Gaga on Radio One’s Big Weekend

May 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

So she turned up to the Grammys in an egg, and Radio 1’s Big Weekend in a coffin, seemingly pregnant. After an impressive entrance Gaga powered through an hour long set to the 20,000 strong audience at Carlisle. Watching it at home with friends, there were mixed reviews…

After the black latex-esq pregnant belly was removed Gaga wore an assortment of morbid black leather outfits, with dancers, classics such as Just Dance and Poker Face and a jazzy guest from New York the show commenced….

Many were, I think, expected a more aesthetically spectacular show, I personally would have liked to have seen some more spectacular outfits. Though one of my friends likened her to a bar singer, I thought her rendition of Orange Coloured Sky, Speechless and The Edge of Glory were beautifully performed!

Bon Iver: The Sound of My Summer

April 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

……… and every other season of the year! After being introduced to the band by a friend a few years ago I’ve been in love ever since!

Founded by American singer song writer Justin Vernon from Wisconsin, who put together the beautiful album For Emma Forever Ago. Their music is absolutely gorgeous with beautiful acoustics and harmonies and Justin Vernon’s captivating voice. They performed at Coachella this year and Vernon even sat in a performance with Kanye West. They also feature on the Twilight Saga’s New Moon soundtrack with their stunning song Roslyn.

I listen to my favourite of their albums For Emma Forever Ago so so much and have never once got bored and doubt I ever will!

Definitely worth a listen, here’s a cheeky vid of my favourite track, Skinny Love.

Jessie J Wins BBC Sound of 2011

January 7, 2011 § 2 Comments

With her single ‘Do it like a dude’ being played more and more on the Radio we’re likely to be hearing a lot more from Jessie J as she’s announced the winner of BBC’s Sound of 2011.

Taking the crown from Ellie Goulding’s 2010 win, 22-year-old Jessica Cornish will bring a new R&B style to 2011. She wrote poetry as a child and attended the famed Brit School which led to her first record deal with Gut Records and early interest from R ‘n’ B communities in the United States.

Jessie J originally wrote ‘Do it like a dude’ with Rihanna in mind but thought she would keep it for herself. She was right! As well as high-profile writing for Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake is also a massive fan! View BBC’s official Jessie J page.

BBC Sound of 2011 The Top 5:

1. Jessie J

2. James Blake

3. The Vaccines

4. Jamie Woon

5. Clare Maguire

Personally, I was rooting for Nero, who sadly came in at 11th place! But I’m much looking forward to hearing more from Jessie J’s cool R&B style.

It’s Another X Factor Christmas

December 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

X factor winner Matt Cardle nabbed the number one spot in the Christmas Top 40 this year with his debut single ‘When We Collide’. Selling 430,000 copies, beating his more experienced contenders to the number one spot.

Facebook fuelled tracks ‘Surfin’ Bird’ by The Trashmen and Rage Against the Machine were at number three and 21. What’s My Name by Rihanna Ft Drake came in at number two.

I’m pretty traditional and think the Christmas number one should be a Christmas song, not really sure why, just seems more festive I think. The Christmas charts have been taken over by Simon Cowell’s X Factor winner over the last few years and to be honest it’s getting a bit boring. I remember, years ago, listening to the radio with family and friends on the Sunday before Christmas eagerly awaiting the top 10 spots. It seemed to be so much more of a big deal then, exciting.

 Last year Rage Against the Machine topped the charts with ‘Killing in the Name’ fuelled by a huge Facebook backlash towards the X Factor empire. This was pretty exciting. Although it’s far from a lovely Christmassy tune at least it brought a bit of excitement back to the Christmas chart. Click here to see the official page, it’s a social media phenomenon really.

I have nothing against Matt Cardle and he was my favourite to win this years X factor and seems like a genuinely talented artist with a great voice. Just hope Xmas doesn’t turn into X Factor and maybe next year the charts will be exciting and above all festive.

The Cure to Headline Bestival 2011

December 9, 2010 § Leave a comment

Organised by Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank, the summer festival season saves it’s best ’til last and next year’s Bestival line-up is shaping up to be one of the best yet! Crowned in The Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest fancy dress party, next year Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Whight will be transformed into the weird and wonderful world of the Fantastic on 8th September 2011.

Having been in 2008 and 2009 (sacrificing 2010 for a trip to FIB festival in Spain) I can say Bestival is one that should not be missed! It’s  the quirkiest, friendliest arena with a huge range of stalls, foodieries and events! Fun and frivolity come rain for shine. The line ups aren’t bad either, in fact they’re amazing. With Massive Attack and The Prodigy headlining in 2009 and 2010 next year is not going to disappoint.

The Cure are one of the most influential groups of our time one of my favourite bands. The chance to see them live is unmissable. Accompanied by the likes of Primal Scream, Magnetic Man, Crystal Castles and one of my other faves 65daysofstatic who toured with The Cure on their 2008. Check out my review of one of their gig this year in Brighton.

Whether it be the burlesque cafe, Bollywood tent, cinema or healing tent Bestival has something for everyone! Stay tuned for further announcements on the line-up.

BBC reveal New Sound of 2011

December 6, 2010 § Leave a comment

15 rising stars have been added to the longlist for the BBC’s Sound of 2011. Over 160 tastemakers have researched and named their odds for the next big star.The tastemakers include radio DJ’s, producers, TV presenters, magazine and website editors,newspaper critics and respected bloggers. The tastemakers are asked to pick their top three new acts from any country or music genre with the top 15 making the longlist.

The Criteria:

  • Bands, singers, MC’s, performers of all genres.
  • They must not have had a UK top 20 single or album by 14 November 2010.
  • Must not already be known from talent shows such as X Factor etc. ( more criteria on BBC Website)

This year’s acts include R ‘n’ B inspired Jessie J, indie quartet The Vaccines, chilled out electro from Jamie Woon, dub-step and drum and bass from Nero and more indie-rock from Espen and The Witch. Check out the full list on the BBC New Sound site.

Past predictions from the New Sound gurus have not failed to be correct. Ellie Goulding and Marina and The Diamonds were shortlisted in 2010 with Adele in 2008 and 50 cent in 2003.

In the week commencing 3rd Jan 2011 the top 5 will be revealed. Every day that week one act from the top five will be featured on BBC news and Sound of 2011 websites and will also be interviewed on BBC Radio 1.

Check out the new talent! Who do you want to win?

65daysofstatic

October 23, 2010 § 2 Comments

They’ve toured with The Cure but 65daysofstatic are probably a band not many of you will have heard of, and until about a year ago neither had I. I’ve only recently found a love for their radio-unfriendly instrumental style and was lucky enough to be able to see them in lovely Brighton a few weeks ago.

Concorde 2 on the sea front was the perfect ‘cosy’ venue for 65 and right at the front, the band did not disappoint. Despite drunken requests from the audience the band stayed super-cool and played superbly. Radio Protector, my personal favourite ignited the audience and thankfully there was only a small ‘mosh pit’ in the crowd. One of the tightest bands I’ve seen play in a long time, the music consumes you just as much live as it does when you’re  listening full blast at home. Brilliant.

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