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The Cribs Make New Single Available Early

The CribsThe Cribs have rushed their latest single ‘Cheat On Me’ out onto the digital shelves early in an attempt to beat music pirates. The song was slated for release on August 31st but in a message to fans, singer Ryan Jarman explained the single would be out almost a month early “to beat the leakers”.

Jarman argued that the band had already made one song; ‘We Were Aborted’ free to download so it was like “2 for 1”.The single which is still to be released in physical form at the end of the month is available now from iTunes.

August 3, 2009 Posted by | Music | Leave a comment

NME Unveil New Editor

NME have today announced who will be replacing Conor McNicholas as the magazine’s 11th editor.  Krissi Murison will take the role after leaving the magazine to work as Music Director at Nylon. She will start her new role in the Autumn when current editor McNicholas takes over at Top Gear magazine.

July 29, 2009 Posted by | Music | | Leave a comment

Arctic Monkeys slate Ivor Novello Awards

Arctic MonkeysIn an interview with Q magazine (August), Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders revealed he felt the Ivor Novello award his band received for their debut album ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’ had been ‘cheapened’ by The Ting Tings being given the accolade:

“The Ivor Novello Awards used to feel like the most meaningful ones but I think they’ve been cheapened.

“I don’t want to be horrible to The Ting Tings but they won it and it’s supposed to be for songwriting. There’s a lot better songwriting ability out there.”

The Monkey’s third effort Humbug is out on August 24th on Domino

July 28, 2009 Posted by | Music | , , | Leave a comment

SFA Man To Start New Label

SFASuper Furry Animals lead singer Gruff Rhys has set up his own record label. Irony Bored plan to put out their first release in October; Neon Neon collaborator Cate Le Bon. This isn’t the first SFA label to materialise, keyboard player Cian Ciaran has his own techno label and drummer Daf Leuan runs Strangetown Records (home of Rhys Ifan’s band The Peth). On top of this, Super Furry Animals have their own label; Placid Casual. As Rhys describes, “…we’ve got labels coming out of most orifices at the moment.”

July 28, 2009 Posted by | Music | , , , | Leave a comment

The Twang stream new album

The Twang have streamed the full deluxe version of their new album ‘Jewellery Quarter’ online

The album’s due for release on August 3rd but fans can hear the album a week early. The Birmingham band’s 2nd effort has been eagerly anticipated after the release of single ‘Barney Rubble’ and the download only ‘Another Bus’. The follow up to ‘Love It When I Feel Like This’ is out next week and you can listen to the 19 tracks streamed here.

July 27, 2009 Posted by | Music | | Leave a comment

Arctic Monkeys ready new video

Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys

The Arctic Monkeys will tomorrow unveil the video for new single ‘Crying Lightning’ which is set for release on August 17th. The video will be premiered on Channel 4 on Friday (24th July) at 11:35pm but a short ‘making of’ clip has been released as an appetizer.

The video is directed by Richard Ayoade, the man behind the band’s ‘Live At The Apollo’ release in 2008 and the award winning ‘My Mistakes Were Made For You’ video for Alex Turner’s side project The Last Shadow Puppets.

The video is available from the site Babelgum

July 23, 2009 Posted by | Music | , | Leave a comment

Ian Brown announces new album details

ian-brown_81521tIan Brown has announced he is to return this Autumn with a new album. The ex-Stone Roses man will bring out his 6th solo effort entitled ‘My Way’ on September 28th. The single ‘Stellify’ will come out the week before (September 21st) and the singer will release details of a tour shortly.

July 21, 2009 Posted by | Music | | Leave a comment

Mercury Prize nominees announced



This year’s Mercury Prize nominees have been revealed today with Kasabian joint favourites to pick up the award with Florence and the Machine. Other entrants include La Roux, The Horrors and Glasvegas with the winner being decided on September 8th.

The Mercury Prize is an important date in the musical calendar, the award, accompanied by a £20,000 cheque acknowledges the year’s most acclaimed British albums and proves a huge boost for artist’s exposure and album sales. Last year’s winners Elbow won the award for their album; ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’ and commented the win was “…literally the best thing that’s ever happened to us.”

The full list of nominees includes:

Bat For Lashes – Two Suns

Florence And The Machine – Lungs

Friendly Fires – Friendly Fires

Glasvegas – Glasvegas

The Horrors – Primary Colours

La Roux – La Roux

Led Bib – Sensible Shoes

The Invisible – The Invisible

Lisa Hannigan – Sea Sew

Kasabian – West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum

Speech Debelle – Speech Therapy

Sweet Billy Pilgrim – Twice Born Men

The nominees stretch over genres such as Jazz, Folk and Pop with 7 of the 12 nominees being debut albums. Many high profile acts such as White Lies and the Manic Street Preachers were left off the list for the prize and the winner will be decided on September 8th in London.

July 21, 2009 Posted by | Music | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Beastie Boys member diagnosed with cancer

Adam Yauch (aka MCA) of The Beastie Boys has been diagnosed with cancer of the preaortic gland and lymph node. In a video released to fans explaining the news and subsequent cancellations of live appearances, Youch said the condition was ‘treatable’ and was localised in one area of his neck.

The video explained that the band’s forthcoming album ‘Hot Sauce Committee’, penned for a September 15th release would be postponed as well as all forthcoming live dates.

Yauch, accompanied in the video by band mate Adam Horowitz (aka Ad-Rock) said he only found out the news when asked by Youch to come and film the video with him.

Yauch plans to begin surgery soon and apologised to fans that had “made plans or was super-psyched to come to these shows…”

July 21, 2009 Posted by | Music | | Leave a comment

Arctic Monkeys Web Transmission

n131125578221_7616Arctic Monkeys are to take place in a Web Transmission on Thursday July 30th when a half hour set will be broadcast from 9:00pm.

As a taster for the event, a preview video is available from the transmission web address below.


July 20, 2009 Posted by | Music | | Leave a comment