Wednesday 27 January 2010

Owl City soars up the charts to the No.1 Spot!

As tickets for his UK tour sell out fast, Owl City's global phenomenon 'Fireflies' soars up the UK charts to No.1!! Owl City’s single ‘Fireflies’ has already sold nearly 3 million copies in the US, topped the Billboard chart - twice - and the iTunes chart in 6 countries, yet until recently he was still relatively unknown in the UK. However, following its early release due to popular demand here in the UK and with very little promotion, 'Fireflies' topped the UK charts on Sunday. Adam Young, the talented young man behind Owl City is modestly taking his latest chart topping success in his stride. “It hasn't quite sunk in yet and I suspect it never really will. It's surreal to think that a song I wrote in a basement in the middle of blustery Minnesota has made it as far as it has. Needless to say, I'm completely thrilled.” Owl City can’t wait to hit the road in the UK and, judging by ticket sales, we can’t wait for him to arrive. With Manchester recently upsized to the 2400-capacity Academy 1 and London, Birmingham and Newcastle dates sold out, leaving just a handful of tickets for the remaining dates, it looks like the UK has joined the rest of the world in tumbling head over heels for Owl City. Find Tickets
‘Pretty damn spectacular.’ - NME
‘Sublime.’ - Sunday Times Culture
'Fireflies is a song that begs to be discovered.' - Music Week
'a one-man MySpace phenomenon... His electronics and melodies are intrusively infectious.' - The Fly
17th Feb Komedia Brighton
18th Feb Electric Ballroom London
19th Feb Oxford Academy 2 Oxford
20th Feb Newcastle Academy 2 Newcastle
21st Feb Birmingham Academy 2 Birmingham
22nd Feb Manchester Academy 1 Manchester
The tour ties in with the unleashing of the Ocean Eyes album on 22nd February – a blissful first-day-of-Spring treat to pull us all out of our winter funk.
1. Cave In
2. The Bird And The Worm
3. Hello Seattle
4. Umbrella Beach
5. The Saltwater Room
6. Dental Care
7. Meteor Shower
8. On The Wing
9. Fireflies
10. The Tip Of The Iceberg
11. Vanilla Twilight
12. Tidal Wave

Saturday 16 January 2010

Reggae Inspired Influences from Michael Franti & Spearhead

Michael Franti & Spearhead

Oakland, CA born Michael Franti has occupied a unique position in American music over his two decade career. Cutting against the grain of fashion, he has been an outspoken champion of social justice - whether that's fighting for human rights, veteran's rights, ridding poverty or producing his 50,000 capacity 'Power To The Peaceful' festival each year. His newest album 'All Rebel Rockers' has struck a loud chord Stateside and become a hit record. Recorded in Jamaica at the Anchor Studio with Island Records legends Sly & Robbie, the album produced the rapturous dancehall-reggae hybrid lead single 'Say Hey (I Love You)'. With Kingston's own Cherine Anderson on guest vocals, the single has sold a million copies (certified platinum) in the US, and the video has been watched close to 4 million times on Youtube. Commercial success has come as an afterthought for Franti after two decades of trailblazing socially conscious music. Franti's first band in the 80s was an avant-garde industrial punk band called The Beatnigs signed to the Dead Kennedy's label Alternative Tentacles, who gained infamy in the Bay Area hardcore scene. Then he formed a hip hop duo, The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy. Their 1992 debut 'Hypocrisy Is The Greatest Luxury' was released by Island Records and saw the band open for other conscious acts like U2 and Public Enemy and his single 'Television Drug Of The Nation' charting and gaining critical acclaim from press. He appeared on William S. Burroughs poetry and spoken word album 'Spare Ass Annie and Other Tales' (also on Island in 1993) providing the funky backdrop for the subversive 'Words of Advice for Young People'. In 1994 Franti started a rootsy, funk-orientated group called Spearhead and dissolved the Heroes of Hiphoprisy. Michael Franti & Spearhead's seminal 2001 album 'Stay Human' began the band's ingenious hip hop, folk and funk genre-fusing, with 2006's 'Yell Fire' and their current 'All Rebel Rockers' exploring their more Reggae-inspired influences. With a laid-back, trans-global Cali vibe 'All Rebel Rockers' blends feel-good love songs and pointed lyrical content. "Increasingly over my life, I have less interest in being part of the fighting between parties" says Franti "I'm interested in bringing people together on the left and the right, to face the issues of the day. The problems from global warming to the economy that we face today are so clearly universal that we need to address them together." Michael Franti's message hasn't change but in 2010 more people want to listen.

