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By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 21st January 2010 at 6:00 pm
Not sure what was going on in Paolo Nutini‘s head when he made this video for the song ‘Coming Up Easy’. But it involves a large, fluffy white rabbit that goes on a bender with Mr. Nutini. It’s way more amusing than if a drunk Paolo was simply chatting up girls at the local, that’s for sure.
Paolo Nutini’s latest album ‘Sunny Side Up’ is available now.
By Jess Grant
on Thursday, 21st January 2010 at 4:00 pm
Brace yourself, readers, for it’s swiftly approaching that time of year again, when hoards of fans and paparazzi line the red carpet-laden entrance to Earls Court in order to catch the biggest stars in music attending the annual spectacle that is the BRIT Awards. Admittedly, last year’s ceremony was an absolute flop, fronted by the drab ‘comedic’ duo that were Mathew Horne and James Corden. But still, it always proves interesting fun watching a half-cut Alex Turner tumbling round making sarcastic speeches to Kate Nash. So let’s check out the recently announced nominations for 2010, to see what could possibly be in store for ITV’s censor button this year.
Pixie Lott, Lily Allen, Leona Lewis, Florence and the Machine (pictured right) and Bat for Lashes will all be competing for ‘Best Female Solo Artist’ award this year. The contrastingly XY chromosome category that is ‘Best Male Solo Artist’, meanwhile, features the ‘superstars’ that are Calvin Harris, Dizzee Rascal, Paolo Nutini, Mika and Robbie Williams (pictured above), who will also be receiving, rather intriguingly, the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music’ gong on the night.
Doves, Kasabian, Muse, Friendly Fires (pictured left), and, er, JLS, are all up for ‘Best Group’, while the latter two will also feature in ‘Best Breakthrough Act’ category, alongside Florence and the Machine, Pixie Lott and La Roux. One of the more decent moments of the night, however, will go to TGTF favourite Ellie Goulding, who will be receiving a coveted nod from the half-decent ‘Critics Choice’ award for her soon-to-be-huge electropop.
But that’s not all! Dizzee Rascal, Lily Allen, Paolo Nutini, Florence and the Machine and Kasabian are all going head to head for the ‘Best Album’ gong, while Alexandre Burke, Taio Cruz, Tinchy Stryder, Cheryl Cole and wasn’t-Christmas-number-boy Joe McElderry and his track ‘The Climb’ feature among others in the ‘Best Single’ category.
But it’s not all about the Brits, oh no, with Lady Gaga, Shakira, Ladyhawke, Norah Jones and Rihanna all up for ‘Best International Female Solo Artist’, and Bruce Springsteen, Eminem, Jay-Z, Michael Buble and Seasick Steve competing for the male variant. Animal Collective, Daniel Merriweather, Empire of the Sun, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift have all been put forward for ‘Best International Breakthrough Artist’, and some of these names pop up once again in the ‘Best International Album’ category, with Animal Collective, Empire of the Sun, Lady Gaga as well as Jay-Z and Black Eyed Peas competing for said prize.
So, as you can see, a typical lack of music talent across the board as usual, but hey, the BRITs wouldn’t be the BRITs without it. You can catch a repeat of the nomination ceremony on Saturday 23rd January at 3.55 PM on ITV2. The BRIT winners will be announced on Tuesday 16th February, and the show will be broadcast live on ITV. Jay-Z, Cheryl Cole and Lily Allen are among the artists scheduled to perform.
Full list of nominees are available after the jump.
Continue reading The BRIT Awards 2010 – The Nominations
By Jess Grant
on Thursday, 21st January 2010 at 12:00 pm
Last year saw the resurgence of indie gloom as the brilliant White Lies stampeded onto the musical circuit with their melancholic mass of an album, ‘To Lose My Life’. Today, we’d like to introduce Chapel Club, a super hip quintet similarly embracing said glum side of the guitar (yet contrastingly distancing themselves from the completely unavoidable White Lies comparisons, I’m quite sure).
Chapel Club basically consist of the following elements : epic drums, scuzzy guitars, Peter Hook bass lines (Factory Records would have certainly considered pressing this lot had they existed back in 1980) and haunting vox spouting tragic lyrics of love like a young Scott Walker. Yes, there is an undoubted air of pretentiousness hovering around this upcoming quintet, with ‘Machine Music’ ending in a spoken word recital, and founder Michael Hibbert claiming to derive influence from “vintage natural history illustrations and stop-motion film shorts”, but hey, at least their misty music is pretty damn great. So, if you like your Harry McVeighs, and you like your Chapman Familys, I recommend you hit Chapel Club’s MySpace page to hear more.
