lundi, avril 30, 2007

Sugababes News

Sugababes star arrested on assault charge

Rosie Swash and agencies
Monday April 30, 2007
Guardian Unlimited

Sugababes singer Amelle Berrabah spent last night behind bars after she was arrested on suspicion of assault.

The 23-year-old singer was taken to Guildford police station following a brawl with a number of other women at Bar Med in Surrey. According to reports in this morning's Sun and Mirror, Berrabah was at the nightclub with her younger sister, Laila, when a fight broke out between the pair and several other women.

Reports vary as to who initiated the fight but the group had to be separated by bouncers, who then called police. Berrabah is reported to have been left clutching a clump of hair she had ripped out of another girl's head. Her alleged victim is an unnamed 18-year-old.

Police arrested the singer when they arrived at the scene and she was released on bail this morning at around 7am after giving a statement, whereupon she joined fellow Sugababes' Heidi Range and Keisha Buchanan on a flight to the US.

Berrabah joined the Sugababes in 2005, replacing long-term member Mutya Beuna. The trio went on to have a number five hit, Red Dress, in 2006, and it was announced last week that toy manufacturers Mattel will be launching a range of Sugababes dolls.

The singer's personal life made headlines in February when it was discovered that her ex-boyfriend Freddie Fuller - who is reported to have been at the bar during last night's fight - had been arrested over an alleged sexual assault.

Guardian Unlimited © Guardian News and Media Limited 2007

jeudi, avril 26, 2007

Nightmare of You, Rasputina, Sigur Ros and Dungen.

Nightmare Of You, Homeless?

Story by: Taylor Mason

After spending the last few months perfecting tunes for their sophomore record, Nightmare Of You declared their free-agency yesterday, announcing that they have parted ways with label EastWest. Confirming the split via their official MySpace page, NOY wrote, "As of today, April 17, 2007, Nightmare Of You and our respective Bevonshire Label have left our old home at EastWest and are free to explore the best options for the future of the band. Our forthcoming album will NOT be affiliated with Sire Records nor will it suffer from the poor distribution our debut endured."

The Long Island band, which features emo veterans Brandon Reilly (the Movielife) and Samuel Siegler (Rival Schools, GlassJaw) remained optimistic about their recording future, going on to write "We are very lucky for this freedom to explore the 'right' options for us since most contractually obligated bands can end up crippled by a lack of both passion and resources."...

Story by: Tom Duffy

Brooklyn chamber-rock outfit Rasputina are set to release their sixth full-length album, Oh Perilous World!, June 26 via Filthy Bonnet. Following the release of her 2006 solo album, Perplexions, singer/lead celloist Melora Creager spent the last two years scouring over daily world events and adapting them into songs.

"I wrote the songs featured on Oh Perilous World! over the last two years when I realized that current world events were more bizarre than anything I could scrounge up from the distant past," she says. "I obsessively read daily news on the Internet and copied words, phrases and whole stories that especially intrigued me and compiled a vast notebook of this material."

Original from Kansas, Creager moved to New York at 18, where she began playing her cello in rock bands. She joined local band Ultra Vivid Scene, who recorded three albums for cult British label 4AD and went on to open for the Pixies and Throwing Muses. But it was after touring with Nirvana as a cellist on their In Utero tour that she decided it was time to branch out on her own, thus creating Raspuntina.

Oh Perlious World! is performed by Creager, alongside drummer Jonathon TeBeest with second chair Sarah Bowman.

Tracklist For Oh Perilous World!:

01. 1816, The Year Without A Summer
02. Choose Me For A Champion
03. Cage In A Cave
04. Incident In A Medical Clinic
05. Draconian Crackdown
06. Child Soldier Rebellion
07. Oh Bring Back The Egg Unbroken
08. Old Yellowcake Breaking News
09. In Old Yellowcake
10. A Retinue Of Moons/The Infidel Is Me
11. The Pruning

A Year At Sea With Sigur Ros.

Story by: Taylor Mason

Icelandic rockers Sigur Rós announced today on their website a June 1 release of In A Frozen Sea—A Year With Sigur Rós (Artist In Residence), a book compiled by industry veteran and longtime Sigur Rós fan Jeff Anderson. The collector's item is a photographic essay comprised of exclusive photos and interviews collected from the band's iconic tour of Iceland last summer, paired with beautiful images of the Icelandic countryside, creating an intricate, fan-derived look at the band. Further appeasing fans, Sigur Rós will repackage a limited 5,000 issues containing the book release of In A Frozen Sea as well as three of the band's 12-inch LP's.

Dungen Preps New LP.

Story by: Kevin Kampwirth

Swedish psych-rockers Dungen will release their nine-track fourth LP, Tio Bitar (translated as "Ten Pieces") on May 15 in the States via Kemado. As has been the case with past Dungen records, Tio Bitar was written and constructed almost completely by front man Gustav Ejstes—who also played most of the instruments himself—with some help from guitarist Reine Fiske. No dates are set yet in support of the album, but a spring tour is in the works.

Tracklisting For Tio Bitar:

01. Intro
02. Familj
03. Gor Det Nu
04. C Visar Vagen
05. Du Ska Inte Tro Att Det Ordnar Sig
06. Mon Amour
07. Sa Blev Det Bestam
08. Ett Skl Att Trivas
09. Svart Ar Himlen

lundi, avril 23, 2007

Secret Shine News

Some info here from Scott of Secret Shine:

"The album is going well thanks. We have 5 songs that are certainties to make it and lots of other ideas that we're working on. We went back into rehearsals this week to work on our ideas and also prepare for a show we're playing on June 7th in
Bristol, our home town. We'd like to put 10 tracks on the album. We're still debating whether to release it ourselves or try and find a deal. Most of the labels who've shown an interest are no bigger that our own label so we may as well do it ourselves. I don't think it matters as long as people get to hear it.

I will keep you updated on our album progress. I'm so excited about it - I wish we could release it tomorrow but it takes so long to do these things - we're aiming for autumn release but even that is looking too soon.

Take care...


Sorry I haven't been in touch for ages, time has just wizzed by this year already.

It may seem like sleepy times in the Shine camp from the outside but it's far from it! Jamie, Dean and I have been writing songs like mad for the new album and working through them with Richy and Kathryn at rehearsals. Progress on the actual recording of the album has been slightly held up while Jamie finished recording and producing an album for singer-songwriter Vincent Callan. Vincent's album will be the next release on our Razorblade record label in June.

There will be more info about this record on our website soon but in the meantime check out Vin's myspace page

It's only a few weeks from our first live gig of the year at our spiritual home, the Bristol Louisiana (June 7th). This will be the launch of our record label and we will be joined at the gig by our label-mates The Great Admirers and the aforementioned Vincent Callan. It's gonna be a great night and hopefully a bit of a party to celebrate the label, Shine's first gig of the year and Vin's new record. We'd love to see you if you can make it. The Loui is quite small so order your ticket now or let me know you're coming. We're planning to play a few songs from our new album at this gig so we'd love to get your opinions but only if they're nice of course ;)

Also this month, look out for the forthcoming issue of New York's Big Takeover magazine which features an interview with Secret Shine and review of 'Beyond Sea and Sky'. We're really excited about being in the magazine. In the interview we answer questions on our relationship with Sarah records and the other bands on the label, our songwriting and sound, and dealing with the death of our friend and drummer Tim Morris.

Much further ahead this year, we have already started to arrange our next US mini-tour. It's looking likely that we'll be heading to the east coast again because this is where we can get lots of gigs in a small space to make it work out practically. It's horrible to have to be business-like, our romantic vision is to play every place we've been invited; Seattle, LA, Texas, Chicago to name only a few but we have to find a way to make it work out. Thanks to everyone who has offered venue contacts and floors to sleep on. We're still looking at coming to your town so watch out! There's also a chance that the kind people from the band Drydin will arrange us a gig in Iceland on the way out to the States. This would be another dream come true.

I think that's all for now apart from to say thanks to Jen and Christine for continually 'spreading the word of shine' and everyone who's bought our records - we really appreciate your support and frequent kind words.

Hope to see some of you at the Bristol Loui on June 7th.

Take care

Scott x

p.s coming soon - secret shine t-shirts and new downloads on the site (about time!)

Secret Shine ==>

mercredi, avril 18, 2007

Year Zero / Nine Inch Nails

Flirting With Dystopia, Experimenting With Noise.

By KELEFA SANNEH, New York Times

Published: April 17, 2007

Miniature hard drives stashed in bathrooms. Unlisted phone numbers that lead to ominous messages. A small constellation of mysterious Web sites chronicling a grim future 15 years away. This is how Trent Reznor is letting the world — or some fanatical portion thereof — know about "Year Zero" (Nothing Records/Interscope), the new Nine Inch Nails album, which arrives in shops today. Open the packaging and you'll find another secret message: the disc itself changes color with heat, turning white to display the copyright information and a long string of ones and zeroes. In this paranoid world, everything worth knowing is a secret.

The disc of the new Nine Inch Nails album, out today, changes color with heat, turning white to show copyright information.

Mr. Reznor has been making aggressive computer music under the name Nine Inch Nails for about two decades, but it was "The Downward Spiral," his bilious but elegant 1994 blockbuster, that confirmed his position as a true rock star in an era largely devoid of them. He released a colder-blooded double album, "The Fragile," in 1999, then laid low for half a decade. His seething 2005 CD, "With Teeth," felt like a comeback, a reminder to his fans — and maybe to himself — that he hadn't retired after all.