Friday 8 January 2010

Codeine Velvet Club UK Dates with John Mayer

Codeine Velvet Club, the sensational new band featuring chief Fratelli Jon Lawler and Glasgow chanteuse Lou Hickey, have been confirmed as special guests on the forthcoming UK shows by US star John Mayer. The dates are as follows:
Codeine Velvet Club is a new musical collaboration that celebrates Jon Lawler and Lou Hickey’s shared love of ’60s girl-boy duets, dramatic orchestral pop, and dark post-war Hollywood romanticism. They have just released their eponymously titled debut album.
“Here’s a surprising perky pop rock tonic for the new year….joyously jaunty boy/girl harmonies shot through with a Glasgow brogue and swept along with 1960s-styled orchestral arrangements.  The tunes offer a blend of showy romance and rueful humour and the tone is a sweet diversion… they have a dashing panache.” METRO 4 Jan ‘10
“The Hottest Downloads – Codeine Velvet Club: ‘Hollywood’ - Scabrous glam-rock perfection from The Fratellis’ Jon Lawler.” SUNDAY TIMES 3 Jan ‘10
“…a set of  boy-girl duets referencing Lee & Nancy, John Barry, Dick Dale and The Last Shadow Puppets….sounds sassy…” THE INDEPENDENT 2 Jan ‘10
“…chief Fratelli Jon Lawler…teaming up with singer Lou Hickey, and delivering a fine record inspired by brassy show tunes, gothic blues and sweeping orchestral pop.  There’s wit and personality here (and) some notable successes, the saturated pop of “Hollywood” and woozy romance of “Nevada” among them.” THE OBSERVER 20 Dec ‘09
“With his rough bad-boy edges smoothed off by the velvet hand of Glasgow songwriter Lou Hickey, this camply glamorous, jazzy boy-girl duet is not so much ‘Creepin’ Up The Backstairs’ as swishing down the red-carpeted grand staircase.” NME 7 Nov ‘09

Tuesday 5 January 2010

Two Door Cinema Club Debut Album "Tourist History"

“It’s herky, it’s jerky, it’s mile a minute, it’s everything we love about guitars and boys.” –  NME
Two  Door Cinema Club release their fantastic debut album, “Tourist History” on March 1st 2010 on French label Kitsune. It will be preceded by the single "Undercover Martyn" on 22nd February 2010. The trio from Bangor, Northern Ireland have recently received the auspicious nod from the BBC after being named as one of the fifteen acts on the BBC Soundpoll as well as featuring in numerous end of year tips for 2010. This, coupled with their already strong online following, ensures that “Tourist History” is set to make a big impact. The album is undeniably pop, but draws on disparate elements including electronica/electro, rock and Afro-beats  whilst remaining resolutely fresh and inventive. Pigeon-holing this band will be impossible. Formed at the age of 15, the band now say “We were playing music that we weren’t enjoying, so we said ‘let’s write some songs, without any pretence of what they’ll sound like’. That’s why we find it so hard now if people now ask us what genre we are.” The only constant between songs is the length of them –  short! – redefining short, sharp and sweet. The songs average out at a pop-perfect 3 mins. Says Kev, “We’ve never seen the point of adding something on to make the song longer. Or to cram in lots of songs. We just wanted a really impressive first album, where every song could be someone’s favourite.” Two Door Cinema Club will be touring their new album extensively through 2010, starting with a sold out UK tour and have just added 2 NME Awards Shows with The Maccabees plus a support tour with Phoenix. Having already accumulated nearly a million listens online and being signed to one of the coolest indie labels around, the tour and debut album are sure to propel Two Door Cinema Club firmly into your consciousness. Watch them go....
Tracklisting as follows –
1.     Cigarettes In The Theatre
2.     Come Back Home
3.     Do You Want It All?
4.     This Is The Life
5.     Something Good Can Work
6.     I Can Talk
7.     Undercover Martyn
8.     What You Know
9.     Eat That Up, It’s Good For You
10.  You’re Not Stubborn
Sun  21-Feb-10 Dublin, NME Awards Show @ The Academy -
Mon  22-Feb-10 Belfast, NME Awards Show @ Mandela Hall - 
Tues  09-Mar-10 Bristol, Thekla - 08713  100 000
Wed  10-Mar-10 Leeds, Cockpit - 0113  2454650
Thur  11-Mar-10 Sheffield, Academy - 0844  477 2000
Frid  12-Mar-10 York, Fibbers - 08444  77 1000  /
Sun  14-Mar-10 Glasgow, King Tuts 08444  999 990
Mon  15-Mar-10 Newcastle, The Other Rooms 08444  771 000
Wed  17-Mar-10 Birmingham, Academy 2 0844  477 2000
Thur  18-Mar-10 London, Hoxton Bar & Grill 0871  2200 260
Fri  19-Mar-10 Oxford, Academy 0844  477 2000
Sat  20-Mar-10 Manchester, Deaf Institute 0871  2200 260