So ends Raised by Wolves’ first time at SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. We thought that we knew what to expect but we were wrong. In short, SXSW is crazy. Well, to be exact, crazy fun. Over the few days, we saw Ezra Furman, Hinds, the Parrots, Wall, the Mystery Lights, Dilly Dally, Sofi Tukker, […]
Do we care that Charli XCX is back? I’m not sure, she doesn’t fit into any neat box but, then again, I think that’s admirable for a pop artist. Also she just set up her own label Vroom Vroom, she’s in the driving seat of her own career and I straight up respect that. Her new […]
Last night saw this year’s BRIT Awards and, although a fine show all round, the highlight was the David Bowie tribute. This was the tribute that the man truly serves, and kudos to Lorde. He really was something else –
Here’s some of the best new music around in my opinion, including Brit Critic Choice Jack Garratt’s new ‘Surprise Yourself’ that just premiered with the Independent in the past few hours.
This is truly heartbreaking. The wonderfully promising UK indie band Viola Beach and their manager Craig Terry tragically lost their lives in Sweden this weekend. They were a band that I was genuinely excited about and looked to as an inspiration for some of our own acts. We are actively supporting a campaign to get […]
Although Låpsley herself isn’t a brand new artist, having been touted in every ‘Ones to Watch’ list for about two years, this new track of hers Love Is Blind is the first great track I’ve heard in 2016. Happy new year, turn it up!
Well this is a terribly sad start to the year. The icon that is David Bowie has passed away due to illness with cancer. Thank you for everything sir, you were truly a legend.
Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you all, 2015 has been an amazing year for Raised by Wolves PR and we are proud to have helped our clients reach even more fans through the likes of BBC Radio 1, The Huffington Post, Red Bull Music and many more. Enjoy the break; eat, drink, […]
Where did 2015 go? No idea but thankfully there was some great music released over the past twelve months. Here is a list of my favourites, in case you were wondering… which you weren’t. As lists can be a bit boring, I made it into a Spotify playlist too – Tink – Ratchet Commitments Rihanna, Kanye […]
I’ve come a real sucker for cover versions lately, you may have seen my post on James Blake’s version of Sound of Silence. Well, it turns out Natalie Prass has taken a leaf of his book too. Check it out below along with some other interesting covers that have been floating around of late, including The Pains […]
What to say after hearing about the absolute atrocities that happened in Paris last night. I realise that similar incidents have happened in non-Western parts of the world and received little to no media coverage, all such opinions will be thrown around on social media in the next few days I imagine, but I still […]
It’s been announced that Lean On, the downbeat electronic track by Major Lazer & DJ Snake and featuring Mø, has soared to become the most streamed song ever on Spotify. Lean On, released in March, has been streamed nearly 528 million times. It edged out Thinking Out Loudby Ed Sheeran, which just last month was […]
Here are some of the better tracks, performance videos and film trailers from the past week. Lots to enjoy, including FKA Twigs’ amazing appearance at the Mobo Awards and some newbie called Adele – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7APKju97GJg
Yes to everything about these –
Well, I was hardly going to let this momentous day pass by without posting something. Today is the day that Marty McFly and Doc Brown (and Jennifer) travelled to in the ‘future’ in the 1990 Back to the Future II film. Yes, we are without hoverboards and self-tieing shoelaces but don’t worry they’ll be with […]
The third, and possibly final, trailer for Star Wars – The Force Awakens has arrived; and like its predecessors it is a thing of beauty. I’m serious! Look below to enjoy all three of the teasers over the past year.
This is really beautiful. James Blake takes on the Simon & Garfunkel classic, perfect for a chilled Sunday –
Check out these few videos from the past week, lovin’ them!
One of the exciting things about working in Music PR is the constant researching and updating of which blogs have closed down and which blogs are new on the block, and I say that with more than a hint of sarcasm. But… in this sometimes tedious part of the job, you can discover some real […]
There was a time when conspiracy theorists were deemed as slight eccentrics, but the tide is changing. In this time of regular ‘leaks’ and internet hacking, the general public are seeing more and more that often our worst fears are happening unknown to us – and sometimes even worse. The most extreme of these situations includes […]
Sometimes people like to get out of the city for the weekend and head for somewhere altogether prettier, quieter, more peaceful. Also you could go to Dismaland near Bristol. It’s not ‘pretty’ however and the only way it qualifies for peace and quiet is in a kind of creepy way. Dismaland is the new ‘bemusement park’ […]
Here’s how things broke down, what do we think? Independent Track Of The Year: FKA Twigs – Two Weeks Independent Album Of The Year: Enter Shikari – The Mindsweep Independent Video Of The Year: Flying Lotus – Never Catch Me Best Difficult Second Album: Young Fathers – White Men Are Black Men Too Special Catalogue […]
How have I not heard about this! There’s a new documentary out on Daft Punk, entitled Daft Punk Unchained. It was aired on French channel Canal+ but, as far as online, I could only find the trailer at the moment. I am determined to find this baby though – Also check out this documentary Revolutions […]
Some interesting news in the way of collaborations and reformations lately, namely Birdy and Rhodes have teamed up for ‘Let It Go’ and the visual treat that is this video – Also Bloc Party are back, sort of. They’ve reformed with half the original line-up and two new members. Haven’t caught any of the new […]
Well now, it seems that PRS for Music has taken legal action against Soundcloud. In an email sent out to PRS members, the body explains that “after careful consideration, and following five years of unsuccessful negotiations, we now find ourselves in a situation where we have no alternative but to commence legal proceedings against SoundCloud.” […]
Wolf Alice are back with a good track and an even better video. Plus, some newer acts such as Viola Beach and White Giant.
Lauren Mayberry from Churches has again made public the kind of comments that she has to put up with as a female musician. With the release of Churches’ new video, a fairly elegant and simple film, Mayberry has seen numerous comments on a 4chan thread; many of which describe her as looking like a ‘slut’ […]
Damn, who are these guys? Here is Desire from Dilly Dally and I love it. Feels new but with a slight nostalgia of The Breeders, Pixies… even a little Nirvana maybe – And if you feel like a bit of dancing after that, here’s Hot Chip’s new one. Happy Friday.
Vice’s Noisey site has premiered an extended promotional video for the new NWA movie Straight Outta Compton. Not sure what to expect of this movie but all signs are looking good so far… And here’s Miguel’s new track, for no other reason than the fact that it is called NWA and fits in nearly with […]
…and with an awesome track, this is Mountain at My Gates. I’m loving’ it to be honest. Here’s a kind of 360° video they made for your eyes’ viewing pleasure –
Ladies and gentlemen, this is one of Kurt Vile’s best tracks yet in my opinion – And some other new tracks out this week…
Wow, this is a hell of a trailer in fairness. I never heard about the Suicide Squad comics before but it sounds like a great concept, and something well worth introducing into the new DC Cinema Universe. The first installment of this new universe was Zac Snyder’s Superman outing Man of Steel. The forthcoming installments […]
Santigold is back, the Libertines are back, Kendrick is alright and Skrillex’s new video is nuts.