Apparently the follow-up came quickly: Mr. Reznor has said the new album "began as an experiment with noise on a laptop in a bus on tour somewhere." (A sticker on the cover bears a promise, or a warning: "16 noisy new songs.") But "Year Zero" is much more seductive than "With Teeth," partly because of all the so-called noise. Hard beats are softened with distortion, static cushions the tantrums, sneaky bass lines float beneath the surface. And as usual the music is packed with details: "Meet Your Master" goes through at least three cycles of decay and rebirth; part of the fun of "The Warning" is tracking the ever-mutating timbres.

If all these sounds often distract listeners from Mr. Reznor's lyrics, well, so much the better. In the year 2022, apparently, clumsy sloganeering is all the rage. The album's first single, "Survivalism," includes the phrase "Mother Nature is a whore," a sarcastic expression of anti-environmentalism. And "Capital G," which sounds a lot like an anti-Bush diatribe, has another deluded narrator we're supposed to hate: "I pushed a button and elected him to office and a/He pushed a button and it dropped a bomb."

Some will enjoy finding connections between these songs and the narrative that unfolds on the cryptic "Year Zero" Web sites; fans have had to figure out the URL addresses on their own. ("Another Version of the Truth" is an instrumental track; is one of the sites.) But even listeners who don't know their Parepin (a sinister panacea of the future) from their Opal (an illegal drug of the future) may find that this fictional world serves a useful purpose.

It's a pretty neat trick: just knowing there's a hidden story makes those generically disaffected words sound less generic. If the songs share the same sonic palette, and if the lyrics sometimes overlap ("Down on your knees" in one song, "On hands and knees we crawl" in another; "Can it go any faster?" in one, "Make it come faster" in another), that's because they are all artifacts of the same fictional world.

Hidden messages, hidden Web sites, a hidden world: all this secrecy is supposed to tell us something ominous about the future. So why does Mr. Reznor's dystopia seem so familiar? His paranoid vision evokes nothing so much as the 1990s, the decade that gave us Heaven's Gate suicides, the militia movement, the first President Bush's New World Order, the Y2K scare, "The X-Files." It's hard to spend much time in Mr. Reznor's world without thinking of that show's famous slogan: "The truth is out there."

In the 1990s, when online culture was young, it was tempting to believe that the Internet was full of secret sites and furtive e-mail messages and clandestine information; back then all those mysterious "Year Zero" Web sites might have seemed pretty spooky. Nowadays everyone knows that the Internet is a spectacularly bad place to store secrets, and e-mail is even worse; it keeps getting harder to make information disappear.

Last week Senator Patrick Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont, inadvertently summed up our archive- obsessed culture when he scoffed at a claim that sensitive White House e-mail messages had been lost: "You can't erase e-mails, not today. They've gone through too many servers!" The truth isn't out there, it's right there: on Google or YouTube or Wikipedia. People used to worry that the world was full of secrets; now it's possible to wonder whether there are any secrets left.

Certainly the secrets of "Year Zero" didn't stay that way very long. Nine Inch Nails fans who lack the time or inclination to puzzle out the story can simply look it up: a few minutes on Wikipedia will answer all your questions. (The game continues. On Friday "Year Zero" obsessives were summoned by e-mail to a secret meeting on a Los Angeles street corner.) But again, solving the riddle isn't really the point. Although it claims to be an ominous portrait of a fictional future, "Year Zero" seems more like an affectionate tribute to our recent past.

Surely it's not a coincidence that the 1990s were the heyday of Nine Inch Nails, the decade when Mr. Reznor went from cult hero to mainstream rock star. And perhaps he misses his days as an underground favorite. (Now that just about any kind of music is, literally, accessible, it's no longer clear what "underground" means.) Even the electronic noises on "Year Zero" sound a bit old-fashioned: a throwback to the days when computer-generated music was full of static and blips.

If "Year Zero" feels warm and, for better and worse, familiar, this is why. It's not really a cautionary tale: it's a reminiscence.

lundi, avril 16, 2007

Rock News 04 2007, some more

The Chemical Brothers, Tori Amos, Arctic Monkeys, Starsailor,
Queens Of The Stone Age, Manic Street Preachers, Sum 41, Spoon,
The White Stripes, and Supergrass.

The Chemical Brothers reveal new album details. It's due out this summer.

The Chemical Brothers have announced details of their forthcoming album.

The follow-up to 2005's 'Push The Button' is titled 'We Are The Night' and is due out in June via Freestyle Dust/Virgin Records...

Further album details and US tour dates are expected to be announced shortly.

Tori Amos reveals album tracklisting. 'American Doll Posse' features 23 songs.

Tori Amos has revealed details of her new album, which is set to be released in May.

'American Doll Posse' is the singer's first new studio release since 2005's 'The Beekeeper', although she released a greatest hits box set last year....

The tracklisting for the album is:

'Yo George'
'Big Wheel'
'Bouncing off Clouds'
'Teenage Hustling'
'Digital Ghost'
'You Can Bring Your Dog'
'Mr. Bad Man'
'Fat Slut'
'Girl Disappearing'
'Secret Spell'
'Devils and Gods'
'Body and Soul'
'Father's Son'
'Programmable Soda'
'Code Red'
'Roosterspur Bridge'
'Beauty of Speed'
'Almost Rosey'
'Velvet Revolution'
'Dark Side of the Sun'
'Posse Bonus'
'Smokey Joe'

'American Doll Posse' will be released on May 1 in the States, and in the UK a day earlier.

Arctic Monkeys reveal reason for speedy studio sessions. The band wanted to get their second album out fast.

Arctic Monkeys have revealed to NME the real reason they got new album 'Favourite Worst Nightmare' finished so quickly.

The record is out on April 23, just 15 months after the release of debut album 'Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not' came out.

However frontman Alex Turner admitted the band actually wanted the new record to come out in the same week of the year as the last one did - but they didn't quite manage it.

He said: "The only pressure was what we put on ourselves because we wanted to do it quick and try get it out at the same time as the last one came out. That were the plan.

"Ultimately, we thought if we carried that on for a few years it might become like a Bank Holiday or something. It'd be a national holiday! The first one came out February 12 or something (it actually came out on January 30 after being brought forward a week) so we were trying to get this one to come out February 12, but a year later. We missed it by two months, we were fucking about."

Starsailor begin work on new album. They demo three new songs.

Starsailor have begun work on their new album.

The band have begun recording demos for the follow up to 2005's 'On The Outside'.

Posting on their Myspace blog frontman James Walsh wrote:

"We have completed another set of demos in Henley which produced 3 new songs. The one which everyone is raving about is called 'Lights Out' or 'Tell Me It's Not Over' (we haven't decided yet!).

"It's got a massive drum beat, reminiscent of Doves and U2. Another couple of these and we will have a truly great album."

In an earlier post the band said that they had written 15 songs for the album, and demoed the songs 'Let Go', 'Do You Believe In Love?', 'Won't Stop Now' and 'Change My Mind'.

A release date has not been announced.

Queens Of The Stone Age preview new album at SXSW. NME.COM hears first official playback.

Queens Of The Stone Age's new album was unveiled this afternoon (March 15) in Austin, Texas, and NME.COM was there to hear it.

Nine tracks from the band's fifth studio album, 'Era Vulgaris' ('common era' or 'age without god'), were previewed at the exclusive listening party, held at the South By Southwest Fader House.

The album includes the track 'Make It Witchu' from The Desert Sessions, this time with Josh Homme replacing Mark Lanegan on the vocal.

As previously reported, The Strokes' frontman Julian Casablancas also features on the record.

The songs previewed were:

'Turning On The Screw'
'Sick Sick Sick'
'Into The Hollow'
'Battery Acid'
'River In The Road'
'Suture Up Your Future'
'3s and 7s'
'I'm Designer'
'Make It Witchu'

'Era Vulgaris' is due to be released in June.

Manic Street Preachers confirm new album details. Trio also reveal single.

Manic Street Preachers have confirmed the details of their new album 'Send Away The Tigers'.

The band have revealed the tracklisting for the record, which is released on May 7.

The album will be preceded by single 'Your Love Alone Is Not Enough' on April 30, which sees the band team up with The Cardigans singer Nina Persson.

The full tracklisting for their new album is:

'Send Away The Tigers'
'Your Love Alone Is Not Enough'
'Indian Summer'
'The Second Great Depression'
'I Am Just A Patsy'
'Imperial Bodybags'

Sum 41 complete album. Now band begin search for new guitarist.

Sum 41 have announced they have completed the follow-up to 2004 album 'Chuck'.

The self-produced effort was recorded in Los Angeles at Ocean Way, and follows the first new material by the band since the departure of guitarist Dave Baksh.

A post on their Myspace blog from frontman Deryk Whibley reads: "We have finished our new album. We still don't have a name for it yet though. It will be coming out this summer."

Whibley added that they were starting auditions to find a replacement for Baksh.

He then wrote: "We have no idea how long this will take so I can't really tell you when we will be back on tour. If all goes well we should be back playing shows in mid-April. We will keep you all updated here as frequently as possible. Thanks for all your support, and I can't wait for you to hear this album."

Spoon reveal new album details. It's due out this summer.

Spoon have revealed details of their forthcoming album.

The follow-up to 2005's 'Gimme Fiction' is due out on July 10 and will feature 10 songs with titles including 'Don't You Evah' and 'Black Like Me'...

