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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Lily Allen to Join Keane for "Everybody's Changing"

After covering Keane's track "Everybody's Changing" on her single "Littlest Things", the band have asked Lily Allen to join them on stage for their charity gig for Warchild.

"I love Keane, I mean people think they're a bit naff, a bit wafty, but I think they're really really brilliant...I really, really love them. Hopes and Fears is such a good album I just think they're really amazing, I really love them, and I'm really honoured they asked me to come and do this with them tomorrow. I went and rehearsed with them yesterday.", says Allen.

Gotta love that Lily!

Likely Looks: Nico Vega - Be Giving

After seeing Nico Vega on the Tankfarm Future Sounds tour I literally flipped out on how good the were. Aja (the singer) is like a Bjork gone hardcore with a voice so strong it will blow any crowd away.

This band is brilliant...and so is this video for "Be Giving"

Nico Vega - Be Giving

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Likely Listens: Lykke Li

Lykke Li is the newest import from Sweden to already create an industry buzz even BEFORE her full release is recorded. Produced by Bjorn Yttling from Peter Bjorn and John, Lykke Li has mastered the art of a perfect pop song with her first single, "Little Bit".

After seeing her gig last night at Mercury Lounge, I was incredibly impressed. She's adorable, has the most adorable dance moves and a voice that embodies the sweetness of Bjork mixed with the soulfulness of Aretha at times.

Lykke Li is going to be a force to be reckoned with in the next few months. Hop on the buzz early because its real this time around...

Here is the video for "Little Bit":

Trent Reznor Loved Oink

After the rise and fall of Oink (the file sharing program that allowed you to basically get ANYTHING you wanted), its been hard to find new music with such ease. With the ability to find everything from the latest Blood Red Shoes single to Lily Allen's vocals of LDN for remixing it gave music fans the ability to hear new music at the click of a button. Even music fans like...Trent Reznor!

When asked about his thoughts on Oink shutting down, Reznor said the following, “I’ll admit I had an account there and frequented it quite often. At the end of the day, what made OiNK a great place was that it was like the world’s greatest record store. Pretty much anything you could ever imagine, it was there, and it was there in the format you wanted...if OiNK cost anything, I would certainly have paid, but there isn’t the equivalent of that in the retail space right now.”

Seems like Trent gets it just as much as the Radiohead boys...look for a website coming soon for the next nine inch nails album; donations only!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Likely Looks: The Blood Arm & Anais - Do I Have Your Attention?

I was inspired to post this after mentioning one of my favorite LA ("Really? They're from LA? I thought they were British...") bands, The Blood Arm, as being part of the Art Brut/Hold Steady US tour this fall.

They've just released a new album (UK only) called Lie Lover Lie, but they had a fantastic single they released a while back called "Do I Have Your Attention." It's a lovely ditty about movie dates, arson and run of the mill scene gangsters. Tres mignon! I'm going frog on you, because they've recently vamped up the track into a duo, with lead singer/avid set climber Nathaniel sharing vocals with French singer-songwriter Anais.

Check out the champagne 'n brie-soaked cuteness here:

Duo The Blood Arm / Anais: Do I have Your Attention?

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P.S. - The Blood Arm have indeed been blogging their (mis)adventures on the Art Brut tour here.

LA Broad

Art Brut: The Blog

Eddie Argos wins the award for most-blogging musician. After donating his typing and wit duties to the Guardian earlier this summer, he's now part of the NME Rock 'n Roll Riot USA Tour blog, which also features the daily(ish) musings from tourmates 1990s, The Hold Steady and hopefully their US tour support, LA-locals The Blood Arm.

Here's a sneak peek of what's been going on so far in the words of Mister Argos...

LA Broad

Oasis Feel "the grooves" on New Album

Noel Gallagher is a genius... well, close and he thinks so anyway—plus, he wrote "Slide Away" and all of our collective Broad favorites. That said, Noel Gallagher can do whatever the fook he wants to. So, if he wants to tell BBC 6 Music that they're going to "focus on the grooves" for their upcoming album, and lose the tracks that are too "songy," well I guess he can. And he did.

