Today, Xfm, the station that brings you music that rocks, announces the ten shortlisted albums that are now eligible to win the Best British Debut Album of the Year at the station’s fourth consecutive Xfm New Music Award. The winner will be announced at the Xfm New Music Award gig on Wednesday 9th February at The Borderline. Following thousands of votes from the great British public, the Xfm New Music Award shortlist comprises:
Delphic ‘ ‘Acolyte’
Dinosaur Pile-Up ‘ ‘Growing Pains’
Everything Everything ‘ ‘Man Alive’
Fenech-Soler ‘ ‘Fenech-Soler’
Hurts ‘ ‘Happiness’
Kele ‘ ‘The Boxer’
Marina And The Diamonds ‘ ‘The Family Jewels’
Sound of Guns ‘ ‘What Came From Fire’
Stornoway ‘ ‘Beachcomber’s Windowsill’
Two Door Cinema Club ‘ ‘Tourist History’
Selected by a panel of industry experts – including new addition Snow Patrol front-man Gary Lightbody and Happy Mondays’ Shaun Ryder ‘ this year’s winner will be announced on the evening of Wednesday 9th February.
On the same night the station presents an Xfm New Music Award gig at The Borderline in Central London. Hosted by Xfm Breakfast’s Dave Berry and a part of HMV’s Next Big Thing Festival, the intimate invite-only event will feature performances from Wolfgang, Romance, and Luna Belle ‘ acts hotly tipped as potential winners for next year’s award.
Previous winners of the award are The Enemy with ‘We’ll Live and Die in These Towns’ (2007), Glasvegas with ‘Glasvegas’ (2008), and The xx with ‘XX’ (2009).
The full judging panel for this year, chaired by Xfm’s Deputy Programme Director/Head of Music Mike Walsh, includes:
Andy Ashton (Xfm) Ben Cardew (Music Week)
Brett Anderson (Suede) Clint Boon (Xfm)
Craig Potter (Elbow) David Mogendorff (MTV)
Dom Howard (Muse) Dave Berry (Xfm)
Frank Turner Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol)
Gordon Smart (The Sun ‘ Bizarre) John Kennedy (Xfm)
John Leckie (producer) Peter Hook (Joy Division)
Shaun Ryder (Happy Mondays) Tim Burgess (The Charlatans)
Gary Warren (MD of Content and Talent at MAMA Group)
For more information, visit www.xfm.co.uk/nma
The ultimate winner will be announced on Xfm on Wednesday 9th February.
Exlovers will release their new single ‘Blowing Kisses’ on 7th March through independent label Young & Lost. The single comes backed by brand new track ‘Moth-eaten Memories’ which is available as a free download now exclusively from our Stay Loose Soundcloud page: http://soundcloud.com/stayloose/exlovers-moth-eaten-memories Formed in late 2008 by singer and song writer Peter Scott, Exlovers have a gorgeous wistful indie-pop sound full of boy-girl harmonies that combine sweetly sombre lyrical musings with lo-fi guitars. Reminiscent of artists such as Teenage Fanclub, The Cure, The Dandy Warhols and Belle and Sebastian, Exlovers have a deliciously nostalgic 90s indie sound that is instantly warming. New single ‘Blowing Kisses’ is a two minute rollercoaster ride of glorious melodic pop with delightful vocal harmonies. With lyrics such as ‘Blowing kisses, telling tales, I know you’re waiting for someone else’ the song has romantic yet solemn lyrics that despite sounding joyous, have quite a dark undertone. Peter and guitarist Chris met in St Ives Cornwall and became friends through a mutual love of music. Peter then moved to London to study at Goldsmiths University at which time he met co-singer Laurel. The three of them began recording demos with the pair singing and were introduced to drummer Brooke and bassist Danny. The five musicians soon began writing and touring together. Exlovers released a 10′ vinyl EP in late 2009 through Chess Club Records which received a steady steam of support from radio DJs such as Steve Lamacq, Zane Lowe and Huw Stephens and the band were added to the daytime playlists at both 6Music and XFM. The EP title track ‘You Forget So Easily’ was recorded with Stephen Street (The Smiths, Blur). The band are currently recording their debut album at Rockfield Studios in Wales with Demian Castellanos and Jimmy Robertson (Florence and the Machine, Big Pink) which will be released later this year. After touring with the likes of Golden Silvers, Pete and the Pirates and Pete Doherty, along with performing at festivals including Glastonbury and Secret Garden Party, Exlovers will perform a string of UK headline shows starting next month.