The tracklisting is:

1. 'Don't Make Me a Target'
2. 'The Ghost of You Lingers'
3. 'You Got Yr Cherry Bomb'
4. 'Don't You Evah'
5. 'Rhthm and Soul'
6. 'Eddie's Ragga'
7. 'The Underdog'
8. 'My Little Japanese Cigarette Case'
9. 'Finer Feelings'
10. 'Black Like Me'

White Stripes album tracklisting revealed. 'Icky Thump' details are out.

The tracklisting has been unveiled for the forthcoming White Stripes album 'Icky Thump'...

The tracklisting is:

'Icky Thump'
'You Don't Know What Love Is (You Just Do as You're Told)'
'300 MPH Torrential Outpour Blues'
'Bone Broke'
'Prickly Thorn, But Sweetly Worn'
'St. Andrew (This Battle Is in the Air)'
'Little Cream Soda'
'Rag and Bone'
'I'm Slowly Turning Into You'
'A Martyr for My Love for You'
'Catch Hell Blues'
'Effect and Cause'

Supergrass head into the studio. New record will be finished in a month.

Supergrass have revealed that they are to make an imminent return to the studio to record new material. Predicting that the process will be finished in little over a month, the band said they're aiming for an "energetic" sound for their new record, which will be their first since 2005's 'Road To Rouen'. Speaking to Steve Lamacq on BBC 6Music, lead singer Gaz Coombes explained: "Over the last few months we've been writing and stuff. We've been over each others places, y'know, we've got little studios at home, so we kinda get ideas and do little demos and just get the vibes up and just look to recording and bits of pre-production, which is where we're at now."

The band are now gearing up to take the new tracks into the studio. Coombes added: "We're off to Berlin in a couple of weeks to do the recording and its going to be a quick session, two or three week session, and just knock it out as fast as we can.

"That's where the enthusiasm is; in what you've got coming, in what the future holds. That's what it's like for this next record; there's just some really kind of vibrant, sort of exciting bits of music happening. Just can't wait to get it down."

Yet more Rock News 04 2007

U2, TN on the Radio, Massive Attack, Tim Armstrong of Rancid, Patti Smith,
Ash, Art Brut, Tegan and Sara, Brody Dalle, Hot Hot Heat,
Emily Hanes of Metric, and the Happy Mondays.

U2 get to work on new album. The Edge confirms details.

U2 have announced that they have begun work on their new album.

Guitarist The Edge says that the band are working with producer Rick Rubin on the follow up to 2004's 'How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb'.

The Edge told Rolling Stone: "We're working on new songs and getting lost in the music. I don't think we're going to try and think too much about what we're going to do with it yet, we're just going to do a lot of writing and just see what gives.

"We're giving ourselves the luxury of just working on the songs. There's some amazing things coming through."

TV On The Radio team up with Massive Attack. The Bristol collective get special help for new album.

TV On The Radio's David Sitek has been named as the producer of the new Massive Attack album.

The album will be the band's first new material since 2003's '100th Window'.

Massive Attack's Robert Del Naja was equally apprehensive about approaching the band, so got rapper Mos Def to break the ice...

The band have also worked with Dot Allison, Horace Andy and Mike Patton on the album, reports Spinner.

A release date is yet to be confirmed.

Rancid frontman to release solo album. Tim Armstrong plans new record for May.

Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong is set to release his debut solo album 'A Poet's Life'.

The album was originally set to be only available as a free download, but will now get a full release on May 21.

It feature 11 songs, plus a DVD which will contain a video for each song on the album.

The tracklisting for the album is:

'Hold On'
'Wake Up'
'Oh No'
'Into Action'
'Among The Dead'
'Take This City'
'The Dark'
'Girl, I Only Want What's Best For You'
'Inner City Violence'
'Burning Angel'
'Cold Blooded'

Rancid are currently working on a new album, the follow up to 2003's 'Indestructible', reports Punk News.

Patti Smith confirms covers album details. 'Twelve' to be followed by full UK tour.

Patti Smith has confirmed full details of her new covers album 'Twelve'.

The LP, out on April 16, is the follow up to 2004's 'Trampin'' and sees Smith and her band rework tracks from the past 40 years including Stevie Wonder's 'Pastime Paradise', Tears For Fears' 'Everybody Wants To Rule the World' and Neil Young's 'Helpless' as well as others by Bob Dylan, Nirvana, Paul Simon and Jimi Hendrix.

The album also features an assortment of guest artists including Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea, Television guitarist Tom Verlaine and The Black Crowes' Rich Robinson.

Smith's son Jackson and daughter Jesse contribute guitar and vocal respectively.

The full tracklisting is:

'Are You Experienced?'
'Everybody Wants To Rule The World'
'Gimme Shelter'
'Within You Without You'
'White Rabbit'
'Changing Of The Guards'
'The Boy In The Bubble'
'Soul Kitchen'
'Smells Like Teen Spirit'
'Midnight Rider'
'Pastime Paradise'

Ash name their new album. New album out in July.

Ash have named their album calling 'Twilight Of The Innocents', which is due for release on July 2.

Frontman Tim Wheeler has produced the album, which is the band's fifth.

It will be proceeded by the single 'You Can't Have It All' on April 16.

Art Brut complete second album. They announce tour dates too.

Art Brut have finished their second full-length album, the band announced today (March 28).

'It's A Bit Complicated' is due out in the US on June 25, and June 11 in the UK.

'Nag Nag Nag' will be the album's lead single in the US, though a release in the UK is yet to be confirmed.

The follow-up to 2005's 'Bang Bang Rock & Roll' will also include the tracks 'Pump Up The Volume', 'Direct Hit', 'Post Soothing Out' and 'Late Sunday'

Tegan and Sara reveal new album details. 'The Con' is set for a July release.

Tegan and Sara have revealed details of their fifth album 'The Con' which is scheduled to be released in July.

Recorded in Portland, Oregon the follow up to 2004's 'So Jealous' was co-produced by Christopher Walla (Death Cab For Cutie, The Decemberists) at his Alberta Court studio.

Famously covered by the White Stripes on 'Walking With A Ghost', the sibling duo collaborated with Death Cab's Jason McGerr on drums and bass players AFI's Hunter Burgan and The Rentals' Matt Sharp.

The track listing is:

'I Was Married'
'Relief Next To Me'
'The Con'
'Knife Going In'
'Are You Ten Years Ago'
'Back In Your Head'
'Hop A Plane'
'Soil, Soil'
'Burn Your Life Down'
'Like O, Like H'
'Dark Come Soon'
'Call It Off'

They plan to play a series of intimate performances in July and August, and will embark on a national theatre tour in October. Watch this space for show announcements.

'The Con' will be released July 24

Brody Dalle announces new band. The Distillers frontwoman has a new project on the go.

Details of Distillers frontwoman Brody Dalle's new band has emerged.

Spinnerette will consist of Dalle, The Distillers member Tony Bevilacqua, and Alain Johannes, who has worked with the likes of PJ Harvey and Eagles Of Death Metal.

Speaking about the reasons for recording her new songs with a new band, and not The Distillers, Dalle told NME.COM: "The songs seemed out of context and inappropriate for The Distillers. I felt ambivalent about sharing them with anyone."

Dalle explained the difference in the sound of her new band.

She stated: "Spinnerette get a clean slate. She gets to start over and be the new kid in town, only she ain't no kid. She's quirky and sexy and she fucks around."

However, Dalle was quick to point out that The Distillers had not broken up, but still exist "just not as you know it". They have not made an album since's 2003's 'Coral Fang'.

Spinnerette are set to record their debut album in Los Angeles. No release date has yet been announced.

Hot Hot Heat unveil new album tracklisting. Steve Bays reveals all about 'Happiness Ltd'.

Hot Hot Heat have revealed details of their fifth album, which is set for an early summer release.

Speaking to NME.COM frontman Steve Bays revealed they had recorded and mastered an entire album by mid-2006, but decided to go back in and work on some newer material.

"We pretty much finished the record in June and then started writing all this new stuff and it was just a mess," he reveals. "We were extending how long we were going to be working on the record for, so we ended up going back and remixing stuff."

But Bays has no regrets about taking the extra time to complete the album.

He told NME.COM: "I'm so glad we did because it was definitely worth it. When I listen to the original mastered version of the CD that we had eight months ago it's nowhere near as good."

And the singer insisted the album has a different feel to their previous records.

He added: "The songs ended up having a lot more depth than anything we had written before, the stuff I was singing about, the sounds that we were getting. We ended up pushing it in a direction that's still really high energy, but it's more of a nighttime feel."

The tracklisting is:

'Happiness Ltd.'
'Let Me In'
'5 Times Out of 100'
'Harmonicas & Tambourines'
'Outta Heart'
'My Best Fiend'
'Give Up?'
'Good Way To Die'
'So So Cold'
'Waiting For Nothing'

Metric singer releases solo album. Emily Haines has a new band too.

Metric frontwoman Emily Haines releases her solo debut 'Knives Don't Have Your Back' with her band The Soft Skeleton on June 4.

The record will be preceded by the track 'Doctor Blind', which will be released as a digital download on May 21.

The album features contributions from Metric's Jimmy Shaw, Sparklehorse's Scott Minor, Broken Social Scene's Justin Peroff and Stars' Evan Cranley.

Happy Mondays to release new record. Shaun Ryder tells NME.COM about 'Fresh' new album.

Happy Mondays have announced details of their first album in 15 years.

