News in brief - Arcade Fire, Fugazi, ex-Oasis, Mercury Awards, Robyn, Triple R RadioArcade Fire have posted a beautiful little 42 second animated teaser trailer for their forthcoming show at Madison Square Garden in New York. The majority of media outlets are saying it was directed by Spike Jonze - it wasn't. The clip was put together by Montreal based film and production company Clyde Henry, and one can only hope they they have more works with the band in the pipeline - the haggard Victorian-era look suits the AF to a tee. Look for Coldplay sporting shaved undercuts and working with Clyde Henry any minute now.
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Possibly the greatest DIY guitar band in the history of music, Fugazi, have been on hiatus for eight years now. Criminal, considering their last record The Argument still holds up as one of their best - it's not like their creative muse was waning, if you know what I mean. Well the band has announced that they're in the process of making live recordings of nearly every show they ever played, available online for download. Considering their intense touring, this promises to be quite the archive.
The kids at worldoffugazi.org spoke to co-vocalist Guy Picciotto who told them that the band has been working on digitizing their complete live archive: He says: "we are not that far away from being able to set up our own website where ultimately almost every show we ever played will be available for download".
Oh, look who caught the bus from Washington DC to see Eddy Current Suppression Ring in the states just recently:
(Ian Mackaye & Eddy Current Suppression Ring - Pic: Eddy Current tour blog)
You should probably watch this right now. From the band's exhaustive doco Instrument:
Fugazi - 'Shut The Door' live (Instrument doco)
Liam Gallagher thinks his new band will be bigger than Oasis. Of course he does.
Gallagher tells the U.K.'s Sunday Times the group's sound is "Beatlesesque. But there's a lot of it sounds more like T. Rex or really old rock & roll like Jerry Lee Lewis." The band will provide the soundtrack for Gallagher's adaptation of the Beatles book The Longest Cocktail Party, which tells the behind-the-scenes story of the Fab Four's Apple Corps, and Gallagher promises the tracks will be "mega."
Asked if the band will be as big as Oasis, the singer responded, "It'll be bigger. I've got no doubt about the music, no doubt about me. I've never sounded better. It's proper rock & roll. Oasis was a pop band compared to what we're doing." (via Rolling Stone)
Liam is apparently also angry at Noel bitching about him never visiting his nephews. He spewed forth:
'I have seen his son! But he hasn't seen my sons. When I have birthday parties, his son's always invited. When his kid had his birthday party, we weren't invited. All this about how he's round my house sipping tea with my kids and taking them for walks in the park - he hasn't seen my kids. He's only seen them at concerts because I've brought them, but he didn't bring his kids because it's not the place for their kids apparently.'
Noel has responded to the accusations by being the guy that wrote all the songs in Oasis.
Organisers of Britain's annual Mercury Awards have announced the nominees for this years competition. The winner recieves £20,000. Something that last years winner Speech Debelle can at least take some solace from. Since going on to...err...
This years nominees are:
Biffy Clyro - Only Revolutions
Corinne Bailey Rae - The Sea
Dizzee Rascal - Tongue N' Cheek
Foals - Total Life Forever
I Am Kloot - Sky at Night
Kit Downes Trio - Golden
Laura Marling - I Speak Because I Can
Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More
Paul Weller - Wake Up the Nation
The xx - The xx
Villagers - Becoming a Jackal
Wild Beasts - Two Dancers
The xx have told NME that they would welcome ex-member Baria Qureshi, who played on the bands celebrated debut, to the award ceremony. If she cares.
"She has a place here, definitely. She's part of the album," Sim told NME, although he added that he did not know whether Qureshi would actually turn up.
The winner will be announced on September 7.
Newly announced as bound for Australia, Robyn played on Letterman last night. Sounds like a backing track is rampant throughout this take of 'Dancing On My Own' but...who cares. It's Robyn.
Robyn - 'Dancing On My Own' live on Letterman
Melbourne radio station Triple R, arguably the lifeblood of the Melbourne Music Scene (yes you too PBS), have their annual radiothon coming up. From Friday 13 August until Sunday 22 August 2010, Triple R will be asking for donations to "help support this fully independent, non-profit community radio station which relies on listener subscriptions to keep running - listener funded radio."
This year’s Radiothon theme is “Make Contact!”. Because, you know, now's the time to make contact with the station and hand over your hard earned in order for them to stay on the air and continue supporting local music. To that end, they've asked an array of personalities to tell them how they first made contact with the station.
To the stage, Brian Nankervis (RocKwiz):
The moment Iggy Pop’s ‘Lust For Life’ burst from our radio in our freezing communal house in Camberwell sometime in 1977, I was hooked on Triple R and have been ever since. My friends and I couldn't believe it. Great music and great talk ... intelligent and irreverent conversations about films and politics and art and sport and a whole lot of stuff that didn't fit anywhere else.
In 1979 I rang the station and asked if I could do a show. I did three training sessions and a couple of weeks later began a six month stint of Sunday morning shows (6 am - 9 am). I was a Primary School teacher in Glen Waverley all week and a junior footy coach each Saturday, but every Sunday morning in the half light of dawn, I'd drive to Carlton, giddy with excitement. Climb the rickety stairs of a terrace house in Cardigan Street, put on my intro music (The Third Man Theme) and open the show with some obscure Bob Dylan ... or maybe Graham Parker ... or The Saints or Ella Fitzgerald or Muddy Waters or Gram Parsons or ‘I'll Be A Dag For You, Baby’ by The Fabulous Nudes … or anything, absolutely anything my heart desired.
Make contact: www.rrr.org.au
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