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Monday
Jan102011

[News] New Gruff Rhys track "Sensations In The Dark" coming 7th Feb.

Gruff Rhys is to make the song available to download from 17th January which gives us a reason to look forward to next week, following this though the full "Sensations In The Dark" single including an exclusive B-side called "Follow The Sunflower Trail (Theme Tune For A National Strike)" will arrive on the 7th of February, along with a video.

The track is to feature on Gruff's upcoming album Hotel Shampoo of which Gruff says : “I thought that as I’m getting on a bit, the time had come to buy a suit and record an album of piano ballads...However, I got bored, the record diversified and evolved – things turned out a bit differently…” I'm a little excited for this album as loved the lead track "Shark Ridden Waters". The album's name Hotel Shampoo is inspired by his travels over the years in bands. We saw a little of this back in November with this video, relating to an art installation at the Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff. In regards to the installation and album name he states, “Having never kept a journal these items have become like diary entries, triggering memories of all those buildings and random people I've met and inspiring songs on the album”.

Gruff is soon to set on tour accross the UK too bringing along the North Wales’s instrumental surf rock quartet, Y Niwl, pronounced “uh nule” in case you were wondering and it means ‘The Fog’ translated. The band will support Gruff as well as help out on some of his tracks when performing. Check out the dates after the jump.

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Monday
Jan102011

[Watch] Chilly Gonzales - "You Can Dance" (Video)

Last week as I mentioned, BBC Radio One was taking part in their Sound of 2011 in which all of the day time shows were shaken up and the daily listeners were given audio treats from the likes of Zane Lowe on the breakfast show. Followed up by Annie Mac dropping ridiculously heavy Dub Step tracks at 10am onwards. In short, it was brilliant!

On Annie's show though, she introduced me to this track by Chilly Gonzales, and it's pretty darn catchy. Titled "You Can Dance" it's taken from his latest studio offering, Ivory Tower and you can now check out the strangely hypnotic video for it up top. Can't think why I can't take my eyes off of my screen?

Sunday
Jan092011

[Listen] Skream - "FNKONOMIKA" 

Skream has been busy recently as we heard last week in his track "Shot Yourself In The Foot Again" featuring Example. He's now just posted a nice chilled out 170bpm track for your laid back Sunday listening. Featuring some nice piano lines and finishing with a flourish it makes for some very easy listening on a laid back weekend. Check it out below via his Soundcloud page.

FNKONOMIKA by SKREAMIZM

Sunday
Jan092011

[Watch] The Black Keys do Saturday Night Live

When I heard that The Black Keys were doing Saturday Night Live I was more than a little excited. Their latest album Brothers sits pretty in our top 10 albums of 2010 and Dan and Patrick look likely to be around for years to come. Last night the day came for the boys to hit up the stage and perform on the national show bringing along, "Tighten Up" and "Howlin' For You".

Introduced by guest host Jim Carey, you may notice Dan's rocking a new clean shaven look but it doesn't seem to have effected his guitar playing skills as he energetically belts out the two tracks while jumping around the stage. You can watch "Howlin' For You" up top and "Tighten Up" after the jump. You can pick up the bands award winning sixth album Brothers over here. Thanks to The Audio Perv for brightening mine, and your day with these videos.

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Saturday
Jan082011

[News] Bid on Deftones "You've Seen The Butcher" video items

Deftones have put up some items from the "You've Seen The Butcher" video which you can check out above if you are yet to watch it. The items are being auctioned off to benefit OneLiveForChi and you can see what's up for grabs over here on the Charity Buzz website. As well as items from the video there is a special donation of a No Doubt Hoody and Guitar signed by the entire band.

Bidding began back in December but you have until Tuesday the 11th of January at 4pm EST to get in your bids, so go grab a peice of memorabilia for a good cause. Deftones' latest album Diamond Eyes made it into our top 5 in our 2010 album's list, which you can take a look at over here. 
Saturday
Jan082011

The Cataracs – "Bass Down Low" Feat. Dev (Proper Villains Remix)

With The Cataracs and Dev's input to Far East Movement's heavily radio played "Like A G6" still firmly implanted in my head, we have a nice little weekend download for you, courtesy of RCRDLBL. The track "Bass Down Low" has been remixed by Proper Villains and will get you in the mood to go have a drink with friends this Saturday evening. Grab it below for yourself and get your weekend dance on.

Saturday
Jan082011

[Watch] Fistful of Mercy Cover Bob Dylan, PJ Harvey and The Velvet Underground

Last year I was pretty excited when heard new of a new band called Fistful of Mercy consisting of Ben Harper, Joseph Arthur and Dhani Harrison. Their debut As I Call You Down was made available in October via Hot Records, and you can pick yourself up a copy over here.

The band were recieved with warm open arms and their live shows were also impressive out of a recording studio environment. You can see them in a live situation here, when they performed on Conan O'Brien's late night show where they perform lead single "Father's Son" with the help of RATM's Tom Morello.

Now, Their live show's consist of their debut but they have also played numerous covers on stage. As our friends over at TwentyFourBit have pointed out they do pretty good renditions of Bob Dylan’s 1975 Blood on the Tracks “Buckets of Rain”  as well as PJ Harvey’s To Bring You My Love title track, and The Velvet Underground's “Pale Blue Eyes”. Check out the Dylan cover up top and the other two after the jump.

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Saturday
Jan082011

[Watch] Radiohead-Approved Fan Concert Film

Last year in January Radiohead played a gig in order to benefit the victims of the Haiti Earthquake over in LA at the Henry Fonda Theatre. The show helped to raise $572,754 for the casue with tickets for the show being auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Now if you weren't one of the 1400 people able to make the show you can watch the entire set, as the band have put up an approved, fan made video of the full set! You can check out the set list after the jump and head over here to download the entire show and the Kii Arens made cover art here! If you want to save the space on your hard drive though you can watch the show uptop via youtube. Thank the people who made this and the band by continuing to donate to Oxfam America's Haiti Earthquake and Recovery Fund over here.

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