Jul 28, 2011

ELBOW


   


   Elbow is an alternative rock band which formed in Bury, Greater Manchester, England in 1990 while at sixth-form college. The band consists of Guy Garvey (vocals, guitar), Mark Potter(guitar, vocals), Pete Turner (bass), Craig Potter (keyboards) and Richard Jupp (drums). Over the band’s 19 year career, it has released five studio albums, four EPs and ten top fifty singles in the UK.

    The band is named after a line in the BBC TV mini-series The Singing Detective which says that the word “elbow” is the most sensuous word in the English language, not for its definition, but for how it feels to say it.

    Elbow began specializing in “chilled funk”, but changed the direction of its music after unanimously deciding that they were “shit.” The new songs were noticed from both Island Records and Universal, but the band was dropped before anything was released after it signed with both labels. The band then released two critically acclaimed EP’s on the independent Ugly Man Record label which caught the attention of V2 Records. 

    V2 released Elbow’s debut album: “Asleep In The Back.” The album was a surprisignly moderate success, gaining substantial critical acclaim and, ultimately, a nomination for themercury music prize in 2001. The single “newborn” received attention after being banned by radio 1 for the lyric, “I’ll be the corpse in your bathtub.”

    Word of mouth then began to work in Elbow’s favor. Its 2003 album, “Cast Of Thousands,” entered the UK Charts at #7 to critical acclaim. The lead single, “Fallen Angel,” charted at #19. 

    In 2004, Elbow became the first British band to ever play a concert in Havana during an unofficial Cuban tour. The tour was made into a short film by British documentary maker Irshad Ashraf.

    Elbow released its third album in 2005: “Leaders of the Free World.” Despite a continued lack of commercial notice, “Leaders Of The Free World” charted at #12, with its lead single, “Forget Myself” achieving #22 in the charts. That autumn, Elbow headlined the first of two sell-out tours.

    March 17, 2008, saw the release of Elbow’s fourth album, entitled “The Seldom Seen Kid.” Released through Fiction, it entered the UK album chart at #5, and went on to win the 2008 mercury music award. “The Fix,” features guest vocals and lead guitar by Richard Hawley. April 2009 saw the release of The Seldom Seen Kid Live at Abbey Road, recorded with The BBC Concert Orchestra and Chantage. This album, recorded in Studio One of the world famous Abbey Road Studios on Saturday, January 17, 2008, is a complete run-through of the Mercury winning album. It features the band, a 52-piece orchestra, and a 20-member choir.

    “Grounds For Divorce” was featured in VALVe Software game Left 4 Dead in 2008. 

    The band’s fifth album build a rocket boys! was released in the UK on March 14, 2011.















Jul 27, 2011

OK GO

    OK Go is an American rock band which formed in Chicago, Illinois, United States in 1998. The band consists of Damian Kulash (guitar, vocals), Tim Nordwind (bass), Andy Ross (guitar, keyboards), and Dan Konopka (drums). The band is best known for their singles “Get Over It”, “A Million Ways”, “Here It Goes Again” and “This Too Shall Pass” and for their high concept, low budget, one-shot music videos. 





    They play  music, with influences such as Cheap Trick, T Rex and Queen. They share management with They Might Be Giants, with whom they toured before signing to Capitol Records. They served as the house band to the public radio program This American Life on the show’s fifth anniversary tour. Ira Glass, the show’s host, wrote their first official bio, calling them “living catnip” and describing their songs as “part indie rock, part stadium rock, part straight up pop with the occasional whiff of The Pixies or The Cars or Elliott Smith.”

    In the United Kingdom, “Get Over It”, from their self-titled debut album, appeared at No. 21 in the singles chart on March 16, 2003, and the band performed it on that week’s edition of Top of the Pops. Also that week, the single’s video was named video of the week by Q Magazine. The single was also featured in EA Sports video games Triple Play Baseball and Madden NFL 2003 in 2002.

