Good news Feeder fans, the Indie rock band will be playing in Norfolk this summer, after being confirmed as a headline act for upcoming music festival, Play Fest.
Yes, fellow UK indie fans can have a night off from playing on Party Poker and abusing the replay button on their favourite albums, because you’re going to see them in the flesh. The organisers announced Feeder’s involvement in the festival the Sunday just gone. They will play on the 3rd June in the grounds of New Eccles Hall School, near Attenborough.
Play Fest had its first ever year last summer, and attracted an audience that reached 2,000. The band are to slot in next to Ash (who play on the 2nd) on the bill of the main stage, and will be the final act of the Sunday, ending Play Fest 2012 with a bang. They are to be supported by Delilah, the Chase and Status vocal muse.
Feeder first garnered the attention of the nation when they released their album Echo Park in 2001. It was all thanks to the popularity of the top 5 single Buck Rogers that they gained such a good reputation. Now, while the music in the charts may have changed, the band are still going strong, having played gigs at Reading, Download, Glastonbury and Leeds.
Play Fest is to run from Friday June 1st until Sunday 3rd. The event, which was short listed at the UK Festival Awards 2011 in the Best New Festival category, is all set to draw an even bigger audience this year.
Still not convinced? You can also catch The Correspondents, Roots Manuva and Sonic Boom Six on the Big Top stage too.
For more information on acts, the festival and prices, visit their website www.playfest.co.uk.
Sales figures suggest alternative rock is in a dismal place right now. Will it ever recover?
And should we care?
This year’s Brit awards will be a melancholy experience for indie fans. The genre’s big performers on the evening will be Blur and Noel Gallagher, a pairing that will evoke memories of the 1995 ceremony, when Britpop swept the old guard away, and thus highlight the contrast with the current state of play. The latest issue of Q magazine opens its review of the new Maccabees album with the rhetorical question: “Has there ever been a worse musical climate to be a guitar band in Britain?” The past is another country. The British public buys guitar music there.
Just before Christmas US music writer Eric Harvey compiled a list of sales figures for the top 50 albums in Pitchfork’s end-of-year poll, inspiring the Guardian to conduct a similar exercise (see below). Each list prompts much the same conclusion. Of the five albums in Pitchfork’s list that sold more than 100,000 copies in the US in 2011 only two (Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes) are indie artists. In the Guardian’s top 40 the only alternative acts to pass 100,000 (the benchmark for a gold record) are Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, Noah and the Whale, PJ Harvey, Radiohead and Laura Marling.
Charlene Soraia Santaniello Jones, known simply as Charlene Soraia is a London-based singer-songwriter.
She is known for her cover of “Wherever You Will Go” by The Calling, which was used in an advert for Twinings tea in the UK. It was released on iTunes for digital download and reached a peak of number 3 in the UK Singles Chart. She released her debut studio album, Moonchild in November 2011, which features “Wherever You Will Go” as a bonus track.
As of 29 January 2012 her song Wherever You will Go is leading th UK tops 30 Indie Singles Chart!
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For years, Americans never used the term ‘indie’, preferring to label the likes of Bush ‘alternative’. But things changed …
Why do so many Americans think they invented indie? SimianBaffin
There has never been an authoritative definition of indie in the United States. The term only came into popular usage in America in the 2000s. The indie nomenclature was initially co-opted and embraced by video gamers, then in cinema discourse, and finally by the American music community.
There are dramatic differences between the way indie evolved Stateside and its development in the UK. In the UK, indie was a formally recognised genre with its own chart and rules for inclusion and exclusion. The British rule, steeped in controversy, was independent distribution, not independent label. As independent labels primarily used independent distribution, this definition presented a convenient loophole for major labels to exploit.
In the US, however, the independent sector was nurtured and fostered by college radio. Initially, this less conventional music was called college rock. It had its own chart and magazine, College Music Journal (CMJ). It was a college music chart that would be included in Rolling Stone and the other media outlets as the alternative to Billboard’s comprehensive chart. College rock was a playlist-based classification, a radio format constituted by the varied and erratic tastes of a network of college radio music directors. College radio stations were free to choose their songs. They were just as likely to play Neneh Cherry, Camper Van Beethovenor the Gin Blossoms as the Replacements, Black Flag or Jane’s Addiction. The nature of label ownership had nothing to do with it. Many of the college music directors making these decisions became members of the American corporate music industry.