The band, fresh from their new signing to Sanctuary Records, have been recording brand new material under the production guidance of Howie B and Sonny Levine - Quincy Jones' grandson.

The results of the sessions will be a new single which will be released in June, followed by the new album.

Speaking about the record exclusively to NME.COM, frontman Shaun Ryder explained: "I'm not the world's best salesman, me... I'm not a salesman at all. I think it's a really great album."

Asked if the band are still sounding as fresh as when they released 'Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches', their classic from 1990, Ryder added: "Of course it does. Fresher."

He was also quick to highlight the work of producer Levine, saying, "Sonny's great. A brilliant dude. A brilliant person."

Future of Sound

Future of Sound brings together the talents of scientists and artists for avant-garde happenings.

Chris Mugan reports

It is potentially the oddest tour of the year, with a musical instrument that responds to brainwaves, gloves that move sound and a demo of the trance-inducing properties of Neolithic tombs.

Such is the travelling circus that Future of Sound takes on the road this month, a collection of scientists and artists that work on the boundaries between music, art and technology. At the heart of it all is event organiser Martin Ware, founding member of both electro pioneers Human League and Eighties mainstays Heaven 17.

Rather than a simple line-up of acts, Future of Sound brings together various performances and presentations. It began as a series of London-based events that emerged out of Ware's project The Illustrious Company, which he founded with Erasure's Vince Clarke to explore the possibilities of 3D sound, specifically a system of speakers that gives the impression of the output rising and falling around the listener.

"Illustrious was a deliberate attempt to get back to the seed conditions of what I was trying to do in the first place," Ware explains. "You get used to trying to sell stuff and I wanted to strip that away and create something for the sake of art, passion and fun. I got sick of doing one-to-one demos of the 3D sound systems, so thought lets get a bunch of eclectic and diverse people in to talk about how they envisage sound being used in the future and giving them access to the kit."

Having established Future of Sound in his current home city, the Sheffield-raised musician now wants to take his sonic menagerie to new audiences.

"The idea is to completely immerse the viewer by having some form of audience participation and also breakout areas surrounding the event. Some works rely on people's movement to create effects and we also hope to mesmerise them with 5,000-year-old trance music. It's a funny thing for me to supervise this mad scientist activity - friends say I'm like a Bond villain - because these lecture series don't usually emerge from a pop practitioner background. I didn't finish my O-levels, let alone go to university."

In the past, this sort of event has been aimed at a particular audience, though the Sheffield-raised performer is keen to make his show relevant to the public at large.

"As someone that has worked in popular music for a long time, it's in my soul that I want to appeal to that broader range of people, though this is not going to be shallow. There will be some elements people get immediately and some they will have to take away and think about. We want to enthuse people about the idea of collaborative art and science projects."

Ware has brought together a variety of creative talents that have found an increasing amount of support in recent years. Among them is Paul Devereux, the archaeologist who discovered that certain tombs in burial mounds were constructed to resonate at a frequency of 110Hz, enough to put people into a trance.

A more futuristic practitioner is Luciana Haill, who has developed a device that turns a person's brainwaves into a composition, that plays in different parts of a venue depending on their intensity. One of the most experienced artists is Robin Rimbaud, also known as Scanner. Notorious in the early Nineties for recording people's mobile phone calls, the artist has expanded horizons with a variety of projects that range from installations for a special needs school to a device that turns outside noise into music.

When he started out, Scanner was seen as a creator of ambient music, in the same ballpark as The Orb, though with a penchant for using background urban sounds. Since then, he has broadened his horizons and worked more in site-specific projects. Scanner has also appeared on previous Future of Sound bills.

"We've done a few things together and what I like is that it's professionally improvisatory. You're not sure where you're going to go with it, which I always enjoy."
Scanner has no fixed idea of what he may talk about or perform, though as a veteran of Ware's soirées, he knows how predictions can quickly become dated.

"Two years ago we weren't anticipating the communal success of YouTube and MySpace. The acceleration of new technologies is a little overwhelming at times, so in some sense what we will be doing is reflecting on this rapid change in ways of listening and consuming sound."

Ware first approached Scanner after the artist had done his own surround-sound piece based on animal mating calls and recordings of them having sex - for a Valentine's Day event, naturally. For Scanner, though, it is the mix of audio and visual that makes such projects more accessible.

"With music in movies, people have grown accustomed to an exploratory use of sound. If you played them the soundtrack outside the cinema, it would be really demanding. Images seem to assist in that process."

Increasingly, artists such as Scanner are learning to work with like-minded individuals to develop higher-profile projects. Also collaborating on Future of Sound is the sound-artist collective Cybersalon. Among their artists on tour is Chris O'Shea, creator of the gloves that manipulate Illustrious's sound system. Also on show are exhibits that people can play with. Among them is a modern take on the Victorian music box, where instead of feeding in a roll of paper with punched holes to create a tune, people rip strips off flyers to affect its pre-loaded melodies.

Cybersalon director Lewis Sykes is convinced that there is an audience for this tomfoolery. "If you go to clubland, you see people enjoying the mix of sound and visuals all the time and they enjoy it every day with their home entertainment systems."

Just as Cybersalon has joined forces with Illustrious, the indie outfit Pram recently went on the road with the installation designer Blissbody and the duo Project Dark. Turntable terrorists may be a bit of a cliché, but Ashley Davies and Kirsten Reynolds are infamous for blowing up decks in the name of art. Just as alarming, The Photophonic Experiment collaboration involved making music out of high-voltage sparks. For Sykes, such cooperation is vital if avant-garde music makers are to escape their niche.

"Together we can achieve more than if we worked individually," he says, a viewpoint with which Ware agrees. "We love becoming a magnetic for people interested in combining their talents with other disciplines. That's the future of art. We're exiting the peak of the ego-driven, gallery-based art world and entering into something more of the people, of the virtual street. We're sharing ideas on a global scale and the underground is available to everyone."

As well as Future of Sound and Night Haunts, you can also look forward to the annual festival of the London Music Collective, a group of experimental musicians that last year took over the Institute of Contemporary Arts. These organisations rely on support from public bodies such as the Arts Council. Though as Sykes points out, practitioners need to be self-reliant.

At least avant-garde music is starting to find a home in major cultural institutions. In London you can find it at the Hayward Gallery, Tate Modern and Victoria & Albert Museum, with an increasing presence in venues such as Liverpool's Foundation for Art and Creative Technology and the Sage Centre in Gateshead. Future of Sound will show just what kind of audience there is for such happenings.

© 2007 Independent News and Media Limited

vendredi, avril 13, 2007

Collide News

Hello there,

So ... we have some great news!!

We are on the tail end of finalizing the songs and final mixing of the collaboration project that we have been working on with Dean Garcia, who many of you will recognize as the musical mastermind behind the band Curve.

This new collaborative project will be called "The Secret Meeting" with Ultrashiver as the album title.

We are SUPER excited!!! Yipeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

Thanks to artist Teodoru Badiu the artwork is ready and it's all very surreal and otherworldly with a playful feel.

We have a new MySpace page up here...

Please stop by ... leave us a message and let us know you want to be pals.

We will be posting up songs very soon and keep you updated.

We are hoping for a June release on our own label, Noiseplus Music!!

So there you have summer tunes on the way =).

Art makes the world a better place to be.


Collide. The Secret Meeting.

jeudi, avril 12, 2007

More Rock News 04 2007

The Chemical Brothers, M.I.A., Ulrich Schnauss, New Pornographers, The Sea And Cake, Setting Suns (aka Adam of Swervedriver and Sam of Interpol!!), Shellac, The Wedding Present, Amiina, Jeff Buckley, Laura Veirs, and Lungfish.

Chemical Brothers Are the Night on New Album. Klaxons, Midlake, Fatlip guest.

The Chemical Brothers will release their sixth LP, We Are the Night, via Astralwerks on June 19. The duo's last album was 2005's Push the Button, and like that record and the ones before it, Night features a bevy of guest stars.

Fatlip (formerly of the Pharcyde), Klaxons, Midlake, Willy Mason and all contribute to We Are the Night, and the first single-- "Do It Again [ft. Ali Love]"-- is due out soon.

M.I.A. Reveals New Album Name, Release Date.

Rolling Stone reports that M.I.A.'s hotly anticipated second album will be called Kala and will be in stores June 26 via Interscope. Yes, "Bird Flu" will be on it, as will collaborations with Diplo and Timbaland. None of this information has been confirmed yet, but the release date at least seems remotely accurate...

Ulrich Schnauss Shares Heartfelt Goodbye.

July 10, dream-popping foot-looker Ulrich Schnauss will release his third LP, the gauzy Goodbye, on Domino Records. Canned in his native Kiel, Germany, Goodbye reflects a period of steely, self-imposed isolation as a kickstart to creativity; kind of like Bowie's Low, or Liars' Drum's Not Dead, or Scorpions' "Wind of Change," or basically every other record ever recorded in Germany.

Before the Goodbye comes the fond hug of the Quicksand Memory EP, due May 22. Quicksand features an edit of Goodbye's "Medusa", a collaboration with Rob McVey of UK act Longview (for which Schnauss plays keys), and a pair of remixes of older Ulrich songs by Cocteau Twin Robin Guthrie.

Carl Newman Reveals New Pornographers LP Details. "We're like Fleetwood Mac if Dylan joined."

