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These New Puritans top NME albums of 2010

These New Puritans top NME albums of 2010

These New Puritans top NME albums of 2010

These New Puritans top NME albums of 2010 The NME has released its annual list of the 75 Best Albums of 2010. These New Puritans, Hidden, gtakes the top spot with Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs and Beach House’s Teen Dream following. The top 10 are below with the rest in this weeks edition.

NME’s Top Ten Albums Of 2010 are:

1. These New Puritans ‘ ‘Hidden’
2. Arcade Fire ‘ ‘The Suburbs’
3. Beach House ‘ ‘Teen Dream’
4. LCD Soundsystem ‘ ‘This Is Happening’
5. Laura Marling ‘ ‘I Speak Because I Can’
6. Foals ‘ ‘Total Life Forever’
7. Zola Jesus ‘ ‘Stridulum II’
8. Salem ‘ ‘King Night’
9. Liars ‘ ‘Sisterworld’
10. The Drums ‘ ‘The Drums’

NME’s Top Ten Tracks Of 2010 are:

1. Foals ‘ ‘Spanish Sahara’
2. MIA ‘ ‘XXXO’
3. Janelle Monae ‘ ‘Tightrope’
4. Kanye West ‘ ‘Power’
5. Arcade Fire ‘ ‘We Used To Wait’
6. Gorillaz ‘ ‘Stylo’
7. Surfer Blood ‘ ‘Swim’
8. Grinderman ‘ ‘Heathen Child’
9. Zola Jesus ‘ ‘Night’
10. The Fall ‘ ‘Bury Pts 2 +4′

Julian Casablancas, Babyshambles, Laura Marling to play T In The Park

Julian Casablancas

Julian Casablancas

Julian Casablancas, Babyshambles, Laura Marling and Mystery Jets have been added to the T In The Park line-up. Echo And The Bunnymen, The Drums, Ash, Airbourne, Chapel Club, Example, General Fiasco, Hurts and Tricky have joined the bill for the event. The sold out event takes place on July 9-11 in Balado near Kinross.  Julian Casablancas, Echo And The Bunnymen and Ash are being billed as “guests of honour” for the festival, and will play on the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Futures Stage. See for more information.

The T In The Park line-up so far is:

30 Seconds To Mars, Black Eyed Peas, Biffy Clyro, Black Mountain, Broken Social Scene, Calvin Harris, Carl Cox , David Guetta, Dirty Projectors, Dizzee Rascal,  Ellie Goulding, Echo And The Bunnymen, Julian Casablancas,  Ash, Airbourne, Babyshambles, Chapel Club, Example, General Fiasco, Hurts,  Laura Marling, Mystery Jets, The Drums, Tricky, Empire of the Sun, Erol Alkan, Faithless, Fake Blood, Florence And The Machine, Four Tet , Goldfrapp, Gossip,
Hot Chip, Mumford And Sons, Jay-Z, John Mayer, Kasabian, La Roux, Madness, Jamie T, Paloma Faith, Frank Turner, Delphic, Kassidy, Crookers, The Sunshine Underground, The Middle East, Mayer Hawthorne and The County, Newton Faulkner, Paolo Nutini, Plastikman, Rise Against, Skunk Anansie, Slam , Stereophonics, The Cribs, The Coral, The Courteeners , The Proclaimers, The Prodigy , The Stranglers, The Temper Trap , The View, Two Door Cinema Club, Vampire Weekend, Wolfmother

Laura Marling ‘I Speak Because I Can’ video

Laura Marling ‘I Speak Because I Can’

Laura Marling ‘I Speak Because I Can’

‘I Speak Because I Can’ is Laura Marling’s coming of age album, its 10 songs imbued with a new richness, ripeness and sophistication. It is also an album marked by its quintessential Englishness. For all its American instrumentation, its shades of Crosby Stills and Nash, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, its American producer, these songs are no pale Americana interpretation; rather they are tales deeply rooted in England. Marling chose Ethan Johns to produce as she credits many of his earlier records (among them Ray LaMontagne, Kings of Leon, Emmylou Harris, Sarabeth Tucek) with kindling her interest in music, had long admired his way of working, his use of reels, his quiet, traditional methods of production. He gave her the space to find her own identity; the record reveals in a new maturity, and at points Marling’s voice sounds a little harder, a little world-wearied. Today you can watch her video on RTV Channel.

