Thursday, 28 October 2010

"Something as Simple as Rock'n'Roll Could Save Us All.."

Since I'm in a new music mood, I thought I'd show you what was arguably the anthem of the summer, even before its release.

If you've been out and about on the festival circuit this year then you'll have noticed a certain Winchester lad popping up time and time again to bring you more anthemic tunes than you can shake a stick at, in the rocky troubadour stylings that have sent him rocketing into mainstream success. Of course I could only be talking about one Frank Turner. It's a bit weird hearing a brand new song on the radio and knowing the words to it, but it doesn't matter how many times I hear this song, it still sends shivers down my spine (as much of his work seems to do). I don't think I need to justify my fan girlsmanship though, as the video kind of speaks for itself:

One of his best so far I reckon.

Although his new LP won't be released until next spring, this track along with a couple of other new ones will be on a shiny new EP, set to be released on 6th December. Or, if you can't wait that long, you can buy the track now on iTunes and preorder the EP from here.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Come Get Some

Here's the new single from electropop beauty Lykke Li. Although it doesn't leave much to the imagination, (it's not every day that I hear a chorus of 'I'm a Prostitute', that's for sure..) it's a bit edgier than some of her previous tracks which gives it some much needed impact. Considering I wasn't really a fan of her first album, I like the energy of this a lot more than some of her other stuff. I'm looking forward to what her follow up has to offer.

You can download this track for free from her website.

Glasto Headliners? Have a Little Patience..

Ok so that was lame, but I can't honestly be the first to do a Take That related pun..

Rumours were abundant at the beginning of the week when Take That announced a UK tour in the summer of 2011 that, with a sizeable hole in their touring schedule, made them a strong contender to be a Glasto headliner (though I'd have put them on in the Scissor Sisters mid evening Pyramid slot myself). Would they grace the iconic stage to entertain thousands of with love songs and, well, love songs ? Well, why not, they certainly wouldn't be the first pop act to play Glasto and definitely not the last. With acclaimed appearances by Lady Gaga, Lily Allen and even Shakira to packed out crowds, the genre has seen a remarkable resurgence in recent years.

But alas, it was not meant to be. The band confirmed today that although they'd like to take a trip down to Worthy Farm, it would be as punters rather than performers: "If we're having a good time we might get on the bus and go down. We can go and take our caravan and watch a few other bands, but our production is too big to bring to a festival stage." Take That frontman Gary Barlow also confirmed that there were no plans in place to bring a bit of their cheesy pop to the festival.

So that's a definite no then. Shame, can you imagine a sea of middle aged men in an array of ridiculous hats swaying along to Back for Good with tears in their eyes? That's the stuff memories are made of.

As of yet no headline acts have been confirmed, but Michael Eavis has said that he has asked U2 if they would consider playing the festival, after having to cancel their planned appearance at this year's Glastonbury due to Bono's back troubles.

Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Bon Jovi are just some of the acts floating around the rumourmill at the moment. Who would you like to see at next year's Glasto?

Monday, 25 October 2010

More than just a pretty face..

One of the quirkiest things to come out of Sweden in the last year or so, Johan Hillblom is everything you need on a dreary autumnal evening. One listen to demo Sneak Preview proves that Hibblom has all the ingredients to be the next Jamie Cullum (only without all the Marks and Spencers pretension). If your idea of fun involves plinky plonky piano, syncopation and trumpets galore, then look no further than Sneak Preview for 4 minutes of loveliness.

Both on this track and the more soft and wistful Left Me to Wake (which can be found here if you're interested), Johan's voice holds a certain amount of pure, raw emotion that just screams musical theatre. Whilst with some voices of that calibre it can come off as whiny or overly camp, Hillblom passes it off as something genuinely quite interesting.

With lyrics both charming and witty, covering even the most important of issues, such as the struggle of what to do when faced with Facebook Poke rejection (yes we've all been there), it's clear the Swede's got a gift for both articulate songsmanship and truly captivating melodies. It's rather fitting that this teaser of a demo is called Sneak Preview: after hearing just a couple of songs it's left me wanting more, something countless new artists have tried (and often failed) to inspire in their music.

More of the same please.

Monday, 11 October 2010

Attention Folk Fans

If you're not listening to Radio 1 then do so.


Mumford & Sons are doing a one off gig at seminal folk house Cecil Sharp House with other indie/low fi giants Laura Marling and Bombay Bicycle Club, showcasing some of the finest British talent on the scene right now. Oh, and The Maccabees will be there too.

If that sounds like it's right up your street then get to it now, you've already missed a beautiful rendition of Rambling Man.

Check it out:

If you missed out on the fun and frolics at Cecil Sharp House, here's a taster of what went on: