Monday, 28 February 2011

Win £10,000 - Find "Pulse and Thunder" - Day V Lately

The good people at Yell have decided to run a competition worth £10,000 following their brilliant Day V Lately ad campaign. The prize is made up of: an entertainment system, a DJ pack, and DJ lessons.

To enter the competition you must:

Find the original’ vinyl of Day V Lately’s "Pulse and Thunder"  (which is not really a trance anthem but was made for the advert). A copy of the record is going to be hidden in record shops the following cities: Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Bristol, Cardiff, Brighton, London.

Before going on the hunt, you must register to play on the Yell facebook page. Once you have tracked it down, you must get a quick picture of yourself with the vinyl and upload it to facebook with the caption "yell"

The winner will be announced March 7 on the Facebook page.

"Born This Way" - Lady Gaga - Official Video

Gaga remains as ridiculous as always...

http://www.youtube.com/user/LadyGagaVEVO#p/u/0/wV1FrqwZyKw

"Rich and Black" - Raekwon and Nas

Raekwon finally gets his Nas collaboration.

Kanye hits out at the Grammys...again

Yeezy and Mos Def were busy freestyling last night at the Blue Note Jazz Club over a J Dilla beat. Kanye could not resist the opportunity to take a swipe at the Grammys in response to his album being snubbed for Album of the Year.

West rapped:

My whole family… now I’m scared of the Grammys
Cause everybody know that Dark Fantasy,
was the highest rated album in history, get me?
So I just avoid it, not to be exploited, not be recorded
Cause I cannot afford it, I cannot afford more shit and be in more debt

Oscars 2011 - The Winners

Another ceremony has been and gone.

The following had a good evening:
  • Best Picture – The King’s Speech
  • Best Director – Tom Hooper for The King’s Speech
  • Best Actor – Colin Firth for The King’s Speech
  • Best Actress – Natalie Portman for Black Swan
  • Best Supporting Actor – Christian Bale
  • Best Supporting Actress – Melissa Leo for The Fighter
  • Best Animated Feature – Toy Story 3
  • Best Original Screenplay – The King’s Speech
  • Best Adapted Screenplay – The Social Network
  • Best Foreign Language Film – In A Better World, Denmark
  • Art Direction – Alice in Wonderland
  • Cinematography – Inception
  • Costume Design – Alice in Wonderland
  • Documentary Feature – Inside Job
  • Film Editing – The Social Network
  • Makeup – The Wolfman
  • Original Score – The Social Network
  • Original Song – “We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3
  • Animated Short – The Lost Thing
  • Live Action Short – God of Love
  • Sound Editing – Inception
  • Sound Mixing – Inception
  • Visual Effects – Inception
  • Short Documentary – Strangers No More

Sunday, 27 February 2011

"I Need A Doctor" - Dr Dre and Eminem - Official Video

Dre and Em on a ridiculous video set... They will not be holding back the budget on the "Detox" videos.

Spotify - North American launch imminent

Music streaming service - Spotify are apparently getting closer and closer to a North American launch following deals that have been made with two of the four major record labels in the USA.

Rumour has it that if the company can negotiate one more signature, the launch across the USA will closely follow. The company is set for a $1 billion dollar valuation as a result of corporate fundraising and paid out over $50 million to record labels last year. 

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Picture Moment #33

Milan and London fashion weeks - best of

With London and Milan fashion weeks coming to a close, I thought a nice little digested synopsis for each is just what the doctor ordered for all the fashion heads out there.

So....

London

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/features/londons-pride-the-best-of-the-capitals-fashion-week-2090287.html

Milan

http://www.bellavitastyle.com/?p=1934

Cool Kids album coming soon on Mountain Dew label

Cool Kids have taken a step closer to the release of their first LP - "When Fish Ride Bicycles". The duo have signed a deal with the Green Label Sound imprint which is part of the Mountain Dew family.

If you want to hear the new track - "Bundle Up", head over to the website.

Rusko forced to cancel shows following injury

Dubstepper - Rusko has been forced to cancel numerous shows in the UK and across Europe due to a slipped disk in his back.

Rusko commented: “I’m absolutely fucking gutted – sorry everyone” but it is expected that all shows will be rescheduled. Below is a list of the cancelled shows:

Cancelled shows:
Wed 2nd Mar – 5 Days Off, Amsterdam, Holland
Thu 3rd Mar – Icon, Berlin, Germany
Fri 4th Mar – Academy, Oxford, UK
Sat 5th Mar – Sh*t The Bed, Bristol, UK
Sun 6th Mar – M25 Club, Warsaw, Poland
Wed 9th Mar – Auditorium, Leicester, UK
Thu 10th Mar – Plymouth Uni, Plymouth, UK
Fri 11th Mar – Social Club, Paris, France
Sat 12th Mar – Institute, Birmingham, UK
Tue 15th Mar – Tuesday Club, Sheffield, UK
Wed 16th Mar – Shine, Belfast, UK
Thu 17th Mar – Fabric, London, UK
Fri 18th Mar – Stylus/Digital, Leeds/Newcastle, UK
Sat 19th Mar – Happy 5, Liege, Belgium

U2 confirmed for Glasto 2011

After months and months of speculation, U2 have finally been confirmed as headliners for Glastonbury 2011. Bono and the lads will join Beyonce and Coldplay to play the Pyramid after having to pull out of the 2010 festival due to Bono needing surgery.

