This week's post ...
Say No new single
The Agitator's no bollox approach, thunderous vocals and drums underline his determined political point... I'm not sure I agree with his politics but I'd fight for his right to keep on saying saying it, similarly mine to disagree. Let's all say no together... to what? Ridiculously expensive unnecessary roadhumps, Sir Fred's RBS £13 million pay-off, tuition fees, mass immigration... what exactly. Any dis-respectful assuming behaviour, yes I'd say 'No' to that while agreeing with the right to continue being disrespectful. But that's Britain isn't it? Confusing?? No not really, that's the left wing idea confuse us with social justice bull that flies in the face of justice itself. Are we seriously supposed to believe there's an army of Mandelson's out there who give a shit about any one of us who is not useful in some way. Anyway, good record. PR..
Release Date: 21st February 2011
'Woody Guthrie gone digital hardcore.' NME
'Fantastically impassioned stuff, full of a scattershot kind of dissent.' The Guardian
'Full of rock 'n' roll that grabs you by the throat.' Artrocker
February 2011 sees the release of 'Say NO!', the third single from political and musical activist The Agitator. As we brace ourselves for a year of inevitable unrest, discontent and protest at the extreme government cuts that will affect us all, there could not be a more appropriate soundtrack from a more relevant and timely artist. There?s been a lot written recently about the marches, riots and the lack of any musical voices to accompany this turbulent new era. Well, The Agitator is definitely emerging as the chief contender for this crucial role.
'Say NO!' is a politically charged call to arms set against an equally radical new musical style. Not a guitar in sight, just front man Derek Meins' force-of-nature voice accompanied by Robert Dylan Thomas and T-Train on thunderous double drums. Pared down and primal, this startling voice-rhythm combinationchallenges and questions in equal measure. Meins says, 'I wanted a new kind of music, nothing more than banging, stamping, clapping and voices. Something anyone could do anywhere, on a march, at a protest, on the barricades...' Indeed The Agitator played for the students at the UCL occupation in December and went down a storm.
The Agitator is one of the most exciting live acts to emerge in recent times with a storming set and a irrepressibly infectious energy that has to be experienced. It's like nothing else you?ll see this year.
Check out his next London gig - 3rd February ? The Barfly, Camden
Last summer The Agitator launched a campaign based on a simple idea: NO!-ism. Say NO! to all that?s gone viciously wrong with the present political and economic system. They believe the present disastrous policies can be reversed if it is made plain how many of us are angry and ready to voice their discontent loudly, scrawling the simple exclamation, NO!, across the nation?s walls and consciousness. The Agitator certainly wouldn?t take all the credit, but there's no doubt the word has been increasingly filling the nation?s media over the past few months. Something big is definitely starting to happen out there.
Lucille / No Excuse new single 28 February 2011
Liking Kettering boys Blacklight Pioneer. An instantly distinctive riff, keyboard line, vocals.. "She's a real rough diamond..., Lucille look what you've done to me".
CD Track 2 'No Excuse' has another anthemic intro, strong well thought out arrangements, production and vocals and intriguing story-line lyrics. Good debut, should pick up plenty of interest. Here's the pr....
British rock band Blacklight Pioneer formed with one simple aim. "We wanted to sound big."
That means big rock songs with big melodies. In the words of guitarist Jamie Thompson: "A sound that would fill huge venues."
This much is evident in the song the band has chosen as its debut single, Lucille. Yet this is not an orthodox love song. As singer Adam Fowkes says, "It's about being buried alive by a woman".
Blacklight Pioneer was formed in 2009 in the very heart of England, in the market town of Kettering. All six members of the band have history in hardcore and metal: Jamie Thompson and his brother Dave, the band?s drummer, previously played in Raging Speedhorn.
However, as Jamie explains: 'Even though we've all been in heavy metal and hardcore bands, that kind of music isn?t what we listened to most of the time. I've always loved pop and electro as well as metal and rock. The range of influences in Blacklight Pioneer is just huge.'
Jamie lists Bruce Springsteen and Led Zeppelin among his key influences. Adam cites The Smiths and Jeff Buckley. Both are fans of the brooding sounds such as Joy Division, Television and Interpol, although Adam states: ?I don?t think we sound similar to any of them.? More accurately, Blacklight Pioneer have been compared to alternative rock bands Mansun and Talk Talk. "We never had a preconceived sound we wanted to go for," Jamie says. "The sound has come pretty much by accident. We're a rock band with big hooks, but even the poppy songs aren't 'happy poppy'. We're a darker sounding band."
