Best Of V Festival 2010

Friday, August 13th, 2010 at 8:48am

Best Of V Festival 2010
V Festival makes a welcome return this weekend and it brings along probably one of its best line-ups in years. Headline acts include Kings of Leon, Kasabian, David Guetta, The Prodigy, Groove Armada and Pet Shop Boys.

But wait, there is more. Other artists appearing include Stereophonics, Faithless, Paul Weller, Editors, Seasick Steve, Ellie Goulding, The Temper Trap, Feeder The Magic Numbers, i could go on all day. Without a doubt, V Festival is now able to compete with the likes of T In The Park and maybe even Leeds Reading.

The festival which takes place in South Staffordshire is celebrating its 24th birthday this year and has come a long way in those years. The one thing that has remained is that they have always been able to lure in the best bands.

V96, Pulp and Paul Weller. V01, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Foo Fighters. V04, Muse and The Strokes and only last year saw the likes of The Killers and Pendulum take to the stage. This years line-up could prove to be the best one yet and there is so much depth on each of the stages on every day that you would be spoilt for choice.

To celebrate this weekends festival, johnwilsonuk has made a playlist which includes tracks from nearly all the bands which will be appearing. Perfect listening for the long drive to the festival.

Ryan Gibbins

The Mix: August Mix 2010

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010 at 11:44pm

The Mix August 2010
Yes, we may already be over a week into August but as they say, it's better late than never. These are the tracks, compiled by emotif, which you should be listening to in the upcoming weeks.

There is plenty to choose from here whether it be Mystery Jets, who have just had their latest album, Serotonin, released and the single, Dreaming of Another World, released last week. Or maybe even Vampire Weekend and Give Up The Gun which is taken from their new album Contra.

How about giving a new band a try? Brides Song taken from Yukon Blonde's self titled album is definitely worth a listen. Or maybe a little bit of girl band attitude id what you are after. In that case give Cyptic - Origional by Pin Me Down a blast. The catchy chorus and punchy guitar work make it a very good track.

Razorlight fans, and haters, will be glad to see their ex-drummer, Andy Burrows' new band I Am Arrows appear on the playlist. Fans of his previous work with the Johnnu Borrell fronted band will be pleased to see him back in action, while haters of his former band may be even more pleased as his new venture actually sounds nothing like Razorlight.

Plenty to choose from here and there is something for everyone, I guarantee you will find something you will enjoy!

Ryan Gibbins

Cant Sleep?

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010 at 11:43am

Cant Sleep?
Possibly one of the most relaxing playlists you will ever hear. No hidden agenda in this compilation of tracks, quite simply, it's musics answer to Nightnurse.

Every single track on this playlist will bring a smile to your face and a glow to your aura. It will instantly wipe away any problems you have on your mind, leave you feeling contempt and feeling good with life.

That's enough hippy talk. The usual suspects are all there, Damien Rice, Bright Eyes, Sigur ros, Jeff Buckley, Ray LaMontagne, Sufjan Stevens to name a few and you may even find a few hidden gems in there. Jonsi and Joshua Radin being mine.

After listening to it, you do think that there is a strange absence of some artists though. People like Simon and Garfunkel, Ryan Adams and Joe Purdy would have all fit into the list perfectly but maybe that is just me picking straws.

There may a guilty pleasure or two in there also, The Fray, Scott Matthews and Jamie Cullum all give you reason to spare them the criticism even if it is only for three or four minutes, a bit of change is good sometimes.

Put together by likeinmydream, Cant Sleep includes some of the most beautiful and chilled out songs you will ever hear. So next time you are laid wide awake at 3am and want to get to sleep, simply hit the play button, lay back and you will be away within minutes.

Ryan Gibbins

The Wanted

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010 at 11:40am

The Wanted
Maybe it was me wrongly thinking so but i thought the era for boy bands had been and gone. The last true hope for the genre was possible the likes of Blue or Westlife, and who hears of those nowadays? Granted, there are bands like Take That and Boyzone who have made comebacks but now surely they are man bands, only appearing for nostalgic reasons.

Well now we have some new kids on the scene (not the block). The Wanted are a five piece 'lad band' who consist of Jay (the Billy Elliot of the band), Nathan (the 16 year old 'quiet one'), Siva (the 21 year old pop star in waiting), Tom (the joker from Bolton) and Max (the football fanatic). Their goal; 'to bring some much needed cool, and a fair bit of sexy, back to the boy band land'.

