Friday, 31 December 2010

Happy New Year - LGB faithful

It's 2011 LGB

Hope it brings you all you desire

Fatboy Slim - New Years Eve Mix

Fatboy Slim has put together a special New Years Eve mix for fans and ravers alike. Head over to the website to get involved.

http://fatboyslim.net

MIA releases WiliLeaks inspired mixtape

MIA has released a free 18-track mixtape inspired by the WiliLeaks saga. 'Vickileekx' is available to download now from Vickileekx.com.

The mixtape was produced by MIA herself with guest production by Diplo, Switch and Rusko

The tracklisting for 'Vickileekx' is:

'The World'
'Bamboo Go'
'Illy Girl'
'Super Tight'
'Let Me Hump You'
'WWW/Meds/Feds'
'Steppin/Up'
'Go At It'
'Vicki Intermission'
'Gen-N-E-Y'
'Bad Girls'
'Dutch Dutch'
'Marsha / Britney'
'Tamil Beat Munchi'
'Listen Up'
'MudersoundsMunchi'
'You My Love (Featuring Rosaly)'
'Get Around'

"Monster" video leaks

Kanye West's new single - "Monster" has had the almost completed official video leaked on the internet.

The video which features: West, Jay Z, Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj had a suitably monstrous theme. To get a glimpse of the almost completed video, head over to World Star Hip Hop.

Annie Lennox for the honours list

Annie Lennox is to be awarded an OBE in this year's honours list.

The Eurythmics star is being awarded the honour for her charity work for Oxfam and Aids charities.

Thursday, 30 December 2010

T Pain off to Young Money

Rumour has it that Young Money is set to make another signing to it's ever growing roster of artists. Rapper/singer/producer - T Pain is apparently all set to make the move from Akon's label to Weezy's imprint.

Gabriel Jacobs, the official jeweler of Young Money (ridiculous I know) has posted a video of a pendant that he has just completed ready for T Pain's arrival.

Picture Moment #22

Cher Lloyd signs to Roc Nation

X Factor finalist - Cher Lloyd has been snapped up by Jay Z following a reportedly vicious bidding war. Lloyd was hot property after finishing fourth on the show and was courted by reps for both Jay Z and Will.i.am.

In the end though, Lloyd went with Hov in the hope that he could ignite her career in the right way.

Queens of the Stone Age to begin working on new album

Queens Of The Stone Age are to begin working on a new album in January 2011.

Dean Fertita said that the band are "ready to go" and have "so many ideas started already". A release date and title for the group's sixth album has not been announced as of yet.

Picture Moment #21

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Bloc Party reunite

Bloc Party have reunited over the festive period.

The band have been on a hiatus since 2009 as each member focusses on their individual projects. The band posted a picture on their twitter account which shows the band all together once again.

Kele stated earlier this year that he was unsure if the band would ever record again... Hopefully he was joking as it would be great to see them working together again.

Winehouse lyrics found in bin

Early lyrics from a young Amy Winehouse have surfaced in a bin in the north London area. The adolescent musings include a collection of lyrics, thoughts and notes handwritten in the singer's diary.

Winehouse is currently on the comeback trail with a tour planned to commence in 2011.

"The Fame Monster" biggest selling album of 2010

It has been announced that Lady Gaga's follow-up album - "The Fame Monster" is the biggest selling album of 2010 shipping 6 million. Eminem's "Recovery" came in a close second selling 5.7 million.

Gaga's next album "Born This Way" is set for release in 2011 with a special announcement about it due on New Years Eve.

"Syllables" - Dr Dre, Eminem, Jay Z, Curtis, Stat Quo and Cashis

Another clue to the "Detox" mystery.

Bernard Wilson passes away at 64

Soul singer - Bernard Wilson has sadly passed away at the age of 64. The singer of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes died following a stroke and heart attack he suffered on Boxing Day.

Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes had a string of hits which included "If You Don't Know Me By Now" before Wilson left the band in 1977.

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Picture Moment #20

Albums and tracks of 2010 - almost here

The list of the top 10 tracks and albums of 2010 is almost complete and thanks to everyone for piping up with suggestions; it is fair to say that a few of the top albums are extremely popular with the LGB readers.

Hope all the New Years plans are slotting into place.

Keep it here for 2010 lists

Sunday, 26 December 2010

Beady Eye - Four Letter Word - Official Video

Liam and the boys have posted Beady Eye's second video on their website. The song "Four Letter Word" will be the second release off "Different Gear, Still Speeding" which will be released on 28th February.

To see the video head over to the Beady Eye website where it can be streamed from the homepage.

