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

    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 11:38 am on March 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , album jelly bean, aoife hearty, batman, , , joseph seager, , , , musicjabber, 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.

     
  • josephseager 11:30 am on March 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , ayrshire, , bubbles, , gritty, josh homme, mainstream, musicjabber, only revelations, qotsa, , , , vinyl   

    Biffy Clyro news 

    The new single ‘Bubbles’ released April 26th on 14th Floor Records – Featuring Queen of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme

    “Springs the band instantly level with the greatest rock acts in the world.” – NME

    “There are those talking of this record as an ascent to the mainstream. It would be a rare and welcome thing indeed if a band with the depths Biffy Clyro possess could achieve such ubiquity.” – Kerrang!

    “A supremely confident, passionate and gritty work which proves the Ayrshire trio are now among rock’s heavyweights.” – The Sun

    “A huge, polished brute of a record. The melodies are instant… this is a big, obvious, step forward.” – The Guardian

    Hot on the heels of their recent NME Award, Biffy Clyro release the new single ‘Bubbles’ on April 26th on 14th Floor Records. Released to coincide with their imminent UK tour, the single is taken from their current album ‘Only Revolutions’ that debuted in the Top 10 and has since sold 250,000 copies in the UK alone.

    A fiery concoction of aggressive melodies, compelling hooks and a blistering closing jam, ‘Bubbles’ features a special guest in the shape of Josh Homme who contributes additional guitar to the track. Their friendship was cemented when Biffy Clyro toured Europe and North America as support to Homme’s Queens of the Stone Age.

    Someone like Josh, it’s like he’s a musical lifer,” says vocalist/guitarist Simon Neil. “We are as well, and I think when you meet people you can see in their eyes whether they really mean it or not. It’s kind of weird being friends with someone who’s a hero like Josh, but I see in him what I see in myself and he sees in us what he saw in himself, that kind of hunger and willingness and doing it for the right reasons. It’s really easy to connect with people because of that.”

    ‘Bubbles’ will be released on CD and two vinyl formats, with b-sides to be confirmed.

    Biffy Clyro’s prior UK tour included two rapturously received homecoming shows at Glasgow’s Barrowload and concluded at London’s Brixton Academy. Their upcoming tour, listed below, concludes with another sizeable London date at Hammersmith Apollo:

    April

    29th – Perth, Concert Hall

    30th – Sheffield, O2 Academy

    May

    1st – Blackpool, Empress Ballroom

    3rd – Leicester, De Montfort Hall

    4th – Portsmouth, Guildhall

    5th – Bristol, Colston Hall

    6th – London, Hammersmith Apollo

    In addition, Biffy Clyro will also play the Isle of Wight and T in the Park festival. Further festival dates are likely to be announced in the coming weeks.

    http://www.biffyclyro.com http://www.myspace.com/biffyclyro

     
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