Arctic Monkeys have been playing headline shows for a while now, and they've gotten pretty damn good at it. Back in 2007 when they got asked to headline Glastonbury for the first time, the band hadn't even been to the festival as punters. Their rise has been meteoric and they're not slowing down for anyone, doing their own thing, evolving with each record. Last night they closed T In The Park in their new found slick fashion with a career spanning set-list which featured an acoustic performance of the old classic; "A Certain Romance". As Alex walks out on stage and begins to play he can hear Disclosure's set in the next tent and begins performing in time to the Brothers' set. If like me, you're struggling with some post-weekend blues, check over your shoulder for your boss, put your headphones in and click play on the video below and waste some of your Monday with the Sheffield lads done good. It's their entire set from what will be the last TITP to take place at the Balado venue. Watch a bit of history go down and enjoy the chants of "Here we fucking go!".
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It's been a good few weeks for Arctic Monkeys following wins at the Brits and NME awards along with Alex giving that speech. Keeping the good times flowing, the Sheffield band have released the official video for the track "Arabella", taken from last year's AM. I love it when you hear an album from one of your favourite bands and they release it as a single and not only that, they deliver a video which is every bit as cool as the once shy band have become. Swaggering through a performance in a club, the black and white clip is the perfect accompaniment to this rock and roll number. The video is NSFW 'cause of some ladies being topless throughout but hey, it's Monday. Your boss probably isn't even awake yet so treat yourself.
It's always hard at this time of year to put together an end of year list. Last year we opted just to not do a list at all. This year we thought we'd do share our personal favourites and stand outs from 2013. None are in any particular order and by no means are we snubbing any who aren't listed. These selections simply represent the records we've constantly had on since their release. Albums that we've truly championed. We considered ranking a vat of albums that would include ones we didn't care about, but it doesn't feel very "us" to do that anymore. Each come with a little tid-bit about why we've put them in our top 5. We also have a few honourable mentions, because narrowing down the albums we've listened to most over the year was tough. So without further ado, make the jump and check out our picks for 2013. Or don't, I think between the rising popularity of Buzzfeed and the time of year you all may be suffering from list fatigue.
Yesterday we posted a couple of videos from Arctic Monkeys stellar performance on Later... with Jools Holland, and today, following a few days on their UK arena tour the band have offered up a new video. The clip is for their track "One For The Road", taken from their latest release AM. It features a lovely monochrome finish with the lads looking rather stylish on a farm before Jamie Cook starts doing some tractor pulling. Yeah, I didn't really know what was going on either but if it looks like something you may be interested in jump over here for more info you rebellious soul, you. It's just a normal day in the life of a Monkey I imagine. Check out the video below and just start your Thursday off right with something you've never seen before.
Keep your eyes peeled in this direction the weekend when we'll have some more footage of the band from Jools Holland's full broadcast.
It's probably fair to say that Arctic Monkeys are the biggest UK band of the past 10 years? I open the floor for your take on it but seeing them go from tiny clubs in Sheffield up the road from where I grew up to them now, this very evening, headlining to 23,000 people at Manchester Arena 5 minutes from where I currently live as an adult, it's pretty crazy. The Sheffield boys done good were guests on last night's mid week episode of Later... with Jools Holland on which they played my (still) favourite track of the past few years "R U Mine" and album track "Snap Out Of It". Having come through the awkward stages of being thrust into the lime-light at a young age, the Yorkshire band seem to have blossomed into arena dominating live machines that deliver on point performances night-on-night.
Their new album AM is out now and it's a treat of maturity and development from a band that once sang about getting pissed in local clubs and getting beaten up by bouncers. As an added hump-day bonus you can check out an acoustic performance of "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?" that was uploaded yesterday over here.
It was bound to happen. Arctic Monkeys album leaked earlier this week and as is the done thing these days it was immediately streamed in decent quality for our full enjoyment. We'd heard more than a fair share of tracks from the release already. The full LP features some slow ballads and super funky beats provided by Matt Helders, and all in all the album seems to deliver a package of well made modern rock. I've been spinning it all week and so far "Arabella" and "Knee Socks" are standing out. Also, how damn good does "R U Mine?" sound 18 months after it was first released? To listen yourself just jump on over to iTunes.
AM is officially released next week (Sep. 9th) via Domino.
With just one week until Arctic Monkeys' album AM is released, a few tracks seem to be finding their way online. Last week we got to enjoy the B-Side to "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?", "Stop the World I Wanna Get Off with You". Today "Arabella" has hit the web and you can stream it in full below via Tumblr.
With Arctic Monkeys set to release AM in just over a weeks time, many people are extremely excited to wrap their ears around what's promising to be one of the most interesting albums of the year. We've already heard "R U Mine?" last year, along with "Do I Wanna Know?" and "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?" in recent months. The B-Side to the latter has now found its way onto the web. "Stop the World I Wanna Get Off with You" can be streamed in full below via Tumblr via the official upload.