Reverend And The Makers frontman Jon Mcclure has publicly criticised Scottish DJ Calvin Harris, branding his hits "McDonald's music". The rocker is adamant The Girls hitmaker, who has carved out a successful global DJ career and regularly tops the charts with his dance tunes, represents all that is wrong with modern music.
He tells Britain's Daily Record newspaper, "People think because I don't like Calvin Harris that I must be anti-Scottish but I'm not.
"l love (Scottish acts) Django Django, Primal Scream, Franz Ferdinand, The Jesus and Mary Chain - but Calvin makes what I call McDonald's music.
"We came out at a similar time and both made vaguely electronic tunes with a band. And then his A&R (artists and repertoire) man said, 'Instead of doing that song with Leona Lewis, I'll get Rihanna to sing it. Pretend you're a DJ now and don't even be in a band.'
"He doesn't even like his own music. People graft (work) all week and pay a hundred and odd quid (sic) to go to a festival and when he plays live he's just pressing play on a CD."
The Rolling Stones and Noel Gallagher have helped raise money for a homeless charity by donating memorabilia to an online auction. A signed Rolling Stones T-shirt fetched $624 (£390), while Gallagher's sold for $376 (£235) in aid of the Streets of London charity when the auction closed on Sunday (30Mar14).
British rockers Primal Scream raised the most money in the sale on bidding website eBay.com with a signed canvas of their Screamadelica album artwork, which sold for $832 (£520).
Other items were donated by rockers Green Day, Florence + The Machine, The Killers and Kings of Leon.
Though Capitol Records had its share of hits with West Coast-based '60s pop acts, from The Beach Boys to the Linda Ronstadt-fronted Stone Poneys, there's a whole "hidden" history of the era's psych-pop/soft-pop sounds lurking beneath the surface. And that's exactly what Now Sounds is documenting with Book a Trip, which has just turned into a series with the release of Book a Trip 2: More Psych Pop Sounds of Capitol Records.
For anyone with a fondness for the sort of heavenly vocal harmonies, harpsichord-laden neo-baroque arrangements, and flower-power sensibilities that abounded in mid-'60s L.A., this 24-track compilation ought to be a no-brainer. But hardcore record geeks whose mission it is to mine the meaty underbelly of music history will salivate in a Pavlovian fashion over the esoteric riches on offer here. That's "esoteric" in terms of public acclaim, by the way, not aesthetics -- pretty much every single track on here could/should have been a hit, though a handful have never even been released before.
Even when the members of a cult act like West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band appear here, it's in the guise of their far lesser known alter ego Laughing Wind. But the roll call of great "lost" psych-pop stars manqué is as rewarding as any '60s hits collection, and it fills in some fascinating bits of history to boot. Ellie Jango, daughter of primal scream therapy creator Arthur Janov, found time to record the Cat Stevens/Kim Fowley-penned gem "Portobello Road" before becoming an actress. The Surf Symphony was a studio-only ensemble that took the term "orchestral pop" very literally, bringing together members of L.A.'s crack pop/rock session team The Wrecking Crew and players from the L.A. Philharmonic for the thrillingly ambitious instrumental "That Bluebird of Summer." Around just about every corner on Book a Trip 2 there's another entrancing psych-pop mystery waiting to be discovered.
British funnyman Russell Brand has received a further boost in his campaign for a global uprising against democracy after Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie threw his support behind the star. The Get Him to the Greek actor made headlines in his native U.K. last month (Oct13) by branding the country's political set-up unworkable and calling for a revolution to end capitalism.
Now Gillespie has joined singer Morrissey in throwing his weight behind Brand's controversial campaign, telling NME magazine, "Good on Russell. You've got (British Opposition leader) Ed Miliband talking about responsible capitalism - there's no such thing as responsible capitalism. By its very nature it's irresponsible and exploitative. So I can understand why Russell said what he said."
Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie paid tribute to rock icon Kurt Cobain during the band's concert in Italy this week (beg22Nov13) by singing classic Nirvana track Heart-Shaped Box. The Rocks hitmakers were performing at the Alcatraz venue in Milan on Wednesday (20Nov13) when Gillespie took time out from an encore to dedicate a song to Cobain, who died aged 27 in 1994.
Gillespie sang a verse from Nirvana's 1993 single Heart-Shaped Box before performing Primal Scream track Higher Than The Sun in honour of Cobain.
Ever since George Michael cast the likes of Cindy Crawford and Christy Turlington in the video for "Freedom '90," supermodels have become synonymous with the pop world. But some Vogue cover stars have wanted to be more than just the glamorous eye candy in a music promo. Here's a look at five who have temporarily swapped the catwalk for the recording studio.