The notion of a fourth album from a band like the New Pornographers— the side-project-gone-amok that, among others, harbors principal songwriter Carl Newman, Destroyer's Dan Bejar, and titan-voiced troubadour Neko Case— seems an almost impossible feat. It's hard enough keeping centrally-located bandmates together, let alone riding out the schedules of so many otherwise-occupied musicians over the many miles that separate them.

But against the odds, Newman tells us that the band's fourth LP of dashing, deftly crafted pop will be out in August, and will almost certainly be titled Challengers...

The Sea and Cake New Album.

Veteran featherweight jazz-poppers the Sea and Cake-- the scented candles of indie-rock-- are all primed to issue Everybody, their seventh full-length audio footbath, May 8 via Thrill Jockey...

Interpol's Sam + Swervedriver's Adam = Setting Suns.

Getting to kick out some jams with your idols is any young musician's dream come true, and for a young musician named Sam Fogarino from a young band called Interpol, that dream recently exploded into reality.

Fogarino met former Swervedriver lead Adam Franklin over dinner a winter ago, and the two must have hit it off, 'cause they done gone and formed a band. "i've been a swervedriver fan from the start, still am," wrote Fogarino on the Setting Suns' newly inaugurated MySpace page. "i would have killed just to bang a can for adam franklin. now, he makes sense of my melodies, and turns our ideas into a beautiful din. i feel lucky and alive.... and a bit sick from my own sap."

Thus far, the duo has posted two slow-burning bits of beautiful din on their MySpace: piano-dappled rainy-day dirge "Yesterday's Flowers", and a track called-- no joke-- "Cold War Kids".

As Franklin explained in a recent post, he's had the "Cold War Kids" idea for some time-- and even considered naming the band that until learning some youngins already snatched it up. "The inspiration behind [the song]," wrote Franklin, "was Bowie's Heroes, the film Christiane F and a song called Only The Dead Dreams Of A Cold War Kid by Hawklords, which was in effect Hawkwind contractually obligated to alter their name whilst playing Noo Wave music circa 1978." Good to know, good to know.

The Setting Suns have not yet unveiled any release details or tour plans. Franklin, meanwhile, has retired his Toshack Highway moniker for the moment, and will release an album called Bolts of Melody later this spring under his own name. Bolts will include Adam's cover of Wolf Parade's "Shine a Light", and several tracks off it may be streamed right now at dude's MySpace...

Shellac Reveal Excellent Tracklist.

Shellac have announced the tracklist for their long-awaited Excellent Italian Greyhound, due out June 5 on Touch & Go. In typical Shellac fashion, the album only has nine tracks. And though we assume it's just a coincidence, the possibility of "Steady As She Goes" being a cover of either the Raconteurs or Voodoo Glow Skulls has us reeling.

In addition to the previously reported cover featuring a photo of a greyhound in the middle of a group of fruits and vegetables, the album will also feature a second cover of sorts, one that slips over the actual CD. The second cover, a black-and-white Jay Ryan cartoon design, is posted at the top of this story for your viewing pleasure.

The Wedding Present Release Six-Disc Peel Sessions.

The Wedding Present will release their complete sessions for the late John Peel's BBC Radio 1 show on March 26 via Sanctuary Records in the UK and on April 24 in the U.S.

Complete Peel Sessions: 1986-2004 spreads in-studio sessions, live sets, and band interviews across six discs, and it includes the band's cover of Orange Juice's "Felicity" as well as a venture into Ukrainian folk music.

Wedding Present founder/songwriter/vocalist David Gedge oversaw the compiling, remastering, and artwork for the set, which features liner notes by In Session Tonight author Ken Garner.

As for the contents of the box set (deep breath), the first disc consists of studio sessions in February and October of 1986, March and October of 1987, and March of 1988. The studio sessions on the second disc are from May 1988, May 1989, October 1990, March 1992, and March 1994. The third disc adds a live set from Peel's 50th birthday celebration in London in August of 1989 to studio sessions from December 1995 and July 2004. The remaining three discs feature live sets at the 1995 Phoenix Festival in Stratford-upon-Avon (disc four), the 1996 Sound City Festival at Leeds Metropolitan University (disc five), and the 1996 Reading Festival (disc six).

Amiina Release Debut LP Online, Tour North America.

Invoking three very magical indie letters-- namely, D, I, and Y-- the bow-toting ladies of Iceland's Amiina (née Amina) will make the world a slightly prettier place as they self-release their debut LP online today via their own Bláskjár Records. A Wednesday release? When you do it yourself, you can do it any damn way you please.

To celebrate their revolutionary dismissal of standard Tuesday release practice, Sólrún, María, Edda, and Hildur-- whom audiences may recognize as Sigur Rós' touring string quartet-- transgress the Atlantic, embarking on a rare North American tour tonight. The jaunt kicks off in Madison, Wisconsin, and has our string-pullers-- who play a bunch of other instruments as well-- sweeping clear across the continent over the next month.

The most eager of fans can score a copy of Kurr, our ladies' debut full-length, right now via the band's website. Or take one home following one of these shows. Or pick up the LP across the U.S. later this year, as Amiina will give Kurr a proper American release via a proper label in the near future-- which makes current editions of the album part of a special, limited run ($eBay$!).

Jeff Buckley Greatest Hits Comp, DVD in Works. The bottom of my Grace CD: Scratches from my roommate, the drunk.

Though there's been no shortage of posthumously-released Jeff Buckley material in the decade since the swoon-inducing singer-songwriter's drowning in 1997, the ultimate earthly tribute-- a greatest hits compilation-- has eluded him until now.

Columbia/Legacy will collect 14 Buckley tracks on So Real: Songs of Jeff Buckley, which will be released on May 22, a week before the 10th anniversary of his death.

The collection features a handful of tracks from Buckley's back catalog, an acoustic rendering of its title track recorded in Japan, and a Smiths cover. Everything from the tracklist to the artwork of So Real came together under the watchful eye of Jeff's mom, with brand-new liner notes penned by veteran rock scribe David Fricke. (Hey, at least they're not giving him the Biggie/Puffy treatment and adding guest verses from Jack Johnson or something.)

Not coincidentally, hitting stores the same day is Amazing Grace: Jeff Buckley, an hourlong docu-DVD touching on the life and legacy of Mr. Buckley from first-time filmmakers Laurie Trombley and Nyla Bialek Adams. Combining archival footage with new interviews with Buckley's friends and family, the film is sure to leave one wondering why this burgeoning talent had to leave us while John Mayer marches forward, unscathed.

Laura Veirs to Release Saltbreakers.

All systems are go for the release of bespectacled Pacific Northwestern chanteuse Laura Veirs' third Nonesuch release, Saltbreakers. The disc-- packed to the gills with languid, folky balladry-- will drop in Europe March 26, with an April 10 release Stateside. The iTunes version of the album will contain the exclusive bonus track "Bright Glittering Gifts".

Recorded with producer Tucker Martine (who twiddled the knobs on the Decemberists' The Crane Wife and might have had something to do with Veirs' guest vocal turn on that album's "Yankee Bayonet"), the album explores the collapse of Veirs' long-term relationship, as well as her short-term stint in a U-Haul from Seattle to Portland. Though most of Saltbreakers was committed to tape in Seattle, of particular note is "To the Country", a track recorded in Johnny and June Carter Cash's home in Hendersonville, Tennessee and featuring the eight-member Cedar Hill Choir.

Veirs fans should also be on the lookout for a disc by The Young Rapture Choir, a cadre of 45 French middle schoolers who belted out Veirs tunes in concert sometime last year. The limited-edition live album of said performance is available on Veirs' own Raven Marching Band imprint.

Lungfish's Higgs Signs to Thrill Jockey.

Thrill Jockey will release Lungfish frontman Daniel A.I.U. Higgs' Atomic Yggdrasil Tarot on June 5. The second in a series of full-color, 6" X 8" hardcover book/CD packages that so far includes Aki Tsuyuko's Hokane, Tarot features six tracks and 48 pages of Higgs' visual art.

According to the Thrill Jockey website, "The yggdrasil is the great tree of Norse myth that connects all worlds of cosmology... In his relentless pursuit of the indivisible, Higgs travels up and down this spine and hatches a new transubstantiation of sound and image into life form." We smell a tour opening for Mastodon!

In addition to the book and CD, Thrill Jockey will also transubstantiate the album into a limited edition vinyl version...

lundi, avril 09, 2007

Rock News 04 2007

Marilyn Manson, Sinead O'Connor, Bjork, They Might Be Giants, R.E.M., The Cure, Atreyu, and Super Furry Animals.

Marilyn Manson: Manson explains the turmoil that's plagued him for much of the past year - and ultimately led him to restart his musical career with a new album, 'Eat Me, Drink Me,' due in June 2007. The songs, he says, "are clearly written to seduce somebody". He then describes his year in hell that started with his wife filing for divorce. "Halfway through last year I was in such a black hole of depression," he says. "I couldn't make anything, I couldn't do anything. I lost hope." At the time, Manson's mother was diagnosed with a mental illness and, he says, "I got trapped in one of the classic rock & roll cliches of having people that work for me rob me behind my back." The theme of the album is depicted in the six-minute epic If I Was Your Vampire, which Manson wrote on Christmas. "That song is the new Bela Lugosi's Dead," says Manson. "It's the all-time gothic anthem." Other songs to appear on the new album include: Just a Car Crash Away, Putting Holes in Happiness (first single), Rebels Without Applause, The Red Carpet Grave, and You, Me and the Devil Makes 3.

