastic reviews in the UK music press and the band’s following increased dramatically by the end of the year; in fact, their repuation had become large enough to attract the attention of Sire/Warner Bros. in the US, who became the group’s American label. Two other EPs, Feed Me With Your Kiss and You Made Me Realise, were also quite popular, and by the beginning of 1989, bands that based their sound on My Bloody Valentine’s droning swirl began to appear. The group retreated to the studio in 1989 to record their followup, which meant that only one EP, Glider, was released during that year. By the spring of 1990, it was becoming clear that the followup to Isn’t Anything wouldn’t be appearing anytime soon, and reports about Shields’ growing perfectionism began to circulate in the UK weekly music press. Soon, it became apparent that the band’s lengthy recording sessions were crippling Creation Records, but the group’s audience was still passionate, despite the inactivity: The Tremolo EP was released at the end of 1990 to considerable acclaim, and managed to climb into the UK Top 40.
When My Bloody Valentine’s second album, Loveless, finally appeared in late 1991, it was greeted with uniformly excellent reviews and it became a hit within the UK, reaching number 24 on the charts. In America, the group made significant inroads, particularly by supporting Dinosaur Jr. Despite the band’s acclaim and growing audience, Loveless didn’t sell in numbers to recoup its reported $500,000 recording cost and Creation dropped the band from their label; Creation wouldn’t fully recover until 1994, when they signed Oasis. My Bloody Valentine signed with Island and entered the studio at the end of 1992 to record a new album. In 1993, the group contributed a James Bond cover to a charity compilation.
And then … nothing happened.
Shields built a home studio with his Island advance and reportedly completed two separate albums, but scrapped them both. Often, the studio ran into technological problems. Between 1993 and 1997, both Googe and O’Ciosoig left the band, leaving only Shields and Butcher; after driving a cab for about a year, Googe formed Snowpony in 1996. There were signs that My Bloody Valentine were emerging from hiding in 1996, when the group contributed to the Wire tribute album Whore and Shields played on Experimental Audio Research’s Beyond the Pale. Still, no new My Bloody Valentine material appeared.
GRAHAM COXON has announced UK tour dates in May. Also to coincide with the release of the ‘In The Morning’ 10″ for Record Store Day, Graham Coxon has announced a special instore at Pure Groove in London. This instore will take place at their shop in Farringdon at 6pm on 18th April. ‘In The Morning’ 10″ is limited to 1,000 copies and has an etching by Graham on the flipside. Graham Coxon will release his album ‘The Spinning Top’ on 11th May, with the single ‘Sorrow’s Army’ to follow on 18th May
Graham Coxon, he’s the guitarist of one of London’s most delightful Britpop bands, and Graham Coxon is the quiet one. As the chief guitarist of Blur, his sheer and jointed guitar riffs made him a distinctive piece in leading the four-piece into alternative creative outlets, not to be overshadowed by the popular hysteria painted by the press. Noticeably, Blur went from cockney rebels to experimental intellects throughout their growing roster of material during the mid- to late ’90s. Still Coxon wanted to steer into another musical invention. Expectations and personal wishes led him to throw his energy into a solo career. It was a side project of sorts, a loophole for Coxon to streamline his own ideas his own way.
Blur enjoyed mainstream success in America with “Song 2″ from their 1997 self-titled release. Coxon’s musical influences start to appear during this time, elements of American indie rock (Pavement, Pixies, Sonic Youth) shower through the band’s work. It was shortly thereafter that Coxon founded his own label, Transcopic and released The Sky Is Too High in 1998 (the album was released on Caroline stateside). His straight-ahead lo-fi sound and post-punk yearnings were finally captured on a glowing debut, a favorite among the college charts, but still a stifling move for die-hard Blur fans. No one was sure what to make of Coxon’s solo motivation. Unfortunately, a year later, it was brushed aside by the release of Blur’s sixth album, 13. Coxon remained the quiet one, despite his deepest efforts to make his most artistic side more apparent. But keeping up with the speed of things, Coxon put all things Blur aside to release his second LP, The Golden D, in mid-2000.
Two years later, Coxon shocked Blur fans around the world by announcing his departure from the band. Recording for Think Tank had just gotten underway in Marrakesh, Morocco; however Coxon had already grown distant, personally and creatively, from the rest of the band. In turn, Coxon fell back on his solo career and focused on fatherhood. His fourth album, Kiss of Morning, appeared in October. Two years following, Coxon hooked up with producer Stephen Street for his biggest solo achievement yet. Happiness in Magazines was released in May 2004. Love Travels at Illegal Speeds appeared two years later.
Graham Coxon will tour the UK in May:
3rd May Norwich Arts Centre
4th May Brighton Digital
6th May Tunbridge Well Forum
7th May Hertford Marquee
8th May York Fibbers
9th May Glasgow King Tuts
12th May Cambridge Soul Tree
13th May London Lexington
14th May Bristol Thekla
15th May Wolverhampton Civic
17th May Nottingham Rescue Rooms
18th May Newcastle Cluny
BLOC PARTY were forced to scrap an performance in Miami after Kele Okereke fell ill with a throat virus. The singer contracted viral pharyngitis – an inflammation of the throat as they were due to play at the Ultra Music Festival on Saturday. The group apologised for the cancellation and assured fans they will return to Miami to play in the near future. A statement on their website said: “Kele has contracted viral pharyngitis and is unable to perform today at the Ultra Music Festival in beautiful Miami, FL. “We send our heartfelt apologies to all our fans and the Ultra Music Festival organisers. We hope to return to Miami, FL, at our earliest opportunity.”
Equally inspired by Sonic Youth, Joy Division, Gang of Four, and the Cure, East London art punkers Bloc Party mix angular sonics with pop structures. Consisting of singer/guitarist Kele Okereke, guitarist Russell Lissack, bassist/singer Gordon Moakes, and drummer Matt Tong, the band was formerly known as Angel Range and Union before settling on Bloc Party. Okereke and Lissack met each other through mutual friends at the Reading Festival, and discovered that they had musical tastes as well as friends in common. Tong and Moakes soon joined their collaboration, and under the name Union, the quartet issued a demo in early 2003; later that year, they switched their name to Bloc Party.
The group’s demo and concerts began to attract attention from both the press and their peers; Okereke sent a copy of the demo to Franz Ferdinand, who invited them to play at the Domino tenth anniversary bash in fall 2003. Early the following year, the band released one of the demo’s tracks, “She’s Hearing Voices,” as a single on Trash Aesthetics. A few months later, Banquet/Staying Fat arrived on Moshi Moshi. That spring, Bloc Party signed to Wichita to release their full-length album in the U.K., and to Dim Mak for U.S. distribution. The band spent summer 2004 recording and touring. Late that summer, Bloc Party, which collected the band’s first two singles, arrived in the States. Their debut album, Silent Alarm, appeared early in 2005 and was released by Vice Records in the States to widespread acclaim. Later that year, Silent Alarm Remixed capitalized on the band’s burgeoning popularity, as did the 2006 EP Helicopter. A Weekend in the City, Bloc Party’s second proper album, followed in 2007. A Weekend in the City leaked onto the Internet months before the album’s street date, which inspired Bloc Party to issue their third album, Intimacy, online in late summer 2008; the album was released on compact disc that fall