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Ivor Novello Awards 2011 – The Nominees

 
By on Friday, 22nd April 2011 at 11:00 am
 

The nominees for the 2011 Ivor Novello Awards for 2011 were announced this week, and we’re pleased to see some of TGTF’s favourite acts being up for the esteemed gongs. The awards are described on the official Web site as “internationally respected for honouring excellence in British music writing” – definitely something we can get behind.

In the Best Song Musically and Lyrically category, the title track of Conor J. O’Brien/Villagers‘ debut album, ‘Becoming a Jackal’, will be battling Manchester-based (and pictured above) Everything Everything‘s ‘MY KZ, UR BF’ and Foals‘ ‘Spanish Sahara’ (the winning track in 6music’s Top 40 Songs of 2010 at the end of last year. The 2010 Mercury Prize-winning xx has been nominated for Best Contemporary Song, as has Katy B‘s ‘Katy on a Mission’ and Tinie Tempah‘s ‘Pass Out’.

For the Album Award, Everything Everything is nominated again for their groundbreaking album ‘Man Alive’, as are Bombay Bicycle Club‘s acoustic album ‘Flaws’ and Plan B‘s ‘The Defamation of Strickland Banks’. Plan B is also nominated in the PRS for Music Most Performed Work for his song ‘She Said’; Ben Drew is left to fight it out for this gong with Kylie Minogue’s ‘All the Lovers’ and ‘This Ain’t a Love Song’ by Scouting for Girls. A notable nomination in a category that isn’t really our specialty here at TGTF (Best Original Film Score) is Jon Hopkins‘ nod for his work on the sci-fi flick Monsters.

We here at TGTF wish good luck to all the nominees. The winners of this year’s Ivor Novello Awards will be announced on Thursday 19 May at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.

Want to read the full list of nominees? They’re under the cut.
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Skins UK Tour / January 2011

 
By on Thursday, 23rd December 2010 at 9:30 am
 

We’ve just received word that there will be a Skins-themed tour next month. The eight towns that have been chosen for the gigs are the hometowns of each of the eight new characters in the E4 teen drama. You can get tickets from the Skins official Web site (you must be at least 18 to register for these). Bands participating in this tour include 10 for 2011 bands Mona and Trophy Wife (pictured above).

Wednesday 19th January 2011 – Bristol Syndicate (Morning Parade, Bombay Bicycle Club DJs, Wilder)
Thursday 20th January 2011 – Swansea Monkey Café (Katy B, Nero DJ, Jagga)
Friday 21st January 2011 – Hereford Saxtys (Kissy Sellout DJ)
Saturday 22nd January 2011 – Ashford Liquid Envy (Devlin)
Tuesday 25th January 2011 – Edinburgh Caves (Kid Adrift)
Thursday 27th January 2011 – London Coronet (Pulled Apart By Horses, Mona, Midnight Beast)
Friday 28th January 2011 – Brighton Pier (Morning Parade, Beardyman, Doorly)
Saturday 29th January 2011 – Oxford O2 Academy (The Wombats, Trophy Wife, The Good Natured)

 

Album Review: Bombay Bicycle Club – Flaws

 
By on Monday, 26th July 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

Ever wish you were an idle college student again? You know the feeling, being a slob by day and socializing the night away, only to discover that crucial term paper was creeping around the dreaded corner? Well, here’s an album that’s so sublimely smooth, it could well be the soundtrack for burning the midnight oil to. For those of us in the working world, it’s equally heavenly.

Dubbed early on in their career as an indie rock band, London-based Bombay Bicycle Club have proved that taking a career U-turn can prove to be very beneficial indeed. In this instance, the band who churned out the rather ambiguous but fairly decent debut, “I Had The Blues, But I Shook Them Loose”, their second LP provides a much more stripped down affair.

Contradictory to what the album title suggests, the overall listening satisfaction that “Flaws” provides is practically impeccable. From the bouncy opener, “Rinse Me Down” to the mellow pop single, “Ivy and Gold”, lead singer Jack Steadman displays a kaleidoscope of emotion, while the minimal instrumentation from the rest of the band produces a 35-minute canvas of ever-changing colors.

What’s so refreshing about this pretty much all-out acoustic album is that it works well, and fits the natural progression of the band. If the band chose to follow in the footsteps of their debut, no doubt many would have slammed it as boring. Here, however, with a plethora of acoustic guitar goodness, “Flaws” is the perfect fit as the band continue their journey in the music industry.

Hands down, Steadman’s unique vocals attribute to the ebb and flow of the 11-track album. From the obvious “There Are Many Ways” to the haunting “My God” to the saccharine filled “Fairytale Lullaby”, the band are clearly sailing on the right seas of success.

Who knows what the band’s third album will bring yet another change in direction. But for now, who really cares? Far be it from a sophomore slump, “Flaws” proves that sometimes the simplest ideas really are the best. Now, students, remember that as you begin to pontificate on any upcoming thesis.

You can order your copy of the album from Amazon now.

