music update #16

It was the NME Awards last week and many of Britain’s greatest indie bands turned out in force to see if they had been successful in winning an award for their work. For me the band that most deserved their win was The Maccabees winning Best Album for ‘Given To The Wild’, the best album of last year in my opinion and out of all the other nominees they were the ones that really should have won. Other winners on the night were Foals winning Best Track for ‘Inhaler’, Biffy Clyro for Best British Band, The Killers for Best International Band and The Rolling Stones for Best Live Band. After only releasing their album last week Palma Violets scooped the Best New Band award and Florence picked up 2 awards for Best Solo Artist and Best Dancefloor Anthem for the track ‘Sweet Nothing’ with Calvin Harris. The Outstanding Contribution Award this year went to The Cribs and the Godlike Genius award was given to Johnny Marr who performed a little set at the end collaborating with Ronnie Wood and The Vaccines’ Justin Young. What did you think of the awards? Did the right people win for you or was it all a little predictable?

Following on from my thoughts about how The Brits was more than disappointing this year, I thought I’d let you watch a little clip from this week’s Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe which in my opinion is the greatest review of this year’s Brit awards ceremony, have a watch and let me know what you think:

David Bowie streamed his new album ‘The Next Day’ on iTunes last week, the album due out next week on March 11th has been eagerly awaited by many. Lots of reviews have been popping up online of the album all through the week as well and all of which have been pretty good reviews of the new album. Have you listened to the new album? What did you think of it?

Some Record Store Day releases have been announced, The White Stripes will be releasing a 10 year double edition of ‘Elephant’, Tegan and Sara are releasing ‘Closer’ remix LP feat Yeasayer. While are set to Foals release ‘Holy Fire’ with a 7″ containing a new song and a Friendly Fires remix and Surfer Blood will release a single from their upcoming album as well as many other acts taking part in the event on 20th April.

I’ve always wanted to go to SXSW Festival and I am hoping one year I will finally get to go there and experience it all for myself instead of reading about it online/in magazines. Back to this year’s festival though and Pitchfork have announced the line up for their showcase including Cloud Nothings, Toro Y Moi, Youth Lagoon, Disclosure, FIDLAR and many more. This will be taking place at the festival in various locations from 12th to 14th March.

Another festival announcement for Secret Garden Party which announced some acts that will be playing there last week. Soulwax will headline with Django Django, Bastille, Wolf Alice, London Grammar and many more set to play. The festival runs between July 25th to 28th.


Camden High Street having it’s own London music hall of fame. The area famed for it’s association with a lot of musicians from the past and of the present will have it’s own discs inlaid into the pavement like in Hollywood for the actors of the world. It’s been said that there will be 5 categories of stars – innovative, influential, music icons, unsung heroes and industry leaders. To me it seems like a really good idea to finally honour some of the music industry especially the ones that don’t necessarily win lots of awards or sell loads of albums but are still an integral and brilliant part of music over the years. Do you think this is a good idea? Who would you nominate to be honoured in this way and why?
My nomination would be: Joy Division and The Clash, two hugely influential bands not just at the time but still now 40 years after they were around. They are bands that will never not been in the public’s conciousness and will never be forgotten, creating such brilliant, iconic and thought provoking music gives them more right than many to an honour on a musical hall of fame.

Finally, I said I’d write a review of Bastille’s debut album ‘Bad Blood’ which is out today. I’ve started writing some articles over at Yuppee magazine and my Bastille review is up on there for you to read now. Also, I wrote a review of To Kill A King’s debut album ‘Cannibals with Cutlery’ which was released last week which is over on Yuppee as well if you would like to read that.


David Bowie picture.
Record Store Day picture.
Camden High Street picture.

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