Tag Archives: London

Now Playing: Shura – “Just Once”

11 Dec

Been listening to this song on repeat all week. If you are not familiar with Shura, you need to be. The British R&B musician is about to hit it big in 2015.

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Now Playing: The 1975 – “Girls”

11 Sep

You know I love me some 1975, this track, “Girls” is now on repeat for me.

Now Playing: Bastille – Pompeii”

26 Jan

Heading across the pond for this one.  Give a listen to “Pompeii” by Bastille.  Bad Blood the debut album from the London quartet comes out in March and they are currently on tour with Two Door Cinema Club.

What I really think about Live Nation pulling the plug on Springsteen/McCartney

16 Jul

Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney jamming together; what I would have done to have been there and witness a collaboration that 80,000 fans at Hard Rock Calling in London were privileged to.  Too bad it was marred by the unfortunate stance taken by festival organizers and authorities.

I saw it over the weekend, tweeted it a couple times as soon as I saw it but wasn’t really going to blog post about it until I realized that I need to vent a little bit.

This is a perfect example of some of what’s wrong with so many things today.  And yes, I know I’m referencing music but you know what, this is the universal language that speaks and unites strangers all over the world.

You went over curfew, so what. It’s a music festival and you have two of the greatest entertainers to ever exist sharing a stage and giving fans one of the most magical and memorable performances to date.  Live Nation, take the fine and pay it, make a statement apologizing for going over but don’t deprive the world of seeing improvisation at its finest take place. And it’s not like we are taking about anyone, we’re taking SIR Paul McCartney (oh and how do you not put in place a buffer for Springsteen when he is known for his marathon concerts).  For a destination where the spotlight will be shining bright with the summer Olympics about to take place, way to give yourself a self inflicted black eye leading up to it.

Also I love this, Springsteen guitarist Stevie Van Zandt quotes from The Guardian:

But Van Zandt, who also starred in the US drama series The Sopranos, turned to Twitter in rage. In a series of tweets from StevieVanZandt, he said: “One of the great gigs ever in my opinion. But seriously, when did England become a police state?

“We break curfews in every country but only English cops needs to ‘punish us’ by not letting us leave until the entire crowd goes. Is there just too much fun in the world? We would have been off by 11 if we’d done one more. On a Saturday night! Who were we disturbing?” he asked.

“The cops got nothing more important to do? How about they go catch some criminals instead of fucking with 80,000 people having a good time? English cops may be the only individuals left on earth that wouldn’t want to hear one more from Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney!

“I’m sorry but I have to be honest I’m pissed. Like I said, it didn’t ruin the great night. But when I’m jamming with McCartney don’t bug me!”

Van Zandt also compared the occasion to the last live Beatles performance in 1969 on the roof of their Apple record company offices in London’s Savile Row. It was cut short by police. “Ha! @raindogs70 just reminded me how the Beatles’ rooftop concert ended. Not much has changed in 43 years!”

All of this reminds me of the movie Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked for those of you in the UK) and how Government wanted to shut down rock and roll. Looks like things really haven’t changed…..

New Music: The Vaccines – “No Hope”

31 May

Yes! New music from The Vaccines! Give a listen to “No Hope” off their second studio album, The Vaccines Come Of Age which will be released on September 4th.  Been digging these Brits since my buddy from London turned me on to them and now I just need to seem them live!

 

Ugh NO, Foster The People cover Alabama Shakes’ “Hold On”

6 May

I’m a huge Foster The People fan, seen them more times than I can remember, featured them on the blog way back when, heck I even interviewed them to preview a show in Vegas but for the first time, I have to say no, no, no.  They recently with a little help from Luke Pritchard of The Kooks covered “Hold On” by the Alabama Shakes and while it may be a sign of respect to cover someone else’s work, some are best left alone.  Brittany Howard has a unique and incredible voice and quite frankly “Hold On” only sounds proper with her vocals on the track.  I applaud you for trying but don’t spoil something beautiful.

I suspect (and hope) there might be a better, updated version of this coming next month when all three bands will be at Bonnaroo.

Here is the video of FTP covering “Hold On” and you can judge for yourself.  If you want to hear the original by the Alabama Shakes, click here.

New Music: Clement Marfo & The Frontline

13 Jan

TGIF and this Friday we head across the pond for some righteous new music courtesy of Clement Marfo & The Frontline.  The seven member posse led by Marfo is a mixed bag of fun incorporating everything from hip-hop, rock, funk, pop, R&B, soul, ska and more.  Think energy and excitement when listening to this London group and look out for big things in 2012.

Below is the video for the current single “Overtime” but click HERE to listen to “Shock & Awe” my favorite so far.

New Music: Wolf Gang – “The King and All of His Men”

7 Nov

My latest in new music obsession comes courtesy of the Max McElligott led Wolf Gang.  The British symphonic rock band released their debut album Suego Faults over the summer and have already toured with Florence + The Machine and Miike Snow as well as opened for The Killers this past summer.    Give a listen to “The King and All of His Men” and you’ll most likely have this on your fall/winter playlist.

 

Tonight: Graffiti6 Plays Vegas

13 Jul

Back in October 2010 I posted about the pop-rock UK duo of producer TommyD and singer-songwriter Jamie Scott who together make up Graffiti6 and tonight they descend upon Las Vegas to perform at Book & Stage at Cosmopolitan.  To say I’m stoked in an understatement and if you are in Vegas I highly recommend you make your way over at 10 p.m. tonight.

New Music: To Kill A King

6 Jul

Another band from across the pond that has grabbed my attention is To Kill A King.  There is not much to go off of right now but the folk-rock quintuplet from London do have a single out, “Fictional State.”  Give a listen.