Happy birthday to one of my favourite films of all time – Back to the Future. The original sci-fi comedy was released on 3 July 1985 when I was about two years of age. I grew up with it being watched in our house about three-four times a year for the next sixteen odd years. […]
The Chemical Brothers are back with some good ol’ bangers, and I’m coincidentally watching Hanna as I write this. Forgot how good their soundtrack for this movie was. Here’s a taster of some of their best including newbie Under Neon Lights featuring St. Vincent –
I’m very proud to be in the US on this historic day. In a victory for the gay rights movement, today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage legal across the USA. Congratulations to all our gay friends and family from the Raised by Wolves team.
Apple Music is on its way, and with it will come Beats 1. This marks Apple entering new territory: a youth-oriented radio station, broadcasting from California, New York and London, and featuring a host of stars behind the mic, led by former Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe. Essentially, we have now the first global radio […]
Raised by Wolves PR will be relocating to the US for the coming fortnight, working with the Las Vegas Lift-Off Film Festival. Let’s do this!
Some great newbies around at the moment…
I’m in love with this song at the moment, Obvious Child by Paul Simon.
Good songs, but am I seeing a pattern in the indie world of late?
Later with… Jools Holland has been a little disappointing this series in my opinion, that is until the finalé last night. Having spent the past few weeks dripping out one or two mediocre songs per show, last night was an outburst of talent. Just check out some of these performances from Ezra Furman, Leon Bridges, Skepta […]
Well that was an amazing weekend, the Great Escape delivered again. Enough music and alcohol will tend to do that I guess. Here’s my round-up of some of the highlights of TGE15 – some I saw myself, some I heard great reports about. The best gig I saw personally was Mapei at the Coalition on […]
My Baby – Uprising …and the new track Seeing Red
There’s some great new music floating around at the moment. My favourite is this first, U.S. Girls’ track Damn The Valley. Great video too. And here are some others, including the fantastic Hinds and a little known band called Blur.
I could try and write some introductory comment for this, or I could just reiterate the sound I made when I watched it – “blahagahahahahaaaaa!”
Soul singer Percy Sledge died from liver cancer yesterday. He was 74. Born in 1940 in Alabama, Sledge was performing at weekends with a band called The Esquires Combo when he was introduced to record producer Quin Ivy in 1965. Ivy signed Sledge to a solo performer contract, after which they went to Muscle Shoals […]
On 9 April 1965, the Beatles released Ticket To Ride as a single in the UK. My favourite Beatles song still, and just one of my favourites songs ever. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_IbCoFoD3U&feature=youtu.be
Who is Blonde Maze? Well, the answer is Amanda Steckler from NY. Here are some tracks from the upcoming Oceans EP. According to Steckler, the EP represents the love, pain, excitement, and longing that comes with being an ocean away from someone or something dear to you; and was written between New York & London.
I’m loving’ this track by Dead Sara, never heard of them before but will be listening out for them. Check out their performance on Seth Meyers’ show if you get a chance too. And unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know all about Kendrick Lamar dropping his new album To Pimp A Butterfly recently – […]
Chastity Belt – Cool Slut Hozier – Work Song Run the Jewels – Close Your Eyes
Lovin’ this tune by Joanna Gruesome, perfect ol’ Friday vibes. Honestly Do Yr Worst is the first single from Joanna Gruesome’s forthcoming new album Peanut Butter, out 11 May via Fortuna POP! Building up to the album’s release, Joanna Gruesome will play the following UK gigs. 17 April – Islington Mill, Manchester www.seetickets.com/Event/joanna-gr…he-haunt/853981 18 April […]
No, it seems I didn’t. You did say Kanye West is playing Glastonbury, well now. After two minutes of thought, I think this is going to be really exciting. It is only a matter of time before someone starts a petition to have West removed from the Saturday headline slot of Glasto 2015 (which will […]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IBWbpJdRMQ The critically acclaimed Kurt Cobain documentary Montage of Heck doesn’t premiere on television until May 4th, but HBO has unveiled a devastating two-and-a-half-minute trailer packed with snippets of never-before-seen home movies and family photos. The sneak peak also shows how Montage of Heck will seamlessly integrate animation into the story of the Nirvana frontman, […]
Oh I like these. First up is Kuzin, and second is unadulterated pop songstress Phoebe Ryan…
Kanye West officially apologised to Beck on Twitter the other day, well I’ll be. To celebrate Kanye finally developing some human emotions, here is the new video for Django Django’s First Light, as well as some of their early videos to remind us why we fell in love with them in the first place –
Leonard Nimoy, the Beloved “Mr. Spock” in Star Trek, Dies at 83.
That’s pretty much all you need to know about the Brits 2015. But, if you’re interested, here is a list of the winners. Followed by a video of Madonna falling of course. On a loop. British Group Royal Blood – WINNERS British Album Of The Year Ed Sheeran – X – WINNER International Male Solo […]
…and the winner is ‘Birdman’. And wrongly so, in my opinion. I’m not really happy with the Oscars this year as the judges seem to be continuing their long-standing tradition of awarding people for the wrong roles and, more importantly, shockingly snubbing others. What do I mean? Let’s think back to some of the greats. […]
…but not in an evil Cromwellian way, it’s just the Brit Awards 2015. I must say, of all the categories I’m particularly pleased to see the nominees for best Brit album – a pretty decent choice overall I would say. What do you think? At least there’s no One Direction bulls*t in there, personally I’m […]
Disturbing film, great soundtrack.
She’s Irish and she’s sixteen, yes six-fucking-teen…
Some great new music videos, and the new trailer of the NWA bio film Straight Outta Compton. I’m not the biggest NWA fan and would prefer to see a Public Enemy bio, but the trailer is cool in fairness. I’ll be going to see it no doubt.
The Grammy Awards was quite a night. Beck had a surprise win (even for him!), Kanye is still a complete dick, Hozier is better off without Annie Lennox screaming over him, Miley Cyrus and Nicki Minaj standing next to eachother is too much ‘asshole’ for one TV screen, and Sam Smith looked like he had […]
It’s kinda nice to see the back of January and look forward to what 2015 holds. One hint of things to come that has dropped is the return of Gorillaz. The ‘group’ created by the musical genius of Damon Albarn and the animated talents of Jamie Hewlett may be looking to release album no.4 this year, as indicated […]
Conor J. O’Brien is back for a third album ‘Darling Arithmetic’, to be released on 13 April. Is it just Conor O’Brien or are there other Villagers by the way? I’m not quite sure actually. This song though, I’m sure I like it. Yes… I do.
Above all things, the incredibly hot Marina Diamandis is back with some new Froot music. Here’s her latest track I’m A Ruin, as well as some other interesting new releases of late – Bea – Filthy Believer Silk Rhodes – Pain
There’s some interesting short movies from musicians floating around of late. Most notably, Laura Marling released a great video for her track ‘Short Movie’ last month. Some others include FKA Twig’s #throughglass, and the old Kendrick Lamar and Lana Del Rey shorts that were released a while back but still deserve a look-in in my […]
Yo! Bum Rush the Show – that is all.
