Archive for December 16, 2012


Tom Odell: Promising The New Piano Man.

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Hometown: Chichester.

The lineup: Tom Odell (vocals, piano).

The background: We went to see a new singer-songwriter called Joe Banfi the other night at the Social in London. He did that gruff post-Buckley thing that young musicians of a certain type tend to do these days. The room was hushed when he sang his raw ballads of infidelity, and the applause when he finished verged on the rapturous. This fellow, we thought, is going to make some (quietly emotional, increasingly torrential on the chorus) noise in 2013. But now we’ve heard Tom Odell and we’re not so sure. If the male troubadour niche isn’t quite as crowded as the female soul one, there are still contenders out there, some of them serious (although whatever did happen to Marcus Foster?). Can more than one make it? Let’s see.

The space may already have been filled by Jake Bugg, even if Odell’s music is more florid and arranged than the Nottingham boy’s – he’s classically trained, you know. We’re still not sure what that means, or what effect being classically trained has on the student’s compositions because we’re not exactly talking Mozart here, but certainly there are voices stacked on top of voices and there are strings that swell as the singing becomes more passionate.

Still only 21, he’s signed to a major – the same one, incidentally, as the aforementioned Jeff – and we wouldn’t be surprised to learn that one or two of them over at the label have muttered something about them having signed a Brit boy capable of a Grace. Although blond, he has a similarly tousled yet haunted quality. Those good looks, and that boyish sensitivity, have already won him, or at least his music, favour in the fashion world, as it featured during a recent Burberry show.

There are four tracks on his debut EP and they range from averagely resonant to rivetingly sad. You may consider that Odell’s performance on the song Sense is quite mannered or you may feel it genuinely captures what it feels like to experience real pain. It’s like James Blake without the dubstep, the sound of one man perilously close to cracking up. It starts as just a voice and piano before he is joined by a series of humming, harmonising Odells. Another Love is equally ripe as Odell once again becomes his very own choir of fallen rough-boy angels. “If somebody hurts you I want to fight … so I use my voice, I’ll be so fuckin’ rude,” he croaks. Anger, betrayal, confusion, despair – and that’s just us. Stay Tonight is just a demo, to be fair, but it does suggest that, unadorned and allowed to bellow, he could be just another advert for hoarse lassitude, a solo Stereophonic. Which we really don’t need in 2013 at all.

The buzz: “He falls into a space that borders James Blake’s minimalistic territory, yet spills over into Alex Clare‘s soulful emotionality” –trendland.com.

The truth: It is really rather affecting, or a simulacrum of emotionality – you decide.

Most likely to: Have a nice day.

Least likely to: Wear a tramp’s vest.

What to buy: The Songs from Another Love EP is released by Columbia.

File next to: Joe Banfi, Jeff Buckley, Kelly JonesPassenger.

Links: tomodell.com.

(reviewed by: paul lester for guardian.co.uk)

Video: Paul McCartney and “Nirvana” onSaturday Night Live

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To quote Foo Fighters, “Second time’s a charm…” For the second time this week, the surviving members of Nirvana joined forces with Sir Paul McCartney to perform their song “Cut Me Some Slack” on national television. This time around, the all-star collaboration took place on last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live, where McCartney was making his fourth stint as musical guest. (It marked Dave Grohl’s 12th appearance on the show!) McCartney also teamed with the Eagles’ Joe Walsh for a rendition of “My Valentine”. Watch footage of both performances below (via The Audio Perv). In related news, Grohl has shared the studio version of “Cut Me Some Slack”, which you can also find below. The song is also available for download on iTunes, and appears on the soundtrack to Grohl’s film Sound City.

