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Beck’s Offering For Record Store Day – Bands Clamour To Support Independent Record Stores

February 17, 2009


An exclusive seven-inch from Sonic Youth and Beck are the latest offerings for this year’s Record Store Day – a worldwide event in support of independent record stores. The day, April 18th, will see artists joining forces to create exclusive new tracks, live shows, feature bands staffing checkouts, and many more musical goodies.

Over 40 stores in the UK have already signed up and all will be able to sell two split seven-inch singles from the Beggars stable. The first showcases Sonic Youth covering Beck’s ‘Pay No Mind’ and Beck covering their ‘Green Light’. The second will feature Jay Reatard’s ‘Hang Them All’ and Sonic Youth’s ‘No Garage’.

Rough Trade East in London has already confirmed gigs by Sky Larkin and Sunny Day Sets Fire – as well as bands working the tills – for the day, and there’s more to come.

Artists from around the world, from Adam Duritz from the Counting Crows to Ziggy Marley, are adding their voices and faces to the cause. Ronnie from The Killers tells a little tale about a boy, his dad and their indie record store here

Many acts are giving away freebies, such as lyric books from Bruce Springsteen, chocolate from India Irie and special vinyl remixes from Franz Ferdinand.

“I think independent record shops will outlive the music industry,” comments Damon Albarn.  “Long term, their value to people is far greater, because even in our era of file-sharing and blogs, you can’t replace the actual look on someone’s face when they are playing something they really rate and think you should listen to it too. It’s special.”

The event has even joined forces with YouTube to create a Record Store Day channel, where all musical fans and independent record store supporters can add their thoughts. Click here to get involved.

Developed in the States by Eric Levin of Atlanta’s Criminal Records and Michael Kurtz of Music Monitor Network, April 18th will be the second time music fans celebrate independently-owned record stores around the globe.




Tonight: Franz Ferdinand. D.I.Y. Studio for new album

January 23, 2009

Tonight: Franz Ferdinand. D.I.Y. Studio for new album

Tonight: Franz Ferdinand. It’s a typically detailed affair from this habitually detail-stuffed band. Kapranos talks about the “narcotic” elements of the song, a throbbing funk number with razor-sharp guitar riffs; about how the Glasgow-based foursome want to look as if they’ve gone “feral” under the influence of paganism.

“I’m really bored by all the guitar music,” says McCarthy, guitarist with the band who, when they released their debut, singlehandedly revitalised British guitar music almost ten years after the glory days of Britpop.

and so….

“Nihil Sin Labore” says the motto engraved on weathered stone above the front door of the old Govan Town Hall. ‘Nothing without work’. Franz Ferdinand know all about that. They have been bunkered in this building – also home to TV production, theatre and fashion companies – for nearly two years. It’s their latest artistic squat. Having met each other through the ever-busy Glasgow music scene, Franz Ferdinand started out in 2002 by occupying an abandoned Glasgow department store. Dubbing it the Chateau and channelling the spirit of Warhol’s Factory, they and artist friends would hold gigs-cum-exhibitions-cum-happenings. After signing a record deal they relocated to an old prison complex in the city.

Here in the town hall they’ve installed a jerrybuilt recording studio. As befits Franz Ferdinand’s status as Britain’s most innovative art-rock band, the group has spent the past 18 months “playing” this environment as if it were an instrument. “We got more sounds here than we would have in studio you’d pay £1,000 a day for,” says Hardy. This set-up even gave the new album its title and de facto theme: after neighbours complained about the noise the band boarded up the windows, shutting out daylight from the recording process. Hence Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, a DIY record bristling with club-friendly and quirky electronic tunes. Saturday night fever, given a postmillennium credit-crunch reboot.

Hardy, 28, who initially came to Scotland from Bradford to study at Glasgow School of Art, gives me a tour. A store cupboard has become a keyboard room stuffed with vintage musical kit with lyrical names (Quartet Arp, Micromoog Synthesizer, Roland Rhythm Composer, King Vocoder). A former bathroom is now the band’s amplifier room, equipment stacked around the toilet bowl. In the Town Hall’s cavernous former debating chamber they set up their instruments in the middle of the floor and jammed. One day McCarthy (34, Blackpool-born, raised in Germany, relocated to Glasgow after graduating from the Munich Conservatory) spent hours crawling in the roof space to dangle and swing a microphone over their heads to create a Doppler effect. It amounts to four seconds of music on Tonight.