The new album, which is nowhere near completion (2 songs in the can and the rest demos), is set to be more groove-oriented and less "songy." Oh, yay. He's touching on his acid-tripping past as the inspiration for these new tracks:

"I've been re-visiting some of my more psychedelic trips of a younger man, because I remember them all you see...putting them to music. I've literally got nothing left to write about: I've wrote about being a youth, and I've wrote about being a rock star, and I've wrote about living life in the big city."

BUT, Oasis were totally back in their element with Don't Believe the Truth. It was like we instantly absolved them of their sins (ahem, Heathen Chemistry)... so, we'll see if their drugged-out heyday and Noel's memory is good enough for a classic.

Speaking of classics, check out this archived Oasis interview with Filter Magazine. My favorite part? The one-word album association. Journalist says the name of an Oasis album, they give a one-word response (Liam and Noel were interviewed seperately). Liam answers all the psych test questions with: "Classic." Of course.

Cocaine & Abel (Or How the Brothers Gallagher Survived Each other...)

Watch the video for their new single, "Lord Don't Slow Me Down":

LA Broad

Likely Looks: Two Gallants "Despite What You've Been Told"

This week people come up with any excuse to relate something with Halloween and here's my lame attempt. Need a costume idea? How about a clown?! Not only is the new Two Gallants video a pretty jaunt through town with a lonely clown, it's also a how-to video tutorial on how to put on clown make-up. Indie-rock clown?! Man, I'm a genius.

The song is a track from their latest (third in-counting) self-titled album. I missed them when they came through town at the El Rey, but hear it was a great show. Get a glimpse of what I missed here:

LA Broad

Vegoose Festival Recap

Vegas! Halloween! Beer! Music! What more can the most debauched "Holiday" of the year ask for? Except for maybe the bands to dress up (thanks, The Shins). Check out some sweet pics from Vegoose and a brief, but all-encompassing review of this past weekend...

Blonde Redhead | by Jay Watford

Flavor Flav | Chuck D | by Jay Watford

The Shins | M.I.A. | by Jay Watford

Daft Punk | by Jay Watford

James Lavelle of UNKLE | Matt Bellamy of Muse | by Jay Watford

More at ARTISTdirect...

LA Broad

Monday, October 29, 2007

Amy Winehouse Dumped for James Bond Theme

Amy Winehouse just keeps spiraling further and further down. The other week in Zürich, Amy could barely perform her songs due to constant crying fits and NOW she loses the James Bond theme to newcomer Leona Lewis.

Amy was allegedly confirmed to do the next Bond theme and it someone got pulled away from her. She needs to get it together before she really loses it...

Likely Listens: Bumblebeez

Whenever siblings are in bands together it somehow works...and Bumblebeez are no exception. Fusing together some nice lo-fi dance music is the best way to describe their stuff...

Hailing from Australia, the brother and sister duo have just released their single "Dr. Love" in the UK through Modular Records.

Here is the video for "Dr. Love":

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Likely Looks: Remi Nicole - Rock N Roll

Remi Nicole has been an artist on the broads radar for quite some time. After hitting the road with Amy Winehouse, things have really begun to blow up for her on the other side of the Atlantic. Now if only the US would catch on...

Here is her new video for Rock N Roll:

Eric Clapton...The Contest!!!!!!

I love Eric Clapton...listen to Layla on repeat over and over again and you will too.

Therefore I am so excited to spread the love and give WBOTLB readers the chance to win a copy of the Complete Clapton CD and Clapton: The Autobiography

To enter just send an email to with the subject line CLAPTON CONTEST and we will choose a winner at random.

Enjoy and good luck!


Shout Out Louds After Party in NYC...OPEN BAR

Tonight after the Shout Out Louds, Johnossi and Nico Vega gig at Bowery Ballroom there is a very special after party at Lolita Bar (266 Broome Street).

Drink for free for an hour (vodka!) and listen to some good music. Be prepared for a hangover!

Do You Know Where Crateboy Is?

Help Does It Offend You, Yeah? find CrateBoy...

