Adele has announced a European tour for Spring 2011. Adele has announced a European tour for Spring 2011, which comes to the UK and Ireland in April. ‘Rolling In The Deep’, Adele’s forthcoming single is released on Sunday January 16th. Written and produced by Adele and award winning British producer Paul Epworth, it’s a ‘dark bluesy gospel disco tune’ according to Adele herself. Adele’s new album ’21′ is set to be released on Monday January 24th. Most of the album was recorded in Malibu with the legendary Rick Rubin (Johnny Cash, Jay Z, Red Hot Chilli Peppers) and back in Kensal Rise in London with Paul Epworth (Plan B, Bloc Party, Florence). Adele cites Wanda Jackson, Yvonne Fair, Andrew Bird, Mary J Blige, Mos Def, Elbow, Tom Waits and Kanye West amongst others as key influences on ’21′. About its release she says ‘ It’s taken a while and it knocked me for six when writing it. It’s different from ’19′, it’s about the same things but in a different light. I deal with things differently now. I’m more patient, more honest, more forgiving and more aware of my own flaws, habits and principles. Something that comes with age I think. So fittingly this record is called ’21′. The whole reason I called my first album ’19′ was about cataloging what happened to me then and who I was then, like a photo album you see the progression and changes in a person throughout the years’. ‘Rolling In The Deep’ is released on XL Recordings on Sunday January 16th ’21′ is released on XL Recordings on Monday January 24th. The full dates are:
12th – Olympia, Dublin, Ireland
14th ‘ O2 Academy, Leeds, UK
15th ‘ O2 ABC, Glasgow, UK
17th – Ritz, Manchester, UK
18th – HMV Institute, Birmingham, UK
20th – Guildhall, Southampton, UK
21st ‘ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London, UK
Cold War Kids new album. Indie rock sensation Cold War Kids have booked a UK tour and prepare for the release of their third album. The band has seemingly never stopped touring, as they’ve been performing a chunk of Californian shows in November, and a more extensive December tour around the US. Now they’ve just booked a Feburary tour through the UK. They will also release their third album, which will be called Mine Is Yours and be released on January 24. The eleven-track album was produced by Jacquire King, who has previously teamed up with Kings Of Leon, Modest Mouse and Tom Waits.
Adele Returns With Second Album “21″ In 2011. Grammy Award winner Adele is back with her sophomore album, “21.” The follow-up to the acclaimed “19,” “21” marks London native’s return to the music scene after nearly three years. Like “19,” “21” is named after Adele’s age at the time the songs were written. The now 22-year-old is getting ready to release her next set on Tuesday, February 22nd. The album will be led by first single “Rolling in the Deep.” The album features production from Ryan Tedder (Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson), Rick Rubin (Weezer, Shakira), Paul Epworth (Florence and the Machine, Plan B), Dan Wilson (Dixie Chicks), and Fraser T. Smith (Taio Cruz). She also re-teamed with producers Jim Abbiss and Francis “Eg” White, who co-wrote her hit “Chasing Pavements.” “I discovered lots of artists I’d never heard of, particularly Wanda Jackson, Allison Krauss, Yvonne Fair, Andrew Bird, Neko Case, Lady Antebellum and Steel Drivers who I fell in love with,” said Adele about some of the artists who influenced her sound on “21.” “Then I delved in to more from artists I’ve loved forever – Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, Elbow, Mos Def, Alanis Morissette, Tom Waits and Sinead O’Connor,” she said. “There’s something in every single one of these artists that have really really inspired ’21.’” First single “Rolling in the Deep” hits radio this month, while the video, directed by Sam Brown (Jay-Z, Foo Fighters, Doves), will premiere in December. Adele will perform “Rolling in the Deep” live on Ellen on Friday, December 3rd.
