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NEWS: Nirvana To Re-Issue 'MTV Unplugged In New York' Vinyl

Alright I have a confession...I was never really into Nirvana until a couple of years ago when I totally fell in love with them. 'MTV Unplugged In New York' has to be my favourite offering of theirs so it's really cool that they've announced a vinyl reissue.

The reissue is in order to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the 1994 release. 



It seems I'm not alone in being a fan of the album as it is considered one of the best live albums of all time by many.

The 2-LP vinyl will include five rehearsals from the now legendary gig.

It is now available to preorder, and will be released November 1.





MTV Unplugged in New York Track List
LP 1 – Side A
  1. About A Girl
  2. Come As You Are
  3. Jesus Doesn’t Want Me For A Sunbeam
  4. The Man Who Sold The World
LP 1 – Side B
  1. Pennyroyal Tea
  2. Dumb
  3. Polly
  4. On A Plain
  5. Something In The Way
LP 2 – Side C
  1. Plateau
  2. Oh Me
  3. Lake of Fire
  4. All Apologies
  5. Where Did You Sleep Last Night?
LP 2 – Side D
  1. Come As You Are (Rehearsal)
  2. Polly (Rehearsal)
  3. Plateau (Rehearsal)
  4. Pennyroyal Tea (Rehearsal)
  5. The Man Who Sold The World (Rehearsal)


SINGLE Review: 'Hurts The Most' - Rationale and Ayelle

I'm actually a big fan of Rationale so have really been enjoying his latest release, with Ayelle, 'Hurts The Most'.

'Hurts The Most' is sultry and chic. Ayelle's vocals are brilliant, as are Rationale's.

The track is emotional and their voices sound perfect together. It's an addictive track.


SINGLE Review: 'Pills' - Love Fame Tragedy

Love Fame Tragedy is Murph from The Wombats' collaborative solo project and I've mentioned him on here before. 

He has released 'Pills', a new single from his debut EP ('I Don't Want To Play The Victim, But I'm Really Good At It') and a music video to accompany it.

The single was premiered on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show earlier this week. 

Murph described it as a "a really f*cked up version of Robyn's 'Dancing On My Own'". 

'Pills' is infectious and the video is colourful. It's an emotional track ("Who don't you love me the way that I love you?").

You can watch the video below.

Love Fame Tragedy's 'Pills' and his EP 'I Don't Want To Play The Victim, But I'm Really Good At It' are available now.


INTERVIEW: Kianja

British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Kianja has featured on tracks with Bastille and Craig David (for 'Other People's Heartache 4') and now she has released her debut EP, 'Glory'. 

Her voice is phenomenal and I spoke to her about her new music, working with Dan Smith and future plans.


Q: How are you?
Kianja: I'm good.

Q: What is your latest single 'Glory' about?
Kianja: It's basically about when you give your all to something or someone and don't get anything, any glory, back. It's about unrequited love, which is painful.

Q: How does it feel to have released your EP?
Kianja: It feels great, it's a long time coming. I've been writing and producing for 5 or 6 years. It's really refreshing to have something out for people to listen to. It's my first official release.

Q: What inspires you musically?
Kianja: Great musicians like Sade, Marvin Gaye. Also, life and life events-whether it's mine or other people's.

Q: How was your recent London show?
Kianja: Really good. I'm quite chuffed with the turn out. It was a really fun show.

Q: What's it like being signed to 'Best Laid Plans'?
Kianja: Best Laid Plans has been a really safe space for me to grow as a musician. They are great people: Mark Crew, Dan Smith and Dan Priddy. They've taught me so much. Being around them is inspiring. And being on an independent label, there's no pressure. It's all about making the best music. 

Q: What was it like working with Bastille on 'Other People's Heartache 4'?
Kianja: Great. It's funny because they message me the day before they were going in to the studio for 'Don't Let Go'. I knew the song but I had to learn it. Dan has great artistic direction; he's very assertive. He's a serious pop writer. It's really inspiring and I really respect him.

Q: What's next for you?
Kianja: Writing away towards the next EP and album. I don't have a specific vision for what's next. That's not how I work. I just see what comes to me. 

Kianja's EP 'Glory' is available now.


NEWS: Ralph Pelleymounter Tour

If you don't already know, Ralph Pelleymounter is going on tour very, very soon.