Edge made the announcement last night at the NME Awards.

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

NME Awards 2011 - Full Winners List

Another NME Awards has come and gone. Below is the list of the winners of the evening:

Godlike Genius: Dave Grohl

Philip Hall Radar Award: The Naked And Famous

Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution To Music: PJ Harvey

John Peel award for Innovation: Crystal Castles

Best British Band (supported by Shockwaves)
Winners: Muse
Nominated: Arctic Monkeys, Biffy Clyro, Foals, Kasabian

Best International Band (supported by T4)
Winners: My Chemical Romance
Nominated: Arcade Fire, Kings Of Leon, The Drums, Vampire Weekend

Best Solo Artist
Winner: Laura Marling
Nominated: Florence Welch, Frank Turner, Kanye West, Paul Weller

Best New Band (supported by Boxfresh)
Winners: Hurts
Nominated: Beady Eye, Everything Everything, The Drums, Two Door Cinema Club

Best Live Band
Winners: Biffy Clyro
Nominated: Arcade Fire, Foals, Kasabian, Muse

Best Album
Winner: Arcade Fire – 'The Suburbs'
Nominated: Crystal Castles – 'Crystal Castles II', Foals – 'Total Life Forever', My Chemical Romance – 'Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys', Two Door Cinema Club – 'Tourist History'

Best Track (supported by NME Radio)
Winner: Foals – 'Spanish Sahara'
Nominated: Cee Lo Green – 'Fuck You', Gorillaz – 'Stylo', Janelle Monae (featuring Big Boi) – 'Tightrope', Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. – 'Bang Bang Bang'

Best Video (supported by NME TV)
Winners: My Chemical Romance – 'Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)'
Nominated: Arcade Fire – 'We Used To Wait', Brandon Flowers – ‘Crossfire', Chase & Status – 'Let You Go', Gorillaz – 'Stylo'

Best Festival
Winners: Glastonbury
Nominated: Download, Reading And Leeds Festivals, T In The Park, V Festival

Best Dancefloor Filler
Winners: Professor Green – 'Jungle'
Nominated: Crystal Castles – 'Baptism', Kele – 'Tenderoni', Plan B – 'Stay Too Long', Tinie Tempah – 'Pass Out'

Best TV Show
Winner: Skins
Nominated: Misfits, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Peep Show, The Inbetweeners

Best Film
Winner: Inception
Nominated: Get Him To The Greek, Kick-Ass, Scott Pilgrim Vs The World, The Social Network

Hero Of The Year
Winner: Lady Gaga
Nominated: Gerard Way, Julian Assange, Kanye West

Villain Of The Year
Winners: David Cameron
Nominated: Axl Rose, Justin Bieber, Nick Clegg, Simon Cowell

Most Stylish (supported by Shockwaves)
Winner: Brandon Flowers
Nominated: Hayley Williams, Lady Gaga, Liam Gallagher, Noel Fielding

Least Stylish
Winnes: Justin Bieber
Nominated: Cheryl Cole, Ke$ha, Lady Gaga, Liam Gallagher

Worst Album
Winners: Justin Bieber – 'My World'
Nominated: Cheryl Cole – 'Messy Little Raindrops', Katy Perry – 'Teenage Dream', Kings Of Leon – 'Come Around Sundown', My Chemical Romance – 'Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys'

Worst Band
Winners: Jonas Brothers
Nominated: 30 Seconds To Mars, JLS, Kings Of Leon, Tokio Hotel

Best Band Blog or Twitter
Winner: Hayley Williams
Nominated: Frank Turner, Kanye West, Lily Allen, Theo Hutchcraft

Best Book
Winner: John Lydon – 'Mr Rotten’s Scrapbook'
Nominated: Carl Barât – 'Threepenny Memoir', Jay-Z – 'Decoded', Keith Richards – 'Life', Russell Brand – 'My Booky Wook 2'

Best Small Festival (50,000 capacity or lower)
Winners: RockNess
Nominated: Bestival, Kendal Calling, Latitude, Underage Festival

Best Album Artwork
Winner: Klaxons – 'Surfing The Void'
Nominated: Foals – 'Total Life Forever', Gorillaz – 'Plastic Beach', MGMT – 'Congratulations', My Chemical Romance – 'Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys'

Hottest Woman
Winner: Alison Mosshart
Nominated: Emily Haines, Hayley Williams, Lady Gaga, Shakira

Hottest Man
Winners: Matt Bellamy
Nominated: Alex Turner, Billie Joe Armstrong, Dominic Howard, Jared Leto

NME Awards tonight!

The NME Awards are tonight!