While you’re here, check out the official video to ‘O Maybe I’, below.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 20th January 2010 at 6:00 pm
So I am a little in love with Delphic‘s latest single, ‘Doubt’. Seeing that the band isn’t coming to our side of the pond anytime soon and is quickly selling out venues in Britain, I thought it’d be a good time to post a live performance video I found of their appearance on “Later with Jools Holland” in November. Mesmerising.
Delphic’s debut album ‘Acolyte’ is available now. You can read the TGTF review of the album here.
By Thom Morgan
on Wednesday, 20th January 2010 at 12:00 pm
In February last year we introduced you to ’60s-nostalgo-four piece Thee Vicars. Over the course of the odd year that’s followed, the band have racked up gigs in the triple figures, set up a record label and released their second record. So it’s about time we caught up with them.
As a very standard opener…tell us a bit about yourselves.
I’m Mike, i play bass and scream and shout. I started the band along with Marcus about 2 and a half years ago, I’m 20 years old and this is pretty much all I do. *laughter*
You recently released your second LP, how’ve you found response to it?
We’ve had good responses to the latest LP, there’s been a lot of reviews online and in magazines and it’s all been positive stuff, which is great.
You played over a hundred gigs last year. What was your favourite gig of ’09, and who did you enjoy sharing the stage with most?
Hard to say. I really liked the Bassy Club in Berlin last year, great atmosphere and great sound! As for sharing the stage, I guess it would have to be when we toured with the Black Lips. We were already fans of their music and they’re great guys too.
With two brilliant albums and all those tours the labels must be kicking the door down to get your signatures…?
There’s been quite a lot of independent labels wanting to do releases with us but no major labels. Independent labels are far better to work with in terms of controlling your own songs so we’re not too fussed right now, but damn we would love some money.
Tell us more about your own label.
Myself and Lee, our manager, had the idea to start out own label to do a few 45s of us and other bands that we love. We put out our ‘Feel So Good’ single but have not had many funds to be able to put out many more 45s so we’ve been doing digital releases. We do have an LP called ‘Get Wyld!’ coming out soon of many different underground garage bands that are around today. We plan to try and do a few volumes of the compilation. It’s great to get brilliant unheard music out there.
You’re obviously stylish fellas, where’d you get your clothes?
Vintage stores, charity shops, eBay…whereever we find something of interest really.
What was your highlight of 2009?
It’s hard to pinpoint any one good point of last year, we worked bleedin’ hard but there were a lot of positives.
Have any tips for 2010?
Watch out for ‘The Wailin’ Yeahs’, we may let them fully off the leash in 2010…
What can we expect from Thee Vicars this year?
Lots of touring, a few singles, a couple of LPs maybe? Who knows.
Above is the video for ‘Back on The Streets’ from Thee Vicar’s album ‘Psychotic Beats’ out on Dirty Water Records now.
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 19th January 2010 at 6:00 pm
Ready for four gorgeous Parisian girls that can rock out? Then NYLON Records’s band Plastiscines is the band for you. And here’s an interesting tidbit: shock rocker Iggy Pop became a fan after seeing the girls play just once, at Coachella Festival in April 2009. Talk about street cred.
If you want to catch the band live (and trust me, you do: I saw them last June as part of America’s Nylon Summer Music Tour and they were fab), they’ll be playing a handful of dates in the UK with American dance pop band Cobra Starship in February. Clash Music is running a ‘meet the band’ contest for their Shepherds Bush show – for more details, go here.
Sunday 7th February 2010 – Glasgow ABC1 (with Cobra Starship)
Monday 8th February 2010 – London Borderline (with Cobra Starship)
Tuesday 9th February 2010 – Wolverhampton Wulfrum Hall (with Cobra Starship)
Wednesday 10th February 2010 – London Shepherds Bush Empire (with Cobra Starship)
But for something more immediate, check this out. The artsy, mostly black and white video for their single, ‘Bitch’, is strangely captivating. Apologies to all schoolteachers out there who will bemoan this spelling lesson.
‘About Love’ by Plastiscines will be released in the UK on 15 February and can be preordered at Amazon.