Django Django are back with some new music and we like.
Very sad news that comes from Paris this week, and a terrible way to start a new year. There really is a lot of trouble in the world at the moment. It got me thinking about how freedom of speech, freedom of expression and art have been at the heart of two of the world’s biggest […]
Happy New Year. 2014 saw Raised by Wolves PR gain support for our clients from the likes of Paste Magazine, Record of the Day, Drowned in Sound, Clash and BBC Radio to name a few. Even these past few days saw MuzuTV profile Antix as their final MuzuUnveils artist of 2014, and Indie Music Nation naming […]
It’s the last RBW Hero of the year so let’s go with the King, seems fitting. Happy new year! Hero #52 – Elvis Presley And here’s the whole list from the past year, what do you think? Anyone who didn’t deserve to make the list in your opinion, or maybe some of your favourites were […]
Happy Christmas everyone, have a fun few days. Here’s M.O’s ‘festive’ cover of James Bay’s Hold Back the River – it’s not really a Christmas song in any way but it does hit the festive vibe, and I stand by these girls being the best thing in UK pop right now.
Hero #51 – Shane MacGowan
Here’s Future Islands’ new documentary Road Dawgs about their time on the road, quite simply.
Check out the awesome Chela’s new video, she’s doing what she does best – singing her heart out along with some bad dancing. And below is the woman herself practising her moves in her spare time. She’s cool.
Hero #50 – David Bowie
This weekend saw the London finale of the 2014 run of the Lift-Off Film Festival, a festival I am proud to be working with at the moment. It was a packed-out event, taking place at London’ Soho Hotel. The winners of 2014 were announced, with Calum MacDiarmid taking the overall seasonal winner award for his […]
Hero #49 – John Lennon
James Bay has been announced as the Brit Awards’ Critics Choice ahead of George the Poet and Years and Years. Probably the best choice of the three though George the Poet is doing good things too. Mr Bay had the following to say – “After all the years I’ve spent watching the BRITs and even after […]
Hmmm not sure really, the BBC ‘Sound of’ list usually causes more controversy than anything else. Last year the big debate was how the list signified the lack of guitar bands being supported. The theory was that it is just generally cheaper for record labels to push acts that are solo artists or duos, rather than […]
Here is my top 25 tracks from the past year, have a listen. 1. Disco//Very – Warpaint 2. Tropical Oceans – DD Dumbo 3. Every Other Freckle – Alt-J 4. Violent Shiver – Benjamin Booker 5. Take Me To Church – Hozier 6. My Silver Lining – First Aid Kit 7. Seasons – Future Islands […]
Hero #48 – Little Richard
Check out the relaunched site for Spindle Magazine, it’s even prettier and fancier than before. We like! Raised by Wolves PR are off to the official relaunch party tonight with hip hop artist Antix. Good sizzle.
Hero #47 – Etta James
He’s a solo artist from LA, he has a cool name and he plays lots of instruments. He is Sneakout.
I was lucky enough to get gustiest for Jamie T’s gig at Alexandra Palace last night. It’s been nearly five years since Jamie T performed in London and he didn’t disappoint. Neither did his crowd actually! From the first line of the first song, new album opener Limits Lie, the crowd were singing along word-for-word. […]
Hero #46 – Freddie Mercury
I came across this lady through the always trustworthy Nialler 9 site, this is K Stewart – a young London producer with 37 Adventures (Deptford Goth, Rosie Lowe). She’s done some stuff in the past with Karma Kid apparently and this is her first solo released work – Close Enough [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/174212785″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” […]
I highly recommend reading the latest Electric Literature article on ‘Taylor Swift and the Myth of the Mean Greedy Artist’, I wholly agree with it regardless of my sarcastic headline above. In brief, Taylor Swift has been hit with much criticism of late for pulling her catalogue from Spotify and it is presumed that she […]
Hero #45 – Wiki
Hell yeah! For all us geeks scrambling around the net every few days looking for new bits of Star Wars info, we were given the new title of the upcoming Episode VII – The Force Awakens. So far feedback seems to be mixed but I couldn’t care less. It’s simply another sign that things […]
Happy Hallowe’en. Hero #44 – Michael Jackson
Totally undecided about this one I must admit, good tune and an interesting artist but he also looks like an idiot. I’m not a hipster-hater in the slightest but this kid looks like the result of Dalston and Williamsburg simultaneously vomiting on Carlton from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Check out the tune and see […]
Yesterday saw the last night at New York’s CMJ Music Marathon and I spent it at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn, where the night was hosted by music blog Brooklyn Vegan. It was an evening of loud, snarling guitar garage-punk. Here’s a taste of what was on offer. Thanks NY, it’s been real – [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159389035″ params=”color=ff5500″ […]
Seeing as I’m in NYC, why not pay homage to one of the city’s greatest musical legends. Hero #43 – Jay Z
I’m in New York City at the moment for the well-renowned CMJ Music Marathon, and this is a real city! Great venues I’ve found so far include Pianos, Cake Shop and Arlene’s Grocery in the Lower East Side; and Glasslands and Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg – the Dalston hipsterville of Brooklyn essentially. The first […]
Billboard had an interesting piece yesterday on the ‘good news’ that women are so prominent in the music scene at the moment and that the top five of the US Billboard is all-female. Why do I put ‘good news’ in inverted commas? Because I’m a sexist, misogynistic pig? No, that’s a separate matter, it’s […]
In response to my disgust at Billboard’s article on female artists today, here is a real female artist. Hero #40 – Nina Simone
U2 are unpopular as usual, though still manage to remain the biggest band in the world somehow. Someone is clearly slagging them and then sneaking down the shops to buy Boy. I’m not going to get on board with the U2 bashing as it’s all just a bit too easy. Yes they’ve continued for far […]
Hero #41 – Adam Ant
Hero #40 – Bob Dylan
The biggest-selling artist albums of 2014 in the UK so far has been revealed by Official Charts Company and top of the pile is… Ed Sheeran’s X. Sheeran has overtaken Coldplay’s Ghost Stories as the biggest selling artist album of 2014 so far, the acclaimed album has now been certified 2x Platinum by the BPI. Hmmm ok, […]
Wow, Jools Holland has been amazing so far! Two shows in and there’s already been FKA Twigs, Jungle, Alt-J, First Aid Kit, Hozier, Vance Joy and more. Here’s a taster of the highlight acts –
Hero #39 – Otis Redding
[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/166787737″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/playlists/47453525″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
What do you mean you’ve never heard the term? Your mum’s a rubbishy slut. Na I’m joking, she’s not really but Rihanna and Miley Cyrus are. That has been confirmed by Marianne Faithfull; one of the original wild child ‘It’ girls of the Sixties known for her hedonistic excess, rock star boyfriends (Mick Jagger) and […]
Hero #38 – Matt Helders
Well they’ve been banging on about it for quite a while and now it has arrived, Amy Winehouse’s memorial statue in the heart of the Camden Markets. Do I like this? Probably not. But respect to Winehouse, and Camden was her spiritual home so it’s fitting. Welcome back you wonderful lady.