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Likely Looks: Simian Mobile Disco - Hustler

Simian Mobile Disco really enjoy making videos with girls in them. While the first video for "Hustler" was hot in the "you can't resist the whole lesbian make out simple spin the bottle scenario", the new video is hot in the "you really never want to eat junk food again and don't ever want to see it on a hot woman again but somehow its attractive" way.

Here is the new video for Hustler directed by Ace Norton:

The single comes out November 26th in the UK

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Likely Listens: The Maccabees - Sleep

Oh how I love The Maccabees! After their nice little CMJ appearance at the Bowery Ballroom and the CMJ/Blender party I have fallen deeper in love with the tunes from these Brighton (via South London) boys.

Their performance at the Blender Theater was short and sweet. The crowd was a bit lame but the band sounded solid. Apparently, they killed the Bowery Ballroom show earlier that night which I missed, but CMJ is full of choices...

Here is a brand new Maccabees track titled "Sleep". Its absolutely lovely (and a bit loud even)!

The Maccabees - Sleep

Monday, October 22, 2007

The Verve New Music Countdown Is Over

The Verve are giving away their first new music in 10 years for FREE! Its amazing...very A Storm In Heaven.

Download it HERE in glorious 320 kbps :)

I literally have been waiting 10 years for this...

Likely Looks: Bloc Party - Flux

God do I love this song. A lot.

How cute is the robot love triangle?!

The single will be out in the UK on November 12th.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Likely Reads: Wonderful Tonight - George Harrison, Eric Clapton and Me

When a muse to two of the world's most prominent rock legends writes a book, there is no way you can ignore it. Finally, after years of holding back, Pattie Boyd has written a memoir of her life and marriages to both George Harrison and Eric Clapton. You get to know the woman behind the classic tracks "Something", "Layla" and many others but most of all finding out that rock star marriages aren't always as perfect as they seem.

Pattie Boyd begins with her life in Kenya and why she molded into the person she became when she met George Harrison. Being cast in the movie "A Hard Day's Night" from a crisps commercial, her single line in the film lead her to her future husband George Harrison. Through many years of happiness which turned to heartbreak, Boyd eventually left Harrison for his best friend Eric Clapton.

Boyd's eventual marriage to Clapton was a romance turned ugly with Clapton's drinking habits and cheating ways. Eventually, Boyd left Clapton and realized she was in her 40's, had no job and was living off her husband who wasn't too into supporting her. Somehow, Clapton and Harrison remained friends and both got remarried eventually.

Boyd still says Harrison was really her one true love. Wonderful Tonight is great story with a bit of a sad ending...and one of the best rock and roll stories around. I couldn't put the bok down and I don't think you will either...

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Tori Amos Live @ The WaMu Theatre at Madison Square Garden

Tori Amos is an artist that constantly has the ability to reinvent herself in a non Madonna way. She always approaches her shows with a certain kind of passion that embodies the personality of whatever album she is touring in support of.

Last Friday (October 12), Tori Amos did her second night in New York to a basically sold out audience. As usual, she changed her set list from the night before as well as came out as two different personalities from her album "American Doll Posse" (Santa and Tori). The set list was great, the crowd was fine but for some reason the show and I just didn't click like they usually do. Touring with the full band for Tori never works...she's a solo artist and her talent on the piano is just magical. Any other instruments just drown her out live and its not the organic, wholesome Tori that I am so used to loving live.

It made me a bit sad that I wasn't impressed (until of course she started doing some songs solo) but its still always a moving, fantastic experience to see Tori live. She still has plenty of dates on her current tour so I'd suggest catching one of them

Here is the set list:

Act I - Santa
Body and Soul
My Posse Can Do
Secret Spell
You Can Bring Your Dog
Professional Widow
Act II - Tori
Big Wheel
Space Dog
A Sorta Fairytale
Cornflake Girl
Doughnut Song
Spring Haze
Baker Baker
Almost Rosey
Code Red
Precious Things
Bouncing Off Clouds
Hey Jupiter

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Debbie Harry Announces U.S. Tour

Debbie Harry has just announced she will be touring in support of her new album "Necessary Evil".