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Sting: Back To Bass: Live in Jakarta, Dec 15, 2012. Review. Music Videos & Setlist.  

by: @agunsux __stingIt was sunny day when i’ve decided to go to Jakarta from Bandung. I had to meet a friend to do some shit related to money at noon. But the most important thing was there are one band and one living legend going to perform at night. The band was Guns And Roses and the singer was Sting. They’re gonna perform at the same night. Different venues. It was a fucked up feeling i get. Till now. I haven’t decided which one to go. I haven’t got the ticket. I didn’t know which one to buy. I’m a go-show gig specialist. I was a big fan of of Guns n’ Roses back in 90’s. But weren’t we all? At the same time i am also a fan of The Police and Sting. I listen to them quite often. Well not that often. _sting2They’re both not at their prime to be honest. But sometimes you have to buy memories to bring it back in mind. They’ve reached their peak at 90’s. Guns and Roses at “Use Your Illusions” and Sting at “Ten Summoner’s Tale” or perhaps “Mercury Falling“. Your call. Or just let your soul guide you, guide your way which one is their peak album. I’ve made up my mind. I decided to go to Guns And Roses gig. I have watched Sting back in ’94. Oh now you can guess my age. Yes you’re a genius. I’m in my late 20’s. But then at noon there was a shocking announcement from local police (Polda). Guns and Roses performance was postponed to Dec 16, 2012 (today) and relocated the Venue to MEIS, Ancol due to safety and bad weather possibilities. I didn’t buy it. I still don’t.  The announcement was too absurd. Something has happened. And i didn’t want to speculate. Well i lied. I did speculate. I still do. I have my own theory. Eager to find out? I’ll let you know. But i have to kill you afterward. Haha! Sting. My second choice moved up to my top priority last night. It was a good concert as always. I haven’t heard Sting dissapointed their audiences at his concert. Have you? The concept was Back To Bass. Just like the day i have watched. Vinnie (my fave) back on drumset. He was the drummer in Ten Summoner’s Tale album. Dominique on guitar is just like Boz to Moz. Dedicated to Sting since the 90’s. There’s a lady (pardon me i don’t know her name) as a back vocalist. She had a bigger role in “Symphonicity” Tour. _sting5I personally wanna see the “Symphonicity” concept. Sit back. Relax. I wanna see Sting as a singer. Not the ex frontman of The Police. The setlist i can assure you more than 70% of them were the same last time i watched in ’94. Added from some tracks from “Mercury Falling” (i was expecting “Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot” or “I Was Brought To My Senses”) and “Brand New Day” albums. Bottomline Sting brought back the memories to the audiences. For The Police fans you still enjoyed ten tracks. There were twenty one songs last night. _sting6So now i’m gonna miss Guns And Roses gig today. But that’s ok. I’ll see Rivers Cuomo from Weezer next year in January with my very own eyes. Front row. It’s a promise.. i guess.

Below some videos from last nite gig uploaded by someone dubbed himself as fetboyslim.

Setlist Sting Back To Bass Jakarta 2012

1. If I Ever Lose My Faith In You 2. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic 3. Englishman In New York 4. Seven Days 5. Demolition Man 6. I Hung My Head 7. The End of The Game 8. Fields of Gold 9. Driven To Tears 10. Heavy Cloud No Rain 11. Message in A Bottle 12. Shape of My Heart 13. The Hounds of Winter 14. Wrapped Around Your Finger 15. De Do Do Do De Da Da Da 16. Roxanne 17. Desert Rose 18. King of Pain 19. Every Breath You Take 20. Next To You 21. Fragile

*correction: fragile song  was the third and last encore. not fourth. video uploaded by: fetboyslim.  photos taken by: @djundi, the frontrower

Pitchfork.tv premiered the Jim Larson-directed video over the summer, and they recently released another video with behind-the-scenes footage and commentary from Japandroids. Check it out below, via Pitchfork.tv. Below that is the original “The House That Heaven Built” video.