As college rock became more successful it started to be called alternative, modern rock or, occasionally, underground. Grunge was its most successful public face. Alternative was the category recognised by official industry bodies. In 1991, the Grammys added alternative as an award category. Its definition was: “Recordings of a non-traditional form that exist (at least initially) outside of the mainstream music consciousness.”
In the 80s and 90s indie was not a recognised category in the US outside of internationally touring musicians, industry professionals or the small segment of anglophiles who read imported copies of NME and Melody Maker. In the 90s, when I told people I was studying indie music culture, I was either asked if I was talking about music from India or told it didn’t exist. The people who refuted indie’s existence included American and Canadian music scholars, North American music journalists and radio DJs. In autumn 2000, when I asked if anyone on my course of 350 students aged 18-22 knew what indie music was, only one student raised his hand. This lack of official recognition continued at least through 2004 as American classifications in the Gracenote CDDB database still referred to bands as “alternative”, while in the UK the same music or ringtone would be classified as indie.
When I insisted indie existed, I would be told it was the same thing as alternative, just with a different name. So were alternative and indie coterminous? You might suggest a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but that forsakes the connotative power of language. It makes a difference that “punk” meant a worthless hoodlum, or that the names of punk bands and labels were meant to offend: Rough Trade, Epitaph, Stiff, and Slash. Hip-hop labels or imprints such as Def Jam and Ruthless, Death Row and Cash Money often use neologisms reflecting the phonetics and morphology of African-American vernacular English as well as names that suggest where the artists are coming from or where they are going.
Dance and electronica labels and artists use terminology that suggests the future and science. The letter X is used extensively in electronica’s alternative spellings (XL, Triple XXX, Astralwerks, Future Groove, Wax Trax). X is used in product branding to suggest science and cutting-edge advancements. This all suggests we find meaning in our labels and nomenclature. Or, as Nabokov would assert, Dolores is not the same thing as Lolita. The alternative American scene and its labels were the subterranean descendants of punk proclivities: Sympathy for the Record Industry, Dischord, Alternative Tentacles, Sub Pop and Matador. Indie, on the other hand, was the modest scion of the post-punk landscape. Indie is the diminutive of independent and often has names that are self-conscious, small and innocent: Sarah, Heavenly, Postcard, Fierce Panda, Mute or How Does it Feel to Be Loved?
Yet it wasn’t just at the level of language that the two genres showed differences – bands that composed American alternative and British indie were radically different, too. The alternative underground is the land of Michael Azerrad and his eminently readable book, Our Band Could Be Your Life, the male-heavy account of the American post-punk landscape that features Big Black, Minor Threat, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, Hüsker Dü, and Butthole Surfers. Underground alternative was aggressive and heartily masculinist. It ignored the British and Irish bands that were the heartland of indie. When women played alternative, they were grrrls having to conform to the aggressive rules of a guys’ playground.
While the British indie scene included these American bands under its umbrella, it also included British bands, many of which had a more harmonic aesthetic, were more comfortably feminine and sexually egalitarian. Bands including Pulp, Ride, Curve, Orange Juice, Blur, Suede, the Divine Comedy, the Beta Band, Stereolab, My Bloody Valentine, the Wedding Present and Primal Scream were simply ignored in the States outside of a small but loyal anglophile fanbase. In 1995, the only British band getting any play during the alternative revolution was Bush.
The sea change for indie in the US was the wave of turn-of-the-century bands that used British indie music as their inspiration, and the international democratisation of music discourse due to the internet. Now people did not have to wait for a monthly or a weekly paper to get music news. The British press, with its quicker nationalised weekly publishing rate, was usually the first to cover new bands, and now that information could be immediately consumed and synthesised by a worldwide audience. Online media outlets such as Pitchfork could publish even faster. Indie, in popular use in the UK from the late-80s, became the label of choice for Americans – and an even greater worldwide audience – to talk about modern rock and pop music. It appealed to a youthful demographic governed by sensibilities and ethical concerns similar to those that informed the British indie scene. Alternative as a genre was swept under the carpet, and many of the arguments about the definition of indie (label, genre, attitude, artistic control) that have existed in Britain and Europe for the better part of 25 years, Americans have credited to themselves. After all, if Sebadoh wrote Gimme Indie Rock, Americans must have invented it.
