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31
May

Radiohead could record next album live for first time since 1997

Thom Yorke has said he’s open to the idea

Radiohead are considering recording their next album live as a band, which would be the first time they’ve done so since 1997.

The band spoke to Rolling Stone recently and discussed their work on 2016’s ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’. “There was no rehearsal,” said guitarist Ed O’Brien. “We just went straight into recording. A lot of the songs had been around a bit. The sound emerged as we recorded.”

Looking ahead to their next LP, what would be their 10th full-length, bassist Colin Greenwood said: “I wish that we spent more time in a room playing, working on stuff together. But this is how we’ve worked for a long time.” He also added that he was surprised that frontman Thom Yorke might be willing to consider recording live as a band again.

Yorke opined of the idea: “I’ve always been extreme about resisting us being a drum-guitar-bass band. But if that’s what people want to try, I’m too old to be standing there with a hammer and saying, ‘We must do this, we must do that!’ I would like everyone to feel free. But, you know, it’s not easy.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Radiohead hit out at Britpop, with Jonny Greenwood describing the genre as “just a 1960s revival” and Yorke saying it “made me fucking angry”, and described recording ‘OK Computer’ in a haunted house.

The band recently announced the 20th anniversary reissue of their classic album ‘OK Computer’, which will arrive on June 23.

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Meanwhile, it has been announced that Jonny Greenwood will open for his own band during Radiohead’s European tour.

Greenwood’s side project Junun, which features the guitarist along with Shye Ben Tzur, and the Rajasthan Express, will support Radiohead for their forthcoming dates in Oslo, Stockholm, Florence, Dublin, Manchester, and Tel Aviv in June and July. They will also play a handful of their own shows during the tour.

Radiohead are due to headline Glastonbury on June 23.

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31
May

Chris Cornell’s brother pens open letter: ‘He was a warrior and a wizard’

Peter Cornell praises the Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman for his ‘power, anger and passion’

Chris Cornell
Chris Cornell

The brother of Chris Cornell has written an open letter following the musician’s tragic death.

Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Cornell was found dead in his hotel room earlier this month (May 17). He was 52. While Cornell’s death is being treated as a suicide, his family have claimed that prescription drugs may have contributed towards him taking his own life.

Writing on Facebook, Peter Cornell said: “It’s been difficult to put words together. My heart is broken. Chris was always just my brother. We just ‘were’. No pretense. No dog and pony show. We didn’t have to get deep all the time. Sometimes we only needed to just be in the same room and just be present. That was enough.”

He continued: “It wasn’t until this week, it really hit me how he belonged to the world. That he is an icon and a legend. That being said, I am so sorry to YOU for your loss. Artists, actors, musicians. We rely on these people to lift us up. To inspire us and distract us in times of trouble. Chris protected us when we needed him to. His one of a kind-ness surrounded us like a suit of armor. He was a warrior and a wizard. A howling wolf and a trusted mentor.”

Peter went on to praise his sibling’s “power, anger and passion”, saying: “My brother gave freely of his gifts and it was never a struggle. He kept himself from the saturation of celebrity in such a humble way. The power and anger and passion of my brother’s music was always genuine, original and legitimate. He was the powerful, sensitive, fragile, angry, mystical creature that will exist forever in his body of work. And he did it for ALL of us. Giving it away. Leaving all on the stage or in the recordings that will keep him immortal.”

“I will never wrap my head around his passing. I’ve been in shock since I heard the news. I can’t and won’t let him go,” the statement continued. “Please know, with all the humility I can muster from the depths of a pulverized heart, I THANK EACH OF YOU for your kindness and condolences. THANK YOU for finding me through YOUR tears.”

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It comes a week after Chris Cornell’s wife Vicky wrote a similarly emotional open letter to the star.

Vicky Cornell had previously released a statement describing the musician’s passing as “a loss that escapes words and has created an emptiness in my heart that will never be filled”.

