Friday, 20 August 2010

BACK TO SCHOOL - TOP 10 MUSIC INSTRUMENTS

Going back to school or college then check out Gear4music's list of of top ten instruments. As well as instruments, they have a huge range of accessories, including gig bags, music stands and tuners. All in stock items ordered before 2pm will be shipped for Next Day Delivery as standard, although customers can choose their own delivery date should they wish. In addition all products come with 14 Day Money Back Guarantee. Many of their products now also have the option of up to a 5 Year Extended Warranty, with up to 45 Days Money Back Guarantee.
Top 10 Back to School Offers from Gear4music
  1. Electric-ST Guitar, Black, Back to School Pack  RRP £134.95 Our Price £89.95 CLICK TO SHOP
  2. Deluxe Round Back Guitar & 15W Amp Pack, Blue RRP £142.55 Our Price £109.95 CLICK TO SHOP
  3. Electric G-4 Bass Guitar & Amp Pack, Sunburst RRP £126.00 Our Price £115.00 CLICK TO SHOP
  4. Full Size Starter Drum Kit + Beginners Pack, Red  RRP £240.40 Our Price £199.00 CLICK TO SHOP
  5. Digital Drums 502-J Electronic Drum Kit Package Deal RRP £379.95 Our Price £329.95 CLICK TO SHOP
  6. Casio Privia PX-130 Digital Piano with Stand, Bench and Pedalboard RRP £690.97 Our Price £569.00 CLICK TO SHOP
  7. MK-900 MIDI Portable Keyboard by Gear4music RRP £99.99 Our Price £77.99 CLICK TO SHOP
  8. Student Flute, Back to School Pack RRP £162.47 Our Price £132.00 CLICK TO SHOP
  9. Alto Saxophone, Light Gold, Back to School Pack RRP £394.07 Our Price £289.95 CLICK TO SHOP
  10. Archer 4/4 Cello + Fibreglass Case RRP £599.00 Our Price £439.95 CLICK TO SHOP

Friday, 13 August 2010

Get ready for Little Fish ‘Baffled And Beat’ - Debut album to be released August 16th

Little Fish singer, writer and guitarist Juju says that the band’s recent single ‘Am I Crazy?’ is about “the pain you go through when falling in love” but the title could equally refer to the crazy ride the band have experienced in the last year or so since legendary songwriter/producer Linda Perry heard their demos, flew to the UK to see them play at a pub in Oxford, signed them on the spot and took them out to LA to produce their first album. This has been followed by a hectic touring schedule supporting a who’s who of rock bands including Placebo,Them Crooked Vultures, Hole, Juliette Lewis and, most recently, Blondie. This, plus having three songs on the Rock Band game, a song in the new Hilary Swank movie ‘The Resident’ and a host of great reviews for their live show, as well as Radio 1 play and playlisting on XFM and Kerrang! TV have brought the band to the public’s attention even before the release of this, their first album. The addition of a Hammond player to the Oxford-based two piece has enabled them to replicate the album sound on stage. The album, much of which was recorded live, is released on Custard/Island Records on August 16th. The songs on the album, titled ‘Baffled And Beat’, are about love, life, betrayal and pain according to Juju. “Our songs are about people. They write away our sickness. They define us by what we are not. They speak of chaos and confusion, relationships, their conflicts and our need for cures. The songs run alongside all that we live; our failings, our contradictions, our hungers, our excesses, our exits, our shadows. A wound opened by betrayal, love, life, is slow to heal. If we bow our head and look to the ground, it is because we are searching for the things we have lost. Mostly the songs speak of the constant strain living has on the nerves, so as to make sense of it. They speak of people with possibilities, of junk in need of hunger and of the pains within us. People waiting on street corners and in cafeterias for love and life to happen, all this knowing that one day affection will burn us and we will make it to happiness. It came to us to sing, to play as the songs ran along with us.’’ Onstage, Little Fish are sensual thunder, drawing you in with dangerous warmth. Most often Juju's self taught guitar style blazes through as Nez vigorously propels himself and beats his way through the songs. "It's like an exorcism," says Juju when the songs come. "They are based on human expression, sometimes things that can't be said are best left sung." JuJu’s voice haunts and mesmerizes in a similar way to Patti Smith. What’s in evidence throughout the band’s music is passion and intelligence, maybe even a little anger, but it’s melodic and true to the song. The Little Fish album is all real drums – half of it is live – no click track, no over dubs. Linda Perry gave JuJu a really hard time in the studio and pushed her with her writing. According to JuJu, Linda is a, “Fearless, bolshie, American rock star/super star who believes in herself.” It’s rubbed off on JuJu helping to create music with serious attitude. “She would send me away to a room and say don’t come out until you’ve got it finished. She told me she has never been so tough on any artist that’s she’s worked with, but she showed me what I have inside of me and brought the best out in me.” Listening to their music you can hear this creativity in all its glory. “I have to be by myself in a room when I’m writing so no one can hear me shouting and screaming like an exorcist. Some people can write in public, but not me. For me it’s a solitary experience, so I can unlock my lyrics and bare my soul and inspiration.” The name Little Fish is the result of Juju's daydream "Feel free, I wake up in a head spin. I am me. I am just a Little Fish. I see what I see..."