I can only hope that this year's ceremony is packed with the normal drunkeness and trouble we have come to expect. I have just been looking through the guestlist and with the names on offer it could be a news packed evening.

Buju Banton facing 15 years

We reported a couple of months ago that reggae star - Buju Banton had gotten himself in a spot of bother regarding a set up drug deal.

The subject of the deal was said to be 5 kilos of cocaine which was offered to the reggae star by an informant. The informant was paid a generous amount by the DEA to get Banton to agree to the deal before he was arrested. Banton has been found guilty of the charges against him and now faces 15 years in prison.

Banton's - "Before The Dawn" won Best Reggae Album at the 2011 Grammys but it would be fair to say that any new album could be a substantial way off.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Listen to Lykke Li's - "Wounded Rhymes" before release

The release date for Lykke Li's new album is fast approaching and with a little under two weeks away from it hitting the shelves, it is available to stream.

If you fancy giving it an early listen, click the link:

http://hypem.com/#!/search/lykke%20li/1/

XXL's Freshman Class 2011

Lil B, Diggy and Yelawolf all get the nod as freshmans for this coming year!

T in the Park lineup announced

Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters and Coldplay will headline this year's T in the Park festival.

The event will take play between the 8th and 10th July with tickets going on sale at 9am this Friday (25 February)

The confirmed lineup so far is:

Foo Fighters
Arctic Monkeys
Coldplay
The View
Pendulum
Tom Jones
Blink-182
The Script
Plan B
Imelda May
Pulp
My Chemical Romance
Weezer
Deadmau5
Beady Eye
Ocean Colour Scene
Tinie Tempah
Cast
Hurts
You Me At Six
Brandon Flowers
Blondie
Jessie J
Eels
The Streets
Vitalic
Jimmy Eat World
The Saturdays
Bloody Beetroots
Chase and Status
Josh Wink
Noah & The Whale
House Of Pain
Bright Eyes
Diplo
Bloody Beetroots Death Crew
Miles Kane
Crystal Castles
Manic Street Preachers
White Lies
The Vaccines
Slam

Monday, 21 February 2011

Kanye West, Rihanna and Drake at the NBA All-Star Game

Red Hot Chili Peppers and the acid trip album title

Anthony Kiedis has revealed that the Red Hot Chili Peppers are close to finishing their follow-up to 2006's "Stadium Arcadium".

Kiedis also announced that the album is currently being referred to as "Dr Johnny Skinz's Disproportionately Rambunctions Polar Express Machine-head" which refers to an acid trip that a close friend once had.

The frontman went on to say that despite the name, the album actually represents the most focused work that the band has ever done. At this point, there is no official release date for this album.

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Picture Moment #32

Jamie Smith (The xx) remixes Newsnight theme

Jamie Smith has followed up his remix work with Gil Scott Heron on "We're New Here" with remixing of the well known Newsnight theme.

Smith also talked to Jeremy Paxman about the art of remixing.

"We're New Here" is set for release tomorrow with an LGB review set to closely follow.

Friday, 18 February 2011

Tasty Treat #10

Something to see in your Friday night antics; have a good weekend...

And If You Don't Know, Now You Know #1

#1... Lil B


Lil B', prolific Bay Area rapper, released a monumental mix-tape over the weekend. The Free Music Collection, contains 676 songs taken off his various MySpace accounts. He runs over 150 accounts, with 5 songs on each, making him the most active MySpace artist by a long way.


Lil B' is part of the Pack, a group of rappers who describe themselves as “based”. “Based” is another word for swag, and Lil B' is the king of “based”. Prolific distribution saw him clock up 1000 songs before he was twenty-one years old. He's released fourteen mixtapes in two years, is on his second The Pack album and his fourth independent album.


His Free Music collection caps what has been an interesting 2010 for Lil B'. His songs littered YouTube and the hash tag #swag and #TYBG were seen over and over on Twitter. He even became and internet meme; the “Thank You Based God” gracing several pictures over forums and websites throughout 2010.


Now? His all-conquering, prolific raps look set to continue with the release of his first major label album, Glass Face. He's been described as a group of rappers who are post- Lil' Wayne. Alongside the Odd Future stable of rappers, Lil' B is part of the future. 2011 looks set to be the year of Weird-O rappers.


Thanks to @BenjaminJames27 for the knowledge.

"The King Of Limbs" released early

The new Radiohead album - "The King Of Limbs" was released today despite being scheduled for a release tomorrow.

If you are after a copy, head over to http://www.thekingoflimbs.com/

Below is the video for the first single - "Lotus Flower"

"Black Friday" - Lil Kim - Official Video

A video has been released to go with the Nicki Minaj diss - "Black Friday". Hopefully they can sort this 'beef' out and just get on with it. Finally two solid female MC's in the industry and they have to bitch with each other...smh

50 and Jimmy okay but Dre beef bubbles on

50 Cent has tweeted that the beef that was brewing between himself and Interscope head - Jimmy Iovine has been sorted out.