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31
May

Listen to a new track from Mike Skinner written for Alexa Chung

It’s always a treat to hear material from Skinner now that The Streets are finished.

Mike Skinner has teamed up with fashion designer, writer and presenter Alexa Chung as well as online retailer My Theresa to produce a music video promoting Chung’s new fashion collection.

The first time Skinner and Chung collaborated was back in 2004 for the music video for ‘Could Well Be In’ from The Streets’ ‘A Grand Don’t Come For Free’. 13 years later the two have collaborated for this audio-visual experience that features a new track from Skinner called ‘In my head – the darker the shadow the brighter the light’.

The video was directed by Skinner, too. Speaking about the collaboration Chung said: It was so lovely to be reunited with Mike after all these years. I’m a huge fan of his and was at the time we made our first video together when I was I think 20 or 21. I suppose a lot has happened in the intervening time but it was nice to see how little he has changed.”

Watch the video and listen to new track below.

Skinner said of the directing experience: “A long time ago when things were very different I spent a few days with Alexa making a video for my song ‘Could Well Be In’. So much feels different now that I thought it would be fun to use the footage as a flashback.

Read more: A love letter to The Streets’ still incredible ‘Original Pirate Material’ on its 15th birthday

You can catch Mike Skinner live next month at Glastonbury 2017 between June 21 – June 25 2017.

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Listen to a new track from Mike Skinner written for Alexa Chung

31
May

The Killers tease new music with vague Twitter photos

The Killers have returned to the desert, which usually means one thing…

The Killers have posted a set of mysterious photos online that might suggest that we might be hearing something from the band’s new album soon.

Over the weekend, the band were tweeting photos they took from the desert where they are reportedly working on their fifth studio album.

The photos feature Anton Corbijn, the dutch photographer and director has previously worked with the band on the music video for ‘All These Things That I’ve Done‘, Dork report.

The first photo features lead singer Brandon Flowers posing with Corbijn, with the caption: “Capturing people who capture”. Whereas the second photo is a little bit more revealing and suggests that maybe the band were partaking in a photoshoot.

The second tweet features a picture of an old sports car with the caption: “Out in the desert with the K’s #photoshoot”.

Check out the tweets below.

Whether these photos are for press purposes to promote the new album or whether it’s an album cover in the making, we’ll have to wait and see.

What we do know, however, is that The Killers will headline ‘Barclaycard British Summer Time’ at London’s Hyde Park on Satruday 8 July. For tickets and information, visit here.

New material from the ‘Battle Born’ follow up could feature at this show. The band  been working on their new album since September – recording in Las Vegas, San Diego, LA and Joshua Tree with U2 producer Jacknife Lee.

The Killers' Brandon Flowers

MGMT producer Dave Fridmann revealed on his website that on May 4 he was ‘doing a mix for The Killers’.
Speaking to NME in 2012, Killers drummer Ronnie Vannucci said of the new album: “We’re trying to arrive at something we’re all just a little bit uncomfortable with. When everyone is slightly uncomfortable, then we know we’re there.”

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31
May

Liam Gallagher talks Oasis reunion rumours and says band have ‘unfinished business’

Ex-Oasis frontman addresses speculation that band could reunite at Ariana Grande Manchester benefit concert

Liam Gallagher has addressed ongoing speculation about a possible Oasis reunion, responding to rumours that the band could reform for the Ariana Grande Manchester benefit concert this weekend.

Relations between Liam and older brother Noel have been strained in the years following the band’s split in 2009, but recently Liam sent Noel birthday wishes for his 50th. This led to rumours of a possible Liam and Noel Gallagher reunion ahead of the frontman’s debut solo show at Manchester’s O2 Ritz last night (May 30). However, after that failed to material, there have been rumours that the band could reunite this Sunday (June 4) instead at the benefit concert held in response to the recent Manchester terror attack.