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Music Review: Corporate X – The X Project
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Their latest record, The X Project, is a fully realized effort. It's tough to produce such a stylistically varied record, genre-wise, but Corporate X succeeds. Their music is a stylistic concoction of indie, alternative, rock, downtempo, and synth pop. …
In one of the dozen or so critics awards announcements that have come in the past 48 hours, Terrance Malick's "The Tree of Life" topped the winners of the African-American Film Critics Awards, toppijng runners-up "Drive," "Pariah" and "Rampart."
Woody Harrelson ("Rampart") and Albert Brooks ("Drive") took acting wins alongside "The Help" stars Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, while "Shame" director Steve McQueen took directing honors.
The full list of winners is below. Check out a list of all the awards so far this year here.
Best Picture: 1. The Tree of Life
7. The Descendants
8. A Better Life
9. My Week With Marylin
10. The Help
Best Director: Steve McQueen (Shame)
Best Actor: Woody Harrleson (Rampart)
Best Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks (Drive)
Best Actress: Viola Davis (The Help)
- Wretch 32Don’t Go (feat. Josh Kumra)new | 1 week in chart [Levels/Ministry Of Sound]20 clips available
- DJ FreshLouder (feat. Sian Evans)down 1 | 7 weeks in chart [Ministry Of Sound]3 clips available
- ExampleKickstarts down 1 | 62 weeks in chart [Data]10 clips available
- DJ FreshGold Dustup 5 | 55 weeks in chart [Data]
Tiesto Vs DiploC’Mon (Catch ‘Em By Surprise) (feat. Busta Rhymes)non-mover | 29 weeks in chart [Wall Of Sound]
- FeederBuck Rogers new | 115 weeks in chart [Echo]1 clip available
- Charlie SimpsonDown Down Down re-entry | 19 weeks in chart [Nusic Sounds]3 clips available
- Arctic MonkeysThe Hellcat Spangled Shalalala new | 5 weeks in chart [Domino Recordings]13 clips available
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- Bon IverHolocene new | 5 weeks in chart [4 Ad]1 clip available
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- Caro EmeraldThat Man down 7 | 14 weeks in chart [Dramatico/Grand Mono]3 clips available
- TiëstoWork Hard Play Hard new | 1 week in chart [Musical Freedom]1 clip available
- SmouseSquashed N***Adown 7 | 2 weeks in chart [Demon]
The Temper TrapSweet Disposition down 1 | 108 weeks in chart [Infectious Music]7 clips available
- The 2 BearsBear Hug down 16 | 12 weeks in chart [Southern Fried]1 clip available
- Miles Kane & The Death RampsLittle Illusion Machine (Wirral Riddler)new | 1 week in chart [Domino Recordings]
“Live Wire” (Leathur) Motley Crue Lyrics
Plug me in
I’m alive tonight
Out on the streets again
Turn me on
I’m too hot to stop
Something you’ll never forget
Take my fist
Break down walls
I’m on the top tonight
You better turn me loose
You better set me free
Cause I’m hot young running free
A little bit better than I use to be.
Cause I’m alive
Cause I’m alive
I’m a live wire
Cause I’m alive
Cause I’m alive
I’m a live wire
I’ll either break her face
Or take down her legs
Get my ways at will
Go for the throat
Never let loose
Goin’ in for the kill
Take my fist
Break down walls
I’m on top tonight
Come on baby
Gotta play with me
Well I’m your live wire
You better lock your doors
I’m on the prowl tonight
Well be mine tonight
Come on be my baby
Come on tonight
Come on love me baby
Come on tonight
I’ll give you everything
You want inside
Plug me in, plug me in
I want you
Come on tonight
Too Fast For Love is the debut record of American heavy metal band Mötley Crüe; 900 copies were released in November 1981 on the band’s Leathür Records label.