'The Dead Debutante's Ball' tour starts in Southampton on Sept 30th and Ralph will be playing songs from his debut solo album.

I'm especially excited that Ralph will be playing at Nottingham's Bodega (Oct 6th). It's a fantastic, intimate venue. One of my favourites, in fact.

The talented Charlotte Carpenter will be supporting (at certain venues).

Be sure not to miss the chance to see Ralph Pelleymounter live!






NEWS: 'Million Pieces'- Bastille ft. The Chamber Orchestra of London Video

Bastille have been known to experiment with classical music (think 'ReOrchestrated' tour) and they've done it again- this time collaborating with The Chamber Orchestra of London.

They've performed 'Million Pieces' at the legendary Abbey Road studios for a stunning and really fun video.

Dan's vocals sound amazing, as do the gospel singers- everything just works perfectly! 

Can you tell I like it? Have a watch for yourselves below.


SINGLE Review: 'The Smell of Souchong' - CHILDCARE

CHILDCARE have released latest single, 'The Smell of Souchong' and it is as unique, quirky and brilliant as ever. 

CHILDCARE are named so because frontman Ed, who formed the band, was once a male nanny and not any old nanny, no...one of West London's most in-demand male nannies. Emma Topolski (bass/vocals), Rich Le Gate (guitar) and David Dyson (drums) complete the group. 

'The Smell of Souchong' sees the band continue their 'Get Well Soon' mission. They recently held mindfulness sessions for fans over the summer, and meditated so hard at their own album launch party that they didn't realise that candles had set the venue on fire! Luckily the fire was put out swiftly and no one was hurt. (Never leave candles unsupervised guys.)

The track itself is fun, fast-paced and details the feelings of growing up ("I've got two debit cards in my wallet"). 

“The process of making the album has been a process of growth for all of us and I’ve realised that some of my priorities have changed - the smoky smell of lapsang souchong tea in the morning is now of paramount importance” - Ed

They're on The Wabi Tour at the moment, so make sure you catch them. They're also playing their biggest headline show to date at Scala in December.


CHILDCARE's album Wabi-Sabi is out now.

12th September: The Forum, Tunbridge Wells
13th September: The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
14th September: The Boileroom, Guildford
15th September: Esquires, Bedford
18th September: The Fighting Cocks, Kingston
19th September: Clwb lfor Bach, Cardiff
20th September: Moles Club, Bath

17th December: Scala, London 

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Woody, Bastille

If anyone out there knows me, and knows how much Bastille means to me, you will also know just how big of a deal this next interview is for me. 

Photo credit: thelineofbestfit.co.uk


Some say he's the coolest member of Bastille (and I have to agree-sorry, Dan, Kyle and Will), others say he's the nicest (which I also agree, of course).. 

Either way, it was such a pleasure to get to speak to him. Bastille's drummer didn't spill any secrets about what they've got in store for us next (I tried!) but we did speak about new music, fan-boying and... stingrays?! 

Q: How has it been promoting Doom Days?
Woody: At first, it's all about learning how to play new music and not messing that up.

Q: What is your favourite song from the new album?
Woody: It changes but..The Waves.

Q: What is your favourite song to perform?
Woody: Ever? 'Fake It', from our last album. It's also the hardest to play.

Q: How does Doom Days compare to your previous albums?
Woody: 'Wild World' was looking at the state of the world and relationships, whereas 'Doom Days' is about escapism. It's the most produced-sounding album...

Q: If there was an apocalypse, which other Bastille member would help you survive?
Woody: Will. He can fly a plane.

Q: How much fun was it performing with Rick Astley at the Isle of Wight festival?
Woody: Mental. Bizzare. So much fun. He's the nicest man and agreed to perform with us. We had no preparation. 

Q: Speaking of meeting musicians, did you get to meet Dave Grohl at Reading Festival?
Woody: I didn't. Probably for the best because I would have fan-boyed. Our dressing rooms were in separate areas.

Q: Are you excited to tour America?
Woody: Can't wait! It's going to be a massive tour.

Q: Finally, what's the silliest argument you've had as a band?
Woody: I think it was something to do with whether stingrays and sharks are related. We were really tired.

Bastille's album, 'Doom Days' is out now.