Unveiling his debut solo single ‘Wall Of Glass’ on BBC Radio 1 earlier this evening (May 31), Liam was asked about the latter rumours, to which he replied: “Mate, I don’t think so. I mean, I’m up for it but I think we’re booked for a gig somewhere. I think we’re playing in Germany, so we’re already booked, but I would have loved to have done it.” Gallagher is indeed set to play Germany’s Rock Im Park and Rock Am Ring this weekend.

Asked about his birthday wishes to Noel, Liam explained: “Yeah, well you know, getting old now ain’t he, you know what I mean.” On whether a reconciliation could be happening, Gallagher added: “No, it ain’t. Everyone knows I love our kid… He doesn’t speak to me, we don’t speak to each other. I’ll speak to him some day. It’s all very sad, but we’ll get over it… I guess it mustn’t be nice for my mam… If Oasis ever got back together… if they do, they do. If they don’t, they don’t. A lot of people go, ‘Oh, leave it in the past, you were great then’. Mate, if we ever got back together, it would be happening. There’d be no dodgy gigs, it’d be bang on. So there is unfinished business there, but we’ll see what happens. In the meantime, we’re two little solo boys doing our little things innit.”

On what advice he would offer his kids if they were to form a similar sibling band, Liam said: “Go out and have fun, man, it’s the best gig in the world being in a band with your brother, whether you get on or not.” He added: “They’d have to split the wonga 50-50. They couldn’t be doing what our kid. We can’t be having that, [one living] in a £20 million house and the other poor kid living in a £10 million house.”

Watch Liam Gallagher’s video for new single ‘Wall Of Glass’ below:

Gallagher is expected to release his debut solo album ‘As You Were’ in October.

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31
May

Liam Gallagher unveils ‘Wall Of Glass’ video and speaks about new solo single

Listen to the former Oasis frontman’s first solo track

Liam Gallagher performs at The Ritz in Manchester, May 30 2017

Liam Gallagher has shared a video for his debut solo single, ‘Wall Of Glass’, which he recently discussed in interview with NME.

The former Oasis frontman made his solo live debut at a show in Manchester last night (May 30), premiering new songs, performing Oasis hits and teaming up with his former Britpop bandmate Bonehead.

Now he has unveiled his first solo song ‘Wall Of Glass’ via BBC Radio 1. Introducing the track on air, Liam said: “This is ‘Wall Of Glass’, turn it up.” Watch its video beneath.

Liam told Pitchfork of the video: “I did get to wear a gold Saint Laurent hooded jacket in one scene, which I convinced myself made me look like a modern day Elvis, as he loved to wear gold suits.”

Gallagher told Radio 1’s MistaJam of working with songwriters for his new record: “I’d never be able to write a whole album [on my own], we’d be here all year. I’m not that prolific.”

He added: “For me, it’s just a rock n roll tune, guitar music. Some people try to reinvent the wheel, but I just like to give it a good shine.”

Speaking to NME recently, Liam explained how his new songs came about, saying: “After Beady Eye [his post-Oasis group] broke up, I wasn’t arsed to do anything. I was like, ‘Fuck this, I haven’t got a band, I haven’t got the get up and go to start looking for a band that’s going to fucking be probably classed as another fucking watered down Oasis or whatever’, so I thought, ‘Ya know what, I’m out of the game for a bit’. Then I started messing about with the guitar just for fun”.

On ‘Wall Of Glass’, Liam sings: “You were sold the one direction, I believe the resurrection is on”. Explaining the lyric, he has told NME: “It could be about One Direction, it could not be. It could be about people that are into one fucking mind set, who I find pretty boring. There are obviously bits that could be about Noel. And things about me mum, about me kids, about Debbie [his girlfriend]. I’ve come across a lot of people. It’s about me and you and fucking them.”