Bob Dylan Combats Scalpers With Ticketless, Cash Only Show. Bob Dylan is the latest artist to find a way around scalpers and outrageous service fees from outlets like Ticketmaster and Live Nation. He wants his fans to pay cash at the door. For his upcoming show at the Warfield in San Francisco, the first time he’s played at the venue in 15 years, Dylan fans won’t be able to buy tickets in advance. They won’t even be able to buy tickets at the box office either. Instead, the 2,250 fans who want to see Dylan will be able to queue up beginning at Noon on Wednesday, August 25th. The doors will open at 5:30pm and the show will begin at 8:00pm. It’ll cost fans $60 each at the door and they’ll accept cash only. Each person will only be able to buy one entrance. Think of it more as a cover charge to get into the Warfield, then an actual ticketed event. “Given the state of touring and how fees have escalated, it was a real breath of fresh air to do something very consumer oriented by eliminating all ticketing charges. It’s almost a throwback to another time,” said promoter Goldenvoice’s David Lefkowitz. Dylan is the latest artist trying to combat scalpers. Tom Waits and Miley Cyrus both employed Ticketmaster’s Paperless Ticketing system last year on their tours, which required ticket buyers to present their credit card and ID to enter the venue
The Features release new single and dates. The Features release new single ‘The Temporary Blues’ this May, taken from their second album ‘Some Kind Of Salvation’. The first single from this album ‘Lions’ received mass plays on Radio 1, Radio 2, 6 music and XFM, while their 3 shows in London this February all sold out. Currently on tour in the US with Biffy Clyro and Manchester Orchestra, the band return to the UK for 4 shows this April, and will also be supporting Kings Of Leon this June in Hyde Park. Some Kind of Salvation was produced by Grammy-Award winning Jacquire King (Modest Mouse, Kings Of Leon, Tom Waits, Sea Wolf) and Brian Carter. The band features Matthew Pelham (guitar,lead vocals), Roger Dabbs (bass guitar), Mark Bond (keyboards) and Rollum Haas (drums).
You can see the band next week at the following venues:
Mon 19-Apr UK London The Garage
Tues 20-Apr UK Birmingham Hare & Hounds
Wed 21-Apr UK Glasgow King Tuts
Thurs 22-Apr UK Manchester Roadhouse
De Staat (‘The State’) is the most spectacular newcomer Dutch rock had to offer in 2009. Their debut album, Wait For Evolution – which started out as a solo project by singer and songwriter Torre Florim, baffled critics and audiences alike, and the five-piece from Nijmegen performed for sold-out clubs all over Holland. “It’s a dream come true”, says Florim.
Last year, The Staat rocked Noorderslag 2009 in spectacular fashion, garnering rave reviews and generating an avalanche of word-of-mouth support. It lauched the quintet from Nijmegen right to the top of the Dutch rock scene; and turned Staat frontman, singer and principle songwriter Torre Floris into a house-hold name. So it comes as no surprise that ‘the Dutch rockband of last year’ will play Noorderslag again for this year’s edition.
What kind of year was 2009 for De Staat?
Torre Florim: “The weirdest and one of the best years of my life; for all five of us, I suppose. It started at Noorderslag 2009. Life hasn’t been the same since. It has turned us into nomads and I quite like that.”
So what has changed?
“Now my life is centred around making music. Obviously with De Staat, but in collabaration with outside people as well – producing bands, writing songs with different partners.”
You toured the UK in the Fall of 2008, supporting dEUS. How did that come about?
“In 2008, we played the Lowlands festival. I approached [dEUS frontman] Tom Barman and gave him a De Staat button and later on a copy of our album, hoping we could support dEUS at Amsterdam’s Paradiso venue. To our surprise, they asked us to suppport them on dEUS’ UK tour.”
2009 was a very succesful year for the band. How do you follow-up on that?
“We aim to play more abroad. This year we will be playing the Glastonbury festival in Engeland. And we will be working on the second album. We recorded the first one at home. The new album should top that triple time, I’ll produce it myself. I will not use older and unrecorded songs, I’ll write new ones. The new album will be different from the first one.”
The sound of The Staat stands out from most Dutch and continental rock bands. Is that a frequently-heard comment? “It certainly is. People call our album ‘not Dutch’. I don’t know what that means. It’s a compliment, I suppose. It means we found a niche, which is a good thing. ‘Not of this world’ would be even better.”
Where do you find your inspiration for that ‘not Dutch’ sound?
“People call our music stonerrock, which it isn’t. However, I have been drawing inspiration from bands and singers that have created their own niche, like Queens Of The Stone Age, Tom Waits, Howlin’ Wolf and Battles.”
Your expectations for 2010?
“I have no idea. I hope we will be playing festivals all over the world. And I want to find a nice place to work on the second album. That’s my wishlist for now.”