Elbow - Lippy Kids

Elbow have released a video unveiling a new track from their upcoming album "Build a Rocket Boys!".

Hear it below.

"The Fall" iPad apps revealed

As reported, Gorillaz new album was created in it's entirety on an Apple iPad. Damon Albarn has today released the list of apps that were used when creating the new album.

Albarn used:

‘Speak It!’
‘SoundyThingie’
‘Mugician’
‘Solo Synth’
‘Synth’
‘Funk Box’
‘Gliss’
‘AmpliTube’
‘Xenon’
‘iElectribe’
‘BS-16i’
‘M3000 HD’
‘Cleartune’
‘iOrgel HD’
‘Olsynth’
‘StudioMiniXI’
‘BassLine’
‘Harmonizer’
‘Dub Siren Pro’
‘Moog Filatron’

Saturday, 25 December 2010

Picture Moment #19

Klaxons release free EP

The Klaxons are also getting in the benevolent Christmassy spirit with the release of a free EP. The EP - "Landmarks of Lunacy", consists of 5 songs that were made around 2008 whilst James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco was handling production.

You can download the EP from:

http://www.klaxons.net

Eat, drink and be merry

Gorillaz - "The Fall"

As promised, the new Gorillaz album - "The Fall" has been released today as a free download to end the band's advent calendar.

Head over to the Gorillaz website and you can stream the album for free (downloads are only available to fanclub members at the moment).

Merry Christmas one and all

Just a quick one to say Merry Christmas and thanks for making the first few LGB months a real success.

Eat, drink and be merry

P.s suggestions for 2010 top songs and albums are still welcome with us planning to finalise the list in the coming days.

Suggestions to: lasergunboutique@gmail.com

Friday, 24 December 2010

Flaming Lips in 2011

Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips has told The Guardian newspaper about the band's plans for the coming year. Coyne says that the band plans to release a song each month for 2011 instead of releasing a conventional album.

The process is said to commence in late January when the band will meet with longtime producer Dave Fridmann and get the first song ready for release.

Picture Moment #17

Gorillaz preview brand new song

Gorillaz have previewed a track from the upcoming album - "The Fall". The song, "Phoner to Arizona" was released earlier today and can be seen below.

"The Fall" is set for release tomorrow as a Christmas treat.

Lauryn Hill to tour for the last time

Lauryn Hill has announced that she has planned a 17-date tour of America which is said to be the last tour the rapper/singer will ever do.

The tour will be an all American affair with Hill performing in the east, west, down south and Canada. She will be performing songs from her stint as a Fugee as well as songs off her multi-award winning "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill".

Hill is said to be excited to get the shows on the road after an extremely long hiatus of almost 10 years.

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Gorillaz over?

Damon Albarn announced last night the current Gorillaz lineup are unlikely to perform as a collective ever again. The band finished their world tour last night in Auckland and an obviously emotional and sentimental Albarn told the audience that the artists including Daley and Bobby Womack may not tour again.

As announced earlier this week, a free Gorillaz album is set to be released on Christmas day as the final treat of their advent calendar.

Bez and the bare knuckle fight

Bez of the Happy Mondays has found a unique and old school way to deal with his woman trouble. Bez has apparently been involved in an organised bare knuckle fight with his ex's new boyfriend to sort the situation out.

Bez was photographed by The Sun and wasnt looking too good, hopefully all this is sorted now before either get another kick-in.

Another ridiculous anecdote in the life of the ex-Monday.

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Some big signing news

1)
Yo Gotti to Young Money

After weeks of speculation about the next member of the Young Money crew, it has finally been announced. Rapper Yo Gotti is next in line for Weezy's career magic.


2)
Dead Prez turn down Roc Nation

As LGB announced about a month ago, Jay Z was seriously looking into the possibility of signing Dead Prez to his label. Rumour has it that there was an offer on the table for Prez but they flat out refused it!

Elbow - New album details

The Bury five piece band have announced details of their upcoming new album. The follow up to the Mercury Music Prize winning "The Seldom Seen Kid" will be named "Build A Rocket Boys!".

The album has been recorded in Salford with keyboard player Craig Potter once again acting as producer.

50 Cent gets robbed... of wine

Today greeted me with a rather piece of ridiculous news concerning rapper 50 Cent. The rapper's Connecticut home was visited by police early this morning after they were alerted by 50's security. The security team were suspicious as they saw a vehicle parked on the driveway that they did not recognise.

The police searched the house and found two stoners in the closet drinking the rapper's wine. The two were promptly escorted off the premises and arrested.