Asked about the lyric “And I don’t mean to be unkind, But I’ll see what’s in your mind” and if he feels like he himself is unkind, Gallagher said: “Probably yeah, but only for the fucking fun side of it. I welcome anyone to have a pop at me, ‘You’re fucking this, ya fat cunt, you fucking has been’, bring it on. It’s only banter in my world, I don’t mean anyone any fucking serious harm.”

Liam added: “But I do wish a lot of these fucking bands would do a bit of jousting or whatever it is. It’s all got very fucking boring, ya know. It’s got nothing to do with pop or Simon Cowell or any of these cunts, its got to do with you [presumably Noel], you fucking twat. You’ve got the tools to make guitar music dangerous but you’re not doing it, you’re choosing to join their gang, just to be on the fucking radio. You’re not gonna get a watered-down version of me, ever. I’d rather stay true to myself. I’m not fucking diluting it to get on fucking Radio 1 or Radio 2 or Radio 900. It ain’t happening. There’s the record, play it or don’t play it.”

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Liam Gallagher is expected to release his debut solo album ‘As You Were’ in October.

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31
May

Roger Waters take shots at Bob Dylan for Frank Sinatra cover album

The Pink Floyd co-founder has a bone to pick with Dylan’s latest release.

In a new interview, alongside lambasting President Donald Trump, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters has taken shots at Bob Dylan concerning the nature of his recent album releases.

Talking to Billboard about his new solo album, the first in 25 years, called ‘Is This The Life We Really Want?’ the former Pink Floyd frontman went after Bob Dylan during the long-form interview.

Speaking about the recurring theme of war across Waters’ collected discography, the singer-songwriter said, digging at Dylan, “I haven’t got time to do an album of Frank Sinatra covers.”

Waters expanded, saying; “Bob Dylan, for instance, which is weird. You go, “Fuck me Bob, what is wrong with you? Why would you do that?” I guess it’s because he can’t bear the thought of not being on the road and he couldn’t think of anything else to do. I can’t believe he really has an affinity for all that schlock. But maybe he does.”

Waters is referring to Dylan’s recent releases which consist primarily of covers of classic American songs, including Frank Sinatra cuts.

Listen Dylan’s version of ‘My One and Only Love’ below

In a recent tour rehearsal, Waters showed off some visuals for the performances of his forthcoming ‘Us + Them’ tour that featured doctored images of President Trump in bright, Warhol-like colours depicting him with lipstick, with breasts, with a Klan hood and without pants (showing a tiny penis).

Waters will release ‘Is This The Life We Really Want?’ on June 2

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31
May

Kesha recorded two new songs with Eagles Of Death Metal

The popstar is a life-long fan of Eagles’ music.

In a new interview with Dave Catching, the guitarist of Eagles Of Death Metal, it’s been revealed that Kesha recorded two tracks with the hard rock group.

As Stereogum report, this isn’t the first cross-genre collaboration Kesha has been a part of. Back in 2013, it was announced that Kesha would release a team-up album with The Flaming Lips. The album was never released potentially in part due to legal complications involving her producer, Dr Luke.

However, Kesha’s collaboration with Eagles is more likely to be released for public consumption since the recording session was for the pop singer’s new album.

Speaking to Rolling Stone to promote his new solo album, EODM guitarist Catching revealed that the band and Kesha got together to record a couple of tracks. He said: “She used to come to Eagles shows when she was 16. She was always a big fan. Then I remember we got back from Europe… And she was on every magazine cover when we landed from a tour. It was really amazing.”

No official word on when these tracks would see the light of the day but Catching did reveal that things at EODM HQ were great.

The band are back on tour in June with Jesse Hughes describing the band as “the tightest we’ve ever been, and you can see it in the music now.”

Listen to ‘Bought and Sold’ from Dave Catching’s solo album below.

Earlier this year, ‘Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends)’ debuted on HBO. The documentary follows the band’s return to Paris after the Bataclan terrorist attack which killed 130 people.