Full dates are as follows;
Thursday 17th Manchester Fallowfield Trof
Friday 18th Leeds Verve
Sunday 20th Southampton Joiners
Tuesday 22nd Nottingham Bodega
Wednesday 23rd Bristol Louisiana
Thursday 24th Bath Moles
Saturday 26th Brighton Jam
Monday 28th London The Lexington
Wednesday 2nd Birmingham HMV Institute
Thursday 3rd Glasgow King Tut’s
Saturday 5th Oxford The Cellar
Funeral Party have been laying into fellow Americans The Drums on Xfm. Speaking to Steve Harris on the 02 Evening Show last night (January 19) it would appear the two bands didn’t get on very well on a recent tour. When questioned about their message to Jonathan Pierce and co the response was:”You suck! No, just kidding, we love you guys really, lets do another tour together we’ll steal more of your alcohol. They’re just primadonnas and we’re just cool guys. We didn’t have a tour bus, they did – that just sums it up right there.”The LA rockers – who’s debut album ‘Golden Age of Nowhere’ is out a week on Monday – also had a go at some Xfm royalty even if some of their comments were lost in translation: “I like The Smiths but Morrissey’s just, I don’t know – what’s the English term – a Twot?”
Xfm launches fourth annual New Music Award. Xfm, the station that brings you music that rocks, launches the search for the Best British Debut Album of the Year with its fourth consecutive Xfm New Music Award ‘ voted for by the public and a stellar panel of judges. From today, Xfm listeners will cast their votes for the award online at www.xfm.co.uk/nma from a selection of albums released in 2010. Possible contenders for the accolade include ‘The Boxer’ by Kele, ‘Tourist History’ by Two Door Cinema Club, ‘Acolyte’ by Delphic, and Carl Barat’s self-titled debut. The ten albums that receive the most votes in the poll are then shortlisted with the overall winner selected by a panel of industry experts ‘ including Elbow’s Craig Potter and Happy Mondays front-man Shaun Ryder. This year’s winner will be announced on the evening of Wednesday 9th February. On the same night the station presents an Xfm New Music Award gig at The Borderline in Central London. Hosted by Xfm Breakfast’s Dave Berry and a part of HMV’s Next Big Thing Festival, the intimate invite-only event will feature performances from Wolfgang, Romance, and Luna Belle ‘ acts hotly tipped as potential winners for next year’s award. Previous winners of the award are The Enemy with ‘We’ll Live and Die in These Towns’ (2007), Glasvegas with ‘Glasvegas’ (2008), and The xx with ‘XX’ (2009). The full judging panel for this year, chaired by Xfm’s Deputy Programme Director/Head of Music Mike Walsh, includes:
Andy Ashton (Xfm) Ben Cardew (Music Week)
Brett Anderson (Suede) Clint Boon (Xfm)
Craig Potter (Elbow) David Mogendorff (MTV)
Dom Howard (Muse) Dave Berry (Xfm)
David Mogendorff (MTV) Frank Turner
John Kennedy (Xfm) John Leckie (producer)
Peter Hook (Joy Division) Shaun Ryder (Happy Mondays/Black Grape)
Tim Burgess (The Charlatans) Gary Warren (MD of Content and Talent at MAMA Group)
For more information and to vote, visit www.xfm.co.uk/nma
Voting closes at midday on Friday 28th January. The shortlist of the final ten will be announced on Xfm on Monday 31st January and the ultimate winner on Wednesday 9th February.
Kings Of Leon talk pulling techniques. Kings Of Leon have been letting XFM in on some of their techniques on getting the ladies and believe that Jared Followill’s approach is the best. Speaking to Dave Berry on the Xfm Breakfast Show in London, Nathan Followill said: “Jared’s the single one. He’s not exactly the charmer. He just goes “Nnn-ssss nnnns- he’s a club rat. It’s sign language, mainly. “But we’re all pretty charming. We’re from the South, it’s been bred into us.” Cousin Matthew added: “I’m better at break up lines… like: Are there people following you? Because I’m seeing people behind your back.” Meanwhile, Nathan claimed that the UK audiences still remained the most faithful. “I like playing here at the beginning of a record cycle because it’s like a confidence boost,” he said. “You recharge your batteries over here and you leave feeling like you’re on cloud nine. These aren’t people who are there because of Sex On Fire. These are kids who were at Madame Jo Jo’s getting all sweaty and stepping on ecstasy and stuff like that.”