However, the more interesting situation between Dre and 50 is yet to be cleared up. Dre has apprently publicly snubbed the new 50 Cent Sleek Headphones and 50 is still apparently working on the release of a diss track towards Dre.

This beef is slowly getting more and more like an actual reality.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

And If You Don't Know, Now You Know - coming tomorrow

#1 is coming tomorrow.

If you have any suggestions of musicians, artists or anything else that people should be educated on, send an email to the usual address:

lasergunboutique@gmail.com

"Kill Zone" - D12

The "Kill Zone" freestyle getting the video treatment...

"E.T" (Remix) - Katy Perry and Kanye West

Picture Moment #31

BRIT Awards 2011 - winners list

Last night saw 2011's BRIT awards. James Corden presented the show which included standout performances from Adele, Arcade Fire and Mumford and Sons.

If you missed it, the Vivien Westwood designed awards were taken home by the following:

British Male Solo Artist
• Plan B

British Female Solo Artist
• Laura Marling

British Breakthrough Act
• Tinie Tempah

British Group
• Take That

British Single
• Tinie Tempah - Pass Out

Mastercard British Album Of The Year
• Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More

International Male Solo Artist
• Cee Lo Green

International Female Solo Artist
• Rihanna

International Breakthrough Act
• Justin Bieber

International Group
• Arcade Fire

International Album
• Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

Critics' Choice
• Jessie J


Tuesday, 15 February 2011

And If You Don't Know, Now You Know - new feature coming soon

LGB is going to try to help you carefully manoeuvre your way through the wonderful labyrinth of music with a new feature entitled - And If You Don't Know, Now You Know.

This feature will try and shed light on different artists that need your attention and may well be dominating your playlists in the near future.

So, if you think you have someone that the LGB faithful need in their lives... get involved.

Send any suggestions to the usual email address:

lasergunboutique@gmail.com

Watch PJ Harvey in Paris - Now!

As we reported earlier this week, PJ Harvey did a live webcast of her show in Paris.

Watch the whole webcast below:

50 Cent not on "Detox"... Set to release a diss record against Dre and Jimmy

Now the diss song part of this news has not surfaced yet but 50 is inferring on twitter that a song is in the making.

The story goes that 50 has been told that he will have no place on Dr Dre's "Detox" which is set for release in the next few months. 50 took to twitter to announce his feelings saying that although he loved them (Dre and Jimmy)... they hated him. He also believes his Sleek headphones line (which is in competition with the Beats headphones by Dre and Jimmy Iovine) is a key reason for this fall out.

If this diss song does surface before Eminem gets involved... this could be some of the biggest hip hop news of the past decade.

Eminem, Weezy and Juelz album news

Just some random nuggets of news for you...

Eminem is set to release an album in the Summer of 2011 after the success and critical acclaim of "Recovery".

Also, Lil Wayne and Juelz Santana will be following up the "I Can't Feel My Face" mixtape with a full length album! This would be amazing if this were to happen especially with "Tha Carter IV" and a Drake collaboration set for this year.

Bonnaroo Festival announce lineup

Bonnaroo has announced it's lineup for this year's festival.

The event, which takes place in Manchester, Tennessee, will feature over 125 acts who will perform over four days.

The following acts are confirmed:

Arcade Fire, Lil Wayne, the Strokes, My Morning Jacket, Robyn, Deerhunter, Big Boi, the Decemberists, Iron & Wine, the Black Keys, Girl Talk, Eminem, the reunited Buffalo Springfield, Sleigh Bells, Best Coast, Wavves, the Walkmen, Florence and the Machine, Explosions in the Sky, Beirut, Gogol Bordello, Scissor Sisters, Atmosphere, Opeth, Twin Shadow, the Smith Westerns, Phosphorescent, Matt & Kim, !!!, Junip, Wiz Khalifa, Loretta Lynn, Wanda Jackson, Dam-Funk and Master Blazter, the Drums, School of Seven Bells, Kylesa, Man Man, the Black Angels, J. Cole, Sharon Van Etten, Omar Souleyman and Ratatat.

Bonnaroo will take place from 9th - 12th June with tickets going on sale on the 19th February.

Monday, 14 February 2011

Radiohead album coming this week

The new Radiohead album - "The King Of Limbs" is set to be released on Saturday 19th February. The band announced the news this morning on their official website that the new album will be released digitally on the 19th with a physical release to follow in May.

The new album is the follow up to 2007's pay-as-you-like - "In Rainbows" and is set to drive fans crazy for the coming week leading up to release.

100 Club saved by sponsorship

London's 100 Club has been saved due to a sponsorship deal with American shoe brand - Converse

The iconic club, which has been played by The Beatles, Oasis, The Libertines, The Clash and The Sex Pistols, had faced closure due to ridiculous overhead costs. Many artists came out in support of the club and now it seems this new partnership has secured the future of this great music venue.

Victory!