Adam admits, "My sense of humour is quite black and that comes out in the lyrics." Lucille, he says, "is a bit of a joke, like those old Alice Cooper songs." Equally dark is the grimly ironic title of The Girl Who Stopped Traffic, Adam's eulogy for a young woman killed in a road accident.
Says Jamie: "The name Blacklight Pioneer fits the band perfectly. Sometimes they lyrics can be fairly miserable, but at the same time we have these big pop tunes. That's our vibe."
Most important of all, says Adam Fowkes, "We're doing something we love. And I think you can hear that."
live dates -
11th Southampton - Hamptons
12th Leicester - The Looking Glass
14th Lincoln - The Cloud
15th Hull - Linnet and Lark
17th London - 93feet East
18th Kettering - Rehab
22 Feb - Oxford - Jericho
23 Feb - London - Dingwalls
24 Feb - Sheffield - The Plug
25 Feb - Birmingham - Academy 3
26 Feb - Manchester - Deaf Institute
27 Feb - Nottingham - The Bodega
28 Feb - Bristol - Thekla
I Don't Know Why new single
Another fine recording from a band who should follow in the footsteps of Mumford and Noah, tasty!
Louder new single 7 March 2011
Superb pop tune... "Turn it up loader..." Rimmi London have good taste don't they!
Well worthy and a possible top twenty hit!! Here's the pr...
Prepare for some much needed excitement and glamour in the charts. Pop superstars in waiting, Parade will release their debut single 'Louder' on March 7th through Asylum Records. PARADE are also set to team up with Rimmel London, the UK?s number one mass cosmetics brand, who will use the band's debut single 'Louder' as the soundtrack for their latest television advertising campaign. Coming together from around the country with an unashamed love of pop music, these five go-getting girls make up a girl band with a difference. Mixing killer pop tunes with iconic streetdance-inspired moves to take your breath away, they ooze style and attitude and are simply unforgettable. 'Louder' is the first single to be taken from their as yet untitled debut album, which will follow in the spring. The track was written for the band by a collaboration of the hot new British producers The Fairground (Jay Sean, Alesha Dixon) and 2010 Grammy Award Song of the Year winner Thaddis 'Kuk' Harrell ('Single Ladies', 'Umbrella'). The accompanying video is also set to turn heads, featuring a raucous house party reminiscent of the Spice Girls renowned 'Wannabe' video, packed with girl power and plenty of Parade?s infectious energy. It was shot by Emil Nava, director of Jessie J's 'Do It Like A Dude' video (9 million views), and brother of acclaimed director Jake Nava who has worked with everyone from Britney Spears to Kate Moss.
Despite having yet to release their single, Parade are already building a devoted following thanks to their sassy spirited live performances packed with jaw-dropping dance routines. They recently supported Shakira on the UK leg of her tour and they will support Alexandra Burke on her 28-date UK tour that kicks off at the end of January. One thing's for sure: you're gonna hear a lot more from Parade in 2011. So what are you waiting for? Join the Parade.
Crave new single 14 March 2011
Spark sounds distinctive and different straight away... effecty intro into a big beaty sound... chanty vocals "Addicted to attention that I crave..." Good tune, cheeky pop lyrics, chart chance. Here's the pr..
Hotly-tipped Spark set for major breakthrough with the release of ?Crave?, her first single for 679 / Warner Bros. Records, on March 14th
'One of the most talked about newcomers of 2011' NME
'Sublime, sharp-elbowed electro pop' Sunday Times Culture
'An inspired hybrid of Debbie Harry and Kate Bush' The Independent
If Kate Nash, Lily Allen and Adele got together, they'd sound like Spark? ? Glamour
Hotly tipped for a breakthrough in 2011, Spark's ascension continues to build momentum as the release of the single 'Crave' approaches on March 14th. The
single represents Spark's first release as part of a new deal with 679 / Warner Bros. Records.