The latest supermodel to try her hand at the whole singing malarkey, former Victoria's Secret Angel Gisele Bundchen made headlines last week after recording a cover of The Kinks' '60s Britpop classic "All Day & All Of The Night" for a new H&M ad campaign. While Shakira's status as Latin America's premier pop diva is unlikely to come under threat, the 33-year-old’s enchanting Brazilian accent and seductive husky tones at least ensure that you won't have to turn down the volume every time the advert appears on TV.
Featuring production work from the likes of Youth (Paul McCartney, The Verve), Bomb The Bass' Tim Simenon and Irish singer-songwriter Gavin Friday, Naomi Campbell's 1994 venture into the music world, Babywoman, certainly arrived with some impressive credentials. But the serial cell phone thrower still failed to tempt anyone to buy it and after spending just a solitary week inside the UK Top 75, it's rarely been heard of since. However, ignore Campbell's wafer-thin vocals and the brooding tribal pop of "Love & Tears" is actually not that bad at all.
Something of an indie-rock fangirl, the face of 1990s heroin chic has performed on tracks by Primal Scream ("Some Velvet Morning") and The Lemonheads ("You’re A Dirty Robot"), played tambourine on Oasis' Be Here Now and co-wrote four tracks with crack-addled one-time boyfriend Pete Doherty for Babyshambles' sophomore disc, Shotter’s Nation. But she's yet to produce anything which suggests she should give up the day job.
Disillusioned with the fashion industry, one of the newly-crowned supermodels decided to follow in the footsteps of Moss by hooking up with a British guitar band in the shape of Five O'Clock Heroes for "Who," the first single from their 2008 second album, Speak Your Language. Deyn's girlish tones aren't without their charms, but unfortunately the track itself was the kind of plodding indie-rock you'd expect to hear on a wet Wednesday night down the local pub.
Another supermodel who tested her vocal skills for the purposes of a TV advert, Heidi Klum was given the job of tackling Bee Gees' disco classic "Stayin' Alive" whilst parading around in a pair of Jordache jeans earlier this year. Her karaoke-style rendition suggests that little of former husband Seal's musical talent rubbed off on her.
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The man behind Oasis has invited new acts to hand him their demo tapes as he DJs at a new nightclub in Liverpool, England this weekend (06Sep13). Alan McGee, the former boss of Creation Records, is keen to build his roster at 359 Music and he wants unsigned bands and artists to approach him as he spins records at District nightclub with a view to joining his label.
McGee, who also gave the world The Jesus And Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine and Primal Scream, explains he decided to launch his new label night in Liverpool - because the city is "the most alive place for music in the U.K."
He adds, "If you are a new band or artist and want to sign to 359 Music or want to play the night then bring a CD to the club... I will listen!"
Scottish rockers Primal Scream wrapped up their slot at Britain's Glastonbury festival on Saturday (29Jun13) by bringing newcomers Haim onstage for the finale. The Country Girl hitmakers took to the Pyramid Stage to warm up the crowd ahead of The Rolling Stones' much anticipated headlining set, and the band thrilled fans by playing its greatest hits as well as new material.
They finished with a bang by inviting sibling trio Haim to sing back-up on their last few songs, including Rocks.
Haim's first appearance on Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage on Friday (28Jun13) was nearly marred by disaster - diabetic bassist Este walked off when her blood-sugar ran dangerously low.
She later explained, "I remember not being able to feel my arms, and I was like, 'This is not a normal feeling when I'm playing music'... I thought that I was going to die in front of 25,000 people."
The hard-working sisters also performed on The Park Stage on Saturday.
A British music festival set to feature rockers Primal Scream and former The Smiths star Johnny Marr has been axed due to poor ticket sales. Singers Paloma Faith and Laura Mvula were also part of the Isle of Man Festival line-up, set to hit the stage on 6 July (13), but the show's organisers have been forced to pull the plug after failing to attract enough concertgoers.
A spokesman for the event says, "A great Festival was planned for the Isle of Man - with global artists, international and local media partners and world reaching sponsors. Sadly, this cannot now be realised."
Ticketholders have been offered refunds at their point of purchase.
The Isle of Man Festival is the latest British music bash to be scrapped - the family-friendly All Tomorrow's Parties festival was cancelled this year (13), while the inaugural KISSbeach party, due to feature Rita Ora and rappers Dizzee Rascal and Tinie Tempah, was also recently called off.
Rockers Primal Scream warmed up for their massive gig with the Stone Roses in Scotland on Saturday (15Jun13) by playing a surprise set at a tiny venue in Glasgow. The band played to just 100 fans before performing to an audience of 50,000 at Glasgow Green park the following night.