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Gorillaz - "The Fall" - Tracklisting

Damon Albarn has released the tracklisting for the upcoming free release from Gorillaz. The album, named "The Fall", is set to be released on Christmas Day as the final treat from the Gorillaz advent calendar.

The tracklisting is as follows:

'Phoner To Arizona'
'Revolving Doors'
'HillBilly Man'
'Detroit'
'Shy-town'
'Little Pink Plastic Bags'
'The Joplin Spider'
'The Parish Of Space Dust'
'The Snake In Dallas'
'Amarillo'
'The Speak It Mountains'
'Aspen Forest'
'Bobby In Phoenix'
'California And The Slipping Of The Sun'
'Seattle Yodel'

Monday, 20 December 2010

The end is nigh

James Blake - tracklisting announced

James Blake has announced the tracklisting for his upcoming self titled debut album. Blake found out last week that he was runner-up to Jessie J for the Brits Critics' Choice Award.

The album will consist of the following:

Unluck'
'Wilhelm's Scream'
'I Never Learnt To Share'
'Lindisfarne I'
'Lindisfarne II'
'Limit To Your Love'
'Give Me My Month'
'To Care (Like You)'
'Why Don’t You Call Me'
'I Mind'
'Measurements'

Sunday, 19 December 2010

LGB singles and albums of 2010

With Christmas and New Years on the horizon, the obligatory singles and albums of 2010 will be posted in before New Years Eve.

The list is starting to come together but if you have any suggestions feel free to get involved.

Send any suggestions to the LGB email address:
lasergunboutique@gmail.com

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Six Foot, Seven Foot - Lil Wayne and Corey Gunz

The first track off "The Carter 4"

Pitchfork's albums of 2010

20 Oneohtrix Point Never – Returnal
19 How to Dress Well – Love Remains
18 Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh
17 Caribou – Swim
16 Sleigh Bells – Treats
15 Robyn – Body Talk
14 Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma
13 No Age – Everything In Between
12 Janelle Monae – The ArchAndroid
11 Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
10 Titus Andronicus – The Monitor
09 Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today
08 James Blake – The Bells Sketch EP / CMYK EP / Klavierwerke EP
07 Joanna Newsom – Have One on Me
06 Vampire Weekend – Contra
05 Beach House – Teen Dream
04 Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
03 Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
02 LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
01 Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Friday, 17 December 2010

Picture Moment #15

Jessie J is Brits Critics' Choice

The title says it all really; Jessie J beat off (tee hee) stiff competition (tee hee) to take the award. James Blake took second and The Vaccines completed the top three.

Jessie will pick up the award at the ceremony in February.

Delays, delays, delays

No posts for about a week now... Computer issues and all that!

Apologies

Monday, 13 December 2010

Brits Critics' choice award 2011 - shortlist

The Brits team have also announced their picks for 2011. The award has previously been won by : Ellie Goulding, Florence and the Machine and Adele.

The shortlist consists of the following:

James Blake
Jessie J
The Vaccines

The winner will be revealed in 15th December ahead of the revamped ceremony that will take place in February.

More end of year music news

The BBC have named the longlist for the Sound of 2011 prize. The 15 were chosen by 161 industry insiders who were chosen to pick three acts each. Each act could not have had a UK top 20 single or album and must not have been already 'famous'.

The award has already been scooped up by a few once hidden gems such as: Adele and Corinne Bailey Rae but has also had some inexplicable years with The Bravery and Keane being alumni of the award.

The longlist consists of:

James Blake
Anna Calvi
Daley
Esben & the Witch
Jessie J
Clare Maguire
Mona
The Naked & Famous
Nero
Jai Paul
The Vaccines
Warpaint
Jamie Woon
Wretch 32
Yuck

The top 5 will be announced on the week commencing the 3rd January

Friday, 10 December 2010

Kasabian new album to be released before festival season

Serge Pizzorno of Kasabian has announced that the band plan to release their new album before the festival season of 2011.

Kasabian are set to headline RockNess and the Isle of Wight festival and plan to work the new material into their sets. Serge also told NME that there could be space in the setlist for a song or two from his work on the soundtrack for the film "London Boulevard".

"Kush" video set for release

The official video for the first single off the long awaited "Detox" is set for it's internet debut later on today (10th December).

The Dre, Snoop Dogg and Akon collaboration is set to be premiered on vevo.com and is likely to be available on youtube not long after.

Detox is coming...

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Aretha Franklin diagnosed with cancer

Aretha Franklin has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer according to reports. Frankin had recently had to cancel certain performances when she was suffering with an unspecified illness.