 

DAVE GROHL REVEALS ‘SOUND CITY’ DOCUMENTARY CAST + SOUNDTRACK DETAILS

For the better part of the last year, Foo Fightersleader Dave Grohl has been building the buzz while compiling and editing footage for his ‘Sound City‘ documentary about the famous Los Angeles music studio and the Neve console where many of rock’s great albums have been made. Now fans can really get excited as the full cast for the film and details of what songs were recorded for the movie’s soundtrack have been revealed.
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Audiences got their first taste of the ‘Sound City’ soundtrack Wednesday night (Dec. 12) when the surviving members of Nirvana joined Paul McCartney onstage at the 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy benefit to perform ‘Cut Me Some Slack.’ The tune was just made available online and will serve as the lead single from the soundtrack. In addition to McCartney, Grohl teamed up with members of Black Rebel Motorcycle ClubQueens of the Stone AgeRage Against the Machine, Foo Fighters,Kyuss and Cheap Trick, as well as singers Stevie Nicks, Rick SpringfieldTrent Reznor, Lee Ving and Corey Taylor and violinist Jessy Greene to record songs for the soundtrack. You can currently pre-order the disc here ahead of its March 12 release date.

As for the film’s cast, it includes hard rock and metal performers such as Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins, Chris Shiflett, Rami Jaffe, Pat Smear, and Nate Mendel, Nirvana’s Krist NovoselicSlipknot and Stone Sour‘s Corey Taylor, Metallica‘s Lars Ulrich, Rage Against the Machine’s Tim Commerford and Brad WilkNine Inch Nails‘ Trent Reznor, Queens of the Stone Age’s Joshua Homme and Alain Johannes, Ratt‘s Stephen Pearcy and Warren DeMartini, Heaven and Hell‘s Vinny Appice and Fear’s Lee Ving.

On the alternative side, the film features The Pixies‘ Frank Black, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Robert Levon Been and Weezer‘s Rivers Cuomo, Brian Bell and Pat Wilson. There’s also classic rock representation from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Tom Petty, Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench, Fleetwood Mac‘s Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood and Lindsey BuckinghamREO Speedwagon‘s Kevin Cronin, John Fogerty and Pat Benatar guitarist Neil Giraldo. Plus, there’s ’70s and ’80s pop stars like Rick Springfield and Barry Manilow involved.

The film features session musicians like violinist Jessy Greene and drummer Jim Keltner as well as producers and engineers Rick Rubin, Butch Vig, Joe Barresi, Chris Goss, James Brown, Keith Olsen, Jim Scott, Ross Robinson and Nick Raskulinecz.

In addition, console maker Rupert Neve, who is responsible for the board that most of the records were made on, appears in the movie, as do Sound City staffers Sandy Skeeter, Shivaun O’Brien, Paula Salvatore and Tom Skeeter.

The ‘Sound City’ film is due for digital release on Feb. 1.

‘Sound City’ Soundtrack Track Listing:
1. ‘Heaven and All’ – Dave Grohl with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Robert Levon Been and Peter Hayes
2. ‘Time Slowing Down’ – Dave Grohl with Queens of the Stone Age’s Chris Goss and Rage Against the Machine’s Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk
3. ‘You Can’t Fix This’ – Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, Rami Jaffe and Taylor Hawkins with Stevie Nicks
4. ‘The Man That Never Was’ – Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel and Pat Smear with Rick Springfield
5. ‘Your Wife Is Calling’ – Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins and Pat Smear with Queens of the Stone Age’s Alain Johannes and Fear’s Lee Ving
6. ‘From Can to Can’t’ – Dave Grohl with Slipknot and Stone Sour’s Corey Taylor, Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen and Kyuss’ Scott Reeder
7. ‘Centipede’ – Dave Grohl with Queens of the Stone Age’s Joshua Homme, Chris Goss and Alain Johannes
8. ‘A Trick With No Sleeve’ – Dave Grohl with Queens of the Stone Age’s Joshua Homme and Alain Johannes
9. ‘Cut Me Some Slack’ – Paul McCartney with Nirvana’s Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear
10. ‘Once Upon a Time … The End’ – Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Rami Jaffe with violinist Jessy Greene and drummer Jim Keltner
11. ‘Mantra’ – Dave Grohl with Queens of the Stone Age’s Joshua Homme and Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor

by Chad Childers for loudwire.com

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