Operator Please release ‘Gloves’ Everyone’s favourite Australian baroque-pop ™ collective, Operator Please, burst onto the music scene in early 2007 with their addictive ‘Song About Ping Pong’, and their infectious debut album Yes Yes Vindictive. Aged only 16 they toured the world wowing crowds with their incredible presence and energy in Australia, Europe and Japan and found themselves supporting the likes of Bloc Party, Futureheads, Kaiser Chiefs and Arctic Monkeys. Now they are back, all grown up, and with a remarkably sophisticated sophomore album, titled Gloves. The band spent the last 12 months pouring their hearts into their work, self-producing the record at a farm near Australia’s Byron Bay, and in singer Amandah Wilkinson’s lounge on the Gold Coast, before mixing it in Los Angeles with long time No Doubt collaborator Jimmy Harry. ‘Gloves’ shows a fresh new direction for the band, a sound already turning heads as the first release, ‘Logic’, hits Australian and international airwaves. The reaction at home in Austrlaia was incredible, with national radio stations ripping and adding the track instantly after the band posted it on their myspace. Proving to be an instant hit there, ‘Logic’ – released in the UK last week digitally and limited edition 7′ on Brille Records – has also been picking up attention here from Radio 1, 6 Music, XFM, MTV, NME and all over the worldwide web. The album, ‘Gloves’ will be released in the UK on May 31st, preceded by the summery single ‘Back And Forth’ on May 24th. The album is already available for fans to pre-order via the bands website at www.operatorpleaseband.com along with exclusive goodies, including a limited edition cassette of bonus tracks.
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
Blur Is Not Going Away. Blur is going to hang around even if one of them has taken to the land. Former Blur bassist Alex James has been exclusively talking to Xfm.co.uk about his new life as a farmer. “Bass player is probably the easiest job in the world,” he says. “Now I’ve got the hardest one now, a farmer. You have to get up early. I thought I was sort of retiring for a quiet life, but I’m busier than ever. I love it though.” This time last year Blur had reformed and were getting ready for a string of live dates in summer… and Alex told Xfm it already feels like a different world. “It’s funny how quickly it’s in the past again. It was so wonderful in so many ways. What it means is there’ll always be Blur, I guess, even if we’re not playing. It sort of re-cemented the friendships between us. We needed some time apart and then we needed to get back together.”
Liam Gallagher’s new band are aiming to release an album by July. The singer says that his new group – featuring former Oasis bandmates Andy Bell and Gem Archer – had eight songs, and are aiming to head into the studio soon.
“A lot of these songs I wrote before the band [Oasis] split up,” Gallagher told XFM. “I mean, there’s a few new ones on there that are coming out now.”
He added: “We’re going in [the studio] in April with a producer, we’re going to do three songs with him and if he doesn’t balls it up and we don’t balls it up then we’ll go in and do the whole album with him.”
Gallagher suggested he was keen to get on with the new, still nameless group – saying he regretted the fact that Oasis only made seven albums in the 16 years they had a record deal. He called the amount of music Oasis’ put out in their career “poor”, and chastised the band for taking so long to produce new material.
“Seven albums for Oasis is not good, I don’t think. We’ve been going 18 years, 16 years or whatever and all we’ve done is seven albums. Ian Brown’s on his seventh solo album. I just think it’s poor, really,” Gallagher said.
“I’m not going to beat myself up about it, I think we should have made better, bigger albums. Or more albums. Having like four or five years off is just no good,” he added. “Obviously Noel (Gallagher) wanted a bit of time off and we don’t. The band split in August – we was in the studio in November ‘cos we’re mad for it.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Gallagher said he wants to appear on ‘I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here or Total Wipeout – but only if no other contestants are involved.
“I’d like to do all that shit,” he said, before adding that Total Wipeout is his favourite reality TV programme of the moment. “They do it in Argentina. I’d love to do it on my jaxy, with no one about.”
The unstoppable rise of Thirty Seconds To Mars continues with the confirmation that they will play their biggest UK tour to date in February 2010. The tour heralds the band’s ascension into British arenas and includes a major show at London’s Wembley Arena. Thirty Seconds To Mars previewed the December 7th release of their highly anticipated new album ‘THIS IS WAR’ with an intimate low-key show at London’s Koko on November Continue reading →
Razorlight, The Temper Trap and The Big Pink – live at Xfm’s Winter Wonderland!The UK’s new music radio station, were you can listen live online, watch music videos, listen back to live performances and get all the latest music news. With a stellar line up firmly in place, Xfm is proud to announce its Christmas show Continue reading →
Next week is a huge week for Malta’s very own Princess of Pop! Following the world premiere of Sophie’s new single K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid) last week, live at the 2009 Melita Malta Football Awards, we are thrilled to announce that Malta’s XFM 100.2 have decided to add it straight on to their ‘A’ Category Playlist, as of today 8th June – the same day that Sophie’s debut single, a previous Malta No.1, The Clapping Song, goes on sale in the United Kingdom. As soon as he heard K.I.S.S., XFM 100.2 Station Manager, Donny Hughes, contacted f2f Music Limited MD, Graham Mulvein, in order to congratulate Sophie, telling him that he believed that K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid) is even stronger than Sophie’s debut record, The Clapping Song, and that he wished her well. He went on to say, ‘XFM 100.2 strongly supports local Maltese talent, and I’m delighted to say that K.I.S.S. has made it straight on to the ‘A’ Playlist on Malta’s top radio station, XFM 100.2.’ The ball keeps on rolling for Sophie – the UK based radio station Chorley FM have just announced that they have chosen The Clapping Song as their Record-of-the-Week.