Hero #37 – Peter Hook
There’s some really strong work out at the moment from women. In particular, some that have grabbed my attention are Indiana, Jin Jin and the new Kate Tempest. Indiana seems to have been around for a year or so, and signed to a major label. Yet she doesn’t seem to be kicking through as much […]
Apple, known for its tagline “Think different” is this week being accused by OK Go for not thinking differently enough when creating the lead-in video for their iPhone 6 launch event. The video, titled “Perspective,” ran at the very beginning of Apple’s unveiling in California, and many would agree that the video bears a strong resemblance to OK Go’s […]
Hero #36 – Liam Howlett
When King Krule isn’t being King Krule and mumbling over his brilliant tunes, he goes by the name of Archy Marshall and this Archy Marshall fella has a brother of all things. Archy and brother Jake are interestingly putting on an art exhibition together and it’s called ‘Inner City Ooz’. It kicks off from today and […]
Apparently producers with one track and no identity is a thing now. Good tune mind – [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/163844661″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
…well she has been for a while now after finally dumping Universal (or did Universal dump her?). In any case, I wasn’t sure about this tune at first but it’s definitely grown on me. What a groove.
Hero #35 – Aretha Franklin
Anga Díaz was a member of Buena Vista Social Club, and, if that wasn’t enough, he’s only gone and had some musical twins. Said twins are now nineteen years old and signed to XL Recordings last year. Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz perform as a duo under the name Ibeyi. They sing in English and the language of Yoruba, a West […]
Hero #34 – Richard Hell
Hero #33 – Paul Simon
Now that’s a video!
Aww this is too sad. Goodbye sir and thank you very much…
This looks amazing…
Just came across these guys, Tel Aviv – 2 guys and a drum machine. Good tunes… [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/131999734″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/131999716″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
Hero #32 – Stevie Wonder
On August 25, XL Recordings will celebrate 25 years with a new compilation called Pay Close Attention, which compiles important music from the label’s illustrious discography. Radiohead, M.I.A., the White Stripes, Vampire Weekend, the Prodigy, the xx, Adele, Tyler the Creator, Jai Paul, Gil Scott-Heron, Basement Jaxx, the Horrors, Devendra Banhart, Basement Jaxx, and many more appear on the […]
Hackney Picturehouse in London is holding the Doc ‘n’ Roll Festival from 26-28th September, in what promises to be a feast of international music documentaries. Filmmaker Julien Temple directed one that is of particularly interest to a Clash fan such as myself, namely Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten. Check out the trailer here – Directed by Danny […]
Hero #31 – MCA
Hero #30 – Amy Winehouse (RIP 3 years)
That makes it sound like they are collaborating, not the case. But The Drums and Jamie T both have new tracks out. Hell yeah! https://soundcloud.com/minorrecords/magic-mountain/s-YpRt9
I checked out some of the acts at Latitude’s Saturday line-up this weekend – definitely highlight was Damon Albarn welcoming Graham Coxon onstage to perform Tender together. Amazing! Other good’s included –
Hero #29 – Ennio Morricone
Aaand I’m in love…
Hero #28 – Smokey Robinson There was a great show on ITV last weekend called the Nation’s Favourite Motown Song. Good to see lots of Smokey in there, check out the link to the iplayer page below. https://www.itv.com/itvplayer/nation-s-favourite-motown-song
Came across a great music and fashion blog recently called Beats & Seams. It’s run by two friends in London who collaborate their passions for music and fashion and express it all through the medium of… blog. Yes, it’s a medium. Like “yin and yang” apparently, they believe that music and style go hand-in-hand. They share their […]
For fans of Best Coast, Habibi, Black Lips, general Burger Records garagey-punk…
Happy 4th of July to any US readers out there. Here’s a true American legend for Hero #27 – Johnny Cash
Oh I like this, everyone is banging on about her at the moment… [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155798585″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] In other news I’m off to see Arcade Fire in Hyde Park, with support from Future Islands. Oh yeah!
Yet another year that I didn’t make it (2015, you shall be mine) but I have to say the BBC coverage was awesome, and I really enjoyed catching some of these sets – especially Arcade Fire who I am seeing in Hyde Park on Thursday. Booya!
Hero #26 is playing Glastonbury this weekend, Bryan Ferry –
It’s five years ago today that Michael Jackson passed away and when he wasn’t being a crazy bastard, he actually made some good pop songs. Here’s a bunch of them –
She’s hot, she’s unusual, she plays a ukele. She’s Purple Ferdinand.
Just spent the weekend at the Camden Crawl 2014, reviewing for the Kentishtowner. Here’s my opinion of the best of what was there. First up, Crushed Beaks – Paws – Nick Brewer – GAPS – and Sophie –
Tyler the creator doesn’t want to rap anymore, he wants to sing and be remembered like Tarantino. Really?
Hero #25 – Santigold
[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154903531″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_artwork=true&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] And here it is, the first new song from Alt-J’s forthcoming second album – Hunger of the Pines. The album will be called This is All Yours and is released on September 22. This new song is a sign that things are still on track after Gwil Sainsbury’s departure form […]
Hero #24 – Thom Yorke
Good news from the Alt-J band camp, they should be releasing their follow-up to 2012’s debut An Awesome Wave as early as September; with rumours that a new song could be dropped as early as next week. Alt-J have morphed slightly since their debut release, with the departing of their bassist Gwil Sainsbury and their continuation as a […]
With the World Cup officially kicking off on Thursday, Beats by Dre have dropped a pretty impressive advert marking the occasion. With some amazing visuals and the badass soundtrack of Jungle by X Ambassadors x Jamie N Commons, this is everything you need to get you excited about Brazil 2014.
Hero #23 – Jack White
Two of my favourite indie-pop starlets have released some live videos this week. Well, first off, Chela’s performance video is actually from SXSW this year though I must admit I hadn’t seen it until she put it out again yesterday. Here she is performing the awesome Romanticise and looking incredibly hot. I want to marry […]
For all those complaining about Daisy Ridley being the only new female cast member of Star Wars Episode VII, stick this in your pipe – Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie have been added to the cast. Gwendoline Christie is best known for her role in Games of Thrones. I’ve never actually watched Game of Thrones […]
Well he’s doing just about everything else, appearing on American late night shows, clocking up number ones all over the world; he might as well make some history while he’s at it. What is this ‘history’ I speak of? Sam Smith last night performed in the first-ever UK live music TV advert. With the exception of […]
Hero #22 – Buddy Holly
It seems the music charts have evolved to a new stage. Originally there were weekly music charts around the world, then the charts became more of a daily entity with the introduction of the iTunes charts and now Billboard and Twitter have teamed up to give an up-to-the-minute ranking of the fastest moving songs shared […]
Hero #21 – Q Tip
When I first heard of “Vancouver deep house duo” Bob Moses (DJ Mag Canada), I wanted to pull out the crucifix. I know I’m in the minority but ‘deep house’ are just dirty words to me usually. Bob Moses could very well be different though, which might explain why legendary-indie Domino have just signed them. Canadians Jimmy Vallance […]
Hero #20 – Ian Curtis, whose anniversary is this Sunday 18 May
Here’s a brand new video for My Silver Lining by First Aid Kit. Wonderful song.
