Against Me! – Because of the Shame

Off to see Against Me! tonight with a review to follow (if I don’t fangirl too much)

We used to get high together, instead of getting high alone.
Can’t remember the last time I saw you.
Can’t remember the last time we talked.
You left home for a fresh start,
Working as a waitress down in Bradenton.
With my name tattoo’d into your skin.

Because of the shame I associate with vulnerability
I am numbing myself completely.
Can you hear me right now?
I watched your mother bury you today, with tears in her eyes.
It wasn’t her words that shook me, but the resemblance you shared.

Don’t it seem so detached and unreal? Don’t it seem so far away?
Like the past never happened, or like nothing’s ever changed.
With your casket open in front of me,
Your eyes closed and your lips silent.
With my name tattoo’d into your skin.

Because of the shame I associate with vulnerability
I am numbing myself completely.
Can you hear me right now?
I watched your mother bury you today, with tears in her eyes.
It wasn’t her words that shook me, but the resemblance you shared.

Didn’t listen to the preacher.
Couldn’t look your husband in the eyes.
I’m not sure what I meant to you then,
So I’m not sure what I owe you now.
But if something I said hurt you
I swear it was not my intention.
With your name tattoo’d into my skin.
With your name tattoo’d into my skin.

Because of the shame I associate with vulnerability
I am numbing myself completely.
Can you hear me right now?
I watched your mother bury you today, with tears in her eyes.
Oh it wasn’t her words that shook me, but the resemblance you shared.
Oh it wasn’t her words that shook me, but the resemblance you shared.

Can you hear me right now?
Can you hear me right now?

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The 1975: Glasgow Barrowlands

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Emulating the mysterious and alternative styles of the 80’s Manchester alt-pop band, The 1975 walked onto the Glasgow Barrowlands stage after several minutes of taunting with dry-ice and synth music to a crowd of eager fans; most of them barely pushing 18.

Singer Matt Healy cemented the idea that The 1975 are trying a bit too hard to be unique wearing a fur jacket cradling a bottle of red wine, he ended up just looking a little pretentious. Opening the night with crowd pleaser The City, deafening cheers and chants gave hope that a memorable show was about to be put on.

However apart from releasing catchy songs, the edgy haircuts and all black wardrobes alongside their ‘cool-guy’ personas The 1975 are really no different to most acts that have come and gone in the past 20-years; their mix of singles focusing on sex, angst and drugs are good live performance tracks but for an hour long set The 1975 still have a lot to learn.

Since rocketing into the charts with their self-titled debut album last year, The 1975 have not yet put out new material and they have yet to change up their live shows. Taking a break from slower album tracks, allowing a break from Healy smoking and drinking on stage to Me acting like a rejected romantic character, a saxophone player emerged from the smoke to play a killer solo during Heart Out, that allowed a moment of appreciation for something interesting to watch and listen to.

The night truly came to life with the encore featuring the favourites Chocolate and rockier sounding Sex. It’s a great tactic to place your two liveliest songs at the end of the setlist because it fools people into thinking the entire show was lively and interactive; the younger generation seemed to love it anyway.

In all honesty watching a re-run of Loose Women would have been more entertaining.

Disclosure and Sam Smith perform together on Kimmel

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Disclosure and Sam Smith have went stateside to perform their smash hit single ‘Latch’ to American audiences on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Teaming up over two years ago, electro brother-duo Disclosure and Sam Smith released the song ‘Latch’ that propelled both acts up the charts and sending them to break into the American charts.

Performing together on the outdoor stage yesterday (4 August), ahead of Disclosures gig at the Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco, talk show host Kimmel and his audience got a majestic performance of ‘Latch’.

It’s a big summer for Disclosure as they are set to perform at this years Reading and Leeds Festivals (22 – 24 August).

You can watch the performance below.

Man’s finger is bitten off at Jay Z and Beyoncé concert

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A man is reportedly being held on suspicion of biting the tip of another man’s finger off during a Jay Z and Beyoncé concert at LA’s Rose Bowl Stadium on Saturday (2 August).

During the first of a two-night stint of Beyoncé and Jay Z’s On The Run tour, Roberto Alcaraz Garnica, 25, allegedly groped a woman at the stadium.

When Garnica was confronted by the woman’s boyfriend a physical altercation ensued leading to Garnica biting off the tip of the other man’s finger, report police.

Garnica was arrested on suspicion of sexual battery and mayhem, which is legally defined as disabling or disfiguring part of a victim’s body.

The unnamed boyfriend, said to be in his 20s, was take to hospital to receive treatment.

Power couple, Jay Z and Beyoncé’s On The Run tour will come to a close with two performances scheduled mid September in Paris.

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Slipknot reveal first new song in six years

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Slipknot have unveiled ‘The Negative One’ on their official website, their first new song in six years.

The track is the first to be released since the death of bassist, Paul Gray in 2010 and the departure of drummer, Joey Jordison last year.

Alongside ‘The Negative One’ – which is available to stream on the band’s website – plans for a new album have also been revealed on Slipknot1.com. A video for ‘The Negative One’ will be released on August 5.

The Iowa metal band has not released new music since 2008’s critically acclaimed ‘All Hope Is Gone’ but have been teasing clips all summer to mark the return of Slipknot. Speaking to Loudwire in July, singer Corey Taylor revealed the new album is “98 per cent done”.

Speaking of the recording process Taylor said: “It’s been a real positive experience just from an artistic and lyrical standpoint. There’s something very vital with what we’re trying to do. There’s something very visceral with the emotion we’re playing with and trying to tell the story of a band that’s gone through hell, and yet we’re back. It’s been really fulfilling.”

Information on when we can expect Slipknot’s fifth studio album and who is set to replace Jordison is still to be revealed but let’s be grateful with the new music on offer.

