PJ Harvey

PJ Harvey says most modern music is dull

PJ Harvey has a general disregard for today’s popular music.

The 41-year-old is a music veteran with a total of eight studio albums in her catalogue. The singer, who is famed for her eclectic tastes and varied looks, is uninterested by today’s chart and contemporary music.

‘Not for a lack of knowing it exists, but because I find nothing that interests me,’ she said when asked why she doesn’t keep up with recent records.

‘ listen to older artists, The Doors and things that excite me, and I find very little that excites me that’s happening today.’

PJ says the music today is bland and lacks any deep undertones.

The songstress insists that her view may completely differ to everybody else’s, but she just doesn’t feel a connection to the music in the charts today.

‘[It's] largely unoriginal. I think mostly that’s the reason, because I’ve already heard it a hundred times better before, and it doesn’t speak to my soul,’ she said in an interview with NME magazine.

‘Everybody is different in that way. I’m not saying there isn’t great work existing now ‘ for many people there is ‘ but for my own personal taste there’s nothing that grabs me and makes me want to go out and do more investigation into this music.’

Paolo Nutini to headline Eden Sessions

Paolo Nutini to headline Eden Sessions

Paolo Nutini to headline Eden Sessions

Paolo Nutini is announced as the fifth headliner at this summer’s Eden Sessions.  The soulful singer-songwriter will play the Eden stage on Tuesday July 13, joining Jack Johnson (June 26 – sold out), Mika (June 27), Doves and Mumford & Sons (July 2 – sold out) and Calvin Harris and Audio Bullys (July 3) on a blockbuster bill. Paolo launched his career with 2006 quadruple-platinum debut These Streets, including the top-ten single Last Request. He followed it up with last year’s second long-player Sunny Side Up. That album went straight to number one in the UK album charts and returned to the top on two separate occasions.  Hailing from Paisley in Scotland, Paolo has been singing and working in the music industry since leaving school at 16, including stints as a roadie and studio engineer. As a result, he has shown an understanding of live performance that belies his age and Atlantic Records recognised his potential early on and signed him just after his 18th birthday in 2005.    Paolo was nominated in two categories in this year’s BRITs – British Male Solo Artist and British Album for Sunny Side Up – and has rubbed shoulders will rock royalty, supporting Led Zeppelin at their O2 comeback show and sharing a stage with the Rolling Stones at the Isle of Wight Festival in 2007. Tjarko Wieringa, Eden Sessions Creative Director, said: “We’re proud to announce Paolo’s appearance at this year’s Eden Sessions – another fantastic coup! His laid-back brand of motown-tinged folk rock will be a perfect match for Eden’s beautiful surroundings. “With five announcements behind us, this year’s Sessions are promising to be our best yet. We have some of best, most high-profile artists in the world already on the bill and there will be more exciting announcements to come.” The Sessions are famed not only for bringing top acts to Cornwall but also for their festival feel, with extra bands and entertainers playing around the site in the run-up to the main event. Massage and alternative therapies will also be showcased around Eden on the day of each Session. The 2010 Sessions will be the ninth season of summer gigs at the Eden Project. Performers in previous years include Oasis, Kasabian, Florence and the Machine, Vampire Weekend, Paul Weller, Hot Chip, Muse, Editors, Snow Patrol, Basement Jaxx, Amy Winehouse, Moby, PJ Harvey and The Verve.

Paul McCartney’s son James announces debut UK tour and ticket details

Paul McCartney's son James announces debut UK tour and ticket details

Paul McCartney's son James announces debut UK tour and ticket details

Paul McCartney’s son James has announced his first UK headline tour, to take place this February and March. The jaunt comes after he played a raft of secret gigs last October under the name Light. McCartney has spent much of the last two years recording his debut album, though no release date is confirmed at present.  Speaking about his songs, he said: “The music was inspired by The Beatles, Nirvana, The Cure, PJ Harvey, Radiohead – and all good music. It is basically rock’n'roll, clean-sounding and vocal. We are mixing our album in Sussex and New York. The words on the album refer to spirituality, love, family, trying to sort out one’s life, and many other things. I have written the songs over a 10-year period.”

James McCartney plays:

Liverpool O2 Academy 2 (February 25)
York Fibbers (26)
Newcastle O2 Academy 2 (28)
Manchester The Ruby Lounge (March 2)
Nottingham Bodega (4)
Tunbridge Wells The Forum (7)
Brighton Audio (8)
London Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen (9)
London 100 Club (10)
Bristol Cooler (13)
Edinburgh Cabaret Voltaire (14)
Glasgow King Tut’s (17)
Birmingham O2 Academy 3 (19)
Cardiff Barfly (20)

Red Hot Chili Peppers announce new guitarist

Red Hot Chili Peppers announce new guitarist.  30-year old Los Angeles guitarist and producer Josh Klinghoffer is the replacement for John Frusciante in Red Hot Chili Peppers. Klinghoffer was a member of short-lived L.A. experimental band Ataxia that also included Frusciante as well as Fugazi bass player Joe Lally. Klinghoffer was the drummer in that band.   He has played as a session musician over the years with Beck, Butthole Surfers, PJ Harvey, Gnarls Barkley and the Chili Peppers.  He also worked on Frusciante’s solo albums so he is a well-qualified replacement in the Chili Peppers.   John Frisciante left Red Hot Chili Peppers a year ago but only made it known officially in December 2009.  Red Hot Chili Peppers have been working on their next album since October, 2009 and it will be released in late 2010. There first show with Josh will be on January 29, 2010 when they pay tribute to Neil Young at MusiCares