BAFTAs 2011 - Winners list

Another ridiculously long list for the BAFTAs

BEST FILM
WINNER: The King's Speech - Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin
Black Swan - Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver, Scott Franklin
Inception - Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan
The Social Network - Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Céan Chaffin
True Grit - Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
WINNER: The King's Speech - Tom Hooper, David Seidler, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin
Four Lions - Chris Morris, Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain, Mark Herbert, Derrin Schlesinger
127 Hours - Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy, Christian Colson, John Smithson
Another Year - Mike Leigh, Georgina Lowe
Made in Dagenham - Nigel Cole, William Ivory, Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
WINNER: Four Lions - Director/Writer - Chris Morris
The Arbor - Director, Producer - Clio Barnard, Tracy O'Riordan
Exit Through the Gift Shop - _Director, Producer – Banksy, Jaimie D'Cruz
Monsters - Director/Writer – Gareth Edwards
Skeletons - Director/Writer – Nick Whitfield

DIRECTOR
WINNER: The Social Network - David Fincher
127 Hours - Danny Boyle
Black Swan - Darren Aronofsky
Inception - Christopher Nolan
The King's Speech - Tom Hooper

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
WINNER: The King's Speech - David Seidler
Black Swan - Mark Heyman, Andrés Heinz, John McLaughlin
The Fighter - Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson
Inception - Christopher Nolan
The Kids Are All Right - Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
WINNER: The Social Network - Aaron Sorkin
127 HOURS - Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Rasmus Heisterberg, Nikolaj Arcel
Toy Story 3- Michael Arndt
True Grit - Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
WINNER: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Søren Stærmose, Niels Arden Oplev
Biutiful - Alejandro González Iñárritu, Jon Kilik, Fernando Bovaira
I Am Love - Luca Guadagnino, Francesco Melzi D'Eril, Marco Morabito, Massimiliano Violante
Of Gods and Men - Xavier Beauvois
The Secret in their Eyes - Mariela Besuievsky, Juan José Campanella

ANIMATED FILM
WINNER: Toy Story 3 - Lee Unkrich
Despicable Me - Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin
How to Train Your Dragon - Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois

LEADING ACTOR
WINNER: Colin Firth - The King's Speech
Jarvier Bardem - Biutiful
Jeff Bridges - True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg - The Social Network
James Franco - 127 Hours

LEADING ACTRESS
WINNER: Natalie Portman - Black Swan
Annette Bening - The Kids Are All Right
Julianne Moore - The Kids Are All Right
Noomi Rapace - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Hailee Steinfeld - True Grit

SUPPORTING ACTOR
WINNER: Geoffrey Rush - The King's Speech
Christian Bale - The Fighter
Andrew Garfield - The Social Network
Pete Postlethwaite - The Town
Mark Ruffalo - The Kids Are All Right

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
WINNER: Helena Bonham Carter - The King's Speech
Amy Adams - The Fighter
Barbara Hershey - Black Swan
Lesley Manville - Another Year
Miranda Richardson - Made in Dagenham

ORIGINAL MUSIC
WINNER: The King's Speech - Alexandre Desplat
127 Hours - AR Rahman
Alice in Wonderland - Danny Elfman
How to Train Your Dragon - John Powell
Inception - Hans Zimmer

CINEMATOGRAPHY
WINNER: True Grit - Roger Deakins
127 Hours - Anthony Dod Mantle, Enrique Chediak
Black Swan - Matthew Libatique
Inception - Wally Pfister
The King's Speech - Danny Cohen

EDITING
WINNER: The Social Network - Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter
127 Hours - Jon Harris
Black Swan - Andrew Weisblum
Inception - Lee Smith
The King's Speech - Tariq Anwar

PRODUCTION DESIGN
WINNER: Alice in Wonderland - Robert Stromberg, Karen O'Hara
Black Swan - Thérèse DePrez, Tora Peterson
Inception - Guy Hendrix Dyas, Larry Dias, Doug Mowat
The King's Speech - Eve Stewart, Judy Farr
True Grit - Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh

COSTUME DESIGN
WINNER: Alice in Wonderland - Colleen Atwood
Black Swan - Amy Westcott
The King's Speech - Jenny Beavan
Made in Dagenham - Louise Stjernsward
True Grit - Mary Zophres

SOUND
WINNER: Inception - Richard King, Lora Hirschberg, Gary A Rizzo, Ed Novick
127 HOURS - Glenn Freemantle, Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke, Steven C Laneri, Douglas Cameron
Black Swan - Ken Ishii, Craig Henighan, Dominick Tavella
The King's Speech - John Midgley, Lee Walpole, Paul Hamblin
True Grit - Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff, Peter F Kurland, Douglas Axtell

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
WINNERS: Inception - Chris Corbould, Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Peter Bebb
Alice in Wonderland - Nominees TBC
Black Swan - Dan Schrecker
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 - Tim Burke, John Richardson, Nicolas Ait'Hadi, Christian Manz
Toy Story 3 - Nominees TBC