The five lads have been spending night and day together as they set their sights on taking the pop world by storm. Living together in their bachelor pad in Wadsworth, South London, they are embodiments of the 'lad band' style they are attempting to portray. "Got a dart board on the door, fridge full of beer, freezer full of pizza. What more do you need?" explained Bolton lad Tom.

To help us get a better feeling of what the band are actually about, they have kindly put together a playlist together for us full of their favourite songs. From Razorlight to Marvin Gaye, Jackson 5 to U2, no box is left un-ticked as they set their sights on stardom. So maybe this is where the future of British pop music lies, beer swilling, football loving, dart playing, junk food eating lads. Good luck to you boys...I mean lads.

Ryan Gibbins

OK GO - End Love

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010 at 11:31am

Great news everybody, this week following the release of their new video, my obsession with OK Go has been re-ignighted and is once again a raging inferno! They never cease to amaze me and the latest video, End Love, once again shows why they are one of the most interesting, inovative and exciting bands around today.

This Too Shall Pass was a brilliant video where the band sang around a giant machine with moving parts (like Mousetrap), most bands would settle for this but not OK Go. With End Love they have taken it to another level.

Shot at Echo Park Lake, Los Angeles, OK Go defy time by performing the song and executing a new dance routine, in a mixture of real time, slow motion and super fast time and their surroundings doing the same but at different times. Confused? So am i. It needs to be seen to get a better grasp. Click here to view End Love.

As usual, the bands colourful attire, lanterns and candles through the night time shots, and the busy background that's will constantly catch your eye. Whether it be the water fountains, the people in the background watching the video being made or the curious group of geese who pop in and out of shot, you will have to watch it a few times to get the most out of it.

As i earlier mentioned, the video also includes a cameo from a soon to be super star, Orange Bill the goose. As the foursome perform their routine, Orange Bill and his feathered friends follow the band around (intentiionally or not, i aren't sure) and this has lead to Orange Bill getting a huge fan base and even a facebook page dedicated to him.

The grand finale includes a group of what looks like casual park goers sitting around enjoying the day until all of a sudden they burst into dance. It's not quite on the same scale as Michael Jacksons Thriller but still, it's pretty impressive.

Fresh from their mini UK tour, OK Go are now back in the US where they are continuing to tour but you can still listen to tracks from their latest album, Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky, here.

Ryan Gibbins

The Guardian New Band of the Day

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010 at 6:16pm

The Guardian New Band Of The Day
Pretty simple idea from The Guardian newspaper, find a new band every day which impress and then release them to the papers readers. Or as the man responsible for finding these bands, Paul Lester puts it, giving new groups a whirl, so you don't have to.

It's a pretty bold move by Lester. Having to find a new band every day which are good enough that people will want to listen to them sounds like quite a challenge but it seems to be working. 843 days after it started, the feature is still going strong.

The guy knows what he is doing a well. Some of the artists which have featured as 'New Band of the Day' have included Sunday Girl, I Am Arrows, Villagers, Chapel Club and Sound of Guns, all have had varied degrees of success in the past 12 months and will undoubtedly carry on that way.

Thanks to barefacced, we now have these bands all in one place. The playlist is not yet up to date but it is a work in progress and will hopefully be continued to be updated as the weeks go on.

Ryan Gibbins

Singles Club

Monday, August 9th, 2010 at 8:08pm

BoB ft Hayley Williams - Airplanes
Not really a new song to most people after being lurking around the lower areas of the top 40 for a while. BoB is joined by Hayley Williams in this catchy little number which is officially released today and is sure to be a massive hit.

The Saturdays - Missing You
Missing You is the latest single from The Saturdays group but there is nothing new to report. In the same vein as previous singles from the album, same synth based sound and dreary lyrics but not as catchy as others in the same genre. Ideal for teenage girls.

Tinchy Stryder - In My System
Mr Strider's tales of his complicated love life have been throw into the mix for this mish mash of styles. Elements of R n B, Synth Pop and an unbelievably annoying chorus which are briefly broken up by random drum rolls, once again, ideal for teenage girls.

Jason Derulo - What If
Another piano based song to fit into the theme of the rest of the weeks releases. Another catchy R n B number which will slip in easy alongside his previous hits Ridin' Solo and In My Head, slightly more down beat then the others but What If is still one of Derulo's better songs.