Island Records 50th anniversary book

chris-blackwell2009 is the 50th anniversary of the founding of Island Records, arguably the most prestigious record label in the history of British music. To mark this milestone the label is entering into the world of book publishing.  May 21st ’09 will see the publication of ‘KEEP ON RUNNING – THE STORY OF ISLAND RECORDS’ edited by Chris Salewicz (acclaimed author of recent best-selling Joe Strummer biog ‘Redemption Song’ as well as books on The Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix and many others) and produced by Universal Island Ltd. and The Island Trading Company Ltd.

‘KEEP ON RUNNING’ is a 226-page full-colour hard-cover commemoration of Island Records, started by Jamaican Chris Blackwell in 1959, the most illustrious record label that the British music business has ever known. Illustrated by copious rare images, including original artwork and photographs from the Island Records archives, ‘KEEP ON RUNNING’ will tell the story of this extraordinary label, its art and its artists, in a series of twelve essays by celebrated writers such as Paul Morley, Jon Savage, Sean O’Hagan, Vivien Goldman, Lloyd Bradley, David Katz, Robin Denselow, Sylvia Patterson, Richard Williams and Joe Boyd. Chapter headings include Out of Jamaica, The Pink Label, Season of the Witch, Glitterball, Roots-Rock Reggae, Singular Voices, The Tuff Gong, Globalisation, From Africa & Beyond, Re-birth Of The Cool and The New Millennium. Photographers include Anton Corbijn, Adrian Boot, Gered Mankowitz, Keith Morris, Andy Earl, Lawrence Watson, Maria Mochnacz, Jean-Paul Goude and Neville Garrick.

The book will be published to coincide with the 50th anniversary celebrations of Island Records in May ’09: these include a large-scale, month-long exhibition of Island artwork and memorabilia in London’s Soho; a week of concerts by key artists at Shepherds Bush Empire; a 90 minute TV documentary about the label; a Radio 2 documentary; and deluxe re-releases of many iconic Island albums, which will continue throughout 2009.

Chris Blackwell founded the Island label in Kingston, Jamaica in 1959 with capital of just £1000. Relocating to London in the early 60s Blackwell built the most diverse and enviable back catalogue of any independent record label in history. From Island’s early Jamaican roots in ska and rock-steady, through the label’s expansion to become the cutting edge of progressive rock in the late 60s, and then on to the signing of such international superstars as Bob Marley and U2, Blackwell brought to Island a unique vision and passion which still informs the label’s approach to this day.

The Island label has been responsible for the careers of some of the biggest stars in music including U2, Bob Marley, Cat Stevens, Traffic, Free, Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, Sandy Denny, Toots & The Maytals, John Martyn, Marianne Faithfull, Aswad, Tom Waits, King Sunny Ade, Third World, Roxy Music, Robert Palmer, the B52s, Sly & Robbie, Melissa Etheridge, The Slits, Steel Pulse, Grace Jones, Tom Tom Club, Pulp, Baaba Maal, Tricky, Talvin Singh, and latterly Amy Winehouse, PJ Harvey, DJ Shadow, Sugababes, Keane, The Fratellis, Scott Matthews, Paul Weller, The Feeling, Portishead and Florence & The Machine.

The Maybes new single and co-headline tour

the-maybes2Liverpool’s finest export The Maybes? get 2009 underway with details of a new single and a co-headline tour of the UK.  The sublime ‘Trick Of The Light’ will be released digitally on 30th March through Xtra Mile Recordings. A live favourite, the song soars with sentiment and heartfelt lyrics with haunting guitar parts and their trademark cascading harmonies – the band at their powerful best. You can catch their compelling tour de force live performances when they go on a co-headline tour with fellow rising stars Club Smith.

Full dates are:

MARCH
26 Glasgow King Tuts
28 Whitley Bay, Trojan Rooms
31 Manchester Ruby Lounge

APRIL
01 Leeds Cockpit
02 Derby, The Royal
03 Liverpool, Academy 2
04 Portsmouth Cellars
06 Southampton Hamptons
07 Brighton Freebutt
08 Birmingham Rainbow
09 Nottingham Bodega
10 London Borderline
11 Hertford, The Marquee

Tickets are £6.
Except Liverpool which is £7.

It is the latest single to be taken from their incredible debut album ‘Promise’, released in the autumn of last year ‘Promise’ is a fiery explosion of emotionally driven power pop, contemporary narrative and pure dance euphoria, not only is it an album that showcases the band’s roots and influences but also their phenomenal musical flair.

Produced by internationally revered producer Head whose back catalogue includes Massive Attack and PJ Harvey, ‘Promise’ is a sonic assault to excite the senses and invigorate the psyche, a beautiful vision that does not adhere to any here-today-gone-tomorrow scene.

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