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  • josephseager 9:38 am on March 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 360, dvd, , , rose bowl, u2   

    U2 360 DVD Release 

    U2’S RECORD BREAKING ROSE BOWL CONCERT ON DVD

    U2360° At The Rose Bowl will be released on DVD and Blu-ray by Mercury Records on June 7, 2010.

    U2360° At The Rose Bowl was the penultimate gig of last year’s U2360° tour in support of their Grammy nominated album No Line on The Horizon. The Rose Bowl performance was the band’s biggest show of 2009 and U2’s biggest ever US show, with a live audience in excess of 97,000. The show was also streamed across seven continents via YouTube. The first ever live streaming of a full-length stadium concert, U2360° at the Rose Bowl had over 10 million views on the channel in one week.

    Shot entirely in HD, the concert was filmed with 27 cameras and directed by Tom Krueger who had previously worked on U23D, the first live action 3D concert movie taken from U2’s Vertigo Tour.

    Available in standard and 2 disc deluxe DVD formats, U2360° At The Rose Bowl will also be U2’s first concert available in Blu–ray. The deluxe formats and the Blu-ray will feature a new documentary called Squaring the Circle: Creating U2360°, with new interviews from U2, Paul McGuinness and the team behind the touring production. Full format information is available at http://www.u2.com.

    The ground breaking U2360° tour continues this year, with the US leg opening in Salt Lake City on June 3, and the European leg opening in Turin, Italy on August 6.

    U2 will headline Glastonbury on June 25th.

    Tracklisting is as follows:
    Get On Your Boots, Magnificent, Mysterious Ways, Beautiful Day, I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of, No Line On The Horizon, Elevation, In A Little While, Unknown Caller, Until the End of the World, The Unforgettable Fire, City of Blinding Lights, Vertigo, I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight, Sunday Bloody Sunday, MLK, Walk On, One, Where The Streets Have No Name, Ultra Violet (Light My Way), With Or Without You, Moment Of Surrender.

     
  • josephseager 3:35 pm on March 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: hiatus, metro station, ,   

    Metro Station split 

    Metro Station have announced they have gone into an indefinite hiatus.

    The band, currently heard on the Alice In Wonderland ‘Almost Alice’ performing ‘Where’s My Angel’, issued a simple statement saying ‘Trace Cyrus and Mason Musso have announced that they are placing the band on indefinite hiatus’.

    Metro Station released their first album in September 2007 and had a massive worldwide hit with ‘Shake It’ which sold more than 5 million downloads worldwide.

    The band from Los Angeles, California formed in late 2006 and were signed to Columbia/Red Ink.

    Trace Cyrus is the brother of Miley Cyrus and son of country star Billy Ray Cyrus.

     
  • josephseager 11:32 am on March 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Bertie Blackman Interview 

    Hello Bertie Blackman. How are you doing? Where are you currently?

    Hello! I am quite good! I am currently in my hotel room in Adelaide… on tour with la roux

    Your album ‘Secrets & Lies’ is due out on May 3rd. Are you pleased with it? Is it indeed full of secrets and lies?

    I am very pleased with it! It is indeed full of secrets and lies… I forget which is which really… so I’m still guessing what I was thinking in that! Secrets and lies… like a deck of cards.

    What’s your favourite song from the album and why?

    My favourite song from the record is valentine. It’s the last track. I woke up at 3am and the song was just in my head. Words, melody, everything. I HAD been watching twin peaks at the time… so perhaps a little influence from that?  But who knows. I guess Amanda palmer possessed me.

    What made you decide up ‘Black Cats’ (out March 1st) as the album-preceding single?

    Because it’s the raw sex track of the album. I feel like the UK needs some raw sex in their ears.

    You’re supporting La Roux, have been on tour with Goldfrapp, played the festival circuits and sold out your own tours. You must be getting a massive fan base now?

    I think so??

    You’ve also been called ‘The Australian Florence’. With her recent breakthrough success, do you feel any pressure about that?

    Nah…  I’ve been working at this for a bit now. A little more success would be fine by me… so I can keep making records!!

    Everyone has a beginning, what made you first get into music? What made you pick up a guitar when you were 15?

    I had been playing drum kit in my garage band. I got sick of hearing melodies in my head and having no way of expressing them. So guitar was my choice!

    What would you have done if you didn’t take the musical path?

    I would have been a chimney sweeper back in the 1900’s; painting the rooftops with dreams and black.

    What are you currently listening to, what’s on your mp3 player?

    I’m currently listening to Four Calendar Café by Cocteau twins

    Who are you backing to ‘break through’ this year?

    Erm….. me??? Hehe.

    What’s the best venue you’ve played?

    Koko, in London.

    Favourite artist you’ve toured with?

    The Rapture… we toured with a dance festival in Aus… and they were on the same stage as me. Awesome band. And awesome guys.

    How do you go about writing your songs? Where do you find influence, or do they find you?

    The creatures find me and whisper ideas in my ears. My heart thumps a beat and it all begins from there…

    There have been comparisons with you and the likes of PJ Harvey, Kate Bush, Bat For Lashes and Karen O; who would you love to perform or record with, past or present?