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31
May

Noel Gallagher says ‘X Factor’ and Simon Cowell didn’t ‘ruin’ music

Britpop legend says it’s not Cowell’s fault that there’s no new bands like Oasis

Noel Gallagher has defended Simon Cowell over accusations that X Factor “ruined” music.

The former Oasis guitarist was speaking to Absolute Radio when discussion led to how the TV singing contest might have “changed” music. Gallagher replied: “Only in the sense that there’s a constant narrative about Simon Cowell has ruined the lives of everybody.”

Noel went on to say: “Nobody’s forced to buy this music, and because there’s nobody like The Verve or Oasis, or that kind of thing anymore, or Britpop or anything like that: that’s Simon Cowell’s fault.”

“It’s like the X Factor is a TV show it’s got nothing to do with music whatsoever. Anything that’s come from X Factor, that’s got nothing to do with music. You’re not telling me Harry Styles is currently sat in a room somewhere writing a song, with any joy he’ll be surrounded by a lot of 17 year old girls, fucking getting coke blown up his arsehole, hopefully!”

Elsewhere in the same interview, Noel shared his opinion on Harry Styles‘ solo music, saying: “my cat could have written in about 10 minutes”.

In 2011, Noel Gallagher said that there needs to be more people like Simon Cowell in music, arguing: “This is going to sound crazy but if the music business was inhabited by more people like him it would be in a better place because he’s brutally honest. He’s not pretending to be anything he’s not. He’s not claiming he’s going home and listening to ‘The White Album’. If everyone in the music business were brutally honest about what their intentions were then you could sort things out, but it’s all smoke and mirrors.”

Back in February, Noel’s brother Liam hit out at his sibling for posing for a photo with Simon Cowell at a BRIT Awards afterparty. See that tweet beneath.

Last night saw Liam Gallagher premiere new tracks, perform Oasis hits and team up with the band’s former guitarist Bonehead at his debut solo gig in Manchester. Read five things we learned from the show.

There had been rumours that Noel could take part in a potential Oasis reunion at Liam’s gig, but that failed to materialise. There’s now rumours that an Oasis reunion could take place at Ariana Grande’s Manchester benefit concert this weekend.

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Liam Gallagher’s debut solo album ‘As You Were’ will be released in October, while Noel’s next album is expected for November.

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31
May

Jeremy Corbyn explains why he’s ‘Wenger In’

Jeremy Corbyn has weighed in on the debate whether Arsene Wenger has outstayed his position as manager of Arsenal.

Prior to the news of Wenger’s two year contract extension, Corbyn spoke to Football fan site Copa90 where the Labour leader gave his take on the debate over a Twitter video.

“Well”, Corbyn begins. “Wenger came to the club in 1996, and he wasn’t particularly well known. He managed Grampus Eight before. Arsenal recruited him the year before and said “Will you come and manage Arsenal”.

“What amazing opportunity for any manager in the world. He said “Yes, but I must finish my contract with Grampus Eight first.”

Always one to use an anecdote, Corbyn continued: “A few months later, me and my boys and some other kids, I’d taken them to the park. And Arsene Wenger is walking to the stadium carrying a box and so we stopped. He put the box down and just chatted to them about football. This is a man who’s human.”

“He has the warmth and empathy for the children. Now, ok, that’s great. And I think you’ve got to add up his achievements. The league wins, the cup wins. Until this season, the 20 years in the Champions league. I think he’s a guy that’s brought the club forward to world status.”

Corbyn went on to vent his frustrations with the ‘Wenger Out’ crowd: “I get really fed up with these people… Arsenal concede a corner in the first five minutes, and somebody goes “Wenger Out”. Hang on a minute: it’s a corner. It’s five minutes into the game. Get over it!”

Read more: 11 massive and brilliant things in the Labour manifesto 

With the election only a week away (June 8), Jeremy Corbyn has been making himself an internet presence talking to JME and addressing crowds at a Libertines performance.

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