MAKE UP & HAIR
WINNER: Alice in Wonderland
Black Swan - Judy Chin, Geordie Sheffer
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 - Amanda Knight, Lisa Tomblin
The King's Speech - Frances Hannon
Made in Dagenham - Lizzie Yianni Georgiou

SHORT ANIMATION
WINNER: The Eagleman Stag - Michael Please
Matter Fisher - David Prosser
Thursday - Matthias Hoegg

SHORT FILM
WINNER: Until the River Runs Red - Paul Wright, Poss Kondeatis
Connect - Samuel Abrahams, Beau Gordon
Lin - Piers Thompson, Simon Hessel
Rite - Michael Pearce, Ross McKenzie
Turning - Karni Arieli, Saul Freed, Alison Sterling, Kat Armour-Brown

ORANGE WEDNESDAYS RISING AWARD
WINNER: Tom Hardy
Gemma Arterton
Andrew Garfield
Aaron Johnson
Emma Stone

Grammy 2011 - Winners list

Here is the full list of winners of the ever extensive Grammy awards...

Album of the Year:
Arcade Fire - 'The Suburbs'
Record of the Year:
Lady Antebellum - 'Need You Now'
Best New Artist:
Esperanza Spalding
Song of the Year:
Lady Antebellum - 'Need You Now'
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance:
'Bad Romance' - Lady Gaga
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance:
'Just The Way You Are' - Bruno Mars
Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals:
Train - 'Hey, Soul Sister' (Live)
Best Pop Vocal Album:
'The Fame Monster' - Lady Gaga
Best Hard Rock Performance
Them Crooked Vultures - 'New Fang'
Best Rock Song:
Neil Young - 'Angry World'
Best Rock Album:
'The Resistance' - Muse
Best Alternative Music Album:
The Black Keys - 'Brothers'
Best R&B Album:
'Wake Up!' - John Legend and the Roots
Best Contemporary R&B Album:
Usher - 'Raymond v. Raymond'
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:
Jay-Z and Alicia Keys - 'Empire State of Mind'
Best Rap Song:
Jay-Z and Alicia Keys - 'Empire State of Mind'
Best Rap Album:
Eminem - 'Recovery'
Best Country Song:
Lady Antebellum - 'Need You Now'
Best Country Album:
Lady Antebellum - 'Need You Now'
Best Female Country Vocal Performance:
'The House That Built Me' - Miranda Lambert
Best Male Country Vocal Performance:
'Til Summer Comes Around' - Keith Urban

Friday, 11 February 2011

Beyonce confirmed for Glastonbury 2011

It's official

Beyonce has been officially confirmed as the Sunday evening headliner for Glastonbury 2011. Beyonce will perform a 90 minute set and will follow in the footsteps of her husband who headlined the festival a couple of years ago.

Beyonce confirmed the news saying:

"This really is the biggest festival in the world and I cannot wait to perform there. Everyone who attends is really appreciative of music and is in such a good mood that entire weekend," she said in a statement. "I'm pumped just thinking about that huge audience and soaking up their energy."

See PJ Harvey live

PJ Harvey will be playing "Let England Shake" in it's entirety during a live webcast of her show in Paris.

The show will begin at 8pm (GMT) on 14th February and can be viewed through Deezer and ARTE. So if you've got naff all planned for Valentines Day... You are now booked up.

Dungeon Family set for reunion

There is a strong rumour circulating that the Dungeon Family are set to reunite for a tour. It is believed that the Family will join together for the GA Power tour.

This would be amazing if it were to happen but to be honest... Anything that gets Outkast working again is good enough

"Born This Way" - Lady Gaga gets release

Ahead of it's release, Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" has surfaced online.

To give it a listen, go to the link below:

http://perezhilton.com/2011-02-11-lady-gaga-born-this-way-single-premiere-debut

Thursday, 10 February 2011

"Computers and Blues" - The Streets - Album review



And so it arrives - the final album from The Streets is finally upon us. "Computers and Blues" is the fifth studio album and seeks to round off an incredibly successful and beloved tenure.

Mike Skinner has been clogging up blog land the past few months as he has patiently awaited a release date for the album. "Computers and Blues" was apparently completed months ago but was not scheduled for release until this week. The album is pretty similar in set up to the previous efforts; Mike still handles the production and lyrics with a little help from some wonderfully sourced samples and up and coming artists for hooks and other bits and bobs.

One of the first striking things about the album is the quality of mixing. "Computers and Blues" is not a willy nilly amalgamation of songs from here and there, it is as well thought out as the video blogs would suggest.

The album is as much as you have come to expect from The Streets. The first single - "Going Through Hell" is a calling to arms for fans which has been well received as the first act of the final play. "Puzzled by People" is perhaps as close to the archetypal Streets song as you can get with a strong beat, excellent lyrics and simple (but beautiful) imagery. "Blip on a Screen" is delightfully affectionate in the very same way that made "Dry your Eyes" and "Never Went To Church" such beloved tracks to fans.