    The band contributed a cover of “This Will Be Our Year,” the Zombies classic, as the lead track of Future Soundtrack for America, a political benefit album put out by Barsuk Records in the fall of 2004. Lead singer Damian Kulash also became somewhat politically active during that election cycle, writing a heavily downloaded how-to-guide entitled “How Your Band Can Fire Bush” for bands hoping to help unseat President George W. Bush, which garnered him an avalanche of hate mail.

    The band’s second record, “Oh No”, was recorded in Malmö, Sweden and produced by Tore Johansson (The Cardigans, Franz Ferdinand) in the fall of 2004. Released in August 2005, it gained notoriety for its first single, the Clash-esque “A Million Ways.” Its popularity was due in large part to its video, which proved to be a viral internet sensation in the fall of 2005. The ultra-low budget, one-take video featured the band in their back yard performing a dance choreographed by lead singer Kulash’s sister, Trish Sie. Using a camera borrowed from a friend, the video was produced for under ten dollars and released without the knowledge or consent of their label, Capitol Records. By November 2005, the video had become the most downloaded music video ever with over 3 million downloads. It also spawned hundreds of tribute performances by amateur dancers around the world, a phenomenon that was encouraged by the group, which sponsored a dance contest, “OK Go Dances with You(Tube)”, in which contestants were asked to upload videos of themselves doing the ‘million ways dance’ to YouTube, which would subsequently be judged, with the winning group of dancers to appear on stage with the band at a future OK Go performance. 

    The nontraditional video for “A Million Ways” is not without precedent for the band. Previous oddball video efforts featuring OK Go include their Ping Pong Instructional Video and the Federal Truth In Music Project.



    Their next video featured the band dancing on treadmills to the single “Here It Goes Again” from the “Oh No” Album. This video was produced in a similar style to “A Million Ways”, and also choreographed by singer/songwriter Damian Kulash’s sister, Trish Sie. As with the previous music video for “A Million Ways”, “Here It Goes Again” was also recorded as one continuous unedited take, although it required 7 days of rehearsal, and was the best (take 14) of 17 attempts. The amateur and yet brilliantly original ‘treadmill video’ sparked an even greater viral internet phenomenon than the AMW video, and was subsequently viewed on YouTube and elsewhere online well over 15 million times. On February 11, 2007, the “Here It Goes Again” music video earned the band members of OK Go and Trish Sie the Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video.

    OK Go toured North America with Silversun Pickups and Snow Patrol in 2007.














Jul 26, 2011

ICONA POP







Icona Pop is a duo all the way from Stockholm, Sweden. Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo deliver pop music that seems second nature to most Scandinavians.

Upon first hearing Manners you get it all – clapped beats, fizzy electronics, cute female vocals and a Sesame Street chorus. It’s verses are like the narration of a teenager’s diary, before the youthful confidence comes storming in, “take a second look and you’ll see, there is no one like me“. It’s a punchy pop song that has a wonderful blend of obvious hooks, big choruses and a chart-ready appeal, yet it’s still drenched in buckets of ice cool undertones. 

Watch out for more of Icona Pop this year.

http://ww.iconapop.com/
http://ww.facebook.com/iconapop
















Jul 22, 2011

THE JOKER . . .







"Don't talk like one of them, you're not...
even if you'd like to be. 
To them, you're just a freak, like me. 
They need you right now, but when they don't...they'll cast you out.

Like a leper.

See their morals...their code... it's a bad joke,
dropped at the first sign of trouble. 
They're only as good as the world allows them to be.
I'll show you...when the chips are down these, uh, 
these civilized people...they'll eat each other.

See, I'm not a monster. 

I'm just ahead of the curve."


Joker.

KITSUNE - FRANCE

  


  Kitsuné Music is a French electronic music record label created in 2002 by Gildas Loaëc (Roulé) and Masaya Kuroki, as part of the Kitsuné Fashion Label.

