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Thom Yorke D&C

Thom Yorke via Dazed & Confused

Those lucky buggers at Dazed & Confused have gone a got themselves a big bundle of magical remixes by Thom York & Nigel Godrich. Created specifically for the D&C mag the collection contains unreleased versions of tracks from Radiohead’s The King Of Limbs and brand new project, Atoms For Peace, combined with a  sprinkling of unreleased Thom Yorke solo material.

The Thom Yorke fronted, Atoms for Peace, will be releasing their much anticipated long player, Amok, on 26th Feb via XL Recordings. You can pre-order a copy via their site here.

Via Dazed & Confused

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Jarvis Cocker - from BBC 6 Music

Pulp – After You (image BBC Radio 6 Music)

Determined to go out on a high note—Pulp have released their first single in ten years. ‘After you’ a new recording of a demo from the year 2000 was finalised on-board the SS Coachella.  James Murphy  from LCD Soundsystem  was at the helm during production, breathing new life into the track which was released on Christmas day 2012. Cocker’s awkward wit and dry humor that characterise his songs is surfaced up once again in ‘After You’ a track that is sure to gain to widespread pick up.

Having reformed to play a string of successful European shows in 2011 Jarvis Cocker lead his band of merry men aboard the floating festival for what many are predicting to be a last hoorah.

Some of my formative teenage years were spent bopping along to Pulp in many an indie disco and have managed to see them play live a few times which were always enjoyed. And while we never did meet up in the year 2000 it’s good to meet the band here 13years on.

If you’re a fan of Jarvis Cocker check out his Sunday Service show on BBC Radio 6 Music for musings, poetry and cool laid back tunes from the Sheffield superstar.

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Bluesfest 2013

Bluesfest 2013

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better Bluesfest Byron Bay, have added yet more amazing musicians to their lists.

Headlining this announcement is no other than Grammy winning singer/songwriter Jason Mraz whose song ‘I’m Yours’ has captured the hearts of millions of people across the globe.

To add to this Manu Chao and his band La Ventura have been included in the ever expanding line up described as one of the most charismatic and energetic musicians around today. His anti-Globalisation and Anti Free Trade stance has won him legions of fans around the world.

Already headlining the Dream Bluesfest Line-up are Paul Simon, Robert Plant presents Sensational, Space Shifters, Santana, Ben Harper, Steve Miller Band, Iggy & The Stooges, Wilco, Rodriquez, Chris Isaak, Roger Hodgson from Supertramp and so, so many more.

Secure your Bluesfest tickets on bluesfest.com.au or by phoning the office on 02 66885

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It’s Friday and the funk is feeling so good in the sunshine right now. It’s been a whilse since I posted or got the radio but happy to let you know that the drought is over!

Blur’s “Song 2” was reinvented as an uptempo Deep Funk tune by Diazpora with tight horns and featuring the vocal talents of Hamburg’s Nora Kinga Becker, who gives the song the soulful edge it deserves.

Enjoy your weekend!

 

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Ian Brown, John Squire, Mani and Reni have nailed their homecoming, Heaton Park, weekender going from strength to strength and leaving Manchester to relive the glory days.

With so much hype & good feeling surrounding the triumphant return of the Stone Roses I thought I’d celebrate their Resurrection by playing what is, my opinion, their greatest hit. Enjoy!

If you like The Stone Roses – You might like We Are Augustines

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Friends - Manifest!

Friends – Manifest!

So this week I finally got my mits on the new album from Brooklyn based, funk-pop five piece, Friends. The much talked about and highly anticipated Manifest! album finally hit records stores on 1st June bringing with it  “the hottest record in the world” according to BBC Radio One’s Zane Lowe.

Lead singer Samantha Urbani delivers a vast range of vocal stylings with lyrics ranging from whimsical to down right punk over the twelve tracks that make up the Manifest! album. Blending styles haphazardly with a light hearted approach to music the album delivered against the high expectations and continues to receive strong reviews.

Stand out moments are provided by the wickedly nonchalant swagger of  I’m His Girl and Mind Control, the album’s funk laden crescendo. Both singles, the former a previous release the latter the most recent, are a hint of the schizophrenic fun drenched nature of Manifest! Jumping joyously from hip-hop to funk and awkward post-pop-punk the album embraces a care free approach to music making devoted entirely to your listening pleasure.

Check out Manifest! via a your nearest music outlet of choice, a solid first album awaits.

Like Friends – Check out these cats: Northeast Party House

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Tigertown - Witches & Lions

Tigertown – Witches & Lions

Sydney six piece Tigertown are heading back on the road, bringing their enchanting blend of folk pop to a venue near you soon. Having already built on the successes of last year that saw Tigertown support the likes of Matt Corby & Emma Louise the band look set to make 2012 a year to remember.

Armed with a new management team in the form of Rowan Brand and Catherine Haridy (Eskimo Joe) and publicity from Mucho Bravado the band have just released a stunning new single Witches & Lions with a follow up EP scheduled for release imminently.

To celebrate these activities Tigertown are embarking on the ‘Age of Winter’ tour delivering their compelling live shows, full of magical harmonies and heartfelt lyrics to a string of cosy venues up and down the East coast. Witches & Lions is a strong return to scene and a signifier of what we can expect form the EP.

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing the band play live a few times, not forgetting the live set they played for us on Bondi FM, and they never disappoint. Sydneysiders should come along to the Hibernian House on 21st June for a magical musical experience that will not be forgotten.

Full tour dates below the Witches & Lions clip:

  • Sunday 10th June – The Queen’s Wharf, Newcastle
  • Thursday 14th June – Ed Castle, Adelaide
  • Saturday 16th June – Pure Pop Records, St Kilda
  • Sunday 17th June – The Workers Club, Melbourne
  • Thursday 21st June – Hibernian House, Sydney
  • Sunday 1st July – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane

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