"Soldiers" and "Trying to Kill ME" are other strong mentions for the album which maintain the same old Streets, but perhaps more mature and refined. In "Soldiers", Skinner raps "There will never be a sequel to this evening"... An upsetting truth. If it hadn't hit home that this is all over, "Lock the Locks" certainly hammers it home.

"Computers and Blues" is a tremendous way to end such an important chapter in UK hip hop. It will unlikely be cited in the future as 'the' Streets album (which is understandable with the prior albums) but is an apt curtain call. Whatever the future holds for Skinner his place in hip hop... No, no... Music full-stop is firmly secure. Thanks for the memories Mike...

"Once bitten, forever smitten"

8 out of 10

Noel Gallagher has not started solo album

Noel Gallagher has denied reports that he has started working on his first solo album. Miles Kane has suggested that Noel had started the recording process when Kane stated that he had played guitar for Gallagher.

Gallagher told TalkSport that he has not started recording new material yet and that a new album will likely be "later rather than sooner".

Mumford and Sons to play with Bob Dylan

In a rather bizarre turn of events, British folk band - Mumford and Sons will perform with music legend Bob Dylan at the upcoming Grammy Awards on 13th February.

The band will play the collaboration as well as playing their song - "The Cave". The band have two nominations for the upcoming Grammys for Best Rock Song and Best New Artist so it seems it will be an amazing evening for the lads.

Gorillaz HAVE NOT split

Contrary to reports, Gorillaz have not split. Rumours had been circulating that Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett had been involved in a massive row that effectively ended the cartoon band. According to a statement made on the website though... This is officially not true.

Collective sighs of relief all round then.

The Strokes new single

It's been too long

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Picture Moment #30

Arctic Monkeys announce home town gigs

Arctic Monkeys have announced their return to Sheffield as they confirm two massive gigs at the Sheffield Don Valley Bowl on 10th and 11th June.

The band will play a custom-designed tent with support supplied from Last Shadow Puppet bandmate - Miles Kane, The Vaccines and Dead Sons for the 10th June show and Anna Calvi and Mabel Love set to support the 11th June show.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 11th February.

PJ Harvey to be honoured at NME awards

PJ Harvey is to be honoured with the Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution To Music Award at the ceremony which will take place on the 23rd February at the O2 Academy Brixton.

Harvey is also booked to perform at the event.

Lady Gaga to release single this week

Lady Gaga has announced that the first single from her new album - "Born This Way" will be released this coming Friday (11th February).

This release date has been brought forward after Gaga announced via her twitter that she "can't wait any longer" and that the "single [is] coming Friday".

Alex Turner releases some solo work

Arctic Monkeys frontman - Alex Turner is set to release some solo work to accompany the film "Submarine". "Submarine" is a comedy directed by Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd, Crying Lightning director) which follows a teenage boy on his plight to lose his virginity.

The songs will come out on 14th March with the film getting a release on the 18th March

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Listen: The Strokes new single

The Strokes have released a snippet of the first single from their upcoming album - "Angles".

To hear the sample of the track - "Under Cover of Darkness" click the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/Under-Cover-Of-Darkness/dp/B004MDPI9Y/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1297020260&sr=8-2

"The MC / The Break Up Song" - Wale - Official Video

To celebrate his move to Maybach Music, Wale has released the official video to "The MC / The Break Up Song.

It will be interesting to hear what Wale has in store with Ricky Ross helping him out but this is indicative of exciting times ahead.

LCD Soundsystem to retire

LCD Soundsystem have announced that they will retire following their Madison Square Garden (MSG) gig.

The band are set to play MSG on 2nd April after which they will "retiring from the game, gettin' out, movin' on".

James Murphy has described the gig as the "best funeral ever" and that "For just one more night, we will be playing with friends and family for nearly 3 hours – playing stuff we’ve never played before and going out with a bang - and we’d like you to be there,".

Super Bowl advertising to cost $100,000 a second

Advertisers are likely to pay up to $100,000 a second for slots during the television coverage of today's Super Bowl between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers.

Revenue from adverts during the game is expected to reach $210m and will smash the amount achieved last year.

Eminem, Justin Bieber, Ozzy Osbourne and Kim Kardashian are all set to make appearances in certain commercials tonight during the million and one ad-breaks scheduled for this evening.

Wale signs with Rick Ross

Wale has ended months of speculation concerning a possible record deal with Rick Ross' Maybach Music. The rapper announced on Twitter last night confirming that he has finally signed with Ross' label.

According Wale he will still be managed by Jay-Z's Roc Nation management company but ends his relationship with Mark Ronson's label - Allido Records.

Wale tweeted that "The music wont change..the energy will".

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Tasty Treat #9

A classic for your Saturday.

Coldplay confirmed for as Glastonbury headliners

Coldplay have been given the honour of headlining Glastonbury for the third time. The band will play the Saturday slot after being heavily linked with a return to Worthy Farm.

In other Glastonbury headliner news - The Rolling Stones have apparently turned down a huge offer to come in as headliners. Moreover, Eavis is yet to receive an answer from U2 regarding them performing after they had to pull out of the festival last June.