    I would love to record with Beethoven.

    What do you miss when you are touring?

    I miss my mom.

    If you were a jelly bean, what colour and flavour would you be and why?

    I would be blue and taste like the ocean…. Why? Because it would be rad.

    Some quick fire questions. Tea or coffee?

    Tea.

    Summer or winter?

    Winter.

    Eat in or take out?

    Eat in.

    Marvel or DC?

    Marvel.

    Mac or PC?

    MAC!

    Leeds or Reading?

    Next question… 😉

    And finally, what’s next on the agenda for you? Any plans to visit Leeds?

    I’m making a new record… and trying to interbreed Tasmanian tigers with polar bears. I would love to come to Leeds!

    Thanks Bertie, and good luck with the forthcoming releases.

     
  • josephseager 11:28 am on March 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: club smith, , , the hair   

    Club Smith Interview 

    Joseph Seager had a chat with Sam from Club Smith, after their Leeds support slot at the Academy with The Sunshine Underground, and before their own headline gig on March 19th at The Cockpit.

    Hello Sam from Club Smith. How are you doing? Where are you currently?

    Currently at home trying to get over a hellish journey back from Norwich at the weekend. Broke down at 1.30am, didn’t get towed till 6.45am then stuck in the snow and didn’t get home till 1pm! Heavy night ! Good gig though.

    You release ‘The Loss’ EP on March 8th. Are you pleased with it?

    It’s easily the best thing I’ve ever been part of musically. Apart from perhaps the second set of recordings we’ve just done. I’m blown away by how it’s felt like second nature this time around to be doing stuff I’m so proud of. I think it’s down to the group atmosphere and the producers involved.

    What’s your favourite song from the EP and why?

    I love them all, really. I think the lead track ‘Lament’ is the best song writing achievement and nicely documents a frustrating portion of my existence, and I really like track 3 ‘Connected’ because it’s written about my late mum. The other 2 tracks are huge fun to play live.

    What’s this I hear about a second EP, set for summer release?

    Well, the tracks are recorded but we have to see when the right time is. It could be after the summer as we don’t want to ram Club Smith down people’s throats too much. No-one likes intense relationships, it always ends in tears too soon.

    You just supported The Sunshine Underground in Leeds and have your own show at the Cockpit coming up soon (two huge Yorkshire gigs). You must be getting a massive fan base now with this and other exposure?

    It (The Sunshine Underground gig) was pretty wicked, a whole heap of people were there. There’s been pretty much universal positive feedback about the new stuff we’re doing, even from people who are always honest with us so I’m guessing once it’s out there a few of the general public could like it. Who knows!?!

    I know you formed in 2009 but what made you first get into music?

    I think it was a fascination of what’s possible with music. It’s the ultimate escapism for the musician, but somehow it can also connect with other people.

    Why did you become Club Smith, stepping away from ‘The Hair’?

    LMS is probably the only place I’d answer questions about The Hair. The two bands feel like completely separate entities and parts of our lives. Basically The Hair toured with Kaiser Chiefs and then decided we were bored of the songs, some of which had been played for 5 years and even though they were good they probably had as much time in the sun as they were worth. Added to that we had a new member on drums in Vijay who basically made it fun for us again and had lots of new ideas. The songs changed with his input along with the impact of events in our lives around the time and suddenly we felt like a new band. Hence the change. A lot of people thought we were a bit silly changing everything after our biggest break as The Hair but it went a bit deeper than that for us, we wanted to produce something a bit more meaningful to us at the least…hopefully to others.

    What would you have done if you didn’t take the musical path?

    I think I’d be doing what I do now outside of music which is trying to work to help people (am a housing support worker). Learnt a long time ago it’s about job satisfaction if you’re going to have to work 35 hours a week, so you’ve got to care about what you do.

    What are you currently listening to, what’s on your mp3 player?

    Wild Beasts – 2 Dancers – simply astounding
    Gaslight Anthem – very simple…but good
    The Maccabees – Wall Of Arms – still listening to it and it’s amazing
    Sunshine Underground – Nobody’s Coming To Save You – obvious choice, but it’s getting under my skin big time.

    Who are you backing to ‘break through’ this year?

    Things have changed so much in the music industry I don’t really know what ‘break through’ means anymore. I’d really like to see Middleman make a living from music as they are serious grafters and great musicians. I think Wild Beasts will get even bigger than they are all around the world. Totally deserved for them and everyone involved with them too.

    What’s the best venue you’ve played?

    On the basis of the recent gig I’d say it’s Leeds Academy! It was great to play there and then see The Sunshine Undergound who we’ve been mates with for a while now do so well and sound so IMMENSE.

    Favourite artist you’ve toured with?

    We toured with a Liverpool band called ‘The Maybes?’ last year. Their music wasn’t really our thing at first but we got more into it over 15 dates. Decent lads but the best thing was their ridiculous activities on the road. There was about 6 of them in a 3 seater transit, seemed to be completely at the mercy of their balls, sacked their manager mid tour and parted ways with the agent, and caused massive havoc in a service station on the last night of the tour. It was proper entertaining listening to what they’d done every time we met up at the next gig.