FULL TRACKLISTING
1 - Darling Dear
2 - Bang! Bang!
3 - Am I Crazy?
4 - Heroine Dance
5 - Sweat N Shiver
6 - Baffled And Beat
7 - You, Me And The TV
8 - Die Young
9 - Luck's Run Out
10 - Whiplash
11 - Hallelujah
12 - Sorry State

See Little Fish live at Sep 26th Gloucester, Underground Festival

Baffled And Beat’ Debut album to be released August 16th, 2010 Single ……… released August 9th
(Custard/Island Records) Little Fish Juju Sophie (Vocals/Guitar) | Nez Greenaway (Drums)
www.myspace.com/littlefishmusic
CLICK HERE TO BUY CD BAFFLED AND BEAT

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY
‘Soulful, groove-laden and yet voluminously abrasive’ Rock Sound
‘Strong stuff indeed’ Total Guitar
‘A gloomy but visceral post-punk thunderstorm’ Music Week
‘Little Fish has the raw rock spark that doesn’t depend on fame’ New York Times

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Devlin Confirmed support for Example’s UK Tour & New Album ‘Brainwashed’

One of the most eagerly anticipated artists of 2010 is 21-year-old James Devlin. Having released an uncompromisingly gritty opening salvo with Giggs in April (‘Shot Music) the Dagenham MC of Irish extraction returns with a statement of intent for the rest of the year. ‘Brainwashed’ is a rain-swept gothic backdrop for Devlin’s wordplay and imagery, like a darkly inked page out of V for Vendetta. A lyrical prodigy that started on pirate radio at age 13, he is unrivalled in the grime scene for the cinematic power of his bars. ‘My names lodged up in your brain like a blade in an operation’ goes one typically grimey metaphor. Famed for having ‘the biggest vocabulary in grime’, Devlin’s forthcoming album, will bring to mind the richest, most imaginatively detailed storyteller’s albums. Nas is one seminal influence. Bruce Springsteen is another. But that’s to come. This single has the modest intent of brainwashing a nation like a dystopian despot; ‘neurological science will leave your brain cells rewired, my name’s Devlin I am just trying to gain entry to your mind’.

Devlin will be supporting Example on his tour this autumn...
Tue 28 Sep 2010 Glasgow ABC2
Wed 29 Sep 2010 Manchester Academy 2
Fri 01 Oct 2010 Newcastle Academy
Sat 02 Oct 2010 Leeds Academy
Mon 04 Oct 2010 Liverpool Academy 2
Tue 05 Oct 2010 Bristol O2 Academy
Wed 06 Oct 2010 Exeter Lemon Grove
Fri 08 Oct 2010 Bournemouth O2 Academy
Sat 09 Oct 2010 Birmingham Academy 2
Mon 11 Oct 2010 Nottingham Rock City
Tue 12 Oct 2010 London Koko
Wed 13 Oct 2010 Norwich UEA

Devlin Confirmed support for Example’s UK Tour
‘Brainwashed’ Island Records Sunday 8th August 2010 BBC Sound of 2010 List

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY
‘one of the few MCs daring to say something different’ Dazed & Confused
‘undiluted street music’ NME
‘a powerful lyricist with a social conscience’ Metro
‘with the bidding war finally over and over 2 million Youtube views in the last year, Devlin was always going to be No.1 on our list for underground artists to blow up in 2010’ RWD
‘James Devlin is primed to break into the mainstream he reminds me of The Street Mike Skinner at his best’ The Sun

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Tennessee born, Lauren Pritchard's new Island ep “Painkillers" is out now