 

First Aid Kit compare Jack White to Willy Wonka

First Aid Kit has compared Jack White to Willy Wonka on Australian Radio as they covered his song ‘Love Interruption’.

After recording a single at the former White Stripes singer’s Third Man studio in Nashville, the Swedish folk duo spoke about their time with White as they performed a session for Triple J’s Like A Version show.

Speaking about their time with White, who First Aid Kit have supported on tour in the past, Klara Söderberg said they were approached out of the blue and asked to record a single with the Raconteur leading to a cover recording of Buffy Sainte-Marie’s ‘Universal Soldier’ in Nashville. Söderberg said of the experience: “It was really weird… You can’t take photos in his studio, it’s very secretive.” 

First Aid Kit is gearing up to perform a UK tour in September starting in Glasgow and finishing at the Royal Albert Hall in London. 

First Aid Kit will play:

Glasgow Old Fruitmarket (September 16)
Belfast Empire Music Hall (17)
Manchester Albert Hall (20)
Bristol Colston Hall (21)
London Royal Albert Hall (24)

To see ticket availability see Ticketmaster.

Foo Fighters have finished work on new album

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Foo Fighters producer Butch Vig has confirmed the rockers have finished work on their ‘epic’ new album.

The producer, a member of Garbage, worked with Dave Grohl on Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ hit album and revealed the news via his twitter account: “We are officially done with the new Foo Fighters album. 23 straight days mixing! IT’S EPIC!!!”

Alongside the new album a mini series called ‘Sonic Highways’, to be broadcast on HBO, will document the recording process of the album recorded in eight different studios in eight states across America. This will be Grohl’s second attempt at directing after his award winning 2013 documentary, ‘Sound City’.

Foo Fighters will return to the UK to perform at the closing concert for the Invictus Games held in September.

The event will take place at London’s Queen Elizabeth’s Olympic Park on 14 September. Foo Fighters will headline the event with acts including Rizzle Kicks, Kaiser Chiefs, Ryan Adams, The Vamps, Ellie Goulding, James Blunt, Diversity and Military Wives Choirs. The 26,000 capacity outdoor concert will take place between 5pm to 10pm and will be broadcast by the BBC.

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Jake Bugg and producer Rick Rubin share ideas for third album

tumblr_n9ghd8BdrL1sh1fxlo1_500Jake Bugg has revealed he has already started working on his third album, sharing ideas with producer Rick Rubin.

Nottingham singer-songwriter Bugg has said he has around 10 to 15 song ideas saved as voice memos on his iPhone for his follow up album to 2013’s ‘Shangri La’.

Although there is an album’s worth of song ideas ready the singer has said the tracks are “nowhere near formed” but he has started working on them in the studio.

He said: “I’ve been trying to keep what I’m doing under wraps at the minute. A producer or someone could stick me on the mics and I’ll just make something up on the spot and not share the ideas that I’ve actually spent a bit of time on because I just want to have a bit more time with it.”

Despite secrecy the rising star has shared some ideas with his ‘Shangri La’ producer, Rick Rubin: “I show him ideas and keep him updated with what I’m doing, because he’s a great guy and his advice is always great to hear.”

Alongside producing new material Jake Bugg will embark on a five-date tour in October performing in some of the largest venues for the singer, including a date at London’s Alexandra Palace. After his UK tour Bugg will be supporting The Black Keys on their October/November tour of USA and Canada.

Jake Bugg will play:

Cardiff Arena (October 5)
Wolverhampton Civic Hall (October 7)
Liverpool Echo 2 (October 18)
Bridlington Spa (October 20)
London Alexandra Palace (October 21)

You see ticket availability for these shows here.

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Former Lostprophets members were unaware of Watkins child abuse

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Former Lostprophets members – who have formed new band, No Devotion alongside former Thursday frontman Geoff Rickly – have opened up over speculation of their knowledge of Ian Watkins’ crimes.

Ian Watkins was sentenced to 29 years in prison for a string of child sex abuse crimes including attempted rape of a child. Since sentencing former Lostprophets band mates have denied they knew what Watkins was doing, the band separated in October 2013.

Guitarist Lee Gaze has said: “How could you know? How would you know? Who would disclose such information to five people, who between them have eight children? You just wouldn’t because you would be killed on the spot.”

Despite the revelation of Watkins’ crimes it has been revealed Lostprophets would not have released more music as relations in the band where already strained.

Speaking of the final time he saw his former bands frontman, Gaze said Watkins seemed: “strangely positive and enthusiastic about everything. [He was] talking about the next record and how it’s going to do really well and get back on our feet. It goes to show how deluded he was. He is just completely on a different level to everybody, happy and positive and convinced we are going to be successful again.”

New band, No Devotion have recently released their debut single ‘Stay’ and are gearing up to release their debut album in early 2015 and hope to step out of the shadow of Watkins and his crimes.

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Kanye West wins ‘Coinye’ lawsuit

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Kanye West has won a lawsuit against the creators of Coinye Bitcoin, a cryptocurrency named after the rapper.

West’s lawyers issued a cease-and-desist letter against the creators of the online currency, who have remained anonymous, in January citing gimmick infringement and insisting the coding service bestow their website and deactivate social media accounts affiliated to the currency.

A trademark-infringement lawsuit was then introduced after the coin’s creators changed the Coinye logo adding a fishtail to West’s face in reference to popular cartoon Comedy, South Park’s episode ‘Fishsticks’ where the rapper is mocked for having no humour and taking himself too seriously.

A majority of named defendants lost the lawsuit by default as they did not respond to the allegations and three have settled with West, according to documents filed this week.

The unnamed creators also failed to respond to letters from West’s lawyers and have too lost the case by default.

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