Tuesday, 28 June 2011

The La's reforming for festival shows

The La's have announced that their first festival appearance in six years will take place in France later in the summer.

The reclusive Liverpudlians, who last perfo
rmed at V Festival at Oasis's request in 2005, have been announced as part of the line-up for this year's Rock En Seine festival near Paris.

The La's frontman Lee Mavers made his first live appearance in over two years earlier this month (June 19) - pictured above - playing Manchester's Deaf Institute under the name Lee Rude & The Velcro Underpants

At the moment I can only speculate about the line up of the group apart from Mavers, but I'd say it's unlikely that John Power will be in the line up since he is currently recording and gigging with his 90's legends Cast.

SONG FOR TODAY: Orbital - Chime

Monday, 27 June 2011

Watch the best of Glastonbury 2011....
























SONG FOR TODAY: Gary Numan - Cars

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

SONG FOR TODAY: Roy Harper - North Country

Roy Harper's amazing album Valentine, was released on Valentine's Day, 14 February 1974, and featured contributions from Jimmy Page, Keith Moon and Ronnie Lane. A concert to mark its release was held on the same day, at London's Rainbow Theatre, with Page, David Bedford, Max Middleton (of The Jeff Beck Group) on keyboards, Ronnie Lane on bass and Keith Moon on drums. The live album Flashes from the Archives of Oblivion, recorded at that concert, soon followed.

From that album is the absolutely stunning 'North Country', a traditional folk song perfected by Harper's brilliant arrangements....

Laura Marling - 'A Creature I Don't Know' - new album

Laura Marling is set to release her third album 'A Creature I Don't Know' on September 12.

The album, which is the follow-up to her 2010 album 'I Speak Because I Can', has been produced by Kings Of Leon and Ryan Adams man Ethan Johns.

Marling told fans in an email: "The band and I finished it a month or so ago, under the watchful eye of our old pal EJ.

"We are very much looking forward to getting out to play again and hope to see you all down the line."

According to a release, "Fans of Marling’s previous recordings will recognize her mesmeric tales and soaring melodies in what is ultimately an incredibly intimate album."

Radiohead - Staircase

Radiohead have gone and done it again. They have released a brand new track via their website, called 'Staircase'. The track recognisably ties in with the general sound of 'The King Of Limbs', but is definitely stronger melodically....

The song is a bonus extra from the Oxford band's unique session for producer Nigel Godrich's From The Basement project, a podcast turned TV show. In 2008 the band did a similar session for previous album 'In Rainbows'.

The performance will be broadcast internationally on July 1 via BBC Worldwide. With the band having yet to announce any live dates, the session will be fans’ first opportunity to hear them perform material from 'The King Of Limbs' live.

Salim Mukaddam, VP Music Television at BBC Worldwide said recently: "It is a real honour to be working with Radiohead on this project. Radiohead are a band that rarely performs for television, but when they do, it's a moment to savour. There is already huge anticipation for this performance and we’re delighted that they've decided to work with us at BBC Worldwide, confirming our position as market leaders in music television. As a fan I cannot wait to see these beautiful songs brought to life in this programme."

Bryce Edge from Radiohead's management added: "This will be Radiohead's first collaboration with BBC Worldwide and the band are excited at the prospect of having their first live performance of 'The King of Limbs' broadcast around the world. The band will be filmed and recorded by the From The Basement team, which includes Nigel Godrich their long time producer, Dilly Gent ,who commissioned many of the memorableRadiohead videos and Grant Gee who filmed the Radiohead documentary 
'Meeting People is Easy'."