The soul legend is currently recuperating in hospital following surgery as fans pray for her swift recovery.

Arctic Monkeys / Super Furry Animals / Babyshambles / Libertines for supergroup album

Matt Helders, Drew McConnell, Carl Barat and Gruff Rhys have all joined forces to create a supergroup album for charity.

They will be known as The Bottletop Band and will collaborate with numerous other artists on their album "Dream Service". The album will be released on 11th April 2011 with the first single, "Fall of Rome", being released tomorrow as a free download.

"Fall of Rome" can be downloaded from http://www.thebottletopband.com tomorrow.

Basement Jaxx - "Dracula"

New Basement Jaxx for your approval

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vd5NJXinhWc

Raekwon - "Butter Knives"

Some of that old Wu...

Enjoy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bij4_KZDqdw

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Picture Moment #14

What's behind the 25th door?

Gorillaz have been bringing the Christmas cheer this year with their own advent calendar available on their website. Fans have been able to access exclusive pictures, videos, etc from the calendar but the question floating about is: what is behind the 25th door.

Albarn has made no secret that he is close to completing the next Gorillaz album as he has been working on it whilst they have been on their first world tour. Rumour has it that on the 25th December, behind the door will be the brand new album available for FREE to download.

If this is true... what an amazing way to end an incredible year.

Rolling Stone's top albums and singles of the year

2010's top 10 singles:

10) Kanye West (Feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Bon Iver) – “Monster”
9) Broken Bells – “The Ghost Inside”
8) Janelle MonĂ¡e (Feat. Big Boi) – “Tightrope”
7) Vampire Weekend – “White Sky”
6) Mavis Staples -”You Are Not Alone”
5) Arcade Fire – “We Used to Wait”
4) Katy Perry – “Teenage Dream”
3) Sade – “Soldier of Love”
2) Cee Lo Green – “Fuck You”
1) Kanye West (Feat. Pusha T) -”Runaway”

2010's top 10 albums:

10) LCD Soundsystem – "This Is Happening"
9) Eminem – "Recovery"
8) Robert Plant – "Band Of Joy"
7) Drake – "Thank Me Later"
6) Vampire Weekend – "Contra"
5) Jamey Johnson – "The Guitar Song"
4) Arcade Fire – "The Suburbs"
3) Elton John and Leon Russell – "The Union"
2) The Black Keys – "Brothers"
1) Kanye West – "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy"

Redman going to Shady

Eminem has always been very open about the fact that Redman is one of his favourite rappers of all time. Well... Redman's latest album, "Reggie", is the last of his current deal with iconic rap label - Def Jam.

Rumour has it that when Redman's deal is up he is to head over to Shady and team up with Eminem and the rest of the gang.

Eminem, Slaughterhouse and Redman on the same label... dream a dream

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

The Human League - "Credo" tracklisting

Following the announcement last month that The Human League were to record a new album and go on tour, the tracklisting to their 10th studio album "Credo" has be released.

The album is set to be released in March 2011 and will consist of the following:

"Never let Me Go"
"Night People"
"Sky"
"Into The Night"
"Egomaniac"
"Single Minded"
"Electric Shock"
"Get Together"
"Privilege"
"Breaking The Chains"
"When The Stars Start To Shine"

A Tribe Called Quest - documentary not happening?

Q Tip has tweeted to state that he is against the much anticipated (and very delayed) documentary about the seminal rap collective.

Q Tip said that he was not happy with Michael Rappaport's attempt at the documentary and says that it has "holes". What has sparked this sudden beef is unknown and Q has been vague about his inclusion during the whole process. However it is fair to say that a documentary about ATCQ without Q Tip would be a real shame for fans.

Susan Philipsz wins Turner Prize

Susan Philipsz has won the Turner Prize for her sound installation which consists of the artist singing three versions of a Scottish lament.

Philipsz beat stiff competition from The Otolith Group, Angela de la Cruz and Dexter Dalwood to pick up the prestigious award and the £25,000 prize money.

The artist told the BBC that the news had not yet sunk in that she was pleased for the exposure that the award will give her. The Stuckists have criticised the award stating that the Turner Prize should be awarded to a piece of art, not a conceptual piece of music. Apart from this criticism, the result has been applauded for given sound art a much needed "shot in the arm".

Gorillaz over?

Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett have hinted that Gorillaz could be ending following a fantastically successful year.

The pair told The Guardian that this would be the perfect time for the group to call it a day. The band have just completed their first worldwide tour and Albarn is not convinced that they can continue at their current pace.

However, Albarn has recently said that he has almost completed the next Gorillaz album which could be out early January. The album has reportedly been created using only an Apple iPad despite the group currently endorsing Microsoft Windows.