Ellie Goulding - The Writer
The 24 year old pop princess has seen her popularity rise over the past 12 months and it is easy to see why. Even though she has had mixed experiences in the singles chart, her album Lights reached number 1 in the UK Album chart. The Writer is the fourth single to be taken from the album and will undoubtedly be a hit.

Ryan Gibbins

Best Music Of The 60's

Monday, August 9th, 2010 at 2:44pm

Best Music Of The 60's
Some people say that the 60's were the best era for music. The 70's brought us Disco and Punk, the 80's delivered New Wave/Synth Pop and Live Aid, the 90's saw Grunge, Hip Hop and Pop bands/artists while the 00's developed rock music into Indie and the Synth Pop from the 80's evolved into Electro Pop.

It is argued that the 60's saw the start of popular music in the country and some of the most talented artist to come out of the UK and United States ever. Many of the biggest names in the music business were rising to the top of in the so called swinging 60's. Michael Jackson, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, Marvin Gaye, The Beach Boys, Louis Armstrong and David Bowie all came from this decade and went on to have amazing success.

Without these, the music we listen to today would not be the same. People like Bowie, Rolling Stones and Michael Jackson have influenced many of the modern day artists and todays various scenes would look very different if it wasn't for this past period in music.

These ground breaking artists are but a few of the big names featured on the playlist made by rowley. Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens and many more complete the list which will bring an instant smile to your face swagger to step.

Ryan Gibbins

Live Music

Saturday, August 7th, 2010 at 9:09am

Live Music For any half decent band to have any longevity in the modern music industry not only do they have to have numerous hits under their belt but they also must be able to bring out their A game when it comes to performing live.

Some bands have even made a career from performing live. The Rolling Stones still manage to draw in the crowds decades after they first formed. Back in 2006, Madonna shockingly got away with rewarding her fans for their years of loyalty by charging them £160 for one, that's right one, tickets during her Confessions On A Dance floor tour.

Lets not forget what happens when it goes wrong though. From Milli Vanilli and the miming scandal back in the 80's to Amy Winehouse's seemingly un-provoked swing at a fan during her set at Glastonbury Festival in 2008. One false move during a live set has the potential to ruin an artists career for good.

Nowadays, we are lucky enough to be able to amazed by the live shows of Muse, the energetic performances from Mumford & Sons and hypnotically powerful songs from Sigur Ros. Some of these artists are featured in a new playlist to SMP made by hannahrichardson and are joined by the likes of Leonard Cohen, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Bob Dylan we have a listen to some of the best live acts in the world.

Ryan Gibbins


Friday, August 6th, 2010 at 1:07pm

Who would have thought that three young men from the sleepy town of Teignmouth could have taken the music world by storm in the way which they have? Sixteen years, five studio and three live albums, countless awards for their music and live shows, Muse are sitting pretty on top of the tree as one of the best bands in the UK.

A steady progression since they formed in 1994 have seen them grow from the small eccentric British indie rock band into a band which went on to headline Glastonbury Festival not once but twice! Not many bands can say they have done that.

It was pretty humble beginnings for the trio. After forming the band under various different names (Gothic Plaque, Fixed Penalty and Rocket Baby Doll) they finally settled on the name Muse after being inspired by Matt Bellamy's art teacher. After performing live across the country, the band released EP's, Muse and Muscle Museum, on the Dangerous record label. Following the success of the EP's the band released their first three albums, Showbiz, Origons of Symmetry and Absolution, with Taste Media.

By the time of the release of Black Holes and Revelations in 2006, Muse had become well known for their sci-fi inspired music and spectacular live shows. They had played a number of festivals and headlined Leeds/Reading in the summer of 2006. The album itself was a huge success, charting at number 1 in the UK chart and number 9 in the Billboard 200 album chart. Only the more mainstream Arctic Monkeys prevented them from picking up the Mercury Music prize however Black Holes did get a Platinum Europe Award for selling one million copies in the continent.

The latest release from the band, The Resistance, was once again a huge success. They were then called to celebrate the 40th birthday of Glastonbury by headlining the Pyramid stage on the Saturday night. The show was a huge success and the popularity of the band was shown when they were joined on stage by U2'S Edge for a cover of The Streets Have No Name.

Muse are due to be taking a break following the conclusion of the current Resistance tour before they record new material in 2011. So to get us through this lean period, SMP member hofmann9 has generously scrambled together a collection of the bands best tracks from the various past albums. Enjoy.

Ryan Gibbins