Here are the tour dates:

11/8, New York, NY (The Fillmore at Irving Plaza)
11/9, Glenside, PA (Keswick Theater)
11/10, Ledyard, CT (Foxwoods Casino)
11/13, Washington, DC (9:30 Club)
11/14, Asheville, NC (Orange Peel)
11/16, Miami, FL (Jackie Gleason Theatre)
11/17, Tampa, FL (Tampa Theatre)
11/20, Milwaukee, WI (Turner Hall)
11/23, Toronto, ON (Phoenix Theater)
11/24, Indianapolis, IN (Vogue)
11/27, Tulsa, OK (Brady Theater)
11/28, Dallas, TX (House of Blues)
11/30, Kansas City, MO (Ameristar Casino)
12/1, Denver, CO (Bluebird Theatre)
12/4, Anaheim, CA (House of Blues)
12/7, Los Angeles, CA (Henry Fonda Theater)
12/8, Las Vegas, NV (Santa Fe Station Casino)
12/9, San Francisco, CA (The Fillmore)

and her video for the first single, "Two Times Blue":

The Verve Reveal New Song Titles

Its bad enough that us Americans don't have any Verve reunion shows to go to (yet!) but the good news is new Verve song titles have been revelaed for (possibly) an album to be released early next year.

Simon Jones posted on his MySpace the following:

Yo! Been pretty effin busy over last couple of months - September was spent in Terry Britten's amazing studio in Richmond. It's brimming with vintage gear, an old E.M.I desk(Pink Floyd-Dark side of moon era) and billions of guitars,old analog gear, a treasure trove of effects pedals(nick, like a kid in a toy shop!). The Sessions have been pretty amazing, we certainly have an embarrassment of riches where material is concerned! We will need to do a lot of listening over the next few months before we reconvene in the New Year to pull it all together! Plenty of hour long jams! and killer choons! we just need to get the balance right.

Last week kicked off with the Q awards-fckin weird dipping your toes into such showbiz events-think that will be my last venture to such affairs-I had to leave before the dinner was served-who wants to eat that shit when you can eat pies! What the fck am I on about-just had to leave and get the fck outta that place! Maaaaaan!

Anyway, the remainder of the week was spent rehearsing"up north" (what a freakin luxury to make music away from that big London place!) with Nick and Pete. Richard will be joining us later when we've gotten the music together. Gotta say - twas the greatest few days playin' old tunes! Started with Life's an Ocean and gotta say it made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up! So far we got a short list of about 20 odd tunes to pool from for these first gigs, in no particular order we played-Make it till Monday, Virtual world,She's a Superstar, Gravity Grave,This is Music, A New Decade, On your Own, History, Stormy Clouds,Life's an Ocean, A Northern Soul, All in the Mind!(Sounded Amazing), B.S.S.,Drugs don't Work, Sonnet, Lucky Man, Come on, Weeping Willow, Rolling people, Velvet morning, Space and time,Man Called sun, Starsail and new ones,should I give titles away yet?fck it-Sit and Wonder,Judas,Appalachian Springs. Other new ones we are planning to do - maybe-Mona Lisa and Rather Be. I don't want to give the game away(already have) but I would like some feedback on all this-Now's the time to speak up! What have we missed that u wanna hear? Is it too early to play new stuff? do we skip the obvious? do we do the obscure? Let me know! Later.....Si Jones.

Yes, yes and more YES! Now for the US tour announcement?????

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Likely Looks: New Young Pony Club - Get Lucky

New Young Pony Club can make a blank room with a bunch of colors and paintings (and some kids thrown in the mix) look eerie and cool at the same time.

Here is their latest video for "Get Lucky":

Don't miss them in NYC on October 18th at Studio B either for CMJ...

Monday, October 15, 2007

Hot Chip Are Made In The Dark

Hot Chip have just announced details of their upcoming release "Made In The Dark" which will be released February 5, 2008. 13 tracks of pure dance bliss.

If they can do it again and having new killers that even hold a candle to "Over and Over" they will totally be my heroes.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Radiohead's "In Rainbows" Makes a Small Fortune

Let's just say that first off it deserves to because its an absolutely brilliant album. Secondly, Radiohead are absolute geniuses for challenging this crumbling music industry the way that they did.