Here are some of the best acts that I saw from this year’s The Great Escape. Many thanks to Spindle Magazine and BalconyTV for putting on such awesome shows. Jungle – Played The Haunt on Saturday night. Seachange played the SpindleTV launch on Friday at Neighbourhood. The BalconyTV sessions at Fitzherberts on Saturday saw great performances […]
Hero #19 – Mø Mø is playing the Great Escape festival in Brighton this weekend. Stage time is tomorrow at 7:30pm, at The Warren.
With Sunday being the two year anniversary of Adam Yauch’s death, aka MCA from Beastie Boys, Sizzy Rocket has released a cover version of the Beastie’s Girls. I think this is really well done, she’s altered it slightly giving it a different message and attitude. Nicely done.
Happy Star Wars Day everyone, may the fourth be with you. It’s a day that people are becoming more and more aware of, especially with all the buzz building for next year’s Star Wars Episode VII. The cast were announced last week with the past gang of Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, […]
Hero #18 – Muddy Waters
Some new videos from Arcade Fire, Foxes and Habibi. Enjoy!
Later with… Jools Holland is back for series 44 and last night’s episode 2 of the series saw Joan as Policewoman, Royal Blood, Paolo Nutini and Lucius perform amongst others. I remember seeing Joan as Policewoman in Dingwells almost ten years ago – and she’s still knocking’ it out of the park! I was, personally, a […]
Hero #17 – Laura Marling
I’ve talked about Mø plenty of times, but this is M.O. They are a pop trio who I can’t help but find myself liking, as much as I don’t want to. The three girls, Annie, Nadine and Frankee, filmed a session for SBTV which went on to become one of SBTV’s most viewed debuts ever. […]
Hero #16 – Joe Strummer
Peace have dropped a new video this week for Money. And another band from the NME Class of 2013 are Wolf Alice, with their new track Storm. What d’ya reckon? [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144967725″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_artwork=true” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] Lastly, I only discovered the video for George Ezra’s Cassey-O today, what gives! Budapest is a good tune admittedly, but regardless of it’s […]
These girls continue to be the coolest, I wanna marry Jenny Lee Lindberg.
BBC are reliving the Britpop era quite a bit this weekend, all to mark twenty years since 1994 – the pinnacle year of Britpop. Let’s be honest, a lot of it was shit. Here’s a few of my personal favourites from the time, Oasis aren’t in there because of the aforementioned ‘shit’ reason. Pulp had […]
Hero #15 – Grimes
I’m quite liking Letterman’s music performances of late, here’s London Grammar – nailing it as per usual https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w73RWYtXiek
Having written about SXSW a few weeks back and, in particular, Burger Records-signed Guantanamo Baywatch; it got me thinking about the Californian record label. I first became aware of Burger Records through the awesome Tuckshop Community Show on London’s Hoxton FM. The label was founded in 2007 by Sean Bohrman and Lee Rickard, members of […]
Check out this performance of Sam Smith on SNL this week, nice. Plus, below is the official video.
Hero #14 – Jamie T
Here’s an absolute beauty of a song, from DD Dumbo. I’ll be definitely watching out for more from these guys. Another interesting release of late is the Kooks’ new song. Yes, I never thought I would hear myself say that. I generally despise that jingly jangly indie crap but they’re doing something different with their […]
As I was killing time in an airport cafe today, I was subject to a kind of ‘Hits of the ’90s’ playlist. And oddly enough, it wasn’t half as painful as I would have thought. In fact, a mixture of nostalgia and slight pop-acceptance in my advancing years led me to almost enjoy it. Here […]
Hero #13 – Bruce Springsteen
Pitchfork like these guys because of their name. Tim Jonze from the Guardian wasn’t sure about them because their name is too “Pitchfork-y”. Yep, that’s a word now apparently. What the hell, shut up guys and just enjoy this weird and wonderful performance on Letterman earlier this month. Their album Singles is out now – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ee4bfu_t3c
Hero #12 – Lykke Li
Here’s my two cents on the best new acts at SXSW 2014 – from NY hipsters to London hip hop, there was quite a promising new crop of musicians to be found. Avi Buffalo – Not necessarily a ‘new’ band per se, they have been around since 2009 but have done little to nothing on this […]
This has just dropped, a collaboration between Ratking and King Krule called So Sick Stories – Here’s King Krule’s A Lizard State from earlier in the year. And here’s the first track I ever heard from Ratking when they played SXSW last year. Speaking of which I will have a highlights of SXSW 2014 up soon.
With Saint Paddy’s Day on Monday, let’s have an Irish hero this week. Hero #11 – Phil Lynott
Mø has released her debut album No Mythologies To Follow and it’s a cracker. Check out this ‘album visual teaser’ she released to convince you all (not that you probably needed it) – Also the talented and insanely hot Chela has released her new single Zero. DIY exclusively debuted the video today for your viewing pleasure – And lastly, […]
Hurrah, this is my 100th post! OK, it may not mean much to you but I’m celebrating, I’m dancing. Here’s Jungle’s new tune. They’re back with another single in Busy Earnin’ that, yet again, comes with a hugely entertaining video. Sure, they’re sticking with the same old dance routine vibe but screw it, their videos are just […]
Hero #10 – Geoff Travis
It’s got to be one of the best music marketing campaigns in a long time, and the music’s pretty decent too! In case you’ve been living in a cave for the past year, Disclosure are the electronic duo made up of brothers Guy and Howard. Adding to their ‘just wanna get on with the music’ […]
This tag that recently defaced the Dalson Peace Mural got my attention in the past few days for two reason – 1. because it’s unbelievably shit and 2. because it is so ignorant and audacious in equal measures. Not that I needed to make my mind up on the matter necessarily, but this cements my […]
Hero #9 – Debbie Harry
Kate Tempest is an artist I’ve been hoping will break for a time. She is well-known on the music circuit but it feels like her moment still hasn’t ‘arrived’. Not until now that is. Having just signed to Big Dada, this could finally bring her to the forefront. I first came across her when she […]
In his time, Harold Ramis was instrumental in one way or another for giving the world such classic comedy films as Stripes, Groundhog Dog, National Lampoon’s Animal House; as well as co-writing and starring in one of the greatest movies ever – Ghostbusters. RIP sir. Harold Ramis (1944 – 2014)
Hero #8 – Damon Albarn
So the Brit Awards were announced last night and all the music publications have come out complaining today, the Guardian and CMU in particular getting a little nasty. My conclusion? The 2014 Brits were… not shit. I quite enjoyed the show actually. Sure, many of the winners are predictable and the awards are generally based […]
Hero #7 – A great artist that the world lost last year… Lou Reed
Last night, I went to check out Antimatter People at London’s Old Blue Last. If you like your Wytches and Temples then these guys will be right up your street. It’s full on psych-indie, with the five-piece headed up by the charismatic Yehan Jehan (pictured right). The first time I came across these guys was […]
George Ezra is set to release his follow-up EP to Did You Hear the Rain? on 16 March. Entitled Cassy O’, the lead track weaves a love story around some lyrics on his watch, I’m assuming his Casio? That’s not a joke, I’m serious. Have a listen and see what I mean…
Zabou is a young French street artist, illustrator and graphic designer based in London. I’ve loved her style ever since I saw her work for the Dalston Social bar, and she was even good enough to design my Raised by Wolves logo. She’s taking part in a T-shirt competition at the moment, and I reckon your good […]
Hero #6 – Alex Turner
I’m currently lovin’ a bit of London Grammar, particularly their version of Kavinsky’s Nightcall. The French electro song was originally released in 2010, produced with Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo. The track was famously used in the title sequence for the film Drive and is a great tune in its original version. But, along with an astonishing video, […]
Hero #5 – David Byrne
A new generation of young artists are taking to the stage and I’m delighted to see a theme emerging from their music – an anti-materialist attitude and a belief in artistic passion. What am I banging on about? Well, I think it’s fair to say that Lorde was the biggest breakthrough act of last year, […]
I’ve just booked my ticket for The Great Escape 2014, can’t wait! TGE have started announcing the first acts of their line-up and there are some exciting choices. Somewhat surprisingly, Kelis is to headline the Saturday night. Why is that surprising? Well we haven’t heard a peep out of Kelis for a while, didn’t really […]
Hero #4 – Win Butler
Great to see Antix from the Raised by Wolves Collective alongside artists from Moshi Moshi and Kitsuné in the latest Midweek Music Club from Deviate Magazine. Deviate, we support you! [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/playlists/20351613″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&show_artwork=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /]
Hero #3 – M.I.A.