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In the Post #62: Bombay Bicycle Club

 
By on Monday, 7th June 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

Bombay Bicycle Club‘s more radio friendly previous hits include ‘Always Like This’ and ‘Magnet’. However, with their upcoming second album ‘Flaws’ to be released in mid-July, they’ve decided to take a completely different tack. By deciding to record an entirely acoustic album. Will this sink or swim? (No pun intended whatsoever with respect to the cover art.)

As a taster to the full-length, the band are offering up ‘Ivy and Gold’ and ‘Flaws’ (the song), to be released the first week of July. ‘Ivy and Gold’ sounds simplistic, but sometimes the simplest pleasures are the greatest. The rhythm jaunty, propelled by soft brush drumming, and the vocals clear, it’s the kind of cheerful record you want to whistle to on a sunny day out in the beautiful countryside. ‘Flaws’ is more introspective, with Bombay Bicycle Club’s lead singer Jack Steadman duetting with London songbird Lucy Rose (whose ethereal voice I mistook for Laura Marling initially). Just gorgeous.

You might think this was a sudden change of direction. But you would be wrong. Apparently these songs have been bubbling inside their heads for a while now, as evidenced by this amateur video of ‘Ivy and Gold’ from last year at the Union Chapel. Judging from the overwhelmingly positive reaction to this song on Steve Lamacq’s Roundtable on 03 June (listen here until 10 June), the new direction is being welcomed by the 6music listenership.

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Bombay Bicycle Club’s ‘Ivy and Gold’ single will be out physically on 05 July in the UK but is available now for download from Amazon. ‘Flaws’, their sophomore album, will be released on 12 July.

 

Preview: T in the Park 2010

 
By on Tuesday, 4th May 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

Even with many acts still to be revealed, the lineup for Scottish festival T in the Park is looking pretty impressive.  From 9th to 11th July, 2010, thousands of punters will descend upon a disused airfield in Balado, Kinross-shire for a weekend of camping, shopping, carnival attractions and music across 7 stages.

Friday night see’s live favourite Muse headline the main stage, which will also be graced by Paloma Faith, Faithless and other artists yet to be announced. Rather disappointingly, the Radio 1/NME Stage will be headlined by American pop group Black Eyed Peas, who are, in this humble blogger’s opinion, an incredibly obnoxious band. They’ll be playing after TGTF favourites Florence and the Machine and The Temper Trap, as well as Jamie T. Another questionable choice is 3Oh!3 in King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent, though they’ll share the stage with great bands like Calvin Harris, Hot Chip, La Roux and Dirty Projectors. And finally, the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Futures Stage will see Echo and the Bunnymen and TGTF favourite Delphic on Friday.

It’s a toss-up between Saturday and Sunday for which day has the best lineup this year. Rapper Eminem will make his debut T in the Park appearance as Saturday’s Main Stage headliner, marking his first festival performance since 2001. The Main Stage will also see performances by Paolo Nutini, Stereophonics, Vampire Weekend and the Proclaimers. The Radio 1/NME Stage is pretty amazing on Saturday night, with a lineup including The Prodigy, The Courteeners and Wolfmother, and King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent is looking equally fantastic. It’ll see the likes of Mumford and Sons, Rodrigo y Gabriela, We Are Scientists and Kate Nash. Other notable artists like Julian Casablancas, Laura Marling and the Middle East will be gracing the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Futures Stage on Saturday.

Rockers Kasabian headline the Main Stage on Sunday, playing along with other massively popular artists like Jay-Z, Biffy Clyro, John Mayer and Dizzee Rascal. The Radio 1/NME Stage is looking good, too, with performances by Groove Armada, the Cribs, Babyshambles and Rise Against throughout the day. Some of the best up-and-coming bands of the festivals can be seen Sunday on the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Futures Stage, including Bombay Bicycle Club, the Drums, Yeasayer and Two Door Cinema Club.

The festival sold out within 90 minutes,  so if you don’t already have tickets, I’m afraid you’re out of luck. Let us know what you think of the lineup!

Full lineup after the jump…

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Bombay Bicycle Club / July 2010 UK Acoustic Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 28th April 2010 at 10:00 pm
 

After concluding the NME tour in style and being crowned “Best New Band” at the NME awards, Bombay Bicycle Club have been putting the finishing touches on a brand new acoustic album which will be released on July 11th.

“We are going on a tour of some beautiful venues which don’t smell of piss and serve piss for beer, so you should come and enjoy that” said the band, and this could well work out to be one of the most enjoyable tours for a while.

Tickets go on sale on Friday (30th April) at gigsandtours

Monday 12th July 2010 – Manchester St Philips Church
Wednesday 14th July 2010 – Bristol St Georges
Thursday 15th July 2010 – Birmingham St Pauls Church
Monday 19th July 2010 – Gateshead Sage 2
Tuesday 20th July 2010 – Norwich Arts Centre
Wednesday 21st July 2010 – Brighton St Georges Church
Friday 23rd July 2010 – London Union Chapel

 
 
 

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