Now for the stats. Radiohead's "In Rainbows" recieves approximately 1.2 millon downloads which fans paid an average of 4 pounds ($8) for even though they had the option of paying only 49p for it. Therfore Radiohead made a grand total of approximately 4.8 million pounds ($9.6 million) an barely any overhead cost. Plus, this doesn't even count the 40 pounds box set option that they offered fans.

Good for Radiohead...they are one of the few that make such an impact and have such a successful release like this BUT it does show that the middle man isn't as necessary as we thought.

Likely Listens: Complete Clapton

What more can you say about Eric Clapton? Two legendary bands and a solo career, 3 time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee; the word "legend" and Eric go hand in hand.

Now for the first time, Reprise Records has released all of Eric's accomplishments onto one release, "Complete Clapton". Beginning from his days in Cream and Blind Faith to his thriving solo career, the tracks on the CD complement Clapton's legacy to a T.

If you aren't familiar with Clapton, start here. If you are familiar with Clapton then its just an easy way for you not to take up your time and make a mix CD of all his stuff. Its a great record and a way to discover more about someone you should be a fan of if you are a music fan in general. Plus, Layla is one of the best songs of all time...

Here is the track listing:

Disc: 1
1. I Feel Free: Cream
2. Sunshine of Your Love: Cream
3. White Room: Cream
4. Crossroads: Cream
5. Badge: Cream
6. Presence of the Lord: Blind Faith
7. After Midnight
8. Let It Rain
9. Bell Bottom Blues
10. Layla
11. Let It Grow
12. I Shot the Sheriff
13. Knockin' on Heaven's Door
14. Hello Old Friend
15. Cocaine
16. Lay Down Sally
17. Wonderful Tonight
18. Promises
19. I Can't Stand It

Disc: 2
1. I've Got a Rock 'n' Roll Heart
2. She's Waiting
3. Forever Man
4. It's in the Way That You Use It
5. Miss You
6. Pretending
7. Bad Love
8. Tears in Heaven
9. Layla Unplugged
10. Running on Faith (Unplugged)
11. Motherless Child
12. Change the World
13. My Father's Eyes
14. Riding With the King
15. Sweet Home Chicago
16. If I Had Possession Over Judgment
17. Ride the River

Friday, October 12, 2007

PJ Harvey Live @ Beacon Theater

There are no words that can even express how magical PJ Harvey was on Wednesday at the Beacon Theater. It made the hairs on my arm stick up and gave me chills throughout the course of the night.

Coming out in the same dress as she wears on the cover of White Chalk, PJ looked almost ghostlike as she floated up to the stage ripping right into To Bring You My Love. I've seen PJ multiple times over the years and never have I seen her walk to the stage with such confidence and grace.

The crowd was quiet and just sat in awe as PJ performed tracks from each of her albums released to date. She definitely showed the most love to "To Bring You My Love" and her latest release.

Alone at the microphone, she joked with the crowd as she went from song to song. Everything was perfect, from the lighting to her voice to the crowd. It was the best show of 2007. Period.

Here is the set list:

To Bring You My Love
Send His Love To Me
When Under Ether
The Devil
White Chalk
My Beautiful Leah
Nina In Ecstasy
Electric Light
Big Exit
Down By the Water
Grow Grow Grow
The Mountain

Rid of Me
The Piano
The Desperate Kingdom Of Love

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Rock and Roll To Play CMJ

I know there are a million good things this year at CMJ (finally!) but be sure to take the time to catch Rock and Roll play on the 14th and 17th of October.

I like to call them the Parisian Strokes...most people just like to call them a good band.

To have a listen check out their MySpace page

Likely Looks: The Maccabees - Toothpaste Kisses

The Maccabees have got to be the cutest band alive. Anyone who writes a track called "Toothpaste Kisses" wins the key to my heart

Here it is:

Plus, stand by for some big Maccabees news!


Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The Cribs Love America

The Cribs really do love America because they can't seem to leave! They've just announced another tour starting in November in supprt of their latest release "Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever" despite hospitalizations, being attacked by fans and blood poisoning. Yes, blood poisoning

Here are the upcoming tour dates:

Mon Nov 12 Montreal, QUE Caberet
Tues Nov 13 Ottawa, ONT Capitol Music Hall
Wed Nov 14 Toronto, ONT Horseshoe Tavern
Thurs Nov 15 Boston, MA The Paradise
Sat Nov 17 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
Mon Nov 19 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
Tues Nov 20 Chicago, IL Double Door
Wed Nov 21 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theatre
Fri Nov 23 Edmonton, ALB Starlite Room
Sat Nov 24 Calgary, ALB Hi-Fi Club
Sun Nov 25 Vancouver, BC Plaza Nightclub
Tues Nov 27 Seattle, WA Neumo's Ballroom
Wed Nov 28 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
Thurs Nov 29 San Francisco, CA Pop Scene
Sat Dec 1 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre

For pre sale information go HERE

They are fantastic live...make sure to go and see them this time around if you missed them the other 20 times or so

Lily Allen Splits with Empire Management

Lily Allen has definitely had a rough couple of months and has made the decision to part with her management company, Empire Management.

Apparently, her cancellations of U.S. shows and her appearance at the MTV VMA's were due to not only her visa issues but because her management company basically were to blame for the incident.

She'll get snatched up sooner then we can say "Lily Allen"

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Likely Looks: Amy Winehouse - You Know I'm No Good (New Version)

Whats there left to say about Amy Winehouse? She's had a whirlwind year and somehow manged to make a new video for "You Know I'm No Good". Why she made it i don't know. Who cares? Its new Wino

nine inch nails Are Free of Interscope

nine inch nails are the next band in line to say "fuck you" to the music industry and happily part ways with their label, Interscope Records.

"I have been under recording contracts for 18 years and have watched the business radically mutate from one thing to something inherently very different and it gives me great pleasure to be able to finally have a direct relationship with the audience as I see fit and appropriate," says singer Trent Reznor.

First Radiohead, now this. Finally music will be able to be promoted in a way that gives artists and fans direct access. The question is whose next to go?

Monday, October 08, 2007

Likely Looks: Oasis - Lord Don't Slow Me Down

We've got 13 days till the release of "Lord Don't Slow Me Down" in the States (October 21st to be exact). Here is a new clip of Liam celebating his birthday with some special help from a couple of dwarfs...

Liam's Birthday with the Dwarfs


Mark Ronson Live @ Webster Hall

Its no surprise that I went to Mark Ronson on Frday at Webster Hall...Version is by far one of my top records of the year and the show at Highline Ballroom was one of my favorite gigs of the year.

Unfortunately, the show at Webster Hall didn't deliver like I had hoped it would. It was pretty much the same setlist from the Highline show and the special guests were no surprise this time around. They even had Alex from Phantom Planet to come out and do "Just" and then go straight into "California".

It was still a good show...this time around the crowd was a little more spread out as the show wasn't sold out. Also, Daniel Merriweather performed a new track which was fantastic...

If you've never seen Ronson then go. If you have and sort of feel like skipping the gig then I don't blame you.

Photo Credit: Dani W

Likely Looks: Blood Red Shoes - I Wish I Was Someone Better

Blood Red Shoes are pretty busy these days with their upcoming single and album. Here is the video for their first single, "I Wish I Was Someone Better" that will be released on the UK on October 22nd.

Their record will be released in Janaury of 2008 and I am sure it will be brilliant...

Friday, October 05, 2007

Likely Looks: The Hives - Tick Tick Boom

The Hives are still a band and they have a new album coming out on October 9th called Black & White Album

They also have a video for their single "Tick Tick Boom" (yes, the same one from that Nike commercial).

Here it is:

They are also playing Webster Hall on October 9th.

Bloc Party Live @ WAMU Theater at Madison Square Garden

Honestly, god bless Bloc Party. Can this band EVER do anything wrong?

On Wednesday, Bloc Party played their biggest headline gig ever in New York at the WAMU Theater at Madison Square Garden. I was a bit worried about how they were going to bring the energy to a massive group of people sitting in a big theater but SOMEHOW it worked...and brilliantly.