Hero #2 – Kurt Cobain
I just bought the latest Maison Kitsuné compilation, albeit a few months on the back step (it was released in October), and have just discovered my new favourite artist – Chela. She’s an intriguing indie-electro act from Melbourne, real name Chelsea Wheatley, and basically you just need to get to know her. For me, she’s […]
You just gotta watch this; a haven for fans of Television, Blondie, Ramones, Talking Heads, New Yorks Dolls… they’re all in there!
I think for 2014, I might post a hero of mine every Friday. Hero #1 – Chuck D
2013 was such a great year for all things Raised by Wolves, bring on 2014. Wishing you all the best for the new year.
Firstly, by ‘One to Watch’, I don’t mean MØ the artist herself as I’ve been banging on about her for a year now. But her debut album No Mythologies To Follow is finally coming out on 24 February 2014. MØ kindly sent all her fans an exclusive first look megamix of the album’s tunes. Check it out, sounds […]
I’m officially winding down for Christmas now, sweet! Here’s my favourite Christmas song for ya, hope you all enjoy your holidays.
Nirvana’s Unplugged in New York premiered on MTV this day twenty years ago. A milestone is the music session genre, this was shot just months before Cobain committed suicide at his home in Seattle. At times in the show, he seems troubled; at others, he seems relaxed and like he’s just having fun with bandmates Grohl […]
Check this out – http://www.concerthotels.com/100-years-of-rock
Been so busy with Raised by Wolves PR, I’d kinda forgotten about Raised by Wolves – the singer. But the good people at Right Chord Music have chosen me as one of the best new artists of 2013. If you went to the link and clicked your vote for me, you’d make my day, thanks […]
With the BBC Sound of 2014 arriving today, it’s a time for reflection on the year of music that was and a look ahead to the year of music awaiting us. Interestingly, of the fifteen acts on the BBC Sound of 2014 list; seven are solo male artists, five are solo females and three are duos. […]
Heading off to see Izzy Bizu tonight at the new Music Week Radar showcase nights. Izzy promises to perform some oldies such as Hit the Road Jack as well as her own tunes like White Tiger and Fools Gold. She kinda reminds me of Lianne Le Havas, great voice. Check this out – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofulR7RRJS8 Also on the bill is […]
Congrats to Red Kite for their song Montreal being chosen as iTunes Canada’s prestigious Single of the Week. The song has now seen 40,000 downloads in a week, good stuff! Montreal comes from new debut album Songs for Crow, here’s another banger from the album. A personal favourite, Dance with Crow – ps. Two drummers like Poliça, nice!
Bob Dylan releases an official video for ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ some fifty years since the song’s debut. It was worth the wait. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAVgwA9Gx1A As much as I’m not a pop fan by any means; this performance video of Lady Gaga at the Youtube Music Awards last week is a knock-out. Tune. And lastly, Spike […]
Congratulations to one of my acts Antix, for his shortlisting today with MTV Brand New. Great to see some intelligent hip-hop getting the attention it deserves. Check out Antix’ latest cover of another favourite of mine Lorde. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjzLze6B9P4
London duo SUNS release their debut EP next Monday, and have been causing quite a buzz since the video for their debut single has clocked up around 65,000 views on Vimeo – in a fortnight! It has been chosen as a Vimeo Staff Pick also. Check it out – Brought together by a love of […]
VS There was a slight battle of the hipster gigs last night in London – namely, MØ vs MS MR. MØ was playing in East London’s XOYO, with the set including tracks from her Bikini Daze EP such as XXX 88 and this electro-ballad Never Wanna Know – New Yorkers MS MR were down in Shepherd’s Bush on the other hand. […]
Blood Cultures is a man, one of those dudes using the ‘mystery’ angle. I like his style, pretty cool tune too. Alice Boman’s Waiting is the best song I’ve heard in ages, I am in love with this song. So much so that I sent Ms. Boman a gushing email about how I can help […]
It’s just started on More4, get over there and watch it. Although More4 seem to be having some technical difficulties so far it has to be said. 2013’s nominees are as follow, enjoy the show… 1. Laura Mvula, Sing to the Moon Who is she? Bookies’ favourite Mvula was working as a receptionist until her demo tracks […]
I spent many a time when I was a teenager sitting in the local ‘Abrakebabra’ chip-shop listening to Lou Reed’s Perfect Day on repeat. Thanks for all the beautiful music sir… …and my personal favourite to this day. R.I.P. fella, nice work.
Last month saw the release of Arctic Monkeys’ fifth album AM, and it’s the one they’ve “always wanted to make” according to Alex Turner. I felt like I lost the Sheffield quartet a little after My Favourite Worst Nightmare but this really is a return to form. The lyrics of opener Do I Wanna Know? grab you from the […]
Bit of a mixture but here’s some stuff I’m liking at the moment… …and some compilations. Kitsuné released their Kitsuné Maison Compilation 15 last week, here is a minimix by Jerry Bouthier. Bon appétit.
