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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′

Erland & The Carnival join Lounge on the Farm

Indie-pop from Rose Elinor Dougal

Indie-pop from Rose Elinor Dougal

Erland & The Carnival join Lounge on the Farm. The weather’s warming up nicely, the sun is finally shining and summer plans are firmly back on the agenda, so, with that in mind Kent’s finest festival, Lounge on the Farm, based in the heart of the Garden of England, are upping the ante, adding an array of even more amazing acts to a stellar cast that already ranges from legends to locals including Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Toots & The Maytals, DJ Yoda, Courtney Pine, Fionn Regan and Tunng who will all be performing for your pleasure at Merton Farm near Canterbury during the weekend of 9-11th July. Kicking off the latest line up additions are folk rockers Erland & The Carnival. Featuring erstwhile Verve and Good the Bad and The Queen guitarist Simon Tong and sometime Paul McCartney and Orb collaborator David Knock amongst their ranks, the band’s distinctive and unmissable swirling riffs derive from Orcadian singer Erland Cooper’s fun-fair folk stylings. Also making the journey to Kent’s green and pleasant land will be Quantic and his Combo Bárbaro a brand new band who fuse rare and infectious rhythms from the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa with Quantic’s own renowned deep soul and refried funk. Plus there will be live sets from Southend Art-rockers These New Puritans, psychedelic soulsters The Phenomenal Hand Clap Band and beatbox mayhem from the irresistible Beardyman. Legendary audio-visual electro purveyors Hexstatic will be on hand to ramp up the dancefloor action as will Xpress 2′s Ashley Beedle who is guaranteed to keep your feet moving with a genre-defying mix of woofer-worrying bombs. Representing the full-flavour spectrum in the world of dance expect to strut your stuff to deep and melodic techno from Nathan Detroit, sweet sounds from Tim Love Lee and concrete beats and lung-busting bass from Dub Pistols’ mainman Barry Ashworth and MC Sir Real. Keeping it diverse there will also be alt. jazz from Mercury Music Prize nominees Led Bib, intimate pop from Sarah Blasko, party reggae from The Skints, west coast rock from Chief, country hues from Danny & the Champions Of The World, indie-pop from Rose Elinor Dougal, 12-tone innovations from United Vibrations, refined riffs from the inimitable Wolf Gang, driving guitars from The Shimmer, angular funk from Wild Palms and Americana tinged indie from Lissy Trullie. As ever Lounge on the Farm has lined up plenty of Kent’s own incredible talent teetering on the cusp of greatness including tasty troubadours and LOTF faves Yearner Babies who return to the festival by popular demand, Tunbridge Wells’ anti-folkster Tom Williams & The Boat whose cover of Dizzee Rascal’s ‘Bonkers’ has catapulted him into the industry spotlight, countingHuw Stephens as a fully signed-up fan – big things are happening so be sure not to miss him. Other native treats include Joni Mitchell-esque Canterbury blues from Lucy Kitt, incredible funk-punk from the Medway delta courtesy of Maker and lots more live sets from Matthew P, Electric River, CWB, 12 Stone Toddler, Natalie Evans, The Singing Loins, Awale, Speakers Corner Quartet, Liam Magill, Theo Baird, Elan Tamara, Los Ocelots, The Happy Accidents, School Of Imagination, Jouis, The Mandibles, Zoo For You, Giacomo, Rae, Moulettes, Boot Lagoon, Le Duc, Wolf People and Syd Arthur.  With day tickets now on sale and a final headliner, more amazing music, comedy and theatre line ups to announce plus details of all the delicious festival fare on offer, keep checking for all the latest details.

Weekend Tickets
Adult weekend £95
Youth weekend [13-17] £75
Kids weekend £45
Family weekend £210 [2 adults + 2 children under 13]

These New Puritans join Stag & Dagger 2010

These New Puritans join Stag & Dagger 2010

These New Puritans join Stag & Dagger 2010

These New Puritans join Stag & Dagger 2010. The second wave of additions for Stag & Dagger 2010, taking place on 21 and 22 May in Shoreditch, London and Glasgow have been announced. Recent additions to the line up include These New Puritans, Archie Bronson Outfit, Egyptian Hip Hop, Othello Woolf, Sinden, Doppelereffekt, Doc Daneeka, Pulled Apart By Horses and Sleigh Bells.


Active Child * Alan Pownall * Alexander Nut * Allez Allez * Archie Bronson Outfit
Baby Monster * Banjo or Freakout * Blue Sabbath Black Fiji * Bo Ningen
Bok Bok * Brackles * The Bug * Bug MCs * Casper C * Cate Le Bon
Charles Hayward * Clock Opera * Cold Pumas * Comanechi * Cooly G * Dam Mantle
Deadboy DJ * Deadly Rhythm Soundsystem * DELS * Django Django * Doc Daneeka
Doppelereffekt * Ex Lovers * FACT magazine DJs * Fiction * Filthy Dukes (DJ set) * Flowdan and Daddy Freddy * FM Belfast * Frankie
& the Heartstrings * Friendship * Gaggle * A Grave with No Name * Gyratory System * The Hunter Gracchus * Huw Stevens *
Hyponik DJ Squad * Is Tropical * Islington Boys Club * John & Jehn * Lady Chan * Little Death * Lone Lady * Lupen Crook *
Mount Kimbie * My Tiger My Timing * Night Control * North Atlantic Oscillation * No Pain in Pop DJs * Oneman * Othello Woolf *
People Under the Stairs * A Place to Bury Strangers * Planet Earth
Pulled Apart by Horses * The Radio Dept. * Reecha * Robin & Partridge: The Story Club
Rock-A-Rolla magazine DJs * Sexbeat DJs * Sian Alice Group * Sinden
Skull Juice * Sky Larkin * Snap Crackle & Pop DJs * Spectrals * Still Flyin’
Summer Camp d * Sunderbans * Swanton Bombs * Sweet Baboo * SWN DJs
Team Ghost * Teenagers in Tokyo * Teeth of the Sea * These New Puritans
Thick as Thieves * Trailer Trash Tracys * Timbre Timber * Tweak Bird * Wax Fang
White Hinterland * Wild Palms * Yeti Lane * Young & Lost DJs

