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.

Published on Electric Banana.

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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More Libertines tickets on sale for Alexandra Palace

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The Libertines have released extra tickets for one of their sold out London dates at Alexandra Palace.

Indie rockers Pete Doherty and co. sold out Saturday and Sunday at the venue but have released more tickets for their third and final date on 28 September.

Libertines fans can expect new material at the Alexandra Palace gigs that may not appear on any albums as it will be something “special”.

Speaking before their headline slot at Benicassim festival, drummer Gary Powell said: “Everybody does an album, everyone does an EP. We wanna do something that might be a little more special than just release another album.”

Powell continued: “Everything we do has to be about the connectivity between us and our friends and family, being the fans. And we want to do something special for them.”

If The Libertines Hyde Park performance is anything to go by whatever “surprises” are in store fans will not be disappointed.

The Libertines will play London Alexandra Palace on 26, 27 and 28 September; extra tickets for the final date are on sale now.

Lily Allen speaks out about Radio 1

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Lily Allen has criticised BBC Radio 1 stating, “nobody knows what the fuck they’re doing”.

Having recently dropped the ‘Hard Out Here’ singer from their playlists, Allen has made negative comments towards the station.

The singer, who recently stepped in for Two Door Cinema Club to headline Latitude festival, said: “The truth is nobody knows what the fuck they’re doing. They can pretend they’ve got a formula that works and [that] they ‘know’ they’re exactly in control of the game but they’re just not. No one knows.”

Allen also went on to comment about sexism within the music industry stating: “The music industry is run mainly by elder males. It sits better with them to be able to assert their power and control over something that they see as weak and I think they probably see women as weak.”

Having returned to the spotlight after a lengthy hiatus the gobby singer has also spoken out about her most recent release, ‘Sheezus’ and the quality of the record.

“The first thing I came back with was ‘Hard Out Here’,” the singer said. “And that was important to me, a real statement of intent, even though you couldn’t put it on the radio over here because it had too much swearing. Maybe the songs aren’t good enough this time, who knows? I just know I can’t wait to get back into the studio.”

 

Published on Electric Banana.

U2 set to release new album ‘before end of the year’

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It has been reported U2 will release a new album in November and are “very confident” with their comeback.

The Irish rockers have not released new music since 2009’s ‘No Line On The Horizon’ but are said to have been recording with producer Danger Mouse for their upcoming LP.

A spokesperson for the band has denied rumours that the album has been pushed back until 2015 with reports stating “the new album will drop before the end of the year, most likely in November”.

The report went onto say: “The U2 comeback is very much on for this year. This album has been a real struggle for them to make. It’s taken a long time and Bono didn’t find it easy. But they’re very confident now and are convinced the wait has been worth it.”

Suggestions have also been made that U2 will perform at London’s Roundhouse in September as part of the iTunes festival.

The end of 2014 looks set to be busy for U2 with singer Bono and The Edge also working with ‘Once’ director, John Carney on a musical.

Published on Electric Banana.