So a new album... Atleast that's something

Kim and Kanye not having a nipper

Contrary to rumours that surfaced yesterday, Kim Kardashian is not about to carry Mr West's offspring.

A website had reported yesterday that a close friend of Kim had confirmed that she was pregnant by the rapper. However, Kim has made a statement today rubbishing these claims stating that she was not pregnant... Let alone with Kanye's kiddie.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Picture Moment #13

Beady Eye - Album details

Beady Eye have announced details of their upcoming album. The album, "Different Gear, Still Speeding", will be released on 28th February on the band's own record label.

The album was made this past summer and was produced by Steve Lilywhite at RAK studios. The tracklisting is below:

'Four Letter Word'
'Millionaire'
'The Roller'
'Beatles And Stones'
Wind Up Dream'
'Bring The Light'
'For Anyone'
'Kill For A Dream'
'Standing On The Edge Of The Noise'
'Wigwam'
'Three Ring Circus'
'The Beat Goes On'
'The Morning Son'

Friday, 3 December 2010

Silence for Christmas #1?

Artists and acts including: Pete Doherty, Billy Bragg, The Big Pink, The Kooks, Jon McClure and UNKLE are set to collaborate in a bid to top the Christmas charts.

Based on the concept of composer John Cage, the artists will record 4 minutes and 33 seconds of silence. The track will be released on the 13th December in the hope that they can snatch the Christmas top spot. All proceeds from the 'song' will go to charity.

Who got 5 mics?

In the December edition of The Source, Kanye West's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" has received the iconic 5 mic rating.

The full review will be included in the coming edition of the magazine which is due to hit the shelves on 14th December.

This is the second time this year that the coveted rating has been bestowed on an album; Bun B's "Trill OG" also had the honour in the July edition.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Grammy Nominations announced

Grammy Awards 2011 list of main nominations:

Album of the Year:
'The Suburbs' - Arcade Fire
'Recovery' - Eminem
'Need You Now' - Lady Antebellum
'The Fame Monster' - Lady Gaga
'Teenage Dream' - Katy Perry

Song of the Year:
'Beg, Steal or Borrow' - Ray LaMontagne
'Forget You' - Cee Lo Green
'The House That Built Me' - Miranda Lambert
'Love the Way You Lie' - Eminem feat. Rihanna
'Need You Know' - Lady Antebellum

Record of the Year:
'Love the Way You Lie' - Eminem feat. Rihanna
'Nothin' On You' - Bruno Mars
'Forget You' - Cee Lo
'Empire State of Mind' - Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys
'Need You Now' - Lady Antebellum

Best New Artist:
Justin Bieber
Drake
Florence and The Machine
Mumford & Sons
Esperanza Spalding

Best Rap Album:
The Adventures Of Bobby Ray - B.o.B
Thank Me Later - Drake
Recovery - Eminem
The Blueprint 3 - Jay-Z
How I Got Over - The Roots

Best Contemporary R'n'B Album:
Graffiti - Chris Brown
Untitled - R. Kelly
Transition - Ryan Leslie
The ArchAndroid - Janelle Monae
Raymond V Raymond - Usher

Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals:
'Don't Stop Believin' (Regionals Version)' - Glee Cast
'Misery' - Maroon 5
'The Only Exception' - Paramore
'Babyfather' - Sade
'Hey, Soul Sister (Live)' - Train

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals:
'Airplanes II' - B.o.B, Eminem & Hayley Williams
'Imagine' - Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No. 1, Jeff Beck & Oumou Sangare
'If It Wasn't For Bad' - Elton John & Leon Russell
'Telephone' - Lady Gaga & Beyonce Knowles
'California Gurls' - Katy Perry & Snoop Dogg

Best Dance Recording:
'Rocket' - Goldfrapp
'In For The Kill' - La Roux
'Dance In The Dark' - Lady Gaga
'Only Girl (In The World)' - Rihanna
'Dancing On My Own' - Robyn

Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals:
'Ready To Start' - Arcade Fire
'I Put A Spell On You' - Jeff Beck & Joss Stone
'Tighten Up' - The Black Keys
'Radioactive' - Kings of Leon
'Resistance' - Muse

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Kanye heads up Billboard

"My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" has, as expected, topped the Billboard charts after shifting almost 500,000 copies in it's first week.

Nicki's debut had a strong week moving around 375,000 to take the number 2 spot. This is the strongest debut from a female MC since Lauryn Hill.

"My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" is still receiving critical acclaim from all with a current metacritic rating of 98.