Badu joins the Core DJs

Erykah Badu has been confirmed as a member of the Core DJs.

Tony Neal (founding member of Core DJs) made the announcement through twitter. He said "Big move today. @fatbellybella in the Core. My sis is a serious DJ"

Badu will DJ under the moniker of DJ Loretta Brown and said that "I am honoured and do not take it for granted. B-girl for life. Head wrapped and strapped".

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Talib Kweli discusses "Watch the Throne"

Talib Kweli has been talking to The Source about the upcoming collaboration between Kanye West and Jay Z - "Watch the Throne".

He described the overal sound as "fucking dope" as well as confirming that he will have a guestspot on the much anticipated album. Kweli also discussed the criticism of the first single "H.A.M"; he described the song as "trending" that fits in with current music market and that critics didn't want Kanye to do something so extreme following such a critically acclaimed album.

Jay/Kanye/Talib musical sandwiches await

Listen to The Streets' - "Computers and Blues" now!

Fancy hearing "Computers and Blues" ahead of the release? Well click the link and you can stream as much as you desire.

Keep it with LGB for the official review (no need to remind me again that there hasn't been one for ages) which will be put up to celebrate the album's official release.

Cheers Mike...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2011/feb/03/streets-computers-blues-album-stream

Grammy Museum unveils first hip-hop exhibit

As of Saturday 5th February, The Grammy Museum will house it's first hip-hop exhibition to celebrate four decades of the genre.

Among the pieces included will be: handwritten 2pac lyrics, LL Cool J's Kangol hat and Troop jacket, Grandmaster Flash's turntables, Run DMC's leather jackets from the "Walk This Way" performance and much, much more.

The exhibition will be on show from this coming Saturday until 4th May 2011.

"Really Raw" - Tyga, Pharrell, Snoop Dogg and Nas

The first single from Tyga's debut - "Careless World". The track is meant to have a verse from Game but it seems that it has not surfaced yet. From the sounds of it... another exciting member for Young Money.

Move over Drake and Nicki...

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

White Stripes are no more

According to an official statement posted on their website - the White Stripes have split.

The statement said:

"The reasons is not due to artistic differences or lack of wanting to continue, nor any health issues as both Meg and Jack are feeling fine and in good health. It [the split] could be for a myriad of reasons, but mostly to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band and have it stay that way."

But perhaps the band themselves summed it up best by saying:

"The White Stripes do not belong to Meg and Jack anymore. The White Stripes belong to you now and you can do with it whatever you want. The beauty of art and music is that it can last forever if people want it to"

a twitter revival

@lasergunb

Stepped up my twitter game as of this week so be a sheep... get following

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Moby's open house policy comes back to haunt him

Moby has an open door policy to his Californian home in which he refuses to lock his door at any time. Last night, a man on an acid-trip entered his apartment and was standing in his living room. Moby blogged this morning that he was woken up by the intruder who was standing next to his sofa.

Moby asked the man to leave twice before sending him off with a jumper and some money for breakfast.

Moby... what a man.

Fools Gold heading on tour

A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs' label - Fools Gold are set to tour following the success of the Volume 1 compilation and recent showcases.

The Road Gold tour will feature Catchdubs, Just Blaze, Kid Sister, Kingdom and Treasure Fingers

They are touring North America so get involved if you can.

12th Feb - Buffalo, NY - Soundlab (Nick Catchdubs, Sammy Bananas, Jokers of the Scene)
17th Feb - Los Angeles, CA - La Cita (Just Blaze, Nick Catchdubs, Kid Sister)
18th Feb - Montreal, Quebec - Le Belmont (LA Riots, Nick Catchdubs, Nacho Lovers)
19th Feb - Ottawa, Ontario - Ritual (Telephoned, Nick Catchdubs, Jokers of the Scene)
20th Feb -  Toronto, Ontario - Guvernment (Congorock, Nick Catchdubs)
24th Feb - San Diego, CA - Voyeur (Treasure Fingers, Congorock, Kingdom)
25th Feb - Salt Lake City, UT - Salt Palace Convention Center (Treasure Fingers, Congorock)
26th Feb - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater (Treasure Fingers, LA Riots, Nick Catchdubs)

EMI taken over by Citigroup

EMI has been taken over by Citigroup. The bank had been the main creditors of the label which had managed to rack up debts amounting to £3.4 billion. The debt (following the takeover) has been reduced to £1.2 billion and is to be sold on with the current management team still in place.

EMI is home to Gorillaz, Katy Perry and Robbie Williams and has a history of over paying it's artists. However despite this fact, it seems incredible that they were able to rack up this amount of debt without bank intervention.

Curren$y signs with Warner Bros. Records

According to XXL, Curren$y is back with a major label after signing with Warner Bros. Records. Curren$y will get his own label as part of the deal - Jets International which will become the home for Young Roddy and Fiend.

His debut - "Covert Coup LP" is set for release on 20th April with The Alchemist handling the production side of things