The set list was filled with a lot of the great stuff off of "Silent Alarm", a few tracks from "A Weekend In The City" and of course, the highlights (for me at least) were the new track "Flux" and the b-side "The once and Future King".

Here is a video of Flux from the gig *just in case* you missed it on Conan last night:

Also, Flux comes out November 12th in the UK. Get out your wallets for the import kids

Lily Allen In The Studio

A little Lily news for you courtesy of her MySpace blog.

Straight from Paris:

hello friends ,
i lay in bed last night realising I havn't ben here in ages , so apoogies . A quick update for you . I am currently in Paris and staying at the plaza athenee , which is an amazing hotel steeped in the most fascinating history , I have an amazing room which has another room in it for emily , I really do feel very very lucky to be here and have these oppertunities . I arrived here yesterday and went to the Stella show , which was lovely, and this morning I went to Chanel , which was soooooooo glaamourous I don't even know where to start , I sat next to Claudia Schiffer and Kirsten Dunst , it seems unfathomable that my first song "smile" was released just over a year ago and now here I am , in the most beautiful city in the world , sitting in the front rows of the most amazing fashion shows , that others would die to just get into . I really am a very lucky girl .
I spent the past couple of weeks in a twee little cottage in the cotswolds starting on the next album , and it's gone so well , i'm just over the moon at the moment , i feel like im on prozac or something . I won't say much but it's a different musical direction and really quite exciting . everything just seems to be falling into place . yes i did go out and get smashed the other night , some of you have probably seen the pictures , but i am but 22 , enjoying my life and celebrating . as the cold starts to set in , im thinking next year is going to be a good one .
anything else ? im doing fashion rocks in a couple of weeks , which should be quite exciting and then going back into the studio to finsh off the album , oh and im having meetings about a potential tv show , which is all very interesting . And thats about it , i hope you are all well , im off now .
love Lily x

Looks like we have a new album on our hands coming soon!

Spiritualized Do a Friday Night at the Apollo

Spiritualized are going to be playing the Apollo Theater on Friday, November 16th.

Tickets *just* went on sale so get them while you can get good seats.

Click here for tickets

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Bloc Party Premiere "Flux" TONIGHT on Conan O'Brien

Bloc Party has just announced that they will be premiering their upcoming single "Flux" on Conan O'Brien tonight. After hearing it live last night its absolutely brilliant!

Watch tonight at 12:35AM or set your DVRs!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Bloc Party Release a New Single

No...its not on A Weekend In The City. Yes, its produced by Jacknife Lee. Yes, its going to be brilliant.

The song is entitled "Flux" and it will be released in the UK on November 12th. As for a US release, hopefully our trusty friends over at iTunes will have the track available for download as well.

God bless Bloc Party.

Blood Red Shoes U.S News

Blood Red Shoes are coming to U.S shores quicker then we think. In a chat on Gigwise today, Steven confirmed that the band will be touring the States in March. Dates are TBA but its great news!

Also, check out the latest on their album release from the latest blog on their MySpace:

yup that's right. we're stuck in the cycle now....albums and's like being in a real band.....we're not just little brats anymore....we're "professional" little brats...

so we've finished the beast that is our debut album. 11 songs with some live classics you all know and love and some new material which we're really excited about. and no fucking love songs. it's some kinda monster. and it's pencilled for january 28th release tho you can hear the next single off it up on the myspace, and if you come to the tour we're currently on then keep yr eyes open for some little credit-card flyers - they've got details of how to access more album track downloads in advance.

so now the task is to take the songs around the world and wield them like weapons. we're feeling good after some wicked festival experiences (shout out to anyone at reading fest in particular), i got excited and bought a sampler, and laura-mary is getting more and more lairy with every gig (i caught her the other night jumping off the stage with her guitar, into the audience and rocking out with some massive hairy guy). i think she wants to be the female slash or something. and i just re-read the motley crue biography. so it's hotting up. our energy levels are increasing. our booze consumption is definitely increasing. and we're even eating more thai food, which we never realised was possible. in fact, we're on the road to becoming a superhuman rock machine. (so long as we remember to sleep now and again)

so in summary, album: good, touring: good, loudfuckingrockmusic: supergood. we're here for the black flag crown of 300 shows in a year and we're gonna fucking take it.....and there's still the USA, japan, and maybe even russia in the pipeline. so here's to being in a band. whatshischops from coldplay calls it "the best job in the world". we call it the best excuse not to get a job in the world. come and slack off with us.


steven xx

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Athlete Announce a Mini North American Tour

The boys in Athlete are coming over to our side of the Atlantic for a short tour.

