Having signed a new major label contract, The Guardian reveal that Portishead are gearing up for their fourth masterwork. And there won't be another 11 year gap between records. Geoff Barrow gets interviewed.
Further "techiness" abounds as we take a look at Sonic Youth's equipment guide. A full run-down is given of each model with multiple shots, the songs that feature the guitars and the alternative tunings used. Sonic weaponry!
We have one inviting package to get you hot under the collar this week. Cut for Pye at the height of her cabaret and TV shows’ popularity, Swingin’ Dors sets the record straight about Dors and her many talents. Not just Britain’s most famous sex symbol of the fifties, but […read more…]
It’s a techy post, readers. Here we take a closer look at the custom built guitars that Matthew Bellamy of Muse performs with. Designed in partnership with Hugh Manson, check out the black Manson with MIDI strip controller. Modify your guitar today, we say!
A sheet of paper containing the hand-written lyrics to The Beatles classic A Day In The Life was recently put under the hammer, beating the estimate at auction. The Telegraph confirm the full amount of digits it sold for. Read 'em and weep!
NME report that Radiohead have almost finished their new album and are pushing for a release date later this year, with the buzz of their 'new direction' discussed with the BBC. Elsewhere with the BBC, the possibility of new material from Public Image Limited is debated. Much to consider, then.
With tickets still available for next week's Hard Rock Calling Festival, Planet Rock reveal news that a number of ‘the most iconic rock portraits of all time will grace the walls of the VIP tent’…Click for full list of artist photos confirmed.
Ah, Neu! Rock performed as Techno 15 years before the fact. A band that laid the foundation for every modern day post-rock record and an influence that can be felt in the music of David Bowie, U2, Stereolab, Mogwai and any other hip group you care to mention. This strictly […read more…]
THE FLAMING LIPS 'Dark Side Of The Moon' [Release Date 28/06/2010] 2010 UK 10-track CD album Fans of The Flaming Lips have come to expect the unexpected. But even the most ardent devotee of the band must've been surprised when a session recorded with their friends Stardeath and White Dwarfs […read more…]
It’s another one of those iffy propositions, the dreaded ‘supergroup’ idea, full of promise and more often than not wholly embarrassing, but if the material’s good… Playing some of their favourite songs by The Troggs, MC5, Creation, The Flamin' Groovies and The Chocolate Watch Band, the NME confirm that The […read more…]
Not that we condone such activity, of course. Love is the drug and we’re sure the more astute 60s collectors amongst you will love this one. Magic Potion by The Open Mind has to be one of the snarliest psych-rock singles to come from these shores, and quite rightly warrants […read more…]
Dom Lawson is a passionate and much-respected music writer who works for Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Classic Rock Prog and Bravewords. Although he's best-known for his hard rock and metal reviews and features, his tastes are wide and varied, reflecting his genuine love for music. Here he takes time out […read more…]
So say The Telegraph. The story? Going against the current tide of all things digital, one Nathan Dunne has started a brave new venture called Underwood; publishing vinyl books! Have a read…
Quite the collectable package this for the AC/DC backpacker. Housed in a 12" x 12" x 4" box designed to resemble a vintage AC/DC guitar amp, the trainspotters among you will recognise the original logo used by Angus and Malcolm on their speaker cabinets in 1975, with opening lid doubling […read more…]
IRON MAIDEN 'The Final Frontier' [Release Date 16/08/2010] CD I Spec Edition CD I 2 x Picture Disc The release date for Iron Maiden's highly anticipated new studio album 'The Final Frontier' is now confirmed for Monday 16th August. The new album artwork has just been unveiled on their website www.ironmaiden.com […read more…]
According to The Telegraph, Bon Jovi are the first band to perform live on the roof of London’s 02 Arena. All very rock n’ roll, but whether ‘helped by trained mountaineers to reach the top’ was a compulsory health & safety measure or an age issue remains unconfirmed. We’d have […read more…]
Surprise rarity of the day, the aptly titled Boo by Juliet Lawson. This incredibly rare 1972 LP is a FACTORY SAMPLE stickered issue for review ahead of commercial release, with musical aid from such notables as Iain Blair, Lol Coxhill, plus bassist Bias Boshell and guitarist David Costa [here as producer] from […read more…]
With both the disc and back inlay sleeve featuring unique artwork, the promotional-only Precious Things EP is arguably the rarest and most sought-after CD collectable by the Goddess and we guarantee it authentic and official, so don't be fooled by cheap imitations. Not only is this one of Tori Amos' […read more…]
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN 'London Calling – Live In Hyde Park' Available on DVD and Blu-Ray On June 21st, Columbia Records will release Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's 'London Calling: Live In Hyde Park' concert film on one Blu-Ray disc and as a two DVD set. Captured in London at […read more…]
Back at the end of April, I brought you early details of Kylie's long-awaited 11th album (minus the tracklisting and DVD contents). And whilst I hoped that details for the single would come through at the same time as these updated album details, it was not to be. So I […read more…]
'Unofficial' because it's by John Shuttleworth and The Fall's Mark E Smith, but don't let that stop you. Alas, It is the only World Cup 2010 song. Watch the video for 'England's Heartbeat' over at the NME site today. Altogether now…
SCISSOR SISTERS 'Night Work' [Release Date 28/06/2010] 2010 UK 12-track CD album Scissor Sisters return with their third album, 'Night Work', due June 28 on Polydor Records. 'Night Work' is a dynamic album with a big heart and some killer dance moves. One of the biggest bands in the UK […read more…]
PAUL WELLER 'Find The Torch, Burn The Plans' [Release Date 14/06/2010] 3-track CD single and 2 x 7" Vinyl Singles Paul Weller releases a new single on June 14th. 'Find The Torch, Burn the Plans' are taken from Paul's massively acclaimed hit album 'Wake Up The Nation' which was released […read more…]
ROLLING STONES 'Stones In Exile' [Release Date 14/06/2010] In the spring of 1971, the Rolling Stones departed the UK to take up residence in France as tax exiles. Keith Richards settled at a villa called Nellcôte in Villefranche-sur-Mer and this became the venue for the recording of much of the […read more…]
DEVO 'Something For Everybody' [Release Date 14/06/2010] 2010 UK 12-track CD album Devo are back with the aptly titled 'Something for Everybody'. The long rumoured, wildly anticipated album (which was launched with a memorable performance in Vancouver at the Winter Olympics) features the band's classic line-up – Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh, Gerald […read more…]
TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS 'Mojo' [Release Date 14/06/2010] 2010 UK 15-track CD album The first thing that hits you about 'Mojo' is that the spirit of the Mudcrutch sessions has carried on with the Heartbreakers. This is the sound of a band playing together in a room – not […read more…]
KYLIE MINOGUE 'All The Lovers' [Release Date 28/06/2010] 2 x CD SET I 7" PICTURE DISC Pop superstar Kylie Minogue releases her brand new single 'All The Lovers' on June 28th followed by the release of her 11th studio album 'Aphrodite' on July 5th. The single premiered in the UK on […read more…]
With material drawn from the forthcoming Postcards From A Young Man, Manic Street Preachers announce their latest autumn tour dates. Nicky Wire gets the fans further excited by claiming the new Dave Eringa produced album, who had previously helped produce the big sound of Gold Against The Soul, will be […read more…]
Following on our recent posts about super-duper Stones items, Universal Japan recently announced a follow-up to their sensational 2008 'Greatest Albums In The Sixties' SHM-CD box set. 30th June 2010 sees the release of 'In Studio: Greatest Albums From The '70s To '00s', a limited edition set compiling 14 SHM-CD […read more…]