Some critics regard Ruud Houweling as one of Hollands best songwriters. The music of Cloudmachine, in which according to OOR (leading Dutch music magazine) the entire history of popmusic is compressed with influences like John Lennon, David Bowie, Neil Finn, Radiohead and the classical music of Arvo Pärt, slowly finds its way to a larger audience. Their first two albums received a warm welcome by the Dutch music press. Continue reading →
The deadline for the 2009 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is fast approaching. Now is your chance to enter what the NY Times calls “the competition to take note of” with $150,000 (US) in cash and prizes – including $25,000 (US) cash for the grand prize winner alone and the best judges for any songwriting competition in the world. Judges for 2009 include: Kings Of Leon, Tom Waits, Rob Thomas, Jeff Beck, Black Francis (Pixies), Robbie Williams and 7 record label presidents from major and independent records labels. For entry information and a complete list of judges please visit – http://www.songwritingcompetition.com
Multiple Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Norah Jones will release her fourth studio album on Parlophone / Blue Note Records this November. Jones wrote nearly all of the songs in the past two years since completing tours in support of her 2007 global chart-topping, U.S. double-platinum album Not Too Late. Beloved by fans for her sultry vocals and jazz-informed, piano-driven pop songwriting, Jones has taken a new direction on the as-yet-untitled album, seeing it as a chance to experiment with different sounds and an opportunity to work with a new set of Continue reading →
Blazing a trail for the Black Country’s music scene, Wolverhampton wonder-boy Scott Matthews provided us with a truly spell-binding session. Scott Matthews is a music fan. Raised on a stout diet of classics: The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Dylan, Joni Mitchell, he tried his hand at the punk-funk route (for a while he says he thought he was Red Hot Chili Peppers’ guitarist John Frusciante), as well as soul and indie. A few years ago he turned to solo singer/songwriting and found his groove. His creative incarnation may have changed, but Matthews still looks to the inventive, classic songwriters for his inspiration, namechecking Ryan Adams, Badly Drawn Boy, Beck and Tom Waits as his current favourites. All these artists point to the kind of things to expect from Scott, although it’s probably Jeff Buckley to whom he’s been most compared, in part because of his fragile yet powerful falsetto vocals, but also for his musicality and rich, atmospheric songs. Matthews is fond of experimenting with soundscapes and instrumentation, and for his debut record, Passing Stranger, used legendary tabla player Sukvinder Singh Namdhari, (who has played with Ry Cooder and Ravi Shankar) along with guitars and strings to add texture. In front of about 100 reverent fans, Scott and his band played his famous haunting single Elusive, along with Dream Song and Passing Stranger to a hushed, captive audience. Proving he’s not let stardom go to his head, Scott spent some time after the session was over, chatting to the fans and signing autographs outside. You can also watch an exclusive behind the scenes feature filmed on the day
Scott Matthews will release his second album ‘Elsewhere’ on May 18th ’09 on the San Remo label through Island Records. Featuring 11 new Scott Matthews compositions it is produced by Scott and Gavin Monaghan (Mercury Rev, The Smiths, Joe Strummer, Elvis Costello). Scott is joined on the album by his regular touring group Danny Keane (cello), Craig Johnson (bass) and Sam Martin (drums) while a string section was drafted in for gorgeous album opener ‘Underlying Lies’ and a horn section for cast iron heartbreaker ‘Suddenly You Figure Out’, while Scott’s brother Darren plays piano on three songs including the first single ‘Fractured’, an atmospheric minor key rocker, which is about needing to help someone once in a while. Check out the video here. The song ’12 Harps’ features vocal contributions from fellow Wolverhamptonian Robert Plant. Says Scott: ”Elsewhere’ comes from the feelings and emotions that so often dictate my state of mind. It captures my thoughts, frustrations and memories and I also look back on a difficult time emotionally, where the music reveals its healing properties. Hopefully you’ll see ‘Elsewhere’ as a place you can go visit once in a while to get lost in that moment and forget anything you feel needs to be forgotten.’
The full tracklisting for ‘Elsewhere’ is:
1. Underlying Lies
2. Jagged Melody
3. Suddenly You Figure Out
5. 12 Harps
6. Speeding Slowly
7. Into The Firing Line
8. Up On The Hill
10. Fades In Vain
11. Nothing’s Quite Right Here
The full list of 2009 shows is as follows:
19 – Birmingham, Glee
21 – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
23 – Oxford, Academy
24 – Cardiff, Glee Club
25 – Manchester, Ruby Lounge
26 – Bristol, Fleece
28 – Dublin, Whelans
29 – Liverpool, Academy 2
30 – Glasgow, Oran Mor
31 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
3 – London, Bloomsbury Theatre
Scott Matthews released his debut album ‘Passing Stranger’ on Island Records to widespread acclaim in Oct. ’06. His singles ‘Elusive’ (for which Scott bagged an Ivor Novello Award for best song), ‘Dream Song’ and title track ‘Passing Stranger’ were on high rotation on the radio through ’07 and the album went on to sell over 80,000 copies. He spent a lot of ’06/’07/’08 on the road, highlights being a special guest at a Foo Fighters secret show, a support slot with one of his heroes Bert Jansch, a UK tour with Rufus Wainwright and supporting Robert Plant & Alison Krauss on the UK leg of their ‘Raising Sand’ world tour. Album ‘ELSEWHERE’ release date: MAY 18th ’09; ‘ FRACTURED’ EP release date: MAY 11th 2009.