Sinead O'Connor reveals new album details. 'Theology' is due out in June. Singer has revealed the details of her forthcoming album.

The double-disc 'Theology' is due out June 26 in the US, and features original songs as well as several covers.

The album includes eight original songs written by O'Connor, as well as covers including Curtis Mayfield's 'We People Who Are Darker Than Blue', Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's 'I Don't Know How To Love' from the musical 'Jesus Christ Superstar', and the reggae spiritual 'Rivers of Babylon' with new lyrics penned by O'Connor.

"'Theology' is an attempt to create a place of peace in a time of war," said O'Connor.

"It is my own personal response to what has taken place and is affecting everyone around the world since and including September 11, 2001. I simply wanted to make a beautiful thing which inspires me," she added.

The album was recorded in two separate sessions in Dublin and London. The first disc features the 'Dublin Sessions' - a minimalist acoustic affair produced by Irish musician Steve Cooney, known for his work with The Chieftains.

The second disc features the 'London Sessions', produced by Ron Tom and featuring a full band including drums, bass, guitar, piano, harp, violins, celli, French horn, flute, backing vocals and percussion. Reggae bass legend Robbie Shakespeare makes an appearance.

The 'Theology' tracklisting is:

Disc 1 - Dublin Sessions

'Something Beautiful'
'We People Who Are Darker Than Blue'
'Out Of The Depths'
'Dark I Am Yet Lovely'
'If You Had A Vineyard'
'Watcher Of Men'
'The Glory Of Jah'
'Whomsoever Dwells'
'Rivers Of Babylon'
'Hosanna Filio David'

Disc 2 - London Sessions

'Something Beautiful'
'We People Who Are Darker Than Blue'
'Out Of The Depths'
'Dark I Am Yet Lovely'
'I Don't Know How To Love Him'
'If You Had A Vineyard'
'The Glory Of Jah'
'Watcher Of Men'
'Whomsoever Dwells'
'Rivers Of Babylon'

--By our Los Angeles staff.

Bjork reveals new album tracklisting. First single 'Earth Intruders' due out this month.

Bjork has revealed the first single off her forthcoming album 'Volta', as well as the album artwork and tracklisting.

'Earth Intruders' is set to be released as a digital download on April 9.

The artwork for 'Volta' features bright colours and unusual caricatures of the Icelandic chanteuse, which can be viewed at

"All I wanted to do for this album was just to have fun and do something that was full-bodied and really up," Bjork told Pitchfork.

"It was a magical atmosphere in the photo shoot. It was kind of fun, because it wasn't about me, it was about this sort of spirit of - like a woman who is kind of...into rave, no I'm just kidding. Like, a sort of celebration of that ancient, but at the same time kind of neon."

Bjork wrote and produced her sixth studio album, which is due out May 7, as previously reported.

The tracklisting is:

'Earth Intruders'
'Dull Flame of Desire'
'I See Who You Are'
'Vertebrae by Vertebrae'
'Declare Independence'
'My Juvenile'

--By our Los Angeles staff

They Might Be Giants reveal new album details. 'The Else' was produced by the Dust Brothers.

They Might Be Giants have revealed the details of their forthcoming album.

'The Else' features 13 tracks, and is due out July 13.

The veteran rock duo tapped the Dust Brothers to handle production duties on their first rock album since 2004's 'The Spine'.

"We came up with a couple of ways of working," frontman John Flansburgh told Billboard.

"We got loops from them early in the process, a huge collection of their delightful drum loops. That's how we started a bunch of the tracks.

"Then they came to New York and helped us reassess stuff we'd written and demoed on our own. There's a third of the songs which they were not involved with, but we wanted to be of a piece with the rest of the record," he said.

Tracks on the album include 'The Cap'n', 'Whithered Hope', 'Upside Down Frown' and 'Take Out The Trash'.

REM discuss 'uptempo' new album. They will preview songs in Dublin.

REM have been discussing their eagerly-awaited new album.

The band are set to record the LP with Bloc Party producer Jacknife Lee, and it is expected to be released before the end of the year.

Speaking about the project bassist Mike Mills told Billboard: "The way we normally work is (guitarist) Peter (Buck) and I are overproductive. We tend to write a lot of music. Michael (Stipe) requires a little more time to focus on it. Musically, I'd say we're pretty far along. Lyrically, we're probably just beginning."

Mills said on the follow up to 2004's 'Around The Sun' the band would be "aiming for a more live feel and maybe a little more uptempo".

He continued: "The trouble with making records is that you can plan all you want. But what we find is that the records tend to take on a life of their own, so it could go in any direction."

The Cure team up with Ashlee Simpson. Robert Smith works with pop star.

The Cure frontman Robert Smith has teamed up with singer Ashlee Simpson for a collaboration on her new album.

The as-yet-untitled album is the follow up to 2005's 'I Am Me'.

Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz denied any involvement in putting the unusual pair together, even though both of them are his personal friends.

He said: "I doubt I had anything to do with it, 'cause they were friends since she was performing in 'Chicago'. But I definitely only have good things to say about Ash - I think the collaboration could be great."

Simpson is also known to be working with Keane's Tim Rice-Oxley, Chad Hugo from The Neptunes and John Legend, reports EW

Atreyu recording fourth album. Summer release expected.

Atreyu are currently busy in studios in Los Angeles working on their fourth, as yet unnamed, studio album.

The album is being produced by John Feldmann, who has formerly been the man behind records for Mest and Good Charlotte among others, and is scheduled for a late summer release, according to

Frontman Alex Varkatzas said of the new project: "We're really excited to be working with John Feldmann.

"I don't want to give anything away, but we're tossing around all kinds of ideas and are leaving ourselves open to endless possibilities. We are going to challenge ourselves."

Tracks from the new album are expected to be previewed on the Korn-led Family Values Tour 2007 in America.

Super Furry Animals reveal new album title. The follow-up to 'Love Kraft' is out in August.

Super Furry Animals have titled their forthcoming album 'Hey Venus!'.

The record, the follow-up to 2005's 'Love Kraft', will be released at the end of August.

Frontman Gruff Rhys told NME.COM earlier this year to expect a "speaker-blowing" LP, though no further details have been made available at the moment.

Life in Paris

The boulevard of broken dreams

It is the epitome of romance and style. But Paris is in the grip of an unprecedented 'flight of the young', with the disenchanted looking to London and New York for a new life. On the eve of the French elections a generation of young Parisiens, frozen out economically and racially, are turning their back on the city.

Andrew Hussey
Sunday April 8, 2007

The Observer

As you step off the Eurostar at Gare du Nord it's sometimes hard to know whether you're really in Paris or still in London. This used to be one of the smokiest, dirtiest and most romantic railway stations in Europe. These days it is as anodyne, clean and dull as Paddington. With its Upper Crust sandwich bars and McDonald's, it even looks like west London. Worse still, the same effect is starting to take hold all over Paris: there's a massive Virgin Megastore on the Champs-Elysees, Starbucks is now all over the city - even in the former avant-garde stronghold of Montparnasse - while Lily Allen, who is never off the radio or telly, is the latest style icon for all snotty Parisian gamines under the age of 20.

You don't have to spend a long time in central Paris, however, to realise that there is one massive difference between the two cities. Unlike grimy, busy London, Paris still moves at a relatively stately place. The long boulevards are usually uncluttered, even at rush hour. It's almost always possible to get a decent table in a good restaurant without a reservation, even on Friday night. But as it slowly dawns on you that Paris is a sedate haven for the middle-class and the middle-aged, the fashionable areas of town - the so-called beaux quartiers - can suddenly seem not just beautiful but eerie. This phenomenon is most marked just south of the Champs-Elysees, near Place de l'Alma, where Diana met her death. This is the heart of Paris, the most important and cosmopolitan city in Europe; but with its empty avenues and silent and uninviting streets, it can look just like the opening scenes of a zombie movie. It's then that you ask yourself the question that has been nagging you since you arrived here: where have all the young people gone?

Interestingly, 'la fuite des jeunes' ('the flight of young people') has also become a burning issue in the French press, including Le Monde and, most notably, the daily Le Parisien, which for months has regaled its readers with the tales of young Parisians finding the good life at the other end of the Eurostar. Indeed, the real issue in this election - at least for young voters - is not la securite (crime and delinquency), but unemployment.

The politicians who are arguing that they will clean up the streets are still fighting the last election; meanwhile, young people in France look at the latest statistics - one in eight unemployed in some parts of Paris - and begin to despair of ever making a living in France.

The simple fact is that, in the past few years, young people have been leaving France in unprecedented numbers. More worrying still is that although depopulation was a worry in the French countryside in the Sixties, it now has become a specifically urban phenomenon. Nor is it confined to Paris: Lyon, Lille, Bordeaux and Marseille can all report an exodus of young people towards les pays Anglo-Saxons (the United States and the UK). This fact was acknowledged by politician Nicolas Sarkozy when he made his flying visit to London last month to visit the French community there - at 400,000 people this is (as the newspaper Le Parisien helpfully pointed out) equivalent to one of the largest French cities.

The echoes of the riots of November 2005 are never far away in discussions of the new French emigrants. This was when, for more than a month, the suburbs outside more than 20 French towns burned as youths torched cars and fought the police, triggering the call for a state of emergency. The riots were blamed on poor housing and heavy-handed policing. No official recognition of racism has taken place. And so resentment lingers among the mainly black and Arab kids who feel excluded from the centre of Paris. The latest manifestation of this ever-present anger surged to the surface in a riot at the Gare du Nord a week ago last Wednesday, when kids just off the RER train that links the suburbs to central Paris rushed to the aid of an illegal immigrant who was being battered by police for not having a metro ticket. The ruck lasted seven hours and cost several hundred thousand pounds.

