Enough Folk For All

I must apologise, there hasn’t been that much activity in recent days at all, a very poor effort on my part.

To make up for it, I’ve got an artist that many of you would have heard, but probably not been aware of. Having sung with Damien Rice for many years, songstress Lisa Hannigan stepped out on her own in May this year. With her beautiful tone and endearing songs, she has lost none of her appeal she had amongst Rice’s melodies.

Although sticking to folk, Hannigan has managed to stamp her own identity on her music to prove she is more than a mere supporting act. From her debut album Sea Sew, this is the gloriously titled “Splishy Splashy”

Debut album Sea Sew is available now.

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Myspace Music Arrives In Britain

Social networking site Myspace has launched it’s new music streaming service in the UK. Said to match up to existing ones including Spotify and LastFM, the service will see music from all over the world available for listening.

As well as music, it will also feature video and multimedia content. And as if that is not enough, a partnership with Apple means that in one click, users will be able to download their favourite tracks via iTunes.

Kasabian and Delphic last night performed at London’s Club Heaven as part of the official launch party.

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Classic Album: Interpol – Antics

I’ve decided upon a new feature. As well as new music and hot new tracks (I can’t pull off the phrase “hot new” at all, sorry), I will be featuring the odd classic album. Far from being reaches back into the far recesses of time, they will be albums that I have found important to me since I first became enthralled by music. From indie to hip hop, it’ll be a musical journey.

Anyway, to start I would like to introduce the marvelous Interpol and their album Antics. Their second album released in 2004, it marks their progression from accomplished, edgy artists to polished musicians. Featuring the sparse arrangements that made them so successful, it is the pulsing bass lines and the striking vocals of Paul Banks that really grab the attention.

It also marks their arrival in the popular market, with the album thrusting them into the spotlight. After a period of not listening to them I played the album in it’s entirety recently, and it is an instant reminder of why such a talented band should not be ignored.

Despite it being virtually impossible to pick a stand out track, I have selected my personal favourite “Slow Hands”. Currently featured on a popular advert, it showcases every inch of the band’s talents. With deft touches and minimalist ideas, here is the official video.

Track Listing:

  1. “Next Exit” – 3:20
  2. “Evil” – 3:35
  3. “NARC” – 4:07
  4. “Take You on a Cruise” – 4:54
  5. “Slow Hands” – 3:04
  6. “Not Even Jail” – 5:46
  7. “Public Pervert” – 4:40
  8. “C’mere” – 3:11
  9. “Length of Love” – 4:06
  10. “A Time to Be So Small” – 4:50

(Image courtesy of Artists Direct)

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The Killers Release Christmas Single For Charity

US rock/pop act The Killers have released a brand new single in support of yesterday’s World AIDS Day (1st December.)

The track, entitled “Happy Birthday Guadalupe”, is available for digital download with all proceeds going to the charity (RED). The official video will also be made available for purchase.

This will be the band’s fourth charity single, with this effort seeing them joined by Mariachi El Bronx and Wild Light.

Here is the official video, available along with the track via The Killer’s official website.

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Isle Of Wight Festival Announces First Headliners

After a very successful 2009, IoW Festival have announced a superb set of headliners for 2o10. Hip hop superstar Jay – Z and Julian Casablancas’ The Strokes have been penned in  for the event, with the former topping the bill on the opening night (June 11), with the indie stars taking to the stage the following night.

As well as the two headliners, organisers have also confirmed veteran act Blondie, dance legends Orbital and Pink for the summer event. One more headliner is set to be announced closer to the event.

The festival will take take place from 11th – 13th June, with tickets set to go on sale on Friday 4th December.

(Image courtesy of www.isleofwightfestival.com)

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New Young Pony Club To Give Away New Track

Having recently been confirmed to play this year’s NME Awards Show, New Young Pony Club have announced they will be releasing a new track as a free download.

With their second album The Optimist scheduled for March 2010, track “Lost A Girl” will be made available from the band’s official website.

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Henry Rollins Takes Spoken Word Tour To America

All round entertainer Henry Rollins has announced another spoken word tour in the USA.

Having completed a UK leg, the former Black Flag frontman will take to the states with his “Frequent Flyer Tour”. Dates will Start from February.

Having swapped music for spoken word, Rollins has enjoyed more success and a cult following. Although, having seen him in the appalling Wrong Turn 2, as long as he stays away from acting he shouldn’t have much problem.

(Image courtesy of NME)

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