She’s nuts and I love her. MIA is back with new tunes and has released a preview of YALA. Similar to George the Poet arguing against the ‘dumb phrase of the year’ YOLO, YALA stands for You Always Live Again. MIA had some attention earlier this year for more than just her music, she gave […]
Well, these two have nothing in common whatsoever other than their names sound similar but it’s a good excuse to talk about both of them in the one post. Who are they? Dems are these guys – They have pretty hats and beards and stuff. And kinda boring songs, not for me. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/80756768″ width=”100%” […]
I’ve found a few new tunes lately so I thought I’d just throw them all on the table at once. I heard recently that George the Poet has been/is being signed to Island Records and this made me go back and take a look at him. I first came across George, like many people, on […]
Get your ears around this. A new band in the same vein as The Orwells or Splashh, Cuz is the brainchild of Johnny Ryan- formerly of short-lived and much-hyped greasers band Dirty Hands. Cuz draw influence from many of the late-seventies New York hipster groups such as Television and Talking Heads. It’s apt so that […]
Arcade Fire have released a 22 minute film called Here Comes The Night Time. It’s directed by Roman Coppola and, in addition to the band, features some other familiar faces such as Michael Cera, James Franco, Ben Stiller and Bono. It’s already clocked up over 50,000 hits in less than ten hours, wow! These guys are […]
Lorde releases her new single from upcoming album Pure Heroine. The single Team is the singer’s third, following Royals and Tennis Court. Pure Heroine is set for a 30 September release. I blogged earlier in the year about the great things that female artists are doing on the music scene at the moment and Lorde and co. seem to be going […]
Has anyone spotted these around London? Today sees the release of Arcade Fire’s fourth album Reflektor (at 9pm to be exact) and there has been lots of buzz online for the album in the past few days . Yesterday saw a possible second leak of the title track, which has since been removed, and other sources have […]
I’ve been aware of Jacob Banks for a while now since his song Kids on the Corner caught my ears a few months ago. It was from his brilliantly-entitled debut EP The Monologue. Great tune and deserves all the attention it can get, I was glad to hear it pop up on the soundtrack in […]
I’m back home organising a festival for this Saturday 31st August. We’re going to have a Pop-up Cinema, a Writer’s Corner including two-time Hennessy Award winner Dermot Healy and some incredible contemporary and traditional Irish music. I’ve always been a big fan of music session channels like the Mahogany Sessions and Balcony TV, and we […]
With their second outing together since 2011’s Drive, Ryan Gosling and director Nicholas Winding Refn have delivered another visually stunning masterpiece with Only God Forgives. Though I may be in the minority with that opinion as the plotline seems to splitting critics down the middle. Personally, I liked it… Read my review – http://vulturehound.co.uk/2013/08/only-god-forgives-film-review/
Just back from the weirdest weekend at Wilderness Festival, and I am now officially all festivaled out! Awesome weekend all in all; I heard some great music, watched a play, saw a Napoleonic battle, caught some impromptu poetry, was pikey drinking with Lily Allen (down to see her act Tom Odell, as below), and attended […]
I’m currently in the depths of organising a festival, and listening to some tunes from our line-up such as Bairbre Anne. I first came across Bairbre Anne when Irish tastemaker blogs Swear I’m Not Paul and 2UIBestow compiled a list of top Irish artists to watch out for in 2013. Another alumnus on the list […]
This week I went along to see a band called Yo’True at the Shacklewell Arms in Dalston. Check out my review of the gig for VultureHound Magazine in the next few days. An interesting act headed by Ben J. Wood, I could hear influences from everything from Darwin Deez to Friendly Fires to Hall & […]
I’m just back from an awesome weekend at the Secret Garden Party, a festival which I was lucky enough to be working for this year. There were some first class acts, with one particular highlight for me being Django Django’s Zumm Zumm live. We also had Bastille, Mø, London Grammar, 2 Many DJs, John Newman, […]
This year’s announcement by Danny Boyle to direct Porno, the Trainspotting sequel, gave me a strange feeling of excitement mixed with extreme caution. I am a huge fan of the cult anti-drug Trainspotting and can’t really imagine my teenage years without it. As a reviewer at the time said, it was the Clockwork Orange of my generation; it was that important. […]
The Kentishtowner Magazine has kindly featured a piece on my past life, before the days of Raised by Wolves…
You gotta love Dalston, there’s always some weird shit happening around here. Check out the ‘Dalston House’ art installation on Ashwin Street. The piece by Argentine artist Leandro Erlich allows visitors to feel as if they are scaling a normal Victorian terraced house through the use of a giant overhanging mirror!
Boom! It’s arrived, with what may be literally the worst festival poster of all time. Facebook and Twitter are rife with people talking about setting up camp at Glasto or the bitter ones telling everyone how glad they are that they aren’t there. I currently reside in the ‘couldn’t give a shit’ camp. I’m ashamed […]
Here are some new tunes I’ve been loving lately. If you haven’t heard these then you need to get all over them like a powerful moss. [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekFWPsXXcg0] I heard this on Jools Holland a few weeks back and didn’t think much of it. Such a grower though, fair dews John Grant. Can anyone spot where […]
This picture (left) was taken by photographer Michael Putland in 1980. From bottom-left clockwise you’ve got Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, Debbie Harry of Blondie, Viv Albertine of the Slits, Siouxsie Sioux of Siouxsie and the Banshees, Pauline Black of The Selecter and Poly Styrene of X-Ray Spex. Putland photographed the women in Kensington, London for […]
What a tune. I was watching a great documentary on Tony Wilson’s TV show So It Goes, where he discovered some of his Factory Records alumni. I love a bit of Joy Division and Happy Mondays and all that, but there was one I’d never heard of…Wreckless Eric. I’m glad I finally discovered this – […]
It’s great to see some of the bands and acts I’ve blogged about over the past few months going from strength to strength. One of my favourite acts from this year’s SXSW were Cayucas, with their single High School Lover grabbing my attention. I’ve since had the pleasure of seeing them live at the Lexington in London […]
Sunny sundays, you gotta love ’em. Here are some tunes to chill out to for the long weekend; first up is Cayucas. Pretty much every sound from these guys just drips of ‘summer’ and then they go and write a song called A Summer Thing. Warning: You may implode with happiness while listening to this. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sINzGHV68PA] […]
Great man. Great band. Ray Manzarek (1939 – 2013) http://youtu.be/3dNtmM8jrV8
Raised by Wolves are delighted to be attending this weekend’s The Great Escape in Brighton. Some awesome acts on the bill include the previously revered King Krule, Chvrches, MØ and The Strypes amongst others. There are also some acts which I caught recently at the ‘Raiders of the Last Tube’ nights in London such as Misty Miller, […]
Shortlist recently decided on their twenty favourite blockbusters posters of all time. Honestly… some great choices, some terrible choices like the posters for 2012 or The Day After Tomorrow. The fact that those films were rubbish doesn’t help either, and I agree with many of the comments on the surprise of classics like the original […]