Sarkozy, former Minister of the Interior and now presidential candidate for the ruling right-wing UMP, visiting the scene hours after the riot, amid the burnt-out shops and wrecked bars, declared the battle a victory for common sense. Such incidents all help account for the success stories quoted in Le Parisien, which have notably highlighted the examples of young beurs (Arabs from North Africa) who have escaped racism in France to find good jobs in London, in the City of London. According to Algerian singer Rachid Taha, based in Paris, this racism is a legacy of the Algerian war of independence from 1954 to 1962. 'An Algerian in France still frightens the French,' he says. 'They think he's still a terrorist who'll cut your throat for nothing.' In London, Algerians talk about their absorption into a friendly Anglo-Asian, Muslim community.

'Fucking hell! Who are we going to vote for now?' asked the headline on the cover of last week's Technikart, the hippest and most influential youth-oriented magazine in Paris. Inside, journalists analysed the 'disarray' of the young generation of voters when confronted with the 'non-choices' of Sarkozy, Segolene Royal, the later starter Francois Bayrou and the sulphurous Jean-Marie Le Pen, leader of the National Front. Candidates were assessed according to their views on a range of allegedly 'youth' issues, ranging from the legalisation of cannabis to gay marriage: all were found nul or catastrophique.

In the same issue novelist Virginie Despentes, the voice of youthful feminist dissent in France, states that she won't vote for any of the 'fakers and frauds on offer. Better to leave France for good.' In the same cynical vein, Marc Weitzmann - one of the most influential figures on French youth in the past decade, a novelist and former editor of rock magazine Les Inrockuptibles - has claimed Sarkozy as the only choice. In a recent interview, Weitzmann declared that the intellectual left was dead in France, strangled by middle-class and middle-aged functionaries who despised youth and sought only to enhance their pension plans. 'There is no other choice,' says Weitzmann, a former avant-gardist and supporter of such radicals as philosopher Guy Debord and novelist Michel Houellebecq, 'Sarkozy does what all politicians do, only he does it better than most of them.'

Following Weitzmann, Mehdi Belhaj Kacem, probably the most fashionable and dashingly youthful philosopher (he's in his early thirties) on the Left Bank, writes of 'democratic nihilism' and describes France as a 'failed state'. Didier Lestrade, founder of the Aids campaign group Act-Up, puts the angry voice of the French clearly: 'We're sick of voting against things. When are we going to have someone that we can vote for?'

The politicians themselves are watching the arguments among young people with a degree of caution. More to the point, after the fiasco in 2002, when Le Pen terrified the French nation (and the rest of the world) by making it to the second round of the elections, largely because of voter apathy in the first, the big political parties are eager to court young first-time voters as insurance against such variables.

The emigration of so many young people is seen most threateningly in the press as the victory of Anglo-American capitalism (most French youngsters dream of London or New York) over the French socialist model. But there is more at stake than money and jobs. Racism, poor housing and the stagnant nature of French society are also, damagingly for the present government, all cited by the present generation of young people as reasons to get away.

This is why the main political parties in France, as the presidential election finally gathers real pace, are eager to capture the youth vote as the potentially most volatile and decisive factor in a campaign that has been far from an easy ride for any of the candidates.

'It's not that I dislike Paris or France,' I was told by Jérome Leboz, a young Breton who came to Paris from Morbihan with his parents as a small child, 'but it's just become more and more impossible to see any future here if you're French.' Leboz is 24 and has a good job as a junior manager at a factory in the suburb of Levallois. But his salary barely covers his rent (in a low-grade apartment in the suburbs) and his bank refuses to give him any form of loan, let alone a mortgage, until he can name the day that he will have enough capital accrued to pay it off.

'It's a trap,' says Leboz. 'Everybody in France wants security - in their job and house - but if you are young you are denied access to owning your destiny for so many reasons. I work hard but it can seem pointless. I have enough money for a few drinks and maybe a club at the weekend, but so what? It's not a future.'

Leboz is up against the unbending nature of French society, which, in stark contrast to the liberalising movements in the rest of the Western world, is still a mixture of rigid bureaucracy and heavy-handed paternalism. More specifically, the so-called taxe Delalande - a crippling levy on any company that sacks anybody over the age of 45 - means that businesses are weighed down with an ageing workforce and unable to offer jobs to younger workers. Since the tax was introduced in 1987, the French workforce has grown older and slower, while youth unemployment has risen in the same proportion.

Whenever French young people demonstrate against the precariousness of short-term employment - as they did last spring - they should really be demonstrating against this tax. This must be one of the few countries in the world that actually has a tax that all but excludes young people from participation in real life until middle age.

But most telling of all, especially in a country that prizes education so highly, is the rocketing number of jobless graduates. According to a survey conducted by the Centre for Research on Education, Training and Employment (Cereq), of 25,000 young people who left education in 2001, 11 per cent of graduates were unemployed in 2007. Unemployment was even higher - 19 per cent - among those without a degree.

These really are staggering figures - far worse, for example, than UK unemployment figures at the depth of the Eighties slump, even in the post-industrial black spots of the North. What makes the situation even more desperate is that - unlike the UK, which in the Eighties was shedding an ageing and ill-educated workforce - the new unemployed of France should represent the future. Instead, this all adds up to a massive wave of youth disaffection, which may indeed be the real deciding factor in the elections.

Like so many of his generation, Leboz is contemplating a move to London. 'I have studied hard and worked hard,' he says. 'But I can't wait that long to begin living my life.'

'One of the difficult questions for young voters in France is that we don't know who is on the right and who is on the left any more,' says Myriam Kalfon, 24, a film student from the not terribly posh 13th arrondissement. Kalfon, like many of the young people I spoke to in Paris last week, would like to vote for Royal 'because she's a woman; because she should be kinder; because she might soften French politics'. But in reality, Kalfon has divided loyalties. 'I think Segolene is also very posh,' she says, 'and very distant from ordinary people. Also she defends things that are wrong - the big public bureaucracies and the administrations that slow everything down or make life impossible for young people.'

Kalfon thinks that Sarkozy, with his promises to reduce the public sector, may have the real answers but is too swaggering, too unpleasant, too cocky to be worth a vote. She mentions centrist Francois Bayrou, but like nearly all the young people I speak to, dismisses him as a 'teacher' and therefore 'boring'. 'The truth is', she says, 'I don't know who to vote for.' This is the most common refrain I hear among young Parisians. Most of them, from all ends of the political spectrum, are acutely conscious of their responsibility to vote and wish to avoid the kind of political accident - as it is commonly perceived - that allowed Le Pen a shot at the presidency last time. But they are also cautious, and don't want to give away their votes too easily.

Kalfon's view - that there is no right and left in French politics any more - is also typical. More specifically, Royal's Socialist party is seen as defending the vested interests of the bloated administrative classes - precisely those forces that hold so many young people back. Sarkozy, on the other hand, is a straight-forward right-winger who nonetheless, because he advocates entrepreneurship and individual businesses, appeals to website designers, DJs, hip-hop record label owners and, especially important for Kalfon, young film-makers. 'It's a real dilemma,' says Kalfon. 'I hate everything Sarko stands for, but sometimes I listen and it seems he's right.' I am even more surprised by her view that what France needs is a Tony Blair figure. 'He is a socialist, but one who believes in freedom and flexibility.'

I am rather taken aback by this statement, but it is not the first time in recent months that I have heard Blair cited by French people, especially young French people, as an emblem of change and youth. But then, Blair probably does seem a relatively fresh figure to a generation of French youth who have known nothing but the same parade of elderly dinosaurs in power since they were born.

'You can see how sad Paris is by its nightlife,' says Kalfon, who loves to go out but is bored of the same limited round of expensive clubs. 'There is none of the street culture of London here. It is as if young people are not wanted here, either in work or just for fun at night.'

Actually, it's not that Paris doesn't have young people or a youth scene, but that over the past decade or so the young have been increasingly driven out of the city centre by a combination of high prices and restrictive laws on noise and nightclub management. There is still a relatively thriving bar scene out at Oberkampf and the Canal Saint-Martin, east of the city. Unlike, say, Manchester or Barcelona, where the urban centres have been painted in primary colours as party central, youth culture in Paris tends to occupy space at the edges of the city.

The result is that at night Saint-Germain-des-Pres - the area where Western youth rebellion was born in the Fifties in a blur of angular hard-bop jazz and existentialism - is dead as a ditch, no more than a crossroads flanked by Armani and H&M. A mile or so up the road, the Quartier Latin, until the early Seventies the home of Parisian bohemian youth, is now no more than a tourist trap. Even the Marais, for the past two decades the part-Jewish and now mainly gay district, is no more than a playground for a well-heeled international clientele, lacking anything like the gritty edge of Soho, where all sexes and races mill around overcrowded and riotous pubs. The Marais, even at its buzziest on a Friday night, seems both relatively sober and - I use the word advisedly - rather straight.

Kalfon identifies herself as both Israeli and French, a combination she finds increasingly difficult. 'I think Paris has always been an anti-semitic city, but I didn't notice it or even think about it a few years ago. Now I don't like too much to go to really Jewish areas. I don't know why - I love the Hebrew language and am proud to be a Jew. I just think the climate is changing, and Paris is becoming a less tolerant place.'