Some critics regard Ruud Houweling as one of Hollands best songwriters. The music of Cloudmachine, in which according to OOR (means Ear) (leading Dutch music magazine) the entire history of popmusic is compressed with influences like John Lennon, David Bowie, Neil Finn, Radiohead and the classical music of Arvo Pärt, slowly finds its way to a larger audience. Their first two albums received a warm welcome by the Dutch music press. The first one, Sweater For The Cold World (2003) was bursting with ideas. On the balanced second album Hum Of Life (2006) Houweling finds his own voice in writing. The record brings many new opportunities for the band. The played the finest Dutch venues and festivals like Haarlems Bevrijdingspop with 150.000 visitors. The also had some decent airplay on Dutch radio. The third album, Back On Land is released on April 20th 2009. The band worked with renowned American engineer/producer Oz Fritz who is known for his Grammy-winning work with Tom Waits (Mule Variations, Alice, Blood Money). He also produced bands like Primus and Oysterhead (Stewart Copeland) and worked many years with Bill Laswell on projects with Ginger Baker, Iggy Pop, The Ramones, Herbie Hancock, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, William S. Burroughs and Bob Marley. Also has credits on recordings with John Cale, Ornette Coleman and Elvis Costello.
The band recorded in Weesp, in a vintage studio designed in the sixties by the same man that designed the famous Abbey Road Studios. The mixing took place in California in the same studio and with the same gear used on Tom Waits’ Mule Variations, the album that triggered the band to contact Fritz. The arrangements on Back On Land have great variety. It’s not just the band playing, there’s room for strings and brass, vibraphone, triangle, and authentic keyboards like a wurlitzer, cp70 and a 1939 Steinway grand piano. On the album they ‘ve further refined the characteristic pleasant melancholic Cloudmachine sound. With a lot of focus on the lyrics and arrangements.
2009 is the 50th anniversary of the founding of Island Records, arguably the most prestigious record label in the history of British music. To mark this milestone the label is entering into the world of book publishing. May 21st ’09 will see the publication of ‘KEEP ON RUNNING – THE STORY OF ISLAND RECORDS’ edited by Chris Salewicz (acclaimed author of recent best-selling Joe Strummer biog ‘Redemption Song’ as well as books on The Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix and many others) and produced by Universal Island Ltd. and The Island Trading Company Ltd.
‘KEEP ON RUNNING’ is a 226-page full-colour hard-cover commemoration of Island Records, started by Jamaican Chris Blackwell in 1959, the most illustrious record label that the British music business has ever known. Illustrated by copious rare images, including original artwork and photographs from the Island Records archives, ‘KEEP ON RUNNING’ will tell the story of this extraordinary label, its art and its artists, in a series of twelve essays by celebrated writers such as Paul Morley, Jon Savage, Sean O’Hagan, Vivien Goldman, Lloyd Bradley, David Katz, Robin Denselow, Sylvia Patterson, Richard Williams and Joe Boyd. Chapter headings include Out of Jamaica, The Pink Label, Season of the Witch, Glitterball, Roots-Rock Reggae, Singular Voices, The Tuff Gong, Globalisation, From Africa & Beyond, Re-birth Of The Cool and The New Millennium. Photographers include Anton Corbijn, Adrian Boot, Gered Mankowitz, Keith Morris, Andy Earl, Lawrence Watson, Maria Mochnacz, Jean-Paul Goude and Neville Garrick.
The book will be published to coincide with the 50th anniversary celebrations of Island Records in May ’09: these include a large-scale, month-long exhibition of Island artwork and memorabilia in London’s Soho; a week of concerts by key artists at Shepherds Bush Empire; a 90 minute TV documentary about the label; a Radio 2 documentary; and deluxe re-releases of many iconic Island albums, which will continue throughout 2009.
Chris Blackwell founded the Island label in Kingston, Jamaica in 1959 with capital of just £1000. Relocating to London in the early 60s Blackwell built the most diverse and enviable back catalogue of any independent record label in history. From Island’s early Jamaican roots in ska and rock-steady, through the label’s expansion to become the cutting edge of progressive rock in the late 60s, and then on to the signing of such international superstars as Bob Marley and U2, Blackwell brought to Island a unique vision and passion which still informs the label’s approach to this day.
The Island label has been responsible for the careers of some of the biggest stars in music including U2, Bob Marley, Cat Stevens, Traffic, Free, Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, Sandy Denny, Toots & The Maytals, John Martyn, Marianne Faithfull, Aswad, Tom Waits, King Sunny Ade, Third World, Roxy Music, Robert Palmer, the B52s, Sly & Robbie, Melissa Etheridge, The Slits, Steel Pulse, Grace Jones, Tom Tom Club, Pulp, Baaba Maal, Tricky, Talvin Singh, and latterly Amy Winehouse, PJ Harvey, DJ Shadow, Sugababes, Keane, The Fratellis, Scott Matthews, Paul Weller, The Feeling, Portishead and Florence & The Machine.