01 – Devil’s Spoke
02 – Made By Maid
03 – Rambling Man
04 – Blackberry Stone
05 – Alpha Shallows
06 – Goodbye England
07 – Hope In The Air
08 – What He Wrote
09 – Darkness Descends
10 – I Speak Because I Can

09 – Belfast – Limelight
10 – Dublin – The Academy
12 – Manchester – Lowry
13 – Glasgow – Fruitmarket
14 – Edinburgh – Queen’s Hall
16 – Birmingham – Alexandra Theatre
17 – Cambridge – Corn Exchange
19 – Newcastle – Tyne Theatre
20 – York – Opera House
21 – Bristol – Colston Hall
23 – Southampton – Guildhall
25 – London – Palladium

Dot To Dot Festival: Nottingham’s biggest music marathon of the year

dot-to-dot-festivalOn Sunday May 27, Nottingham plays host to the third – and biggest yet – Dot To Dot Festival. We say biggest with good reason: as well as there being over 80 artists confirmed to appear at this year’s event, there will also be a couple of new venues – Nottingham Trent University and Lee Rosy’s Tea Rooms – hosting performances alongside the more established venues such as Rock City, the Rescue Rooms, Stealth and the Social.

Additionally, this year the festival spreads its wings to accommodate a whole separate city: a day earlier (Saturday 26, then), Dot To Dot will be down the M5 in Bristol, where at least 40 artists are confirmed to play across three of the city’s main venues: the Thekla Social, Louisiana, Fiddler’s. For details on the Bristol line-up/s, click to here (and here for the Dot To Dot website).

DiS’s Nottingham contingent has been excited about the festival for many a month now, so without further ado, here’s Dom Gourlay’s guide on who he’s literally busting a gut to see…

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Initially formed for a laugh by a bunch of media students at Nottingham University, their recent show with Hadouken! proved that their Beastie Boys via the Human League electro grime is here to shake things up. Anyone not taking them seriously does so at their own risk.
Yo! Chomsky play the Rescue Rooms at 2:30pm

blonde-redheadBlonde Redhead
Possibly the oldest band playing at this year’s festival, Blonde Redhead have been around for almost fifteen years now without ever really gaining the commercial recognition their complex and critically acclaimed noise-saturated arrangements merit. Thankfully, all that seems set to change if reviews of their most recent record 23 (See DiS’s review here) are anything to go by, and with their visits to the UK becoming more and more sporadic, don’t let this opportunity pass you by. They are one of the most genuinely intriguing bands in the world right now. Blonde Redhead play the main room of Nottingham Trent University at 10pm

We Are The Physics
wearethephysics300Hailing from Glasgow and mixing Devo-style jerkiness with Albini-esque polemics, We Are The Physics are one of those bands who demand to be seen by as many people as possible, and to date, unless you hail from north of the border, chances are you won’t be one of the lucky few to have caught them thus far. Not to worry, as this is as good an opportunity as any…We Are The Physics play the upstairs room of Nottingham Trent University at 9:30pm

catweasels_203x152DiS has been raving about Chester-Le-Street-based five-piece Catweasels for a good few years now. Formerly prefixed by (The), Catweasels mix old and new wave sensibilities with a melee of sounds that occasionally winds up echoing the moan of Mansun being inappropriately manhandled by Interpol. Other times they just go for the jugular by composing grandiose pop a la XTC, the sort that you wouldn’t expect anyone with a DIY aesthetic to pull off. They manage it in pretty spectacular style. Again, this is their first show in this part of the world. Are we excited? You bet we are…
Catweasels play Lee Rosy’s Tea Rooms at 5:30pm

You Slut!
you-slutYou Slut! might be the possessors of the best name at this year’s festival by a long shot, but that only tells half the story. One listen to their “Rifftastic-post-progressive-indie-power-rock-math-disco-pop warfare” – their words, not ours – should be enough to convince anyone that the East Midlands is alive and well and simply bursting with creativity, and is about to explode any time now. Go see, then tell all your friends how great You Slut! are. You Slut! play Lee Rosy’s Tea Rooms at 3:30pm