I mention 19-year-old Ilan Halimi, who was kidnapped in February 2006 in the traditionally Jewish area of Rue des Rosiers, then tortured and murdered by an anti-semitic gang. 'It's not good to think about,' she shudders. 'This is not the Paris I want to live in.'

Frederic Castor, a 30-year old black guy from French Guiana, a would-be writer and music fan, is also convinced that France has become less racially tolerant and more dangerous in his lifetime. 'I can remember the Eighties, even the early Nineties, and France was not like this, so tense and hard.' Castor lives in the suburbs in Asnieres-sur-Seine, scene of some of the worst disturbance during the riots of November 2005.

'It was terrible. I don't approve of violence or rioting,' he says, 'but you can only understand how bad it is to live here if you're black or Arab, when every time you go into a shop you don't know, you become an object of suspicion.'

Castor never took much interest in the Anglophone world when he was a child, but now he is working hard on his English language skills, hoping to make it as a translator, a writer, a screenplay author. 'I never used to, but now I dream of New York or London. I envy the air of freedom. That is what we are losing in France.' In recent years, he has stopped going into central Paris more than is strictly necessary. 'I am just an ordinary guy,' he says, 'maybe with some intellectual ambitions, so I cannot take the humiliation of being searched by police for nothing, and I hate the gaze of white people when that happens. It's a complete humiliation. What we are seeing in France is two sorts of apartheid - first there is the hatred of young people, and then there is the hatred of people of colour. To be young and black in Paris is a source of dishonour and shame.'

Castor's view accounts for the simmering tensions that mark each encounter between immigrant youth and the police - who in Paris in particular have always been organised on quasi-military lines. It also explains the slow death of youth culture in the centre of the city. When I was a student in Paris in the Eighties, it was common enough among white kids to spend the night moving between the mainstream discos such as Le Palace, and the underground African or North-African clubs, then mainly in the 11th or 12th arrondissement. This is no longer the case. 'Black kids from the suburbs won't come into Paris now unless they have to,' says Castor. 'Why should they? They don't need to know white people.'

The divisions in French society around the issues of race and youth are evidently growing ever sharper. But what is truly dangerous is the way in which the main political parties seem to be in deep denial about this. I spoke briefly to Justin Viasse, an academic at the distinguished Sciences-Po and co-author (with Jonathan Laurence) of a recent piercing study of discontent in the suburbs called Integrating Islam. 'There are only two people who can really change things in France, and that is Nicolas Sarkozy and Segolene Royal - Le Pen only wants to go backwards,' he said. 'But I am not sure if they have understood the complexity or urgency of the problem.'

This seems to be very much the case. When I asked Royal, in an interview last summer, whether she had plans to tackle the despair of youth, she fudged the issue: talking endlessly about 'professional training', but never really acknowledging that the 'flight of youth' had any basis in reality, and certainly not in failed racial or economic policies. But by then she also had committed the fatal error of saying the rioters of November 2005 should be sent to boot camps, thereby alienating not only the kids in the suburbs but all those who thought they had a point. Since then she has struggled to make any impact with the younger generation.

Sarkozy is an altogether more macho figure - but he, too, needs the youth vote. 'Sarko', however, plays badly with the younger voters, both as the nasty-minded provocateur who called the November rioters 'racaille' (scum) and as a posturing would-be tough guy. 'Sarko has balls,' I was told by Rachid, a young Algerian from the suburbs, 'but he has all the wrong ideas.'

Even many of the older generation, who want to like his tactics against 'hooliganism', see him as a bully and a thug. But above all, what 'Sego' and 'Sarko' and the others are finding, much to their consternation, is that young people in Paris are not only conspicuously absent from the mainstream life of the city but are turning their backs on the traditional French values that politicians have so far taken for granted - that the 'flight of youth' from France is no mere reflection of temporary unemployment statistics, but marks a generational change that will have consequences over the coming years and decades.

Politicians of all parties have signalled their fear that Paris may become just another provincial city in the new globalised and multiracial Europe. While London is slowly pulling ahead of the rest of Europe as an economic powerhouse and a magnet for migrants - becoming in the process the New York of Europe - Paris, with its rising unemployment figures and stagnant economy, seems to be travelling in completely the opposite direction.

Youth emigration on such a massive scale is the clearest signal of all that France is in deep trouble. 'Of course I am patriotic and glad to be French,' says Frederic Castor, contemplating the new horizons of Southwark or Brooklyn. 'But the problem is - for how much longer?'

· Andrew Hussey is the author Paris: The Secret History, now out in Penguin paperback

Her placard says: 'I want to succeed in France. Let's get a move on!'

Helene Lamouroux
24, student

'There is a lack of dialogue between generations, and between those who are in power and those who aren't. There is a lack of solidarity. Everyone is too focused on their little problems.

'I spent a gap year in Argentina and saw how people with very little - without grants and benefit, or in public universities whose fabric is crumbling - can be creative, work hard, have high standards and a smile on their face. We grumble a lot, but I also quite like that French thing of speaking out when things aren't as they should be.

'The riots in 2005 showed that there are problems. The student demonstrations against the first employment contract in the spring of 2006 also showed a sense of dissatisfaction. But life has got harder for everyone. We all have to try harder.

'French society is terribly fractured. The left-right divide is part of that and, to me, it's an outdated concept. That's why I'll vote for [centrist] Francois Bayrou. He tries to unite people. I was pleased to see the socialists come up with a female candidate, but I won't vote for Segolene Royal just because she's a woman. I get the impression someone else is writing her script. As Interior Minister, Sarkozy put police everywhere. In his rhetoric, he increases the divisions between people by emphasising their differences.

'My boyfriend is trying to start his own video production company. It's a nightmare because of all the charges and paperwork. I want to start my own communications agency, but if I can't get it off the ground in six or seven years, I can imagine leaving for a dynamic country like Canada, the US, Spain or Britain.'

Interview by Alex Duval Smith

'The police with us, not against us'

Alexandre Lacour
18, unemployed

'French youth have been abandoned by the generation that's in power. I had problems in school, but because I had passed my 18th birthday, the education authorities didn't care about giving me guidance.

'I've heard teachers say, "I don't care what you do. I get my salary at the end of the month." No one should ever hear that from their teacher.

'Both my parents used to be in the police. It's not surprising that there were riots in the autumn of 2005. They were a response to the police, who are rude to young people and constantly asking for our ID. They need to be completely restructured.

'The police who deal with us are inexperienced officers from the south of France who are sent up here to cut their teeth in the suburbs. Their attitude is, "We're going to show those Parisians that they're not in charge."

'I love Paris. But here, unless you're working or studying, you get up to no good. France has become very splintered and selfish. Everyone has their clan - the racists, the anti-gays, the Jews, etc. People should mix more and try to get on.

'I was brought up with the idea that there is only one party, the Socialists. I shall vote for Segolene Royal. I don't see her as particularly great, but she has many experienced politicians around her. As a woman, perhaps she will have the quality of calming things down in politics. Sarkozy is, if anything, more terrifying than Le Pen. At least it's clear where Le Pen stands.'


'I'll take an interest in politics when it takes an interest in me'

Kalilou Sissoko
19, professional handball player

'The candidates to succeed Jacques Chirac seem less crooked, but I have doubts about Nicolas Sarkozy. He says he's changed, which makes you wonder whether he has just changed because there's a campaign on.

'My father is from Senegal and came to France in 1983. He rose from being a cleaner to being a part-owner in the hotel where he worked. I shall vote for Segolene Royal, because she is of the left. She is the one candidate who has the good grace to not lump youth and delinquents together in every sentence. Her approach is that everyone has the right to live together. Sarkozy just divides people.

'There is a real problem between the police and young people. I was sitting with a friend in a sandwich shop and the police came in and asked for my ID. I said, "Why don't you check the [white] guys out there on their scooters?" They just said, "Are you trying to tell us how to do our job?" and that was the end of the conversation.

'My handball club pays me €590 [£400] a month if we win, €380 if we lose. I'm going back to school to get a diploma so I can get a job as a salesman, but I'm also hoping to get hired by a bigger team and earn more from my sport. I've been to Spain and Portugal and life seems a lot better there - more optimistic. At least, if you cannot get a job, it's warm.'


'They said to me: "You'll never find work"'

Hamid Senni
31, company director in the UK

'My parents came to France from a very poor mining area in the south-east of Morocco. We were told that if we respected French values and studied hard, we'd break out of poverty. But when I applied to business school, they told me I'd never get a job. I wouldn't know the right people. I thought: isn't this the country of supreme meritocracy, where skills are more important than background?

'When I tried for an internship in the final year, I couldn't even get an interview. I had to escape, so I went to Sweden to finish my studies. Going there made me realise just how bad the discrimination was in France. I sent five CVs to the UK and was offered three interviews. A few years later, as a project manager for Sony Ericsson, I went back to Paris on assignment. Everyone in management positions there was white and male.

'When the internet bubble burst, I lost my job and my family persuaded me to return to France. From November to March, I spent five days a week looking for a job and got one interview - as a door-to-door salesman. Then I applied to other countries and landed interviews all over Europe. I landed a job with BP in London and now I run my own consulting firm.

'The situation in France is like the caste system in India. If you are born in a certain social area, that's where you'll remain.'

Interview by Killian Fox