They will be on an intimate tour later this year, in the UK.

29 November 2019 – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
30 November 2019 – The Sands Centre, Carlisle
1 December 2019 – Music Hall, Aberdeen
3 December 2019 – St. George’s Hall, Bradford
4 December 2019 – Auditorium, Grimsby
5 December 2019 – Venue Cymru Theatre, Llandudno
7 December 2019 – The Foundry, Torquay
8 December 2019 – The Pyramids Centre, Portsmouth
9 December 2019 – Winter Gardens, Margate



NEWS: Miles Kane New Single And Intimate UK Tour Announced

Miles Kane has released latest single, 'Blame It On The Summertime'.

It's a feel good indie hit.

Speaking of the single Miles said, “This tune is about feeling stuck in a relationship that has become toxic and the clarity that the summertime brings on these seemingly impossible situations.”

Miles is currently working on his new album and has announced an intimate UK tour, due to start in October - with support from Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard and The Illicits (Southend Only). He will also be headlining Neighbourhood Festival in Manchester. Tickets for the October Tour go on sale at 9am tomorrow.

Fan pre-sale begins 5th September at 9am, sign up to the mailing list for access.

Neighbourhood Festival is on sale now.

October 2019
Wed 9th Chinnerys, Southend
Thurs 10th Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
Fri 11th SWX, Bristol
Sat 12th Neighbourhood Festival, Manchester Academy 1 (Headlining)
Mon 14th The Welly Club, Hull
Wed 16th Electric Ballroom, London
Thurs 17th The Wardrobe, Leeds
Fri 18th The Boiler Shop, Newcastle
Sat 19th Liquid Room, Edinburgh
 

SINGLE Review: 'Pieces of Us'- Mark Ronson ft. King Princess

Academy, Grammy and Golden Globe-winning artist and producer Mark Ronson recently dropped the interactive Instagram music video for “Pieces of Us,” featuring King Princess, from his new album 'Late Night Feelings'.

In a world first, the video was purpose-designed for Instagram Stories and uses real-time AR effects with zero post-production.

Fans will be able to engage and react using polls, lyric stickers and new Augmented Reality filters into their own Stories

The Pieces of Us video is a collaboration between Columbia Records, Sony Music UK’s 4th Floor Creative and Facebook Creative Shop, with Creative Direction from Marriage and is directed by Clare Gillen.

In 'Pieces of Us', Mark Ronson has recruited King Princess for a retro feeling pop song. It is dreamy and also has an '80s feel.




ALBUM Review: 'Norman Fucking Rockwell!'-Lana Del Rey


Ever since she arrived on the music scene in 2012 with 'Video Games', there has been something so original about Lana Del Rey and she carries this uniqueness into her much anticipated sixth studio album (fifth under a major label). 

This album is gripping from the very start, especially with the title track's brazen lyrics. It's almost a new Lana that we're hearing from, one who is more assertive and commanding.

'Mariners Apartment Complex' is a sophisticated amalgamation of country and orchestral music. “This song is kinda about this time I took a walk late at night with the guy I was seeing and we stopped in front of his friend’s apartment complex,” Lana told Annie Mac, “and he put his hands on my shoulder and he said ‘I think we’re together because we’re both really similar, we’re both really messed up’. 

'Venice Bitch' is a nine and a half minute song, which is quite emotional and showcases Del Rey's insanely good vocals. 

'Venice Bitch' is followed by 'Fuck It I Love You', another slow, soft rock song but one which captivates. 

'Norman Fucking Rockwell!' was mainly co-written and co-produced by serial collaborator Jack Antonoff, who has also worked with Taylor Swift, Lord, St. Vincent and Pink.

There are familiar themes ("Lying on your chest in my party dress/ I'm a fucking mess"), however in 'The Greatest' Del Rey comments on the state of America by throwing in pop culture references to blonde Kanye Wests.

'Doin' Time', her latest single, is a cover of Sublime's 1996 song. 

The album ends with "hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have-but I have it" which is sublime. It's the perfect way to end an album like this, with listeners left wanting more.

This album isn't going to be for everyone. If you're not already a Lana fan, this may not be one for you but if -like me- you are a fan, then this could well be one of the best album's you'll hear this year. Lana Del Rey has worked her magic once again with 'Norman Fucking Rockwell!'