Of course, it hits the 3 major cities and a couple of Canadian dates. As for additional dates stay tuned here if/when they are announced.

Here are the dates for the upcoming mini tour:

November 6 - Lee's Palace Toronto,ON
November 8 - Highline Ballroom New York, NY
November 10 - Empty Bottle Chicago, IL
November 12 - Richards On Richards Vancouver, BC
November 14 - The Troubador Los Angeles, CA

Kaiser Chiefs Live @ Beacon Theater

There is one thing you can't deny the Kaiser Chiefs and that is that they put on a damn good show. Their gig at the Beacon Theater is really not the ideal place to catch the band as their energetic stage presence gets a bit lost in the fact that you are confined to seats.

Even so, it was still a fun gig, complete with of course Ricky doing his signature jumps, interaction with the crowd and walking over the seats to get in the middle of the Theater.

The one thing that surprised me was the hits in the middle of the set list. I guess at this point they are seasoned veterans so who am I to judge.

Here is the set list (courtesy of Music Snobbery):

* Everyday I Love You Less and Less
* Everything is Average Nowadays
* Heat Dies Down
* Born to Be a Dancer
* Na Na Na Na Na
* I Can Do it Without You
* The Modern Way
* Ruby
* Learned My Lesson Well
* I Predict A Riot
* Thank You Very Much
* The Angry Mob
* Take My Temperature
* Encore: High Royds
* Oh My God

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Monday, October 01, 2007

Libertines Release Best Of: A Time For Heroes

A time for heroes, indeed. Every generation laments the good ol' days when we had someone to look up to. John Lennon. Kurt Cobain. Hell, Kurt Vonnegut. Those people of an iconic nature, who mean so much to us—who seem to define us—aren't meant long for this world. So, it's got to be a little bittersweet when a band like The Libertines is releasing a "best of" and they're all still around... just not together.

Though I'm sure there'll be a formal reunion of sorts in a few years, if Pete doesn't off himself anytime soon, but this signifies the end of an era. Or, if you're feeling glass half full, it's the cornerstone of a time in history, from which everything else will grow. Or, it's just a 13 track CD of songs you probably already own if you're reading this (that's glass half empty). However you take it, it means something. It means these are great songs made by men who one day deserve to be icons for all the right reasons.

Time For Heroes tracklisting:

Up the Bracket
Time for Heroes
Don't Look Back Into the Sun
Tell The King
What Katie Did
Can't Stand Me Now
What a Waster
The Delaney
Boys in the Band
Death on the Stairs
I Get Along
What Became of the Likely Lads

Did you see the stylish kids in the riot....

x, LA Broad

Likely Looks: Oasis - Lord Don't Slow Me Down (Promo Video)

20 day countdown till the release of the digital only single for "Lord Don't Slow Me Down". Yes, I've heard the song a gazillion times but that doesn't mean that I am not totally excited for this!

Here is the latest video to promote the digital only single!:

Debbie Harry's Punk Rock Pre School

The kids are cute...but did someone tell them to stop OVER acting.

At least the white Wayfarers on Debbie are rad

8 days till Necessary Evil comes out which is something to talk about!

Radiohead's New Record For 45p?!

Radiohead never cease to amaze me with their "fuck the system" attitude. This time around they've revolutionized the art of cutting out the middle man and are releasing their album "In Rainbows" on October 10th. No promotion, no record label...all they have is a URL to purchase and the viral spread of the link.

So far, just about everyone knows about the release...I think they did pretty good on this one.

You can pay whatever you want for the record (they is just a 45p charge for processing) and there is also a gorgeous physical package with the CD, 2 pieces of vinyl, etc.

It looks a little something like this:

9 days and counting...