The full (provisional) timetable for Nottingham reads as follows:

Rock City Basement (14+ venue)
1:15-1:45 The Recovery
2:15-2:45 Furthest Drive Home
3:15-3:45 Sunset Cinema Club
4:15-4:45 Ox.Eagle.Lion.Man
5:15-5:45 Brigade
6:15-6:45 The Scare
7:15-7:45 Drive By Argument
8:15-8:45 The Dykeenies
9:15-9:45 Lethal Bizzle
10:15-11:00 Gallows

Rock City Main Hall (14+ venue)
2:15-2:45 I Was A Cub Scout
3:15-3:45 Help She Can’t Swim
4:15-4:45 Pull Tiger Tail
5:15-5:45 Foals
6:15-6:45 Kate Nash
7:15-7:45 New Young Pony Club
8:30-9:15 Kano
10:00-11:30 The Cribs

Nottingham Trent University Main Room (14+ venue)
2:45-3:15 Six By Seven
3:45-4:15 Absentee
4:45-5:15 Maps
5:45-6:15 Annuals
7:00-7:45 Architecture In Helsinki
8:30-9:15 Broken Family Band
10:00-11:00 Blonde Redhead

Nottingham Trent University Upstairs (14+ venue)
2:30-3:00 Love Ends Disaster!
3:30-4:00 Radar
4:30-5:00 Nova Saints
5:30-6:00 Olympus Mons
6:30-7:00 Candi Payne
7:30-8:00 Draytones
8:30-9:00 Goodbooks
9:30-10:00 We Are The Physics
10:30-11:00 The Thermals
11:30-12am Bearsuit

Lee Rosy’s Tea Rooms (14+ venue)
3:30-4:00 You Slut!
4:30-5:00 Talibam!
5:30-6:00 Catweasels
6:30-7:00 Fanfarlo
7:30-8:00 Karima Francis
8:30-9:00 Tom Mansi

The Social (18+ venue)
1:15-1:45 Grave Architects
2:00-2:30 House Of Brothers
3:00-3:30 Blood Red Shoes
4:00-4:30 Bobby Cook
5:00-5:30 The Changes
6:00-6:30 Sky Larkin
6:45-7:15 Emmy The Great
7:45-8:15 Emma Pollock
8:45-9:45 Moon Music Orchestra / Findlay Brown
10:15-11:00 Scout Niblett
11:30-3am Grimewatch with Boy Better Know and more TBA

Rescue Rooms (18+ venue)
2:30-3:00 Yo! Chomsky
3:30-4:00 Ratty Rat Rat
4:30-5:00 Mighty Roars
5:30-6:00 These New Puritans
6:30-7:00 Pete And The Pirates
7:30-8:00 Fear Of Flying
8:30-9:00 Laura Marling
9:30-10:00 Kid Harpoon
10:30-11:00 Late Of The Pier
11:30-12am Datarock
12:45-1:30am Hot Club De Paris

Stealth live room (downstairs) (18+ venue)
4:00-4:30 The Whip
5:00-5:30 Holy Hail
5:30-6:00 Metronomy (DJ set)
6:00-6:30 Thieves Like Us
6:30-7:00 Metronomy (DJ set)
7:00-7:30 La La Lepus
7:30-8:00 Mum (DJ set)
8:00-8:30 We Smoke Fags
8:30-9:00 Mum (DJ set)
9:00-9:30 Kap Bambino
9:30-10:00 Opticks (DJ set)
10:00-10:30 SMK
10:30-11:00 Opticks (DJ set)
11:00-11:30 Dolby Anol
11:30-00:15 TAPEDECK (DJ set)
00:15-1am Bonde Do Role
1-1:30am TAPEDECK (DJ set)
1:30-2:30 Chromeo

Stealth DJ room (upstairs) (18+ venue)
4:00-6:00 Paul Thomson (Franz Ferdinand)
6:00-8:00 Nightmoves
8:00-10:00 Riotous Rockers
10:00-12am Surkin
12-2am Para One
2-4am Erol Alkan

For more information on the festival, visit the Dot To Dot MySpace.

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