Sound Tracks Festival 2013 is taking place this Saturday 11 May in London. A really unique festival that I’m proud to be involved with, Sound Tracks takes place at numerous unusual venues along the East London Overground Line; from Dalston’s Old Boys Club to the Bussey Building in Peckham, via Canada Water Library, the Brunel Museum in Rotherhithe and the Geffrye Museum in Hoxton. And, uniquely, you can watch musicians perform on the trains between the […]
Yep, Star Wars-obsessed losers like myself have our own day don’t you know. Forget about the Phantom Menace, phone adverts with Yoda, ‘Ani’ Skywalker and all that nonsense; for me today celebrates the classic original Star Wars trilogy. And let’s keep our fingers crossed for the forthcoming Episodes VII-IX movies. The positives? Lucas has been […]
Hard to believe that it’s been ten years since Dizzee Rascal’s album Boy in Da Corner was released. In the summer of 2003, this debut was released to universal acclaim and went on to pick up the Mercury Prize that year; putting UK hip hop on the map. A fresh, innovative fusion of hip hop and techno […]
Aaall over this today, brought to my attention by the fantastic Mahogany Sessions blog. This is Daughter’s cover version of Daft Punk’s new single Get Lucky, recorded live and exclusively for Huw Stephens on the BBC Radio One Live Lounge on Saturday, 27th April 2013. Enjoy… [soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/89851846″ iframe=”true” /]
This is Gavlyn. Gavlyn is a rapper from L.A., rapping seriously since 2006. Why is she something new then? Her debut album From the Art just dropped at the end of last year and she still hasn’t really broken on this side of the pond. She’s inspired by old school 70s funk and spoken word, with her […]
What in God’s name is that thing in the sky over Dalston? Yeah I can confirm, it’s a sun. Sweet, like all Londoners, you must do the following now – 1. Throw on your clothes and run out of the house. Don’t worry about your keys or brushing your teeth, just get out before the […]
Well it’s only been a few weeks since my blog on exciting new female acts in music and the latest act that’s caught my attention is, surprise surprise, a female solo artist. Though she’s more a girl than a woman, at just sixteen years of age! Talented and young, sickening I know. Her name is Lorde. […]
Margaret Thatcher died yesterday on 8th April 2013. She was the first woman Prime Minister of Britain, and the longest serving Prime Minister of the 20th Century. And these are accolades that she will be deservedly remembered for, but she had a shit load of enemies – from the coal-mine workers of the UK, to […]
For anyone with access to BBC iPlayer, have a look at the ‘Classic Albums’ episode on Elvis’ debut album Elvis Presley. It takes a look back at the creation of Elvis Presley’s album which brought about his rise to superstardom in 1956, and can be found here… http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01rlwpd/Classic_Albums_Series_3_Elvis_Presley_Elvis_Presley/ It’s a very interesting look at the roots of Elvis, […]
It seems there’s something happening with regards to how people want access to their music and movies. In the past decade we’ve all got used to free downloading and streaming, telling ourselves it’s a “grey area” of the law (with many not really caring about its legibility). But there’s a new wave of thought that […]
Congratulations to the Kentishtowner Magazine, the North West London publication who have this year expanded from their online medium to include a new print version; and it seems very successfully so. The Kentishtowner has been building a legion of readers since its founding in 2010, and in February of this year expanded to include an […]
Bastille have been around for the past year, dropping singles in the lead up to their highly-anticipated debut album Bad Blood which was released this month. However, I feel like I haven’t given them the attention they deserve; because a particular video was brought to my attention this week that really made me sit up and […]
Pretty much most people have some Irish heritage, so celebrate yours by doing what most Irish people like myself are doing today – drinking and singing Irish songs. Here’s a few tunes to get you started. You can’t really talk about Irish songs without mentioning the Pogues. In the 1980s The Pogues combined the lyricism of […]
For a recent job, I was tasked with trawling through all the acts at this year’s SXSW. With hundreds of bands and artists performing at SXSW this was quite a daunting task, but I’m glad to say that I discovered some real gems. For those who don’t know, SXSW (pronounced ‘South by South West’) is […]
It is my opinion that there has been somewhat of a battle of the sexes in music in recent years, and the outcome? Women. Have. Won. I remember when the Best Female category of the Brits was the lull of the ceremony, with little known nominees like Beth Orton and Alison Moyet receiving the kind […]
Spry is the nom de band of Joe Howard (far right). Starting off less than a year ago, Spry has developed from Joe’s solo act to a fully fledged alt-folk group with four single releases under their belt. I recently caught them live at one of their single launches in North London, check out my review […]
Growing up in the late 1990s, I didn’t have much love for hip hop. Songs like Sabotage had made the Beastie Boys ‘acceptable’ but in general hip hop seemed to embody a materialism that was at odds with more conscious guitar bands at the time. However I think if I’d have been born a few […]
With the 85th Oscars taking place next weekend, one interesting question is whether Daniel Day-Lewis will take home the Best Actor award for a third time with his role in Lincoln. If he did, he would make history as the first actor to ever do so. Although Katharine Hepburn won four Best Actress Oscars, no […]
This is some graffiti that I recently saw near Camden Town and I have to say I’m slightly intrigued. As opposed to someone just leaving their tag, this graffiti seems to have had some thought put into it as it is quite specific to the Specsavers poster it is graffitied on. In particular the green […]
BeatFox first came to my attention, not via a fancy industry showcase or some scenester magazine, but outside Hammersmith tube station. I got stranded in Hammersmith, with a hangover, some weeks back and was none too pleased…until I heard this guy. BeatFox is a South-London beatboxer called Jim Fox, and is currently ranked 2nd in the […]
Ever since I started listening to music, I’ve always felt I was primarily a fan of melody and if a song didn’t have a vocal hook that grabbed me then I wasn’t interested. That has now been put to the test by Poliça. I’m not necessarily saying that their vocal hooks are weak but it’s more […]
OK the blog title may be a bit exaggerated but, watching Django Unchained, I found myself going through the same motions as when watching Inglourious Basterds. It feels like something has happened to Quentin Tarantino in the past decade. However I don’t think it’s a case of him “losing his hard-on” as he would say, but […]
A great place to find new music in the style of a good ol’ intimate acoustic session is here at Gin in Teacups. Gin in Teacups was set up two years ago by founders Fred & Ginger to bring acoustic sessions of ‘under the radar’ acts to the masses. That’s quite a tall order but […]
When a mate of mine recommended a band from back home in Ireland who were all about fifteen years old, I thought he was joking. But when I checked out the video for The Strypes’ ‘You Can’t Judge A Book By The Cover’ I was well surprised, very very pleasantly surprised. The Strypes are from […]
Almost every blog has had their say on the BBC Sound of 2013 List, with most championing Haim who came out on top. I hate to jump on the bandwagon but must admit the BBC Sound of List is something I always look forward to at the beginning of each year. It’s been about a […]
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And…. to kick everything off here is a song I came across from an artist called MØ. It is next to impossible to find out anything about her, besides the fact that she is from Copenhagan and is being whispered as a new Grimes. Isn’t it a bit early for a NEW Grimes. Let MØ just be MØ. […]
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