    How do you go about writing your songs? Where do you find influence, or do they find you?

    The music comes from one idea in the band that’s developed as a group, the words spring from the top of my head but are almost always derived from my mood at that particular time. It’s a snapshot into what I’m thinking I reckon, and how much I soak in about everything, which is really interesting to reflect on because outwardly I’m quite full of bravado and act as if I’m really laid back when I guess I can’t be, judging by the lyrics!

    What do you miss when you are touring?

    My girlfriend and bits of routine, it’s a heap of fun though touring.

    If you were a jelly bean, what colour and flavour would you be and why?

    The white one I think as it’s a bit exotic like.

    Some quick fire questions. Tea or coffee?

    Tea, can’t take coffee lows. Plus tea has endless variations…I’m sure you’ve seen the advert with the waterfall and that…

    Summer or winter?

    Summer

    Eat in or take out?

    Eat in, love to cook as long as I don’t wash up.

    Marvel or DC?

    Errr. None?

    Mac or PC?

    Everyone in the band would say Mac, and though I don’t use one I’d have to agree. They look sliiiick.

    I think I know the answer already but…Reading or Leeds?

    Leeds!

    And finally, what’s next on the agenda for Club Smith?

    A tour, coming to Leeds on the 19th March! Come!

    Good luck with the EP and the tour Sam!

    Club Smith released ‘The Loss’ on March 8th.

     
  • josephseager 11:38 am on March 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , album jelly bean, aoife hearty, batman, , , joseph seager, , , , , produced, promote, , tea   

    Rodina interview 

    Joseph Seager speaks to Aoife Hearty from Rodina.

    Hello Aoife Hearty from Rodina. Where are you currently?

    I’m sat up late answering these questions having a cup of tea – I’m a bit of a night hawk!

    How’s 2010 going thus far?

    Good – we have been rehearsing with the live band to promote the album.

    You are releasing the single ‘Always Had A Dream’ on March 15th. What made you decide upon that for a single release?

    We have a few gigs around then and we’ll be playing some more over the summer so we thought its a good time to be getting the songs out there!

    What’s your favourite track from the album?

    I like “These things you do” – I love how it’s produced and it works well acoustically too.

    If Rodina was a Jelly Bean, what colour and flavour would you be and why?

    Strawberry Daiquiri (Viva Cuba!).

    If people don’t know what you and your music are about, how would you describe Rodina?

    What I say normally is its jazz-folk-latin-pop with laid back vocals!! Haha. No they are just catchy songs with a chilled out feel – there’s so many influences on the album.

    How did you come to work alongside all the album featured musicians?

    Joe, who produced the album, introduced me to a lot of the people because he has played with them in other bands. We were lucky to get so much talent on the album and it would have been impossible to do without them – for instance getting The Haggis Horns around to put down those horns in half an hour was really amazing.

    Where did the name Rodina come from?

    I liked Rodina straight away and it means “motherland” in Russian – that appeals to me for lots of reasons because I moved away from home when I was young and it’s a big part of me.

    What made you start singing? When did you realise you had such an amazing gift?

    I grew up in Ireland in a big family who sang around me all the time! My friend at school introduced me to old tapes of soul and R&B singers.

    Who would you love to perform with, past or present?

    Present – Yasmin Levy
    Past – Chris Connor

    What are you currently listening to on your mp3 player?

    An Irish singer called Rita Connolly, a song called “Venezuela”. It’s quite a traditional song but I’m a sucker for the old stuff.

    Best venue you’ve played?

    We played upstairs at Sela Bar in Leeds and it was great. There’s an old upright piano we used and it has a really high ceiling that makes everything sound nice. They also do a good Mojito!

    Where do you find your influences? Or do they find you?

    People I know, place I go, music I hear!!!

    What do you miss the most when you’re on the road touring?

    We haven’t toured yet! But when I’m away I miss my bed and novelty dog slippers.

    You’ve had some really intimate gigs around the Yorkshire area including Royal Park Cellars and Harrogate Blues Bar. Do you enjoy the close proximity of those types of gigs or would you prefer to be playing to thousands of people?

    I love the gigs we’ve done – it’s nice to connect with a small audience and they are really attentive – but I’m sure we would love it playing to 10,000 people!

    Some quick fire questions: Tea or coffee?

    Tea

    Summer or winter?

    Summer

    Superman or Batman?

    Batman (Michael Keaton!)

    Mitchell or Webb?

    Webb

    Mac or PC?

    Mac

    Possibly the most important question now, Reading or Leeds?

    Leeds!

    What’s next on the agenda for Rodina?

    We hope to return to Istanbul and Spain where we had a couple of great gigs last summer. We are going to be playing at Limetree Festival in August and a couple of other festivals. We’ve already started writing new songs and we are going to showcase them over the coming months. Keep an eye on http://www.rodinamusic.com

    Thanks for your time Aoife. Good luck for the future.

     
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