Half of the room housing their office is filled with a vintage Flickinger mixing desk, as beloved of Sly Stone, Ike Turner and Funkadelic – found for the band in Chicago. To record the new song What She Came For, Franz Ferdinand also decamped to the town hall’s cluttered basement, jammed in among boxes and flight cases. Hardy, a keen photographer, has images of this set-up on his lap-top. Thomson, 32, the sole Scotsman in the band and only dad (he has two young children), is pictured with his bandmates crowded round his drum kit. “We were playing right in each other’s faces,” recalls Kapranos. Why? “We wanted the end of What She Came For to sound like a nuclear explosion,” the singer beams

The band have performed around a half dozen tracks from the album live. A recent show in Brooklyn found the band on great form, playing new tracks with the titles ‘Bite Hard’, ‘Turn It On’, ‘Katherine, Kiss Me’, ‘Ulysses’ and ‘What She Came For’.
Produced by Dan Carey, the album should see the new Scottish gentry re-affirm their status as a top class musical machine.

Franz Ferdinand release their new album ‘Tonight: Franz Ferdinand’ on January 26th.

Source:The Times

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Artist Profile: Metronomy & Sony online collaborative project

December 23, 2008


Metronomy are an electronic music group formed by Joseph Mount in Totnes, Devon, England in 1999 . The current band consists of Joseph Mount (Composer, Singer, Keyboards and Guitar), Oscar Cash (Saxophone, Backing Vocals and Keyboards) and Gabriel Stebbing (Keyboards, Backing Vocals and Bass Guitar). Their music consists of instrumental electronic music and more recently, with the release of Nights Out, vocal electronic pop music.

Metronomy are accomplished remixers, having remixed many artists including : Roots Manuva, Franz Ferdinand, The Klaxons, The Young Knives, Zero 7, Ladytron, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Kate Nash, Love Is All, Late of the Pier,and Lykke Li.

Electronic artists tend to face the same fundamental challenge when it comes to playing live – that is, from an audience point of view, it’s just not that scintillating watching someone fiddle with a laptop.

Which is why Joseph Mount, the one-man composer/remixer behind Metronomy, has upgraded to a full performance band with sidekicks Oscar Cash and Gabriel Stebbing. While Metronomy’s remix work for the likes of Gorillaz and Ladytron has won fans, it’s arguably their live performance – spruced up with lighting effects and guest dancing girls – that has really made a mark.

Joseph mainly uses Logic Pro to mix and record. Here is a short video on his techniques

‘Part of the original reason we started playing live was that we were having problems getting our records released,’ explains Mount. ‘We’ve all previously been in more conventional guitar bands and we wanted to do something that was more of a spectacle than just a bunch of electronic equipment on stage.

Metronomy have gained a reputation for their remixes… why do you think it’s important to bridge a gap between electro and other forms of music?

I never thought it was necessary to bridge that gap. If it seems like I try to bridge it then that’s a by product of what I do. I’ve only ever made the music that I feel excited about making. I’ve been influenced by all kinds of music throughout my life. I don’t just listen to electro and I don’t just listen to guitar bands; I guess I’d be misrepresenting myself if I just made standard electro or pigeon holed myself into any particular genre.

The Walkman Project offers people the opportunity to blend different songs and musical components together… and you use MySpace to release exclusive material as well. How important is the internet becoming to the future of music?

Live in Liverpool
I think the internet is already incredibly important. People don’t find out about music in the same way as they used to, nor do they listen to it in the same way. Although I’ve given away exclusive tracks through MySpace I still think it’s very important to own music and albums as physical objects… I think it would be a very sad thing if Vinyl and CDs disappeared for the sake of people freeing up a bit of living room space.

Would you say that all forms of music have the credentials for remixing? For example, would you ever consider mashing some classic blues, say, John Lee Hooker, with a modern twist… or maybe remixing some Chas and Dave?

I’m not sure there’s much someone like me can bring or add to a John Lee Hooker song. You just need to look at that Moby record to realise what a waste of time it might be. One mans modern twist is another mans bland, home makeover program, mosaic. Chas and Dave might be good for a laugh though.

Visit to collaborate with users and create your own multi-instrumental masterpiece – and be in with a chance of winning a Sony WALKMAN for yourself!