Produced by Amir Amor (who NME recently named as one of the twenty hottest producers in music right now), 'Crave' demonstrates Spark's undeniable ability to fuse influences from legendary artists into a zeitgeist defining sound. It follows the excitement that greeted her single 'Revolving' which heralded her undoubted potential when it was released on Neon Gold towards the end of 2010. Among those who fell under Spark?s spell was The Streets' Mike Skinner, who subsequently delivered his own remix of 'Revolving.'
Since then, Spark's profile has flourished exponentially. She's been highlighted as a hot new talent from all angles of the press, and has also earned substantial radio support at Radio 1 with plays from Greg James, Nick Grimshaw, Kissy Sell Out, Rob Da Bank, Fearne Cotton and Bethan Elfyn, and at XFM.
Spark has also made compelling progress in the live arena since her debut tour with Marina and the Diamonds. She subsequently supported Janelle Monae and Pete Wentz's Black Cards, and also played at NME?s In The City show. February and March will see Spark reaching a bigger audience than ever when she plays HMV Next Big Thing and NME Awards shows, as well as the Get It Loud In Libraries tour. She will also play her first major headline show at Hoxton Bar & Grill on March 15th:
9th London, Relentless Garage ? HMV Next Big Thing show (supported by Ed Drewett and Heart Kill Giant)
15th London, Heaven ? Shockwaves NME Awards show (support to The Naked and The Famous)
March Get It Loud In Libraries tour with The Good Natured
4th Edinburgh, Library
5th Lancaster, Library
6th Worksop, Library
7th Wooton Fields, Library
8th Rugby, Library
10th Bodmin, Library
15th London, Hoxton Bar & Grill (headline show)
Spark, also known as Jess Morgan, has an enchanting mix of youthful innocence of a girl making her own music in her own way and the savvy, headstrong maturity of an artist who knows exactly who she is and where she is headed. Having started writing songs at the age of twelve, a serendipitous chain of events' including a school performance of Kate Bush's 'Wuthering Heights' and meeting Marina? have taken Spark on a journey in which she?s become one of the hottest tips for 2011.
UK Top 40 Sun 13 Feb 11
Brits & Grammys.... Lady Antebellem, Arcade Fire, Mick Jagger and Bob Dylan seem to be the 'great white hopes' (sic) in the face of r&b grime domination... particularly surprising and interesting to see historic London St.Pauls School/Kings College School graduates Mumford & Sons do so well at the Grammy's... and did you spot the caged audience at the front of Grammys stage... their job? To refrain from Jarvis Cockering and love everything
Nearly a quarter of the Top 40 feature expletives and would have been banned from the chart show in previous times... just like electro, indie and rock groups are now...
Adele stays Number One album with '21', Jessie J holds the UK's top single spot while Wiz Khalifa deposes Bruno Mars at the top of America's Billboard Hot 100.
Lady GaGa's Friday release of 'Born This Way' nearly paid off - but her two days sales failed to beat the full week's purchases of both Jessie J and second placed Chipmunk & Brown.
7 new – 4 up, 26 down, 3 non-movers Top Ten… 8 USA … 4 UK … 1 Spain… 1 Australia …
This Week ... Last Wk ... Wks In ... Artist ... Title ... Origin
1 1 2 JESSIE J & B.o.B. Price Tag UK
2 new 1 CHIPMUNK & CHRIS BROWN Champion UK & USA
3 new 1 LADY GAGA Born This Way USA
4 2 5 BRUNO MARS Grenade USA
5 4 4 ADELE Rollin' In The Deep UK
6 9 3 CHRIS BROWN Year 3XUSA
7 3 3 KE$HA We R Are We R USA
8 8 4 TAIO CRUZ, KYLIE & TRAVIE McCOY Higher UK, Australia & USA