The label has since released singles by such artists as Klaxons, Simian Mobile Disco and Digitalism. The only full length release to date is Hot Chip’s debut, Coming On Strong.









    Kitsune (IPA: [kitsɯne] ( listen)) is the Japanese word for fox. Foxes are a common subject of Japanese folklore; in English,kitsune refers to them in this context. Stories depict them as intelligent beings and as possessing magical abilities that increase with their age and wisdom. Foremost among these is the ability to assume human form. While some folktales speak of kitsune employing this ability to trick others—as foxes in folklore often do—other stories portray them as faithful guardians, friends, lovers, and wives.
Foxes and human beings lived close together in ancient Japan; this companionship gave rise to legends about the creatures. Kitsune have become closely associated with Inari, a Shinto kami or spirit, and serve as its messengers. This role has reinforced the fox's supernatural significance. The more tails a kitsune has—they may have as many as nine—the older, wiser, and more powerful it is. Because of their potential power and influence, some people make offerings to them as to a deity.















Jul 13, 2011

BON IVER




Wisconsin, USA (2007 – present)
    Bon Iver is an   band, and one of Justin Vernon’s current and most notable music projects to date. The band also consists of Mike Noyce, Sean Carey and Matt MacCaughan.

    The name ‘Bon Iver’ (pronounced “bon ee-VAIR”) is a play on the French phrase ‘bon hiver’ meaning ‘good winter’. Vernon independently released Bon Iver’s debut album 
For Emma, Forever Ago in 2007, most of which was recorded during a four-month stay in a remote cabin in Wisconsin, USA.

    While in high school and college Vernon founded the 
 bands Mount Vernon andDeYarmond Edison in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where he still resides. 

    According to the 
For Emma Songfacts, after the break-up of De Yarmond Edison, Vernon retreated to his father’s log cabin, out in the woods of north-east Wisconsin to hibernate for three snowy months. There he collected his thoughts and formulated them into a suite of songs, For Emma, Forever Ago . The album was originally self-released in late 2007 in a run of 500 copies and sold out instantly.

    The album garnered critical acclaim, and was picked up by the indie-rock label 
Jagjaguwar, which gave the album a proper release on February 19th, 2008. The album was released in the UK and Europe by iconic indie 4AD on May 12, 2008.

     When released in the UK, 
For Emma, Forever Ago received 5/5 and “Album of the Month” reviews in both MOJO and Uncut magazines. It is currently the third highest rated album of 2008 on review-aggregator site Metacritic, with accolades from publications including The Village Voice, The Hartford Courant and The A.V. Club.








Jul 12, 2011

MARS VOLTA



El PasoUnited States (2001 – present)
The Mars Volta is an American rock group formed in 2001 by guitarist Omar A. Rodriguez-Lopez and vocalist Cedric Bixler Zavala. They incorporate various influences including , and / into their sound. They are characterized for their energetic and improvisational live shows, as well as their concept-based studio albums. 

The roots of The Mars Volta are found in the band 
At the Drive-In. Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, both members of At the Drive-In, formed an  -influenced side project called De Facto, which featured Bixler-Zavala on drums, Rodriguez-Lopez on bass, Isaiah Owens (AKA “Ikey”) on keyboards, and Jeremy Michael Ward on vocals, loops and sound effects.

Due to creative differences and discomfort with mainstream success, Rodriguez-Lopez and Bixler-Zavala quit At the Drive-In in 2001. The remaining members of At the Drive-In formed 
Sparta. By the time bassist Eva Gardner joined De Facto, they had changed their name to The Mars Volta. During 2001, the band recorded two songs with former-Laddio Bolocko drummer Blake Fleming and producer Alex Newport, which became their first demo. The lineup for their first public show at Chain Reaction in Anaheim, California was Rodriguez-Lopez, Bixler-Zavala, Owens, Gardner, Ward, and drummer Jon Theodore. This lineup recorded three more tracks with Alex Newport, which became the EP Tremulant, released as a limited edition in early 2002.