Kansas City, USA
On Aug. 30th, 2011 Westboro Baptist Church called for a picket of the Foo Fighters show in Kansas City. They had a little something up their sleeve. God Bless America!
(look out for the ‘Foo You!’ sign in the background!)
Thanks to Edna Del Toro for the link
Xbox and Ibiza Rocks have teamed up to bring people two competitions this summer. The first (the ‘Best Summer Job Ever’ competition) has completely changed the definition of the summer job by offering fans the chance to be the Xbox “man on the ground” this summer. The three winners have each spent six weeks partying with the likes of Plan B and Example.
Having already given away three VIP trips to Ibiza, Xbox are closing with a chance to win a meet-and-greet gig experience with Snoop Dogg on his autumn tour in the UK (Echo Arena, Liverpool) including travel, accommodation and food/drink. This competition involves creating an interactive map which shows fans’ ultimate summer memories, via the Xbox – Ibiza Memories fanpage:
Snoop Dogg has been in movies such as Training Day and Old Skool. He played Huggy Bear in the remake of Starsky & Hutch.
Following Snoop’s collaboration with Katy Perry last year he should be playing material from his most recent album Doggumentary.
Here’s a classic track from Snoop’s debut album Doggystyle :
Who Am I? What’s My Name
The winner will receive:
• Travel to and from Liverpool (Up to a total value of £100)
• Overnight hotel accommodation in Liverpool
• Food and Drink allowance (up to £100)
• 2 x standing tickets to the show (10/10/11) (general admission)
• 2 x Individual photos with Snoop Dogg
• 2 x Autographed items
Competition closes 23rd September.
Find out more here:
Other Lives playing “Dust Bowl III” off their album Tamer Animals (2011) live at Rough Trade East in London (29 August 2011)
Thanks to our live music correspondent Marco Pouyat for the link.
Video Game Heroes Concert Review
It was Music Spy’s privilege to attend one of the coolest classical concerts put on by London Philharmonic at The Royal Festival Hall on September 2nd 2011.This spectacular evening was hosted by the witty presenter and comedian Iain Lee. As a writer for Wired, video gamers and enthusiast and a video game documentary to his credit he was the perfect presenter. His knowledge, research and love of video games was apparent by the riveting introductions he gave to selected pieces.
Accompanied by The London Philharmonic (TLP) was a backing choir, that added yet another layer of depth, soul and excitement to the music. This amazing experience took me back to the days of teenage nostalgia. From timeless classics of Final Fantasy, Halo, Grand Theft Auto, 007, World of Warcraft, Super Mario Bros, Tetris and Legend of Zelda. Above is a snippet of Legend of Zelda, originally by Koji Kondo, brought to life by conductor Andrew Skeet.
And TLP even included newer game themes such as Bioshock, Little Big Planet, Call of Duty, and Angry Birds.
From the witty introduction of the MC to the nostalgia evoked emotion of the music, it was truly one of the coolest concerts I have ever attended!
Just your luck, if you missed out on this concert, later this year TLP will be releasing an CD for sale with all video game themes. Music Spy will definitely be sure to get our copy.
For more information, links and to see the YouTube video check out:
Joy Division meets The Drums? Definitely can be defined as Surfer Rock. Quite a cool mix.
Just another fantastically entertaining vid from Ok Go!! Love watching stop motion.
Leather Glove by Love Inks. What a beautiful singing voice! Very abstract video … Michel Gondry-esque!!!
Fav song of the mo’!! Totally loving it.
Hailing from north London this 5 piece band explores a post punk and a modern day art rock revival. Bearing the sound of their musical influences such as The Smiths, Interpol, The Stills, Radiohead & U2.
Looking for upbeat music from the north of England? This may be your band. This Many Boyfriends are an indie pop band. I think it super dancey, definitely a festival tune!
- Sam McGarrigle of Gross Magic
Quite an interesting sound, right? Listen and see what you think. It’s been described in The Guardian as;
It’s really hard to find actual precedents for the sound blend he’s achieved here: ELO meets glam, then fed through a hypnagogic filter.
Do you think it’s sounds like that? I’m still not sure but it’s definitely different!
(Source: Guardian / LitePanda)
I Told You Once Video
As promised here’s a hilarious vid from those Minneapolis boys in Howler.
New music from a very cool new band, Howler. Originally From Minneapolis this band will be supporting The Vaccines’ UK tour late 2011. Howler band members are Jordan Gatesmith (vocals / guitar), Ian Nygaard (guitar), France Camp (bass), Max Petrek (keyboard) and Brent Mayes (drums).
Check out this song! Look out for the vid we’ll post soon too.
I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human. I felt very puny as a human. I thought, ‘Fuck that. I want to be a superhuman.’– Rock’s legendary David Bowie