The Antlers * Blood Red Shoes * Chapel Club * Crocodiles * Divorce
Django Django * Egyptian Hip Hop * El Rancho Relaxo * Erland & the Carnival * Esben and the Witch * Frankie & the Heartstrings *
Fun * Gold Panda * Hot Club * Islet
Jesca Hoop * Joker * Kid Adrift * Kong * Male Bonding * Men and Machines
My Latest Novel * Olympic Swimmers * A Place to bury Strangers * Schnapps
She’s Hit * Silver Columns * Sky Larkin * Sleigh Bells * Sparrow and the Workshop
Tazz Buckfaster * Telegraphs * Titus Andronicus * Tripwires * Unwinding Hours
We were Promised Jetpacks * White Hinterland * Wild Beasts * Wilder * Wilson Tan

The Subways to headline UK 2000trees Festival

The Subways to headline UK 2000trees Festival

The Subways to headline UK 2000trees Festival

The Subways to headline 2000trees Festival.  Post-grunge punk rockers The Subways will headline this summer’s 2000trees festival, organisers revealed today.   Last year the British trio were the main support for AC/DC’s stadium shows at Wembley Stadium and Glasgow’s Hampden Park. Before that they turned two years on the road touring with the likes of Foo Fighters and Oasis, and a potentially career-ending throat ailment, into their edgier second album All Or Nothing.   Their debut album, Young for Eternity, was released in the UK in June 2005 and included four Top 40 British singles. The album’s most popular track, “Rock & Roll Queen,” went gold in the US.  The Subways join folk-punk hero Frank Turner as headliners at this summer’s 2000trees Festival, taking place at Upcote Farm, near Cheltenham, on 16th – 17th July.  Other acts confirmed include experimental rock outfit 65daysofstatic, local (GLOS) heroes Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun, The Dawn Chorus, Chris TT, Roundstone, The Tailors, Ben Marwood and popular folk singer Dan Heaver – returning for his fourth year in a row.   The previous years have seen unforgettable performances from Eighties Matchbox B-line Disaster, Art Brut, Slow Club, Future Of The Left, Beans On Toast, The Duke Spirit, The Ghost of a Thousand, Danananaykroyd, These New Puritans, Red Light Company and Wild Beasts to name just a few.

These New Puritans announce hidden ticket clues

These New Puritans

These New Puritans

These New Puritans announce hidden ticket clues.   To mark the arrival of their exceptional new album ‘Hidden’ – OUT MONDAY JAN 18 (Angular Records) – Southend’s brothers-in–arms Jack & George Barnet are heading out on tour.

The tour starts at Bush Hall in London on January 25 and takes in seven dates around the country. A limited number of free tickets to each show are now hidden in various locations in each city for fans to find.

The following clues have been made available through the bands website – and local media – help spread the word,

25/1: London Bush Hall
(Chiswick) On the highest road out west, a store filled with items to stimulate the pinna. Yeah yeah,

1/2 : Brighton Audio
Hidden at number 36 of the street named for the person who might tend your genera – get there first by whatever means, leaving the start line before anyone else,

2/2: Birmingham Hare and Hounds
Hidden in the deep Antarctic backstreets of kings heath – bears might be hard to hide but there yours lie,

3/2: Manchester Deaf Institute
Hidden in the book repository located in the square – consult the fount regarding ancient Egyptian burial practices,

4/2: Glasgow Captains Rest
Measured with the logarithmic scale, we need to be wary of these cascades of powder, especially recently, in Glasgow seek a fall of records in a street named like the valley town of ontario,

5/2: Newcastle Jukebox
(clue to follow)

6/2: Leeds Brudnell Social Club
Leeds location 1: Nelly loxodonta in St John’s at the centre – a small envelope in a large store,
Leeds location 2: JG Ballard’s tract on these or 2) maybe you did it in your car? Either way you’ll find tickets hidden on the racks here,

These New Puritans release ‘Hidden’ on Angular Recordings on January 18.

These New Puritans tour dates

These New PuritansTo mark the arrival of their exceptional new album ‘Hidden’, These New Puritans are heading out on tour.   The tour starts at Bush Hall in London on January 25 and takes in seven dates around the country. A limited number of free tickets to each show will be hidden in various locations in each city for fans to find. Clues will be made Continue reading →

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…

yo_chomsky_lead_203x152Yo! Chomsky
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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