Jackson Tennessee born, London based singer-songwriter Lauren Pritchard, a new artist with a remarkable voice and a rare song-writing talent to match, follows the release of her acclaimed debut “The Jackson Sessions” ep with the release on July 19th of her new Island ep “Painkillers. Written by the 22 year old Pritchard and produced by Eg White, best known for co-writing and producing Adele’s Grammy-winning classic hit “Chasing Pavements” and Duffy’s worldwide smash “Warwick Avenue”, the track features legendary sticksman and Roots founder Questlove on drums.
The full track listing is as follows:
1. Painkillers
2. Try A Little Harder
3. Painkillers (Body Language Remix)
4. Painkillers (Flotilla Remix)
Since the beginning of the year Lauren has performed live across the UK building an ever growing fanbase. The young American was personally invited by Paul Weller to join him on stage during his recent In Concert Radio 2 session after he had heard her debut ep The Jackson Sessions. Their duet, on the Holland Dozier Holland classic “How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You”, was the B-side of Weller’s new single “Find The Torch/Burn The Plans”. Audiences had plenty of opportunities to see Lauren performing live over the summer including festival appearances at Glastonbury and Latitude and a show with Professor Green at the Proud Gallery’s 2nd Birthday for MENCAP on June 23rd. The Professor Green date came about after the two recently met at a rehearsal studio in London, immediately hit it off and wrote and recorded a song together. Lauren Pritchard was born and raised in Jackson, Tennessee, archetypal deep south small town USA. She’d always sung and played piano from an early age and when she reached her teens felt the need to move away from her comfortable family surroundings and forge a life in music. At the age of 16, she headed, alone, to LA where she sang in a band, fell in love, broke up, ran out of money and was on her way back to Jackson, dream in tatters, when one of her close friends, insisted she move in with them. The friend was Riley Keogh whose mum is Lisa Marie Presley. Newly invigorated, Lauren lived with them for 8 months during which time she landed a starring role in the highly acclaimed, hard-hitting contemporary musical ‘Spring Awakening’. The show hit the big-time and soon Lauren was re-locating to New York where she performed on Broadway for two years. With the phenomenal success of “Spring Awakening” and word spreading through New York music business circles about the girl with the incredible voice, Lauren landed a record deal. That partnership didn’t work out so well and they soon went their separate ways. However as Lauren was finding out, as one door closes another opens. A meeting with Ivor Novello-winning songwriter Eg White, who had heard and been blown away by Lauren’s demos, lead to her decision to once again up sticks and move, alone again, to her third big city, London. Her collaborations with Eg were soon producing a batch of incredible songs and Island Records, aware that they has found a serious talent, wasted no time in securing Lauren’s signature. Work on the debut album started in earnest and just a year after arriving in England, to make the record she had long dreamed of making, “Wasted In Jackson” was finished.
CLCIK HERE TO SHOP LAUREN PRITCHARD EP
www.myspace.com/laurenpritchardmusic
WHAT THE PAPERS SAY
Painkillers” - “A beautiful, soaring voice and a set of songs that roll and swell with Carole King and Norah Jones- like country-soul catchinessSunday Times

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

PEARL AND THE PUPPETS RELEASE SINGLE ‘MAKE ME SMILE’ ON AUGUST 16th

Following the release of her debut EP ‘Because I Do’, Pearl and the Puppets will release the new single ‘Make Me Smile’ on August 16th. Pearl, AKA Katie Sutherland and her band The Puppets, have been receiving a steady stream of attention over the last year after winning the Scottish Sun’s New Band award and a performance on the BBC Hogmanay show on New Year’s Eve. With live shows so far including an appearance at The Great Escape, a headline Scottish tour and UK support tour with Alphabeat. Their debut EP was well received and performances at the likes of Secret Garden Party and T in the Park this summer along with a support slot with Elton John at Watford Football Club. Her second single ‘Make Me Smile’ is a feel-good summery pop song that has a breezy melody and catchy chorus that you can’t help but sing along to. A favourite in Pearl’s live set, it is perfect for the summer festivals and is sure to make even the most tired festival goer get up and dance. Three years ago Pearl was just another music-loving shopgirl and primary school teacher student who was classically trained on woodwind and could bash out a tune on piano. Aged 19, she bought a guitar, taught herself how to play and quickly wrote some songs. Within a matter of months she’d set up a Myspace and posted four demos. Within a week, the first record label contacted her and after signing a publishing deal with Warner Chappell, Pearl decided to abandon her degree at Glasgow University and recruited a band; The Puppets. She signed first to Universal Republic (the US label heard about her and immediately flew over and signed her) and in turn with Island Records in the UK.

‘Make Me Smile’ is released on August 9th through Island Records.

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY
Top of our park lazing playlist” Grazia
Our latest music crush” Instyle
Will put a smile on your face” OK
My kind of band” The Sun

Nicki Minaj, to release debut official single "Your Love" September 20th

Nicki Minaj, the first lady of Young Money/Cash Money Records and one of the hottest artists on the planet right now, has her debut official single “Your Love” released on September 20th. The song, which samples Annie Lennox’sNo More ‘I Love You’s’”, is taken from the 25 year old rap phenomenon’s feverishly anticipated debut album which is scheduled for release on November 22nd. Nicki Minaj’s star has been on the rise since she released her first mixtape, Playtime Is Over, in 2007. The mixtape featured Lil Wayne and the cover showed Nicki posing as a Barbie Doll. A second mixtape “Sucka Free” released a year later, increased the heat around Minaj and was followed in 2009 by mixtape number three “Beam Me Up Scotty”. Shortly thereafter Nicki, aka Harajuku Barbie, aka Nicki Lewinsky, aka Roman Zolanski, aka Ms Step Your Cookies Up, signed to Lil Wayne’s new label Young Money Entertainment and featured heavily on Young Money’s debut album “We Are Young Money” which spawned the massive hit single “Bedrock”. Minaj has also made her name from her many features on A list artists tracks including "Up Out My Face (Remix)" with Mariah Carey, "My Chick Bad" with Ludacris, "Lil' Freak" with Usher, “Knockout” with Lil Wayne, Christina Aguilera's "Woohoo" and most recently label mate and fellow Young Money soldier Drake’s “Up All Night”. It was Minaj’s larger than life personality and gum-snapping flow that drew the attention of Lil Wayne, and now the anticipation for her debut album has reached fever pitch as the first single proper is about to drop and this undisputed Queen Of Hip Hop, all 5’ 2” of her, is set to follow in the footsteps of Wayne and Drake as the next genuine superstar of hip hop.