9 5 2 ENRIQUE & PITBULL Tonight I'm Lovin' You Spain & USA
10 6 4 DIDDY Dirty Money USA
11 20 2 RIHANNA S&M (Come On) Barbados
12 7 12 JESSIE J Do It Like A Dude USA
13 11 3 P!NK Perfect USA
14 10 3 CHASE & STATUS & LIAM BAILEY Blind Faith UK
15 16 11 DAVID GUETTA & RIHANNA Who's That Chick France & Barbados
16 13 6 MARTIN SOLVEIG & DRAGONETTE It's OK France & Canada
17 17 5 JLS & TINIE TEMPAH Eyes Wide Shut UK
18 14 3 TINIE TEMPAH & ELLIE GOULDING Wonderman UK
19 15 13 RIHANNA & DRAKE What's My Name Barbados & Canada
20 12 4 WRETCH 32 Tracktor UK
21 21 2 Dr DRE I Need A Doctor USA
22 new 1 NICKI MINAJ & DRAKE Moment 4 Life USA & Canada
23 19 8 KATY B & Ms DYNAMITE Lights On UK
24 24 21 BRUNO MARS Just The Way You Are (Amazing) USA
25 23 21 ADELE Make You Feel My Love UK
26 18 4 BRITNEY SPEARS Hold It Against Me USA
27 32 3 AVRIL LAVIGNE What The Hell Canada
28 22 5 TINCHY STRYDER & MELANIE FIONA Let It Rain UK
29 27 14 BLACK EYED PEAS The Time (Dirty Bit) USA
30 25 4 AGGRO SANTOS Like U Like USA
31 31 17 KATY PERRY Firework USA
32 30 3 NOAH & THE WHALE L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N. UK
33 new 1 LETHAL BIZZLE & THE GRIME STARS SUPERSTARS POW 2011 UK
34 29 14 ELLIE GOULDING Your Song UK
35 38 19 CEE LO GREEN Forget You USA
36 new 1 LOICK ESSIEN & N-DUBZ Stuttering UK
37 36 14 P!NK Raise Your Glass USA
38 new 1 MODESTEP Feel Good UK
39 35 15 ALEXIS JORDAN Happiness USA
40 new 1 NEW TREES Animal UK
America's Hot 100
This Week ... Last Week ... Weeks In ... Artist ... Title
1 4 17 WIZ KHALIFA Black & Yellow
2 1 19 BRUNO MARS Grenade
3 3 16 KATY PERRY Firework
4 2 6 P!NK F*ckin' Perfect
5 new 1 Dr DRE I Need A Doctor
6 5 11 ENRIQUE IGLESIAS, LUDACRIS & DJ FRANK E Tonight (I'm Loving You)
7 9 10 FAR EAST MOVEMENT & RYAN TEDDER Rocketeer
8 6 16 RIHANNA & DRAKE What's My Name
9 7 19 PITBULL & T-PAIN Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor)
10 8 4 BRITNEY SPEARS Hold It Against Me
Posted 16th February 2011 -
The title and track listing of Foo Fighters' upcoming seventh full length studio album has been revealed. Wasting Light will be released on Monday 11th April and will consist of the following tracks:
Back & Forth
A Matter Of Time
Miss The Misery
I Should Have Known
First single Rope will be available on Sunday 27th February as a digital single.
29 years ago.. un-beknown to his work mates Rick Buckler and Bruce Foxton, Paul Weller was thinking of splitting the band. The Jam were in their fifth year of hit-making, punk had long since passed the mantle of cutting edge new music to hip hop. Weller's mind seemed to be more on a 60's r & b / northern soul dance floor sound he'd already revived when The Jam covered Martha Reeves 'Heatwave'. He'd known former Merton Parka Mick Talbot for some time and forming a new band The Style Council with Mick must have croseed his mind. But first more Jam business. Their swan song 'Beat Surrender' number one in December '82 preceded by arguably Weller's finest song and The Jam's biggest hit, 'Town Called Malice' which went straight to the top on 9 Feb 1982.
our weekly a to z of new cd review's is listed below
Blacklight Pioneer 28/2/11
Kid Carpet 14/3/11
Lady Gaga 11/2/11
Panic! At The Disco 21/3/11
The View 7/3/11
Wretch 32 & Example
Wolf Gang 21/3/11
Naked & Famous 7/3/11
Lonely Island & Akon
Patrick Wolf 14/3/11
PJ Harvey 7/2/11
Dutch Uncles 28/2/11
Japanese Pop Stars 28/2/11
Joy Formidable 17/1/11
My Chemical Romance 10/1/11
Skream & Example tbc
Willow & Tinie Tempah
You Me At Six & Chiddy 13/2/11
Chase & Status 24/1/11
Noah & The Whale 28/2/11
Emma's Imagination single
Miles Kane tbc
Roger Sanchez & Far East 2Movement